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May 28th: Win ‘The Originals’ Prequel Book Prize Pack (& Read an Exclusive Excerpt!)

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JJJ is once again giving out something super cool for The Originals fans!

We have FIVE prize packs of the trilogy of prequel books – “The Originals: The Rise,” “The Originals: The Loss,” and “The Originals: The Resurrection,” the last of which just hit shelves!

Here is the final book description: Klaus, Rebekah and Elijah Mikaelson had won it all, only to lose it again by 1788. Control of New Orleans is split between the vampires and the werewolves, much to Klaus’s displeasure.

In a dangerous attempt to reclaim his home, Klaus decides to build a vampire army to take out the werewolves once and for all. If he can’t have love, then he’ll settle for power. Elijah lets his brother take the reins as he turns his attentions to a beautiful and mysterious witch. But Rebekah has had enough of her brothers’ love of bloodshed and begins a journey to find her first home and the key to her family’s immortality.

As the battles rages on, the siblings must come together and fight for what they believe in most: family.

enter contest here / read exclusive excerpt here

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Jan 23rd: You Won’t Believe How Wildly Different Your Favorite Characters Are In the Vampire Diaries Novels!

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THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS, DO NOT READ ANY FARTHER IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE SPOILED!!! [ read more ]

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Nov 7th: The Originals Book 1: Preview The First Six Chapters from The Rise

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In case you haven?t heard the fangtastic news, there?s a new book series, based on The Originals? ample rich history and bloody-yet-epic adventures, set to drop in bookstores everywhere on February 2015. However, if you?re as impatient as a certain devilish hybrid we know and love, waiting out the bitter winter months sounds like such a long and arduous process. Thankfully, the fine folks over at Harlequin understand and can certainly relate to our cravings for a compelling story and more Mikaelson family mischief.

That being said, how about a sneak peek at the first few chapters of The Originals Book 1: The Rise? The first harrowing installment explores how the vampire siblings escaped their dangerous past and settled in New Orleans in 1722. But just when they think they?ve settled in paradise, things go horribly wrong. Klaus falls for a woman who?s off limits, Rebekah infiltrates a camp of human soldiers in search of allies, and Elijah continues to search for a place to call home. All in all, they set into motion a chain of events that could bring their new life crashing down around them.

Anxious for more details about this tantalizing trilogy? Bite into six exclusive preview chapters in the player below. Enjoy!

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Jan 15th: L. J. Smith’s new Vampires Diaries series

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a new blog post from Lj Smith (the writer of the TVD book series)…

I’m very pleased to finally be able to make this announcement. I apologize for having kept all of you waiting so long, but getting everything finalized took longer than I initially thought it would. As some of you probably know, Amazon has launched a new area called Kindle Worlds. This is a place where people can write fan fictions based on certain books, movies, shows, games, and music. The Vampire Diaries is one of the series that Amazon has obtained the license to include in their Worlds. This means that I can continue to write my version of The Vampire Diaries. (Remember, these books are written as fan fiction and are not part of the official series.

See below for the book “covers” and descriptions of the novels.

The Evensong arc will pick up more or less where Midnight left off and takes place in an alternate world from the official books that follow Midnight. The three books in this arc are Paradise Lost, The War of Roses, and Into the Wood. The first novel, Paradise Lost, and the first part of the second novel, The War of Roses, will be available

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Oct 28th: Q&A: The Vampire Diaries creator L.J. Smith on writing and losing the series

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As promised in our October feature story, Your Mom’s a Twihard, here are the highlights from our big interview with L.J. Smith.

Before there was Twilight, there was The Vampire Diaries.

L.J. (Lisa Jane) Smith’s first teen vampire romance novel came out more than 20 years ago. She wrote four books for the series by 1992, before calling it quits for nearly a decade to help take care of family business.

When Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight hit the shelves, Smith got a call that The Vampire Diaries books were mysteriously back on the bestseller list. So, she wrote three more books for the series and was set to write another trilogy when Alloy Entertainment Inc. and HarperTeen hired a ghost writer to finish the series with shorter books that fit the new The Vampire Diaries TV series better. The Secret Circle, another series by Smith, was also passed to a new author for the same reason.

Now, Smith warns aspiring writers to be wary of the words “work for hire,” which she says helped “mutilate her child limb by limb and destroy it.” Salt Lake magazine sat down with Smith, who has 20 plus books published, to get her thoughts on losing the series, her thoughts on the fans and what she’s doing right now.

Let’s start with the origin of The Vampire Diaries.

“I’m no longer writing them, but when I originally signed the contract, I had written two hardback books, which came out to good reviews and no sales because they had the ugliest covers of any book I’ve seen in my life. I was teaching public school, a kindergarten class with a lot of special ed kids, and I had these two books behind me when I got a phone call from a book packager. I didn’t know what a book packager was, but they asked if I would like to write a vampire trilogy, and that became The Vampire Diaries. I guess one of their editors had read one of the books I had written, which were slightly scary, and thought I could do a trilogy for them with romance, supernatural elements and maybe even a little humor in it.”

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Apr 18th: Vampire Diaries Video: Joseph Morgan Critiques Fan Art, Shares the Secret to Becoming Klaus

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Oct 23rd: Pitch Dark Books has The Stefan Diaries for $2.99 (ebook readers only)

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Pitch Dark Books tweeted the following:

LAST CHANCE! The Vampire Diaries: Stefan’s Diaries 1 & 2 are available on your e-reader for only $2.99. Offer ends tomorrow! #ebook #deals

Those of you who have a Kindle or a Nook i suggest you head on over and check out this great book sale

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Oct 18th: Read the first 80 pages of The Hunters: Phantom online!

Jen | Categories: Books, The Vampire Diaries | 1 Comment

Phantom – the first book in the next Vampire Diaries trilogy,
The Hunters –will be released on October 25th in the US
Read the first 80 Pages here

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