This book had me from the first 3 words of the synopsis, and then it didn’t let me go.
The book is The Scythian Trials by Elizabeth Isaacs. It will be out tomorrow in the Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Science Fiction Genre.
Descendants of the Amazons, the Scythians work alongside prominent governments but answer to no one. Warriors living on the fringe of civilization, they live by one credo: Strength through Equality. Power through Knowledge.
Nya Thalestris is the brightest Scythian of her generation. Strong, capable, ruthless, she is sure to earn a spot in the Trials, a time-honored mating ritual responsible for the evolution of her species.
Abducted by their sworn enemy, the Drahzda, Nya is forever altered and spirals out of control. The Society sends in Jax Nickius. Infamous psychologist and one of the most brutal warriors of their kind, he discovers triggers planted in Nya’s mind. As Nya solidifies her spot in the Trials, Jax develops a plan to help her heal—while pursuing her as a mate. But, Nya’s attraction to Jax is at war with her instinct to never let anyone get too close.
During the Trials, Nya’s repressed memories surface, revealing a new enemy—one from inside the consulate walls—and a traitorous alliance on the horizon that could irrevocably change the course of history.
Since before the Bronze Age, the Society has managed to safeguard humanity from itself … until now.
A chat with the AUTHOR:
Elizabeth is an author, teacher, and publishing professional who began her career as a national presenter for Resource Profiles, where she developed teacher seminars designed to foster creative brain stimulation. Moving into formal education, she helped at-risk students improve their writing skills as well as created and implemented a creative writing/blogging program that centered on teaching the 21st-century learner. Works stemming from this initiative were published online and seen in over 40 countries.
Elizabeth receives invitations to speak nationwide at schools and book clubs. She co-founded the popular book site, Chirenjenzie, which reaches thousands of people throughout the world. The writer support and reader interest group promotes and interacts with followers on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and various other blog sites. Elizabeth has a Master’s degree from Austin Peay State University, where she studied classical opera. She graduated Magna Cum Laude and was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society.
“The Light of Asteria” received Honorable Mention at the New York Book Festival. Her newest work, “The Scythian Trials” will be released in 2017 by Vesuvian Media.
Elizabeth, you’ve done so much for younger learners, readers, and writers. I have a 5 years old boy and I think I’m not the only one here who wonders a very basics thing: how do I help my boy to love the written word?
I’ve been a teacher for years, and I’ve discovered that one of the most important gifts we can give our children is a love of reading. The best way to do this is by making reading a family sport. Take the kiddos to the local bookstore or library and allow them to pick out books that interest them. And then turn off the TV, leave your phone on the charger, and settle in for some special time with your child.
My mother started this tradition with me as a child and I continued it with my children. My daughter’s kindergarten years were full of laughter with the Junie B. Jones series. My son loved Harold and the Purple Crayon. From there, we grew into the Magic Treehouse series, Nate the Great, and so on. When Harry Potter became the rage, we went to the midnight book release parties at our local indie bookstore. The kiddos got lightning bolts painted on their foreheads and ran around the store, riding little brooms while I waited in line. And no matter when we got home, we’d read the first few chapters together. The last Harry Potter book was released during my daughter’s senior year in high school. We stayed up and read the entire book together in one sitting. At this point, my son’s interests had moved on to science and video games, and so instead of reading fiction, he switched gears to informational texts and started reading journals and articles that sparked his interest.
Taking time to turn off all screens, settle in, focus and concentrate on your child’s interests through books is integral for developing a love of reading. And that’s a gift that lasts a lifetime.