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Guest Post–and Giveaway–with Gwen Hayes: Ten Songs from My Writing Playlist from Mr. Virile and the Girl Next Door

Today I’m so excited to have Gwen Hayes here, sharing some of the songs she listened to while writing Mr. Virile and the Girl Next Door. I loved this novella, and reviewed it here–it’s a definite must read! Don’t forget to comment on the post for your chance to win!

Welcome, Gwen! First, her newest release:


Title: Mr. Virile and the Girl Next Door
Genre: Romance
Author: Gwen Hayes
Publisher: Entangled Indulgence
Pages: 67
Language: English
Format: Ebook

Online dating columnist Dane Martin has no plans to give up his reign as bachelor extraordinaire. He has a reputation to uphold, especially with the upcoming release of his book Coming on Strong.

Holly Winters, everyone’s favorite girl next door, thanks to her blog of the same name, gives advice, but she doesn’t always take it. When she meets Dane Martin, every fiber of her being warns her to turn tail and run. Instead, she risks her future as an authority on relationships, jeopardizing her upcoming self-help book for women struggling to find commitment among the Virile sycophants.

Has the Girl Next Door tamed the most Virile man alive, or is she just another notch on the bedpost?


And now, from the desk of Gwen Hayes:

Ten Songs From my writing playlist from Mr. Virile and the Girl Next Door

  1. “Dirty White Boy” by Foreigner
  2. “Try” by Pink
  3. “Love and Affection” Def Leppard
  4. “Fooled Around and Fell in Love” by Elvinn Bishop
  5. “Wild” by POE
  6. “Suddenly You Are” by Michael Grimm
  7. “Rooftops and Invitations” by Dashboard Confessional
  8. “Nearly Lost You” by Screaming Trees
  9. “Landslide” by Smashing Pumpkins
  10. “Inside Out” by EVE 6

Do you have a song that best describes how you feel about love right now? Post below in the comments for a chance to win a $5 Amazon gift card.

About Gwen Hayes

Gwen Hayes lives in the Pacific Northwest with her real life hero, their children, and the pets that own them. She writes stories for teen and adult readers about love, angst, and saving the world.

Gwen’s first novel, Falling Under, was released in March of 2011 by NAL/Penguin and followed up by the sequel, Dreaming Awake, in January of 2012.

In addition to writing, Gwen is a freelance editor at and is Editorial Director of Scandalous Books, an imprint of Entangled

She is represented by Jessica Sinsheimer of the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency.



“Congratulations. What’s your book about?” she asked.

Dane tipped his glass and watched the amber liquid move with the motion. He was proud of his website and even prouder of his book, but suddenly it seemed…shallow. His life’s work and he was ashamed to admit it to this woman. “Dating advice for men.”

Holly sputtered, and her pink drink sprinkled the table. She quickly mopped up the mess with the cocktail napkin in one hand while covering her cough with the other.

“Uh…” he eloquently expressed. Idiot.

“I’m so sorry. And embarrassed. And wanting to die,” she said. “It’s just that…oh my God.” She shook her head.

It occurred to him that he liked the fact that she seemed so human. It seemed like all the women he spent time with were practiced, maybe even a little plastic if he thought about it too hard. This girl with a husky laugh and genuine imperfections like smile lines and freckles felt like a new frontier of some kind. Why did women try so hard to cover them up?

“You’re going to have to fill me in here, Holly. What has you so flustered?”

Smoothing the bodice of her dress, Holly tried very hard to repaint some poise over her composure. “I just realized who you must be.”

Dane felt his eyebrows reaching for his hairline. “And who might that be, exactly?”

She downed the rest of the Cosmo in one gulp. “You, sir, are the antithesis of everything I hold dear.”

So. Good. Seriously, this one is a must read.


In the meantime, what song(s) describe how you feel about love right now? Comment below for a chance to win!

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