Fiction Previews, Sept. 2013, Pt. 1: Big Trade Paperback Originals

Armstrong, Kelley & others. Four Summoner’s Tales. Gallery: S. & S. Sept. 2013. 352p. ISBN 9781451696684. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9781451696752. SHORT STORIES/PARANORMAL
Wanna get scared? Four New York Times best-selling authors help out with stories of bringing back the dead. In Kelley Armstrong’s “Suffer the Children,” a stranger promises to revive children lost to diphtheria in a 19th-century Ontario village—but one villager must willingly die for each child revived. In Christopher Golden’s “Pipers,” an army of the risen dead enter the fray as Texas Border Volunteers challenge drug smugglers. David Liss’s “The Good-Natured Man” features an 18th-century British con man who finds a book of spells and gets people to pay him not to resurrect their less-than-loved ones. And in Jonathan Maberry’s “Alive Day,” a U.S. Army sergeant in Afghanistan has a shock when trying to arrange for the return of his team. Not as big as a novel by any one of these writers, but great for diehard fans.

Cabot, Meg. Size 12 Is the New Black. Morrow Paperbacks. Sept. 2013. 304p. ISBN 9780061734793. pap. $14.99. POP FICTION
Young fans of Cabot’s YA Princess Diaries series have followed her straight into their twenties, making her “New Adult” Heather Wells series a big hit. Here, Heather is anticipating her wedding to P.I. Cooper Cartwright when her wedding planner disappears, a pretty first-year student living in the dorm where Heather works turns up dead after an all-night party, and her estranged mother turns up joyfully. With a 100,000-copy first printing (pretty suggestive), a 20-stop blog tour (right for the audience), and a reading group guide (but not like school).

Cleave, Paul. Joe Victim. Atria: S. & S. Sept. 2013. 416p. ISBN 9781451677973. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9781451677980. THRILLER
Joe Middleton says he can’t remember, but readers certainly do—he’s murdered so many people so gruesomely that he’s been dubbed the Christchurch Carver. (Evidently, picturesque Christchurch has a dark side.) Now, with New Zealanders considering restoration of the death penalty and folks in jail and a wary accomplice outside wanting Joe silenced forever, he’s desperately working an angle with a television psychic and the disgraced detective who got him convicted. Your chance to root for the bad guy; Cleave, the author of six internationally best-selling thrillers, is catching on here. With a 30,000-copy first printing.

Gray, Shelley Shepard. Eventide. Avon Inspire. Sept. 2013. 256p. ISBN 9780062204448. pap. $12.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062204455. CHRISTIAN FICTION
With her father back from rehab, her mother recovering from pneumonia, her brother recently married, and her twin sister engaged, Elsie is left on her own to manage the family affairs. Yes, the new next-door neighbor is appealing, and he seems to like her steady ways, but what will he think when he learns that Elsie is going blind? Shepard Gray, a New York Times best-selling author and finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award, wraps up her Amish-set “Days of Redemption” trilogy. With a 100,000-copy first printing.

Haynes, Elizabeth. Human Remains. Harper Paperbacks: HarperCollins. Sept. 2013. 416p. ISBN 9780062276766. pap. $15; ebk. ISBN 9780062276773. THRILLER
In Haynes’s third title following the New York Times best-selling Into the Darkest Corner and Dark Tides, just out this month, a police analyst named Annabel discovers the decomposing body of the neighbor next door and is shocked to realize that neither she nor the other neighbors had noticed the woman’s absence. Looking at the data, Annabel discovers that similar incidents have occurred frequently in her town—and therein hangs a tale. With a 75,000-copy first printing.

Jones, Lisa Renée. Revealing Us. Gallery: S. & S. Sept. 2013. 336p. ISBN 9781476727226. $15 pap. ebk. ISBN 9781476727240. EROTICA
What do you give readers who’ve finished their Fifty Shades of Grey reading? This publisher is offering up Jones’s “Inside Out” trilogy, which wraps up here. In the first two volumes, Sara McMillan discovers some discarded journals in a storage unit and, after becoming absorbed in the erotic life of their author, Rebecca, starts indulging her own dark fantasies. Now the secrets of her sexy new paramour are about to be revealed. With a 100,000-copy first printing.

Lethal, Mac. Texts from Bennett. Gallery: S. & S. Sept. 2013. 288p. ISBN 9781476706870. pap. $15; ebk. ISBN 9781476706887. POP FICTION
Kansas City, MO–based rapper/videographer Lethal (aka David Sheldon) created the perfect viral storm with his Texts from Bennett Tumblr blog, then created another when it appeared that his story of the bad-mouthed druggie young cousin whose family he took in was made up. Here’s a first novel, then, based on the blog and featuring (hilariously) how a rapper named Mac tries to set young cousin Bennett straight—revealed through text messages. With a 50,000-copy first printing.

Schoenewaldt, Pamela. Swimming in the Moon. Morrow Paperbacks. Sept. 2013. 368p. ISBN 9780062202239. pap. $14.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062202246. HISTORICAL
Schoenewaldt’s first novel, When We Were Strangers, was a Discover Great New Writers pick and both a BOMC and a Doubleday Book Club alternate, which bodes well for this second novel. Also a tale of Italian immigration—Schoenewaldt lived near Naples for ten years and is married to an Italian medical physicist, though they now live in the States—this new work features Lucia D’Angelo and her mother, Teresa. Former servants of a Neapolitan count, mother and daughter end up in Cleveland in the early 1900s. Dulcet-voiced Teresa earns some fame on the vaudeville stage, but Lucia finds her talents playing out in the workhouses and factories were union activity is stirring. With a 50,000-copy first printing.



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Barbara Hoffert (, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Prepub Alert; past chair of the Materials Selection Committee of the RUSA (Reference and User Services Assn.) division of the American Library Association; and past president, treasurer, and awards chair of the National Book Critics Circle.