Born in a Treacherous Time

I Need Help Launching Born in a Treacherous Time!

Next month, I’ll launch my latest novel, the prehistoric fiction, Born in a Treacherous Time:

Lucy and her band of early humans struggle to survive in a world where nature rules, predators stalk them, and the next species of man threatens to destroy Lucy and everything 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 be man’s African exodus. Also: Learn how to knap tools, steal carcasses from Scimitar-tooth cats, and avoid the many dangers that preyed on early man.

With a planned publication date of June 7, 2018, here’s how I’m doing:

Cover’s ready!

Thanks to the talented artists at Damonza:


Two early great reviews

If the Kirkus review hadn’t come out good, I would have buried it but I’m pretty excited with their take on my upcoming novel:

“Murray’s lean prose is steeped in the characters’ brutal worldview, which lends a delightful otherness to the narration …The book’s plot is similar in key ways to other works in the genre, particularly Jean M. Auel’s The Clan of the Cave Bear. However, Murray weaves a taut, compelling narrative, building her story on timeless human concerns of survival, acceptance, and fear of the unknown. Even if readers have a general sense of where the plot is going, they’ll still find the specific twists and revelations to be highly entertaining throughout.

A well-executed tale of early man.”

–Kirkus Reviews

Click here for the entire review

And one wonderful review from a fellow historic fiction author:

“I devoured the book in 2 sittings.”

–Luciana Cavallaro, author of the Servant of the Gods series and webmaster of Eternal Atlantis

Blog Hop

I’d love help launching my book starting June 7th. Here’s the sign-up link ( and form below (if you already signed up from an earlier post, no need to do so again!):

And, I can provide a limited amount of free books through Book Funnel for those interested in reading the book and providing an honest review to Amazon

Once I get the sign-up list, I’ll share you and a link to your blog on my blog so everyone will click over to visit!

More on Born in a Treacherous Time

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How I’m Doing on Born in a Treacherous Time I

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, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and Born in a Treacherous Time, first in the Man vs. Nature series. 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.


81 thoughts on “I Need Help Launching Born in a Treacherous Time!

  1. Hi, nice blog here I look forward to helping with promoting your new book as well! When I was blog hoping I found yours! And I enjoyed everything of what,I see so far, good luck 🍀👍 with your book!! Deb V


    • All the thanks to you, Cathy. My blog hop is about all I know about promoting my book. After that, I fall pretty silent! I so much appreciate the help of fellow bloggers.

      And I owe you. When you get ready, I’ll return the favor.


  2. Wow!! 😀😀 Jacqui, huge congratulations with both the amazing review and the brilliant cover. The latter immediately grabbed my attention and I had to study that before reading on. The review is superb and a wonderful boost to launch your book. I’m so happy for you. I don’t dare commit to any help at the moment as besides my own work we’re off on university tours for my son and my husband is having an operation (nothing dangerous) and then home to recuperate. Think it will be a manic few months. I wish you the best of luck with your launch and look forward to reading the book!! Xx

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    • No worries, Annika. I know how life gets! I appreciate the feedback on the cover. I didn’t want my female to look too modern but not too ape-like either. It sounds like my designers got it right!

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  3. Terrific Kirkus review, Jacqui! You must be getting pretty excited by now. Did I see a first chapter excerpt earlier? I went to find it to read and it looks like it disappeared.

    I signed up to help with your blog hop earlier, at least I think I did. 🙂

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  4. Hi Jacqui, many congratulations to the new release! The cover looks just awesome!! Especially to readers like me who love prehistoric novels. 🙂
    Would love to help you launch your book on my blog too – how do I do it? There´s no link in this post – at least I don’t seem able to find it. Will search your earlier posts for more clues. 😉

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  5. Hi Jacqui – good luck … I should do this sort of thing – but don’t – and now an intervention … so cannot contemplate – but I’ll be watching – seems like there’s a few offers, which is good news and I’m sure the word will be out – cheers Hilary

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  6. The cover is gorgeous! It’s a compelling illustration for readers like me who enjoy this genre. You did a great job of conveying the essence of the story to the artist who did a great job interpreting it. And that Kirkus review is wonderful. Congrats, Jacqui, I’m very excited for you about Born in a Treacherous Time.

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  7. Congratulations on the terrific Kirkus review! That’s a great start to your launch. I look forward to reading the book, and will leave a review. I’ll spread the word on Twitter when it’s out too. Best of luck with the launch!

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  8. Sounds like an interesting book with two pretty compelling reviews! I’d love to help launch but my June is full and I’d hate to commit and then fall short, but I always keep a running list of books to read and this one will be added!

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  9. I sure don’t need reviews to tell me what I should read. I’ve seen your writing and KNOW just how well your stories are put together, the action keeping the reader’s interest and flow of words until low and behold – the book is done!
    No one wishes you more success than I, Jacqui!! (and of course – I’ll be buying it!)

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    • Hi Walt–how nice of you! I grabbed your email off of your blog and I’ve added it to the list.

      If you’d like me to answer one of the questions, just reply with this comment section. Here are the questions:

      Why did Born in a Treacherous Time take 22 years to write?

      Why did you change genres from thrillers to historic fiction?

      What popular books are in this genre?

      We know Lucy’s species, Homo habilis, died out about the time of this story (1.8 million years ago). Is this story dystopian—meaning Lucy loses in the end?

      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?

      How do you differentiate Lucy (this book’s main character) from the folks that probably led to her extinction?

      How is this a spin-off of To Hunt a Sub?

      Why did you write a book in such a tiny niche?

      Now maybe Lucy will leave me alone!

      Is there a goal to writing this story?

      This is part of a series. What’s that about?

      Who would enjoy reading Born in a Treacherous Time?

      Thanks so much!

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