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G’day, mate, my name’s Margot Finke. I’m an Aussie who writes books for children. I flew the Down-under coop years ago, and have lived in Oregon with my American husband and three children for many years. Said kids are now grown, and doing nicely on their own, thereby giving me the peace and quiet I need to write. I have a series of rhyming books out now, about animals from the US and Aus... More
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12/10/2014DREAMTIME MAN Giveaway! (0 Comments )
I am Giving awayI am giving away 5x Print Copies of#Dreamtime Man + copies of my "Fairdinkum Aussie Recipe Book."ONE copy can be won on each of the 5 days below. Beginning December 11th. Thursday - Friday - Saturday - Sunday - MondayWIN Thursday... Read the rest of this post
11/25/2014LOVE 'em with BOOKS (0 Comments )
GO ON. . . I DARE YOU!Love 'em with BOOKS this Holiday Season.2BOOKS that make terrific Holiday Gifts.Now ON SALE @ Amazon  *Trial by Walkabout is a great Aussie outback adventure--a multicultural tale of sibling rivalry, aboriginal... Read the rest of this post
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Margot's Published Works Ages Date Published
Books 1 - 4 of 8 from Margot's published works, View all 8 books
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1. Dreamtime Man (Paperback)
    Author: Margot E Finke
    Illustrator: Ioana Zdralea
    Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
N/A 11/17/2014
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2. Taconi & Claude: Double Trouble (Paperback)
    Author: Margot E Finke
    Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc
All Ages 01/15/2011
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11 Reviews  
3. Horatio Humble Beats the Big D (Paperback)
    Author: Margot E Finke
    Illustrator: Ellen Gurak
    Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc
All Ages 11/02/2010
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16 Reviews  
4. Ruthie and the Hippo's Fat Behind (Paperback)
    Author: Margot E Finke
    Illustrator: K. C. Snider
    Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc
Ages 9-12 05/27/2010
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18 Reviews  
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1. Mama Grizzly Bear (Paperback)
    Author: Margot E Finke
    Illustrator: Gloria Swan
    Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc
All Ages 12/14/2012
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Margot said: Mama Grizzly is a rhyming picture book. Kids learn about a year in the life of Mama and her cubs. Fun as well as educational. Amazon, Publisher and more. More fun facts + a word puzzle at the back.
tags: #Amazon , #grizzly bears , rhyming , picture book , #educational , #Margot Finke
2 Reviews  
2. The Revenge of Thelma Hill (Kindle Edition)
    Author: Margot E Finke
    Illustrator: Agy Wilson
    Publisher: Margot Finke
Young Adults 12/13/2012
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Margot said: A young teen adventure that has Frannie and her reluctant twin brother helping a ghost get revenge on the man who killed her. A missing mom, and a giant arachnid “familiar” add goose bumps with e...more
tags: I wrote , I read , I recommend , ghost , mystery , sibling rivalry , missing mom , catalog , free , children's books , reviews , Amazon
8 Reviews  
3. Ruthie and the Hippo's Fat Behind (Paperback)
    Author: Margot E Finke
    Illustrator: K. C. Snider
    Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc
Ages 9-12 12/2/2011
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Margot said: This rhyming PB shows how bratty a sudden BIG change can make a child, and what it takes to get your sweet child back.
tags: picture book , I wrote , I read , I recommend , change , Margot Finke , rhyming
18 Reviews  
4. Horatio Humble Beats the Big D (Paperback)
    Author: Margot E Finke
    Illustrator: Ellen Gurak
    Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc
All Ages 12/2/2011
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Margot said: This fun rhyming picture book encourages kids, and parents of dyslexic kids, to get help early - and READ!
tags: Horatio Humble , reviews , Amazon , parents , Margot Finke , I wrote , I recommend , picture book , dyslexia , rhyming , help
16 Reviews  
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margot reads from her ghost mystery, the "revenge of thelma ...


reading from "ruthie and the hippo's fat behind," a rhyming ...


margot introduces her manuscript critique service - how you ...


i read a tease from "horatio humble beats the big d" - dysle...


Margot talks about the fun and economy of a Virtual School v...
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Comment by Nguyen Van A B on 10/27/2013 at 11:20 PM:
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Comment by Margot Finke on 12/20/2012 at 6:07 PM:
Know a young teen BOY who won't read? HOOK him with my Down-under adventure, "Taconi and Claude - Double Trouble." If having to eat witchetty grubs and emu eggs doesn't hook him, the man ceremony and the biting green ants will. Oh. . . and did I mention a cool and chatty cockatoo for a pet?
htt... more
Comment by Margot Finke on 12/20/2012 at 6:06 PM:
http://www.guardianangelpublishing.com/double-trouble.htm
Comment by Margot Finke on 12/19/2012 at 11:04 PM:
A book a day keeps the brain cells in play! Give your young teen's brain cells a treat with "The Revenge of Thelma Hill" - a ghost with heart, in a spooky tale they will LOVE!
Hear me read a sample: http://youtu.be/sLA1vr8b09Y
Comment by Margot Finke on 12/19/2012 at 3:31 PM:
Consumer Report says," Windows 8 can wait - feel free to stay with Windows7."
More here: http://tinyurl.com/d7863hd
Comment by Margot Finke on 12/17/2012 at 8:42 PM:
Does Christmas bring back memories. . .?
Of Mom and whispers? Of Dad in a white beard?
Of yummy, spicy kitchen smells?
Of packages under a sweet smelling tree?
Of games played with friends and cousins"
Of leaving cookies and milk for Santa, and then going to bed EARLY!
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Comment by Margot Finke on 12/17/2012 at 3:47 PM:
Let me introduce "The Vanishing Veil," a Blog that is fun, with a Book Review and a Rewarding reads section. Great place to choose that holiday gift book for the kids in your life.
http://www.vanishingveil.com/?q=blog%2F1
Comment by Margot Finke on 12/16/2012 at 7:47 PM:
**Grizzly Bears once roamed as far south as California – not anymore!
Read how Mama Grizzly and her cubs survive today. Will here be a tomorrow?
**Can the Ghost of Thelma Hill and Frannie James really become friends?
Do you only believe in what you see, or are you open to MO... more
Comment by Margot Finke on 12/15/2012 at 8:15 PM:
Scared of catching a virus - your computer that is? FEAR NOT!! My computer Guru, Kim Komando, takes you through it step by step + how to avoid infection in the first place. - http://tinyurl.com/bpznxwm
Comment by Margot Finke on 12/15/2012 at 3:33 PM:
Another nice review for The Revenge of Thelma Hill by Janet Collins – teacher, writer and speaker: QUOTE: “The author, Margot Finke, has done a wonderful job of writing an exciting, tension-filled story and portraying realistic characters and relationships.”
See Video of Margot r... more
Comment by Margot Finke on 12/14/2012 at 10:01 PM:
If you know a child with dyslexia, tell them they are in GREAT company - like Albert Einstein, Oprah, and Daniel Radcliffe. Read this book to them for encouragement http://lnkd.in/Xre-xr
Comment by Margot Finke on 12/14/2012 at 3:58 PM:
Fight back against spy cams – Wise words from my computer guru, Kim Komando.
The U.S. Senate is working to pass a bill that would limit people's ability to install secret spy cam software on your laptop or mobile gadgets. Click here http://tinyurl.com/bwz37sx to learn more. But not all spy c... more
Comment by Margot Finke on 12/14/2012 at 3:42 PM:
US and 20 countries boycott UN treaty endorsing government control over cyberspace –
WHAT WOULD YOU DO? http://tinyurl.com/cwk3jlo
Comment by Margot Finke on 12/13/2012 at 10:08 PM:
You can find my FREE catalog, and the FREE "Sneak Peek" inside 8 of my books on my website: http://www.margotfinke.com
My BOOKS can be found there also.
Comment by Margot Finke on 12/13/2012 at 10:05 PM:
Should You Use CreateSpace? The pros and cons - a fascinating article by Kristen Eckstein http://tinyurl.com/a8jzh5g
Comment by Margot Finke on 12/13/2012 at 6:29 PM:
An updated interview of me by marvelous Morgen Bailey – the Queen of Interviews!
--- http://tinyurl.com/bxxuoyr
Comment by Margot Finke on 2/10/2012 at 4:48 PM:
If you want to find books that will get your boys reading, check out "Margot's Magic Carpet" http://perfectmagiccarpet.blogspot.com/
Or, see a VIDEO of me reading from one of my books
https://www.facebook.com/video/?id=507512148
BOOKS for Kids - Manuscript Critiques
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Comment by Margot Finke on 2/7/2012 at 7:28 PM:
I have a bone to pick with whoever invented getting old. I was never going to get old and wrinkly - no way, no how. Guess I was "green" before it ever came fashionable. I came packaged with strong legs and arms, smooth healthy skin, and enough energy to light up a small town - I was invincible: un... more
Comment by Margot Finke on 2/7/2012 at 4:06 PM:
READ: In Conversation with Texas artist/illustrator Janee Trasler - far more fun than a plain ole interview!
http://thepenandinkblog.blogspot.com/2012/02/janee-trasler-in-conversation.html

BOOKS for Kids - Manuscript Critiques
http://www.margotfinke.com

Comment by Margot Finke on 2/7/2012 at 12:47 PM:
Today there's an article about how I first started out as a writer on "Clarbojahn Presents." This is a really cool Blog.
http://clarbojahn.wordpress.com/2012/02/07/clarbojahn-presentsauthor-margot-finke/
Comment by Margot Finke on 2/3/2012 at 2:07 PM:
Thanks to Cheryl Malandrinos, I am featured this week on the G.A.P. Family Blog. Read how I snagged a famous Turkish illustrator?
http://guardianangelfamily.blogspot.com/

BOOKS: a gift for all occasions!
http://www.margotfinke.com
Comment by Margot Finke on 12/17/2011 at 5:30 PM:
QUICK last minute GIFT for the young TEEN in your life:
Download the KINDLE version of my
“TACONI and CLAUDE – DOUBLE TROUBLE.”
http://preview.tinyurl.com/4o2bmyk
DIVE INTO: Fun – Adventure - Action - plus the
Powerful Dreamtime Spirits of the Aussie Outb... more
Comment by Margot Finke on 12/13/2011 at 5:06 PM:
New on:
WHINE. . . WITHOUT the HANGOVER
http://margotsbigwhine.blogspot.com/
Christmas WHINE – What Happened to the “JOY?”
Whatever happened to simple pleasures? Handmade gifts? Making cookies together and then wrapping them as gifts? Homemade candy? Secret... more
Comment by Margot Finke on 12/6/2011 at 5:33 PM:
MARGOT'S MAGIC CARPET - Books for Holiday Gifts
Decide the right book to give by listening to me read from my 11 children's books.
This YouTube link takes you to VIDEOS of my readings + a little bit about me and my love of writing books for kids :
http://www.youtube.com/results... more
Comment by Margot Finke on 11/16/2011 at 4:53 PM:
I have just uploaded 5 videos I made. Three are me reading from my latest books. Of the other two, one is me telling about my planned Virtual School Visits with SKYPE, and the other is a chat about my Manuscript Critique Service and what it offers.

http:/www.margotfinke.com
Comment by Margot Finke on 11/12/2011 at 5:42 PM:
As promised, HOOK KIDS on READING is celebrating Picture Book Month by offering a list of wonderful NEW PICTURE BOOK TITLES. -
http://hookkidsonreading.blogspot.com/ -
Links to the authors, and how to BUY, are included.
Give BOOKS to the children in YOUR life this Holid... more
Comment by Margot Finke on 10/25/2011 at 1:46 PM:
Want to snap up an “author going broke at these prices” copy of my MG adventure, Taconi and Claude – Double Trouble, on Amazon right now?
$1.93 for the soft cover - $1.83 for the Kindle: http://tinyurl.com/3r4h9e4
I am now buying a monkey to hold a tin cup ( cheap, fro... more
Comment by Margot Finke on 10/10/2011 at 5:16 PM:
"What to Expect When You Get A Professional Critique," is just one of the topics HOOK KIDS on READING offers from Q and A chart sessions last week, in my Workshop at the MUSE Online Writing Conference. Check it out! http://hookkidsonreading.blogspot.com/
Comment by Margot Finke on 9/14/2011 at 4:52 PM:
HOOK KIDS in READING has the skinny on the 2011 FREE "Muse Online Writers Conference." Read ALL about it and sign up - NOW!
http://hookkidsonreading.blogspot.com/
Comment by Margot Finke on 9/6/2011 at 2:20 PM:
The FREE, yearly, Muse Online Writing Conference is now taking bookings.
Below is the link to the Muse page that lists the workshops, pitch sessions, agents, publishers and chat sessions being offered throughout the week of October 3rd – 9th.
I offer a workshop, as well as condu... more
Comment by Margot Finke on 7/16/2011 at 1:31 PM:
The full moon cast a cold light on Taconi’s naked body as four wizened elders pinned him on the ground close to a blazing fire. Sweat rolled off him, and his heart raced the thump, thump, thump of the feather drums: faster and faster.
Opening Paragraph "Taconi and Claude" - mid-grade ad... more
Comment by Margot Finke on 6/27/2011 at 5:31 PM:
Coming to the last days of my June, World of Ink tour. Read wonderful Book Review for Taconi and Claude - Double Trouble.
EXCERPT: Full of beautifully written passages and wit, Margot Finke has crafted a story that will keep the reader engaged and turning the pages. I sure was. Taco... more
Comment by Margot Finke on 6/2/2011 at 11:56 AM:
Day 2 of my World of Ink 3x book tour. Reviews, Interview and 3x Book
Giveaway.
June 2nd
Mymcbooks Blog – Book Review and Giveaway of Taconi and Claude, Ruthie +
Horatio: http://mymcbooks.wordpress.com

EVERYONE who leaves a comment + e-mail receives a F... more
Comment by eliza keating on 4/5/2011 at 2:33 PM:
Hello Margot,nice to meet you..Eliza
Comment by Margot Finke on 3/25/2011 at 3:32 PM:
An interview of me is up on the Reviews and Interviews blog of D.A. Kentner. Also scheduled for distribution by GateHouse
News Service next Friday. YEA!!
http://tinyurl.com/6amkptc
All about my new MG for boys, and my other books that help kids with problems.
Margot's... more
Comment by Margot Finke on 3/23/2011 at 2:27 PM:

I would love to contact Librarians, Teachers and Home Schooling parents who want kid-friendly and educational books for their classrooms.
If interested, please look at Margot's Magic Carpet where all 11 of my books hang out + my Teacher's Guide page with the KWL Learning Guide included. .... more
Comment by Margot Finke on 3/23/2011 at 2:21 PM:
The competition to win a FREE copy of "Taconi and Claude," my new mid-grade adventure set in the Aussie outback has been won. See winner on my website and blogs.

Margot's Magic Carpet - all 11 of my books on one page
http://perfectmagiccarpet.blogspot.com/
Comment by Margot Finke on 2/22/2011 at 1:52 PM:
Hey folks, you can now WIN a copy of my Aussie outback adventure for boys, "Taconi and Claude Double Trouble"
http://taconiclaude.blogspot.com/ by commenting on the fun short story I wrote about the characters.

- OR read a sample page here: http://taconisample.blogspot.com/
Comment by Margot Finke on 2/11/2011 at 12:22 PM:
My one boy was a reluctant reader. Getting him to read was like pulling teeth!! As a teacher's aide I discovered it was not unusual for boys to prefer sports, computer games and TV to reading. I also discovered there were far more books written with girls in mind than there were for boys.
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Comment by Margot Finke on 12/21/2010 at 6:42 AM:
THEY ARE COMING -
Taconi and Claude have a bond forged in the Hell hot isolation of the outback.

http://www.margotfinke.com
Comment by Margot Finke on 11/26/2010 at 5:37 PM:
BLACK FRIDAY SPECIAL on the The Working Writer's Club
http://workingwriterscoach.com/ -- Get this special price for one year's membership in the Working Writer's Club. Includes two 30-minute one-on-one coaching sessions (a $100 value) in addition to all the other benefits you'll receive each ... more
Comment by Margot Finke on 11/19/2010 at 11:43 AM:
The New Teacher Resource Coaching Center invites you to join with other dedicated educators as a part of this growing professional site. The NTRCC is a support center that empowers educators and their students with purpose and passion.
Find out more about the center and how you can join -... more
Comment by Laura Dawn Sky on 11/16/2010 at 4:44 AM:
Hi Margot,
thanks for your messgae, i think i have done it, i had one Trojan, and i was definately sending out spam emails, i only had to reset a few things in my profiles and managed to sort it all out, thanks :)
Comment by Margot Finke on 11/10/2010 at 7:49 PM:
I 'd like to Introduce the multi-talented Cheryl Malandrinos on my Blog, author of "Little Shepherd" - A wonderful Christmas story. http://margotfinke.blogspot.com/
Comment by Margot Finke on 9/20/2010 at 11:48 AM:
Meet Me at the Corner - Virtual Field Trips for Kids.
http://www.meetmeatthecorner.org/episode/a-kids-history-of-the-banjo
Join Morgana as she interviews New York City banjo player Curtis Eller. Learn about the history of the banjo and hear Mr. Eller play some of his old favorites. ... more
Comment by Margot Finke on 9/19/2010 at 4:31 PM:
Great place to Promote YOUR BOOK: The "Author Showcase," at the National Writing for Children Center. Go look!!
http://writingforchildrencenter.com/
Comment by Margot Finke on 8/8/2010 at 4:31 PM:
Read my "GOOD NEWS and the BAD NEWS," about the latest in interactive
eBooks, book sales, and Rachelle Bourke's wonderful resource site for kid's writers - http://margotfinke.blogspot.com/
Comment by Margot Finke on 7/29/2010 at 4:04 PM:
If you'd like to win 2 free copies of my "Ruthie and the Hippo's Fat Behind," or get autographed copies w/- coloring sheets through my website, read my latest Blog.
http://hookkidsonreading.blogspot.com/
Comment by Margot Finke on 7/24/2010 at 4:43 PM:
WAKE UP Indie Book Stores! - Rant about why they often ignore small publishers and self publishers:

http://margotfinke.blogspot.com/
Comment by Penny Ehrenkranz on 7/18/2010 at 8:38 PM:
Margot, thanks for the reminder about the writing info you offer on your blog.

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