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SOUNDFUEL: Music you can’t write without

Ever been writing a scene and find yourself in need of the perfect writing mood music…something that will help you get in just the right mindset? Check out the cool, new (to me) site, SOUNDFUEL! (Shout out to Erin for sharing the link!) The directory tab is full of playlists that are presorted into categories based on what type of scene […]

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Cover Reveal: Industry Darling by Caitlin Rantala

I’ve been dying to share the cover of Industry Darling with you all! Honestly, the suspense is killing me. But before I do, in case, you have no idea what I’m talking about – I have a book coming out on January 20, 2015 called Industry Darling and here’s a quick run down of it

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Guest Post: Author Dahlia Adler – “Last Will and Testament” Playlist

Thanks for having me, All the Write Notes! Usually I share my playlists on Band Geek Thursdays on my group blog, YA Misfits, but this post is the playlist for my very first NA, so, here we are! (Plus, ATWN is awesome, in case you haven’t noticed.) My book is called Last Will and Testament, and […]

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Interview with YA author Amy Nichols

Welcome to debut YA author Amy Nichols! Now That You’re Here is a scifi I can’t wait to get my hands on, releasing Tuesday, December 9. Kirkus review, October 2014: “While the world-jumping is fantastical, the personalities and characters (fully individual, without reaching trying-too-hard levels of quirkiness) ring true…. A debut with great characters and […]

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Because I Was Wrong

I consider myself a very open-minded individual when it comes to most aspects of life, but you must know I am very stubborn as well. This week I watched the documentary “Tim’s Vermeer” which I highly recommend to anyone who has fallen in love with the practice of making things, be it art, buildings or […]

ENSNARED December 03

A.G. Howard Playlist Sneak Peek & Two Giveaways

Welcome to the third day of our Ensnared in a Winter Wonderland Tour, and thank you Jay for the opportunity to hang out on your amazing blog once again and chat music! By now, hopefully most of you have found my playlists. If you haven’t, here’s a link. If you’ll notice, Ensnared isn’t there yet. […]

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December is HEEEEEERE!

It is December 1st, friends! Which means it’s finally time to enjoy holiday music! I am fundamentally against listening to holiday songs before December. When I walk into the grocery store before Halloween and hear I’ll Be Home for Christmas, I immediately start rage-texting my friends and family about it. There’s just no reason to […]

Bands November 27

The Most Famous Bands that Never Existed

Because sometimes, you fall in love with a band that you can’t ever see in concert. And that sucks.

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Perseverance and Publishing

My love of music started when I was very young. But singing “Do Wah Diddy” with my dad at the top of my lungs wasn’t enough. Listening to Green Day’s “Dookie” on repeat and memorizing every word to Mariah Carey’s “Daydream” didn’t cut it. No, I wanted more. I wanted to make music instead of […]

In The Mood November 20

In The Mood Again

To be completely honest, I hadn’t played an instrument in front of people in just over 14 years. It all started a couple of months ago, when the musical director at my church came to me one Sunday, her finger pointed straight out at me. “You play saxophone, don’t you, Josh?” I told her I […]

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Why Foo Fighters Are The Greatest Band.

Hi Everyone!! I hope you’re having a great week so far! So, anyone who knows me knows this post was coming, and what better week to talk about my beloved Foos than release week of their new album Sonic Highways!! I’ve loved this band a long time. It started in high school and continued as they put […]

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My Top Five Guitar Riffs

I love me some head banging, horn throwing, frenetic rock ‘n’ roll. The biggest reason I prefer the hard rock genre is because of the shredding of guitars. A few of these picks are classic, a few current. But all are killer. Listen up, turn it up, and check ‘em out. 5. “Sweet Child O’ […]

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Get your #NaNoWriMo on!!!

As y’all know, it’s November. And you know what that means. No, we’re not talking turkey or football or even God-forbid, Black Friday. We’re talking about something way more intense. More soul-searing. Grueling, even. AND IT’S HAPPENING WRITE  RIGHT NOW. Yup, we’re talking about #NaNoWriMo. If you live in a cave, and have inexplicably never heard of […]

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Tonya Kuper’s ANOMALY Is Coming Out In Less Than A Month — And We Can’t Wait

Do you wish you could control reality? Is the sky blue? Is the grass green? Is “Star Wars” a film that many people enjoy? Yeah, I know, a simple “duh” would have sufficed, but I wanted the build-up to be epic for the answer to the above question, which becomes manifest in ATWN contributor Tonya […]

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Guest Post & Giveaway – Lindsay Currie co-author of Creed

Thanks for hosting me on ATWN! I’m so excited about the upcoming release of CREED (co-authored with the amazing Trisha Leaver) and am thrilled to have a chance to chat music and writing with you guys today.  First off, I have to admit I’m strange when it comes to music and writing. I often use […]

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Unsung Heroes

Last month I went to a Thirty Seconds to Mars and Linkin Park concert in Denver and in the middle of the show I had an an epiphany — to be truly successful, something has to have solid support. I witnessed this first hand that night. In the middle of the song Do or Die, […]

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Haters Gonna Hate, Hate, Hate, Hate, Hate

This weekend Kathleen Hale shockingly admitted to stalking and harassing a blogger who gave her book a poor rating. The Guardian gave her a platform to tell the entire internet about it and everyone was shocked and dismayed, even more so because she seems to believe she was justified. In case you didn’t know, you […]

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You guys have heard of Pledge Music, right?

PledgeMusic is a direct-to-fan music platform, which brings artists and fans together to share in the experience of music as it happens. (You can learn more about them here.) It’s kind of like Kickstarter for music, but with more of a fan forum feel. And you guys, I LOVE it. I first stumbled upon the […]

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Changing The Tone

Last week, I introduced a guitar playing friend to the Mahavishnu Orchestra.  They had been on my mind recently due to my new favorite online music platform putting them on heavy rotation.  I had done all the prerequisite talking up of the band to my friend, explaining how John McLaughlin was one of the greatest jazz […]

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Q & A with Author Dierdre Hall (Plus Giveaway!)

Hey, y’all! Today on ATWN, I’m excited to bring you an interview with author Dierdre Riordan Hall! Once you’ve checked out the Q & A (complete with info about her books, road trip discussion, and a couple of impressive playlists) be sure to enter the giveaway for a chance to win an e-copy of the music-inspired novel […]

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