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
Historical Romance - Erin Knightley’s upcoming Regency series follows a trio of ladies with talent — musical talent, that is. When three women meet at a summer music festival in Bath to hone their skills, they just might wind up with their happily ever afters. Find out when Knightley’s new series hit shelves! Release date TBA.
Paranormal Romance - Robin Owens' Ghostlayer series features a motley crew of various paranormal creatures, from a lawman with a muddy past and a missing leg to an uptight accountant who discovers a surprising psychic gift that comes with a gaggle of ghosts of Old West gunmen. We can’t imagine the kind of trouble these two (and their ghostly followers) will get into.
Contemporary Romance - Susan Fox (aka Susan Lyons) is gearing up for her Caribou Crossing series, set in a small ranching town where residents work hard to care for their homesteads and support each other, often finding love along the way. Release date TBA.
PIQUING OUR CURIOSITY
Erotica - While The Schoolteacher and the Submissive may sound like your typical BDSM story about a sub student and her Dom teacher, Mina Vaughn’s newly announced erotic romance features a few twists: Not only is the sub a male, he’s also a vampire. And the Domme has a major role-playing fetish!
Series Romance - We’re already warming up to Katherine Garbera’s upcoming three-book Holiday Inn series, where singles find true love hitting the slopes and cozying up by the fire at the Snowy Lodge Resort. Expect the first title, from Harlequin Blaze, available soon.
Mainstream Fiction - Classic fairy tale characters meet modern social media in Tim Manley’s hip book Alice in Tumblr-land: And Other Fairy Tales for the Next Generation, a story where Little Red Riding Hood must battle the “wolves” (re: creeps) of OkCupid and The Ugly Duckling gets a confidence boost after discovering Instagram. This humorous story already has us clicking “Like”.
Young Adult - Authors Martin Ganda, Caitlin Alifrenka and Liz Welch team up for a yet-to-be-titled story about a friendship that spans the globe. He’s from Zimbabwe and she’s from Pennsylvania, and the two have been close ever since a pen pal letter changed their lives for the better. Releasing Fall 2014.
Historical Fiction - Author Daisy Goodwin certainly has a lot on her plate. Not only is the author penning a story based on the real-life 19th century love triangle between Empress Elizabeth of Austria, a horseman (and distant relative of the future Queen of England) named Bay Middleton and a bluestocking heiress, but she’s also releasing a second historical novel about “Spitfire Girls” — British and U.S. women pilots who flew during WWI — set for publication in 2014.
DOWNLOAD AND GO
Steampunk Romance - Christine D’Abo is taking Jack the Ripper and giving him a steampunk makeover. Don your goggles and prep your air ship, because the author’s upcoming digital-first title, Shadowbox, takes flight this fall.
New Adult - The perfect fireman wouldn’t just put out your fire, he’d give you a place to crash if your home burnt down. And that’s exactly what happens to the gay college-aged protagonist of Daisy Harris’ From the Ashes, which will be available digitally this fall.
How-To - Victoria Voltaire’s tell-all, The Rogue Writer’s Publishing Playbook: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Book Business That They Never Wanted You to Know, isn’t just a mouthful, it’s also an insider’s guide to surviving the publishing jungle, written for aspiring authors. Good thing the author used a pseudonym!
Jenny Han’s Summer trilogy, starting with The Summer I Turned Pretty, has been optioned for TV! We’ve had our fair share of television shows featuring paranormal teens, so we’re excited to see a contemporary series will possibly be adapted for the small screen!
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 and you can always visit our Upcoming Releases Page!