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Press Release for Sept. 22nd, 2012

Local Author Janet Carpenter Visits the Auberry Library

Saturday Sept. 22nd

            11 am – 2pm           


The Form Benders
PRLog (Press Release) - Feb 02, 2011 -
In her debut young adult novel, “The Form Benders: The Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing”, Janet Carpenter takes the reader on a remarkable, breath-taking adventure with the main character, Ripley—a 16 year old boy with an alcoholic mother and an absent father. Ripley’s dreams take him to an imaginary world set deep in the forest near Shaver Lake, CA where he discovers a tribe of characters able to bend their forms from human to animal. His dream soon becomes reality, and his life is transformed from struggling teen to something quite unexpected and extraordinary. Through his experiences in this coming of age tale, Ripley learns the age-old secret of form bending along with the wisdom of the ages and a future beyond his wildest dreams.

“The Form Benders: The Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing” is a tightly constructed story full of unflinching observation, telling details, and turns of events, written beautifully with striking originality. It is both lyrical and vivid, showing characters with a rich imaginative engagement with the world as we know it, and with Ripley’s newly discovered world of form benders.  

Kathie McGuire, Brighton Publishing’s Director stated, “Janet Carpenter’s first published novel bodes well for her career and for us, her readers. We anxiously await this talented writer’s three upcoming sequels in ‘The Form Benders’ series.”

I've started the third book in The Form Benders series entitled, The Form Benders, The Cat's Meow. Well, that's the working title at the moment, anyway. This new story will take Ripley and his friends back into the world of the humans, where Ripley's friendship with Pete Cranston and Pete's family will take center stage.

The two young men will be forced to believe in and trust each other, and their own strengths, to find the rest of the form benders who have magically disappeared from Haven's Rest. They will meet their foes on a battlefield of wits, and learn that the "cunning of the cougar" within them will be required to outsmart Kestler and the FBEF forces that are dogging their steps.

As Ripley's form changes once again, new trials and challenges will face him at every turn. Once Ripley is transformed into a cougar by the magic he possesses, the challenge of convincing his friend that he is, in fact, his old bud Ripley, will be a confrontation that neither of them will soon forget. As they reunite to return Whitemane, his family, and the rest of the inhabitants of Haven's Rest to their homes, securing the town from further encroachment by Kestler and her minions, the tangled events seem to become increasingly more obscure. Armed with only their common sense and their crafty ideas, Ripley and Pete must solve the mysteries that surround the form benders disappearance and outmaneuver the machinations of the evil Kestler.

The Next Book in The Form Benders series--The Form Benders, The Bear Essentials

Continuing the saga of The Form Benders, The Sheep in Wolf's Clothing, our hero Ripley finds himself in a new form with new trials to face as he navigates the magical world of the Form Benders in the sequel: The Form Benders, The Bear Essentials. The life-stealing poison from the bite of the Aldrich threatens to take the life of their beloved Whitemane. Ripley, Malador, Oren, Skerrin, Papa Johns and Revelan join ranks and set out to find the mysterious Kirradar--a legendary tribe living in the high country above Haven's Rest. Trapped in his new form, Ripley must traverse the Sierra Nevada Mountain range with his companions in an effort to find the elusive Kirradar. It is rumored that they know of an antidote that can save Whitemane from certain death. Meet new characters and explore Ripley's magical world. Watch for it to come out sometime in 2012-2013!

Keeping the legend alive and writing a good sequel means that it has to be a "stand alone" book. In other words, if I pick up this book never having read the first book, it will not rely on the first book for the storyline. I've done my best to make the second book as stand alone as the first in the series.

As a writer, we need to make each book as exciting and interesting as the last. Keep the action moving and don't let any moss grow on those proverbial sentences as you let your story unfold. And as always, best of luck...and keep writing!

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The Form Benders: The Sheep in Wolf's Clothing

At fifteen, Ripley is just an ordinary kid, in an ordinary world, with little hope of ever getting to be an ordinary teenager. He’s doing his best to cope with his mother’s loneliness and subsequent drinking after his father’s abandonment seven years before. The hands of fate seem to converge the day before his birthday—when Ripley meets Ms. Washington from the Child Protective Services agency and his adventure begins.

On the eve of his sixteenth birthday, his “ordinary” world is turned upside down. What begins as a dream is anything but as he’s thrust into a world of “form bending” beings that will change his life forever. Still wishing that it is only a dream, Ripley awakens during the night in agony as his body contorts into the shape of a wolf. No longer belonging in his human world—and with the CPS breathing down his neck, he flees Shaver Lake, his mother and his home to return to a land of dreams where he might belong. Here he befriends Whitemane, a beautiful young wolf and meets the intimidating Ghost Wolf, Malador.

Struggling to become the man he is meant to be and find his place in this new world, Ripley must overcome many obstacles and find the courage and strength he possesses deep within himself. He learns the value of family and friends when Whitemane suddenly and mysteriously disappears. Ripley sets out in search of her with his reluctant mentor, Malador as they make the difficult journey to rescue her from their enemy, the evil Kestler and her Form Benders Eradication Force. Their quest leads them from Shaver Lake to the city of Fresno where Ripley’s destiny unfolds and he finds his future—which lays within Whitemane and the band of form benders that he’s vowed to protect.

Brighton Publishing announces the release of the first book in the Form Bender series! We look forward to hearing your comments as you read The Form Benders: The Sheep in Wolf's Clothing! Thank you for your comments and your support--all of which are greatly appreciated!

Press Release - Feb 1, 2013

501 W. Ray Road, Suite #4, Chandler, AZ 85225


February 1, 2013
Brighton Publishing signs Jan Carpenter for her sequel
“The Form Benders: The Bear Essentials”

With a rich and intense understanding of both loyalty and love, Jan Carpenter relates the riveting story of a young man’s battle against the evil forces of an enchanted land.

CHANDLER (AZ)—Brighton Publishing LLC is excited to announce the signing of author Jan Carpenter for her second book “The Form Benders: The Bear Essentials,” the thrilling sequel to her first book “The Form Benders: The Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing.”

Once again, Jan Carpenter delights her readers with the captivating story of Ripley and the magical world of The Form Benders. “The Form Benders: The Bear Essentials” is scheduled for eBook release in mid-2013 and will be available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other leading retailers nationwide. The print version is currently slated for release in late-2013 and will be available through Ingram, the world’s largest book distributor.

In Jan Carpenter’s ongoing saga, Ripley, a young shape-shifter, must overcome his debilitating fears and nearly insurmountable obstacles to save his true love, Whitemane, from certain death.

Malador, Oren, Skerrin, and others of the bender clan, soon join Ripley on his quest to find the mysterious Kirradar—a legendary tribe thought to possess an antidote for the poisonous bite of the Aldrich.

In a race against time, Ripley must struggle to cross the brutally rugged Sierra Nevada Mountains while also adjusting to his new form—that of a bear. Eventually, he must not only conquer the jagged mountains, but will soon be cast into a dark and mysterious forest filled with malevolent creatures—all intent on one thing—Ripley’s destruction.

Ultimately, Ripley finds the Kirradar, but must now to face the trials in order to prove himself worthy of being called a Kirradar warrior. Now, within the Twisting Tribunal, Ripley must search for something deep within himself if he has any hope of surviving the severe tests set before him and acquiring the antidote in time to save Whitemane.

“Jan Carpenter delivers a classic tale of human endurance, love, and loyalty as she guides her readers on a breathless tour through a land of magic and mystery,” said Kathie McGuire, director of Brighton Publishing LLC. “The Form Benders: The Bear Essentials is not only a grand representation of intelligent fantasy writing, but a true merging of dynamic plot, intense scenes, and genuinely absorbing characters.”

Since the day she fell in love with the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Jan Carpenter has never wanted to leave. Together, with her husband of twenty-one years, she currently resides in Shaver Lake, California. She loves to spend time writing, reading, and enjoying the company of others. Ms. Carpenter often enjoys deep philosophical discussions and her books reflect a depth of untamed discovery.