Friday, March 30, 2018

Shifter School by Gwendolyn Druyor Excerpt, Interview & GIVEAWAY

Shifter School
by Gwendolyn Druyor


GENRE: Urban Fantasy



She’s gonna get them all killed.

So they locked her away.

Laylea has been hiding her entire life. She’s never been to school. She’s never had a friend her own age. She’s never known anyone else like her.

All that is about to change. 

In a world hidden from wyrdos and humans alike, shifters are still recovering from a vicious plot to destroy them all. They have two laws they live by now:

1) Hide 

2) Protect the children at all costs.

Laylea has just broken rule number one. But she’s only fourteen. So they’re sending her to school. Where she’s going to learn . . .

Anyplace can be a prison.

The Lincoln Park Shifter School is not your grandma’s uber-secret, underground academy.


Excerpt One:

Normal fourteen-year-olds don’t wake up thinking about death. But Laylea wasn’t anything close to normal. She woke up composing a letter to her adopted parents telling them all the things she’d never get the chance to say in person. Sometimes she thought of writing a letter to her brother, Bailey. Some mornings she imagined leaving a letter for her birth mother too, in case they ever found her. Laylea had been composing the morning letters ever since she’d gone to a veterinarian’s office on a case last summer. Waiting in the lobby for the tech she was following, she’d read every pamphlet the clinic had. Including one that said the average lifespan for a twelve-pound terrier was thirteen to fifteen years.

She’d been fourteen for eight weeks now.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Gwendolyn Druyor was born at the Quonset Point Naval Air Station Hospital, North Kingston, RI. The ID bracelet wrapped three times around her little wrist. She could swim before she could walk and read before she started school.

She has traveled the world telling stories. After a year in Amsterdam writing and performing sketch comedy at Boom Chicago, she toured North America with Shenandoah Shakespeare and with the incredible educational show Sex Signals. From Paris, FR to William’s Bay, WI, you’ll find her gypsy life reflected in her books. If you met her on the road, read her closely, you may find yourself in there.

For now, Gwendolyn lives in Hollywood with her Irish Jack Russell, Josh Lyman Zyrga, who is still pouting over the fact that she didn’t put him on the cover of WereHuman.

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Where are you from?

Hi, thanks for having me on the blog. I’m from all over America. I was born in Rhode Island. We moved to Kennebunk, Maine when I was six months old which meant I got to grow up on the beach! At six years old, we moved to Medina, Ohio and then on to Illinois a week after I turned sixteen. Since then, I’ve travelled a lot.

Tell us your latest news?
I’ve just launched my first Young Adult Urban Fantasy series set in my Wyrdos Universe. WereHuman – The Witch’s Daughter told of Laylea’s early years growing up with her family in the Pacific Northwest. Shifter School takes her to a secret underground academy in Chicago where she meets shifters of all shapes and sizes and species. She even makes friends with a girl who turns into a tree. But the Lincoln Park Shifter School is harboring some age-old secrets, some of them deadly, and Laylea is the only one who can save the students.

When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing as soon as I learned to write, I think. I wrote a lot of poetry as a kid. My mom suggested a poem I showed her was plagiarized so I stopped showing anybody my writing for a long time. Then Mr. Frazier, my 6th grade teacher, instituted short story Fridays where everyone in class had to write and share a short story. He made me believe in myself. Two of us from that class are now authors; myself and Barbara Neal Roose. 

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
The first time a sketch I wrote got performed at Boom Chicago and I wasn’t in it. That was amazing. The words I’d written were brought to life by some of the funniest people I’ve ever known and the audience loved it. That was a highlight of my life and definitely the first moment I thought, I’m a writer.

What inspired you to write your first book?
A bad relationship! I didn’t KNOW it was a soul-ripping, what-doesn’t-kill-you-makes-you-stronger kind of love at the time. Or DID I? I wrote Geoffrey’s Queen in a fantasy world because true love can’t survive in the real world. I go back and look at the inception of that novel and wonder how I could have not known how horrible he was.

What would you like my readers to know?
I was nervous about this interview because of all the shirtless men on your blog. And all the tattoos. Oscar gets naked a few times. But it’s accidental. He just doesn’t get to take his clothes with him when he shifts between boy and panther. Plus, he’s fourteen. So, ew. Ali is covered in tatts. But she didn’t have any choice in getting them. I hope you guys will give Laylea and Shifter School a chance even if the love is a little more innocent than you’re accustomed to.




Gwendolyn Druyor will be awarding $50 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.


  1. I enjoyed getting to know your book; congrats on the tour, I hope it is a fun one for you, and thanks for the chance to win :)

  2. I am just realizing now, Auntie, that I should have mentioned that I am winning as favorite aunt right now because I named one of the main characters in Shifter School after my youngest nephew, for his birthday. Suck it, Aunt Meg!
    Thanks so much for hosting the tour today. It's great to be here amongst the sea of shirtless men.

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    1. I hope you like it, Rita. Thanks for stopping by.

  4. This book sounds like an awesome read!

    1. I hope you love, Debbi! Leave me a review so I know what you think.

  5. I love your cover and I would love to read your book.

    1. Thank you, Bridgett. I hope you'll leave a review when you have. Only a day left to get Shifter School for .99!