May 23 2014

A Review of Hunger Embraced by Jennifer James

Hunger Embraced by Jennifer James

Hunger Embraced by Jennifer James

Sometimes the concepts of Succubi, and Incubi for that matter, get a little bit entwined with vampires. Sometimes that really doesn’t work, mainly because the two concepts really don’t work together well. However, if you take a slightly different view of both sides of things, you can, if you try, come up with an idea that makes sense, works well, and most importantly, helps to create a uniquely hot, passionate, and adventurous story.

What happens when what you are is hidden from you, then confronts you and then destroys what happiness you had. What is the result when your refusing that which you are for years on end, draws others to you who want you for their purposes and care nothing about you?

Who do you turn to and trust? And when you figure that out, is it too late already?

  • Title: Hunger Embraced
  • Author: Jennifer James
  • Length: 394 Pages
  • ASIN: B00AKCVO0S
  • Publishing Date: December 6, 2012
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work tells the story of:

She’s fed up with being fed on.

All Miranda Thibodeaux really wants to do is survive corporate hell and be left alone. But as the daughter of the Incubi king, being left alone isn’t on her schedule. And as an avatar to a goddess with multiple personality issues, taking things in stride isn’t either.

Daniel looks like an ordinary surfer boy–T. T. B.–Tall, Tanned, and Blond. Hot he may be, but ordinary he’s not. Beneath the pretty packaging lies a ruthless warrior, a servant to the Vampire Council. His mission is to find Miranda and present her to the council, then get the hell out of Dodge before he loses his focus. The last thing he needs is the distraction of the testy female.

When circumstances force Miranda to turn to T.T.B. for help, they both end up with more than they bargained for. And that normal human life she wanted? Not really doable when everyone wants a piece of her…

Miranda is not quite human. Born of and Incubus father and a human mother, she’s suffered for what she is and has tried to put that part of herself far inside and locked it away. But in spite of this, the vampires around her come to feed on her, she resists her nature and things turn badly. But she finds that there is a way out, not the easiest of choices even as her world bares down upon her.

The concept of Incubi in this work is that they are a kind of vampire who feed on sex with some blood as well. They aren’t quite what one might expect, but they have some powers of persuasion, a hint of mind control, and a need inside of them that they learn to embrace. Miranda, being partly Incubus in nature, though really considering what happens through the story, I would have, at some point had her claim to be a Succubus, has to deal with that part of her.

Her character is a complex one, and really it’s one of the more interesting ones that I have read. The battle within herself made me smile when the truth about it was revealed and I really enjoyed what it became when she came fully into her powers. There’s also a interesting thread about her and one specific Goddess that fit well and with that also came a unique power she wields when fighting that also fit her well.

She isn’t a simply blood thirsty vampire, but she does have to deal with some of them through this work and save for one character, who is a never-ending source of problems, what happens to them seems to be very justified as the story goes on.

Her quirky attitude, especially about candy, jelly beans for one, her reactions towards the neat-freak behaviour of the vampire she encounters and becomes involved with, made me laugh and that endeared her to me even more. There’s just so much character in her, so much untold history, that she quickly became very real in my thoughts.

Daniel, the main male lead character, is achingly complex and with that comes an attraction that builds between himself and Miranda that isn’t just dropped into the story for the sake of it. They have to battle their way towards it, the moments have their joys and pains, their ups and downs and it isn’t perfect. But that makes the story all the better.

There is a wide and varied supporting cast of characters that appear and pull Miranda this way and that in the story and that pushes things towards a rather bloody climax, which has to happen the way things unfold. But before getting there, there are several very hot scenes of erotica that I enjoyed to no end. The moments between Miranda and Daniel are delicious and so very hot and I enjoyed them very much.

There is a lot of blood in this work, since it does have vampire characters, and that leads towards a climatic battle for Miranda, Daniel and one other against some really horrific opponents. Once past that, the story concludes with some interesting teases and a final cliffhanger that really made me need the next work in the series. But as of this review, that next book has not appeared. And that’s a shame.

Lots of promise, well written, hot in the right places with really good characters. All in all an almost perfect page turner… I just would have liked, I think, a little less blood here and there.

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

I really do want to see the next work sometime, I hope it happens. There’s a wonderful universe to play in, and in that comes a lot of questions that need to be answered. I would like the blood and gore to be toned down a little bit… The heat is just fine where it is.

 

Tera

May 22 2014

Succubi Image of the Week 332

Mystery is a part of Succubi I believe. There is a certain part of what makes them Succubi that is focused on the mystery of who they are, what they can do and most of all, the secrets that they hold within themselves… I think this week’s image is a nice representation of that…

Succubus by Unknown Artist

Succubus by Unknown Artist

I regretfully have no idea who the artist is of this work of Succubus art and I really would love to know who the artist is so if anyone does have an idea, please leave a comment?

It is a lovely, almost portrait like image that I think is both cute and mysterious at the same time. There is a bit of innocence in her eyes and expression that is placed against her clothing and wings which say that she is a Succubus, but not, at least I think, one that is evil per se… Mysterious certainly, but not evil…

I have to wonder about the image as a whole, the entire portrait-like quality of it. I have seen very few works of art that have the same feeling or take on the Succubi and it is a refreshing change that I would like to see more of…

Perhaps I will…

 

Tera

May 21 2014

Actually as a She-Devil this isn’t that bad a costume…

She Devil CostumeI do happen to like to wear the occasional corset, and yes, I do have a few of them in my collection which I mix and match with the costumes that I have to wear. I found one, which I have thought about ordering before to be honest, but there is something about it that keeps giving me pause and I’m not sure what it is exactly…

This is called the She Devil Costume and it comes with a strapless corset with boning and padded cups, the miniskirt, thong, petticoat, a tail, horns and a pitchfork. Shoes not included.

It sells for $115 US and I honestly think that isn’t an outrageous price for all that this costume includes. More so that I find that I like so much of the entire look… Save for the pitchfork which I hate and I have questions about the tail, which they don’t show in this image of the costume.

I really would like to try this costume out sometime, I think it really would look wonderful and it would take so very little for me to make it just about perfect. I have a lovely pair of horns and a tail that would be smashing with this costume and a neat pair of strappy heels that would just be perfect…

As it is, I’ll give this costume four out of five pitchforks…

I’ll have to seriously order this costume… Possibly for this Halloween…

 

Tera

May 20 2014

A Review of The Devil You Know I and II by Nora Nix

The Devil You Know by Nora Nix

The Devil You Know by Nora Nix

An ongoing series I’ll be reviewing this time on the Tale. Nora Nix has published, as of the date of this review, two works in the Devil You Know series. I mentioned that I felt they had written other series and works that were, for me at least, better. These two works, and I hope the ones to come in this series, show that I believe.

When one makes a deal with the Devil, someone has to pay the price. When that someone has no redeeming qualities, then the price paid becomes more dear…

The first work is:

  • Title: The Devil You Know
  • Author: Nora Nix
  • Length: 31 Pages
  • ASIN: B00GRXU1B2
  • Publishing Date: November 15, 2013
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work tells of:

Rory Anderson loves to take advantage of women. When he crushes the heart of his newest conquest, a sweet sorority virgin named Delia Sanderson, he feels like the big man on campus – until he wakes up as a girl! Worse yet, he’s in the arms of an incubus summoned by the witches he’s spurned. Can he atone for his sins without submitting to the infernal beast? Or will he give in to his new desires?

Rory is, to be quite blunt, about the worst example of a human being that one could possibly encounter. As a whole, from the first instant he appears, it is quite clear that there is not one redeeming quality about him. Self-absorbed, cruel, and most of all, has an opinion about women that really needs an attitude adjustment. Not that his friends aren’t all that much better really. After causing Delia, his latest victim, to try to kill herself, and then care at all about it, things happen. Delia’s friends are witches, they summon an Incubus, and Rory finds himself transformed and seeing what he has done to others from their side.

The Incubus, Ashonoch is described as a monster, which he is in many ways. Overall he is somewhat stereotypical in form and his personality is very dominant in character. There isn’t really a lot of character development with the Incubus as his purpose is, after all, to teach Rory a lesson. His actions, mental, physical, and sexual towards Rory are as brutal if not more so, than what Rory did to others.

Ashonoch is the catalyst for Rory’s punishment and it is an odd mix of dreams and realities that meld together which brings about Rory’s gender transformation. After this comes the punishment which is every bit as painful emotionally, physically and otherwise.

There is a certain amount of justice that happens through this, and the aftermath is telling as well. But in all of this, more than anything, it is remarkable how long it takes for Rory to understand, finally, just what he did and what the women around him face everyday. It isn’t a happy story, not by any means, but really it isn’t meant to be. It is a story about karma coming to bite someone in the rear at last.

It is a violent work, there really isn’t any other way to explain this. Still, it is meant to be considering who Rory is, what he did, and more. Well written, a touch of mind control mixed with the gender change worked well and it is a good beginning to the series. But how dislikable Rory is bothered me a lot as I read.

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

Then comes the second work in this series:

The Devil You Know II by Nora Nix

The Devil You Know II by Nora Nix

Rory’s group of friends, are, to be blunt, not any better than he is and in that their past comes to haunt one of them as well.

Discoveries are made and in that comes further fates being bestowed by the Incubus. But are lessoned learned or is the fate faced more overpowering? That’s an interesting question to ponder…

The first work is:

The work tells of:

After Rory’s strange and sudden disappearance, Zach, his best friend, decides to solve the case himself. When he breaks into Delia Sanderson’s sorority house looking for clues, he stumbles upon their secret – they’re all part of a coven of witches! Worse yet, they’ve just summoned an incubus that seems far more interested in him than he is in them. Will Zach escape? Or will he suffer Rory’s fate?

Zach is faced with the mystery of where his friend Rory has vanished to. Remembering what happened, he enters a sorority house and discovers what Rory already knows. They are all witches, they’ve summoned an Incubus… and Zach is next to suffer the Incubus’ attentions.

Ashonoch plays a slightly larger role in this work in that there is a story which explains why he is there and what he expects out of the coven. The violence that occurs through his actions is no less than it was in the first work however. While this is the core of the work, there is quite a lot of background given about the coven, the deal with Ashonoch and that is what interested me.  I wonder about what the witches have gotten themselves into by summoning Ashonoch. It isn’t clearly said what is coming, but the hint is there and I wonder what that will be.

Again, a well written work which leaves some questions unanswered and opens the door towards many new ones when it comes to a close. It is violent again, as the first work was, but the dislike I have for Zach is much less than what I had for Rory. That’s not to say that what happens isn’t deserved, but in truth I wonder if it really wasn’t considering Zach’s reasons for what he did. Between the two works, I found this, the second, a better read and more involving story wise.

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

As a whole. the series has a violent edge on it that I didn’t particularly care for. There is a point to it however so I can accept that. The question that remains is all about Delia… Perhaps there will be an answer about her sometime as well. Where the series ends up from here will be interesting to see and I’m looking forwards to that sometime from this author.

 

Tera

May 19 2014

Storm Clouds 200 By TeraS

I know it has been ages since Storm Clouds has appeared on the Tale. Part of that is because I found myself just unable to write for this story. What I probably should have done was to just sit down and write whatever came … The thing is, that’s rather hard for me to do so.

Still, I have decided that I what I can do, so that I am able to tell other stories than Storm Clouds, is to try and write a chapter every other week … By doing so, I think I can keep things going and myself involved in writing better.

For those that would like to read Storm Clouds from the beginning, you can click this link, and it will take you to the page where all of the previous chapters can be found.

And now … Let’s begin again with Chapter 33 and get back to Nina and Tom …

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Storm Clouds 200
Chapter 33
By TeraS

 

Tom picked up the picture frame and handed it to Nina, “Show me who you really are.”

Nina’s reply was short and angry as she scratched the picture from him, “Fine.”

As Tom watched Nina … wasn’t Nina any more. In her place stood an almond-skinned woman, blue-eyed, with long, chestnut brown hair cascading down her back in two long braids, the ends just touching her waist, the ends framing the point on her body where her long grey tail rose into the air. Tom could see … everything. She wore not a stitch of clothing, her feminine curves exposed, offering her form to any that cared to look upon her. It wasn’t Camilla, not even close. The only thing that carried over was the grey horns and tail. They didn’t change at all and, for some reason, Tom felt relieved by that.

Clutching the picture to her chest she asked, “Happy now?”

“I’d rather that you weren’t naked, but otherwise? Sure.”

Nina traced her hands over her curves and smiled, “Embarrassed? Why? By now you must know that we are sexual beings, this shouldn’t surprise you. You asked to see me as I was …”

Tom interrupted: “Are … as you are Nina.”

She threw up her hands and paced angrily: “You don’t seem to get it. This me, the original me, does not exist anymore. I don’t … shouldn’t … be here like this. It’s wrong.”

Tom walked over to her and took the picture again: “Then why does this place still exist? Why does it still stand here if you shouldn’t?”

“Because … Because, sometimes—and it rarely happens—when we are home and I’m in control, I come back here.”

“Why? To mourn? To look back and do what? Stop dancing around the truth and lay it out for me. Why?”

She cupped her hands over her nose and mouth, the answer muffled: “You are such a pain in the ass, Tom.”

“Talk, Nina. Tell me so I get a clue about all of this.”

She turned, the light from the window casting both shadow and light across her body, her braids moving from side to side, sometimes brushing against her tail as they did. When she didn’t respond, Tom asked: “Tell me something?”

“What?”

“Why no purple in your hair?”

She smiled wanly: “Because purple wasn’t a colour they could make then, and brown was. Not that anyone back then really cared, anyway.”

“Why?”

She closed her eyes and sighed: “Because the Goddess, the one who bestowed fertility upon the lands, was seen for that and what she provided. She … I … held gatherings where my worshipers would come and … well …”

Tom allowed a small smile: “I get the picture.”

She looked at him: “No, you don’t. They would appear and ask for my blessings upon them and I would see to it that their chances of having a child were one hundred percent. I would lay my hands on them, and then watch as their passions, needs, and desires were ramped up to the point that they would drop to the temple floor. Their moaning and screams of pleasure would echo through the temple and into the waiting crowds.”

“It must have been great for a being like yourself.”

Nina traced her fingers over the curve of her thighs and shivered: “It was amazing, Tom. I fed for days on it all.”

“Did you ever hurt them?”

Her hands stopped as she glared at him: “No. Damn you, you know that I never …”

“I know nothing, Nina. I know what you told me, and I know what happened in that office.”

“I told the truth. I have not lied to you.”

“Have you exaggerated or otherwise bent the truth?”

“What are you getting at, Tom?”

“Simple. I’ve told you, I trust Camilla. I do not trust you, at least not completely.”

Her eyes glowed brightly blue: “If I wanted to I could reach into your mind and soul, bend you to my will, make you my servant, thrall, lover, or anything I wanted to.”

Tom pressed a finger into her chest: “Yeah, I get it. I get the threat. Is it a threat?”

“Fuck you, Tom. Fuck you completely.”

“Better. Now that we’re past the self-pity part of the show, you want to actually tell me why it is that you want to forget who you are?”

“I failed. I couldn’t stop what happened then, I couldn’t kill the one that was responsible for it because of you now.”

“Don’t put the blame on me for your past, Nina.”

She turned away from him, one of her long braids slapping against his arm as she did so: “I don’t. I blame myself.”

“How about you get over blaming yourself?”

“I am a footnote, a very small one, in history, Tom. Had things gone as I thought they could have been, the world of today might have been a much different place.”

“Like?”

She didn’t turn around: “Forget it. It is the past, like me, and it’s better forgotten.”

Tom closed the distance between them and then did something unexpected. He wrapped his arms around her waist. his hands resting just on the curve of her stomach, she putting her hands over his in the next moment.

“That’s the not whole thing isn’t it? Being forgotten.”

She sighed in his embrace: “It’s part of it. Everything that I did then is gone. I’m not remembered for what I did then, that’s true.”

Tom thought for a while, just holding Nina and then asked: “You told me that you … took … a soul before, that you did something evil. None of this sounds like you did.”

“I was older and wiser then. When I was young, long before Tera became Queen, I was … I was not lily-white Tom.”

“How bad?”

Tom felt her body tense, her tail winding itself around his legs and squeezing slightly: “Taking a soul is … addictive. It’s the highest of highs, the most powerful orgasm you can imagine. It’s all taking with nothing given in return. Nothing is left expect ashes. And you just don’t care. All that matters is the next feeding, the next soul, and you do anything to get it.”

Tom’s grip became a little tighter: “What made you change your mind?”

She laughed: “Have I? How do you know that I’m not right on the edge of getting you on that couch and fucking your brains out? Are you so sure that I wouldn’t take you, Tom?”

“Yes.”

“Why?”

“Because you told me that my soul is owned by someone else. And you can’t, as I understand it, take something that can’t be given.”

Nina leaned her head back, her hair now brushing against Tom’s chin: “I thought you weren’t listening. I’m glad you did.”

“I’m a detective. It’s my job.”

“Alright … Mr. Detective … I’ve admitted that I am a killer. I’ve confessed to my sins. So, now what?”

Tom turned Nina to look at him, one hand touching under her chin to make her look at him: “Now? Now I tell you something that you’ve never heard. I forgive you for your past.”

“Why?”

“Because I can. Because you aren’t Nina then, you are Nina now. And … and I trust you.”

Nina looked away, then rested her head upon Tom’s chest: “It’s been a long time since someone has.”

“Yeah, well you are a hard-ass to everyone, so that’s not a surprise. And if you change at all, I’ll lose all respect for you.”

Nina sighed: “You know … I really want you, Tom. She does, too.”

“Me? I’m nothing special; I keep telling you that.”

“Do me a favour?”

“Depends.”

“Can you believe, for a moment, that you are worthy of being wanted?”

“Was wanted … once. I’m not sure I’m ready to be wanted again … or want to be.”

“And you talk about me fretting over the past?”

“Sure.”

“You are, truly, frustrating, Tom.”

“I get that a lot.”

May 18 2014

A Review of The Wielder: Sworn Vengeance by David Gosnell

The Wielder: Sworn Vengeance by David Gosnell

The Wielder: Sworn Vengeance by David Gosnell

Today I will be reviewing the second work in The Wielder series by David Gosnell, Sworn Vengeance. I reviewed the first work in this series, Betrayal, here on the Tale and I really was so very enamoured with the story, the characters and the work this author created.

It has taken me some time to do so and in that I did not read the first release of this work, rather I read the second, and that I think is a salient point to make here so that my thoughts can be connected with the proper version of the work.

The thing about vengeance, or more precisely revenge, is the question not of the means. In truth the means isn’t what matters in the end. What really matters is what the consequences of finding that moment can do.

That’s a question that few ever really consider themselves with.

The work tells of:

After sending the dzemond soul reaper Maldgorath running for his life, you’d think Arthur MacInerny’s life with the six spirits grafted to his soul would have become a little simpler.

But no…

Maldgorath not only takes a shot at revenge on Arthur and his band, but plunges the world into turmoil. He attacks Rome with thousands of his summonlings, which sets his grand plan into motion. That plan is use radical Islam as a lever to create chaos among the world’s religions. The world turns on itself and Arthur along with others have to go into hiding.

But Arthur isn’t one to stay on the sidelines. He is sworn to vengeance against Maldgorath not only for the death of his son, but for the family of the warrior he killed while duped into thinking the church was responsible.

The second installment in the six-part series, follows Arthur, his band of summonlings and other friends he’s picked up along the way as he pursues his Sworn Vengeance.

Arthur’s life has become somewhat more complicated in the time that has passed from the first book in the series to this one. Having been on several missions with his summonlings, doing the right things for the right reasons, the world starts to come apart at the seams thanks to the being that cost Arthur part of his family. Now facing a situation where the question to be asked is who do you trust and who can you turn to, he sets out to stop the oncoming terrors and somehow stop them.

While that is the core of the story, there is, at least for me, a more interesting thread that runs alongside of this. Silithes, the Succubus of this series, has always seemed to be something more than she appeared to be. In this work, that becomes very clear and as it does there is a fascinating background told about her, and of other Succubi. With that comes something that I thought was true, that Silithes is, truly, so much more than a “pretty” thing. That point, the secret revealed, what it does to her, and what in turn happens between herself and Arthur, that I thought brought out so much more in her character.

With all of these revelations about Silithes and her past, another Succubus appears who I thought added a dimension to Succubi that reinforced that they are most than what they seem to be. That I think opened the door towards several possible paths for Silithes’ story to take and I do wonder about them. The concept revealed, by itself, is something that explains questions about the Succubi, and to a lesser extent, Incubi in this universe.

As for the other summonlings that are connected to Arthur, there is also a focus on Sheyliene, the fairy and in that comes a story about her that hurts so very deeply and with that comes some very desperate questions about her. She is hurt, so deeply, and where that will go in the future is something that is concerning. As for Arix, Vetisghar, Hjuul and Pffiferil, their characters are developed somewhat, but not to the same extent as Silithes and Sheyliene are. They have their moments, some wonderfully funny at one point and so very deeply sad in the next.

With the focus on Arthur comes the question of Znuul. He is, at least in my thoughts, becoming more and more the “evil, but not really so” dragon that I do enjoy when he appears. I had hoped for these two to become closer somehow, friends if they could, and there is one scene in this work that really spoke volumes about who Znuul is, what he fears most of all, and why that matters to him. All in all the connections here are well told and are very real.

There are several different plots that run though the work, some of which are shattering in what they foretell to the world around Arthur. There are some difficult scenes that involve those that are supposed to be allies, and others that are of a lighter tone. All of them are well told stories in their own right and add to the characters depth very well I thought.

The climax of the work is both satisfying in one way, and worrisome in another. It does lead, really quite well, towards the next work in the series, leaving some very difficult questions to be answered. Alongside of that, the last moments of the work, which push Arthur towards something that he had been thinking about, but never did, leave questions as well. As a whole, the work closes the book to one plot, but opens another and it is a worrisome one as well.

Compelling characters, well told, with a story that is gripping. The only thing that I wish for is a little more time in the editing please? There are some errors here and there in the work that need to be taken care of to make it read better. They are not many, but with all of the story, characterizations, moments, and emotions in this work, it is a shame they crop up now and again.

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

The story is compelling, the characters grow in such fascinating ways. All that is revealed about Silithes just was right in every sense of the word. There really is so much right about this work and I know, fully, that the next work in the series will be as gripping. Just please, a little more time in editing would be all that I ask.

I will be watching for the next work in the series… It will be something to see where everything goes from here.

 

Tera

May 17 2014

A Short Succubus Film on YouTube

One of the things that I find interesting is how the concept of Succubi is interpreted by film makers. One thing that I have noticed is that, for the most part, the concepts drawn on by amateur filmmakers or students are in their own way more powerful and unique than that of more professional ones.

By that I mean there is too much of a stereotypical view of Succubi that is taken in general overall. It’s nice I think to have something different. It doesn’t necessarily have to be violent or evil in nature, but it has to be… different.

I think that the concept in this short film is interesting and it would be interesting to see where it might go from where it ends.

And if you cannot see the film here on the Tale, click this link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WD-CTZkOjRU

And here is a screenshot of the actress in her role as the Succubus of the film…

Succubus Screenshot Film

Now I realize the image is a little dark, but in truth that makes her more interesting as a Succubus to me.

I think that the music and effects in the film really set a tone that is creepy and somewhat “evil” in nature. When the Succubus feeds the movie turns violent which again reflects the mood and music. I would have liked to know the story behind her. Perhaps lower the music and effects to have her speaking over what she is doing and thinking.

The work is all about the interpretation of what Succubi are and in truth that seems to be harkening back to the traditional image of Succubi that they are female demons who seduce men and take from them.

The work itself was created by a group of students from the New York Film Academy. The interesting part of this, as noted in the description on YouTube was that the film was shot on 35mm film and the students only received 5 minuted of film to work with. Considering that point, to manage to create the scenes they did and the striking images really is an accomplishment.

It does leave many questions which of course could not be answered, but then the point of any good film is to leave you thinking about it. I think that this work really does that…

Tera

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