Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Installment 100

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 99
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Sixteen

Jack clung to a quivering pine tree and grabbed Nessa’s arm as a gust of wind tried to knock him right out of his boots. The woods was a swirling, thrashing maelstrom of greenery. The purple slicker Nessa had loaned him flapped and caught on the tree’s bark. The jelly jar he’d stuck in the pocket clanked against his phone with the impact.

Nessa said, “Did the jar break?”

“I can’t tell.” When the wind eased off a bit, he let Nessa go and yanked the vinyl coat free. He shoved his fingers into his pocket, pulled the glass jar out and inpected it. “It’s okay.”

“Thank goodness.” Nessa held the hood of her rain jacket tight around her chin and broke into a jog, then a flat-out run. She called over her shoulder, “Hurry! The ground’s turning to mush.”

 

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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.

Dream Stealer. Is stealing a dream better than losing your own?

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Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Installment 99

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 98
(New here? Choose an installment or start at the beginning)

 

The desire to touch him, to comfort him, was strong. But she knew he’d draw away, thinking he was doing the right thing. He always wanted to do the right thing. She said, “Then we need to go back to the Fountain now.”

“What’s the point? We can’t collect enough water for both Tia Bella and me to bathe in. And even if we could, who knows what will happen?”

“You’re forgetting Bradley.” She was certain her brother could help, and she wasn’t going to let herself think about the possibility of Jack dying the moment the water touched him. She marched over to him and poked her finger against his shoulder. “You can stay here with Harey if you want. I’m going.”

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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.

Dream Stealer. Is stealing a dream better than losing your own?

*****

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Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Installment 98

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 97
(New here? Choose an installment or start at the beginning)

 

“Of course I meant it. That’s exactly why I shouldn’t have told you.”

He spun away from her. Nessa rubbed her hands along her arms, much the way he had earlier. She said, “I don’t understand.”

“I’m still not free of this curse, Nessa. Maybe I never will be. The sample is gone, and chances are really good Hurricane Lulu will make the Fountain disappear before Tia Bella can get here.”

“We have the GPS coordinates. We can find it again.”

“Can we? We know where it was. We don’t know where it might surface again. Or when.”

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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.

Dream Stealer. Is stealing a dream better than losing your own?

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Top Drawer News — The SkyHorse Re-release Tour

Thanks to our author and reviewer friends who hosted our re-release of The SkyHorse!

Image source: HL Carpenter screenshot

Image source: HL Carpenter screenshot

Author friends Sloane Taylor and Carol Browne shared our ice cream cake recipe here and here – thank you both, ladies! We appreciate your continued support. Visit their sites for more great recipes and book excerpts–Sloane writes sexy romance novels and Carol writers young adult fantasy.

Image source: Screen shot by HL Carpenter

Image source: Screen shot by HL Carpenter

Renee from Mother, Daughter, and Son Book Reviews shared our excerpt here. In addition to book reviews, Renee offers book promotion services for authors, blog hops, and opportunities for bloggers and reviewers.

Image source: Screenshot by HL Carpenter

Image source: Screenshot by HL Carpenter

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Top Drawer News – 2nd Annual 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.

Last 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’re delighted to participate in a blog hop commemorating International Authors’ Day. What’s that? You say you’ve never heard of International Authors’ Day? We hadn’t either before last summer, 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 Tuesday July 14 through Saturday July 18, 2015. 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.**

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 leave a comment on this post.

 

**Giveaway Details**

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

Giveaway ends: Saturday, July 18, 2015, 11:59 pm

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 leave 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 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 giveaway 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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