Welcome to the home of the new novel The Heart of Applebutter Hill. Written by journalist, singer-songwriter, civil rights advocate and avid knitter Donna W. Hill, it is an adventure-mystery for general audiences.
Proceeds from the sale of The Heart of Applebutter Hill will provide Braille books for blind students. Did you know that Americans with vision loss and other print handicaps have access to only 5% of books and magazines? Imagine trying to compete in school, college or the job market with only 5% of the resources your peers have.
The Heart of Applebutter Hill: the Story
Imagine you’re 14 and in a strange country with your camera, your best friend, her guitar and her dog. You uncover a secret and are instantly in danger. Join Baggy, Abigail and Curly Connor as they explore Elfin Pond, sneak around Bar Gundoom Castle and row across an underground lake. The powerful Heartstone of Arden-Goth is hidden nearby, and corporate giants unleash a spy to seize it. Compelled to unmask the spy and find the Heartstone, they can’t trust anyone.
As summer heats up, their troubled friend Christopher is viciously bullied and an armed stranger terrorizes Abigail and Baggy. The friends disagree about the spy’s identity, but are convinced it’s a teacher. When a desperate Christopher shows up one night with the school cat, the truth is revealed. Soon, police are involved.
Purchase The Heart of Applebutter Hill & Help Blind Students
eBook versions can be purchased at the following outlets …
Smashwords (7 eBook formats, including .epub, .mobi, .pdf and .rtf): http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/313071?ref=DonnaWHill
accessible versions are available for Readers with print handicaps
Please leave a review on the site where you purchase the book. Thank you for your interest and support.
Recommendations & Reviews
The Heart of Applebutter Hill has received pre-publication recommendations from professionals in education, rehabilitation and the arts, as a valuable tool for secondary and college-level diversity and anti-bullying initiatives. Their comments are at: http://donnawhill.com/recommenders-of-the-heart-of-applebutter-hill-from-professionals-in-education-rehabilitation-the-arts/
Read the “Introduction to The Heart of Applebutter Hill for Educators” by Dr. Karen Squier, O.D. (Chicago Lighthouse) at:http://donnawhill.com/intro-to-the-heart-of-applebutter-hill-for-educators/
Meet the Author of The Heart of Applebutter Hill
Invite Donna W. Hill to be a guest speaker for workshops, seminars and classes. Topics include writing, songwriting, anti-bullying and mainstreaming students with visual impairments. Write to her using the “Contact” link on this page.
Also coming — contests and special features.
Reader Comments & Guest Posts on The Heart of Applebutter Hill
In addition to posting reviews on your favorite distributor’s website, feel free to add your comments on The Heart of Applebutter Hill via the “So, What Do You Think?” form below. For more in-depth reviews, contact Donna through the “Contact the Author & Newsletter Sign-UP” form at: http://donnawhill.com/contact-the-author/
Accessibility Issues for People Using Screen Readers
Screen reader users, there are significant issues with Word Press’s “Leave a Reply” form – on this site “So, What Do You Think?” If you are not signed in, you should still be able to post comments, but accessing the edit fields is problematic and the “Submit” button often doesn’t work.
I advised Word Press Support of this issue. The reply was, “I reported the issues you described, and they may get addressed in a future revision of comments on WordPress.com.”
Meanwhile, here’s a “temporary” solution. Every page and post now has a link labeled “Accessible Comment Form for Screen Reader Users.” It does not link directly to the automated comments system. However, it will be sent to me, and I will have it posted on your behalf. The URL is: http://donnawhill.com/accessible-comment-form-for-screen-reader-users-3