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Top Drawer News — Review of the week

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This week’s news started with a “made-our-day” email from generous author friend Sally Cronin over at Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore. Sally shared a wonderful five-star review written by Peggy M. McAloon for our mystery novel, Murder by the Books.

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Next we stopped over at Colleen Story’s Writing and Wellness blog. In this fun author interview, we talk about the challenges and perks of writing as a team.

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Thanks for inviting us to chat, Colleen!

In this week’s book bubble, we talk about an obituary we read. We wonder how often we miss the story of someone’s life, simply by failing to listen.

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We closed the week with a post to our Top Drawer Ink site written by guest poster Charles Frankhauser. Click here to read the story of how a callous rejection led Charles to write Slush Pile Inspector, a parody on the publishing industry.

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And that’s all, folks! We hope you had a great week too!



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


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