Blog Hop – Survival of the Fittest

My good friend and writer, Jacqui Murray, is launching her newest book in the series The Crossroads Trilogy. I am happy to present to you today, information and details of Book 1, Survival of the Fittest. I am looking very much to reading Jacqui’s latest tome, and judging by the cover, and having read the blurb and the chapter sample, its looks to be an amazing read.

Enough from me, go ahead and peruse!

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Most scientists believe Homo erectus couldn’t talk. How did Xhosa and her People communicate?

These early humans were highly intelligent for their day and possessed rich communication skills but rarely verbal. Most paleoanthropologists believe that the ‘speaking’ part of their brain wasn’t evolved enough for speech but there’s another reason: Talking is noisy as well as unnatural in nature which attracts attention. For these early humans, who were far from the alpha in the food chain, being noticed wasn’t good.

Instead, they communicated with gestures, facial expressions, movements, and all the body language we-all still use but rarely recognize. They talked to each other about everything necessary, just non-verbally.

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Twists and turns!

Two weeks ago, I had posted about the great review my book The Labyrinthine Journey received from Literary Titan. Any writer will tell you that it is gratifying and pleasing to get reviews. It is validation that someone has spent their valuable time reading your book. As a writer, I am very grateful to those readers for their time and to those who write a review, even if they didn’t like the story. Thank you so very much!

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An interview with Jacqui Murray and me!

Today, I have the great pleasure to introduce you to Jacqui Murray, author of the popular book Building a midshipman and her Rowe-Delamagente thriller series. She has recently published a spin-off series about Lucy, a homo sapien, and her plight to survive the harsh conditions of a pre-historic world. I have read Jacqui’s books and highly recommend them if you enjoy thrillers that have a Covert Affairs edge to them (TV series about a CIA agent for those who haven’t watched it) and a great adventure the reader experiences through Lucy’s point of view.

Come along and join us for a reciprocal interview. It was a lot of fun.

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Born in a Treacherous Time Blog Hop

It is my pleasure and honour to present to you Jacqui Murray’s latest book release Born in a Treacherous Time.

Here’s a summary of the story:

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).

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VBL Review

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The main aim of the Virtual Book Launch was to interact with my current readers and to reach out to a new potential audience. Having the event over a 24-hour period was important as I wanted to interact with both local and overseas readers. By restricting my accessibility to a particular time-frame, it would have reduced visibility and sales. As I never had done a VBL, I did not know what to expect or how it would turn out, and had nothing to compare the outcome to. I also wanted to include other Historical Fiction/Fantasy writers to show the diversity of the genre.

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Architectural genius

The Palace of Knossos would have to be one of the most amazing ancient sites I was fortunate to see. Built around 2000 BCE, and the largest of structures on Crete, it was the main power and pivotal centre of Minoan culture. The first palaces (Knossos, Mallia, Phaistos, Hagia Triada and Zakro) were destroyed by an earthquake circa 1730 BCE and rebuilt around 1650 BCE. The palaces withstood a series of earthquakes, and it wasn’t until the cataclysmic volcanic eruption at Thera and subsequent invasion of the Mycenaeans, that saw the demise of these extraordinary people and culture.

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