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

Fantasy - When the powerful Iron Axe divides the world into pieces and puts elves in control of humanity, it’s up to an outcast who bargains with Death to retrieve the Axe and save the world. But this shouldn’t be too big of an issue for the hero of Steven Harper’s first Iron Axe novel, right? Release date: TBA.

RETURNING FAVORITE SERIES

New Adult - If you couldn’t get enough of Cora Carmack’s Losing It, have we got good news for you! The author will be releasing a novella from the perspective of hero Garrick Taylor, titled “Keeping Her,” which should be available digitally this fall.

PIQUING OUR CURIOSITY

Contemporary Romance - Lorelie Brown is shifting from historical to contemporary for her upcoming solo release, Riding the Wave, which will feature a type of hero we’re surprised we haven't seen in a while — surfers! In this story, a surfer troubled by his father's death is determined to win one final championship, but will have to deal with the sexy photographer distracting him first. Expect to ride this wave come 2014. 

Historical Romance - Robyn DeHart’s upcoming anthology Masquerading Mistresses will feature three gorgeous mistresses who realize that taking on the role doesn’t always lead to a life of luxury. But when three men who weren’t in search of mistresses meet the ladies and realize these are women they won’t soon forget, everything changes. Release date: TBA.

Paranormal Romance - Author Deborah Blake is creating her own modern fairy tale with the upcoming The Baba Yaga. Readers will notice right away that Blake’s witch is a little different from the norm — she lives in an airstream trailer, rides around on a classic BMW motorcycle and rescues children instead of eating them. And she finds true love when she teams up with the local sheriff to hunt down the town’s missing kids. Yea, we can get behind that.

Mainstream Fiction - Jennifer McMahon’s upcoming novel The Winter People isn’t about snowmen, it’s about a despairing mother in 1908 who will do anything to bring peace into her life after her daughter’s death. Meanwhile, two sisters in present day Vermont discover their mother has disappeared, and the two families separated by decades find that they have quite a bit in common. Release date: TBA.

Graphic Novel - Shadowhunter Chronicles fans, take note — Cassandra Clare and John Ney Reiber’s The Secret Treasons, volumes 1 and 2, will be releasing in graphic format as a prequel to Clare’s Shadowhunters novels. Readers can expect the first installment in 2015 and the second in 2016. 

DOWNLOAD AND GO

Romantic Suspense - Tricia Skinner’s Angel Kin puts a burglar-turned-murder witness heroine in one heck of a dilemma when she becomes the killer’s next victim. The only man who can protect her? A half-angel assassin who also happens to be the killer’s twin. Find out if she escapes evil when the book releases in 2014.

Contemporary Romance - Nothing screams irony like a wedding gown designer who’s forced into an arranged engagement with her ex-boyfriend so she can save her business. But it looks like she’ll have to don one of her own creations if she wants to keep her shop open. Find out if the couple can make it work, or if everything comes unraveled in Heather Thurmeier’s The Wedding Hoax. Release date: TBA.

EXCITING DEBUT AUTHOR

Mystery - Washington Post journalist-turned-novelist Neely Tucker’s The Ways of the Dead follows a Ducati-riding DC crime reporter (we sense Tucker might be tapping into his own personal experience) who must investigate the muster of a judge’s teen daughter, only to uncover a series of cold cases. 

MOVIE DEAL

A film version of C.C. Humprey’s The French Executioner is in the works! The story features a French swordsman who must trek across Europe to find Anne Boleyn’s stolen six-fingered hand — which he promised to bury before her execution so she wouldn’t go down in history as a witch. The production company that optioned the film is partnering with Mark Huffam, whose work on Game of Thrones should add some edge to the story.

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!