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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)
2337007

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=

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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

Mark’s Review: Amelia’s Call

25 Jun

My thanks to Goodreads reviewer Mark for providing this review of my first novella, ‘Amelia’s Call’.

http://www.amazon.com/Amelias-Call-ebook/dp/B00DLYLK4M/ref=cm_cr_pr_pb_t

 

Amelia’s Call
by Margaret Lynette Sharp (Goodreads Author)
9800512

Mark‘s review

Jun 25, 13

bookshelves: novella

 

This is a powerful, page-turning, first-person narrative about naïveté and denial, disabuse and empowerment and the changing perception of the meaning of marriage — and the “motive and the cue” for relationships. Sharp offers a multi-faceted perspective that will appeal both to social liberals and feminists who cannot abide the presumption of patriarchal dominance (which would include this reviewer), and those to whom the sanctity of a commitment is still important (which would also include this reviewer). None of her characters is flat or unidimensional, though. Some are strong, confident and well-intentioned, but not controlling. Others are weak and insecure, but not malevolent. Only the mother-in-law comes across as manipulative and loathsome, but her plight, too, is human and comprehensible. There is neither absolutism of fidelity nor wholly unmotivated cheating, but in husband and wife both, some impulse to develop into the people they fundamentally are, but have been derailed from becoming. For the husband, we might think, this is the sadder outcome. However one takes it, the conclusion is satisfying. No unhappy endings. Five stars.

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 Wonderful Surprise!

12 May

I suppose everyone’s psyche thrives on praise and recognition. Certainly, fiction writers struggling to be noticed would surely relish every scrap of positivity: and I’m no exception.

What a smile it has brought to my face!

Australian romance writer, Kate Loveday, has given me an honour of the highest degree. She’s listed me on Goodreads  as one of her two favourite authors, citing my second title, ‘A Taste of Life and Love in Australia’.

Wow!!

I’m overwhelmed!

Thank you, Kate!

If you enjoy romantic vignettes, maybe you, too, would find this title just to your liking!

http://www.amazon.com/A-Taste-Life-Love-Australia/dp/1461064724

http://www.amazon.com/Taste-Life-Love-Australia-ebook/dp/B008FOEG12/ref=tmm_kin_title_0

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

‘Long and Short Australia Stories’: a lovely surprise!

14 Jul

http://www.amazon.com/Long-Short-Australian-Stories-ebook/dp/B008H457FY/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&m=A24IB90LPZJ0BS

These last several weeks, I’ve had  a Q&A on the social reading site known as Goodreads, about my latest publication: a book entitled ‘Long and Short Australian Stories’. It’s edited by my husband, the creator of the Sydney Opera House Grand Organ: Ronald Sharp.

‘Long and Short Australian Stories’ is a collection of mixed length stories and vignettes of romance and human interest, set in present-day Australia. Although serious in tone, nevertheless the scenarios lend themselves to uplifting outcomes.

A Goodreads member named Mark has participated in the Q&A ; announcing recently that he had purchased it as an e-book.

Clearly, he enjoyed it, since just this evening I found that he had posted a review both precise and concise on the book’s Goodreads page. He rated it 5 stars.

I’m overjoyed that it’s off to such a good start!

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