Dawn of Humanity / Man vs Nature / Natural Selection

How I’m Doing on Natural Selection and #CoverReveal — 3

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. 

Finally figured out a tagline:

New tribe members, intimidating changes, and an unexpected end

In this final book of the trilogy, Lucy and her tribe leave their good home to rescue captured tribemembers who are in grave danger. Since leaving her mate, Lucy created a tribe that includes an eclectic mix of species–a Canis, a Homotherium kit, and different iterations of early man. More will join and some will die but that is the nature of prehistoric life, when survival depends on a mix of man’s developing intellect and untiring will to live. Each brings unique skills to the task of saving Raza and his Group from sure death. Based on true events.

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Here’s what I did the past month:

First: I got my cover–and I love it!

  • That done, I can get to work on preparing the pre-sale on Amazon. I still have quite a bit of editing to do so the pre-sale notice may take a while.
  • I continue to tear my story apart, phrase by phrase, paragraph by paragraph. Old Navy wisdom advises us to “Embrace the suck”. I do.  I’ll be at this for a few months.
  • I lost a month of editing on my cross-country road trip with my son, just returned from a five-year deployment to Okinawa with the Army. We had a lot of fun finding him an apartment in Fort Dietrich Maryland, buying furniture, getting him an American phone, visiting his sister (who lives about 45 minutes away).
  • I’m considering creating a map to show Lucy’s travels. Reedsy published a great list of The 13 Best Fantasy Map Generators, Tools, and Resources (reedsy.com). Anyone try any of these?

I had to update this blog. It was an old theme and something wonkie happened to the header. Sigh. That took a while (as many of you know).

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.


85 thoughts on “How I’m Doing on Natural Selection and #CoverReveal — 3

  1. Hi Jacqui – so happy you had that lovely time with your son and were able to help him get settled in to a new flat, and to know his sister is nearby … also of course any future visits will mean you’ll get to see both.

    The cover looks good. That map sounds like a great idea … fun to do – good luck … you’ll enjoy it, though!! Cheers Hilary

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  2. Awesome cover, Jacqui. And, welcome back! It sounds like you had a wonderful time with your son (and daughter) and covered a lot of miles. As we all know, working from the road is super difficult, if not impossible. But you seem to be right on track still. Finishing this trilogy is huge! You are sooo close. Happy editing and planning the pre-orders.

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      • Thanks for thinking about me, Jacqui. 🙂 No more working while we drive with this “stiff” truck, though. I’d constantly mistype from all the jerkiness. The only way I can work now is when we sit still somewhere for several days in a row (which has been rare as we are heading to warmer weather) and have internet… So, between you and me, not much “unpaid” work (read: book work) is getting done right now.

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  3. Nice to have you back, Jacqui! I hope you enjoyed your time with your son. “Embrace the suck”—that’s a new one on me, but I like it. Tear that sucker apart. Editing may not be the most exciting part of writing, but few things are more necessary.

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  4. You’ve been a busy bee, Jacqui, and spending so much time with family is the BEST way to be busy! Glad your son is getting settled and that you have selected the cover–which is perfect by the way. Hang in there and keep on keepin’ on…can’t wait til this one is ready! Have a great week!

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  5. I’m so happy your son is home and you got to spend time with him. My son-in-law is currently deployed, so I understand how it can be.

    I absolutely love your cover! It is so exciting! Wishing you the best as you prepare for its release.

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      • My son-in-law is at the border. Last time, he was gone for a year at Guantanamo Bay. At least he’s in the states this time, though, he is far away.

        It’s so wonderful your son is home. I really enjoyed reading about your trip.

        And, oh, yes, she sure does.

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  6. It was good to see a new post from you come across my email this morning! I’m so glad you had a good visit with your son and were able to help him get settled. I love the cover of your book. What immediately struck me was the stance of the two figures: early man is fully erect with a spear, in a position of power, whereas the wolf has a hangdog look about him. As for me, I hit a research source jackpot on the Vermont Historical Society’s website, which has given my current WIP a big shot in the arm (and more logistics to figure out!).

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  7. Wow! I love the cover. Sounds like things are moving along for you on this one. I too am doing editing and working with my publisher on the cover of Amanda in France: Fire in the Cathedral. I´m sure you are pleased to have your son back on American soil. Great you had time to spend with him. Our kids are always our kids.

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      • Site updates are never as simple as they should be. I just overhauled mine. I thought it would take ten minutes and it took days. I’m still not 100% satisfied, but I’m done tinkering for a while. I’m sure you’ll find something that makes you happy. And for what it’s worth, I’m on my laptop and I think it looks fine.

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    • I will. I can’t overstate how happy he is to be back in the US. He’s staying with my daughter in her condo until his apartment is available, making sure he’s welcome by already fixing the ice maker, her computer printer (I fixed the dryer!), trying to stay neat!

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  8. So happy you had a great time getting your son settled in and easing him back into American culture! Love your report on your project. The make up of Lucy’s tribe is so interesting. Lots of conflict I imagine. Enjoy the editing. I find rewriting awkward sentences, slashing paragraphs and rewriting scenes very satisfying. Have fun!

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  9. Glad you got some quality time with your son! Fantastic cover—who’s your creative talent? No fun switching themes (argh!). Oh, and thanks for the inspiration for creating a video! Based on your recent example, I discovered Canva’s video-slides template makes it easy and it comes with a range of music and you can add voice-overs—perfect for making a variety of book trailers. It was also easy to add the one minute video on my home page. Thanks!

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  10. Dear Jacqui,
    good luck with the last book of your trilogy. We keep our fingers crossed for you. But now, first of all, happy editing.
    What means ’embrace the suck’?
    All the best
    The Fab Four of Cley
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    • ‘Embrace the suck’ means become comfortable with being uncomfortable (another way those crazy SEALs have of saying don’t expect stuff to go right). I am cleaning up emergencies that arose while I was gone and can’t wait to get back to my writing. Soon…

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      • Thank you.
        We will go around the Peak District on a little holiday without mobile phone and computer, just fun, nive food and drink and a little bit of hiking. When we come home I will probably in the same situation you are in now.
        With love from the little village at the big sea
        The Fab Four of Cley
        🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂


  11. Love the cover and the tagline, Jacqui, and can hardly wait to read the book! A map of Lucy’s journey sounds awesome. I am so tempted to lose myself in that link, but no! I’m at a similar stage to you with my next novel… must get on 🙂

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