Forewords - 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!


Mainstream Fiction - HarperCollins will publish Amy Tan’s next novel The Valley of Amazement. Tan describes the book as “a story about 1890-1940 San Francisco, Shanghai and the valley in-between…. A painting called the 'Valley of Amazement' is passed along through three generations of women of the same family. Despite vast differences in their upbringing, culture and circumstances, each of the women is drawn to discover the meaning of the painting and the unknown histories of their mothers.” No word yet on a release date for the novel.

Young Adult – Made famous for her steampunk Parasol Protectorate books, bestselling author Gail Carriger has just inked a deal for her first YA novel. The new series begins with Espionage and Etiquette, which takes place in the same “Soulless” world that heroine Alexia Tarabotti inhabits, only these teen books are set 40 years prior to Alexia’s missions. Carriger will introduce new characters who are sent to a young ladies finishing school where spying are taught to young, aristocratic women. 


Mystery - Kaitlyn Dunnett's next two stories in her Liss MacCrimmon series will be released shortly. The series will continue where readers left off with the title character preparing to get married in Maine. But nothing for this amateur sleuth runs smooth including a gaggle of re-enactors, a busybody mother-of-the-bride and murder. 


Paranormal Romance – Avon Impulse, the publisher’s digital publishing imprint, will release the first two books in Kristin Miller's Crimson Bay Series. 

Romance - Ken Casper has a new three book trilogy releasing. Titles in this family saga include A Man Called Jesse, The Major Comes to Texas and The Texan. Publication of the first book is set for 2012. 


Young Adult - Veronica Roth‘s upcoming novel, Divergent, which got a RT Top Pick! for May 2011, has just been sold to Summit Entertainment, the production company that released the Twilight films. 


Young Adult – Promising to be a cross between Dollhouse and Prison Break for teens, Jennifer Rush's debut novel, Altered, is schedule for publication Fall 2012. The story follows a 17-year-old who is trying to escape from the mysterious Agency that her father runs, which erases memories, installs secret identities and dabbles in genetic alteration.  

Thriller – In David Rich's debut Caravan of Thieves, a Marine must confront his con man father about a hundred-million-dollar heist. Release date TBA. 


Mainstream Fiction - Pitched as a modern day retelling of Anne Boleyn set in Los Angeles, author and TV writer Carol Wolper’s next novel Anne of Hollywood will be releasing soon from Gallery. 

Series Romance - Julie Benson will release her new book Designer Cowboy under the Harlequin American Romance imprint. The story follows a Colorado cowboy who reluctantly travels to New York in order to become a male model. There he clashes with the beautiful advertising executive who’s job it is to make him a household name. 

Romantic Suspense – Currently untitled, Virna DePaul's upcoming romantic suspense centers on photographer who is going blind and working against the clock to catch a killer. 

Contemporary Romance – Growing up in Deer Lick, a future in Montana held no appeal for the heroine of Candis Terry's upcoming 2011 e-book Drive Me Crazy. But after the heroine spends time on the red carpet as a celebrity stylist, she just might be ready to return home to the man she loves. 

Paranormal Romance – 2010’s Writing With the Stars contestant Lisa Kessler has just sold her novel Night Walker for publication later this year. Kessler’s paranormal features a shapeshifting vampire who is trying to save his reincarnated love from a sadistic monk who will stop at nothing to gain immortality. 

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!