'True Blood' author Charlaine Harris' 'Cemetery Girl' graphic novel due in January

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With Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse book series completed and HBO's "True Blood" winding to a close, the author is focusing on a new book series. Harris' previously announced graphic novel "Cemetery Girl, Book One: The Pretenders" has an official release date: Jan. 7, 2014.

The first installment of "The Cemetery Girl Trilogy," Harris' first graphic novel, is a collaboration with fantasy writer Christopher Golden and illustrator Don Kramer. Like with the Sookie Stackhouse books, this new series will be a combination of the supernatural, mystery and fantasy.

"I'd had the bones of the plot for 'Cemetery Girl' in my head for a year when Chris suggested I re-imagine it as a graphic novel," Harris said in a 2011 press release announcing the project. "Suddenly, the project made a lot more sense. Since Chris has more experience in the graphic novel field that I do, we agreed to team up for my first-ever collaboration. This is an exciting venture for both of us."

In addition to the Sookie Stackhouse series, Harris also wrote the Aurora Teagarden Series, the Lily Bard Series and the Harper Connelly Series. Here's "Cemetery Girl, Book One: The Pretenders'" official plot synopsis:

"Charlaine Harris, the best-selling author of the 'True Blood' novels, and horror novelist Christopher Golden present an original graphic novel, the first in a brand-new supernatural trilogy!

"She calls herself Calexa Rose Dunhill -- names taken from the grim surroundings where she awoke, bruised and bloody, with no memory of who she is, how she got there, or who left her for dead.

"She has made the cemetery her home, living in a crypt and avoiding human contact. But Calexa can't hide from the dead -- and because she can see spirits, they can't hide from her.

"Then one night, Calexa spies a group of teenagers vandalizing a grave -- and watches in horror as they commit murder. As the victim's spirit rises from her body, it flows into Calexa, overwhelming her mind with visions and memories not her own.

"Now Calexa must make a decision: continue to hide to protect herself -- or come forward to bring justice to the sad spirit who has reached out to her for help ... "

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