Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Installment 68

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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 Installment 67

 

“I think it was my fault. He looked really scared when I suggested you drive him home in Bradley’s truck. He probably snuck out of the house to go with us, or else he didn’t tell his father where he was going. If you had driven him home, he’d be in deep trouble.” Nessa turned Harey loose, and the rabbit streaked into the greenhouse, spry as a young hare.

Jack looked at the FRESH PEACHES jar. The water sample sparkled under the light of the lamp. He tinked a fingernail against the glass, hardly believing he’d found the Fountain again. Not wanting to believe he might die because he had.

He had to call Tia Bella. Once the airports in Florida re-opened after Hurricane Lulu, she could catch the first flight from California. Even if the spring vanished again, he’d show her the sample and where it had surfaced, and tell her what he feared might happen. Together they’d figure out what to do.

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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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Author Andy Mulberry was kind enough to feature us on her blog this week, and we had a great time discussing how important names are in our books. If you’ve wondered where Vandy Spencer, the hero of Walled In, got her name, we invite you to visit Andy’s blog and read the interview here.

Andy writes middle grade fiction that you won’t want to miss. And she’s offering a gift you won’t want to miss too–you can read the first book in her Skycastle series for free! Here’s the link to Skycastle, the Demon, and Me: Book 1 in the Skycastle series. Click on over and download your copy today.

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Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Installment 67

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 66

 

Thirteen

An hour later, Jack set the water from the Fountain on the desk in the greenhouse office. Intermittent rain showers had begun while they were hurrying along the trail, and now he heard drops pattering on the roof and windows. The noise filled him with dread. Hurricane Lulu was getting closer.

“You don’t have to wait with me, Jack.” Nessa emerged from the half-bath holding Harey, who was wrapped in a towel. The smell of wet rabbit fur filled the office as the rain clouds darkened the building. “If you stay much longer, you’ll get caught in the storm.”

“I’ll stay until Tenspot texts you.” Jack clicked the desk lamp on. “I hate to think of him riding his bike home. I should have chased after him.”

“Fast as he was pedaling, you wouldn’t have caught him.” Nessa rubbed the towel across Harey’s fur. The rabbit wiggled his ears. “He’ll be all right. He doesn’t have far to go.”

Jack still didn’t like it. He said, “Why’d he run off like that?”

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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 66

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 65

 

He walked to the spring. While he knelt and cleared mud from the hole, Tenspot hovered behind him. Jack glanced over his shoulder to tell him to stay back, but the boy kept his distance, though he got close enough to watch every movement Jack made.

After Jack filled the container and twisted the cap on, Nessa held out the knapsack. He placed the jar inside, and raised his gaze to hers. She smiled again, and his heart skipped. He’d known her only a few short hours. Tia Bella would say he couldn’t be so certain he wanted a lifetime with Nessa that quickly, that love at first sight was as big a myth as most people believed the Fountain of Youth to be. Yet he had no doubt. Whatever happened when he and Tia Bella bathed in the water from the Fountain, he was glad he’d met Nessa.

If reversing the spell didn’t kill him on the spot, he’d tell her so.

He reached for his boot and sock, slipped them on, stood and lifted the knapsack to his shoulders. With one more look at the scudding clouds, he said, “Let’s find Harey.”

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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 65

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 64

 

“Let’s go,” Tenspot said. “After we find Harey, I’ll mark the trail all the way to the house. We’ll be able to find our way to the Fountain blindfolded, in the dark.”

Jack said, “But what if there’s nothing to find when we come back? What if the hurricane makes it disappear?”

“Why would it?” Nessa asked, and he told her what he feared. She handed him the FRESH PEACHES jar. “Then you need to get a sample of the water.”

Jack stood, staring at the spring, clutching the container so tightly his fingers turned white. “A small sample like this won’t be enough.”

“It will be. Trust me. I have an idea.”

“I do trust you.” He looked at the sky. “It’s Hurricane Lulu I’m not sure about.”

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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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