The old, the new, and the blue took center stage in Carpenter Country this month, though not in the sense of the traditional rhyme. The only wedding we celebrated was the one between the old widower bluebird and his new bride that resulted in a clutch of blue eggs.
With no other nuptials on the horizon, we’re celebrating the old with the re-publication of a cool summertime recipe we shared several years ago, when our young adult book The SkyHorse was first released. Our thanks to author friend Sloane Taylor and Divine Magazine for bringing this summertime favorite back.
We celebrated a mix of the old and the new with the re-issue of our space opera novelette Taxing Pecksniffery, spiffed up with a gorgeous new cover. Yes, we know the story has an odd title—you can read the backstory here—but we like it, so…
Of course, the possibility that the unusual title will hurt sales is a risk.
Or is it? In the book bubble for Taxing Pecksniffery, we ask what’s most important when choosing a book to read. We share what we look at when picking up a book, and we’re really interested in learning your answer.
Another bit of old and new is the audio release of our young adult fantasy novelette Dream Stealer. Have a listen here. Then send us an email—we’ll reply with a code that you can use to get the audio version free.
We have a lot of new-news to celebrate too. For starters, we’re still enjoying the sweet new-book scent of our middle grade mystery The Ghost in The Gardens. Our thanks to author friend Sally Cronin, who added Ghost to her bookshelf…
and to husband/wife author team C.D. Hersh, who shone the Wednesday Special Spotlight on us.
And we have more new-news about The Ghost in The Gardens—we now have BOOKMARKS! That’s right! These beauties include a seed paper flower shape that you can plant!
Want one? Send us an email. Put the word “Bookmark” in the subject line. Include your name and postal mailing address* (US addresses only please) in the body of the email, and tell us how Dalton Dyer knows what happened to Barkley. Then watch your mailbox for your bookmark.
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One more item for the new-news list: Author friend Clarissa Johal has a new release! Her paranormal dark fantasy novel, Whispers in the Wood, was inspired by a backpacking trip to a place that is moving through time and also captured by it. Read Clarissa’s story-behind-the-story over on Top Drawer Ink.
Wasn’t that an interesting story-behind-the-story? Clarissa can write.
If you’re an author and you’d like your book featured on Top Drawer Ink, click on over to the submissions page, and then send us your post. We’d love to hear from you.
And now to the blue. No, not blue as in sad, but blue as in a clutch of five eggs that showed up shortly after the bluebird wedding we mentioned earlier. Mr. and Mrs. Bluebird have been trading turns brooding the eggs. They were both taking a break on a recent warm day when we lifted the lid of the nest box to sneak a quick peek.
The plumbago is blooming too, with delicate pale blue flowers that resemble bits of sky fallen to earth.
The actual sky over Carpenter Country has been gray and rainy instead of blue. So we’ve been watching the grass grow, a pastime we discussed in a book bubble. What do you do on rainy days? Let us know. We’re always happy to learn of new hobbies.
What are you celebrating this month?