Please welcome Holly McDowell to The Qwillery. Holly writes the King Solomon's Wives series which presently consists of 3 episodes. I find what Holly is doing with the series fascinating and wanted to share it with you!
King Solomon's Wives
King Solomon's Wives Episode 1
Coliloquy, June 2012
The two thousand descendants of King Solomon’s ancient harem have the ultimate power of seduction: Their very touch is as addictive as any drug.
But that power comes at a price: Wives die giving birth. They can only bear daughters. They are only fertile until the age of twenty-four.
Hunted for hundreds of generations by men who crave their touch and fear its power, the Wives have kept safe by following three simple rules:
But tonight, the rules have been broken, and someone must pay.
- A Wife shall have no meaningful relationships outside the clan.
- A Wife’s addictive touch may be used only for procreation or to protect the clan.
- A Wife shall sacrifice herself for her daughter at the age of twenty-four.
In the blistering first episode of King Solomon’s Wives, we meet Sumarra on the night she plans to conceive. Instead, she and the other wives find themselves under attack from a group of male hunters, intent on destroying them.
Sumarra has always broken small rules and indulged rebellious tendencies. Now that the Wives have been found, her defiance will either be their salvation or her own undoing.
King Solomon's Wives Episode 2
Coliloquy, February 2013
In the aftermath of a brutal, coordinated attack by male Hunters, the descendants of King Solomon’s harem have gone into hiding. Terrified, hungry, and mourning the loss of their Sisters, they live in fear and isolation, trying to avoid capture and hoping to find a way to reach each other.
Unaware of their plight is Sonya, a rogue Wife who ran away to Las Vegas when she violated the clan’s cardinal rule: falling in love with a man. Now married and coping with her husband’s addiction to the chemicals in her skin, Sonya lives in self-made exile, knowing that if they are discovered, the clan will punish her and kill her husband Ashe.
But when Wives turn up in Vegas held hostage by Hunters, Sonya can only save them by revealing herself, potentially sacrificing her freedom...and Ashe’s life.
Her family, her conscience, and thousands of years of historical bonds are at stake. And once again, Sonya will have to choose between duty and love.
King Solomon's Wives Episode 3
Coliloquy, October 2013
In this harrowing third episode of King Solomon’s Wives, Hunters have imprisoned Sumarra. Trapped, tortured and missing her final window to become pregnant, she must find a way out or her ancestral line will perish forever. Time and hope might just be running out.
Her rival, Dilara, is the only Wife with the knowledge and resources to rescue her. But Dilara has other pressing problems: Infighting among the clans, the reappearance of a rogue Wife long thought dead, the Hunters’ continuing attacks, and her own haunting mistake. Will Dilara be able to unite the clans and be the leader the Wives so desperately need?
Dilara has always followed and enforced the rules, but in order to save Sonya, Sumarra, and the sisterhood, she must choose to go against everything she believes, even if it means sacrificing her rank, her integrity, and her own life.
Holly's current project is an interactive, digital series called King Solomon's Wives, a modern thriller about women alive today who descended from King Solomon's ancient harem. It's full of historical conspiracy and, well, harem sex. And because the series is interactive--meaning readers get to vote on the direction of the story--Holly was recently featured in an article in the Huffington Post. Here are a few quotes from HuffPo readers about the very concept of an interactive series: "Dear God, NO." "UGH." "Just what we need, more writers acting like parrots." "[This could be] the end of our civilization."
All Holly knows is she's having a blast writing it and wants to keep doing so. If people buy one episode, she gets to write the next. Episodes one through three are available now.
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