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How I’m Doing on Laws of Nature

I feel like I just finished writing the Crossroads trilogy, about early man 850,000 years ago, but it’s actually been a few months. For my next book, I’m going back to earliest men–Homo habilis–who lived 1.8 million years ago. I already published the first book in that trilogy, Born in a Treacherous Time (the trilogy is called Dawn of Humanity) The tagline for Laws of Nature might be:

Lucy and her tribe struggle to survive a prehistoric time when Nature rules but a new challenge–future man–may mean her end.

…and a quick summary:

Lucy and her band of early humans struggle against the harsh reality of a world ruled by nature, where predators stalk them and a violent new species of man threatens to destroy their world. 

If you ever wondered how earliest man survived but couldn’t get through the academic discussions, this book is for you. It will bring that world to life in a way never seen before.

Here’s what I did the past few months:

  • I’m organizing the spreadsheet for the last two books in the Dawn of Humanity trilogy. Book 2 is called Laws of Nature and Book 3 In the Shadow of Giants. Thanks to Diana Peach’s role modeling, I decided to try to publish both at the same time. I have about 98,000 words so far. Probably by next month’s update, I’ll transfer the spreadsheet to a Word doc.
  • I’m working on the trailer for the Crossroads trilogy. After that, I’ll make one for the entire saga of Man vs Nature
  • I’m trying a new marketing effort with a social media group. I’m actually paying them, something I rarely do! So far, it’s not working at all. We’ll see…
  • I joined a prehistoric fiction Facebook group, thanks to a chance connection from Goodreads. I found many of the authors I’ve been reading which makes it a fascinating group.
  • I finally found the macro vision for the Man vs. Nature trilogies. You might have read it in a guest post during the Against All Odds book launch so I’ll summarize: Each trilogy will deal with a seminal event in man’s evolution. So far:
    • Dawn of Humanity–the first bipedal creature of our genus
    • Crossroads–the most successful species in our genus (the original trilogy will probably be expanded to a second trilogy with the same characters)
    • Savage Land–when Man almost became extinct

Here’s a graphic of that:

  • Though I’m working on the saga’s first trilogy, Dawn of Humanity, my subconscious is really pondering Savage Land. This was an amazing time in man’s evolution (70,000 years ago) when we almost became extinct. Why? How? What saved us? All will be revealed in the Savage Land trilogy.
  • The Laws of Nature book cover is simply a place-saver. I won’t have the real one for many months!

How are you doing on your latest WIP? I’d love to hear!

More on Dawn of Humanity

Born in a Treacherous Time Receives an Award

Prehistoric Fiction Authors: Great Books For You

Will my new book be a bang or a whimper?

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 Man vs. Nature saga, and the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers,. 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. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Laws of Nature, Fall 2020. 

109 thoughts on “How I’m Doing on Laws of Nature

  1. Hi Jacqui! I received your last blog post in my inbox about an update for your Laws of Nature, but the link was invalid. So, I returned here for a second time. 🙂 Did you post another update recently? It seems like you got everything pretty much figured out, but “Ruled by Nature” might be a decent runner-up title. I loved that phrase in your blurb. 🙂 Happy writing and plotting.

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  2. Hi Jacqui – you are amazing … your thought processes are prodigious … and I’ve just noted all you do in your bio – I guess I never looked before! Superhuman lady … enjoy the break … all the best – Hilary

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  3. As always, I learn from your posts and I get inspired by your posts. I love the way you are organizing and explaining each of your book series. And the diagram is perfect. I’m so excited for you and your own deep excitement and passion for your books..

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  4. I feel like I’m falling behind after all you have done, Jacqui! I’ve still to finish the edits on Book 3. I’m waiting to hear back on a beta reader for my new series and my historical novel is on hiatus. Sigh…

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  5. Sounds like you’re super productive, which is great! I’m still working on edits for my urban fantasy and am coming close to the end of draft #5. I’ve started an online critique group with writers whose work I’m familiar with and after our first session have already gotten great feedback. So, now I’m anxious to get going on the 6th draft. Also need to finalize a Casey Holland mystery novella, which will be released next year. It’s a busy fall, but this time, with more writing and no day job 🙂

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  6. Go, you! I’m awed by your organisation, Jacqui.
    I’m just under 20K words into book 4 (last in current series) of the Five Kingdoms. It took me a while to get my head around a story that would carry the individual book, in addition to wrapping up the overall arc of all 4, but I have it now, although I’m a bit daunted by how big I think this one might end up!

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  7. You’re in the writing groove right now, Jacqui. I know this is going back a bit in your books, but I just passed the halfway point of Survival of the Fittest last night. I’m enjoying it very much.

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  8. Wow. You are BUSY! I didn’t realize that you were moving back in time again. I’m fascinated by the stories and you’ve dropped a few good teasers. I’m curious about what you think of releasing two books at once. I think you have the discipline to push through. And if it doesn’t work for you, you can always publish one first, nothing lost. Good luck with the books, Jacqui.

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  9. You have a lot going on Jacqui. Marketing can be frustrating and time consuming. I keep hoping to find tbat perfect way to do it.
    Im still editing an older children’s book. Im thinking on a new project but not decided or inspired yet. So I write poetry.
    Congrats on your award!

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  10. Your Crossroads Trilogy is certainly a hit with my husband. He’s away on a fishing trip with my Kindle tucked under his arm and I had to download Against All Odds for him before he left in case he finishes The Quest for Home before he gets back. He’s hooked! Well done, Jacqui!

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  11. This is fabulous, Jacqui. I’ve been really enjoying the Crossroads trilogy. Each has been an exciting read. I’m not quite finished Against All Odds. They certainly have some difficulties to contend with. It’s nail-biting stuff at times. I’m both looking forward, and not, to the conclusion, but there are still plenty more to read once I get to the end of this one. I’ve never read anything else like these books. Well done!

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  12. It looks like you’re making good progress, Jacqui. I recently turned in book five and now I’m working on my proposal for book six, due on October 1st. No rest for the weary, eh? Oh, I’m finally getting my wrist checked out on Thursday…praying no surgery is required. Have a great week!

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    • They really keep you writing, don’t they? Well, you are a natural storyteller in this genre. I can’t wait for your next!

      I hope the wrist surgery isn’t serious? I had wrist surgery–a tendon threatened to pop/tear/something. I don’t wish it on anyone.

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      • Oh no…really! That’s what I’m afraid of. I have a high tolerance for pain, so I’ve been putting off getting it checked. The pain has changed over the weeks and is definitely worse. No tingling or numbness, so I don’t think it’s tendonitis. Could you use the computer after your surgery? I have deadlines! I need to email you.


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