Phantom is the eighth book in The Vampire Diaries novel series and the first book in The Hunters trilogy. It was released October 25, A regular on national bestseller lists, having sold well over three million copies, The Vampire Diaries series is a classic of thrilling paranormal romance. The Vampire Diaries series has captured the hearts and imaginations of readers—and the CW network TV show that it inspired has introduced millions more to the chills, thrills, and heart-stopping romance.

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Hi Emily Thank you for your beautiful email. I completely understand why some fans get overeagerand especially if they think there is bad news for them. I hope that you will enjoy Midnight, as it is truly the story of Damon finding his deepest feelings for both Elena and Bonnieand his feelings are definitely not platonic.

I completely understand why some fans get overeager—and especially if they think there is bad news for them. I hope that you will enjoy Midnight, as it is truly the story of Damon finding his deepest feelings for both Elena and Bonnie—and his feelings are definitely not platonic.

In fact, to be blunt, without Bonnie and something that Bonnie does at the end, Damon would be permanently dead. But right now I have to tell you something that makes me so sad and devastated—as bad, in fact, as I have ever felt except for when my mother died.

Midnight is the last L. Smith book in the Vampire Diaries series. It probably sounds completely impossible to say that I am fired from writing my own books. And they are a book packager. A book packager sells books, already made with covers and all, to publishers, like HarperCollins—my publisher for The Vampire Diaries and The Secret Circle. You might wonder why the book packager and Harper would do this to me.

I am not sure either, but usually a book packager gets very submissive, non-assertive writers to write for them—not to mention that most of them, writers or ghostwriters, have had a lot of publishers turn their books down. In Midnight, I had to fight to keep many Bonnie scenes in the book. They want strictly Stelena books. Instead, I was given a letter addressed to the ghostwriter by name, telling her to completely rewrite my book.

The simply took the series and gave it to the ghostwriter. They have always tried to minimize my participation in The Vampire Diaries. On the very first original books in my name was almost invisible on the cover.

And now they have my manuscript of Phantom, and the book the ghostwriter writes from it may even sound like I wrote it in places, because they have the right to use my work as they see fit. But the book after that … that will be pure ghostwriter. I had so many plans for Bonnie in The Hunters trilogy. I also wanted to show how Damon rescues Bonnie from a vicious wolf-pack attack, and then let her fly away with him. They would undoubtedly have tried to make me cut it. But I still want to write it, so badly.

Sorry for the long rant, but the charade is over for me. But I dread it, and even more do I dread what the next books will be like. And I have no one but myself to blame for not being submissive enough.


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Publishing history[ edit ] The Vampire Diaries. The Return: Midnight The series was originally published in and it revolves around Stefan Salvatore and Elena Gilbert as the two main protagonists. After taking a long hiatus from writing, Smith published the first installment of "The Return" trilogy, Nightfall, on February 10, Shadow Souls, the second book of "The Return" trilogy, was released on March 16, The third and final book of "The Return" trilogy, Midnight, was released on March 15,


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