Jacqui Murray: Against All Odds

It is ironic, I suppose, that my first post while learning how to use the new WordPress Block Editor is on Jacqui Murray’s latest novel Against All Odds. I say this because I am not very techy but Jacqui is a tech geek and trainer. I am quite certain that we’ll soon find some WordPress Block Editor tips on her blog.


What has taken me hours to maneuver around this new WordPress editor and listening to YouTube tutorials would surely have taken Jacqui a much, much shorter time to process this new information.

Tech training requires analytical skills and sound research, two qualities which are present in her novels.

Spread throughout her novel are lovely literary gems bringing life to the many prehistoric settings the novel takes us to.

Xhosa increased their pace, up and down one rise and another, through a copse of lonely trees, and then around a rock formation as big as a family of elephants.

Xhosa trotted into the grove of narrow trees with spiky leaves, over a carpet of ankle-high leaves that muffled her footsteps. Her feet made a soft swishing noise as she walked, like the murmur of stream.

The enchanting names for her characters (Pan-do, Red Wolf, Spirit, Black Wolf, Seeker, Rainbow… give the story a fairy-tale fantasy genre. Although, Against All Odds is a fictitious story of migration in pre-historic times it also based on pre-historic reality.

Xhosa is the heroine and leader. She is on a mission to find for herself and her People a home base. She exhorts leadership traits such as empathy, caring for others, and collaboration with other tribes. Her kindness and persistence bring other tribes to join her fight for survival

…despite extreme adversity, well-equipped predators, and a violent natural environment that routinely asks them to do the impossible.

Jacqui Murray is a writers’ writer as well as being a writer for lovers of pre-historic fiction and strong female heroines.

If you’re feeling, like me, frustrated with learning this new editor, take a break and read Jacqui’s book. It will take you far away from the world of technology. Now how can I add a smiley emoji?

40 thoughts on “Jacqui Murray: Against All Odds

  1. Don’t worry about the smiling emoji, Carol. Reading Jacqui’s books will bring our own smiles out, guaranteed. They’re great books. Be sure to read books one and two of the series leading up to Against All Odds. They are all really good books and although the books work as stand alones, you’ll get so much more pleasure out of reading them in order. Survival of the Fittest, The Quest for Home, and then Against All Odds. I’ve read them all and loved them. Now I’m having a hard time getting my Kindle back as my husband reads them too.

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  2. Carol, you’re nailing this new editor! But it has become a bane for so many … and know of one person who wrote a post about its difficulties and has now been threatened by WP of having their blog removed!!

    Meanwhile, lovely to see this feature of Jacqui’s latest book … she never fails to impress me both as a writer and as a tech person! A perfect combination! 😀

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  3. Thank you for sharing!.. You are doing very well…on a learning curve also but I don’t forget to live life… 🙂

    “Any piece of knowledge I acquire today has a value at this moment exactly proportioned to my skill to deal with it. Tomorrow, when I know more, I will recall that piece of knowledge and use it better. “ (Mark van Doren)

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  4. Here’s a bit of encouraging news you’ll be interested in, Jacqui:
    Classic Editor is an official WordPress plugin, and will be fully supported and maintained until at least 2022, or as long as is necessary.
    So, no need to rush. 🙂

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