New Twilight book 'Midnight Sun' set for summer release, confirms Stephanie Meyer

Amy Johnson
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Producer Stephenie Meyer  attends Meet The Filmmakers: "Austenland" at the Apple Store Soho on August 13, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
Producer Stephenie Meyer attends Meet The Filmmakers: "Austenland" at the Apple Store Soho on August 13, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)

The Twilight book series will be getting a new instalment later this year as author Stephanie Meyer has confirmed that Midnight Sun will finally be published on 4 August.

The original series told the story of human Bella Swan who fell in love with vampire Edward Cullen, now the new book is set to tell the tale from Edward's perspective.

It comes 12 years after Meyer halted the writing on Midnight Sun after an unfinished manuscript was leaked on the internet in 2008.

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In a video message on US talk show Good Morning America, Meyer said: “I am very excited to finally, finally announce the release of Midnight Sun on 4 August.

Stephanie Meyer, author of the series of "Twilight" novels, arrives onstage during the Twilight Fan Camp Concert outside Nokia Theater L.A. Live, Saturday, Nov. 10. 2012, in Los Angeles. The world premiere of the film "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" will be held at Nokia Theater L.A. Live on Monday. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Stephanie Meyer, author of the series of "Twilight" novels, arrives onstage during the Twilight Fan Camp Concert outside Nokia Theater L.A. Live, Saturday, Nov. 10. 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

“It’s a crazy time right now and I wasn’t sure if this was the right time to put this book out, but some of you have been waiting for just so, so long. It didn’t seem fair to make you wait anymore.

“Sorry about the bad timing. Hopefully this book can be a distraction from the real world. I’m so excited to finally be able to share it with you.”

At the time of the leak, Meyer said: "I did not want my readers to experience Midnight Sun before it was completed, edited and published. I think it is important for everybody to understand that what happened was a huge violation of my rights as an author, not to mention me as a human being."

She went on to say the book would be postponed "indefinitely".

Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson attend the UK Premiere of 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2' at Odeon Leicester Square on November 14, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson attend the UK Premiere of 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2' at Odeon Leicester Square on November 14, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

The original four books were turned into a five-film series starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson as Bella and Edward. The first instalment hit cinemas in 2008, with the finale released in 2012.

Meyer's announcement comes after a countdown clock appeared on her website in the days prior, hinting that she would be releasing new material.