Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Installment 64

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 63

 

Jack looked at a majestic oak standing to the left of the fallen pine. He gave Nessa the FRESH PEACHES jar, hurried across the clearing and shimmied up the trunk. He wrapped the broken chain around a branch and dropped back to the ground, wincing when he landed on his hurt ankle.

The sunlight reaching through the trees into the clearing winked out. As he brushed off his hands, he looked up. A line of dark clouds marched across the sky like an invading army. Wind rattled the oak leaves, clicking them together with the sharp sound of a Spanish dancer’s castañetas. Though no rain fell yet, he sensed—and smelled—the approaching deluge.

Nessa said, “We’d better find Harey and get back to the house. That looks like the front edge of Hurricane Lulu.”

“Yes, it—” Jack stopped talking as another thought struck him. One legend of the Fountain held that the spring appeared during tropical storms and hurricanes. He’d never heard what made it vanish again, but if the legend was right, Tropical Storm Kyle might have brought it to the surface. What if Hurricane Lulu had the opposite effect? There had been two big back-to-back storms when he’d found the Fountain the first time. And hadn’t Sheriff Garrison said two big storms so close together was a five-hundred-year event?

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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 — Into Another World

Image source: Screenshot by HL Carpenter

Image source: Screenshot by HL Carpenter

Our thanks to author Susan Leigh Noble for her generosity in sharing her blog, Into Another World, with us today.

Susan asked some great questions, including what inspired us to write A Cause for Murder, our cozy mystery that’s currently debuting in the Kindle Scout Program.

The answer starts like this:

We were going to say we like mysteries. But that’s not the whole truth. We like solving mysteries. We learned that last spring, when an avian murder took place in Carpenter Country.

The backstory for the mystery that turned us into amateur sleuths began in April when two bluebirds met at the garden fountain.

Click here to read the rest of the answer. And please give Susan some blogging love while you’re visiting!

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Essay — Lighting New Fires

Fireplace

Image source: Robbie Sproule from Montreal, Canada via Wikimedia Commons

The other evening when temperatures in Carpenter Country dropped to chilly thirty-nine degrees, we looked at our old fireplace and wondered if we should keep it or replace it.

The old wood burner had been providing heat on long winter nights for years. It also provided smoke, fumes, dust, dirt, and ashes, all of which caused sneezing. Then there was the work of felling trees, splitting logs, storing wood, and hauling the finished product into the house.

While looking at the flames was relaxing and the heat certainly pushed back the chill in the room, we wondered if there was a way to have the good without the bad.

A shopping trip was in order.

After visiting several big box stores, we chose an electric model that would heat a 400 square foot room. The unit came with sidelights in various colors, flames in several heights, a timer, and a thermostat, and it all worked with the heater on or off.

The carpenter in the family grabbed hammer and saw and soon the new fireplace covered the front of the old fireplace. Last night, we gave it a tryout. Though it wasn’t quite like the real thing—no snap, crackle or the flinging of sparks up the chimney—flames danced in the firebox and the heater warmed the room.

So is the new fireplace an improvement? Well, no one is sneezing or jumping up every few minutes to haul in firewood…

…on the other hand, we haven’t received an electric bill yet.

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Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Installment 63

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 62

 

She frowned. “Won’t you live out a normal life span? Like Maria?”

“Maria drank and fell in on the same day. It’s been centuries since I drank the water. I may age five hundred years in an instant and die.” Nessa gasped, and he hurried on without giving her time to speak. “If that happens, Tia Bella will be alone until the end of time. All we have is each other. For her sake, I can’t risk it.” He would never desert his aunt. He would face down the entire Spanish fleet first.

Nessa whispered, “What will you do?”

He didn’t know. He reached for her hand. “I have to talk to Tia Bella. For now we’ll mark the Fountain’s location so I can find it again.”

Tenspot said, “I got the GPS readings.”

“Let’s leave your medal, too. You can attach it to that tree.” Nessa pointed.

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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 62

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 61

 

“Drinking from the Fountain is a curse worse than death.”

Nessa said, “Why? Lots of people would pay a ton of money for the chance to remain forever young.”

“They’re fools. Believe me, it is a curse. The joy of life is its uncertainty. I’ve been eighteen for centuries, and I know. When you’re positive you’ll live for eternity, living loses meaning. I want to be able to grow up. To have a real life.” With you.

Tenspot said, “I want to grow up, too. I’ve been ten forever.”

“That’s why Jack didn’t want you to take a drink from the Fountain.” Nessa looked at Jack. “If you have to jump in to reverse the spell, we need to widen the hole.”

“I’m not going to jump in.”

“Why not? I thought that was the only way you can have what you want.”

“It is. But I don’t know what will happen when the spell is reversed.”

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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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