Tea Time at Reverie: Tea From Taiwan’s Dong Ding Ming Xiang Oolong Tea

Before we kicked off Tea Time At Reverie, I had no idea that so many types of oolong tea exist. Now I do, thanks to Tea From Taiwan. This Taiwanese vendor specializes in top-quality oolong tea grown and processed in its home country. Each oolong is named after the region where it’s harvested and has different aromas and flavors resulting from their growing altitudes and soil conditions. I was a bit concerned that the Tea From Taiwan samples would overlap some of the oolongs I’ve received (and yet to review) from other vendors. That worry vanished once I opened my package. :)

Tea From Taiwan logo

Our first Tea From Taiwan sample is Dong Ding Ming Xiang Oolong Tea, grown and harvested in the Dong Ding region of Nantou, Taiwan. One of the country’s most famous oolong-producing areas since the 1860s, Dong Ding suffered extensive damage during the 1999 Jiji Earthquake. Tea plantations there were temporarily abandoned in the quake’s aftermath. When work resumed in Dong Ding and the neglected oolong was picked and processed, farmers discovered the tea had developed a surprising honey flavor – thanks to cicada secretions left on the leaves. That last factoid may make some tea drinkers cringe, but don’t let it scare you away. Dong Ding Ming Xiang’s distinctive taste (and its cultivation without the use of pesticides) is one of the reasons why you should try it.

The Basics

Courtesy of Tea From Taiwan

Courtesy of Tea From Taiwan

Tea From Taiwan’s Description: “Taiwan Ming Xiang wu long has a distinctive sweet taste and aroma. It brews a dark colour wu long tea that has a lingering sweetness that settles on the back of the tongue. Dong Ding Ming Xiang is truly one of the jewels of Taiwan wu long tea and is highly valued by oolong tea connoisseurs.”

Ingredients: Dong Ding Ming Xiang Oolong tea leaves

Steeping Instructions: Use 1 teaspoon per 8 oz of water. Heat water to below boiling (195 degrees Fahrenheit / 90 degrees Celsius) and steep for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Add 30 seconds for each subsequent brew.

Multiple Brews?: Yes, about 5 to 8 times

Bagged or Loose Leaf?: Loose leaf

Caffeine Level: Medium-low

The Experience

Courtesy of Tea From Taiwan

Courtesy of Tea From Taiwan

Tea From Taiwan is right to call Dong Ding Ming Xiang (loosely translated as “fragrant tea from the frozen peak”) a dark-colored oolong. I immediately notice the difference with the dry leaves. These tightly curled pellets aren’t various shades of green, but a blackish brown with streaks of green. And while most oolongs produce a golden liquor, Dong Ding Ming Xiang results in an alluring dark amber that grows more lustrous with the longer brew times.

Aroma is another area where Dong Ding Ming Xiang deviates from its fellow oolongs. The dry leaves give off a slight forest scent that strengthens with the first steep. Instead of the usual orchid base, moist earth, wood, and hints of coffee lilt from the liquid and wet leaves. It’s not an unwelcome change. In fact, the mix of smells reminds me of early fall in New England. I wonder if the tea will taste like autumn, too.

And it does! With my first steep of 45 seconds using the instructions above, Dong Ding Ming Xiang offers an autumnal flavor foliage. Earthy and faintly tannic, it carries accents of coffee, caramel, and – as Tea From Taiwan described – honey. Not a dominant honey, but it’s there in the aftertaste. The second steep (about 90 seconds) highlights the honey without becoming overly sweet and introduces wood and roasted tones. This is when Dong Ding Ming Xiang reminds me of the current season. If I sit back and sip this tea, I can picture myself strolling along a tree-lined road, surveying the red and orange leaves, and savoring the crisp, bonfire-tinged air.

Longer brew times for Dong Ding Ming Xiang lead to a more outdoorsy infusion. My fourth and fifth steeps (about 3 and 4 minutes, respectively) bring out more of the earth and wood flavors. The honey and caramel notes have also disappeared. These later brews are more like a soft black tea than a typical oolong. They also lack the clean or creamy finish and orchid currents that most oolongs have. (So did the earlier steeps.) While I miss those familiar qualities, I can’t complain about Dong Ding Ming Xiang’s departure from the norm because I enjoyed every drop of it.

The Aftertaste

Tea From Taiwan’s Dong Ding Ming Xiang Oolong brings the wilderness to your teapot without too much sweetness or leaving a dirty taste on your tongue. It’s warm, cozy, and teeming with the natural smells and tastes of autumn. Steeps of 2 minutes or less will bring out this tea’s most appealing profiles. Dong Ding Ming Xiang may not be a typical oolong (though at $24 USD for 75 grams / 2.5 ounces, it’s still quite expensive) or a fall tea bursting with food aromas and flavors. However, once you find yourself relaxing by the fireside with a cup of Dong Ding Ming Xiang to chase away the season’s chill, you’ll agree it’s a worthy investment. Oh, and remember to thank the cicadas for their contributions! ;)

Grade: 8 / 10

Recommended For:

  • Tea Drinkers Who: Like oolong, black, or autumnal teas
  • Time of Day and Year: Any time of the day during the fall, especially afternoons
  • Possible Book Pairings: Dong Ding Ming Xiang can bring comfort to haunting or chilling reads like J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Children Of Húrin (epic fantasy), Cormac McCarthy’s The Road (dystopian), and Heather Gudenkauf’s The Weight Of Silence (contemporary fiction).

You can purchase Dong Ding Ming Xiang Oolong directly from Tea From Taiwan here or as part of the more affordable Chong Pei Sample Pack here.

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In addition to being a tea enthusiast, Sara Letourneau is an avid reader and a writer who… well, enjoys writing! Currently she’s working on a novel, and she writes book reviews and articles on the craft of writing. She’s also a published poet with works available in various print and online publications. Visit Sara at her personal blog, Facebook, or Twitter.

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Coven of the Articulate Vampire Chronicles Scholarly Discourse Review Session/ Prince Lestat Online Midnight Party Details!!

Dare to click the book cover below, to pre-order your copy, because this is a book you will not want to miss, if you view yourself as a serious fan of the Vampire Lestat…

Day 22 (of 28 Total Days) Post: Vampire Chronicles Academic Review Session:

PRINCE LESTAT ONLINE MIDNIGHT PARTY DETAILS:

**Click the GIF image of a joyous Lestat, in order to be redirected to the page to RSVP for the Prince Lestat Online Midnight party, commencing at 10pm. Eastern time, and ending at exactly midnight, allowing each and everyone time to get the book instantly via their Kindles,Nooks (any and all derivatives of such Ebook devices)!***

Details about the Party:  The party will be a two hour wrap up discussions, finalizing,polishing, and recapitulating any and all things that we discussed over the past few months. Below, you will find my published psychoanalytic essay (published for free via Wattpad for a short time only), which you may read to further deepen your own analysis of Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicle books.

   Most important, you are encouraged to reminisce about past Anne Rice signings, or Lestat Balls, anything that is brought to the forefront of your mind, while we are all in the eager, anticipation-filled mood, of waiting for the most exciting time of the decade for all Anne Rice fans- the release of Prince Lestat.

**There will be prizes  given away during the broadcast (courtesy of the wonderful people of Knopf Publishing Group), which includes (1) a signed hardcover copy of Prince Lestat,  (2) an I “heart” Lestat pin, and  (3)  a special Lestat bookmark.** RSVP for the event by clicking this link to the appropriate Google Hangout on Air Page, and have your steaming mug of chicory coffee ready for two hours of intellectually intensive discussion of our favorite series of literary vampire books!!!

VAMPIRE CHRONICLE ACADEMIC REVIEW SESSION POST DETAILS:

Until this coming Tuesday (when a special post will appear at midnight on the exact hour, the book is released, before a planned special 2 hour live chat/online midnight party at 10pm. Eastern Time via Google Hangout on Air), For each post, on the last few days till October 28, 2014 will include my own academic/scholarly related posts (is that too lofty of a term to describe these articles?) will be posted for your perusal, and enjoyment. 

For today (and for all of next week) as a gift and also a means for promotion for getting more entries for the Coven of the Articulate: Anne Rice Scholarly Compendium (slated for a March-April 2015 release), I am publishing the full-text (free of charge and for your enjoyment) of my psychoanalytic paper about Anne Rice’s works. I ask that you please respect the copyright rules and restrictions that are a fundamental part of keeping my intellectual property safe and completely within the realm of my control.

   This is a privilege, so I ask that you please respect that, by only reading, but never trying to illegally upload the text of this, or replicate any of the sentences, facts, or analysis for your own perfidious activity.

*To be redirected to the Wattpad page, with my essay available for only a temporary amount of time, click the image of the forest below (the savage garden) to be taken to the page!!

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****If you wish to have your paper considered for publication in Coven of the Articulate, head over to this separate blog post, outlining the rules and deadline for any and all entries for this volume

SPECIAL BLOOD AND GOLD First Edition, Signed Hardcover Contest

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I will be attending Anne Rice’s signing at 192 Books on October 28, 2014, and I am planning to get a copy signed and personalized for the winner on that date!! This is a special laminated (serving to protect the book) first-edition hardcover that is in very good condition. This contest helps further promote my self-publishing publicity and editorial services, for the many indie writers out there, and I really thank you, in advance for entering this contest, as these contests do go a long way with helping promote this service, so aptly named: A Bibliophile’s Workshop

Another hypothetical prize- Video Greeting, from Anne Rice herself!(still not definite, as of yet) is to record a special message at the signing, from Anne Rice, to the winner. I’m pretty certain she’d be really excited to do this, so it is a good chance that it may happen. But given time constraints at signings, this may not happen…Stay tuned for more details on this development.

Contest Rules:
     Winners are chosen randomly, by the Rafflecopter APP, and the contest is to everyone, with a few restrictions. For those living outside either US or Canada, you can enter, as long as you understood you are required to pay the postage, as I cannot afford to pay any international shipping costs. I’d love to, but I cannot feasibly offer this, in my current financial situation!

I apologize to those in the same boat, as well, who would not be able to afford the shipping costs. I am always remiss to post that following message, barring you from entering. It generally sucks, as so many of you are equally as passionate (or even more passionate) about Anne Rice’s  than anyone.

**Comic Shared by Coven Member, Jo Vee**
Read, and be entertained by this very amusing comic, which will serve as the Hyperlink image, that will allow you to be redirected to a Rafflecopter App. that will allow you to enter this contest!!

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***Please send photos, artwork, letters, diary entries, an epistolary novel, something that you feel artfully engraves the impact Anne Rice’s stories have had on your life to narniafanatic@gmail.com with the subject line of “28 Days of Lestat! With your express permission being granted to share these things (one poem or song per day during the course of October, 2014, up till the 28th of October), I hope to post something each day- a small fragment of one person’s completely unique approach to the series, which will hopefully come together, impressively, on the 28th of October, to virtually reconstruct the different views and memories people attach to this series, the character of Lestat, and many of the other vampires (or immortal species) Anne has created, in an uncannily realistic way, which makes us believe that these characters are very real, and existing amongst us.

    Also, be sure to share anything Vampire Chronicles-related on the Lestat Book Coven Facebook Group Page, any comment sections on all 28 individual #28daysofLestat posts here on this blog, or on Twitter,Instagram, Tumblr, and beyond!!

**For those who reside in the vicinity of New York, NY, Anne Rice will be at 192 Bookstore in New York, NY on October 28th, 2014 (coinciding with the official release of Prince Lestat)   

**Update about live Memnoch the Devil Reading:  The hypothetical Memnoch the Devil Reading, at St. John the Divine Cathedral, has been cancelled (even though it was never a finalized event, at any time in the planning stages). There wasn’t enough time for the right preparations for this event to be made. I apologize for the few that were looking forward to this. The signing, as you are always well-aware of, is still going to happen. Hope you all have a wonderful time, at the event!

**Those of you, who do not live in the New York area still have a chance to meet Anne Rice, and get your treasured/beloved copies of Prince Lestat signed.

Several venues have discreetly posted some ticket information for the upcoming Prince Lestat book tour.  I will try finding more, and posting them below, with hyperlinked text for your convenience!! If you need help finding a signing near you, leave a comment below, or email me at narniafanatic@gmail.com.

*Updated list of Prince Lestat signings, kindly borrowed from Anne Rice’s Facebook Fan Page

    COMING SOON; There will be a special sub-page, for you to share pictures, videos, etc. from any of the events below!!

Tuesday, October 28—NEW YORK, NY

7:00 pm

BOOK SIGNING

192 Books/Paula CooperGallery

534 W. 21st Street

New York, NY 10011

Buy tickets here! (Scroll down on “Upcoming Events Page” to find tickets)

Sunday, November 2 — NEW ORLEANS, LA

1:00pm

BOOK SIGNING

Garden District Book Shop

2727 Prytania Street

New Orleans, LA 70130

Buy Tickets here!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

12:00 pm

BOOK SIGNING

Harvard Bookstore

1256 Massachusetts Avenue

Cambridge,MA  02138

Buy Tickets here!

7:30pm

Writers On A New England Stage

The Historic Theater

28 Chestnut Street

Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801

Buy Tickets Here!

Wednesday, November 5 — HARTFORD, CT

7:00pm

Reading and Q+A

Hartford Stage

50 Church Street

Hartford, CT 06103

Buy Tickets Here!

Thursday, November 6—PHILADELPHIA, PA

7:30

Q+A interview with Vicky Wilson

Philadelphia FreeLibrary

1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

8:30

BOOK SIGNING in the lobby

Buy Tickets Here!

Friday, November 7—NEW YORK, NY

7:00 pm

Anne and Christopher Rice Conversation

The Strand

828Broadway @ 12th Street

NewYork, NY 10003-4805

8:00 pm

Buy Tickets Here!

BOOK SIGNING

Saturday, November 8—CHICAGO, IL

4:00 pm

Conversation with Vicky Wilson

Chicago Humanities Festival

UIC Forum — Main Hall AB

725 W. Roosevelt Road

Chicago, IL  60608

5:00 pm

BOOK SIGNING

BUY TICKETS HERE!

Sunday, November 9—LOS ANGELES, CA

5:00 pm

Bent Con with Christopher and Eric Shaw Quinn

on The Dinner Party Show

BUY TICKETS HERE!

Tuesday, November 11 — SANTA ROSA, CA

7:00 pm

Anne and Christopher Rice Conversation

Copperfield’s BooksEvent

Santa Rosa Theater

8:00 pm

BOOK SIGNING

Buy Tickets Here!

Wednesday, November 12—SAN FRANCISCO, CA

7:00 pm

BOOK SIGNING

Books, Inc. in OperaPlaza

601 Van Ness

San Francisco, California94102

Buy Tickets Here!

Friday, November 14  TORONTO, Canada

6:00 pm

BOOK SIGNING

Inspire book fair

Penguin Random House booth

Buy Tickets here!

Monday, November 17— MIAMI, FL

Miami Book Festival—with Victoria Wilson

Tuesday, November 18—DALLAS, TX

5:00 pm

BOOK SIGNING

Half-Price Books

5803E. Northwest Hwy.

Dallas,TX 75231

Buy Tickets Here! (Special Receipt Available, upon purchase of Prince Lestat, at 9am. on day of event!)

Wednesday, November 19—LOS ANGELES/SANTA MONICA, CA

8:00 pm

Anne and Christopher Rice conversation

Moss Theatre

New Roads School

3131 Olympic Boulevard

Santa Monica, CA 90404

8:45 pm

Audience Q&A

9:05 pm

BOOK SIGNING

Buy Tickets Here!

Saturday, November 22—TEMPE, AZ

3:00 pm

BOOK SIGNING with Christopher Rice

Changing Hands

6428 S. McClintock Dr., Tempe, AZ 85283

Buy Tickets Here!

Saturday, December 6—PALM SPRINGS, CA

1:00 PM

BOOK SIGNING with Christopher Rice

JUST FABULOUS

515 N. Palm Canyon Drive

Palm Springs, CA 92262

No Ticket Information Available, you may want to try calling the book store, at the following number (760) 864-1300, anytime between 9am.-6pm.

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Review of Every Ugly Word by Aimee L Salter

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Review written by: Jessica C.

I used to think if I was popular, or if Matt loved me… that would do it. I thought it would close me up so I could feel whole…

Welcome to world and the mind of Ashley Watson. Each step in her teenage walk of life is one that so many of us can relate to in some form or fashion. The judgement, the internal struggles to feel accepted and wanted, the fending off of bullies. Every Ugly Word introduces the reader to the realism of that which is high school. The story breathes life into the emotional turmoil that each misfit endures. For Ashley Watson one mistake ends up being the catalyst for her entire time in high school being one of torture. A talented artist, Ashley finds herself so consumed with the ugly words around her and the opinions of others, she forgets to look within herself to see the true beauty within.  Ashley is so wrapped up with the cruelty of her class mates that she starts to believe that what they say is the truth, and in turn tears herself apart.

“Some things aren’t deep!!!”

“Yet those very things can have incredibly deep consequences.”

Thankfully, Ashley has the ability to see a bit of light through the darkness and pain. The light that is her future self as revealed in her own reflection in the mirror . Ashley’s future self is her conscience as much as her guide to a better life. Her glimpse into the future and her ‘future self’ guide her towards a path to hopefully correct the mistakes her ‘future self’ made. If only Ashley can believe that she is better than the ugly words she hears about herself.

“…just remember, no one’s perfect. But you want to be able to look at yourself in the mirror the next morning. No regrets. Better to make the right choice than to hate yourself the next day. You know?”

Every Ugly Word is a book that so many of us can relate to. Each of us at some point of our lives has been in a dark place, or have felt so low we didn’t know if would be able to make it through. The story itself though was unique because it made Ashley’s struggles so easy to understand and relate to. Aimee L. Salter helps the reader realize that bullying doesn’t always come in the shape of other people… sometimes we become our own bullies. If we do not feel good enough, if we do not feel like we are wanted, loved, or accepted… we in turn can become our own bullies and we beat ourselves down and tear ourselves apart.

People you love should always be more important than people who judge you

The truth is I struggled at times with this book. At times I found the main character weak and unrealistic. Ashley in some ways seemed blind to what was around her and so willing to give up at each word that she took personal. Still, when I look back and think of myself as a teenager, Ashley’s reactions really don’t seem that bizarre or unreal. We are our own worst critics and sometimes our self judgement can bring our own ruin. There were times in the book I just wanted to give Ashley a reality check, to just step into the pages and shake her shoulders a bit. Even her future self seemed the epitome of moping and loss at times. Still I cannot be so judgemental because what we dislike so much in what we see of others is often what we dislike about ourselves.

What happens to Ashley is horrible. How she treats herself because of bullying is even worse. The book isn’t easy to stomach at times, but it needs to be read. I wouldn’t put it on my highest rated reads, but it is a book that should be handed out as a mandatory read in high school. For me Every Ugly Word isn’t just about overcoming bullies, it’s also about learning to love yourself at the hardest times. I have to be honest, if Ashley had been a real person and in my school I probably wouldn’t have been able to stand her… yet… I can’t be the one to judge. If anything Every Ugly Word teaches us that even we can be bullies to ourselves. Our actions can make us bleed or they can make us heal. Our words can cut or they can be just the balm we need.

In the end Every Ugly Word leaves the reader with food for thought. Actions and words can destroy or they can repair. Make your choice wisely.

…It isn’t what happens to you in your life that destroys you. It’s what you do about it…..

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#28DaysofLestat-Anne Rice Week-Anne Rice’s Creation of the Facebook Fan Page/The Flourishing of “Bibliophile’s Reverie”

Dare to click the book cover below, to pre-order your copy, because this is a book you will not want to miss, if you view yourself as a serious fan of the Vampire Lestat…



Without Anne Rice and her amazing Facebook fan page (and all the wonderful people I’ve met through there), this blog would have gone extinct a very long time ago!

#28DaysofLestat- Anne Rice Week- Anne Rice’s Creation of the Facebook Fan Page/The Flourishing of “A Bibliophile’s Reverie”

The below may sound a bit braggart-ish, and I really tried to tone down the braggart elements, to instead show just how much Anne Rice’s support has kept this blog alive, while also creating one of the most dynamic author Facebook pages on the internet.

Sometime in 2009, Anne Rice forged a brave journey towards discovering the marvels of the internet, in how it allows her to almost instantaneously connect with her readers. Back then, she would often post letters-emailed from readers- and the response was often pretty sparse in number, as Anne Rice’s Facebook fan page had several thousand or so followers at that time.

Around 2010, I submitted a philosophy essay I wrote about the Augustinian elements of Anne Rice’s books, which she shared on her Facebook page. Later, she began sharing more of my Facebook posts via her page, including several of my Interview with the Vampire philosophy posts, the Memnoch the Devil discussion posts, etc.

There was one time that I offered a bit of criticism (very constructive and civil in tone, of course) about Anne Rice’s later Vampire Chronicle books, and the element of her response that really stayed with me was how candid, expressive, and civilly defensive she was of the merits of her later books. I have managed to earn a better respect with what Anne Rice was seeking to accomplish with books, like Merrick, Blackwood Farm, and Blood Canticle, which did not personally resonate with me as much. But, my response was, again, only my own subjective take on the work,and that any and all reviews should be something that doesn’t purport to be the only response to a work, but rather something that represents the beautiful subjectivity of artistic response. I was really glad that Anne Rice was able to respond to constructive criticism with so much class, and spunk, and the fact that she actually read whatever I posted on my blog, and responded to things, has always impressed me. It shows, again, that she has a genuine interest in the responses of her readers of her works.

Widening the approach to her Facebook Fan page, Anne Rice has always opened the discussion to everyone, with any type of view, as long as it’s civilly expressed. Unlike some other more cloistered sections of the internet, she welcomes discussion on tough issues, which is something I think people genuinely revere about Anne Rice, in a world where it is so tough to have these types of vigorous debates about different issues, without getting trapped in nominal semantics about things that sometimes require more thought (always accompanied with some tact too!)

Anne Rice reminds everyone that the world that values variance in response to things still exist, even when we hear that expressing certain unpopular opinions may prevent us from getting jobs. We live in a world that is precariously democratic, in that we have the pretense of respecting difference in opinions, but yet we’ve created a sort of limitation on these things. And, I think that this disdain for difference in opinion has actually made the tone of people’s opinions more desperate, more vitriolic, and less civilized, because people are letting loose their bottled-up opinions, and it will become uncivil, and agitated, because of that restiveness that we have in real life, where we are instructed daily that the world likes to pretend that there is more homogeneity than there really is.

It was thanks to her page, her willingness to express herself with frankness (and class) that has made me respect Anne Rice so much, someone that often gets categorized as someone that begrudges freedom of expression. I think she is only frustrated with the same thing we all are, which is this incivility we see leak into our discussions, that are so devoid of maturity and class.  That is something I’ve striven to attempt here on my blog; the same ideal as Anne Rice’s Facebook Fan page, which is allowing people to express a diversity of opinions about books, and anything that connects back to what we’re reading.

Anne Rice’s nearly five year support of A Bibliophile’s Reverie astounds me each and every day. She could have easily ignored the posts, seen them as mere distractions or poppycock. Instead, she decided to engage with the other areas of the internet that are beginning a new medium or format that speaks about books on a much more expansive platform than live book discussions.

Thank you to Anne Rice again for her support of this blog, the inspiration she inspires daily on her Facebook Fan Page, and the lessons I’ve learned about ways to engage with civility in discussions and reviews that have helped me immensely into being shaped into a confident, though kind/mature artist!! (or at least, I wish to think I’m either of those things)

On Tuesday night (10/21/14-week before Prince Lestat is released), I will posting the first of the planned six Vampire Chronicles Academic Review Session Posts,  recapitulating all the major things that we discussed that happened in the first three Vampire Chronicle novels!!

***Please send photos, artwork, letters, diary entries, an epistolary novel, something that you feel artfully engraves the impact Anne Rice’s stories have had on your life to narniafanatic@gmail.com with the subject line of “28 Days of Lestat! With your express permission being granted to share these things (one poem or song per day during the course of October, 2014, up till the 28th of October), I hope to post something each day- a small fragment of one person’s completely unique approach to the series, which will hopefully come together, impressively, on the 28th of October, to virtually reconstruct the different views and memories people attach to this series, the character of Lestat, and many of the other vampires (or immortal species) Anne has created, in an uncannily realistic way, which makes us believe that these characters are very real, and existing amongst us.

Also, be sure to share anything Vampire Chronicles-related on the Lestat Book Coven Facebook Group Page, any comment sections on all 28 individual #28daysofLestat posts here on this blog, or on Twitter,Instagram, Tumblr, and beyond!!
COMING SOON….News about Prince Lestat Book Coven Release Party Festivities-New York NY-October 28, 2014

SPECIAL BLOOD AND GOLD First Edition, Signed Hardcover Contest

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I will be attending Anne Rice’s signing at 192 Books on October 28, 2014, and I am planning to get a copy signed and personalized for the winner on that date!! This is a special laminated (serving to protect the book) first-edition hardcover that is in very good condition. This contest helps further promote my self-publishing publicity and editorial services, for the many indie writers out there, and I really thank you, in advance for entering this contest, as these contests do go a long way with helping promote this service, so aptly named: A Bibliophile’s Workshop

Another hypothetical prize- Video Greeting, from Anne Rice herself!(still not definite, as of yet) is to record a special message at the signing, from Anne Rice, to the winner. I’m pretty certain she’d be really excited to do this, so it is a good chance that it may happen. But given time constraints at signings, this may not happen…Stay tuned for more details on this development.

Contest Rules:
     Winners are chosen randomly, by the Rafflecopter APP, and the contest is to everyone, with a few restrictions. For those living outside either US or Canada, you can enter, as long as you understood you are required to pay the postage, as I cannot afford to pay any international shipping costs. I’d love to, but I cannot feasibly offer this, in my current financial situation!

I apologize to those in the same boat, as well, who would not be able to afford the shipping costs. I am always remiss to post that following message, barring you from entering. It generally sucks, as so many of you are equally as passionate (or even more passionate) about Anne Rice’s  than anyone.

**Comic Shared by Coven Member, Jo Vee**
Read, and be entertained by this very amusing comic, which will serve as the Hyperlink image, that will allow you to be redirected to a Rafflecopter App. that will allow you to enter this contest!!

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***Please send photos, artwork, letters, diary entries, an epistolary novel, something that you feel artfully engraves the impact Anne Rice’s stories have had on your life to narniafanatic@gmail.com with the subject line of “28 Days of Lestat! With your express permission being granted to share these things (one poem or song per day during the course of October, 2014, up till the 28th of October), I hope to post something each day- a small fragment of one person’s completely unique approach to the series, which will hopefully come together, impressively, on the 28th of October, to virtually reconstruct the different views and memories people attach to this series, the character of Lestat, and many of the other vampires (or immortal species) Anne has created, in an uncannily realistic way, which makes us believe that these characters are very real, and existing amongst us.

Also, be sure to share anything Vampire Chronicles-related on the Lestat Book Coven Facebook Group Page, any comment sections on all 28 individual #28daysofLestat posts here on this blog, or on Twitter,Instagram, Tumblr, and beyond!!
COMING SOON….News about Prince Lestat Book Coven Release Party Festivities-New York NY-October 28, 2014

**For those who reside in the vicinity of New York, NY, Anne Rice will be at 192 Bookstore in New York, NY on October 28th, 2014 (coinciding with the official release of Prince Lestat)  I’ll be attending the New York event, and there are some exciting events, planned ahead of the signing at 7pm. Eastern at 192 Bookstore, which hypothetically, may include a special dinner and “Coven of the Articulate” Dinner at a New Orleans-style restaurant or coffee shop

Here are the event details, and you can RSVP for this event by heading over to the appropriate “Prince Lestat Invades NYC” Event Page on Facebook (or click on the St. John Divine church picture below to be taken there!!)

Event Details- October 28th, 2014; 2pm. Live Reading at St. John the Divine Church; and 4:30pm. “Coven of the Articulate Dinner” at a New Orleans style restaurant (soon-to-be- announced)!

The date is finalized, but the time is still not, as of yet, finalized, and the exact events are not yet clear either. So, this space is merely used to gauge interest in this event.

It will most likely be comprised of a live-reading of “Memnoch the Devil,” by either Anne Rice herself (low probability), as she is very busy preparing for her signing. It will most likely be myself reading it, or someone else entirely. I would prefer someone else reading it, who has the right type of reading voice.

The event will start at 2pm., giving people enough time to leave around 3pm. to head over to 192 Bookstore in New York City. For those who don’t mind where they are in line for the event, there will be a special dinner at 4:30pm. at a New Orleans style restaurant in the Manhattan area.

If you have any recommendations, as to the best place for such food, please leave your recommendations here! I need a final count of people that would be able to attend the Prince Lestat Cajun Dinner, by next week on Wednesday, and I will call the chosen restaurant to make the proper reservations then.

If anyone has good filming device of some kind (an iphone), you may be in charge of filming the St. John the Divine event, if we are given permission to do that! I have a low-tech camera, which I really don’t want to use, as the quality itself is terrible.

**Those of you, who do not live in the New York area still have a chance to meet Anne Rice, and get your treasured/beloved copies of Prince Lestat signed.

Several venues have discreetly posted some ticket information for the upcoming Prince Lestat book tour.  I will try finding more, and posting them below, with hyperlinked text for your convenience!! If you need help finding a signing near you, leave a comment below, or email me at narniafanatic@gmail.com.

For your convenience, all events that are not free events (a vast majority, unfortunately, are events that have charges attached/require tickets) happen to have asterisks (*) next to them:

If you manage to find any more events, please leave the link and other pertinent details in the comment area below! Thanks.

*October 28, 2014- Anne Rice& Victoria Wilson Book Signing- New York , NY 
*November 2, 2014- Anne Rice & Christopher Rice Book Signing New Orleans,LA
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November 5, 2014- Anne Rice, In Conversation with Christopher Rice- Hartford, CT (for some reason, this event is a bit exorbitantly priced)
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November 6, 2014- Anne Rice, In conversation with Victoria Wilson- Philadelphia, PA
*November 8, 2014- Anne Rice, In conversation with Victoria Wilson- Chicago, Il
*November 19, 2014- Anne Rice, In conversation with Christopher Rice- Los Angeles, CA   
(Click the hyper-linked text, to be referred to site to buy tickets!)A SPECIAL BLOOD AND GOLD First Edition, Signed Hardcover Contest

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#ReaderFence (Satire of #GamerGate)- Fighting Misconceptions of Readers, one incoherent tweet at a time!

An Honorable Monument to our cause- #ReaderFence

   To fight against the virulent stupidity of a certain infamous internet group #GamerGate, I decided that the best tactic of revealing the nonsensicality of some of the group’s claims ( and the fervid behavior that has threatened the lives of known feminist critics and game producers in the gaming world) is by relying on the ancient art of satire Jonathan Swift style.

 

Boo Radley-lamestream media’s stereotypical depiction of ” supposed reclusive readers”

Much like actor Adam Baldwin, I am just so perturbed that there is such an endemic misunderstanding and misapprehension of readers that we’re being portrayed by mainstream..ahem… I mean lamestream  media as recluses, much like a certain Boo Radley.  In new stories involving readers, they like to portray us as ghostly-pale (with sickly, yellow patches of skin), skull-like heads, protuberate eyes (from having to read in the dark at times), and a tendency to talk obsessively about books we love. Yet, they didn’t know that Boo Radley, a recluse, was really more self-aware of the world around him, than he is given credit for. And even though we readers are assigned such nasty pejoratives like being “aloof,” “crazy” “elitist” “out-of-touch,” “detached,” we are never given more concrete examples in the media of how reading actually has a lot of value, and plays an important role in opening our minds up to perceiving the deeper depths of reality, a part of reality that poor Boo Radley had.

A nemesis of #ReaderFence

The event that really spurred on the creation of #ReaderFence, a loose cobbling of social media vexations about readers and certain books being criticized unfairly in the media, was actually an entirely isolated event, which really angered me over this terrible stigma that the world has against readers..alike…was a post by a writer I saw on social media, who was writing a spit-fire rant about their supposed “really noxious, dangerous” ex, and this blog post just emboldened me to take all my smattering of completely irrelevant misgivings and frustrations about the media misperception of books (particularly Fifty Shades of Grey) and finally take a stand against it. Since the gamers already had a freaking ornate gate, we’re stuck with a fence!!

I rally all readers to join this great offense being taken to books, and now I want to show you the worst of the worst; these terrible, tongue in cheek critics that are trying to totally ban Fifty Shades of Grey..

Can you not believe that the otherwise smart, cool, (even chic) Mara Wilson, would dare say this about Twilight? Like, “oh, my, god!” she wants to take away our Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey. Her criticisms, along with that scandalous author break-up, and the media’s portrayal of readers as recluses

And then a certain provocateur Nella wrote these mean-spirited read-along posts, like totally making fun of my favorite romantic YA book! I mean.. the following excerpt from her first read-along…is so unsparing with its snark, that I cried crocodile tears, reading it…This is why we need #Readerfence, people!

Wait.. I have to add a GIF of crocodile tears, to emphasize my sadness over the following words about my precious Tiger’s Curse

 

“This author–bless her heart–seems to like words without understanding how they might contradict each other. Imagine a person shot out of a cannon. Now, imagine fingers groping. Notice, gentle reader, how the two imagines conflict with each other. But this is the book. This is it in all it’s glory. Words in an eternal struggle of opposing forces, painting one picture and then Jackson Pollock-ing all over it. If I didn’t know better this would be True Art. THAT IS THIS BOOK.

…I’m not even done with the prologue.” (Nella:fiendish critic of “Tiger’s Curse”)

(Taken from the bastion of offence against readers: Chez Apocalypse)

And, this pair, this triumvirate of writers from Chez Apocalypse, who are loosely connected back to that bad writer that cheated on their ex (and like totally discrediting the objectivity of book reviews as a whole), then decided to publish a mean book, making fun of Twilight.


Just, how anyone can write a satirical screed, against Twilight-an uh-mazing book- is just so irksome, to me, and demands that you have no moment of indecision, for deciding to rally for what is right, by standing for #readerfence.

**Now get tweeting, make sure to preface all your defense tweets, anything that has an inkling of criticism against #readerfence, with “Let me Enlighten,” then send all our movement’s approved links, say they’re always guaranteed to be the TRUTH, and you’ll be set to hold down the bookshelves, and defend the honor of readers, with our most unsatisfyingly incoherent cause…

If racism, sexism, regressive, extreme conservative values become part of this, be sure to divert critic’s attention away from bad press, by saying we’re actually totally against bullying…..

 If none of this makes sense, that is because #readerfence is about as incomprehensible, nonsensical, and incoherent as the purpose behind #GamerGate.

Always keep your mind open, and your critical thinking skills intact, or you could be pulled into a social media mob of half-truths and confusing messages!

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-#28DaysofLestat-Week of Anne Rice-Blood Canticle Controversy

Dare to click the book cover below, to pre-order your copy, because this is a book you will not want to miss, if you view yourself as a serious fan of the Vampire Lestat…


Anne Rice- Recollecting on the most memorable of Anne Rice’s awesome spunk/temerity (or just otherwise genuine spirit)

Anne Rice’s ability to always stay true to her artistic self, in the midst of sometimes very brutal criticism, has always been an inspiration for me, as a writer

Day 19 (of 28 Total Days) Post: Blood Canticle Controversy& Anne Rice’s Valiant Artistic Gumption

 

Anne Rice has always been as audacious and outspoken, in the best possible ways, as her own character Lestat. I was a little apprehensive about rehashing details about one incident, around the time that Blood Contaticle was released. But contrary to popular opinion, I thought Anne Rice’s counter-perspective or rebuttal against the critics of the then final installment of the Vampire Chronicles was a moment, where she showed that she was not daunted by the most surly, sometimes condescending voices of some book critics.

To this day, Anne Rice has continued the question the quality of reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, not in a way that promotes bowdlerizing or silencing the critics of certain books, but questioning whether or not reviews (written under pseudonyms usually)  that can be construed as outright bullying, or a strategized/orchestrated way to slash the sales of an indie writer  should be allowed on Amazon.

First of all, for your perusal, here is the original rebuttal review, written by Anne Rice, about the book Blood Canticle: (Taken from BlogCritics, and many other pages have preserved the text of this deleted review, because the internet is an eternal repository of things)

Seldom do I really answer those who criticize my work. In fact, the entire development of my career has been fueled by my ability to ignore denigrating and trivializing criticism as I realize my dreams and my goals. However there is something compelling about Amazon’s willingness to publish just about anything, and the sheer outrageous stupidity of many things you’ve said here that actually touches my proletarian and Democratic soul. Also I use and enjoy Amazon and I do read the reviews of other people’s books in many fields. In sum, I believe in what happens here. And so, I speak. First off, let me say that this is addressed only to some of you, who have posted outrageously negative comments here, and not to all. You are interrogating this text from the wrong perspective. Indeed, you aren’t even reading it. You are projecting your own limitations on it. And you are giving a whole new meaning to the words “wide readership.” And you have strained my Dickensean principles to the max. I’m justifiably proud of being read by intellectual giants and waitresses in trailer parks,in fact, I love it, but who in the world are you? Now to the book. Allow me to point out: nowhere in this text are you told that this is the last of the chronicles, nowhere are you promised curtain calls or a finale, nowhere are you told there will be a wrap-up of all the earlier material. The text tells you exactly what to expect. And it warns you specifically that if you did not enjoy Memnoch the Devil, you may not enjoy this book. This book is by and about a hero whom many of you have already rejected. And he tells you that you are likely to reject him again. And this book is most certainly written — every word of it — by me.

         If and when I can’t write a book on my own, you’ll know about it. And no, I have no intention of allowing any editor ever to distort, cut, or otherwise mutilate sentences that I have edited and re-edited, and organized and polished myself. I fought a great battle to achieve a status where I did not have to put up with editors making demands on me, and I will never relinquish that status. For me, novel writing is a virtuoso performance. It is not a collaborative art. Back to the novel itself: the character who tells the tale is my Lestat. I was with him more closely than I have ever been in this novel; his voice was as powerful for me as I’ve ever heard it. I experienced break through after break through as I walked with him, moved with him, saw through his eyes. What I ask of Lestat, Lestat unfailingly gives. For me, three hunting scenes, two which take place in hotels — the lone woman waiting for the hit man, the slaughter at the pimp’s party — and the late night foray into the slums –stand with any similar scenes in all of the chronicles. They can be read aloud without a single hitch. Every word is in perfect place. The short chapter in which Lestat describes his love for Rowan Mayfair was for me a totally realized poem. There are other such scenes in this book. You don’t get all this? Fine. But I experienced an intimacy with the character in those scenes that shattered all prior restraints, and when one is writing one does have to continuously and courageously fight a destructive tendency to inhibition and restraint. Getting really close to the subject matter is the achievement of only great art. Now, if it doesn’t appeal to you, fine. You don’t enjoy it? Read somebody else. But your stupid arrogant assumptions about me and what I am doing are slander. And you have used this site as if it were a public urinal to publish falsehood and lies. I’ll never challenge your democratic freedom to do so, and yes, I’m answering you, but for what it’s worth, be assured of the utter contempt I feel for you, especially those of you who post anonymously (and perhaps repeatedly?) and how glad I am that this book is the last one in a series that has invited your hateful and ugly responses. Now, to return to the narrative in question: Lestat’s wanting to be a saint is a vision larded through and through with his characteristic vanity. It connects perfectly with his earlier ambitions to be an actor in Paris, a rock star in the modern age. If you can’t see that, you aren’t reading my work. In his conversation with the Pope he makes observations on the times which are in continuity with his observations on the late twentieth century in The Vampire Lestat, and in continuity with Marius’ observations in that book and later in Queen of the Damned. The state of the world has always been an important theme in the chronicles. Lestat’s comments matter. Every word he speaks is part of the achievement of this book. That Lestat renounced this saintly ambition within a matter of pages is plain enough for you to see. That he reverts to his old self is obvious, and that he intends to complete the tale of Blackwood Farm is also quite clear. There are many other themes and patterns in this work that I might mention — the interplay between St.Juan Diago and Lestat, the invisible creature who doesn’t “exist” in the eyes of the world is a case in point. There is also the theme of the snare of Blackwood Farm, the place where a human existence becomes so beguiling that Lestat relinquishes his power as if to a spell. The entire relationship between Lestat and Uncle Julien is carefully worked out. But I leave it to readers to discover how this complex and intricate novel establishes itself within a unique, if not unrivalled series of book. There are things to be said. And there is pleasure to be had. And readers will say wonderful things about Blood Canticle and they already are. There are readers out there and plenty of them who cherish the individuality of each of the chronicles which you so flippantly condemn. They can and do talk circles around you. And I am warmed by their response. Their letters, the papers they write in school, our face to face exchanges on the road — these things sustain me when I read the utter trash that you post. But I feel I have said enough. If this reaches one reader who is curious about my work and shocked by the ugly reviews here, I’ve served my goals. And Yo, you dude, the slang police! Lestat talks like I do. He always has and he always will. You really wouldn’t much like being around either one of us. And you don’t have to be. If any of you want to say anything about all this by all means….And yes, the Chronicles are no more! Thank God!”

(Words property of Anne Rice)

Later, she wrote a different message about the novel, explicating more of things she felt were being misunderstood about Lestat’s character development in Blood Canticle (text taken from her author website):

Hello, Guys. Thank you for the responses to Blood Canticle that have been coming in. I appreciate hearing your reactions to my new book. In my last message, I talked about the hunting scenes and the dialogue, and how they were reflected an intimacy with the character of Lestat which I’d never achieved before. This time I want to talk about the theme of Redemption, which I think runs through all the Chronicle.

But first let me emphasize as I have in the past: each of the Chronicles is a distinct entity; each is a departure from what went before. No book plays by any set of rules. What I have always promised and what I have delivered in the Chronicles is that each book is written at white hot intensity, and that the content is utterly fluid during creation. That is, each chapter flows from what came before it, building slowly or swiftly to a climax and then an ending. Never anywhere have I ever promised a formula for these books, and never have they ever conformed to any notion of a series. Tale of the Body Thief radically departs from the epic style of Queen of the Damned to offer a first person adventure of Lestat. And Blood Canticle radically departs from the massive family epic of Blackwood Farm to go into the first person style of a song from Lestat that is similar perhaps to Tale of Body Thief. But no two books in the Chronicles are alike, really. And because of this, and many other factors, the Chronicles are absolutely unique in fiction. Now that they are concluded, I feel very good about them, and I am able to look at them from just a little distance and I find myself rather amazed as their peculiarities. But I think their strength lies in their individuality, in their eccentricity, in their bizarre tales, and twists and turns, as much as in the heat and intimacy of their characters.

Now, to the matter of Redemption. It is really the theme of Blood Canticle — Lestat’s search for Redemption. And it has been the theme of the Chronicles from the beginning. Louis searches throughout  Interview with the Vampire for a context, and what he really wants is meaning and what meaning will do for him is save him. When The Vampire Lestat open, Lestat seeks to become a rock star so that, in becoming a symbol of evil he might have relevence, and having relevence he might do some good in the world. He then tells us the story of his life, in which he once wanted desperately to be a monk but his father wouldn’t allow it. He goes on to tell us how he ran away from home to become an actor. And before the audiences on the boulevards in Paris he found a form of redemption. His life had visibility; it had meaning. But he was taken out of this temporary Heaven and doomed to a life of darkness. In that life of darkness he commenced to search for a way to exist that would redeem him; throughout the books, the discussion of redemption never really stops. Lestat seeks the great legendary Marius, believing that Marius will tell him how to exist in a noble way and in an honorable way, and the discussion deepens when the two characters come together to reflect a humanistic view of the world which gives Lestat a sustaining strength. But the world continues to test Lestat, and Lestat’s search continues…..

To read the remainder of her response, to criticisms about Blood Canticle, please click this hyperlinked text!”

 

I was actually a bit apprehensive about going ahead with posting the above (now deleted) Amazon review rebuttal, as it may not be something Anne Rice wishes to be preserved on a blog space like mine, which has a lot of respect for Anne Rice. I am sharing this, again, not as a way slander anyways, but merely bringing up moments of Anne Rice’s writing history that I thought was pretty pivotal, considering that the Vampire Chronicles have not come, at all, to a cessation. Rather in a little more than a week’s time, Prince Lestat (as you’re more than aware, at this point) is being released Tuesday, October 28, 2014, so when Anne Rice declared Blood Canticle back in 2004, that decision has been overturned.

But this  moment shows how important it is for an artist to have liberality and freedom, to write about the things that they feel most passionate about. Again, antithetically to much of the internet’s memory and reaction to Anne Rice’s Blood Canticle Amazon rebuttal; I actually saw that moment as a glimmer of Anne Rice’s mettle, lack of cowardice, and her artistic bravery, which is something denigrated sometimes in a culture, where we raise actors, writers, poets to some infallible place of exaltation, where they are not allowed to something even minorly wrong, unless they become subjected to a gratuitous degree of criticism, that is usually less forgiving than people within our immediate reality.

What else does Anne Rice’s Blood Canticle review shows? It shows that Lestat just needed to retreat awhile from the fervid, mixed reactions to Blood Canticle, and he needed some creative sanitorium, in some ways, in Anne Rice’s subconscious. 2014 is the perfect time for him to make his return, in many ways, with the abundant number of new takes on the vampire genre, allowing Anne Rice more creative space, in many ways, than ever to be allowed (not that someone as brave as Anne needs permission from anyone), or able,  to write a new installment for the Vampire Chronicles.

Now, I really seek your opinion, what do you think, overall, of Blood Canticle? And in retrospect, do you think Anne Rice had a right, as an author, to write a rebuttal to the spate of very nasty reviews of her book? Recently with Veronica Roth’s last Divergent title, and Charlaine Harris, with her Sookie Stackhouse series, the high-drama of readers and fan bases can be out-of-control, and lead to some really weird episodes, like death threats towards both these writers.

With the recent Gamergate controversy (with Anita Sarkeesian), this is a better time than ever to discuss civility and maturity, in how we criticize things. Hopefully, this reminder of this event reminds everyone of how we should say cool-headed, when responding to “Prince Lestat,” at the time of it’s release.

***Please send photos, artwork, letters, diary entries, an epistolary novel, something that you feel artfully engraves the impact Anne Rice’s stories have had on your life to narniafanatic@gmail.com with the subject line of “28 Days of Lestat! With your express permission being granted to share these things (one poem or song per day during the course of October, 2014, up till the 28th of October), I hope to post something each day- a small fragment of one person’s completely unique approach to the series, which will hopefully come together, impressively, on the 28th of October, to virtually reconstruct the different views and memories people attach to this series, the character of Lestat, and many of the other vampires (or immortal species) Anne has created, in an uncannily realistic way, which makes us believe that these characters are very real, and existing amongst us.

Also, be sure to share anything Vampire Chronicles-related on the Lestat Book Coven Facebook Group Page, any comment sections on all 28 individual #28daysofLestat posts here on this blog, or on Twitter,Instagram, Tumblr, and beyond!!
COMING SOON….News about Prince Lestat Book Coven Release Party Festivities-New York NY-October 28, 2014

SPECIAL BLOOD AND GOLD First Edition, Signed Hardcover Contest

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I will be attending Anne Rice’s signing at 192 Books on October 28, 2014, and I am planning to get a copy signed and personalized for the winner on that date!! This is a special laminated (serving to protect the book) first-edition hardcover that is in very good condition. This contest helps further promote my self-publishing publicity and editorial services, for the many indie writers out there, and I really thank you, in advance for entering this contest, as these contests do go a long way with helping promote this service, so aptly named: A Bibliophile’s Workshop

Another hypothetical prize- Video Greeting, from Anne Rice herself!(still not definite, as of yet) is to record a special message at the signing, from Anne Rice, to the winner. I’m pretty certain she’d be really excited to do this, so it is a good chance that it may happen. But given time constraints at signings, this may not happen…Stay tuned for more details on this development.

Contest Rules:
     Winners are chosen randomly, by the Rafflecopter APP, and the contest is to everyone, with a few restrictions. For those living outside either US or Canada, you can enter, as long as you understood you are required to pay the postage, as I cannot afford to pay any international shipping costs. I’d love to, but I cannot feasibly offer this, in my current financial situation!

I apologize to those in the same boat, as well, who would not be able to afford the shipping costs. I am always remiss to post that following message, barring you from entering. It generally sucks, as so many of you are equally as passionate (or even more passionate) about Anne Rice’s  than anyone.

**Comic Shared by Coven Member, Jo Vee**
Read, and be entertained by this very amusing comic, which will serve as the Hyperlink image, that will allow you to be redirected to a Rafflecopter App. that will allow you to enter this contest!!

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***Please send photos, artwork, letters, diary entries, an epistolary novel, something that you feel artfully engraves the impact Anne Rice’s stories have had on your life to narniafanatic@gmail.com with the subject line of “28 Days of Lestat! With your express permission being granted to share these things (one poem or song per day during the course of October, 2014, up till the 28th of October), I hope to post something each day- a small fragment of one person’s completely unique approach to the series, which will hopefully come together, impressively, on the 28th of October, to virtually reconstruct the different views and memories people attach to this series, the character of Lestat, and many of the other vampires (or immortal species) Anne has created, in an uncannily realistic way, which makes us believe that these characters are very real, and existing amongst us.

Also, be sure to share anything Vampire Chronicles-related on the Lestat Book Coven Facebook Group Page, any comment sections on all 28 individual #28daysofLestat posts here on this blog, or on Twitter,Instagram, Tumblr, and beyond!!
COMING SOON….News about Prince Lestat Book Coven Release Party Festivities-New York NY-October 28, 2014

**For those who reside in the vicinity of New York, NY, Anne Rice will be at 192 Bookstore in New York, NY on October 28th, 2014 (coinciding with the official release of Prince Lestat)  I’ll be attending the New York event, and there are some exciting events, planned ahead of the signing at 7pm. Eastern at 192 Bookstore, which hypothetically, may include a special dinner and “Coven of the Articulate” Dinner at a New Orleans-style restaurant or coffee shop

Here are the event details, and you can RSVP for this event by heading over to the appropriate “Prince Lestat Invades NYC” Event Page on Facebook (or click on the St. John Divine church picture below to be taken there!!)

Event Details- October 28th, 2014; 2pm. Live Reading at St. John the Divine Church; and 4:30pm. “Coven of the Articulate Dinner” at a New Orleans style restaurant (soon-to-be- announced)!

The date is finalized, but the time is still not, as of yet, finalized, and the exact events are not yet clear either. So, this space is merely used to gauge interest in this event.

It will most likely be comprised of a live-reading of “Memnoch the Devil,” by either Anne Rice herself (low probability), as she is very busy preparing for her signing. It will most likely be myself reading it, or someone else entirely. I would prefer someone else reading it, who has the right type of reading voice.

The event will start at 2pm., giving people enough time to leave around 3pm. to head over to 192 Bookstore in New York City. For those who don’t mind where they are in line for the event, there will be a special dinner at 4:30pm. at a New Orleans style restaurant in the Manhattan area.

If you have any recommendations, as to the best place for such food, please leave your recommendations here! I need a final count of people that would be able to attend the Prince Lestat Cajun Dinner, by next week on Wednesday, and I will call the chosen restaurant to make the proper reservations then.

If anyone has good filming device of some kind (an iphone), you may be in charge of filming the St. John the Divine event, if we are given permission to do that! I have a low-tech camera, which I really don’t want to use, as the quality itself is terrible.

**Those of you, who do not live in the New York area still have a chance to meet Anne Rice, and get your treasured/beloved copies of Prince Lestat signed.

Several venues have discreetly posted some ticket information for the upcoming Prince Lestat book tour.  I will try finding more, and posting them below, with hyperlinked text for your convenience!! If you need help finding a signing near you, leave a comment below, or email me at narniafanatic@gmail.com.

For your convenience, all events that are not free events (a vast majority, unfortunately, are events that have charges attached/require tickets) happen to have asterisks (*) next to them:

If you manage to find any more events, please leave the link and other pertinent details in the comment area below! Thanks.

*October 28, 2014- Anne Rice& Victoria Wilson Book Signing- New York , NY 
*November 2, 2014- Anne Rice & Christopher Rice Book Signing New Orleans,LA
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November 5, 2014- Anne Rice, In Conversation with Christopher Rice- Hartford, CT (for some reason, this event is a bit exorbitantly priced)
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November 6, 2014- Anne Rice, In conversation with Victoria Wilson- Philadelphia, PA
*November 8, 2014- Anne Rice, In conversation with Victoria Wilson- Chicago, Il
*November 19, 2014- Anne Rice, In conversation with Christopher Rice- Los Angeles, CA   
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#28DaysofLestat- Lestat Musical Post #3-Lestat Musical Week- “Sail Me Away”

Dare to click the book cover below, to pre-order your copy, because this is a book you will not want to miss, if you view yourself as a serious fan of the Vampire Lestat…


Day 17 (of 28 Total Days) Post:

Lestat Musical Week

The conjoining of such two dissimilar things, like vampires and musical, seems to make people respond pretty vehemently, in opposition, when they hear of the reality of the legacy of the Lestat musical. Regardless of your opinion of it (and your opinion always has merit, when responding to something subject to perceptual differences like a musical), the Lestat Musical does have immortality, as many clips can be found on Youtube. I wish that the soundtrack were released some day, as a memento of a musical that I felt was misunderstood. Maybe in a culture where vampires have been allowed a bit more artistic liberality in terms of how they are constructed on screen and on the pages of recent contemporary fiction works, people may be more accepting of a revival of this musical.

At the time of the musical’s release, Anne Rice really loved it, as evidenced by her review published around the time it went live on-stage:“It’s a long road from Epidaurus to the Palace Theater. New dramatic forms have dazzled us and will continue to do so.  But only the stage can make the magic I saw in LESTAT.  Only living human beings coming together for a certain uninterrupted span of time in which they act, and sing, and pour their hearts out, can achieve this wondrous feat.”
**To help showcase some of the more memorable tracks of the ill-fated Lestat musical, I will be showcasing roughly-edited/filmed clips, stored on Youtube, to give all Lestat fans a special opportunity to reflect upon  the Lestat musical.

For today’s special Lestat Musical Clip, I have a clip, featuring yet another strongly-sung, emotive Hugh Panaro song (the perfect theatrical embodiment of Lestat), singing the song from the musical called “Sail Me away, which perfectly conveys Lestat’s emotions, while internally dealing with the betrayal of Claudia while embarking on a boat back to his homeland of France (greatly altered by various civil wars and rebellions). The fact that this musical tried to comprehensively detail all the various complicated emotions, going through Lestat’s mind, throughout Anne Rice’s story, is one reason that the musical definitely deserves closer examination.

 

 

**Also, below is a Youtube interview with both Anne and Bernie Taupin,one of the writers, behind this short-lived, though memorable musical (at least to my eyes). This should help better contextualize the talents behind this, and how supportive Anne Rice was of this musical (Tomorrow, I will post a link to a longer, more in-depth article, from her website that perfectly describes her praise for the musical).

**Did you have a chance to attend the musical, during the short time that it ran on Broadway? Now be completely honest, did it live up to your expectations? Was it a technically good musical? Do you have any memories of seeing or attending it? Email me anything related to the musical, for being potentially considered to be posted here on my blog (as part of #28DaysofLestat) at narniafanatic@gmail.com

***Please send photos, artwork, letters, diary entries, an epistolary novel, something that you feel artfully engraves the impact Anne Rice’s stories have had on your life to narniafanatic@gmail.com with the subject line of “28 Days of Lestat! With your express permission being granted to share these things (one poem or song per day during the course of October, 2014, up till the 28th of October), I hope to post something each day- a small fragment of one person’s completely unique approach to the series, which will hopefully come together, impressively, on the 28th of October, to virtually reconstruct the different views and memories people attach to this series, the character of Lestat, and many of the other vampires (or immortal species) Anne has created, in an uncannily realistic way, which makes us believe that these characters are very real, and existing amongst us.

Also, be sure to share anything Vampire Chronicles-related on the Lestat Book Coven Facebook Group Page, any comment sections on all 28 individual #28daysofLestat posts here on this blog, or on Twitter,Instagram, Tumblr, and beyond!!

SPECIAL BLOOD AND GOLD First Edition, Signed Hardcover Contest

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I will be attending Anne Rice’s signing at 192 Books on October 28, 2014, and I am planning to get a copy signed and personalized for the winner on that date!! This is a special laminated (serving to protect the book) first-edition hardcover that is in very good condition. This contest helps further promote my self-publishing publicity and editorial services, for the many indie writers out there, and I really thank you, in advance for entering this contest, as these contests do go a long way with helping promote this service, so aptly named: A Bibliophile’s Workshop

Another hypothetical prize- Video Greeting, from Anne Rice herself!(still not definite, as of yet) is to record a special message at the signing, from Anne Rice, to the winner. I’m pretty certain she’d be really excited to do this, so it is a good chance that it may happen. But given time constraints at signings, this may not happen…Stay tuned for more details on this development.

Contest Rules:
     Winners are chosen randomly, by the Rafflecopter APP, and the contest is to everyone, with a few restrictions. For those living outside either US or Canada, you can enter, as long as you understood you are required to pay the postage, as I cannot afford to pay any international shipping costs. I’d love to, but I cannot feasibly offer this, in my current financial situation!

I apologize to those in the same boat, as well, who would not be able to afford the shipping costs. I am always remiss to post that following message, barring you from entering. It generally sucks, as so many of you are equally as passionate (or even more passionate) about Anne Rice’s  than anyone.

**Comic Shared by Coven Member, Jo Vee**
Read, and be entertained by this very amusing comic, which will serve as the Hyperlink image, that will allow you to be redirected to a Rafflecopter App. that will allow you to enter this contest!!

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***Please send photos, artwork, letters, diary entries, an epistolary novel, something that you feel artfully engraves the impact Anne Rice’s stories have had on your life to narniafanatic@gmail.com with the subject line of “28 Days of Lestat! With your express permission being granted to share these things (one poem or song per day during the course of October, 2014, up till the 28th of October), I hope to post something each day- a small fragment of one person’s completely unique approach to the series, which will hopefully come together, impressively, on the 28th of October, to virtually reconstruct the different views and memories people attach to this series, the character of Lestat, and many of the other vampires (or immortal species) Anne has created, in an uncannily realistic way, which makes us believe that these characters are very real, and existing amongst us.

Also, be sure to share anything Vampire Chronicles-related on the Lestat Book Coven Facebook Group Page, any comment sections on all 28 individual #28daysofLestat posts here on this blog, or on Twitter,Instagram, Tumblr, and beyond!!
COMING SOON….News about Prince Lestat Book Coven Release Party Festivities-New York NY-October 28, 2014

**For those who reside in the vicinity of New York, NY, Anne Rice will be at 192 Bookstore in New York, NY on October 28th, 2014 (coinciding with the official release of Prince Lestat)  I’ll be attending the New York event, and there are some exciting events, planned ahead of the signing at 7pm. Eastern at 192 Bookstore, which hypothetically, may include a special dinner and “Coven of the Articulate” Dinner at a New Orleans-style restaurant or coffee shop

Here are the event details, and you can RSVP for this event by heading over to the appropriate “Prince Lestat Invades NYC” Event Page on Facebook (or click on the St. John Divine church picture below to be taken there!!)

Event Details- October 28th, 2014; 2pm. Live Reading at St. John the Divine Church; and 4:30pm. “Coven of the Articulate Dinner” at a New Orleans style restaurant (soon-to-be- announced)!

The date is finalized, but the time is still not, as of yet, finalized, and the exact events are not yet clear either. So, this space is merely used to gauge interest in this event.

It will most likely be comprised of a live-reading of “Memnoch the Devil,” by either Anne Rice herself (low probability), as she is very busy preparing for her signing. It will most likely be myself reading it, or someone else entirely. I would prefer someone else reading it, who has the right type of reading voice.

The event will start at 2pm., giving people enough time to leave around 3pm. to head over to 192 Bookstore in New York City. For those who don’t mind where they are in line for the event, there will be a special dinner at 4:30pm. at a New Orleans style restaurant in the Manhattan area.

If you have any recommendations, as to the best place for such food, please leave your recommendations here! I need a final count of people that would be able to attend the Prince Lestat Cajun Dinner, by next week on Wednesday, and I will call the chosen restaurant to make the proper reservations then.

If anyone has good filming device of some kind (an iphone), you may be in charge of filming the St. John the Divine event, if we are given permission to do that! I have a low-tech camera, which I really don’t want to use, as the quality itself is terrible.

**Those of you, who do not live in the New York area still have a chance to meet Anne Rice, and get your treasured/beloved copies of Prince Lestat signed.

Several venues have discreetly posted some ticket information for the upcoming Prince Lestat book tour.  I will try finding more, and posting them below, with hyperlinked text for your convenience!! If you need help finding a signing near you, leave a comment below, or email me at narniafanatic@gmail.com.

For your convenience, all events that are not free events (a vast majority, unfortunately, are events that have charges attached/require tickets) happen to have asterisks (*) next to them:

If you manage to find any more events, please leave the link and other pertinent details in the comment area below! Thanks.

*October 28, 2014- Anne Rice& Victoria Wilson Book Signing- New York , NY 
*November 2, 2014- Anne Rice & Christopher Rice Book Signing New Orleans,LA
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November 5, 2014- Anne Rice, In Conversation with Christopher Rice- Hartford, CT (for some reason, this event is a bit exorbitantly priced)
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November 6, 2014- Anne Rice, In conversation with Victoria Wilson- Philadelphia, PA
*November 8, 2014- Anne Rice, In conversation with Victoria Wilson- Chicago, Il
*November 19, 2014- Anne Rice, In conversation with Christopher Rice- Los Angeles, CA   
(Click the hyper-linked text, to be referred to site to buy tickets!)

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