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. :)

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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.