Margaret (Literary Chanteuse)


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  • Don't Quote Me on June 03, 2011

    I enjoyed this witty book about a modern thinking woman who finds love gets in her way. However she soon discovers that love can mean more than she had originally anticipated while she discovers herself along the way. A delightful read!
  • Dirty Little Angels on June 18, 2011

    This was excellent!!! I found I was attached to the characters instantly and cared as the story went on.
  • The Shrew Untamed on June 29, 2011

    I enjoyed being taken back to the time of Shakespeare with all it's colorful characters and dialogue. Very witty and entertaining!
  • Olga - A Daughter's Tale on July 09, 2011
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    This is a wonderful family legacy type story that I truly enjoyed! It gave an insight to early Jamaican colonial days and much that it's people endured. One Of my favorite books this year!
  • on Aug. 15, 2011

    When I began the book it almost had a short stories feel to it but as I read on the story began to tie in and I found it enjoyable. It did get a little technical and predictable however it is modern and fun with a creative approach.
  • Tenderfoot on Sep. 09, 2011

    Not a bad book for a young adult but for an older audience I found it lacking a little. I liked the characters and found they were for me the best part of the book.
  • Amaranth (The Resistance Trilogy, #1) on Oct. 02, 2011

    I loved the setting of this book in Louisiana! It instantly conjures up images that as the story develops it begins to live up to. You go into a world that is not for the faint of heart. Quite an amazing story that leaves you wondering if love can prevail even in the world of vampires.
  • Born of Tyranny: Port of Errors on Oct. 08, 2011

    I love a good pirate story and this book was certainly that! A lot of swashbuckling action and adventure but with a very good story behind it. Also with quite a few surprises right up until the end that kept me on the edge.
  • Over My Head on Oct. 13, 2011

    I loved the whole summer love story here. A young girl starts out with all her hopes of what the summer will bring. She learns about love, life, friends and family and what is truly important along with discovering her own strength. A fantasic young adult book!
  • Effie At The Wedding on Oct. 13, 2011

    A short but sweet book! A young girl deals with her feelings of losing her older sister while attending her sister's wedding. Funny and a pleasant read!
  • Nobody Girl on Oct. 29, 2011

    This book with a mix of chick lit and mystery had me trying to figure out just how it would all end. It seemed to begin one way but ended in another with a few surprises along the way. Over all an enjoyable read.
  • The Kindred Curse Anthology on Nov. 07, 2011

    Very thrilling and although short has quite an elaborate story behind it. I liked the ancient vampire mythology that was the backbone however I felt it just needed a little more in the way of I guess time for everything to be absorbed. Regardless it's good and leaves you anticipating the next book!
  • Daughters of Iraq on Nov. 12, 2011

    Being from an ethnic back round myself and having heard stories from family members of how it was back home I felt like I was hearing them again while reading this book. It gave me a warm feeling of family and tradition. It enriches our lives to remember and pass on to future generations. The endurance of the women in this story is amazing. There is a sense of pride and hope that you are left with.
  • Three Girls and a Baby on Nov. 27, 2011

    This is a cute and adorable book and just because it has a baby in it. A classic humorous chick lit story with heart break and best friends to see you through. An easy read that left me with a smile!
  • Inappropriate Thoughts (Victoria Wilde #1) on Dec. 14, 2011

    A very good story with a few sensual and erotic scenes that will raise your temperature. I really liked the smart and funny characters that not only had insatible appetites but were real enough to have moral conflicts and honest emotions. I really enjoyed the story. If you like Chick lit you'll like this however keep in mind it is explicit.
  • Unforgettable Embrace on Dec. 20, 2011

    An enjoyable book that although has a slow and melodic pace, managed to keep my interest. It held a few moments of discovery and excitement but over all was like sharing a cup of tea with a friend. Familiar and heartwarming.
  • Matchmaker Cat (A Romantic Comedy Short Story) on Dec. 29, 2011

    An adorable story with humor and romance and a very smart cat. Even if you are not a cat or pet fan this is a good chick lit read. I will definitely be checking out more from this author.
  • Drool Worthy on Dec. 29, 2011

    A nice story of girl meets hot guy, girl drools over hot guy and just maybe hot guy feels the same. I found the ending just a little abrupt but for a short story not a bad read.
  • In My Shoes on Jan. 14, 2012

    I can say right from the beginning I liked this story. It is seen through the eyes of a teen boy which for me is a different approach as I have mostly read books seen through the eyes of a girl. It does switch up however from both perspectives accordingly. Incredible attention to detail by the author and no stone is left unturned here. Very funny and entertaining. I also must say I loved the ending! I would highly recommend this to any young adult.
  • Ties To The Blood Moon on Jan. 18, 2012

    I liked the native legend angle and that it was set in Alaska. Good use of the landscape. A love triangle and friends having to unite to fight the enemy. It is a very action packed paranormal story. Lots of the unexpected.
  • Idol Siren on Jan. 18, 2012

    A young girl's story of finding fame but not without having endured some heartache. A great short story with real emotion,hope and some lyrical poetry.
  • Meeting Destiny on Jan. 24, 2012

    I have to say that this cover is beautiful and had me wanting to read it as soon as I saw it! I was hooked from the first page. I was expecting a young adult book but this honestly has a mature flavor to it which I found appealing. It is a unique story and I was really drawn to the heroine. She has a strong presence throughout and with so may twists and unexpected events I could not put it down.
  • Eurochicks on Feb. 08, 2012

    My initial reaction was I liked the characters but I found them a bit immature. As I read on I began to consider that a lot of people really do live life to the extreme on vacation and what's a trip to Europe without the stories to tell all your friends when you get back. Not only did the heroines discover love but they discovered themselves and a new direction in their lives. Not bad for two girls who began hell bent on just partying. It's a fun chick lit novel and I liked the ending which has me interested in whether there will be a sequel. I'll definitely read it!
  • The Boddy in the Snowbank on Feb. 29, 2012

    If you were a fan of the game Clue you will find this story delightful. Brings back all the original players and adds a very interesting twist to the question who killed Mr.Boddy?
  • Breakfast In Paris on Feb. 29, 2012

    A very short, short story but not short on appeal. It was intriguing fro the get go and the anticipation really leads you through to the end.
  • Camp-romising on Feb. 29, 2012

    Not being a particular fan of camping myself I could relate to this character. Lots of truthful humor. Great story!
  • Coffee Break Story - Unfinished Business on Feb. 29, 2012

    really liked the main character and her feelings are portrayed well here. A good short story.
  • Dance Me To The End Of Time on Feb. 29, 2012

    It takes you on a dance with this couple that feels as though you are experiencing the dance yourself. A wonderful imaginative story!
  • Desperate Measures (A Regency Short Story) on March 01, 2012

    A sweet and short dose of romance but fulfilling none the less. A fun look at regency romance. A wonderful story!
  • Ice on the Grapevine on March 27, 2012

    I enjoyed the return of the hero sleuth in a different mystery to solve but with the same integrity and once again I was kept guessing. The author has chosen characters that really seem true to life old and new. I would have liked to see his romantic side explored just a little more but otherwise equally as good as the last book.
  • An Unproductive Woman on April 07, 2012

    This is an excellent book. It is well written and from just a chapter in I felt both moved by the story and like I knew the characters well. There is such diversity and dynamic relationships between characters. I really look forward to reading more from this author.
  • The Post-College Guide to Happiness on April 23, 2012

    This is an extremely enlightening book. Even if you think you don't need it, it is worth a read. Simple philosophies with easy hands on methods. It is also not a long book. I liked the simple humor, easy to relate to examples and the recap chapter at the end that helps reinforce the concepts.
  • Shoes Hair Nails on May 12, 2012

    Although well written I found I would get really into a story and then it would lose my interest. 2.5 stars
  • Cocovanilla and The Ice Veil Book I on May 18, 2012

    If you're a young girl and feeling sad I can't think of a better way to cheer you up than enter to a world full of ice cream. All your favorite flavors come to life. Some really fun characters and an adventurous journey is undertaken. The story is enjoyable but I found it just a little too crazy for me and I would have liked just a few more illustrations so it's 2.5 stars for me. My daughter the kinder critic however liked it and rates it at 3 stars and insists that the reader eat an ice cream upon completion of the book.
  • The Girl in the Converse Shoes on May 18, 2012

    A very fun story of an average boy trying to find his mysterious love. Whoever said love was easy to find didn't get the delight of reading this book. A short but sweet story!
  • Painted Leo: Short Story on May 19, 2012

    This story oozes seduction. Extremely well written, it captures your senses. The main character is powerfully alluring and she may leave you breathless.
  • All Night Long, I Remember You on May 21, 2012

    The intense emotion and desperation came across to the reader brilliantly however the story was an okay read.
  • An Epiphany Gift for Robin on May 21, 2012

    A heart warming Christmas story that captures the rural life of peasants in medieval times with such purity. A Father who would sacrifice himself and work himself to the bone to see his family well taken care of and with the deepest hope of seeing his children succeed to a better life is a something that any parent would wish for particularly at Christmas. A nice short story.
  • Doolin's Second Pub on May 21, 2012

    The humorous style of many Irish films that I have seen is brought to life in this short story. The characters and their brilliant and not so brilliant ideas kept me well entertained. Very enjoyable!
  • Love across the pages on May 30, 2012

    A cute story. Love in unexpected places is always a fun twist.
  • Taming The Tiger on May 30, 2012

    A very interesting short story that leads the reader down a curious path to discover more about the characters. While reading the mind has space to wonder and imagine. Well written.
  • The Man of my Dreams (book #1 in The Dream Series) on June 01, 2012

    I had mistakenly assumed this would be a regular paranormal/romance however there is a lot more to this story. There were elements of mystery,vigilante justice,psychology and unbelievably romance thrown into this mix. It definitely had me curious as to how this heroine and her love would be together in the end. An unexpected ending and refreshingly not sappy.
  • The Beacon Singer on July 08, 2012

    A soap opera type story which has a variety of characters that mostly connect on some level or other and each story develops as you switch in between them all to discover what happens next in their lives. The gossip travels fast as it usually does in small communities. The jazz singer is quite a cunning character. I was surprised to see the story not entirely revolving around her. I found my interest was piqued more by certain characters and their stories and not by others but overall enjoyed it. 3.5 stars
  • Espresso Macchiato on July 12, 2012

    A very fun chick lit short story with really good characters. I loved the combination of coffee and a hot guy. I'll definitely be scoping for one the next time I hit Starbucks! A reminder that sometimes it pays to take a chance and let your heart guide you.
  • Breaking Even on July 17, 2012

    This book started out really interesting. I liked the characters and the situations that they were in however my interest began to waiver slightly the further I read. An enjoyable chick lit story but not my favorite of the two I have read from this author.
  • Crime Against the Goddess on July 24, 2012

    An interesting short story set in historic Alexandria. The author captures the interest in higher learning and the divercity of people that would have been living in Alexandria quite well. Surprisingly it turns into a mystery and although some of the dialogue would not have been spoken in this time period (little too modern) it does add some whimsy to both the characters and helps to lighten the intensity of the story. Overall I really enjoyed it!
  • Head Above Water on Aug. 07, 2012

    A love story with an uncoventional ending makes this a very unique read. The characters are really brought to life with depth and richness. Where they begin is not where they end up and you are lead through a series of extra ordinary events along with alot of emotion both sad and joyful. There were moments that I felt it dragged slightly with a few too many details but otherwise I liked the flow of the story and the author's writing style. 3.5 stars.
  • The Necromancer Part I on Aug. 11, 2012

    An incredibly interesting book on the inconclusive story of Richard III and the princes in the tower. Whether you believe black magic could have played a role or not the writing is eloquent and engaging.
  • Cue Me In on Oct. 26, 2012

    A short but spooky tale that invovlves a mystery in an old castle. An excellent setting with an interesting bunch of characters who discover that perhaps fate is a ghost indisguise. If you are searching for a ghost story to read this Halloween then look no further.
  • A Candlelight Courting: A Short Christmas Romance on Nov. 09, 2012

    This short story is wonderful! The author has created one of the most unique love stories I think I have ever read. Christina, a compelling young woman during medieval times that truly touches the heart, is faced with marriage instead of fulfilling her dream of dedicating her life to the church. How she manages to find love and a guardian of her heart in Burthred, her betrothed is amazing. An excellent choice for Christmas or anytime of the year.
  • Biggle and Bee on Nov. 10, 2012

    An extremely adventurous story about a groundhog and a gosling that will have you glued to each page. Just when you think the adventure is coming to an end the courageous duo find themselves in yet another dangerous predicament and manage to come through with learning a few lessons along the way. My daughter age 7 who I refer to often as the kinder critic read this story to me and gives it a 5 star rating. A few challenging words for those advanced readers and a little longer than I had originally expected I give it 4 stars. Either way definitely a great story with a good moral lesson.
  • Sweet Dreams, Miss England on Nov. 26, 2012

    I enjoy this author's writing style immensely. The dialogue between characters makes the reader feel as though they are a part of the conversation and not just reading it. I also liked the view point of being from the wife of a famous singer/actor. Although it is easy to see the desireable side of being famous or connected to a famous person, you can feel Nicky's loneliness and just how difficult it can be with the challenges of trying to make a marriage and family life work in the public eye. A pleasant story that I recommend with a cup of tea!
  • Unexpected Treasure on Dec. 10, 2012

    A really intriguing short story that has a bit of a mystery to unravel. The characters are the kind you hope will get together in the end. They have a real honesty about them. I was a little disappointed in the ending though and found it a bit abrupt.
  • The Austen Avenger on Dec. 10, 2012

    A completely different idea for a Jane spin off but very fun and entertaining. She does portray a wonderful superhero type character and effects the lives of her rescuees in more ways then they might guess. Her wit is captured here quite nicely and for any Jane fan this is a light and pleasant read. 3.5 stars.
  • Employment Interview With A Vampire on Dec. 30, 2012

    A very funny short story that gives reading about vampires a delightful and refreshing twist. An excellent start to this series. Definitely quenches the appetite to read the rest.
  • The Crush on Jan. 25, 2013

    A lovely short story that really touches the heart. In a few pages this author amazingly creates a multitude of memories and feelings that reminds us of how exhilerating that first crush can be.
  • Helen's Daughter on Feb. 20, 2013

    A very intriguing story told by Hermione, the daughter of Helen of Troy. Not only does the story tell of her personal experiences but of the after math of the war and how it affected many of it's participants both the willing and unwilling. An amazing amount of events take place that had me glued to the end. I felt like I was truly witnessing the ceremonies, rituals etc. as though I was walking within the palace walls wearing a white Spartan gown and sandals on my feet. This author gives great detail in it's complexity and such a well rounded view. For those readers who enjoy Roman or Greek historicals this is a must read.
  • On a Foreign Field: A Story of Loyalty and Brotherhood on Feb. 21, 2013
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    A story set during the rebellion of the Scottish against the English lead by William Wallace told through the eyes of an English soldier. A new approach that I have not read before and can say I thoroughly loved. There were a few fictional characters mainly the said soldier Reeve, who gives such an honest and courageous view. Each one was interesting and engaging. You feel the honor these men had and the respect earned by each other and what it meant to gain Scotland's freedom. Not only is the story such a good one but the characters just had me from the get go. Loved this book!
  • A Little Magic on June 04, 2013

    “A very fun fantasy story starring a young girl who discovers she is from a line of witches. She then needs to save a fairy world and her family from a mysterious theft and evil plotting. She comes out with shinning colors and learns her strength. A great read for tween/young adult.
  • The White Peacock on Sep. 28, 2013
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    Loved this story from beginning to end and wow, I did not see this ending coming! I really enjoyed getting to know Juliette and her strong but sincere character and Miles, the irresistible guy that I wish I could meet at a bar. Two things that always stand out for me in these girl meets boy type stories are the dialogue and that first kiss. Amazing is the best choice to describe both. The unexpected twist of this story had me in awe and all of this from a short story. Proof that one can be fulfilling and worth getting your short shorts on!