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Playlist for Christina Farley’s BRAZEN

Today at A.T.W.N.  we’re celebrating the release of BRAZEN by Christina Farley! BRAZEN is the third and final book in the Gilded series about a sixteen-year old girl who must use her martial art skills and wits to save those around her from an evil Korean god. To learn more about this series, visit the […]

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Be a super special snowflake. Or not.

Happy Labor Day everyone! If you’re lucky enough to have a long weekend, my hope is that you’ll find some time today to stop, take a deep breath, relax, and BELIEVE. That’s right. Today I’m talking about The LEGO Movie. My son and his friend chose this movie during a recent sleepover, to which my husband […]

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Back to Basics

September! (Well…almost.) School supplies line store shelves, buses are back on the roads, and young minds are being filled to the brim whether they like it or not. Though I’m not heading back to the classroom this year as a student or teacher, I am heading back to basics: the basics of writing. When I […]

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Sacrifice. Is It Worth It?

Hello! I hope you all had awesome weekends ;o) I’ve been thinking recently about sacrifice and how much we should be willing to give up for something we love. Recently, I had the AMAZING opportunity to see Hozier live, but like every other concert I want to see, it was on a “school night”. In order […]

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Why Are Awards Shows Ignoring Rock ‘n’ Roll?

Once upon a time, a long time ago, a music channel called MTV launched and it was my favorite channel for years. I have always loved music, and my eyes were glued for hours watching videos of my favorite musicians while dancing to my favorite songs. Artists like Michael Jackson, Madonna, Motley Crue, Def Leppard, […]

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Here’s Why I Read All Of YOUR One-Star Reviews

I have a confession to make: I read your one-star reviews. And by “your,” I mean, probably, basically all of you fellow YA authors. It’s not because I delight in your pain, I promise you — but because it puts things in perspective. Lemme back up a second. So here’s the thing — my debut […]

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New York bound: Conferences & Musicals

Fellow ATWN contributor Erin Fletcher and I are heading to the Big Apple at the end of July for the 2015 Writers Digest Annual Conference. And what better way to combine our love of writing and music than to also take in a Broadway musical while we’re there? As a huge fan of GLEE, I may […]

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The Musical 4 With…Author Emmy Laybourne

          I’m ecstatic to welcome author Emmy Laybourne back to A.T.W.N. as part of MacMillan’s ‘SWEET Blog Tour’, and to debut our new interview segment here at A.T.W.N… “THE MUSICAL 4 With…”  Emmy’s new book, ‘SWEET’, “takes readers on a dream vacation that goes first comically, then tragically, then horrifyingly, wrong.” […]

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Interview and Giveaway: The Backstage Pass Series

Books and music are two of my favorite things in the world. When those two things combine (*cough* All the Write Notes *cough*) awesomeness ensues. That’s why I’m SO excited for the Backstage Pass book series! Confession: as a pre-teen/teen, I was a boy band junkie. The very first concert I ever went to was […]

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The Coffee Shop That Has It All

There is a quest every author takes up when he or she begins writing an novel: where to write it. Bedroom? Kitchen table? Sure, why not! But then the chicken wallpaper begins to dance in your peripheral and your cat starts eating your power cord. Your boyfriend begins pestering you to marathon Mad Men with him because, […]

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10 Questions With…Author Becky Monroe

Today at All the Write Notes, we have 10 Questions with author and animal advocate, Becky Monroe. Becky’s incredible debut book, BARK UNTIL HEARD, was released last month. 1. Congrats on the new book, Becky! Give us a quick synopsis of BARK UNTIL HEARD Bark Until Heard is my personal story of rescuing a puppy-mill […]

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ATWN Interview: NA Author Katherine Locke

I don’t know if you’ve heard, but Katherine Locke’s debut album was released today! I had a chance to read an ARC a couple months ago and YOU GUYS, YOU NEED THIS BOOK! You do. If for some weird reason, you need some more convincing after you read this, you can check out my Goodreads […]

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BUSH: The Live Show

For those of you that are new to ATWN, or yet unaware–my love for the band BUSH is much like fellow ATWN contributor Erica Chapman’s love for the Foo Fighters…it’s very much an epic, life-long, music-of-my-soul kind of thing. I own every album (sometimes several copies), tons of singles, B-sides, know almost every word to every song. […]

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Crawling To The Finish Line

I’m at the beautiful stage in my life where I am wholly aware that my goals come with crippling debt, occasional tears, sleepless nights, and what will one day become a caffeine addiction. Yes, university is amazing and I have met some of the most interesting people while pursuing a childhood dream, but nothing could […]

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Music for the Soul

For a long time, I wasn’t a fan of religious music. I grew up in churches with pipe organs and hymns that contained far too many “thee”s and “thou”s and “thy”s for my taste. By the time we reached the fifth (or sixth or seventh, ugh) verse, I was over it. And as for non-church […]

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Let’s Build a Stairway To The Stars

My friend builds guitars.  From scratch.  Cuts the wood, shapes and stains them, molds them, paints them. He played guitar for many years, played in a few bar bands, practiced for hours.  He talks non-stop about them, listing his favorite players, his favorite licks, everything.  It’s his obsession. But, the demands of life caught up with […]

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It’s Raining Rock Songs!

Are you as excited about spring as I am? It’s been a long, cold winter here in the Midwest. And I welcome spring with my arms wide open (with one hand holding my cute polka dot umbrella). As long as warmer temperatures arrive with it, I don’t mind the spring rain so much. So to […]

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I Dare You

I’ve been thinking about this blog post for a long time. Thinking about risks and chances and unexpected surprises. Thinking about new bands and debut novels, about new albums and new directions. (Not that New Direction–the one full of hotties– but if that’s your thing, ROCK ON. :D  #judgmentfreezone) There are SO many genres of music, […]

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INDUSTRY DARLING by Caitlin Rantala: An Interview & (a sorta) Review

Amazon / Barnes & Noble / iBooks / Kobo You guys, I cannot tell you how much I **LOVED** this book. INDUSTRY DARLING is a captivating, futuristic twist on the music industry. It’s all kinds of fantastically twisted and romantic. I couldn’t put this book down from the first page. I was immediately enthralled in […]

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I Hate Rants About YA Cliches — Also Here’s A Rant About YA Cliches

I don’t know about you all, but I kind of hate it when people tell me what to do. Crossing guards, flight attendants, the police — it’s like, get off my back, society. I get really pissed, however, when people write those lists of cliches you’re supposed to avoid when writing YA. Because, you know, […]


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