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Author: Ren Cummins

I write. I'm a writer, perhaps much the way my act of breathing makes me a breather. Wait, that's a poor example.

I began with sketching, but my love of music and math turned me into a musician, and from there prose and poetry fashioned me into a writer. My first series, the young adult (steampunk) fantasy series "CHRONICLES OF AESIRIUM" about a young girl who becomes an angel of death, marked my work as a light hearted and optimistic look into death and darkness, but I'm sure that's just the lip of the rabbit hole.

I also helped found Talaria Press, a loosely affiliated gang of misfits whose work can be found at www.talariapress.com - come join the parade, there's space enough for all.

Library

And I Feel Fine - A Talaria Press Anthology, #3

  • Number: B00J532LH8
  • Release: 2014-03-20
  • Authors: H.L. Reasby, Ren Cummins, Quiana Kirkland, Garth Reasby, Martin Schiller
  • Genre: Sci-Fi
  • Tags: ! Collections & Anthologies, * SF: Science Fiction
  • Publisher: Talaria Press

How does the world end? With a bang? Or with a whimper? Will it be zombies? Will it be plague? Will it be forgotten gods or robots, vengeance on their minds? There are a multitude of ways in which the world could end.

Springing forth from the minds of the Talaria Press founders, And I Feel Fine presents eight all-new tales of calamity such as:

From H.L. Reasby comes Venture, a tale of alien invasion, birth and death.

Garth Reasby’s, Zombie Awake, gives us a new, horrifying element of the zombie trope which may change forever the way you view the genre.

In Acts of Reparation, Quiana Kirkland wonders what happens to the things we leave behind.

Ren Cummins undertakes our experiment from Geek Girl Con 2013, using an entirely crowdsourced setting, character, and events to bring us God’s Brownies.

This anthology also features the debut of Associate Author Martin Schiller, who brings us The 13th Hour, a tale of the plague which spawned the female dominated universe of his Sisterhood of Suns series.

Also included in this anthology are samples of other works by the Talaria Press founders, including excerpts of brand new series' by Ren Cummins and H.L. Reasby.

And I Feel Fine

Steel & Sky - Tales of the Dead Man, #1

  • Number: B00ILHGWRO
  • Release: 2014-02-21
  • Author: Ren Cummins
  • Genre: Sci-Fi
  • Tags: * SF: Science Fiction
  • Publisher: Talaria Press

The world of Aerthos stands at the brink of calamity, though there are few who see it. And at the center of the horizon event stands the inexplicable key to its salvation or fall: a dead man. Sjora, captain of the airship Lamprey, must sneak into one of the largest of the technology-focused Steel Cities, locate and liberate this so-called "dead man", even though it is unclear what part he has to play in their world's future. An already complicated mission becomes even moreso when she learns that this dead man is not only not as completely dead as she had suspected, but that he may just have an agenda of his own. Return to the magical and steam-powered world of Aerthos in the latest series by Steampunk/Science Fiction and Fantasy author Ren Cummins, the Tales of the Dead Man, with book one: Steel & Sky!

Steel & Sky

Once More Upon A Time - A Talaria Press Anthology 2

  • Number: B00BBG020A
  • Release: 2013-02-04
  • Authors: H.L. Reasby, Ren Cummins, Quiana Kirkland, Garth Reasby
  • Genre: Sci-Fi
  • Tags: ! Collections & Anthologies, * SF: Fantasy, Fairy Tales, Folk Tales & Myths
  • Publisher: Talaria Press

The founders of Talaria Press come together for a follow-up to the "Quests & Answers" anthology with this new collection of short stories and novellas inspired by classic fairy tales and fables, and even a few all new contributions to the genre.

With referential and exciting tie-ins to their existing titles, such as "It's My Nature" by Garth Reasby or "Reaper's Breath" by Ren Cummins, fans of the books will be thrilled to see new facets to the characters and settings they have grown to love. And with new stories like "To Bee or Not to Bee" by Quiana Kirkland and the sci fi thriller "Aurora" by H. L. Reasby, readers will be welcomed into even more tales from these successful authors.

"Once More Upon A Time" - a brand new collection of newly envisioned fairy tales for young and old alike!

Once More Upon A Time contains the following titles:

The Bamboo Princess, by Ren Cummins

Prussia, 1735, by H. L. Reasby

It's My Nature, by Garth Reasby

Reaper's Breath, by Ren Cummins

To Bee or Not to Bee, by Quiana Kirkland

Aurora, by H. L. Reasby

The Rat King, by Ren Cummins

This all-new collection also contains special samples from three of Talaria Press' best selling novels - no Talaria Press fan's collection would be complete without this anthology!

Once More Upon A Time

Into the Dust

  • Number: B007QXWDSG
  • Release: 2012-04-01
  • Authors: Ren Cummins, Kiri Callaghan
  • Genre: Sci-Fi
  • Tags: * SF: Science Fiction
  • Publisher: RenWritings

All the chapters of the "Into the Dust" series, now available in one collection!

Follow the dark adventures in this introduction to the other-world of Uphoria, wondrous realm in which all can be had for the price of one happiest thought. Pixies, pirates, mermaids, minotaurs and more, all as close as an outstretched hand. But is the cost worth the wish?

Contains the following tales:

"Lost", by Ren Cummins

"Avast", by Ren Cummins

"The Lily or the Tiger", by Kiri Callaghan

"Hollow", by Ren Cummins

"Labyrinth", by Ren Cummins

"The Mermaid's Tale", by Kiri Callaghan

"What Dreams...", by Ren Cummins

"All that Glitters", by Kiri Callaghan

"Shadow", by Ren Cummins

"A Hawk from a Handsaw", by Kiri Callaghan

"Into the Dust" is a 50,000 word dark fantasy anthology.

Into the Dust

Quests & Answers - Talaria Press Anthology

  • Number: B00755OZV8
  • Release: 2012-02-02
  • Authors: H.L. Reasby, Ren Cummins, Quiana Kirkland, Garth Reasby
  • Genre: Sci-Fi
  • Tags: ! Collections & Anthologies, * SF: Science Fiction
  • Publisher: Talaria Press

Talaria Press is proud to present their first anthology, Quests & Answers, with seven all-new stories of quests of discovery, written by the press founders themselves. Some showcase never before seen characters, while others feature your favorite characters from previously published Talaria Press works.

Learn the answers to some of the mysteries previously featured in other Talaria Press series:

In "Everybody's Cousin" from Ren Cummins, author of the Young Adult Science Fiction steampunk series "The Chronicles of Aesirium", find out how the streetwise young seer found himself in the middle of a dangerous game between Goya and Favo.

From HL Reasby, the author of the Sekhmet’s Light trilogy, we present "Lioness in the Grass": observe the trials of becoming NuruSekhmet, 4000 years before Nicole Salem became the avatar of the goddess of war.

And in Garth Reasby’s "Jill's Run", we discover how teenager Jillian Law escaped a house full of highly trained SIS agents in "Awaken" the first book in "The Children of Divinity" series.

Along with four additional short stories, this first edition of Quests & Answers also includes bonus chapters from each of the founders' original works to more deeply explore the worlds already discovered by thousands of readers world wide!

Quests & Answers

The Crook and the Blade - Chronicles of Aesirium, Book 6

  • Number: B006IUURB8
  • Release: 2011-11-30
  • Author: Ren Cummins
  • Genre: Sci-Fi
  • Tags: * SF: Science Fiction
  • Publisher: RenWritings

Death may be lied to; but in the end she will always know the truth.

Kari and Cousins struggle to survive the Machine War, and they learn how the histories of the Machines and the people of Aesirium and Oldtown are hopelessly intertwined. Deception within the city of Aesirium may prove sufficient to bring the city down, and Rom returns just in time to face off against the evil which has threatened both cities for centuries.

The adventures of Rom, the young angel of death, come to a powerful conclusion in the sixth and final book of the Chronicles of Aesirium, the YA Steampunk Fantasy “The Crook and the Blade.”

The Crook and the Blade

Into the Blink - Chronicles of Aesirium, Book 5

  • Number: B0050DQICG
  • Release: 2011-05-06
  • Author: Ren Cummins
  • Genre: Sci-Fi
  • Tags: * SF: Science Fiction
  • Publisher: Independently Published

Where does the world go when you close your eyes?

Cousins never gave up on Rom, even after she vanished in a powerful explosion that seemed to leave a crack in the sky. He and Kari struggle to come to terms with her absence when a new mystery appears involving the Machines, and they leave Oldtown in search of answers that may resolve one of the great unsolved riddles of Oldtown’s history. Not be outdone, Favo manages to find himself in a precarious situation when old habits prove to die very hard.

Meanwhile, Rom’s own path may lead her on a previously unimagined series of travels, but only once she comes to understand where she is and how to get out.

The adventures of Rom, the young angel of death, continue in the fifth book of the Chronicles of Aesirium, the YA Steampunk Fantasy “Into the Blink.”

Into the Blink

The City of the Dead - Chronicles of Aesirium, #3

  • Number: B004OEKC88
  • Release: 2011-02-18
  • Author: Ren Cummins
  • Genre: Teen
  • Tags: * Young Adult, * SF: Steampunk, * SF: Science Fiction
  • Publisher: RenWritings

Death was just the beginning.

Following the appearance of an entirely new and horrifying breed of corrupted being, Rom decides that she needs answers. Under the council of an old associate, she returns from her two year search for information about the Queen to seek help from her old friends Kari and Cousins. Together, they decide to seek out answers outside of Oldtown, which leads them far past the Wild and into the mysterious City of the Dead.

What answers await them there? Or will they only uncover more questions?

The adventures of Rom, the young angel of death, continue in the third book of the Chronicles of Aesirium, the YA Steampunk Fantasy “The City of the Dead”.

The City of the Dead

Reaper's Return - Chronicles of Aesirium, #1

  • Number: B004OA618M
  • Release: 2011-02-16
  • Author: Ren Cummins
  • Genre: Teen
  • Tags: * Young Adult, * SF: Steampunk, * SF: Science Fiction
  • Publisher: RenWritings

What if Death wore a pretty black dress?

Everyone in Oldtown had heard talk of the Reapers. Even though nobody had seen one in years, everyone whispered the tales: flying from rooftop to rooftop, stealing the souls of the unwary, letting their undead beasts hunt through the streets for any member of the community too reckless or fearless to heed the nightly curfew ... mysterious and terrifying, most feared to even mention them by name, lest they appear and gather your spirit away.

For 11-year-old Romany, her greatest fears were less about the mythological Reapers and more about surviving a miserable life inside of Oldtown's solitary orphanage. Her stark white hair made her an obvious target for the bullies, and the cruel nickname of "Ratgirl" had followed her for years. But if Rom thought her troubles were behind her, being struck dead by a bolt of lightning would only open the door to an entire life of new ones.

First on the list? Finding out that she herself...is a Reaper.

Reaper's Return

Reaper's Flight - Chronicles of Aesirium, #4

  • Number: B0043XXDFO
  • Release: 2010-09-21
  • Author: Ren Cummins
  • Genre: Teen
  • Tags: * Young Adult, * SF: Steampunk, * SF: Science Fiction
  • Publisher: RenWritings

Even Death needs her friends.

Kari, Cousins and Favo race to find Rom, while Rom awakens in darkness to find an unexpected horror. Their two paths lead them both back to Aesirium, where a confrontation has been brewing since Rom’s awakening as a Sheharid Is’iin. Even as she struggles to accept the mantle of responsibility of a Reaper, Rom finds there are greater terrors yet awaiting her.

When they at last confront the Queen, will any of them survive?

The adventures of Rom, the young angel of death, continue in the fourth book of the Chronicles of Aesirium, the YA Steampunk Fantasy “Reaper’s Flight”.

Reaper's Flight

The Morrow Stone - Chronicles of Aesirium, #2

  • Number: B004O6MT5U
  • Release: 2009-06-24
  • Author: Ren Cummins
  • Genre: Teen
  • Tags: * Young Adult, * SF: Steampunk, * SF: Science Fiction
  • Publisher: RenWritings

Dead was only the beginning.

The myths of Oldtown-Against-the-Wall were changing quickly. The Reapers were no longer just a bedtime story to keep easily frightened children in their beds at night, but something flesh and blood. For eleven-year old Orphan Romany, it was more than a rumor; it was her job. With the patient training by Ian and Mulligan, however, she begins to learn more of what sort of challenges await her in her new role.

But when agents of Aesirium’s Queen come looking for Rom, it indicates a darker level of risk to Rom and her friends. What does the Queen want with her? And will she stop at nothing to get her?

The adventures of Rom, the young angel of death, continue in the second book of the Chronicles of Aesirium, the YA Steampunk Fantasy “The Morrow Stone.”

The Morrow Stone

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