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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, […]

jhtxbjB9_400x400[1] February 09

The Voice (for writers)

So we all know the show I’m referring to, right? And we’re all ready for the newest season that starts Feb 23rd? Because I’ll admit it…I was clueless until I watched the show last season when Gwen Stefani joined. (I KNOW! The shame!) Not to worry…I’m fully addicted now and can’t wait for the new season. There’s something […]

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The Whole Story

With everyone’s favourite (…) pseudo holiday a week away, it is important to remember that not only is love one of the most powerful forces in our society but it takes on many different meanings. There are so many people who spend Valentine’s Day wondering why the only warm touch they have felt all day […]

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Here to PUMP….You UP!

Okay, okay, okay–there are a lot of you who like to write to music.  I understand why.  The right song helps us get in the frame of mind we need to be in.  Fast paced action scene?  Maybe a little Ramones or Busta to speed things up.  Slow gut wrenching deliberation happening in your story? Why, here’s Andy Suzuki […]

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New Year, New Books, New Music

I love the novelty of January. A new year. A fresh start. Full of new and exciting opportunities, especially new books and music! Today I’m sharing some debut authors and artists from this month. Check them out and enjoy!   Tunnel Vision by Susan Adrian (Young Adult Science Fiction, January 20) This book has a […]

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10 Songs Based on Books

So we all know there are books based off songs — and from my own experiences I can sure as skippy admit that I definitely get some major inspirations from my playlist. Without a good playlist, my stories turn into meandering journeys through piles of word-vomit. So, I’d like to think (at least in some […]

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Bonnaroo Preview

The lineup for Bonnaroo 2015 was announced last week, and SO MANY of my favorite bands are going to be there! I’m planning to make the trip for the first time this year, so I’ve been eagerly waiting to find out who I’ll get to see perform live. For the full lineup, go here. There […]

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THIS MONTH’S MOST ANTICIPATED ROCK ALBUM

Loudwire recently polled their followers about which rock album was their most anticipated of January of the new year. See the list of new or upcoming albums here. I 100% agree with the results of the poll. I cannot wait to hear the full F.E.A.R. album by Papa Roach. What I love about Papa Roach is […]

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Emotional Songs – Hinder or Help Your Story?

Hey there! I hope you all had a great weekend ;o) I’m in the middle of writing a new WIP and I got addicted to a song that I’ve been playing on repeat (hint: it’s the ATWN song of the week: Sia – Elastic Heart) and it got me thinking… is this affecting the words […]

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