Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Two New Releases: Jacqui Murray's Pre-historic Novel, Natural Selection and Susan Bernhardt's Cozy Mystery ,The Neighborhood #cozymystery #newrelease #prehistoricfiction

Two New Book Releases!

Hello and welcome to the Focused on Story Blog! 

Meeting authors all over the country and the globe was an unexpected perk after publishing my first book. What a joy to meet my writerly friends via the Internet. We are "cyber pals" like "pen pals" in another era, making friends online rather than meeting in person. Oh how I wish I could meet everyone in person, but I'm happy keeping in touch through email, DM, ZOOM, etc.

The next perk--I discovered how generous and kind authors are to each other. Rather than being competitive, writers share information about the publishing industry and writing tips. 

This week, I am thrilled to have two of my author friends as guests and share their brand-new releases. Please welcome these fantastic storytellers, Jacqui Murray and Susan Bernhardt, to the Focused on Story Blog! (I can hear the applause now.)

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Jacqui just released Natural Selection, Book 3 in the Dawn of Humanity Trilogy. Be sure to watch the heart-pounding book trailer for this book below.

Natural Selection by Jacqui Murray
#3 in the Dawn of Humanity Trilogy

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Jacqui, Please tell us about your latest release, Natural Selection.

Natural Selection by Jacqui Murray
Book 3 in the Dawn of Humanity Trilogy
"A perfect book for fans of Jean Auel and the Gears."

Thank you, Janet, for hosting me this week.

This novel is the conclusion to Lucy's journey. She and her tribe leave their good home to rescue former tribe members captured by the enemy. Lucy's tribe includes a mix of species--a Canis, a Homotherium, and different iterations of early man. In this book, more join and some die, but that is the nature of prehistoric life, where survival depends on a combination of our developing intellect and our inexhaustible will to live. Each species brings unique skills to this task. Based on true events.

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.

Available in print or digital at: http://a-fwd.com/asin=B0B9KPM5BW


Click the links below to discover more about Jacqui's books from her previous visits to Focused on Story.

Click here for her book, Law of Nature.

Click here to read about the who, what, where, when and why in Jacqui's book, The Quest for Home in the Crossroads Trilogy.

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About Jacqui Murray

Jacqui Murray

Jacqui 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. The trilogies in Man vs Nature are The Dawn of Humanity and The Crossroads Trilogy.

Not only does Jacqui write these amazing trilogies in the prehistoric fiction genre, but 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 the 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.

 Click the links below to connect online with Jacqui

Amazon Author Page






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The Neighborhood by Susan Bernhardt
#6 in The Kay Driscoll Mystery Series
Cozy Mystery

Thank you, Janet, for helping me get the word out about the newest book in the Kay Driscoll Mystery Series.

A new City Planner and his "Stepford wife" move into Kay Driscoll's neighborhood. The city of Sudbury Falls has a planning committee headed by this newly hired city planner intent on building a dam in the Sudbury River. The purpose, to create a lake for waterfront property featuring high-priced, luxury condominiums that the locals could never afford.

An uproar arises among the citizens who are passionate about the natural beauty of the Sudbury River. A newly formed Sudbury River Protection Society attracts Kay Driscoll and her friends with their “Save the River” movement.

When a murder occurs in the neighborhood, the unexpected happens. Chief Kirk asks Kay for her help in investigating the crime. What is up his sleeve? In the meantime Elizabeth's ex-husband shows up at her book signing after a five-year absence, Deirdre has a community feng shui-inspired May Day celebration at Planetary Herbals, and Janey goes on her first date.

Welcome back to Kay's world.

Click here to download the eBook or order the paperback copy of The Neighborhood.


Susan's town in northern Wisconsin was an inspiration for the quaint setting of her Kay Driscoll novels. Like Kay Driscoll in her cozy mysteries,

Cozy Mystery Author Susan Bernhardt
Susan is a retired nurse who volunteers at her local free clinic. She also writes the Irina Curtius mysteries. She lives with her husband, William, and has two sons, Peter and David.

An avid reader of mysteries, she is a member of Sisters in Crime, Inc. and the Wisconsin Writers Association.

Her published works include: 

A Manhattan Murder Mystery (An Irina Curtius Mystery), 

Dress to Kill (An Irina Curtius Mystery Book 2), 

The Ginseng Conspiracy (A Kay Driscoll Mystery Book 1), 

Murder Under the Tree (A Kay Driscoll Mystery Book 2)

Murder by Fireworks (A Kay Driscoll Mystery Book 3), 

Paradise Can Be Murder (A Kay Driscoll Mystery Book 4), 

Murder Misunderstood (A Kay Driscoll Mystery Book 5)

When not writing, Susan loves to travel, bicycle, kayak, and create culinary magic in her kitchen. She works in stained glass, daydreams in her organic garden, stays up late reading mysteries, and eats lots of chocolate.
Click here to discover all of Susan's books on her Amazon Author Page.
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Thank you, Jacqui and Susan, for stopping by and meeting my readers. Wishing you great success with your new releases!
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Susan Bernhardt said...

Thank you so much, J. Q. Rose for the Spotlight on my new release...THE NEIGHBORHOOD. This is very much appreciated!! ☺📚🔍

And Jacqui Murray's latest novel sounds fascinating!

Computer Tutor said...

Thank you so much for hosting me, Janet. Best of luck to Susan, also!

Computer Tutor said...


J.Q. Rose said...

Thanks again for being my guests. So much fun to be "in" on the excitement of a new release.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Congrats to Jacqui and Susan on their new releases. And I so agree with you that authors and writers are very supportive of each other.

Computer Tutor said...

@Natalie I'm a big believer in blogs for just that reason--we all support each other. Yours is one of the most visible out there, Natalie!

J.Q. Rose said...

Natalie--Thank you for stopping in and for your support! I didn't realize how blog hops and FB groups really allow authors to get together. Writing is a solitary job.

J.Q. Rose said...

Jacqui--that music for your book trailer is heart-pounding background for your story! Really increases the tension. Really enjoyed watching and re-watching it!!

Computer Tutor said...

@Janet Isn't it! I found it on Canva, within about 2 minutes. That program is amazing.

J.Q. Rose said...

Canva? Wow, I'll have to take a peek at their music. Thanks for the tip!

Computer Tutor said...

@Janet--it surprised me, too. I spent hours (and hours) searching for music for other trailers. This one was right there.

The Unique Times with Cindy said...

Hi Jose,

So lovely to meet you through Jacqui. Such a lovey review of both Jacqui and Susan's book.
Both compelling reads!

Computer Tutor said...

@Cindy Thank you! I've learned a lot about myself by studying my ancestors.

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