Tuesday, April 28, 2015

'Daisy and Bartholomew Q' -- EPIC FAIL Syndrome!


Fantastic Fantasy

Daisy and Bartholomew Q


PLUS outrageous critters like--
The Dynoroar, The Oogledork, The Featherbutt Bird,
and. . . Evil Big Crow.

by Margot Finke
Cover Art: Ioana Zdralea.



 This young tween fantasy will be published as soon as the cover to be completed.
Then, Soft Cover and Kindle pop-up will be your purchase choices.
(on Amazon and my website)

Daisy and Bartholomew Q. are an unlikely twosome.
She is a stubborn and feisty young teen girl. She likes to do things her way.




He is a slightly pompous fellow who loves books and reading.
He lives in a world of words, and his friends are astonishingly odd--to say the least.



With Daisy's procrastination teetering at EPIC FAIL,
Bartholomew Q. is sent to guide and advise her.

He will show her where to discover those
fantastic words that will earn her garden essay an 'A.'


QUESTIONS:
#1- Where would he take Daisy?
#2 - Who would she ask?
#3 - WHAT words would she choose?


ANSWERS:
#1 - the Thesaurus ('G' for Garden section)
#2 - the Cousin Adjective Tree, the Mother Noun Tree, the Father Verb Tree,
and the Depressed Raccoon--WHO ELSE?
#3 - Fabulous words that describe a garden.
Essay due tomorrow morning.
PLEASE HURRY!

Of course if you're like Daisy, you've put off writing your essay until
the last minute. A failing grade looms--plus the wrath of Mom!



OH. . .
and did I mention attacks by bizarre World Word residents,
Talking Trees, a depressed raccoon, and being kidnapped by Evil Big Crow?

So much fun and adventure--so many fabulous words.


I can't wait to see the cover. (the art here is only temporary)




STAY TUNED, MATES!




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Friday, April 24, 2015

OSCAR Needs a Friend - a Tasmanian Devel with a SECRET.


OSCAR Needs a Friend
Is my latest Picture Book

AND YES
 It is my FIRST PB that is NOT in rhyme!


Wonderfully talented Ioana Zdralea is again working
on the fun illustrations.


Oscar has a SECRET. . . Can you guess what it is?


Below are some illustrations that might help
you guess what his secret is about.


Illo #1 sketches--plus the finished illo.


#1- FINISHED
 


 Illo  #3 - full page spread


 ILLO #5 - full page spread



COMING SOON

I only hope you love the story as much as I know you
will love Ioana's delightful art work.

Synopsis:
Oscar was a young Tasmanian Devil with a difference--he was not mean and nasty
like his relatives. He d not kill or eat Aussie bush animals. Oscar was lonely, because the
bush animals run away from him. Then, something wonderfully wackadoodle happened,
and Oscar was able to show that it was what was INSIDE that counted, and not how you
looked on the outside
.


There will be 12 illustrations + the cover.

I am excited about launching this book in a few months--
when the illos are completed.

It will be in Soft Cover and Kindle Pop-Up
  (the same as Dreamtime Man)

Kindle Kids POP-UP  Books
are a great way to add extra fun or information.
Just tap the screen, and a small information screen pops up--
like Magic!




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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The GIVING CALENDAR - Give a BOOK each Month!



Make 2015 the year of 
GIVING BOOKS



Let this 2015  -  12 month
"GIVING" CALENDAR 
Remind you to give

A BOOK a month for 12 months



FREE  "Giving"  CALENDAR
( An 8 page PDF you can print )






REMIND yourself  to GIFT a child with a
BOOK
they will love and re-read.




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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

DREAMTIME MAN Giveaway!



I 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 - Monday

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW OVER




WIN Monday the 15th's copy
by being the FIRST to answer this question:


Name an Aussie bird that has a call
like crazy laughter.

(It is sometimes called the Aussie alarm clock)


** Please add your answers to the
COMMENTS Below.


If you WIN, email me your name and address
so I can send you the book


ALL who add a comment will get a pdf copy
of my FREE
"Fairdinkum Aussie Recipe Book."
Recipes for the food I loved to eat while
growing up Down Under. 

YUM!

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DISCLAIMER:
These Dreamatime Man copies arrived with a small
pale gray mark at the bottom of some verse pages.

The problem has now been fixed, and I decided
to give away the originals. My lyrically rhyming
tale, based on Aboriginal history, and the glorious
illustrations, are not affected in any way.
  

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

LOVE 'em with BOOKS



GO ON. . . I DARE YOU!
Love 'em with BOOKS this Holiday Season.


2
BOOKS 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 culture, danger,
and Dreamtime pirits--plus a friendship between two young teens

*Ruthie and the Hippo's Fat Behind--
a rhyming story that tells how sudden BIG changes
can turn a sweet girl into a brat!
(parent teacher guide included)

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 JUST PUBLISHED (soft cover)


Dreamtime Man
For young and old alike. . .
My rhyming tale, based on Australian history, shows how Aboriginals
survived the arrival of the white man, and eventually created
 a place for themselves and their culture
in the present day.



REVIEW SNIP:

SAMPLE from Book REVIEW on Penny's Reviews and Chat:
http://pennyreviews-chat.blogspot.com/
"I'm a great, and long time fan of Margot Finke’s children’s stories, as you know. I’m completely enthralled with this new one, Dreamtime Man. It is absolutely one of her best. It’s in rhyme and powerfully relates the stories of ancient Australian aboriginal tribes who used to roam the wild, untamed lands of Australia. Her word pictures are perfect jewels."
 
**The illustrations, by Ioana Zdralea, are amazing.

 This SUPER Review is a huge thrill!!

**You can also LISTEN to me read the story HERE

Soft Cover $9.49 on AMAZON
Not on Sale. . . but worth every penny!



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Monday, October 27, 2014

HALLOWEEN HOT SPOT GIVEAWAY!!


My wonderful Grand-daughter Brittany
has just reminded me of what I once told her:
NEVER GIVE UP!

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November 1st 2014
My 5 day Kindle Book Giveaway for Halloween is over.
IT WAS a BUST!
Hardly any interest. And YES, I am disappointed.

It has made me question publishing two more books I have ready.
HEY, if I can't give them away, why bother.

And "Thelma Hill" is really pissed--only 2 new homes to HAUNT.

This is a ghost that wants
R-E-V-E-N-G-E!!!

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THE LAST DAY

So what if Sunday, the first day of my Halloween giveaway, was a BUST--
I guess Facebook was not the right venue.

So I am forging ahead with my
Halloween HOT SPOT Giveaway RIGHT HERE!

One FREE Kindle download to each day's WINNER
Oct 27th through Oct 30th



THE REVENGE of THELMA HILL
A young teen ghost mystery - chills and thrills galore!


  HEAR ME READ FROM "Thelma Hill"


  The FIRST PERSON to give the correct answer to
FRIDAY'S  QUESTION
WINS!




Question

AFTER THE GHOST ARRIVED, WHAT COVERED
EVERY SURFACE IN FRANNIE'S ROOM

 LISTEN to my video reading for CLUES - LINK ABOVE.



Answers go in the COMMENTS








Come Back Here
for A NEW QUESTION 
every day.



WINNER'S CIRCLE
**Monday's winner was  -  Susan Hornbach
** Tuesday's winner is - Susan Berg
** No winner for Wednesday - BUMMER!
** NO TAKERS for Thursday, either!


What's with this disinterest in my great
FREE Kindle ghost mystery?


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Saturday, August 30, 2014

BOOK a FREE "AUTHOR" SCHOOL VISIT"


THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR IS
JUST AROUND THE CORNER.

Time to plan a surprise
MAGIC CARPET RIDE
for your class.

FUN - ADVENTURE - LEARNING


And HEY. . .  I am up for
CHILDREN'S HOSPITALS and BOOK CLUBS also


My BLOG, "Skype Makes it Happen"
is a good place to start.


NOW
Take a trip to my PINTEREST Teacher-Classroom board for help 
and imaginative class suggestions.  Pinterest PINS make teaching more fun.


Then, BOOK my FREE
"Skype Author Visit"
 
*EMAIL ME YOUR CLASS DETAILS

*CHAT WITH ME ABOUT WHAT YOU NEED,

(AND WHAT I CAN OFFER YOUR CLASS)
*CHOOSE a time and a date

Before my visit I will send you the following:

*A FREE "Sneak Peek" inside my current books (pdf download)
*Information about the book I plan to read to your class
*Coloring sheets for younger classes
*Word glossary for Aussie books

PLUS 
WHERE TO PURCHASE
An Order Form  + a brief Introductory Letter for parents -
so they can email me, and reassure themselves
about my books, or ask me questions.


IT'S FREE
SO BOOK EARLY.

Magic Carpet Rides 
are a rare treat! 


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