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 - Fan favorite author Angela Knight continues her Time Hunter Series with a new novella. There’s no word yet on who will be meeting their match in “Enforcer” but we are looking forward to Knight’s next signature hero!

Mystery - Professional dog walker Ellie Englemen, an amateur sleuth who can psychically connect to dogs, will get her seventh adventure from author Judi McCoy. Heroine Ellie, and her yorkie-poo pup Rudy, are always a blast to spend time with so despite the fact that the story doesn't have a publication date or even a title yet, we are already excited.

Fantasy - Suzanne Johnson’s Sentinels of New Orleans series will continue with Elysian Fields. The story follows a wizard on the hunt for an evil necromancer who is raising the city’s most famous killers from the grave. This spine-tingling tale will hit stores in 2012.

NEW SERIES ALERT

Series Romance - A pair of chefs fall in love and are plunged into a mystery in Elizabeth Barrett’s Deep Autumn Heat. This series starter introduces readers to the fictional New England resort town, Star Harbor. Publication date TBA.

EXCITING DEBUT AUTHORS

Mystery - Fans of the King Arthur legend will want to take note, fresh voice Sean Pidgeon puts his own spin on the famous myth for his debut novel. The tale follows a British archaeologist who ends up in the middle of a love triangle — and gains new understanding of the myth — after hunting for the historical truth behind Arthur’s life and reign. There is no news yet on when this title will be in stores.

Mainstream Fiction - Benjamin Lytal tells the tale of a summer fling that takes place in Tulsa in the 1990s ... and the couple’s unexpected reunion several years later. If the author’s name sounds familiar you may be thinking of his contributions to the popular magazines New Yorker and McSweeny’s.

PIQUING OUR CURIOSITY

Contemporary Romance - Gardening heals in the newest novel from Barbara Claypole. A shared love of the hobby brings together an entrepreneur with OCD and an expatriate widow in Dogwood Days. No publication date has been announced yet.

Mystery - CSI and other crime show fans will gravitate towards J.J. Jensley’s Resolve. In this new novel a professor of criminology must prove that he is not guilty of killing one of his students and her roommate. In order to do this the man uses all of his knowledge of the field to hunt for the real killer. This novel will hit shelves in 2013 and we are anticipating what promises to be a fast-paced read.

Young Adult - Liz Coley has set up a psychological mystery with Pretty Girl 13. The heroine of this tale was kidnapped at age thirteen, only to be returned three years later. She can not remember what happened while she was away, but she now shares her head with several alternate personalities that kept her sane during the ordeal. This book will be available in the Fall of 2012.

Mystery - Anna Loan-Wilsey take readers back to 1892 for her first novel A Lack of Temperance. The story follows an amateur sleuth and Victorian private secretary. We expect the read to be chock full of interesting historical details — the author is also a librarian and information specialist.

Inspirational - The foundling girl in Francine Rivers’ His Song in her Heart has a difficult life ahead of her. She runs away from the home of her adopted parents, and goes to Hollywood to become a star during the industry’s Golden Age. But she pays a price for fame and must hit rock bottom before she can come full circle and open her heart to the love of her parents and a good man. Although this book won’t be available until 2014, we are already intrigued by the woman’s compelling journey.

MOVIE DEAL

Mystery - Former FBI Agent William Rehder and co-author Gordon Dillow penned Where the Money is: True Tales from the Bank Robbery Capital of the World back in 2004. However, the insightful look at the world of bank heists in LA has now been optioned for film by Monkey Biz Productions. We are particularly intrigued to see how the movie features the gang of underage thieves and the adult leader of the crew that are described in the story. There’s no date for when we can expect to see the film hit theaters.

NON FICTION PICKS

Memoir - Soap opera star Jeanne Cooper has co-written Not Young, Still Restless: My Life So Far with New York Times bestselling co-author Lindsay Harrison. The non fic tale recounts Jeanne’s 38 year stint on soaps — including details from the early years of her time in Hollywood. Fans will be able to get their hands on the autobiography in March of 2012.

Biography - Robert Hardman turns his attention to England’s current monarch Elizabeth II, and her family, for Her Majesty The Queen. The book will portray an insider’s look at the royal family and their lives and is slated to be on shelves before next June’s Diamond Jubilee, the celebration that will mark 60 years of her reign.

Aspiring Authors - Looking to take your writing into the digital age? Author Nina Amir has put together How to Blog a Book: A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing and Publishing Manuscripts on the Internet One Post at a time. The title practically says it all, but the goal of the book is to help would-be writers blog effectively and get noticed by an agent or publisher while promoting their manuscript in order to build a fan base. Publication date TBA but with help like this, we almost wish we were writers as well as readers!

BOOKS IN STEREO

Mystery - The author team that writes as Cleo Coyle has just made a deal to re-release their Coffeehouse Mysteries series backlist, as well as the latest title Murder by Mocha to AudioGo. The series — and two more yet-to-be-published titles — will be adapted for readers’ listening pleasure.

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!