Thursday, March 10, 2011

PSB: Interview & Giveaway with Gwen Hayes


It’s with huge pleasure that I great debut author, Gwen Hayes, on the blog today, to celebrate to release of her first print book: Falling Under!

The description for Falling Under sounds amazing, but it’s so mysterious! Can you enlighten us a bit?

It’s supposed to be mysterious…better to lure in the unsuspecting readers and snare them in my trap.  Smile

It’s about a girl, Theia, who dreams about a boy, Haden. In her dreams, he’s very suave and nearly wicked—and then he shows up at her school.
Haden has a thing for Theia, but he’s there to do nefarious things that I can’t tell you about. Oh, and he’s not a vampire. Or a werewolf.

If your main characters had to introduce themselves in a tweet (140 characters or less), what would they say?

Oh wow. Neither Theia or Haden would use Twitter. But Donny and Amelia, Theia’s best friends, probably love Twitter. Ame probably has lists for every metaphysical tweeter out there, and Donny probably only follows boys.

What songs could we find on Theia and Haden’s Ipods?

Great question! I have playlist that I write with (here’s a sample) but I never really thought about which character would have which songs on their iPod.

I’ll pick one song for each character:
Haden-Possum Kingdom by The Toadies
Theia-These Dreams by Heart
Donny-Hey Pretty by Poe
Amelia-Everything You Want by Vertical Horizon
Gabe-I’ll be Waiting by Lenny Kravitz
Varnie-I Wanna be Sedated by The Ramones

(sorry I couldn’t find I’ll be Waiting on

Their names are rather unique (well, to a French Canadian at least), how did you chose them?

They come to me already named. I wish I had a better explanation. I don’t really understand the writing process and how it applies to me.

Are you the Master of the plot, or are your characters strong headed?

Theia does not do anything I want or expect her to do. Ever. She makes so many mistakes and there is nothing I can do about it. Sometimes, it’s frustrating. I know that when I read reviews, people are going to comment on some of her choices and question why she was so …well, naïve or dumb. You can be sure that I made the same comments.

How does it feel to have your first print book on the shelves?

The whole process has been so interesting and fun. I’m very excited, but I don’t think it will hit me until I walk by a shelf and actually see my book on it. At the time of this interview, it’s still over a month away.

What are you working on right now? Is there a sequel on its way?

I’m working on the sequel right now! I have to turn it in the same day Falling Under is released.

A quick This or That (pick your preference):
Day or Night?
Spring or Fall? Fall.
Dog or Cat? Dog.
DVD or Blu-ray? DVD.
Print book or E-book? Ebook
The Hunger Games or Vampire Academy? Vampire Academy.

And last a question I ask to all my guests: What’s your best spring break memory?

I have never gone anywhere or done anything for spring break. I’m hopelessly boring. I’m actually the Queen of  Hopelessly Boring. You don’t have to bow, though.


Thank you very much Gwen for sharing with us!

Now a bit more about here book:

In her dreams he’s irresistible—seductive, charming, and undoubtedly dangerous. But when he appears to her when she’s awake—and captivates her just the same—she’s not sure which way is up and which is down.
Theia Alderson has always led a sheltered life, not allowed the same freedoms as the rest of the teenagers in the small California town of Serendipity Falls. But when a devastatingly handsome boy appears in the halls of her school, she feels every urge she’s ever denied burning through her at the slightest glance from Haden Black. Theia knows she’s seen Haden before—not around town, but in her dreams.
Theia doesn’t understand how she dreamed of Haden before they ever met, but every night has them joined in a haunting world of eerie fantasy. And as the Haden of both the night and the day beckons her forward one moment and pushes her away the next, the only thing Theia knows for sure is that the incredible pull she feels towards him is stronger than her fear. And as she slowly discovers what Haden truly is, Theia’s not sure if she wants to resist him, even if the cost is her soul.

Read an Excerpt

Interested yet? Yeah, I though so!

Thanks to Penguin, I have one finished copy to offer to one lucky reader!

  • This giveaway is open to US & Canada
  • To enter, just leave a comment letting Gwen know just how much you wanna read Falling Under ^^
  • Don’t forget to include a way to contact you!

If you want to earn an extra entry, spread the word and provide a link in a different comment =)

Tweet: WIN! Falling Under by Gwen Hayes!!! hosted by @parajunkee & @Tynga #ParanormalSpringBreak #giveaway Pls RT

Ends April 6th, 2011.

To anxious? You can purchase Falling Under here:

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145 People left their mark on “PSB: Interview & Giveaway with Gwen Hayes”

  1. Michael Antonio Araujo

    Why do I want to read the novel? Being a guy, I think different than females and so it’s interesting reading from a female’s point of view and seeing their thoughts and emotions out on paper. I’m just interested in everyone’s way of thinking.

    My email is

    Plus cool interview. Author sounds pretty awesome =D

  2. Nina

    Just want to say, this book sounds amazing, completely different and interesting. And I love the cover. That helps too.
    Please don’t enter me in the competition though, I live in the UK!
    Nina xxx

  3. .Ambur.

    I can’t wait to read Falling Under 😀 I really need to get my hands on a copy, and make some time to read it! Falling Under sounds likes an amazing story and the cover is gorgeous!
    Thanks for the chance to win a copy, and thanks to Gwen for the interview 😀


  4. Vivien

    The premise sounds amazing for this book. I’ve been reading great reviews for it, which makes me even more excited!

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  5. Neri

    I have heard nothing but great things about the book. I read this article that Gwen posted about why Haden wasn’t Edward Cullen and I wanted to read the book 10 times more. 🙂

  6. Kate

    I am dying to read this book. A friend of mine highly recommended it and I’ve been wanting it ever since! 🙂


  7. Kristen My Bookish Fairy Tale

    ALOT lol!! I really want to read this I have heard some amazing things about Falling Under and I have had a lot of bloggers recommend it to me. This is definitely high up on my wishlist! Great giveaway and great interview! Thanks so much!


  8. Tiffany Drew

    Great interview! I can’t wait to read this. How much do I want to read this?
    T H I S
    M U C H!

    Thanks for the chance 🙂


  9. Katy

    I want to read the book so much! I have major cover love for it! It was immediately added to my TBR pile as soon as I saw it.Then the blurbs and reviews started coming and made me want to read it even more!

  10. Margay

    I knew the first time I saw the book cover that I wanted to read this book – I’m totally intrigued by the title! This is at the top of my to read list!


  11. dani_nguyen

    Hi Gwen! I would love to read Falling Under. The plot sounds really interesting and I love the cover! Thanks for the giveaway.


  12. dor

    Yes, Gwen. I am going to read this. It sounds so intriguing. I love the cover and the trailer, too. Thanks.

    dorcontest at gmail dot com

  13. Christinabean

    I’ve been eyeing this book for quite sometime and I’m even more intrigued now that I’ve read the interview and seen the book trailer. Please enter me! clderwee at gmail dot com

  14. Gwen Hayes

    Thank you for having me on your blog! And thanks to all the commentors who are so excited to read the book. That gives me a happy. 🙂

  15. Robin K

    It should be clear by now that I want to read EVERYTHING!!! LOL, stop posting these awesome contest. No not really, don’t 🙂

    robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

  16. mpyff

    I’ve read a couple reviews of this now and each one just makes me want to read it more, plus the cover is completely gorgeous and captivating, I’d probably pick it up in the bookstore based on that alone… 🙂


  17. Jessy

    Thanks so much for the interview. I’ve been wanting to read Falling Under since I spotted the cover. I would love to win a copy.

    findjessyhere at gmail dot com

  18. Judy

    Your cover is fantastic!! This sounds very good, I would enjoy reading this and then passing it on to my teenage granddaughter.


  19. Minas

    Great interview! I can’t wait to read Falling Under! It sounds really good, and I love the cover! Thanks for the giveaway!


  20. Amy

    I adore the roses in the cover! And not werewolf or vampire? Would he happen to be an angel? Haha — not that I’m complaining; angels have been my favorite fantasy creature lately.


  21. winnie

    The blurb of Falling Under has definitely drawn me in. I like that element of mystery and can’t wait to find out more about Haden!

    Thanks for the giveaway!


  22. Melanie L

    I can’t wait to read this book!! I have been hearing so many great things about it lately.

  23. bookluvrmindy

    I really want to read Falling Under! I tweeted! You can find me on twitter @bookluvrmindy or on my blog

    I added Paranormal Spring Break on the Side Bar of my blog!

  24. J

    I would love to read this book. It sounds so mysterious and interesting. The excerpt that you released was awesome!

  25. Desa

    This book looks great!!
    I’d love to win it and read it *-*
    The cover is so beautiful!
    Thanks for the chance!


  26. Kyo_Fangirl9

    I love Gwen Hayes! I have been reading her short stories for almost a year now (my favorite is probably The Fallen) and when I found out that she was finally going to have a teen book published, I was so excited! =D I would have all ready bought the book by now but I have no money 🙁

    But enough of my ramblings. Thanks for the giveaway and I love your work Gwen! =D

  27. angel Graham

    Do not enter me, Please–I have book

    Just wanted to tell you all it is definitely worth reading. Gwen did a great job with Theia and Haden and all the others we meet along the way.

    Thanks Gwen for writing such a good book and for allowing me a chance to get to read it as a first read and to review it.

  28. P.E.

    Oh WOW this looks so awesome!!! I want to read this so bad. Haden sounds amazing and Theia seems like an interesting point of view. I’d give up chocolate for a month (YES, a MONTH) if I could win this book. And I will if I do.

    You can contact me at

  29. Jennifer

    This book sounds very interesting. I love paranormal books that are about people who dream or who are psychic. This sounds right up my alley.

    jennifer.kalman at gmail dot com

  30. Meghan

    I am dyingggg to read this book! With three extra g’s for emphasis! It sounds absolutely amazing and the cover is drool worthy!


  31. Natasha

    I’ve heard such good things about your book! I LOVE the cover art, very eye catching!


  32. Book Sp(l)ot

    I want to read Falling Under like crazy!cakes (see, it even got a ‘!’)…possibly twice as much now just because of the answer to that Twitter question and I’m not even exactly sure why 😀

    book.splot (at) gmail (dot) com

  33. latishajean

    What a great giveaway thank you so much! This books sounds so good can’t wait to read this one :)Heard alot about it !

  34. Brooke

    I love the small town setting and how mysterious it sounds. Also, the cover is so gorgeous.

    Thanks so much!

  35. Riv Re

    I really want to read this book! I will soon have to send my Fuzzy Kitten of Doom to retrieve it, and use my awesome ninja skillz too!

  36. Aydrea

    I have been wanting to read this book, it sounds so awesome! I have read some great reviews.


  37. Misty

    I’ve been reading some really great reviews of this. And it has such a pretty cover (and I’m not going to lie, I AM a sucker for a pretty cover…)
    Great interview!

    mbradenwf AT

  38. Sarah

    Alright, Gwen just made my day. I love the song Possum Kingdom by Toadies.. and honestly, I haven’t ever run across someone (besides my immediately family) who knows it.

    thanks for the giveaway!

    That Bookish Girl

  39. ~Sara

    I’ve been coveting this book for ages! The only reason I don’t have it yet is because every time I got out to get it, it’s always gone! Thanks for the giveaway!


  40. Pam S

    Have seen a lot of great reviews on it and the plot is intriguing.

    enjoyed the interview and trailer!


  41. Anita Yancey

    I would love to read this book. It sounds so good. The cover is just beautiful. Please enter me. Thanks!


  42. Elie

    I have heard great things about Falling Under and the cover is a definite keeper!

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