Apr 03 2015

A Review of All This and Love by J. Libby

All This and Love by J. Libby

All This and Love by J. Libby

It is to me interesting when an author takes established myths and legends and tweaks them slightly. You are never quite sure where the story goes or why it does the things it does.

I found a collection of such works which was a delightful read and the one work with connections to Succubi was quite remarkable in its own right…

The work tells about:

Love in many flavors takes center stage in All This and Love. From a wolf hunt in the catacombs beneath an unnamed city to the last kiss shared by a fallen angel and his immortal, human lover, love gets complicated by some of the things that go bump in the night. Explore lust, betrayal and star-crossed romance in five short stories in J. Libby’s debut collection.

Touching on the Succubus story, to the waters and the wild firstly, Kay is travelling through Ireland and picks up an odd hitchhiker in her travels. Aislinn is… odd… in some ways but there is an attraction that grows between them. The question is where that leads them both.

The story just barely touches upon what Aislinn is and that reveal is left until the very end of the story. In spite of that there are many little hints along the way which, if you are aware of the myths and legends, are signposts to the theme and direction of the story.

The descriptions of where the two go, what they see and experience is lovely and adds so much to the story. But with that the moments passing between them, Kay’s past history and Aislinn’s attractions are the core of the work. There is an otherworldly feeling to everything which made the story come into sharper focus overall and that little touch was perfect and needed for the story to be what it is.

The rest of the works are interesting in how they touch upon fairy tales, myths and legends and bend them by the author’s hand into something that lurks beneath the words but isn’t too obvious until the veil is lifted and the truths appear. The descriptions of the moments, the characters and more are really well done and make the collection much more than I was expecting. The stories are a bit short, some could easily have been much longer, such as the story about Kay and Aislinn for one. Perhaps that can be sometime… you never know.

For the Succubus story, I give four and a half pitchforks. I’m giving this work overall four out of five pitchforks.

Wonderful collection of writing and I do hope that the author tries their hand at writing some longer more involved things as I think they have quite the story telling talent…

 

Tera

Apr 02 2015

Succubi Image of the Week 376

Some Morrigan Aensland pencil art today on the Tale for the Succubi of the Week. So often the focus on Morrigan is, of course, her prominent assets. That really isn’t a surprise, but when it happens the rest of her tends to fall into the background and that’s a shame. However, the right pose, and the right expression can divert one’s attention very well…

Morrigan Aensland by 冬羿兒乙

Morrigan Aensland by 冬羿兒乙

This art of Morrigan Aensland is by an artist on Pixiv called 冬羿兒乙 and you can find the original page with this art here.

I’ve always been fascinated with Morrigan’s hair. Mainly because there’s just so many ways to drape it around her to change her looks as it does here. It gives action to this image, but it also hides one of Morrigan’s eyes and adds some impact to her expression as well. I just think that’s really well done and it’s what really drew me to this art.

It is also a somewhat different pose for Morrigan in that she’s so often draw in just about all directions except above her which I think provides some really interesting possibilities…

Perhaps she’s in the middle of a battle? It does look like that doesn’t it?

 

Tera

Apr 01 2015

This costume is missing something and will never find it

Sexy Red Devil CostumeThere are lots of costumes that I have looked at that are missing something… Some more than others, but it is, as I’ve seen, a theme… Here’s another example of that…

This is called the Sexy Red Devil Costume and it comes with the dress, the horns and the tail. It sells for $56 with only $25 charged for shipping and handling at one of the places I found this.

It’s just… well tacky is probably giving it a compliment, but that is about the best description of this that I can think of. The horns are lousy, the tail looks like an afterthought and the dress itself, especially that glitter bow are too ugly for words.

I can do a lot better with a red strapless dress, a pair of horns and a tail than this and I won’t feel half as silly… Well, actually not at all as silly as I would in wearing this disaster.

I can’t see a way to save this, nor really would I want to try as it would make more sense to put the time into something a lot better than this.

As well, I think that charging almost as much in shipping as the costume itself is a bit on the tacky side as well.

Zero pitchforks out of five.

I’m not even sure why this exists to be honest…

 

Tera

Mar 31 2015

A Review of The Second Circle by N. T. Gore

The Second Circle by N. T. Gore

The Second Circle by N. T. Gore

There are some stories with Succubi in them that really don’t do a lot for me. The story itself can be very good, the characters interesting in all sorts of ways. But within the pages of the work comes something that just… rubs me the wrong way. The one thing, more than anything else, that takes away from a story for me is pain and suffering.

I can understand when it is needed to tell a story, and in many ways a story cannot be told without some sort of conflict and so on. I understand that. But personally I just have issues with it.

  • Title: The Second Circle
  • Author: N. T. Gore
  • Length: 142 Pages
  • ASIN: B00JLRM4ES
  • Publishing Date: April 9, 2014
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work tells of:

What would you do if you were the object of supernatural affection? Liam’s irresistibly attractive succubus lover wants him to bring her other women…first for him to make love to, then for her to sacrifice them.

Liam has a Succubus haunting him, he’s completely smitten by her, and when she asks him to bring them to her, he does so. Over the course of the story, reality blurs with his experiences with his Succubus and then things turn in ways Liam cannot understand… until it is far too late.

Isabella is the Succubus of this work, and for the most part she doesn’t actually appear very much in her true form. She takes a more human form, though there are Succubus aspects to it, and really uses Liam for her own ends that are not made clear until the end of the work. She is, when all is said and done, very close to the stereotypically evil Succubus with only thoughts of evil in her mind no matter the pleasant exterior she offers.

That’s kind of disappointing in that I had thought she might be something better than that at her first appearance. But as the story unfolds she turns more and more obviously manipulative, controlling, and demanding. She tries to misdirect, confuse, and sexually control Liam, which for a Succubus isn’t a surprise really. It gets more complicated, and to be honest a little more confusing when a second character appears who is hauntingly familiar, and then more so when a third appears to warn Liam.

Liam himself goes from rapturous, blind acceptance in everything Isabella says to doubting over time and I would have liked to see more a struggle within himself over the events of the work. But a promise from Isabella takes that away much of the time, he continues with her wishes and… it does get repetitive in a way.

The story has a lot of echoes within it that I thought were well done and helped to tie things together. It’s well written, the characters, both major and minor have depth to them which was good to see. Even the erotica had some lovely heat in it as well. All of that were good things, but, it’s the pain, suffering, and death in the work that just muted a lot of my enjoyment of it. As horror erotica, I think it does very well. But I don’t care for that theme and that’s my problem I suppose.

Three and a half out of five pitchforks.

Overall a well written story, lots of layers and meaning within it. The problem is that there’s too much death and the darker side of humanity in it for me personally. That’s a shame because I think that not all of that had to be in the story for the story itself and the characters living within it.

 

Tera

Mar 31 2015

A Review of Summoning the Succubus by Bellatrix Reneaux

Summoning the Succubus by Bellatrix Reneaux

Summoning the Succubus by Bellatrix Reneaux

Sometimes I find a story about Succubi and there’s a problem. Sometimes that’s the writing, sometimes it’s the characters. On occasion it’s too short, written poorly or there is something else that just isn’t right.

In the case of this work, my problem is that, save for the character’s name, the entire story is, word for word, a copy of one that one of my favourite authors, M.E. Hydra, published many years ago. That’s a problem for me in two ways. The original author sis not republish this work as a stand alone work under a new name. That means, most likely, that omeone else took their story and released it under their name.

And that’s exactly what happened here.

  • Title: Summoning the Succubus
  • Author: Bellatrix Reneaux
  • Length: 14 Pages
  • ASIN: B00TT68SXC
  • Publishing Date: February 18, 2015
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work tells of:

Alec visits his crush at a new age store and is given some magical bubble bath in order to help him relax. Little does he know that the mixture contains something delightfully sinister.

This particular story was originally published as part of the collection: A Succubus for Christmas and Other Tales of Devilish Delights in 2010. You can find the original work here on Amazon and here on the SuccuWiki.

I reviewed the original collection and noted that the original story was:

  • Bubble Bath – A man enters a shop and finds himself purchasing a container of bubble bath with some very unique effects. Really a very hot story for the start to the inevitable finish. A really unique means of a Succubus being summoned and one that will stay with me for a while I think. Lots of questions left at the end, but overall a nice, tightly written short Succubus story.

You can find my original review of the collection that this work appeared in here on the Tale.

It’s quite clear that someone just changed the main character’s name and that’s all they did before publishing this work as theirs.

My thanks to M.E. for commenting below and confirming my suspicions. This is a very, very lousy thing to do. It’s worse still for all of the other works this person claimed as their own. I hope to see Amazon remove Bellatrix Reneaux from their site immediately.

 

Tera

Mar 30 2015

Purpose by TeraS

I received a question, or perhaps more of a thought, on my Tumblr blog:

“What are the original purposes for Succubi/Incubi being among us? What is their mission for us and for their own evolution? Now do not get me wrong. I love them all, it’s just that no one seems to ask.”

I think it is an interesting question and I have thoughts about that … because … there is always a …

 

Purpose
By TeraS

 

One of the most basic questions that can be asked is … “why?” That is, of course a very broad question, and the answers can be as difficult to define as the question itself. That does not mean, however, that the question shouldn’t be asked, or answered.

To be clear, not everything—or everyone, for that matter—has all of the answers … well, with the possible exception of Tera and her Eternal … but the thing of that is: one cannot give the answer if the question isn’t asked. From that realization comes the explanation of why it is that Tera always, in all ways, makes time when someone in the Realm poses a question to her.

“Tera? Umm … Why are we?”

The question was asked by a purple-tailed succubi who was serving Tera a cup of tea at one of the Realm’s many, many tea shops. While, in the background, two black-tails talked loudly over their pie, Tera thought about the question for a moment. She smiled: “That sounds like how I would ask a question. Have you been taking lessons from me?”

Sybil, the purple-tail, replied with a faint smile: “Uh … a little? Kind of cute, you know.”

Tera picked up her tea cup: “Yes, you are. Come and sit with me for a bit. I’m sure that will not be a problem.”

Sybil was going to reply that she was working and needed to look after the other tables, but a look from Ester, the orange-tail that was serving customers with her that day made her change her mind and sit down with Tera.

The look was: “Dummy, she’s the Queen. Sit the hell down.”

After Sybil had done so, Tera regarded her as she traced a fingertip around the rim of her cup: “You ask “why?” My first answer is … ‘Why not?’”

Sybil sighed a bit. She was well aware of Tera’s mannerisms, she had been one of the Succubi for just over two millennia, and so she wasn’t all that surprised when Tera turned the question on her.

“Tera, please … I know you love to do this, but, please, could you just answer the question?”

“It is a bit difficult when you aren’t exactly sure of what the question is. Reminds me a lot of how the answer to the meaning of life is forty-two. We have an answer, but not the question.”

Sybil smirked: “Okay. What’s the question if the answer is ‘forty-two?’”

Tera lifted her tea cup to her lips and replied just before taking a sip: “How many licks does it take to make Sybil …”

Sybil’s eyes got really big and she waved her hands at Tera: “No! Stop!”, and at the same time she looked in the direction of Ester, who was trying not to be obvious in overhearing the conversation.

That question was one that Sybil did not want Ester to know. She’d been on the receiving end of many of Ester’s licks and did not, ever, want Ester to know what forty-two licks would do … probably. She’d have to think about that again.

Tera sipped at her tea, her tail swisching behind her slowly: “You asked. I was going to answer. That is what you wanted, is it not?”

Sybil shook her head and then sighed: “Tera, you know full well it isn’t.”

Tera shrugged and continued to enjoy her tea, occasionally looking at the two nearby incubi who kept looking in the direction of Ester, all while smiling to herself.

After a bit of time, Sybil asked: “Why are we not … well …”—she did finger quotes in a very Tera-like way—“Evil?”

Tera put her teacup down and then replied: “Evil is, to be blunt, boring. To be so is to act in a way that everyone expects you to. It’s boring to do the same things over and over again simply because you are …”—this time it was Tera who was doing the finger quotes—“Evil.”

“Okay, but that doesn’t explain the why.”

“The why isn’t all that complicated. Love is better for us. Lust is, as well. Passion, too. All of the positive things that we can do, can share, can be, makes us better and those that accept us better, as well.”

Tera pointed a finger in the direction of the two incubi: “In another place, another world, they would be seen as evil, corrupt, or worse. The same is true of every one of us. There are some places where we go and find that others, similar to us, have done much evil, and we have to deal with that.”

“So, why? If things are so stacked against us, what’s the point?”

Tera wiggled that finger: “My usual answer is, ‘Just ‘cause.’ But I’ll do better than that. The point is that we can change things. We can do things that others cannot. We can make dreams.”

“Sounds like a business card.”

Tera had the oddest smile as she replied: “Yes, actually it is. But you wouldn’t be aware of that; you’ve never been outside of the Realm since you came to be. We’ll have to do something about that sometime.”

Tera looked at the two incubi and saw that they were surrounding Ester and she was becoming a bit flustered. Turning to Sybil, she commented: “But, for the moment, your girlfriend has her hands full with two horny incubi, and I think you had better go help her.”

Seeing that Tera was right, Sybil excused herself and went over to “help” Ester with the problem. At the time, Sybil didn’t think anything of what Tera had said, but, the next morning, she found a note by her bed that read: “Sybil, would you and Ester please see me?”

Sybil considered the tangle of limbs, tails and sheets around her and sighed: “Me and my big mouth.” The muffled answer from Ester left her with a blush that was still on her cheeks when the two of them finally arrived at the Realm Castle, where Tera was waiting, standing just outside of the main doors.

Looking at them with a knowing smile, Tera asked: “So … had a nice time, I hope?”

That blush of Sybil’s turned contagious as Ester blushed as badly as she did. Then Sybil asked, in a very embarrassed tone: “Um. Why did you ask us here, Tera?”

“I have an answer to your question of ‘why.’”

The confused look that Sybil had was nothing compared to that of Ester, who had no idea what was going on.

“Okay. But why are we here?”

Tera’s tail pointed in Sybil’s direction: “And there is the question, is it not? Why are we here, exactly?”

In reaction to Tera’s answer, both Sybil and Ester began rubbing their temples as their migraines started. However, Tera simply smiled in response and pressed onwards. “If we were anything other than who and what we are, none of what happened to you at the cafe and last night would have. There would have been no passion, no love, no need, no desire. None of these things would have been part of you.”

Tera looked at the Realm beyond where they stood: “None of what is would have been. All of this would be nothing.”

She turned to them once again: “Why we are here, why we exist, is because we do. Why is not the real question. How is the better one. How is it that beings like us can exist? How is it that we can do what we can? How does it happen that beings like us, that look to some to be evil, are not?”

Ester, a white-tail, answered: “Because we made a choice?”

Tera smiled: “Exactly. We chose to be. We decided that this, all of this, was what we wanted to be.”

Sybil was still rubbing her temples: “Migraine … getting worse.”

Ester had a slightly mischievous smile: “We’ll take care of that soon. I think forty-two licks will do it.”

Sybil froze and then rubbed her eyes: “Oh, geez.”

Tera giggled lightly: “It is a nice thing to have problems like that, isn’t it? To be able to be different, to feel something that others cannot … to have a purpose?”

Sybil looked at Tera: “A purpose?”

Tera ticked off her fingers in turn as she replied: “To give, to receive, to share, to belong.”

Sybil just blinked at Tera’s answer, so the Queen continued: “To have a purpose, to be able to make that choice on your own, to find your way; that’s why and who we are. We exist because we have a purpose. It’s simply to be. That’s all. Everything else is optional.”

Ester tapped Sybil on the shoulder: “If you haven’t figured it out yet, the answer is that it doesn’t matter why. It matters that we do the best we can and be all that we can be.”

Tera winked and then waved at them: “And that’s the answer to the question … or at least the one for today. There will be more, there always is more. Now go on. You have better things to do than be here.”

Tera watched them leave, smiling knowingly and waiting patiently. Just after the pair of succubi had left her sight, she felt a familiar and beloved presence at her side.

“You know you didn’t answer her question.”

Tera looked at her Eternal and batted her eyes: “Didn’t I?”

Keith chuckled: “No. You didn’t. You danced around it really well, confused them to no end, but you didn’t answer it.”

Tera kissed him as she hugged him tightly: “They’ll figure it out soon enough. How does it help if I reveal to them something that they need to find on their own?”

Keith kissed Tera on her horns: “Right. I forgot how much you like riddles.”

“Oh I do. But there’s one riddle that I know the answer to: the one that gives me purpose.” She looked into his eyes, smiled knowingly, and took his hand in her own.

As they walked off down the path together, Keith replied: “The best one of all.”

Mar 29 2015

A Review of Nature of Seduction 1 and 2 written by Stacie Heald

Nature of Seduction by Stacie Heald

Nature of Seduction by Stacie Heald

Sometimes free books that are available on Smashwords can have some very interesting concepts in them. They have can characters with depth, a story that has twists and turns in it, and more. The thing is that even with the best of stories, and this happens far too often really, poor editing can hurt things very much.

It’s a shame when that happens. Especially when the Succubus on the story is something especially interesting as the story unfolds.

  • Title: Nature of Seduction 1 and 2
  • Author: Stacie Heald
  • Title: Nature of Seduction
  • Length: 44 Pages
  • ISBN: 9781301755769
  • Publishing Date: February 14, 2013
  • This work at Smashwords.com
  • Title: Nature of Seduction: Part 2
  • Length: 36 Pages
  • ISBN: 9781301120598
  • Publishing Date: February 14, 2013
  • This work at Smashwords.com

/the works tell the story of:

Ariel is an erotic dancer from a small town who gets her rocks off on seducing men in every way possible. For most of her adult life she has thought that her good looks were to thank for her success in the exotic dancing business. She is always in control and has never been in love because of her mind set on men. Ariel could take a guy down to his knees and get anything she wanted from him, but she never was fully satisfied with what they offered her in return. She still would be left with a hunger inside that she didn’t know how to feed. What Ariel didnt expect to find was a man, Adam Everett, who could seduce her instead, and once she understands why…. her whole life will change.

The second tells of:

Ariel, an exotic dancer who is coping with her family history of witchcraft and Succubus’ that she recently found out about, has found that life has changed a drastic amount and she is more on fire now than ever. Her new found gifts have taken over her mind and she wont let anyone stand in her way of getting what she wants and what she needs. She thinks she is in control, but it’s the beast inside that controls her. She doesn’t know if her lover boy, Adam, can keep with the beast that tears her apart from the inside out. A strange new man comes into her life and it seems like the beast inside of her wants to do more than get to know him.

Ariel is a dancer and she has a power over those around her. She can tempt them, and to a point make them do whatever she wants. But she discovers that it isn’t just her personality, or her body that does it. She’s a Succubus, at least partly, and a witch. And that leads to all sorts of problems for her.

Ariel herself is interesting in that there’s a battle going on within her between the need she has and any hope she has of if not controlling, then at least managing it. It’s very clear that she really has no control over herself in the first work and things get worse as the story goes on.

Then Adam arrives and he is, to be blunt, chauvinistic to the extreme. He uses his abilities to control Ariel in many ways and that brings new stresses to her and her life. As the story continues on, Adam’s attitude really tended to become grating and just became, as a whole, too… animalistic for my tastes.

While I had some issues with various minor characters, as a whole the story had a purpose and a direction to go in. There were some hot erotic moments that told a story, there is some introspective moments and as well a touch of action that characters take. There is a lot of promise in the work as a whole. But in spite of how good the characters are and the story as a whole is, there are several problems with it.

The editing of these works leaves a lot to be desires I regret. There are a lot of tense errors, spelling mistakes and wrong word usage that I found extremely distracting. As well, the dialog felt wooden and unemotional at times. I felt as if the core of the story was buried underneath too many flaws that a serious editing could have taken care of.

Those flaws, for me at least, did nothing to help the story and that should not have happened. While I understand these are free books and a professional editing wasn’t possible, I would have expected the author to take a few more passes over their writing and tighten up their prose accordingly. More the shame they did not.

Two out of five pitchforks.

Honestly both works need a serious editing. There’s so many tense problems, the conversations feel so stilted, and that takes away from the works as a whole. Now, nothing has come after these two works that I have been able to find and that’s a shame as the story is very good and it’s going places.

It just needs a firm hand on the steering wheel to guide it towards the destination.

Tera

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