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 - Author Vanessa Kelly will take readers back to the Regency era for her Renegade Royals series about several heroes born out-of-wedlock that have aristocratic blood flowing through their veins. Readers can expect at least four novels in the series and two connected e-shorts, however no publication dates for these stories has been announced yet.

Romantic Suspense - Do you love the drama of stories about search and rescue teams? If so, be sure to check out Vivian Arend’s newest project. Her Adrenaline series is sure to make your heart race as this squad tries to beat the clock and track missing persons. Release date for the first book: TBA.


Contemporary Romance - If you have been enjoying the antics of Reverend Curtis Black then we have good news. Kimberla Lawson Roby’s bestselling series is getting two more installments. And if that news isn’t exciting enough, we’ve also learned that the author will be treating readers to not one, but two standalone novellas, as well.

Paranormal Romance - Larissa Ione’s Demonica series is set to gain two more installments. We can’t wait to dive into the author’s next cleverly crafted paranormal world; she’s a true power in the genre!


Historical Romance - Is it true that Geek Girls Don’t Wear Petticoats? We’ll have to read Gina Lamm’s tale about a modern day geek who finds herself in Regency London for a lesson in etiquette — and a timeless love. Thankfully, all our questions will be answered soon as this novel will be in stores in Spring 2013.

Series Romance - If you love your heroes hot and Harley-riding, then be sure to keep an eye out for The Bolton Boys from Sarah M. Anderson’s upcoming Harlequin Desire tales. Middle brother Ben, the CFO of Crazy Horse Choppers, will fall for heroine Josey against his better judgment in July 2013. Then in September 2013, eldest brother Billy becomes a reality show contestant and meets single mother Jenny. And although there’s no publishing date yet for their baby brother Bobby’s story, we know that he’s going to find out he’s a daddy-to-be when Stella walks back into his life — but can he clean up his act enough to prove that he’s real father material?

Mystery - When the heroine of Christy Barritt’s The Potato Couch’s Wife tries to solve the murder of her Boring, Indiana neighbor, she may stumble upon some uncomfortable truths in this Fall 2012 novel.


Contemporary Romance - And speaking of Christies, Christi Barth’s Aisle Bound e-trilogy will begin with Planning for Love in August 2012 as a wedding planner and a man who doesn’t believe in HEAs face off. (Barth will also release a holiday novella in December 2012, which will be unconnected to her Aisle Bound books.)


Young Adult - When Dorothy Dreyer’s teenage heroine succeeds in bringing her sister back from the dead, she gets on the wrong side of her sibling’s reaper and now the creature is gunning for both girls. The May 2013 novel My Sister’s Reaper can’t come soon enough for us, and our fingers are crossed that both girls will be alive at the end of the story!

Women’s Fiction - It’s “Roots meets The Help” in Marlen Bodden’s first novel The Wedding Gift. This historical tale takes a look at the bonds that women form despite coming from different races and social classes. Are you interested? This novel will be on shelves during 2013.


Humor - Blogger Annie Choi, the author of Happy Birthday or Whatever: Track Suits, Kim Chee, and Other Family Disasters, will bring readers Letters to You and All Your Friends in the summer of 2013, telling certain groups and individuals exactly what we wish we were able to say to them. So we’ll be looking for this collection to include quite the talking-to for people like drivers who park across two spaces, co-workers who leave the communal kitchen a mess and roommates that are never on time with the rent!

Self Help - If you’ve ever pondered WHY WE LOVE MARY ANN: What the Girl-Next-Door from Gilligan's Island Teaches Us About Love and Relationships, Work and Play, Respect and Responsibility, Purpose and Gratitude, maybe you did so with fewer words. But Dawn Wells, the actress who played the classic shipwrecked character, will pen this book about how Mary Ann and her timeless values acted as a “voice of reason for this sometimes dysfunctional ‘family’ of castaways” and a woman who was loved by all.


Netflix has picked up Brian McGreevy’s April tale Hemlock Grove to be the basis of the company’s first original streaming TV series. This supernatural story of murder and magic in a Pennsylvania steel town is scheduled to be available early next year. X-Men’s Famke Janssen and Bill Skarsgard from Simple Simon are set to star in the production.


Detective by Neal Hirschfeld and Kathy Burke has just been sold to Miramax Films. The story looks at the life of a female undercover drug cop. It’s work that is often dangerous and frequently isolating, so we are looking forward to hearing casting news about this adaptation.

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!