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Top Drawer News — Waxing and waning

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Our internet travels wax and wane as various projects, deadlines, and opportunities vie for our attention. We have been in a waning stage here in Carpenter Country for the past few weeks. Even so, we managed a few outings!

We showed up on the Book Goodies site talking about our mystery, Murder by the Books. The fine folks at Book Goodies wanted to know what inspired the story, and how we came up with the characters.

Screen capture by HL Carpenter of the Book Goods website page featuring Murder by the Books, a mystery by HL Carpenter
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While we were engaged in another “w” word—working—, we noticed the hummingbird in the garden, and were inspired to write a book bubble. Missing the Hummer is the result. We hope you enjoy the book bubble as well as the beauty of hummingbirds in your garden.

Screen capture by HL Carpenter of book bubble titled Missing the hummer by HL Carpenter

Then we traveled over to our Top Drawer Ink site, and were schooled by author Charles Frankhauser. Charles shared the story behind the story of his memoir, Miss Williams.

Hop on over to Top Drawer Ink and read about the fifth-grade events that set a new direction for Charles’s life, and why he thanks his teacher’s insight and empowerment for changing his future.

Screen capture by HL Carpenter of post on Top Drawer Ink Corp titled Schooled
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We were also delighted to feature author Cheryl Holloway in another post on Top Drawer Ink. She combined two passions and wrote a romance with a different literary landscape.

Read about her journey to Paris and Romance over at Top Drawer Ink.

Screen capture by HL Carpenter of page on Top Drawer Ink website featuring a post by author Cheryl Holloway
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As always, we are happy to share the “story behind the story” of your book on Top Drawer Ink! Click here for submission details.



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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