And, we’re back!

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Thank you for your patience. We’ve gotten the site back up and running though, of course, it looks a little different than it used to. We’ve lost some posts (and learned a learned lessons about making sure backups are made regularly), but we’re working on restoring the site to where it was previously.

We’re updating and revamping the website and also working on implementing some new awesome features that such as the ability to host webchats with fans that we will update you on as they go live.

Again, we thank you for your patience during this trying time.

 

19 Apr 2015

Friday, March 27, 2015

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It’s one of our favorite times of year again, here at Talaria Press. No, not spring (though it is lovely in the Pacific Northwest). Nor is it just because Founder Heather is celebrating another birthday (seriously, didn’t we just DO this birthday thing?!).

No… it’s time for Emerald City Comicon once more and we have some fantastic surprises in store for you this year. New authors! New books! New artwork!

This is the first of three posts (one for each day) that will give you all the pertinent details you need to be to find your favorite Talaria Press authors.

 

New Authors

Martin Bio PicEmerald City Comicon 2015 marks the first ever appearance of our newest Associate Author, Martin Schiller. Martin has independently-published a three-book military hard sci-fi series called the Sisterhood of Suns. Set in the distant future, all members of humanity with a Y chromosome have been wiped out, leaving women along among the stars which is just how they like it… or so it seems. A radical religious sect has set themselves on a path to reintroduce men, called NeoMen which causes all sorts of complications when the high court rules in favor of allowing one of these NeoMen to serve in an active combat unit! The narrative follows a veteran warship commander, a young colonist who joins the Marines to avenge her decimated colony, the NeoMan Marine, Jon, and a mysterious spy who upholds the interests of the Sisterhood at all costs.

Martin and the Talaria Press team are currently hard at work on revised and revamped editions of the Sisterhood of Suns: Pallas Athena and the Sisterhood of Suns: Widow’s War, the first of which will go to press later this year. We can’t wait for you to see what we’ve done.

 

New Books – Garth Reasby

41QytA80nNLGood news for Children of Divinity fans. Garth has just released the first ever Children of Divinity Companion Anthology. Titled ReAwakened, the book gives us reprints of two existing CoD stories which originally appeared in Founder’s Anthologies (Jill’s Run and It’s my Nature) and three brand new tales to expand the CoD experience and set up the next series of Jordan’s adventures.

 

 

 

 

 

New Artwork

Garth has also been hard at work creating gorgeous new posters to grace our table at the convention. We can’t wait for you to see them!

 

Schedule

More than just Black and White: Humanizing Heroes and Villains

Room: Hall B (WSCC 602-603)

Date: Friday, March 27th

Time: 11:30AM – 12:20PM

 

Guest(s):  Garth Reasby, John Lovett, Martin Schiller, Michael A. Stackpole, Isaac Marion

Heroes and villains can’t be all good or evil. Join John Lovett, Garth Reasby, Martin Schiller, Michael A. Stackpole, and Isaac Marion for a lively discussion of favorite heroes and villains and what makes them so interesting and learn how to craft complex and relatable characters to give your stories emotional impact.

 

Signing: 12:30PM – 1:30PM          Table JJ-10/11

 

Preventing Magical McGuffins

Room: Hall B (WSCC 602-603)

Date: Friday, March 27th

Time: 4:30PM – 5:20PM

Moderator: Anna Alexander

Guest(s):  Holly Black, Peter V. Brett, Patrick Rothfuss, H.L. Reasby

Even in a fantasy world, magic can’t solve all your problems. Our panel of novelists discuss how to write about magic responsibly. Panelists include Holly Black, Patrick Rothfuss, Heather Reasby, and Peter V. Brett.

 

Signing: 5:30PM – 6:30PM             Table JJ-10/11

 

 

19 Mar 2015

Coming in 2015

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Welcome to 2015, friends! We here at Talaria Press have been hard at work creating more awesome stories and books for your entertainment needs. We have some very exciting things in the works and thought we would take a moment to fill you in on what you can expect this year!

 

Founders Anthology:
First, we have locked in the theme for our next Talaria Press Founders Anthology: Villains! That’s right, the bad guys are taking the lead this time. In an age that has seen the rise of amazing characters like Loki in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Maleficent getting her own movie from Disney, and numerous instances of the villains outshining the heroes meant to stop their nefarious schemes, we thought it only appropriate that we give our take on this. Look for the fifth Talaria Press Founder’s Anthology: Villains Victorious*, in second quarter 2015 with likely contributions from all your Talaria Press founders, our Associate Authors, and Friend of Talaria Press, Aaron Douglas.

 

Garth Reasby:

If you’re a fan of Garth Reasby’s Children of Divinity series, you’ve got a lot to look forward to in 2015! We’re looking at having an anthology of stories associated with the CoD world called Reawakened, ready for release for Emerald City Comicon. This anthology will give some of your favorite side characters a chance to shine in their own stories. Expect to see adventures featuring Jill, Ryan, Douglas, and more! Hijinks shall surely ensue!

Additionally, Garth is hard at work on the as-yet untitled second series set in the CoD universe. Expect more information on that to come, possibly in Q4 of 2015.

 

H.L. Reasby

Like Garth, H.L. will be giving us a companion anthology to her Sekhmet’s Light series. Comprised of 5 tales that take place in the world of Sekhmet’s Light, the Days upon the Year will be contain the classics Lioness in the Grass and Skinwalker, as well as three all new, never before seen stories. These are tales that will expand the world of Sekhmet’s Light and give us background on events and individuals which would have slowed the main narrative down. The Days upon the Year will be available in March and we will have copies on-hand for purchase at Emerald City Comicon.

At the end of Q2, an omnibus edition of the Sekhmet’s Light series, including the main trilogy and the companion anthology, will be released. This wonderful new edition will have all new cover art and give you all four volumes in one handy, beautiful package.

Finally, late Q3 (with an eye toward Halloween release), will see the first novel of the Phoenix Knight series, Revenant, released! The series is similar to the Dresden Files, in that it is set in the modern world and magic is real. Set in Seattle, it introduces us to Jerry Trask, a man with many secrets who uses his unusual skills to help those who need it, though his motivations for doing so aren’t always clear.

 

Ren Cummins

2015 should usher in the second novel in Ren’s Tales of a Dead Man, Sun & Stone.

 

Martin Schiller

Who is Martin Schiller? Well, Martin is our new Associate Author! We’re extremely excited to bring him on-board officially this year. He has created a series of hard military sci-fi called the Sisterhood of Suns and his first project with us is a rerelease of the first book, Pallas Athena. Martin will also be appearing with the rest of the Talaria Press team for Emerald City Comicon 2015!

 

Emerald City Comicon

Talaria Press will be continuing our on-going relationship with Emerald City Comicon. We’ll be both moderating and participating in panels in the Writer’s Block programming and be available to sell and sign our novels at our table. Further updates on this specifically as we get closer to con time!

 

*Villains Victorious is a working title. In the coming days, we will be initiating a contest to give us the official name of this volume.

19 Jan 2015

Recommended Reading: Banned Books Week

The week of September 21st through September 27th is Banned Books Week. Created in 1982 to celebrate books and reading and draw attention to the specter of banned and challenged books.

As one might imagine, Banned Books Week strikes a particular chord with us here at Talaria Press and, as such, we’ve asked our Founders and Associate Authors to share their thoughts on some of their favorite banned books.

If any of these strike your fancy and you wish to check out more, we’ll have links to all the books featured here at the end of the post!

Talaria Founder Garth Reasby’s Pick

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

I think that banning books that challenge the mind and shed insight on moral and spiritual dilemmas does a disservice to our culture. It weakens us. Weakens the fabric of our intellectual wellspring. Books like To Kill a Mockingbird challenge our perception of racial equality and to ban it is to ban exposure to what the world was like, and in some cases is still like. As a person of color I know that prejudice and racial inequality is still a battle that needs to be fought. Being able to see the struggle in print allows children to get their minds working and gives them the opportunity to ask why early in their lives. By the time they’re an adult they may not care why, they may have never been challenged to ask. Hiding racism doesn’t drive it from existence, only understanding and exposure to people of different races can do that. Books are a necessary entry point into critical thought. Schools and parents should be mentoring their children, helping them learn to reason and ask why not hiding the truth of the past, present, or future from them.

Talaria Founder H.L. Reasby’s Picks

Julie of the Wolves, by Jean Craighead George

Julie of the Wolves is one of the books I loved fiercely as a child. I remember reading several copies of the book to literal tatters between the ages of about 8 and 13. Julie/Miyax’s struggle to figure out who she is and what her place in life resonated powerfully with me.

Julie’s story also presented to me an opportunity to view a wholly unfamiliar culture and environment (Alaskan tundra is worlds away from Arizona deserts). Through the author’s writing, I was able to put myself in the shoes of a fiercely strong and independent young woman who faced potentially lethal challenges, fighting for the right to make her own way in the world, on her own terms.

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

In the world of S.E. Hinton’s Outsiders, I would have probably had little in common with the “Greasers” that most of the protagonists of this book belonged to; I came from a relatively intact family, I neither drank nor smoked, and I was a generally good kid who never seriously considered running away or getting into the sorts of trouble that followed the main characters.

What the Outsiders represented, however, was a window into a life experience I’d never had. Seeing the world through the eyes of Ponyboy, Johnny, and the others, I got a glimpse of life at a lower economic and social spectrum than I existed in at that time but presented me with a sort of ‘what if’ that allowed me to understand how fortunate I really was and how important compassion is when dealing with others.

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

I picked up Flowers for Algernon during an advanced English class which allowed us to choose whatever we wanted to read from a selection of novels within the classroom. I remember devouring the slender book in just two class periods and winding up almost in tears at the end.

Written in the form of progress reports written by the 32 year old Charlie, himself, they start out with him displaying poor grammar, spelling and limited vocabulary that would generally be associated with a young child. As the book progresses and Charlie’s intelligence improves, so too does his writing ability and his decline is similarly marked as well with a degradation of these skills once more. The graphic illustration of this rise and fall is brutal and heartbreaking.

Like The Outsiders, Flowers for Algernon teaches us compassion; not for those who have less money than us, but for those who are less able than us. In particular, witnessing “Charly’s” decline toward the end is heartrending. Flowers seeks to remind us that intelligence should not be our sole indicator of someone’s worth.

Talaria Founder Quiana Kirkland’s Picks

It’s hard to pick just one banned book that has been inspirational to me. It seems so often that any book that explores the challenges of adolescence, isolation, or loss are the first to be banned.

It is as though people think that if you don’t let your child read Bridge to Tarabithia or Tiger Eyes, your children will never experience loss. Or if you hide The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian nobody will ever have to know what it is like to question their place in the world or make difficult choices.

Some books are so obviously banned to protect us from the liberty of rebellious thought. Books like 1984, Animal Farm, and To Kill a Mockingbird are banned because the author’s perspective might inspire resistance to the status quo. The trouble with the status quo, is that the current state of affairs is so fluid and constantly changing, that even as you grab to hold it, it’s already slipping through your fingers. Banning a book is like trying to put water back in the faucet.

But I believe we need our books where parents die, where children make adult decisions, and where people challenge authority. It proves that we’re not alone when we need to do those difficult things in our own lives.

Associated Author Martin Schiller’s Picks

I have two: Fahrenheit 451 and the Martian Chronicles. These are two my favorite books by one of my favorite authors and both have been banned. I love them for their stark simplicity, the emphasis on story over science and the fact that neither of them pulled any punches. They are honest, human, and therefore, will endure and outlive any temporary paralysis of our desire for honesty and the freedom of expression.

Associated Author Ren Cummins’ Picks

**Editor’s note: Unfortunately, Ren is hard at work on short stories for our upcoming anthology and was unable to provide us with picks. However, as a parent and an author, you can be sure that the idea of Banned Books Week is near and dear to his heart as well.

If you’d like to learn more about Banned Books Week, and which of your favorite books might have been challenged, please visit the website for the American Library Association or the official Banned Books Week website. There, you’ll find educational materials about these challenges, as well as listings of events around Banned Books Week which will allow you to join with others to celebrate our shared love of these books and their authors.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Reason for challenges: racial slurs, profanity, and frank discussion of rape.

 

 

 

 

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

Reason for Challenge: portrayal of gang violence, underage smoking and drinking, as well as strong language/slang and family dysfunction.

 

 

 

 

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

Reason for Challenges: language and sexually explicit passages

 

 

 

 

 

Bridge to Tarabithia by Katherine Paterson 

Reason for Challenges: occult/Satanism, offensive language

 

 

 

 

 

Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume

Reason for Challenges: sexual situations, underage drinking, and profanities.

 

 

 

 

 

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Alexie Sherman

Reason for Challenge: depictions of domestic violence, drug abuse, racism, poverty, sexuality, and murder.

 

 

 

 

 

1984 by George Orwell

Reason for Challenge: bleak warning of totalitarian government and censorship.

 

 

 

 

 

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Reason for Challenge: Perceived as pro-communist.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Reason for Challenge: discussion of being drunk, smoking cigarettes, violence, ‘dirty talk,’ references to the Bible, and using God’s name in vain.

 

 

 

 

 

The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

Reason for Challenge: Sexism and racism.

24 Sep 2014

Recommended Reading: The Dresden Files

Lost items found. Paranormal Investigations.

Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates.

No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or other Entertainment.

 

I picked up the first novel of the Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher on the recommendation of my amazing editor Quiana, after I told her the concept for the new series I’m working on, as well as my good friend Jim Briggs.

Initially, I had a hard time getting into the story. I don’t typically enjoy reading first-person narratives (it’s just a personal quirk of mine, not necessarily something against them in general), but once I got through the first chapter of Storm Front, I almost forgot that it was first person. It actually works quite well when you keep in mind the fact that these are very much a callback to the hard-boiled noir detective stories of the 30’s and 40’s.

The narratives are told from the point of view of Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden, the only wizard listed in the yellow pages in Chicago.  The stories introduce us to a world populated with magicians and monsters, faeries and vampires, demons and werewolves. Harry makes a living (mostly) by working as a freelance private investigator specializing in missing persons and items, as well as consulting with the Chicago Police’s Special Investigations unit which deals with any “odd” crimes which usually turn out to have a supernatural bent to them.

First and foremost, I have to say that I love the concept of a world where magic spells can incorporate such ephemeral ingredients as ‘mouse scampers’, ‘summer sunshine’, and ‘baby’s laughter’. The idea of being able to store these intangible things for later use is wonderful and I’m always curious to see what Harry will pull out of his stores for use in his spells and potions.

Secondly, the characters themselves are by and large very well written and engaging. Harry’s cop associate Murphy manages have a distinct voice and larger-than-life presence despite her being of the non-magical persuasion. I personally envision her as looking a bit like Nancy Allen’s character of ‘Murphy’ from the original RoboCop. Whether this is intentional or not, I can’t say, but I adore it nonetheless.

Another vital element of this series is Harry’s unwavering determination to do what’s right, even if it’s not the smart thing for himself and his own well-being. Although he generally thinks himself a coward, he is a genuinely kind and selfless person who regularly puts himself into situations that are likely to result in grave physical harm or death to himself to help others. He’s also a deeply flawed and somewhat damaged person who continually strives to do better, and has a deep-seated belief that it’s the role of the strong to protect those who cannot protect themselves.

Without giving spoilers, I’ll simply encourage anyone who’s a fan of magic, mayhem, and mysteries to give the Dresden files a go. They’re relatively quick reads (I devoured book five in just a couple of days) and a great deal of fun.

 

Read-A-Likes:

Quests and Answers for magical happenings and because like Harry, everyone in the stories presented in the anthology are searching for answers in some way.

Also, keep an eye out for my Phoenix Knight series, coming in 2015!

 

20 Sep 2014

Thank you!

We just wanted to take a moment to say a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to everyone who downloaded a free copy of Awaken this past weekend. Thanks to your enthusiasm, the book saw tons of downloads worldwide and topped out at #5 on Amazon’s list of top-selling superhero fantasy novels.

We’re humbled and grateful to you for making Garth’s first ever free ebook promotion a rousing success… and to those of you who went on to buy Evolve and Ascend, extra kudos to you! There’s no doubt that seeing this incredible surge of interest has made Garth feel a bit like a rock star and has redoubled his motivation to put out the best quality stories he can for you, our fantastic reading audience.

If you’re one of the lucky folks who downloaded a free copy, I want to encourage you to let us know what you think. Please take the time to leave a review of the book on Amazon. Reviews are the hardest thing for an independently or small press published author to come by and are frequently one of the things that people look at before they decide to give a book a try. A sentence or two is all it truly needs to be, but if you are inspired to go into greater detail, we’d love to see your thoughts!

Again, on behalf of Garth, and the entire Talaria Press team, I want to thank all of you and wish you happy reading!

 

Sincerely,

H.L. Reasby

PR Director/Founder

Talaria Press



 

29 Jul 2014

It's time to ASCEND!

We’ve watched the world Awaken, and witnessed our heroes Evolve. Now, it’s time for them to Ascend to heights they’ve never dreamed of before!

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Still reeling from the loss of one of their own, the fledgling superhero team, Aegis, must put aside its collective grief as they are drawn into a conflict that has been waged for thousands of years. An attack against humanity rages on two fronts as ancient races battle for dominance over a steadily Awakening humanity, and nobody knows who to trust.
Team leader, Jordan Law, former operative of the British Secret Intelligence Service, must somehow keep her team, and her family, from becoming pawns in a much larger game as well as bring down powerful enemies bent on the destruction of society as we know it. At the same time, mysteries of her own past and upbringing are solved in devastating fashion, and the crisis forming in her marriage deepens.

Evolution is always painful, and for the members of Aegis the responsibilities of power and the sacrifices necessary to ensure humanity’s survival might just be too much to bear. None will escape unscathed.

 

The eagerly anticipated third volume of Garth Reasby’s Children of Divinity series is now available for purchase in paperback and for your Kindle ereader device. To celebrate, for the first time ever, we’re offering the Kindle edition of Awaken for free starting Friday, July 25th, and continuing through Monday,  July 28th.

We hope that you enjoy this exciting new installment of the Children of Divinity series even more than we enjoyed writing and editing it!

24 Jul 2014

Writing Fights 101

Were you unable to make it out to Emerald City Comicon this year?

Our friend Lorna Suzuki has a treat for you! She’s posted the recording of the Writing Fights 101 panel that she participated on with our own Garth Reasby.

Please check it out and let us know what you thought!

Writing Fights 101

05 Apr 2014

Emerald City ComiCon 2014

Another Emerald City ComiCon has come and now gone and we here at Talaria Press wanted to take a moment to give some heartfelt thanks.

To the convention staff and minions: You are absolute rock stars. Without all of you, we wouldn’t have the opportunity to be a part of a fantastic event like this.

To the attendees: Wow. Where to even begin… Without you, we wouldn’t be here at all. Your passion and your enthusiasm invigorate and inspire us every day.

To the convention organizers, Jim Demonakos, George Demonakos and Michael Beyers: Thank you, thank you, thank you for embarking on the grand experiment that was the Writer’s Block. We love that we were able to participate in this and make it the success that it was and look forward to helping make it bigger and better in the future!

Additional shout-outs: To John Scalzi, Dave Wolverton, Lorna Suzuki, John Gallagher, Cornelia Funke, Kevin J. Anderson, Brian Herbert, Ellen Beeman, Emma Michaels, Kiri Callaghan, Marie Frances, Patrick Rothfuss, Scott James Magnar, K.L. Young, and Lisa Mantchev, among others. Without your willingness to come and lend your insight, your wisdom, and your experience, this would not have been possible.

In closing, thank you to everyone who helped make Emerald City ComiCon 2014 such a rousing success, not only for us here at Talaria Press, but for all the vendors, artists, writers, and fans.

– The Talaria Press Founders: Garth Reasby, H.L. Reasby, Quiana Kirkland, and Ren Cummins

30 Mar 2014

ECCC Ebook Freebies!

Happy Emerald City ComiCon Weekend! We’re happy you could join us.

This weekend, we have a couple titles offered for free to show how much we love you and appreciate your support. Each of these titles will be available for download for free all weekend, from March 28, to April 1st.

 

ENJOY!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

26 Mar 2014