Jun 05 2015

A Review of Zoe and Liza’s Infernal Affair by Echo Stardust

Zoe and Liza's Infernal Affair by Echo Stardust

Zoe and Liza’s Infernal Affair by Echo Stardust

A review today of the first work in a new series called  a short series called Lustful & Damned. Being what the series is titled, yes, there is a Succubus in the work that is a main character. She’s interesting as is the other main character, the story concept is just as interesting and, as a whole, the work shows a good deal of promise.

But the thing is, not enough editing takes what should have been something amazing and removes much from it. Something that should not have happened for the promise given in the work as a whole. or what i expect, and hope, that the series will develop into.

  • Title: Zoe and Liza’s Infernal Affair
  • Author: Echo Stardust
  • Length: 37 Pages
  • ASIN: B00YFJXH8O
  • Publishing Date: May 27, 2015
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work tells the story of:

Zoe Stratton is already not having the best night when her long-time partner, Carly, bails and leaves her all alone at the Opera. That all changes, however, when she lays eyes on Liza Cecelia; a beautiful and charming violinist. Yet as Zoe decides to indulge in some casual love-play with Liza, she soon realizes that Liza holds a dark, infernal secret. And as Liza transforms before her eyes, Zoe realizes she may have bitten off more than she can chew.

Zoe’s been stood up again. Giving up on her lover, she attends the Opera and finds herself captivated by one of the performers. A touch, a word, a moment of longing and Zoe finds herself alone with Liza. Then Liza reveals her truth and Zoe finds herself caught between the world she knows and the desires she feels.

Zoe is, as a whole, a complex and interesting character and as her story unfolds the amazing thing is how much emotion is wrapped up within her thoughts and the conversations that she has with herself. There’s a sense that she is truly lost, uncertain and looking for something. That works really well and in being so that drives her towards Liza as the story goes on.

Liza, the Succubus of the story, I rather like more in her human form than her “true” one. There’s more personality and depth to human Liza than Succubus Liza, for one. While there is some heat in the moments where her Succubus self appears, it really isn’t so much heat as it is the expression of dominance and control which might work for some. I felt that the emotional attachment with Liza’s human form, her character, her flaws, past and revelations, just told the better moments in the work.

The sapphic love in the work is touching and wonderful, mixed as it is with Zoe’s inner turmoil, need and desires. How that is told, what Zoe remembers and then what happens when Carly enters the story once more just touches deeply. The work isn’t a hot flash and no story, there is lots of story, lots of character development and that makes this work wonderful.

There are questions of course, mainly in the aftermath of what happens when Zoe and Liza are intimate together and it feels like there is another part of the story that hasn’t quite yet come into play here. I hope that when that happens the connections between the three main characters of this story make this all that I hope it can be.

For all that’s good and wonderful about this work… the careless mistakes just hurt so very much. There are so many instances where a word is used that should have been picked up in editing wrecked the moment. If that happened once, I could accept that and move on. But it kept happening over and over and over again. In the mist of passion it happened. In the middle of a strikingly powerful moment, a mistake. It just kept happening at the worst possible moment and it really bothered me a lot.

The work needs another editing. The story doesn’t need to change, the characters are rich and wonderful. The emotional connection is perfect. But please get rid of all of the mistakes like using “bust” for “busy” and other such mistakes. It really would make this work read better, feel more polished and be more.

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

I easily would have have given four, but I just can’t for how I was thrown out of the story over and over again.

I will however be looking for the next work in the series. This is one story that i want to see unfold and the story to be brought towards a satisfying conclusion. That, I hope, will make up for the disappointments in the beginning.

 

Tera

Jun 04 2015

Succubi Image of the Week 385

From dominance to something softer, more sexier, and, as a whole, I think really a lot of fun for a Succubus today on the Tale. The best images of Succubi, for me, are the ones that make me smile and this work of art really does…

Primadonna by Prinzack

Primadonna by Prinzack

This is called Primadonna and is by the artist Prinzack on DeivantArt. You can find the original page with this work here and the artist’s page can be found here as well.

This is simply so much fun. The little details are amazing and just add to the overall cute and fun vibe that comes from this art. Love her hair, the halo and heart, her cute little horns, the stocking and corset, the ribbons, her shoes… Everything just works right and looks right here. The laid back contemplation in her pose, the look in her eyes, the expression she has, even the arc of her tail all tell a story about this moment and about her.

I like that she isn’t over endowed or looks silly or is a caricature of what a seductive Succubus looks like. She seems very real and that brings me all sorts of thoughts and things to ponder. Perhaps I have a new idea for a costume this Halloween… I really do adore this entire look and while I’m not likely to have blond hair.. I think I can make this work for me…

That will be interesting won’t it?

 

 

Tera

Jun 03 2015

We have a winner for the all time worst costume… ever.

Sexy Devil Halloween CostumeI never imagined I would find a devil girl costume that I would know, on sight mind you, to be the worst thing ever created. I thought that there would be some contenders, at least a race for the bottom. But this? This absolutely takes the prize… I can’t even express how bad it is in pitchforks…

This is called, and frankly I don’t believe a word of it, the Sexy Devil Halloween Costume. None of which applies here I think.

It comes with, not that it matters at all, that hideous devil face swimsuit, I can’t call it a dress at all, there is a tail attached to it and that’s all. So for just a lousy swimsuit and that’s all, you have to pay $79 US.

But wait! To look like the model, who honestly cannot like this at all for the look she has, you need the horns which are another $15 and that stupid looking fur boots, another $40 and that fur shrug which is another $80! So to look like the model, and why you would want to completely escapes me, would cost a total of $214!

It’s simply inconceivable that someone would want to wear something like this for that price. Honestly there are better costumes than this that I’ve given a single pitchfork to that cost a tenth of this train wreck.

There isn’t a single thing I like about it, there is no possible way I would be seen wearing this, and… I cannot find the words to explain just how revolted by this costume disaster I am.

I’d rate it negative a million pitchforks, but that would be rating it too highly I think.

If you see this mess… Just don’t. Please don’t. Don’t encourage this sort of eye damaging pain and suffering on the world… Please?

 

Tera

Jun 02 2015

A Review of Pray For Release by Liman Thursday

Pray For Release by Liman Thursday

Pray For Release by Liman Thursday

The one thing that I cannot stand in a work that has Succubi as part of the story is if they are stereotypically evil, crass, mindlessly focused on one and one thing only. There’s no heat in a story like that because from the moment the succubus appears it’s quite clear that she is, sadly, another example of a cardboard creature of evil that just happens to do that evil with sex.

The work can surround that core of the story with more interesting characters, perhaps ramp up the sex and try to make it more erotic, but in the end that problem of using a template for the character of the succubus gets in the way of the story. The more the shame in that.

  • Title: Pray For Release
  • Author: Liman Thursday
  • Length: 19 Pages
  • ASIN: B00MMYT0L2
  • Publishing Date: August 11, 2014
  • This work at Amazon.com

It tells the story of:

Father David Mueller was new to the town of Exeter, New Hampshire. The former priest had died under mysterious circumstances and now parishioners were acting like sex crazed heathens. Armed with his faith and the Rites of Exorcism, Father Mueller pays a visit to the Simmons house, and discovers he is woefully unprepared for the seductive skills of a succubus-possessed Catherine Simmons…

Father David answers the call of a husband who believes his wife is possessed. He arrives and finds the situation is much worse than that, and more than he knows is at risk by being there.

As a whole the story reads more of a possession than the actual appearance of a succubus. By that I mean there isn’t much seen of the succubus, if she is one, it’s never really clear if she is a succubus or not. Catherine possessed is a creature of sex, of dominance, of power who wants only one thing from Father David and has worked out a plan to gain what she craves. Towards the end of the work there are hints of her having cat-like eyes, a hint of wings, but otherwise she is Catherine, just hypersexual. Mixed with that, she is evil, mean spirited, brutal, and cares for nothing but the one thing she craves and nothing more.

All of this means, in short, that she is a typical stereotype succubus that is evil because she is and for no other reason. Any character she has is buried beneath her outbursts and cruelty and that becomes old very quickly in the work. She taunts and teases, pushes Father David over and over again, and is just driven by the act of sex, what she wants out of it. That all discards what is, in the beginning, some very interesting moments about Father David. There is a good deal of story told about him, his thoughts, beliefs and so on. The town has an interesting background story, there’s hints about the time before the events of this work, but then the story turns a corner.

Thera are some interesting hints along the way, things that someone that has a clue about certain myths and legends will catch almost immediately. Catherine’s house address being on Cambion way being just one of them. But with those hints it is very clear from the moment Father David encounters possessed Catherine where the story will go, how it will get there, and just how single minded things will become.

The erotica in this work, while making up most of the story, just didn’t have much heat in it from my perspective. There is no seduction, no passion. There’s nothing to see save for a lot of abuse, cursing, yelling and swearing. There are violent paths in the story taken by possessed Catherine which I didn’t care for and with that came a real detachment to what was going on in the story. The lack of heat which was replaced by simple pain and control just didn’t work and as such there was no heat.

While the work is written well, especially in the pages before Catherine appears, as a whole I enjoyed the first half of the work far more than the second. There is a turning point in the story where the work seemed to turn from showing a story to telling a story. Possessed Catherine took what I liked about the story and turned it to ash with her very first words and that shouldn’t have been.

The climax was exactly what I expected, what happens to all of the characters was, regrettably, stereotypical for a typical horror/titillation story that had little in it that was a surprise or went in directions that were unexpected. The work is short, and as such there could have been more story told if Father David had to meet Possessed Catherine over time, in different situations and have to deal with that rather than being thrown into the deep end and thrashing about.

Two out of five pitchforks.

Not at all enjoyable for the situation, the events that unfold and the almost complete focus on what was for the most part violent sex and nothing more. A thin story which begins well, but quickly turns towards scenes that for me just were not at all enjoyable.

 

Tera

Jun 02 2015

A Review of The Succubus Journals by Monique Reyer

The Succubus Journals by Monique Reyer

The Succubus Journals by Monique Reyer

 

Recently a short series called The Succubus Journals was completed and as such I am going to review that series today on the Tale. The thing about this series is that there is a story, it is actually an interesting one, but the problem comes in that the story isn’t told for the sake of one hot flash after the next, after the next and so on.

If a series has an underlying story, one that explains why a succubus is where she is, or how her powers work, that’s interesting to me. Things are less so when that story is glossed over for the sake of rushing onwards to the next sex scene and little else.

  • Title: The Succubus Journals Books 1-4
  • Author: Monique Reyer
  • Length: 90 Pages
  • ASIN: B00X1UHJ9G
  • Publishing Date: May 2, 2015
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work tells the story of:

This is a collection of the first four works in the Succubus Journals series, including: Partying with the Frat, Partying with the Frat Again, Sorority Shenanigans, and Sorority Shaming.

Hey there. I’m Leisha, your friendly neighborhood succubus (aka “shapeshifting sex demon from the pits of Hell”). My boss is the most powerful warlock on the planet, and he likes to send me off on missions. Tonight I’m supposed to… Hang on, this can’t be right. He wants me to get someone into a fraternity?! And then go off and play with all the members of a sorority?! Hey boss, isn’t this kinda beneath me? I mean, you know, primordial spirit of lust and sex and all that? What? Shut up and do it? Okay, okay, fine!

Le sigh. I guess I’ll just have to put up with being taken by all those strong, virile, gorgeous college guys…and then gettin’ it on with all the hotties from the sorority down the street. Oh yeah, this is gonna be one awesome night!

The summaries are told in the voice of the main character of the series, a succubus named Leisha who has one of the most odd personalities for a succubus that I have read in some time. Beyond that, some of her powers aren’t what are usually seen in succubi, and that makes her a unique character.

I liked her more when she was telling her story, pieces of her past, who summoned her and so on, more than when she was having her way with various students at a college campus. Some of the flashes are, to be honest, rather repetitive, rushed, and sometimes there isn’t much in the way of story to hold those parts of the series together.

Leisha isn’t stereotypically evil, not by any means, and there are several points in the series where she cares about others, what happens to them. She teaches lessons to some, gives others some needed boosts in their self-image and, most interesting of all, she doesn’t want to do others harm. She’d rather have fun, be fun, and enjoy sex for the sake of it than in doing something evil through sex.

There is a lot of internal monologue as Leisha learns about those she is sent to teach lessons to, how she relates to the one that summoned her, and, as well, one specific mortal that she has a particular like for. It makes her a much more interesting and better character and in being so makes the series that much better.

The problem comes through the dialog, which reads a bit odd, some of the actions taken by others in the work, which just makes them look foolish, stupid and most of all, stereotypes the male characters into thinking about sex for the most part and then takes the female characters and twists them in different ways before the series is done.

By the end of the series, there really isn’t anything in the way of a conclusion to speak of, there’s quite a few plots left unfinished, actions left to play out, and in some cases, the results of what Leisha did could lead to more problems. Still, none of this really is played out to the end.

The focus of the series is all of the erotica that revolves around Leisha of all kinds. Just about anything goes with her, and usually does. But having most of the series being focused on that, the short moments when some character development begins, some questions are answered, isn’t told as well as if could be in the rush to get to the next piece of erotica.

The series could do with some editing, there are a number of word errors and some dialog just sounds wrong. A bit more focus on Leisha herself, to tell more of her story, where she came from, why she is there, and so on would have made this a lot more enjoyable for me.

I’ll give the series as a whole three out of five pitchforks.

There’s promise in Leisha to be sure. The problem is that being drowned by the erotica. A better balance, a little more care and some focus would have made this series more than it came to be.

 

Tera

Jun 01 2015

Rain and Sun By TeraS

On this day, something for my heart and his Beloved … Given in joy, love, and thankfulness always …

 

Rain and Sun
By TeraS

 

There are, at times, changes in the weather, even in the Realm. Not every day is sunny, not every night is cool and calm. There are moments when the snows fall, the wind bites, and, of course, there comes the rain now and again.

Sometimes the rain is barely there, a little speck of wet that lands upon one’s hair or skin, an instance that reminds that there are moments in time where things are not so bright, so sunny, so clear. But it also brings a memory of summer picnics, sharing with the one loved, and the laughter when the little brushes of weather danced around the lovers.

Other times, the rain drizzles upon the ground, making little specks of sound as it lands on the grass, the paths walked, the roofs protecting those that seek shelter beneath them. Along with the slight chill in the air and the coolness of the rain comes the knowledge that things will grow from the rain, be made stronger, more vibrant, more alive.

On occasion, the rains come heavy, loudly, full of the power of nature expressing herself. They bring the good from before, but they also bring change. There are things that are bent, twisted, altered from what they once were. Some of those things are never quite the same again, the rains having made their mark. Others are just … gone. They exist no more, they are ended, only to be remembered.

In all of these moments, in the good, bad, or otherwise, there is, however, one singular constant that remains: shelter; the small bit of comfort that one holds in among all of the chaos which gives that bit of comfort and security. For some, the protection it gives seems minor, inconsequential, really nothing of note as a whole. They do not seem to see the value, the gift it is, what it offers to those that have the need. For others, it is both everything and all they need; that place of calm and safety, a moment where one can catch one’s breath and gather themselves before facing the rains once more and then continuing onwards.

In life, there are those that we think of as being our shelter. In truth, the word shelter doesn’t quite express what they are, really. It’s hard to explain how much it matters when they say hello, share a thought, talk about the good and the bad that may be in life. There are those in the world that have light in them, that show others the way from the darkness, the storms, the moments when it is not the easiest of things to manage to find shelter among all of the rains that come.

Some of those rains are real. They fall upon us and cause things to transpire: a leaking roof, perhaps a basement flooded. They create a feeling of loss, a moment of despair, a sinking feeling that can, sometimes, make one curl up into a ball and just want to go away for a while.

Sometimes, the rain is within: the thought that one might not be all one could be; the idea that one isn’t good enough, doesn’t do enough, cannot be enough. They are those little voices that keeps pointing out your flaws, your missteps, making everything worse and, in doing so, causing the rain to keep falling down upon you.

In all of this, in all of the things that come and all of the moments that are, there is something to remember: in all of the rain, there comes the sun. And, in those that give us the light to see, the shelter given is that of the love shared.

There are those in our lives who, in more ways than they can see, have given us a way from the rains back into the sun once more. They do so not by their actions—as inspiring as they are—not through their thoughts—which tell of their wisdom true—but more by the love they have. It is knowing, truly, just by seeing who they are, how they hold each other always, knowing … always.

You see, sometimes the rains wash away the one thing that matters most of all: our ability to see. Our vision is blurred, indistinct, and we discover the way from beneath the clouds and rain cannot be found. When we find those that have the light, share the path, help to find the way, it is something cherished, loved, and held dearly.

On this day, we celebrate the moment when two souls joined in the presence of the Goddess. We celebrate the light that was doubled and then again in that moment. We give thanks for them both, always, for their way back to the light when it was so hard to find in the rain.

The rain is only for the moment. The sun is for always.

May 31 2015

A Review of By The Horns by Alys Lovell

By The Horns by Alys Lovell

By The Horns by Alys Lovell

While it is true that Succubi are creatures of seduction, eroticism, lust and desire, that is not all that they are. While some of the succubi are mainly concerned with the doing, there are some that also care about being more than they are expected to be.

Stories like that, for me, are really quite a lot more interesting in that the path the succubus takes, the choices she makes, and, with luck, the evidence that she is more than a pretty face, an amazing sexual partner. She’s someone with a mind, someone that can think, can reason and most of all… care.

That reveals one of the true Succubi and not the shadows they are made out to be.

  • Title: By The Horns
  • Author: Alys Lovell
  • Length: 34 Pages
  • ASIN: B00MXRUPP8
  • Publishing Date: August 21, 2014
  • This work at Amazon.com

It is the story of:

Captured by beastpeople, the last thing Princess Inaya expected was a heated stir in her loins. That is, until the leader – a bull-man with a drool-worthy physique – began giving off a cloud of pheromones. The half-succubus wonders what could hurt if she takes the situation by the horns and entertains her inner sex demon.

Princess Inaya goes from a boring party to finding herself at the “mercy” of her kidnapper. She finds a connection, discovers something about herself that she didn’t expect, and a future that she never expected.

The work is more of an adventure story with a dash of erotica mixed into the tale. As such the story, plot, characters, the layers of the work, really all some together into a complete well told story. There’s more than just a succubus having an encounter with another. There is personality, a battle of wills, desires, wants and needs that really expresses a lot about the two main characters of the story.

Princess Inaya is part-succubus, so she has no horns or tail or other physical signs of being a succubus other than her beauty and poise. Mention is made of her mother, but we never learn her mother’s name, or really anything else about her. Inaya is so much more than she shows the world around her, one encounter she has at the beginning of the work tells all about the world that she has to deal with everyday and that is a shame. I particularly liked that she made a choice, regardless of the pitfalls or problems that could arise and she stood by her choice. She learns from the Queen of this work something important and, for me, it turned her thoughts, her will towards being exactly what she was inside to the outside world. I’d love to see Inaya as Queen in that world. i think she would be someone amazing and should be.

The other main characters is the bull-man that Inaya meets. His name isn’t revealed until well towards the end of the work, but it’s clear from the beginning that he’s something more than he appears to be. He has strength of character, of will, personality and form, but there’s more to him than that. There is a honour in him. He is, as a whole, the most honourable person in the story next to Inaya and in that the connection between the two is so very clear and wonderful.

While the story is involved and strong, the moments of erotica are in the right places at the right time and as such make the most of the impact that they have. The work isn’t a hot flash, it’s more of a long, drawn out experience of the passions between two beings that have found each other. That, for me, was really well done. The heat in these scenes is delicious, passionate, and adds to the story, how it progresses, what happens as the story goes along. It isn’t there as window dressing. It is a foundation for the work and as such added a great deal to my enjoyment of the work.

There really wasn’t much that took me out of the story. There was no misplaced words, misdirected characterizations, or loss of focus. It is tightly written, closes on a perfect note, and leaves a direction for the story to go forward if the author chooses to do so. The ending isn’t a disappointment. There is closure, acceptance, and a future. All of that are good things. I would have liked a bit more story around Inaya’s past, her mother, what she has been through. A bit more about the relationship she has with the Queen would have been nice too. These are all minor things, but as a means to reveal more about Inaya herself, I think it would have been a nice thing to see.

Four and a half out of five pitchforks.

I really liked Princess Inaya in many ways. She’s smart, she cares, and most of all, she refuses to be what the world around her expects her to be. Yes, sometimes her succubus nature gets the better of her, but that’s more of a character trait and not all that much of a flaw. I’d like to see the princess become the Queen in some other story and, perhaps, we’ll see all that she is in the best of light as she should be.

 

Tera

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