Fiction, Jack

Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Audio Installment 73

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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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Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Audio Installment 73


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Nessa ended her conversation and lowered her phone.

“Is everything all right?” Jack asked again.

“Yes, the baby’s doing fine and so is Cori. She wanted me to know Hurricane Lulu is gathering speed and is expected to make landfall in a few hours. Everyoung’s in for a rough time. I need to secure the greenhouse, like Sheriff Garrison said. But it’s too late to have the tree in the driveway taken care of.”

“Is Cori coming home?”

“No. I told her to stay at the hospital with Holly. They’ll be safe there.”

“You are going to be here alone?”

“I’ll be fine.”

Red splotches crept across her cheeks. She’d had the same reaction when he’d first asked her about the identity of Moran Tennies.

“Are you sure?”

“Once I roll down the metal sheeting that covers the glass panels, I’ll get supplies from the house and stay in here with Harey.”

She hadn’t directly answered his question.

“Your aunt is probably worried about you,” she said. “Does she live around here?”



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 three practice runs with the microphone off.

Technical. The background noise was higher than usual during this week’s recording. We stood closer to the microphone, and the technical adjustments worked as usual, so the recording is in line with ACX requirements for audio books.

Comments. We listen to audio books in between recordings to learn what works and what doesn’t work (to our ears). We are currently listening to a romance that we’re finding hard listening to because the narrator’s voice does not seem to fit the story. There’s a wide gap between voicing a character and BEING that character. Leaping that chasm is difficult and yet would be simple — if we could only escape the bounds of ingrained inhibition and unleash the actor within.

Story changes. Minor changes to the written version this week. The sentence structure and words mostly worked well in the switch from text to audio.


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

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

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.

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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