Jack and The Fountain of Youth — 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 Installment 54

 

Tenspot backed up. In view of Jack’s lightning change of attitude, Nessa wouldn’t have blamed him for being afraid, but he simply looked as flabbergasted as she was. “We gotta get a sample,” he said, as if Jack were the child. “How else can we prove this is the Fountain of Youth?”

“This proves it, 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 his side, and touched the chain. The attached pendant was a rough-edged medal, with images of crowns and a lion and Spanish words engraved around the uneven rim. She raised her gaze to Jack’s, a niggle of suspicion rising inside her. “You’re sure this is from the sixteenth century?”

“Positive.”

She glanced at the medal again. “Silver almost always oxidizes over time.”

“What’s that mean?” Tenspot asked.

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

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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 54

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 53

 

“Umm…Mr. Newman will be happy?”

A shadow crossed his face, as if he’d forgotten the story for the Pryer. “My reasons for wanting to find the Fountain had nothing to do with Mr. Newman.” Jack waved the medal. “This means freedom, Nessa.”

“Freedom?” She looked from his face to the pendant and back. “From what?”

The sound of metal clinking against glass cut off Jack’s answer. He whirled as she looked over his shoulder. Tenspot set aside the lid from the FRESH PEACHES jar and headed for the spring.

“Stop!” Jack leapt in front of the boy, his expression fierce. “Don’t touch that water!”

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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 53 JACK AND THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH by HL Carpenter ISBN: 978-0-9884095-1-4 Ebook ISBN: 978-0-9884095-...
Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Installment 52 JACK AND THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH by HL Carpenter ISBN: 978-0-9884095-1-4 Ebook ISBN: 978-0-9884095-...
Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Installment 51 JACK AND THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH by HL Carpenter ISBN: 978-0-9884095-1-4 Ebook ISBN: 978-0-9884095-...

Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Installment 53

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 52

 

Then Jack whooped, and brought her back to reality. She stood, brushing sand from her jeans as Jack danced across the clearing, lurching like a horse with a missing shoe every time his bare foot landed. Tenspot looked at her and tipped his head toward Jack, and she raised her hands, palms up. Tenspot made a circle in the air around one ear and rolled his eyes.

“I saw that. I’m not crazy. I’m happy!” Jack came to a stop in front of Nessa. He leaned so close that she thought he planned to kiss her.

She tilted forward, her eyes half closing, and Tenspot said, “Yuck! No smoochin’!”

She jerked back, embarrassment heating her face.

With his mouth only inches from hers, Jack asked, “Do you know what this means, Nessa?”

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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 — A Canadian Friend

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Image source: HL Carpenter screen grab

Wow! We’ve been traveling this week–at least across the internetz… :)

Yesterday we were in Canada (virtually) and were fortunate enough to snare coveted space on the The Dabbler with blogger Dianna Gunn. Dianna interviewed us for her “Author Spotlight” feature. Thank you, Dianna!

Dianna’s a blogger and author as well as a publicist for Musa Publishing. If you’re an author looking for help with promotions, Dianna’s great at writing content for your website and marketing your book. Take a look at The Dabbler, and discover what she can do for you!

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Essay — Going Places

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Here in Carpenter Country we’ve discovered adventure awaits if we leave the GPS, smart phone, ipad, and other electronic devices at home and travel the “old fashioned” way—using a map and our ingenuity.

Before venturing forth, we stash a few emergency bottles of water in the cooler along with a several packs of snack crackers. We check our vehicle’s tires and oil, and of course, the window washer, since most byways are buggy places. Lastly, we grab our atlas or an up-to-date map, and–

Ready, set, go!

As soon as we’re out of our comfort zone, we choose the path less traveled. That means avoiding interstates and toll highways. We find the name of a town or a state or county road (preferably one we’ve never heard of before) on the map and head for it.

Once on our way, we enjoy the scenery, check out farm stands, small mom-and-pop restaurants, and the local attractions. We stop for lunch or gas and mosey around the town square. We’ve come across craft shows, health fairs, and carnivals with merry-go-rounds. Chowing down on hot dogs, cotton candy, and ice cream—whatever suits our fancy–is part of the fun.

Locating a place to stay overnight can turn into an adventure of its own. Hotels and motels are great, but if we pass a bed and breakfast that looks inviting we stop in to ask if beautifully decorated rooms with those wonderful high beds and goose down quilts are available.

We’ve thought about what to do if we find ourselves in a scary situation too.

Our rule: Should that unlikely event occur, don’t panic! Reach into the glove compartment for the phone (yes, you knew we hid it there :) ), and call for help.

But we try to remember we’re traveling the old fashioned way—

So getting lost is not an emergency.

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