Friday, August 7, 2020

Friday's Great Read

I’m so excited to have good bud and pre-history author Jacqui Murray here today to share info on her latest and the third in the CROSSROADS TRILOGY. I had the privilege of reading the arc and it’s every bit as good as it sounds.


Xhosa’s extraordinary prehistoric saga concludes, filled with hardship, courage, survival, and family.


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

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 her search for freedom, safety, and a new home.

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

Book information:


Title and author: Against All Odds

Series: Book 3 in the Crossroads series

Genre: Prehistoric fiction

Available digitally (print soon) at: Kindle US   Kindle UK   Kindle CA   Kindle AU


Author bio:

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 Amazon Vine Voice,  a columnist for  NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Laws of Nature, Book 2 in the Dawn of Humanity


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Website:                                 https://jacquimur



 The foothills of the Pyrenees

 Rather than continue across the meadow, Xhosa led the People into the shade of the edging forest.

“Do you smell it, Wind?” Anticipation filled her gestures.

She and Wind, pairmates as well as Co-Leaders, stood quietly, absorbing their surroundings. Light filtered lazily through the canopy, the shadowed ground dappled with patches of warmth. She sniffed in the essence of wet earth and rotting leaves, the mustiness of moss, and something else much more enticing.

“It’s there.” She pointed and strode forward, lengthening her stride.

An icy gust whipped down the hillside through the shadows and raised bumps on her arms but she ignored it. The forest gave way to open sky and searing heat. It was too hot for her thin pelt but she didn’t stop to remove it. Green stalks swayed as far as she could see, edged on one side by more mountains and the other by some sort of leaves and branches. Sunlight glinted off the rippled surface of a distant river as it curled over the terrain.

“Dung!” The scent overpowered every other odor.

Wind huffed to her side. “It’s been a long time since we smelled dung that wasn’t frozen.”

“We did it, Wind.” Her eyes glistened with relief.

For most of a Moon, dread gnawed at her courage and left her wondering if following the guidance of Seeker—a boy barely a man—was a mistake. But Seeker assured her in his ebullient way that once out of the hills, their new homebase would welcome them. Xhosa wanted to believe him because she wasn’t sure what else to do. Nor did she know what to do if it didn’t work.

Wind motioned, arms inclusive, “It’s beautiful, Xhosa.”

Siri, Pan-do, Ngili, the wolves Spirit and Black Wolf, and the rest of the People gathered around Xhosa and Wind, eyes locked on what lay in front of them.

Pan-do whispered, “We made it.” His eyes were moist, mouth open.

Ngili, the People’s Lead Hunter, motioned, hands close to his body. “With all this grass, Gazelle or Mammoth must be nearby.”

Dust, the Lead Scout, trotted up, coming from a tall cliff far ahead on their forward path. “I think there are caves there.”

The People hadn’t slept in a cave since leaving Viper and the Mountain Dwellers. It would be a treat if true.

Xhosa looked behind. Shadows already stretched as far from the bottom of the rocky slopes as sunlight to the top. Daylight would soon end.

“We don’t have much time. Let’s rest and then see if those are caves.”

Ngili, the People’s Lead Hunter, motioned, fingers spaced out, palms up, “I’ll go with Dust to check.” He added a swift spread-fingered swipe with first one hand and then the other, followed by a quick bob of his head and a puff.

Xhosa brushed both hands down her sides. 

The People spoke with a complex combination of hand motions, facial expressions, body movements, and sounds augmented with chirrups, snaps, hisses, and whistles. By the time Ngili finished talking, Xhosa knew how many would join him, where they would go, and how long they’d be away. The People’s communication was sophisticated but quiet, a precaution especially in unfamiliar areas. Unusual sounds—voices, for example—stood out. All animals made noises but few as varied as the People’s. Why alert Others who lived here to their presence? Xhosa would do that in her own time, in her own way.

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  1. Huge congratulations to Jacqui. And thank you - and drat you. I really, really don't need another book to lust after - which won't stop me.

    1. Hehee. I know what you mean. One thing I love about blog hops (including my own) is the chance to find like-minded writers. I end up collecting so many books I want to read, it takes me quite a bit of time to get through them. Very fun time, to be sure.

  2. Sounds great Jacqui is a good writer, and i like her books. Have a wonderful Friday, hugs, Valerie

    1. Thanks so much! I appreciate your visit.

    2. She sure is, Val.
      Hugs received and returned.

  3. Congratulations, Jacqui. I see you have never let a rejection letter slow you down. You write brilliantly. Expressive, descriptive, and colorful.

    And thanks Sandra for showcasing Jacqui's work. You do SO much for the writing community, dear.

    1. The first hundred did depress me a bit, on my first book. And then the hundred on my second book. Then I cut all that query stuff out and went Indie!

    2. Jacqui is definitely an expressive brilliant writer.
      As always, thanks for the kind words. They mean so much. It's a community effort.

  4. Hi Sandra - great having Jacqui here ... I've got her book and am looking forward to reading it and seeing how she's built this amazing saga. Take care - and have a good weekend - Hilary

    1. Thanks, Hilary. Be sure to read the acknowledgement. I really enjoyed Xhosa's story.

    2. With your interest in history, you're going to love it!
      Thanks and hope your weekend is wondrous.

  5. Replies
    1. Thanks, Christine. It's a little like a thriller, with strong but flawed heroes with moral compasses that never break and ideas that never end.

    2. It definitely is, Christine.

  6. Thanks so much for hosting me, Sandra. Your wonderful Westerns have more in common with my prehistoric fiction than most would think. That's how my addiction with westerns started. I wanted to find out how to survive nature, never quit, get creative when you had no tools. Nice juxtaposition for us, don't you think?

  7. Replies
    1. Thanks so much, Jamie. I appreciate you visiting.

    2. It is. The research involved amazes me.

  8. All good wishes on a successful launch!

    1. Thanks, Jeanie. With the help of my friends...

    2. Jacqui has done an amazing job when it comes to launching her book. Thanks for her good wishes, Jeanie.

  9. I am enjoying your blog tour, Jacqui:) I love this series and have this book up next to read!

    1. Thanks, Denise! Lots of good efriends helping me get this started!

    2. You are going to love it, Denise:)

  10. I need to get caught up on this trilogy! It sounds amazing.

    1. It's a lot like a thriller but 850,000 years ago!

    2. Amazing pretty much sums it up, Elizabeth:)

  11. Love it. Thank you for sharing.

  12. Thanks for sharing Joanne, Congrats to Jacqui on this wonderful book.

    1. Thanks, Yvonne! I'm excited to get it finally launched.