Jacqui Murray

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I'm a teacher, writer, mom and dog-lover. I'm the author of a self-help book for teens called Building a Midshipman, the story of my daughter's journey from high school to the United States Naval Academy as well as the Rowe-Delamagente series, thrillers about terrorists, geeks, and world-ending dangers. As a break from non-stop thrills, I write the Man vs. Nature series which follows early humans as they struggle to survive a world where Nature is King and they are nothing more than prey.

I'm also an adjunct professor in tech ed, editor of a K-8 technology curriculum and over one hundred technology training books for K-12, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for TeachHUB, monthly contributor to Today’s
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I’m excited to join Raimey Gallant’s #AuthorToolbox monthly blog hop (third Wednesday of each month) with the theme of resources/learning for authors. Post are related to the craft of writing, editing, querying, marketing, publishing, blogging tips for authors, reviews of author-related products, anything that an author would find helpful. We share our experiences as it relates … Continue readi... Read more of this blog post »
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Twenty-four Days (Mystery & Thrillers)
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Description: A former SEAL, a brilliant scientist, a love-besotted nerd, and a quirky AI have twenty-four days to stop a terrorist attack. The problems: They don't know what it is, where it is, or who's involved.
To Hunt a Sub (Mystery & Thrillers)
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Description: An unlikely team is America's only chance A brilliant Ph.D. candidate, a cynical ex-SEAL, and a quirky experimental robot team up against terrorists intent on stealing America’s most powerful nuclear weapon, the Trident submarine. By all measures, they are an unlikely trio--one believes in brawn, another brains, and the third is all geek. What no one realizes is this trio has a secret weapon: the wisdom of a formidable female who died two million years ago.
Building a Midshipman (Nonfiction)
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Description: You don't have to be a miracle-worker to the 10% of applicants accepted to a military academy, but you do need a plan. For the thousands of students who apply every year--and slog through the numbing concatenation of decisions preceding a nomination--there is no greater discouragement than the likely event that they will fail. This, though, is the Board's peek into an applicant's moral fiber and an important ingredient to the go/no go decision. In the words of James Stockdale, USNA '46 and Medal of Honor Winner: "The test of character is not 'hanging in there' when you expect a light at the end of the tunnel, but performance of duty and persistence of example when you know that no light is coming." This is the true story of Maggie Schmidt, an All-American kid who dreamt of attending the Naval Academy when her research into the typical Midshipman uncovered a profile alarmingly like herself. This book describes her background and academic interests, her focus, as well as her struggle to put together a winning admissions package. Along the way, you gain insight into the moral fiber that grounds everything she does and the decisions she must make that some consider impossible for an adolescent, but are achievable for thousands of like-minded teens. This workbook walks you through the long process, provides check lists of everything required, decision making matrices, goal-setting exercises to determine if USNA is a good fit for you, and a mix of motivation and academic advice to balance a decision that rightfully might be the biggest one most teens have ever made.
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Jacqui Graeme wrote: "Hi Jacqui, Welcome once again and thank you so much for your kind friendship. Yes I will look at your blog, why? you have been a tech teacher for 15 years. Like the opening paragraph to a novel... ..."

Hehe. It does sound like a character.


Graeme Stokes Hi Jacqui, Welcome once again and thank you so much for your kind friendship. Yes I will look at your blog, why? you have been a tech teacher for 15 years. Like the opening paragraph to a novel... Jacqui welcomed the exchange from her students, at any level, in the knowledge that only she knew who she was and her past, beyond the last 15 years...


Christine Hatfield thanks for being my friend and that's so cool that your a teacher at a school and i'm an aid at the riverside elementary school where i help little kids that are handicapped and i play the piano and i'm raising money by making bracelets for the make a wish foundation of new jersey and i have a medical problem


Regulo Jr. Hi Jacqui, I Thank you for the friend add on and the nice comments! I just reviewed your blog, its incredible. We Thank you for all Your Troop Support US. Army Special Forces! I hope you enjoyed the reading on Desperate Lands. Please drop me a message on my (friends comments) on good reads. I look forward to talking to you on Desperate Lands book discussions if possible.

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