Friday, December 5, 2014

Celebrating Debutantes 2014: Skylar Dorset (14 Random Facts + Giveaway)

Window seats, coats, writing on a coffee shop--find out more things the author of The Girl Who Never Was loves! Plus, be one of ten winners of her swag giveaway! 

Skylar Dorset

1. Skylar Dorset is a pseudonym. Shhhh!

2. My mother has a dog named Benny. This dog was not named after the character Ben in THE GIRL WHO NEVER WAS (nor was the character named after the dog), but I smile every time I think about the two Bens in my life.

3. I have a rabid fangirl personality and encourage all of you to go forth and write TGWNW fanfiction. Seriously.

4. I was born on a Sunday.

5. I never what a book I’m writing is about until I type “The End” at the end of the document. I get to be as surprised by the plot twists as the readers are!

6. I prefer window seats when I fly because I like to look out over all the world and make sure everything looks like it’s going okay.

7. I decorate for Mardi Gras every year, even though I no longer live in New Orleans. I think more people should decorate for Mardi Gras.

8. Coats are my favorite. If I was a world-famous celebrity, I’d buy so many coats that I’d probably never wear the same one twice.

9. I love the sound of a whistling tea kettle.

10. I went to summer camp a grand total of once. I was a first grader and they made me sit with the kindergarteners and I was so mortally offended that I refused to ever go back.

11. Sometimes I just have to spend an entire day just reading, and I’m okay with that.

12. For a long time, my GPS was set to speak French. I don’t actually speak French, I just liked pretending I was in Paris. I learned very well the French words for “left” and “right.”

13. I make really fantastic apple pies. My secret is I zap them in the microwave before baking them. Makes all the difference in the world.

14. I am addicted to writing in coffee shops. But I don’t actually like coffee.


About the Author
Skylar’s first story was a tale of romantic intrigue involving two feuding factions of squirrels. Think “Romeo & Juliet” but with bushy tails and added espionage. She was seven.

Since that time, Skylar’s head has been filled with lots of characters and lots of drama. She is delighted to be able to share some of it with all of you now, because, honestly, it was getting pretty loud and crowded in there.

Skylar is a born-and-bred New Englander, which is why Boston was a natural setting for her debut novel, THE GIRL WHO NEVER WAS. Skylar shares her home with a cardboard cutout of the Tenth Doctor, lots of Mardi Gras beads from the time she spent living in New Orleans, and a harp she’s supposed to be teaching herself to play. She’d like to get a dog.

Find her: Website * Twitter * Facebook * Goodreads

Faeries, anyone?

The Girl Who Never Was
(Otherworld #1)
by Skylar Dorset

Published June 1st 2014 by Sourcebooks Fire

Blurb (Goodreads):
THE GIRL WHO NEVER WAS is the story of Selkie Stewart, who thinks she’s a totally normal teenager growing up in Boston. Sure, her father is in an insane asylum, her mother left her on his doorstep—literally—when she was a baby, and she’s being raised by two ancient aunts who spend their time hunting gnomes in their Beacon Hill townhouse. But other than that her life is totally normal! She’s got an adventurous best friend who’s always got her back and an unrequited crush on an older boy named Ben. Just like any other teenager, right?

When Selkie goes in search of the mother she’s never known, she gets more than she bargained for. It turns out that her mother is faerie royalty, which would make Selkie a faerie princess—except for the part where her father is an ogre, which makes her only half of anything. Even more confusing, there’s a prophecy that Selkie is going to destroy the tyrannical Seelie Court, which is why her mother actually wants to kill her. Selkie has been kept hidden all her life by her adoring aunts, with the help of a Salem wizard named Will. And Ben. Because the boy she thinks she’s in love with turns out to be a faerie whose enchantment has kept her alive, but also kept her in the dark about her own life.

Now, with enchantments dissolved and prophecies swinging into action, Selkie finds herself on a series of mad quests to save the people she’s always loved and a life she’s learning to love. But in a supernatural world of increasingly complex alliances and distressingly complicated deceptions, it’s so hard to know who to trust. Does her mother really wish to kill her? Would Will sacrifice her for the sake of the prophecy? And does Ben really love her or is it all an elaborate ruse? In order to survive, Selkie realizes that the key is learning—and accepting—who she really is. 

Yesterday: Dahlia Adler, author of Behind the Scenes. Tomorrow: Rachel M. Wilson, author of Don't Touch. Check out the schedule here.

- 10 (yes, TEN!) swag packs
- open internationally
- Skylar and I are NOT responsible for any lost or damaged package
- each entry will be checked. Daily entries requires different info/links every day. This will be checked as well so be honest!
- contest ends December 21st
- winners must respond on email notification within 48 hours or else we will pick another winner
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  1. I actually own the book The Girl Who Never Was which I won in a giveaway! It's a lovely book and the cover is just amazing - I can't wait to read it! I also really like your blog, so thanks for making it!

    Check out my review and giveaway:

  2. Ancient aunts and hunting gnomes, yes a story I want to read.


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