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!


Paranormal Romance - From werewolves to genies, vampires to demons, readers never know what paranormal creature is going to show up next in a Dakota Cassidy "Accidental" book. But something we can count on is the humorous hijinx that we are sure to get in the next two installments in the series.

Series Romance - Specializing in hostage rescue, Cynthia Eden’s Shadow Agents have more missions to run and more damsels in distress to save. In 2014, Harlequin Intrigue will be releasing two more books in this series, bringing readers pulse pounding action and romance.


Science Fiction - It’s official, Jeff VanderMeer has sold his Southern Reach novels! The author let readers’ in on the trilogy in May when he posted an excerpt from the first book. Taking place in Area X, a remote disaster zone that has been under quarantine for more than three decades. The series starts off when the twelfth expedition is sent to explore the land only to find a pristine wilderness where only destruction was expected. Although there is no word yet on release dates, we have learned the titles of the books in the trilogy are Annihilation, Authority and Assimilation.


Young Adult - If we learned anything from this summer’s blockbuster novel Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, it is that no one can be trusted. Will this also be the message of the author’s first YA novel? Since the publisher and the author are both staying silent on the story’s details, as well as a title and release date, we can’t say for sure. But we do know that we are waiting with baited breath until this mystery is solved!

Romantic Suspense - No matter how hard she hides, the heroine in Jennifer Ryan's Saved by the Rancher cannot escape the reach of her wealthy ex-husband. Here’s hoping that the titular rancher can put an end to her torment. We will find out in Spring 2013 when this nail-biting story hits shelves.

Thriller - Take one kidnapping, one occult conspiracy and mix in an elite group of military experts and you get Weston Ochse’s Seal Team 666. In this story, “Triple Six” travels to Mexico and attempts to rescue a senator’s daughter only to find that there is much more at stake than a lone hostage.

Historical Fiction - Many readers know Anna Godbersen for her lush Young Adult Lux series, set at the turn of the twentieth century. However, the author is moving forward in time to the 1960s in her next novel, a standalone titled The Blonde releasing in Spring 2014. The story has a decidedly adult feel as it re-imagines the relationship between President John F. Kennedy and his alleged mistress — screen goddess Marilyn Monroe.


Contemporary Romance - When the Dogsitter loses the pooch she is suppose to watch for friends, there is nothing to do but go after the missing canine. Luckily, the heroine in Rozsa Gaston's upcoming e-book has a bit of help in tracking down the schnoodle.


Paranormal Fiction - For lovers of The Night Circus and A Discovery of Witches, there will soon be another spooky paranormal to pick up. Chrysler Szarlan’s debut novel The Hawley Book of the Dead features a recent widow returning to her hometown, Hawley Five Corners, Massachusetts. While the town may be run down, the magic of past inhabitants remains. And this is a good thing because the heroine is unsure if her late husband’s death was really an accident. Release date: TBA.


Stealing from a thief is never easy work, especially when the mark is extremely wealthy with influence to spare. But nothing stopped the unlikely team in Peter Spiegelman’s novel Thick as Thieves from doling out their own kind of justice. And based on this novel, we are betting that the motley group that Fox 2000 assembles for the film adaptation will be just as motivated to separate the crooked banker from his bank account.

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!