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

Young Adult – Rachel Caine will add three new titles to her Morganville Vampires series which is set in the sleepy college town where vamps make the rules. Although no publication dates have been announced, we're looking forward to returning to Morganville (at our own risk, of course) for the upcoming books thirteen through fifteen in this long-running series!

Paranormal Romance – Gerry Bartlett has just signed on to pen the ninth in her vampire series, the Glory St. Clair books. In this tale, heroine Glory heads to Scotland to hunt down her sire-slash-the love of her afterlife and our fingers are crossed that all goes well for this loveable vamp.

NEW SERIES ALERT

Thriller – The Dead Man series by Lee Goldberg and William Rabkin follows a man named Matthew Cahill who, after a fatal accident, is resurrected to fight evil that is only visible to him. The forthcoming books in the series will be published by Amazon’s newly announced 47North imprint. Face of Evil is slated to hit stores this month as an e-book and in print, and fans can expect at least four more titles to follow.

Mystery - Readers will head to Beantown for Hank Phillippi Ryan's new series. The Other Woman starts the series and stars a reporter in Boston who will do whatever it takes to protect her sources. The first story will be in stores Fall 2012.

PIQUING OUR CURIOSITY

Series Romance – Would you make the same choices as Lena Diaz’s upcoming heroine? She's in WitSec and after her true identity is revealed, she hits the road with a US Marshall hoping to stay alive in Her Reluctant Protector. There’s no word on when this Harlequin Intrigue will be in stores, but we can’t wait to get our hands on what promises to be an extremely fast-paced adventure.

Paranormal – Stacey Kennedy kicks off her Magic & Mayhem series with Werewolves Be Damned. In this story readers will meet the survivor of a werewolf attack who must train to become a Guardian of Otherworld for her own protection. But will her enemies tear her to pieces before she has a chance to adapt to her new life? 

EXCITING DEBUT AUTHORS

Mainstream Fiction - Kelly Harms Wimmer goes from literary agent to author with the release of her first novel, The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane. Two women by the same name arrive at a million-dollar dream home in Maine believing that they have each won it as a prize. Instead they meet each other and the experiences that follow change both of their lives. 

Inspirational – When a Navy Commander stays in his burning fighter jet just long enough to keep it from crashing into a civilian neighborhood, he suffers fatal injuries in David Stevens’ Resurrect. But will the modern-day warrior choose to take on another adventure or go quietly into the night? Either way, we plan on having the tissues handy when we get our hands on this debut novel.

NON-FICTION PICKS

Popular Culture – Shannon McKenna and Joni Rendon will pen Writers Between the Covers, which chronicles the love lives of some of the most famous modern authors — and explains how their relationships affected their novels. Although we don’t know the entire line-up yet, we do know that Agatha Christie, T.S. Elliot and Oscar Wilde will all be featured in this collection.

Writers' Reference – Whip your career into shape with Christina Katz’ The Writer’s Workout: 366 Tips, Tasks & Techniques from Your Writing Career Coach. These daily prompts will help you do all the mental stretches and heavy lifting required to create a bestseller. (An added benefit, we’ve learned that the book will be written “in an encouraging yet no-nonsense tone” — no army drill sergeant workout here!) Publication date TBA.

TELEVISION TIE-IN

Mainstream Fiction – We’re loving ABC’s new series PanAm, which follows the life and times of the company’s flight attendants back in the 1960s. So we were thrilled to learn that The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel — which follows the drama of the lives of the wives of NASA’s first spacemen — has already been snapped up for adaptation. The book isn’t scheduled to hit shelves until Spring 2013 and there's no word yet when we can expect the television show but pardon our pun, Houston, we’re ready for lift-off!

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!