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Rebecca Carvalho is a Recifense writer based in Berkeley, California. She loves crafting stories filled with close-knit neighborhoods, Brazilian food, and telenovela-esque settings. When she is not writing, you can find her with her camera, gaming with her husband, or watching Star Trek for the hundredth time. Rebecca has a bachelor’s degree in English from Lawrence University. Salt and Sugar is her debut novel, and it was inspired by her life in northeastern Brazil.

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The grandchildren of two rival Brazilian bakeries fall in love despite their families’ feud in this delicious debut rom-com perfect for fans of Nicola Yoon and Gloria Chao.

Trust neither thin-bottomed frying pans nor Molinas.

Lari Ramires has always known this to be true. In Olinda, Brazil, her family’s bakery, Salt, has been at war with the Molinas’ bakery across the street, Sugar, for generations. But Lari’s world turns upside down when her beloved grandmother passes away. On top of that, a big supermarket chain has moved to town, forcing many of the small businesses to close.

Determined to protect her home, Lari does the unthinkable—she works together with Pedro Molina to save both of their bakeries. Lari realizes she might not know Pedro as well as she thought—and she maybe even likes what she learns—but the question remains: Can a Ramires and a Molina truly trust one another?

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Lançamento no Brasil previsto para 1 de maio, 2023

Vocês sabiam que Sal e Açúcar vai ser lançado no Brasil pela Galera Record esse ano? Falta tão pouquinho agora. Estou SUPER animada e mal posso esperar para que todos conheçam Lari e Pedro.

A previsão para o lançamento é dia 1 de maio, mas a pré-venda já começou. Por tempo limitado quem comprar Sal e Açúcar na pré-venda irá receber adesivos, marcador de livro, e um cartão postal direto de Olinda com uma mensagem minha.

Espero que gostem!


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I'm available to read and offer insight on work featuring Brazilian characters, particularly if the character is an immigrant.


I love reading queries, discussing character arcs, and helping fellow writers strengthen their work.

Feel free to reach out at any stage of your writing process, even if all you need is an extra pair of eyes or just help with a Twitter pitch event.

I can bring my years of experience successfully pitching at different events, including PitMad and LatinxPitch, to help you write a great pitch that captures the key plot points of your work in the ways that agents and editors are looking for. 


I'm a fluent reader and writer both in English and in Portuguese. I'm open to translating from both languages.

Let's work together. Reach out for a quote via my contact form.


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August 29, 2021

Kirkus Reviews gave SALT AND SUGAR a star! Read the full review here!

SALT AND SUGAR is a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection!

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Rebecca is represented by Thao Le at Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency

Thanks for submitting!

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