Top Drawer News — Bubbles and bunnies

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Screen capture by HL Carpenter

 

The bunny bolted from beneath the plumbago …

We published a Bublish book bubble for Walled In today, complete with the usual bout of nerves. Click on over to Bublish to read about why we empathize with the bunny.

As always, thank you for reading along with us.

 

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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.

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 66

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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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Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Audio Installment 66

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

 

He walked to the spring. While he knelt and cleared mud from the hole, Tenspot hovered behind him. The boy kept his distance, though he got close enough to watch every movement Jack made.

After Jack filled the container and twisted the cap on, Nessa held out the knapsack. He placed the jar inside. She smiled again, and his heart skipped.

He’d known her only a few short hours. Tia Bella would say he couldn’t be so certain he wanted a lifetime with Nessa that quickly; that love at first sight was as big a myth as most people believed the Fountain of Youth to be.

Yet he had no doubt. Whatever happened when he and Tia Bella bathed in the water from the Fountain, he was glad he’d met Nessa.

If reversing the spell didn’t kill him on the spot, he’d tell her so.

He reached for his boot and sock, slipped them on, stood, and lifted the knapsack to his shoulders. With one more look at the scudding clouds, he said, “Now we must find Harey.”

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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 one practice run with the microphone off.

Technical. Audacity is the BEST. We downloaded new effects that wipe out the mouth noises we were having difficulty with. This week’s version would pass the ACX requirements for an audio book.

Comments. The tablet was making lots of fan noise this week. We have adjusted the mic and so kept the recording within acceptable levels.

Story changes. No changes to the written version this week. The sentence structure and words worked well in the switch from text to audio.

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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.

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 — Walled In with Walden

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Pssst. Want to hear a secret? Sure you do — and this secret will get you a free e-book.

Okay, listen up. Here’s the secret — the title of our young adult novel, Walled In, plays a dual role.

Yep, that’s right. On one level, “Walled In” describes the hero’s feelings of being trapped in a life that has been built on a lie.

On another level, the title is a play on “Walden.” You probably know Walden is the original simple living guide written by Henry David Thoreau.

This is where the free e-book comes in.

Each chapter of Walled In begins with a quote from Walden that reflects the journey of Walled In‘s hero as she learns to appreciate the simple richness of sincerity and truth. To find those quotes, we re-read Walden as we wrote Walled In, and we thoroughly enjoyed revisiting this classic on the honest pleasures that bring meaning to life. We thought readers might also enjoy dipping into Thoreau’s reflections.

Because Walden is in the public domain, we were able to create an ebook that we’re pleased to offer as a complimentary companion to Walled In.

To get your free copy of Walden, sign up to receive a weekly e-mail from Carpenter Country. That’s easy — just put your email address in the box to the right and click “subscribe.” As soon as you confirm your subscription, the friendly folks at MailChimp will send a link so you can immediately download your free PDF file.

If you’re already a subscriber, email us and we’ll make sure you get a copy of Walden.

In the tradition of Walden, we’re making life simple. 🙂

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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?

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 — With a cherry on top

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Image source: HL Carpenter

 

Someone in Carpenter Country celebrated a birthday this week.

You’ll have to guess which of us turned a year older because we’re not telling. We will say the cake and ice cream were yum! And the birthday girl was happy with her gifts.

Happy Birthday, Partner.

May you have many,  many more!

 

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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.

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 65

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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 64
(New here? Choose an installment or start at the beginning)

 

Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Audio Installment 65

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

 

“Let’s go,” Tenspot said. “After we find Harey, I’ll mark the trail all the way to the house. We’ll be able to find our way to the Fountain blindfolded, in the dark.”

“But what if there is nothing to find when we come back?” Jack said. “What if the hurricane makes the Fountain disappear?”

“Why would the Fountain disappear?” Nessa asked.

He told her.

“Then you need to get a sample of the water.” She handed him the FRESH PEACHES jar.

Jack stood, clutching the container so tightly his fingertips turned white. “A small sample like this will not be enough.”

“Trust me. I have an idea.”

“I do trust you.” He looked at the sky. “Hurricane Lulu I am not so sure about.”

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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 four takes, after one practice run with the microphone off.

Technical. This week’s recording would not pass the sound check for the audio book publisher. Frustrating because we record with the same equipment, in the same place, under the same conditions, each week.

Comments. We have noticed that certain times of day are noisier than others here in Carpenter Country–and we’re talking noises we wouldn’t even notice as we go about our daily work. Early mornings are best for quiet recording.

Story changes. Removed a few “it”s this week. We are tracking these changes for a final edit and release of an updated version once this set of installments is finished.

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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:

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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