Top Drawer News — Name Game

Image courtesy of Serge Bertasius Photography / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of Serge Bertasius Photography / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

So how do authors come up with names for  characters?

We can’t speak for all authors, of course, but we did ask two fellow Musa Publishing authors to tell us how they play the Name Game.

You can read their answers here. We joined the fun, too, by sharing how we came up with the name for our main characters in our speculative fiction e-novella, Taxing Pecksniffery.

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Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Installment 46

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 45

 

Eleven
B smallefore Jack completely disappeared, Nessa dashed around the edge of the palmettos, with Tenspot on her heels. She’d read Jack’s thoughts from the expression on his face. The excitement she’d seen there made her realize how badly he wanted to find the Fountain. For his sake, she hoped Harey would lead them to it. Behind them, Jack shouted. She heard the surprise in his voice, though she couldn’t make out his words.

She stopped, and called, “Jack?”

Instead of an answer, a solid THUD shook the ground.

Tenspot said, “What was that?”

“I think Jack fell!” Nessa ran toward the sound, but the tangled vines and thick clusters of young trees caught at her, held her back. Tenspot clawed at the undergrowth, opening a way for both of them. Sweaty, panting, they emerged into a closet-sized sandy glade. Jack sprawled on the ground on the other side, next to a toppled tree.

“His leg’s stuck!” Tenspot raced across the clearing.

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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 — International Authors’ Day

Image source: Debdatta Dasgupta Sahay

Image source: Debdatta Dasgupta Sahay

Here in Carpenter Country, we became an international author in 2013, when some wonderful reader in the United Kingdom bought a copy of our young adult e-novel, The SkyHorse. Thank you, anonymous reader! You made our year.

This summer, we downloaded an e-book by British author Roy Sheppard. He sent an email to thank us and to let us know we were the first download from a country other than his own. We were honored to be the ones who made Mr. Sheppard an international author. Turnabout’s fair play, don’t you think?

Since we’ve crossed international boundaries as both readers and writers, we were delighted to discover a blog hop commemorating International Authors’ Day. What’s that? You say you’ve never heard of International Authors’ Day? We hadn’t either, and there’s a very good reason for that—it doesn’t exist!

Of course, some people think SkyHorses don’t exist either, when we know perfectly well they do. So who’s to say there isn’t an International Authors’ Day on a calendar in a place we have yet to visit?

In fact, we’ve written the occasion in ink on the calendar right here in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like our stories, is unreal but not untrue.

To make sure you mark this special day on your calendar too, we signed up for the International Authors’ Day Blog Hop taking place Monday, July 14 to Sunday, July 20, 2014. The hop host is Debdatta Dasgupta Sahay from bookr3vi3ws.in, and lots of bloggers are participating and offering great prizes. All you have to do is hop from blog to blog using the link 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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The SkyHorse is the story of  fourteen year old Tovi,
who thinks finding a flying horse is fabulous luck—
until a mysterious stranger says finders aren’t always keepers.

Click here to read the first chapter of The SkyHorse

For your chance to win an electronic copy of The SkyHorse,
sign into the Rafflecopter entry form below and make a comment on this post.

 

**Giveaway Details**

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

Contest ends: Sunday, July 20, 11:59 pm, 2014

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.

Good luck, and happy reading!

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Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Installment 45

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 44

 

“We don’t have to.” Tenspot pointed at the palmettos. “He found us.”

Harey emerged from beneath the spiky bushes and paused, nose quivering. Jack thought he looked even younger than he had when they set out. Could he—no. No, of course not.

Nessa held out her hand. Instead of hopping toward her, Harey backed away. “Let’s circle around him,” she whispered. “We’ll corral him and I’ll pick him up.”

As they started forward, the rabbit shot sideways and vanished into the undergrowth. Leaves rustled, and a sharp gust of wind set the palmettos shaking. Jack stared at the bushes, the ache of wanting to find the Fountain so deep his fingers curled into his palms. He had to know. But the thought of being wrong again froze him in place.

“What are you waitin’ for?” Tenspot poked Jack’s arm. “We’re gonna lose him.”

“No, we aren’t.” He uncurled his fingers and looked at Nessa. “You two take the trail around the edge of the thicket. I’ll stick with Harey. I swear I won’t lose him this time.”

Despite his intent to stay calm, he plunged into the palmettos in a surge of excitement every bit as sharp as the spiky green fronds that closed around him.

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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 44

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 43

 

“Good work, Tenspot.” Jack studied the marks in the thin ribbon of dirt Tenspot had exposed. “There are plenty of other footprints, too.”

“It’s a game trail,” Nessa said. “But not the same one we started out following.”

Tenspot nodded. “More animals use this one.”

“Maybe it leads to water.”

“You mean Harey really does know where a spring is?”

“I wouldn’t be surprised. Animals can smell water.” Nessa took Tenspot’s sandwich wrapping from him. She went across the clearing and retrieved the knapsack. She scooped up her uneaten sandwich and Jack’s and put them inside, along with the two cans of soda, then came back across the clearing and handed the knapsack to Jack. “I wish the little stinker hadn’t run off.”

Jack shouldered the knapsack. “We’ll find him.”

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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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