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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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Enjoy the Journey

If you are passionate about something, pursue it. Life is fleeting and too short for shoulda, woulda, coulda’s. Believe in yourself even if others do not, because ultimately, only you are responsible for your happiness. If you do not believe in yourself, then the journey will be filled with doubt and angst, but valuing your own self worth and recognizing that your are exactly where you are supposed to be in life, either to learn from your situation or so someone else can learn from you. I never set out to be a writer, but my collective life’s experiences have enriched my writing and I am a better person for expanding my horizons, learning other cultures, and gaining a respect for all living beings. I have tried new things and I have succeeded in some and failed at others, but in hindsight, every step or stumble has taught me something. I believe in myself and look forward to the rest of this Journey called Life. I vow to keep my heart and mind open and will appreciate every chance I get to inhale and exhale deeply. Go out and enrich your lives, and remember to always enjoy the process.

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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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