Jacqui Murray’s LAWS OF NATURE #bookrelease #prehistoricfiction


Ciao, amici! It’s been a long time since I had this guest here to talk about her work, but I’m delighted to have her back again. She’s such a talented author and an extremely supportive blogger who champions indie authors. (If you aren’t following her website, you should. I’ll have all her links at the end of this post.) Please join me in welcoming Jacqui Murray as she discusses her latest release, Laws of Nature, book two in her latest prehistoric fiction trilogy.

Hi, Jacqui. Let’s start with three questions about your book:

  1. You often say these people squat. Don’t they sit?
    Nominal physical evidence indicates early man squatted rather than sat. This includes tell-tale divots and scratches in the femur, tibia, and ankle bone of Neanderthals that result from squatting a lot. Neanderthals are a more recent Homo species than Lucy’s People but I make the assumption if Neanderthals didn’t sit much, neither did Homo habilis. Another reason we presume earliest man preferred to squat than sit would be because it’s far more natural for the body and quicker to get into and out of a squat when danger arrives. Try it—you’ll agree.
  2. How did early man tell time?
    Like today’s most primitive communities, early man has no concept of hours or minutes. His metric was how much daylight remained to find a safe place to sleep. Therefore, characters in Dawn of Humanity (and the later Crossroads) indicated time in the future by pointing to a place in the sky where the sun would be in the future, meaning, “Return when Sun reaches this point in the sky.”
  3. How do they live without counting?
    The simple answer is they had no need for exact counts. “Some” or “many” was sufficient to describe a herd, fruit trees, or distance. Nor did they need to count to realize someone was missing from a group. According to researchers: “…primitive man, relying on an exceptional memory … is capable, by comparing current impressions with the image stored in his memory, of telling whether a single object is missing in a group.” Then, it’s a simple matter of who’s not there!

Tell us about your book:

A boy blinded by fire. A woman raised by wolves. An avowed enemy offers help.

In this second of the Dawn of Humanity trilogy, the first trilogy in the Man vs. Nature saga, Lucy and her eclectic group escape the treacherous tribe that has been hunting them and find a safe haven in the famous Wonderwerk caves in South Africa. Though they don’t know it, they will be the oldest known occupation of caves by humans. They don’t have clothing, fire, or weapons, but the caves keep them warm and food is plentiful. But they can’t stay, not with the rest of the tribe enslaved by an enemy. To free them requires not only the prodigious skills of Lucy’s unique group–which includes a proto-wolf and a female raised by the pack–but others who have no reason to assist her and instinct tells Lucy she shouldn’t trust.

Set 1.8 million years ago in Africa, Lucy and her tribe struggle against the harsh reality of a world ruled by nature, where predators stalk them and a violent new species of man threatens to destroy their world. Only by changing can they prevail. If you ever wondered how earliest man survived but couldn’t get through the academic discussions, this book is for you. Prepare to see this violent and beautiful world in a way you never imagined.

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

Title and author: Laws of Nature
Series: Book 2 in the Dawn of Humanity series
Genre: Prehistoric fiction
Editor: The extraordinary Anneli Purchase
Available print or digital) at:
Kindle US   Kindle UK   Kindle CA   Kindle AU  Kindle India

About Jacqui:

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.

Connect with Jacqui:

Amazon Author Page  | Blog  | Instagram |
LinkedInPinterest  | Twitter | Website  

I hope you’ll take a few minutes to use those links above. And I hope you’ll join me in sharing this post on your social media to assist Jacqui in her marketing efforts. My final hope is that you’ll leave her a note of good cheer below. Grazie!

Published by Staci Troilo

A writer fascinated with interpersonal relationships, the importance of family, and the relevance of heritage. Learn more at https://stacitroilo.com.

58 thoughts on “Jacqui Murray’s LAWS OF NATURE #bookrelease #prehistoricfiction

  1. It’s great to see Jacqui and her book tour landing here, Staci. She’s having a wonderful book blast. The Q and A was so interesting. My mom was raised in Indonesia and we did a lot of squatting as kids as that was common there. It still feels natural to me all these years later, though it isn’t very demure. Lol. Thanks for the fun post.

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    1. That’s fascinating, Diana. (And who cares about demure if you’re comfortable?)

      Yes, she’s having a fabulous tour. I’m really happy for her and glad to have been a part of it. Thanks for dropping by.

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  2. Fascinating, Jacqui. A doctor once told me our feet weren’t intended to be in shoes, that if we stayed barefoot (or in moccasins like the Native Americans) we’d have far fewer issues with our feet. Our soles would toughen like leather to withstand rocks and rough surfaces. It’s a shame we can’t turn back time. I love the old ways of telling time, too. Imagine if we didn’t clock-watch? We’d probably have less stress.

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    1. Despite my extensive shoe collection, I don’t like to wear them and am always bare-footed at home. Not even socks. (I hate to wear socks. Too constricting.)

      And I’m all for less stress. Let’s throw away all clocks!

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      1. Haha! Since you’re editing anyway… The way I understand it is we wouldn’t have callouses necessarily, more like the soles of moccasins. Y’know how they wear? The soles become smooth but durable, impenetrable. And that’s why the skin on the bottom of our feet are different than the top. 🙂

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  3. There are interesting questions and answers, Jacqui! Q1. my squatting is pretty good from doing yoga and years of exercising my legs to reduce the lymphedema. I squat mostly when gardening. Q2. I remember as a kid, I told time by looking at the shadows of buildings being casted on the street. Q3. Without modern technology, I bet humans back in those days rely on their memories. I was a phone directory until the contact list came into being.

    Thank you for hosting the blog blast, Staci! This is a fun post.

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    1. I still remember phone numbers from when I was a child. But I have trouble remembering new phone numbers now. They just get entered into my cell and stored there. I’d be in trouble if I ever had to recall them on my own.

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          1. Staci, I think I was able to use the chip to transfer the data to a new phone, back in the days with a chip in the phone.

            A friend just joked about not being able to find the creamer for the coffee and then found it in a cupboard. I’m not at that point yet but short term memory issue is just part of aging.

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          2. I do stuff like that all the time. I walk into rooms but forget why. I look for my glasses but find them on my face. I think I have too much on my mind to keep track of the little things.

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    1. I’m tempted to say our body physiology has changed but I think primitive tribes (I use that term denotatively) still squat. Sitting cross-legged even in the 1800’s was considered ‘sitting Indian’.

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  4. I’ve had the chance to read an advance copy of Jacqui Murray’s latest book. LAWS OF NATURE. If you crave action, unusual characters, and lots of researched details from a fascinating era most of us know nothing about — READ THIS AMAZING STORY of prehistoric lands, plants, animals, and our human ancestors long ago. Vivid writing, engrossing story of struggle and survival.
    –Sandy H.

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  5. Very interesting stuff, Jacqui! Alas, my knees and back would never allow me to squat for more than 30 seconds before falling over. But then, I’ve probably lived a lot longer than most prehistoric folks would have. Love the info on counting and telling time, too. I’m really looking forward to reading this series! Hope you sell kajillions of books, too! Thanks for hosting Jacqui today, Staci. Great post, you two. 🙂

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      1. I’m wondering if their physiology was a bit different than ours, as in the length of bones, or perhaps they had larger muscles in their legs or something that made squatting more comfortable and natural? I mean, I know there are skull difference, and height differences, but have never studied much on this topic. It’s utterly fascinating, though. 🙂

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  6. Wow, I really found the answers to those questions interesting, Jacqui. It’s truly fascinating to ponder.
    Another great tour stop!
    Staci, thanks so much for hosting and best wishes to Jacqui with her release.

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