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!

NEW SERIES ALERT

Series Romance – Love a man in uniform? Then Laura Marie Altom's new heroes are for you. Her upcoming tales feature Navy SEALS soldiers and the women who can’t resist their charms. Fittingly enough, her series, releasing soon, is slated to be called Navy SEAL Operation Family.  

PIQUING OUR CURIOSITY

Steampunk Fantasy – In the Victorian London of T. Aaron Payton’s The Constantine Affliction there's a terrible disease is spreading through the streets that causes an involuntary sex change in its victims. I don't know about anyone else, but this upcoming book has me thinking about Jurassic Park.

Contemporary Romance – Boots, hats, honky-tonks and the cowboys who fill them. We can't get enough of these quintessential American men. So we're hoping that we can expect another cowboy hero from contemporary western author Carolyn Brown in her next novel, Sinful Delights. There’s no word yet on the setting, plot or characters but readers can expect the title to be available during Fall 2012. 

Science Fiction – James Knapp will be writing under the pen name James Decker for his next novel. In the evocatively titled The Burn Zone, there’s an alien invasion afoot and it’s up to the intrepid heroine to figure out if these newcomers are friendly or not. Publication date TBA.

Mainstream Fiction – You’ve heard of Dear Abby letters but how about Dear Atticus Finch letters? In the upcoming novel from Karen Harrington the author tells the tale of a 12-year-old girl who pens letters to Finch hoping for advice about how to deal with her mentally ill mother, first love and life in a small town in Texas. Readers can pick up Sure Signs of Crazy in Spring 2013.

Mystery - Things do not look good for the two Amish girls who are vacationing in Florida in P.L. Gaus' The Names of our Tears. Both girls are pulled into a dangerous scheme to traffic drugs across state lines. There’s no word about when this book will be in stores, but it definitely has that ripped-from-the-headlines appeal.

Historical Fiction – If behind every good man stands a great woman, we wonder what adjective applies to the wife and longtime companion of bank robber Jesse James? Our guess is that Cindi Myers can supply us with more than a few descriptive words for Mrs. James, as the author will be releasing The Woman Who Loved Jesse James in Fall 2012. 

Young Adult – Life gets complicated when the 17-year-old heroine of The Caged Graves by Dianne Salerni returns to the small town where she grew up. There she’s faced with a lackluster fiancée, long-held family secrets and a legendary treasure. However we’re not sure that any of that holds a candle to the fact that in this town “the dead don’t stay where you put them”. We officially cannot wait for this book to come out!

EXCITING DEBUT AUTHOR

Mainstream Fiction – Can a scrapbook reveal the truth about a family? This is the question that haunts the heroine ofThe Book of Summers by Emylia Hall. When she gets a scrapbook that takes her back to the seven summers her family spent in Hungary, she must question everything she thought was true about the collapse of her relationship with her mother. No publication date has been announced for this project yet, but we're stocking up on tissues!

MOVIE DEAL

Mystery – Fans of Adrian Hyland's Emily Tempest series will be pleased to know that Moonlight Downs (which was published abroad as Diamond Dove) and Gunshot Road may soon be coming to the silver screen. This Australian series features a heroine who is an aboriginal community police officer in Australia. Emily has been described as “the least likely law enforcement agent", so we can’t wait to see who in Hollywood will be tapped to play this role.

NON-FICTION PICK

Memoir – Aminta Arrington’s family packs up and moves to China, along with the daughter that they adopted from the country in order to get a better understanding of the ancient culture. We think this travel memoir sounds like Eat, Pray, Love for families!

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!