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‘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!

Another Review: Reflections of Life and Love in Australia

11 Oct

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It’s been a while since my fourth collection in the ‘Life and Love in Australia’ series was first published, and now I’m delighted to announce its first review, written by Goodreads member, Mark, from the U.S.A. Here it is:

“Reflections” is a collection aptly named, for emotions playing lambent on the water of the spirit, for a mirror held up to fraught relationships, mostly of couples, and for the thoughts to which they all give rise in the reader… and the reviewer. Sharp has a particular knack for exploring and sorting out the unnecessarily complex entanglements of humans in orbit about one another. Among the best offerings here are “And the Rains Came,” about the pretext for a railway “connection” that opens up when the skies do; “Letting Her Go,” about a mother’s ultimate, pained acceptance of her daughter’s romantic autonomy; and “The Bonds of Love,” which has nothing at all to do with bondage, and everything to do with serendipity and reconciliation. Five stars.
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This volume contains twenty-eight vignettes and Short Stories, mostly on themes of love and romance. Currently it’s available in paperback only, but  hopefully next year it will be also published on Kindle.

Long and Short Australian Stories: on Amazon Kindle Best Seller List

9 Oct

It’s a toss up in my mind: whether my personal favourite literary effort of mine is ‘A Taste of Life and Love in Australia’ or ‘Long and Short Australian Stories’.

Currently, the latter is outstripping the former in the Amazon ranking, yet, by virtue of its review numbers and verdicts, ‘A Taste…’ wins, hands down.

My husband and editor Ronald Sharp B.E.M. (my editor) is well known for his musicality, as evidenced by his creation of the Grand Organ in the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, the musically exalted organ at Knox Grammar, and others. He seems to like both volumes immensely, and I often catch him reading (and obviously being enthralled by) their vignettes and Short Stories.

Do you like romantic tales? Human interest stories? Easy to read literature? Why not check out ‘Long and Short Australian Stories’, at least? If you like the sample pages, then you’ll be pleased to know that there are already four other collections published, and available through Amazon.

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13596941-long-and-short-australian-stories

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Here’s the link to the Amazon site.

http://www.amazon.com/Short-Australian-Stories-Margaret-Lynette/dp/1475122349

’25 Stories of Life and Love in Australia’ now on Kindle

29 Jun

At last, we’ve caught up with technology and published with Kindle!

My first book, 25 Stories of Life and Love in Australia’: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008FP217C: is now available.

There’s a diverse range of stories and vignettes, such as ‘Family Values’ ( a tale about a family visiting their folks in the country); ‘New Digs’ (about an elderly lady changing her address); ‘Fresh Pickings’ ( a tale of young love and expectations); ‘The Virgin Dancer’ ( discovering dancing in middle age) and ‘A Question of Trust’ ( a new relationship in trouble).

Many readers have told me that they liked it very much, and some have purchased extra copies as gifts.

If you like Short Stories, particularly those written by Australian women writers, then I suggest you investigate this volume.