Margaret R Blake and 'And Why Knot Publishing'

I have published several books since 2012, some traditionally and some through self-publishing avenues. My first book - Merlin's School for Ordinary Children - The Ring of Curses - was nominated for the Ditmar Award. And ... a copy of this book actually resides in the library at Buckingham Palace ... I kid you not.

With years of experience in graphic design up my sleeve - with the Sydney firm, Silk and Textiles, and later Sheridan as a designer, colour separator and a knowledge of printing - I am lucky enough to be able to design my own covers. I have also studied and gained a certificate IV in editing and proofreading.

My writing style can best be descibed as third person narrator ... or I'm a storyteller. I write as I see the story in my mind ... not from the characters' perspective. I love to tell tales and have been doing this since I was a minor, either entertaining humerously or scaring the pants off my younger siblings. It was fun then ... and I find it's still fun now. 

During 2014 and 2015 I was on the Premier's Reading Challenge as a feature author. For a while I also held a position as a literary adjudicator with the Maryborough Eisteddfod in Queensland.

On this page you will find blurbs and links to all my books. Extra information for each one can be found on the purchase site, including book length, price and preview. If you choose to purchase, a review or a comment would be very much appreciated when read. Thank you. 

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Soon to be released, Klarissa Dreams, Redux 2019. Includes my story - 'Three Wishes Granted.'

'Redux' is a wonderful compilation of beautiful illustrations and paintings executed by Klarissa Kocsis, and over 60 short stories and poems - one of which is mine, ''Three Wishes Granted.' It has been a huge production that has almost run the co-ordinaters, Shebat Legion and Rebecca Poole ragged, but the end result is magnificent.

This is a non-for-profit production with all royalties raised from sales being donated to cancer research; a very worthy cause. I urge you to look at purchasing a copy for this reason ... plus I think it's going to be a bloody good read - and gift - for someone over the silly season. (308 pages)

 Now released on Amazon.

2019 Natural Magic - available now.

A booklet of prose and beautiful illustrations, telling of the seasons and fairies at work. But ... I cannot take full credit for this fabulous creation. If it was not for the illustrations of Natasha M Cleland it would be nothing but a poem. Thank you, Natasha. I hope we can collaborate again in the future (full colour illustrations 28 pages) 

Children's picture and rhyme book. - Hardcover (40 pages)

PRINT VERSION ONLY @ LULU - Small paperback (28 pages)

2019 - The Healing

BACK PAGE BLURB ... The Healing

Giselle, a young foundling, and maid to Lady Betts,, is brutally raped by Pharyn,, lord of Feather Stone Castle. She cannot exact her revenge without laying her own life on the line, so she runs away hoping to find healing. Instead she discovers a road fraught with disappointment, murder, and intrigue . Behind it all there is a secret  - one that will eventually entice her back to Feather Stone to face her demons.

Fiction/Fantasy/Romance 18 years and upwards. (306 pages)

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Global distribution through IngramSpark is complete. As of 4th February 2020 this book will be ready for order through your local bookstores and libraries.

The Healing - a novel

2018 - Re-release ... Trick or Treat

BACK PAGE BLURB --- Trick or Treat - Diary of an Accidental Vampire

Nigel D Tranter is a 15 year old lad who has no ambition, no prospects and no idea. But he does have friends – or two at least. Then to his surprise he gets an invite to a party. However, this is not just any old party; it is the party of the year. Sadly though … afterwards, he doesn’t remember a thing about it.

Join Nigel as the events of the party start to slowly make themselves known. You will laugh; you will cry and maybe, you’ll get the surprise of your life.

A YA Fantasy 14 years and upwards. (134 pages)

PS - it's not just a Halloween read ... it's for all year round.

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Global distribution through IngramSpark is complete. As of 18th February 2020 this book will be ready for order through your local bookstores and libraries.                                                                                                        

2017 - The Leprechaun, Crinklebottom

BACK PAGE BLURB  ... The Leprechaun, Crinklebottom 

Now I’m sure most of you have heard about leprechauns, but have any of you heard about Shamus O’Shaun? He was a devil of a creature, greedy, vain and downright as cunning as a fox. It served him well until he arrived in Riverbend and decided to set up home. There he began to build up a great crock of gold by playing on the local fairies’ goodwill. But he didn’t count on their astute nature.

Read how Shamus was taken in by the fairies, and how he got his name of Crinklebottom.

A READ-TO-ME or READ ALONE booklet (26 pages)

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2017 - Snuffy, The Sleeping Dragon

BACK PAGE BLURB ... Snuffy, the Sleeping Dragon


One would think that all dragons are the same, but believe me, they are not. Meet Snuffy, a fruit-eating dragon who wanted to be an explorer. The life of living in a castle was not the life for him, so … after the celebration of his first birthday, he took to the skies. Follow his journey and see where it leads.

A READ-TO-ME or READ ALONE booklet. (36 pages)



2017 - Edition three - The Ring of Curses

BACK PAGE BLURB ... Merlin's School for Ordinary Children - The Ring of Curses

A reclusive old man had to die before something of major proportions happened in the small seaside town of Calder Cove. Over a long and extended period, a series of weird and rather extraordinary events occur, most of which are hidden from view behind a construction of tall screens. Then, with a very grand and bizarre opening ceremony, a strange and mysterious castle is revealed, a castle that seemed to have appeared out of the darkness and silence of nowhere.

Was it magic, the townsfolk wondered? Or was it something more sinister?

In time, it is made known that the massive grey edifice is nothing beyond a school. But when the exclusively invited children finally step inside, the huge doors are locked securely behind them, creating a strict division between the world of their families and the castle. Everything that was once part of everyday life becomes a thing of the past and the new students are thrown - without warning - into the unknown. It is with great trepidation that they begin to question these changes and ask … is this place really a school?

An answer to their dilemma begins to show itself after an intriguing visit to an Aztec pyramid that ends with the theft of a cursed ring, and the eventual disappearance of the school’s bully, Neville Cormac. The teachers’ blasé response to this matter prompts Bridget Lincoln and her motley crew of friends to investigate. But they get much more than they bargain for when they stumble upon magical rooms and hidden passageways, a golden door and … most horrifically … their own doom! (326 pages)

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 Global distribution through IngramSpark is now complete..

2016 - Merlin's School for Ordinary Children - Sword of Stone

BACK PAGE BLURB ... Merlin's School for Ordinary Children - Sword of Stone

 One would think that Calder Cove’s children, and their parents, would be reluctant to have anything to do with Merlin’s School after the adventure of The Ring of Curses. But there is a strange and powerful force that surrounds the place and this force seems to remove all hesitancy. Once again invites are eventually dispatched finding selected children waiting eagerly to gain entrance to the fortified institution.

 This year though, Bridget Lincoln, Tilderly Davis and some of their friends become savvy to a dangerous scheme about the retrieval of a magical stone and a sword. Everyone feels safe enough about their involvement – or lack thereof - until Bridget and Tilderly, along with three other students, stumble through a portal. Unfortunately, it is not an easy thing to return to the school, for it disappears into the mists of time leaving everyone trapped inside another dimension.

 Pursued by an assortment of Ogres, Goblins and Trolls, the children must make tracks to Grave’s End; the last known resting place of this mysterious and much coveted weapon.

 If you enjoyed Merlin’s School for Ordinary Children – The Ring of Curses, you will be captivated by the next adventure that is Merlin’s School for Ordinary Children – Sword of Stone. There is more fun, more mystery and more magic, and definitely more thrills. It’s a read not to be missed. (340 pages)


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Global distribution in the making is complete. Books can now be ordered in shops or in libraries.


2015 - Bits and Pieces - An Anthology

 Over time I have been putting together all my pages that I have written during the years; those from my writing school and TAFE days and the poetry that I have written. It has taken me eighteen months but I have finally got most of it together; or at least the bits I feel are good enough to present to the world. Some people may think differently but that's okay for I have likened this edition to a box of chocolates ... everyone has their favorites. This is for over 18 years and over readers.


 Back page blurb

Bits and Pieces - An Anthology, is akin to a box of chocolates; each story or piece of poetry has a different flavour. There is some humour, some horror, some supernatural and some good old reality. Take a bite ... you might even find your very own favourite.

NOTE* - There are two *F#@& bombs in this edition as, at the time of writing most of these pieces I had not yet discovered the joys of writing for children and YA's. (174 pages)

PRINT BOOK - Withdrawn from sale, though I have some copies available. Just email me if you're interested (Australia only)




2015 - Riverbend

RIVERBEND; A Collection of Fairy tales And Other Stories ...

RIVERBEND is a 'Read To Me' or 'Read Alone' book for all ages, comprising of 76 pages in an A4 format. It is illustrated with black and white pictures that are original photos taken on the property at Riverbend. 

 Back Page Blurb

 Riverbend is a real place, 12 kilometres west of Tiaro in Queensland, Australia. It is 28 acres of beautiful bushland, with a winding seasonal creek; an enchanted place where once a dragon came. He lies there still, infusing the land with his magic. Because of this Riverbend is now a locale where fairies dwell and leprechauns visit, where trolls take an evening stroll and a witch once lived, casting spells and curses!

 A 'AND WHY KNOT' Publication. (A4 74 pages)




2012 - Edition one ... The Ring of Curses

First published in September 2012 by Sid Harta Publishing, Merlin's School for Ordinary Children - The Ring of Curses is #1 in the series.

 About a mismatched group of friends the first book is an adventure that starts with the appearance of a mysterious school. It is after the theft of a mysterious ring that things start to go haywire.

 This series has the feel of Enid Blyton's Famous Five adventures with a touch of Harry Potter magic thrown in.

No longer available online but the author does have some signed copies left. Email Margaret at for details. Sorry ... but Australia only.