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Top Drawer News — Revealing a ghost

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Ah, books and their covers. Everyone knows you’re not supposed to judge books by their covers. What’s inside is more important, especially for readers and writers, both of whom spend more time inside books than elsewhere.

That’s true here in Carpenter Country too. We like books of all types—a predilection we discuss in this week’s book bubble. You can read the bubble here.

Screen capture of book bubble titled Serenity? No, thanks, by HL Carpenter featuring The Ghost in The Gardens, a middle grade mystery novel by HL Carpenter
Image source: Screen capture by HL Carpenter

On the other hand—or page, so to speak—a good book cover reflects a writer’s voice and also serves as eye candy for book store browsers. We like covers so much that we once asked fellow authors to tell us their “cover stories.” Read the post here.

Screen capture by HL Carpenter of page on Musa blog featuring a post titled Cover Story by HL Carpenter. Image is of blank white book cover on brown wood table.
Image source: Screen capture by HL Carpenter

And for our own latest cover story, the cover for our soon-to-be-released middle grade mystery, The Ghost in The Gardens, was splashed all over the internet this week thanks to the generosity of fellow bloggers and author friends. A big shout out to those generous folk—

Bookworm for Kids

Jojo Debrazza

Karlee Kay

YA/NA Book Divas

Sharon Ledwith: I came. I saw. I wrote.

Teatime and Books

Babs Book Bistro

Lynn’s Romance Enthusiasm

Girl with Pen

Chris Pavesic

Tales from the Bayou…

Clarissa Johal

T’s Stuff

Sapphyria’s Book Promotions

Sapphyria’s Books

Saph’s Books

And, of course, Mirror World Publishing,
whose very own Justine Dowsett was the creative behind the cover.

And without further ado, here she is.

Click here to learn more about The Ghost in The Gardens, and here to read the first three chapters (the link opens a pdf).

Our word of the week is eucatastrophe, a writing device that turns a pending catastrophe for a hero into a happy ending. The success of a eucatastrophe lies in the potential for the reverse to happen—-that is, the hero could as easily have met with real catastrophe.

Screen capture of definition of Eucatastrophe, a word meaning the sudden and favorable resolution of events in a story; a happy ending
Image source: Screen capture by HL Carpenter

What’s been revealed to you this week?



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