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.)

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
January 23, 2014.

See the countdown clock on the home page of my website for how long until the books are launched!

Also available on January 23, 2014 is my new bibliography/booklist, which is much easier to I understand (I think; most of the actual work was done by the invaluable Christina Crowley) than the old versions.

I’m dedicating these new Kindle Worlds books to my readers, worldwide. Thank you, friends, for your many messages of kindness and appreciation. I would also like to thank Amazon for all its enthusiasm and consideration in publicizing this new series. Amazon, you rock!

Before anyone asks the burning question, I’ll answer it: no, this is not the end of The Vampire Diaries series, but if all goes well and my readers wish it, I will continue writing fan fiction books in this series to the endgame. That’s what I have planned.


Look for the new pages on Goodreads.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...

Update:
The Fanfics are now available!!!

http://www.amazon.com/Vampire-Diaries...

http://www.amazon.com/Vampire-Diaries...
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Published on January 15, 2014 18:40 • 5,223 views • Tags: evensong, l-j-smith, paradise-lost, the-war-of-roses, vampire-diaries
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message 1: by Kitty (new)

Kitty Cool, I should probably read the return series first though


message 2: by Rebecca ♥ Matrim, Kishan, Warner ♥ (last edited Jan 15, 2014 06:50PM) (new)

Rebecca ♥ Matrim, Kishan, Warner ♥ Oh my gosh this is amazing news! Thank you so much!


message 3: by Natalie (new)

Natalie Thank you, thank you, a thousand times thank you! I'm sure that once again you'll raise the standard that all other Paranormal YA books are judged by!
Thank you again for all your amazing past work on this series and your future endeavors in the alternate world!!
PS - I've always refused to read the ones written by anyone other than you.


message 4: by Elaine (new)

Elaine wow, very cool! :) I'm glad I can read your work again.


message 5: by Brandy (new)

Brandy I'm so excited!!!!!!!! I read your books when I was 17 iv read them all can't wait to read this one!


message 6: by Kacey (new)

Kacey YAY! Thank you so much <3


message 7: by Shima (new)

Shima im so exited to read the real vampire books that belong to you and only you again :) i refused to read the ones written by the ghostwriter.
thank you for your hard work :) can't wait to read about damon again.


message 8: by Nicole (new)

Nicole I don't care if they're not technically part of the series, they're your worlds and I enjoy what YOU write.


message 9: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Healy This is fantastic news. I never read the ghostwritten ones, as it seemed rather pointless to me. I am delighted that you will get to share your vision for the series and I can't wait to read them!


message 10: by Jessi (new)

Jessi Rose I am so happy! I stopped reading after Midnight because I would not read the ghostwritten ones! I cannot wait to read your new ones!!!


message 11: by Hannah (last edited Jan 16, 2014 09:34AM) (new)

Hannah Almond Yesssssssssssssss !!!!! Im so excited .... As you can probably tell from the yes-ing lol ! I've only recently discovered the Vampire Diaries books , and have been completely addicted . If there's such a thing as VD addiction .. I've got it, and I'm not in denial ;). Well seeing as I'm not aware of a rehab for VD addicts I'm going to just go ahead and fuel my addiction by diving in to these new books . Your a fabulous writer and the books written after Midnight, although good, were not a scratch on yours !! I will never personally understand why they stopped you from writing the other books . It was criminal in my mind , as you created the Vampire Diaries - not them !! I am soooo excited about reading where you would of taken the characters, if you had of written the rest of the Vampie Diaries series. Hip hip horray to Amazon, for letting you do so - they are very smart in deed :D
It's going to be a best seller - I just know it !!
L.J Smith is back everybody, In her rightful place writing the 'real' Vampie Diaries !!


message 12: by Denielle (new)

Denielle OMG!!!!! This has to be the best news like ever!!!!! Finally we will get to see what really happens in the books I am so over the moon about this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


message 13: by Jenn (new)

Jenn Oh my gosh! This is like a dream come true! Like really, I cried when I found out your series was taken away from you. And I refused to read the ones that were not written by you, as many of your other fans did, to show our support and loyalty to you! I'm so glad you are going to be able to continue writing your books! You are my favorite writer and I have the utmost respect for you and all that you do. Thank you!


message 14: by Omama (new)

Omama Ali this is a really great news...i love your version of vampire diaries more....looking forward to it...


message 15: by SassyFraz (new)

SassyFraz YES!!!!!!


message 16: by Nola (new)

Nola ok, this is cool i'll have to check it out, but what about strange fate i haven't heard anything on that lately.


message 17: by Kayla (new)

Kayla This makes me so happy! I was distraught at the end of Midnight, and I'm really glad you'll be able to continue writing YOUR series YOUR way, since it is one of my favorites. :)


message 18: by Najmah (new)

Najmah OMG amazing news!!!! Looking forward to reading them :)


message 19: by Arvyn (new)

Arvyn Braich I only started reading the books last year and I'm only on Nightfall so far...but oh my goodness, this is fantastic news! I'm sure that we're all going to take your work as canon, not the ghostwriter's. That can just be the fanfiction. ;)


message 20: by Donnamoltobella (new)

Donnamoltobella Awesome!


message 21: by Donnamoltobella (new)

Donnamoltobella Natalie wrote: "Thank you, thank you, a thousand times thank you! I'm sure that once again you'll raise the standard that all other Paranormal YA books are judged by!
Thank you again for all your amazing past wor..."


I agree...I don't read anything that is not actually L.J. Smith.


message 22: by Oliver (last edited Jan 21, 2014 05:07PM) (new)

Oliver Urban I refuse to read anything not written by you, and I have been so sad about the way things worked out for the vampire diaries for so long! This is the best news I've had in so long! Excited to continue the REAL story of Stefan and Elena and Damon along with their friends!


message 23: by Chrissy (new)

Chrissy Owens While I'm glad to see something other than the blasphemy that is the TV show, I'd be even MORE happy to hear some thing (anything) about Strange Fate!!!


message 24: by Jess (new)

Jess Good for you, hon. I'll have to catch up on all the ones you actually wrote!


message 25: by Katie (new)

Katie It's not available inin the UK though. Really disappointed because I will never be able to read how the ORIGINAL series SHOULD have ended :(


message 26: by queen (new)

queen Arie omg that mean I should probably finish the first version first


message 27: by [deleted user] (new)

For people who dont have kindles we cant read them?? :(


message 28: by Christina (new)

Christina Courteney wrote: "For people who dont have kindles we cant read them?? :("
If you don't have a Kindle, you can still read Kindle books. There is a free Ap that lets you read Kindle books on your computer, smartphone, Ipad, Android, etc.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html...

I hope this helps someone.


message 29: by LeahSakura (new)

LeahSakura The question is though... when will you be finishing The Night World series???.. :)


message 30: by Joseph (new)

Joseph Rouhana BUT ... BUT... NIGHT.WORLD. PLEASE!!!!!


message 31: by Donna (new)

Donna Bossert any idea when you will be returning to The Night World series? I loved it and am waiting very impatiently for the last one..


message 32: by [deleted user] (new)

Christina wrote: "Courteney wrote: "For people who dont have kindles we cant read them?? :("
If you don't have a Kindle, you can still read Kindle books. There is a free Ap that lets you read Kindle books on your c..."


I downloaded the app but it wont let me buy the book :( i don't know if im doing it wrong or... when i click the link no buy option comes up, and when i search for it it says it doesn't exist...did it maybe get taken down?


message 33: by Christina (new)

Christina Here are the links. Sometimes the ones on here act weird.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Vampire-Dia...

http://www.amazon.com/The-Vampire-Dia...

You are in the US, right? The books are only available in the US.

Good Luck!


message 34: by [deleted user] (new)

Ah well that explains it! I live in Canada sadly D:


message 35: by Christina (new)

Christina Oh, I'm sorry. :(


message 36: by Lisette (new)

Lisette Criger What about The Night World's last book, Strange Fate??


message 37: by Trystan (new)

Trystan i have an android, and i can download the kindle app... but i prefer printed books!

but i love love love the Vampire Diaries series. part of what got me into vampires. :)


message 38: by Jenna (new)

Jenna I just now seen this and I'm sooo excited!!! Yay


message 39: by Cassie (new)

Cassie Parker Am now just seeing this and am totally stoked about it. :D Can't wait to read these fan fics.


message 40: by Catia (new)

Catia I too live in the UK and can't get them :-( I've tried every which way possible. I also boycotted the ghost written books, you're amazing! X


message 41: by Chrissy (new)

Chrissy Owens Lisette wrote: "What about The Night World's last book, Strange Fate??"

That's how I feel; more VD (yay!), but where's our Night World conclusion? I've been rereading them over and over, its killing me here


message 42: by Chrissy (new)

Chrissy Owens Catia wrote: "I too live in the UK and can't get them :-( I've tried every which way possible. I also boycotted the ghost written books, you're amazing! X"

I know right?! If it's not her, its not worth it


message 43: by cynthia (new)

cynthia This is the best news ever. I stopped reading the books after you stopped writing them.


message 44: by Sara (new)

Sara Valencia Lj smith: when will you continue the evensong trilogy ?


message 45: by Joseph (new)

Joseph Rouhana Night. world.
NIGHT WORLD!!


message 46: by AnnMarie (new)

AnnMarie Stone Sara wrote: "Lj smith: when will you continue the evensong trilogy ?"

I am dying to know this too! Since the second book in the Evensong series was only part one of The War of Roses, I really thought part 2 would have been out by now. Or at least an update.


message 47: by Julia (new)

Julia Hörmayer THIS IS THE BEST THING THAT COULD HAVE HAPPENED IN MY ENTIRE LIFE OMG I AM DYING


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