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 ALERTS
Young Adult - Author Kendare Blake, of Anna Dressed in Blood fame, is beginning a new series titled Antigoddess. The books will follow two teenage Greek gods, Athena and Hermes, as they gather up their reincarnated allies to do battle against the evil Hera and Poseidon. No word yet on when the first of this trilogy will be released, but we can’t wait to meet the hero and heroine, not to mention their sidekicks Cassandra, a once powerful seer who has been reborn as a regular girl, and Odysseus, a good looking jokester.
Mystery - Waitresses make the best heroines. Just ask Carol Miller's newest amateur sleuth starring in series first Murder and Moonshine. Making her way at a small town cafe in Virginia, the heroine of this series solves crimes that others can’t. Release date TBA.
PIQUING OUR CURIOSITY
Contemporary Romance - As a young wife and mother, Polly Williams' titular character from The Angel at No. 33 never expected to die in a freak accident. But after she does, she is allowed to stay behind to watch over her family. What she sees is her husband slowly coming to terms with his grief while he forms an unexpected bond to his late wife’s best friend. No word yet on when this sweet romance of love, loss and second chances will be released.
Historical Fiction - Be transported to the Russian Imperial Court by the story of the son of a legendary Chechen rebel raised as the foster son of Czar Nicholas I. Follow the young man’s journey as he navigates a new country, new religion and new culture all the while falling in love. Alexandra Lapierre’s Between Love and Honor is currently being translated from French and will publish in America in March 2013.
Series Romance - Get ready for some serious suspense when author Jill Sorenson's releases Aftershock from Harlequin in 2013. After an earthquake, the heroine of this tale finds herself trapped under an overpass in Southern California. Now she must figure out how to escape the rubble while avoiding a busload of escaped convicts.
Erotica - When a poor Irish maid is accused of a crime she didn’t commit, she escapes the authorities by boarding the Titanic. After an iceberg sinks the ship, the woman takes the place of the Countess of Marbury. A new lease on life, she now has the world open to her as well as the affections of two men, one a charming gambler and the other a wealthy entrepreneur. Jina Bacarr’s Titanic Rhapsody will be releasing soon in digital format from Ellora’s Cave.
Thriller - Deep below the streets of London, caverns from World War II remain unearthed. Once the home to secret scientists and their dangerous medical experiments, these dark and desperate places will be revealed in Chris Angus’ novel London Underground which will be released in 2012.
Science Fiction - Machines turning against mankind is perhaps one of the most enduring, as well as terrifying, plots in science fiction. Author Will McIntosh will soon release his own version of this nightmare in his upcoming title Defenders. In the novel, humans originally designed killing machines to fight off invading aliens, but these artificially intelligent machines turn on their creators and may leave no one left to protect. Release date TBA.
Young Adult - Set in 1804, RT favorite Alyxandra Harvey’s upcoming novel, The Regency Witches, follows three cousins as they discover their magical abilities. Making their transition difficult is the unknown nature of their witchcraft as well as the Regency London setting where they navigate Society as debutantes. But as distracting as their powers are, it is a good thing these three ladies possess defenses because a serial killer is stalking young women and the cousins just may be next. The Regency Witches will be releasing in 2012.
EXCITING DEBUT AUTHORS
Paranormal - Joining an underground mercenary group to destroy evil is a bad idea. Joining an underground mercenary group that has set out to destroy your family is an even worse idea. Get ready for the heroine of Megan Powell’s upcoming release No Peace For The Damned to make the ultimate sacrifice. No word yet on this novel’s release date.
Mainstream Fiction - Taking on the controversial topic of slavery reparations, Tara Conklin's first novel, The House Girl, promises to spark debate as the novel takes on two stories. One of a modern corporate lawyer who must find the “perfect plaintiff” to be at the center of a reparations case. The second story follows a runaway slave from Virginia whose beautiful pieces of art have been claimed by her mistress.
Biography - Rumors have been swirling forever about the Romanov family and if indeed any of the siblings made it out of the fighting alive. But ever wonder what happened before the revolution? Then check out Helen Rappaport’s 2013 release Four Sisters in which each of the Romanov daughters — Olga, Tatiana, Maria and, of course, Anastasia — are investigated.
Memoir - In her upcoming memoir title Welcome Back To Civilization, Jessica Alexander, an average American girl, tells the story of how she moved from Connecticut to North Darfur where she managed a 24,000-person refugee camp. There is no publish date yet set for this amazing story, but we are already feeling inspired by this woman’s unimaginable courage and acts of charity.
The book Soul Survivor by Ken Gross is about a toddler whose nightmare reveals a fighter pilot’s experience during the Battle of Iwo Jima in 1945. The young boy’s father doesn’t believe his son until research of the battle proves that indeed the little boy is reliving an actual even that took place decades before. Coincidence or reincarnated spirit? Viewers will find out when Gold Circle Films releases the film adaptation of Gross' story.
Amazon top seller as well as New York Times bestseller Erik Larson's In The Garden of Beasts has just been purchased by Universal as a star vehicle for mega actor Tom Hanks. It looks like Hanks will be taking on the role of William Dodd, the US Ambassador to Germany in 1933 when the Nazi’s were poised to take power. While Dodd saw first hand the brutalities that were happening around him, sadly he was unable to convince the outside world of the atrocities that were yet to come.
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!