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!


Thriller - Get ready for the return of bestselling author Tom Clancy’s renowned character John Clark with Locked On. Clark’s upcoming journey spans three continents as he looks for the man who framed him while simultaneously dodging the authorities and a mysterious organization intent on taking him down. This novel will hit shelves December 13 of this year.


Anthology - Some of our favorite YA authors, including Meg Cabot and Richelle Mead, are joining forces for a new anthology out next fall. Edited by Carrie Ryan, it has the working title Foretold and will include stories about prophecies and predictions. Our prediction? RT’s Whitney can’t wait to get her hands on this anthology that will be released next Fall!

Anthology - Jon Scieszka brings together a large group of authors for Who Done It? This collection of mysteries that revolve around the alleged killing of an awful editor will have over seventy authors contributing their work. Dave Eggers, Lemony Snicket and Sara Shepard are among those already attached to the project. Although there’s no publication date yet, the proceeds of this anthology will benefit 826NYC, a literacy non-profit.


Mainstream Fiction - After selling over 1 million copies in Sweden, Jonas Jonasson’s The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared is coming to the U.S. This unique tale follows the adventures of an elderly man who flees his nursing home on his 100th birthday and embarks on the adventure of a lifetime. American readers can expect to pick up their own copy of this bestseller next summer.

Fantasy - Everyone knows the iconic line “Me Tarzan, you Jane”, but what would the story be like from Jane’s point of view? For the first time in history, the Edgar Rice Burroughs estate is endorsing a female author’s version of the tale through Jane’s eyes, the upcoming novel by Robin Maxwell Jane: The Woman who Loved Tarzan. The new novel will hit shelves in Fall 2012, just in time for the 100th anniversary of Tarzan of the Apes.

Paranormal Romance - Author Shirley Damsgaard is sure to frighten with her next novel, A Scream at Midnight. Writing under the pen name Jess McConkey, this tale tracks a city girl heroine who moves to her husband’s farm, looking for the simple life. Instead she uncovers a gruesome murder and a terrifying ghost. This chilling tale will be in stores in August 2013. 

Mystery - In the upcoming novel Love Bomb by Lisa Zeidner, a heartbroken woman crashes a wedding in the suburbs and takes all of the guests hostage. As the guests, including actors, psychiatrists and more, try to figure out why they are being held captive, they share dark stores of their own challenges with love, marriage and raising a family. Publication date TBA.

Science Fiction - Do you crave interstellar adventure? Look no further than Star Road by Matthew Costellow and Rick Hautala. This tale tracks an outlaw who leads a group of travelers down an ancient highway through the galaxy, where they discover something beyond their wildest dreams. No publication date has been announced yet but RT’s Elisa is hoping that this new work has a Douglas Adams-esque flavor to it!

Historical Fiction - Anita Amirrezvani’s upcoming work transports readers back to the royal court of Iran during the sixteenth century. For those who love the sweeping historical dramas of Philippa Gregory, we suggest that you give this author a try when Equal of the Sun publishes in August 2012 — Amirrezvani's story’s exotic setting may just hit the spot!


Historical Fiction –  Tired of the Medicis, the Tudors and the Jacobites? Maybe this will whet your appetite. New author Suzanne Desrochers will delve into the lives of the Fille du Roi in a novel out next spring. This is a group of orphaned young women from Paris’ poorhouses and prisons sent to marry French soldiers and populate a new colony during the 1600s. It is sure to be full of excitement, heart break and an intriguing look into a topic that is not often the subject of fiction! 

Contemporary Romance - We're betting that Krista Phillips' debut will appeal to Janet Evanovich’s fans as the new author combines a wacky mystery with a light love story. A Sandwich Romance follows a 20-year-old living in Sandwich, IL, who falls in love with her boss and is plunged into a mystery that may cost her both her job and her new romance. This novel is slated for publication in 2012. 


Biography – Newsweek’s The Daily Beast journalist Allison Samuels will pen What Would Michelle Do?: A Modern Day Guide to Living with Style. This book will take readers behind the scenes of the First Lady’s rise to fame and explain some of her philosophies and the decisions she’s made. There’s no word on if the book will also tell us how to get Michelle’s signature buff arms, so we will have to wait until the Spring 2012 pub date to find out.


Young Adult – Coraline animators LAIKA, have picked up the film rights to Wildwood, the debut novel of The Decemberists’ front man Colin Meloy. The story features a girl who must hunt for her younger brother in an alternate modern-day Portland, after the tot is kidnapped by crows. The work is illustrated by Meloy’s wife, Carson Ellis and published by Blazer + Bray. LAIKA CEO Travis King reportedly wants to film all three parts of the story — the first installation of the series in stores now.  

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!