September 13, 2012

The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty by Anne Rice Excerpt and Giveaway

Excerpt and giveaway for The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty by Anne Rice (Book 1 in The Sleeping Beauty Chronicles)
(FYI: This is an adult erotica series)

Before 50 Shades of Grey & Bared To You There was….

Anne Rice

People are much more comfortable today admitting and talking about what they enjoy in fiction and film. Much more. People are “out of the closet” about sexuality, period. The whole world knows women are sensual human beings as well as men. It’s no secret anymore that women want to read sexy fiction just as men do, and there’s a new frankness about the varieties of fantasies one might enjoy. So many clich├ęs have been broken and abandoned. And this is a wonderful thing. – From Anne Rice’s new preface in the Sleeping Beauty Chronicles

Many people know that Anne Rice paved the way for blockbuster books about witches and vampires. What they may not realize, is that she is also the godmother of pleasure and pain erotica. When Anne Rice published her seminal SLEEPING BEAUTY CHRONICLES in the mid-eighties under the pen name A.N. Roquelaure, she couldn’t have predicted that not only would her erotic take on
the famous fairy tale become a huge underground hit and a mainstay for erotica fans for three decades, but it would also be a choice as ahead of the curve as her supernatural novels.

The series is more popular than ever, and with sadomasochistic erotica dominating bestseller lists, more and more people are discovering this classic trilogy. Now her books will be available for a whole new generation of erotica fans. All three books will hit stores nationwide on July 11th 2012, from Plume with a provocative new preface and gorgeous re-package

In the first book of the series; THE CLAIMING OF SLEEPING BEAUTY, Rice follows the traditional folktale of Sleeping Beauty, the spell cast upon the lovely young can only be broken by the kiss of a Prince. In Rice’s steamy retelling, The Prince awakens Beauty, not with a kiss, but with sexual conquer. His reward for ending the hundred years of enchantment is Beauty's complete and total enslavement to him. Rice’s exploration of the master and sexual slave fantasy is both elegant and arousing under her skillful pen.

 BEAUTY’S PUNISHMENT continues her explicit, teasing exploration of the psychology of human desire. Now Beauty, having indulged in a secret and forbidden infatuation with the rebellious slave Prince Tristan, is sent away from the Satyricon-like world of the Castle. Sold at auction, she will soon experience the tantalizing punishments of "the village," as her education in love, cruelty, dominance, submission, and tenderness is turned over to the brazenly handsome Captain of the Guard. And once again Rice's tale of pleasure and pain dares to explore the most primal desires of the human heart.

In the final volume of Anne Rice's titillating erotic trilogy, BEAUTY’S RELEASE, Beauty's adventures on the dark side of sexuality make her the bound captive of an Eastern Sultan and a prisoner in the exotic confines of the harem. As this voluptuous adult fairy tale moves toward conclusion, all Beauty's encounters with the myriad variations of sexual fantasy are presented in a sensuous, rich prose that intensifies this exquisite rendition of Love's secret world, and makes the Beauty series and incomparable study of erotica. In it, Anne Rice makes the forbidden side of passion a doorway into the hidden regions of the psyche and the heart.

The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty
Chapter 1 Excerpt:
The Prince had all his young life know the story of Sleeping Beauty, cursed to sleep for a hundred years, with her parents, the King and Queen, and all of the Court, after pricking her finger on a spindle.

But he did not believe it until he was inside the castle.

Even the bodies of those other Princes caught in the thorns of the rose vines that covered the walls had not made him believe it. They had come believing it, true enough, but he must see for himself inside the castle.

Careless with grief for the death of his father, and too powerful under his mother’s rule for his own good, he cut these awesome vines at their roots, and immediately prevented them from ensnaring him. It was not his desire to die so much as to conquer.
And picking his way through the bones of those who had failed to solve the mystery, he stepped alone into the great banquet hall.

The sun was high in the sky and those vines had fallen away, so the light fell in dusty shafts from the lofty windows.

And all along the banquet table, the Prince saw the men and women of the old Court, sleeping under layers of dust, their ruddy and slack faces spun over with spider webs.
He gasped to see the servants dozing against the walls, their clothes rotted to tatters.
But it was true, this old tale. And, fearless as before, he went in search of the Sleeping Beauty who must be at the core of it.  

Giveaway: One print copy of The Claiming Of Sleeping Beauty (Book 1) U.S. ONLY (sorry to my international readers) This is an Adult Erotica series, therefore if you are under 18, you must have a parent's permission to enter this giveaway.

I want to give a big thanks to AToMR Tours for organizing this event!!! : )

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  1. Well I'm Only 17, but my mom did give me permission for this contest.

    1. That's fine then as long as she said it was okay : )

  2. Heh; there are definite disadvantages to my refusal to use Twitter, including reduced entries for giveaways ... Oh, well, I'll have to hope the ones I've managed will do the trick - I've wanted to read this one for years despite my normal aversion to erotica.

  3. So I've never read erotica before (even though my best friend keeps urging me to read Fifty Shades of Gray because she knows it will make me uncomfortable). Still, I'm really into the whole Disney princess/fantasy/magical kingdom theme right now and I think that this story is a really unique steamy twist to the Sleeping Beauty we all know. I'd really love a chance to read it!

    Thanks for the awesome giveaways! Also, hope one of my baby names wins!! :)

  4. I have never read anything by Anne Rice, and I don't believe that erotica is the way to go for me. I am not a fan of erotica from the get go. I can handle slightly sexual scenes, but they still make my cheeks turn red. I can only imagine the embarrassment I would suffer reading something like this


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