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 - Thea Harrison's Elder Races series started off with a bang when Dragon Bound received a rare Gold rating and went on to win the title of RT Best Book of the Year. The series continued to enchant as Harrison's mixed up world of shifters, wyr and supernatural creatures (fae anyone?) vied for power. So we are especially excited to learn that there are at least three more tales in the Elder Races series. New and old fans alike are sure to devour these upcoming titles, but will have to wait a while for more information as release dates and titles have yet to be announced.

Urban Fantasy -  Linda Grimes, author of In a Fix and Quick Fix is ready to continue her Urban Fantasy series with two more books, including The Big Fix, where aura adaptor Ciel Halligan finds herself in hot water after the wife of her new client turns up dead. Did the husband have something to do with his wife’s murder? If so, did Ciel give him the perfect alibi? Release dates: TBA.

Romantic Suspense - Marie Force, who is both a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, will release the 7th and 8th books in her Fatal suspense series in 2014, with book 7, Fatal Pursuit, scheduled to hit shelves March 24. Be sure to catch up with all the action before this next installment arrives!

NEW SERIES ALERT

Contemporary Romance - New Adult sensation Lauren Blakely will turn up the heat with her Sparks Fly series, which features sexy firefighters and the women who love them. Readers will be introduced to the series with a novella, Tricked and Treated, in a Halloween-themed anthology. Look for these sizzling reads this Fall!

PIQUING OUR CURIOSITY

Young Adult - Jennifer Armintrout, the USA Today bestselling author behind books like American Vampire and Child of Darkness, brings a new spin to the Romeo and Juliet story with Such Sweet Sorrow, where Romeo asks Hamlet to use his ability to speak with ghosts to help get Juliet back. Armintrout is writing as Jenny Trout for this title and is sure to enchant readers with this refreshing tale. Release date: TBA.

Series Romance - Firefighters seem to be the latest trend and we certainly won’t complain. In Samantha Hunter’s Remember This, an explosion causes a firefighter to lose her memory. Her ex, who still loves her and hopes she never remembers why they broke up, seems to be the only person who is able to help her regain her memories. Title and release date: to be announced.

Fantasy - RT Top Pick! author Alex Bledsoe will have two new books for readers to devour. Set for publication in 2014, the first book, Long Black Curl, is a rousing tale of renegade daughters, bitter exiles and a revenge-seeking rockabilly legend who puts an end to his faerie isolation.

Thriller - David Baldacci, author extraordinaire, will edit Face Off, an anthology of eleven original short stories featuring the characters from series of twenty-two bestselling thriller writers. Fans can expect pairings like Lincoln Rhyme with Lucas Davenport from Jeffery Deaver and John Sandford’s respective series. This pairing of characters is sure to make readers squeal with excitement! Look for the anthology next year.

DOWNLOAD AND GO

Erotica - A reclusive comic book artist is about to have his world turned upside down when an outgoing FX designer fights to show him that not all heroes wear capes and that love doesn’t always end badly. These two men are set to warm our hearts this fall in Damon Suede's Bad Idea releasing from Dreamspinner Press.

NON-FICTION PICK

Biography - Ginger Strand examines the complex and fascinating relationship between Kurt Vonnegut and his older brother Bernard in the upcoming bio The Brothers Vonnegut: Science and Fiction in the House of Magic. Strand will provide readers with an inside look at the experiments the brothers performed at the G.E. Research Lab — more commonly known as the “House of Magic” —and how both brothers changed the world of science. Release date: TBA.

TELEVISION TIE-IN

If you’ve already got Sean Chercover’s bestselling thriller The Trinity Game on your keeper shelf, get ready to add it to your DVR queue because the fast-paced adventures of Vatican investigator Daniel Byrne is headed to TV, specifically Fox. Daniel is the expert when it comes to uncovering false miracle claims, so we’re hoping his cases make for some excellent television.

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!