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Entire Dukarian Legacy Trilogy in Paperback and Ebook

Posted in Book 1 - The Third Dragon, Book 2 - The Raven's Fire, Book 3 - The Dragon and the Lion, The Dukarian Legacy - Fantasy Novels with tags , , , , on August 21, 2013 by Dawn Ross

Years after writing my books, I am proud to say they have all now been published! After having dealt with a shady literary agent, I nearly gave up. Thank you Amazon and CreateSpace for making it possible. I love you! I want to also thank Jason Matthews who wrote the book, “How to Make, Market and Sell Ebooks All for FREE“. If I hadn’t come across this book, it might have been many more years before I braved trying to get the Dukarian Legacy trilogy published. Not only did Jason’s book give me hope, it was also very informative and helpful with the many steps that need to be taken in order to self-publish a book. Thank you, too, for all the family and friends who have read my books and thank you to everyone who will read them soon.

Here are the three books of the Dukarian Legacy trilogy. Clicking the cover will take you to the paperback cover so I have included a text-link to the ebook version right below each one.

The Third Dragon by Dawn Ross

Click cover above for the paperback version. Click the following title for the ebook version of The Third Dragon.

The Raven's Fire by Dawn Ross

Click cover above for the paperback version. Click the following title for the ebook version of The Ravan’s Fire.

The Dragon and the Lion by Dawn Ross

Click cover above for the paperback version. Click the following title for the ebook version of The Dragon and the Lion.

 

A Wonderful Book Review of The Third Dragon!!!

Posted in Book 1 - The Third Dragon, Reviews, The Dukarian Legacy - Fantasy Novels with tags , , , , , , , on October 13, 2012 by Dawn Ross

The Third Dragon

Ariesgrl Book Reviews has done a review on my fantasy novel, The Third Dragon. Check it out HERE. She says, “Excellent storytelling and an intriguing plot will capture the attention of readers everywhere.” and “If you enjoy young-adult, fantasy-fiction books, then you will want to mark this book as a must-read.” Ariesgrl has also added the book review to Goodreads HERE.

The Third Dragon is available on Amazon as both a paperback and Kindle edition. It is book one of The Dukarian Legacy series. If you like this first book, you can also read the sequel, The Raven’s Fire. I am still editing the third book, The Dragon and the Lion. I hope to have it out in the Kindle version by the beginning of 2013.

By the way, I have a couple of unsolicited book reviews on Amazon too. I’m so happy to see that people are enjoying my story.

Thanks, Ariesgrl!

Dawn Ross

“The Raven’s Fire” Now Available in Paperback

Posted in Book 2 - The Raven's Fire, The Dukarian Legacy - Fantasy Novels with tags , , , on August 25, 2012 by Dawn Ross

The Raven's Fire

If you don’t have a Kindle or don’t like to read books from your computer screen, “The Raven’s Fire: Book Two of the Dukarian Legacy” is ready for purchase in paperback form on Amazon.com. So if you read and liked “The Third Dragon”, you will love “The Raven’s Fire“. I think my writing and story-telling greatly improved by this second book. I bet you will agree.

Excerpt from The Raven’s Fire © – The Staff of Khenet

Posted in Book 2 - The Raven's Fire, The Dukarian Legacy - Fantasy Novels with tags , , on June 30, 2012 by Dawn Ross

“The Staff of Khenet”, excerpt from “The Raven’s Fire” by Dawn Ross

The following excerpt from “The Raven’s Fire” is Copyrighted by Dawn Ross, 2002:

Narvina examined the pages of the Djemnu Scrolls.  These were one of many ancient texts which Narvina had collected over the centuries.  She had already gone through several in order to find a way to stop the Brother of Death in the World Between.

Finally, she came upon the answer in the Staff of Khenet.  This ancient staff was used by the Son of the Light in an era long since passed.  During a time when the Brother of Death walked freely in the world of the living, the Son used this staff created by his father to imprison the Brother in the World Below.

Narvina was not certain whether she had the power to wield the Staff of Khenet, but she had to try.  There was one other problem:  the Staff was far away in Menkhara.  Under most circumstances, Narvina would have used the World Between to travel such a far distance within a short time.  But the Brother of Death was there.  Until she had the Staff, she did not have the power to protect herself from him.  She had to find another way.

Narvina rolled up the Djemnu Scrolls and put them back in their place.  With her magic, she encased them in an airless web in order to keep the parchment from aging.

“Sister Cheris,” she said to her attendant sitting nearby.  “Send for Sister Mera and have one of the girls saddle my horse.”

“You will be leaving, my Lady?” the woman asked in a worried tone.

“Yes, my child.  I must.”

“As you wish.”  Sister Cheris bowed her consent.  Narvina never left the haven before as far as Sister Cheris knew, but she presented no argument since she understood the magnitude of the situation.

Narvina gathered the ingredients listed in the Book of Change and put them in the silver pouch.  As she hung a magical green crystal around her neck, Sister Mera entered.  The woman had dark gray hair pulled back in a tight bun.  Her eyes were stern and her mouth in a constant frown.

“Sister Mera,” Narvina greeted.  The Sister responded with a respectful bow of her head.  “I need you to attend things while I’m gone.”

Before Narvina had a chance to explain, the Sister interrupted.  “Gone?  But you can’t leave.  We need you.”

“I’m afraid my presence is urgently needed elsewhere, my child.”

Sister Mera was shocked.  “But I cannot take your place, my Lady.”

“You are the only one qualified to do it,” Narvina replied.

“But if you leave, the other Sisters will panic,” Sister Mera protested.

“Then you must calm them.  This is very important, dear Sister.  I must leave at once.”

“For how long?”

“As long as it takes.”  Sister Mera gave her a horrified look indicating she may have thought Narvina meant moons, or even years, so Narvina added, “A fortnight or two, I suppose.”

Sister Mera’s expression didn’t change, but Narvina did not have the time to soothe her.  She nodded farewell to the Sister and left the chamber.  Outside was a hall of stone columns entwined with climbing vines.  The ceiling of the hall was made of lattice and also wrapped in vines.  A warm blue sky could be seen beyond.

Narvina greeted the many Sisters in the hall as she passed.  With a warm smile, she gave a quick blessing to those who desired it.  Thankfully, none demanded too much of her time.

Soon, Narvina turned the corner and walked beyond the garden hall to the stables.  The fragrance of the flowering vines were replaced by the musky smell of horses.  A young novice waited with Narvina’s beautiful white mare, Lilaca.  Nodding a thanks to the dark-haired novice, Narvina mounted and nudged the mare into a quick gallop.

The air got cooler as she ascended the stone path leading up to the third mountain of Triple Horns.  About midway up this mountain was another sanctuary.  Built of stone and shrouded with ivy and plants, it would be difficult for anyone who didn‘t know it was there to find.  This sanctuary was reserved for the use of the most powerful Sisters who were striving to reach an even higher level of skill.

Narvina dismounted her mare at the flight of the rugged steps leading to the entrance.  Using her magic, Narvina projected an image into Lilaca’s mind which told her she was free to explore the woods before going back to the stables.  As Lilaca pranced back down the path, Narvina reached the great doors which looked as gnarled and as rough as the bark of an old oak tree.  She gently pushed in a knot of wood and the doors slid open quietly.

Greeting her was a grand circular room which opened up to the sky.  A handful of Sisters were inside practicing their skills.  One had created an illusion of a white tiger which the Sister made to walk across the room.  Another was using the water of the central fountain to form an image of an eagle.  This Sister then used her magic to raise the liquid eagle into the air where it began to flap its watery wings.  Impressive, Narvina thought to herself.

Using the magic of her mind, Narvina ordered four of the Sisters to her side.  The other Sisters stopped what they were doing.  The tiger disappeared and the eagle fell silently back into the fountain.  The Sisters backed away in order to give the others room.  Narvina dipped a cup into the fountain and added the ingredients from her silver pouch.

After drinking it down, she sat cross-legged on the floor and closed her eyes in concentration.  The four Sisters stood around her, also meditating.  The magic of these four women poured into the green morphing crystal Narvina wore about her neck.  This concentrated magic helped Narvina change her features.

As the magic surged through her, it made a warm tingling sensation which helped to ease the pain of her transformation.  Narvina spread her arms and let her skin stretch into wings.  Her bones thinned and lightened.  She felt her face contorting and a beak growing from her face.  White feathers began to grow and cover her entire body.

Before long, the transformation was complete.  Narvina was now a great white egret with a golden feathered crest which had once been her hair.  She and the four Sisters collapsed in exhaustion.  Two other Sisters approached and lay their healing hands upon Narvina’s feathered body.  More warm magic surged through her.  Soon, she was refreshed and ready to go.  Leaving six worn out Sisters behind, Narvina leaped into the air and took flight.

© Dawn Ross 2002

Sound interesting? Read “The Third Dragon” by Dawn Ross, then read the sequel, “The Raven’s Fire” – both on Amazon.com.

Keeping Track of Fantasy Novel Characters, Places, and Terminology

Posted in Writing with tags , , , , , , , on June 16, 2012 by Dawn Ross

When I was writing my fantasy novels, The Third Dragon and The Raven’s Fire, I found it difficult a times to keep the names and places straight. I also had trouble keeping the characteristics of minor characters consistent. Things could get even more complicated if I decided to change a character’s name or characteristic. But this is how I kept it all straight and how I am sure other writers of fantasy novels keep their information straight.

Make a List and/or Keep a Database
Whenever I need a new character in my fantasy novel, I decide on a name, what special physical characteristics he or she has, and what their basic personality needs to be. If the character is just in for a very small part, I keep the physical and personality traits simple. But if the character is going to show up again, I try to make these features more unique and recognizable. And I keep track of it all by keeping a detailed database (spreadsheet). Each character on the spreadsheet also has indicated which book and which chapter he or she is in as well as what they did. Obviously, more prominent characters need more room to describe so I usually put, see document titled such-and-such. That document is created and saved in Word with that title. If you don’t have or don’t like to use an electronic database, use notecards and binders. Also, create a separate file or database for each element – one for people, one for places, and one for terminology.

Create a Map
Because the places in a fantasy novel are almost always made-up places, it is important to have a map. When I created the world of Ungal, I first made a map. I decided on each province name, added prominent cities, places such as forests and deserts, and rivers. I also created a database which described what the people of those provinces tended to wear, what their general physical characteristics were, and what personalities their populace tended to have. It is also good to have a general idea of how big the place is, how wide are some of the rivers and how did people cross, and whether there were any major roads.

Find and Replace
Sometimes I found it necessary to change a person’s name or the name of a place. After changing it in my database, I had to make sure I changed it in my fantasy novel too. The find and replace feature in Word makes this extremely easy. But you have to make sure you update your database and notes too.

Edit, Edit, and Have Someone Else Edit Some More
Sometimes when you get a certain character in your head, it is difficult for you to switch gears if you change his name or how he looks. Even the find and replace won’t always help you locate all the places where the changes need to be made. So to help reduce possible discrepancies, edit your book. Then edit it again. Have someone else edit it too (preferably a professional editor who is willing to also help you correct story discrepancies as well as grammatical errors). On top of having a professional editor, have your friends and family read it too. And ask them to let you know if they find something they are not clear on.

Lots writers of fantasy novels use maps. Many of them also have an index of names, places, and terminology. Robert Jordan’s fantasy novels have an index for terminology such as the definition of and how to pronounce Aes Sedai. If your fantasy novel uses made up terminology to define certain groups of people, types of objects, or magical actions, it is probably a good idea to not only create a database for this info but to have an index at the end of your novel which readers can reference. You can have an index of people as well as a map.

“The Raven’s Fire: Book Two of the Dukarian Legacy” Now on Amazon

Posted in Book 2 - The Raven's Fire, The Dukarian Legacy - Fantasy Novels with tags , , , , on May 19, 2012 by Dawn Ross

The Raven's Fire

If you enjoyed “The Third Dragon: Book One of the Dukarian Legacy” by Dawn Ross follow up with the newly released Kindle version of “The Raven’s Fire: Book Two of the Dukarian Legacy“. If you don’t have a Kindle, you can download Amazon’s Kindle for PC for free and read away!

I’m so excited to finally finish publishing “The Raven’s Fire”! If you’re not sure about purchasing it, Amazon has the “Look Inside” feature so you can read part of it for free. Here is the summary:

Lord Kildas Lakast of the Raven clan is cursed by the mysterious People of the Dragon. Everyone he has ever known, including his wife and children, must beware the perils of the fire demons or be burned. To relieve the Curse of Fire, Kildas must travel into the enchanted Andagaran Mountains and find an egg of a dragon.

In the meantime, Tomis Dukar and his friends are attacked and held hostage by brutal Outlanders. The Outlander leader, Thorolf, threatens to take the lives of the Prince and Princess of Upper Ungal if the Crown of Creation is not given to him. With this Crown of the Gods, Thorolf could rule the world. Tomis is tempted to use his magic to kill Thorolf, but if he uses this blessed gift to bring death, the Prophecy of Peace will no longer hold true and the Brother of Death will prevail. Tomis’ cunning and the Curse of Fire may be all that can save him and the people of Ungal.

Why I Missed Saturday’s Post

Posted in Book 2 - The Raven's Fire, Miscellaneous, The Dukarian Legacy - Fantasy Novels with tags , , , , , , , on May 14, 2012 by Dawn Ross

Sorry I missed Saturday’s post. My mother is in the hospital so I have not been home for the past few days. It all started with her emergency visit to the hospital for her heart. But upon scanning her heart, the doctors noticed a few black spots on her lungs. We later found out that the “spots” were actually tumors taking up at least half her lung. The tumors are also in her lymph nodes and possibly elsewhere in her body. When they did a biopsy to see if the tumor was benign or malignant, her heart started causing problems again and she went into cardiac arrest. This happened four times before they were able to stabilize her. Her heart was being stabilized with a pacemaker and she had to have a breathing tube to assist in her breathing. The doctors were not sure if they would be able to revive her if she went into cardiac arrest again. And they were not sure if the cardiac episodes had caused brain damage.

But when they took the breathing tube out the next day and eased her off the sedatives, my mother was mostly herself. She was tired and sore, but she was alert and had no idea of the close call she had just had. It was a miracle!

Unfortunately, the biopsy confirmed lung cancer. The good news is that it is single-cell and treatable. The bad news is that the cancer is possibly very wide-spread. She is getting an MRI today to confirm. Until we know how wide-spread it is, we will not know her chances. We are also unsure about her heart. The heart doctor said that her heart is strong so he has no idea why she went into cardiac arrest. Was it the cancer, the drugs, or something else? The heart doctor did remove the pacemaker so my mom could get a full-body MRI and she did fine. But I, for one, would like him to put it back in until he is certain as to what caused the heart issue to begin with.

I published “The Raven’s Fire” just before this all happened but didn’t have a chance to tell you about it. “The Raven’s Fire” is a sequel to “The Third Dragon“. It is available on Amazon in the Kindle version only at this time. If you don’t have Kindle, you can download Amazon’s Kindle for PC for free.

Depending on how things go with my mom, you may not see a new post this next Saturday. Please keep her in your prayers.