Top Drawer News — A Cause for Murder Audio Excerpt

A CAUSE FOR MURDER
by HL Carpenter
ISBN: 978-0-9861561-1-3
Ebook ISBN: 978-0-9861561-0-6
Copyright (c) 2017 by Top Drawer Ink Corp.

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If you’ve been following along with our adventures in recording the audio version of Jack and The Fountain of Youth, you know we’re finally beginning to make serious progress. Now we’re applying that progress to A Cause for Murder.

Here’s Chapter 1 for your listening pleasure.  😉

The recording is approximately 5 minutes long.

 

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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:

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

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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Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Audio 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.

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Continued from Audio Installment 56
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Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Audio Installment 57

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Read along with us!
Below is the text version of the audio.
(Show notes are beneath the text.)

“Do you?” Jack asked.

About as clearly as if she’d been trying to peer through eyeglasses coated with petroleum jelly.

“Sure. Umm, let me count. You’re almost five hundred years old.”

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

Jack half-smiled. “Way older.”

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

He raised his hand. “I swear this has nothing to do with Bradley. 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.

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SHOW NOTES

We’re new to the Audacity, the sound program we use for our audio recordings, and to sound effects in general. These are our thoughts on the current episode.

Recording. We recorded this segment in five takes, after three practice runs with the microphone off.

Technical. This week, we  downloaded three plug-ins from the Audacity forum, and read multiple posts on preparing audio files for submission to Amazon’s Audible platform. We are making major progress–finally! The difference between this week’s recording and prior weeks is noticeable even to us.

Comments. This chapter passes the hardware checks for Audible and we couldn’t be more excited! We’re soooooo much closer to having production ready files to submit.

Story changes. ACK! We discovered a typo. Good grief! After all the time spent reading, re-reading, editing, correcting … well, the good news is we discovered the typo and fixed the copy, so the next upload of Jack should be error-free –we hope! 🙂

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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:

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

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.

A Cause for Murder. Someone at Happy Haven is a killer. Septuagenarian sleuth Emma Twiggs navigates madcap mayhem, multiple mysteries, and murderous motives to discover who has a cause for murder.

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Top Drawer News — A Cause for Murder

Whoo-hooo! Emma’s out in the world!

We’re delighted to say A Cause for Murder is available on Amazon.

A Cause for Murder is a cozy mystery featuring our favorite septaugenarian sleuth, Emma Twiggs. Emma is trying to figure out who killed her friend, and as she navigates madcap mayhem, multiple mysteries, and murderous motives, she discovers more than one person is hiding deadly secrets. The question is, who has a cause for murder?

A Cause for Murder is currently available in digital and print versions, and is an Amazon Storyteller contest entry.

Here’s an excerpt:

It wasn’t the food. Happy Haven Retirement Community’s chef prepared delicious, artistically plated roast beef and mashed potatoes every Sunday evening.

Emma Twiggs set down her fork. No, the food wasn’t the problem.

It wasn’t the chatter or the whispers in the dining room, or the sidelong glances of other Happy Haven residents. Happy Haven was a hotbed of gossip and rumors. Being the topic du jour was familiar territory.

It certainly wasn’t her dinner companion. Arnie Bracken was always charming, kind, and intelligent, no matter what her best friend Olli thought.

No, food, chatter, and Arnie, combined or singular, were not the cause of her uneasiness.

The problem –

“I know what you’re thinking, Em,” Arnie said.

“Do you?” She picked up a glass of lemon-spritzed water and tried to swallow past the tightness in her throat. She could only hope he had no idea of what she was thinking.

“Sure.” He leaned forward and lowered his voice. “You’re wondering how someone as fit as Jo accidentally drowned in the swimming pool.”

Emma froze. Her fingers tightened on the glass. The chatter in the room faded into muted background noise. She had deliberately not been thinking about Jo. She would not think about Jo. How did Arnie know she’d been thinking about Jo?

“I’ll tell you how,” he said. “Jo was murdered, and Cahan murdered her.”

“I am not thinking about – Murdered?” The lump in her throat expanded to the size of the Brussels sprouts on her plate. “By Todd?”

“Murdered. By Cahan. And we need to prove he did the deed.”

“Arnie.” Emma set the glass on the table and uncurled her fingers from it. She coughed to clear the non-existent Brussels sprout from her throat. “The paramedics told us Jo’s death was accidental. An accidental drowning.”

“Yeah, I know all the euphemisms they used.”

Emma did too. The headline in Harmony Notes, the local daily, had read TRAGIC ACCIDENT AT HAPPY HAVEN. Unfortunate was the word murmured most frequently at the funeral service, followed closely by regrettable.

She said, “Harmony’s police department and the district medical examiner agreed with the paramedics, Arnie.”

“They’re wrong.”

A trickle of condensation wept down the side of the glass and puddled into a teardrop on the table. All the words used to describe Jo’s death were wrong. Wrong and inadequate. Words were inadequate now too.

Because this was the problem she had been avoiding.

Her role in Jo’s death.

 

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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?

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

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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Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Audio Installment 56

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 55
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Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Audio Installment 56

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Read along with us!
Below is the text version of the audio.
(Show notes are beneath the text.)

“Perhaps the water rejuvenates metal,” Jack said. “I do not know. All I know is this is the colgante my sister gave me and its presence here proves this spring is the same one I discovered five hundred years ago.”

“Huh?” Tenspot said.

“How long ago?” Nessa asked.

“I lost my colgante the year I first discovered the Fountain. That was in the year 1513.” Jack’s lips thinned into a grim line. “Whether you believe me or not, drinking the water means staying young forever.”

“Everybody knows that,” Tenspot said. “That’s why it’s called the Fountain of Youth.”

“True. And it is rightfully named.” Jack clutched the medal. “I drank the water. In the year 1513.”

“I see.” Nessa’s heart curled into a small, tight fist.

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SHOW NOTES

We’re new to the Audacity, the sound program we use for our audio recordings, and to sound effects in general. These are our thoughts on the current episode.

Recording. We recorded this segment in one take, after one practice run with the microphone off.

Technical. We’ve noticed the adjustments to the various voices are not always identical. The problem is that our voice varies in pitch between takes. When we record the final version of Jack, reducing the time between takes should correct this issue.

Comments. We’ve listened to quite a few voice clips this week in an effort to copycat the shift from reading to acting. Not so easy!

Story changes. A few minor changes this week, including changing “maybe” to “perhaps.” We’re still on the fence about whether to keep Jack’s tone formal or whether his speech patterns would have become looser over 500 years.

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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.

A Cause for Murder. Someone at Happy Haven is a killer. Septuagenarian sleuth Emma Twiggs navigates madcap mayhem, multiple mysteries, and murderous motives to discover who has a cause for murder.

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Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Audio Installment 55

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 54
(New here? Choose an installment or start at the beginning)

 

Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Audio Installment 55

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Read along with us!
Below is the text version of the audio.
(Show notes are beneath the text.)

Tenspot backed up. “We gotta get a sample.”

“No!”

“How else can we prove this is the Fountain of Youth?”

“This proves we have found the Fountain, just as the legend says.” Jack waved the necklace again. The shiny silver piece swayed at the end of the thin broken chain like a hypnotist’s focal point.

Nessa walked to him. The pendant was a rough-edged medal, with images of crowns and a lion and Spanish words engraved around the uneven rim.

“You’re sure this pendant is from the sixteenth century?” she asked.

“Positive.”

She touched the chain. “Silver almost always oxidizes over time.”

“What’s that mean?” Tenspot asked.

“Unless the necklace was dropped here recently, the metal should be black, not shiny,” Nessa said.

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SHOW NOTES

We’re new to the Audacity, the sound program we use for our audio recordings, and to sound effects in general. These are our thoughts on the current episode.

Recording. We recorded this segment in two takes, after five practice runs with the microphone off.

Technical. We use the bass and treble adjustment in Audacity to adjust Nessa’s voice. The change tends to make her sections louder, outside the normal range for recorded books. We use the normalize adjustment to bring this down, and will research how to make the adjustment work properly.

Comments. Voice warmups prior to recording are a necessity.

Story changes. Minor changes to the written version this week. We are discovering our propensity for using vague descriptors.

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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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