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!

RETURNING FAVORITE SERIES

Paranormal Romance - A.C. Arthur’s part human, part animal shadow-dwelling heroes are back for three more books in her Shadow Shifters series! But for now, readers can pick up Passion’s Prey and mark their calendars for the fourth in the series, a yet-to-be-titled story releasing this December!

NEW SERIES ALERT

Suspense - Rhonda Pollero is moving from cozy mysteries to edgier suspense stories with her upcoming In Justice trilogy, about a mother who will do anything to keep her baby from the hands of a ruthless killer. We have a feeling she'll make the genre transition with ease. Book one hits shelves next spring!

PIQUING OUR CURIOSITY

Historical Fiction - Anne Girard takes readers on a whirlwind adventure from the salons of Gertrude Stein to the Moulin Rouge, with Madame Picasso, the love story of a Polish seamstress who relocates to Paris and find her way into the arms of one of the century’s most celebrated painters. Release date: TBA.

Series Romance - Can they make it work? Melanie Mitchell explores the relationship between a widowed nurse helping care for ill patients in a Kenyan clinic and a pilot who has a dangerous secret or two in Out of the Shadows, a Harlequin Heartwarming title coming this December.

Young Adult - Katherine Longshore channels inspiration from Downton Abbey for her upcoming novel Manor of Secrets, an Edwardian-era set story focusing on two girls who live in the same house, but who come from separate worlds. Will their differences keep them apart, or will they become fast friends? Release date: TBA.

Fantasy - The classic trope of a man-rescues-princess-from-dragon goes horribly awry when Steven Swiniarski's brave hero finds himself the victim of a wizard’s spell that has put him in the body of the princess, and the princess in the body of the dragon! Find out if they can swap back, or if they’ll be forever trapped as Dragon/Princess. Release date: TBA.

Thriller - Christopher Golden’s upcoming near-future thriller, Tin Men, sounds like something straight out of a video game. In this story, the U.S. has created a special infantry of robots controlled remotely by soldiers in underground bases, but after an anarchist attack, the soldiers realize they may be more deeply connected to the robots than they initially thought. Films rights have also been bought for this story, so expect this action-packed adventure on bookshelves and theaters! 

DOWNLOAD AND GO

Contemporary Romance - Would a deadly Marine sniper make a good nanny? We’re not so sure, but the single mom in Tawna Fenske’s upcoming sexy romance is willing to take a chance — on childcare and her heart — when her soldier brother hires the Marine to help care for her kids while he is deployed! Look for this Entangled Brazen release this fall. 

Erotica Romance - What happens when a young woman falls for the boy next door, only to find herself caught up in a BDSM romance that isn’t just about letting go physically, but emotionally as well? It sounds like Elia Winters’ heroine will have a difficult time keeping this relationship Purely Professional. Release date: TBA.

NON-FICTION PICK

Perhaps you’ve heard of some of the weird sex laws out there (for example, in Bakersfield, CA anyone having sex with Satan must use a condom), Erik Berkowitz certainly has. He’s exploring law and sex in his upcoming book The Boundaries of Desire: A Century of Sex and Law, in which he examines how the law has influenced our sexual culture, and vice versa.

MOVIE DEAL

Holly Luhning’s 2011 novel Quiver, about a young Canadian forensic pathologist who discovers a gothic cult in London that is imitating the crimes of Elizabeth Bathroy — a woman known for murdering dozens of young women and supposedly bathing in their blood, has been optioned for film. We’re curious to see how Luhning’s modern take on the Bathroy crimes are translated on to the big screen!

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!