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Its First Review: ‘Of Love and Secrets’

17 Dec

Although my latest title, ‘Of Love and Secrets’, is yet to be released, it has already been reviewed on Goodreads, thanks to Advance Reading Copies.

This is by far my longest individual work.

Thanks, Mark.

Mark

You’ll hate Jenny’s mother. It takes some considerable measure of literary skill to conjure up a character you’ll so much want to loathe — whom you’ll so much enjoy detesting — and Sharp, who has matured from a writer of delicately poetic vignettes into a thoroughly engaging (and even more eloquent) novelist, unquestionably has it.Jenny’s and Richard’s romance is tentative, then intense, then (to Jenny’s perception) sporadic and unreliable, but throughout, it’s clear to the reader that it’s all authentic, and when Richard *** MILD SPOILER ALERT*** wants to commit and move with her to forge a very promising life in a distant city — the promise not only of love and a life but oxygen to a young woman literally asphyxiated in the nest of her mother’s making (past the point of normal separation), then the question is whether she’ll take the offer. Or suffocate. You’ll be captivated by the story, strongly involved with the characters (and Jenny is particularly endearing), and swept to the conclusion, which also offers a revelation and a twist. But no further spoilers here. The book will appeal both to a YA romance and a more general literary audience. Five stars.

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I anticipate its release early in 2015, and I’d be very grateful if you help to spread the word. 🙂 Sorry, no cover image at this stage. Watch for a later post!

Stop Press: I’m in a Magazine!

26 Nov

Here’s news: I’m in a magazine!

The Australia Times has just published its first edition about Indie writers and their work. Not only have they reviewed my eleventh title, ‘Love, Desire and Betrayal’, but also they’ve published an article about me and my writing.

I’m thrilled!

http://www.theaustraliatimes.com/magazine/indiebooks/issue/101/

http://www.amazon.com/Desire-Betrayal-Margaret-Lynette-Sharp-ebook/dp/B00L8KOKZM

I’m A Prizewinner! ‘The One That Got Away’ is Highly Commended :)

12 Oct
Me, holding Chicki

Me, holding Chicki

News flash!

My short story, ‘The One That Got Away’, has been ‘Highly Commended’ in the Hurstville Discovery Writers Group 2014 competition : part of the Hurstville City Council Festival of Community Arts.

The competition had been open to adult  residents of Hurstville, Kogarah and Rockdale local government areas. For those unfamiliar, these councils are in suburban Sydney, N.S.W., Australia.

I’m thrilled!

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Love, Desire and Betrayal by Margaret Lynette Sharp

24 Sep

Love, Desire and Betrayal by Margaret Lynette Sharp.

 

Thank you, Karen, for this review. 🙂

 

LOVE, DESIRE AND BETRAYAL – Margaret Lynette Sharp

30 Aug

Sincere thanks, Sonya Heaney, for this review.

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LOVE, DESIRE AND BETRAYAL - Margaret Lynette Sharp

LOVE, DESIRE AND BETRAYAL – Margaret Lynette Sharp

This is a collection of Australian novellas about young love, distances, engagements and outside temptations.

MICHAELA BETRAYED This novella, featuring an Australian protagonist, doesn’t end up where you might expect. Shorter reads with romantic themes can be hard to tackle, as there’s not a lot of time to develop a relationship. In this particular case, the focus is more on the heroine of the story and her growth as a person, which really helps.

Following a young music student who travels on scholarship to London to study, a lot of readers will find something to identify with. She is an adult on one hand, and on the other only just starting to learn what she wants out of life. Dreams, plans and relationships that seemed sensible at nineteen might not seem that way with a bit of life experience.

THE STING OF…

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Stop Press: A New Review of ‘Amelia’s Call’

6 Apr

Stop press!

U.S.A. reader and blogger Odie has just posted a delightful new review on Amazon of my first novella, ‘Amelia’s Call’.

Here’s a quote. ‘You will love this book and hunger for more.’

A big ‘Thank you’ to Odie for taking the time to make his feelings known.

Here’s the link: http://www.amazon.com/Amelias-Call-Margaret-Lynette-Sharp-ebook/dp/B00DLYLK4M

A New Review: ENCORE

6 Oct

Yay! Another lovely review!

It’s enough to put a smile on any author’s face….

Sincere thanks to Jake Taylor for providing this.

Encore
by Margaret Lynette Sharp (Goodreads Author)
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Jake Taylor‘s review

Oct 05, 13
Read in October, 2013
Is there such a thing as fate? Years ago my piano teacher told me that she loved paintings that included a forked road. The reason was that when she graduated she had the opportunity to decide whether to become a concert pianist and travel or to get married and raise a family. She chose the latter. Eventually she became a piano teacher, a wife and a mother, but she always wondered how her life would have been had she decided to travel instead. In these short stories, aptly named Encore, Ms Sharp seems to play delightfully with this option. Some characters arrive at a place just in time to change the lives of others. A magical fork appears on the road and changes everything in the life of an individual because he or she turns right or left. This book provides twenty-five stories full of that magic. In some cases, it will make you wonder if the gods are pushing us in one direction or another. Is it fortune, perhaps? There are also the lovely morsels that make for a wonderful reading experience, like: “…these days you need a university degree to sell a milkshake,” or “her thoughts fly to the days of old: where predictability is king; when life lacks sparkle, and knows no true love.” The sort of statement that makes us ponder. Or this other one, among many others, “…as I took her in my arms and kissed her lips, an overwhelming feeling of being guided by the hand of fate: intriguing…” I won’t tell you the rest because I’m not a spoiler but, altogether, it is a pearl of writing. Five stars, Jake Taylor
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