Beauty's Punishment (Sleeping Beauty Series #2)

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The delicious and erotically charged sequel to The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty

This sequel to The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, the first of Anne Rice's (writing as A.N. Roquelaure) elegantly written volumes of erotica, 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, ...

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Overview

The delicious and erotically charged sequel to The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty

This sequel to The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, the first of Anne Rice's (writing as A.N. Roquelaure) elegantly written volumes of erotica, 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 fabulous tale of pleasure and pain dares to explore the most primal and well-hidden desires of the human heart. Preceding the visceral eroticism of E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey and Sylvia Day's Bared to You, and even more haunting than her own novel Belinda, this second installment is not to be missed.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452281431
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/1999
  • Series: Sleeping Beauty Series , #2
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 145,161
  • Product dimensions: 4.81 (w) x 7.99 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne Rice was born in New Orleans in 1941. She is the author of many bestselling novels, including the widely successful Vampire Chronicles. Her first novel, Interview with the Vampire, was made into a film in 1994 starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt. Her other books include the Mayfair Witches series, the novels The Mummy or Ramses the Damned, Violin, Angel Time, the Sleeping Beauty trilogy, and most recently, The Wolf Gift. Anne lives and works in Southern California.

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    1. Also Known As:
      A. N. Roquelaure, Anne Rampling
    2. Hometown:
      Palm Desert, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 4, 1941
    2. Place of Birth:
      New Orleans, Louisiana
    1. Education:
      B.A., San Francisco State University, 1964; M.A., 1971
    2. Website:

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Interviews & Essays

PREFACE

I’ve always loved the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty, and found something erotic at its core. The Prince awakens Beauty with a kiss. And I thought, all right, what if he brought a kind of liberation, an induction into a world of bizarre yet irresistible delights? It has to be remembered that within the frame of a sadomasochistic fantasy like the Beauty trilogy, the readers are invited to identify with and enjoy the predicament of the slaves. The books aren’t about literal cruelty; they’re about surrender, the fun of imagining you have no choice but to enjoy sex. Beauty’s slavery is delicious, sensuous, abandoned, and ultimately liberating. This is all part of the framework. And it seemed to work exquisitely with the old fairy tale. And of course the fairy tale removes us from everyday life; it removes us from the intrusion of garish headlines, literal violence, and all the ugliness of crime. We go into a gilded dream here, luscious and engulfing, in which we’re free to imagine all sorts of things—a fairy-tale world indeed.

As Anne Rice, I’m known for certain kinds of novels; the Roquelaure books retain the name Roquelaure (even with my name added) to indicate that this is something “different.” If Anne Rice is one kind of savory dish, well this is another entirely. And some might find it far too spicy for their taste. I don’t like the idea of confusing or disappointing readers, so the pen name helps with that. Of course, there are many people who have read all my work, including the Roquelaure novels, and they see me as a multifaceted writer. 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.

When the Sleeping Beauty Trilogy books were first published, they were underground books. They had the backing of a major mainstream publisher, yes, but the publication, though dignified and beautiful, was relatively quiet. But different readers embraced the books almost at once. They clearly appealed to young people, and older married people, to gays and straights. And they’ve sold steadily ever since they first appeared. Women come up to me at signings with babies in strollers and giggle and laugh and say, “We love your dirty books.” People of all ages, actually, present the books to be signed.

Why do I think these particular books have been popular? Two reasons. First, I think it is because they involve no harsh, garish violence at all. They involve game playing, really. No one is burned or cut or hurt. Certainly no one is killed. Indeed the whole sadomasochistic predicament is presented as a glorified game played out in luxurious rooms and with very attractive people, and involving very attractive slaves. There are endless motifs offered for dominance and submission, for surrender and love. It’s like a theme park of dominance and submission, a place to go to enjoy the fantasy of being overpowered by a beautiful man or woman and delightfully compelled to surrender and feel keening pleasure, without the slightest serious harm. I think it’s authentic to the way many who share this kind of fantasy really feel. I think what makes it work for people is the combination of the very graphic and unsparing sexual details mixed with the elegant fairy-tale world.

Unfortunately a lot of hackwork pornography is written by those who don’t share the fantasy, and they slip into hideous violence and ugliness, thinking the market wants all that, when the market never really did. Second, this is shamelessly erotic. It pulls no punches at being what it is. It’s excessive and it is erotica. Before these books, a lot of women read what were called “women’s romances” where they had to mark the few “hot pages” in the book. I said, well, look, try this. Maybe this is what you really want, and you don’t have to mark the hot pages because every page is hot. Every page is about sexual fulfillment. Every page is meant to give you pleasure. There are no boring parts. Yet it’s very “romantic.” And well, I think this worked.

Lots of people enjoy imagining themselves passive, in the hands of a beautiful lover, male or female, who will force them to enjoy themselves. It’s a common idea, and it cuts across gender and class. Men love these sorts of fantasies as much as women. And these books offer all kinds of gender combinations; women dominating men and women; men dominating men and women. The books offer ornate and seductive variations on the themes; and all of it is interwoven in stories with real characters, and again, the emphasis is on a lush, sensuous realm in which all this happens. There are very detailed descriptions of physical interaction and response; but the fairy-tale spell is sustained.

I also went all the way with exploring the mind-set of sadomasochism as I saw it, letting the fantasy characters talk in depth about what they felt and what they enjoyed and what thrilled them as they were humiliated and overwhelmed. I suspect that for some readers, this kind of deep exploration of the mentality of the participants was entirely new.

Is this why they appealed to so many, because people want this very combination of elements? Perhaps.

I certainly never found the combination of elements I wanted in anyone else’s erotica. So I offered what I could not find; a light touch; elegance; preciseness; a dreamlike kingdom; a dream in which people explore their need to be passive and to “pretend” that someone gorgeous and irresistible is “making” them do it.

Psychiatrists have written volumes on the nature of the sadomasochistic fantasy, but when I wrote the trilogy I didn’t know of any fiction that really enabled you to slide in it and “play” the way I wanted to play. So I wrote the books I couldn’t find.

I never thought a book as eccentric as Interview with the Vampire would have mass appeal. I only knew that I wanted to “be with the vampire” in the story, tell it from his point of view. I wanted to be inside his head and heart and reveal his voice and his pain. Now as it turned out, other people were exploring this same kind of thing—the backstory of the villain, the monster, or the comic book hero and heroine who’d always been described from a distance or in brittle form. People wanted to explore all kinds of super characters and hear their intimate musings. And I began to see more and more of this—movies made in which Superman could bear his soul, and Lois Lane could really talk about what it meant to love him. The demand for such romantic fantasies grew and grew. But did I have any idea that would happen? No. I wrote what I wanted to read. Well, the same thing is true with the Beauty books.

I didn’t know whether that many other people had the fantasies. After all, we didn’t talk much about them. Only a small elite knew about the mysterious Story of O. But I knew I had these fantasies, and I wanted to share them, and I felt an overwhelming desire to do them “right.” I didn’t want to compromise, water them down, or shrink from the most humiliating detail. I wanted to really delve into intense sensuous pleasure but put a gilded frame around a safe place for the reader from which he or she could go and come with ease.

Of course these books have from time to time been banned. I never expected a library to stock the Beauty trilogy. I know that many libraries respond to community standards, and I just never thought about it much at all. I did notice and I couldn’t help notice that the books sold well and steadily, and that at every signing I gave, people brought them to be signed. Recently, I’ve signed as many copies of the Beauty books as I have of any other book I’ve written. So I don’t worry too much about being banned. I’ve always shocked people. Years ago, I published a novel about the eighteenth-century castrati opera singers, titled Cry to Heaven. Someone brought a copy back to a bookstore in Stockton, California, and demanded his money back. “This is pornography,” he said. There are always some people objecting to what I do. I’m grateful the Beauty books have been embraced and sustained over the years.

As a feminist, I’m very much supportive of equal rights for women in all walks of life. And that includes for me the right of every woman to write out her sexual fantasies and to read books filled with sexual fantasies that she enjoys. Men have always enjoyed all kinds of pornography. How can it be wrong for women to have the same right? We’re sexual beings! And fantasy is where we can do the things we can’t do in ordinary life. A woman has a right to imagine herself carried away by a handsome prince, and to choose for herself as she writes, the color of his hair and eyes, and imagine his silky voice. She has a right to make him as tall as she wants and as strong as he wants. Why not? Men have always allowed themselves such fantasies.

Famous madams have told us for decades that powerful men love to be dominated and come to them for role playing that allows the male client to be passive. In fact, some madams have said that men who enjoy playing the passive role are often men who are very powerful in real life. Well, women today are more powerful than ever. They’re Supreme Court judges, senators, doctors, lawyers, entrepreneurs, executives, soldiers, cops. They can excel in all walks of life. And why shouldn’t they be able to go home from the courtroom, the university, or the office and kick back and “pretend” they’re being swept away to the Queen’s sadomasochistic kingdom where all the fairy-tale court will watch them being ravaged by the handsome Prince?

The literary world today is wide open for all kinds of creative endeavors. We are in a new golden age in which fantasy, science fiction, speculative fiction, historical drama, horror, gothic, and supernatural romance are all mainstream. Well, the same holds true now obviously for erotica. People in general are “out of the closet” as enjoyers of erotic books. The novel 50 Shades of Grey has proved this. And I am discovering that the Beauty books in spite of all their playful excess—are for the first time going mainstream.

But I wouldn’t continue Beauty’s story. I felt that ended just the way I wanted. But I might write some more. I don’t think I did all I could do in these books, within the fantasy itself, in admitting how much the slaves enjoyed it—how they loved it. I’d deepen that aspect, and still keep the tension, if I did them today.

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 clichés have been broken and abandoned. And this is a wonderful thing.

—ANNE RICE

JUNE 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2001

    Ho-hum, more whipping, slashing & spanking

    Just plain boring! I expected more from Anne Rice. I thought her erotic books would at least contain a sensible plot & depth. I was really disappointed to learn that her piece was so senseless. Buying her trilogy was a waste of money & reading her books (this + its prequel) was a waste of time.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 8, 2010

    Beauty's punishment-or ours?

    This book is a very guilty pleasure for those who can stand the more explicit S&M scenes. The story is meaningless, there is no beauty in it, however it does titilate and has something for every taste. It was too rough for my taste but I admit to having finished it after slamming it shut a few times.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2009

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    Beauty's Punishment #2 was just as good as the first.

    As I said before in my reveiw of one, this can just be a read or a very very deep read. I would have to say it would depend on who you are. For those of us who have to make all the decisions and be incharge of things, just the thought of not having to think for a change is nice. But the ecrotic points in the books are also wonderful. I will say that for those who dont like the thought of someone else being in control over you physically and sexually then you maynot enjoy this book.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2012

    Not like fifty shades of grey

    This was nothing like fifty shades of grey. The punishments were so horrible I had to stop reading . If you looking for something like fifty read weekends required by Sydney Landon .

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2001

    Quite Enthralling...

    I was very surprised to find that Anne Rice was so talented at writing in this genre. Erotic fiction is a hard thing to write well but somehow she has pulled it off, not just in this book but in the prequel and the third enstallment as well. I was never very into the concept of bdsm, but this book has opened my eyes to what it's all about; and I will say it intrigues me. I'd only recommend this book, and the others to those who have very open minds. Otherwise you'll end up wasting your time and money, trust me.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2007

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    i read the first book in the series and found it hard to get through. the character development is poor and the plotlines at some points are disturbing and degrading. there are spelling errors throughout the book as well as wrong words in more places than the spelling errors. i feel the editors did a very poor job at what was supposed to be their job. normally i would have been able to get through a book this thick in less than two days but after nearly every single page i am having to swear like a sailor due to the plotlines not fitting how they should be. the main character of beauty is supposed to be naive and innocent and she is far from that, she is a greedy little s.l.u.t.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2009

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    What a great mind Ann Rice has

    This book,second in it's series, definitely leaves you wanting more. Which really is a testimate to Ann Rice's writing. This book is extremely sensual and arousing. Not something I would share with my mom, but my best friend who I share everything with, would definitely read this book along with me. It is also a book that men would love as well. That's another part of Anne's writing that is intriguing as well. She can write sexually to appeal to men and women, which in one forum is very complicated, without offending both parties. I highly recommend this book in the series for those that are adventoures and have an open mind.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2009

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    Great followup.

    This is the sequel to the first one, Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, and it gets right into the good stuff. Overall, I have been pleased with this series and will read the other one soon.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2008

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    A great follow-up!

    Having loved Beauty, I wanted more and got this one. It's a fantasic read, in and of itself, but accompanied by the first erotic novel, it's so interesting. It's complex, yet just about love. Loved it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2007

    Erotic

    I have this whole series, and have read it a few times now. It's very hot and erotic. Not recommended for children or even young adults. But, if you like steamy, erotic romance, then this is a great series!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2001

    I loved this new version of sleeping beauty

    I loved all three of the books...(you can't just read one book) It may take a little bit before you 'get into' the story/book but once you do you won't be able to put it down. And book three that ends all three books actually had an ending that i liked.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2013

    Great follow up to COSB

    This is book two in a trillogy which is ment to read in order, so read book 1 first. This book is loaded with adult themes & conent. I loved it, the plot is orignal and keeps the reader ingaged!

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  • Posted March 3, 2013

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    Author: Anne Rice Published By: Plume Age Recommended: Adult Rev

    Author: Anne Rice
    Published By: Plume
    Age Recommended: Adult
    Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
    Book Blog For: GMTA
    Rating: 4


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    "Beauty's Punishment" by Anne Rice is a sequel from book one: The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty" where we find it is another 'steamy erotica' read of how 'Beauty and Prince Tristan' survive in 'The Village' that is told to you in first and third person.

    Now, let me stop here and say if you haven't read the first book and not open to erotica, bdsm, fantasy, fairy tales, sexuality ....STOP! The read wouldn't be of interest at all to you. This novel is not for the faint of heart so be aware of this. OK, continuing on.."Beauty's Punishment" is of her being "punished for having rebelled against Prince Tristan....where she is auctioned, captivated and subjected to some of the most erotic, cruel and tantalizing games of domination and submission." I will stop and this point and say to find out any more about this read you must pick up "Beauty's Punishment" to see how this author puts it all together for the reader in this fairy tale. Ms. Rice works really well at illustrating all of this to the reader even presenting some twist and turns really making this a intriguing read. Believe me when I say you once you start will be kept reading just to see what is coming next. (At least it was for me). It really amazes me how this author was able to recraft this fairy tale into a adult fantasy series...leaving me only to say WOW!

    If you are into this read and one who enjoys what Ms. Rice has to offer in her Trilogy reads ...Bravo....Would I recommend this to you? ...only YES if this type of book is of interest to YOU!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2013

    Liked very much.

    Was a great book. Could't wait to start the next one!

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  • Posted January 11, 2013

    Makes you think differently type of book!

    This is a totally different book. You get uncomfortable and a little weirded out...but you can't put it down. I read this after 50 Shades and I'm hooked again. On the 2nd one now am it's just as good!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2013

    Liked it

    I liked the first one and I liked this one. This book is not for everyone so read the sample first.

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  • Posted December 31, 2012

    Not a normal fairy tale

    Intense read that is erotically crafted to dispel the notion of bondage and slavery amongst royal subjects. Graphically intensity that will have a page turning affliction.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2012

    It was entrancing

    This would have gotten a five if not for the discrepancies. A very good read. This is going to be a really hot read for some bdsmers. Others may not find it as interesting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2012

    Cheese

    Pie

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2012

    JOIN MYTHCLAN!!!!!

    Be dragon or any other mythical creature. Join at mage and tell us about yourself.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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