Nov 25 2012

A Review of Incubus Hunter by Kenya Wright

Another Incubus themed story to be reviewed this week on the Tale… One that I really enjoyed quite a lot, but, why is it that authors have it in them to leave a story on a cliff hanger, suggest a continuation, and then not give one?

It really is a pain in the tail at times… Especially with a story that just demands to continue…

Incubus Hunter by Kenya Wright

  • Title: Incubus Hunter
  • Author: Kenya Wright
  • Publishing Date: February 12, 2012
  • Length: 92 Pages
  • This work at Amazon.com

The story tells of:

Whispers swirl throughout the underworld of Carmen, the fanged elf with the violet eyes. They say she hunts incubus demons, not for money, but to clear a debt with a powerful wizard. But time is winding down. Carmen has five days to clear the balance or she loses her daughter. Desperation forces her to go after Blaze. He’s worth two million dollars dead or alive. The hunt begins. She spots him and sets a seductive trap. It’s just business as usual—until she ends up capturing so much more.

Carmen is a vampire elf. Well, that’s about the simplest way to describe what she is, but it doesn’t explain who she is. She’s a woman with a dark past, caught in a trap not of her making and now she must do whatever is necessary. The reason for that is heartbreaking really and it gives her a soul and a heart that through the course of the story grows in many ways…

Carmen is forced to hunt incubi for a wizard, and in doing so she hunts one of the most powerful of all of the incubi, one named Blaze. However, she finds that he knows of her, she cannot fulfill her mission and must go after more dangerous pray.

Blaze isn’t quite the stereotypical incubus. While he is strong, powerful, and erotic, every bit as much as Carmen is, he isn’t what you would define as evil. He is proud yes, but he has a soul, honour, and most of all, he has emotion in him. That’s important in the overall story as there are moments where a stereotypical incubus would be uncouth or uninteresting to me personally.

He never was that in any way really. His actions over Carmen were heart felt and touching, the need within him for her and, eventually, returned by her, made for a tragic pair in a story that deals with the pain that life can bring.

I was a bit disappointed Blaze not having a tail or horns for that matter. Still in spite of that, he is seductive as any good incubus should be. I did find it surprising that one of his weaknesses, and it might be his only one, is something that seemed to be Carmen’s one and only specific ability, which I will not spoil for the delicious irony of it all…

Overall, it was an excellent story, the author does well with settings, characters, and emotions. I did notice a couple of word errors, but only two of them and that’s really quite good considering. I never felt like I was being drawn out of the story at any time, I have to admit that I stayed up quite late at night to complete it, and that’s where my one problem with this work appears.

The ending.

I hate cliffhangers as endings. I don’t mind stories that have the current story end and leave the future open to return to. What gets me is that there is a huge reveal at the end of this story that changes the lives of Carmen and Blaze in a dramatic way, it rocks their lives and world badly and then…

…then the story suddenly stops.

It feels like there should be at least another 40 or 50 pages to the real end of the story, but that doesn’t happen. More troubling, at least to me, is that the doors are wide open to continue and yet there isn’t any sign of that to come from this author.

Now, other things get in the way, I am living proof of that believe me, but darn it all, dropping a huge hint of what is to come, what Blaze and Carmen are thinking at the end, and what has transpired, just is a huge tease and I want to see where this story goes…

Because honestly, there is so much more to tell here than has been…

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

I have problems with a good story coming to a cliff hanger ending, promising to continue, then doesn’t. If not for that, it really would give a five from me. I’ll be watching of that if it comes with hope…

I’ll hope that the story continues, and if it does, I’ll revisit this review accordingly…

 

Tera

Nov 24 2012

Dark Mistress Print by Tammy Pryce

I discovered another Succubus art print on etsy.com recently and it strikes me as an interesting both artistically and as well in the Succubus that appears in the art…

Dark Mistress By Tammy Pryce

Dark Mistress By Tammy Pryce

This art is titled Dark Mistress and is by the artist Tammy Pryce. I found this art here and you can see this artist’s website here as well if you are interested in her art…

Tammy has done a lot of works in the fantasy realms, like Succubi, Angels, Fairies and other such beings, and her website is really amazing to look through and admire her talent and art…

I like this Succubus because she is a strong looking character, and while she has no horns, she does have a tail which is nice to see. I like the warrior-like feeling I get from this work as well, there aren’t really that many pieces of art that the Succubus in them have strength, beauty and more over, an attitude around them that takes their sensuality and turns it into more than simply their looks…

Which is what I think they should look like more often.

Please do visit Tammy’s site for more lovely works of art!

 

Tera

Nov 23 2012

A Review of The Huntress: An Erotic Horror Novella by Nadia Dantes

I do understand that sometimes authors will release a novel or book under a different name, or create a different cover for their works. I don’t really have a problem with it to be honest if they take the time to make the story better in some way. In doing so that to me at least gives some hope for some improvement… Most of the time at least.

The Huntress: An Erotic Horror Novella by Nadia Dantes

The Huntress: An Erotic Horror Novella by Nadia Dantes

  • Title: The Huntress: An Erotic Horror Novella
  • Author: Nadia Dantes
  • Publishing Date: October 16, 2012
  • Length: 85 Pages
  • ASIN: B009S3BD9W
  • This work at Amazon.com

The story is summarized as:

Welcome to the best erotic encounter of your life…too bad you won’t live long enough to enjoy it.

The huntress’ lust can only be satiated with blood and sex, so she stalks the night, looking for prey. However, few men prove dark enough for her tastes. But tonight she was lucky – she found a predator as warped as she is. Unfortunately for him she’s anything but human, and he’s carrying information that could tip the scales on the war brewing between Heaven and Hell.

The clock is ticking…

I had a really bad case of deja vu when I read this story. It seemed really familiar for some reason that I couldn’t quite put my finger on. At least until I did some checking and discovered that, in fact, I had read this work before under a different author’s name. Moreover, I have even reviewed that story here on the Tale in February 2012.

Instead of just closing the book and moving on, I decided to read this work to see if the author had changed anything besides the cover and their name. I had hopes that there might be more to the story, more to understand about the characters as well.

Most of all, I was hoping that the amount of blood and horror would be reduced to something a bit less overwhelming for the story as a whole. For those that didn’t go to see how I rated this story originally, I gave it two pitchforks out of five for a lot of the reasons I have listed here.

So, with all of that in mind, I read this version of the story with the smallest hope that there would be something, anything, that would redeem the original story even a little bit, or, at least the author would fix the spelling and grammar errors that caught me before.

I can’t say that happened.

I really didn’t notice anything changed, nothing new, nothing that made the story anything more than it was the first time it appeared.

Now I will say that the original story is no longer listed on Amazon, so for readers there it will be something new. As well, the story appears on Smashwords in its new form as well, thus for a new reader it is a new work.

So, looking at this work as a new one, I can only repeat what I said about it originally…

The main character of this story, Dena Bat Mahlat, is a succubus. She has a demonic form and a more human one that we see in the work. She is violent, arrogant, evil, and all of the other things that succubi, at least the classical ones, are seen to be. She kills those that she is with, in the most violent manner possible, and attached to that is a need to control men around her and debase them…

All of which makes her as a character someone that I honestly don’t like, don’t care for, and wouldn’t be sorry never to see again.

There is a story that isn’t touched on and I would have liked to be able to see the connections that have to be there, but aren’t explained. The ending leaves many questions and an open door to the next work in the series. I’m not sure that I want to read that when it appears. If all that appears there is more violence and no story, then I’ll be as disappointed in that work as I am in this one.

I’ll give it two pitchforks out of five.

There is a succubus, but a succubus should be more than a monster and violent.

Almost word for word what I wrote before, but then it is that isn’t it?

 

Tera

Nov 22 2012

It’s the Fifth Taleversary…

It’s the Fifth Taleversary…

It is, surprisingly, the fifth anniversary, or taleversary for the Tale … I really don’t have a lot to say except what I am sure you all have heard before … That I thank you all for reading, if you do … I thank you for looking around if you did. I send my hugs and love to my family both here online and out there in the world for their support and love in letting me give of myself in the ways that I do …

When I first thought about doing something here, I expected it to be, perhaps, a place where I might leave a note or something once in a while … but there has been at least one Tale post everyday since November 22nd, 2007.

Now I know, compared with a lot of other places, that isn’t all that many posts, nor is it really anything that means a lot in the grand scheme of things…

But it does to me, and I suppose that, really, it matters that I managed something good.

As an aside, it is also, today, Thanksgiving in one part of the world …

Ever wonder what that might be like in the Realm?

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Giving Thanks

By TeraS

 

Tera is—at least she believes herself to be—a terrible hostess.

Now, those that see what she goes through when a birthday arrives, or someone comes to visit, or—and this is when it happens most—when a holiday arrives know that she is … well, frantic isn’t a word that you would be wrong to use.

Considering that this particular day was both a special one in the Realm, and one that many of her family celebrated elsewhere as being important, and that, for the first time, the two holiday happened on the same day in both places, she was … torn. She wanted to have them there, even if only for a little while, but then, of course, she knew that they wouldn’t be. It wouldn’t happen the way she wished, not because they didn’t want to be there—no, far from it—but because her family had their own families and, really, she understood that.

Family did, of course, come first.

Knowing that this day would be for her and her Eternal alone, Tera had managed not to go crazy trying to find the right shade of red for the curtains or the perfect pattern for the tableware. She didn’t spend weeks flipping through carpet swatches and then walking over rolls of them to be sure they were exactly right. She didn’t have the table places set, then changed, then set, then changed again. She didn’t do that at least a hundred times over. She didn’t go over every recipe, every dessert, every drink, every single thing that her family would see.

And, if you believe that, then you really don’t know Tera.

She did all of that, and more, because she wanted everything to be absolutely perfect, even if it couldn’t really be; she was going to do her best to try, really try, really, really try to make that happen.

In the end, finally, she set a simple—for her, at least—table for herself and her Eternal, sent all of her helpers and royal attendants away to their families with her blessings and “thank-you”s, and spent her time that day making dinner for herself and her love, the same dinner they had first shared so long ago. She found the red dress she wore, the silly pair of horns that she wore, too, and looked into the mirror to see that she was really very happy for a lot of things and really thankful for many more.

Tera had just touched up her lipstick when her Eternal came into the room and, without a word, took her by the hand and led them both through their home. But instead of sitting at their own table, to have some time together as she expected …

… they went outside …

… and traveled towards the Palace …

… and through the main doors …

… and into the ballroom …

… and …

… and …

… and there, as the doors opened before them both, revealing those who loved them both so much, Tera discovered that, as she knew, family was the important thing after all.

For that, for her family just being her family and knowing her as they did …

… for that she was thankful most of all.

 

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My thanks to you all for being my family…

Happy Thanksgiving to you all…

 

Love

Tera

Nov 22 2012

Succubi Image of the Week 255

I found a wonderful piece work of Morrigan Aensland to share this week on the Tale… I think of it more like a painting than anything else for how the artist created it, frames it, and most of all, allows Morrigan to be the powerful being that she is here…

Morrigan Aensland By Xavor85

Morrigan Aensland By Xavor85

This work is, of course, Morrigan Aensland and is by an artist named Andrea Errico on DeviantArt who calls themselves Xavor85 there. You can find the page on DeviantArt I found this work on here and the artist’s page is here as well…

I think that Morrigan looks very life-like here… almost a portrait really and the style of the art, which seems to have brushstrokes in it, reinforces that perception I think… She’s not cartoonish, which I think is the right way to create art of her, I like the background, it fits nicely with her character and role as well, which is nice…

There’s a lot of emotion in her gaze really… It’s something between a smile, a bit of amusement, and just simply knowing something that you, the viewer, doesn’t know about either her, or, more likely what she knows about you…

It’s always better when there are emotional layers in art, and this piece manages that quite well I think. It’s possibly one of the best “life-like” Morrigans that I have seen is some time…

This artist has all kinds of amazing art on their pages on DeviantArt from science fiction through fantasy and so much more… Besides this lovely work of Morrigan, I also like this piece of science fiction art they created and this piece of comic book slash super heroine art that I think is devine…

Please do visit their pages on DeviantArt and enjoy their art!

 

Tera

Nov 21 2012

Vampire or Devil Girl… Make up your mind…

I’ve never liked the idea of reversible costumes… Either do one idea well or the other, but don’t make them two sides of the same idea…

Of course no one listens to me… and this is a case in point…

Devil's Night with a Bite

This awful thing is called the Devil’s Night with a Bite costume, and that name alone makes me cringe…

It comes with a six piece reversible costume that has a reversible fully boned corset with scalloped edge neckline and lace inset details with removable/adjustable shoulder straps, a multi layer tutu skirt, a reversible cape and a headband with horns, removable devil tail, and a purse.

The thigh highs, gloves and shoes are not included…

And it sold originally for $85 Us, but you can find it for as little as $56 US online…

I hate this costume in so many ways… The tail is lousy, the horns are nothing special, the dress and corset do nothing for me either. The cape is a mistake as well and. finally, the purse looks more like a goody bag than anything else…

I find it interesting that not taking away the hose, the gloves and the shoes, makes this look worse and it’s an example to me of why costumes should only be shown with what you actually get in the package and nothing more…

As a vampire costume, I can see it as being a reasonable one, if not too sexy… As a Devil Girl and it isn’t a Succubi costume, it really isn’t sexy enough nor is it something that really works as one…

I’ll give this one pitchfork out of five.

I don’t like it, I really don’t, but as a “have to appear in public and not overly sexually” costume, I suppose that it works for someone…

Just not me…

 

Tera

Nov 20 2012

Desires 55

My first elevator seduction scene…

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Desires – Needs

By BFSlave and Tera S

Part Fifteen

 

The ding of the second floor passing by came as he pressed himself against her. She moaned passionately as his arms encircled her and everything save him vanished from her perceptions. She threw her head back and moaned in a husky voice, “Oh yes Derek… I want you so badly…”

She cupped his head in her hands and threw herself totally into the kiss. She drew in the passions from him and returned them tenfold back to him. In the next moment, she wrapped her legs around his waist in hot need for him. When he pressed his hands onto her bum, she shivered and quivered wildly in the pleasure that he gave her. She didn’t notice him lifting her up. She didn’t notice herself pressed against the elevator doors. All that mattered at that moment was the heat that was building within her for him and he for her.

The bell chimed again as the elevator passed the tenth floor. She pressed and rubbed her pussy against him until she felt his hard cock through his pants. Her mind focused totally on that long thick hard member throbbing in need for her. Her pussy became so wet as the heat from him boiled into her folds. She desperately tried to crush herself against him, but the clothing they wore prevented her from getting his hardness deep within her. And she wanted it so badly…

At the twentieth floor, the bell chimed and she coiled her tail behind her for an instant. Then she pushed against the elevator doors with it, and forced him across the elevator to the far wall. She unravelled her legs from him and pressed him against the wall. With a smile on her lips she turned around and then pressed her bum against him. She felt his hands moving between them. Then his fingers slipped under the dress she wore and began to move slowly between her thighs seeking her oh so wet pussy. She felt his fingers touch at the edge of her black satin panties and then brush against the wetness that was soaking the front of them.

As the bell announced the thirtieth floor, she felt his fingers slip beneath her panties and then a single finger began to rub between her pussy lips. She bucked against the touch and panted wildly at the pleasure. She felt his other hand reach around her and tease her right nipple, and she drew closer and closer to cumming in his arms. Her mind focused on his cock as he pressed it against her ass cheeks, and she began to rub herself up and down his length over and over again. The heat built and built so quickly. She was so ready to take him. She was so willing to ride him wildly right there…

And then the elevator doors opened as the bell chimed the fortieth floor…

The sight of the doors opening shocked them both back to reality. She pushed away from him and then turned back to look at him. She gave him another mind blowing kiss and then moaned out huskily, “Cum with me Derek…. I need you so much… I want you so badly…”

She took his hand and drew him out of the elevator and into her home. The elevator doors opened directly into her apartment revealing a tastefully furnished home. The walls were a deep red that seemed to shimmer slightly in the darkness. The floors were black marble with throw rugs placed artfully on them. The furniture was a mix of modern and ancient that seemed to mesh together in a subtle way. Nearby, a large leather couch was positioned in front of a large warm fireplace. The black leather of the couch reflected the flames of the fire that burned and crackled in the fireplace before it.

She gave him a smile and said, “Welcome home Derek…”

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I really need to be able to write like that again…

 

Tera

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