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.
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.