Lettering and Literature

The Savior’s Champion

Author: Jenna Moreci

Series: The Savior’s Series (Book 1)
Paperback: 562 pages
Publisher: Jenna Moreci; I edition (April 24, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0999735233
ISBN-13: 978-0999735237
Price: 23.99 (Amazon )

Tobias Kaya doesn’t care about The Savior. He doesn’t care that She’s the Ruler of the realm or that She purified the land, and he certainly doesn’t care that She’s of age to be married. But when competing for Her hand proves to be his last chance to save his family, he’s forced to make The Savior his priority.

Now Tobias is thrown into the Sovereign’s Tournament with nineteen other men, and each of them is fighting—and killing—for the chance to rule at The Savior’s side. Instantly his world is plagued with violence, treachery, and manipulation, revealing the hidden ugliness of his proud realm. And when his circumstances seem especially dire, he stumbles into an unexpected romance, one that opens him up to unimaginable dangers and darkness.

Trigger warning: this novel contains graphic violence, adult language, and sexual situations.

What I thought: This book grabbed me from the beginning and did not let go. At a whopping 562 pages, this book did not feel like it as I devoured this book in a few days. This bachelor meets battle royale was fun and gory and the romantic plot gave me just what I wanted.

I am a huge fan of Jenna’s YouTube channel as well as her no bull-shit informative videos (and classes on SkillShare) that made me do a lot of soul searching about how I want to proceed as a writer. I liked her voice (as in her writing voice as she explains shit) and so I knew I had to buy this book when it came out.

That same voice carried through in her story. It made for an easy read, which allowed me to sit back and enjoy the ride – one of the things I like most in a book. I can’t wait for book 2 – The Savior’s Sister….coming out? NOT SOON ENOUGH!

The Quote: Art is emotion. The visual representation of our deepest thoughts and desires. It should come from within – a place of truth and authenticity, yes?

Why I chose it: This quote hit ma hard as a writer – using words to express our deepest thoughts and desires. While a lot of my life flourishes with the use of the logical side of my brain, I literally feed my soul by allowing emotion to take over when I write.

About the Author:

Jenna Moreci is a Silicon Valley native and Youtube sensation, dominating the authortube community with her straightforward and hilarious writing channel. A lifelong storyteller, Jenna specializes in crafting thrilling adventures with heaping doses of bloodshed and romance.
When she’s not writing or ‘tubing, Jenna enjoys angry music, potent wine, and laughing until her face hurts with her goofball fiancé.



Author: Nicoline Evans

Series: Namaté (Book 2)
Paperback: 480 pages
Publisher: Createspace; I edition (March 27, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1986695395
ISBN-13: 978-1986695398
Price: 16.58 (Amazon )

This is a story about a girl made of glass. When all is lost, how do you hold onto hope? When the world is against you, do you fight back or surrender? Princess Gwynessa Gunvaldsson of Crystet has no choice but to adapt. Despite her constant flirtation with mischief and a never-ending waltz with grief, she endures, determined to enact an altruistic shift amongst her people. But when the unimaginable occurs, she is faced with a choice: to sacrifice everything or to let the monsters win. With a brave spirit and determination to challenge fate, she sets forth on a noble quest of justice and nothing can stop her from seeking vengeance on he who hurt her most. Tangled in a web of dark magic and cursed by mysterious setbacks, can she save everything she loves without losing herself along the way? Or will she succumb to the darkness and let her evil side reign victorious? The choice is grave, but she has promises to keep. This is a story about her broken heart. Crystet is the second installment of the Namaté series; a prequel to Orewall that is meant to be read second.

What I thought: Oh, that beginning! Once again Nicoline paints a very vivid picture with her world of Namaté. Here we have the land of Crystet, inhabited by people made of glass – the Glaziene. These beautiful, cold, and fragile creatures are so different yet similar to the strong and combative Bouldes (people made of stone) from the land of Orewall. What I love most about Nicoline’s writing is that her heroes are not perfect – they are outrageously flawed, which it is what makes their journey (in this case, Gwynessa’s journey) so fascinating and heart wrenching to watch. So many of Gwyn’s trials and tribulations gave me an extra sting as a reader – especially with the #metoo movement continuously gaining momentum. I rooted for our heroine regardless of the choices she made. I am looking forward to reading the next installment in the world of Namaté.

The Quote: May you always resist what is learned in examination of more noble paths. May your explorations lead to progress for the greater good, and may your defiance shape our world into a better one.

Why I chose it: I felt like this was the perfect anthem we should bless all our daughters with! There were really too many quotes that I could have chosen, but this one really hit me in the beginning. It was so heartbreaking to watch so many of the Glaziene tried to tear down Gwyn’s beautiful spirit and yet this one person had faith in her.

About the Author:

I love inventing new worlds where readers can escape. My goalwhile writing is to create a safe place for people to forget about the heavythings in their own lives, even if it is only for a few hours of the day. Mystyle of writing often contains dark undertones within the storylines andcharacter development. Why? I believe there is beauty in the unexplored depthsof sadness and struggle.

I graduated from Rutgers University – New Brunswick, NJ as a communicationsmajor. After taking every creative writing course they offered, I realizedwriting was my passion.

Random things about me? I am a certified scuba diver, I revel in newadventures, and I believe in all things magical.–


Fun with Lettering

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ANYWAY – BACK TO OUR REGULARLY SCHEDULED BLOG POST (originally posted on my first blog, Adventures of La Mari)…

So I like stationary. Ok, I loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooove stationary. I follow different pen and lettering accounts on Instagram because it is literally porn to me. Nothing makes me feel alive than the use of a pen that writes smoothly in beautiful colors. drool

I’m weird. I know.

For the five of you who read this blog as well as attended my wedding….you may recall that I did my own lettering for the guests’ escort cards.

I did the lettering for each guest at my wedding….

I had sooooooooooooo much fun doing this. I have an obscene amount of dip pens, nibs, ink, as well as scribbles in various places of our apartment. Most days, I daydream about what else I can do next….

Then it came to me! As part of my plan in building an author platform….I can use my lettering to do #Bookstagram posts on book quotes! YAY!

I have always been rather jealous of artists who can visually express their love of books by either painting images of our favorite characters or scenes (mostly characters….and the couples we ship – I am forever #TeamFeysand!)

I am not that bad at lettering – I will improve with practice and creating these quotes will help me do just that. However, using quotes is the best way to keep practicing 😀

I figured that I can’t just have photos of Abner on my Instagram Feed, right?

Bis nächste Woche! Until then – here are more photos of the lettering I have accomplished so far.

Is there a quote you want to see on my feed? Let me know in the comments below!


Author: Nicoline Evans

Series: Namaté (Book 1)
Paperback: 372 pages
Publisher: Createspace; I edition (May 13, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1546633774
ISBN-13: 978-1546633778
Price: 17.00 (Amazon )

This is a story about a man made of stone. Rhoco Leath is accustomed to destruction. Breaking things is part of his nature, and though it frustrates him, he has accepted this reality. Orewall is home to the Bouldes, people born of stone, and though the world is full of vibrant intrigue and countless combative players, Rhoco cannot be bothered with such complexities. He is a typical Boulde: stubborn and simple, with little interest in friendship, love, or the world beyond Orewall. But when a fragile, glass heart washes ashore, everything changes. Rhoco is compelled to protect the foreign relic, and as it bonds to him, his attachment grows – as do the tantalizing visions and menacing magic that have plagued Rhoco since its arrival. The mysterious heart ensnares him, heart and soul, until he has no choice but to embark upon a quest to find its owner. This is a story about a heart made of glass.

What I thought: “A curious feeling stirred in his chest. The heart appeared to need him, coming to life at his touch. Could he be trusted with something so fragile?” So begins the journey of Rhoco, a man made of stone who finds a heart made of literal glass and decides he wants to find its owner. I didn’t know what to expect from Nicoline’s work. I follow her on Instagram because she makes because beautiful displays of her gorgeous books. I knew I had to try and read one and I was hooked. I devour this book in a matter of days. The story is beautiful and haunting and left me wanting to read more books from this series because I was not ready to leave the world yet. As a big fan of world-building, I found the world of Namaté to be new and refreshing – I cannot recommend this enough.

The Quote: A curious feeling stirred in his chest. The heart appeared to need him, coming to life at his touch. Could he be trusted with something so fragile?

Why I chose it: This is such a lovely quote. When you have someone who is too strong for their own good and wrestling with their own self-doubt and self-worth. Can they be trusted even though as the reader you want to yell, “YES!”

About the Author:

Nicoline Evans: I love inventing new worlds where readers can escape. My goal while writing is to create a safe place for people to forget about the heavy things in their own lives, even if it is only for a few hours of the day. My style of writing often contains dark undertones within the storylines and character development. Why? I believe there is beauty in the unexplored depths of sadness and struggle.

I graduated from Rutgers University – New Brunswick, NJ as a communications major. After taking every creative writing course they offered, I realized writing was my passion.

Random things about me? I am a certified scuba diver, I revel in new adventures, and I believe in all things magical.–

Death and Taxes

“‘Tis impossible to be sure of anything but Death and Taxes.” Christopher Bullock, The Cobbler of Preston (1716)

So where am I in the whole self-publishing process? Well, it’s going to sound weird, but as an author (and especially as an expat) – it’s important:


More the question: where am I going to pay them. Say what now?

You see – aside from Eritrea, the US is the only other country that requires its citizens to not only declare their international income but potentially double pay. This is to deter the rich big wigs from hiding their money offshore. Which they still do and these laws only cause a monumental headache to middle class folks like me.

I had the idea of creating a publishing house in the States, keep the money in the States, and simply pay American taxes. I talked to my US accountant and he wasn’t sure about me opening an LLC in the States because I don’t live there. Fair enough, I don’t want to get into trouble. He did say it’s something we can look into further down the line once I’ve established myself with simply self-publishing under my name.

I thought about opening one in Germany. But my current visa doesn’t allow me to open a business – although I already qualify for permanent residency so that’s not much of a roadblock. However, Germany does require you to go to your first job and ask permission to work a second one.

It sounds ridiculous but here are some reasons why:

  1. You’re not overworked. They don’t want the second job to affect you first one.
  2. Avoiding potential conflict of interest

I wanted to avoid this because it sounded stupid for a writer. But creating your own publishing house does count as a second business and would put me in another tax bracket. It could mean that I can’t make any money off of it without potentially paying even high taxes. Blargh.

Even Abner thinks about taxes….

I mean, I don’t mind paying taxes – but why does it have to be so complicated?! I just want my book out into the world!

So for now – a publishing house is not in the stars. I think everyone wants to see how my book sells before I add the extra headache of dealing with a company.

So that leaves publishing under my name. But where to send the money (the tax question again)?

In the end, I’ve decided to publish it under my name and have the money come to Germany (i.e. pay German taxes). I like sending my accountant a simply paper that says how much I made and how much I paid for him to forward to Uncle Sam. It’s very easy for all parties involved.

If I had decided to pay US taxes (cause they are considerably lower than German), the money I would have saved would probably go to fees from my accountant for giving him this headache of now filing both.

So for now, I’m just going to keep it simple and just publish my book and see where this party takes us, right? There are plenty of indie authors who published under their own names only to re-release them later once they’d established their own house. So there’s no need to rush or push myself to where I’m not ready.

Aw fuck! That meant that I had to talk to my job about permission. Gah! So I bit the bullet and talked to HR. Their response? No problem, here’s a quick form to fill out and have your boss sign in acknowledgement and we wish you the lots of luck with your book! Sweet.

Anyway, one step at a time. My next one? Find an editor. How do I do that? Well, tune in, folks!

In the meantime, if you follow me on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook – you probably already know this. My novel is a space opera called The God Queen. It’s currently with its editor – but in the months leading up to its release, I plan on giving you guys little peaks…

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