Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Audio Installment 21

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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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Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Audio Installment 21

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An old pickup bounced around the corner and bumped to a stop behind the police cruiser. A small thin man with a shock of uncombed black hair lurched out of the cab and snarled, “Get over here, boy!”

Tenspot darted to him.

Jack stepped forward, but Sheriff Garrison put a hand on his shoulder and shook her head.

Tenspot climbed in the passenger’s seat and sat staring straight ahead. The older man snatched the bike Jack had left lying in the clearing and tossed it into the back of the truck. He paused with his hand on the door and glared at Jack, Nessa, and Sheriff Garrison before sliding behind the wheel. He wrestled the truck through a three-point turn and sped away, dirt spurting from under the tires.

“Was that his father?” Jack asked.

“Yes, and in his usual foul mood,” Nessa said.

“Poor kid.” Jack clenched his fists. “I would like to set his old man straight.”

“Tenner’s so unfriendly these days it’s hard to believe he used to be a successful businessman,” Sheriff Garrison said. “He was well-liked around Everyoung. I’ve never seen any indication he’s mean to Tenspot, but he doesn’t like strangers, and he keeps to himself. You wouldn’t want to cross him.”

“Sure I would,” Jack muttered. “I hate bullies, and especially bullies who pick on kids.”

“Tenspot deserves better,” Nessa said. “He’s a good kid.”

“Smart too,” the sheriff said. “Sometimes almost too smart.”

“I noticed that,” Jack said. “For instance, how do you suppose he knew my name?”

Nessa shrugged. “He lives right down the road. You had to pass their house to get here. He probably saw you ride in on your bike and asked Mrs. Kuhn about you.”

“Not much gets past him.” Sheriff Garrison pointed over the hood of her car as Harey bounded into the yard. “Look who’s back.”

The rabbit darted to Nessa.

She swept him into her arms, laughing. “Harey! What have you been up to?”

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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 — A treasure of a friend

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Image source: Screen capture by HL Carpenter

 

Our thanks to our author friend Sloane Taylor, for featuring Pirate Summer on her blog today.

We’ve never discovered an actual pirate cache of treasure like Josey, the hero of our book. But we’ve been enriched by finding a treasure of a friend in Sloane. She’s a jewel.

Thank you, Sloane, for all you do.

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Top Drawer News — Learning from the birds

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Do you notice inconsistencies in best-sellers as you read them? Has the practice helped your writing?

In this month’s post on the Working Writers and Bloggers site, we talk about four things we’ve learned from best-selling books we’ve recently read. Hop on over to read the post. Then share your tips in the comments. We look forward to hearing what you’ve learned from books you read.

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Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Audio Installment 20

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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Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Audio Installment 20

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Seven

Missing!” Jack caught Tenspot’s arm. “What do you mean he is missing?”

The boy wrenched free. “I mean he’s gone. You know, like not there. He’s nowhere in the greenhouse. I searched all over.”

“Maybe the door did not latch properly when we came out,” Jack said.

“He’s a little escape artist,” Nessa said. “He’s probably hiding under the porch again.”

“Nope, he’s not there. I checked. I checked all his favorite hidin’ places.” Tenspot pointed at the overgrowth of brush and trees behind the greenhouse. “I’ll find him for you.”

“Oh no you won’t,” Sheriff Garrison said. “I don’t want you wandering around in those woods by yourself. With all the storm damage, it’d be too easy for you to get hurt.”

Tenspot scowled. “You’re just sayin’ that ‘cuz you think I’m a baby.”

“That’s not true.” Nessa touched his shoulder. “I appreciate your wanting to help. But the sheriff’s right. Even before Tropical Storm Kyle, parts of this place were so wild I hadn’t explored them myself.”

Jack was pretty sure no one had tramped through the farm’s wild places since the de León expedition. Tall pines and rough-barked oaks reached for the sky, casting the earth beneath into deep shadow. Thick pockets of saw palmetto, brambles, deadfalls of decaying branches, and tangles of wild grape and creeper vines crowded together at ground level.

No way Moran Tennies, newspaper tipster, could have made his way through the tangle, much less re-discover the Fountain of Youth.

So what was really behind the call to the Pryer? Could it have something to do with the mysterious Bradley and the story Nessa didn’t want to tell?

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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 – International Author’s Day 2016

Image source: Debdatta Dasgupta Sahay

Image source: Debdatta Dasgupta Sahay

 

When we were growing up, we loved to read, and our favorite books were the ones about horses. We read and re-read the classics, including Black Beauty and the Black Stallion series, and dreamed of a horse to call our own. Eventually, our dream came true, and Carpenter Country has been home to several horses over the years – though none with wings (yet) like the magical equine featured in our book, The SkyHorse.

To those authors whose books inspired our dream, a very big THANK YOU! Without your fabulous stories, our own imagination might never have taken flight, allowing us to realize another of our dreams: becoming published authors.

We also thank Debdatta Dasgupta Sahay from bookr3vi3ws.in for organizing the third annual International Authors’ Day Blog Hop. The hop celebrates international authors and is taking place this year from Thursday, July 14 to Monday, July 18, 2016. Participating bloggers are offering great prizes. All you have to do is hop from blog to blog using the links posted below (beneath the Rafflecopter widget) and enter to win!

**HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN WIN BY ENTERING RIGHT HERE ON OUR SITE**

**We’re offering one copy of our e-novel, The SkyHorse, to a lucky reader.**

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

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**Giveaway Details**

Prize: One winner will receive one copy of the e-book, The SkyHorse, by HL Carpenter

Contest ends: Monday, July 18, 11:59 pm Eastern, 2016

Open: Internationally (The e-book is only available in English and will be delivered via email)

How to enter: To win one free copy of the e-book, The SkyHorse, by HL Carpenter, sign into the Rafflecopter widget below and make a comment on this post. To enter and win prizes offered by other participating blogs, use the link below the Rafflecopter widget to see the complete list of participants.

Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook or any social media platform.

If you have any questions, send an email to HL_Carpenter(at)HLCarpenter(dot)com.

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HL Carpenter is a Florida-based mother/daughter writing duo. The Carpenters write from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, they enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity. The Carpenter’s latest young adult novel is Pirate Summer, the story of fifteen year old Josey, who has one option to save her brother: traveling two hundred years into the past with a boy she can’t trust.

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