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Author Jacqui Murray is on a Blog Hop.  She’s here today to introduce us to her latest book—Survival of The Fittest—and I’m looking forward to an exciting prehistoric fiction read! ~Bette A. Stevens

Based on a true story, this is an unforgettable saga of hardship and determination, conflict and passion. Early man is the Hero and survival—or extinction—is the journey.

Today’s Q & A with Jacqui

Did Xhosa have any type of culture—art, music, that sort?

This time in man’s prehistory predated art, music, and most culture. There is very little if anything known about earliest man’s (850,000 years ago) interest in art and music. In Xhosa’s case, I extrapolated from what we do know about these early iterations of man. They appreciated colors but didn’t think of applying it to themselves. Their brains could imagine things unseen but that didn’t extend to painting themselves, wearing jewelry, or tattoos. Since clothing was only for warmth (or in Seeker’s case, to protect his sensitive parts), no thought was given to designing or decorating these.

Music—They did appreciate bird songs but considered it an animal voice, not something that they could replicate for their own pleasure. They could replicate it but it was to imitate the bird, not express creativity. They also appreciated rhythm but that was to set a running pace or sooth people.

Short Summary

Chased by a ruthless and powerful enemy, Xhosa flees with her People, leaving behind a certain life in her African homeland to search for an unknown future. She leads her People on a grueling journey through unknown and dangerous lands but an escape path laid out years before by her father as a final desperate means to survival. She is joined by other homeless 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, danger, tragedy, hidden secrets, and Nature herself, Xhosa must face the reality that this enemy doesn’t want her People’s land. He wants to destroy her.

Survival of the Fittest

Series: Book 1 in the Crossroads series, part of the Man vs. Nature saga

Genre: Prehistoric fiction

Cover by: Damonza 

About the author

     Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the Man vs. Nature saga. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice,  a columnist for TeachHUB and NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Quest for Home, Summer 2019. You can find her tech ed books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning

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Thanks so much for stopping by to check out Jacqui Murray’s new release. I invite you to spread the word about Survival of the Fittest by sharing this post on your social media sites. Have a great week and Happy Reading!

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Comments on: "#Bloghop – Survival of the Fittest (Prehistoric Fiction) by Jacqui Murray" (33)

  1. Well, you know what I think of Jacqui’s book–it’s terrific. 🙂 Sharing…


  2. It’s great to meet up with Jacqui here, Bette. I am totally fascinated by the way she has told this story, working out so much of what would have been in our prehistory.


  3. Jacqui is the best blog hopper around – and Bette – you are the hostess with the mostest. 🙂


    • Jacqui is the best! Can’t wait to read her prehistoric fiction. Thanks for your visit and sweet note, Pam. ❤ Have a great day!


    • Thank you, Pam! I really enjoy them. I get to meet so many new writers–and lots in my genre. It always takes me a while to get through comments but I love every minute of it!


      • Blog hopping is a great way to introduce your book to new and ‘old’ readers (past readers?) so they can see what you’re up to. And then, yes, in blog hopping you get to meet new readers also. xo


  4. Wonderful to see Jacqui here, Bette! I’ll share the post over on Facebook today 🙂


  5. So lovely to see Jacqui’s new book being featured here too, Bette! 😄 Have a wonderful week! xoxo❤


  6. Bette, lovely to see Jacqui and her latest release on your blot! I was fascinated with the question about art and music and the answer is very interesting. Wishing Jacqui the best of success with Survival of the Fittest! I just bought the book and can’t wait to read it!


  7. An interesting question and answer. This seems to be a different take to what Jean Auel took in her Earth Children series. She included a lot of art and music in her books. Is this an earlier timeframe, Jacqui?


    • Her people–Ayla–were much more modern than mine. They are Cro-magnum (maybe 80,000 years ago–or more recent) while my Xhosa is Homo erectus–850,000 years ago. Xhosa is well-before art, music, and most developed culture though I allude to a generic culture–the norms of each of us within our own group.


  8. 😀 Great to see Jacqui here, Bette. I can’t wait to read!


  9. D.L Finn, Author said:

    Interesting background information. I’m looking foward to reading this:) Thanks for hosting Bette!


  10. Thanks for hosting me, Bette. I’m excited to be here, with your efriends!


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