Forewords - Buzz Before The Books

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 - Beth Ciotta's new Cupcake Club series will include four books, each featuring a couple that belongs to the culinary club that hopes to make a difference in the world with delicious treats. The first in the series is scheduled to publish in 2012.

Young Adult - Rachel Cohn is writing a four-book series that takes place on the bioengineered island of Annex, a tropical paradise populated by soulless clones. The first title in the series, Beta, features two teenage girls - one human, one clone. Both teens fall in love with the same boy. Beta will release in fall 2012 with three more novels to follow.


Urban FantasyReaders will get more Vicky Vaughn the shape-shifting, demon slayer from Nancy Holzner! Two more Deadtown books will be released in 2011 and 2012 respectively.


Paranormal - Returning to the ranch where he was abused as a child, the protagonist in Paul Sturm's upcoming Whispers of the Dead, finds his great-uncle and childhood sweetheart fighting demons that have emerged from caverns below the ranch. Publication set for later this year.


Fantasy - What would happen if Neil Gaiman wrote stories for Sin City? Perhaps something like Gareth Jefferson Jones's upcoming novel Grimm City, which is based on lost Grimm fairy tales.

Mainstream Fiction - Taking place during the Civil War, Katherine Hepinstall's novel The Blue Asylum is set on the island of Sanibel in an insane asylum. The tale's protagonist has been committed to the asylum by her husband. But after she falls in love with a fellow inmate, she decides to escape. No release date set.

Mystery - In Joelle Charbonneau’s Murder For Choir, a broke opera singer agrees to coach a high school show choir. But she did not sign up for solving a murder after her star singer is accused of murder.

Young Adult - When the cybernetically-enhanced teenager unexpectedly develops telekinesis, she must figure out what is happening to her and possibly others. Heather Anastasiu's YA novel Glitch will be published by St. Martin’s Children’s. No date for release set.

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!