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!

NEW SERIES ALERT

Contemporary Romance - If you love fairytale romances, then you’ll be thrilled with this just-made deal. Author Hope Tarr will be treating readers to not one but three Happily Ever Afters with her Suddenly Cinderella series. These three tales will twine old-fashioned themes with new fangled heroines as unlikely women find their Prince Charmings with the help of some very chic “fairy god friends” and red stilettos. The first story, Operation Cinderella, matches a Goth editor with a conservative radio talk show host. It sounds to us like a clear case of opposites attracting — and getting a little push from their friends — in this Fall 2012 novel.

Young Adult - What would you do if you discovered that you were a “fallen” goddess and in order to tap into your powers you had to begin a relationship with an eternal lover — and forgo the human boy who has stolen your heart? We certainly couldn’t come up with an answer to this dilemma so we’re glad that Aprilynne Pike will tackle just such a scenario in the first of her upcoming series, Earthbound.

RETURNING FAVORITE SERIES 

Erotic Romance - Kele Moon will be bringing fans the sequel to her July 2012 erotica Defying the Odds. Her upcoming tale Star Crossed will be the second in the Battered Hearts series and features a couple whose love story is similar to Romeo and Juliet. Except instead of being a tragic love story about teens in the thirteenth or fourteenth century, it will be a contemporary tale featuring a Mixed Martial Arts. Luckily, we don’t have long to wait — this tale comes out on July 3!

Contemporary Romance - Bestselling author JoAnn Ross will transport readers back to the small town on the coast of Oregon for more books in her popular Shelter Bay series. Fans can expect at least two more heartwarming tales of love against the odds from this beloved genre maven.

Urban Fantasy - Author Amanda Stevens made a stir when she moved into the world of Urban Fantasy for her Restorer series about a woman who works in graveyards (and sees ghosts). We love spending time with the fantastic Amelia Gray, and were thrilled to learn that we could expect three more tales in this Gothic-feeling series about spooks, specters and the things that go bump in a graveyard.

EXCITING DEBUT AUTHOR

Mainstream Fiction - Gill Hornby will make women’s fiction fans pleased when she debuts with The Hive, the story of a group of grown-up mean girls. As this clique puts together a charity for their school, they (and we couldn’t say it better than the publicists do) “scheme, support, compete and jostle for position in their unspoken but fiercely run hierarchy”. Is it just us or does this tale sound backstabbily fantastic?

PIQUING OUR CURIOSITY

Romantic Suspense - When the heroine of Toni Anderson’s Dangerous Waters starts poking into a murder that takes place in a small town on Vancouver Island, her appearance causes quite a stir — but will she survive long enough to unlock a decades old mystery and find love? Publication date: TBA.

Thriller - Lisa Brackmann caught our eye with her last novel, Rock Paper Tiger, so we were thrilled to learn that she would be returning to modern China for her new novel Hour of the Rat. This story pits an American expat against filthy rich art collectors, eco terrorists and biotech companies with questionable honor as the Iraq war veteran hunts for a fellow soldier’s missing brother!

Paranormal Fiction - If you mixed television show Angel, you might get something similar to the new novel by Jeanne Stein and Samantha Sommersby. Fallen features a siren and a werewolf as they try to make up for the damage they did before “going good.” No publication date has been announced for this co-written project.

DOWNLOAD AND GO

Paranormal - What’s the fanged hero of Desires of the Soul to do in Gina Maxwell’s upcoming read? He’s fallen head over heels for a half-angel but she’s part of a prophecy that may leave her without a soul. We anticipate some serious ethics questions will be raised in this Spring 2013 release.

Fantasy - Drynn by Steve Vera takes on the story of a human cop who gets mixed up with magicians — a powerful group fighting to keep the world protected from a megalomaniac warlord. This tale of magic and mayhem will be on shelves in 2013.

NON-FICTION PICK

History - The World Made by Women: A History of Women from the Age of Cleopatra to the Era of Margaret Thatcher is author Amanda Foreman’s look at the world through the eyes of women. Readers can expect this to be a “continuous narrative” that uses the characters to express the evolution of existence from the times when Egyptians the driving power in the world up through the era when the English controlled the power.

TELEVISION TIE-IN

Mystery author Alan Bradley’s young sleuth Flavia de Luce may be coming to the small screen. This eleven-year-old has an uncanny mind for unraveling mysteries so we are really looking forward to see what director Sam Mendes’ Neal Street Productions does with the stories. Especially as Mendes is the talent behind American Beauty and Revolutionary Road.

MOVIE DEAL

If you’re craving a story about a strained mother-daughter relationship, look no further than the upcoming film adaptation of January 2012’s Wayward Saints by Suzzy Roche. This singer-turned-author tells the tale of a burnt out indie rocker who returns to the hometown (and mother) that she was glad to leave behind. 

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!