Archive for September, 2011

First Fantasy Novel by Dawn Ross is Officially Published

Posted in Book 1 - The Third Dragon, The Dukarian Legacy - Fantasy Novels with tags , on September 24, 2011 by Dawn Ross
Third Dragon Book Cover

"The Third Dragon: Book One of the Dukarian Legacy" by Dawn Ross

I finally have my fantasy novel available as an ebook! It is on Amazon.com right now and can be read on Kindle or on your computer. There are a few more tweaks to make, however.

1) I do not have an ISBN for my fantasy novel (Amazon does not require an ISBN).

2) The tabs are missing in the fantasy novel. I need to re-do it so that there are tabs at the beginning of each paragraph.

3) I need to add reviews to my fantasy novel. The only reviews I have currently are from friends and family. I need official reviews. Midwest Book Review is currently in the process of doing a review on my fantasy novel. However, before they complete the review they require that the ebook be available in at least one venue. So that is why my fantasy novel ebook is on Amazon before the review has been completed. I hope to have this done by November or December (and hopefully the review will be good).

4) I want a portion of the book to be available for free. Amazon has a feature called “Take a Look Inside” but I don’t want to add it until the above three items are taken care of.

The story itself will be the same once these four items are added/fixed. So you can read it now if you’d like. If you want to see a portion of the book for free first, please email me at naturebydawn@aol.com. I can send you the first five chapters or so. This way, if you don’t like my writing, you don’t have to waste your money on buying my book!

“The Third Dragon:  Book One of the Dukarian Legacy” by Dawn Ross is now available on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005NWJLG4.

Find Your Novel Online with Keyword Phrases

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , on September 17, 2011 by Dawn Ross

Using keywords and keyword phrases is the first very basic step to building a website for your novel.

Have you written a book and want to build a website for it? This can be done rather easily by using free space at Yola.com or Webs.com. But building it is not enough if you hope to be found by browsers. In order to be found by browsers such as Google, your website has to have what are called keywords.  Google searches especially index your website based on keywords. And since Google is currently the biggest search tool people use, it is best to do things their way.

So what are keywords? Keywords are words or phrases that are found throughout the text of your website. Your website should have lots of information. Talk about your book, the author, testimonials from customers, etc. And throughout all this information, be sure to use specific keywords or keyword phrases.

How do keywords and keyword phrases work? Consider if you are looking for a recipe on how to make pot roast. You would most likely go to Google and enter ‘pot roast recipe’ or ‘how to cook pot roast’. The websites at the top of Google’s search generally have exactly what you are looking for. How did Google find them? Most likely, the websites found on this search are rich with the terms you put in the Google search. These terms are called keyword phrases.

So if you are writing a fantasy novel like me, you would want to have lots of information on your website and include terms/keyword phrases that you think people looking for a good fantasy novel will use in a Google search. An example of keyword phrases that you could use for your fantasy novel are ‘fantasy novel’, ‘fantasy book’, ‘fantasy author’, or ‘fantasy ebook’, and these are just to name a few of the many possibilities.

The keyword phrases you use is up to you. Your website can have up to ten keyword phrases so feel free to use variations of the same phrase or various different phrases. Your name can also be considered a keyword phrase since someday you hope that your name will be known and people will do Google searches on you (or your pen name). Your book title, too, should be considered one of the keyword phrases.

Be careful to make sure that your keyword phrases fit into the information on your site smoothly. Your readers should be able to read the information on your website without the keyword phrases standing by themselves or reading awkwardly into the text.

Although I am still working on building my website for my fantasy novel, I have built several other websites for other things. I don’t consider myself an expert on this topic, but I am no amateur either. The information here is just the basic information on keyword phrases. It is enough to get you started. If you want more detailed information and information on how to find good quality keyword phrases, visit SearchInnovation.com. There are also great books on Amazon for Building a Website.

Book Review – “The Omen Machine” by Terry Goodkind

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , on September 10, 2011 by Dawn Ross

The Omen Machine

I love Terry Goodkind’s Sword of Truth series.  The series is intriguing and the characters are compelling.  Of all the fantasy novels I have read, the characters Richard and Kahlan in the Sword of Truth series are the ones I love the most.  So, when “The Oman Machine” came out and said that it was a Richard and Kahlan novel, I purchased it right away and in advance.

The day “The Omen Machine” arrived in the mail I read it cover to cover that same day.  There are two reasons it took me one day to read.  First, I couldn’t put it down.  The second is because the book was much shorter than all the other books by Terry Goodkind that I have read.

Be warned, if you haven’t read the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind, you probably shouldn’t read “The Omen Machine”.  The Sword of Truth series begins with “Wizard’s First Rule” and continues with ten more books with the last book being “Confessor”.  In this series, you follow the journey that Richard takes from being a woods guide to Master of D’Hara.  Each book begins with a mystery and ends with a conclusion, but the series as a whole consists of Richard and Kahlan fighting against evil – ie Darken Rahl, the Keeper, then Jagang.  As I read each of these books in the series, I got to know not only Richard and Kahlan, but also Zed, Cara, Verna, Nicci, Nathan, and more.  If you have never read the series and start by reading “The Omen Machine”, you will not get to know these characters.  You will read about them in “The Omen Machine” but you will not really know who they are and you will be left wanting.

“The Omen Machine” brings back many of the same characters, including of course, Richard and Kahlan.  After the final defeat of Jagang, the world is coming to an unprecedented peace.  But that peace is not to last.  Things begin to go awry when a mysterious machine below the palace comes to life.  The omen machine at first appears to be just that – a machine.  But how is it generating its prophecies?  And how does it influence other people in the palace to give the same prophecies?  It doesn’t take long for Richard to suspect that someone is controlling the machine.  The mystery remains as to how.  And another mystery arises when Richard suspects that the omen machine is more than just a piece of equipment – it is a living entity and it is trying to help him.

The machine’s prophecies are disruptive.  People in D’Hara begin to react to the prophecies in an extreme way.  Richard and Kahlan’s rule is at stake and so is the peace of the entire kingdom.  To stop the machine, they must find out who is controlling it and find a way to stop them.

Although I enjoyed the story, I was disappointed with its shortness.  I don’t like to be able to read a book in one day.  I like to get engrossed, put it aside, then reflect.  An adventure should last.  I want to put it aside and know that I have something to look forward to the next time I pick it up.  But “The Omen Machine” moved much too quickly.

Another thing I didn’t like about the novel is that nothing in the book title or synopsis told me that this book was to also be an epic series.  I read it thinking it was a stand-alone book.  And it was a big letdown when I got to the end to find out that it wasn’t.  Why the big secret?  Would it really have hurt Terry Goodkind to tell us that it was Book One of the Whatever?  I would have bought it and read it anyway.  But because it didn’t tell me it was the first book in a series, I felt cheated.  This and the shortness of the book is almost enough to make me not read the next book – almost.  I will read the next one and the one after that.  I love the characters too much to let them go and I sincerely hope that the next book is more fulfilling.

Two Excerpts from “The Dukarian Legacy” Trilogy

Posted in Other Stories with tags on September 3, 2011 by Dawn Ross

I am still working on getting my book published.  It is not that it is difficult.  I am procrastinating because I am afraid that my book is not good enough.  As I read other fantasy novels and read reviews about that online, I realize that my writing and my story are highly inadequate.  But that is another blog post.

For now, I have linked to two new excerpts from my books.  The excerpts are right here on this very blog.  You can click one of the links under “Pages” on the right or click below:


The Red Moon Eclipse” is an excerpt from “The Third Dragon – Book One of the Dukarian Legacy”.  As the red moon crawls across the sky and covers the son, many of the primary characters of “The Third Dragon” watch as prophecy comes to life.  Some see it as an evil omen while others believe it heralds good things to come.  Whether it portends good or evil depends on where you stand.

Colors of Destiny” is an excerpt from “The Dragon and the Lion – Book Three of the Dukarian Legacy” by Dawn Ross.  Mirella has a magical gift for seeing people for who they really are.  Her eyes can see the colors of their soul.  She knows if they are honest or deceivers, if they are kind or cruel, and if they are destined to do great things.  In this excerpt, Mirella is walking through the city and comparing the auras of the people she sees to the people she knows.  And what she sees is the truth that no one else knows.