Tag Archives: Romantic Short Stories

Mark’s Review: 25 Stories of Life and Love in Australia

30 Aug

The day started well, with my discovery of a lovely review by Goodreads member Mark.

Overflowing with praise for my writing style, he goes on to lightly sketch some of the stories. It turns out his chosen ones rank amongst my favourites.

A defining feature of my ‘Life and Love’ series is the link between the first and last stories, and Mark has brought this out effectively for this volume.

It’s so nice to know that my first effort, written almost two years ago, is attracting such positive attention. It’s only weeks ago that Jeanette, another Goodreads member, also reviewed and rated it identically.

It couldn’t have happened at a better time, with me still recovering from influenza. It’s a great shot in the arm!

Yes, another 5 star review!

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http://www.amazon.com/25-Stories-Life-Love-Australia/dp/1456597736

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Well Done, Amazon!

10 Oct

From first publishing my fourth collection of modern Australian Short Stories on 22nd September, until now, spans less than three weeks. Yet, amazingly, within this time-frame, Amazon.com has made up its very own web-page, complete with extensive previews!

Yes, readers, you can call up ‘Reflections of Life and Love in Australia’, and, a few clicks later, (hopefully) whet your appetite for the entire book!

If you like romantic, easy to read fiction, interspersed with engaging human interest tales, why not take the plunge and sample this collection?

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‘Reflections of Life and Love in Australia’ Published!

25 Sep

Any day now, and my fourth book of modern Australian Short Stories will be visible by the computer screen, on my Amazon.com pages.

Entitled, you guessed it, ‘Reflections of Life and Love in Australia’, this is another easy to read collection of mostly romantic tales, although this time, there are several interesting ones of  Human Interest variety.  ‘Hand in Hand’, the story of parental dilemma over sport versus musicianship, and ‘A Secret Banished’, about a grandma’s decision to improve her reading skills, are both to be found here.

The love stories are many, and delve into a variety of scenarios.  Most end happily, with the couples staying together; though, as in life, some situations end in disintegration.  All in all, there’s something for (almost ) anyone.

As Editor and collaborator, my husband Ronald Sharp B.E.M., the creator of the Grand Organ in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House,  has stamped his mark, spacing the words out in the same musically-inspired fashion that he employed in the three previous volumes. Throughout his reading, he’s constantly praising the quality of my writing.  I hope others share his opinion!

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Ron Loves Book Four

20 Aug

How’s this for a vote of confidence?

Ronald Sharp B.E.M., my husband, collaborator, and the creator of the Grand Organ in the Sydney Opera House, was sitting at the computer this morning, reviewing and spacing the words of my next collection of  Short Stories.

“You’re great, darl! ” he calls out. “How do you do it? You haven’t experienced this, and yet you’ve got it down so perfectly!”

Be that as it may, writers who aspire to engage with their readers on a realistic level need to possess one quality: empathy.  It seems to me that , following on from empathy, your imagination can take over and create a convincing response; the crux of good, believable writing.

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About ‘Life and Love’

16 Aug

‘Life and Love’ is the common thread of titles and themes in my series of modern Australian Short Stories.

By ‘Life’, I mean human interest stories; tales that shed light on human nature, and document scenes and situations that people may find themselves in, without necessarily involving romance. My first book ,’25 Stories of Life and Love in Australia’, contains several of these, as does my fourth.

My ‘Love’ stories are, of course, romances. Mostly, they end happily, though, as in real life, sometimes they don’t; therefore, the outcomes aren’t totally predictable. The final stories of each volume are linked by characters to the first, and often resolve the unhappiness of a lover.

Many people have told me that they liked ’25 Stories of Life and Love in Australia’, but sadly few have had the time to publish this comment.

The ‘Amazon.com’ site features ‘Click here’, so that you can read at least the first story in each book.

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About Margaret Lynette Sharp

15 Aug

Hi again,

This is to tell my readers something about me and my life.

I am very happily married to Ronald Sharp B.E.M., best known as the builder of the Grand Organ in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House. Since we are both creative people, we encourage and support each other in our projects. Certainly, without his enthusiasm for my writing, I would not have reached the stage of having three volumes of Australian Short Stories published, and available from Amazon.com; and the fourth book nearly there.

We live in a quiet Sydney suburb, in a rather small, old brick house, surrounded by things that interest us. Ron and I both play the piano, and we both like the same type of music, mostly Schubert, Mozart, Beethoven and Chopin. Twice a month we go rock and roll dancing, which is a lot of fun.

I have been involved with the local amateur swimming club for decades as a competitor, and have finished in dozens of one kilometre events. The last season, I swam in every freestyle event, which helped me to win the ladies point-score by the narrowest of margins. I guess that goes to show that perseverance can overcome deficiencies in ability.

I love the beach, and try to go there at least once a week, all year round. It’s just so beautiful, even when swimming is out of the question due to low water temperature.

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