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!


Mystery - Eighty-one years after Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s death, his Sherlock Holmes series is returning with Anthony Horowitz penning The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel. Horowitz has been endorsed by the Conan Doyle Estate, and promises "a first rate mystery for a modern audience while remaining absolutely true to the spirit of the original". The House of Silk will be released November 1st.

Urban Fantasy - Rob Thurman's fans will be happy to know that there are two more Cal Leandros books releasing as well as another Trickster novel in the works. 

Contemporary Romance - The next three books in Carolyn Brown's cowboy themed Spikes and Spurs series will be released from Sourcebooks. And if they are anything like the other stories in the series, they promise to be a boot stomping good time! 


Paranormal - Starting in 2013, Kelley Armstrong will begin series called Omens and Shadows that promises readers a very different kind of heroine.

Historical Romance - Tammy Falkner's new Regency trilogy, the Unpardonable Errors series, will begin in 2012. The first book, Never Doubt He’s Dangerous, features a fairy who is warned not to fall in love with a human.

Mystery - Fascinated by coupon-clippers? Make sure to check out Josie Belle’s (aka Jenn McKinlay), newest cozy series starting out with Good Buy Girls that features a coupon diva. Release date TBA.

Young Adult - Reality show alum and author Lauren Conrad is releasing a YA trilogy starring Madison Parker, the villain of Conrad’s L.A. Candy series. The first book will hit shelves in Winter 2012. 


Paranormal - Set at the turn of last century in New York City, a female golem and a male djinni fall in love, but will their differences make it impossible for them to be together? Find out in Helene Wecker’s debut novel The Golem and the Djinni. 


Biography - Elle Rachel Syme, writer for NPR and The Daily Beast, is penning the true story of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s love affair with Sheilah Graham. Publication of the charmed and glamorous couple’s growing relationship and eventual fallout will be published in 2013.


Mainstream Fiction - Showcasing a mother’s struggle to overcome the grief at losing a child, Ann Hood's The Knitting Circle has just been purchased by HBO Films with Katherine Heigl set to star.


Paranormal - Friends and now co-authors Kathy Love and Erin McCarthy are releasing The Fangover. The book starts just after the wake honoring a member of the vampire rock band The Impalers and includes a wedding, vampire birth and a missing woman.

Romance - The protagonist in Maria Geraci's upcoming book The Ugly Girlfriend works to overcome her label as the “ugly friend”.

Paranormal - The Big Sleep meets Frankenstein meets The Curious Case of Benjamin Button meets Fringe. Confused? So are we, but that won’t stop us from checking out Michael Dempsey's Necropolis when it releases this October.

Mystery - Ryan David Jahn’s upcoming novel The Dispatcher begins when an East Texas police dispatcher gets a call from his teenage daughter months after she is declared dead. Release date TBA.


In Janet Edwards's Earth Girl a quirky 18-year-old girl manipulates her way into an archaeological dig on Earth in the year 2788. Release date: Summer 2012. 

Pitched as The Golden Compass meets Girl, Interrupted, Kat Zhang's Hybrid trilogy follows a 15-year-old girl must conceal her second soul or be locked up by the government. 

A 17-year-old girl learns to survive from monsters in the first of Demitria Lunetta's post-apocalyptic trilogy In The After. But she is not alone – accompanying her is an abandoned two-year-old she is protecting as the pair make their way to a survivors colony known as New Hope. The series is set to publish starting in 2012.

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!