Mar 27 2015

A Review of the Dark MMF series by Sol Serano

My Incubus Wants to Share by Sol Serano

My Incubus Wants to Share by Sol Serano

A review this time of a rather oddly named book series in which an Incubus in one of the characters. While I do see why the series is named as it is, because of the erotica, I think it’s a poor title and there needs to be a better series title than M/M/F. That seems more than a little unimaginative sadly.

Sometimes the secrets you keep can hurt you. They can hurt others as well. When that secret involves an Incubus that is, overall, more of a brute than anything else, that’s a real problem in a lot of ways…

  • Title: My Incubus Wants to Share
  • Author: Sol Serano
  • Length: 30 Pages
  • ASIN: B00Q7W0172
  • Publishing Date: November 26, 2014
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work is about:

Marly a spicy, red-haired, art gallery manager has discovered the area’s next great painter, and the love of her life, Kevin Laciter. He, the starving artist, leaves his lover Stephan behind to be only with Marly. She is his love, his muse, and with her he finds success only imagined. But Marly has a dark secret, a dark friend, an incubus with whom she shares everything, including her body. When she insists he go so she can pursue her relationship in peace, her incubus lays out the terms. She must share the love of her life with him, just one time, and he will go.

Marly has a secret and it’s been with her for all of her life. An incubus, named Viktor, lives in her home and has been her protector, lover, and more over the years. Falling in love, she asks Viktor to leave and he agrees, but first he wants both Marly and her love.

The first work sets up a lot of Marly’s history, her relationships, and that of her lover Kevin and his as well. There’s a good deal of time spent in the story telling about Marley’s thoughts, what she fears and worries over, and what her goals are. When Kevin appears, it’s clear that Marley is in love with him, professionally and personally, and that connection between the characters comes through quite clearly.

Things are complicated however by Viktor, an Incubus that Marley has had in her life for many years. In the same way that Marly needs Kevin, she needs Viktor as much, considering that Viktor has been the only one who has been able to satisfy her needs. It’s a rather complex relationship which is told and when Marly asks Viktor to leave her, things begin to go wrong. Viktor turns towards being stereotypical and that’s a shame really as before Marly’s request he seems to be in love with her. Hurt, and quite badly so, Viktor makes a demand of Marly, to share her with Kevin, and Kevin with Viktor. promising that afterwards Marly would be free.

There is a short bit of erotica, a hot flash, which does work, but seems less well done than the proceeding story that was told. It is a bit brutal in some ways, but in the story works well to bring the story towards its climax. When that arrives and the last line of this work appears, it’s clear that Viktor has other ideas and the series continues from that point onwards.

The writing, in a lot of ways, makes the erotica almost unnecessary for the point of the story isn’t so much in what Viktor does as it is what Marly does. As the focus is on Marly and what happens around her, that makes a good deal of sense. It’s a good start to the series and offers the promise of a story that’s more than just erotica.

I’m giving this work four out of five pitchforks.

My Demanding Incubus by Sol Serano

My Demanding Incubus by Sol Serano

A good start to the series with strong characters and a mystery that needs to unfold. In telling that story things become more complicated and in that happening, the work offers more.

The second work reveals some of Viktor’s needs, Marly’s as well, and Kevin’s own truths that cause all kinds of problems for everyone. Sometimes the choices made are bad ones. The problem is that at the time you don’t see that and when you do it can be far too late to do anything about it save submit.

  • Title: My Demanding Incubus
  • Author: Sol Serano
  • Length: 28 Pages
  • ASIN: B00QHRBFW2
  • Publishing Date: December 2, 2014
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work is about:

Kevin is out of sorts unable to deal with Marly’s beast. He issues her an ultimatum as old as time – me or him. Though her love for Kevin is real, she knows it will only take a little more time to whip her demon in shape. She will get things back to normal, and then win Kevin back. She chooses her incubus.

Marly realizes quickly, her beast is gaining strength, and has more than a few demands. She is having a hard time getting him under her thumb. In a last ditch attempt, she seeks a new man for her beast to enjoy, sure he will be placated. What happens next is a flurry of heated activity as Marly and her new found friend, Bryan, betray themselves to do the beast’s bidding.

Things are getting worse for Marly by the moment as her relationship with Viktor turns from her being the one in control to her being submissive to his needs. Marly is forced into bringing another man to Viktor when Kevin turns away from her, believing that doing so will make things right. But the truth tells a different story.

Again in the second work the focus is on Marly’s continuing story, what she is suffering through, and the losses she is encountering. She’s less and less in control of things and her world, and own existence, is coming apart slowly but surely. There’s a clear aspect of denial in her mind over what is happening and when she attempts to take back some control she finds that Viktor doesn’t like that thought.

The confusion within Marly is very strong and gets worse as the story goes on. Viktor uses quite a bit of emotional, and otherwise, mind control in this work to get his way, succeeding for the most part. Marly finds a man for Viktor, brings them together and then falls under Viktor’s spell. There’s another hot flash of erotica which drives the story forwards and doesn’t feel out of place.

There is a lot of character development in this work which I enjoyed. Marly had to change in this story and it’s clear that she does, going from one extreme to another and back again. Kevin is a lesser presence in this work, though he does have an effect as the story goes onwards. Viktor himself really only becomes more dominant, more controlling and more needing of Marly in this work and that’s a shame.

Viktor was a more interesting character in the first work because there was some mystery around him. There was something changing, a secret to be figured out and in this work that really isn’t explored very much. He is a force in the story, controlling much of what happens from the shadows, but otherwise there isn’t much development for him save that he is the dominant one in the relationship.

As the bridge work, it is a good story and it provides the path for the plot to follow in the third work well. There’s hints of what comes next, but not so much so that it telegraphs the third work thankfully. As well written as the first work, there’s a bit more time spent in the erotica than the story and, for me, I found that a bit disappointing. There could have been more told about Viktor, who and what he really is, but that’s not told here and I think it might have been.

Three and a half out of five pitchforks.

A story of control, who has it, and what that control can do to another. A bit lost at times, but by the end it did manage to find the way forwards once more to the third and final work in the series.

Seducing My Incubus by Sol Serano

Seducing My Incubus by Sol Serano

The third work is, over all, the strongest of the series because it is mainly story, The hardest thing in a story to reveal is the why things are. Next to that is dealing with the way and drawing the story to a conclusion that makes sense and isn’t a cop out.

When dealing with an Incubus, the thing to keep in mind is that they need something. If you can figure out that need and how to control it, then you can control the Incubus as well. If you can, somehow, manage to control yourself of course.

  • Title: Seducing My Incubus
  • Author: Sol Serano
  • Length: 27 Pages
  • ASIN: B00S93LKQS
  • Publishing Date: January 14, 2015
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work is about:

In this, the third in the Dark MMF Series, finds Marly crushed, spent and defeated. Her incubus, Viktor, has become too strong for her to control. The more she gives, the more he takes. After collecting herself after the disastrous encounter with Bryan, Marly makes the discovery that she in fact has the power to seduce her incubus. In this super hot tale, Kevin joins Marly and together they reach an understanding with Viktor that will fix everything forever.

Marly comes to the end of her rope as Viktor’s powers over her seem to be almost complete. He is no longer the caring creature he was, now demanding and dominating over her. Breaking free and running to Kevin, she realizes what she needs to do and with Kevin’s help she might just have Viktor returned to his place once more if they can us Viktor’s needs against him.

In this last part of the series, Marly goes from the depths of despair towards being back in control of her life and in doing so she comes to realize several important things. One is that she loves Kevin dearly of course, but the other is that to have power over someone isn’t simple and to gain that power back takes understanding of why that power exists and how to use it.

The story is a bit of a roller-coaster as Marly finally figures out what she must do in order to bring Viktor to heel and to put him in his place once more. There are some nicely hot scenes of Marly discovering that control and using it to gain the upper hand in the relationship. The same can be said, in some ways, in how finding her power once more also effects her relationship with Kevin. Marly changes, changing into someone that’s slightly different from the beginning of the story.

I didn’t care all that much for Marly at the beginning of the series but in this work she becomes a lot more attractive personality-wise. In doing so she also changes her own being and that’s an interesting transformation to see unfold.

Kevin is a stronger presence in this work and that helps a lot because not being in the story leaves a hole in Marly that is quite apparent. When Marly figures that out, then their relationship is stronger, the story is better and I felt that the tone changed too.

Viktor is both the aggressor and the victim in this last part of the series, but it’s hard to feel anything for him considering how drunk on power he was in the second work and how that continues in the third until Marly figures things out. Past that point, and more so towards the ending, Viktor is a sad, lost creature who has echoes of what Marly had been through. While somewhat justified, the ending was a bit sad as a whole and made me wonder why things went the way they did.

If felt as if Viktor didn’t really think when he became stronger, losing himself in the power he had and in doing so only served to make things worse for everyone, especially himself. It was a shame as while Marly and Kevin’s characters developed, Viktor wound up at the beginning. I expected something more, but didn’t see that.

Again the work is written well, tells a strong story and has a very good erotic hot flash in it. But again there’s a lot of Viktor’s background left untold, the implications of what happens in this work are not carried onwards after the erotica is past and the short aftermath is told. It ends on a point where there could be another work in the series to take things a little further. I’m not sure if that would help or hinder things, but leaving things where they ended. for me. was a bit disappointing.

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

The series as a whole does tell a very good and strong story which I liked overall. There are a lot of questions about Viktor that are never answered, some of which I think would have made for some interesting reveals about Marly herself. In spite of that missing fragment of the series, it’s a strong piece of writing with a bit of erotica to make it better.

For the series as a whole, I’ll give it three and a half out of five pitchforks.

The series starts well and has a good promise but it stumbles through the second work and in the third the series ends too abruptly. More character development, a shade more background to all of the characters and a bit more focus on story would, I think, made this work stronger as a whole.

 

Tera

Mar 26 2015

Succubi Image of the Week 375

One of the more unique creations of a Succubus that I have found for this week’s Succubi on the Tale. I wonder if she is more of a warrioress than a Queen… Perhaps one that seeks to defend those that are hers against others…

Considering her expression, that must be a long, hard, battle indeed…

Succubus Queen by Michael.R

Succubus Queen by Michael.R

This art is titled Succubus Queen and it is by and artist on Pixiv called Michael.R. You can find the original page with this work here on Pixiv.

This is really one of the most unique pieces of art that I have seen that shows a Succubus going into battle. So many times those kinds of images don’t have a lot of emotion in them or a setting which gives perspective on what the Succubus has been through or is facing. I think in this art there’s a lot of emotions that encompass her.

There’s a shadow in her eyes, her poise, that seems to say that she’s been through much, but remains unbound and true to her kind.

As any Succubus Queen should be.

 

Tera

Mar 25 2015

I really do like Betty Page inspired costumes…

She-Devil Betty Page CostumeI must admit that I really do love the image of Betty Page that appears so very of her dressed up like a devil… There are some costumes that almost, but not quite manage to recreate that look. I’ve found one recently that I think does justice to the look and style and I think it’s wonderful…

This is called the She-Devil Betty Page Costume and it comes with the corset, the gloves, the skirt, the horn, tail, and, apparently, a pair of red bat wings which are not shown in the image. The stockings and shoes are not included and it sells for $75 US.

I really do like this a lot. I would have to buy the shoes and stockings which would add another $40 to the cost and bring the total to $115 US however…

As I cannot see the tail, or the wings, I cannot speak to their look, but, thinking about it… I don’t think it’s really necessary to wear them at all. I don’t say that, I believe this is the first time that I considered not having a tail with the costume… But… I think as a whole the look is right and for a 1940s themed Halloween party this would be a bit of a head turner I believe…

The horns are a bit borderline, but otherwise I rather like this and would seriously consider it…

Three and a half pitchforks out of five.

It’s… Interesting… And that counts for something…

 

Tera

Mar 24 2015

A Review of Hard-Boiled Immortal by Gene Doucette

Hard-Boiled Immortal by Gene Doucette

Hard-Boiled Immortal by Gene Doucette

I have been reading of late quite a few works about Succubi that are set in a sort of “film noir” setting. Sometimes that setting doesn’t work well because the author can’t get the personalities right, or the setting is wrong. Sometimes it’s a problem with having today’s language seep into the story and that breaks the spell of the work.

However. When an author can write well in this genre, writes amazing characters and tells a gripping story in which you aren’t quite sure what’s coming next… That I really enjoy reading. Add in a Succubus that I think is wonderfully alluring and intelligent and that’s something I adore beyond words…

The work is about:

The year was 1942, there was a war on, and Adam was having a lot of trouble avoiding the attention of some important people. The kind of people with guns, and ways to make a fella disappear. He was caught somewhere between the mob and the government, and the only way out involved a red-haired dame he was pretty sure he couldn’t trust.

Adam is an immortal, having seen the world for longer than he’d care to remember. It’s World War II and he’s tending bar in Chicago and meeting some interesting people. The problem with that is those people are interesting to other people and Adam is getting their interest as well. A Succubus walks into the bar, and it isn’t the start of a joke… It’s deadly serious.

One in a series called The Immortal Chronicles, this work is a perfectly written story that enters a dark and smokey bar where some good and not so good characters gather to drink, tell stories, and muse over their drinks. Adam, the main character, has a stellar personality, one that takes hold of the story from the first moment and doesn’t let go of it till the very last page. He’s intelligent, witty, tactful, but most of all, there’s a magnetism around him that draws the story and surrounding characters to him and that allows for some amazing plot and story to be told.

The work reads like a mix of mystery, detective, and supernatural with a bit of humour tossed in at the right moments to break the tension when it needs to be. Really one of the very best in this style of writing that I have read in quite some times and I couldn’t stop turning the pages to see what came next.

When Lucy, the Succubus of the work, appears, she has that certain look, character and drive that tells that she is a Succubus, but not in a simply sexual way. She’s a lot more complex than that, having her own story to tell, but also slipping herself into Adam’s world for her own reasons. As the story unfolds it’s never quite clear who’s side she is on, what she intends to do, or if Adam can trust her until the climax of the work arrives. She doesn’t appear in the work as a sex object, she’s so much more than that in all she is and discovering that along with Adam is amazing when it occurs.

The story is very much one where the reader needs to pay attention to what’s going on, to follow the stories being told, red herrings and otherwise, and when the payoff comes for paying attention to the story, that’s very satisfying. The work is solidly written and while it is just one part of a series, it can be read as a stand alone work and the effect is the same. Everything you need to know about the characters comes in the story, doesn’t feel like an info dump and holds together extremely well.

The work ends, naturally, in a way that tells of something to come, and considering this work is part of a series that’s expected. In spite of this, most of the loose ends are tied up, save for Lucy and one other character. while Adam mulls over the events of the story.

The only thing that I would have liked it to know more about Lucy than was told. There are some good hints about her, some thought towards her background, but that remains mostly shrouded away in the mists of the story as it wasn’t critical. But leaving so many questions about her and not answering them, or at least spending a bit more time in the aftermath to find out about her was a little bit disappointing.

I’m giving this work four and a half out of five pitchforks.

An amazing work, a telling story, strong characters and more. One of the best reads in this genre that I have seen and well enjoyed…

 

Tera

Mar 24 2015

A Review of Mallory of Strange Valley by Kassandra Coley

Mallory of Strange Valley by Kassandra Coley

Mallory of Strange Valley by Kassandra Coley

To me the worst thing that happens is when an author begins a series with much promise, with a story that is captivating with characters that are truly endearing and then… nothing more happens.

It’s a wonderful thing to read a work that sets up an amazing premise, lays out the path for the series to take going forwards and ends on a note that makes one want to see where things go from there.

It’s a very sad thing when the work vanishes soon after it is released and the author vanishes as well leaving only the promise of what could have been… and still hopes to be.

  • Title: Mallory of Strange Valley
  • Author: Kassandra Coley
  • Length: 50 Pages
  • ASIN: B00B8TWO9M
  • Publishing Date: February 5, 2013
  • No Longer Available

It is the story of:

Mallory attends community college, listens to oldies and Motown, and creates collages from mid-century magazines. Oh, and also? She’s a sex demon – a succubus – who preys on the sexual appetites of her male classmates to survive. There are plenty of perks to being a succubus – smoking hot body, lots of explosive sex, the ability to glamour mortals – but what she really wants is to remember when she turned Immortal, who turned her, and most importantly, why.

Mallory stays out of the Immortal political clashes and power struggles that have been playing out for centuries. The conflicts are all about the Immortal pecking order, where Angels grace the top and sex demons are relegated to the lower ranks. Throughout history, the Immortal conflicts have amounted to little more than posturing between the species. But things are taking a dangerous turn. Succubi and incubi are being extinguished, and the danger is growing closer to Strange Valley.

Meanwhile, Mallory is trying to contend with Asher, an Adonis of an incubus who’s inexplicably moved into her territory and now competes with her for prey. There’s more to Asher than he’s telling, but it’s worse than a few secrets. Much worse. Mallory is deeply, irresistibly drawn to him. But coupling between sex demons is deadly dangerous. She’s convinced they’ve crossed paths before, but she has too many gaps in her memory. Asher may hold the key to Mallory’s past . . . and Mallory’s past may be the key to the lethal wave sweeping the Immortal world.

Mallory is a Succubus with a list of problems the length of her tail. Her best friend is so much more hypersexual that it makes Mallory look like a prude. An incubus has appeared in her world that she can’t get out of her mind, and wants him in other ways that could be bad. Very bad. There’s someone out there killing Succubi and Incubi, and they seem to be getting closer. Worst of all, she’s starting all over again with a new identity in her hunting grounds… and she’s bored of the whole thing.

Mallory is an interesting Succubus. She does have wings and most of the usual Succubus appearance, but doesn’t display them too often. She shapeshifts, but only when she needs to change identities, not for the sake of those she feeds upon. She uses some rather interesting means to get the attention of the men around her, a bit of mind control coupled with a look, a bit of bare skin… and the ability to “play” with them from across the room.

Tied into the superficial comes her personality, which I adored in that she isn’t a wall flower, she has her own firm ideas about what’s right and wrong, and she is intent on keeping things that way. The scenes with Mallory making her way through a world of hyperactively sexual college students is actually quite amusing at times and is a good foil from the more serious and darker aspects of the work.

Mallory finds herself coming into contact with Asher, an Incubus that received permission to be on Mallory’s territory. At first, he is brash, over the top defensive, and does quite a lot to get on Mallory’s bad side. As the story continues, that attitude changes, softens, and there is an obvious connection between these two characters that starts to emerge. But all of that is cloaked in mystery, questions, and really the explanation isn’t said, but inferred.

The attraction between Mallory and Asher is a real problem in their world because… it simply isn’t allowed. The thing about that is… no one really can say why that is. It’s an obvious means to connect Mallory’s past, which she is trying to figure out, and who Asher is… and Mallory for that matter. With all of that confusion between the two, there are moments when the veil of forgotten memories is almost, but not quite parted.

The mysteries are thick in this work, and they tend to pile up over the course of the story, but this was supposed to be the first work in a series and as such, this needs to happen. In something a little less than fifty pages the plots are drawn up, the characters defined and the direction of the series as a whole is made quite clear.

There are some lovely scenes of Mallory as a Succubus using her powers to control others, or at least influence them to some extent. When she goes to feed on those she is interested in, that mind control turns very hot and erotic and as a whole the heat is there, the story is there, and it made me like Mallory even more because of what she does reflects on who she is. She isn’t a killer, she doesn’t want to hurt others, and she does her best to make them happy. Doing so is a small measure of happiness for her as well.

The work is simply written well with excellent characters, themes and heat that made this a delicious read. But with all of that good comes one sad truth. There is no second work to this series. There are no answers to the questions posed, there is no resolution to the plots opened. There’s a expressive buildup to a cliffhanger and then… we are left wanting for something that never appeared.

Four out of five pitchforks.

It’s a real shame that this work is no longer available, that there will, it seems, never be a continuation, the answers Mallory is looking for never to be revealed. I have a fairly good idea of what the answers are in a roundabout way, but whether I am right or wrong seems to be something that will never be told.

And that really shouldn’t be.

 

Tera

Mar 23 2015

Certainty by TeraS

Yesterday was a special day for myself and my Eternal … It was our anniversary, and, every morning when I wake up, I am thankful that he’s there. I try, so much and so often, to say how much love he and I have for each other, how much in sharing that love with our family, with the ones we love, and more, matters. The day we met is the moment in my life that I remember more than any other and so clearly that it feels like it happened just moments ago. There’s a certainty that I have in me, one that never leaves me, one that just … is … Always.

 

Certainty
By TeraS

 

The morning rays of the sun warmed the bedroom as she slept under the covers, the tip of her red tail just poking out, seeking out the sunlight so it might keep warm, as well. Off in the distance, echoing through the house, there were sounds of someone in the kitchen doing something. The sounds were muted by efforts not to wake her, but, of course, while she didn’t hear everything, she knew who was in the house with her, knew with certainty, and she dozed on.

In the kitchen, he was stirring a bowl of batter, working towards his goal, and humming an idle tune as he did so. He kept checking a cookbook that had been given to Baker for safekeeping, in which one particular recipe had been marked by a folded-over page as the right one to make on that day.

Finding that the batter—Devil’s Food Cake, of course—was about ready, he turned away to look for a cupcake baking sheet. Looking at the cupboard, he puzzled over where she would have put such a thing; baking was, after all, more her thing than his. Nonetheless, after a bit of rummaging around, he found what he was looking for and turned back to the counter …

… to find a certain blue tailed daughter poking her finger into the mixing bowl.

“Rianna, what are you doing?”

She pulled her finger out of the batter and stuck it in her mouth, mumbling around it: “Testin’.”

Amused, he set the baking sheet on the counter and crossed his arms over his chest: “Really? I hope you don’t expect to be licking the spoon as well.”

Rianna shook her head and then nodded towards the fridge, where a certain silver-tailed daughter was poking around inside: “Nah. That’s her job.”

Branwyn looked out for a moment: “And I get the leftover frosting, too … if I can find it. How do you find anything with all of this Redi-Whip in here?”

He chuckled: “Hours of practice in searching, and there’s a reason why there’s so much whipped cream in there.”

The fridge door closed with a thump as Branwyn waved a small tin of frosting in the air: “Found it!”

He shook his head and looked for a ladle: “No tasting the frosting—or the batter—for either of you. Not until I’m done.”

His daughters set themselves on the other side of the kitchen island where he was working, and, as he did so, they started talking …

“Ya’ know Dad, what’s so special about those cupcakes, anyway? Either you, or Mom, makes them, and you make them only once a year.”

“That’s right! They don’t show up on any holidays, or when people visit, or anything. What’s the deal?”

He was rubbing some butter into the baking sheet, a slightly far-off look in his eyes as he did so, before replying: “Today is a special day for us. It isn’t a Realm holiday, it isn’t something that everyone is supposed to celebrate. It is an ‘us’ holiday. Today marks our wedding anniversary in the human world.”

Rianna and Branwyn looked at each other for a long moment, then Rianna asked: “Okay, but what’s so special about that? Isn’t the day you became Mom’s Eternal more important?”

He put the baking sheet down, and, after dragging the mixing bowl away from Rianna, he started stirring again: “It’s just as important … probably a bit more so.”

Branwyn’s tail swisched behind her: “Okay, Sis is being a little stupid, ‘cause we know that it’s important. But why keep it a secret so much? Everyone celebrates the King and Queen’s vows here. So why not your human ones, too?”

He dipped the ladle into the batter, smoothing out the batter with a knife, and then poured the first bit of batter into the cupcake sheet: “It all goes back to how we married in the human world.”

Branwyn looked at Rianna: “This sounds like a three-Kleenex moment, Sis.”

Rianna nodded and dragged the box that had been sitting on her side of the counter between them both: “Prolly.”

Tapping the ladle, he smiled: “I’ll keep it short so you don’t wake up your mother.”

As he continued to fill the baking sheet, he explained …

“Where I came from, I couldn’t give her a royal wedding. I couldn’t go and pay for a huge ceremony, have all of my family there, and have her be alone. But there was no way to have your mother’s parents there, there was no way that anyone from the Realm could be there. At the time it was still a secret that we were going to marry, that I was going to be her Eternal. I understood that she couldn’t have something flashy and wonderful.”

He considered the portions and then started to put a bit more into each: “Still, I needed to make her happy. She insisted, as we all know, that she didn’t need anything fancy, that she was just fine with whatever came, even if it was just to trade vows in front of an Elvis impersonator.”

Rianna interrupted: “That would have been weird, Dad.”

“I think your mom would have loved it. Not to mention running up and down the Vegas strip laughing in the aftermath. But no, we didn’t do that.”

Both of his daughters were resting their elbows on the counter and staring at him, their tails up over their shoulders in a very familiar way. He chuckled as he looked for some chocolate chips to sprinkle on top: “I know that look; your mom is better at it. What’s the question?”

Rianna was first: “Couldn’t mom have just paid for everything?”

He tossed a few chips into the batter: “Could have. But I didn’t want her to–not because of pride, but because all of that flash couldn’t match her smile and how much I love her.”

Branwyn then asked: “Yeah, but she would have anyway, ‘cause she woulda’, ‘cause that’s what you expect from someone that’s the Queen.”

He balled up the now-empty bag of chips and tossed it off towards the wastebasket, missing by a mile, and sighed, “You’d think I would know by now that basketball isn’t my thing. As for what I expected from her: well, the only thing that I wanted was to make her happy. That came back to my being happy, and we went around in circles.”

His daughters looked at each other as he picked up the baking sheet and put it in the oven. They didn’t say anything as he returned and continued his preparations, this time putting a squirt tube of red frosting beside the chocolate frosting that Branwyn had brought over. He was in the midst of breaking in half a small pile of thin, red candy slivers as Rianna became inpatient and wondered: “Okay. So, what happened? Can’t leave us hanging, Dad.”

“The rings were simple. They were my grandparent’s. Oh, they had to be resized a little, but that wasn’t a big problem. We did the paperwork at City Hall, and it amazed me that your mother could come up with the paperwork they needed by looking in her purse for it. I’m amazed she can find anything in there when she’s carrying one.”

Rianna and Branwyn just looked at each other knowingly. That was a special skill that they had been taught and were not supposed to share. After all, it was important that, as two of the Succubi, they always had access to Redi-Whip … among other things.

He stared off into space again for a moment, smiling at the memories, then continued: “So, we had the paperwork, the rings … but, as for the ceremony, well, that was something special.”

There was a soft ‘ding’ and he removed the now-baked cupcakes, popping them out of the pan and then waiting for them to cool. He looked at the cupcakes and continued to explain … “I found a bakery nearby and, in the window, I saw a tray of cupcakes; chocolate ones, which I knew your mom liked. But they were a little bit different and it was that difference that made them something that she’d remember.”

He nodded towards the cookbook he had been using: “I went inside and asked the baker there for one, to my surprise he gave it to me for free. He also gave me that cookbook, said that it was meant to go with me. Of course I couldn’t accept that, and so I paid for it, and the cupcake, with the last of my change that I had with me. Keep in mind that we were intending to leave the human world for the Realm shortly afterwards, so, after that moment, there wasn’t anything left.”

Rianna nodded, Branwyn considered the cupcakes, a thoughtful look in her eyes.

“I met your mom in the town’s park, and I put her ring on her finger, and she put mine on me.” He spread the frosting over the cupcakes, then drew a pattern down the middle with the red frosting before sticking two pieces of red candy on either side. He then held up the cupcake to his daughters: “And our first meal together was … this.”

The cupcake was chocolate, deep and dark, almost the same colour as Tera’s hair. The red frosting in the middle made a tail that looked quite similar to Tera’s as well. The two pieces of candy made a pair of horns that completed the look. It was a cupcake that looked, in a way, a bit devilish.

Both Rianna and Branwyn giggled as they realized that what their father had made. Rianna touched the cupcake that Keith held: “Yeah. I can see how mom would love this.” Branwyn laughed and touched it as well: “I can imagine the giggling fit mom had, too.”

“Oh I giggled. But I also smooched him … and hugged him.”

They all turned to see Tera standing in the hallway, watching them all, a warm smile on her lips.

Keith chuckled: “How long?”

Tera crossed the kitchen and tapped Rianna and Branwyn on their noses: “Long enough to know that these two were being silly.”

Rianna blushed: “Um … we’ll clean up, Mom.”

Tera hugged them both tightly: “Thank you, sweetheart. Your father and I have … things to do.”

Keith’s smile was as warm as Tera’s: “Important things.”

Branwyn shoved the almost empty tin of frosting at Rianna to keep her busy before she got them into doing more chores, like cleaning the house.

“Yeah, well, you two have fun!”

Rianna and Branwyn snuck one cupcake each for themselves and then bampfed away to leave their parents to their fun.

After they had left, Keith walked over to Tera and gave her the cupcake he had made.

“Happy Anniversary, Love. Thank you for …”

Tera kissed him, stopping his words, and then, when they broke for air, she purred: “Happy Anniversary, Love … and I know. I always know.”

It was the one thing that they both knew with certainty. They always knew … always.

Mar 22 2015

A Review of Demon Seed by Madelene Martin

Demon Seed by Madelene Martin

Demon Seed by Madelene Martin

An Incubus story this week for a review and it is one of the better works that I have read this year. Most of the time the story lacks for the erotica when it comes to Incubus stories. It always seems that the writers want to just get to the submission and the climax of the moment leaving any kind of real story in the dust. Thankfully this author didn’t go in that direction…

The work is about:

Melinda is stuck in a months-long dry spell after leaving her boyfriend. At night she dreams about a dark, preternaturally sexy stranger with glowing eyes.

As her dreams grow more intense and sexy she finds her cravings begin to take over her life. But nothing will make them go away – except Him.

Every night he visits her in her dreams.

Her dream stranger finally reveals his purpose with her – he wants to impregnate her, and he intends to make her beg for it. Mel is powerless to resist. But now she knows: She’s not dreaming – and he’s not human.

Melinda, better known as Mel, is trying to live though the mundane problems that come her way and at the same time get past a boyfriend that did her no good. This has, of course, coloured her view of men in general and that means she’d rather be at home than out in the world.

The thing is, when you are alone, and you are wanting, that’s when sometimes, just sometimes, an Incubus will hear you and come to visit. After that happens, then things become complicated. The dream world he brings becomes more real and then things come from there.

The way in which Melinda’s dreams go from fantasies to the world of the Incubus is subtle and really is so gently created that the tipping point is easy to overlook. The fantasies woven around Melinda are deliciously seductive and tempting in all the right places. Melinda’s decent into the Incubus’ hands is done in a way that gives them both what they want in the end and that I enjoyed.

Issir is the Incubus in this story and there are only hints of his having the wings of an Incubus and nothing more than that through the story. Of course his ability to tempt Melinda, play her body and make her want to succumb to him are all the marks of an Incubus. He’s sex personified, but also more than that. There is a hint of caring, of desiring, of wanting to be. That makes this story special and one that I really enjoyed.

I’m giving this work four out of five pitchforks.

The heat is wonderful, the story is captivating, and holds you throughout the work. My only wish is that it would have been a longer story and that more about Issir was told. Perhaps there will be more sometime, after all, Mel knows his name now and names are power after all…

 

Tera

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