Jun 07 2016

A Review of The Darkest Night by Sophie Avett

The Darkest Night by Sophie Avett

The Darkest Night by Sophie Avett

While there are characters that are told to be, at least partly, incubus in nature within themselves that can be a problem. It isn’t so much in that they are one of the incubi in some fashion, it is, regrettably, how some authors dangle the fact, that piece of their past and then do next to nothing with it.

More so, it is disappointing when reference is made to their past, where they came from, and in doing so the only real connection with them being incubus, in some fashion, is their sexual drives. That’s rather a shame because when their other aspects, and there can be many, also seem to have similar effects upon them, then what was the point of doing so in the first place?

  • Title: The Darkest Night
  • Author: Sophie Avett
  • Length: 571 Pages
  • IBSN: 9781311639257
  • Publishing Date: March 10, 2014
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work tells the story of:

Owner and operator of Bits and Pieces, and resident expert on charms and glamours, Elsa Karr is a witch with a sour frown and a list of things to do as long as Thor’s hammer. Top of the list is saving her father’s shop from ruin. If she isn’t trying to claw her way out of debt, she’s arguing with her cat, Fenris, or shoveling carts of cake into her gob. She’s not interested in romance or the vampire who rents the flat above her shop. All she wants is a little peace and chocolate—fine, all right! All right! The vampire is kind of screw-all cute. (Curse him.)

The disgraced son and heir of the Wingates House vampire clan and a mad-man to boot, Marshall Ansley spends most of his time working and dodging his mother’s phone calls. Marshall is beyond family. He’s beyond everyone, actually. Don’t be daft, he especially doesn’t do…Christmas. But behold, the plague brings an original flavor of annoyance this year when his boss tasks him with acquiring the account of a recluse fey and her upcoming Gothic clothing boutique, Sinister Stitches. That is the ONLY reason he’s bothering with his shrewish landlord. No, that’s it. No…really. Fine, if you insist, the witch might be a tad bit…all right, she’s adorable. (Damn her.) Scrooge meets Scrooge. Dominant meets Dominant. Tempers…spark. In each other, they may unfold a tale that only comes to pass on the darkest of nights.

The work is, as a whole, a romance story between a witch and Marshall who is a mixture of several different supernatural beings, one of these being an incubus. However, his most prominent self is that of a vampire and as such that tends to be the focus of his character. There’s very little actual commentary, or existence within the story, of his incubus side save for his sexual needs and thoughts.

Setting that aside, the book has an interesting little explanation about succubi and incubi in a glossary at the end of the work that I thought gave promise to something, but in the story itself that didn’t happen. Still, the concept was something I thought could lead somewhere, and I do wish that had transpired.

As such, this work really isn’t themed as being either succubus or incubus themed and being so that took quite a lot of my interest away from the work as a whole. It’s a shame really because in the few notes about Marshall’s incubus side, where that came from, and some of the incubi and succubi that inhabit this universe, came the possibility of something more about that. But it wasn’t to be.

As a vampire romance, it is a cute read, the characters are very expressive and I liked the interplay between them. The story’s adventure is well told, the events unfold in a complex weave and I did like that quite a lot. But there wasn’t enough to keep me involved with the work as much as I should have been.

It’s quite true that the story was written to have the vampiric nature of Marshall to be the driving force in the story, and that’s perfectly fine. But having so many other supernatural beings wrapped up inside of him complicated his character more than needed I felt. Considering the centring of his character on being a vampire above all else he is, I can’t quite see the point of his incubus aspects, or any of his others. A mention here and there about them doesn’t add much to him and that is a shame because those are aspects that could be expanded upon.

Well written, good characters, a unique setting and more. But there’s not much for those looking for succubi or incubi overall.

Three out of five pitchforks.

Yes, in some small, almost insignificant way Marshall is an incubus. But saying he is one, then only offering his sex drive as being the point of it left me rather cold. More of a vampire book than anything else, which does work, but for my personal interests I didn’t find a lot to hold onto.



Jun 06 2016

Passing By TeraS

This past Wednesday, June 1st, our lives changed forever. My Eternal’s mother was called to be with Goddess, and she answered the call.

Over the past while, readers of the Tale might have noticed the ongoing theme of loss, pain, tears, and more. Some will know the pain that walks with us now, some haven’t felt it. The loss of one’s mother is something you can’t quite put into words. It doesn’t matter if you are a child and cannot understand why mommy isn’t coming home, if you have left home and begun your life when the call comes, or if you have known this moment was on the horizon and were trying to make the most of every moment with her. It hurts. There is pain when her voice cannot be heard again. Pain when you know you will never see her smile, share a hug with her … anything. And there are tears, so many tears that you can’t see why they would ever stop.

Our families, both that of the real world and that of the Realm, are mourning her …


By TeraS


The day came.

The morning had arrived with the sun coming over the Lake, the skies above being a particular shade of blue that hadn’t been seen before. Not a cloud was to be seen; the rains had come to a pause shortly before the sun rose. It was like a hand had swept through the atmosphere, making everything clear, smooth, flawless.

Goddess had been preparing for this day. She had heard the words of a son asking a question … of a daughter pleading … of a soulmate quietly whispering to her in the middle of the night. She listened to the dreams of the one that could not speak any more, but whose voice rang out regardless.

There comes a time and place where the moment must pass, the step must be taken. Eternity waited for another of her children to return home. Goddess understood this; her children understood that there was a time for all and when the time came it would. But there was a promise …

… They would not be alone.

As the sun continued to rise, she watched a singularly bright soul: one that had touched many, given much, and wished but for one thing more.

Tera had been preparing for this day. She had been awakened by the first rays of light entering their bedroom, having slept for the first time in months. Her dreams were fading away now, but, somehow, there was a calm within her, a promise of some kind. She didn’t know exactly what it was, but the feeling of having an answer was there in her dreams.

As she laid there for a time, she whispered a little prayer, offered a small plea that, even if it was only in the smallest way possible, that the day would bring with it some hope … somehow. Looking to the clock on the nightstand, her eyes flickered past it to settle upon a picture there. She smiled, something she hadn’t done in so long that there was a bit of oddness to the moment. Her hand touched the picture frame, a murmured wish was spoken to the one there. Not for the first time she wished she could do something, wished she could find the answer, wished she could seek out the solution. Her thoughts began to swirl as they did from dawn to dusk trying to seek out something, anything, she hadn’t already tried.

They were running out of time.

Turning over, her eyes fell upon her Eternal. Words were not needed, she just held him quietly until he awoke. They shared a sigh, a wan smile, a shared hope for a cherished soul they both loved.

Keith had been preparing for this day. From the first moment the news had been delivered to their family he hadn’t slept well, if at all. The tears had come, the anger had visited, the guilt came to reside within him. Day after day, night after night, the time ticked by.

The utter unfairness of it all was the thing that ate at him the most. How unfair it was that someone with her love, her caring, her joy, her bright and wonderful soul was given such an awful fate. This, more than anything else, was what simmered within him for so long. It brought the rain, the tears and more. Things changed when he had asked his question of Goddess, being given an answer that did, in many ways, allow him to find himself again.

He couldn’t remember the last time he had slept through the night, awakening not with the feeling of dread within himself, but instead finding a measure of peace. Laying there with his Eternal, seeing the sunrise, noting the particular shade of blue that the sky showed told him that the moment was coming.

A kiss shared, a whisper of urgency. They needed to go.

Mom had been preparing for this day. The days had become long, painful, awful things. Her mind was strong, but her body had weakened more and more. She knew the day would come, knew it was lurking in the distance. Sleep came more and more often, the time awake was fleeting. Words didn’t come as they once did. Sleep was a respite from the pain, the suffering, the awful moments.

But sleep also took her away from the things that mattered: the voice of her eldest saying he loved her; the touch of her soulmate’s hand on her own; the whispered promise of her daughter; the love of her family, generations of them that came to say three words that echoed within her; the telling sounds of her friends that came to be with her, passing the time and telling stories. They might not be sure that she understood them, but they were heard.

The day came after a long night, the bed being warmed by the sun. Sleep came again, calling to her in a voice she hadn’t heard before. The voice talked about the moment being here, that it was time to go. She tried to explain that she wasn’t done, that there was much left to do. She relaxed when she heard the promise that she would see it all, know of what would be next. Her breathing slowed, her heart fading away.

She wondered if it was alright to rest. She heard voices now that she hadn’t heard in ages mixed with the new voice she didn’t know. She didn’t want to leave, but she couldn’t stay.

As she felt a hand she hadn’t known in so very long cup her own, her thoughts where not of herself, but of her love, her children, her family, and a promise made every day to them, one that she couldn’t make today. Or could she?

In that moment, in that instant, Goddess allowed her one last gift … for now. Words not spoken, but heard and held within the souls that loved her and always would.

Love you … See you soon …


For Mom.
Love you.
See You Soon.

Jun 05 2016

A Review of The Naughty Succubus Part 3: Revelations of Sin by Becca Lusk

The Naughty Succubus Part 3: Revelations of Sin by Becca Lusk

The Naughty Succubus Part 3: Revelations of Sin by Becca Lusk

A review of the third work in The Naughty Succubus series by Becca Lusk today on the Tale. I reviewed the first work a short time ago and then the second as well. There’s something about this series that I find captivating, but sometimes the story can’t quite get past the editing that it so dearly has been needing. While the second work improved on this, and the first was reissued with some changes, I hoped the third work would mark a shift to a clearer focus on story and character.

The past matters. If one cannot remember it, then one is, in the end, doomed to repeat it. But what if the past is the present and all you need to do is see past your nose to what’s in front of you. Sometimes that takes more than a pair of glasses to manage.

  • Title: The Naughty Succubus Part 3: Revelations of Sin
  • Author: Becca Lusk
  • Length: 40 Pages
  • ASIN: B01G42BKS8
  • Publishing Date: May 23, 2016
  • This work at Amazon.com

The story tells of:

Krys, our beautiful and HOT succubus is saddened that Trip does not remember her. Trip is wondering what he was supposed to remember when can barely think, let alone walk after Krys had her way with him over the weekend. She tells him to call her – or whatever it is that passes for calling amongst the dwellers of the netherworld – but doesn’t tell her how.

So what does Krys do? She enlists her hot and sultry friend to go talk some sense into Trip. And what does he do when he sees her? Well, you’ll just have to read and find out, won’t you? In the midst of all this, angels and demons descend (and ascend) for what’s shaping up to be one of the most sinful epics ever to span the multi-verse.


Krys has a problem. One, Trip doesn’t remember her. Two, she’s got two angels that don’t particularly like her and three, as much as she doesn’t like it, she’s had to ask for help. Still, there is hope and the past doesn’t have to repeat itself… hopefully.

This part of the series manages to create some very interesting history for Krys and in doing so provides some new plot threads to be explored. Not all of the answers are given, really it is a case of more questions to be wondered about and that works well.

Krys doesn’t really stagnate as a character here and that’s a bit of a challenge considering that she’s not really involved in the core plot very much, really being to the side of it. However she drives much of the other characters in being tangentially involved which leads to some amazingly funny scenes and dialogue.

Trip’s plot arc towards revealing his mystery doesn’t move very far as well, in truth it becomes far more complex. Much of the story follows Trip’s day and how odd it becomes. Overall, the moments becomes a little bit silly at times, which works well, and when push comes to shove, or rather Trip gets into a situation where the erotica of the work appears, it’s quite cute and fits into the overall story without feeling strange or odd. The erotica is a hot flash which has a fair bit of heat within it. I thought it was told well, Trip’s actions and then confusion were interesting and I wonder what comes of that.

Besides Krys, another succubi appears, named Valandra and the chemistry between the two of them results in possibly the singularly most laughter providing scene between two succubi that I have read in quite some time. I’m looking forwards to learning more about her, she’s unique and I liked that about her.

While the plot, the story and the characters remain very good and I enjoy them very much, the author needs to pay more attention to their editing. While it is better than the prior work, some of the dialogue is odd, the occasional scene is a little confusing and a bit more care in telling, rather than showing, the story might be the solution.

Three and a half out of five pitchforks.

The work needs some editing, mostly from the perspective of dialogue. Overall the storytelling is getting better, but as there is a mystery to develop, jumping around the point of things is making the story a bit scattered. Perhaps a little push is needed to make things settle.

Perhaps that might be through the slightly mischievous red tailed Queen of the Succubi Tera herself? Let’s see what the next part of the story reveals. I think it will be interesting…



Jun 05 2016

A Review of Slaves of Destiny by Leia Shaw

Slaves of Destiny by Leia Shaw

Slaves of Destiny by Leia Shaw

It is important that there is a connection between characters. There needs to be something that speaks to who they are, the needs and desires they have. But the better story is how they relate to each other and what they will do for the other’s sake.

There will be misunderstandings, confusion and some stumbling. But at the same time, when push comes to shove, making a choice can mean finding a soul mate.

  • Title: Slaves of Destiny
  • Author: Leia Shaw
  • Length: 62 Pages
  • Format: eBook
  • Publishing Date: December 16, 2013
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work is about:

More than a hundred years ago, the last nymph tribe was hunted to near extinction. Only one frightened girl escaped. Seraphina.

During a soul-searching expedition, philosophy professor, Bodhi, comes across an ethereal creature bathing in a waterfall. She’s both playful and beautiful and soon he finds himself bewitched. The fantasy crumbles when a winged figure steps from a portal and steals away the girl. Drawn to help her, he follows them into a world of nightmares.

Bodhi is in search of himself, going off into the depths of the wilderness in order to do so. Encountering a strange woman that speaks of being a Nymph, he thinks her to be odd at first. But seeing an incubus take her forces a decision and with that comes the answer he has been looking for all of his life.

The work is a really interesting mix of innocence, understanding and realization between both main characters. It becomes more so when Bodhi has to make a choice, and in doing so figures out what matters to him the most. Seraphina us just so very cute in her innocence, but also there’s a strong undercurrent of seeing, and knowing, more than someone like her should ever have to.

There are two incubi in the story, one is a rather thin character who’s story isn’t told, nothing really is learned about him other than he was hunting for Seraphina in order to sell her at auction. There’s some character there, but it is more of a “bad guy” level of characterization. The other… Well, that’s quite a surprise and a story in itself.

Needless to say, the second incubus really does matter and while I think the means to their appearing is a bit strange, I did enjoy how a lot of the problems that came from this were dealt with in the story. At some points it was a bit over the top, but there was still an undercurrent of cute and fun.

The erotica in this work is a lovely little hot flash at one point and a somewhat harsher, more wild encounter at the end. Bot work in their moments, if slightly strange from reading Seraphina’s perspective of things. Mixed into that, and a bit confusingly, was the number of supernatural beings that “needed” sex, and in the case of incubi, and one assumes, succubi, the “craving” that overcomes them needed to be explored a little more than it was.

That point wasn’t really explored and it does matter to the story overall. Considering just how focused Seraphina was, being a Nymph, putting that point out and not really developing it other than her growing need left a bit of subplot dangling. However, the connection between Seraphina and Bodhi is intense, clear, and when their thoughts are told, it feels right to who they are, where they came from and what each of them needs.

The ending does tie things up well, leaving the work on a lovely joyful point, but I felt like it also didn’t give rise to something more. There were comments, suggestions made, of the aftermath for both of them, and just the little hints really made me want to know what happened, how it all played out. After all of the detail, the time spent in putting the characters together, the race to the end, as perfect as it is, needed to be more I felt.

Well told, two wonderfully lost and found characters that tell a story that is just so much fun in the right moments and just as difficult in others. I would have liked to know more about incubi and for that matter, succubi in this universe. Calling them “sex creatures” felt a little bit of a cop out. I realize they aren’t the focus of the work and all, but still it would have been more interesting a tangent than “they need sex” and not much else.

Three and a half pitchforks out of five.

A cute, fun romantic story with some odd but interesting twists. The ending, while feeling right for the characters was too short and I wished there had been more. A little more detail about what being an incubus really means I think would have been nice and expanding on the ending as well would be have been too. Still, the story is deliciously innocent and wanton at the same time and that’s quite the thing to accomplish.



Jun 04 2016

A Bikini that is perfect for Morrigan Aensland

I was looking through Etsy again and I came across something that I thought was really well done. It isn’t just that the idea is a good one, or that how it is presented really works well. It’s mainly in how what has been drawn by many artists a cosplayer can bring to life.

Morrigan Aensland in a bikini…

Aensland Bikini by TejninsCosCreations

The model is Kassandra Leigh and the bikini is made by Tejnins CosCreations, who’s page on Etsy you can find here. This bikini creation can be found here on Etsy where it can be purchased for $70 US plus shipping charges.

I really like this design very much. It’s just such a lovely look and style. Side-tie bikinis are some of my favourite swimwear as well. I think this would look wonderful paired up with a wrap-around skirt in the same pattern… possibly with a nice pair of heels…

Something to think about really… Though I still would need to find a pair of Morrigan headwings to go with this and the wig as well…

It might be a little too thin for Halloween… or it might be quite hot… But that’s… another story…



Jun 03 2016

A Review of Chronicles of a Succubus: The Taking of Celeste by River Neilan

Chronicles of a Succubus: The Taking of Celeste by River Neilan

Chronicles of a Succubus: The Taking of Celeste by River Neilan

To write a work of erotica that has heat and passion is not a simple thing. There needs to be a connection to the characters, something that draws you into the story and promises something to come. Historical erotica is possibly one of the most difficult things to write because there is a certain tone, an expected way how the characters should act in order to hold the tapestry together.

If one can manage that, the story can be captivating in its own way. However if the ending doesn’t live up to all else before, then that is disappointing.

  • Title: Chronicles of a Succubus: The Taking of Celeste
  • Author: River Neilan
  • Length: 12 Pages
  • ASIN: B00V6UA9M2
  • Publishing Date: March 24, 2015
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work tells the story of:

A proper lady is about to have a nighttime run-in with a very improper guest.

London, England y. 1870 — Lady Celeste Hallward, six months into an arranged marriage, finds herself lacking something only her husband should be able to provide. Her lack of satisfaction has brought her to the breaking point. But then, in the dark of night, a beautiful, mysterious woman appears in her bed chamber, willing and able to do what her husband cannot. Desperate and yearning, Celeste finds herself entranced. The key to her satisfaction has come in a form most unexpected.

However, what Celeste does not stop to consider is that desperation can entice predators, and some predators are exceptionally skilled in disguise.

Celeste is lost sexually in a world where her desires are not taken into account. It isn’t that she doesn’t lover her husband, it is more that she cannot find the way to express her desires and this leads to her frustration. Awaking to a woman that offers her bliss, Celeste accepts and is taken down the path of her desires… but to what end?

The work is a hot flash of erotica with quite a lot of story around it. Celeste is a well told character with her needs, wants and desires, and they are made clear as the story progresses. She fits well into the historical context this work is set in, her thoughts aren’t “modern” and being so that sets up a framework for the story that remains throughout.

The succubus, who is never named, is described in a way that isn’t stereotypical, and I liked that mainly for the seductive nature of her. She plays upon Celeste’s needs, drawing much from her, and the heat in those scenes is really well done. There’s an aspect of wanton desire in both characters, but it doesn’t go outside of the boundaries of the time. Being so, that adds some depth to the story and the erotica and I think that worked really well.

As the works is told from Celeste’s perspective, the descriptions of touch, of the heat within her, the needs that build through the encounter, are wonderfully told and wrap the work quite well in them. Nothing is over the top, outrageously impossible, or silly. The scene makes sense, and that was a lovely thing as it did so.

The work ends rather suddenly however and in a manner that is somewhat stereotypical in nature. That in itself makes sense in the setting and what happens. Where the problem comes is that the way this work was presented, it seemed as if there was to be another work in the series and that never appeared.

It’s a shame really as the succubus was interesting and different. Following her path from this point onwards I think would be have been quite the read. More so if she passes through time and events in the world and how that changes her, if at all.

Well written, lovely heat in the erotica and being so the story is deliciously told. It is short, sadly, the ending is too abrupt as well. Perhaps more than a single encounter, more being told about Celeste would have made this more than it was. Story matters, this work has that, but with all of the threads left to play with that left me wanting.

Three and a half pitchforks out of five.

A lovely and hot tale that is really well wrapped up in the sensations and needs of Celeste, but the ending doesn’t live up to everything else. The way this work was presented seemed to suggest that this was the beginning of a series, but that never transpired and as such the mystery of the succubus herself is left unanswered.



Jun 03 2016

A Review of Lillian Possessed: The Awakening by A.C. Lords

Lillian Possessed: The Awakening by A.C. Lords

Lillian Possessed: The Awakening by A.C. Lords

A review of what seems to be the first work in a series that has a succubus appearing. It’s not quite clear if there will be a book two, the work ends rather abruptly and as such it should continue. There are some amusing little touches in the work, one of which will be very memorable to some and which made me smile as it is a very well known trope.

Still, there is promise in the story, even if it the story really doesn’t get anywhere overall before the abrupt ending.

If one discovers a shop were one has never been before, one should be very careful about what items might interest you. Some of them could have a surprise waiting to be revealed.

  • Title: Lillian Possessed: The Awakening
  • Author: A.C. Lords
  • Length: 13 Pages
  • Publishing Date: June 1, 2016
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work tells the story of:

When Lillian finds the strange old spell book in a shop downtown, she is unprepared for how much her life is about to change. Soon forces beyond her control have taken over, leaving her caught in a sexual storm of her own devising.

Lillian comes into possession of a spell book and discovers that she has summoned an incubus. But the book isn’t the only thing that is going to be possessed and Lillian might not be ready for all that means.

There really isn’t a succubus that appears in this first work. There is an incubus, which is the focal point of the work but still there is the hint of some sort of direction to the story which does take some cute little turns here and there before ending at a point where something interesting happens, but doesn’t get further than the tease of it.

One of the cute moments is a rather familiar store which appears in some mind control and TG/TF stories. In fact there’s a rather long series of stories which has this shop as a focal point. I’ve always found it interesting how the exact change needed to buy something from the store is what the main character has. Bit of a trope, but a fun one really and the author puts a neat little spin on things.

But the story mainly focuses on Lillian casting a spell, summoning an incubus and then what happens after that is a series of short pieces of erotica that finally climaxes with the pair in the throws of passion. The erotica has some heat to it, but there was some over the top moments that made me shake my head slightly.

The work is mainly then setting up what seems to be the beginning of a series, but that’s unclear by the time the cliffhanger ending happens. All signs are that there will be a part two, but the author just left the story hanging at the point where the succubus herself, known as Xenia, makes herself known.

It’s a little disappointing as the work is short, having spent so much time setting things up in a really good way which makes Lillian an interesting character. The erotica doesn’t take away from that character development, and there is a lot of that going on. It’s just the ending, more than anything else, that left me flat and wanting. It might have been nice to tell a bit more story before stopping. Even better to add a little “more to come” at the end to say there is another work to come.

Three out of five pitchforks.

No real appearance of a succubus as yet, though the ending certainly promises that. Perhaps the author needs to be more clear if there is another part to come or not however. Still, there seems to be something interesting brewing and I hope that comes out in whatever appears next.