Like most of my completed manuscripts, Half-Breed was initially written before 2008 under a different title and with a completely different plan for its existence. Originally it was planned as one of a collection of three, and then, when the third book was published, they would be offered possibly as a boxed set, but though the world and the history of that world are the same, the location, people, and story are utterly different. The third book is still in the planning for this world, but I’ve learned quite a bit since publishing that first book, and keeping these books as a collection has become less of a consideration.
Half-Breed explores something of genetic engineering. Operating on the idea that our government was trying to create the perfect soldier by combining human and wolf DNA. Their experiments didn’t work because their young soldiers, while physically everything they could hope for, didn’t survive much beyond puberty. The other half of their experiment, those that turned out to be more wolf than human, were discarded as an expected byproduct and kept only for their DNA value. It wasn’t until the world fell apart and the entire complex abandoned, that it was discovered that the two, the hybrid humans and the hybrid byproduct, needed to be together for either of them to operate at their optimum.
With these children’s escape along with their wulfen companions, a new race and a new society was created. Having no social training or exposure outside of the lab, they had nothing but their own instincts to draw upon. But then they came across a little girl, and because she was the daughter of the man who had given his life to see that they were released from their cages, they would do what they could to keep her safe. Her chances were no better than theirs, but it was better than her sitting in the forest alone. Because of her, their life was far less animalistic than it could have been.
Many generations later, a human girl was taken in by the Yellowstone Clan, and like all clan women, she was accorded the right to pick her husband and rule her household. However, she never felt like she belonged, so one day, equipped with all she’d learned, she made it back to her people, only by now she was pregnant, and being a woman alone, if she was to avoid the collar, she needed to do something that would feed her and her baby, and she needed to avoid the slavers. One day, with a child who was starting to resemble his father more than her, her luck ran out, and thus begins this book.