Top Drawer News — Cozy Launch!

Image source: Book cover by HL Carpenter

Image source: Book cover by HL Carpenter

Today is launch day for our cozy mystery, A Cause for Murder–but it’s not a traditional book launch day.

Instead, we’re trying something new.

We entered A Cause for Murder into the new Amazon Kindle Scout program. With this program, Amazon posts a book cover, an excerpt and a brief author interview for new books. The idea is for readers to read the excerpts and nominate the books they like. If the book makes it into the program, the author gets published and the readers who nominated the book get a free copy.

A Cause for Murder features septuagenarian sleuth Emma Twiggs. Emma thinks her neighbor’s death was an accident—until her friend Arnie says he suspects murder. Arnie is convinced he knows the killer’s identity. He wants Emma to prove it. Is Arnie right? And is he right in his belief that Emma’s best friend is the killer’s next target? As Emma navigates madcap mayhem, multiple mysteries, and murderous motives, she discovers that more than one person is hiding deadly secrets. The question is, who has a cause for murder?

We’re excited to have this opportunity to present Emma to readers. We invite you to click over to the launch page for A Cause for Murder and let us know what you think.

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Top Drawer News — The Week, Past and Future

We’ve been traveling across the Internet again.

Image Source: HL Carpenter

Image Source: HL Carpenter

This week we visited the Musa Publishing blog, where we shared our potato soup.

If you have an infestation of vampires, you might want to avail yourself of this recipe.

The soup’s pretty good at warding off chilly weather too. :)

 

 

Image source: Screen capture by HL Carpenter

Image source: Screen capture by HL Carpenter

We also visited the blog of author David Chuka and revealed an exclusive sneak peek at the cover of our latest book. Hop on over to David’s blog and have a look.

We were really honored to be interviewed on David’s blog. In addition to being an all-around nice guy, he’s the author of a long list of children’s books, including the Billy and the Monster series.

Visit his Amazon author page and sample a few of his wonderful books.

 

Image source: Apryl Baker

Image source: Apryl Baker

Then we joined bestselling author Apryl Baker in celebrating the 2014 Young Adult/New Adult blogfest.

Apryl’s young adult series, The Ghost Files, has been optioned for a movie! Read all about it here.

We’re jealous…in a good competitive way, of course! So we created a quiz to find out if you, dear reader, could play our protagonist, Vandy Spencer, when we sell the movie rights to our young adult novel Walled In.

Take the quiz on Apryl’s blog here or or stay right here in Carpenter Country.

That’s the news of our travels for the week past.

Now…onto the week future!

Next week…DRUMROLL…our cozy mystery, A Cause for Murder, will launch on Amazon’s new Kindle Scout program!

Image source: Screen capture by HL Carpenter

Image source: Screen capture by HL Carpenter

That’s right, A Cause for Murder debuts on Monday, October 27!

We’re SOOOO excited! We invite you to come right back here to Carpenter Country on Monday to check out the cover reveal and the link we’ll post to the excerpt.

The Kindle Scout program is essentially crowd sourcing. That is, readers nominate books for a publishing contract.

We hope you’ll love the excerpt enough to vote for A Cause for Murder!

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Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Installment 60

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 Installment 59

Twelve small
J no quote smallack saw doubt flicker across Nessa’s face. Again. The pain of her disbelief cut into his heart. He’d told her things about his past he had never revealed to anyone. He wished she understood how much he wanted her to trust him. But how could he blame her for doubting? If he hadn’t experienced what the Fountain could do, his reaction would be the same as hers.

He clutched his colgante, and looked at the spring. Once he escaped from the Fountain’s spell, it would no longer matter whether she believed him—or so he wished. It would always matter to him what she thought.

As he stared at the small hole in the ground, Nessa said, “I believe you, Jack.”

He whirled, the medal jingling against the broken chain. “You do?”

She nodded, smiled, and said, “My heart knows.”

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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.

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?

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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.

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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.

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?

*****

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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.

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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? :)

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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.

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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?

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Dream Stealer

Is stealing a dream better than losing your own?

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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.

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The SkyHorse

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