Jun 19 2015

A Review of the Haunted by Desire series by Lily Cox

Haunted by Desire: Episode 1 by Lily Cox

Haunted by Desire: Episode 1 by Lily Cox

A review today on the Tale of an Incubus themed series. There is such a thing as telegraphing the ending of a series quite in advance of that arriving. As such, when that happens, the race is on for the author to keep the reader’s interest and get to the ending.

In making that happen, sometimes the path involves the characters developing. Other times the answer is to put as much erotica as possible in before the work ends. The one thing that cannot happen, though it does, is to write an ending that just feels like the author gave up on the story. That can be the biggest disappointment of all.

The series tells of:

Olivia is a young bride who tragically lost her husband a year ago. She’s finally ready to move on with her life, but it’s turning out to be more difficult than she originally thought. Will her past haunt her and keep her locked in memories of a husband she can no longer have? Or has her husband figured out a way to reach her from beyond?

A year as passed since Olivia’s husband passed on. The pain is still there, but she attempts to find a start again in her life with Ava, her dearest friend. A new place to live for them both brings with it something that haunts Olivia’s nights and, in time, all of those around her.

Overall there is a very good mix of story, which is telling, has strong characters to support it, and allows for the mystery to build in a very good way. There is also some well written hot flashes of erotica along the way, for the most part, though at some points things get a bit too rough for my own tastes. Still, in spite of this issue, there are a couple of pieces of erotica that are well done and worked very well.

The story reads, and feels, very much like a ghost story at the beginning and that carries along things until characters are possessed and then, eventually, things turn a bit ‘reality show’ for the characters. It is in the latter part, when it seems there is an incubus afoot, that things for me went a little off the rails. We never actually see the incubus, only it possessing others, at various times, and having their way with Olivia, which is their focus.

I found that, at points, the plot, and quite early, the ending where telegraphed and I found what happened along the way didn’t really surprise me very much. In fact, the first book in the series, for me, was the best of the series for the simple reason that it focused on telling Olivia’s story, laying out the characters and introducing the spirit/incubus. It is clear, almost from the first moment that there would be a dominance undertone in the series, and it sort of works at times.

Things, overall, hold together well through most of the series, though the appearance of a group aiming to help get rid of the incubus was there mainly to close some plot holes and drive the story towards its conclusion. Most of that was done far too quickly, the main characters being tangential to the ending, and I don’t think that should have been. My real disappointment however came with the last page of the series with an ending that did not live up to the rest of the series.

I felt as if the author looked for the fastest way to end things and took it, quite literally ending the series with a single paragraph that was, for me, completely expected. I had hoped for more than it was by far. If not revealing everything, and tying up the loose ends, at least ending in a way that offered closure, and more connection with, the main characters than there was.

I’ll give this series three pitchforks out of five.

Really the main problem I have is the ending. It feels very tepid with all that happened in the series. Too abrupt, not enough to make the journey to the ending worthwhile sadly, at least to me. With all that Olivia faces, and must come to terms with, a single sentence to close things just doesn’t feel right.

 

Tera

Jun 19 2015

A Review of The Incubus and the Duchess by Nickel Crow

The Incubus and the Duchess by Nickel Crow

The Incubus and the Duchess by Nickel Crow

Horror stories are what they are. Horror stories with Succubi or Incubi in them I expect to be more than just horror. I have only read one author, and he knows who he is, that can write a horror story with Succubi in it that I can enjoy. As such, finding a story about an Incubus which focuses on the horror over all else in the story just does not appeal to me at all…

The story is about:

Mercia Ballard is the new Duchess of Pemmington Moraine. She is nothing but a toy to the cruel Duke, a man notorious for his ties to the dark arts. Rumors abound that the Duke murdered the former Duchess, Jacqueline, in a fit of jealousy, but Mercia learns a truth far more terrifying from an Incubus named Christopher who hates the Duke and wants her desperately. Christopher reveals a dark secret – the former Duchess is trapped in the dungeon keep, her face covered by a grotesque leather mask. Can Mercia discover the terrible reason behind Jacqueline’s imprisonment, or will she suffer the same fate?

This is more than anything else a horror story. To be blunt, I didn’t care for any of the characters, and overall the story just seemed like an excuse for moments of horror to be played out over and over again. Abuse abounds throughout the story and in this I found myself wanting the story to come to its end as soon as possible. It was fairly obvious from the beginning what the fates of the characters in the story would be and that was disappointing,

There was nothing to redeem any of the characters at any point in the story. All it consisted of was abuse, anger, and no real explanation of why that was necessary here. The confusion on the supposed heroine of the story I felt in myself as the events seemed disjointed and put together for the sake of shock and not much more than that.

I admit that I do not like horror stories, but what I like even less are horror stories that are mostly torture and abuse for the sake of it. If there was a point to this work, I can’t quite see what that is and that bothers me.

I can see the theme of infidelity, that’s bluntly obvious, but otherwise? What else is there here?

The Incubus of the story is less of an Incubus and more of a spirit possessing bodies in order to seek its revenge. In that the revenge is of a sexual nature does not make this being an Incubus. There Is the barest hint of some small amount of the powers on an Incubus, but overall I cannot see the connection here.

As this is a story of possession, there isn’t anything to explain or describe of the Incubus save that he is brutish, evil, and encompasses all that a being of revenge would be. While described as one, I came away from this story not accepting that description as a reader.

Still, the main characters call him one, so therefore in this world be then is. That does not mean that I have to accept that however.

It is written well, the characters are well created and the story didn’t have anything that was out of place or seemed to be full of errors. But I still didn’t care for it much.

One pitchfork out of five.

Did not care for the story, not at all.

 

Tera

Jun 18 2015

Succubi Image of the Week 387

Art of Lilith Aensland looking a bit more adult, a bit more like her sister Morrigan is a rare thing to find. I’m not really sure why that is because to me, the thoughts about an older Lilith being as powerful as Morrigan are very interesting to me. I found one such work that I love very much this time on the Tale…

Morrigan plus Lilith by emanon9988

Morrigan plus Lilith by emanon9988

This work is called Morrigan plus Lilith and is by emanon9988, an artist on DeviantArt. You can find the original page with this art here and this artist’s page can be found here.

While the title of this art seems to say that this is making Morrigan look more like Lilith, I prefer to think of it as Lilith coming of age and being as much a Succubus in power as her sister Morrigan is. I like the confidence in her pose, her expression, and how her eyes are focused. She’s aware of who she is, what her powers are, and is, I think, comfortable with herself in this form.

A mature Lilith, like this, seems to give her character that something she is missing as her younger self. It’s that she just… knows. And that, in a lot of ways, is what makes Morrigan who she is as well. She knows who she is, what she wants, and isn’t afraid of that.

I find that a lovely thought to pass onto Lilith as well in this art too…

 

Tera

Jun 17 2015

Costumes for Succubi shouldn’t be accessories only

Mischievous Devil Sequin Costume KitOne of the things that I’ve noticed is that, occasionally, costumes appear for sale that seem to look good, have something going for them, but in truth are something else. They are simply a means to show what you might be able to create if you buy a series of accessories and then the actual dress, boots, and so on to make them work.

It feels like cheating to me.

The accessory kit is called the Mischievous Devil Sequin Costume Kit and it comes with the horn headband, atail with a sequin heart at the tip, and a sequin devil’s pitchfork.

The dress and those boots are not included. If you wanted to add them, they would cost about $90 on top of the $16 for the kit. So that means, to have what this model is wearing would cost just short of $100 US.

I can do better than this by far just by looking through my red dresses, picking out a set of good, really good looking horns and a tail, and a pair of thigh-high boots.

The thing is that, at least for me, that seems like one doesn’t use a lot of imagination in creating the look of one of the succubi and that’s a shame.

It isn’t the horns or the tail. It isn’t the dress or the boots. It’s the attitude. It’s the smile, the look in your eyes that matters.

You can’t just look the part, you have to be.

That’s not an easy thing to do, but when you can manage it, the costume pales in comparison to you.

At least, that’s what my Eternal tells me.

Two out of five pitchforks for the accessories.

Bit too cheap for my taste and imagination…

 

Tera

Jun 16 2015

A Review of Heartbreaker: Part One by Guava

Heartbreaker: Part One by Guava

Heartbreaker: Part One by Guava

Editing is very important, This is something that every author should recognize and deal with. For example, it is not a good thing to tell a story and you keep changing the main character’s name. Even if it is the same name, but spelled differently.

As well, it’s bothersome when there is confusion about who a character is referring to. The thing is that even with the problems, the core of the story, and the questions that are raised can almost overcome the problems surrounding it. Almost.

  • Title: Heartbreaker: Part One
  • Author:  Guava
  • Length: 13 Pages
  • ASIN: B00N0CCQY8
  • Publishing Date: August 24, 2014
  • This work at Amazon.com

 

The story is about:

Cherry is a succubus, meaning she feeds on the sexual energy of men. Unfortunately for her, the more she feeds, the more she craves energy, so she must constantly find new victims, build their sexual tension to a fever pitch, and release them.

A story about a Succubus on the prowl, looking for her next “fix” and dealing with how she will have it. And the men that she controls and bends to her will as she does so.

There’s a bit of a problem as the story plays out and that is the question of whether the main character is named Cherry or Cherri. This happens a few times in the work and it bothered me to the point that I kept wondering about her name throughout. By the end of the work it is clear that her name is Cherry, so this is likely an editing mistake which should have been found. As well there is one point in the story where Cherry thinks about the person she is with and mixes up ‘his’ and ‘her’ in a single sentence that ground the story to a stop. I had to reread that passage a few times to be sure I understood who and what she was referring to.

Those quibbles aside, the story itself is really well done in Cherry’s succubus powers, how she acts, the control she holds over others and so on. While some of the passages were on the cruel side, her domination of the situation I thought was written really well. I also found that the author’s take on a Succubus needing her ‘fix’ what they feel during and after was really very unique. It also was quite a unique part of that where Cherry admits that she needs more and more over time. That I think is actually something that the author needs to focus on a bit more, to explain it, to deal with what happens as a result of the needs that Cherry has.

The work is a bit more than a hot flash, there’s a world built up around Cherry, her dreams of fitting in with humans and so on. The combination makes the work read much better than it would if it was simply a long drawn out sex scene and nothing more. Thing is that while the erotica is hot, the bits of mind control well told, there’s a bit of a missing fragment in the story about Cherry’s world outside of having to get her fix. There are hints, but I felt like there should have been more told about that to balance out the erotica a little more.

As an opening chapter to a longer work, I think it would work really well, but in this case the story ends on a cliffhanger, more for the one that Cherry has under her control than Cherry herself, and I’d like to see where the story goes from here. There’s a lot of questions that need to be answered and it would be nice to see that. Overall I think this could have been a lot longer, easily twice the length it is, but perhaps that will appear in the next work in the series should it ever appear.

As a whole the writing is good and overall the story works well, has depth and promise to it. But it is the silly little mistakes that bring out of the story which really shouldn’t have happened for how good the rest of it is.

Three pitchforks out of five.

The work appears to be the first in a series, and I will give the next work a chance, hoping that the author fixes things and brings a bit of editing to their stories. Overall the story is interesting and where it goes from where it ends might be something unexpected… I really hope it is.

 

Tera

Jun 16 2015

A Review of Enthralled by the Incubi by Adriana Belle

Enthralled by the Incubi by Adriana Belle

Enthralled by the Incubi by Adriana Belle

For most stories about Succubi and incubi, there seems to be the underlying need to have them, at some point, do evil of some description. This happens far more often than not I find that to be very stereotypical. However, there is another view which holds there is good in them, a purpose, and if that comes out in the work, it does make for a much more enjoyable story.

There can be erotic moments, passions unleashed, but most of all, if there is an offer made to give that which one desires in their heart more of all, and provides… It is so much more.

The work tells of:

Eva Addison has lost herself completely to a muscular blacksmith with piercing green eyes, and as punishment she is moved out to a country manor, never to see him again.

She finds a mysterious ring that summons three incubi, bound to fulfill her every desire. That night she finds herself being pleasured in ways she never thought possible, but she still can’t get the blacksmith out of her head, and her sensual new servants devise a way to get her back to the muscle-bound man who was her first love…

Eva, in the wake of finding her love against the wishes of her family, finds herself taken far away and isolated. Exploring her surroundings, she finds a ring and discovers that it is the key to summoning a trio of Incubi who promise to give her that which she desires above all.

This work has a lovely mix of romance, need, want and desire and the addition of the Incubi, who are Jerael, Samael and Viciel, allows for that to be played upon in some very interesting and unique ways. What is especially welcome is that the Incubi, as a whole, are not “evil” and in being so there is not very much that it stereotypical about them. They do have horns, tails, and so on, but that is more window dressing to their characters than anything else.

While the Incubi are used to give the work some heat, some direction, and in the end, provide a lovely and wonderful resolution to the story, they don’t actually overwhelm things. The work is told from Eva’s perspective, through which it is clear that she has but one thing in her mind and one desire that even the attentions of Incubi cannot quite match.

There is a bit of a ‘Wayward Heights’ feel to the story, being set as it is in the past. But along with the tone comes the means for the Incubi to, as a whole, make dreams come true. When this happens, when the final piece of erotica comes, it is quite different how the Incubi react, what they see and do, but more over, they do as they said they would and that makes for a neat ending when it comes.

All of the characters are fully realized in the work, having their passions, needs, fears and, sometimes, secrets to tell. The plot itself is held to, carries on with little deviation, and it makes for a romantic story that I did enjoy.

The work ends on a… I’ll call it a pause. One story comes to a close, but a connection is made towards the next. However that does not appear, the story fades away quietly after all is said and done.

I’ll give this work four out of five pitchforks.

Romantic, passionate and true. A lovely little story about need and what some will do to make that need be fulfilled.

 

Tera

Jun 15 2015

The Speech By TeraS

Something a little different today. Sometimes it is the words that matter more than the actions—assuming one cares to listen, of course. That, more than anything, is where the questions will lie waiting …

 

The Speech
By TeraS

 

A long time ago, when Tera was still setting out the path for the Realm and those within it, there was a point where she was mulling over a thought. It would be, without question, a major change for their world, for their kind. This thought brought with it change. Something that is, for all beings, a frightening thing at times.

It also brought about with it the need for Tera to stand in front of the Court of the Realm and explain why it was she felt it was a good idea. Tera could have, being Queen, simply pushed the Realm to bend to her will, but this wasn’t her way.

It was, in the end, a sweeter thing to have others change their mind on their own.

On this day, the Court had assembled in the Grand Hall of the Palace, decked out in their finery. Some had brought along their playthings, others shows of their perceived wealth. Amongst all of the beads and baubles, the one thing that connected them together was their belief that their Queen was … wrong.

They were all milling about, talking—some quite loudly—about the idea, what they thought of it, and, more importantly, what it would do. They all expected the traditional arrival of the Queen, the pomp and ceremony that always came with it.

They were, of course, quite sadly mistaken.

The first to notice that something wasn’t quite right was one of the elders of the Court. He was in the midst of a heated argument with one of his peers when, out of the corner of his eye, he noticed a splash of red on the floor of the Grand Hall were none should be. When he turned to see what it was, the sight made him gasp, then stare, which the gained the attention of those beside him who also turned to see what he was looking at. The effect ran like wildfire through the milling assembly, the droning of their voices quickly dropping to a hush as they looked upon the scene that confronted them.

Standing in the middle of the room, immediately over the seal of the Realm that had been carved into the wood… was the Queen. That she was there, without being announced, without warning, was a severe breach of etiquette. If that was all that had been, it would have caused some tails to be bent out of shape slightly.

However, in addition to just appearing out of thin air, she had also forsaken her traditional gown and all of the finery that their Queen should be seen displaying to her court and kind. No, Tera stood there looking quite out of place with all of her Court amassed around her. Her mane of raven hair wild, her tail arched over her right shoulder, arms crossed over her chest, she did not say a word as the Court’s attention was draw to her. Her only reaction was to tap her right index finger on the sleeve of the long red latex-like coat she was wearing. If that wasn’t shocking enough, the black bandeau top and pants, also in latex, were a bit more so. Adding to that, a pair of black ankle boots made her appearance that of, at least from some points of view, one of the commoners of the Realm.

The Queen … didn’t look like the Queen.

When the crowds had fallen silent, Tera tilted her head to the right and was about to speak when one of the black tails in the upper rafters called out: “Your Majesty shames us. There is protocol, and even Your Majesty must follow the rules.”

Tera looked up in the direction of the one that had spoken and replied: “Quite true: I am here; you are as well. Therefore, the basic rules are accommodated. All else is open to interpretation.” Before there could be a response, she continued: “For example, nowhere does it say that the Queen must be in her finery. Nor does it say that she must be announced by horns and pages running about. In fact, when you look at the letter of the rules to which you refer, all it says is that the Queen must meet with her subjects regularly.” Tera had a bemused smile, one that the Court, and the Realm, would come to know very well: “So, as such, I am following the protocol.”

She waved her right hand at those around her as she walked in a circle, continuing to speak as she did so: “All of this, which you call important, is simply window dressing. There are but two things which matter. The first is that I am available to the Realm. The second is that I listen and then act in the best interests of the Realm.”

She paused, looking over her shoulder at her Eternal, who stood nearby, as casual as she herself was. “My Eternal has mentioned to me that he rather holds this particular look as his favourite, and I tend to agree with him.” A pause and a bright smile came with: “As well, that gown causes my tail to itch, and it is better not to irritate my tail, would you not all agree?”

The almost coordinated nodding from the surrounding Court was quite amusing, she thought, not even noticing her own tail turning its tip around to look at the Court and causing a bit of consternation as it did so. Stopping to look at the dais, with the thrones of the Realm resting upon the carpeting there, she continued: “I have noticed something which bothers me. The majority of my time seems to be spent listening to my ministers, advisors, and others who have a place in our Realm in which they are to be serving the Queen and the Realm. Over the course of my typical interactions with you all, I do not see those whom we serve, the people of the Realm.”

This comment brought a murmur from another part of the Court and Tera turned to the one responsible: “Before you start—any of you—I am aware of the People’s Day, when they can come to the Palace and be seen by their Queen and ask of her a favour.” Her eyes narrowed: “This is not nearly enough, not by any stretch of the imagination, and I am quite sure my own imagination need not ponder this longer than for you to agree that this is not, at all, acceptable.”

Beginning to pace—another quirk that the Court would come to know as well as her Eternal did—she mused: “I had wondered why things are. Why is it that the people, who look up to us, to ask us to lead them, cannot see us? Having no good answer from those in the Court who should be able to reply …” Again, the bemused smile returned: “… I walked among the residents of the Realm.”

There was, on many faces, shock and surprise at this. But in others, those that had known Tera from her childhood, from when she hid in the Court to listen to her parents preside, nodded in approval.

Tera caught the grin of her uncle and his approving nod and pressed on. “Oh please; there’s nothing and no one that would think of doing me harm. But, on the other hand, I can say that the Realm was overjoyed to have their Queen among them … Which brings up why we are here: I have always disliked being addressed as Queen. My mother was the Queen. My father was the King. I and my Eternal are … Tera and Keith. We are not to be addressed as King and Queen. Those are titles, not who we are.”

There was a thud from the opposite side of the room and Tera rushed off in that direction. She found an elderly while-tail had fainted, and she immediately began to make her comfortable. This, again, was Tera’s way. She would always help, regardless of the consequences. Some in the Court would recall that, in the time of the war, Tera had been in the midst of things, not at the edges or looking from afar. She fought with her kind, but she also healed whomever she found in need. It did not matter which side they were on, her decision was clear. In being so, those of the Realm who called themselves warriors had accepted her as one of their own. She was, to them, Tera first, and Queen second. For the white-tails who nodded in approval of Tera’s declaration, there was no problem. There never was. They had seen Tera’s wisdom long ago.

This particular white-tail awoke after a short time, and Tera asked: “Mary, are you alright?”

She smiled: “I’ll be fine … too much excitement. Go on …” There was a pause, then she added: “Tera.”

Tera kissed Mary’s hand and then turned back to the assembly: “Now, where was I … Oh, yes! Titles and putting ‘airs’ on: I do not like that sort of thing, I never have. My Eternal commented once that he felt I wasn’t happy when others were bowing and so forth. He is quite right, of course.”

Keith smiled and nodded in reply, but said nothing. This was Tera’s show, and he wasn’t about to step in.

“I do not see the problem with others using my name. And I do not mean my flowery, formal, never-have-used-in-a-million-years-because-I-can’t-accept-having-to-list-all-of-them name, either. I mean who I am. I am Tera. All else is after that.”

She then laced her fingers and stretched her arms out in front of her: “Therefore, as of today, I will no longer be holding court here.”

This time the gasp was followed, after a short pause, applause from several points in the room.

“Court will be where I am. If I am walking the beach and someone wishes to talk to me about something, I have the time. If I am sitting at that lovely little coffee house I enjoy and someone needs to know something, so be it. I will be making myself available to the Realm by being part of it.”

This, of course, made several ministers’ tails go straight up in the air as they realized what was coming next.

“This also means that, if you want to talk to me, you’ll have to get out of all of that finery you are wearing, walk through the streets of the Realm and find me. It also means that, for our pages, assistants, clerks and so on, they will be out and about, part of the Realm and not sitting behind desks all of the time.” Tera looked off in the direction of a group of pages that were grinning broadly: “Personally, I think they will enjoy being able to wear whatever they want … or nothing. Either is fine.”

The rapid nodding and quiet whispering and giggling, seemed to make it clear that they thought this was a really good idea. Their formal attire was itchy, after all.

She looked off into the distance, seeing the Realm in her mind past the walls of the Grand Hall. “I know I must lead our kind. That I have to guide us forward, to the future, to better things. Strengthening who we are is part of that. We are a collective of souls, bound together. That cannot be when we cannot simply be who we are, express our thoughts, and live our lives with meaning.”

Walking from the centre of the room, she made her way towards the great doors which led to the Realm outside. She paused there, her hand upon the door handle, her Eternal standing to her side. “The Realm is outside …” Opening the doors, she revealed untold numbers of succubi and incubi who had been waiting quietly there throughout her speech. Turning to look at the Court, she continued: “… and inside these doors. But the true Realm is the one we carry inside of us all … together.” With that, Tera walked into the crowd that awaited her, her Eternal by her side, as an ovation began from those who had heard her words, both inside and out.

It took a little time for all of the Court to come to see Tera’s wisdom, to understand what her words meant. But they did … in time. With the understanding also came a simple fact: Tera, Queen though she was, was Tera first. In being so, in being the Queen of her people … all of her people saw her as Tera.

Which was all that she had wanted them to know, and they should have long before she had to give a speech, after all …

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