Born in California, Ren Cummins lived in three more states and one other country before eventually settling down in Seattle, Washington. There with his wife and their daughter, their two dogs and one of the heaviest cats in existence, he juggles a love of writing, music, science fiction and the occasional desire to make an honest buck. He collaborates with other authors in the Pacific Northwest and elsewhere, helping redefine and expand the opportunities available in the field of self-publication, e-publishing and social media, and has also written for other projects, steampunk-related and otherwise.
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!
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”.
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.
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”.
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.”