Forewords - Books Before The Buzz

Looking for news about upcoming books in one convenient place? Our weekly column Forewords has everything you need. We share news about our most anticipated releases across all the genres — just as the projects are announced!


Romance - Contemporary romance maven Susan Elizabeth Phillips has just sold two more novels to William Morrow. No confirmation as to when these books will release, but if they follow the author’s previous release schedule, we might see the first in January 2012.


Young Adult - The next three books in Sherrilyn Kenyon’s series Chronicles of Nick will be released from St. Martin’s. For this new deal, Kenyon will reportedly make over a million dollars. For those unfamiliar with the YA series, Chronicles of Nick is a spin-off of Kenyon's adult Dark-Hunter books.

Paranormal Romance - We have just gotten news about two new books that will be coming in Dakota Cassidy’s Accidental series. For her next novel, Accidentally Dead, Again, Cassidy writes her first hero to ever get accidentally bitten. The book after that, The Accidental Genie, was inspired by the classic TV show I Dream of Genie

Woman’s Fiction - Marie Bostwick’s popular mainstream Cobble Court series will soon have three more novels releasing from Kensington. The series revolves around a quilting shop where women gather to discuss their lives, loves and mutual passion for crafting. 


Paranormal - The Three Musketeers with vampires? Sign us up for Sarah Marques' soon to be released Sword and Blood series where Athos is a vampire who must fight both the evil Cardinal Richelieu as well as his own bloodlust. Release date TBA. 

Mystery - Ellen Crosby, best known for her amateur sleuth series Wine County Mysteries, has just announced that she will be releasing a new series called Multiple Exposure. In these books, Crosby moves away from vineyards and into the world of politics.

Fantasy - Courtney Schafer will release the first two books in her new fantasy series, The Whitefire Crossing and The Tainted City, starting in Fall 2011. The series follows a young smuggler and his unfortunate association with two rival mages.  


Thriller - Just after Matthew Quirk’s debut novel, The Five Hundred, sold to Little Brown for a million dollars, 20th Century Fox purchased the movie rights. Described as a political thriller, the story follows an up-and-coming lawyer from the wrong side of the tracks that is recruited by a powerful DC PR firm only to realize his boss has a hidden agenda. 


Mainstream Fiction - In Emily Jeanne Miller’s debut novel, After Augustus, a stressed out “Mr. Mom" faces a possible divorce, loss of his own father and problems with his five-year-old son. 


Memoir - Author Leslie Maitland, former New York Times reporter, tells her own family’s story in a yet-to-be titled memoir about her mother’s former fiancé who went missing during WWII.


Horror - Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, writers of the horror movie franchise, Saw, will publish a novel titled Black Light. Release date TBA. 

Thriller - President Bill Clinton is writing the introduction for Thomas Caplan’s upcoming novel The Spy Who Jumped Off the Screen which publishes Winter 2012. The novel follows a former intelligence officer turned movie star that must stop the illegal sale of nuclear warheads. 

Mystery - Lynn Shepherd's next historical mystery, Tom-All-Alone’s, will be published mid-2012. The story follows young detective Charles Maddox who is investigating a mystery that mirrors two classic novels: Bleak House by Charles Dickens and The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins.

Young Adult - Pitched as a cross between Beetlejuice and Jennifer’s Body, Daniel Marks' upcoming YA novel Velveteen has a serial killer’s teen victim reaching beyond the grave for revenge.

Paranormal Romance - If you love Larissa Ione, Jacquelyn Frank, and Jeaniene Frost we have a new author for you to try. In 2012, Sherrill Quinn, writing as Cynthia Garner, will release Kiss of the Vampire, Secret of the Wolf and Heart of a Demon. Our fingers are crossed that these titles will deliver a hero (or heroine) for every type of paranormal-lover. 

Mainstream Fiction - Alice Hoffman bases her upcoming novel The Dovekeepers on the Roman’s siege of Masada in ancient Israel. Hoffman’s novel will be released the end of this year. 

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!