sexta-feira, 18 de outubro de 2013

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Mais uma vez estou em falta na divulgação das novidades... Aqui ficam então, uma novidade nacional que estou muito curiosa para ler até porque nunca li um romance histórico da autora, e as novidades internacionais de Outubro:

Padeira de Aljubarrota – Mulher de Armas e Heroína de Portugal
Maria João Lopo de Carvalho
Oficina do Livro
580 pp. · €20,90
Lançamento a 22 de Outubro
Quando, a 22 de outubro, chegar às livrarias o novo romance de Maria João Lopo de Carvalho baseado na agitada vida da Padeira de Aljubarrota, a percepção dos portugueses sobre uma das suas maiores heroínas vai, necessariamente, mudar. A lenda de Brites de Almeida, cuja acção terá contribuído para combater o invasor Castelhano em finais do século XIV, ganha outra dimensão. A autora leva-nos a descobrir uma mulher extraordinária, corajosa e forte mas também uma mulher com desejos e sonhos, para quem o relacionamento com os homens foi bem mais do que um pormenor. Ao episódio de bravura que a História consagrou juntam-se muitos outros de sedução, sensualidade, aventura e romance, dando origem a uma história de amor, traição e coragem em tempos de crise, condição que o povo português, afinal, sempre viveu de perto.

Muitas histórias correram sobre a humilde mulher que, em 1385, numa aldeia perto de Alcobaça, pôs a sua extrema força e valentia ao serviço da causa nacional, ajudando assim a assegurar a independência do reino, então seriamente ameaçada por Castela. É nos seus lendários feitos e peripécias, contados e acrescentados ao longo dos tempos, que se baseia este romance, onde as intrigas da corte e os tímidos passos da rainha-infanta D. Beatriz de Portugal se cruzam com os caminhos da prodigiosa padeira de Aljubarrota, Brites de Almeida, símbolo máximo da resiliência e bravura de todo um povo.

Este é o romance nunca feito sobre a maior heroína da nossa história, cruzando a voz de Brites de Almeida com a voz de D. Beatriz de Portugal. Asas e Raízes, imaginação e rigor histórico no período mais conturbado que Portugal viveu na época medieval. 600 anos depois do seu feito heróico, a enorme popularidade da padeira e a sua figura inspiradora permitiram a Maria João Lopo de Carvalho criar um romance com outro ritmo, bem ao jeito do leitor que aprecia as peripécias de uma lutadora e corajosa mulher do povo que marcou a diferença num tempo em que sangue, suor e lágrimas não faltavam por terras de Portugal. E que melhor exemplo de bravura para os portugueses num período de lutas tão complexas como as que travamos todos nós nos dias de hoje?

After Dead
Charlaine Harris
Ace Hardcover
208 págs.
Lançamento a 29 de Outubro
Dead Ever After marked the end of the Sookie Stackhouse novels—a series that garnered millions of fans and spawned the hit HBO television show True Blood. It also stoked a hunger that will never die…a hunger to know what happened next.

With characters arranged alphabetically—from the Ancient Pythoness to Bethany Zanelli—bestselling author Charlaine Harris takes fans into the future of their favorite residents of Bon Temps and environs. You’ll learn how Michele and Jason’s marriage fared, what happened to Sookie’s cousin Hunter, and whether Tara and JB’s twins grew up to be solid citizens.

This coda provides the answers to your lingering questions—including details of Sookie’s own happily-ever-after…

The book will feature extensive interior art by acclaimed Sookie artist Lisa Desimini, including a Sookieverse Alphabet, color endpapers, and several full-page black and white interior illustrations.

The Sum of All Kisses
Julia Quinn
384 págs.
Lançamento a 29 de Outubro

Hugh Prentice has never had patience for dramatic females, and if Lady Sarah Pleinsworth has ever been acquainted with the words shy or retiring, she's long since tossed them out the window. Besides, a reckless duel has left this brilliant mathematician with a ruined leg, and now he could never court a woman like Sarah, much less dream of marrying her.

Sarah has never forgiven Hugh for the duel he fought that nearly destroyed her family. But even if she could find a way to forgive him, it wouldn't matter. She doesn't care that his leg is less than perfect, it's his personality she can't abide. But forced to spend a week in close company they discover that first impressions are not always reliable. And when one kiss leads to two, three, and four, the mathematician may lose count, and the lady may, for the first time, find herself speechless ...

New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn's enchanting third novel in the Smythe-Smith quartet is guaranteed to make you laugh out loud and tug at your heartstrings in equal measures.

Confessions: The Private School Murders James Patterson e Maxine Paetro
Little, Brown and Company
448 págs.
Lançamento a 7 de Outubro

Wealthy young women are being murdered, and the police aren't looking for answers in the right places. Enter Tandy Angel. Her first case was the mystery of her parents' deaths. Now she's working to exonerate her brother of his girlfriend's homicide. And danger just got closer.One of the recent victims was a student at Tandy's own elite school. She has a hunch it may be the work of a serial killer... and Tandy perfectly fits the profile of the killer's targets. Can she untangle the mysteries in time? Or will she be the next victim? James Patterson keeps the confessions coming as Tandy delves deeper into her own tumultuous history and the skeletons in the Angel family closet.

Bellman & Black: A Ghost Story

320 págs. 
Lançamento a 10 de Outubro

Bellman & Black is a heart-thumpingly perfect ghost story, beautifully and irresistibly written, its ratcheting tension exquisitely calibrated line by line. Its hero is William Bellman, who, as a boy of 11, killed a shiny black rook with a catapult, and who grew up to be someone, his neighbours think, who "could go to the good or the bad." And indeed, although William Bellman's life at first seems blessed—he has a happy marriage to a beautiful woman, becomes father to a brood of bright, strong children, and thrives in business—one by one, people around him die. And at each funeral, he is startled to see a strange man in black, smiling at him. At first, the dead are distant relatives, but eventually his own children die, and then his wife, leaving behind only one child, his favourite, Dora. Unhinged by grief, William gets drunk and stumbles to his wife's fresh grave—and who should be there waiting, but the smiling stranger in black. The stranger has a proposition for William—a mysterious business called "Bellman & Black" . . .

When the Marquess Met His Match

What happens when a carefree, disreputable, stone-broke bachelor is forced to find a wife in a hurry? He hires a matchmaker, of course. What happens when the matchmaker doesn’t want to help him? Well, that’s when the fun begins…

Nicholas Stirling, Marquess of Trubridge, loves his life just as it is: dissolute, scandalous, and deuced good fun. His father, the Duke of Landsdowne is not amused, and when he cuts off Nicholas’ trust fund, the fun-loving marquess is forced to find an alternate source of income—in other words, he has to marry an heiress.

Every new-money American heiress knows Lady Belinda Featherstone is the key to social acceptance. Once a new-money nobody herself, Belinda discovered first-hand how heartbreaking the game of love and matrimony could be after a reprobate British earl married her for her money. Now a respectable widow, Belinda has become England’s most successful matchmaker, guiding young American heiresses through the hazards of the London season and helping them to find husbands worthy of them. To her mind, the Marquess of Trubridge is nothing but a fortune-hunting scoundrel and she has no intention of allowing him to charm his way into any American girl’s heart, including her own.

The Night Is Forever
Mira Books

A Ghost Rider in the Sky?

What happened here, on a historic ranch outside Nashville, during the Civil War? And what's happening now?

Olivia Gordon works at the Horse Farm, a facility that assists patients with mental and physical recovery; her specialty is animal therapy. She's always loved her job, always felt safe...until now.

People are dying, starting with the facility's founder, whose body is discovered in a ravine on the property--site of a massacre in 1862. And before every death, Liv sees a horse and rider, wearing a soldier's garb, in the night sky.... Warning? Omen? Or clue?

Liv calls in her cousin Malachi and his Krewe, an FBI unit of paranormal investigators, to discover the truth. New Krewe member Dustin Blake knows they need Liv's involvement in the case, yet he's worried about her safety. Because he and Liv quickly become more than colleagues...and he doesn't want to lose her to the endless night.

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