Jan 07 2012

A how to draw Morrigan Aensland YouTube…

This week, and for that matter next week, I’m going to be sharing a pair of YouTubes that I found in which an artist draws Morrigan Aensland of Darkstalkers fame…

Their name is Xia Taptara, and I think that they do quite well at that indeed…

And if the embedding does not work…


And there is a complete article on their blog that you can find at: http://idrawgirls.blogspot.com/2011/04/how-to-draw-manga-morrigan-from.html as well…

And finally a look at the finished work:

Morrigan Pencil Art by Xia Taptara

Morrigan Pencil Art by Xia Taptara

You can find quite a lot of similar work at the website Idrawgirls.com, where there are many other similar videos that teach methods of drawing that I think are fascinating to watch whether you can draw or not…

I like this in that it is a nice clean drawing of Morrigan that isn’t do over the top as some art of her is…

Lovely and next week’s is just as nice I think…



Jan 06 2012

A Review of Legacy by Niall Teasdale

I’ve been taken by a book series over the last year by the author Niall Teasdale, and to my pleasure he has released two more books in the series for a total of three so far with another to come soon as well. My first review of his first book, Thaumatology 101, you can find here. And I reviewed the second book in the series, Demon’s Moon, last week, and that review you can find here on the Tale as well. This week I will be reviewing the third book in the series Legacy, which I personally loved for all of the things we learned about Lily, the half-succubus of the series….

Legacy by Niall Teasdale

Legacy by Niall Teasdale

The book tells the story of:

All Ceridwyn Brent wants is a normal life, well, as normal as it gets when you are the only living sorceress in the world, your lover is a half-succubus, and you have a werewolf for a mate. Work is keeping her busy enough; she is trying to capitalise on her research with her boss by building a power generator which uses magic to generate electricity, and she has a PhD thesis interview to get through so she can finally be Doctor Brent.

Then mysterious, dark figures are seen watching the Battersea pack, paying particular attention to Ceri. The Greycoats, the supernatural branch of the Metropolitan Police, turn up to talk to Lily because men have been dying, apparently the result of a succubus feeding on them. To make matters worse, Lily is having dreams about the deaths and is starting to believe that she might be responsible. As Lily’s control over her demon side weakens, and it looks as though her father may have returned to Earth, Ceri must face off against the dark magicians pulling their strings from the shadow world under the bright face of London.

As an added extra, included in this book is an unpublished short story, Black Moonlight. Ceri, Lily, and Michael go to a rock concert where Michael’s half-brother is the base player.

It’s very hard not to spoil much of this book, so you’ll have to forgive the vagueness of some of my thoughts about it.

One of the things that I have liked about Niall’s writing is that he’s not afraid to build suspense in his stories, but not in telling you something that is important, but showing you something that is important with some other, not so much so, things. A little misdirection in a murder-mystery, which really is the core of this book, is not a bad thing at all.

I was taken by the lengths to which Ceri would go to protect Lily. Not just in the sense of comforting her when that was needed, but also to take risks that might, possibly in the future, come to haunt them both. I did have moments in the story, especially in the first moments of it, when I wondered about Ceri’s mental state at times. It was explained well when it needed to be, but even with that, I felt like something else was going on between Ceri and Lily, and it has throughout all of the stories so far. The thing of it is, to puts a lot of tension between the two, builds on that a lot in this story, but when they have to come to a resolution on their relationship, out of need more than anything else, Ceri didn’t do the easy thing and that made me respect her as a character more.

I also found Ceri’s past coming back to haunt her in this story was well done and actually more than I expected. I felt that how Ceri dealt with the horrors inflicted on her in the second book seemed too pat. That is to say, that there didn’t seem to be any long lasting effects on her from her experience. That came to an abrupt change in this work. She suffers, and I can see the how and why of it, but when it comes, it’s not something that is brushed aside by her. It’s effects are real in that there is emotional and mental harm that Ceri suffered and she starts to be effected by that.

Lily’s past comes back to haunt her in this story, and it breaks her at one point. That was, honestly, the saddest thing to see happen. I understand why it had to, I know that in the end it serves to get Lily to a point she needs to be at, but, it wasn’t the easiest thing to read when it happened.

Lily’s father appears in this story, and I won’t say much about him save that I would have liked to know more about him, and Lily’s mom for that matter, than we do. Yes there are moments where Lily’s past through her parents is shown, but it’s fleeting and I had the oddest feeling that a lot was left out to be revealed in the next story. Lily’s father was, mostly, what I expected him to be. The story itself, and Lily herself, make him out to be quite the evil being… I expect to see him again… soon.

The threat that Ceri and Lily face is well wrapped in darkness and you don’t get a good sense of how bad it is, and who is involved until Carter, one of the main characters in all of Niall’s stories and an important person to Ceri and Lily, opens a door to them, and to the reader, on a part of the world that has been hinted at before, but never really revealed. That places another problem into Ceri’s universe she had to deal with, and considering that they threaten someone she loves, namely Lily, I was surprised at her response to them. I don’t think I would have been quite so… nice with them.

It’s good to see many of the characters in the previous stories appear again in this one. More so that their appearance means something to the story and it isn’t just a name-dropping exercise. One thing that I have learned about this series is that you should pay attention to all of the characters in it, no matter how small their roles. They will appear when you least expect them to and then their reason for being in the series makes you stop and wonder why you didn’t see that when they first appeared.

As in all of his previous works, the writing is solid, the characters are well rounded, and the plots within the work are well thought out. The science of the magic in this world remains solidly grounded in rules as well, which adds to the overall plot. There isn’t any point where a solution is offered or a threat appears, where it makes no sense with the rest of the universe that has been created before. The past is remembered by the characters and that I think is wonderful to see. It makes the story, and the series, more like “reality” and, of course, reality is what you make of it isn’t it?

At the end of the work, I was quite satisfied with the resolution of the plot, at least the main one, which resolved several ongoing themes in the series. I could see a few dangling plot lines that will lead, I am sure, into the next book in the series, which I am fine with as well. I still have a lot of questions about Succubi in general in this world, but then there are other beings, like Twill, the fairy of the series, which we know little about. But then a good series shouldn’t give you everything you want in one moment, but sprinkle knowledge and understanding throughout.

And this series certainly does that…

The second story in the book, Black Moonlight, actually had a moment in it that brought me to tears which I think is a good indication of how much I have become invested in the characters in the series. Set during the events of this book, it gives us a look into part of the werewolf Michael’s life, as fleeting as it is. That’s not a bad thing as what we do see answers a lot of questions about this character and, at least for me, makes me wonder about his and Ceri’s ongoing relationship in the third book.

Niall has written some other short stories that he has published elsewhere in the web and you can find them here. I can’t quite decide which of these I like the best, but I hope that, eventually, they appear as their own book because they add a lot to the entire series and I think that they haven’t been seen by a lot of his readers…

I’m giving this work, like the first two in the series, five pitchforks out of five.

Some answers given, some hints of what is to come appear. All wrapped in excellent writing, characters and stories that are the mark of a talented author that cares about their works…

And I have no doubt that the next book in the series, Dragon’s Blood will add so much more to this universe. I can’t wait to see what happens next…


Jan 05 2012

Succubi Image of the Week 210

This is the eighth and final week of a series of posts for the Succubi of the Week featuring the work of an artist on DeviantArt that has created some wonderful sexy Succubi…

The artist is Darthhell, and this week, I wanted to share what I think is a striking image of Morrigan Aensland in flight…

Butt In The Moonlight Flight by Darthhell

Butt In The Moonlight Flight by Darthhell

This work is called Butt In The Moonlight Flight, which does make me smile really… But really there aren’t a lot of works of Morrigan in flight, clothed or otherwise, which is a shame.

This work was created in 2010, and you can find this image where I originally found it here on DeviantArt.

I like this work for the sexiness in it, but it’s not crass or overwhelming really… She is souring through the clouds, enjoying the moment for what it is. The pleasure of being free to be who she is and that, really, is what gives this work it’s special touch…

Please do visit Darthhell’s site on DeviantArt for lots of wonderful 3D art!



Jan 04 2012

Devil Woman Costumes should not be glazed…

Welcome to the first costume on the Tale for 2012…

I just wish it was a better one than this one…

Classic Devil Glazed DressThis is called the Classic Devil Glazed Dress. The name alone makes me cringe and the costume isn’t that much better really…

It comes with a  glazed lycra rhinestone dress with a zippered front, a pair of devil horns and a pitchfork.

It sells for $137 US. Fishnets and shoes not included.

I suppose there is something good in this costume, but I’ll be darned if I can find it.

Son’t like the sparkly horns, which are supposed to math the dress… I fail to see how they do exactly. The collar looks lousy, the zipper on the front of the dress honestly ruins what could have been something reasonably good.

I think that the dress looks too heavy in the material they used, the pattern on it only serves to point out that zipper on the front, as if you wouldn’t be focused on it over the rest of the costume…

Overall I just don’t like this at all.

So we begin the year with yet another zero out of five pitchforks for a costume…

I hope that there will be fewer of them…



Jan 03 2012

Desires 11

The future is what we make of it… And what you make of it matters in the end…


Desires – Beach Oasis

By MacroLass and Tera S

Part Eleven


The heroine grinned sheepishly. “Probably. I hope I wasn’t any bother…”

She was a bit surprised at Tera’s familiarity as the tail wrapped about her but was honestly feeling way too mellow to make a fuss.

“Yeah, maybe we wi….” Her words were cut off by the succubi’s kiss. She quivered and sighed, feeling a surge of…something inside of her.

“I…I’d like that,” she continued as they parted. “Just…gimme a little warniung next time, okay?”

She grinned, winked, and then stepped back into her world.


Tera watched Flexi disappear into the portal and then, as it closed, she walked to the bar on the beach and looked around for a moment. She put a cold drink on the countertop and was looking for another when she heard someone approach the bar.

She didn’t look up as she said, “And now you know. I could have told her. But you wouldn’t let me. And you know why I couldn’t do it… Her future would be changed and I can’t do that to her…”


A slightly older Flexi stepped out from the foliage. She was less plastic looking than her younger self, much more animate and human looking. Her figure, while still in the ‘porn star’ range wasn’t nearly so exaggerated; she was no longer the manufactured sex toy who existed only to satisfy her Master’s lusts.

She came up behind Tera and wrapped her arms around her (twice over), kissing the nape of her neck. “She…I…needed to grow on my own, Mistress Tera,” she answered softly. “I was so weak back then. If you’d told me the truth I wouldn’t have been able to break away on my own. And if you HAD intervened…I would have just been trading one owner for another. That wouldn’t have been fair to either of us.”

She keened softly, starting to kiss her way down the demoness’ back as her hand stretched down and parted her two perfect asscheeks. “I love you so much and for so many things,” she moaned in a voice thick with passion. “But most of all, I love you for letting me….be me.”

Her tongue elongated and started to swirl about the succubi’s tail as she knelt reveretly to worship…..

Fade to black………………

And so ends the first story of Desires… Much love and hugs for MacroLass… It’s been far too long …

More to come…




Jan 02 2012

A Moment for a Missed Friend

Today marks two years since the passing of a dear friend of mine that I knew as Danny Lilithborne. It is still something that I haven’t gotten over and I don’t think that I will for a long time to come…

Rest well Danny… All is just a dream…

Love, Huggles and Dreams always…


Jan 01 2012

A Review of Hot, Hexed, and Bothered by Lori Green

It’s a new year and the first tale post will be a book review. But not a Succubus story, but an Incubus one that is, in its own way, an odd but silly story indeed…

Hot, Hexed, and Bothered by Lori Green

Hot, Hexed, and Bothered by Lori Green

The work tells the story of:

Hell just isn’t what it used to be. When witches Caryl and Mikki travel to Hell to rescue an incubus, they discover that nothing really is what it seems. From wickedly sexy Destroyers to Satan’s overly-innocent efficiency expert, these witches might be over their heads in the hottest trouble Hell can show them.

I find it difficult to write stories that have a good deal of silliness and laughs in them. That’s because to find a balance between telling a story, keeping some tension in it, and not lose the laughter is not an easy goal to accomplish in writing I think.

This work really has a lot of silly moments in it. When the world of the devils appears, the characters are not at all what you would expect, the situations are so weird and unexpected. It’s hell, but a hell that is twisted through a funhouse mirror and that makes for a story that does have laughs and giggles throughout.

But here’s the thing. There is, I think, a bit too much silly for the serious moments that arrive to confront the characters. That is to say that having a moment of insanity meeting a really seriously bad thing that might happen to the characters is jarring at times.

Getting to the incubus in the story, I found him to be not so much an incubus as a very naughty devil in both the devil world and otherwise. There isn’t much sex to speak of in the story and what little there is, isn’t anything inspiring really…

Mostly it is a quick look at the aftermath or interrupted moments of pleasure that serve to drive the characters a little nutty. But since they are in sort of a personal hell, that has to be expected doesn’t it?

I found the story to be somewhat difficult to read through, I stopped several times in order to get my mind around what the characters were getting into and why. For example at one point they visit a McDonald’s in order to get into the underworld which to me was just odd and honestly started the spiral into weirdness that the characters face.

Overall, I can’t honestly say that I liked the story. I just found the frantic actions of the characters, the infighting and the almost airheaded thoughts of two of the witches bothered me more than I would have expected.

I also have to admit that the appearance of the Incubus in the work seemed to be almost as an aside. Now I can understand that because the story was about the witches and the demons, devils and the incubus were supporting characters. And that’s fine, that was the point of the story. But I found that I didn’t care about the witches all that much and by the end I didn’t care about any of the characters at all which was disappointing to me.

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

Just didn’t meet my expectations I’m sorry to say…