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!


Mystery - Bestselling author Harlan Coben has just signed on to write three more novels. Fans can expect new books from this perennial favorite to come out in hardcover from publisher Dutton. We will let you know as soon as we have more details! 

Mainstream Fiction - Barbara Kingsolver’s latest heroine confronts her family, faith and the entire world when she attempts to reveal a valley in Tennessee that is consumed by silent red fire. We are eagerly anticipating more details about this Fall 2012 release.


Paranormal Romance - Laura Wright’s Mark of the Vampire series third plunges readers back into the impending war between Pureblood and Impure Vampires. Fun detail about this deal, it’s for three books and an e-Special story.

Mystery - Sheila Connolly is set to continue her Museum Mystery series with book number four about the president of Philadelphia’s Pennsylvania Antiquarian Society. Connolly will also be continuing her Apple Orchard Mystery series with book seven! Publication dates TBA.


Young Adult - The heroine of Another Little Piece, the first book from Kate Karyus Quinn, wakes up alone in the Oklahoma countryside. All she knows is that her spirit is in another girl’s body — a girl that she killed. So, the heroine heads to the girl’s family in upstate New York to try to discover her true identity (and if she’s killed anyone else). We can’t wait for what promises to be a chilling debut!

Historical Fiction - Head back to the 1870s for Where the Light Falls by Katherine Keenum. The novel follows a young woman who studied at Vassar as she travels to Paris. Although her plan is to study painting, there she meets an American Civil War veteran who wins her heart. There’s no date yet for when this tale will be available.


Fantasy - Prepare to be astounded by George R.R. Costanza’s A Game of Groans. The novel will satirize George R. R. Martin’s popular A Song of Ice and Fire series, made popular by the HBO television series A Game of Thrones. Groans parodies Martin's work with a world where spring is returning and the fate of the Bark family hangs in the balance.

Series Romance - When the young son of Robin Perini’s newest heroine witnesses a murder in Unwilling Witness, his mother will do whatever it takes to keep him safe, including teaming up with the Texas Sheriff that her family framed years ago. Series romance fans should keep their eyes open for this gripping Harlequin Intrigue.

Erotica - In the upcoming Harlequin Spice Briefs story The Shifters by Cathleen Ross, a group of weres learns about lust and love. No publication date has been announced yet but we are looking forward to this short and steamy tale!

Thriller - When a woman attempts to assassinate a presidential candidate and fails, she goes mute about the entire incident. The candidate’s team must figure out what the woman’s motives are and do damage control before the opposition gets wind of the incident in The Secret Keeper by Paul Harris. Genre fans can expect this tale in Summer 2012.


Memoir - Wendy Lawless pens a tale of her unstable home life as a child in Chanel Bonfire. The book chronicles her family's frequent moves as her mother, who slowly succumbed to mental illness, took Wendy and her sister back and forth from the Savoy in London to the Dakota in New York City.


Thriller - Deborah Schupak’s Sylvan Street is set to be turned into a television series. When a group of suburban New Yorkers stumbles upon a suitcase full of cash in their new neighbor’s back yard, the plot quickly thickens. Word is that Isbe Productions, ABC Studios and Larkin-Goldstien Productions are all interested in bringing this show to viewers. Our fingers are crossed that this tale — which sounds like a mix between Desperate Housewives and The Riches with a heavy dose of suspense — gets the green light!

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!