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READING HELP US REFLECT

Author: Sandra Bruna Thursday 27 April 2017

There are days when you think it might have been better having stayed in bed and not got up. However, for some time now, these negative thoughts, that I have less often each time, disappear in an instant because I want to trust that anything can have a solution, as difficult as it may seem. And if there isn’t one, it’s not in our hands, most of the times, to be able to solve it. But human beings have a tendency to complicate our lives and make things even harder for us, I don’t know exactly why. When you stop for a moment to reflect on it, you think it’s because there are tons of things that are piling up and clogging your mind, leaving you in a state that doesn’t leave room for a possible solution to be found.

Novels help us see cases, sometimes extreme ones, of how characters react when faced with problems, and because it’s fiction, we accept it. Lately, I can’t stop recommending feel-good fiction books, as their reactions are the same as mine, because if I were to recommend the solutions of my favorite noir novels, there may be more deaths than lives in this jungle. That’s the case of Susana Rodríguez Lezaun’s novels. In her first novel, SIN RETORNO, Irene Ochoa has to make one of the most important decisions of her life; she can’t stand anymore her drunk husband, who treats her poorly, and she needs to escape. Must she cross the line of evil to do so? A fire in Irene’s house ends with her husband’s life, and David Vázquez’s inspector will take charge of the investigation. Has it been provoked? At the same time, in the Road to Santiago have appeared several bodies of pilgrims that Vázquez will have to solve, while he falls deeply in love with Irene. If you didn’t read this book, I can’t recommend it enough to any lover of the noir genre. It will leave you breathless, and because now DeBolsillo has published a new novel with a newer case of David Vázquez’s inspector, DEUDAS DEL FRÍO, it’s the perfect time for a “two for one”, perfect for a weekend of thrilling reads on the sofa. This time, Vázquez has a new case to solve, but they’re still being haunted by Irene’s past, so we’ll still know more about her story besides having a new murder; the managing director of the Hispano-French Bank appears murdered on the outskirts of Pamplona, where the novel is set.

Susana Rodríguez Lezaun is an author that we love and that has nothing to envy to other names that appeared at the same time as her, such as Dolores Redondo or Mikel Santiago, who have written great novels that I’ll keep recommending even though I’m not their agent. Susana sold with her first novel more than 8,000 copies, a huge debut, but with all first times, it was hard for the press to pay attention to her, even though she earned the praise of her readers. We believe she deserves way more and because of this, Penguin Random House is still betting for her with DEUDAS DEL FRÍO and a third book that, hopefully, will come out next year to complete a trilogy that, with the help of everyone, will manage to make big. We have a great author, with two stories at the moment that are fast-paced and leave you wanting more. She deserves to be read by any thriller and mystery lover, because it’s written by an amazing writer.

HAPPY YEAR OF THE BOOK

Author: Sandra Bruna Thursday 20 April 2017

Sant Jordi’s Day is around the corner one more year, and I can’t stop saying how special it is for anyone who works in this business. A public holiday for readers, and a hard day of work for the publishing sector. At the same time, however, it’s a time for festivities and contained feelings, for you want everything to go smoothly and for each person to buy books they truly enjoy. A day when everything seems extraordinary and books, usually more invisible during the year, are the main event, the KINGS of a wonderful festivity where the communion between reader and author is complete. I don’t have the right words to express what we feel that day when one -or more! – book from the agency appears in the bestsellers lists. It’s an explosion of happiness and joy that you feel for the author, who has worked so hard and deserves the acknowledgement that they long for so much; for the public; for the publisher, who has launched it and has bet blindly for a title that is now succeeding; for the bookseller, who has recommended it… It’s such a long chain, all filled with people who has collaborated to make it possible that, when it works, the feeling you get is one of relief, calmness and unrivalled excitement. It’s an award to the effort and the work well done of an author and of all the others who have supported it.

However, for me, the most important thing on this day is that people feel excited when sharing a book with someone they love and that, with the help of one another, we try for great literature to reach the readers. I’m sure that many of these books, gifted with love, change the lives of whomever gets them. New readers are nurtured and become long lasting ones. Let’s live an intense April 23rd, full of wonderful feelings, and let’s manage for books to accompany us the rest of the year as well. As we always say in the agency, books are the best travel companions in this journey that we call life, because they always add up, even if it’s something very small and simple. We’re convinced that there’s a book for every reader, and a reader for every book, the exciting part is to strengthen that union that, most of us, can’t live without. Reading is life and life without reading is way poorer, and it’s not difficult to enrich it with good stories that will surely fulfill us.

Happy year of the book and let’s celebrate April 23rd next year with all the readings that have come along for the ride on this 201/2018 and that have shaped us into better people.

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HAPPY EASTER!

Author: Sandra Bruna Wednesday 12 April 2017

We have some days to rest and recharge batteries in order to be in full swing after Easter Holidays. These past few months have been hectic, with the London and the Bologna Book Fair, and tons of hard work so that every book can find a publisher.

We come back on Tuesday 18th of April with our best smiles and with Saint George’s day around the corner. We hope we can live once again a wonderful book day celebration.

Therefore, the team of Sandra Bruna’s Literary Agency wishes you a happy Easter. Don’t forget to open your mind and travel with a great book!

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THE BEST TRAVEL COMPANION: A BOOK

Author: Sandra Bruna Thursday 6 April 2017

Second term is almost over. This week is the Bologna’s Children Book Fair and Catalan is the literature invited. We’re going to be there with all our titles written in Catalan, a language we want to take care of, and also with all the titles from other countries, obviously. However, I’m glad that a fair such as this, the most important one regarding children and YA, takes into account the Catalan language and helps us open our way into the market, because Catalan authors can’t always have a translation into Spanish and it’s very complicated to sell their books to other countries when it’s been written only in Catalan. Therefore, let’s take this opportunity because every language is enriching and ours has really great authors that help it make it even better.

Bologna is a pretty fair, more relaxing than Frankfurt, but not less important because Children and YA’s literature keeps giving us many joys. The sales of books such as THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, by John Green; THE TRIALS OF APOLLO: THE HIDDEN ORACLE, MAGNUS CHASE AND THE GODS OF ASGARD, by Rick Riordan; the FALLEN series, by Lauren Kate; the saga DIVERGENT, by Veronica Roth or THE LUNAR CHRONICLES, by Marissa Meyer, have allowed us to take a breath in times of crisis and they continue to sell nowadays. So, a literature that had been ignored in the past, is now a driving force in the publishing world and, in our agency in particular, has always been one of its strongest points.

If books exist at home, children and teenagers are going to end up falling in love with it. In a house with no books, it’s difficult for new generations to get hooked on reading, but not impossible. However, I want to encourage parents not to leave this matter only in school’s hands, because we still have a lot of work to do in the family environment and, with everyone’s help, we can achieve that the ones that come after us keep enjoying books. For the ones who are already doing this, we know that it’s one of the biggest pleasures in life and that anyone who doesn’t read is missing on a lot of things. So, today, I’m going to leave you with the complete Bologna’s catalogue so you can enjoy our novelties that are about to come out shortly and that we try they get to other markets. I wish each of these titles triumphs in our country and encourages many kids and teenagers to live life with the best of companions: a good book.

LETTING GO OF THE PRESENT TO GET TO KNOW THE PAST

Author: Sandra Bruna Thursday 30 March 2017

There are moments in life where you’d like to run away. Leave everything behind and flee from a present that you don’t like, that it isn’t what you want. However, there aren’t many brave people who dare to break free from everything and pursue their dreams, their wishes, their freedom. I’m an example of that. I’m not brave enough to run away without a clear goal –I guess because I don’t have an acute need to do so. However, I learn each day that when one is convinced of what they do and why they do it, everything flows way better, although the path to put it into practice is long, hard, and needs some time to mature.

It’s difficult to change suddenly what you’ve learnt or have been imposed since you were a kid, but not for the protagonist of Cari Ariño’s latest novel, Alicia, who after suffering a heartbreak, she goes to France searching for the grandfather she never met. She’s brave and breaks free from her life in order to carry on and move forward. There, she’ll meet Julien, a bohemian tour guide, who will put her in contact with Baptiste, who’ll tell Alicia about his past as an exiled. The story of the three characters will connect with the mystery of Biel, a missing anarchist after the escape of the Spanish Civil War losers. Biel gave up the love of his life and his daughter (another difficult decision, I don’t know if it’s brave or not, but it is indeed a complicated one). Alicia and Julien like each other, but the past they start discovering will test them, a test on which their future will depend.

A heartfelt novel that hooks you and makes you fall in love with these brave characters, who are kind of long-distance runners –which we all are, more or less, in this life–, and that move towards truth, forgiveness, and the discovery of one’s self. These three things are, most of the time, hard to understand, but love and hope can heal mistakes and wounds from the past.

Cari Ariño moves a step forward with this second novel, because although the story has an historical background very interesting, the plotline and the characters are what keep you at the edge of your seat, which makes that this book is perfect for readers of historical books and anyone who enjoys a brave story, well written and with HUGE characters, that hold your hand and don’t let you go until the very end. Her first novel, EL LATIDO DEL TIEMPO, was already a big success, and with this second novel, LA RUEDA DEL OLVIDO, her readers will be even more loyal to her and will catch newer ones, without a doubt.

Congratulations Cari, a great novel for this Sant Jordi (Saint George’s day).

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