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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!

Press Release - Feb 1, 2013

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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.