Lestat Book Coven Newsletter 8/28/14- Details about Armand Live Chat& Book Giveaway Details


Get your copy now of Queen of the Damned!! Discussion starts in September 2014…..More to come next week!!

**Read the entire post to find out more details on how you can win a genuine signed, first-edition hardcover edition of The Vampire Lestat!!**



Partake in the most lively brouhaha, coming out of the mouths of the living dead, by joining  the Lestat Book Coven!! We are counting down, with style and intelligence,for the very exciting release of the The Vampire Lestat. Over at the Facebook Group Page for this esteemed group, there are always many discussing occurring about issues related with specific characters and events from the Vampire Chronicle novels, the best actor to portray our favorite damnable rascal of a vampire Lestat, and who is the voice, and what is the motive, or ethical viewpoint of this pernicious, enigmatic voice, as seen in the first chapter of the upcoming novel Prince Lestat  (being released everywhere October 28th, 2014).

Beginning with next week’s newsletter (posted always on Thursdays, for your convenience), there will be more exciting new features to further streamline the next two month wait period for Prince LestatWe are almost there, and this group will continue to keep your excitement below the stage of being unendurable!!


NEWS ABOUT Coven of the Articulate: A Scholarly Compendium of Anne Rice’s novels. (Click the hyperlinked text, to read more information about essay submission guidelines and the ultimate deadline for all essays!!)

** All Essays are now due on November 13, 2014.  The anticipated date of publications, through any site where ebooks are made available, will be anywhere between January-February 2014.

For those that have been out of the loop in terms of news about Coven of the Articulate, you should know that this is an all-new scholarly compendium, being published just in time for Lestat’s much awaited return. Thus far, I have received three wonderfully comprehensive essays, pertaining to Anne Rice’s works, and the  writers of those articles will be hearing word back from me soon, about whether or not their essay will be included in this new volume.

Right now, you are more than welcome to begin working on your own essay, as long as you follow the guidelines as list on the separate blog link I linked above to! This is yet another brazen attempt for me to further encourage more intellectual discourse about Anne Rice’s underappreciated literary masterpieces (not under-appreciated by fans, but the more pretentious members of academia).

If you have any questions about Coven of the Articulate, send any inquiries,questions and suggestions to narniafanatic(at)gmail(dot) com.



After finishing the first chapter excerpt for the first, I had nothing but effusive words about the text. The same familiar fluidity of prose, and impeccable degree of detail and philosophical sophistication suffuses the text. It is easily some of Anne Rice’s best writing yet, thus far in her long writing career, and it definitely has made the long, seemingly interminable wait for Prince Lestat, many degrees more unbearable

The book is slated to  be released October 28th, 2014, and has been honorably put on embargo, to ensure that the secret of the very enigmatic, wonderful plot remains unspoiled, non-tampered till that most auspicious, exciting day comes before us…

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…


   **Since some people may subjectively find my reading voice to be either cacophonous or annoying (finding someone’s voice to be unpleasurable or unseemly is subjective), you may decide to read the first chapter excerpt of Prince Lestat yourself.

**Random House recently released these new editions of the first three novels of the Vampire Chronicles, with the first chapter included in them. Click the corresponding images to be taken to the Amazon Product Page, for each of them, for more information on how to attain one for yourself!!**

BIG MOVIE NEWS; Lestat has spoken!

This piece is the most pivotal quote from the article, published on the website Joblo, and you can read the rest by clicking the hyper-linked text below:

“Universal has acquired the rights to Anne Rice’s anthology of novels, “The Vampire Chronicles”. The deal is for every book in the series including the ones that have already been adapted (the awful QUEEN OF THE DAMNED too). Imagine’s Brian Grazer will produce with Imagine Entertainment alongside Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci who seem to want to own everything these days.”

So, what does this mean for fans of the Vampire Lestat? Well, it means that we will hopefully be seeing a film adaptation of Anne Rice’s sophisticated vampire novels, sometime in the next four or five years, that is an adaptation that is faithfully rendered and  has fidelity to the text.

In other news….

At Thrillerfest this past summer, I had the wonderful, very much unforgettable opportunity to interview Anne Rice (and, I do not need to elaborate on her writing credentials; you know who she is). Thanks to both Anne Rice and her wonderful assistant Becket for making this interview a very enjoyable, stress-free experience.

For me, this was a remarkable opportunity, since in many humble respects, I am just a passionate book blogger, who has been mainly writing rather in-depth posts about Anne Rice’s books for nearly four years and counting. It is not the group itself that allowed this opportunity to happen. Incidentally, this interview came mostly about because of the unwavering support of all 900 (approaching 1000) or so remarkable members of the Lestat Book Coven over at the Facebook Group Page.

I posted the two parts below, and I know there is some continuity issues between the end of Part 1 into Part 2. Due to some inevitable technical glitches, the transition between both parts seems kind of abrupt.  Enjoy it, nonetheless, and thanks again to everyone that enthusiastically has joined in our coven discussions, for all the various individuals that produced such thoughtful questions, finally to Anne Rice and her assistant Becket for making this entire thing possible!!

Part 1:

Part 2:

Procure your copy now, for our upcoming discussion!

Don’t let the coven start without you!

.  I’ll always be posting Facebook post updates about each post either on Anne Rice’s Facebook Fan page, the  Lestat Book Coven Facebook Group page, and the mailing list for the Lestat Book Coven (embedded hyperlink will take you to page to sign up for this)Our next live chat will be August 31, 2014 at 2pm. Eastern via Google Hangout on Air, and we will be discussing the character of Armand in-depth; his unique machinations of deceit, his subtle moments of vulnerability, how his story is one of abuse and how it can deeply affect someone (and how this sheds light on the moral complexity and ambiguity of Marius and Armand) More details about this live chat, and contest details can be found by clicking “More” below, if you’re reading this from the main home page for my blog.

Reading Assignment Details:

Re-read any sequences, involving Armand, (particularly his succinctly-written backstory in The Vampire Lestat, the Children of Darkness segment, and his encounters with Lestat) so we can discuss certain facets of his character in depth!

Our live chat, revolving around the character of Armand, will be this coming Sunday, August 31st at 2:00pm. Eastern, Click the hyperlinked text to RSVP for this Google on Air Hangout Event

For the next two consecutive weeks, we are discussing the characters of  Armand (and his shadowy coven), and Marius/Akasha, as they are described in the second installment of the Vampire ChroniclesThe Vampire Lestat. The reason for this drastic change in our discussion format is not just to save time, but it is also to help us better focus on things that will prove important to recall or remember, when reading Prince Lestat, come this October. This is the first Vampire Chronicles novel, since Queen of the Damned,dealing with all the vampires introduced in the series! 

Discussion Questions:

Basically, what do you feel are the defining characteristics of Armand?   Do you find his deceptive machinations admirable, justified, or altogether unconscionable? Do you feel sympathy for him, after glimpsing into his past-story, involving probable abuse of some kind? Knowing how abuse can have a deep, and sometimes irreversibly damaging effect on the psyche of a character, how does Armand’s behavior seem to make more sense, given this past life story? What about Armand makes him either endearing to some, and vile (and altogether unlikable to others), and is this what adds to the appeal of Anne Rice’s writing, where her characters are always very fleshed-out, and portrayed in morally ambiguous ways, in much the same way George R.R. Martin’s characters in his very popular Game of Thrones series?


**For the upcoming chat, make yourself a cup of tantalizing Golden Moment Tea, or the Prince Lestat Custom Tea Brea (courtesy of Bibliophile Teas). Take a photo of your tea with your copy of The Vampire Lestat!

Here are the ingredients, for making Golden Moment tea:

(1) One Stash Chocolate Mint Oolong Tea Bag

(2) Drop of Vanilla Extract

(3) Dash of Nutmeg

(4) Drop of Organic Honey

(5). Dash of Saigon Cinnamon

   **If you wish to make this into an iced tea, use two tea bags, and a two-cup measuring cup. Steep those two tea bags for approximately 10 minutes (for certified robustness of taste), add your dry spices & extracts (as listed above). Pull tea bags out, throw away in trash receptacle (vampires disdain littering), add ice cubes to chill the tea, then pour tea into a larger glass container, after it is properly chilled in your two-cup measuring cup, then add more ice cubes (an arbitrary amount, as much as needed, essentially), add water till the container is full of a mixture of both your 2-cup tea concentrated mix with a fair amount of tap water (or purified spring water) to create a heady, vampire iced tea combo!! Drink to immortality!! 



Contest Details:


** VERY IMPORTANT CONTEST RULES:**Due to high prices for international mailing, this contest is only open to those, living either in the US or Canada. I apologize in advance for neglecting to post these rules, but they are very important, for my budget is tight. And while I would love to be able to open up the contest to all Lestat fans, living somewhere around the world, the exorbitant costs with mailing things kinda prevents that from ideally happening.

Also, the contest associated with the Vampire Lestat musical is now completely eradicated; this is the newest contest for winning a SIGNED, FIRST EDITION Hardcover copy of Anne Rice’s The Vampire Lestat.  Unlike past contests, due to my error in judgement, the contest’s winner is selected completely at random, and having the most entries on the Rafflecopter App. does not guarantee winning the contest, but only increases the likelihood of winning!!

The contest is being run to help promote my new editorial and publicity services, open to any interested Self-published writers. I don’t feel like rehashing all the details here about the reason for its development, and the descriptions of the services provided for this service, so I advise you click the hyperlinked text- A Bibliophile’s Workshopto read more about this very exciting new service for self-published writers


     ** To access the Rafflecopter contest to enter this contest, Click one of Jo Vee’s two beautiful artworks, out of many more as displayed on the recently published art galley on my blog, to access the Rafflecopter App for this contest.**

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s