This 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:
- Could Xhosa (the main character of Survival of the Fittest) really have traveled with a wolf companion?
- Survival of the Fittest hints at a spiritual side to man. Is that accurate?
- What popular books are in the prehistoric fiction genre?
- Most scientists believe Homo erectus couldn’t talk. How did Xhosa and her People communicate?
- 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?
- How do you differentiate Xhosa (this book’s main character) from the human species that probably led to her extinction?
- How did Xhosa tell time and count?
- Did Xhosa have any type of culture—art, music, that sort?
- Why did you write a book in such a tiny niche?
- Is there a goal to writing this story?
- This is part of a series. What’s that about?
- Who would enjoy reading Survival of the Fittest?
- I have a Confession: I’m a Whale Reader (guest post)
- 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.
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.”
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
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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