Mar 17 2015

A Review of Blue Eternal by G D Morris

Blue Eternal by G D Morris

Blue Eternal by G D Morris

Secrets are a difficult thing to hold. Some are minor ones, the sorts of things to keep locked away to avoid embarrassment or worse. There are other secrets, ones that are a matter of life, of survival, of making a choice or making amends for an action that are much deeper and harm the soul.

The secrets not known, not understood, not seen or if they are, believed, are the most powerful of all. They haunt both the living and those that seek them out.

And the worst thing is where they are remembered and come again…

  • Title: Blue Eternal
  • Author: G D Morris
  • Length: 280 Pages
  • ASIN: B00M7N1PX4
  • Publishing Date: July 28, 2014
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work tells the story of:

Wandering lost in a remote upstate New York forest; twelve-year-olds Julian Carter and Steve Ross find a mysterious abandoned camper and unknowingly awaken an ancient and hungry evil.

The boys discover, to the dismay of their small town, that not all things that hunt children hunger for flesh and blood; sometimes souls feed the hunter.

When Elizabeth, Steve’s sister and Julian’s budding adolescent love interest, becomes the fifth child to disappear, the boys realize it is time to finally shoulder responsibility for what they awoke. They set off intent on saving Elizabeth at any cost.

Fast forward twenty years – once again, the children of Liberty, NY have begun disappearing. Steve, now the Sheriff and a father of three young children, calls his boyhood friend and asks him to return and help. Julian does, and as adults they decide to face once and for all the ancient evil that lives in the forest.

Once, a long time ago, three friends encountered a being of evil, a succubus. They survived the encounter and went on with their lives. Now adults, they return to the place where the evil still lives, seeks, and desires them. Legend the succubus might be, but when you look into her eyes the legend pales in comparison to reality.

It is a work of mystery and adventure with a bit of fantasy/horror mixed into it. In spite of all of that combination, the work reads very true to life. The characters are seen from their past selves and at the same time their current days selves. That makes it interesting to see where they all came from and how their experiences have moulded them.

The town, the people living there, both in the past and present, have lives well told and explored that I thought really added a lot to what otherwise could have been a story with little soul to it. The brightest characters of course being Elizabeth, Steve and Julian, who are the core of the work. The delightful part of seeing these three from the past and present is how their lives are so intertwined together that even the passage of time cannot bend or break that. The little quirks and oddities in their personalities mixed with the experience the three of them have is really a remarkable read.

There is a being in this work that seems very much like a succubus, though as is explored in this work, she also could be any of a number of supernatural beings. With all of the time told about her past, what she does in the here and now, her thoughts and needs… She’s never given a name. I don’t think she really needs one as she is more of an animal much of the time, but at times her “human” side comes out and I think it would have been a moment in this work, and I can think of one specific moment, where she remembering her name could have opened a path for the story to take.

The succubus herself is, oddly, sad in a way. As the story progresses, as the truth comes out and her past is told, I have to say that as a whole it was simply a sad thing to see happen. The creature that appears in this work does have some of the aspects of a succubus in her makeup, but as well there is a animalistic side to her that clashes strongly with that. She is evil, there is little mistaking that, but as well there is a sense of everything she does is a matter of survival. The parts of this work that are told from her perspective, show she is a bit out of touch with the world around her. She seems like a creature of habit, stuck in her ways, or trapped by them and as the story works towards its conclusion, there are moments where what she is now…. feels lost.

The climax of the work did strike me as being a bit odd. There was some tension to it, not being sure what the end result of the actions taken against the succubus would be. I had some problems trying to understand the “why” of what happened. The “how” is clear enough, but why things unfolded as they did and what happened to the main characters of the work after was a bit brushed aside to come to the close of the work.

The work does need another editing pass regretfully. There are quite a number of instances where a letter is missing in a word, or two words that sound similar are interchanged. There are a few points as well when tense shifted for no reason that I can see and that was, as a whole, jarring.

That said, the characters are strong, have personality, and the tale itself is very engrossing. Certainly a page turner, one with a slant on Succubi that I felt came across very well overall.

Four out of five pitchforks.

A rather unique take on the legends of Succubi, where they came from, and more. Strongly written with a plot and characters that really do stand out. The shame comes in the editing being a bit weak overall which regretfully stands out at the worst possible moments.

 

Tera

Mar 16 2015

The Fence by TeraS

Nothing much to say this time … Or perhaps there is … Something that matters… Always has… Always will.

 

The Fence
By TeraS

 

She lives on one side.
He lives just beyond.
They see each other.
They wave, they smile,
words aren’t always spoken, but are always said.

Some see a barrier, a boundary, something that divides.
They see a place shared, something that joins,
where things are shared, offered, given—
Not just the words … the hopes and dreams and …

Some cannot understand why this is,
why things are, how they came to be.
They understand … they just know inside
why things are, how they came to be.

Fences can make good neighbours,
can bring families together.
Fences offer a place to be.
They give thoughts a space.

Some fences reveal more:
telling of the distance between,
speaking of the moments shared,
listening to the secrets told.

This fence is a cherished place
where two souls meet,
two lives touch,
two friends wave.
This fence matters.

It matters for the light there,
for the hope there,
for the moments there,
for the healing there.

It is called just “the fence,”
but it isn’t just a fence:
It is … just … more.
It just is.

 

 

Thank you my heart…

 

Tera

Mar 15 2015

A Review of Wild West Succubus by Lila Shaw

Wild West Succubus by Lila Shaw

Wild West Succubus by Lila Shaw

The next in a series of four reviews of works by the author Lila Shaw today on the Tale and one that, for me, took Succubi into a time that really hasn’t been written about very much and I thought was very interesting and well done…

None of the Succubi have simple lives. The questions of  who they are, why they came to be are core to them. But there is more than that. There is the certainty of… knowing. That one moment in their lives when they made a choice, for right or wrong, and the things that they did, or didn’t do as a result. The assumption that some make, that being a Succubus makes one less… is an assumption that never is correct.

They are, always, more.

The work tells the story of:

The West has never been so wild! A determined gargoyle is on the hunt, but he didn’t count on falling for the beautiful succubus he was sent to destroy. She’ll never be tamed or broken, but can she be saved?

A woman damned … Priscilla Goodnight, a widow in the harsh Kansas frontier, has a cattle ranch to run. She can’t afford to reveal any cracks in her tough exterior or indulge in sexual liaisons with her ranch hands. But a hungry succubus can only exercise so much self-restraint, making discretion, disguise, and memory-wiping her top managerial skills.

The mysterious stranger who knows her darkest secret … Priscilla doesn’t remember hiring the man with the wily smile and the flannel voice. At all. Men as physically appealing as Hugo Desmond rarely escape her bed, let alone her memory. And how is he able to move so fast, yet nobody notices but her?

Is she his target, his mission, or his bait? Hugo is a gargoyle—a specially-trained executioner—sent to purge the west of evil. With succubi falling squarely in demon territory, Priscilla has every reason to fear him … yet she can’t stay away. Hugo says he needs her help and wants to save her soul. But is redemption possible for a woman as wicked as Priscilla, or will love thaw her heart just enough for Hugo to crush it?

Priscilla is not what you might expect her to be. She isn’t like most Succubi in her world, having loved and lost changes a person and it changed Priscilla. It changed her more when she lost again. She has her needs, but she has found a way to manage them and in doing so has found a measure of piece in a world that has taken much of that from her in the cruelest of ways. Then Hugo arrives and she is confronted with someone that knows who she is, what she is… and could kill her quite easily. He frustrates her, she captivates him, but there is that one word that keeps cropping up between them. Demon. She’s one. He’s hunting them.

I don’t tend to enjoy Western books very much. Mainly because, for the most part, the women that appear have no will, are frail things, and seem to have no mind of their own. Priscilla is the complete opposite of that and more to the point, her own nature is what helped to drive her towards the place she finds herself, the things she does, and more importantly, the things she refuses to do. There’s a really wonderfully told inner conflict within herself at times that takes her towards the edge often, but she strives very much to overcome that. It is that struggle within herself, but more, the struggle to be the one in control, to manage those around her, and to keep a firm grip on her world that adds tension to the work.

Priscilla is a Succubus of course, but horns or a tail are never seen, thought she can take souls, feel on others, and has a bit of mind control ability as well. She also can shape shift, though that is only mentioned fleetingly at as an aside. It’s interesting to hear Priscilla’s thoughts about what she is, who she sees herself, and those around her through the eyes of a Succubus.

When Hugo appears, at first it’s hard to say whether one is supposed to like him or be frustrated by him. Considering that Priscilla feels the same way for quite some time, I think that use of his personality worked well and set up the cascading events that come after they come to terms with each other. There are some points about Hugo that bother me, right to the end of the work, but those are mainly to do with a “power” he has, and, at least to my thoughts, the way he uses it which doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense at times. There’s a bit of a cold calculating personality in him which, thankfully, gets tempered by Priscilla as the story goes on. The same can be said about Hugo and what he does to Priscilla. She isn’t the same person at the end of the work as she was in the beginning.

And that, more than anything, is what drives the story forwards. Priscilla learns things about herself, about the world around her, that change her and in ways that she never would have expected. There is a connection between herself and Hugo, but there are always shadows around them both which serve to keep them at bay and at the same time draw them towards each other. It is a complex relationship and, as a whole, I liked that because it made both of them much more real and interesting than if Priscilla had been stereotypically driven by sex or Hugo had been single minded.

There are several twists in the work, some of which are completely unexpected, one that was a bit telegraphed, though not too much so, and then there is the dedication to the work, which tells of something that happens, something that tears Priscilla apart. The latter kept me waiting for the shoe to drop on that moment and when it came, even knowing it had to at some point… I think knowing made that scene so much more emotional than it was.

The climax of the work brings Priscilla full circle and the events that unfold in that scene had me wishing for one thing which never happened. It has to do with the concept of being forgiven for one’s sins. I wished that Priscilla had done the one thing she was told never to do, to gain the one thing she wanted more than anything else by her own hand. I think, overall and considering her story, that would have been a most satisfying moment for me at least. But the moment comes, it ends in a good and properly satisfying way for how the story played out, and in that, most importantly, Priscilla gets something she’s always wanted.

There are several short scenes of erotica in the work that fit into the story quite well. I didn’t feel as if they were out of place, forced, or didn’t fit with Priscilla’s character. They neatly divided the story in places, taking the story in a new direction as they did and I felt the heat and passion in them was really well done.

The work, as I have said, is really well written and kept me turning the pages to see what happened next. I did catch one minor mistake, though it’s own that my own interests about Succubi made me pause upon. That being at one point “tale” was used in place of “tail”, which is a minor nit I will admit, but it tripped me up for a moment. The thing that I found more bothersome was that in this work, as in Succubus Steam, Lilith is mentioned, her wisdom is given in passing… and she isn’t heard from again. That bothers me for the simple reason that she is such a central character to Succubi that teasing her and nothing else is disappointing. She is mentioned again in passing during a discussion of where Succubi came from, but that wasn’t enough for me… I wanted to see more of her. Regardless of that want, to make me like and enjoy a story set in the Old West is an accomplishment and one that was richly enjoyed…

Four and a half out of five pitchforks.

Really one of the very best works that this author has written by far. So much emotion, strength, and story in this work that I felt did the characters justice. Some wonderful twists in the work, some real tragedies, but always, and most importantly, the story remained true to itself, its purpose and more.

The only thing I wish is that all of the teasing glimpses of Lilith that have appeared from time to time in this author’s work would come together in a story about her… That, more than anything, is something I’d like to see play out… I think it would be amazing…

 

Tera

Mar 15 2015

A Review of Invisible Demons in the Bedroom by Lacey Filmoure

Invisible Demons in the Bedroom by Lacey Filmoure

Invisible Demons in the Bedroom by Lacey Filmoure

There are certain themes in erotica that I personally do not enjoy. One of those is when there is pain or suffering. More so where the moment… or moments… isn’t so much passion and pleasure as it is simply one being using another for some purpose.

It can turn what was a story that could be interesting into something that just makes me sigh and lose my interest very quickly… and it shouldn’t. I know that there are not always happy endings, nor are all characters in a story good or evil. They are what they are. Still… raw sex isn’t enough for me at least…

  • Title: Invisible Demons in the Bedroom
  • Author: Lacey Filmoure
  • Publishing Date: July 16, 2013
  • Length: 19 Pages
  • ASIN: B00DZZGZD8
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work tells about:

Office Girl Tammy hasn’t been sleeping well at all. Just out of a long term relationship, and on the verge of a promotion, she’s too stressed to sleep well. So when she starts having weird dreams she can’t quiet remember, but wakes up with wet panties, she shrugs it off. It’s when she wakes up unable to move, and feeling the presense of something else in her room, that she starts to worry.

When a coworker warns her it might be something supernatural, she laughs it off. Things that go bump in the night are only stories to scare children, right? And besides, the incubus and succubus were myths made up to explain away wet dreams and help the sex-starved deal with the libido.

After being warned not to encourage the entity, Tammy can’t help but think about what if it were real. Soon, she learns the boogyman isn’t the only thing to bump in the night.

An invisible force takes advantage of her motionless state, relentlessly abusing and using her body for pleasure, and giving her more than she can ever imagine. Unable to resist, Tammy is just along for the ride, and questions if she really wants to resist, after all.

Tammy experiences what she believes is night paralysis, but as the story progresses the truth is something quite different. This in itself is a good beginning to a story but where it breaks down for me is what happened when the true source of her nightmares is revealed.

It is, for all intents and purposes, an Incubus. All of the classical signs are there and for what happens it makes sense in the story itself. The lead up to the moment when she sees the Incubus, experiences its powers, and what it does to her, is a mix of the banal and the unexplainable.

I found it somewhat difficult to become interested in Tammy herself, mostly because of the office scenes that transpired and those in that office that were not interesting at all honestly. Once past that point, there was lots of questions that I had and I wanted to have answers for.

Instead what comes is a rather violent and, in some ways brutal piece of erotica that I just could not enjoy to any real extent and that was disappointing. After all of the lead up I was thinking there would be something more than Tammy being used and then waking up to realize that it was all real.

The Incubus itself was more of a monster than a real character. The only purpose it had was to have its way with Tammy and then depart again. In that it was very stereotypical and I just didn’t feel any heat from the erotica here.

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

If you enjoy harder sex, then this work will appeal I would think. But for me I just didn’t see the heat in the story. It’s a shame because the build up really set a stage that I was expecting more than happened… Perhaps in the next work there will be… I’m just not sure it will be something that I will enjoy…

 

Tera

Mar 14 2015

A Chess Player meets a Succubus YouTube

There is an anime called Kyonyuu Fantasy which has Succubi appear as some of the characters in the story. Now, I haven’t seen the entire thing myself, I’ll do so at some point, but it was something that I came across on YouTube and as is shows the… rather endowed Succubi characters in the series…

And if the video can’t been seen here on the Tale, try this link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QN-kTPjIVxI

The summary that I found is rather… interesting… as well…

Ryuuto Hende, a soldier with unbelievable luck, is assigned to a province where a succubus is and the local “first lady”, happens to be sexually frustrated.

It is described as a comedy and from the little scenes in the YouTube I found I can see that. I hope it is a bit more than I am expecting it to be though… We’ll see.

 

Tera

Mar 13 2015

A Review of Demons in Didsbury by Mary Tales

Demons in Didsbury by Mary Tales

Demons in Didsbury by Mary Tales

A review of a short work of erotica that has a minor appearance of an Incubus in it. Magic is an interesting thing when you think about it. It has rules and with those rules comes specific needs for it to work.

Sex magic, at least in this work, is the core of all magic and that leads to some very interesting characters and situations, both good and bad.

The problem comes when the erotica overpowers the story…

  • Title: Demons in Didsbury
  • Author: Mary Tales
  • Length: 25 Pages
  • IBSN: 9781310568633
  • Publishing Date: November 25, 2013
  • This work at Smashwords.com

The work tells the story of:

Magic is real, but it’s not quite what you think. As energy seeps through from other worlds, adepts can harness it and direct it, for good or bad. If you’re in tune with the energy then there’s no better way to build up your reserves than sex.

Two stories from the world of The Witch in the Walls-

Demons In Didsbury – Adam was having a great weekend, until his girlfriend told him she was a witch and he met the ghost who shares her house. His world’s been turned upside down, and to make it worse, someone has conjured up a pack of demons that think he looks rather tasty.

Lilly’s First Lesson – Nervous trainee witch Lilly is having her first lesson in the use of magic, and her tutors have some odd ways of making her feel at ease.

Adam loves his girlfriend Rose dearly, of that there is no doubt, but after they make love in her new home, a ghost appears, and he learns that Rose is a witch, the house is haunted… And both of them want him in every way imaginable.

There is a lot to like about this story and that is mainly in the characters themselves who have very strong voices and personalities that shine. There’s a lot to be told about them and that is, in a way, but the problem comes in that the erotica in the work is almost constant with not so much attention placed on making the story hold up the work.

While Rose is said to be a witch, and Adam is hers, and the other characters are witches as well, for all of the sex they have I wondered if the women in this work didn’t have some part of them that was Succubus in nature for how often, and how over the top, their sexual encounters where.

They do encounter some threats, demons of a sort attack Adam at one point. There is also a very short appearance of an Incubus in this work which occurs in the first story. Really the appearance is mainly to draw Lily into the series and there isn’t really anything said or told about the Incubus of any real importance. The Incubus does have control over Lily, is having its way with her, and looks very much like a stereotypical Incubus save in skin colour. Beyond that, it is a “blink and you’ll miss it” sort of thing. As the Incubus isn’t a core character or really that vital to the work, that isn’t much of a surprise.

The work as a whole moves from hot flash to hot flash with only the occasional break for a little bit of story to be told before it moves onto the next moment of erotica. Most of the erotica is very hot and I liked much of it. The problem is that there is so much of it in the work that whatever heat was at the beginning gets muted by the end simply because of how often it happens.

While I understand that in this universe sex “powers” magic, it doesn’t have to be all that moves the story forwards by any means. If that was toned down somewhat, the story was made a little more involved, I think that as a whole the work would read better and be better. The characters are wonderful, I adore their quirks and personality. There is a lot of promise in them and that needs to be seen through all of the almost porn movie like scenes that happen throughout the work.

Three out of five pitchforks.

An interesting start to what should have been a series, though as of this review there was no further stories told. More story would have been better and a little less erotica would have made things a lot better as a whole. But there is promise and that’s important.

 

Tera

Mar 13 2015

A Review of Succubus Steam by Lila Shaw

Succubus Steam by Lila Shaw

Succubus Steam by Lila Shaw

The second in a series of reviews of the works by Lila Shaw today on the Tale. I’ve always had problems with works set in the Victoria age, mainly because trying to accept “the place” that women are given there from the perspective of the here and now is a difficult thing for me. There are some works however, that manage to overcome my hesitation with the right story, characters and more.

Mix into that a good dash of steampunk, a mystery to be solved, and the question of one’s heart to be confronted and the story is captivating…

The story tells of:

A succubus half-breed, such as Violet, who hobnobs with the highest echelons of Victorian London society, is a bride in a difficult marriage of extremes. Any act that wants of propriety, and she would find herself banished to the wilds of Cornwall where her full-blooded succubus sisters live and thrive. Yet she prefers the company of mortals, even if she must occasionally risk her reputation by engaging in discreet sexual liaisons.

When Violet’s great uncle dies and bequeaths her his laboratory and home, she crafts an artificially intelligent automaton named Adam to sate her carnal needs. Her plan is coming along nicely until an incubus from her past, and the unwitting model for her invention, discovers her secret. Violet has good reason to be wary of losing her heart to Lyle, but perhaps Adam is the key to fulfilling all of her desires.

Violet is not, at all, like her Succubus sisters. While they focus on the body, Violet is as forced on the mind as well. A tinkerer at heart, given the gift of a laboratory, she creates that which she cannot have to fulfill her own needs. But when the Incubus that she cannot forgive, or forget, reappears, Violet’s secrets, and those of Lyle, come to the fore.

Violet is one of the most unique Succubi that I have read about in a very long time. Most Succubi have, as their main focus, their need to be with others, to sate their needs and as such, they tend to be involved in some way with something sexual. Violet however has a mind. In the work she inhabits, having a mind, a will, a desire to learn and discover is not something expected of a woman, even more so a Succubus. It’s simply thrilling to see Violet in her element, creating with her mind and hands, and in that comes some amazing moments when her personality and drive shine.

In contrast, Morganna and Demelza, Violet’s half Succubus sisters, are the images of what one might expect “ladies of the night” in the Victorian steampunk age to be. They care mainly about sex, money, and, to a very large extent, gossip. This, of course, rubs Violet completely wrong and as such the interaction between these two extremes is at times hilariously funny and quite sad as well. It’s a shame that Violet’s sisters could not see their way to being more, but then, sometimes, one’s place is what one makes it to be.

Violet’s passion, her light in her life, is her clockwork creation Adam, who, though an robot, isn’t quite one. There’s a solid personality there and at several points in the story, happens to say or do something that brings out just how special he is… and he is a he, not an it by any means.

Lyle, the Incubus of the story, begins as someone that Violet dislikes, but also cannot forget. In that, the same can be said how one approaches his appearances in the work. He starts as being rather grating, but as the story progresses, that initial view don’t stand up to the events that unfold. When Violet, Lyle and Adam all meet, there is a moment where they all have to come to terms with a simple revelation. It is shattering for both Violet and Lyle in the moment, but then when who Lyle is, what his passions are, and how that all connects to Violet, the preceding chapters, and the events therein, are revealed in a different light and I liked that a lot.

There are some really hot erotic moments in the work, the latter of them having a moment when in the midst of need and seriousness, Adam comments about Lyle in a way that I couldn’t help laughing over. The erotica wasn’t simple to “get” the characters together, it was quite a lot more as it connected them in spirit as well.

The creation of this universe gives several references, for example Lilith, that are teased but not taken further because they are not core to the story. As well, a suggestion by Lyle at the end of the work leaves me wondering about where these characters would go after the work ended. I really would have loved to see that. While the work isn’t short by any means, being a complete story on its own, the references, the comments about other things in this world, the idea put to Violet by Lyle… These are things that would be a series on their own. Perhaps someday they will be revisited… I’d love to see that.

Four of five pitchforks.

A Succubus that is not, at all, like anyone expects, one that has a mind, a will, and more than anything else, knows that she can be more than believed. Lovely heat, characters that are strong, passionate, and intriguing. A unique story in a unique world that I would have loved to seen explored again.

 

Tera

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