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!

AUTO-BUY AUTHOR

Thriller - If you are a fan of Dean Koontz (and who isn't?) there is a lot to look forward to from this bestselling author. We just got news that Koontz will be releasing one more book in his Odd Thomas series, plus another novel featuring Christopher Snow — an amateur sleuth with a rare genetic disorder that only allows him to come out at night — who first made an appearance more than ten years ago in Koontz’s Fear Nothing. The author has also inked a deal for four additional novels, but plots and titles are still under wraps.

NEW SERIES ALERT

Young Adult - Known for her futuristic Jenna Fox Chronicles books, author Mary Pearson is beginning a new series that promises to delight both futuristic and fantasy YA fans. The Remnant trilogy will switch between past and future, following a 17-year-old princess who is determined to prevent her kingdom from repeating its tragic history. The first in the series will hit shelves Spring 2014.

Contemporary Romance - The weather outside might be frightful this winter, but the characters in Lucy Monroe’s upcoming Alaska-set series are certainly heating things up! The author recently signed a deal for a new batch of small town romances, set for publication in spring 2015.

Erotic Romance - Can’t get enough of Lauren Dane’s spicy love stories? Good! The author is beginning another contemporary erotic romance series, this time set in a Seattle custom motorcycle and vintage car restoration shop. Fans can expect the first Ink and Chrome book to release in the beginning of summer 2014.

Mystery - If you love your mystery hard-boiled and your stories set in the past, get ready for John Matthews’ Letters from A Murderer, which is kicking off the author’s new series set in Victorian New York. Will a smart, upper class English criminal profiler and a street-smart city cop be able to bring justice to their city? Find out in September 2013 when the series starter will be in bookstores. 

RETURNING SERIES ALERT

Series Romance -  If you’re craving more of USA Today bestselling author Michelle Celmer’s stories about the wealthy Caroselli family, get ready for the next in this author’s Harlequin Desire series, Caroselli’s Accidental Heir, plus another book in the series, coming in 2013. In the meantime you can check out Celmer's Caroselli holiday tale, Caroselli's Christmas Baby.

EXCITING DEBUT AUTHORS

Contemporary Romance - We’re already seeing stars (and no, not Chicago Stars) hearing about Julie Brannagh’s debut book, Blitzing Emily, which follows a hunky football star who cleans up his act after rescuing a clumsy opera diva who’s skeptical about relationships. There is no release date set yet, but there are already three books lined up in this digital first series, so we’re expecting lots of stories about irresistible athletes!

Historical Fiction - Heather Webb will be giving readers her take on the life of Empress Josephine Bonaparte in her first novel Becoming Josephine. From her beginnings as a Creole socialite to her loveless Parisian marriage and her imprisonment during the French Revolution, we’re looking forward to an original look at how Josephine became the powerful woman who changed the course of history. 

PIQUING OUR CURIOSITY

Fantasy - Winter blues got you down? If you’re in need of a good laugh, A. Lee Martinez’s upcoming humorous fantasy tale Helen & Troy’s Epic Road Quest should do the trick. Featuring a minotaur girl, your typical boy-next-door and a three-legged dog, this trio will encounter one adventure after another road tripping in a classic car. Release date TBA.

NON-FICTION PICK

Memoir - Cheryl Strayed may have gotten a movie deal for her memoir Wild, but her story isn’t over yet! Strayed continues her tale after her solo hike along the Pacific Crest Trail and in Daughterland tells the story of how she started her life anew and became a mother. The author is also expanding her career with her first novel, titled Pax

MOVIE DEAL

The Outsiders author S.E. Hinton has just sold the film rights to Some of Tim’s Stories, a collection of tales about a pair of adult cousins, their family and their two very different paths in life — one in prison and the other working a dead-end bartending job.

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!