The Beginning of the End Bloodlines Vol. 1 by Emily S. Hurricane Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Daphne Rhodes would tell anyone: being ‘the one’ sucks.
At least, she would if there was anyone left to tell. She’s the one who’d survived. The one with the magic immune system that saved her.
The only one left on this whole miserable planet.
Daphne spends her days alone and craving answers as to why it had to be her. Why did she have to watch everyone she’d ever known and loved die a horrific death?
On her mother’s deathbed, Daphne learns long-hidden family secrets that send her on a quest across Canada to not only discover where she came from, why she survived, and who she is…but what she is, as well.
Two weeks into the apocalypse, Daphne burned her hometown to the ground. The town she’d grown up in. The town she’d built her life in. The town that she was supposed to die in. But for some reason, everyone else had died and left her behind.
She fingered the silver pendant that hung from a long chain around her neck. The sigil was a mystery, all looping metal that looked like some kind of Celtic symbol. Hopefully it would lead her to answers.
Daphne took a deep breath, inhaling the scent of her whole world burning away. It mostly smelled like pine, as the small east-coast harbour town was built mostly from the deciduous trees that surrounded it on the back end. The rest was just ocean. Their little peninsula had been an oasis for the locals, one of the small communities supported by a nearby gold mine.
She pursed her lips and closed her eyes, letting the heat of the flames wash over her face, cleanse her of her past that had been full of lies.
The world had gone to shit. Everyone was dead. Except for maybe one other person who could tell her why she wasn’t.
Southern Ice Bloodlines Vol. 2
Daphne’s finally found where she belongs in this apocalypse. Now she just has to hold onto it.
Unfortunately, that’s easier said than done when no one in her new pack trusts the new half-wolf who can’t even shift. Daphne is an enigma to them, and she knows she’s going to have to fight tooth and nail to make a place for herself here. A home.
Though, no home is without its cracks in the foundation as Daphne is about to find out. When she discovers a massive betrayal—a mole in her pack—Daphne has to decide what to do with this information. Does she keep it to herself and play it safe with her already fragile place in the community?
Or does she oust the traitor and risk her life in the process?
Daphne finally found a home, a family, somewhere she belongs. And she’s about to risk it all.
After discovering a mole in the pack, Daphne makes the choice to bring it to the Alpha's attention, and that’s where it all comes to a head. Killian is your typical ruthless Alpha, and he hasn't been subtle about his distrust of her.
It isn't until disaster strikes that Daphne not only proves that she isn't a liar, but also how much of an asset she can be. One he will desperately need as war, betrayal, and death threaten to demolish his pack.
Heads will roll and sparks will fly as the pair work together to keep everyone around them alive and everything he’s built from crumbling to ashes.
She's been labeled a traitor, thrown in prison, and ultimately banished for a crime she has no knowledge of. After risking everything to help Killian, accusing her of being a spy is how he repays her.
She knows so little about her past, but she finally has a nugget of information that could help. A key player that could give her long-awaited answers, someone she’s been searching for since the beginning of her journey.
Emily hails from rural Nova Scotia, curled up on a tree stump with a bubblegum pink notebook and a steaming mug of french roast coffee. She is a thirtysomething mom of a toddler and a furbaby. Her lumbersexual husband doesn't actually work in lumber anymore, but he still wears the plaid and the beard.
When she's not writing and/or momming, she's sipping espresso, crocheting, and listening to audiobooks. She's an established freelance writer and editor.
My husband is my muse. And not just because we love and support each other, but literally because he comes up with the best ideas. I mean, mostly. Some of them are ridiculous. I still write them down so that later we can look back on them and laugh together...or sometimes, one of those ridiculous ideas will be fruitful.
Way back, hubs and I were talking about book tropes, and he made a crack about werewolf pirates in space, and we had a great laugh about it. And then for the next couple of days, it just sat in the back of my head, marinating, without me even realizing it.
And then I started outlining a story. I want to say it was like a challenge accepted kind of deal, because that would probably make me look way cooler, but alas, I am lame, and actually tried to make pirate werewolves in space a serious thing. I managed to do a pirate werewolf outline, and a space werewolf outline, and though it wasn’t both at the same time I still had a sense of accomplishment that I actually managed to make them somewhat plausible.
The lore for both of these, one historial and one futuristic, was kind of based in the same universe of wolf pack structure I’d crafted. And that structure led me to thinking about if these packs existed, then where would they be, what would they be doing...and what if the world ended and all that was left were the wolves? The rest grew from there.
In case you were wondering, yes, I still want to write werewolf pirates and werewolves in space. Because oh, they’ll be so fun. But I think I have a much better handle on it now that I’ve started crafting this world and all of the family lines within it. And I’m kinda deep in this thing, now. The original outline for Daphne’s story was projected as one novella. And here we are, five in with five more on the way (and a spin-off or two!).
But all of this was born from one off-handed joke comment, and my husband’s courage in sharing all of the ridiculous things that pop into his head instead of just the not-ridiculous ones. Thanks, Mr. Hurricane!
Ever have off-the-wall story ideas? Make sure you write them down, you never know!
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