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Author Q&A ft Gwendolyn Druyor | SHIFTER SCHOOL Book Tour | Goddess Fish Promotions Presents Urban Fantasy

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Book Tour for SHIFTER SCHOOL by Gwendolyn Druyor, an urban fantasy available now. Gwendoly...

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Book Tour for SHIFTER SCHOOL by Gwendolyn Druyor, an urban fantasy available now.

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

Be sure to follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found by clicking the banner below.






Shifter School
by Gwendolyn Druyor


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GENRE: Urban Fantasy


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BLURB:


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.


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EXCERPT:


A long, shrill scream drew Laylea back into the zoo. The guard who didn’t want to be called Beta was backing away from a tall black man in jeans, a button-down, and Fox sandals.


“Kyle!” Laylea screamed his name even as she heard KC screaming hers. “Kyle! You’re a good man! Think of Jeannie and KJ!”


The vampire looked her way. His familiar, affable smile appeared and he waved at her. “We’re just gonna have a talk. Get back to school, you reprobate.”


Then the smile melted away as though it had never been and Kyle stalked out of sight.


“Lee, come on.” KC yanked her out the entrance.


“No,” She tried to pull away but KC was strong. “I have to help him.”


“No one can help that guy now.”


Tears poured down Laylea’s face. KC was right. If Kyle had already killed a pack of werewolves, Laylea wasn’t going to be able to stop him from killing one guard. But she had to try. She hadn’t spent the last seven months hiding him from Dee and Morioka and everyone else just to give up on Kyle now. “I can.”


She yanked her arm out of KC’s grip and they both fell on the uneven steps of the plinth.



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AUTHOR INTERVIEW:


Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?
I wrote the novel for my fourteen-year-old cousin. She’s not enjoyed puberty thus far. She liked herself just the way she was, thank you very much, and doesn’t understand why she had to change. Laylea’s already chaotic life gets turned upside down in this story. She has to figure out how roll with it. My cousin was scared by the fact that when Laylea shifts between human and puppy, her clothes don’t shift. She didn’t like the nakedness. I think she should read the book to discover that the nakedness isn’t a big issue in a school of three hundred shifters with similar problems.

At fourteen, I was just realizing that I was different from everybody else I knew. I was a wyrdo. At forty, I’m just realizing that that’s true for everybody else as well. We are ALL different. The challenge and joy of life is figuring out how those differences can enrich all of our lives. In Shifter School, I use the physical differences of each type of shifter as well as how they were raised, what they believe, and what their core values are to



How did you come up with the title of your book or series?
I thought I’d go with simple and straightforward, not something I typically make a habit of. It’s a story about the Lincoln Park Shifter School, soooo, Shifter School. The next books in the series will be Shifter Blood, Shifter Witch, Shifter Moon, and Shifter Power.


Who is your favorite character from your book and why?
I’m fascinated by Ms. Crow. She is a much more complex character than I expected. She’s trapped and has given up ever saving herself. I think she’s going to be revealing a lot of surprises throughout the series.


How about your least favorite character? What makes them less appealing to you?
Jase Batka. He’s a jerk. He doesn’t need to be, he just is. He’s got this sense of superiority that is TOTALLY not deserved. How does being mean to Laylea benefit him?


Give us an interesting fun fact or a few about your book or series:
Some shifters get to keep their clothes when they shift while others spend a lot of time naked.

There’s a drug on the streets that lets thumpers (normal humans) experience certain shifter powers.


What's the strangest thing you have ever had to research online for your book?
Ohhhh, I learned about Incognito browsing when I had to search poisons and electrocution and hacking for my Killer on Call series.


Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?
I am an actor. I have narrated over 150 audiobooks. I started when a friend made me read a selection from one of my books in the lobby of his theater (to stall while they finished building the set!). Everyone in that lobby told me to narrate my own books. I had a blast doing it and since reading is my favorite pastime anyway, I started narrating others’ books. You can find most of them on Audible. http://adbl.co/2tjyo0J


What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
Please share your joy on social media and with your friends. Reviews make a big difference in getting a book in front of more eyes. Plus, I’ve populated an entire academy in the Shifter School series. I take names from my favorite reviews!


Is there anything else you’d like to say?
Thank you so much for having me here on your blog and helping me introduce Shifter School.  


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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.


For more information on Gwendolyn and her projects sign up for her newsletter at www.GwendolynDruyor.com.



LINKS:
Website: www.Wyrdos.net


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GIVEAWAY:


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

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21 comments

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

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  2. Congrats on the tour and thank you for the excerpt and giveaway. I appreciate the opportunity to win.

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    1. Thanks James. I'd love to hear your thoughts on the interview.

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  3. A comment in your interview about the 300 shifter students in that school: is there ever a problem between the animals if more than one student shifts at a time. They can't all be puppies. What are some of the other shapes? PS: can you tell I have never read a shifter book? My only exposure is Sookie's brother in True Blood.

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    1. Oooooo! A noobie to weres! Welcome to a joyous world. Laylea is the only werecanid (puppy) in the school. Her best friends are a werewolf and a werepanther. Not even all the shifters (or weres) in the school are animals! A dryad from Greece who shifts into a Linden tree befriends Laylea right from the start.
      One of my favorite parts of the book is getting to learn about all the different types of shifters. Not only are they different creatures, but some pop into their other form while for others it's painful. Some take their clothes with them, others, yep, have to deal with that nudity my cousin found so uncomfortable.
      Just like humans, shifters are all different in ways you don't even think of until you're surrounded by 300 other people struggling with similar, but not quite the same, issues.

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  4. Thanks for hosting Shifter School today, your honor. I'm a hot tea girl, myself, but raspberry flavored sweet tea can make life worth living on a sweltering summer day.

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    1. Thanks for doing the interview. I would like to experience certain shifter powers, but the word drug sounds scary.

      I like a cup of hot tea in the morning. But then again, hot tea is good all day - lol! Being an audiobook narrator sounds like it would require a lot of tea for your vocal cords.

      Best of luck with the book and book tour! I've included the tour in the Wednesday, Mar. 21, 2018 edition of The BookTube Your Shelf Daily Reader: https://paper.li/Readeropolis/1517059010#/

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    2. Thank you, Mayor Sonni! I really appreciate the post and the crosspost. That's a beautiful looking site!
      I actually have to limit my tea on recording days. I'm a cream in my tea kinda girl and that's no good for phlegm. So I just take plain old water and slices of apple into my booth, and, of course, the millions of voices in my head.

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  5. Thanks for the great post and awesome giveaway :)

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  6. I loved this interview! I especially liked your intened audience answer.

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    1. Thanks Kim. Great questions, right? I have so many feelings about my poor cousin. I hate that the nudity scared her and I wish she could see the inherint metaphors. But a big part of me believes that she GETS the metaphor and that baring her soul in front of strangers is what really scares her. But she wants to be a writer and sometimes, that's what you have to do.

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  7. This looks like a fun read. Thanks for hosting the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

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  8. The world-building sounds really clever!

    --Trix

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    1. Thanks Trix. The hardest part of writing fantasy (for me) is knowing so much about the world and then not putting it all in. I see these series stretching out for a long time, so I'll get a chance to fill out a lot of the teases I drop in Shifter School.

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  9. Good luck with the tour! The book sounds fascinating. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    1. Thanks, Deborah! I hope you love Shifter School.

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  10. Gwendolyn, what can we expect from you in the future?

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    1. Hi Mayor! I am pretty excited about WereHuman 2: The Warrior's Son. We get to learn where Mama left Laylea's brother Bayard and see how he grew up. Plus her parents finally get going on taking down the Consortium! I just finished the rough draft and am plotting WereHuman 3: The Hunter's Heir. And since the WereHuman series is going to crossover with the Shifter School series, I'm compiling plans for Shifter Blood (Shifter School 2)!

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