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!
NEW SERIES ALERT
Paranormal - A finalist in our 2010 Writing With the Stars competition, author Lisa Kessler has big plans for her Moon trilogy. Readers can expect the first book Moonlight, as well as books two and three, Hunter’s Moon and Blood Moon, respectively, on shelves soon, with book 1 releasing later this year and the rest of the trilogy releasing in 2014.
RETURNING FAVORITE SERIES
Action/Adventure - Bond, James Bond fans can expect a new Bond adventure from author William Boyd, titled Solo. The author commented at the London Book Fair that the story will take Bond on a “self-appointed mission of his own, unannounced and without any authorization ... with the main focus honing in on Africa. It's what happens to Bond in Africa that generates his urge to 'go solo' and take matters into his own hands in the USA." This will be Boyd's first novel where he takes on the iconic spy originated by Ian Fleming.
Urban Fantasy - Cat Adams returns with three more books in her beloved Blood Singer series. Book seven, eight and nine are still untitled, but we’re looking forward to seeing where Adams’ pen takes vampire bodyguard Celia Graves next! Release dates TBA.
PIQUING OUR CURIOSITY
Historical Romance - Robyn DeHart puts her spin on the Three Musketeers with her The Brotherhood of the Sword trilogy, in which three men will do whatever it takes to protect their monarch, whom they’ve sworn to defend at all costs. And if they happen to meet three women while fulfilling their duties, well, let’s just say it could complicate things.
Series Romance - Natalie Charles’ next soon-to-be titled story for Harlequin Romantic Suspense tells the tale of a homicide attorney who is force to work with her ex to solve a case involving a supposed murder victim who’s still alive ... that is, if their feelings for one another don’t get in the way.
Mystery - If you love S.J. Watson and Elizabeth Haynes, you won’t want to skip C.L. Tyler’s The Accident, about a mother whose teenage daughter ends up in a coma after intentionally jumping in front of a bus.
Young Adult - We’ve heard the stories about zombies invading major cities, but what about zombie troubles in the suburbs? Adam Gallardo’s Zomburbia will explore just that. Taking place in the suburbs where zombies are an annoying fact of life (and death!), the tale follows a teen girl who’s dealing a drug called Vitamin Z when a popular boy begins to take interest in her, causing her to question whether or not her side job is really worth the pay. Release date TBA.
DOWNLOAD AND GO
Contemporary Romance - Enjoy a slice of Lauren Dane’s Cake, a modern-day tale set in Seattle, focusing on a manga artist who can’t help but pine for a sexy tattooed metal sculptor. Reader’s can get their hands on this story — which will be part of Harlequin’s new Cosmos Red Hot Reads line — this September.
EXCITING DEBUT AUTHOR
Young Adult - Mark Falkin’s debut novel Contract City is a near-future dystopian story of a teenage girl living in a post-martial law America who, frankly, only wanted to do well on her film school application. But while making her documentary, she becomes entangled in a crucible that threatens her father’s life and her own future. Release date: Winter 2014.
Women’s magazine writer and The-Beheld.com blogger Autumn Whitefield-Madrano is tackling beauty norms with her upcoming release Hot or Not: What Science and Culture Can (and Can’t) Teach Us About Beauty. A tell-all exploration of beauty norms, the novel will examine how science, language and culture have affected our standards of beauty. Release date TBA.
Alex Hughes’ Mindspace Investigation series, which kicked off with last year’s Clean, has been optioned for TV. A police procedural with strong fantasy elements, we’re expecting (and hoping!) the TV series to be something like Law & Order meets Supernatural.
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!