Against All Odds / Crossroads / Man vs Nature / marketing

Join me for Against All Odds #BookBlast

This week, my wonderful efriends are helping me launch my latest prehistoric fiction novel, Against All Odds. Early reviews…

“Your best ever!” — my husband

“I couldn’t stop reading!” — my sister Tina (love that gal)

“Ms. Murray has combined her talent for storytelling with a huge amount of research into the many aspects of early man’s probable lifestyle, from communication, to weapons, survival skills, their use of early medicines, and social living habits.” — Anneli Purchase

I’ll be visiting blogs to chat about Against All Odds. Some of the questions we’ll cover (refer to this list for the number of the question in the table below):

  1. How do you know Xhosa’s People are as smart as they seem in this book?
  2. Convince me they communicate effectively with gestures, body movements, and facial expressions.
  3. I’m surprised by the sophistication and cleverness of some of their actions.
  4. How do you know Xhosa had headaches?
  5. You often say these people squat. Don’t they sit?
  6. Could primitive man build rafts as suggested in this story?
  7. How did early man tell time?
  8. Can early man really run down their prey?
  9. Did early man live on the Iberian Peninsula?
  10. Why didn’t early man leave the Iberian Peninsula rather than die out?
  11. Why are these characters so violent?
  12. It’s hard to believe Xhosa walked from Africa to the Middle East to Spain.
  13. You made up the bird language—right?
  14. Spoiler alert: Wasn’t Britain too cold for human habitation 850,000 years ago? How could the Islanders live there?
  15. Spoiler alert: What star guided Seeker from the Iberian Peninsula to the British Isles?
  16. What are Others? And why capitalize it?
  17. Who are the “Hairy Ones” who Pan-do once shared a cave with?
  18. What is the meaning of the term “People” (and why is it capitalized)?
  19. You used “said”—I thought they didn’t speak.
  20. Their speech is too erudite.
  21. Were Big Heads smarter than Xhosa’s species?
  22. What does “strong” and “weak” side mean?
  23. What does a “hand of Sun’s travel” mean?
  24. What does the term “subadult” mean?
  25. What is a “homebase”?

Hosts could also choose one of the following articles (links won’t work until publication):

  1. What’s the Man vs. Nature Universe?
  2. Top 10 Movies About Prehistoric Man
  3. What I learned from Finishing Against All Odds
  4. Why I Don’t Ever Have Writer’s Block
  5. How to Survive Rejection
  6. How to Add Drama to Your Writing
  7. How I Afford to be a Whale Reader
  8. 7 books to understand your character’s psychology
  9. Thoughts That Run Through My Head Now That I’m Published
  10. Why I Write Historical Fiction
  11. What I Learning from my Characters in Against All Odds
  12. What Star Trek Did Right

Here’s the schedule of who I’ll visit when and the question or article (from the list above):

For best viewing, open links in a separate tab (either right click or Ctr+click mouse wheel)

I’ve included blog links and social media contacts for my hosts (as well as a link to their books). Just click and follow. Build your own great community of motivated, involved authors. 

Book information:

Title and author: Against All Odds

Editor: Anneli Purchase

Series: Book 3 in the Crossroads series

Genre: Prehistoric fiction

Available print or digital) at: Kindle US   Kindle UK   Kindle CA   Kindle AU

Enjoy the virtual cookies and Arbuckles coffee!

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, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice,  a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Laws of Nature, Fall 2021. You can find her tech ed books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning


77 thoughts on “Join me for Against All Odds #BookBlast

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  2. Jacqui, congratulations on your latest book and I’ve lovely to have seen you out and about on WP these last few weeks! 😀 As always your organisation is impeccable – this is a great presentation of your blog tour. Enjoy the rest of the promotional work and best of luck with ‘Against All Odds’!

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  4. I have enjoyed reading about these characters you have created, Jacqui. You make them seem so realistic, yet scary at times, too.

    I was especially intrigued by your Geeks and Nerds post. I guess you could call me a geek because I love calculus and I DO know about Pavlov’s Cat. I think I have one (grin). One thing I don’t need is junk food. If you wish to visit (in a time in the distant future when we don’t have to social distance or wear masks), I’ll fix a meal for you in my kitchen while we discuss the latest incarnation of the TARDIS or a few new acronyms we can think up to use in emails and on our blogs!

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    • This iteration of man–Xhosa’s tribe–are kind of scary because they had to be to survive. Their skulls were considerably thicker than other iterations of man, scientists presume because they got hit in the head a lot! What a world.


    • I’m so glad you dropped in. I read one of your books a long time ago, loved it, lost track of you–you know how that goes. I’m comin’ over to see what you’re up to. I think you were moving the last time I visited…


  5. Congrats on your publication on Against All Odds, Jacqui. All that hardwork paid off. Amazing to have a supportive community so invested in finding more about your work and the characters you created. I think you inspire a lot of us here 🙂

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  6. Congratulations on concluding this trilogy – what a challenge to write about events so incredibly far into the past. Sounds like you had your work cut out with figuring out ways and means to convey your research within the context of an exciting story – kudos!

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          • I did, but as I wrote them, the storyline expanded drastically (characters took over!) and I ended up with too much material for the planned trilogy unless I wanted to write books of 200K words plus. It made more sense to split them. Frankly, I think readers are thrilled it’s turned into more books – lots of series nowadays have 10 plus books, so I’m just going with the flow…
            Plus, the more you have in a series, the more effective it is to advertise, as you only need to advertise book #1 to get sales of multiple books provided your read through is good, which mine is.

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