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!


Mystery - Brad Parks’ next two books following fictional investigative journalist Carter Ross have just been purchased by Minotaur.


Paranormal - Beginning in 2012, debut author Rachel Graves will hit the scene with her Dead trilogy. The three stories are titled Waking up Dead, Hollywood Dead and Deadly Revelations. Graves’ heroine is a war veteran, who must deal with otherworldly creatures including witches and vampires.

Young Adult - Sarah Rees Brennan is releasing a gothic romance trilogy that starts with Listen for a Whisper. The story revolves around a young journalist who starts to investigate her small hometown and uncovers a multitude of secrets, including murder. Release date TBA.

Mystery - Fans of Sheila Connolly can expect three more books coming in her new Irish Mystery series publishing from Berkley Prime Crime. The series features an American woman in Ireland looking for her roots but stumbling onto crimes.


Romantic Comedy - In this comedy of manners, a young couple suddenly finds themselves clamoring to get out of their marriage in Deborah Michel's first novel, The Accidental Divorce

Thriller -Real-life CIA analyst Mark Henshaw uses his own experiences to write his novel Assassin’s Mace about a CIA think tank and the people who must stop World War III. 

Historical Romance - After surviving the Titanic disaster, a seamstress gets caught up in the media coverage of the event in Kate Alcott's The Dressmaker set to publish April of next year. 


Young Adult - 20th Century Fox and the producer of Night at the Museum and Date Night, has just purchased film rights to Alexandra Bracken’s novel Black is the Color. The story is about a 16-year-old girl who races to figure out her supernatural powers after she escapes from a “rehabilitation camp”.


Pop Culture - After working for over a decade in the woman’s magazine industry, Jennifer Nelson knows a lot about what goes on behind the scenes in the publishing industry. Nelson dishes in her book Stiletto Nation, which will publish in Fall 2012. 


Woman’s Fiction - Love Meryl Streep? So do the three relatives in Mia March's The Meryl Streep Movie Club. When the characters in this book get together at a small coastal Maine inn, they have a series of life-changing conversations that are inspired by the award-winning actress’ films. 

Science Fiction - Deep space fans rejoice, Aubrie Dionne's Paradise 21 delves into life aboard a space transport vessel and the woman who, after being born and raised on the ship, decides to escape in order to avoid a forced marriage. Paradise 21 will hit shelves this fall.

Graphic Novel – Emil Ferris delivers the new graphic novel My Favorite Thing is Monsters, in the form of a 10-year-old’s journal. The journal writer? A young artist using her drawings to try to come to terms with the death of her neighbor.

Thriller - Author Warren Ellis, who penned the graphic novel that was adapted into last summer’s hit movie by the same name, RED, will soon release a novel titled Gun Machine. In the story, a burnt-out New York City detective accidentally discovers a warehouse filled with hundreds of guns. Upon investigation, he realizes that these weapons were all used to commit seemingly unrelated murders. 

Fantasy - A disgraced French knight and a young girl with the power to see the future race across medieval France in order to help turn the tides in the war between good and evil in Christopher Buehlman's upcoming tale Between Two Fires.

Paranormal - Ever wonder what would happens during a meetings of a Goddess and the Defense committee? Find out in Natalie Damschroder's upcoming romance Under the Moon in which a moon goddess teams up with the two men that love her in order to save her powers from the evil creature who works to steal them. Under the Moon is releasing this fall and will kick off the author’s Goddess Rising trilogy.

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!