May 23 2016

The Roses Never Stop Blooming by JHB

Tera honors me by sharing some of my simple words today. She and her Eternal also gave me and my beloved a rose bush that grows on our side of the koi pond, which inspired this piece. Dear friends are often the flowers in our lives, and the dearest friends, those closer than family, are the most precious, most wonderful. Sometimes, when life is harshest, they are pruned back, but we know that, between good friends …

 

The Roses Never Stop Blooming
by JHB

 

There hadn’t been much snow in the winter, but there was plenty of cold.

There hadn’t been many storms, but there was more than enough damage.

Outside, in the gardens by the koi pond and in the Realm, the soft rains and increased sun had warmed the earth.

Inside one home, inside one palace—two images of one reality—the soft rain added to the grayness of a mood no sun could seem to burn away,

It was early May: outside, the time of new life and promise.

It was early May: inside one queen’s soul, a time of reliving loss.

It was early May, and the Queen’s Eternal was feeling her loss in a new way.

Indoors, the Queen and King felt as if something was being cut away.

Outdoors, by the koi pond, someone was cutting back a very special rose bush. The bush meant so much to the gardener, as it was a gift from dearest family. It hurt to prune it, but it was necessary to bring the bush to new life.

The pruner outdoors thought of the royals indoors

and he thought about their pain

and he shed some tears of his own

and he slipped a picture under their door,

a picture of a cut branch and the new green shoots left behind,

with just a few words:

“We never stop feeling the love, and the roses never stop blooming.”

May 22 2016

A Review of Ethereal Like Me by Tressa Messenger

Ethereal Like Me by Tressa Messenger

Ethereal Like Me by Tressa Messenger

The creation of a book series can be complicated in many ways. One of these is creating the past of the main character, the world they live in. More than that, trying to insert into their lives who they know, what they mean, adds another layer of complexity to things. At some point the world, and the characters, needs to pause to allow the story to catch up and then, hopefully, tell that story.

It isn’t necessary to bundle every single character that will, or might, appear in the series, or mean something in the first work. There is such a thing as anticipation as to where things go. Pushing the envelope and creating so many plots and threads that the story becomes confused takes away from what otherwise is a main character that has a story to be told.

  • Title: Ethereal Like Me
  • Author: Tressa Messenger
  • Length: 21 Pages
  • Length: 102 Pages
  • ASIN: B00YAW67C4
  • Publishing Date: May 25, 2015
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work tells the story of:

When paranormal creatures intertwine with humans strange things are sure to happen.

Tarina never expected life to turn out the way it did when she married her human husband four years ago, but being a succubus, she needed him for his essence. Unfortunately, she didn’t realize just how much she’d dislike him in the end.

James thought he was marrying the perfect woman. She was sexy and independent. But her mouth seemed to get her into trouble, which for James, was not acceptable.

Logan had no clue what he was in store for when he had a meaningless one night stand with a hot woman from a bar.

No one could have predicted how Tarina’s personal life altering decision could lead to such a dramatic whirlwind of events that would eventually expose her world of creatures who preferred to be left unknown, and affect everyone’s lives she comes in contact with.

All she can do now is clean up the mess she made and try to leave it in the past, if that’s possible.

Tarina is a Succubus who thought marrying a human was the best thing for her, considering her past and what happened there. But the marriage hasn’t been a good one, she’s finding herself wanting to do things that are not a good idea, and after things go very wrong for her, she makes a choice. Things go down a slippery slope from there, and Tarina finds that sometimes no matter what you try to do, the universe sees to it that something goes wrong.

The one thing about this work that I found the most interesting was the detail in the universe that Tarina lives in. There’s quite a lot told about the human and supernatural sides of things and how they connect together. It’s quite telling how Tarina sees both sides and how that has effected her life.

Tarina herself is a complicated character in many ways as well. She is a succubus, in a Lost Girl sort of way as a whole, which does work overall. There’s a lot going on in her mind, her life, all around her, and there’s a telling sense of her losing her grip on things from the first page that is very strongly told in the work. She has a moral compass, she wants to have a life, to try to do some good and, in many ways, forget about her own past.

But that past overwhelms both Tarina and the story as a whole. It doesn’t take long for her past to come, from her friends, from being drawn back to her real home. In the same way, her present continues to nip at her heels, eventually taking the story on an arc that was, if not unexpected, quite sad in a lot of ways. There are so many threads that are layered onto Tarina page by page that her character becomes lost within the plots and seems to, at times, just be taken for a ride wherever the story decides to go.

There seems to be one mistake after the next occurring, or a moment impacts Tarina and those around her to add another layer of tension to the work. This does not pause for a single moment in the work save for a tiny, significant moment, where Tarina had a moment of joy before her past intrudes upon it and rips it away. Considering how the characters are told to be, how careful they are for the most part, a lot of these moments feel awkward and odd. Some make sense, quite a few don’t.

It is like one domino falling after the next leading towards events that change everyone in the work to some extent. When the climax happens, it feels muted for the most part as so many things are going on that aren’t settled. Being that this seems to be the start of a new series, that made some sense, but in other ways it didn’t.

There are so many dangling threads at the end of the work, but the author layers on top of them still a few more, a mostly-cliffhanger, and a series of open ended questions that leave the work ending on them. It feels a bit clunky, a little rushed. Perhaps that is the overriding theme in this work, in that the story rushes from point to point, plot to plot and in doing so really leaves little time for the characters to gather themselves before the next crisis.

With all of the plots and threads in the work, there is well enough material for four parts of a series within this one. There are four separate plots, overlapping, and being so that added more complexity and confusion than needed to be. Splitting this work into two parts might have been a thought and I think in doing so there would have been more focus as a whole.

In spite of all of the confusion, I liked Tarina quite a lot, I liked how she was not a stereotypical Succubus and that she cared, deeply, about those around her. It is because of her, who she is, all that she goes through, that I wanted to see where things go next and why. Emphasis on the why because that part of this story didn’t quite manage to make it out and it needs to.

Four pitchforks out of five.

I felt there were too many plots and character stories here and in being so that took away much of what could have been. The number of threads passing through this work became overwhelming and by the end there was more confusion than actual story and that bothered me. Being the beginning of a series, or so it seemed, focus might have helped here. Having what felt like four books worth of plot crushed into one was a shame. Tarina is captivating in her own skin, those around her need to find a way to be comfortable in theirs.

 

Tera

May 22 2016

A Review of Sex Fiends by Linc Jericho

Sex Fiends by Linc Jericho

Sex Fiends by Linc Jericho

I came across a new book series called the Writ of the Succubus which, at least in the opening work of the series, isn’t anything like I was expecting. The questions are many, the characters are quite fascinating, but as for any real answers, that is another thing all together.

Sometimes in the telling of a story the characters and their secrets are what holds a reader. Other times it is trying to understand what exactly is going on and why. But then comes stories in which the actual point of the series, its purpose, what comes next remains a murky mystery.

  • Title: Sex Fiends
  • Author: Linc Jericho
  • Length: 19 Pages
  • ASIN: B01FZHS0GS
  • Publishing Date: May 20, 2016
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work tells the story of:

Episode 1: Maddic Roche, Dr. Victoria T. Jonckers, and The Hensing Study on Charisma, Attraction, and Sexuality. In which Maddic encounters the lux and reveals what happened to him while stationed in Vietnam in 1962.

A story of an interview, an attraction, a need and a mystery. Not everyone and everything is as they seem to be and the world sometimes hinges upon things said but not understood.

The work mainly is told as an interview between the two main characters and how truth is drawn from each of them. It’s really well done, there’s a strong psychological aspect to the work, and in being so it feels very real and very focused upon the seeking of truth from both characters. The story unfolds in a way that has quite a lot of underlying sexual tension between them, but doesn’t really delve into what exactly is happening.

There’s quite a lot of innuendo, the narrative seems to be as if this moment was being seen from the future and remembered in a way. As such, there’s a lot of knowledge hinted about, but not explained of expanded on. So as things happen, and references are made, there just seems to be something missing or something to be revealed in a later part of the series.

There is no erotica really in this work, save for some passing thoughts from the main characters. There seems to be hints that one might be a succubus and the other be an incubus, but this is never explored. Certainly the powers that they have suggest some mind control aspects, some means to enthral others to their will, and there is a bare hint of some sort of otherworldly aspect to the story.

It is a conversation, one that goes in many directions, seemingly without focus, but finally as the conclusion appears there is a point to everything it seems which puts the most remarkable spin on not just the characters, but the world in which they live. But even with the revelation, the work has a difficult time finding its footing and moving on with the story. While this is the way the characters are written, and it is their own foibles, the work needed some emotion and context to bring out the characters more than they were.

That’s not to say this wasn’t interesting, for it was. As the opening to the series it does leave a lot of questions to be answered and seeing what this all means will take some time I expect. As for the question of this being about succubi or incubi… at least from this first work that question is still a mystery.

Three and a half out of five pitchforks.

A somewhat confusing beginning, characters that are mysteries upon themselves. There is something here that I would like to find the answers for, but to say this series tells of a succubus, or incubus is in the eyes of the reader. I’m not sure and I’ll reserve that thought for what comes next I think.

 

Tera

May 21 2016

A Speedpainting YouTube of Shishi the Succubus

I found a speed painting YouTube which, as the creator notes, is of a Succubus that is one of the characters in a work of theirs. I haven’t found the work, as yet, but I would like to find it for the simple reason that I would like to know more about Shishi the Succubus…

 

And if you cannot see this video here on the Tale, please try this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFqtUUURWlU

And, as always in case YouTube makes the video vanish, here is Shishi herself.

Shishi The Succubus

Shishi The Succubus

I think she’s rather cute really. I do wonder about her story, that of those around her, and what she’s like. The creator notes that she is “really sweet” and that just makes me want to know more about her.

Succubi maids can be quite interesting and I think she is that by far…

 

Tera

May 20 2016

A Review of The Naughty Professor by Chase Jannock

The Naughty Professor by Chase Jannock

The Naughty Professor by Chase Jannock

There are some stories where you aren’t quite sure about just exactly is the truth about a character. There can be a lot of innuendo, suggestions and hints, but overall the question remains unanswered. Sometimes that can be a problem, sometimes it make for something to muse over when the story is done.

Perhaps one of the most interesting characters that could be a succubus, in the right circumstances, would be a teacher, or a professor. Not all such characters of course are exactly what they seem to be, but then, most succubi are very good at hiding their true nature. It’s the more rare ones that manage to teach in the midst of their sexuality.

  • Title: The Naughty Professor
  • Author: Chase Jannock
  • Length: 53 Pages
  • ASIN: B01FV01SN6
  • Publishing Date: May 17, 2016
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work tells the story of:

Jack is a nineteen-year-old college student who can’t get any satisfaction from his girlfriend. When his sexy, older professor takes an interest in his education, however, Jack suddenly finds himself taking private lessons he could never have imagined.

Will Jack resist his professor or will he finally lose it all? How will his professor react when she learns it’s Jack’s first time?

Jack has a few problems to deal with, one is his girlfriend, another is his frustration. But the single biggest problem is a certain professor of Human Sexuality that seems to be something more than what she appears. Events unfold and Jack finds himself in Anya’s tender mercies, learning more than what the class offers alone.

The thing about this work is that it might, or might not, have a succubus as one of the main characters. There is reference made to succubi, and all of the points made, which Jack muses over, seem to reflect highly upon Anya. But at no point is it actually put out in the open that she is a succubus. This makes for an interesting mystery to unravel as the story progresses, one that really there’s no firm answer to.

This isn’t the core plot of the work by any means, Jack’s life, his relationships, and figuring out exactly what he wants through Anya’s teaching him about his own sexuality, needs, and desires is. There is a good deal of effort placed into making Jack interesting, building up his character, telling of his emotional state as things are revealed to him. The discovery of something, rather, someone, that he’s known for so long is wonderful and brings the story to a lovely conclusion.

Before getting to that revelation, the erotic scenes between Anya and Jack have wonderful heat, there’s something quite special in the telling that I enjoyed. There’s a feeling of need in Jack, the willingness, if not the same need, in Anya as well. It isn’t porn scenes in nature, the scenes border on something of a romance novel which I enjoyed.

Anya remains a mystery in the end, suggesting, in a roundabout way, that she is a succubus. Part of the focus of the work is Jack writing a paper on the succubi and the little editing notes we see from Anya did cause me to arch an eyebrow in consideration about her. If she is a succubus, she isn’t an evil one by any means. She loves sex, sexuality, and the comments made about “consuming” someone like Jack reflects in what he learns about succubi. I wonder about that paper, what it all says. That in itself might make for an interesting thing to read as well.

The author writes exceptionally well, the characters are all very strong, having purpose and form. The erotica isn’t silly, over the top or impossible. Story carries this work, the erotica supports that point very well. But is this a story about a succubus? The answer to that is in the eyes of the reader I think. That’s quite a unique way to tell a story.

Four out of five pitchforks.

Is Anya a succubus? Perhaps, perhaps not. Overall that isn’t very important to the story, save for a means to leave the reader guessing as to what the answer really is. Sometimes circumstance, situation, and events just happen. Sometimes they are planned for a purpose. Either way, the truth is something to wonder about and this is what I enjoyed the most.

 

Tera

May 20 2016

A Review of Slumber Party Succubus by Sakura von Sternberg

Slumber Party Succubus by Sakura von Sternberg

Slumber Party Succubus by Sakura von Sternberg

One of the themes that I personally do not enjoy is when there is a mix of horror and abuse that is mixed up with what otherwise could be some lovely erotica. Reading about a character being abused in all sorts of ways for me isn’t all that erotic. While this can have its place within a work, it takes away a lot of story building, heat, and in many ways, seems to serve very little purpose.

This is, of course, just my own personal view, but if the point of the story is, in some sense, the revealing of truth between the main characters, does there really need to be an evil succubus involved to make that happen in the first place? Somehow that doesn’t work well for me.

The work tells the story of:

Alexa and Isabelle have an annual tradition that has continued since the early days of their friendship: an all-night slumber party filled with junk food, box wine, and bad horror movies. Even as adults, the two continue their slumber parties with pride… but now things have become a little more complicated. Alexa, a trans girl with a love for high fashion and eighties slasher movies, harbors a long-unrequited crush on Isabelle, a cis girl. She doesn’t want to say anything or act on those impulses. They’ve been friends for a long time. The last thing Alexa wants to do is wreck their friendship. But she’s having a hard time keeping this a secret.

But that’s not all. Somehow, Alexa and Isabelle have summoned an ancient succubi—a sexually insatiable phallogyne—to their party. She comes to them looking for erotic pleasure… and quite possibly takes more from them than either could imagine.

Alexa and Isabella are brought to her as sacrificial lambs… but will leave dumbstruck, sexually fulfilled, and changed forever. They will experience pleasures beyond the limits of human imagination… and ecstasy that can only come to those who are already damned!

Alexa has a secret, but for that matter so does Isabelle. Friends for so long, Isabelle helping Alexa to make her way through her transition and her new life. They share a tradition, watching frightfully bad horror movies, but a dream remembered draws them both into the clutches of a succubus who has designs for both of them.

I found this work ebbed and flowed a lot for me. The beginning of the work, where Alexa and Isabelle’s story is told I enjoyed quite a lot. It told of their lives, what they had been through. It offered a glimpse into Alexa’s secret, her fears and more. All of this laid the most interesting groundwork for the story and in doing so I wondered how things were going to transpire.

But from the first moment of the pair falling into the clutches of Ardat-Lile, the succubus of the work, there are a lot of questions about how that happened exactly. There is mention made of a dream shared, but with so little detail as to be really of no use to understanding what is going on. Beyond that, when they have entered Ardat-Lile’s lair, the story seems to move from the character and their stories to Ardat-Lile quite simply having her way with both of them. There’s very little time spent when the sex begins to tell a story.

The erotica the follows I found to be somewhat violent, without purpose and, as well. didn’t add anything to the plot or work as a whole. It felt very much like a means to force the two main characters into submission, and the erotica kept hammering at that point over and over again.

Ardat-Lile herself is, as a whole, a rather stereotypical succubus in that she seems to really care only about sex and domination over her “girl-sluts” which I think tells very much about what the erotic scenes are like. The control she puts over Alexa and Isabelle is brutal and whatever heat might have been in the story kept being washed away by the description of all of the suffering that both characters were going through.

It is a harsh comparison between the beginning of the story, which is loving and tells of a relationship that just needs a little push to move onwards into a story of succubus domination using pain. As such, the story really didn’t connect with me well once that corner was turned. There seemed to be no real purpose to Ardat-Lile’s actions, no meaning behind them, nothing that told of why things happened as they did.

At the conclusion of the story, there is a twist, but it is one that really isn’t a surprise considering how often Ardat-Lile tells Alexa she wants her. It is a bit shocking, what the ending gives, but it doesn’t really end the work on a satisfying note. From the depths of abuse and domination to where the story ends there’s a disconnect that bothered me.

Overall, there was just something missing in the latter part of the work and as such it made for a difficult read. Moments of suffering and abuse are not exactly erotic, nor are they exactly horrific as well. There needed to be something to bridge the gap, to tell more of a story than simply reading about all of the different ways that Ardat-Lile dominated.

Two and a half out of five pitchforks.

Ardat-Lile is such a terribly disappointing succubus in so many ways and given how the story started I had hoped she wouldn’t be. The twist in the story comes as being expected, all things considered as well. Reading about two characters being made to suffer does not read as erotic well. It doesn’t quite manage to be horror either. So the work just seems to languish its way from moment to moment without direction and purpose, other than to link some short erotic moments together. There’s heart missing in this work, I wish it had been there to enjoy.

 

Tera

May 19 2016

Succubi Image of the Week 435

One of the things that is difficult to find is art of Succubi that shows them to be, as must be sometimes, warriors. I don’t mean the stereotypical bikini armour and so on. I mean a Succubus that has power within her, is poised for battle, and is in all things and in all ways, prepared to do so. Strength of character comes first in a Succubus like this… and this art I think has that strength within…

Demoness by Llyncis

Demoness by Llyncis

This work is by the artist Llyncis on DeviantArt and you can find the original page where I found this art here and this artist’s page can be found here.

The main thing about this art comes to simply the presence shown in this character. She has a presence, a will, a purpose. It is in her look, her poise, how she holds herself amongst the chaos around her.

While she has that presence there is also the underlying theme of being more than she was, or is, expected to be. Imagine a Succubus told that she was not a warrior, not meant for battle. That her purpose was not to defend, to act. Imagine overcoming that belief, not just from those around you, but within yourself.

Overcoming expectations, becoming purpose within oneself is special. This art tells that story and more…

 

Tera

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