At 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, June 5, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers will release Stephenie Meyer's The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella (9780316125581/031612558X, $13.99)--if you can call a 192-page book a novella--with a first printing of 1.5 million copies. One dollar from each book sold from that first printing (or two years from pub date, whichever comes sooner) will go to the American Red Cross International Response Fund, "which supports disaster relief efforts such as those in Haiti and Chile."
Meyer said in a statement that she’s "as surprised as anyone" about the novella. She said it began "as an exercise to help me examine the other side of Eclipse." Bree Tanner makes her first appearance as a newborn vampire in Eclipse (book three in the Twilight Saga), and this novella follows the formation of Bree’s army and its plot to target Bella and the Cullens. As a thank-you to fans, Meyer is making Bree available on a dedicated website, from June 7 to July 5. Bree will also be available as an e-book beginning 6 a.m., June 5. More information will be coming by year’s end regarding The Twilight Saga: The Official Guide.