Tag Archives: Romance

A Pelican Flies Over the River

12 Jun

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Our little white dog Chicki loves her daily walk by the river, but the main attraction for her seems to be the exciting smells that linger here and there. But for me, possibly the greatest lure is the prospect of seeing first-hand, beautiful birds of many varieties.

One of the rarest and spectacular sights is that of a Pelican. Yesterday, I spotted one one the river. Unfortunately, though, there were some unfriendly water-birds around who chased it off, despite its larger size.

I hope you enjoy this photo of a Pelican in flight. Copyright ©

Going off at a tangent, there will soon be a brand new novella released : ‘Love Denied’.MargaretLynetteSharp-LoveDenied-AdvertisingBanner-2 Fans of sweet romance set in post WW2 Australia, please take note (and tell your friends).           2015_1028imagefacebook0096

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Wow! Brand New Release ‘Of Love and Secrets’ is on Special!

8 Jan

I’m pleased to announce that my brand new release, ‘Of Love and Secrets’ is on special now at Amazon Kindle!

At US99 cents, this represents a 75% reduction!

This offer is strictly limited to THREE DAYS ONLY!!

If you like romance ‘with soul’, as one reviewer put it, this may be just what you’re looking for!.

http://www.amazon.com/Love-Secrets-Margaret-Lynette-Sharp-ebook/dp/B00RURJWFU

It’s Live! ‘Of Love and Secrets’

6 Jan

OLAS coverIt is with great pleasure that I announce that my twelfth title, ‘Of Love and Secrets’ is now live and available for purchase on Amazon.

Here is the link to its  Amazon  US site.  It’s available in other countries, too.

If you like stories of love and romance, with a strong input of family life, this may be one that you’d enjoy!

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00RURJWFU

 

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!

‘Lauren Played’: Its First Review

25 Nov

I’m thrilled to announce that my tenth (and newly-released) title, ‘Lauren Played’, has been reviewed.

Thanks, Mark (from the U.S.)

Mark’s Reviews > Lauren Played

Lauren Played
by Margaret Lynette Sharp (Goodreads Author)

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Mark‘s review

Nov 24, 13
Lauren Played with ImaginationThe title is obviously a triple entendre, but in the end, Lauren isn’t “played” at all, but if “the play’s the thing,” she goes off stage a winner.What is most striking about this romantic set piece is not that it’s a page-turner (which it is), or that the narrative and the dialogue synchronize with poetic precision (which they do)… but that Lauren, a young woman barely seventeen, is so authentic, so believable in every way, in her every thought, as she navigates the emotional transition between her first relationship and the one certain to succeed.

Stories of young women who want to act tend to be formulaic, the heroines secure and determined and manipulative, but this one isn’t. Lauren is insecure, uncertain, introspective — talented but modest, wanting to keep her personal and professional aspirations in check — but she misses nothing, and all her emotions ring true as crystal. The final scene is heartwarming. Five stars.

New Release: Lauren Played

20 Nov

We’ve just released my tenth title: a short and enthralling romance, ‘Lauren Played”.

It’s the story of a teenager who seeks love from an older man, and the consequences of his rejection. Will Lauren be strong enough to pick up the pieces?

Here’s the link

http://www.amazon.com/Lauren-Played-Margaret-Lynette-Sharp-ebook/dp/B00GSD219G/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1384930868&sr=1-1&keywords=lauren+played

So far, it’s available on Kindle only.

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=