Lucy and her band of early humans struggle to survive in a world where nature rules, predators stalk them, and a violent group of powerful men threaten to destroy everything Lucy thinks she understands.
If you read To Hunt a Sub and loved the cameos of Lucy, the ancient female, Born in a Treacherous Time reveals her life, why she appeared to Kali as sad, and how she set off on what would become man’s African exodus. Also: You’ll learn how to knap tools, steal carcasses from Scimitar-tooth cats, track prey, and avoid the deadly dangers that filled early man’s world.
With a planned publication date of June, here’s how I’m doing.
- I now have a title for this four-book series about man’s ongoing ability to survive despite deadly odds: Man vs. Nature. Surviving nature is the meat of the story after all. Who would think such small mammals with few built-in defensive capabilities would end up the Apex predator. How that happened and the journeys we traveled to get here is the theme of this series.
- I roughed out a logo for the series. I’d love for you to weigh in on it in the comments:
- My editor turned around required changes. When I completed them, I sent out lots of query letters to agents but no takers so far. Their typical response: Too niche. I chatted with other authors of prehistoric fiction. None of them–not a single one–found traditional publishers despite the long-ago success of Jean Auel. All of them self-published and are doing fine with that approach.
- I got a lot of good hints on publishing from Jane Friedman‘s webinar series on writing/publishing books.
- I’m preparing to send the book to my cover artist. I don’t have as clear an idea on what this cover should look like as I had for the Rowe-Delamagente series. I’m hoping she knows how to fix that.
- I’ve drafted out the sequel with a working title of Crossroads. It will cover the appearance and dominance of Lucy’s successor, Homo erectus. That species of man is the longest-living of all, including us (we’re Homo sapiens).
By the way, the large dog on this post is an ancient predecessor to wolves and dogs and figures prominently in Lucy’s story.
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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, and the thriller, To Hunt a Sub. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for TeachHUB, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning. The sequel to To Hunt a Sub, Twenty-four Days, is scheduled for Summer, 2017. Click to follow its progress.