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 Adult – YA and historical romance author Sophie Jordan will be shifting gears and spicing things up with her New Adult trilogy The Ivy Chronicles, starting with Foreplay. Set in an Ivy League university, there’s more to this top ranking college than money and brains. Rumors of an underground kink club are circulating, and three young students are about to learn the truth — and perhaps even find love.

Historical Romance - Valerie Bowman is putting her spin on Cyrano de Bergerac with her next Regency romance. The untitled first novel of the series will feature a witty debutante masquerading as her friend in order to fend off an unwanted suitor. However, while this man may not be a match for her friend, perhaps he is the perfect fit for her. Release date TBA.


Contemporary Romance - Two attorneys who butt heads in the courtroom find themselves side by side as part of a mutual friend’s wedding party in Lisa Connelly’s The Wedding Favor. When their dislike for each other comes to a head right before the wedding, the two must play nice in order to get through the ceremony. But could there be something more behind their act?

Romantic Suspense - If you loved Jennifer Ryan’s debut Saved by the Rancher, you won’t want to miss her follow-up, Lucky Like Us, releasing digitally this year. When a bakery owner’s quaint life is disturbed by a serial killer, a Special Agent must come to her rescue. But his attention is divided between the killer and the amazing woman he is protecting.  

Mystery - The protagonist of Sharon Sala’s upcoming release The Curl Up and Dye isn’t just out to solve a mystery, she’s returned to her Georgia hometown to visit the local salon for gossip, beauty advice and words of wisdom on finding love. Expect this title on shelves Fall 2013. 

Historical Fiction - Take a trip back to 1930s and 1940s France with Jeanne Mackin’s Lightfall. In this story, young American expatriate has found herself mixed up in the whirlwind art world of Picasso, Man Ray and Lee Miller, only to learn life lessons about love and loss. Coming to readers Summer 2014.


Erotica - Jeffe Kennedy is one busy author. Not only does she have a new fantasy story in the works, but she also has an upcoming erotic romance out this year! Master of the Mask will be the author’s naughty take on Phantom of the Opera and feature a kinky masked hero with a taste for BDSM. 


Thriller - Sonja Condit’s upcoming novel Starter House has us thinking of the first season of American Horror Story. When a pregnant woman moves into what she thinks is her dream home, she realizes that the house isn’t exactly vacant, and must rid the building of the ghost of a small boy in order to protect her unborn baby. 

Series Romance - A bad boy hockey player ends up finding A Perfect Distraction from his celebrity life when he meets a gorgeous English woman looking for anything but a relationship with a sports star. Expect Anna Sugden’s first Harlequin Superromance in stores soon!


Memoir - 40-something journalist Robin Rinaldi took a big leap when she decided to experiment with an open marriage for a year. She documents her various lovers, sexual experiences and how dating in San Francisco affected her relationship with her husband in her upcoming memoir The Wild Oats Project


The Walking Dead's television success must have had an influence on ABC producers, because Jason Mott’s The Returned doesn’t release until September 2013, but this story about the deceased returning to life has already been optioned for TV! While Mott’s characters might not necessarily be screaming “Brains!” we’re definitely screaming “More zombies, please!”

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!