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 want to get Hot in the Kitchen then you should definitely be on the lookout for Kate Meader's upcoming title. The first book in the author’s Chefs of Chicago series will introduce a cynical celebrity chef as he embarks on an unexpected, and quite public, relationship with the daughter of his cooking show competition. Hot in the Kitchen is set to be released Spring 2013.

Series Romance - When several more-brains-than-brawn bank employees find themselves trapped in the Panamanian jungle, there is only one team to call — the Black Ops Defenders. Action and romance in an exotic local, sign us up for Melissa Cutler's new miniseries from Harlequin Romantic Suspense. Book one in the series, Tempted Into Danger, will release in June with two more books, Secret Agent Secretary and Hot on the Hunt to follow.

Paranormal Romance - There is big news from Keri Arthur. The bestselling author just announced that she will be publishing a new series about a fire spirit that can shift into human form. But this is not the character's only skill — this phoenix can also predict who will die. There is no word when the first book in the series, Fire Born, will be released, but we are hoping it is soon! Some more great news? Arthur is also writing the next two books in her popular Dark Angels series.

RETURNING FAVORITE SERIES

Erotica - Readers, get ready to be transported to The Ranch as Roni Loren takes us to the private BDSM club in Texas. The next two books in the author's Loving on the Edge series will be published starting in 2014.

Urban Fantasy - Nurse Edie Spence will once again use her medical knowledge to fight the paranormal happenings around her. In Deadshifted, the next book in Cassie Alexander's series, Edie will desperately try to stop a dangerous viral outbreak. Here's hoping the intrepid heroine can once again save us from things that are more frightening than the monsters under our beds!

PIQUING OUR CURIOSITY

Historical Romance - We are not exactly sure about what the “Archivist Society” from Kate Parker’s upcoming novel The Vanishing Thief is, but we are pretty sure the organization, which enjoys its anonymity, would be pleased by our confusion. Thankfully, the female Victorian bookseller from Parker's book will work her way into the secret society as she goes on the hunt to find her parents’ killer. Release date: TBA.

Young Adult - Forget about leaving Las Vegas, the protag in Jennifer Echols' novel is Levitating Las Vegas. In the city where anything can happen, and most everything does, a recent college grad who believes he can read minds kidnaps a showgirl. But he is not the only one with special powers up his sleeve — the showgirl also has some interesting skills including telekinesis. This supernatural page turner will be on shelves in early 2013.

Fantasy - In fantasy fiction, bigger is always better and that’s why we are so excited about Brian Staveley upcoming novel The Ash and the Ember. Word has it, this upcoming novel is a similar tone as the epic Song of Ice and Fire series. Here’s hoping for some intriguing ancient conspiracies, suspicious murders, intense battles and perhaps even a bit of magic thrown in!

Contemporary Romance - Ever wonder what Jane Austen’s stories would be like if her characters had more pets? Then you are in luck because in 2014 Terri Wilson will release Unleashing Mr. Darcy, a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice infused with plenty of pooches.

EXCITING DEBUT AUTHOR

Historical Fiction - When a pioneer woman is taken captive by a Native American warrior, she has no idea what is in store for her, but the heroine of Kathy Laugheed's The Spirit Keeper quickly finds herself traversing the continent and falling in love.

NON-FICTION PICK

Memoir - Raising a family can be hard and sometimes when things go awry, there is nothing left to do but laugh. During these times, it will be nice to have Sarah Payne Stuart’s book on hand. Titled Perfectly Miserable: Guilt and Motherhood In A Small Town, this upcoming memoir is inspired by the author’s comedic New Yorker article about the inside scoop on living in a WASP neighborhood.

MOVIE DEAL

Author Dan Krokos has not even published his middle grade novel The Planet Thieves, but this science fiction story has already been purchased by Warner Brothers Studios. Set in space, the story follows 13-year-old cadet Mason Stark as he takes back the ship he is stationed on after enemies launch a surprise attack.

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!