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Monday, October 3, 2016

"Celebrating Great Writing" with Kindle Direct Publishing and DRAGONS REALM



Throughout the month of October (2016), KDP is doing something truly fantastic: They are celebrating the hard work of Indie Publishers and the "great writing" of authors by featuring a select group of titles on their #PoweredByIndie web page. 

Among the titles chosen to appear on the landing page ~ Dragons Realm by Tessa Dawn.

Yeah, that makes me smile.

Writing is hard work, and so is marketing, publishing, and gaining recognition. To have an industry giant such as KDP stop and take notice; well, that's just fantastic.

For those who don't know my history as an author, I'm what they call a "hybrid." I started early in life, penning novels for fun; publishing poetry for greeting cards; contracting non-fiction academic curricula; and writing as a "ghost" for various publications. In other words, as long as I was writing, I was a jack of all trades: getting paid on the fly (one work and one contract at a time).

Then, when I decided to return to my fiction roots, to my inborn love of storytelling, I went the "traditional" route with small presses. My books were cross-genre: Dark Fantasy and Gothic Romance. I wanted to explore the shadow themes of good vrs evil and love vrs hate in a way that wasn't neatly "mainstream." And I tended to tell a longer tale (about 105,000 words on average, rather than 85k). All of that meant I needed a publisher who would share my vision, give free-reign to my muse, and allow me to write my own, unconventional brand of heroes, heroines, and edge-of-your-seat suspense (vampires, dragons, and celestial gods...oh my!) wrapped in a familiar blanket of Gothic-style romance. 

Love must always win in the end. :-)

That opportunity came from smaller presses:
  • I was able to get my feet wet.
  • I was able to build up a readership.
  • And I was able to learn the ropes - all while being supported by amazing editors, talented cover artists, and promotional assistance that allowed me to reach my target audience.   
But as the years passed, I realized I was ready to branch out, to take the bull by the horns, so to speak: I wanted even greater control and autonomy. And honestly, I wanted to tell stories full time, and that meant taking control of my writing as a full-time business: I did this in January, 2016, by officially acquiring control of all my books...past and future.

I did it by entering the chaotic, often-stressful - but highly-rewarding - realm of Indie Publishing.

And it has been a wild ride!

The learning never ends.
The need to improvise, adjust, and improve never let's up. 
And the challenges never stop coming...

But having partners like KDP - visionary business models that understand and support small publishers and authors, folks who recognize and support hard work - has made all the difference. They have helped to level the playing field, so a good story can do what it's meant to do: reach its intended audience and entertain. 

And through this simple - but revolutionary - platform, Dragons Realm became a #1 bestseller in numerous categories, a #1 Hot New Release, and a #1 Most Wished For book: I even got to "sit" next to my hero, Stephen King (well, virtually, that is). LOL


For that reason and more, I am truly honored that Dragons Realm was chosen for the KDP #PoweredbyIndie distinction (you can find the title included HERE), and I am deeply humbled (and totally thrilled!) that it is being celebrated as "great writing."

Thank you, KDP!


About Dragons Realm

When the iron resolve of a dragon prince clashes with the stubborn will of a slave, bonds will be broken, alliances will be tested, and a kingdom will be set ablaze. 

DRAGONS REALM by Tessa Dawn

The Dragons Realm Trailer


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Other books by Tessa Dawn

(THE BLOOD CURSE SERIES)
Blood Genesis (prequel)
Blood Destiny
Blood Awakening
Blood Possession
Blood Shadows
Blood Redemption
Blood Father
Blood Vengeance
Blood Ecstasy
Blood Betrayal ~ Coming Soon

(OTHER TITLES)
Dragons Realm
Daywalker ~ The Beginning

(PANTHEON OF DRAGONS)
Zanaikeyros ~ Son of Dragons
Axeviathon ~ Son of Dragons (Coming Soon)

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What's coming next?

Coming October 31, 2016 (HALLOWEEN)

ZANAIKEYROS - Son of Dragons


What would you be willing to sacrifice for a chance to live…and love…forever?

To be healthy, perfect, and whole?

Would you accept vampiric-dragons as brothers; ancient lords as masters; demons and shadow-walkers as enemies? Would you enter the sacred Temple of Seven and submit to rebirth…by fire?

ZANAIKEYROS ~ SON OF DRAGONS: where love requires valor, and valor demands the soul.


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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Writing Update ~ Summer, 2016

Time to update my blog ~ apologies for waiting so long! :-)

As of midsummer, 2016, this is what I'm working on...

1) My next release will be the first book in my new PANTHEON OF DRAGONS series - a combination of my special blend of vampires and dragons, known as the Dragyr. I must say this series takes the best of Dark Moon Vale and the Blood Curse Series and blends it with the best of Dragons Realm ~ dark, dangerous, lethal heroes who also wield the power of fire. Strong, defiant, intelligent heroines who face a horrific -- and amazing -- destiny, if they can survive the claiming: in this case, rebirth as an immortal dragyra in the Temple of Seven.

Needless to say,  I'm extremely exited to bring this fresh, original world to readers!!!

And here's a sneak peek of the world building.

Pantheon of Dragons

Before time was a recognized paradigm, seven dragon lords created a parallel, primordial world for their future offspring. They harnessed seven preternatural powers from seven sacred stones. They erected the Temple of Seven and constructed a portal that would lead back and forth between earth and the Dragons’ Domain. And finally, they set about creating a race of beings—the Dragyr—that would exist on blood and fire, a race they gifted lavishly with immortal life.

For all of this, the dragon lords only demanded four submissions from their lethal offspring: They gave them four laws—each one, an inviolable commandment that must be obeyed upon penalty of death—in exchange for indomitable strength, unearthly beauty, and aboriginal magic.    

I.                    Thou shalt pledge thy eternal fealty to the sacred Dragons Pantheon.
II.                 Thou shalt serve as a mercenary for the honor of your lords by seeking out and destroying all pagan enemies, those who would seek to end the Dragons’ Reign, whether demons, shadows, or humans.
III.              Thou shalt feed on the blood and heat of human prey in order to reanimate your fire.
IV.              Thou shalt propagate the species by siring dragyri sons and providing the Pantheon with future warriors. In so doing, thou shalt capture, claim, and render unto your lords, whatsoever human female the gods have selected to become dragyra. And she shall be taken to the sacred Temple of Seven within ten days of her discovery to relinquish her mortality, to be reborn as a consort, and to forever serve the Pantheon of Dragons.  

And so it came to pass that seven sacred lairs were erected in the archaic domain of the dragons to house the powerful race, begotten of the ancient gods, each lair in honor of its ruling dragon:

Lord Dragos, Keeper of the Diamond
Lord Ethyron; Keeper of the Emerald
Lord Saphyrius, Keeper of the Sapphire
Lord Amarkyus, Keeper of the Amethyst
Lord Onyhanzian, Keeper of the Onyx;
Lord Cytarius, Keeper of the Citrine;
& Lord Topenzi, Keeper of the Topaz.


While those who inhabit the lairs might appear to be human, they are decidedly not. While the fated dragyra are to be cherished, loved, and honored by their mates, they belong to the Dragons Pantheon—they belong to the dragon lords. While the Dragyr are unequalled in power, they are never truly free…  

(c) 2015

2) Without question, the next project in the queue is BLOOD BETRAYAL, book #9 in the Blood Curse Series ~ Saxson's story. You can expect a lot of twists and turns as well as an opportunity to see your favorite characters once again, so stay tuned for future posts and release dates. 

In the meantime, don't forget that the prequel to the Blood Curse Series (BLOOD GENESIS) is ***free*** on Amazon, and all my books are available in eBook, paperback, and audio book! Oh, and if you haven't heard Eric Dove sing "House of The Rising Sun" in Blood Ecstasy, you are truly missing out! 

To keep up with all the day-to-day news, please FOLLOW ME on
FACEBOOK, Twitter, and Pinterest!

Until next time,

May the road rise to meet you; may the wind be always at your back!

Tessa 



CLICK HERE TO JOIN MY MAILING LIST (AND NEVER MISS ANOTHER NEW RELEASE)

CLICK HERE TO VISIT MY AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE (AND VIEW ALL MY TRAILERS)


The Blood Curse Series

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


Dragons Realm
~~~~~~~~~~~


Blood Destiny
(Book ONE in the Blood Curse Series)
~~~~~~~~~~~~



Writing Update ~ Summer, 2016

Time to update my blog ~ apologies for waiting so long! :-)

As of midsummer, 2016, this is what I'm working on...

1) My next release will be the first book in my new PANTHEON OF DRAGONS series - a combination of my special blend of vampires and dragons, known as the Dragyr. I must say this series takes the best of Dark Moon Vale and the Blood Curse Series and blends it with the best of Dragons Realm ~ dark, dangerous, lethal heroes who also wield the power of fire. Strong, defiant, intelligent heroines who face a horrific -- and amazing -- destiny, if they can survive the claiming: in this case, rebirth as an immortal dragyra in the Temple of Seven.

Needless to say,  I'm extremely exited to bring this fresh, original world to readers!!!

And here's a sneak peek of the world building.

Pantheon of Dragons

Before time was a recognized paradigm, seven dragon lords created a parallel, primordial world for their future offspring. They harnessed seven preternatural powers from seven sacred stones. They erected the Temple of Seven and constructed a portal that would lead back and forth between earth and the Dragons’ Domain. And finally, they set about creating a race of beings—the Dragyr—that would exist on blood and fire, a race they gifted lavishly with immortal life.

For all of this, the dragon lords only demanded four submissions from their lethal offspring: They gave them four laws—each one, an inviolable commandment that must be obeyed upon penalty of death—in exchange for indomitable strength, unearthly beauty, and aboriginal magic.    

I.                    Thou shalt pledge thy eternal fealty to the sacred Dragons Pantheon.
II.                 Thou shalt serve as a mercenary for the honor of your lords by seeking out and destroying all pagan enemies, those who would seek to end the Dragons’ Reign, whether demons, shadows, or humans.
III.              Thou shalt feed on the blood and heat of human prey in order to reanimate your fire.
IV.              Thou shalt propagate the species by siring dragyri sons and providing the Pantheon with future warriors. In so doing, thou shalt capture, claim, and render unto your lords, whatsoever human female the gods have selected to become dragyra. And she shall be taken to the sacred Temple of Seven within ten days of her discovery to relinquish her mortality, to be reborn as a consort, and to forever serve the Pantheon of Dragons.  

And so it came to pass that seven sacred lairs were erected in the archaic domain of the dragons to house the powerful race, begotten of the ancient gods, each lair in honor of its ruling dragon:

Lord Dragos, Keeper of the Diamond
Lord Ethyron; Keeper of the Emerald
Lord Saphyrius, Keeper of the Sapphire
Lord Amarkyus, Keeper of the Amethyst
Lord Onyhanzian, Keeper of the Onyx;
Lord Cytarius, Keeper of the Citrine;
& Lord Topenzi, Keeper of the Topaz.


While those who inhabit the lairs might appear to be human, they are decidedly not. While the fated dragyra are to be cherished, loved, and honored by their mates, they belong to the Dragons Pantheon—they belong to the dragon lords. While the Dragyr are unequalled in power, they are never truly free…  

(c) 2015

2) Without question, the next project in the queue is BLOOD BETRAYAL, book #9 in the Blood Curse Series ~ Saxson's story. You can expect a lot of twists and turns as well as an opportunity to see your favorite characters once again, so stay tuned for future posts and release dates. 

In the meantime, don't forget that the prequel to the Blood Curse Series (BLOOD GENESIS) is ***free*** on Amazon, and all my books are available in eBook, paperback, and audio book! Oh, and if you haven't heard Eric Dove sing "House of The Rising Sun" in Blood Ecstasy, you are truly missing out! 

To keep up with all the day-to-day news, please FOLLOW ME on

Until next time,

May the road rise to meet you; may the wind be always at your back!

Tessa 



CLICK HERE TO JOIN MY MAILING LIST (AND NEVER MISS ANOTHER NEW RELEASE)

CLICK HERE TO VISIT MY AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE (AND VIEW ALL MY TRAILERS)


The Blood Curse Series

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


Dragons Realm
~~~~~~~~~~~


Blood Destiny
(Book ONE in the Blood Curse Series)
~~~~~~~~~~~~



Writing Update ~ Summer, 2016

Time to update my blog ~ apologies for waiting so long! :-)

As of midsummer, 2016, this is what I'm working on...

1) My next release will be the first book in my new PANTHEON OF DRAGONS series - a combination of my special blend of vampires and dragons, known as the Dragyr. I must say this series takes the best of Dark Moon Vale and the Blood Curse Series and blends it with the best of Dragons Realm ~ dark, dangerous, lethal heroes who also wield the power of fire. Strong, defiant, intelligent heroines who face a horrific -- and amazing -- destiny, if they can survive the claiming: in this case, rebirth as an immortal dragyra in the Temple of Seven.

Needless to say,  I'm extremely exited to bring this fresh, original world to readers!!!

And here's a sneak peek of the world building.

Pantheon of Dragons

Before time was a recognized paradigm, seven dragon lords created a parallel, primordial world for their future offspring. They harnessed seven preternatural powers from seven sacred stones. They erected the Temple of Seven and constructed a portal that would lead back and forth between earth and the Dragons’ Domain. And finally, they set about creating a race of beings—the Dragyr—that would exist on blood and fire, a race they gifted lavishly with immortal life.

For all of this, the dragon lords only demanded four submissions from their lethal offspring: They gave them four laws—each one, an inviolable commandment that must be obeyed upon penalty of death—in exchange for indomitable strength, unearthly beauty, and aboriginal magic.    

I.                    Thou shalt pledge thy eternal fealty to the sacred Dragons Pantheon.
II.                 Thou shalt serve as a mercenary for the honor of your lords by seeking out and destroying all pagan enemies, those who would seek to end the Dragons’ Reign, whether demons, shadows, or humans.
III.              Thou shalt feed on the blood and heat of human prey in order to reanimate your fire.
IV.              Thou shalt propagate the species by siring dragyri sons and providing the Pantheon with future warriors. In so doing, thou shalt capture, claim, and render unto your lords, whatsoever human female the gods have selected to become dragyra. And she shall be taken to the sacred Temple of Seven within ten days of her discovery to relinquish her mortality, to be reborn as a consort, and to forever serve the Pantheon of Dragons.  

And so it came to pass that seven sacred lairs were erected in the archaic domain of the dragons to house the powerful race, begotten of the ancient gods, each lair in honor of its ruling dragon:

Lord Dragos, Keeper of the Diamond
Lord Ethyron; Keeper of the Emerald
Lord Saphyrius, Keeper of the Sapphire
Lord Amarkyus, Keeper of the Amethyst
Lord Onyhanzian, Keeper of the Onyx;
Lord Cytarius, Keeper of the Citrine;
& Lord Topenzi, Keeper of the Topaz.


While those who inhabit the lairs might appear to be human, they are decidedly not. While the fated dragyra are to be cherished, loved, and honored by their mates, they belong to the Dragons Pantheon—they belong to the dragon lords. While the Dragyr are unequalled in power, they are never truly free…  

(c) 2015

2) Without question, the next project in the queue is BLOOD BETRAYAL, book #9 in the Blood Curse Series ~ Saxson's story. You can expect a lot of twists and turns as well as an opportunity to see your favorite characters once again, so stay tuned for future posts and release dates. 

In the meantime, don't forget that the prequel to the Blood Curse Series (BLOOD GENESIS) is ***free*** on Amazon, and all my books are available in eBook, paperback, and audio book! Oh, and if you haven't heard Eric Dove sing "House of The Rising Sun" in Blood Ecstasy, you are truly missing out! 

To keep up with all the day-to-day news, please FOLLOW ME on

Until next time,

May the road rise to meet you; may the wind be always at your back!

Tessa 



CLICK HERE TO JOIN MY MAILING LIST (AND NEVER MISS ANOTHER NEW RELEASE)

CLICK HERE TO VISIT MY AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE (AND VIEW ALL MY TRAILERS)


The Blood Curse Series

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~



Dragons Realm
~~~~~~~~~~~


Blood Destiny
(Book ONE in the Blood Curse Series)
~~~~~~~~~~~~



Writing Update ~ Summer, 2016

Time to update my blog ~ apologies for waiting so long! :-)

As of midsummer, 2016, this is what I'm working on...

1) My next release will be the first book in my new PANTHEON OF DRAGONS series - a combination of my special blend of vampires and dragons, known as the Dragyr. I must say this series takes the best of Dark Moon Vale and the Blood Curse Series and blends it with the best of Dragons Realm ~ dark, dangerous, lethal heroes who also wield the power of fire. Strong, defiant, intelligent heroines who face a horrific -- and amazing -- destiny, if they can survive the claiming: in this case, rebirth as an immortal dragyra in the Temple of Seven.

Needless to say,  I'm extremely exited to bring this fresh, original world to readers!!!

And here's a sneak peek of the world building.

Pantheon of Dragons

Before time was a recognized paradigm, seven dragon lords created a parallel, primordial world for their future offspring. They harnessed seven preternatural powers from seven sacred stones. They erected the Temple of Seven and constructed a portal that would lead back and forth between earth and the Dragons’ Domain. And finally, they set about creating a race of beings—the Dragyr—that would exist on blood and fire, a race they gifted lavishly with immortal life.

For all of this, the dragon lords only demanded four submissions from their lethal offspring: They gave them four laws—each one, an inviolable commandment that must be obeyed upon penalty of death—in exchange for indomitable strength, unearthly beauty, and aboriginal magic.    

I.                    Thou shalt pledge thy eternal fealty to the sacred Dragons Pantheon.
II.                 Thou shalt serve as a mercenary for the honor of your lords by seeking out and destroying all pagan enemies, those who would seek to end the Dragons’ Reign, whether demons, shadows, or humans.
III.              Thou shalt feed on the blood and heat of human prey in order to survive.
IV.              Thou shalt propagate the species by siring dragyri sons and providing the Pantheon with future warriors. In so doing, thou shalt capture, claim, and render unto your lords, whatsoever human female the gods have selected to become dragyra. And she shall be taken to the sacred Temple of Seven within ten days of her discovery to relinquish her mortality, to be reborn as a consort, and to forever serve the Pantheon of Dragons.  

And so it came to pass that seven sacred lairs were erected in the archaic domain of the dragons to house the powerful race, begotten of the ancient gods, each lair in honor of its ruling dragon:

Lord Dragos, Keeper of the Diamond
Lord Ethyron; Keeper of the Emerald
Lord Saphyrius, Keeper of the Sapphire
Lord Amarkyus, Keeper of the Amethyst
Lord Onyhanzian, Keeper of the Onyx;
Lord Cytarius, Keeper of the Citrine;
& Lord Topenzi, Keeper of the Topaz.


While those who inhabit the lairs might appear to be human, they are decidedly not. While the fated dragyra are to be cherished, loved, and honored by their mates, they belong to the Dragons Pantheon—they belong to the dragon lords. While the Dragyr are unequalled in power, they are never truly free…  

(c) 2015

2) Without question, the next project in the queue is BLOOD BETRAYAL, book #9 in the Blood Curse Series ~ Saxson's story. You can expect a lot of twists and turns as well as an opportunity to see your favorite characters once again, so stay tuned for future posts and release dates. 

In the meantime, don't forget that the prequel to the Blood Curse Series (BLOOD GENESIS) is ***free*** on Amazon, and all my books are available in eBook, paperback, and audio book! Oh, and if you haven't heard Eric Dove sing "House of The Rising Sun" in Blood Ecstasy, you are truly missing out! 

To keep up with all the day-to-day news, please FOLLOW ME on

Until next time,

May the road rise to meet you; may the wind be always at your back!

Tessa 



CLICK HERE TO JOIN MY MAILING LIST (AND NEVER MISS ANOTHER NEW RELEASE)

CLICK HERE TO VISIT MY AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE (AND VIEW ALL MY TRAILERS)


The Blood Curse Series

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~



Dragons Realm
~~~~~~~~~~~


Blood Destiny
(Book ONE in the Blood Curse Series)
~~~~~~~~~~~~



Writing Update ~ Summer, 2016

Time to update my blog ~ apologies for waiting so long! :-)

As of midsummer, 2016, this is what I'm working on...

1) My next release will be the first book in my new PANTHEON OF DRAGONS series - a combination of my special blend of vampires and dragons, known as the Dragyr. I must say this series takes the best of Dark Moon Vale and the Blood Curse Series and blends it with the best of Dragons Realm ~ dark, dangerous, lethal heroes who also wield the power of fire. Strong, defiant, intelligent heroines who face a horrific -- and amazing -- destiny, if they can survive the claiming: in this case, rebirth as an immortal dragyra in the Temple of Seven.

Needless to say,  I'm extremely exited to bring this fresh, original world to readers!!!

And here's a sneak peek of the world building.

Pantheon of Dragons

Before time was a recognized paradigm, seven dragon lords created a parallel, primordial world for their future offspring. They harnessed seven preternatural powers from seven sacred stones. They erected the Temple of Seven and constructed a portal that would lead back and forth between earth and the Dragons’ Domain. And finally, they set about creating a race of beings—the Dragyr—that would exist on blood and fire, a race they gifted lavishly with immortal life.

For all of this, the dragon lords only demanded four submissions from their lethal offspring: They gave them four laws—each one, an inviolable commandment that must be obeyed upon penalty of death—in exchange for indomitable strength, unearthly beauty, and aboriginal magic.    

I.                    Thou shalt pledge thy eternal fealty to the sacred Dragons Pantheon.
II.                 Thou shalt serve as a mercenary for the honor of your lords by seeking out and destroying all pagan enemies, those who would seek to end the Dragons’ Reign, whether demons, shadows, or humans.
III.              Thou shalt feed on the blood and fire of human prey in order to survive.
IV.              Thou shalt propagate the species by siring dragyri sons and providing the Pantheon with future warriors. In so doing, thou shalt capture, claim, and render unto your lords, whatsoever human female the gods have selected to become dragyra. And she shall be taken to the sacred Temple of Seven within ten days of her discovery to relinquish her mortality, to be reborn as a consort, and to forever serve the Pantheon of Dragons.  

And so it came to pass that seven sacred lairs were erected in the archaic domain of the dragons to house the powerful race, begotten of the ancient gods, each lair in honor of its ruling dragon:

Lord Dragos, Keeper of the Diamond
Lord Ethyron; Keeper of the Emerald
Lord Saphyrius, Keeper of the Sapphire
Lord Amarkyus, Keeper of the Amethyst
Lord Onyhanzian, Keeper of the Onyx;
Lord Cytarius, Keeper of the Citrine;
& Lord Topenzi, Keeper of the Topaz.


While those who inhabit the lairs might appear to be human, they are decidedly not. While the fated dragyra are to be cherished, loved, and honored by their mates, they belong to the Dragons Pantheon—they belong to the dragon lords. While the Dragyr are unequalled in power, they are never truly free…  

(c) 2015

2) Without question, the next project in the queue is BLOOD BETRAYAL, book #9 in the Blood Curse Series ~ Saxson's story. You can expect a lot of twists and turns as well as an opportunity to see your favorite characters once again, so stay tuned for future posts and release dates. 

In the meantime, don't forget that the prequel to the Blood Curse Series (BLOOD GENESIS) is ***free*** on Amazon, and all my books are available in eBook, paperback, and audio book! Oh, and if you haven't heard Eric Dove sing "House of The Rising Sun" in Blood Ecstasy, you are truly missing out! 

To keep up with all the day-to-day news, please FOLLOW ME on

Until next time,

May the road rise to meet you; may the wind be always at your back!

Tessa 



CLICK HERE TO JOIN MY MAILING LIST (AND NEVER MISS ANOTHER NEW RELEASE)

CLICK HERE TO VISIT MY AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE (AND VIEW ALL MY TRAILERS)


The Blood Curse Series

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~



Dragons Realm
~~~~~~~~~~~


Blood Destiny
(Book ONE in the Blood Curse Series)
~~~~~~~~~~~~