Monthly Archives: April 2012

NA Alley is live!


Hey guys! NA Alley is live! We ended up launching the blog one day earlier … we couldn’t wait anymore LOL

Go check it out and participate in our awesome giveaway!

My NA sisters and I are super excited about it!

Hope you enjoy it ;)


#ROW80 Check-in 04/28

Hey guys, sorry I’m posting this late.

My goals:

  • Organize my new home and my new schedule. Getting there. This week we finished our bedroom and organized enough of my new office that I can work on it already.
  • Once my life is normal again (or almost), find a gym and exercise 3 times per week. Trying to get the strength to face execrcising this upcoming week.
  • Participate on Crafting the Sensual Novella Workshop from April 9th to May 6th. Still up for it, but going slow.
  • Finish revising my novel, DESTINY GIFT. Working on it. I revised a bunch of pages and wrote new ones. I think I got a bit over 3k new words this week. If you guys know me, you know this is low for me …
  • Start a new novel or novella and get as far as I can with it. Only after I finish revising DESTINY GIFT. But at least I already know what I want to write (I’ve been taking notes of the scenes I see in my mind).
  • In June, participate of the JuNoWriMo (probably with the novel or novella mentioned on the line above). Only in June.
  • Read 5 books each month (year total = 60). GoodReads tells me I’m a couple of books ahead, but I think it’s because I’ve been reading novellas and they are quicker ;)
  • Social network: blog at least once a week (not counting #ROW80 checkins), comment on blogs every other day, and tweet a little everyday. Done.


On Tuesday, I had some errands and ended up running around and writing only a little. On Wednesday, I had to travel 1 hour north to go to the local USCIS office to do my biometrics for my SSN. Next up for that is an interview … but I have no idea when that will be.

Saturday and this morning, I had that damn 8-hour course for the DMV … it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. The instructor was a retired patrol officer, so he told us lot of things he actually saw on the road. Sometimes it’s nice to be reminded that cars can easily become weapons if you’re not careful enough … I think that, after some time on the road, we take cars and driving for granted. Well, I won’t bore you with a lecture about it lol

Anyway, I didn’t write as much as I wanted and lost focus easily on Thursday and Friday … I did write some, but I know I could have done better. It’s like they say, when you work at home, you always find something that needs to be done other than your actual job … I hate that, but it happens a lot!

Ah, on Tuesday, my NA sisters and I are launching our group blog, called NA Alley. I have a post up with a little teasing, but, to learn more about it I suggest you come back here Tuesday to check on the link for the NA Alley ;)

And I’m hoping this coming week will be better, with more writing time ;)

To support my fellow ROWers, click here and visit their check-in posts!

And how are you guys doing?


Upcoming Surprise!

My NA sisters and I are preparing a surprise …

Don’t know who my NA sisters are? Check the links to their personal blogs on the sidebar ——->

Our joint blog launches on May 1st.

Be sure to come back to get and click the link to NA Alley ;)


Oh, My Hero! Blog Hop

It’s here! The Oh, My Hero Blog Hop!  hosted by my NA sisters Victoria Smith and Jaycee DeLorenzo.

I’ve picked DESTINY GIFT, the WIP I’m currently revising. It’s a New Adult Paranormal Romance.

This is the quick blurb:  In a world of chaos, Nadine has visions she doesn’t understand—she believes she might be hallucinating. Until she meets the guy who haunts her visions and everything starts to change … even the world.

Let me introduce you guys to the guy who haunts Nadine’s visions … Victor Gianni:

Here’s how Victor looks like and dresses.

Victor never dresses like this (other than when alone with Nadine) but I wanted to show you guys just how Yummy he is!

(For the curious ones, the guy in the pics is a famous Brazilian model called Evandro Soldati)


Victor is 22yo, has golden hair and sea-greens eyes, and 6’2″ of pure deliciousness. He’s in medical school when the story opens … He is very quiet and distant in the beginning of the story (the real Victor. The dream Victor is all chatty and charming).


Here is the interview with the real Victor:

Q1: How would you describe yourself in one word?

Victor: Hmm, balanced.

Q2: How would you describe your heroine?

Victor: *glances to the side to see if she is out of range* Divine.

Q3: What’s your favorite pastime?

Victor: Nowadays, spend time with Nadine.

Q4: Are you a morning or a night person and why?

Victor: In my full form I don’t sleep, so it doesn’t matter.

Q5: If you won a million dollars what would you do with it?

Victor: *rolls his eyes, annoyed* Again, in my full form, I don’t need money.

Q6: If you had three wishes what would they be?

Victor: *sighs* Reverse the darkness, find my scepter, and *spies over to where Nadine is waiting, making sure she’s still out of range* make Nadine immortal so she can stay with me.

Q7: What is the first thing you notice about a woman that you find attractive?

Victor: *small smile* The eyes and what I can see through them.


Yeah, my hero is a little enigmatic and not very chatty, but my heroine can crack him ;)

How about your hero?

You can check the other participants by visiting Victoria’s blog or Jaycee’s blog and clicking the linky list on the bottom of their posts!


Blog Me MAYbe

Through Katy Upperman’s blog, I found out about a new challenge called Blog Me MAYbe hosted by Sara McClung.

From Sara’s blog:

The purpose: To get back in the habit of blogging by following a weekly schedule for the month of May. (Or if you already post regularly, to have an easy schedule to follow without having to struggle with deciding what to blog about.)

What you DON’T have to do: Post every day and follow every blog that participates and comment on everyone’s posts every day. This isn’t a blogfest to gain followers—although maybe that will happen. And of course if you WANT to comment on everyone’s posts, feel free. :) But really the point of this is to focus mostly on our own blogs and to write posts about things we’re interested in that our followers will want to read about.

The schedule: 

Mondays: May I tell you something about writing?
This can be anything writing-related. A post on craft. A post on your process. A snippet of your WIP, if you like to share. A book on craft that you want to recommend. Things you struggle with. Things you rock at. ANYTHING at all! 
Tuesdays: May I tell you something about myself?
Pretty self-explanatory :) Share something about yourself that your followers might not know. Or maybe they do. It doesn’t matter–this is just so people who read your blog can get to know you a little better. 
Wednesdays: May I ask something about you?
Ask your followers something about themselves. 
Thursdays: May I tell you something about someone else?
Make this post about someone else. A writing friend. A critique partner. A person from history who’s fascinating. A character from a book. Anyone you want. :) Have a guest poster. Give an interview. Get creative! Just let the spotlight shine on someone else. 
Fridays: May I share something funny?
Fridays = the starts of weekends! BOOYA. Reason to celebrate and laugh on it’s own–plus, who doesn’t want to see something amusing after a long week?


Again, I want to highlight that you don’t need to participate on every day of this event. Take me for example. May will be a busy month over here, with blog hops and tour stops and a blog launch (*cues drums roll*), so I’ll post whenever I can. No stress over it ;)

To sign up for this fun event, click here and find the linky list on the bottom of Sara’s post, and have fun!


Alphabet Survey!

Today, for the A-Z challenge, Kate Upperman posted an Alphabet Survey she found on Just Everyday Me while searching for recipes online.

She welcomed everyone to post the survey on their blogs and then paste the link on to her comments.

Since I love blog hops of any kind, here it is:

A is for age: Twenty-eight. I can’t believe I’ll be thirty by the end of next year.

B is for breakfast today: Coffee and milk and french croissants.

C is for currently craving: Chocolate, but that’s something I crave all the time.

D is for dinner tonight: Not sure yet. I decide what to cook a few minutes before starting lol

E is for favorite type of exercise: Love, love, love Pilates, though it’s too expensive. I think I’ll go back to BodyPump, BodyFlow and BodyCombat.

F is for an irrational fear: Being attacked by a crazy stranger, pinned down against my will and … yeah, you get the picture. I think I would rather die.

G is for gross food: Any food dripping with oil. Ewww. I love me some french fries, but please, it has be very dry and crunchy.

H is for hometown: Porto Alegre in Brazil. It was not where I was born, but it’s where I moved for college and where I met my husband. It was also where we were living before moving back to the US.

I is for something important: “My family, for sure. I love my husband and daughter more than anything.” <—- Those are Katy’s words but I could use them here ;)

J is for current favorite jam: Don’t like any jam as in jelly. For jam as in music, almost anything.

K is for kids: My daughter, the most beautiful and lovely little girl out there. She’ll be five in May. I also have a niece who is 9 months older than my daughter and she looks just like me. Love her to pieces!

L is for current location: Honda dealer, waiting for my my car’s oil change.

M is for the most recent way you spent money: Just paid for my daughter’s karate lessons.

N is for something you need: More time and patience.

O is for occupation: “Wife, mama, aspiring author.” <— Again, Katy’s words that apply to me too ;)

P is for pet peeve: Lack of respect.

Q is for a quote: The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. —  Eleanor Roosevelt 

R is for random fact about you: I was a ballerina and pretty good at dancing. Nowadays, every time I dance on parties, clubs, whatever (regular dancing, not performance dancing, of course), I hear lots of compliments ;) *blushes* I confess I like hearing those compliments, though.

S is for favorite healthy snack: Strawberry … covered in chocolate, ha! Unfortunately, I don’t eat too healthy …

T is for favorite treat: Chocolate.

U is for something that makes you unique: Again, I could use Katy’s words here. (Though, instead of nine years, I’ve been married for eight). But, for a different thing, I’m very, very independent. I moved out of my parents house (and town) when I was 16yo.

V is for favorite vegetable: None.

W is for today’s workout: None =(

X is for X-rays you’ve had: Feet, ankles, knees—I rupture two ligaments in 2009. And ultrasounds when pregnant. Oh, and the last one was from my teeth.

Y is for yesterday’s highlight: A nice email of someone enthusiastic about my manuscript.

Z is for your time zone: Eastern.


Participate on the Alphabet Survey by blogging about your answers. Leave your link on the comments and I’ll drop by. Don’t forget to visit Katy too!


Overwhelmed much?

I’m feeling overwhelmed. By everything.

I have a new house to transform into a home. My daughter has a new school and I’m still trying to figure if I’m okay with every one of their rules. I still don’t have the damned Driver’s License because DMV decided to be hard on me =P Now they are complaining about my name, because I have three last names and it doesn’t fit into their system (or any other for that matter), but what can I do? My name is the way Brazilian law tells us to have them … I’m still not writing as much as I want to. My husband want us to go out all the time and have dinner with his co-workers and their wives so we can make friends (which is good, if I didn’t want to write instead lol). I still don’t know anyone enough to let my daughter with them for a few hours so I can go to the movies and have a nice dinner alone with my hubby. Oh, and I’m supposed to cook dinner, do groceries shopping, clean the house, iron shirts (HATE ironing!) …

And there is still Twitter, Facebook, Blog, Website, Triberr, Google Reader, ROW80, Ladies Who Critique, RWA, FF&P, Savvy Authors, my lovely NA sisters and our plans … and I would love to join a local writing group so we could meet up to write and critique and just talk books and publishing …

I adore everyone—writers, readers, editors, agents, bloggers—I met online … I want to keep up with them, know what they are doing, read all their blog posts, comment, participate … but just there isn’t enough time! Oh, and I evem stopped playing games a while ago because that suck such a huge chunk of my time, and I’m staying away from Pinterest so I won’t have another thing to be addicted to.

And there is still reading. First, because I just love reading and second because writers need to read. A lot. Though I read fast, it still requires considerable time. I should also mention I have over 70 books in my kindle, waiting to be read … that’s more than I read in a year.

And exercising. Let’s not forget that. It’s my third week back in the US, things are still a mess, but I’m searching for gyms and classes. Soon, I’ll be exercising again. And there goes more of my time.

And workshops. I’m taking an online writing workshop right now. I’m a workshop whore … this one is not even half-way through and I’m already thinking about the next LOL

How, just exactly how am I supposed to keep up with it all? People, share with me, how do you keep up?

Seriously, sometimes I guess I was less worried about keeping up and knowing it all and participating in all when I wasn’t on Twitter, Facebook and Triberr and had a pretty slow blog … I also could WRITE! And only write … and I didn’t care about what was hot, what was trend, what agents wanted, and editors’ wish lists. I just wrote whatever I wanted, what I wanted to read, and nothing else. I didn’t care about queries, pitches, blurbs, nor did I spent time spying on cover reveals and excerpts from books that will soon come out …

Life was way less complicated then …

Sometimes I think I should disconnect for a while, you know. Keep out of twitter and Facebook and blog … but I would miss my online friends! And I would feel left out for not knowing what is happening on the publishing world.

How do you keep up with everything? Did you find any magic wand or wished for more time (and patience) upon a star? Do share!

(PS: this is just me venting/ranting. Don’t worry, I’m fine, and things will fall into place soon!)


#ROW80 Check-in 04/22

Hello everyone,

First, let me point you to a post I wrote on Thursday about JuNoWriMo. You probably know what it means, but go check it out ;)

I’m gonna try a new format for my check-in. Let’s see if it’s better.


  • Organize my new home and my new schedule. This is going slow since last week, when we actually did a ton of work. Most of the necessary stuff is organized, so the not-so-necessary stuff are being left for when we’re up to it, or have spare time. This week we were able to buy our cars, so now I’ll have more time for myself (since I don’t have to drive hubby to and from work) and will be able to organize my schedule, which includes gym and exercise! (see below).
  • Once my life is normal again (or almost), find a gym and exercise 3 times per week. Still not organized enough so I have that much free time. I know I should prioritize exercise more, but it’s hard to do knowing I could be writing instead. And, I have been searching and nothing really gets to me. Pilates is way too expensive and there’s nothing else I really want to do … but I found a gym with some nice-sounding exercises, so I might give it a try.
  • Participate on Crafting the Sensual Novella Workshop from April 9th to May 6th. This is going well. I haven’t turned in all assignments cause I’m not writing any novella now and have none to share, but I’m paying close attention to what’s been done and I’m commenting on assignments when I can.
  • Finish revising my novel, DESTINY GIFT. Still working on this. I finished revising what I had written before, but, because I changed a few things on the beginning of the story, I need to write a couple (more like 10 or 12) new scenes in the middle. Monday and Tuesday, I revised. Wednesday and Thursday, I wrote new scenes. Friday was busy with life stuff, so no writing =(
  • Start a new novel or novella and get as far as I can with it. Only after I finish revising DESTINY GIFT, which has been hard since many ideas are floating in my head and begging for time.
  • In June, participate of the JuNoWriMo (probably with the novel or novella mentioned on the line above). It’s not June yet ;)
  • Read 5 books each month (year total = 60). Accordingly to GoodReads, I’m on track.
  • Social network: blog at least once a week (not counting #ROW80 checkins), comment on blogs every other day, and tweet a little everyday. All done. This is never hard to accomplish =P

It’s been hard to focus on only one thing to write/revise. My mind is everywhere and since I went back to writing last week, I’ve been changing my mind constantly about what to write next. It seems I’m unable to settle on one thing. And I need to. I feel that, if I want to be serious about this writing thing, I need to be able to choose one story and stick with it until the end. I know there will be times when I change directions. I’ve stopped in the middle of manuscripts before, with 40k+ words, many times actually, but I want to avoid that. I know it’ll be impossible to avoid it 100%, but I want to stick with the things I start!

Anyway, on happier notes, this Friday hubby and I completed 8 years of a very happy marriage! And we’re able to buy our cars (nice gifts, uh?). Things are settling at our house. Still trying to organize our new routine, but we haven’t been here for a whole month yet, so I’m guessing that’s normal.

This next week I have an appointment with USCIS (applying for my SSN) and I have another appointment with the Brazilian Consulate (also for the SSN) and both are around 50 minutes from here, so, I’m betting I’ll have more non-writing days than I would like.

Let’s see what happens ;)

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Have a great week everyone!


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