Tag Archives: Short Stories

Sharing Good News…

8 Nov

Sharing good news…

On Saturday 7th September 2015, Ron and I attended the awards ceremony at Hurstville City Library (a major centre in suburban Sydney, Australia).

As one who had been short-listed, I admit to being a trifle nervous as the results were about to be announced.

So it was with much delight that I learned that my entry entitled ‘More Than a Mere Bagatelle’- a short story about a child, her family, and a piano – had been awarded a Second Prize in its section.

Even better than the ‘Highly Commended’ that ‘The One That Got Away’ earned in the previous year’s competition…

Are my literary fortunes on the rise?

Here’s the link to my photos https://margaretlynettesharp3.wordpress.com/

I’ve Been Short-Listed :)

28 Sep
Me and Chicki

Me and Chicki

News flash!

I’ve been Short-listed  🙂

As part of the Hurstville City Council 2014  Discovery Festival of Community Arts,  Hurstville Discovery Writers Group is holding both a Short Story Writing and Poetry Competition, and I’ve entered both.

The competition is open to all adult residents of Hurstville, Rockdale or Kogarah Municipality.

‘I didn’t know you wrote poetry’, I hear you say.  And normally, I don’t. But I have written in this genre before, and I decided to give it another go.

Not long ago I received an exciting  email, advising me that I have in fact been Short-listed. I don’t know at this stage which category it refers to.

As a first-time member of the the Short-listed Club, I can vouch for its positive vibes.

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I Really *Am* an Author…

8 Sep

I started writing my first book, ’25 Stories of Life and Love in Australia’, four years ago, next month. Naively, I thought it would be a one-off. 🙂

Eleven titles later, it’s still a nice feeling to be *reminded*, to have *concrete evidence*, that I *am* an author.

So, how proud I was when I visited Kogarah Library some months ago, to find my books on their shelves.

There, I knew it! I  really *am* an author. 🙂

Guess who?

Guess who?

Stop press! I’m Interviewed Again!

1 May

Stop press!

My conversation with the avid reader and outstanding new blogger of books, Pankaj Goyal, is now live.

A big ‘Thank you’ to him for conducting this talk and presenting it so beautifully.

If you’d like to learn a little about me, please follow this link. http://pgalmora.wordpress.com/?s=margaret+lynette+sharp

 

Brenda’s review: ‘Long and Short Australian Stories’

27 Sep

I’m very pleased to be able to report that Goodreads Aussie readers moderator, Brenda,

has just posted the following review of my sixth title.

Long and Short Australian Stories
by Margaret Lynette Sharp (Goodreads Author)
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Brenda‘s review

Sep 26, 13

bookshelves: 2012-release, aussie-authors, gift-from-author, reviewing-by-request, own-read, read-on-kindle, short-stories

Read on September 26, 2013 — I own a copy

Long and Short Australian Stories is made up of twenty different romantic tales, mostly short, sweet and to the point. The first and last are a little longer, delving deeper into different aspects of life, love and family.

I’ve chosen to review the first of these stories, Run While You’re Young:

Rebecca had one year of schooling remaining with her domineering parents pushing her continually, so when Rebecca informed her parents she was in love with Daniel, all they could see was his standing in life, the fact that he wasn’t “good enough” for their daughter. After forbidding her to see him anymore, Rebecca and Daniel decided to take matters into their own hands.

When she ran away with Daniel, heading for his Uncle Garry’s place in the country, she left her parents a note so they wouldn’t worry – but she didn’t tell them where she was going. Rebecca continued her studies until she had completed her course, happy and content with her life at last. But would her happiness last? Would she have a future with Daniel, or would she have to return to her parents’ side, cowed and dominated?

This was a delightful story which spanned several years, with family a dominating factor. Rebecca’s strength of character stood out, and also Daniel’s love for Rebecca; but also his respect for her and her parents. A thoroughly enjoyable read.

I would recommend this anthology of short stories to anyone who loves a light romantic read.

 

http://www.amazon.com/Long-Short-Australian-Stories-ebook/dp/B008H457FY/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=&qid=

A New Review: 25 Stories of Life and Love in Australia

28 May

One of the joys of being an author is the delight that a positive review of one’s work can bring.

So, today has become something of a red-letter day, with the publication of the review of my first title by  Goodreads Aussie readers moderator  Brenda Telford.

Here it is:

25 Stories of Life and Love in Australia
by Margaret Lynette Sharp (Goodreads Author)

2337007

Brenda‘s review

May 27, 13

bookshelves: aussie-authors, autographed-book, short-stories, own-read

Read on May 26, 2013 — I own a copy
Once again, a delightful little book of short stories of romance, love and life by Margaret Sharp. They are extremely engaging, with each story heading in a different life direction, the characters are likeable, varying and at times, emotionally entangled.I particularly liked Family Values, where four-year-old Byron was being taken to see his grandparents on their farm. A first visit (that he can remember), and after being told numerous times to be on his best behaviour, he was understandably quite nervous. But young children will say and do what they want (mostly), and the outcome was well handled by his parents.I highly recommend Margaret’s work, especially to lovers of short stories, romance and the light easy read.
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Thanks, Brenda! I’m ecstatic that you enjoyed it!
My work is available through Amazon and other distributors.

Brenda’s Review: ‘Encore’

29 Mar

Yesterday, the lovely Brenda Telford: a moderator of the Goodreads group, Aussie Readers: posted the following review of my sixth collection of Short Stories.

Encore
by Margaret Lynette Sharp (Goodreads Author)

2337007

Brenda‘s review

Mar 28, 13

bookshelves: 2013-release, aussie-authors, gift-from-author, short-stories, romance

Read on March 27, 2013 — I own a copy
Encore by Margaret Lynette Sharp is an anthology of short romance stories. They are mostly based in and around Sydney, Australia, with the stories centering around young as well as older people. The variation of theme makes each story different, with most of them having a delightful little twist which more often than not made me smile.My favourite story was actually the first one, At Sixteen: Annie’s Story.With sixteen year old Annie living with her sister Sarah, and husband William because their parents are over in Paris, where they have been living and working for the past six months, she feels a little rebellious. Though Sarah feels a little nervous at the responsibility of being in charge of Annie, she feels Annie is a good girl. But when she finds Annie has been keeping company with an older man, she becomes worried. And as things escalate out of control, Sarah needs all her wiles about her to prevent a disaster in Annie’s life. Beautifully crafted with a clever twist at the end…There are some editing errors which I came across in the book, but they didn’t detract from my enjoyment. It’s a quick, easy read, with light entertainment throughout, one I would recommend to all romance lovers out there.Thanks to the author for my copy of this book to read and review.

A big ‘Thank you’ to Brenda for this review.

Readers, do you like romantic vignettes and Short Stories? Do you like to support Australian writers, particularly emerging ones?

If so, this could be the type of book you’d love to get to know. It’s available through Amazon, in both paperback and Kindle editions.

http://www.amazon.com/Encore-Mrs-Margaret-Lynette-Sharp/dp/1482089696

‘Long and Short Australian Stories’ : Shelleyrae’s review.

24 Feb

When you’re a writer, reviews of your own work engender a plethora of emotions. There’s the waiting and wondering, particularly for early reviews. Then, there’s the inevitable reflection on their meaning and potential outcome, and the hope of words that reflect one of humanity’s deepest desires, approval.

In other words, reviews matter.

Some say that reviews are mostly for the benefit of potential readers, but the reality is that well-founded observation, positive or negative, can help the writer, too.  Seeing through the  eyes of another can alert an author to points perhaps previously unrecognised.

So, I say a big ‘Thanks you’ to Shelleyrae at Book’d out for her thoughtful review.

Here’s the link:  http://bookdout.wordpress.com/2013/02/23/review-long-and-short-australian-stories-by-margaret-lynn-sharp/

 

‘Encore’: its first review!

20 Feb

What a day!

This morning, the newest addition to my family of books was assessed  by the very well-read member of  Goodreads, Mark. Here’s what he had to say.

Encore
by Margaret Lynette Sharp (Goodreads Author)

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Mark‘s review

Feb 19, 13
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At Sixteen: Annie’s Story
(the truth, but not at seventeen)The first story of this elegantly-crafted collection authentically captures the moods, from wistfulness to defiance, from petulance to heartbreak, of a teen in transition, as seen from the perspective of an older sister left to be in loco parentis, who proves actually to be a better parent than the ones who call it in, from Paris. This piece sets the tone for the rest of the volume, a highly readable, page-turning anthology of vignettes, probably Sharp’s best to date, that offers characters and outcomes that are always a bit more complicated (and better) than we’re led to expect.A synopsis of a vignette that doesn’t spoil the story has to be a brief one, and perhaps a little enigmatic, but these are a few of Encore’s other tales of emotional entanglement:Swansong, as the title suggests, is the tale of one last moment. Most bad prospects don’t know what they are. Bradley, at least, cares enough to accept it.Dear David is a wonderful epistolary tale with three embedded twists on the way to a satisying outcome.A Time for Decision: A Time for Love is a genuinely warming resolution to an encounter with an utterly loathsome person.My Love Story is, oddly, about the cue and the impulse to write one, which clearly the author feels with regularity — and here, her character manages also to bring one into being.

All of these stories are emotionally satisfying, and all of them quick, compelling reads. Highly recommended.

What can I say?
If you like to support Australian women writers: here’s a chance to be amongst the first to read a fresh  collection of Australian vignettes and Short Stories.
If  your reading interest runs to love stories and contemporary romance, so much the better!

Australia Day Blog Hop!

25 Jan

Hi! Welcome to my contribution for the

Australia Day Blog Hop!

Thanks to hosts  http://bookdout.wordpress.com/2013/01/13/sign-up-australia-day-book-giveaway-hop/ and http://confessionsfromromaholics.com/ !

Another link to Book’dout: http://bookdout.wordpress.com/

This Australia Day, let’s celebrate Australian literature: Australian writing. Let’s enhance our connection between our writers and readers: and show the world what we’ve done!

As my share of the Blog Hop, I am offering the chance to win one paperback copy of my second book:  proudly Australian in title, too.

Here it is: ‘A Taste  of Life and Love in Australia’.

A Taste of Life and Love in Australia

‘A Taste of Life and Love in Australia’ is a collection of Short Stories and Vignettes set in modern times.  Mostly tales of romance, it has been rated by several reviewers. Here’s the link to that of Shelleyrae at Book’d out.  http://bookdout.wordpress.com/2012/07/26/review-a-taste-of-life-and-love-in-australia-by-margaret-lynette-sharp/#comments

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I’m a self-published Australian author of six titles available through Amazon.  Currently,  four titles are available as Kindle editions.  My seventh book is nearing completion. All are edited by my husband, the creator of the Grand Organ in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House, Ronald Sharp.

Entries for the giveaway close at midnight, January 28, 2013 AEST.

Sorry: the giveaway is restricted to residents of Australia. To enter, please leave a comment, and indicate that you are eligible.

Of course, overseas readers are more than welcome to comment, too.

The winner will be announced on 4nd February.

Be sure to check out the links to other, fabulous blogs!

Enjoy the Blog Hop, and Good Luck!