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!


Contemporary Romance - Readers absolutely cannot get enough of Jaci Burton’s books (especially her steamy Play-By-Play eroticas). And for those that are looking for new heroes and heroine to fall in love with, get ready because coming soon is a new series from Burton, this time a contemporary romance series set in Hope, Oklahoma. Today the author stops by to share an RT-exclusive early look at the new series:

"There will be an introductory novella that introduces the Hope series coming up next summer in an anthology with Carly Phillips. I'm very excited about that. Then the series will debut in the fall.

I'm basing this series on not only my own hometown, but several surrounding small town communities in the northeast Oklahoma area. Though the town of Hope is fictional. I have a deep abiding love for small towns and the wonderful people who occupy them, so this is my chance to set a series not only in the state I love, but to breathe life into a fictional small town. I can't wait!

Many of the characters in the series will tie together in some way, either by blood or by friendship. For example, Will Griffin, the hero in my introductory novella is good friends with Luke McCormack, the hero in Book 1 in the series. Emma Burnett, the heroine in Book 1 in the series is the sister of Molly Burnett, the heroine in Book 3. Logan McCormack, the hero of Book 2, is Luke's brother.”

So far we've contracted the novella and the first 3 books in the series. Working titles so far (subject to change) are: Introductory Novella is 'Hope Smolders', Book 1 is Hope Flames, Book 2 is Hope Ignites and Book 3 is Hope Burns."

Now we're left with one burning question, why must 2013 be so far away?


Historical Romance - Can a Regency-era heiress convince her ex-fiancé that, despite all appearances, he makes her say, "that’s The Earl of my Dreams?” We can’t wait to find out who wins this battle of wills — and if this lord will finally get his lady to the church for a second chance at love. This novel will be the first of three more Ministry of Marriage books from historical romance’s Christina Brooke.


Erotica - Allison Rushby and Allison Tait take on the pen name Allison Dobell will be publishing a tale titled Alice’s Wonderland. This novel is about a woman who runs a fancy BDSM shop and the man who attempts to stand in her way. This certainly sounds like a tale we don’t want to miss! Thankfully we won't have long to wait, this story will be released later this year.

Science Fiction - The new anthology edited by John Joseph Adams promises to be Epic. It boasts seventeen works from some of the genre’s most popular names including George R. R. Martin, Ursula Le Guin, Robin Hobb, and Kate Elliott. This collection will be released this coming November.

Mainstream Fiction - The heroine of Renee Swindle’s upcoming novel certainly has her hands full. She’s attempting to recover her emotional center after the death of her child and juggle the needs of her celebrity family. If so much were going on in our lives, we’d also feel the need to Shake Down the Stars. Publication date: Summer 2013.

Young Adult - When the Adrenaline-chasing teen in Laurie Boyle Crompton’s plays with fire, (which we are assuming is figurative, but in this case could be literal) she must face the consequences when her dangerous game blows up in her face. If you love Sarah Dessen and Kody Kepplinger, we suspect that this tale will “light your fuse” — and now we’re done with the puns. We promise.

Thriller - Mythology fans are sure to enjoy The Trial of the Gemini by Scott Turow. This story of identical twins Paul and Cass Giannis is loosely tied to the myth of Pollux and Castor. It follows the twisting relationships that connect these twins' family and former friends. The book is set to be in stores in 2014.


Historical Fiction - Jessica Brockmole tells the tale of a love that spans two world wars in her story about an American college student who falls for a Scottish poet in There You Are. This story is told through letters, which might just inspire you to pull out a pen and paper to tell your loved one just how much you care!

Historical Fiction - If you’re hunting for a historical that takes place in a different part of the world, we suggest Teatime for the Firefly by Shona Patel. This story is set in 1940s India and features a teenage girl who marries the first Indian man to become part of the world of British tea plantations. We’re in-tea-gued. (We know, we said we’d stop and now we’re punning again. We’re tea-riffically sorry!)


Mainstream Fiction - A few weeks ago we reported that Tracy Garvis Graves’ e-book phenomenon On the Island (a story about a teen and a older woman who fall in love while stranded together) was up for a film adaptation. We’ve just learned that the digital first book will be re-released next month and her sophomore novel Covet will come to stores in 2013.


Memoir - If you feel like you haven’t had a really good cry recently, then we suggest you stock up on tissues and keep your eyes open for The Wave — Sonali Deraniyagala’s story about surviving the tidal wave that swept through Sri Lanka in 2004 and stole the lives of the author’s parents, husband and two sons. Step aside Nicholas Sparks and Jodi Picoult for a real life tale of drama!


Although Justin LaRocca Hansen’s children’s book Monster Hunter won’t be in stores until October 1, 2012, the story has already been optioned for a film adaptation. This adventure features a boy who battles the creepy creatures that infest his house — and leaves behind a trail of defeated monster goo which his mom is not happy about having to clean up! One feisty boy, his trusty dog sidekick and a slew of icky, yucky, monsters? Watching this sounds like the perfect way to spend an afternoon with your small children.


TNT, the television network home of Falling Skies, will be taking on another futuristic action-adventure. This time it will be the small screen adaptation of William Brinkley’s The Last Ship. The story follows what happens when the inhabitants of a naval ship must re-build the world after a pandemic makes the threat of human extinction all too real.

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!