It is summer everywhere but here. Photographs of flowers and idyllic beaches proliferate in my WordPress Reader. Meanwhile I sit as close to the blazing fire as I dare with my ipad, a cup of hot tea within arms reach.
This week I’m helping a blogger friend, Jacqui Murray, to launch her latest fiction Born in a Treacherous Time and a few days ago I sat down with my cup of steaming hot tea keen to hibernate with my copy.
An indication of the book’s ‘grabability’? I took my first sip of tea, an organic oolong, at the blank space between Chapters 5and 6. Of course, my tea had gone cold by then. Thanks Jacqui. I don’t let a good cuppa go to waste everyday of the week!
I have been following Jacqui’s blog Wordreams for a few years now and I always learn something from Jacqui’s writing tips, her user-friendly tech tips for writers and her advice for self-publishers. I have read two of Jacqui’s previous books: To Hunt a Sub and Twenty Four Days. Both reads were riveting. However Born in a Treacherous Time is different from Jacqui’s previous works so I was curious as to how this latest book was going to grab me. Well it grabbed and didn’t let go! Cold tea = great read by my reckoning.
Here is a short Blurb:
“Lucy and her band of early humans struggle to survive in the harsh reality of a world where nature rules, survival is a daily challenge, and a violent band threatens to destroy everything Lucy thinks she understands.
If you like Man vs. Wild, you’ll love this book. If you ever wondered how earliest man survived but couldn’t get through the academic discussions, this book is for you. It will bring that world to life in a way never seen before.”
An excerpt from Kirkus Review:
“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.”
I got to ask Jacqui a question: What one characteristic would you say allowed Lucy to survive in a world populated with Sabertooth Cats, violent volcanoes, and predatory species who liked to eat man?
Jacqui: Really with our thin skin, dull teeth, and tiny claws (aka nails) Lucy had no right to survive against the thick-skinned Mammoth or tearing claws of the great cats of that time. But we did. The biggest reason: Lucy was a problem solver. She faced crisis and came up with solutions. Where most animals spent their time eating and sleeping, Lucy had time left over. This she used to solve problems. To me that thoughtful approach to living, one that no other animal exhibits, is why we came to rule the planet.
Great answer! Not by brawn but by brains.
Some goss on Jacqui:
Jacqui used to be a dancer (fox-trot etc), and even owned her own dance studio! I read that in the comments section on another blog …
Jacqui takes 5 mins for lunch and 2 minutes for tea.
Not just a great fiction writer Jacqui is a teacher – adjunct professor of technology in education.
Jacqui likes Darjeeling tea and consumed a lot of it when she was a student. Jacqui told me this herself but she mostly drinks coffee now I think.
Research is a passion, Jacqui loves libraries and archives.
The intensity of the gale outside has only increased since I began this post so I’m going to make myself another cup of tea (while I still have power) and carry on reading Born in a Treacherous Time on my Kindle. Jacqui, and Lucy, set a fast pace in this story … and now the mysterious Man-who-preys is silhoutted against the skyline …
Title: Born in a Treacherous Time
Author: Jacqui Murray
Series: Book 1 in the Man vs Nature series
Genre: Prehistoric Fiction
Cover by: Damonza
Available at: Kindle