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!

AUTO-BUY AUTHORS 

Contemporary Romance - Bestselling author Lori Foster is embarking on a new series. This author has already penned several books that live on the RT web team members’ keeper shelves — and we can't wait for more!

Young Adult - Melissa Marr and Tim Pratt will curate a collection of classic tales that are re-told as short stories in a new anthology titled Rags & Bones. Authors contributing to the project include Neil Gaiman, Kelley Armstrong, Lev Grossman and Carrie Ryan. Genre fans should expect to see Rags & Bones in stores in Fall 2013.

NEW SERIES ALERT

Science Fiction - A shapeshifting con artist and her less-than-law-abiding crew make a living bilking the galaxy’s rich and famous in Gini Koch’s new funny science fiction series. The series starter, A Royal Scam, is slated to be released this coming October. 

Fantasy - During the 1915 World's Fair in San Francisco, a young woman who talks to ghosts and a detective who is hunting a serial killer are on a collision course in Jamie Lee Moyer’s Delia’s Shadow. We can’t wait for this new series that promises to be chilling and full of historical details!

RETURNING FAVORITE SERIES

Mystery - Leslie Meier will continue her series of Lucy Stone cozy mysteries with a Christmas Carol Murder. Tinker’s Cove reporter Lucy just can’t seem to stay out of trouble but we’re happy to read all about the wacky adventures that ensue. In addition to this upcoming novel, keep your eyes open for a Lucy Stone novella, which will be part of a still-untitled anthology.

Contemporary Romance - Fans of New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery will be thrilled to learn that there are more stories about the inhabitants of Blackberry Island ahead. And even though the titles and publication dates of these books have not yet been announced, they had us at “Susan Mallery.”

EXCITING DEBUT AUTHORS

Mainstream Fiction - The suburban housewife heroine of Janis Thomas’ upcoming novel reaps unexpected rewards when she enters a blogging competition. This tale about the importance of reflecting on the world around you has us incredibly intrigued. We have almost a year to mull over the topic — the book comes out in Fall 2012. 

DIGITAL READS

Mystery - Stephanie Plum fans, you’ll want to check out the new novel from author JB Lynn. In Confessions of a Slightly Neurotic Hitwoman, the heroine agrees to work for a mob boss in exchange for her niece’s safety. This unlikely heroine is aided by her pet gecko and an ex-cop she’s not sure she can trust. There's no word yet on the publication date of this new Avon Impulse tale.

PIQUING OUR CURIOSITY

Graphic Novel - Scott Westerfeld’s bestselling Uglies series is one of the most compelling YA series available. So, we were extremely excited to learn that a new graphic novel will be set in this world. In Uglies: Shay’s Story readers get a chance to experience the world from the point of view of the heroine’s “frenemy”. The story is co-written and illustrated by Devin Grayson and Steven Cummings and we can’t wait to get our hands on the finished product!

Young Adult - What would you do if you were in the shoes of Blythe Woolston’s new heroine? She’s a girl who has always known that she is supposed to be a weapon in the kill-or-be-killed world she lives in, but when she puts on a vest of explosives her plan goes horribly wrong. Find out what happens in Black Helicopters, which will be available in Spring 2013.

Thriller - Follow two brothers from a concentration camp in 1945 to contemporary America where they wind up in the middle of political intrigue that has global repercussions in Michael Pocalyko’s The Navigator. This new read will be published in Fall 2012. 

Historical Fiction - Although there’s no title for this project yet, Linda Holeman’s new novel tracks the fate of family members during 1861's Imperialist Russia after the Emancipation of the Serfs. We will bring you more information about the story as soon as it becomes available, but for the moment we can tell you it is set to be released in Spring 2012.

Inspirational - In Greetings from the Flipside by Rene Gutteridge and Cheryl McKay Price, a woman looses her job, is jilted at the altar and ends up working at a greeting card company. Will her new boss’ enthusiasm for life help her learn how to trust in love again? We can’t wait to find out!

MOVIE DEALS

Mainstream - Three generations of women wrestle with the changes on in their lives as they summer on Nantucket in the upcoming film adaptation of Nancy Thayer's Summer House. Although we don’t know when the movie will be in theaters, RT's Whitney is hoping that actresses Jennifer Connelly, Alexis Bledell and Meryl Streep take on these roles for the big screen.

NON FICTION PICK

Biography - Breakfast with Lucian gives readers an insider look at Lucien Freud from the point of view of Geordie Greig, editor of the Evening Standard, who had a standing brunch date with the famous figure. The memoir mines hours of recorded conversations, as well as Greig’s personal photographs to bring readers a complete picture of Lucien Freud. Publication date Fall 2012. 

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!