Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Installment 59

Jack Cover with border small canvas

JACK AND THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
by HL Carpenter
ISBN: 978-0-9884095-1-4
Ebook ISBN: 978-0-9884095-0-7
Copyright (c) 2012 by Top Drawer Ink Corp.

*****

Continued from Installment 58

“After she fell sick, while we were searching for the Fountain again, Tia Bella and I learned another part of the legend. There are two ways to invoke the spell of immortality. You can drink from the spring or bathe in the water. Whichever way you chose, the other reverses the curse permanently.” Jack paused, as if reciting the legend had reminded him of something else. After a moment, he said, “Maria drank, then turned to speak to me. The edges of the spring crumbled under her feet, and she fell in.”

He sounded so sincere. Just like the caballarius she’d compared him to when they’d first met. Nessa wanted to believe him. But a little voice inside her head kept whispering that no one lived forever. The Fountain of Youth was fable, not fact. No matter how convincing he was, no matter how she felt about him, part of her still worried he was here because of Bradley.

Yet she could think of no reason for him to make up such an incredible story. She studied him, struggling to decide whether to trust her heart or listen to her fear.

*****

***** ABOUT THE AUTHOR *****

HL Carpenter is the pen name of a Florida-based mother/daughter duo who writes from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity.

Also by HL Carpenter:

The SkyHorse.Fourteen year old Tovi thinks finding a flying horse is fabulous luck–until a mysterious stranger says finders aren’t always keepers.

The Demise of Fyne Literature. Who killed Fyne Literature? The Fictional Book Investigation Agency is on the case—and the lead investigator is closer to the culprit than he realizes.

Dream Stealer. Is stealing a dream better than losing your own?

Walled In. When her father is accused of fraud, seventeen year old Vandy Spencer discovers her entire life has been built on a heart-shattering deception.

Taxing Pecksniffery. Flying frizzles! The year is 2176, a rebellion is brewing, and the boss wants a recon report. Ichann Count is all wet as a spy, but she plunges into the fray. Will she emerge with her memory banks intact?

*****

Posted in Fiction, Jack Tagged with: , , ,

Top Drawer News — Blogfest!

Image source: Apryl Baker

Image source: Apryl Baker

Hello, 2014 YA/NA Blogfest visitors! We’re happy to meet you and delighted to be part of this year’s blogfest. The fun is sponsored by super-successful, generous, and hardworking–not to mention best-selling–author, Apryl Baker. Thanks for sponsoring this blogfest, Apryl, and for inviting us to be part of it!

Knowing that Apryl’s books will soon be made into a movie, we got to wondering who could play the lead when the film rights for our YA novel, Walled In, get optioned. Maybe…hey, maybe you? Could you play our hero, Vandy Spencer, in the movie? Take the quiz below and find out.

Oh, wait a minute. You’ll want to get a good score on the quiz, right? So before you scroll down to the questions, here’s what you need to know about Walled In.

Vandy 3D Cover small

Seventeen year old Vandy Spencer lives like a princess. Sheltered by her wealthy family, she happily makes plans to spend a fantasy before-college gap summer with her gorgeous boyfriend.

Then her dad is accused of a huge financial fraud. Vandy is thrust into a frenzy of media attention as accusations and innuendos pile up daily. The victims of her dad’s swindle vow revenge, and her dad flees.

As her perfect life disintegrates, Vandy struggles to separate reality from lies. Was her perfect life truly so perfect? Did she ever really know her father?

When family secrets come to light, revealing an unimaginable betrayal, Vandy learns to appreciate the simple richness of sincerity and truth.

And now, the quiz!

You read Walden by Henry David Thoreau.

 
 
 
 

You know what a Ponzi scheme is.

 
 
 
 

You were born to play the role of a rich and beautiful heiress.

 
 
 
 

You have a solid understanding of what’s important in life.

 
 
 
 

You know how to use a composting toilet.

 
 
 
 

Question 1 of 5


Thanks for playing along!

***Before you leave, be sure to enter the contest below!***

You could win a great prize…including a copy of Walled In. You want to read it so you’ll be ready for the movie, right? :)

***

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Posted in Fiction, Walled In Tagged with: ,

Top Drawer News — Jack and The Video

Image source: Screenshot by HL Carpenter

Image source: Screenshot by HL Carpenter

Our thanks to friend and fellow author Gina Briganti for taking the time to post a VIDEO REVIEW of Jack!

Take a look at Gina’s Five Star review, then visit her website and give her some blogging love.

Why not visit her book page on Amazon too…we’re here to tell you Gina’s a VERY good writer.

***

Posted in Jack, Top Drawer News Tagged with: , ,

Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Installment 58

Jack Cover with border small canvas

JACK AND THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
by HL Carpenter
ISBN: 978-0-9884095-1-4
Ebook ISBN: 978-0-9884095-0-7
Copyright (c) 2012 by Top Drawer Ink Corp.

*****

Continued from Installment 57

 

Jack shook his head. “No. My knowledge is first-hand. I was here, with the expedition, along with Maria and Tia Bella.”

Tenspot said, “Who are they?”

“My twin sister and my aunt.” He gestured toward the hole in the ground. “I found the fuente by accident. It was much more open than this in 1513. It looked like a small, deep pool. The water was cool and clear, and the day was hot, like today, a break in the middle of two big storms. All three of us drank from the Fountain. But Maria aged in the years afterward, when we returned to España. Tia Bella and I stayed young.”

When he’d told her his sister had died, his sorrow had been genuine. Nessa asked, “How come Maria didn’t live forever?”

*****

***** ABOUT THE AUTHOR *****

HL Carpenter is the pen name of a Florida-based mother/daughter duo who writes from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity.

Also by HL Carpenter:

The SkyHorse.Fourteen year old Tovi thinks finding a flying horse is fabulous luck–until a mysterious stranger says finders aren’t always keepers.

The Demise of Fyne Literature. Who killed Fyne Literature? The Fictional Book Investigation Agency is on the case—and the lead investigator is closer to the culprit than he realizes.

Dream Stealer. Is stealing a dream better than losing your own?

Walled In. When her father is accused of fraud, seventeen year old Vandy Spencer discovers her entire life has been built on a heart-shattering deception.

Taxing Pecksniffery. Flying frizzles! The year is 2176, a rebellion is brewing, and the boss wants a recon report. Ichann Count is all wet as a spy, but she plunges into the fray. Will she emerge with her memory banks intact?

*****

Posted in Fiction, Jack Tagged with: , , ,

Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Installment 57

Jack Cover with border small canvas

JACK AND THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
by HL Carpenter
ISBN: 978-0-9884095-1-4
Ebook ISBN: 978-0-9884095-0-7
Copyright (c) 2012 by Top Drawer Ink Corp.

*****

Continued from Installment 56

 

Jack studied her. “Do you?”

About as clearly as if she’d been trying to peer through eyeglasses coated with petroleum jelly. “Sure, Jack. Umm, let me count. You’re almost five hundred years old.”

Tenspot said, “That’s even older than my dad.”

Jack half-smiled. “Way older.”

Nessa said, “Are you sure you haven’t been here more recently, Jack? And that all this Fountain of Youth baloney is a cover so you can find out about Bradley?”

He met her gaze. “I swear this has nothing to do with Bradley, Nessa. I never heard his name until you said it this morning. The last time I visited this part of La Florida was in the company of an expedition led by my uncle, Juan Ponce de León.”

“He was your uncle?” Tenspot blinked. “I learned about him in school.”

“So did Jack,” Nessa said.

*****

***** ABOUT THE AUTHOR *****

HL Carpenter is the pen name of a Florida-based mother/daughter duo who writes from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity.

Also by HL Carpenter:

The SkyHorse.Fourteen year old Tovi thinks finding a flying horse is fabulous luck–until a mysterious stranger says finders aren’t always keepers.

The Demise of Fyne Literature. Who killed Fyne Literature? The Fictional Book Investigation Agency is on the case—and the lead investigator is closer to the culprit than he realizes.

Dream Stealer. Is stealing a dream better than losing your own?

Walled In. When her father is accused of fraud, seventeen year old Vandy Spencer discovers her entire life has been built on a heart-shattering deception.

Taxing Pecksniffery. Flying frizzles! The year is 2176, a rebellion is brewing, and the boss wants a recon report. Ichann Count is all wet as a spy, but she plunges into the fray. Will she emerge with her memory banks intact?

*****

Posted in Fiction, Jack Tagged with: , , ,

Hi, there!

We're glad you're here! We love readers!

We’re HL Carpenter, a Florida-based mother/daughter duo. We write from our studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like our stories, is unreal but not untrue. When we’re not writing, we enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity.

Learn more here, check out our clips, read excerpts from our books, or contact us.

Get e-mail updates

Keep up with all the happenings in Carpenter Country! Enter your email address, pick your preferred format, and click "Subscribe." After you respond to the opt-in message from MailChimp, you'll receive an email once a week with the latest news from HL Carpenter.

email format

Walled In

When her father is accused of fraud, seventeen year old Vandy Spencer discovers her entire life has been built on a heart-shattering deception.

Read the first chapter.

Learn more about Vandy.

Buy at Amazon (US) (Kindle)

Buy at Amazon.co.uk (UK) (Kindle)

Buy at Musa Publishing (PDF, ePub, Mobi, Kindle)

Taxing Pecksniffery

Flying frizzles! The year is 2176, a rebellion is brewing, and the boss wants a recon report. Ichann Count is all wet as a spy, but she plunges into the fray. Will she emerge with her memory banks intact?

Read an excerpt.

Buy at Amazon (US) (Kindle)

Buy at Amazon.co.uk (UK) (Kindle)

Buy at Musa Publishing (PDF, ePub, Mobi, Kindle)

Wondering about the title? Click here.

Dream Stealer

Is stealing a dream better than losing your own?

Read an excerpt.

Buy at Amazon (US) (Kindle)

Buy at Amazon.co.uk (UK) (Kindle)

The Demise of Fyne Literature

Who killed Fyne Literature? The Fictional Book Investigation Agency is on the case—and the lead investigator is closer to the culprit than he realizes.

Learn about the new satirical short story by HL Carpenter

Buy from Musa Publishing

Buy at Amazon (US) (Kindle)

Buy at Amazon.co.uk (UK) (Kindle)

The SkyHorse

Tovi thinks finding a flying horse is fabulous luck—
until a mysterious stranger says finders aren’t always keepers.

Read the first chapter.

Get free stuff and learn the FAQs.

Buy at Amazon (US) (Kindle)

Buy at Amazon.co.uk (UK) (Kindle)

Buy at Musa Publishing (PDF, ePub, Mobi, Kindle)

Jack and The Fountain of Youth

Some people say the Fountain of Youth is a myth. Jack Ponsi Dileonardo Thomas knows better.

Read the installments.

Buy at Amazon (US) (Kindle)

Buy at Amazon.co.uk (UK) (Kindle)

Buy at Smashwords

The Emma Twiggs Mysteries

Meet Emma Twiggs: Septuagenarian sleuth; Aunty to her favorite (and only) nephew; matchmaker at heart.

Read the stories.

Carpenter Country Essays

Find out what's going on in our neck of the human experience.

Read the essays

Prior Posts

Looking for a specific type of post?

Questions? Comments? Suggestions?

Contact information here

Google+