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!
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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 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.