The first chronicle of M'Gistryn

Core

Injured in battle and accused of treason, Lieutenant Tristan Loringham’s life of privileged nobility has taken a sudden and drastic turn. When he and his best friend, Alexander, are introduced to a young wizard named Andella and a chilling, ancient prophecy, their lives continue to tumble down a path that they neither expected nor fully understand. Can they accept what fate has wrought and manage to stay alive in the process?

This novel, the first in the M'Gistryn world series, explores themes of war, coming of age, and self-discovery as the characters come to terms with a world that is not quite what they once believed it to be. Follow the emotional and action-packed twists and turns with Tristan and Alexander in this exciting first novel by Anastasia Trekles.

Ascent

Book Two: Chronicles of M'Gistryn

Three friends, their only guide a battle-hardened old soldier, continue the search to understand and master the power they have uncovered.

But first, Lieutenant Tristan Loringham must stand trial for his actions in the mountains near Doverton, leading them back to their homeland - Zondrell, the Great City by the Seacliffs. Here, the battlefield is much different, the enemy hidden behind layers of political corruption and intrigue. Continue the journey of young Tristan, Alexander, and Andella as they learn more about the mysterious magic that seems to have become their birthright. Was it really told in prophecies? Are they the only ones of their kind in the world? 

Praise for Chronicles of M’Gistryn: 

“Anastasia M. Trekles takes readers on an epic adventure in her debut novel Core. Told from the perspective of multiple characters, Core borrows familiar elements of our world to create a thrilling fantasy filled with intrigue, action, and romance. The characters are engaging with witty banter and personalities that sprawl across the page. Trekles masterfully guides readers through worlds rich with lore, but never bogs down the prose with too much description or exposition. She has a keen sense of a modern reader’s imagination and deftly transports us through time and space. Trekles has a deep understanding of the fantasy genre and weaves a tale that will satisfy anyone who appreciates a great story told well. This novel establishes the foundation for a series of books and invites a reader back for more.” 
-S.E. White, author of A Murder of Crows 

“Wondrously imagined! M’Gistryn is a realm rich with possibilities. The characters are rich in detail, and the plotting just complex enough to grab your interest and not let go!” 
-Jay Erickson, author of The Blood Wizard Chronicles Series 

“Simply amazing! Characters who actually behave like adults! This novel is highly recommended!” 
-J.P. Strohm, coauthor of Exactors: Tales from the Citadel 

Putting People First

Human Issues in Instructional Technology

Simply put, this book is about people, and how they learn, work, and interact in today's rapidly changing, technologically supercharged society. How do we ensure that technology and learning opportunities are accessible to everyone? How do we ensure that the people in our organizations enjoy all of the benefits of technology without misusing or abusing it? What happens when we encounter a student or an employee who faces difficulty with new technology implementations because he or she has a disability, or because he or she simply finds adaptation more difficult?

These are questions that millions of instructional designers, computer lab managers, technology coordinators, teachers, and trainers face every day. Sometimes answers are in easy reach; but sometimes those answers are not nearly so easy to find or implement. This book is not meant to be prescriptive, but instead is meant to provide you with the foundational knowledge and insights necessary to help you create and adapt solutions that better meet the needs of the diverse learners you may encounter, regardless of industry or specific instructional design process.

Topics include:

  • Technology trends and issues
  • The Digital Divide
  • Assistive technology for persons with disabilities
  • Matching technology to needs and functions
  • Learning space design
  • Security and privacy
  • Copyright and legal considerations

Putting People First

Reader testimonial

"Putting People First: Human Issues in Instructional Technology is one of the best resources I’ve read for teachers interested in integrating technology into the learning environment... Trekles uses an instructional technology design model to analyze on-line learners and design learning spaces that meet the needs of all students. She identifies best practices in online instructional facilitation and describes ways to develop media and learning materials. Her overview of copyright law, security, and ethics within the context of distance learning is informative and insightful.

Putting People First: Human Issues in Instructional Technology is well organized and user-friendly. Its forward-thinking format has links embedded throughout the text. The reader can simply click on the link and go to the source referenced in the book.

Each chapter includes easy-to-use charts that summarize the key points and identify standards addressed in the chapter. At the end of every chapter, there is also a recommended activity that gives the reader an opportunity to apply skills addressed in the lesson. Finally, there are higher-level thinking questions related to each topic.

If you are a teacher interested trying to find meaningful ways to incorporate technology into your curriculum, an administrator thinking about the needs of the people in your institution, or a technology coordinator training people to use technology, this is a must-have ebook for your library. And at $9.99, it is definitely a worthwhile investment."

-Silvana Morgan, Fifth Grade Teacher,
Clark Middle School, Saint John, Indiana, USA

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