2021 Planner and News

Remember my Notfrombrazil Monthly calendar? I'm making a new one with planner pages for 2021.

3 to 4 pages a month for my patrons second tier or above.

A new update.


2020 has destroyed all my plans and goals so I had to adapt.


A new start with fresh titles and page. Visit or join me to see the offers.

December Diaries

Created a Ko-fi page and shop for my webcomic Notfrombrazil.com 

If you enjoy reading the series, help me keep them alive. Buy me a ko-fi ($3).

November Diaries


These are the stickers that you can only get in my Patreon.


You can join and leave at any time.

Things that happen...

Patreon Stickers

I will be creating a collection of 12 stickers, one per month, starting in September 2020.

With Patreon you can join only for the months to collect your favorite stickers.

September Sticker:
Be Kind Potion ( Extra free Liffa the Dragon sticker) ENDS September 28th

October Sticker:
Knowledge ( Reading Fairy)

November Sticker:
To be announced soon.

December Sticker:
Sticker to be announced + Extra Free Sticker

August Update


With Covid everything changed.

Bad things happened, and good things happened too. I was able to finish book I of Whisperers & Keepers.

I am starting to write the second book.

I don't have a release date yet, but I will look forward to revealing characters, titles, and covers as I go.


For more information and to keep up with my art and weekly updates, join my patron for exclusive content.

Here is what you can find on my Patreon ( see tiers for different offers). 


Join Patreon.


Buy my books or review.


Current giveaway: (all book giveaways will be hosted by my official catalog website www.theviolwetwest.com Win a signed book from our catalog ( September 1st, 2020) USA only.


To win, you must :

1- Subscribe to the newsletter www.thevioletwest.com

 2- Use the Contact Us form here (bottom page) and tell us which book you would like to win.


Update: Titans Island: Sally's Quest (graphic novel) is winning. You can still vote for your favorite.

Work you can find on my Patreon

Notfrombrazil is Back

 5 Years ago I was getting ready for the visa interview in Paris. The USA embassy in Portugal doesn't have this department so I had to fly to Paris alone.

Paris... doesn't it sound romantic? Actually no! It was such a trauma ahahah! 

The visa process only ended last September (2019), but I traveled to the USA in February 2015 to finally be with my beloved "Jay" and start a new chapter in my life.

Apart from other projects, this webcomic has been with me in every good and bad moment and I had the chance to make you all part of the journey.  

I haven't done a single Notfrombrazil.com episode since 27th August 2018. But nostalgia knocked on my door. Feeling sick has made me stop seeing the glass half full and the funny side of life.

580 episodes online, what's not online is in two books...

There's a new episode already for the sake of nostalgia, and maybe who knows I continue to make more. (no pressure) New episodes every Friday.

As always my patrons will have exclusive access to sketches, early content and news before the internet.


Thank you so much for being part of my journey.
Vanessa Bettencourt

Inspiration below our feet

Born in Lisbon, Portugal, descendant of pirates, poets and bards, I sailed to America not so long ago to meet the love of my life, who has supported me to follow my dreams.


My dream is to write books that will inspire future generations to share their stories, worlds, and adventures.


Beyond the Cliff & Courage started as a way to heal my arachnophobia.


The idea came to me (literally) when I was driving to work and an itsy-bitsy spider started to descend from the car roof in front of me (image below) I sang the traditional song, to keep calm and continue driving safely. I sang so loudly that the people in the car next to me turned to see.


The little spider didn’t run away with my singing. In fact, I believe it kept her longer than necessary dancing on a string in front of my nose. No spider, car or person was harmed during this trip. I let her go and named her Valia.


When I arrived home I began to write.  

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Inspiration board for Beyond the Cliff & Courage


If you walk without your phone in your hands you won't miss it.... What?

The joy.


There is inspiration in every corner. A story ready to develop, a sketch, even an idea for a painting or the shape and color of the next cake.


I recently started to appreciate walking to my appointments more than taking commuting. The things I have been missing...

Let the past go with each step you take.



I started to focus on my path and then looking forward to what I would discover the next day and the next.


I play this game often. Naming simple things. Tree, stone, flower, bush, post, building...

The next day I realize the building has windows, glass, doors, doorknobs, steps...

The next day I notice the blue door is my favorite. I wonder how many people crossed it... how many stories...


It's a world out there. Don't just rely on pinterest or social media feed to discover it. Create your own inspiration boards.


2019 Miniature Artwork

2019 was the year that I dedicated myself to paint in a smaller format. 


The ACEOs ( Artist Cards Edition Original) that are sold to collectors and the ATCs (Artists Trading Cards) have become a very trendy.


There are entire communities of happy mailers and snail mail dedicated to trade these cards and commission artists to complete their collections.



Woman in Red - Heir of Scars character (author Jacob Falling) - See books here.

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Heir of Scars character - epic fantasy novel by Jacob Falling

The idea of getting art in the mail turns out to be quite exciting. Some websites are entirely dedicated to the auctioning of some rare cards, specially when it comes to fan art of popular shows, games or movies and/or artwork from a specific famous artist.


The size is perfect to collect (2.5 x 3.5 inches -  6.5 x 9 cm) and quite affordable to acquire an unique and original piece from the artist directly. The prices can vary from artist to artist, but a card can be between $20 to $25 a piece.


Painting in such smaller area can be daunting but the challenge to create detailed artwork makes it even more appreciated. I had lots of fun and I'm certain the new owners of these cards are very happy with the results.



My patrons have access to the work in progress of my cards and other projects. 

Join my Patreon account for $1 a month.

To commission me a card: vanessabettencourtart@gmail.com