Having done all the usual stuff – school, marriage, kids – Margaret moved to Tiaro, Queensland, Australia from Tasmania. She’s currently retired and spends most of her time writing, reading and doing needlework. She has published several books - children’s fantasy, YA and adult fiction, along with the castle chronicles for Victory Village at Riverbend, and had a short story included in a Canadian anthology. The Ring of Curses – her first book, and her first book in her Merlin’s School for Ordinary Children fantasy series - was nominated for the Ditmar awards, and in 2014 and 2015 Margaret was a featured author in The Premier’s Reading Challenge, Tasmania. This year – 2021 - her short story, Three Wishes Granted, will be winging its way to the moon (see http://www.writersonthemoon.com) to be included in the first Lunar Library, along with 1,200 other authors, artists and composers. You can find out more – including her publishing history - on her web page … or like her on her Facebook page. She would love to hear from you.
An old man had to die before something of major proportions happened in the town of Calder Cove. It was the bizarre opening of a mysterious castle. Was it magic, people wandered? It is soon made known that the massive edifice is nothing beyond a school. But when the children step inside, a whole new world is revealed, including a trip to an Aztec pyramid, a cursed ring and a lost student. Family reading
Abbey Wynn - RACT - Journeys Magazine. Get your kids reading with Margaret R Blake's first novel, The Ring of Curses.
Enter Merlin's magical castle and meet the weird headmaster and his peculiar teaching staff; Mrs Regina Wordsworthy, the librarian, with her blue-rinsed hair and Mrs Flora Nettlewood, the nurse, who reeks of camphor balls! There is only one long school term and it's full of mystery that keeps one guessing.
JOHN MORROW'S PICK OF THE WEEK.
I hope there are more books coming to captivate me for times to come. This cleverly written book tells readers about a very special school, situated in the fishing village of Calder Cove. Calder Cove is an ordinary town full of ordinary people with ordinary children living ordinary lives. Well, at least that's how it would seem ... but nothing could be further from the truth.
The school has a magical power that pulls the selected students back into its clutches. Once there, during an enchanted equinox, a portal opens that sucks some unsuspecting students in. Once inside – and against all odds - they must fulfil a prophecy and find a much-coveted sword before they can return to the school. Family reading.
Margaret R Blake does a wonderful job at interweaving book one – The Ring of Curses - with book two, Sword of the Stone. The skillful writing style of Margaret R Blake had me reliving the first read and I felt as though it was only yesterday that I had finished The Ring of Curse’s. There is enough information provided in this book for one to still enjoy the journey.
Action/Adventure, Fantasy, Paranormal Fiction, Young Adult
Nigel D Tranter is a 15-year old lad who has no ambition, no prospects and no idea. Then to his surprise and delight he receives an invite to a Halloween 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.
It is the third year since the strange castle, known to the residents of Calder Cove as Merlin's School for Ordinary Children, appeared in the seaside town. They are still viewing it with trepidation, more so this year as things that had been accepted - though odd - suddenly become dark and dire when a string of disasters happen in the town, and a teacher is killed. Students are now more than ever reluctant to enter the confines of the building, but their choices are removed by an enchantment that draws the selected few in. Will they find out who the murderer is before it’s too late? Or will the murderer find them first? Family reading.
I loved the story, especially revolving around Allan, Orion and Ernest. It was fun and fast paced. The boys really came alive for me when they entered the other realm. Their personalities came out. Their adventures flowed one into the next and you have some wonderful turns of phrase that at times had me chuckling and appreciative. I was rooting for them, and even the angry James once his grandfather was found. Julie Whitley
I really enjoyed it overall, I kept wanting to pick it up and keep going. Anita McGovern (Avid Reader)
Love Bites Blurb - When a man proposes and takes you to meet his parents it should be the happiest moment of your life. But what if you see him with another woman on the night of the party? What happens then? Cassandra is just a regular girl who has fallen deeply, and madly, in love with Rowan. Yes … he is tall, dark and handsome, also charming and a sweetheart to boot ... everything a girl could ever want. Unfortunately, Cassandra does not find out about the finer details of her fiancé - that he is also a vampire - until it is too late. What is she to do? A paranormal romance novella
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.
Kerrie Skilton - Finished 'The Healing', loved every word. Finally a story I could sit back and relax and enjoy. Congratulations Margaret R Blake on a job well done.
Ron Hanlon - The Healing. Five-Stars Margaret R Blake, in her new book the Healing, tells a fabulous Five Star story of a young women’s heartbreak and healing. The story is set in medieval times where magic and normal are mixed into a spellbinding dialog. Yet the reader is right at home with the author's vivid descriptions and her development of the story's many characters. This suspenseful tale will keep the reader turning its pages until the end where an astonishing secret is revealed. Thanks, Margaret, for a wonderful five-star story and great read.
I loved The Healing, it was a wonderful story where a maiden found the courage to overcome many ruthless deeds ... her fiery spirit eventually saved her and her gift in the end was proof, women can overcome anything and succeed ... well done Margaret for creating an escape ... keep up the great work. Natasha M Cleland