Forewords - Buzz Before The Books

It was a particularly busy week in the publishing world with lots of new projects announced. Check out our column Forewords where we bring you the latest book news about some of the web team's most anticipated upcoming releases across the genres — just as the projects are announced!

RETURNING FAVORITE SERIES

Young Adult Jeri Smith-Ready has just sold the concluding book to her Shade trilogy. Readers will also be getting a new, currently untitled, novel from the author.

Series Romance - There will be three more books in Loreth Anne White’s romantic suspense Sahara Kings series. 

Paranormal Romance - HQN will be publishing books 3 and 4 in Laurie London's Sweetblood series.

Fantasy - Love Keri Arthur’s Guardian universe? We’ve got good news - the spin-off series Dark Angel will set three new books in this fantastical world. 

NEW SERIES ALERT

Paranormal Romance - Even though  Juliana Stone’s first book in the League of Guardians series hasn't hit shelves yet, the author has already sold the series second, Dark Sins of the Wicked, which will be published in Fall 2012.

Young Adult - Leanna Renee Hieber switches from adult romance to young adult paranormal with her newest series. The first of the two books, Magic Most Foul, takes place in historic New York City and includes magical elements such as a haunted painting. Book one will be released in Fall 2011.  

Mystery - Author Simon Wood heads to the racetrack in his newest series. The first novel, Did Not Finish, is about the cover-up of a racecar driver’s death on the track. 

MOVIE DEAL

Young Adult - Hailee Steinfeld, the Oscar nominated teen star of True Grit, has just signed on to play the lead role in the adaptation of Cat Patrick’s YA novel Forgotten. Hailee will take on the role of a girl who is unable to remember her past, but instead has “memories” of her future. 

MOVING TO PRINT 

Mystery - Self-published author D.B. Henson has just sold his novel, Deed To Death, about a man who must prove that his fiancée did not commit suicide. Touchstone will publish Deed To Death this July. 

NONFICTION PICK

Biography - Award winning biographer Clare Mulley is taking on the story of Christine Granville, a female secret agent in WWII. Interesting fact - Ian Fleming’s character Vesper Lynd (made famous by actresses Ursula Andress and Eva Green) was based on Granville. The Spy Who Loved is set for publication next year. 

EXCITING DEBUT AUTHORS

Young Adult - Take an aristocratic vampire, a werewolf and the Frankenstein myth, hand them over to screenwriter Brian McGreevey and you get his debut novel, Hemlock Grove. In this YA tale, the author explores the theme of what it is to be human in a Pennsylvania high school. No word yet on when this will publish.

Young Adult - Shelley Coriell’s debut novel has a former popular girl joining her high school’s very unpopular radio station. During her show, other teens can call in for relationship advice, but the protagonist quickly learns that she doesn’t have the answers when it comes to matters of the heart. Welcome Caller, This is Chloe will be released in Spring 2012. 

PIQUING OUR CURIOSITY

Historical Fiction - In Empress Josephine’s Crown, Michelle Moran re-imagines the women in Napoleon’s life including his sister, daughter-in-law and soon-to-be wife, the one after Josephine is cast aside. 

Horror - Mashup alert! Alan Goldsher’s My Favorite Fangs is about von Trapp family from The Sound of Music - that is if the von Trapps were all vampires. 

Women’s Fiction - Jeanne Ray’s newest heroine is a loving wife and mother, but so completely under-appreciated that she feels invisible. Then one day she wakes up and is, in fact, invisible. She forges ahead with her homemaking, and nobody seems to notice that she is "missing".

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!