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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.

 

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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

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.

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.

Prophecies in my Fantasy Novel

Posted in Book 1 - The Third Dragon, Book 2 - The Raven's Fire, The Dukarian Legacy - Fantasy Novels with tags , , , , , on May 5, 2012 by Dawn Ross

As promised last week in my post on how to write a prophecy for a fantasy novel, here are a few of the prophecies in my books, “The Third Dragon” and “The Raven’s Fire”. First, “The Third Dragon”.

The Third Dragon Part of the Prophecy of Peace
This is part of the prophecy which is prevalent throughout the fantasy novel series. You will find that some characters remember the words differently and interpret them in their own way.

Blood is drawn; the choice is made,
And a red moon rises followed by an eclipse of the sun.
The fate of the Third Dragon has been set into motion.
Destined to bring back magic,
The Third Dragon will grow to set the hidden Lion free.
Their lives intertwine bringing together two great legacies.
The ancient land will heal
When the blood of Dragon and blood of Lion freely combine.
Two sons will be born to continue the family line.

The Bird and Beast Prophecy

Wing of bird; wing of beast,
Come together and make their peace.
Arms as black as the night
Take the beast and show him the light.
If their paths do not cross,
None will be left to mourn the loss.

Beast of Darkness Prophecy

Ripping, tearing, burning, seething.
If it does not stop, the land will quit breathing.
Beast of Darkness; Child of Light.
The son of the Dragon can set the world right.
Death and ruin will come to all,
If the Dragon is not there to break its fall.

Blood is Drawn Prophecy

To change the order of things to be,
A man will try to defy destiny.
He will bring harm to those so near.
Yet shed not a single tear.
That is when the blood will spill,
When the choice is made to kill.

Now from “The Raven’s Fire”.

The Raven's FireThe Dragon Riddle
This isn’t so much as a prophecy as it is vague instructions on how to get to a dragon’s lair. In my second fantasy novel, “The Raven’s Fire”, Lord Kildas must go to a distant place and steal an egg of a dragon. “The Raven’s Fire” will be available soon as an e-book on Amazon (soon meaning within the next week or two).

Silver River’s end is where you begin.
Head northeast through the pass of Borden.
Sleep at dusk, awake at dawn.
For ten perilous days you will travel on.
Whether you live or die
Will depend on these clues you apply:
Mix dirty with clean
To make the invisible seen.
Turn dark into light
At the fairies invite.
Travel from above to under
Into the crystal wonder.
Go right then left
After passing the cleft.
The angels are witches,
So don’t give them kisses.
In you have come, now out you go.
Follow the headstones in the snow.
Ice on fire,
Beware the dragon’s ire.

The Curse of Magic Prophecy
Magic to heal causes pain. If this same magic is used to harm someone, creates pleasure. What if our hero has to hurt someone with his magic in order to save someone else? Will he discover the pleasure of it and fall into the trap? This is all answered in “The Raven’s Fire”.

The Dragon will be tempted to kill
By using his magical skill.
But even for a good cause,
He will be breaking ancient laws.
Magic used to heal could turn into a curse.
If it is used to kill, the fate of man will be worse.
For the Brother of Death will gain his release,
And bring an end to the Prophecy of Peace.

Most of these prophecies are from my first two books in the Dukarian Legacy fantasy novel Please visit Amazon.com now for “The Third Dragon” available in both e-book and paperback form. “The Raven’s Fire” is now available on Amazon as an e-book. Both are available on my author page for D. R. Ross.

You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know

Posted in Writing with tags , , , , , , on March 24, 2012 by Dawn Ross

The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation: An Easy-to-Use Guide with Clear Rules, Real-World Examples, and Reproducible Quizzes

People who can self-publish is great because it allows people like me to finally publish something I spent years working on. It also gives the public more books to read. I don’t know about you, but I have read almost every fantasy novel out there. Being able to read something that is self-published gives me more options. The self-published books may not always be as good, but they can be.

One drawback, however, is self-publishers don’t always have the education, knowledge, or skill to write a professional novel. This doesn’t mean that the story being told isn’t good. It just means there might be a lot of grammatical errors or the story may not be as intricately involved as Robert Jordan’s fantasy novels.

To make your fantasy novel better, it helps if you try to acquire the education to learn what you don’t know. What makes a story good? Is your story any good? Could it be better? Educate yourself. Read other novels and compare. Take creative writing courses. Read books on creative writing.

Don’t be afraid to ask others to read your fantasy novel and provide honest feedback. Honest feedback is not likely to come from family or friends. Share your story on writer’s forums such as Fantasy-Writers.org. Find people on Facebook who share your interests and might be willing to critique your fantasy novel for you. Join a writers group off-line. All these people might be able to provide you some insight which you never thought, find inconsistencies, and give some tips on how to make your fantasy novel characters more interesting.

Many self-publishers take the shortcut of not having their fantasy novel professionally edited. They edit it themselves. But how can you self-edit your book if you don’t know what you don’t know. You can’t find mistakes if you don’t know you are making them. Get a book on grammar and punctuation, such as “The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation“.

I have done most of the things I’ve talked about above. But even though I have already written and self-published my first book, I am constantly trying to improve my writing skills. I think my first fantasy novel, “The Third Dragon“, is good. But I want my future fantasy novels to be better. To make your fantasy novel the best it can be, do what you can to learn what you don’t know.