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THE SHORT SECOND LIFE OF BREE TANNER is the first new title from the TWILIGHT author in nearly two years. It comes out 12:01 a.m. EST on Saturday, June 5, 2010.
Stephenie Meyer’s official website posted the author’s announcement as well as the press release from publisher Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. THE SHORT SECOND LIFE OF BREE TANNER is the story of Bree Tanner, a newborn vampire first introduced in ECLIPSE, and the darker side of the world she inhabits. The novella chronicles the newborn vampire army’s journey as they prepare to close in on Bella Swan and the Cullens, following their encounter to its unforgettable conclusion.
The character Bree not only features prominently in the book ECLIPSE, but in the upcoming movie from Summit Entertainment. “Stephenie was gracious enough to let me read a draft of the novella while we were prepping the movie THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE,” says director David Slade. “I thoroughly enjoyed the story and it gave us great insight and inspired location choices and the tailoring of scenes. I think fans are going to love the fascinating details involved in the loves, fears and actions of an emerging vampire.”
“I’m as surprised as anyone about this novella,” Meyer explains. “When I began working on it in 2005, it was simply an exercise to help me examine the other side of ECLIPSE, which I was editing at the time. I thought it might end up as a short story that I could include on my website. Then, when work started on THE TWILIGHT SAGA: THE OFFICIAL GUIDE, I thought the GUIDE would be a good fit for my Bree story. However, the story grew longer than I anticipated, until it was too long to fit into the GUIDE.”
The 192-page novella will be released as a $13.99 hardcover with a first printing of 1.5 million copies. One dollar for each book sold in the U.S. from the first printing will be donated to the American Red Cross International Response Fund, which supports disaster relief efforts such as those in Haiti and Chile.
As a special thank you to buffs, Meyer is giving them exclusive access to the novel on a dedicated website, www.breetanner.com, from June 7 to July 5, 2010, where fans from around the world will be able to read the book online in English. “I’d always considered THE SHORT SECOND LIFE OF BREE TANNER as something for the fans,” Meyer notes. “They have been so supportive of all things TWILIGHT.”
Visitors to the dedicated site will also find a link to the American Red Cross website (www.redcross.org), where they can make a donation and learn more about their relief efforts worldwide. “I have been moved by the generous outpouring of support for the recent crises in Haiti and Chile,” says Meyer. “I am glad that sales of this book will support the American Red Cross with their amazing efforts abroad.”
THE SHORT SECOND LIFE OF BREE TANNER will also be available as an ebook beginning at 6:00 a.m. EST on June 5. Additionally, more information about the previously announced THE TWILIGHT SAGA: THE OFFICIAL GUIDE, including publication date, will be released by the end of the year.
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