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!


Contemporary Romance - Romance authors are showing their support for US troops by gathering to write a currently untitled military-romance anthology. The collection’s profits will go to veterans’ medical research. Headlining the anthology are Alison Kent, Christie Ridgway and Cindy Gerard. And with a foreword from Robyn Carr, there won’t be a reader out there that won’t want to pick up a copy. Release date: TBA. 


Paranormal Romance - Returning to the steampunk world she first began in the RT Seal of Excellence winning novel The Iron Duke, Meljean Brook has penned a soon to be released novella titled “Salvage”, which will continue her Iron Sea series. 

Romantic Suspense - Bestselling author Kat Martin has just sold the next three books in her popular Raines of Wind Canyon series. We can’t wait for more sexy cowboys and heartpounding adventure!


Fantasy - Steampunk enthusiast Evie Manieri will publish her first novel, Blood’s Pride, in Fall 2012. During the story, a seemingly unimportant city is invaded causing an infamous female mercenary to step in to free the locals, but her motives are mixed and her mission unclear. 

Paranormal Romance - Dying during the Battle of Waterloo may have been preferable to surviving with the curse that marks the group of soldiers in Alix Rickloff’s new series. No ordinary fighters, these cursed warriors are shapeshifters and in Curse of the Imnada they search for a hidden enemy that they must take down in order to free themselves. However, what the men find is that freedom may come in a different form than they expected … in that of women to love. Curse of the Imnada will hit shelves Fall 2012 with two books to follow.


Mainstream Fiction - Allie Kingsley's first novel, The Liar, the Bitch, and the Wardrobe, is a tale based loosely on the author’s own experiences working with celebrities and Hollywood’s elite. The roman a clef is scheduled to publish next summer. 

Mystery - Due process follows the heroine of The Trial of Fallen Angels into the afterlife. After she dies, this lawyer is asked to take on the task of defending souls during the Final Judgment. She also takes advantage of her new position to investigate the mysterious circumstances surrounding her own death. James Kimmel, Jr.'s book will publish in Fall 2012. 


Memoir - Model, publishing maven and artist Grace Coddington will co-write her memoir with Michael Roberts. Selling for an estimated $1.2 million, the book promises to cover Ms. Coddington’s "modeling days in Sixties London, the car accident that changed her career path and her ascendancy through fashion's ranks as a stylist and editor at British Vogue and, later, its American counterpart."


How To - Victoria Schmidt will publish the second edition of the popular Writer’s Digest Book 45 Master Characters. Releasing next year, the book will help aspiring authors learn how to create characters with unique personalities by using well-known archetypes.


Young Adult - Lise Haines' 2009 novel, Girl in the Arena, has just been optioned by Charlize Theron’s production company. If the film version follows the book, then viewers can get ready for gladiator fighting and a forced engagement between Lyn and her family’s enemy. 


Erotica - In Tiffany Reisz’s next book, The Prince, a well-known erotica author’s life and loves are investigated. This Mira release is set to publish next year. 

Science Fiction - Rhapsody music founder Rob Reid will soon be releasing his first novel, Year Zero. Focusing on what he knows, Reid’s book is a satire of the music industry. The protagonist, a young lawyer, turns out to be the planet’s only hope as aliens set to destroy Earth in order to avoid punishment for pirating music. 

Historical Fiction - How does a woman who was born in genteel poverty rise through society to become one of the most richest and powerful women in the world? Find out in Gillian Bagwell’s fictional retelling of the life of the historical figure Bess Hardwick. This upcoming novel, titled My Lady Bess, will follow Bess’ life from obscurity through her four marriages during the Tudor Dynasty and beyond. 

Inspirational - The heroine in Nancy Moser’s next year’s historical novel, The Bridal Quilt, has been waiting for years to attract a wealthy suitor so she can marry. But her plans are interrupted when a man is injured because of her. Her feelings are more than just guilt, but as the man is poor, she knows that she cannot follow her heart. Or can she? 

Young Adult - Author Daisy Whitney, known for her hard-hitting YA novels including the 2010 standout novel The Mockingbirds, will be publishing the novel’s sequel, The Rivals, in February 2012. Whitney has also just sold her third novel. Leaving behind the boarding school setting, When You Where Here takes an American teenager from California to Japan as he investigates his mother’s unexpected death. Pitched as Lost in Translation meets Where She Went, Whitney’s internationally-set novel will be published Spring 2013.

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!