Monday, June 18, 2018

A visit from Jacqui Murray!



Today I'm participating in the blog hop to celebrate the launch of a great new release from Jacqui Murray, Born in a Treacherous Time. This is the first book in Jacqui's Man vs. Nature series.

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Jacqui gave her tour hosts the opportunity to participate in a Q&A about her book, its genre, and its characters. I chose this question to learn more about Lucy, the main character of the story.


What one characteristic would you say allowed Lucy to survive in a world populated with Sabertooth Cats, violent volcanoes, and predatory species who liked to eat man?


Jacqui's answer:


Really, with our thin skin, dull teeth, and tiny claws (aka fingernails), Lucy had no right to survive against the thick-skinned mammoth or tearing claws of the great cats of that time. But we did. The biggest reason: Even then, Lucy was a problem solver. She faced crises and came up with solutions. Where most animals spent their time eating and sleeping, Lucy had time left over. This, she used to solve problems.


To me, that thoughtful approach to living, one no other animal exhibits, is why we came to rule the planet.

Thanks for the Q&A, Jacqui. I am intrigued by Lucy now!

Here's all the information on the book!


Book information:


Title and author: Born in a Treacherous Time
Series: Book 1 in the Man vs. Nature series
Genre: Prehistoric fiction
Cover by: Damonza 
Available at: Kindle


Book Blurb:

Lucy struggles to survive prehistoric Africa

Book Summary:

Born in the harsh world of East Africa 1.8 million years ago, where hunger, death, and predation are a normal part of daily life, Lucy and her band of early humans struggle to survive. It is a time in history when they are relentlessly annihilated by predators, nature, their own people, and the next iteration of man. To make it worse, Lucy’s band hates her. She is their leader’s new mate and they don’t understand her odd actions, don’t like her strange looks, and don’t trust her past. To survive, she cobbles together an unusual alliance with an orphaned child, a beleaguered protodog who’s lost his pack, and a man who was supposed to be dead.

Born in a Treacherous Time is prehistoric fiction written in the spirit of Jean Auel. Lucy is tenacious and inventive no matter the danger, unrelenting in her stubbornness to provide a future for her child, with a foresight you wouldn’t think existed in earliest man. You’ll close this book understanding why man not only survived our wild beginnings but thrived, ultimately to become who we are today.
This is a spin-off of To Hunt a Sub’s Lucy (the ancient female who mentored Kali Delamagente, the female protagonist).


Congratulations and Best Wishes on the release, Jacqui!! 



28 comments:

  1. We can definitely think and reason better than any animal.

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  2. Thank you so much for hosting me, Julie. I'm going to enjoy chatting with your community!

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  3. Hi Julie and Jacqui - yes we are creatures with a very creative mind and can (usually and will be, I hope) find our way round our difficulties - those early, early days must have been fascinating to see from this distance of time - not sure I'd like to be there though. I'm looking forward to reading your (paper) book!! Cheers to you both - have good weeks - Hilary

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    1. Some of the decisions seem obvious--think about a solution rather than follow instinct--but they were gamechangers for that time!

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  4. I like the idea of an outcast as a main character because a lot of people can relate to that. That is, it's easier somehow to relate to someone who feels like she doesn't fit in than someone who's popular and is well-liked by everyone. Or at least that's how it is for me.

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  5. Congrats on your book, Jacqui! The idea of an outcast always appeals to me

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    1. Thanks, Natalie. I appreciate you dropping in!

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  6. As I wrote, I realized it suited her well. She wasn't unhappy at all.

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  7. Problem-solvers are always such great characters. Many congrats to Jacqui!

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    1. I like them. They always come up with ways I hadn't thought of, especially when their only tools are pre-tech!

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    1. Thanks so much, Anna. This one is close to my heart.

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  9. Wow, what a cool concept for a story. Thanks for sharing! :)

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    1. I'm glad you like it, Mark. I love watching problem-solving with absolutely no technology--not even a wheel!

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  10. Congratulations, Jacqui and good luck! Being in the wilderness...and a time so long ago...whew!

    Elsie

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    1. This book was so much fun to write. My brain never turned off!

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  11. Sounds like a terrific idea for a series, and a gal surviving by her wits in prehistoric Africa is bound to be full of adventures. Best wishes to Jacqui for much success.

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    1. I love Lucy (I had to say it!). She's my sort of gal!

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  12. Yeep! This sounds like a really good book, and I'll have to check it out. I know that in my own reading, I tend to romanticize the past. But I'm smart enough to know that if I actually lived in the past, I would have died long ago. Modern conveniences are the only reason a person like myself can get along.

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    1. That's where I go. This is my way to try to be tough.

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  13. I'll definitely check out this book. I love these kinds of stories. Congrats to Jacqui!

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