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AR (Accelerated Reader) Quiz is Up and Running!

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Okay Friends with Middle-Grade Readers;

The AR (Accelerated Reader) Quiz is up and running for Book Two of The Dragon Birthmark Series: Threats of Tartarus and I am happy to announce that is worth a Whopping 17 points!!!! Think of all the points you can check off your list in one Adventure!!! Happy Reading, and please let me know what you think!

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It’s Here!!!!

Some of you have inquired about my book series; it is Called The Dragon Birthmark Series. I write middle-grade fantasy fiction that has a strong family thread. Book One is called The Dragon Birthmark: World in the Shadows published in September 2012 and Book Two is called Threats of Tartarus, which is out now. They are available on Amazon.com you can either search Jennifer Phillips Russo or the titles themselves. I have included a link to Book One for you and thank you so much for supporting my journey. I would love to hear what you think.

About The Author

Book Two of the Dragon Birthmark Series, Threats of Tartarus, continues our journey with The Adrastai warriors. Author Jennifer Phillips Russo held a student artwork contest for her second book of “The Dragon Birthmark” series. This challenge promoted visual literacy and confidence, as well as provided student artists with the opportunity to have their personal artwork published at no cost to them, if chosen.

“Threats of Tartarus”, Book Two of “The Dragon Birthmark Series, follows the story of an 11-year-old boy’s journey to self-identity through a fantastic adventure, speckled with legend and lore, and offering a few great lessons and themes throughout the story.  “‘The Dragon Birthmark: World in the Shadows’ is an entertaining, thought-provoking book that takes the reader into the world of imagination and fantasy through the eyes of an 11-year-old boy,” said Amy Piper, Fredonia Elementary School Principal.

Russo, a local resident of Fredonia, possesses an insatiable desire to spark imagination and creativity in her readers, she created the art contest for students across the state and nation.  She believes that imagination sparks innovation, and our world could use some innovative thinkers.  This contest provided the opportunity to sketch characters or scenes from the second book, which the chosen winners are featured and published in this book. All middle and high school students were eligible to enter the contest.

Students were able to submit their artwork pieces through the novel’s website. An online gallery is also available through the website, which gave contestants the chance to see examples of artwork that other students have created and submitted. A description of the characters to be sketched was provided at http://www.TheDragonBirthmark.com, as well as detailed rules and entry guidelines for this free contest.

Book One  Cover of Book One

Book Two  book two front cover

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Sneak Peak

Well, it has been a very long journey to get to this point but I think that it was worth it. Here is a sneak peak at the cover for Book Two of the The Dragon Birthmark Series – THREATS OF TARTARUS! Almost there folks; thank you all so much for your support, guidance, and encouragement! And to the very talented Barbara VanEllen Tackitt, You Rock My Fantasy Fiction Illustration World!

Sneak Peak of Book Two of The Dragon Birthmark Series - THREATS OF TARTARUS!

Sneak Peak of Book Two of The Dragon Birthmark Series – THREATS OF TARTARUS!

 

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Dragon Eggs Found?

Dragon Eggs Found?  I knew it all along.  😉

 

http://www.kuriositas.com/2013/08/the-mysterious-moeraki-boulders.html.

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Beautiful Day to be Inspired!

Step outside, sit in a quiet place, close your eyes and take a long, deep breath.  When you exhale, release your thoughts and clear your mind.  Can you sit quietly?  I try, but my characters are antsy.  It is definitely time to sit down and commit to rewrites for “Book 2 in The Dragon Birthmark Series: Dark Bloodlines”.  My characters are running through my skull and demanding to be fleshed out and telling me their stories.  It is time.

The Artwork Contest comes to a close in four days and then it’s ‘Go Time’!  Look for Book 2 this Fall 2013!  

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ARTWORK CONTEST DEADLINE IS TODAY!!!!!

Attention Student Artists!

Today is the Day!  The final day to submit your artwork for Book 2 of The Dragon Birthmark Series is Today!  This is a chance to receive Illustration Credit for your artwork if chosen as the winning chapter sketch!  There are 22 Different Opportunities to choose from, create as many as you wish and email them to me at jprusso@achenepress.com  I am so excited to see what you all have worked on.  Thank you so much for sharing your talents with me.  I hope you have a Creatively Fantastic Day!

All My Best,

Jennifer Phillips Russo

 

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Five Days and Counting until the Artwork Contest Deadline!!!

Attention All Student Artists!!!

 

There are only 5 days left to enter The Dragon Birthmark: Book 2’s Artwork Contest that ends on June 30th 2013!  I am so excited to review all the entries and begin the process of selecting illustrators!  Please make sure you leave your contact information along with your age, for winning correspondence.  (I will need to contact all the winner’s parents to procure parental support.)

Just imagine how exciting it will be to see your name listed as Illustrator, but that cannot happen if you do not try!  If you love to draw, then please click on the Artwork Contest tab above and glance through the Chapter Sketch Descriptions!  You may enter as many black and white sketches as you so choose.   Please feel free to email your questions and submissions to jprusso@achenepress.com

Get out there and Create and Enjoy the Journey!

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Artwork Contest Deadline Date Change!

Due to Student Artist requests, I am extending the deadline from June 14, 2013 to June 30th, 2013 for the Artwork Contest!!!

I hope this helps those who are bogged down finishing school projects.  Thank you for voicing your opinion.  I am so excited to see what you have all come up with.  Please remember:

Artwork submissions should be emailed to: JPRusso@achenepress.com

In the body of the email make sure to include your full name, phone number, and which chapter your artwork is for.

All files must be 1MB in size or smaller and submitted electronically.  The images will be black and white drawings that illustrate the description provided by the author, Jennifer Phillips Russo, provided below.  There are twenty-two different categories.  You may only enter each category once, and no changes may be made to the image after it is entered.  Images may be CMYK or RGB color.

All images should be sized at 100%, flattened to one layer, stay within the dimensions of 4 inch width by 6 inch height, and placed in your document at a minimum resolution of 300 DPI.

Chapter Sketch Descriptions for Download

 

 

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Thank You Dunkirk’s School #3 for inviting me to your Community Read Program today!

Thank you to Dunkirk’s School #3 for inviting me to your Community Read Program today!  I was so excited to share with your students and had a wonderful time!  What a great program that reflects the teacher’s zest for reading!  All of the students were engaging and had wonderful questions and suggestions.  I will definitely be back next year!!!

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Art Students are Rocking It!

Welcome Student Artists!

I really love that you are sharing your artistic interpretation of my descriptions with me!  Keep up the Great Work!  Please feel free to sketch as many as you wish, there is a total of 22 Chapters 🙂  You can choose one or all; just simply click on the tab above that reads ‘Artwork Contest’ .  The drop down menu will guide you to the Chapter Sketch Descriptions.  Please do not hesitate to email me at JPRusso@achenepress.com with any questions, even if you would like my opinion or direction.  Some of you already have, and I love the direct communication.  This has already been a fun process of illustration creation!  Keep the Submissions coming, and the Artistic Creativity Flowing!  Have Fun and Enjoy the Journey!

All My Best,

Jennifer Phillips Russo

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