Mar 20 2016

A Review of the Blood Prophecy series by Kathi Huggins

Bloodlust by Kathi Huggins

Bloodlust by Kathi Huggins

There are some characters who are a mix of different supernaturals. Part of their character is trying to deal with, for example, being a succubus and were of some kind. This sort of theme can add something to them if the rest of their character can support everything else. There is the struggle, the dealing with mistakes, and, sometimes, coming to find a means to otherwise solve their own internal struggle.

This can, of course, become very complicated, and when there are eight different “you’s” to deal with… That’s not fun. It also makes for an odd definition of the word “time-share” too…


The series tells the tale of:

Jade thought she grew up with the best dad ever until she’s kidnapped. Her life is turned upside down when she learns he has kept secrets from her for her own good! There are 8 pure species of supernatural beings as well as mixed bloods, combined species. The purebloods feel they have superior bloodlines and look down on mixed bloods.

Jade is mixed with most of the species; Vampire, Lycian, Angel and probably Succubus, knowing nothing of being Shifter, Faye, Demon, and Jinn the most powerful species, and that she would have a mate for each.. There was a war coming and she was at the center. Now it’s wait and see what the purebloods will do when they know it’s Jade they seek.

The core of this series revolves around Jade, who seems to be the centre of a prophecy and now she has to deal with what that means. One woman with eight mates to keep under control is not an easy thing to do. Worse so when the entire world is trying to kill you. Still more so when you are the only hope and all you really want is to, somehow, be happy.

Jade’s main problem is that of all of her “selves” the most complicated one is what she calls her succubus, this being the last of them to come out and in doing so, Jade simply craves sex. It would have been interesting to see that to be more of a struggle over the series, but almost from the beginning, she is given a means to control herself, supposedly, which then opens the door to the rest of the series to unfold. I’m not sure that really was the best means to deal with what otherwise would have been. As the series goes on, it is hard to say if it actually worked, considering how much sex Jade gets into over the course of the series.

All of Jade’s mates are vastly powerful beings, to the point where the Archangel Michael is one of them. Her father is Luc, better known as Lucifer, and for me, he was the most interesting of all of the characters in that he was a father first. There’s not much seen of his “other role” and that I think made him different and more interesting because he could be a father that only wanted the best for his daughter. That comes out over and over again in the series and compared to all of the fighting around Jade, it was a refreshing thing to see. There is also, for me, one wonderful character who bakes cookies. In truth, they were, many times, so much more interesting than all of the others around them for one important reason. They spoke plainly, truthfully, and understood what happened around them and didn’t judge. The young are, many times, wiser than all if they are listened to.

There are some oddities in the works, mainly in some of the dialogue that doesn’t “flow” well at times. It reads a bit stilted, and if one read the dialogue out loud that becomes obvious. There are a massive number of characters to keep track of, some of which are present a lot of the time, some that pop in here and there over long stretches of the series. There might be too many minor characters as a whole considering that the main character list runs to something like 15 individuals and there are probably as many, if not more, minor ones.

The erotica, at times, becomes a bit repetitive, as Jade finds each of her mates, she joins with each. Most of the time it is Jade being dominant, sometimes almost equal, and only once is she submissive to one of her mates. However in each, the scenes follow the same path of discovery, disbelief, acceptance, and then, in the last, the characters are joined and then it is off to meet the rest of the partners. It does wear a little thin, and occasionally gets in the way of the main plot and story trying to develop.

The storylines have their moments, there are mysteries to solve, relationships to battle over, the coming of children is, in its own way, a strain on everyone involved. Some of the threads aren’t solved, being left open for, what I assume will be, the last work in the series. There is a good deal of “doom and gloom” that hovers over the work as well. There is some sidetracking as well, and a lot of time passes between some of the chapters using one of the more different means of moving time forwards.

The work is, as I have noted, a little uneven and that does make for some passages where attention wanders and staying with the story can be difficult. The series does tend to, as each mate is found for Jade, close off that thread and bundle it into the main issues that Jade deals with, occasionally working, sometimes just seeming a little odd. The one thing that does become tiresome is how often Jade’s mates fight over her at times, some trying to control her, some needing her to live, others unsure about the entire arrangement at times. This is a stumbling point for the characters, over and over again, and I wonder if there can’t be a solution to this that allows the focus of the work to move from who’s dominant to some kind of understanding. Perhaps, in time, the children will make that happen… We’ll see.

I’ll give the series three and a half out of five pitchforks.

The erotica becomes a bit repetitive over time, some of the scenes in that feel very deja vu. The work is very complicated, needing the reader to keep in the story even when it stumbles over itself to keep going onwards. The writing occasionally is a bit stiff, the dialog sounds a bit off here and there. But the core idea of the work, that one’s blood doesn’t matter, it is who you are, and what you do with your life… That holds everything together and makes this all work.

The third work in the series, Bloodrites, has been published, I expect that, like the rest of the series, it will have its own interesting moments. Especially since an incubus will finally appear. The review of that work will appear… shortly…



Mar 19 2016

Another tribute YouTube for Morrigan Aensland

Yet another of many tribute YouTubes of Morrigan Aensland today on the Tale. While the music doesn’t do much for me, there were quite a few images of Morrigan that I liked. Naturally, it was the one image with her smiling that I adored…

If you cannot see the video on the Tale, please try this link:

And here is the one image of Morrigan that I liked best of all of those shown of her…

Morrigan Screenshot

Really it’s her smile more than anything else that caught my attention. It’s nice when Morrigan is drawn with some fun in her personality and this image really does have a lot of that I think by far…



Mar 18 2016

A Review of Curvature: Part One by Amber Stuart

Curvature: Part One by Amber Stuart

Curvature: Part One by Amber Stuart

A review on the Tale today of a new series that started recently that has me wondering about the main characters. Not all books I read have succubi or incubi in them, but there are those works that suggest there might be some in the pages to find. Sometimes that hit can be as simple as the reaction between the characters and the musings about themselves and their pasts.

Need is more then what it seems. One can need a vacation, one can need to settle themselves. Then comes the need which is wrapped in passion, pleasure, and the realizing that there is more that what is seen on the surface.

  • Title: Curvature: Part One
  • Author: Amber Stuart
  • Length: 41 Pages
  • Publishing Date: February 1, 2016
  • This work at

The story is about:

A Space Command employee who wants to eliminate her V-card. A pleasure worker in need of a sabbatical. Their introduction to sex magic and discovering how it can help a crippled Earth and the human race.

Hannah has come to a point in her life where she needs to make a change before moving on, and away, from an Earth she’s never known. Xasper is a pleasure worker about to give up on his craft and fade away. Brought together something sparks between them and what is revealed is something they never expected. But others did.

It’s unclear if there are succubi or incubi in this series, at least in this work, but Xasper would be the closest thing to an incubus overall. He has an interesting ability and mixing that with Hannah makes for some very unique moments. Xasper’s personality, his thoughts, fears, wants and hopes are wonderfully deep and he isn’t a cardboard or singular aspect character. There’s soul, if somewhat hidden, and how the series draws him into the open will be interesting.

In a similar way Hannah is a bit of a contradiction within herself, her thoughts and the expressions of that. She has a need, but it isn’t simply a sexual one. There is a drive in her, one that defines her strongly, and I liked she not being a damsel in distress as happens often in works similar to this. Taking her from her sexual innocence and confusion seems to be a struggle, or is suggested to be one. There’s a certain amount of self-doubt to overcome, a bit of a wall built between the real Hannah and the one the world sees.

Written well, the characters have good voices, the story moves along the plot overall at a good pace. However there are moments in the story where it takes a turn aside and then struggles to get past a hint of information, or a suggestion about what is happening before moving on. As well, there is a lot of time spent moving from one place to the next, Hannah or Xasper mulling things over as they do so. While not quite an information dump at times, the story loses some of its emotional drive at those points and, considering this is the start of a series, I’m not sure the details couldn’t be better served by not being so much so.

There are questions raised about what happens to Xasper and Hannah, about the connections between other characters in the work that isn’t explained, but offers a tantalizing hint that there might be something similar to succubi and incubi in this series. Whether or not that happens, Xasper’s powers I thought were well suited for a pleasure worker, but also they are so very familiar as well.

There seems to be a lot of promise in this series and I would like the next work to tell more about Xasper, about what the past for him is like. I’m not sure I want to see them rush into a relationship, which seems to be where the series is going, in any kind of hurry. The framework is set for a complicated story, I just hope the author can resist having to make things too much of an information dump as some parts of this work were.

Three and a half out of five pitchforks.

A very long building up of story and characters which needs to be for a series. The wrapping of mystery about the characters is wonderful. But there comes a moment when the minutia needs to get pushed away for the sake of getting to the characters and the story itself. I will be looking for the next work in the series, I’m hoping my assumptions about both Xasper and Hannah are correct. If so, and if the rest of this universe holds what I think it does, it will an interesting series to follow onwards…



Mar 18 2016

A Review of The New Girl by Janus Rain

The New Girl by Janus Rain

The New Girl by Janus Rain

Sometimes the concept of a story about succubi is interesting on its own. What usually makes, or breaks, the concept usually comes to the transformation of the character into being a succubus, if that happens, or how they deal with it. It can be humorous, frightening, interesting, or, sadly, indifferent.

Beyond that point, if the story makes things happen “just because” that tends to cause the story to suffer. When that happens, then the erotica has to come in to try to save things… This is not, always, going to work out for the best.

  • Title: The New Girl
  • Author: Janus Rain
  • Length: 10 Pages
  • IBSN: 9781310921063
  • Publishing Date: March 19, 2015
  • This work at

The story is about:

Kathleen has landed a nice job at a law firm, but when rumors start to circulate, she begins to suspect her boss, Maxwell Stanik, is doing something shady. A quick peek at some documents she’s delivering causes radical changes in her body – ones that make her Stanik’s helpless victim!

Just into her new job, Kathleen finds that her boss is a bit of a… well… arrogant and troubling person. After being told to deliver some papers, and told not to read them, Kathleen does and… things change. And not for the better.

The story revolves around Kathleen, her job, what happens around her, the rumours that she has heard and so on. Well into the story things take a turn and she is given a task, sadly that she makes a mistake in, and finds herself being transformed into a succubus in a very short period of time.

The succubi that appear, and there are quite a number of them once the truth is revealed, seem very much to be similar to the Warcraft succubi in appearance save that in this work, there is a heavy emphasis on they being “breeders” with the obvious appearance and so on. They aren’t quite stereotypical in that they aren’t really evil in tone or personalities, but as a whole they are… not very interesting. While the other succubi make a fleeting appearance, Kathleen’s transformation is both physical and mental which makes for some odd scenes as the story goes on.

I didn’t find a lot of heat in the erotica, really didn’t care for the story all that much, and while the transformation was quite well written, the emphasis in the work on “breeding” didn’t do much for me. The work is very short and as such there isn’t a lot of time for character development, background or some kind of grounding. It drives towards the erotica, has a smattering of a dominance theme in it and then comes to an abrupt stop when Kathleen’s future and the other succubi are revealed.

While there are no real editing mistakes, the work reads a bit odd at times and I couldn’t find my way into the story to enjoy it. The idea of some papers causing a transformation, how that unfolds and what is experienced works and I thought that was good… it’s just that the rest of the work didn’t.

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

There is a story here, there are some interesting characters but it doesn’t go far. It could, there’s a lot of open possibilities, but sadly none of them are taken and they should have been.



Mar 17 2016

Succubi Image of the Week 426

Something of a different look for this week’s Succubi… It’s actually something I think is very interesting in a lot of ways by far. Not all Succubi look the same obviously and sometimes their look catches more souls than anything else can…

June: Nomei by Tanadia

June: Nomei by Tanadia

This work is of a character called Nomei and is by an artist on DeviantArt called Tanadia. You can find the original page on DeviantArt with this work here and this artist’s page on DeviantArt can be found here as well.

There’s sort of a “goo girl” vibe to this art in a way, which I really don’t mind all that much. It’s interesting that her entire form is a single colour save for the runes on her back and her eyes, which makes me wonder if she might be in the midst of a transformation or something similar to that…

Her body shape goes well with her horns and hair and while her tail might be a shade long, I would think that it would be quite useful for “guiding” or “encouraging” her playthings to come a little closer…

Really a unique looking character and she’s quite the interesting Succubi in being so…



Mar 16 2016

It’s called Desire, but I really don’t…

Devilish Desire CostumeI do realize that my particular tastes are… shall we say… particular. I do like a certain look, I have very little tolerance for tacky, ugly, or simply bad costumes whatever they might be. However, sometimes, I will give a pitchfork or two for a costume that juts manages to get out of trashy and into almost decent. It’s not much of a difference really, but perhaps that’s all in the style more than anything else…

That still doesn’t mean that I would buy it however…

This is called the Devilish Desire Costume and it comes with the dress, the foil flame printed bodice, a glitter tulle skirt and collar and glitter horns. The pitchfork and shoes are not included however. It sells for about $50 US on most sites that I have found it on.

I really can’t say that I want to buy this by any means. It does nothing for me, though I will admit that I arched an eyebrow when I looked at the pitchfork the model is holding. Don’t care for the horns, the skirt or anything that’s offered here at all.

It isn’t quite tacky however, though it does come very close to crossing the line I think. The more telling thing, at least for me, is that I get a ballerina vibe from this costume and that, to me, means this might be a rehash of another costume, just dyed red.

Really nothing that I can do to make it better, certainly something I’d never be seen in. But, for some, it’s an option at least… Which is probably being kind.

One pitchfork out of five.

There’s better… really there is.



Mar 15 2016

A Review of Monsters of Pittsburgh: Succubus by Kate Whitaker

Monsters of Pittsburgh: Succubus by Kate Whitaker

Monsters of Pittsburgh: Succubus by Kate Whitaker

Succubi are not always the main characters of a story. Many times they are minor characters who appear for the purpose of moving the characters and the story forwards. Most of the time when this happens, there is, at least some, sort of meaning behind them.

However, at times succubi are simply cannon fodder to show what the main characters are like in a crisis, or to draw out their sexual natures or, sometimes, just window dressing to the larger story.

That’s not always a back thing when the succubus herself is so uninteresting and takes away from the plot as a whole. More so when the purpose of the work is to drop the reader into a universe running at top speed and leaves the reader trying to catch up.

  • Title: Monsters of Pittsburgh: Succubus
  • Author: Kate Whitaker
  • Length: 35 Pages
  • ASIN: B00MQA5Z5C
  • Publishing Date: September 8, 2014
  • This work at

The work tells the story of:

The Steel City has never been colder for Rick and Mina. On the rebound, they’ve spent the last three months doing nothing but sparring and killing monsters. In an attempt to break out of their rut, they decide to spend the night dancing and boozing at a club. Unfortunately for them, the succubus was there first.

Rick and Mina take a break and go to a club, but there is a problem. They are in the monster and demon hunting business and business has been much too good lately. Arriving in the club, they soon realize there is a succubus there… and she’s hungry.

This work is the first in the Monsters of Pittsburgh series by this author in which a group of hunters have to deal with the supernatural beings around them, within themselves, and those that they have to work with every day. The thing about this work is that the series begins in way where it feels like there is something that happened at the beginning of the story that isn’t explained or touched on much. As a result, there are references made and idle comments which don’t make a lot of sense in the first work, but as the series progresses, it makes a lot more.

Still, in this work, there are a lot of questions that aren’t answered and there are relationships that the characters know about, but the reader doesn’t. So, what happens is that things are a bit confusing at times and that’s a problem as there are a lot of subplots and events that come barrelling through the story, but don’t have a payoff in this work. They will, one assumes, later in the series however.

The work does not have the succubus at the core, who is not named in any case, and as such she is a very minor character. She is hinted at, in a round about way, for some time and the two main characters talk about what succubi are, how they hunt and feed, which I thought was really very interesting. However, in spite of the concepts, and for that matter her appearance, she acts very stereotypically for the short time she appears in the story.

The work really only uses the succubus as a means to show the main characters in action against her. Beyond that there wasn’t really any purpose for her in the story. The main point, that of getting the series up and running, is handled quite well by the interaction between the main characters and the supporting characters in the story. I suppose there needs to be some sort of conflict or source of tension, but here again, that tension is strong enough between the characters that the succubus could have not been part of this work. As well, the small amount of erotica, which is very quick and doesn’t really take the characters anywhere, didn’t really need to happen considering where the story ended.

But then this isn’t a work of erotica, it’s more of an action-adventure story and in that tone the story is well written the characters are interesting and I liked that it was so. It creates a strong and vibrant setting to base the series on, it allows for the main themes of the series to be explained and give direction to the characters and a mystery to deal with.

But as a succubus story it really isn’t one. There is a succubus, it’s interesting to watch the hunt for her unfold as it did, and it told of something interesting. Thing is that really nothing is done with her save a bit of mind control, taunting, and then a very one-sided resolution to things.

I’ll give this three out of five pitchforks.

There are further works in the series, which is a pleasant surprise considering how many series start and then fail to come to be. They all deal with various beings in their own way and build upon this work quite well. An interesting premise with interesting characters, which is always a good place to start…