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National Poetry Month: a Tribute from a Fictional Creative Writing Class

“No, you go first.” Here’s a chapter from my novel The Heart of Applebutter Hill. It’s the first day of the summer term at the Plumkettle Learning Center. Our heroine, 14-year-old Abigail, her guide dog Curly Connor and best friend … Continue reading

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Under the Persimmon Tree by Suzanne Fisher Staples: a Book Review

Under the Persimmon Tree by Suzanne Fisher Staples My rating: 5 of 5 stars Afghanistan is a land of war and poverty in which there are rarely any happy endings. How can you tell its story with honesty, sensitivity and … Continue reading

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Novel or Scrapbook: the Benefits of Being a Writer

A Goodreads member recently asked my thoughts on the best thing about being a writer. The following is based on my answer. My first inclination was to make it clear up front that in enumerating the wondrous world of the … Continue reading

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Advice for aspiring writers: Get Your Editor On

Recently, a member of the Goodreads community asked for my advice to aspiring writers. My answer could have gone in so many directions — getting published, building your personal brand, incorporating time into your life to write — the list … Continue reading

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Authors & Marketing: Sensitive Introvert to Shameless Hawker – Abandoning Erroneous Expectations

So, you succumbed to that craziest of temptations and wrote a book. Now, whether you are one of the “lucky” ones who landed a publishing contract or you did it yourself, you’re starting to realize that you’re the one who … Continue reading

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Book Review One for the Money by Janet Evanovich

One for the Money by Janet Evanovich My rating: 5 of 5 stars OK, once again I am woefully late to the party. Scribner published this first novel in Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series in June 1994. To date, there … Continue reading

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Writing Process: Native American author Amy Krout-Horn – Seeking Sacred Space

My sincere gratitude to Donna W. Hill, author of The Heart of Applebutter Hill, for her invitation to participate in the Writing Process Blog Tour. She afforded me this opportunity, and then took her kindness and generosity a step further … Continue reading

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Stray Cat & Working Dog: Abandonment, Rescue & Redemption in the Middle of Nowhere

According to an evolutionary time-line exhibit at Wyoming’s Fossil Butte National Monument, dogs and cats shared a common ancestry until 42 million years ago. Factions from both groups ultimately took the plunge into domestication, so what drove them apart to … Continue reading

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Support Braille literacy with $1.75 & This 75%-off Coupon!

It’s “Read an E-book Week” at Smashwords! The heart of Applebutter Hill by Donna W. Hill is on sale. Get any e-book version for $1.75 now through midnight March 8, when you use coupon code REW75 at:http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/313071?ref=DonnaWHill The Heart of … Continue reading

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The Cave at Missing Creek: a Sample Chapter from the novel The Heart of Applebutter Hill by Donna W. Hill

Readers, here’s all you need to know: 14-year-old refugees Abigail & Baggy sneak away from summer fest to explore a cave, hoping to find the powerful Heartstone of Arden-Goth. Abigail has had a bad day; her new school’s newspaper faculty … Continue reading

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