Top Drawer News — Flipping over Walled In

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We’re trying a new service this week, and we couldn’t be happier with the results.

Have a look for yourself by clicking on the book cover icon below…we think you’ll flip over Walled In too! Oh, and be sure to read to the end — where we reveal the surprise we mentioned last week.

 

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HL Carpenter is the pen name of 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.

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. PRE-ORDER from Smashwords now through July 24, 2017!

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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Top Drawer News — All you need is ice cream…

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Image source: HL Carpenter

 

…and good friends like Chris Pavesic, who was kind enough to feature our blueberry ice cream recipe and our cozy mystery on her blog this week. Click here to read what we do when we’re not writing.

Thank you, Chris!

 

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***** ABOUT THE AUTHOR *****

HL Carpenter is the pen name of 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.

Fiction 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.

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. PRE-ORDER from Smashwords now through July 24, 2017!

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 — In the details

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We’re mired in the details here in Carpenter Country this week. That’s not all bad–beauty, simplicity, and delight hide in the smallest elements.

 

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Image source: HL Carpenter

 

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***** ABOUT THE AUTHOR *****

HL Carpenter is the pen name of 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.

Fiction 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.

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. PRE-ORDER from Smashwords now through July 24, 2017!

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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Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Audio Installment 64

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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 63
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Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Audio Installment 64

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

 

Jack 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.

He brushed off his hands as the sunlight reaching through the trees into the clearing winked out. 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, the air was heavy with the scent of an approaching deluge.

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

, the clouds are—”

Ay, caramba! One legend of the Fountain held that the spring appeared during tropical storms and hurricanes. No one knew 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? Two big back-to-back storms had passed through the area 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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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 one take, after two practice runs with the microphone off.

Technical. Despite the recording setup being the same as in prior weeks, this week we noticed more background noise and had issues correcting that to the levels accepted by the audio book website.

Comments. Mouth noises! What’s going on?

Story changes. Forced to leave two “it”s this week. Removed one “there” and replaced with more useful wording.

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***** ABOUT THE AUTHOR *****

HL Carpenter is the pen name of 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.

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. PRE-ORDER from Smashwords now through July 24, 2017!

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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Top Drawer News — Cover survey results!

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And the result is in. You liked cover number …

TWO!

The final tally wasn’t even close. Seventy-one percent voted for cover #2, the single image, to grace the front of our new young adult novel, Walled In.

So which cover did we choose? We went with the split image … Haha! Just kidding.

Nope, we took your preferences to heart, and used the single image. We also implemented your most-repeated suggestion, and enlarged our name. The image above is the final version.

THANK YOU FOR HELPING US CHOOSE!

 

Walled In is now available for pre-order on Smashwords. Click here for a peek.

The pre-order price of $3.00 is good until July 24, 2017. After that date, Walled In will be available on Amazon as well as Smashwords, and the price will be $4.50.

And…next week we’ll reveal a surprise gift for those who pre-order Walled In. Be sure to keep your receipt. 🙂

 

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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.

Fiction 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.

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. PRE-ORDER from Smashwords now through July 24, 2017!

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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