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Top Drawer News — Under the spreading sycamore tree

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Image of tall sycamore tree standing in pasture with blue sky background
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Sometimes gardens inspire poetry and sometimes poetry inspires gardens. In our internet travels this week, we shared a story about the influence on a Carpenter Country garden of a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow titled The Village Blacksmith.

Travel along with us to Catherine Castle’s A Writer’s Garden blog to learn how we were inspired by that poem’s opening line, “Under a spreading chestnut-tree.”

Screen capture of page on Catherine Castle's blog, A Writer's Garden, featuring a blog post by HL Carpenter
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Thanks to Catherine for inviting us to join her garden party!

Next, we were off to Sharon Ledwith’s blog to share our simply saucy lunch. Click here for our recipe for Barbeque Chicken.

Screen capture of page on Sharon Ledwith's blog featuring a recipe by HL Carpenter for Barbeque Chicken
Image source: Screen capture by HL Carpenter

Thank you, Sharon, for making Murder by the Books your “read of the month.” We appreciate your support!

On Friday, we stopped by to visit with C.D. Hersh and share the story of Stalwart Code and Bizzy Author as they visit the Land of Website Updating.

Read the (up)dating adventure here.

Screen capture of page on C.D. Hersh's blog featuring a post by HL Carpenter titled "(Up)Dating Adventures"
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Our thanks to C & D for featuring our post!

While we were feeling adventurous, we traveled over to NFReads for an interview. Tony Eames wanted to know about our quirks. Quirks? Us? Hmmm.

If you’re curious too, here’s the interview.

Screen capture of page on NSReads blog featuring an author interview of HL Carpenter
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After discussing our (ahem) quirks, we returned to the garden for inspiration for two book bubbles.

The first bubble is about a featherless crow we spotted at the birdbath.

Screen capture of book bubble by HL Carpenter titled "Being There"
Image source: Screen capture by HL Carpenter

In the second bubble, the weeds in the garden path caught our eye.

Screen capture of book bubble by HL Carpenter titled "Weeds in the Path"
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And finally, this week marked the publication of the paperback version of our mystery, Murder by the Books! The paperback is available at all the book retailers and wholesalers that make up the IngramSpark distribution channel, as well as on Amazon.

Image of cover of a mystery by HL Carpenter titled Murder by the Books
A stand-alone mystery novel

What inspired you this week?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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 hlcarpenter.com.

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