The Wolf Queen: The Hope of Aferi (Book I)
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Sometimes the Secrets in Your Past Can Unleash the Power of Your Future

Once great and powerful sorcerers, the Amasiti were hunted to the brink of extinction by the Hir and his followers. For four hundred years, their legacy faded from memory waiting for the hope of Aferi to be renewed…

In the Land of Yet

At the edge of the Forbidden Forest

A young woman lives alone.

Forced to fend for herself after the brutal murder of her family, Ameenah Yemini has made a life for herself as a master tanner and farmer, only venturing into the world to earn her living then return to the safety and seclusion of her home.

Until a chance encounter brings her work to the attention of the powerful Hir. And her careful life begins to unravel.

Drawn to the hidden magic that lingers in everything she touches, the new Hir insists on having her for himself, using the people around her to force Ameenah into his grasp.

When she realizes that her greatest enemy may hold the key to a secret she thought lost to her forever, Ameenah is determined to reclaim her stolen past. But, at what cost? As an ancient power waits to be unleashed, Ameenah’s choices will make the difference between awakening a new magic or delivering it into the hands of evil.


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About The Wolf Queen Duology

The Wolf Queen duology follows the journey of Ameenah Yemini, a young woman who after years of rebuilding her life from a terrible tragedy is confronted with a secret that shatters the quiet comfort of her existence – bringing a long lost hope and a new destiny to light. Inspired by the culture, language, and traditions of ancient northeast Africa, the story explores themes of female divinity, elemental magic, belonging, and the many layers of personal identity.

The Wolf Queen, Book II, finds Ameenah struggling to understand her place in a magical world she can no longer deny. But, time is not on her side. While she is just discovering the potential of the magic in her blood, the Hir has sought the power of the Amasiti all his life and has every intention of taking her birthright for himself. To stop him from assuming control over her power and the land she loves, she must both reclaim the legacy of her people and build a new coalition of creatures and men with the will to come together and fight behind their true Queen.


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The Wolf Queen: The Promise of Aferi (Book II)
by Cerece Rennie Murphy


To claim their future, she must avenge her past.

War has come to the Land of Yet and though the wolf has awakened within her, Ameenah Yemini has just begun to understand the legacy behind its magic.

Without the wisdom to wield it, she knows she is no match for the treachery of the Hir, whose lust for absolute power threatens everything she holds dear.

Her only chance – Yet’s only hope – is for its people to band together and fight.

But the Hir’s iron grip reaches deeper than they ever realized and the land that once stood together is more divided than ever. While Ameenah travels to the isolated Province of Harat in search of allies and the remnants of the mythical Amasiti, the man she loves must take a different road, each uncovering terrible secrets, centuries in the making that could unravel their rebellion before it has time to take root.

In a desperate race to rally a force strong enough to defeat the Hir, Ameenah’s quest plunges her into the depths of a cursed land to recover what remains of an age-old promise—but the cost of saving her people just might be her life.

The final chapter of The Wolf Queen adventure is here.

 

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The Wolf Queen Book Review: “An imaginative, immersive fantasy [with] beautiful details, exciting action, and a chillingly evil villain.”  – Laurie Forest, Author of The Black Witch Chronicles

 

Prologue Excerpt - The Wolf Queen: The Promise of Aferi (Book II)


Standing beside his guardsman, Nebiri was no longer so sure they could let Fewa go.

Tales of the Amasiti were few and often half-told. Most read like fairytales. Still, Neberi knew every one by heart. As a boy he studied the texts his ancestors had gathered with a passion that very little else in his life inspired. With gold bangles at her feet and wrists and cowry shells and bells twisted into her hair, he had no doubt the woman before him was one of them.

“No!” Nebiri said. His voice was cool and steady. “She will come with us or we will grant her no mercy.”

Fewa smiled despite the sweat on her brow. “Nor will I ask for any.”

Lem shrugged his broad shoulders and charged.

Ready, she swung her arm around and let her dagger loose. It soared through the air like a flash of lightning before burying itself deep into Lem’s left eye. He dropped to the ground in mid-stride. Nebiri looked down at his guard in shock for only a moment, but it was still a moment too long. By the time his eyes returned to her, Fewa had an arrow aimed at his heart.

“Drop your weapon,” she commanded. Nebiri seethed, gripping the skinning knife in his hand. Behind Fewa, the wolf mother’s eyes bore into him, baring her teeth through shallow, labored breaths. This was not a fight he could win. Not today. But I will not forget this, he thought. If Father will not act, I will.

“Forgive me, Mother,” he offered smoothly. The skinning knife dropped from his outstretched hand. “We meant no offense.”

Sheer determination kept Fewa’s arms from trembling as pain and the chill of a new threat coursed through her.

He knows. He wants me to know he knows.

If she hadn’t been in the throes of labor, she might’ve killed him just to keep her secret. The secret of her daughter. But she could not justify killing him without cause.

If he takes one step towards me, I will be within my rights, Fewa thought. She held her bow taut and waited.

A knowing smile slithered across Nebiri’s face. I will not make it that easy for you. He took two steps back before turning and running away. I will be back for you.

Despite the lingering threat in his words, relief flooded her shaking limbs. Fewa knew she could not afford a fight in her condition. As soon as she lost sight of him through the trees, Fewa fell. The pain seized her back so fiercely she had to grit her teeth and dig into the ground to keep from screaming. When it subsided, she closed her eyes and rolled to her side, collapsing into a small puddle of wet sickly liquid. Fewa’s eyes flew open and found a trail of blood before her.

The wolves.

All four pups now lay still just outside their mother’s reach. The mother wolf held Fewa’s gaze as she lifted to reveal a fifth pup hidden beneath her. The pup was weak and wounded, but very much alive. Agony seized Fewa again before she could decipher the reason the wolf had revealed her last remaining child.

But this time the pain was different. In addition to the deep pulling of her womb, there was a burning between her legs. My child is coming! Fear gripped her as Fewa realized that she was too far away for anyone she knew to help her. In the back of her mind, she knew this was all happening too quickly, faster than it should have, but there was nothing she could do to stop it now.

Another contraction took hold before she could catch her breath, bringing more pain. She screamed through the burning in her loins as blood and fluid rushed from her body. She needed to push.

“Help me, Mother!” Fewa gasped. “Please! Spare my daughter!” Shaking uncontrollably, she managed to rock herself onto her back again. Propping herself up on her elbows, she spread her legs wide.

“Amalaki, give me stren –” Fewa’s voice caught in her throat as she watched the mother wolf rise. Just below the wolf’s rib cage a deep wound dripped blood as she hobbled towards the space between Fewa’s legs with the wolf pup, her last living child, dangling from her maw.

Horror struck Fewa. Will she feed her young by devouring mine?

Before Fewa could close her legs, pain gripped her, pulling her open from the inside.

“Please,” she sobbed as the wolf settled down between her legs. Delirious, she bore down. Protect your child, Amalaki. She is your daughter. The last of our line!

The mother wolf ducked her head beneath Fewa’s dress, coarse fur brushing against her calves and thighs.

“No!” she screamed. “No!” Fewa dug her heels into the ground, trying to push her own body away, but it was no use. Halfway through her efforts a new wave of contractions came, and her body responded without her permission, pushing and tearing to bring new life forth.

“Don’t!” Fewa pleaded. “Don’t hurt my child!”

In the haze of silence that followed, the wolf raised its head with Fewa’s daughter wriggling in her jaws.

( Continued… )

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About the Author

National bestselling and award-winning author Cerece Rennie Murphy fell in love with writing and science fiction at an early age. It’s a love affair that has grown ever since. In 2012, Mrs. Murphy published the first book in what would become the Order of the Seers sci-fi trilogy. Mrs. Murphy has since published ten books.

In addition to recently publishing her first time-bending romance titled, To Find You, Mrs. Murphy released the 2nd book in the Ellis and The Magic Mirror children’s book series with her son. Mrs. Murphy is currently developing a fantasy adventure, titled The Wolf Queen and a 2-part space opera.

Mrs. Murphy lives and writes in her hometown of Washington, DC with her husband, two children and the family dog, Yoda. To learn more about the author and her upcoming projects, please visit her website at www.cerecerenniemurphy.com.


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Intimate Conversation with Cerece Rennie Murphy



The Wolf Queen: The Promise of Aferi debuted at #1 on the National #AALBC List for October, 2019.

 

National bestselling author Cerece Rennie Murphy fell in love with writing and science fiction at an early age. It’s a love affair that has grown ever since. In 2012, Mrs. Murphy published the first book in what would become the Order of the Seers sci-fi trilogy. Mrs. Murphy has since published ten books and short stories, including her latest release and first fantasy series, The Wolf Queen.

In addition to releasing the 2nd book in The Wolf Queen duology, Mrs. Murphy and her son are also working on completing Ellis and The Cloud Kingdom, the 3rd book in the award-winning Ellis and the Magic Mirror early reader children’s book series. Mrs. Murphy lives and writes in her hometown of Washington, DC with her husband, two children and the family dog, Yoda. To learn more about the author and her upcoming projects, please visit her website at www.cerecerenniemurphy.com.


BPM: Please, share something our readers wouldn’t know about you.
Your readers might be shocked to know that while I have always loved reading and books, my first language is dance. It is my truest, purest self. When I was a kid, I wanted to be Judith Jamison and Mikhail Baryshnikov all in one.


BPM: If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?
Shy. Creative. Determined.


BPM: Is writing your full-time career? How much time do you spend writing?
It is. When I am writing (as opposed to marketing, researching, exhibiting, or focusing on production), I write about 4-6 hours a day.


BPM: Tell us about your first published book. What was the journey like?
My first published book was Order of the Seers and the journey of writing it and publishing it were two totally different experiences. Writing the book was such fun. I just dove into this world. I had no idea if anyone would read it (and no real plans to publish it) so the experience was just really relaxed and joyful. On the other hand, publishing it was absolutely nerve-racking. I had so many self-doubts combined with a mountain of absolutely unrealistic expectations. It was a dangerous and very defeating combination. I remember being so crushed that the book didn’t become an instant bestseller, even though I barely told a soul about the book. LOL! 


BPM: Introduce us to your most recent work. Available on Nook and Kindle?
My latest novel is The Wolf Queen: The Promise of Aferi. The Promise of Aferi completes The Wolf Queen duology which follows the journey of Ameenah Yemini, a young woman who after years of rebuilding her life from a terrible tragedy is confronted with a secret that shatters the quiet comfort of her existence – bringing a long lost hope and a new destiny to light.

Book II finds Ameenah struggling to understand her place in a magical world she can no longer deny. But, time is not on her side. While she is just discovering the potential of the magic in her blood, the Hir has sought the power of the Amasiti all his life and has every intention of taking her birthright for himself. To stop him from assuming control over her power and the land she loves, she must learn to go beyond the legacy of her ancestors and build a new coalition of creatures and men with the will to come together and fight behind their true Queen.
 

BPM: Can you share with us something about the book that isn’t in the blurb?
The setting of the Wolf Queen is very much inspired by the culture, language, and traditions of ancient northeast Africa, specifically Ethiopia, but I got the idea for the story from listening to an audiobook of Nelson Mandela’s Favorite African Folktales.
 

BPM: Give us some insight into your main characters or speakers. What makes each one so special?
What I love about Ameenah Yemini, the main heroine of the story is that she comes from a place of such isolation and slowly finds a space within the larger world. The stranger her surroundings become, the more she feels that she belongs. I know that feeling intimately. I also love how every character she encounters pushes Ameenah in a different way, showing her different aspects of what it means to belong to something more than yourself.
 

BPM: Does one of the main characters hold a special place in your heart? If so, why?
Honestly, I couldn’t pick a favorite. Each one of them is special to me for different reasons, but if I had to pick one to highlight here, I’d probably talk about Nasir, because I love the way he loves Ameenah. It is very hard for him to watch her walk away from him, but he loves her with an open hand and I admire the strength it takes for him to do that. He knows he can’t rescue her. She has to do that herself.

 

BPM: Did you learn anything personal from writing your book?
Oh, so much! Though the spark for this book began with discovering, then questioning this folktale that I was listening to, the story really allowed me to explore my own feelings and questions about the role of women in society and how we came to struggle so much to have a place of respect in the world we quite literally gave life to. Through the Wolf Queen, I got to delve into those questions quite deeply and come up with a resolution that not only fit the story but healed a bit of my soul.

 

BPM: When developing a new book, what comes first, the plot or characters?
I think the plot comes first. I see what’s happening to them and I want to know why so I start asking questions. Through those questions, the story and the characters are revealed.

 

BPM: Where do your book ideas come from? Are your books plot-driven or character-driven?
My book ideas come to me in visions and dreams mostly. I just start to see the story in my head. Even though I usually start with the story, I don’t think I’ve ever written a story that wasn’t character-driven. The focus is always on the journey the characters take.

 

BPM: What did you enjoy most about writing and developing the characters for this book?
I just love when my characters trust me enough to tell me their secrets, the things that really make them move through the world in a certain way. I consider getting to know them a great honor.

 

BPM: Is writing easy for you? Do you feel lonely being a writer during the creative process?
Writing is an absolute joy, a place of pure discovery and escape for me. Even when my hands are sore from writing longhand, I love it. I’m never lonely when I’m writing. I’m surrounded by my characters.

 

BPM: Tell us a little about your creative process. Do you use a computer or write out the story by hand?
I am an analog girl all the way, so I write my stories by hand then dictate them into my phone using Dragon Anywhere. Then I send it to my email and cut and paste it into a Word document. It is an incredibly inefficient process, but I can’t get it done any other way.

 

BPM: How much planning goes into writing a book in general?
Lots. I write a detailed story and chapter outline before I get started writing a single word. I have to see the road map before I start writing because I can’t imagine getting halfway through a book THEN realizing that something major doesn’t work. I’d probably have a nervous breakdown. LOL! So I spend a lot of time planning the story. By the time I’m ready to write the book, most of the thinking and plotting has been done. All I have to do is be with my characters.

 

BPM: How long does it take to complete one of your books?
About a year from outline to finished book.

 

BPM: How much ‘world-building’ takes place before you start writing?
Almost all of it. I literally can’t write without it. I can tell I haven’t done it well when I get to a scene and I can’t see it. I don’t know what the room looks like or the road because I haven’t gone deep enough into the world.

 

BPM: How do you feel when someone disagrees with something you have written?
It’s always a little sad, but I respect their right to disagree with me. Reading is a very subjective experience. The story they want to read may not be the story I wrote. That’s ok. I wish them luck with the next book, but keep doing my thing.

 

BPM: What were the key challenges you faced when writing this book?
I’m always pressed for time. I have two young kids and I write primarily when they are at school. So when they get sick or school closes for a snow day, it throws my whole schedule off. Dealing with the unpredictability of life with kids is my constant challenge.

 

BPM: How has writing impacted your life?
It’s opened up a whole new world of creativity inside me and forced me to get out of my comfort zone in a whole new way. I used to be terrified of public speaking, but after meeting literally thousands of readers all over the country, I can honestly say that I don’t even think about it anymore. It’s almost second nature.

 

BPM: What projects are you working on at the present?
Besides the release of The Wolf Queen: The Promise of Aferi, I am working on completing the 3rd book in the Ellis and The Magic Mirror series and a short story. I am also working on a plan to expand my online platform NARAZU to include a robust marketplace where sci-fi fans can find excellent books, art, film, and comics made by independent artists.

 

BPM: What advice would you give aspiring writers that would help them finish a project when so many ideas are running together?
Focus. You’ll have time to get to the next book, but first you have to finish the one you’re working on!

 

BPM: Do you have a Goodreads, LibraryThing, BookBub™ or Facebook community?
Not really. I do have the following pages.

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/cerece-rennie-murphy

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6094167.Cerece_Rennie_Murphy

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Cerece-Rennie-Murphy-205753729546299
 

BPM: Please share all of your social media links so we can connect with you.
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CereceRMurphy
Website: https://www.cerecerenniemurphy.com
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/cerecermurphy
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cerecermurphy
Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/cerece-rennie-murphy
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6094167.Cerece_Rennie_Murphy
Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/Cerece-Rennie-Murphy-205753729546299

 

 


 

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