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!


Mystery - Starting Winter 2012, Lisa Gardner will begin releasing her next three books from Dutton. The first novel is tentatively titled Catch Me, there has been no word yet on the story’s plot.

Young Adult - Jennifer Lynn Barnes will soon release YA title Nobody a story about two “supernaturally unnoticeable” teens. One uses the skill to kill, while the other uses it to hide.


Paranormal - Former Writing With the Stars contestant KC Klein has just sold her book Dark Future to Avon Impulse. The story has a science fiction twist; the heroine travels through time and space during a deadly war that she just might be able to bring to an end. 

Historical Romance - Get ready for a role reversal in Leigh LaValle’s upcoming debut story The Runaway Countess. The featured countess in this e-book robs from the rich and gives to the poor until she is caught by an angry Count.

Horror - An amateur ghost hunter gets in over his head while he is searching for answers after his wife’s untimely death. Get ready to be scared this October with the release of Hunter Shea's Forest of Shadows.


Mainstream Fiction - If you love authors Lisa Unger or Nancy Pickard, then we have another name for you to add to your ‘buy’ list: Jenny Milchman. Her first novel, Cover of Snow, is a dark mystery that takes place in a small town in the Adirondacks. When the protagonist of the story wakes up to find her police detective husband dead of an apparent suicide, she goes looking for answers. Release date TBA.


Humor - Allie Brosh, the blogger behind the fantastic site Hyperbole and a Half, will be releasing an illustrated collection of stories about her personal life titled Picture Stories. Readers will get to see some fan-favorite drawings as well as new content about the author and her dysfunctional, yet hilarious, pet dogs.


Young Adult - The film rights to Kathleen Peacock’s werewolf tale Hemlock have been purchased by The Gotham Group. The story revolves around a girl who is searching for her lost friend while trying to decide between the human boy who cares for her or the werewolf who saves her life.


Contemporary Romance - When the Silverstein family gathers for a wedding, it is suppose to be all fun and laughter. But in Yona Zeldis McDonough's A Wedding in Great Neck, nothing goes according to plan and the fairytale nuptials spiral out of control.

Science Fiction - Humans finally make contact with aliens in Michael Planck's debut novel Firaxe. Unfortunately, the newly discovered planet is decimated which paves the way for the alien invasion of Earth.

Historical Fiction - Visit the English countryside circa the early 20th century with Sadie Jones' upcoming release The Uninvited Guests. But beware; unexpected and disturbing things happen at the grand estate where a dinner party is being hosted. The release date is set for May 2012.

Urban Fantasy - A private detective wakes up paralyzed and with amnesia in a post-apocalyptic setting, and thinks it can’t get any worse. But it does when he is asked to solve a crime ... or is he being asked to commit one? Find out what is really going on in Brian Evenson’s Immobility, which will publish in Spring 2012.

Mystery - Deborah Feldman writes about a Hasidic NYPD police officer in her Fall 2012 release Unorthodox. The author uses her own Hasidic upbringing and inspiration from a true story as the basis of this series that is slated to include at least one more book.

Young Adult - Since teen suicide is on the rise in Suzanne Young's The Program, as a preventative treatment, teenagers' memories are erased. When one girl decides she wants to forgo the Program, she looks for a way out for both herself and her boyfriend who has already been treated and has forgotten all about her.

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!