June 9, 2014

10 Random Facts About Skylar Dorset + Giveaway!

Today I have Skylar Dorset on the blog with her 10 Random Facts guest post!
Plus, I will be giving away a copy of Skylar's awesome new book, The Girl Who Never Was!

The Girl Who Never Was (Otherworld #1)
Author: Skylar Dorset
Publication Date: June 1st 2014
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: Fantasy (Faeries)

Book Summary:
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.

***Skylar's Guest Post***
Ten Random Facts About Me:
  1. When I was a little girl, I had a dog named Samantha. After a few years, I got bored with that name and tried to change the dog’s name to Belle. The dog was, needless to say, very confused. And this is why I mainly stick to naming characters these days.
  2. For the past two summers, I have had a bee fly right up to me and sting me while I was just standing around, not moving, minding my own business. I will keep all of you updated on the continuing dramatic tale of bees’ hatred for me.
  3. Once I sat too close to a fire and the bottom of my boot kind of started smoking. Luckily, it was wintertime and I stamped it out in the snow.
  4. If you’re thinking that the lesson of the previous two facts is that I shouldn’t spend much time outdoors, you’d be right.
  5. I was living in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina hit. I was very lucky, in that I eventually got back most of my stuff, but it was a really emotional time, as you can imagine.
  6. I was also living in New Orleans when the Red Sox won the World Series in 2004. It was the first baseball season that I’d lived outside of the New England region, so I’m still pretty convinced I had a lot to do with them winning.
  7. I have lost entire days of my life to the playing of Mario Kart.
  8. I dislike all foods of a certain consistency: mayonnaise, pudding, sour cream, yogurt, etc.
  9. I anthropomorphize house plants. I think if you spoil them too much, they get needy and whiney.
  10. If I could only have breakfast food or dinner food for the rest of my life, I’d pick breakfast food.

About the Author:
Skylar Dorset
Skylar was born in Rhode Island and grew up on the same block where her mother grew up. That’s what Rhode Island is like. Skylar’s two little sisters all still live within four blocks of their parents, making Skylar the wanderer of the family.
Rhode Island is a tiny place, and no self-respecting Rhode Islander will drive more than twenty minutes willingly, and an hour’s drive tends to indicate that one should be staying overnight rather than trying to drive back in the same day. So when Skylar moved forty-four miles away to the city of Boston to attend college, it was really far away! But Skylar’s favorite book growing up was “Johnny Tremain,” and she was determined to live in Boston. (That book doesn’t seem to get read much anymore. It’s a book about a boy living in Boston during the American Revolution. It’s awesome, and it’ll make you love Paul Revere and Joseph Warren and John Hancock.)
Skylar has followed her career outside of New England, but still clings to her Rhode Island accent. It’s showed off to its best effect when she’s tired or angry or talking to her family. Be sure to allow her to demonstrate the fact that she pronounces “hear,” “hair,” and “here” exactly the same way.
Skylar collects old books about New England and Christmas tree ornaments. No, seriously, she has a Christmas tree ornament problem; tell her to stop buying them, she has more than enough. She has an entire cupboard full of different types of tea, a small but treasured DVD collection, and a beloved DVR. Cereal is her favorite food in the world, so much so that she has a strict rule that she can only have it for dinner a maximum of once a week. Ice cream is her other favorite food in the world. She’s not going to say how often she eats it for dinner, because she prefers to pretend she is a grown-up.
Skylar believes fiction should take you to a world that’s like yours, only better. The idea for THE GIRL WHO NEVER WAS came to her in a dream, as some of the best ideas do. (Some of the worst ideas, too; the trick is figuring out the difference.)
Skylar is a proud member of OneFour KidLitThe BookYArd Writers, and A Game of Tomes.

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I am giving away a copy of Skylar's book to one lucky reader!

  • One finished copy of The Girl Who Never Was by Skylar Dorset 
Open Internationally
(As long as The Book Depository ships to you!)
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  1. Thank you for the giveaway! Fae, orges and royal trouble are a great combination! :)

  2. Thanks for ze awesome giveaway<3
    Good luck everyone

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  4. This looks and sounds awesome!! Congrats to Skylar on the new release!!! Ummm... I can't keep houseplants alive, so by Skylar's reasoning, mine must be committing suicide! Ack! Thanks for shairng ;)

  5. Thank you for this amazing giveaway and I wish all the luck in the world to Skylar and her book ;-)

    XX Ner

  6. Thanks for the giveaway!! :) The Girl Who Never Was sounds like an amazing book!!

  7. Loved the 10 random facts about Skylar. It gives us the opprtunity to know her aside from being an author!!!

  8. Fun facts. I had to laugh. Watch out for bees!! I've been stung - not fun.

  9. Thanks for the giveaway

  10. the cover is amazing!really want to read this book :D

  11. I love Fae/Faerie books and think that this one looks original and interesting! I can't wait to read it, thank you for the giveaway!!!

  12. AnonymousJune 13, 2014

    Skylar and I have so many things in common, while I was reading her "Random Facts" I kept hearing my own voice and imagining myself, albeit the Katrina and Red Sox, though, Typhoon Haiyan and the Ateneo Blue Eagles can compensate for that.

  13. I would love to read this book, it has everything!

  14. Loved the review and interview. This is a new to me author and will be putting this book on my wishlist.

  15. This book looks really good, i love the cover, I really like the rose that pops up to her!! very cute, and it sounds just great!!! I also enjoyed her random facts. thanks for the giveaway

  16. I love reading random stuff about authors' and other awesome people's lives (: And I so love the cover of this book (the summary is intriguing, too!), so I've been wanting a copy ever since I heard about it! Thanks for the giveaway (:

  17. This book sounds so good, I really like how it sets itself a part from most books with Fey with it being based in Boston


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