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Stephenie Meyer Releases "The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner"

UPDATE (4/5): We've been informed by Hachette Book Group USA (Philippines) that this book will also be released here in the Philippines on 5 June 2010. We'll let you know as soon as we hear of any reservation promos or tie-ups.
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Looks like Mama Stephenie Meyer hasn't let go of the Twilight universe just yet. On her site, stepheniemeyer.com, she's just announced the release of a new book, a short story covering the life of the vampire Bree from Eclipse. The book is titled, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner.

Actually, this has been a surprise to me, too. The reason why it's a surprise was that I never intended to publish this story as a stand-alone book. I began this story a long time ago—before Twilight was even released. Back then I was just editing Eclipse, and in the thick of my vampire world. I was thinking a lot about the newborns, imagining their side of the story, and one thing led to another. I started writing from Bree's perspective about those final days, and what it was like to be a newborn.

This story was something that I worked on off and on for a while, just for fun, in between the times I was writing or editing other Twilight novels. Later, when the concept for The Twilight Saga: The Official Guide came up, I thought that might be a good place for Bree. Her story is a nice complement to Eclipse; it explains a lot of the things that Bella never knew.

She mentions that the book was referenced by David Slade and the supporting cast that played Riley, Victoria and, of course, Bree. Stephenie also writes that, though there will be physical copies of the book that can be bought (you can order here through Amazon.com), it will also be available as a free download for a limited time.

There was one thing I asked for: since this story had always been an extra for me, and was meant to be released with the Guide, I wanted to be able to offer it to my fans for free. You all have bought a ton of my books, and I wanted to give you this story as a gift. My publisher was awesome and embraced this idea. We still wanted to also produce a physical book with a cool cover (see below) that you can add to your set if you like, but starting at noon on June 7th until July 5th, it will also be available online at www.breetanner.com.
If you do buy the book: "One dollar of each book purchased in the US from the first printing will be donated to the American Red Cross for their relief efforts in Haiti and Chile and other parts of the world where people are in great need. We're going to have an option online as well, so you can choose to make a donation if you want when you read the story online."

As for whether this will be available locally, we'll have to check with the publishers first. :)

Hm, do you think there's still hope for Midnight Sun, in this case?

Thanks to @lollipopswirl on Twitter for the heads up! :)


4 comments:

  1. pao-pao said...
     

    I'd rather she finish Midnight Sun first since there is already existing material but I'd also read this one, looks interesting...

  2. Liam said...
     

    I'm excited for this one. There are questions unanswered about Victoria and her cohorts' attack. I love that Stephenie enjoyed writing Bree's story. :)

    About Midnight Sun, I do hope she would finish the book. I think there's still hope. :)

  3. Rome said...
     

    Now, this caught me off-guard but it still made me excited! Here's hoping this will be available locally. :)

  4. myeth said...
     

    wow! i didn't notice this post when i was reading this website yesterday. i hope this book will be available locally.

    am still keeping my fingers crossed for midnight sun. i always include it in my prayers that stephenie changes her mind and finishes it. hehehe!!!

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