For those who are aware, there has been an increasing number of earthquakes (tremors) occurring in the Kansas/Oklahoma area over the last year, presumably due to the disposal of waste water in deep wells by the oil and gas industry. Just a few days ago we had a 4.7 magnitude quake recorded thirty miles from my house. Some communities are reporting damage to buildings and grain elevators.
I have queried to one last publisher. If I receive another negative response, I will probably publish independently, as I have with my other books. However, I don't think I'll publish the first book until I'm further along with the second, making sure of consistencies. I'm at about 36,000 words on the second.