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!


Historical Romance - What if I Know What You Did Last Summer had been set in the Regency era? Readers will get a chance to find out when Manda Collins' upcoming series releases. The author's trilogy follows three widows who work together to shroud a duke’s death in mystery, but along the way each of these women unexpectedly find true love!

Contemporary Romance - Lori Wilde promises to delight readers with The Cupid Chronicles, her upcoming series about four women from Cupid, Texas who have never experienced love but nonetheless agree to help reply to people who seek Cupid’s advice. Does this story have anyone else thinking of 2010’s Letters to Juliet?  Either way, we can’t wait to read about this group of Texas gals who are about to get struck with cupid’s arrows!

Inspirational - Robin Lee Hatcher kicks off her series The British Are Coming with To Marry and English Lord. This tale pits a Viscount against a savvy American woman from Idaho. We know this USA gal handles both her home and professional life with style, but what is she going to do when she realizes she’s in love with a titled gentleman?


Science Fiction - S.M. Stirling’s Emberverse series will continue for four more books. The series, which started in 2004, has won a loyal fan base (with fan fiction and art to prove it!). Readers will be excited to know that the new novels will be released each year starting in 2013 and 2016 and will be set a generation after previous tales.

Contemporary Romance - Are you dying to find a small town that you can’t get enough of? Check out Cricket Creek from LuAnn McLane. This series, which started with 2011’s Playing for Keeps will get three more installments. And we can’t wait to kick back and enjoy several more hours in this fantastic (but sadly, fictional) Kentucky town.

Mystery - Alan Bradley continues the adventures of his young sleuth with her sixth novel The Dead in their Vaulted Arches. And we are more than ready for the author's pint sized Sherlock Holmes-ian detective to find another case. Unfortunately, the book won’t hit shelves until 2013.


Urban Fantasy - Writing as Jennifer Harlow, Jennifer Dowis will pen the tale of a small town’s high priestess that must face down a demon that a member of her coven summoned. However, this intrepid heroine isn’t alone in her battle, she’s joined by a werewolf who is willing to defy his alpha’s orders in order to protect the priestess he loves. But will this duo be able to uncover the traitor in their midst and emerge from this fight with their lives? To find out you’ll have to pick up Nine Days in Goodnight when it hits shelves in the near future.

Series Romance - The heroine in Michelle Major’s Still the One is not facing down literal demons but figurative ones. She returns to the small town that hates her in order to care for her mother. However, the townspeople still remember how the woman left her fiancé at the altar, in part because the man is still living there. But will opinions change if he’s willing to forgive, forget and start anew? 

Young Adult - If you are craving some supernatural fare then we've got your fix with Freak, Emily Pohl-Weary’s tale of an indie rock star who, after being attacked in Central Park, is transformed into a werewolf. Now she must manage her career and her secret with the public watching. Release date: TBA. 

Mainstream - The Whole Golden World by Kristina Riggle tackles a subject that could be ripped from the headlines. The story follows a family that is shaken to the core when the parents find out that their teenage daughter had had an affair with her teacher — and then the girl supports him through the arrest and trial. Talk about an impossible situation. 


Historical Fiction - Get whisked back to the 1930s at an exclusive riding school in the Blue Mountain Ridge as Anton DiSclafani’s The Yonahlosee Riding Camp for Girls follows a young woman who is exiled to the school after she plays a role in her family’s tragedy. Expect Southern manners, family secrets and the life of the rich (and questionably famous) to intersect in this unusual novel.


Biography - Author Claire Harman did some serious in-depth research for her upcoming non-fic book Charlotte Bronte. The author uses “little known material” about the writer’s life including her unrequited love for her Belgium teacher, Monsieur Heger.


Jeffery Deaver’s Edge follows a senior protection officer in a secretive government agent who has been assigned to protect the family of a detective that is being hunted by a serial killer. This 2010 novel is sure to make good fodder for adaptation, the only question is — who will play the hero, Corte? Our fingers are crossed for Denzel Washington or Bruce Willis!

Richard K. Morgan’s 2003 novel Altered Carbon is planned to get a film adaption by the production team that worked on Shutter Island, Avatar and Zodiac. We are very interested to see how the cast and crew will transport viewers into the world of the 2500s, an era of body swapping. RT’s Kelly Rae Cooper said of the story, “Morgan perfectly blends speculative fiction and period noir with his hard-boiled detective, wise-cracking police, dishy dame and murder. “ So the bar is set high!

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!