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!


Paranormal Romance - Talented author Lauren Dane will return for another story in her Bound by Magick series. We loved Dane's November series starter, Heart of Darkness, which was clever and fast-paced romance that included witches. Here's hoping for some more hocus pocus when the series third, Going Under, releases next spring.

Historical Romance - Maggie Robinson will also be continuing her popular London List series with Captain Durant’s Countess. We are loving this new trend of Regency heroes who aren’t lords, so we can't wait to see if Captain Durant is really just a captain or if he's a titled gentleman. But either way we know we will love this swashbuckler when his story hits shelves!


Contemporary Romance - If you love the romantic writing of authors Louisa Edwards and Amanda Usen, be sure to check out Mollie Cox Bryan’s upcoming series that will set foodies’ hearts aflutter. The series first, Saffron Nights, features a handsome photographer and a crafty food journalist who team up to track down an ancient aphrodisiac.

Mystery - A Samurai and a Portuguese priest work together to prove that a teahouse entertainer is innocent of murder in Shinobi, the first outing of Susan Spann’s new series which will hit shelves soon. The author also promises that each following book in this world will showcase a different part of Japanese culture in the 1500s.

Science Fiction - The Homecoming, Brenda Cooper’s new series, will take readers on a multi-generational spaceship’s voyage back to the mother planet. However, over the course of the centuries of flying through outer space, the ship's inhabitants have developed a distinct social structure. In the first book in the series,The Creative Fire, one young singer will attempt to break down these barriers. An interesting fact? The story’s main character was inspired by Eva Peron.


Paranormal Romance - In the upcoming futuristic tale from Britt Bury, a man has searched for thousands of years to carry out revenge on his clan’s last surviving enemy. But when he discovers that his rival is actually the last human on Earth, and a woman, will his desire to possess her outweigh his duty to his forefathers? Either way it’s sure to be this hero’s Darkest Day.

Historical Fiction - Sam Toperoff’s Lillian and Dash will transport readers back to the early 20th century for his fictional account of the relationship between Dashiell Hammett, the clever mystery author, and fellow author Lillian Helman. Although the pair did share a home on and off for about 30 years, the true nature of their relationship always remained unclear, so we are very much looking forward to this fictional rendition of their time together.

Contemporary Romance - The heroine of The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & Cafe returns to her grandmother’s hometown, leaving behind her life as a career-driven attorney. But will she discover the love and purpose she seeks in this upcoming novel from Mary Simses?

Inspirational - In Victorian England, a 17-year-old quickly realizes that she is a pawn of two of her nation’s most influential gentlemen. But can she uncover the truth fast enough to free her from their power plays? To find out, you’ll have to read Born of Persuasion by Jessica Dotta, coming soon.

Mainstream Fiction - Lisi Harrison, author of the popular YA series The Clique, is set to publish her first novel for adults. The Dirty Book Club will tell the tale of four women who create a secret club in the 1960s which changes the course of their lives — and now they are ready to pick new younger women to continue their traditions. Publication date: TBA.

Erotica - Cleis Press will soon treat readers to two steamy reads. In August 2012, it will deliver Cowboy Lust: Erotic Romance for Women by Delilah Devlin. And then two months later the publisher will release Kristina Wright’s Duty and Desire: Military Erotic Romance.

Mainstream Fiction - Peter Spiegelman’s newest protagonist is a “Robin Hood Doctor” and takes money from his job providing undocumented emergency surgeries to celebrities and criminals alike, and with his ill-earned gains runs a street clinic in L.A. for the poor and helpless. There is no release date yet for this story, but we are intrigued by this anti-hero and wonder if he has a merry band that helps him with his escapades.


Young Adult - When it comes to the upcoming debut of Cristina Moracho, RT’s Whitney heard the magic phrase “pitched as The Time Traveler's Wife crossed with Weetzie Bat and the work of Sarah Dessen” and immediately began planning how she could get an advance reader copy of Althea and Oliver by the new author. The story's main characters share an eleven-year friendship which is threatened when Althea begins to develop feeling for Oliver, and he worries about his future as his incurable sleep disorder becomes worse.


Memoir - The popularity of PBS’ Downton Abbey has inspired a slew of new reads, but we aren’t sure if any have been quite as anticipated as the just-announced re-release of Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan’s The Glitter and the Gold: The American Duchess — in Her Own Words. This story illustrates the Victorian Era duchess life in England, and will contain photos and an all-new forewords from the Duchess’ granddaughter Serena Balfour. 


The self-published Celestra series by Addison Moore has just been picked up by Twentieth Century Fox. Traffic and Syriana writer Stephen Gaghan is working on the project and the author will also be consulting, so we are hoping to see her visions of haunted houses, psychic teens and powerful angels come to life in brilliant detail.

The true story of the first woman to sail around the world, who did so by pretending to be a man back in 1765, will be coming to the big screen. Author Glynis Ridley’s December 2011 novel The Discovery of Jeanne Baret shares an account of the woman’s masquerade as a botanist’s assistant, living on a boat with 115 men for two years. Anchors aweigh, we can’t wait to set sail!

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!