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-18 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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Jacqui Murray I'm getting ready to release Book 3 of my prehistoric fiction trilogy, Against All Odds:

"A million years of evolution made Xhosa tough but was it eno…more
I'm getting ready to release Book 3 of my prehistoric fiction trilogy, Against All Odds:

"A million years of evolution made Xhosa tough but was it enough? She and her People finally reach their destination—a glorious land of tall grasses, few predators, and an abundance that seems limitless, but an enemy greater than any they have met so far threatens to end their dreams. If Xhosa can’t stop this one, she and her People must again flee.

The Crossroads trilogy is set 850,000 years ago, a time in prehistory when man populated most of Eurasia. He was a violent species, fully capable of addressing the many hardships that threatened his survival except for one: future man, a smarter version of himself, one destined to obliterate all those who came before.

From prehistoric fiction author Jacqui Murray comes the unforgettable saga of a courageous woman who questions assumptions, searches for truth, and does what she must despite daunting opposition. Read the final chapter of the People’s long search for freedom, safety, and a new home.

A perfect book for fans of Jean Auel and the Gears!"

Here's the trailer--https://youtu.be/l5bpxvZDoSY. (less)
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This week, my wonderful efriends are helping me launch my latest prehistoric fiction novel, Against All Odds. Early reviews… “Your best ever!” — my husband “I couldn’t stop reading!” — my sister Tina (love that gal) “Ms. Murray has combined her talent for storytelling with a huge amount of research into the many aspects of … Continue reading → Read more of this blog post »
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Description: Driven from her home. Stalked by enemies. Now her closest ally may be a traitor. "Bravo Jacqui! A fine read and meticulous research." -- Sue Harrison, author of the acclaimed Ivory Carver Trilogy, Xhosa flees what she had hoped would be her new home after being attacked by invaders from the North. She leads her People on a grueling journey through unknown and dangerous lands of what we now call Europe. As she struggles to overcome strangers around her and disruptions within her People, Xhosa faces the reality that her most dangerous enemy may not be the one she expected. It may be one she has trusted with her life. The story is set 850,000 years ago, a time in prehistory when man populated most of Eurasia. He was a violent species, fully capable of addressing the many hardships that threatened his survival except for one: future man, a smarter version of himself, one destined to obliterate any who came before. Based on a true story, this is an unforgettable saga of hardship and determination, conflict and passion as early man spreads across Eurasia. Xhosa must regularly does the impossible which is good because nothing less than the future of mankind is at stake.
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Description: Five tribes. One leader. A treacherous journey across three continents in search of a new home. Written in the spirit of Jean Auel, Survival of the Fittest is an unforgettable saga of hardship and determination, conflict and passion. Chased by a ruthless enemy, Xhosa leads her People on a grueling journey through unknown and dangerous lands following a path laid out decades before by her father, to be followed only as a last resort. She is joined by other fleeing tribes from Indonesia, China, South Africa, East Africa, and the Levant, all similarly forced by timeless events to find new lives. As they struggle to overcome treachery, lies, tragedy, secrets, and Nature itself, Xhosa is forced to face the reality that her enemy doesn't want to ruin her People. It wants to ruin her. The story is set 850,000 years ago, a time in prehistory when man populated most of Eurasia, where ‘survival of the fittest’ was not a slogan. It was a destiny. Xhosa's People were from a violent species, one fully capable of addressing the many hardships that threatened their lives except for one: future man, a smarter version of themselves, one destined to obliterate all those who came before.
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Description: 'The book’s plot is similar in key ways to ... Jean M. Auel’s The Clan of the Cave Bear--Kirkus Reviews Born in the harsh world of East Africa 1.8 million years ago, where hunger, death, and predation are a normal part of daily life, Lucy and her band of early humans struggle to survive. It is a time in history when they are relentlessly annihilated by predators, nature, their own people, and the next iteration of man. To make it worse, Lucy’s band hates her. She is their leader’s new mate and they don’t understand her odd actions, don’t like her strange looks, and don’t trust her past. To survive, she cobbles together an unusual alliance with an orphaned child, a beleaguered protodog who’s lost his pack, and a man who was supposed to be dead. Born in a Treacherous Time is prehistoric fiction written in the spirit of Jean Auel. Lucy is tenacious and inventive no matter the danger, unrelenting in her stubbornness to provide a future for her child, with a foresight you wouldn’t think existed in earliest man. You’ll close this book understanding why man not only survived our wild beginnings but thrived, ultimately to become who we are today. This is a spin-off of To Hunt a Sub’s Lucy (the ancient female who mentored the female protagonist). “Murray’s lean prose is steeped in the characters’ brutal worldview, which lends a delightful otherness to the narration …The book’s plot is similar in key ways to other works in the genre, particularly Jean M. Auel’s The Clan of the Cave Bear. However, Murray weaves a taut, compelling narrative, building her story on timeless human concerns of survival, acceptance, and fear of the unknown. Even if readers have a general sense of where the plot is going, they’ll still find the specific twists and revelations to be highly entertaining throughout. A well-executed tale of early man.” --Kirkus Reviews
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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.
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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.

Thank you
Reggie

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