Saturday, September 15, 2012

[Blog Tour] The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty by Anne Rice + Giveaway

The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty
by Anne Rice
Series: Stand Alone
Published: July 11th 2012
Publisher: Plume
Genre: Adult Fiction / Erotica
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From bestselling author Anne Rice, writing as A.N. Roquleaure. In the traditional folktale of 'Sleeping Beauty,' the spell cast upon the lovely young princess and everyone in her castle can only be broken by the kiss of a Prince. It is an ancient story, one that originally emerged from and still deeply disturbs the mind's unconscious. Now Anne Rice's retelling of the Beauty story probes the unspoken implications of this lush, suggestive tale by exploring its undeniable connection to sexual desire. Here the Prince reawakens Beauty, not with a kiss, but with sexual initiation. His reward for ending the hundred years of enchantment is Beauty's complete and total enslavement to him as Anne Rice explores the world of erotic yearning and fantasy in a classic that becomes, with her skillful pen, a compelling experience.
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Pen Name

…But the Roquelaure material is erotica, without reservation, and it needs that pen name on the label, so to speak. The pen name says: Anne Rice is doing something very different here.

I felt I needed the anonymity of the pen name to write freely, to pursue an authentic erotica without being inhibited or self-conscious. And it worked wonders to imagine myself “cloaked” by the name Roquelaure, which is a kind of French cloak—named after the Frenchman who popularized it. My father was still living then and I didn’t want him to know about the books either. In fact, there were lots of friends and relatives whom I didn’t want to worry about as I developed the writing. There was quite a bit of exposure involved in writing such graphic sexual fantasies. It was frightening now and then, and it was thrilling. Eventually, I told my father about the books, asking him not to read them, and I did put my name on them. I adjusted completely to people knowing I’d written them. But only after I’d finished with the trilogy—as I recall.

A pen name enables you not only to cloak what you are doing from friends and family; it gives you a new freedom to do something you would not do as yourself. I have thought of writing some new erotica,and I must confess I imagined using a new pen name for it. I don’t know whether I’ll pursue it, but I do find the freedom of the pen name attractive.

About the Author

Anne Rice (born Howard Allen Frances O'Brien) is a best-selling American author of gothic, supernatural, historical, erotica, and later religious themed books. Best known for The Vampire Chronicles, her prevailing thematical focus is on love, death, immortality, existentialism, and the human condition. She was married to poet Stan Rice for 41 years until his death in 2002. Her books have sold nearly 100 million copies, making her one of the most widely read authors in modern history.

She uses the pseudonym Anne Rampling for adult-themed fiction (i.e., erotica) and A.N. Roquelaure for fiction featuring sexually explicit sado-masochism.
Connect with Anne on her: Website | Youtube | Twitter | Goodreads


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  1. Did you read it? What did you think of it? This book was way too risqué
    for me. Eeep.


  2. Oh I am so excited about this giveaway. An Anne Rice for years, my favorite series by her is the Sleeping Beauty trilogy, though I haven't read them in about 15 years. I think it is time to revisit them :)

  3. I love reading Anne Rice. I really want to read this book. It sounds very good. Thanks for the giveaway.

  4. Thanks for a great post and giveaway! I haven't read any of Anne Rice although she is on my wishlist :)

  5. Love Anne Rice, sounds like a great read.

  6. OMG!!! I had the trilogy several years ago and lent to a friend...never got them back! I miss the seriously twisted individuals in these books. Very difficult to read at times, but Anne is at her best here, as far as I'm concerned.
    Thanks for such an awesome post and giveaway!

  7. Wow~ I didn't even know this existed. I read the first few pages on Amazon~ I'm curious to see where it goes!

  8. Thanks for a great post and giveaway! I've not read Anne Rice but she's on my want list :)

  9. Wow. This is..different. Very interesting.

  10. I have been trying to tell people that this series has to be WAY better than 50 Shades (though I haven't read those). LOVE LOVE LOVE the Sleeping Beauty Trilogy!

  11. I can't wait to check this one out! Thanks for a great giveaway! :)
    songbird1613 at yahoo dot com

  12. I cannot enter the giveaway, but thanks for publicizing this book. Can't believe it is Anne Rice. So cool.

  13. I am curious about this one and a bit baffled by the the use of a pen name, when the other name is also included. Not saying it is wrong or a problem in any way, just curious how that works? Love Anne Rice and am sure this will have the same exceptional quality of writing.

  14. Awww love this series been on my wish list for ages now!!


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