Forewords - The Books Before The Buzz

With our new 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!


Romance - Kat Martin fans rejoice, the bestselling author’s very first novel, Magnificent Passage, will be republished in July 2011 from Vanguard Press. Originally published in 1988, readers can expect the usual ‘80s tropes including a reluctant and sexually inexperienced heroine and a hero torn between his Indian heritage and white society. 

Romance - Sandra Brown is returning to Grand Central Publishing to write three novels for publication beginning in 2011. The author wrote over a dozen books for this publisher prior to 2002 that included the romantic suspense tales Charade, Envy and The Crush.


Fantasy - Jim Butcher has just sold his next three Dresden Files book in a seven-figure deal. 

Mystery - Historical mystery author Anna Dean has just sold her third book in her Miss Dido Kent series that takes place in 1805. The first in the series Bellfield Hall received a 4 star review and will be releasing in February 2010. The second story A Gentleman of Fortune is scheduled to release in April and A Woman of Consequence will follow in Winter 2012.


Urban Fantasy - Linda Poitevin's Sins of the Angels and Sins of the Son have been sold to Ace. Beginning The Grigori Legacy series in October 2011, the urban fantasy novels will follow a Toronto homicide detective hunting a fallen angel.

Young Adult - Debut author Dan Krokos will release the first story in his trilogy in 2012. Beginning with False Memory, the series is about a girl with no memory who realizes she has been genetically altered so that she is a weapon capable of destroying whole cities. She must struggle to save those around her while she searches for her past.  

Paranormal - After a near-death experience in Afghanistan, Deborah Coates' heroine is able to see ghosts. This new ability will prove helpful as the character attempts to solve her sister's murder in the upcoming trilogy from Tor. 

Mainstream - This fall, RT favorite Rexanne Becnel will be releasing something a bit different from the author's usual historical romance novel. Becnel's The Thief's Only Child will follow the story of a woman who adopts the child of her daughter's killer. But does she do so out of revenge or for a new start? 

Young Adult - Tennis pro Monica Seles will release The Academy in 2012. It's a look into elite sports academies for teens. Boarded out by their parents at a fancy school, the characters vie for the top spot as well as for love and fame.

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!