Top Drawer News — Goodbye, Louise

In memory of a long-time subscriber, neighbor, and friend who loved beaches, gardening, and flowers.

Goodbye, Louise. You will be missed.

 

Image source: Pixabay

 

Image source: HL Carpenter

 

Image source: HL Carpenter

 

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Top Drawer News — Guesting with Chris

Image source: Screen capture by HL Carpenter

 

Author friend and cozy mystery lover Chris Pavesic kindly shared her blog space with us, and featured an excerpt from our latest release, A Cause for Murder, a cozy mystery starring our favorite sleuth, Emma Twiggs.

Read the post here.

Thanks, Chris — and we know what you mean about extra-long TBR lists!

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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.

Writing by HL Carpenter:

A Cause for Murder. Someone at Happy Haven has a cause for murder.

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.

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?

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Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Audio Installment 58

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 57
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Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Audio Installment 58

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

 

“No,” Jack said. “My knowledge is first-hand. I was here, with the expedition, along with Maria and Tia Bella.”

“Who are they?” Tenspot asked.

“My twin sister and my aunt.” Jack gestured at the hole in the ground. “I found the fuente by accident. It was much more open than this in 1513. It looked like a small deep pool. The water was cool and clear and the day was hot, like today, a break in the middle of two big storms. All three of us drank from the Fountain. But Maria aged in the years afterward, when we returned to España. Tia Bella and I stayed young.”

When he’d spoken of his sister’s death, his sorrow had been genuine.

“How come Maria didn’t live forever?” Nessa asked.

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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 two takes, after three practice runs with the microphone off.

Technical. This week, we recorded in a small booth surrounded with acoustic foam and sound blankets.

Comments. The recording went more easily this week, though this version still sounds as if we are reading aloud instead of inhabiting the character.

Story changes. No changes to the written version this week. We noted two “it”s though we did not change them.

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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?

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 — A colorful week

This has been a colorful week in Carpenter Country, with blossoms, birds, and a small, sticky-footed friend keeping us company and brightening our days.

Hibiscus

Periwinkle

Plumbago

Sago palm

Hummingbird

Lizard

We hope your week has been colorful too!

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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:

A Cause for Murder. Someone at Happy Haven has a cause for murder.

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.

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?

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Top Drawer News — The spotlight

 

Author friend Dianna Gunn generously shared space on her blog with us — and had a few questions that we had fun answering. Read the interview here.

Dianna recently released her young adult novella, Keeper of the Dawn, which is getting great reviews. Congratulations and much success, Dianna!

 

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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:

A Cause for Murder. Someone at Happy Haven has a cause for murder.

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.

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?

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