Dawn of Humanity / Man vs Nature / Natural Selection

How I’m Doing on Natural Selection–2

Natural Selection is Book 3 of my trilogy, Dawn of Humanity:

A historical thriller in the spirit of Jean Auel, Dawn of Humanity follows a band of early humans as they struggle to survive in a world where Nature is King, where they are prey not predators. 

Possible tagline:

A surprise appearance, new tribe members, unwelcome changes—are these enough to save Lucy’s tribe

In this final book of the trilogy, Lucy and her tribe leave their good home to rescue captured tribemembers who are in grave danger. Their group has evolved to an eclectic collection of species, all valuable to the tribe’s success. In this book, more will join and some will die but that is the nature of prehistoric life, when survival depended on a mix of man’s developing intellect and collective wisdom.

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Here’s what I did the past month:

  • I had thought I was done with a read-through, to check for continuity and story, but when I moved on to wordsmithing, my dang muse wouldn’t stop nagging me. I ended up going back into the story’s plot and adding a character. OK, Muse, will you now leave me alone????
  • I’ve spent this month tearing my story apart, phrase by phrase, paragraph by paragraph. It’s like looking at the story through a straw–narrowly, to ensure each piece makes sense, is relevant and leads to the next. I’ll be at this for a few months.
  • As I dig into the story, it has become clear some of the plotlines won’t wrap up in the timeframe of this story. What do you do when that happens in a story? For me, I might add a second trilogy. I’m heartened by #9 of the expert tips I posted about writing trilogies.
  • Amazon is adding Born in a Treacherous Time to their Prime Reading list. That means Prime members (along with Kindle Unlimited folks) can read it for free. The hope is that they’ll then buy the rest of the trilogy. I thought this already happened but they sent me an email congratulating me on being accepted. So, I guess NOW it’s official. I’ll let you know how that works.
  • I don’t have a cover yet. I display a placesaver on this post to give you a feel for the atmosphere of the book. Trying to pin down a tag line has really slowed this down. I am almost ready.
  • I’m starting to research early man 75,000 years ago. If you have suggestions for that timeframe, let me know in the comments. I’d be most appreciative.

How are you doing?


Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular prehistoric fiction saga, Man vs. Nature which explores seminal events in man’s evolution one trilogy at a time. She is also the author of the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers and Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. Her non-fiction includes over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, reviews as an Amazon Vine Voice,  a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Natural Selection, Winter 2022.

93 thoughts on “How I’m Doing on Natural Selection–2

  1. Thank you for sharing!!.. congratulations on your success and accomplishments, and hope it continues as you follow your dream!!.. 🙂

    Until we meet again..
    May your spirit only know peace
    May your heart only know love
    May all your dreams come true
    May your life’s journey be filled with happiness
    And life is all that you wish for it to be….
    (Larry “Dutch” Woller)

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  2. Congratulations on your Amazon Prime inclusion! You’re making such good progress on Natural Selection! As for me, I’m still working on promotion for Grief Songs. Hopefully, I’ll be able to dive into the research for my new novel soon.

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      • I was in Portland from Friday to Tuesday. Didn’t go for a walk this trip. Spent all the waking hours with the kids and babysat in the evenings so my daughter and her hubby could have date nights. Tired but happy.

        Will have power down from 8 to noon this morning, so no wifi for the computer but the phone is fully charged. I may just go to the gym and go shopping in the morning.

        Good to hear you figured out syncing the Peloton to Strava. I’ll check on you. Hugs back, my friend.

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  3. Jacqui, totally off topic (or at least sideways)… I’ve tried to email you but I don’t’ think you got my emails? But I realised at the start of August my interview with you for your book launch blog hop failed to post 😦 I’m so terribly sorry – turns out the fault was entirely my own. I immediately put the post together and thought done! and put it out of my mind. But I didn’t actually schedule it to go, and left it as a draft. Then the last 6 weeks or so I’ve been mostly offline as you know. I am planning on posting it next week and drumming up as much support with my readers that I can to share it far and wide. Again I am so sorry – I really wanted to support your book. I hope next week helps a little.

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    • No–don’t worry! Actually, it would be nice to have another mention of the book. All the excitement of the book launch is over but I don’t want the book forgotten. Book 3 is coming up soon so your post could be a wonderful intermediate step.

      I didn’t get emails! I got rid of my spam folder (everything was going there–I don’t know why) so it’s not spam. WP does keep unfollowing people regardless of what I want. I hate technology lately.

      Hope all is well in Australia. Lots of challenges for you, for us, too, here in the US.

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  4. Congrats on making Amazon’s Prime Reading list. I hit that with Catling’s Bane, and it made a difference. Great progress, Jacqui. You cracked me up when you said you couldn’t wrap up all the plotlines. You can always add a fourth book. It works. 🙂 Happy Writing.

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    • Interesting! So you saw a big uptick? I just rechecked mine and it’s doing about the same as the other trilogies.

      About the fourth book–really, I didn’t know that was an accepted fix for that issue. I have since read that but as a rule, believe little of what I read so I am thrilled to hear that solution from your lips.

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  5. Prime Reading is a huge deal, Jacqui! Congratulations! Thank you for sharing your process with us. I find that perhaps the most interesting element of writing. Adding another character to solve a problem seems like a wise investment.

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  6. Congratulations on your progress. I admit sometimes my “paper” straw collapsed. That’s how I felt when I couldn’t see if the parts formed the whole. Write and rewrite—the author’s life cycle.

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  7. Wow! Congratulations on being added to the Prime reading list. That is terrific! I could really see your books being made into movies.

    Your editing process sounds painstaking, but the final book will be wonderful, I’m sure.

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  8. Wohoo! Congrats on having your book added to Prime Reading. That’s fantastic, Jacquie, and should bring a lot of new eyes.

    I loved your description of looking at your WIP through a straw. It’s so true of editing. Having just wrapped my own edit sessions a few weeks ago, that relationship is still fresh in my mind!

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  9. ‘The human race once came dangerously close to dying out’ about 70,000 years ago – I googled this Jacqui, was hoping it would come up as a link, but this is how it appears. Hopefully you’ll find some useful info! Keep going 🙂

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  10. I hopped over as soon as I saw your title, wondering how Lucy and her little band were getting on. Your working method sounds really painstaking, but that’s what turns a story into a great read! I suppose there must be some specialised research into the next time-frame somewhere out there in academia…?
    Congratulations on Prime – that’s surely a big boost! Who wouldn’t want to read on after that first book?
    Meanwhile, this novelist has just completed and read through the first draft of her latest WIP. There’s still quite a bit left to do with those odd loose ends…
    Happy novel-wrangling, Jacqui!

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