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Can you believe it’s been two years since “Breaking Dawn”, the final book in the Twilight Saga, was published? Since then two films have been released, (with the third on its way in July) and Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart have become household names.

Now for the first time in two years, a brand new book by Stephenie Meyer has been announced. “The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella” will be publishing simultaneously worldwide on 5 June, 2010.

‘But who is Bree Tanner?’ I hear you ask.

Only very ardent Twilighters will remember Bree Tanner, who was introduced on page 504 of Eclipse and was killed nine pages later.

So here is a cheat sheet:

· She was part of the army of new-born vampires that Victoria created in Seattle to destroy Bella Swan. This army went on a rampage in Seattle, killing many under the guise of a serial killer. During the battle with Edward Cullen’s family, she surrenders and is told that her life will be spared. Unfortunately for her, she’s broken to Volturi’s laws and the leader of them has other plans for Bree…

· This new book will explain everything that happened in Seattle during the making of the newborn vampire army

· The character Bree features in the upcoming movie Eclipse, released on 1 July. The actress who will play Bree is fifteen year old Canadian Jodelle Ferland, who has appeared in TV series such as Smallville and Dark Angel, as well as many feature films including Case 39 with Renee Zellweger, Wonderful World with Matthew Broderick and the lead role in Tideland. Click here to watch an interview with her.

· Stephenie Meyer was originally going to include this back story in The Twilight Saga: The Official Guide, (which is confirmed for release later this year)

“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.

At the same time, it came in handy for the Eclipse film. Melissa (Rosenberg, the screenwriter) had a ton of questions about what exactly was going on in Seattle, how Victoria managed things, what Riley was like, etc. I let her read what I had then, and later gave the whole thing to the director, David Slade. David asked if Xavier, Bryce, and Jodelle (Riley, Victoria, and Bree) could read it as well, so all the parties involved would end up having a really strong foundation for their characters before the cameras started rolling. I was pleased that this side of the story would make it into the film and was looking forward to including it in the Guide.” – Stephenie Meyer on www.stepheniemeyer.com

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