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
Young Adult - Candace Bushnell will continue her Carrie Diaries series, which are prequels to Sex and the City, with two new books. Publish dates TBA.
Paranormal - Angela Knight will soon be releasing the next book in her Mageverse series titled Master of Darkness.
NEW SERIES ALERT
Series Romance - Harlequin author Cassie Miles is set to begin her new Midwives series with Undercover Midwife. Published under the Intrigue imprint, the four book series promises to be full of both mystery and new motherhood.
Urban Fantasy - Jocelynn Drake takes on a rogue warlock and his Asylum crew in her new Urban Fantasy series. The first book, The Tattoo Artist, publishes next year and will to introduce readers to a world where magical ink is used in body art.
Historical Romance - Those eagerly awaiting Ashley March’s September release Romancing the Countess will get a taste of the author’s Regency world with a yet-to-be-titled e-novella that will be available later this summer.
Romantic Suspense - Avon Impulse will digitally publish Lena Diaz's novel He Kills Me, He Kills Me Not in which the surviving victim of a serial killer seeks revenge for her attack.
Young Adult - Confusion abounds in Jennifer Echols’ Double Date as two best friends question which one is the chosen target for their mutual crush’s flirting ways. Expect this tale to hit shelves in Spring 2012.
EXCITING DEBUT AUTHORS
Woman’s Fiction - Actress Lauren Graham, best known for her roles in Gilmore Girls and Parenthood, has penned a semi-autobiographical fiction novel titled You’ll Never Make It. The story follows a struggling actress in the Big Apple who works as a waitress while waiting to hit it big. Release date TBA.
Paranormal - In Royce Prouty's upcoming debut novel, Stoker’s Manuscript, a manuscript expert is hired to purchase the original text for Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Things get dicey for the scholar when his clients are revealed to be the Dracul family, which definitely has an agenda.
Young Adult - Alyson Noel’s The Immortals series has just been sold to Summit Entertainment, the makers of the Twilight movies. Noel’s spin off series, The Riley Bloom Books, was also purchased. Our fingers are crossed for more paranormal YA adaptations to hit the big screen soon!
PIQUING OUR CURIOSITY
Mystery - Although iconic author Donald E. Westlake is now deceased, fans are still getting new stories from the writer. His previously unpublished novel, The Comedy is Finished, will finally be made available to readers in February 2012. Written sometime between the late 1970s and early 1980s, Westlake’s story is still topical: a group of domestic terrorists mastermind a kidnapping in order to have their comrades freed.
Dystopian Fantasy - Set in Dayton, Ohio circa 2047, Martha Moody’s novel Sharp and Dangerous Virtues shows the lengths that average people will go to in order to survive. No word yet on the release date.
INTRODUCING THE NEWEST BATCH OF AMATEUR SLEUTH NOVELS
You will never think about property tax collectors the same again once you read Cheryl Dale's Taxed to the Max publishing in December 2012.
Murder Buys a T-Shirt is the first book of Christy Fifield's new Haunted Gift Shop mystery series, which features a gift shop proprietor and her cranky pet bird.
Wine expert Lisa King will soon debut her novel Death In A Wine-Dark Sea. Sticking close to what the author knows, her amateur sleuth is a wine journalist who must follow the blackmailing clues to keep her best friend safe.
What happens with a former debutante gives up her girly ways in order to solve mysteries? Find out in Cornelia Read’s upcoming release Valley of Ashes.
E.J. Copperman has sold the next two stories in the Haunted Guesthouse mysteries. The main characters in these books are innkeeper named Alison, her young daughter and Paul and Maxie the two amateur sleuth ghosts that haunt Alison’s house.
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!