Friday, August 07, 2015

I have a new blog!

Guys, I now have a new, official blog, and this means I won't be posting any more new things on this blog. I wanted to thank everyone who patiently read my posts here, and I'd like to ask you to migrate to You'll find exciting news there. And, now that it's my official blog, I'm hoping to post daily. Again, thanks a lot for following my words! 

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Journey to the end of the world

So... hubs wants to take me to the end of the world. Literally. We're going to Patagonia. I'll have more to say about that soon, when we actually, you know, schedule everything and figure out when and where we'll stay. But, one thing is for sure: there will be a boat trip, and there'll be ice, and there will be penguins!

This will be me in a few weeks

Send positive thoughts. You know how I am when it comes to adventures.

*dies of anxiety*

-- Becca

Monday, June 22, 2015

My Relationship with McDonald's

You know what's funny? I say 'Becca' when they ask my name at McDonald's (you know how they write your name down when they're taking your order?) and every single time I say it, they give me a shy smile like they don't quite know what to do with this level of intimacy. I always get the feeling I'm pushing our relationship to another level. Well, all I have to say is that I love my junk food, and I have junk food whenever I can, so why not start calling me by my nickname, McDonald's?


Friday, February 20, 2015

CURUPIRA is now on Wattpad!

Hi guys!

Guess what...CURUPIRA is now available on Wattpad. I wrote this story about two years ago. I queried it, submitted it to publishers (when I was done querying the agents I truly liked), and I did get some attention and feedback, but this book was not the one. I've debated what to do with this story, and I came to the conclusion that although it's a bit uneven, I'd like to show it to readers. So, I'll be posting three chapters per day on Wattpad. I have a mini heart attack every time I think you guys are going to read it. Well, I hope you enjoy it. :)

Feel free to befriend me on Wattpad: Click here.

Start reading CURUPIRA: Click here.

CURUPIRA by Rebecca Carvalho

Making true friends abroad, after her own best friend runs away, isn't sixteen-year-old Emma Newberry's biggest challenge in Brazil. For the first time in the endangered Atlantic forest, she's on the track of the Curupira, a folkloric creature she knows nothing about.

Emma goes to spend the summer with her aunt in a rural Brazilian town, where she meets Thomas Schmidt, an awkward boy overly eager to befriend her. Tom tells her that the town believes that the Curupira, a boy with fiery hair and backwards feet, lives in the woods surrounding her aunt's new house. According to him, this same spirit of the forest is behind the disappearance of every single person who goes missing in the forest. It seems folklore in Brazil is as real as the forest.

Emma recruits her new friends, and together they embark on a journey in the Atlantic forest to follow the footsteps left behind by centuries of Brazilian folklore. If a bit of folk tale wasn't enough, there's an unscrupulous local willing to go to any lengths to get her aunt to sell her new estate to him. He needs her grounds to bring his logging company into town. A logging company that could infuriate revengeful Curupira, and bring the town of Saudade to face its fears. What's help in Portuguese, again?

CURUPIRA is an 85,000-word YA Fantasy novel.

Cover composed from (free, CC-BY):
"Red Dress" by Ana Cristina
"Way to go. Up." by Allan Macintyre
"Summer houses" by Vladmir Lagunov

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

What I'm currently querying: COUNTDOWN (YA Thriller)

Genre: YA Thriller
Word count: 73,000 words
Status: Currently querying. (If you're an agent / publisher, and if you're interested in COUNTDOWN, feel free to leave a comment or contact me at Out on subs! 

The Breakfast Club + The Truman Show = A teen decides who dies each day. She's the only one who doesn't know she's on TV. #YA

Life for seventeen-year-old Jo Smith is a countdown. Her parents’ divorce--five. Her best friend became an enemy--four. Her father was stabbed to death--three. Her mother’s attempted suicide--two. Her boyfriend cheating on her--one. All she needed was to hit zero for this ticking bomb to explode and shatter her world.


Masked men kidnap her on the first day of school and Jo wakes up in a fully furnished room, locked up with four other teens: a football player from Texas, a pacifist from California, a claustrophobe from New York, and a religious guy from North Carolina. The only clue to what’s going on is a message directly for her: every time the timer in the room counts down to 0:00, she must choose someone to die, or the kidnappers will kill her mom. And if the other four in the room find out that killing her is the key to ending the game, Jo loses everything.

Jo needs to decide if she's going to become a murderer to save her already broken family, or risk trusting allies who could kill her in her sleep. The kidnappers are watching. The whole world is watching. Jo is the only one who doesn't know she's trapped in COUNTDOWN, a reality TV show.

COUNTDOWN is a 73,000-word YA thriller that will appeal to fans of The Truman Show.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Two days until the beginning of the trip!

Two days until the beginning of my first South American expedition!

We now have flashlights that can be plugged to an outlet and charged (they made me feel so old), new backpacks, and we can't stop singing the Pokemon theme song. This is gonna be an awesome adventure, guys. Mark my words.


Thursday, August 14, 2014

I'm Bilbo Baggins, nice to meet you!

There are days (like today) when I feel like I should change my name to Bilbo. Yes. Bilbo Baggins, who was so reluctant to change, so reluctant to go on adventures.

If you've been following this dusty blog, you're probably wondering when Michael and I will go on our South American expedition. We now have a date: 08/22/2014. 

The plan is to leave on the 22nd at night, catch the bus, and get to Chuí (that's on the border with Uruguay) on the next day, early in the morning. We'll cross the border (the city's name then becomes Chuy), and catch a bus in Uruguay headed to Punta del Diablo, a beach town where we've been before, a place where I truly learned to admire and yearn for the ocean.

We'll spend a day in Punta del Diablo, and head to Cabo Polonio the next day. Cabo Polonio is another beach town in Uruguay, but this one is rather unique, and I'll write more about it in the future, but let me just say one or two quick things about it: 1) NO electricity, 2) We have to cross the dunes to get to it.

We want to spend a night in Cabo Polonio, because as big city kids we're both curious to know what the sky truly looks like when there are no lights keeping us from seeing the stars. I wish I could bring a telescope with me, but I can only bring a backpack, so...

After Cabo Polonio, we're taking the bus to Montevideo. In Montevideo, we'll take a ferry to Buenos Aires, Argentina. In Buenos Aires, we'll catch a bus that will take us to Mendoza (it's a brutal, long journey, and I'm not really looking forward to it, but the bus is supposed to have these amazing seats that recline 180 degrees and become beds, so that's good).

We're going to stay about three days in Mendoza, exploring the city and adventuring near the Andes. We'll then fly from Mendoza to Santiago, Chile, and we'll spend a day there. In Santiago, we catch a plane back to Brazil, where we'll spend a day in São Paulo. Now, from São Paulo, I fly back to Porto Alegre, where we live, and Michael will fly to Wisconsin to see his parents. He'll be back with me a week after that.

The whole adventure will last precisely two weeks. I haven't traveled for that long, at least not recently, and I must confess I'm worried. No, I'm more than worried. I'm scared. My Spanish is horrible, but I speak Portuguese and English, and I'm hoping I'll be able to find a way to communicate. I'm bringing a dictionary along, too.

Well, although he was reluctant, Bilbo did enjoy his adventures in the end, didn't he? I can't stay hiding in my Hobbit hole forever, right?

*sings* Far over the misty mountains cold. . .