Top Drawer News — Thanks to a generous friend

Image source: Screen capture by HL Carpenter

Image source: Screen capture by HL Carpenter

Our thanks to fellow YA author friend Sharon Ledwith for sharing the news of the release of our very own Pirate Summer!

Sharon’s always going the extra mile for other authors. We encourage you to click over to her site and check out her Last Timekeepers MG/YA Time Travel Series.

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Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Audio Installment 25

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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.

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Continued from Audio Installment 24
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Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Audio Installment 25

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Read along with us!
Below is the text version of the audio.

 

Mr. Newman’s thin voice whined from the phone like an annoying mosquito.

Jack put the handset back to his ear. “I think your source made a mistake, Mr. Newman. I doubt the Fountain is here.”

Annoyance gusted across the airwaves in the form of Mr. Newman’s trademark sigh. Jack could even smell peppermint candy.

“You’re not supposed to think or doubt.” Mr. Newman’s tone grew low and ominous. “Quit sniveling. Get the story and the pictures.”

“There is no story. That is what I am telling you.”

“Our source says there is.”

“Our source is ten years old.”

“I could not care less. Get me the cover story about the Fountain of Youth before the Luminary scoops us or don’t bother coming back to the office at all.”

The connection went dead. Jack punched the end button and dropped the phone to the ground. He smacked his fist against the tree trunk. The pain jarred his entire arm.

He rested his forehead against the bark. Now what? How could he protect Nessa?

Behind him, the greenhouse door banged open. He whirled.

Nessa stared at him, looking for all the world as if she’d seen a ghost.

Jack raced to her, pulled her into his arms, and drew her close. “What is wrong? What happened?”

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***** 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.

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

Pirate Summer. When her brother disappears, Josey is sure she knows where he’s gone. And the only way to bring him home is to travel two hundred years into the past with a boy she can’t trust.

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Top Drawer News — Read, repeat

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Image source: Free Picture ID: 220904 Simon Lawrence Dreamstime Stock Photos

 

In this month’s post for Working Writers and Bloggers, we talk about our reasons for re-reading favorite books. Click on over and read what we have to say — re-read the post if you like! Then let us know how re-reading helps your writing.

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Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Audio Installment 24

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.

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Continued from Audio Installment 23
(New here? Choose an installment or start at the beginning)

 

Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Audio Installment 24

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Read along with us!
Below is the text version of the audio.

Eight

Jack! Where are you?” Mr. Newman’s voice boomed through the receiver of Jack’s phone.

Jack winced and held the phone away from his ear. “I am standing next to a tree in front of Nessa Owens’s house.”

“Good! How’s the story coming? When do I get a sample from the Fountain? I’m looking forward to revisiting my youth.”

“I do not think that is possible.”

Whatever had happened to Harey, the agua from the Fountain of Youth would not make a person young. The water would only keep whoever drank it from aging further.

“Was that an insult?” Mr. Newman asked.

“No. I have not located the spring yet.”

“What!” Mr. Newman’s voice rose another notch. “You’ve been on the story since eight this morning! It’s now one o’clock. What have you been doing?”

Jack lowered the phone and checked the display in disbelief. He’d lost all track of time and completely forgotten about the story. Instead of following up with Tenspot about why he’d called in the tip, Jack had spent the morning working beside Nessa in the greenhouse. They’d cleaned up the rest of the mess from the break-in, re-potted seedlings, misted the young plants, assembled herb wreaths to fill outstanding orders, and packed them for shipping.

And talked.

He liked listening to her voice, liked the way she laughed. He even liked the way she rolled her eyes when she thought what he’d said was silly.

What had ever made him believe he could think of her as his sister? Yet he had no business thinking of her in any other way. Drinking from the Fountain of Youth had robbed him of the chance of having a normal life. Stuck at age eighteen forever, he couldn’t stay in one place long. He and Tia Bella had to keep re-inventing themselves, leaving behind people they’d come to like, moving around so no one would wonder why they never got older.

How could he ask Nessa to live like that?

No, he had to forget this crazy attraction. The best thing he could do for her was keep Sly Liaberco from bothering her, and then get out of her life himself.

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***** 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.

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

Pirate Summer. When her brother disappears, Josey is sure she knows where he’s gone. And the only way to bring him home is to travel two hundred years into the past with a boy she can’t trust.

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Top Drawer News — New friends!

Image source: Screen capture by HL Carpenter

Image source: Screen capture by HL Carpenter

 

Our thanks to husband/wife writing team CD Hersh for sharing their blog space with us! Hop on over to sample a kumquat pie recipe!

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