The Lamia, Part 1: Awakenings by Jim Heter

We are what we believe ourselves to be. For Dema Culver, her very survival depends on the power of that belief.

The loss of her sister Kore to the drug culture has driven Dema Culver to become a DEA agent. When her own life is threatened her Lamia heritage awakens, and turns her into a shape-shifter. She finds herself bound by an ancient oath.

There is truth at the heart of the Lamia legend, but it has become twisted and hard to find. The heroes of one tribe become the demons of their enemies. The original Lamia was merely a tribal shaman, guardian of a cavern that her tribe believed to be the womb of the earth mother. She took on the half-snake form in defense of her tribe, swearing an oath to avenge the blood of the innocent, an oath binding on her descendants.

Dema's shaman heritage saves her life, but alters it irrevocably, leading her ever deeper into the spirit world. She wants to believe that her new abilities and heightened perceptions can be explained in terms of modern ideas. But are these ideas really modern, or merely reflections of an ancient wisdom? Does the ancient realm of the spirit permeate modern life?

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  • First submitted Jan. 17, 2010
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  • Elysium's avatar
    Elysium wrote 4 weeks, 1 day ago
    Hugely enjoyable. You have a wonderful story here. It starts with intrigue and moves at a cracking pace. The 'change' is brilliantly described and makes fascinating reading. Only negative is It felt a little rushed, especially the ending. After ten chapters describing the changes and all the history it seemed to speed at breakneck pace to the conclusion. If you are continuing in further parts, I might suggest saving some of the history for later chapters to help balance it ...
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  • NuclearCarrot's avatar
    NuclearCarrot wrote 3 months ago

    Hi jim,
    Seeing as I was lingering on your profile, I took a peep at The Lamia part one - nice opening, enough to go on my Wish List, the real one that is. On my next visit to Amazonia I'll be sure to get it.
    norman

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    C19ARD wrote 3 months, 4 weeks ago
    Hi Jim, I purchased The Lamia part one from Amazon this afternoon and have just finished this very original and well told story. My favourite parts have to be when Dema moves into the realms of her ancestors past and relives the eradication of the priest, very well written. The descriptive writing has given me clear vision of Dema's transformation, I particularly enjoy the dream like references and the return to normality after the drug gang Leader had been removed. ...
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    spc wrote 4 months, 1 week ago

    Popped you on my bookshelf, as I thought The Lamia was well overdue for another go.

    Si

  • Sebnem's avatar
    Sebnem wrote 8 months, 1 week ago
    The Lamia Jim Heter R2G Review Chapters 10-18 Ch10 This chapter tells the story of Sedna's experience of the three stages of Shaman awareness. The shamanic awareness in the family line of the Culver women skips a generation. So, like Dema, Sedna goes to her grandmother. The levels of awareness, the separation of the soul from the physical body and its demands, like hunger, thirst, feeling hot or cold, are very well described in Sedna's story. Then, come the snakes, ...
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    spc wrote 8 months, 1 week ago

    As ever, a fabulous read

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  • kabiba's avatar
    kabiba wrote 8 months, 1 week ago
    ‘The Lamia’ review chapter 1 I liked how you went straight into the action with this first chapter, introducing Dema and her workplace at the Philadelphia Police Department. You showed she is attractive, through the gazes of her colleagues as she enters the room. Quickly we learn she has a troubled past, a sister who went off the rails and disappeared. This has made her even more dedicated in her job tracking down drug gangs. There was a small inconsistency ...
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    Jim Heter Author wrote 8 months, 1 week ago

    I have uploaded Part 1 in the new format. Please let me know if you want Part 2! Jim

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    VelvetCiara wrote 8 months, 2 weeks ago

    There are some very good visualizations in this, and I'm intrigued to see where it's going. I will read on with pleasure.

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    CHarrington wrote 8 months, 3 weeks ago
    R2G/Full Manuscript Swap Thread I sat down and finished this interesting read. Here are a few things I would consider... The pitch - It is the hardest bit to write and I understand where you are coming from, but it doesn't fit the book. It's spitting facts instead of selling the plot. You have interesting premise, focus on what the book is about versus what a Lamia is. SPaG - I feel for you. Commas and rewording in places are ...
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    R2G wrote 8 months, 3 weeks ago

    A well-deserved backing from R2G. Sebnem

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    CHarrington wrote 9 months ago
    R2G/Full Manuscript Swap Thread (Like for Like exchange) Chapter 3 Continue to do a edit for SPaG. Look up your current words using hyphens. A lot of them don't need them. A sprinkle of commas is also needed. AI also strongly suggest going through and looking at each words that begins your sentences. In one paragraph, 3 out of 4 sentences began with "She..." Backseat - one word I'd suggest avoid using discourse markers to begin sentences, especially when they ...
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    CHarrington wrote 9 months, 1 week ago
    R2G/Full Manuscript Swap Thread Chapter 1 SPaG: No hyphen in "good morning" "Once there(,) she..." - comma Italics on Drug Enforcement Administration In the paragraph - "She was early..." you have an abundance of "as she" uses. Consider rewording to remove redundancy. Ditto on the following paragraph. - Don't feel bad. I am SO guilty of abusing the "as" hyphen on "mid-teens" makeup - one word Watch out for uses of exclamation marks. Agents/Publishers tend to hate them. Only use ...
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  • MaxOut's avatar
    MaxOut wrote 9 months, 1 week ago

    Jim,
    Your cover scares me, and your pitches intrigue me. This is just a note to assure you I will read on but won't be able to afford you a full read, time just does not permit it here.
    Regards
    Max

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  • Sebnem's avatar
    Sebnem wrote 9 months, 2 weeks ago
    Jim Heter R2G Review Chapters 5-9 Ah, I knew something would happen as soon as she jumped out of the car. Very good chase scene after she jumps off, over the railings, into the ditch and begins to run for her life. They follow her, shoot at her and she is wounded, bleeding. They follow her trail and she now knows she must hide... The cave and the snake; again, something told me she subconsciously knew not to be afraid ...
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    Jeanette Taylor Ford [Retired] wrote 9 months, 2 weeks ago

    Jim, I've made a start at last! Admittedly only the first chapter so far, but already I'm well drawn in. Normally, I wouldn't choose to read something like this so it shows how good your writing is, that you can seduce me into reading on - and wanting more! And indeed I intend to have more; it's going on my tablet so I can read in bed.

    Jeanette x

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  • Sebnem's avatar
    Sebnem wrote 9 months, 3 weeks ago
    The Lamia Jim Heter R2G Review Chapters 2-4 Jeff and Dema find the informant at the Park, who tells them about Tonio and Miguel, Drug traffickers. The drugs are carried by boat, to land and up the mountains and distributed through a complex network. Not having found the location of Tonio's boat, they return to the Department. Dema goes out on her own in the evening and she is taken captive and pushed into a limo by Miguel's men. On ...
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  • Sebnem's avatar
    Sebnem wrote 9 months, 3 weeks ago
    The Lamia Jim Heter R2G/FCCG2 Review Short Pitch: Interesting and intriguing Pitch: para's 2 and 3 are a bit wordy. If you could make them more concise and intriguing, they would be more engaging. Something in the order of last sentence 3rd para is the right idea for a pitch. It needs to intrigue the reader to open the book rather than give a synopsis. Cover: Interesting Title: Intriguing First Para: Very interesting and gripping. We are into The Lamia, ...
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  • Jonathan Rowe's avatar
    Jonathan Rowe wrote 10 months ago
    The Lamia - Chapter 7 Dema escapes from the cave and tries to rationalise her experience with the snakes and the healing of her wound. Back at the motel, she sleeps. Only a quick comment here. This chapter contains a lot of the internal narrative of Derma's thoughts and beliefs that I felt were needed at points in the earlier chapters, such as when she met Jeff, mulled over the case and when she was in the car or hiding ...
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    Jonathan Rowe wrote 10 months ago
    The Lamia - Chapters 5-6 Agent Dema is being driven away by mobsters but leaps from the car. She crawls into a cave to shelter that is inhabited by snakes. The goons fail to find her but the wounded Dema slips into unconsciousness. She experiences a vision where the snakes heal her. Chapter 5 shows off your lean and energetic writing at its best - you're really good at action. You describe motion and physical drama with great clarity and ...
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