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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?

Presenting: An Amazon, Best-Seller List Author… Margaret Lynette Sharp!

12 Jul

Thank you, Kev!

Happiness Is: Two Lovely Reviews in One Day!

21 Oct

Happiness is: Two lovely reviews in One Day!

Certainly true if one is a newly-emerging writer…..

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

Zara’s Reviews > Long and Short Australian Stories

Long and Short Australian Stories
by Margaret Lynette Sharp (Goodreads Author)

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Zara‘s review

Oct 20, 13

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Read from October 01 to 20, 2013
I loved this book.

It was made up of a number of different stories of varying lengths (hence the title “long and short”) about different peoples’ relationships and following their dreams in spite of what people might think or try to talk them out of doing.

It was written in a way that made it easy and quick to read. The dialogue between people was well structured and set out.

If you’re wanting a light, fun and easy read for those lazy days on the beach or in your favourite reading spot then I recommend this book. You’ll be glad you did.

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http://www.amazon.com/A-Taste-Life-Love-Australia-ebook/dp/B008FOEG12/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

Jake Taylor’s Reviews > A Taste of Life and Love in Australia

A Taste of Life and Love in Australia
by Margaret Lynette Sharp (Goodreads Author)

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Jake Taylor‘s review

Oct 20, 13
Read in October, 2013
Ms Sharp has again provided us with a group of very charming short stories. From the young man who was too shy to make his move to the older gentleman who got a second opportunity many years later. In some cases, a door is shut while other opens according to the whims of Cupid. In other cases, interest gets involved. In A Taste of Life and Love in Australia, the author includes these lines: “So you would put an inheritance ahead of me? Ahead of our marriage? Is that what you’re saying?” This reminded me of Don Quixote and his squire Sancho during the Wedding of Camacho, the rich one (Don Quixote, Part II, Chapter 20) who while attending the festivities heard one of the players say: “I am the one that is mightier than Love… for I am Interest” (“Soy quien puede más que Amor… Soy el Interés”). There are other stories that seem to say: I make my own decisions. Others kindle an old friendship; others bring back an old love. Another great line of Ms. Sharp is: “Wasn’t mature love a horse of a different colour?” Almost as asking: Is there such a thing as mature love?
But I must confess that two of my favorite lines were: “life can change in an instant” and “you never know what’s around the corner” (most especially in love matters). Therefore, in closing, I sincerely hope that whatever happens to be around the next corner that can change your life in an instant is as lovely and charming as these stories. Nice reading, Five Stars, Jake Taylor

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Thanks to these reviewers for sharing their thoughts!

Boomer Lit: ‘Encore’!

25 Jul

Hello and thanks to those who have visited my blog!

For the moment, this is my final chance to give you a taste of my fiction writing, so I ‘ve decided to select one of the particular favourite vignettes of Goodreads reviewer Mark.

This sample is from my seventh title, ‘ENCORE’.

DEAR DAVID

Dear David,

I don’t think I could have believed it’s really you, if Gina hadn’t sworn she saw my photo on your hall table. Certainly, the snapshot she took last Sunday tugs ta my far-away memories; the blueness of your eyes I can never forget.

She tells me that the country life has kept you young; judging by your image, you certainly haven’t gone to seed, as have many of our peers!

So much water has passed under the bridge that I’m almost afraid to accept your invitation. In truth, I don’t know if I’m ready yet to let go of the past; and by that, as you’ve probably guessed, I mean the memory of Lloyd. He was, after all, my husband for thirty-one years.

I hope my decision doesn’t bring too much pain or disappointment to you. I know what it’s like to be left alone; and, dear David, I regret to hear that you’re even more alone than me. Gina  is a great comfort; a wonderful daughter; and Tom, her husband, is as close to me as my own flesh and blood.

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Are you enjoying this?

Then please consider adding this title to your collection. With a five star review from Goodreads member Mark, and a four star one from Brenda, surely it has something going for it!

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/540946144

http://www.amazon.com/Encore-ebook/dp/B00BEBZRAW/ref=tmm_kin_title_0

Boomer Lit: Here’s Some More….

18 Jul

I am delighted by the response to my recent post that featured a short extract of Boomer Lit, taken from my title ‘The Essence of Life and Love in Australia’. Thanks to all those who left comments!

This time, I’ve chosen a sample from my second title, the well-reviewed ‘A Taste of Life and Love in Australia’. I’m proud to say that this book has been accepted by the Awesome Indies Group, which has standards of admission equal to those of traditionally-published titles.

Enough of that. Let’s get down to the business of whetting one’s appetite.

LUCK OF THE DRAW

She strolled along the promenade, enjoying the hint of coolness in the mid-summer breeze. It was late afternoon. She’d spent an hour or two walking on the sands, pausing now and then to study the activities in the shimmering rock-pools scattered here and there. How she loved the roar of the ocean, and the delicious saltiness of the abundant sea-spray. It had been a favourite haunt of Tom and herself, twenty or more years ago.

She recalled the day he’d proposed to her, right there, by the sea. Her girlish hopes were realized when he produced that simple solitaire diamond ring. Overjoyed, she’d accepted , and they’d sealed their love with a kiss, and the promise of more. But their joy was short lived. Tom was killed in a car accident, before their wedding had taken place.

Absent-mindedly, she felt for her ring.

She was assailed by panic.

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Are you enjoying this? It’s one of twenty-eight vignettes in ‘A Taste of Life and Love in Australia’. In it you’ll find characters in a wide range of ages and situations. It’s available through Amazon in Kindle and paperback.

http://www.amazon.com/Taste-Life-Love-Australia-ebook/dp/B008FOEG12

My ‘Encore’ has been Chosen!

5 Jun

What a surprise!

Yesterday I discovered that my seventh title, ‘Encore’, which was released this year, has been chosen as one of the four books of the month by the Goodreads group, Writer and Readers.

http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/37092-writers-and-readers

This title has had a couple of lovely reviews, firstly from Goodreads member Mark, and next by Goodreads Aussie readers moderator Brenda Telford.

‘Encore’ is an anthology of mostly romantic vignettes and Short Stories. The first, ‘Annie’s Story’, has been very well liked by both reviewers.

http://www.amazon.com/Encore-ebook/dp/B00BEBZRAW/ref=tmm_kin_title_0

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)

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Brenda‘s review

May 27, 13

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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.
Thanks, Brenda! I’m ecstatic that you enjoyed it!
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