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Join me to launch Survival of the Fittest

prehistoric fictionThis week, my wonderful efriends here in the blogosphere are helping me launch my prehistoric fiction novel, Survival of the Fittest.

Five tribes. One leader. A treacherous journey across three continents in search of a new home. 

I’ll be visiting their blogs to chat about the book, the process, and anything else on their minds. Some of the questions we’ll cover:

  1. Could Xhosa (the main character of Survival of the Fittest) really have traveled with a wolf companion?
  2. Survival of the Fittest hints at a spiritual side to man. Is that accurate?
  3. What popular books are in the prehistoric fiction genre?
  4. Most scientists believe Homo erectus couldn’t talk. How did Xhosa and her People communicate?
  5. What one characteristic would you say allowed Xhosa to survive in a world populated with Sabertooth Cats, violent volcanoes, and predatory species who liked to eat man?
  6. How do you differentiate Xhosa (this book’s main character) from the human species that probably led to her extinction?
  7. How did Xhosa tell time and count?
  8. Did Xhosa have any type of culture—art, music, that sort?
  9. Why did you write a book in such a tiny niche?
  10. Is there a goal to writing this story?
  11. This is part of a series. What’s that about?
  12. Who would enjoy reading Survival of the Fittest?
  13. I have a Confession: I’m a Whale Reader (guest post)
  14. The Where in a Novel: How to Portray Setting When You Can’t Get There (guest post)

Here’s the schedule from March 7th-21st (and beyond) of who I’ll visit and the question I’ll answer:

Please join me whenever you can. I’d love to chat with you.

Summary of Survival of the Fittest

Chased by a ruthless and powerful enemy, Xhosa flees with her People, leaving behind a certain life in her African homeland to search for an unknown future. She leads her People on a grueling journey through unknown and dangerous lands but an escape path laid out years before by her father as a final desperate means to survival. She is joined by other homeless tribes–from Indonesia, China, South Africa, East Africa, and the Levant—all similarly forced by timeless events to find new lives. As they struggle to overcome treachery, lies, danger, tragedy, hidden secrets, and Nature herself, Xhosa must face the reality that this enemy doesn’t want her People’s land. He wants to destroy her.

Early Review

From the extraordinary Ronel Jaanse van Vuuren, If you haven’t discovered her blog, Ronel the Mythmaker, you’re missing out. She is my go-to person on book marketing and more. Ronel kindly read an early copy of my book and offered this comment:

“Brilliant, absolutely brilliant. Xhosa (my favourite!) is an unusual character, but she is fierce, powerful, intelligent and follows her instincts. A must-read if you like adventure, survival and strong female characters.”
I’m sighing with happiness. You can see Ronel’s Amazon Author page here.

Book information:

Title and author: Survival of the Fittest by Jacqui Murray

Series: Book 1 in the Crossroads trilogy, part of the Man vs. Nature saga

Genre: Prehistoric fiction

Cover by: Damonza 

Available at: Kindle US Kindle UK Kindle CA Kindle AU

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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, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the Man vs. Nature saga. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, an Amazon Vine Voice,  and a columnist for NEA Today and TeachHUB. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Quest for Home, Summer 2019. You can find her tech ed books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning

106 thoughts on “Join me to launch Survival of the Fittest

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  2. I really enjoy your blog and have listed it on my blog as one that I follow. You’ll be glad to know that I now have finished 3 books that you can view on my book store page. If you get a chance could you please go and take a peek. Getting started is really difficult and could use your input. Hope you had a very Merry Christmas and have a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

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  3. I’ve been meaning to stop by for a while now to tell you how much I enjoyed “Survival of the Fittest.” It’s an impressive combination of research and imagination. Sharp prose too!

    Hope all is well with you. Your productivity never ceases to amaze me!

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  4. Jacqui, I’m impressed with the fun and sobering ways you have imagined the People to be in that time period. I understand that you have tried to base as much of your story of on information that is known as well as it might be known.
    I am adding the review here that I posted on Amazon. I would hope that readers check out the book there and give it a try.
    “I like this view of how the different species of man might have behaved and interacted. The style and material reminds me of Jean Auel of “Clan of the Cave Bear” fame. The writing tugs me right into the lives of the characters.
    The introduction to the novel presents the background of the time and primitive people such that I can jump into the story without having to figure out the lingo as I read. The common questions with answers section also explains areas that otherwise seem mysterious without a little explanation. The well-told personal interactions are unique to our current ways. We should be as carefully observant of others and thoughtful in our own daily routines as was required and necessary to survive eras ago. The idea and necessity of intense social and community interaction is not that far distant in our own past, though.
    Just scan the sample chapters and see for yourself how the stimulating story events will keep you reading until ‘hand of Sun’s travel’ occurs many times.”

    Keep writing–and you have such a variety of topics! How do you do it?

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  5. What a great premise, Jacqui; one leader, five tribes in search of a new home. So many possibilities for tension. Bravo, Jacqui, and all the luck with this new release.

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  7. Wow, you are one incredibly busy lady! I love that you have a schedule of blog visits all set up ready, very organised. I’m not sure whether it would be of interest, but I’m always happy to help promote your book if ever you’d like to share something like a Q&A or just an overview of it on my blog. A huge congratulations with everything you’re achieving with this, I think it’s incredible.
    Caz xx

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  8. What a brilliant way to launch! What a great initial review (C’mon–anything with the word brilliant scores high points.) And, piquing my interest…if a species/culture is pre-lingual, how would they even have names? How would such a being name itself, let alone others?

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  9. Dear Jacqui,

    I just scheduled your Blog Hop for Survival of the Fittest r on my blog for March 11 at 8:55 a.m. and I’m afraid that my WordPress site has suddenly gone crazy… I’ve sent a message to the WordPress Happiness Engineers and hope to get this resolved ASAP. Wanted you to be aware of this just in case… Please check the post on Monday morning and If things are messed up, I hope we can simply redo it for another day. I’m beside myself…


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    • Don’t stress, Bette. I have no doubt it will work out fine. If it ends up another day, that’s no problem. I’ll check in tomorrow and recheck until it shows up. I’ll have time in between to read your book!

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  10. Congrats on your new book, Jacqui. Have a wonderful launch. So lovely to hear you will doing a blog hop to share your book around. Some of the blogs I follow and I look forward to following along 🙂

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  11. Hi, Jacqui! You’ve written a book with a female Homo erectus as the main character ~ How cool is that! I’m still making the rounds from IWSG Day, but I’ve bookmarked your blog hop to make some visits this weekend. Your book sounds awesome!

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