One of the really different things about this part of the story is that Susannah, a beautiful black woman with no legs below the knees, had become pregnant by a demon. As part of the complication, she develops an additional personality, a white woman named Mia who is the mother personality for her baby—her "chap."
What is very different is that Mia actually splits from Susannah and becomes a physical person—with legs. There's some spooky psychology going on there, also, and King is outstandingly creative with the situation...and of course just the situation itself is outstandingly creative.
There are some horrible incidents in this series...violence, demons, cannibals, vampires, and suicide. But this is definitely not a work of horror. I doubt an author could produce a seven-volume series of horror without getting pretty repetitious. So, any of you that are inclined to not read this because it's written by King and King writes horror, don't cheat yourself.
This is a far-reaching and unusual fantasy series. And it's really good.
As for my own writing: Saving Atlantis is still being considered by two publishers. One of them, Red Sage Publishing, has had it for about four months. They say that if they like it initially, four months or longer may be the wait time before an author hears back. After the first of the year I'll send them a follow-up letter if I haven't heard back from them.
When I submitted the manuscript to Gnome on Pig Productions, who published my Just Lucky books, the editor/publisher said she really liked the synopsis. They are busy with other stuff, so I don't expect them to respond until late January, if then.
I'm 12,000 words into the first/second draft of the first volume of the Lying Swords series. It's the first/second draft because lately there's been so much time between writing sessions that I need to go back at least a few pages to get a feeling for the flow. While I reread, I make alterations.
One of the neatest things about writing novels is when the story surprises the author. I had just such a surprise during my last writing session. The swords, that had a semblance of sentience anyway, since they were able to answer questions, unexpectedly developed even more. They don't like to be touched by any but their owners.
This provides all kinds of possibilities going forward. Part of the ongoing story will be that people—some bad, some good—covet the swords. But it will be difficult to control two deadly sharp blades that don't like their handlers.
There is also the matter of a second, almost identical, set of swords that don't speak. They do have their own unique properties.
That's it for now. I've posted another clip from one of my novels on my author's page, F.G.Waiss, Author. Please take a look if it pleases you. And, please, read something!