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
Contemporary Romance - Author Jill Gregory has been a force in the romance genre for over two decades and still produces tales that warm the heart and soul, so we were thrilled to learn that her latest series, the Lonesome Way books, will continue for at least two more installments.
Paranormal Romance - Laura Kaye keeps it classic — and by that we mean she’ll continue to tell the stories of Greek gods of the wind and their very human lovers who must work together to save the world from one of their immortal brothers. Readers can expect at least three more series outings, which will all hit shelves by 2014.
Thriller - What do a prison break, a Russian thief/assassin and a group of reluctant allies — who are pretty sure that they can’t trust each other — all have in common? You’ll have to pick up Alec Nevala-Lee’s trilogy ender The Scythian to find out. (But a word to the wise, the story will be more fun for you if you pick up the first two tales in this series about an international man of mystery!)
PIQUING OUR CURIOSITY
Historical Romance - Carrie Lofty’s Christie family returns as another Victorian era woman finds her match. In this story one of the younger sisters in the family, an opera singer, attempts to rehabilitate a vineyard, but the vinter in charge isn’t sure he’s ready to let go of the old ways. Will his stick in the mud attitude drive this Diva away? You can find out when the book hits shevles next summer.
Series Romance - When a female doctor is a victim of a drive-by shooting, she decides it’s time to look for a new career and parlays her experiences into a career as a talk show host, and in the process wins the attention of a tough ER doctor in Connie Cox’s yet-to-be titled Harlequin Medical Romance.
Erotic Romance - Have you ever wished that The Great Gatsby had more steamy scenes? Well, Stephanie Draven‘s upcoming trio of twenties-set novellas is sure to satisfy your desires. Expect all the trappings of the era including flappers, flyboys and much more in this 2013 collection.
Mystery - A cop-turned-drug addict gives up his vice when his ex-partner is killed. Filled with new purpose, the hero of Robert Lewis’ Damage Untold will do whatever it takes — even infiltrate San Francisco’s dark and dangerous crime world — in order to get justice for his fallen friend.
Contemporary Romance - A murder victim on the run seeks safety in Erin Bates’ just-announced story of modern day love. But when this heroine opts to hide out in Amish country, it doesn’t just provide her with the anonymity she craves, this young woman also finds romance with Her Amish Man. Publication date: TBA.
Historical Romance - When a rake is trapped with his wife during a vicious storm can he prove that he’s truly committed to their marriage and that since their ceremony he’s been A Rogue No More? Our fingers are crossed that this couple can find their way to happily ever after — and survive the wild weather in this tale from Lily Dalton (aka author Kimberly Ungar).
EXCITING DEBUT AUTHORS
Young Adult -Simone Elkeles and Jennifer Echols fans should keep their eyes open for Lindsey Scheibe’s Riptide, the story of a teenaged surfer who is trying to escape her abusive home … and avoid falling in love with her best friend.
Paranormal Fiction - The sisters in Cecey Robson’s Weird Girls never wanted their paranormal powers, but these four gifted gals will use their supernatural abilities to protect their town from the gathering forces of evil. Readers can expect this story on shelves in early 2013.
NON FICTION PICKS
Writers’ Aid - Book Architecture by Stuart Horwitz provides aspiring authors with a road map to revising your novel and making it truly publisher-ready! Horwitz has guided both genre fiction and non fic authors to critical success, so it’s exciting that he’s now giving wannabe writers access to some of his most helpful hints!
True Romance - The real life Brooklyn couple that has made their name selling unbelievable sweet treats (in the form of gourmet cupcakes) is now sharing a look at their professional and personal lives in Robicelli’s: A Love Story, With Cupcakes. Their tale comes complete with the antics of young children, financial turmoil and, of course, chemistry in and out of the kitchen!
If you love to see your crime-solving book heroines reimagined as small screen stars, have we got a treat for you. The rights to Karin Slaughter’s Grant County series have just been purchased. The six books about a small town pediatrician/coroner and her ex-husband, who just happens to be a police chief, are set to be adapted. And making the news even better? Slaughter herself will co-write the pilot!
Reese Witherspoon is no stranger to starring in film adaptations (her resume includes Vanity Fair and Water for Elephants) and now the actress/producer has purchased the film rights to two books. The first is Wild, a memoir from Cheryl Strayed about taking a hike across the 1,100-mile Pacific Crest Trail. And then the second is a children’s novel, Pennyroyal’s Princess Boot Camp by M.A. Larson, and for this film Witherspoon will most likely take a supporting role. About the second, Deadline.com reported, “The book is a modern-day fairy tale about a school that shapes girls into warrior princesses to battle a growing coven of wicked witches. The book, set up to be a series, just sold to Putnam’s Children’s.” Both of these projects sound like we’ll soon be seeing more of this talented actress!
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!