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Fans of Stephenie Meyer's ubiquitous 'Twilight' novels are about to receive an unexpected treat: a brand new book.

According to Entertainment Weekly, 'The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner' is scheduled to be released by Meyer's publisher Little, Brown and Company on June 5. That's just in time to build even more hype for 'Eclipse,' the third film adaptation in the series, which is scheduled to land in theaters on June 30.

Originally written as a side project to help her flesh out characters while working on the book version of 'Eclipse,' 'The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner' clocks in at a relatively slim 192 pages and "chronicles the journey of villain Victoria's newborn vampire army as they prepare to close in on Bella and the Cullens." Meyer describes the creation and publishing of the story as a happy surprise. Fans of Stephenie Meyer's ubiquitous 'Twilight' novels are about to receive an unexpected treat: a brand new book.

According to Entertainment Weekly, 'The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner' is scheduled to be released by Meyer's publisher Little, Brown and Company on June 5. That's just in time to build even more hype for 'Eclipse,' the third film adaptation in the series, which is scheduled to land in theaters on June 30.

Originally written as a side project to help her flesh out characters while working on the book version of 'Eclipse,' 'The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner' clocks in at a relatively slim 192 pages and "chronicles the journey of villain Victoria's newborn vampire army as they prepare to close in on Bella and the Cullens." Meyer describes the creation and publishing of the story as a happy surprise.

"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," the author said in a statement on her Web site. "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."

Fans who want to share that insight are in for another happy surprise: In addition to the hardcover version available at bookstores for $13.99 (with one dollar from each purchase going to charity in the form of the American Red Cross International Response Fund), the story will also be available online completely free of charge. That's right -- from June 7 until July 5, 'The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner' will be posted on breetanner.com for everyone to read for free, an unusual gesture that Meyer explains is a way to reward her loyal fan base.

"You all have bought a ton of my books, and I wanted to give you this story as a gift."

And for fans, there's no doubt about it: 'Twilight' is the gift that keeps on giving.

'The Second Life of Bree Tanner' will be available for sale at 12:01 AM on June 5 at book stores around the country.