Bookish Birthday Bash: Between the Notes by Sharon Huss Roat [Guest Post + Playlist]


Hello! Welcome to Day 1 of Bookish Birthday Bash! I hope you enjoy today’s feature on debut author Sharon Huss Roat and her book, Between the Notes!




When Ivy Emerson’s family loses their house—complete with her beloved piano—the fear of what’s to come seizes her like a bad case of stage fright. Only this isn’t one of her single, terrifying performances. It’s her life.

And it isn’t pretty.

Ivy is forced to move with her family out of their affluent neighborhood to Lakeside, also known as “the wrong side of the tracks.” Hiding the truth from her friends—and the cute new guy in school, who may have secrets of his own—seems like a good idea at first. But when a bad boy next door threatens to ruin everything, Ivy’s carefully crafted lies begin to unravel . . . and there is no way to stop them.

As things get to the breaking point, Ivy turns to her music, some unlikely new friends, and the trusting heart of her disabled little brother. She may be surprised that not everyone is who she thought they were . . . including herself.

Debut author Sharon Huss Roat crafts a charming and timely story of what happens when life as you know it flips completely upside down.

*Photo and synopsis provided by the author

Between the Notes is out on June 16, 2015 from HarperTeen.

Purchase the book: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository / Fully Booked / National Book Store



Sharon RoatSharon Huss Roat grew up in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and now lives in Delaware with her husband and two children. She worked in public relations for 20 years before deciding what she really wanted to be when she grew up. BETWEEN THE NOTES is her debut novel. When she’s not writing (or reading) books for young adults, you might find her planting vegetables in her backyard garden or sewing costumes for a school musical. Visit her online at or on Twitter @sharonwrote.

*Author bio and photo provided by Sharon Huss Roat



Spark of idea for BETWEEN THE NOTES 

by Sharon Huss Roat 

The first little spark of an idea that led me to write BETWEEN THE NOTES was a simple case of mistaken identity. I had misjudged someone based on appearance and circumstance, and this got me thinking about how often this happens. I imagined a girl who finds her own situation dramatically changed. I wanted to explore how that would affect the way she sees herself and others—and how they see her. At that same time, a friend told me about a family she knew that was facing financial hardship. The parents were going to great lengths to keep their lavish home rather than downsize, so their teenage children wouldn’t have to adjust to a more modest lifestyle. I wondered what would happen if the parents did face the music, so to speak, and live within their means. How would that change everything else in their lives? The story grew from there—further influenced by a continuing series of sparks. Ivy’s stage fright, Brady’s disability, Ivy’s song-writing—all were the results of conversations and interactions with people I know or met along the way. I had no idea where the story was going when I started it, and learned a great deal in the writing of it!



A Between the Notes soundtrack:

Here are a few songs that are either mentioned in the novel, or are favorites of Ivy’s!

  1. Blackbird – The Beatles
  2. Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Queen
  3. Bohemian Rhapsody (on ukulele) – Jake Shimabukuro
  4. Year Zero – Ghost B.C.
  5. What Once Was -Little Invisibles
  6. Come as You Are – Nirvana


Thanks so much for having me on your blog, Jesselle!


You are most welcome, Sharon! *hugs* So guys, what do you think of Sharon’s guest post and playlist? Sound off in the comment section below!

Check back tomorrow for debut author Lauren Gibaldi and her novel, The Night We Said Yes! 🙂




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