Friday, March 16, 2018

Shifter School by Gwendolyn Druyor

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 Two:

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.


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


Interview with Gwendolyn Druyor

1. What is your favorite part of this book and why?
It’s so hard to choose, T! I love when the boogeyman surprises Laylea with a gift and when the werewolf girl at the Electronics Store gets Laylea’s back. But maybe my favorite bit is the game Laylea organizes in the underground Jungle. She pulls it together to cheer up her friend, to give KC something she needs but never imagined she could actually have. Also, imagine two dozen shifter kids (selkies, chimps, pythons, panthers, tigers, gorillas, and a dryad!) playing Capture the Flag through a magical jungle! But there’s also the sacrifice Oscar makes so that Laylea can save the school. Oh, I can’t pick. I pick them all!

2. If you could spend time with a character from your book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?
Laylea, definitely. I’d want her to show me the Chicago she knows. I’m sure she’s familiar with all the tunnels and secret places that Wyrdos hang out. I want to see all that. AND I want to go to The Office and get a mug of glΓΆg from Seb.

3. If you could have been the author of any book ever written, which book would you choose?
I am in awe of Neal Stephenson. I’m not sure I’d want to have written his books, I think he must be a little mad to be able to write so beautifully and with such intelligence. Anne McCaffrey created characters who are still very real to me. She made me cry and taught me that love is universal, no matter the form it takes. Terry Pratchett gives the world so much joy and laughter. I choose Geoffrey’s Queen. I AM the author of that book and I’m proud of it. I wouldn’t dare take a book away from anyone else.

4. Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?
Some are inspired by real people. Laylea has the good qualities of two of my favorite people in the universe. Bailey has some of the negative qualities of one of those same people. There is a real person in my life right now who is too unbelievably self-centered to put into a book, but the next bad guy in Shifter School 2, Shifter Blood, is definitely going to harken to this asshat . . . (Can I swear on your blog?) fellow.

5. What made you want to become a writer?
Reading made me want to write. It still does. I love stories. I find it magical that my brain has created all these characters in a world not entirely like our own. I find it awe-inspiring that thousands of these worlds exist and I can dive into them, simply by opening a book. I want to be a part of this ever-expanding universe. That’s why I write.

Thanks for having me, T! I hope you enjoy reading Shifter School!



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

follow the tour here:  the more you comment, the better your chances of winning.


  1. The answer to question #4 is very interesting.

    1. When I meet particularly awful or wonderful people, I'm grateful to be an author. They may never know it, but I'm going to immortalize their behavior. muaahahahhahhahhahahahaha!

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

  3. Great to be here, Teresa Noel! Thanks for hosting.

  4. Happy Friday, thanks for sharing this sounds like a great book!

  5. Such a fun interview!


  6. I've enjoyed following you through this week of your tour and look forward to more good stuff next week. Have a great weekend

    1. Thanks, Karen! Being an Irish nerd, this is a big week for me each year. We started with Pie on Wednesday and now we’re doing Guiness Stew.

  7. Sounds like my kind of book, I'm definitely going to have to pick this one up soon! I really enjoyed the questions and answers, very interesting indeed. Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. Thanks, Sally. I’m hoping you’ll be understanding about the cat bashing. (I really want a Maine Coon.)

  8. Thanks for hosting the giveaway. Congratulations on the book tour. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

  9. Thanks for hosting. Congratulations on the book. I hope that I win. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com.

  10. Congrats on the tour!!πŸ’‹ So excited to read your book!!😍

  11. What is your favorite part of this book and why?

  12. Your setter, Josh, sounds like quite the diva. We’re talking Sir Elton John. Maybe you could dress him up for a photo album, with him posing as characters from your favorite books! You could include ones you’ve written as well as titles that inspired you and also longtime near-and-dears.