Book Spotlight & Giveaway: Shifter School by Gwendolyn Druyor

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GENRE: Urban Fantasy


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

Shifter School Book Description

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.


Shifter School Book Excerpt

Shifter School book coverA 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.


Guest Post by Author Gwendolyn Druyor


This Is Me.


I have to start by admitting that I have not yet seen The Greatest Showman. I am a fan of Hugh Jackman and of musicals. I’ve just been really busy with the launch of Shifter School and finishing up WereHuman: The Warrior’s Son, as well as getting ready for a trip to Amsterdam to celebrate the Boom Chicago’s 25th Anniversary. [Which is going to be extra special now that we have an Oscar winning alum to add to our roster of Emmy award winning alumni. Go Jordan Peele!]


I heard This is Me for the first time at the Oscars. I LOVE IT! It could be the theme for my Wyrdos Universe. Laylea, the main character in Shifter School, would adore this song. She has not quite reached the point where she could sing it confidently for herself. But I hope she’ll get there by the end of the series. I hope that she, KC, and Oscar all get to a point where they can appreciate who they are and celebrate it.


I was honored to work at Boom Chicago for a year. It’s an improvisational comedy theater in Amsterdam, NL. I knew all the stereotypes about Amsterdam that come to mind whenever an American thinks of Holland; drugs, sex, canals. I didn’t even really know much about the canals. I vaguely remember hearing something about Holland and California both being days away from going underwater.


But what I learned about Amsterdam was that it is a place where you can be who you are; whether you’re an all-night party girl who wants to try every drug out there or an early-to-bed, early-to-rise, hardworking career girl. I fell somewhere in the middle of those. But nobody expected me to be anything particular. I was far enough away from the expectations of my mother. Thrown into the middle of an entirely new environment, I found that, for the first time in my life, I could be whomever I wanted to be. It turns out that while in central Ohio I’m a cuckoo bird, in Amsterdam I’m really not that wild. I’m me.


In Shifter School I take Laylea out of her comfort zone, away from everyone and everything she knows. I toss her into a melee of shifter kids and let her struggle to find out who she really is. What are her truths? Will she stay secretive and safe or will she risk it all to help her friends? Will she take advantage of her Amsterdam?


Like everyone, I’m still changing every day and learning more about who I am. I hope I’m getting closer, inch by painful inch, to who I want to be. I dyed my hair purple for my birthday this year and I am stunned by how right it feels. Who would have guessed that I was always meant to be a purple-head? (My friend Kiersten just read that and said, “Everyone.”) The thing is, I live in a world where I can feel safe trying changes. I’ve made certain that I live in that kind of world. But I know lots of people don’t live with that kind of safety. Kids don’t have any choice. They live where they’re put. Right at the time of life when you should be free to explore who you are and what you believe, you’re often trapped in a situation where it isn’t safe to take risks or be different. [It’s so mad, because we are ALL different.] Which makes it ever more important that we have anthems like This is Me in our lives.


Way to go, Pasek and Paul! You may not have won the Oscar, but you’ve created a song that is going to change lives. Perhaps it’ll change the lives of the kids in Shifter School.



AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Gwendolyn DruyorGwendolyn 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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  • Goddess Fish Promos (@GoddessFish)
    March 20, 2018 at 4:52 am

    Thanks for hosting!

  • Nina
    March 20, 2018 at 5:38 am

    I am really enjoying following this tour, thank you for all the great blog posts and excerpts!

    • Gwendolyn Druyor
      March 20, 2018 at 11:17 am

      Thanks for reading, Nina! It’s good to have you on the tour.

  • Lisa Brown
    March 20, 2018 at 8:37 am

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

    • Gwendolyn Druyor
      March 20, 2018 at 11:18 am

      Thanks, Lisa. Good to see you here.

  • karenh43
    March 20, 2018 at 10:06 am

    Really enjoying following you on tour. Thanks for the giveaway too!

    • Gwendolyn Druyor
      March 20, 2018 at 11:18 am

      Thanks, Karen! Hope my interviews and blogs are answering all your questions.

  • Victoria
    March 20, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Gwendolyn Druyor
      March 20, 2018 at 3:57 pm

      So glad you’re following the tour, Victoria

  • Trix
    March 22, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    I’ve always wanted to dye my hair purple (or teal, or firehouse red) myself…

    • Gwendolyn Druyor
      March 22, 2018 at 12:16 pm

      Do it!!!!

  • Kim
    March 24, 2018 at 5:20 pm

    That’s a really good song. My teen introduced me to it. I think I might have cried. Anyway….This was a really good post. I’m going to steal a couple of sentences and write letters to my daughters.

    • Gwendolyn Druyor
      March 24, 2018 at 5:37 pm

      Good mom. Thank you. I did cry when I heard This is Me the first time. Just sat right here by myself and bawled.