Forewards - Books Before The Buzz

With our new column, Forewords, we let readers know the latest book news about some of the web team's most-anticipated upcoming releases across the genres — just as the projects are announced!

TELEVISION TIE-IN

Mystery: Author Carolyn Hennesy who plays Diane Miller from TV’s daytime soap opera General Hospital, is writing The Secret Life of Damian Spinelli as her character. This novel features the adventures of her fellow character, a computer geek who makes his living as a private detective. 

RE-PUBLISHING NEWS

Paranormal: Cross Buffy with The Walking Dead and you'd probably end up with something like Dana Fredsti's Ashley Drake, Zombie Hunter. Previously published by e-book house Ravenous Romance, Fredsti just signed a three-book deal for the Ashley Drake series to Titan Books. Publication date: TBA.

RETURNING FAVORITE SERIES

Urban Fantasy: Richard Kadrey’s Sandman Slim series will get a second trilogy after the upcoming Aloha From Hell. Also, the film rights to first trilogy's starter Sandman Slim have been optioned to the Dino de Laurentiis company. 

QUICK READS WE CAN'T WAIT FOR

Romance: Stephanie Bond will be releasing an e-novella prequel to her upcoming Southern Roads trilogy. Baby, I’m Yours will be available just prior to this summer's trilogy about the Armstrong brothers who are looking to reinvigorate their remote mountain town by enticing women to live there. 

Erotica: Alison Tyler puts a sexy spin on yoga in her novella A Waste of Chi which will release from Harlequin Spice Briefs. 

EXCITING DEBUT AUTHOR

Young Adult: Publishing in spring 2012, J. Ross Angelella's YA Zombie is narrated by a 14-year-old Catholic school boy who is obsessed with zombie films and women’s magazines. 

PIQUING OUR CURIOSITY

Thriller: Piero Degli Antoni’s Block 11, set in Nazi Germany, is one night in the life of ten prisoners who must decide which of them will die in the morning. If they cannot choose, then they will all be executed. This title will be published in 2012 by St. Martins. 

Young Adult: In her upcoming release Don’t Let Me Go, Janet Trumble writes about a gay high school teen, his long-distance boyfriend and his straight best friend. 

Fantasy: David Walton delivers an alternate historical fantasy in his novel Quintessence. In this world a philosopher’s stone can bring back the dead, but the consequences for messing with life and death are dire. No publication date set.

These are this week's deals that we can’t wait to hear more about in the coming months. Check back every Monday for more Forewords!