Top Drawer News — Call for submissions

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You may remember our original site (Top Drawer Ink Corp.), the one we posted to before we created HLCarpenter.com. Top Drawer Ink has lain fallow for a while, while we lazed around Carpenter Country deciding what to do with the site.

Well…Ta-Da! What better way to show our appreciation to all our author friends than to offer a promotional opportunity? Even better, this opportunity benefits readers too.

Yep, that’s right. We recently updated Top Drawer Ink, and would like to offer you, our wonderful author friends, the opportunity to post guest blogs about your books that share “the story behind the story.”

Click here to go to the page that details what we’re thinking—then send us your posts! If you have any questions, email us.

We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

 

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HL Carpenter is a mother/daughter duo who write family-friendly fiction 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. Visit Carpenter Country at hlcarpenter.com.

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Top Drawer News — Mum’s the word

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Late fall chrysanthemum blooming in Carpenter Country–Image source: HL Carpenter

 

What do you do when you have good news…and can’t share it? Do you just want to burst with the excitement?

That’s how we’re feeling here in Carpenter Country. We’ve gotten word that our next young adult novel–tentatively titled A Ghost in the Gardens and featuring a spunky young lady named Chrysantha–is on the short list for acceptance at a publishing house we’d love to be a part of.

And that’s all we can share at the moment…but you can be sure we’ll post the news as soon as we can, and you’ll be the first to know!

While we’re waiting, how about sharing your own good news? Let us know what’s going on with you in the comments!

 

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HL Carpenter is a mother/daughter duo who write family-friendly fiction 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. Visit Carpenter Country at hlcarpenter.com.

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Top Drawer News — Repeating the pumpkin

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Ah, the pumpkin cheese ball is repeating on us–and we’re thrilled that this post is so popular! Author friend C.D. Hersh featured our recipe on their blog this week. Thanks, C.D.!

 

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HL Carpenter is a mother/daughter duo who write family-friendly fiction 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. Visit Carpenter Country at hlcarpenter.com.

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Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Audio Installment 82

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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 Audio Installment 81
(New here? Choose an installment or start at the beginning)

 

Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Audio Installment 82

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Read along with us!
Below is the text version of the audio.
(Show notes are beneath the text.)

 

Jack stood. A blast of wind and rain train-engined into them and Nessa stumbled against him. He caught her, held her upright. Over the roar of the squall, a deep mechanical rumbling grew louder.

Sly Liaberco’s red Chevy inched into the yard through the stormy murk, the windshield wipers thumping across the glass to a hip-hop beat. The car stopped and Mr. Liaberco peered through the windshield at Jack and Nessa.

The rain slowed. Mr. Liaberco shut off the engine, opened the door and got out. He darted around a puddle, his yellow slicker flaring behind him. A gust of wind lifted his rain hat off his head. Before the hat hit the ground, Mr. Liaberco caught it. He walked a few more steps, and stopped in front of Jack and Nessa.

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SHOW NOTES

We’re new to the Audacity, the sound program we use for our audio recordings, and to sound effects in general. These are our thoughts on the current episode.

Recording. We recorded this segment in three takes, after three practice runs with the microphone off.

Technical. We’ve been listening to audio books to get style ideas from other narrators. Each has a different method for getting into character.

Comments. Recording in the evening is never a good idea. Our voice is much more clear in the morning.

Story changes. Multiple changes to the written version this week. We’re not sure if the sentences were hard to follow because the installments are so short of if the wording could have been better to start with. Jack hasn’t been updated in two years, and we’ve grown as authors since the last time.

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HL Carpenter is a Florida-based mother/daughter duo who writes family-friendly fiction 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. Visit Carpenter Country at hlcarpenter.com.

Also by HL Carpenter:

Jack and The Fountain of Youth. Some people say the Fountain of Youth is a myth. Jack Ponsi Dileonardo Thomas knows better.

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.

Pirate Summer. When her brother disappears, Josey is sure she knows where he’s gone. And the only way to bring him home is to travel two hundred years into the past with a boy she can’t trust.

A Cause for Murder. Someone at Happy Haven is a killer. Septuagenarian sleuth Emma Twiggs navigates madcap mayhem, multiple mysteries, and murderous motives to discover who has a cause for murder.

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Essay — Toad you so

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Image source: HL Carpenter

 

‘Neath the light of the sparkling stars,
In the shadow of the moon,
We heard within our garden fair
An unmelodious tune.

And so we searched and so we saw
Binocular bulbs of woe
A wide-mouthed pot-bellied squatter
Croaking “I toad you so.”

~HL Carpenter

 

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HL Carpenter is a Florida-based mother/daughter duo who writes family-friendly fiction 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. Visit Carpenter Country at hlcarpenter.com.

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