Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on book on the shelves – Born in a Treacherous Time by Jacqui Murray


Delighted to feature the new book by Jacqui Murray – Born in a Treacherous Time takes back to man’s very early days and the struggle to survive in a harsh environment.

About the book

‘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

One of the early reviews for the book

Move over Jean Auel (Clan of the Cave Bear) for Jacqui Murray. I went to bed right after dinner last night because I had to finish this book and would have stayed up all night to do it. What a fabulous read.

Born in a Treacherous Time takes place at the very start of mankind’s development – we are inventive, communal, thoughtful, emotional beings, but still deeply rooted in our animal origins, fully integrated into the harsh volcanic landscape and with the creatures who share our world. Survival is an ongoing challenge and hunger a constant companion. Overlaying the struggles of daily life is the threat of man-who-preys, the next generation of mankind.

The story follows Lucy (Woo-See) through a period of years. She’s a strong character, a healer, and a hunter who’s eager to learn new skills that make her an asset to her group as well as an outsider. There are a number of compelling characters, fully developed and distinct, with a wide range of personalities.

No doubt, Murray did her research, but so little is truly known about this time, that I’m certain she had to employ her imagination as well. The world-building is meticulous. Murray deftly presents a world as seen through the eyes of those who inhabit it. She created words (and hand-signals) to describe the landscape based on the characters’ observations: “Night Sun” instead of moon, “Fire Mountain” instead of volcano. Her attention to creating a logical and detailed reality is stunning. I was honestly enthralled.

The world-building extends to characters as well, and I loved that none of them had “modern” sensibilities that would have tainted the believability of the story. No one is squeamish about raw food or bodily functions, and death is viewed as a natural occurrence. The characters have many of the natural abilities and acute senses of the animals living around them, yet unlike their animal cousins, their understanding of the world grows with each experience.

Best of all, as a reader I became quite attached to these primitive humans, empathizing with their struggles, losses, and choices. There is a depth of emotion, spirit of community, and generous nobility that stretches through the hundreds of thousands of years to our current lives. A captivating book that I recommend to any reader who enjoys adventures, exquisite world-building, or works of historical fiction and prehistory.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Born-Treacherous-Time-Nature-Book-ebook/dp/B07CTCR944

and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Born-Treacherous-Time-Nature-Book-ebook/dp/B07CTCR944

Also by Jacqui Murray

Read all the reviews and buy the books:   Amazon Author Page US

And: Amazon UK

 Read more reviews and follow Jacqui on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/84832.Jacqui_Murray

About Jacqui Murray

Jacqui Murray is the webmaster for Worddreams, her blog about all things writing. She 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 upcoming prehistoric fiction, Born in a Treacherous Time. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for Ask a Tech Teacher an Amazon Vine Voice  a columnist for TeachHUB, monthly contributor to Today’s Author, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics.

Connect to Jacqui Murray

Blog: Worddreams,
Twitter: @WordDreams
GoodreadsJacqui Murray
PinterestAsk a Tech Teacher
Amazon author pageJacqui Murray
My writing websiteJacquiMurray.net

Diana Wallace Peach is also an author in the Cafe and Bookstore.

D. Wallace Peach, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/D.-Wallace-Peach/e/B00CLKLXP8
Website/Blog: http://www.mythsofthemirror.com

Please visit Amazon or Diana’s website to view all her books.

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – Twenty-Four Days (Rowe-Delamagente Thriller Book 2) by J. Murray


Delighted to welcome J. Murray to the bookstore with her most recent book Twenty- Four Days (Rowe-Delamagente Thriller Book 2).

About Twenty-Four Days.

In the latest Rowe-Delamagente thriller, the two unlikely partners have less than a month to stop a North Korean missile strike after hijackers steal nuclear warhead-armed submarines. If they don’t, the USS Bunker Hill, on a peaceful mission to observe a North Korean missile launch, will be in grave danger. Piece by piece, Rowe and Delamagente uncover a bizarre nexus between a man Rowe thought dead, a North Korean communications satellite America believes is weaponized, an ideologue that cares only about revenge, and the USS Bunker Hill (a Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser) tasked with supervising the satellite launch. As the deadline looms, they call on the unusual skills of a quirky AI named Otto with the unique ability to track anything with a digital trail.

One of the reviews for the book

What do you get when you combine technology and espionage? Geek spies. This military/academia thriller novel has all the ingredients to keep readers invested in the characters’ plight to avert World War III.

J. Murray has written an amazing book. Twenty-four days finds Rowe and Delamagente racing against time to thwart the actions of jihadis. Having defeated Salah Mahud al-Zahrawi in To hunt a sub, Rowe and Delamagente find themselves involved in another act of terrorism.

The story starts with character, Eyad Obeid, who is a nuclear physics and becomes embroiled in a plot to destroy nuclear submarines. From there on, J. Murray takes you on a whirlwind story, introducing new jihadis commanded by al-Zahrawi, who supposedly was killed in book 1 or was he? [No spoilers here] I must say, it added to the suspense of the story. These jihadi recruits are certainly well-rounded characters as their convictions to destroy the ‘infidels’ comes across very realistic and frightening. In the meantime, Zeke Rowe, the ex-SEAL/professor is called upon to investigate at the expense of his and Kalian Delamagente’s tenuous relationship. Kalian despises the whole espionage fraternity following the events in book 1, and in spite of the FBI’s attempts to woe her and bring with her the incredible AI, Otto, she refuses. However, Delamagente finds herself a reluctant participant and the plot heats up when her son, now in college, gets entangled as well.

This was a great book, and I particularly enjoyed the suspense and fast-pace of the story. I highly recommend this book to readers who enjoy learning about navy protocols and espionage. I will be purchasing J. Murray’s spin off novel Born in a Treacherous Time, when it is published in 2018.

Read the Reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Twenty-four-Days-Rowe-Delamagente-Book-2-ebook

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Twenty-four-Days-Rowe-Delamagente-Book-2-ebook/dp/B072NZF8N8

Also by J. Murray

Read all the reviews and buy the books: Amazon UK

And:  Amazon Author Page US

Read more reviews and follow Jacqui on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/84832.Jacqui_Murray

About Jacqui Murray

Jacqui Murray is the webmaster for Worddreams, her blog about all things writing. She 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 upcoming prehistoric fiction, Born in a Treacherous Time. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for Ask a Tech Teacher an Amazon Vine Voice  a columnist for TeachHUB, monthly contributor to Today’s Author, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics.

Connect to Jacqui Murray

Blog: Worddreams,
Twitter: @WordDreams
GoodreadsJacqui Murray
PinterestAsk a Tech Teacher
Amazon author pageJacqui Murray
My writing websiteJacquiMurray.net

Thank you for dropping in today and it would be great if you could share Jacqui’s books on your own social media. Thanks Sally