Forewords - The Books Before The Buzz

With our 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!


Young Adult - Bree Despain adds another series to her expanding list of books with her Into the Dark trilogy, which will be a reworking of the Greek Persephone myth and will center around themes of love, duty and faith. Did we mention the hunky princes? Release date for book one: TBA.

Historical Romance - Amanda Forester is gathering her Campbell Sisters for three upcoming Scottish medieval romance novellas. The stories will also feature appearances from characters in her latest Regency trilogy. Expect the first story to be available this fall.

Erotica - We can’t get enough of Lorelei James’ irresistible Rough Riders, and while that series shows no sign of slowing down, we’re equally looking forward to the author’s new Unwound series, which kicks off with a sensual story about a young woman who tests her limits with a martial arts pro who has a penchant for Japanese erotic bondage. No word yet on the release date for the series starter, but we are breathless with anticipation! 


Historical Romance - Victoria Roberts sends her next heroine undercover in My Highland Spy. On a mission for the Crown, the lady in question must masquerade as a governess in the Scottish highlands in order to keep tabs on a laird. But when she learns the man has much more pressing personal issues than scheming against the king, will she have a change of heart? Release date: TBA. 

Series Romance - Two FBI agents join forces and Return to Mystic Lake for Carla Cassidy’s upcoming Harlequin Intrigue title. Will their investigation of the disappearance of other agents and their families prove to be successful, or will they become victims themselves? Find out when the book releases in 2014. 

Mainstream Fiction - Rachel Pastan is taking on Daphne Du Marier’s Rebecca with her own contemporary restaging of the classic tale. Pastan’s version, Alena, will feature Manderlay as a contemporary art museum, where charming a charming woman comes to fill the curator position after the disappearance of Alena during a performance art piece gone wrong.

Fantasy – It’s said that the heroine of J.C. Nelson’s upcoming Free Agent is going to give Seanan McGuire's character October Daye a run for her money! Nelson's girl is indebted to the Fairy Godfather and must work to pay off her parent’s debt, all while longing for a prince to come and sweep her off her feet!


Paranormal Romance - Eleri Stone’s next paranormal treat will follow a woman tasked with saving the world from a species of infected half-human creatures, and the dark and mysterious man who has been fighting off the dangerous disease for centuries. Readers will be able to download Reaper’s Touch in 2014.  


Illustrated Guide - Have you ever wanted to create your own steampunk treasures? Is buying accessories, fake guns and gadgets off of Etsy becoming too costly? Or maybe nobody makes a steam-powered airship you desire? Well Jeff VanderMeer and S.J. Chambers have the perfect solution. The Steampunk User’s Manual: An Illustrated Practical and Whimsical Guide to Creating Retro-Futurist Dreams will show steampunk enthusiasts how to build their own weapons, craft their own ornaments and build real steam-powered devices! Release date: TBA. 


Neal Shusterman’s disturbing dystopian Young Adult book Unwind is headed to theaters! Set after the second American Civil War, pro-choice and pro-life advocates have reached an agreement: human life cannot be tampered with from the moment of conception to the day a child turns 13. But from ages 13 to 18, parents can decide to get rid of their child by “Unwinding” them, a gentle euphemism for organ harvesting. The book follows three teens as they rebel against their impending unwinding. 

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 and you can always visit our Upcoming Releases Page!