Jan 09 2016

A Morrigan Aensland sketch WIP YouTube

Another artist’s process YouTube in drawing Morrigan Aensland today on the Tale… The post is familiar, in truth there are quite a number of artists that have used the original image as the basis for their art and I think how each interprets that is telling in a lot of ways…

 

And in case you cannot see this video on the Tale, please try this link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLgKSRSELnQ

As well, of course, here is the finished artwork as shown in the video…

Morrigan Aensland by 234BANDICOOT

Morrigan Aensland by 234BANDICOOT

As I mentioned, this art does remind me of something that quite a number of artists have applied their own talents to. In this case what strikes me is the expression that Morrigan has here which seems to be sort of a hesitation or something similar. There’s a kind of tension around her in this image, at least to me for some reason…

It’s a bit different than what I have come across and I think it’s interesting for that…

 

Tera

Jan 08 2016

A Review of Lexi and the Devil by Michaela Daphne Taylor

Lexi and the Devil by Michaela Daphne Taylor

Lexi and the Devil by Michaela Daphne Taylor

I’ve found, on occasion, that some of the works that appear on a search for succubus books have, barely, a connection to the subject. Many times the actual appearance of the succubus is for less than a page, means really nothing, and as a whole, reflects how little story there is for all of the attempt at writing a hot flash.

Then comes the other problem which is that when the main character is dislikable from the first moment, it doesn’t matter if the erotica is there or not, if the story is good or not. Driving a wedge between the reader and the story usually results in disappointment for everyone.

The work tells the story of:

Lexi wants to be rich. So much so that she sells her soul, offering Satan eternal sexual pleasure in return for worldly wealth. Little does she know that the contract comes with a catch. Furious with the deceit, Lexi vows to take revenge and finds the perfect moment in Satan’s personal BDSM dungeon. The torturer becomes the tortured, but could this be what the devil secretly desires?

Lexi makes a deal with the devil, but that deal turns out to be very one sided. Having lost, in more than one way, Lexi confronts him, looking to have her revenge. The thing is, the devil is holding all of the cards, and Lexi is playing his tune.

The only appearance of a succubus in this work comes at the very end when the devil makes Lexi an offer, she accepts, and its transformed. Otherwise the work just revolves around Lexi’s attempts at being “evil” getting what she desires and then being sent off to pay at the hands of the devil.

There’s a good deal of BDSM in the story, but it’s almost cartoonish, really doesn’t have any heat in it, and overall just served as a means to draw the two main characters into the same place at the same time. There’s a bit of character development, though it is very thin, but that does nothing to overcome the main problem I had with the work.

It simply wasn’t interesting.

There was no heat, no passion. There wan’t one character that I cared about in the work, nor was there really anything that hooked me in the story. If it wasn’t for the possibility of there being a succubus in this work, really I wouldn’t have read this. Seeing that Lexi isn’t really a succubus, save for the very last page of the work, it mainly focuses upon some BDSM fantasies that just read and felt wrong in a lot of ways.

It’s a bit more confusing in that while Lexi is a paper thin character with only one thing on her mind, the devil is actually interesting to a point. There’s more to him than Lexi and that again hurt things because the main character should be central to the story as a whole. The devil, and hell for that matter, are larger, more interesting characters than Lexi.

Lexi being a gold-digger, if one who knows a little bit about supernatural things, just wasn’t a hook for me. She has her big scene at the beginning which clearly tells of her one-track mind and desires, but little else. Even when she’s confronted by the devil, she doesn’t change her attitude or anything else about her.

Little heat, really not much story, the focus is on the BDSM erotica and that just doesn’t ring true. The story is, as a whole, average and that’s being kind. I think there could have been more time spent in story to balance out all of the erotica and, perhaps in doing so, there would be something more of a hook as well.

One out of five pitchforks.

Really nothing of interest here, though the idea isn’t a bad one. The work needs to be developed more and with that there could be something more to this as well.

 

Tera

Jan 08 2016

A Review of A Byte of Paradise by J.G. Scape

A Byte of Paradise by J.G. Scape

A Byte of Paradise by J.G. Scape

A review today of the first work in the Tales of a Hotel Succubus series, a series that, for me, offers a wonderful story, excellent writing, and a Succubi who is, very much, like one of the Succubi of the Realm than anything else. I’ve said so often that I would love to discover more authors that create Succubi that are different, and Kat, the Succubus of this series, has that certain something that I adore most of all…

She has a soul, she cares, and it matters.

It is the story of:

Lori Moss, a programmer working in software sales, finds herself the sole occupant of a honeymoon suite at a beachside resort hotel after catching her ex-fiance, James, in the arms of her best friend. After getting some odd advice from a bellhop, Lori seeks out a mysterious woman to forget James, but discovers more than she was expecting from the woman, the island, and herself.

Lori’s life has gone off the rails. Her fiancé cheated on her, and now she’s stuck on a trip were it seems that she’ll be alone in her misery. A chance encounter leads her to meet Kat, who isn’t like anyone she’s ever met. Kat’s purple, she’s a succubus, a sex demon if you prefer, and she’s going to show Lori that there’s more to her, and herself, than she ever knew before.

The most amazing thing about this work is the underlying humour that seeps into so much of what happens. While there are some serious moments, some lovely hot erotica, and the characters have their own compelling stories, it’s the running commentary from Kat at times that keeps the story full of light and makes it adorably cute so often.

Lori is a character who comes across in the work as being very real, grounded, and in need of someone to talk to. She has background, a story to tell, and as things unfold it’s nice to see how her story is given a means to be told, expanded on, and for her character to develop further.

As well, there are several secondary characters that I found fascinating, possibly the one I want to know the most about is Bianca. She’s mysterious but captivating as well. There’s an untold story which I feel like would be something amazing to tell. The hints about that are ones I wanted to see explored, but they weren’t. Still, that didn’t really disappoint me as her presence in the work more than made up for that.

The succubus of the story, or sex demon, is Kat and she’s wonderful. The thing about her is that what matters about her, what makes her an attractive character isn’t what she is, but who she is. Her personality shines in the work, her humour is joyfully shared, and I was just captivated by her. While she is a futa succubus, that isn’t important really to who Kat is. I make that point because while the erotica focuses upon that, the rest of the work really doesn’t very much. In doing so, that allows Kat to be who she is, to be part of Lori’s life, and to take that story, what it means to both characters, in directions that feel right most of all.

Kat does use her powers from time to time, but in doing so they are used in ways that make sense and aren’t in the story for the sake of proving that she is a succubus. There’s meaning to her actions, why she does things. There’s nothing foolish because of this, there are solid explanations to why things happen, what Kat can do, but the story isn’t bogged down in trying to explain every aspect of Kat. There’s a certain faith in her that one gets through the story and when Kat’s magic happens… It really is magic.

There are several hot flashes of erotica in the work which revolve around Kat and Lori. In these appear some really well described moments of Kat’s powers and their effect on Lori that I loved. A kiss with Kat is more than a kiss sometimes, and how that all unfolds was heartfelt and deliciously written. I didn’t feel like the erotica was over the top save for one scene which might have been pushing the limits of things a bit, but, again, the scene came to a close with a good, logical ending that I appreciated.

The work ends on a series of notes, allowing a lot of the storylines to complete. Still with that the ending leaves quite a number of paths open for Lori, Kat and Bianca and in doing so that leads towards the next work in the series, whatever form it may take. The ending isn’t sudden, it fits in with the story, it makes sense, and it left me wanting to see more. Really the best kind of ending for the first work in a series. A story closes the loop, but as well, it leaves threads to be pulled on and explored.

Really a wonderful story, amazing characters and the entire universe does have a lot of possibilities to play with. There are a few minor spelling mistakes here and there, but, very minor. I would have liked to know more about Kat, how things work, but that’s part of the appeal really. I also would have liked the story to be somewhat longer, mainly because the chemistry that Kat has with Lori, among others, would have been nice to see more of and explore further. I do hope that happens.

Four and a half out of five pitchforks.

I want the next work in the series, right now. Seriously. I love Kat dearly… She reminds me of someone… I wonder who that could be? More than that, this work brings me a lot of hope for all the strength in the writing, the characters, and more.

I hope Kat returns very soon.

 

Tera

Jan 07 2016

Succubi Image of the Week 416

For the first image of the Succubi for 2016, I found a lovely Librarian of the Succubi who I think is adorable, cute and most of all… she has the perfect set of glasses…

Hell's Librarian by himebuns

Hell’s Librarian by himebuns

This work is called Hell’s Librarian and is by an artist on DeviantArt called Himebuns. You can find the original page where I found this work here and this artist’s page can be found here as well.

She’s just an adorable Succubus I think from the tips of her hair to the tips of her toes. A lovely smile, a cute expression, big cute eyes, her outfit simply just is perfect for her too. I wish that her horns had matched her tail, the green makes them fade into her hair and while that might be a good thing it caught my attention. Speaking of her hair, it’s wonderfully textured and styled in a way that simply fits for her.

It makes me smile to think that she’s reclining on a sort of bean bag, a pile of books beside her and being tempting not just for her lovely Succubiness, but also the knowledge that she holds within herself. There’s more to her behind that smile and I think that’s a wonderful thing…

 

Tera

Jan 06 2016

The garter might work, the whip doesn’t…

Devil Whip With GarterFinding the right accessories for a Succubi costume is not the easiest of things. Many of them are tacky, ugly, and quite frankly make me shake my head for the silliness of them. Now, one of the more popular items seems to be a “devilish” whip to be carried along… I can sort of see that, in a way, but really things like this just make me shake my head and sigh…

This waste of material is a Devil Whip With Garter and it sells for anywhere between $24 US and, when on sale, $7 US.

It’s… well tacky and silly are the most obvious things to say, but really there’s so much more. I don’t mean that in a good way either. I mean that in a “why would you bother with something like this” way.

It’s not even practical, and yes I know that saying something like that doesn’t make a lot of sense because it’s not meant to be practical. But really why bother with something that’s so small as to be more of a wand than a “whip” as it is described…

Come to think of it, it might be a better idea to cut the whip part off and use it as a “magic wand” or something like that because really that handle looks to me more like a wand than anything else…

We begin the year with giving this zero pitchforks out of five.

Seems like we ended last year in the same way… I hope that isn’t telling…

 

Tera

Jan 05 2016

A Review of Demon Lust by Snowe Foxx and Panthera

Demon Lust by Snowe Foxx and Panthera

Demon Lust by Snowe Foxx and Panthera

I’m starting the new year of reviews with something of a disappointment in the hope, though it may be fleeting, that there will be better things to come as the year progresses. It’s always disappointing when story is sacrificed for erotica, no matter what form it may take and when it does even the best of twists in the ending can’t really help to make things better regrettably.

Many times the stories about incubi, in whatever forms they may be, tend to focus on one point only. Getting the main character and the incubus together as quickly as possible and then seeing what happens from there. It’s more challenging to draw out the story and make it more before going off the rails.

It is the story of:

Priest Daniels is a bored, sacrilegious man of the cloth who is about to come face to face with the most frightening creature known to man: a demon. This is no ordinary demon, however. Demos is a very large, imposing man with incomprehensible powers; powers he employs in his quest for the hapless priest’s soul.

Will Daniels be able to ward off the extraordinarily good-looking demon’s advances and prevail against the Devil’s minion? Or will he succumb to his wile and charm?

Daniels finds a demon is delving for his soul. After a time the struggle ends, the need overcomes and the results are quite unexpected.

This can only be described as a hot flash and really not much more than that. There isn’t a lot of story outside of the interaction between the main characters and the majority of that tends towards constant pushing by Demos, the incubus of the work, until Daniels’ will crumbles and he succumbs. It’s hard to find much story otherwise because, as a whole, there isn’t.

There is a smattering of set up, but beyond that point the story takes on a dream-like quality and as such any character development is left to the side as the erotica heats up and things transpire. It’s a shame really because there is a story to be told, but that doesn’t have the opportunity to come out and it should really.

There is an interesting twist at the end of the work, which consists of three lines of dialog, which I would have loved to see develop more than it is. It’s unclear who, exactly, is speaking save that it is a woman of some description, with the most interesting question that she puts to Daniels. There’s a story in those three lines that, I think, tells a lot more than what this story did. It gives some needed background, a reason for things happening as they did and more.

But that never happens. The story leaves a lot of questions about what happened, what could happen as a result, and more. Perhaps the author would have been better served to continue this work from where it ended and tell the other part of the story.

Certainly, at least for me, it couldn’t have hurt.

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

Overall the characters are a bit stereotypical, the direction of the story was telegraphed from the beginning and the ending, and is one to ponder mind you, couldn’t get me out of the disinterest that the work had. Erotica alone isn’t a good story. Too much of that here by far.

Jan 05 2016

A Review of The Beast Within by Natalie Severine and Eric Severine

The Beast Within by Natalie Severine and Eric Severine

The Beast Within by Natalie Severine and Eric Severine

The third review of the ongoing series called Lily Quinn written by Natalie and Eric Severine. You can find the first review here and the second review can be found here on the Tale.

The one thing about the series so far is that, at least for me, who Lily is, her history, that hasn’t been told very much. It’s been referenced only fleetingly before the story turns towards the erotica and in doing so leaves only a lot of questions behind. For the third work in the series my hope was that there would be character growth along with… other things growing…

It tells the story of:

Let me introduce myself. My name is Lilith Quinn, but you can just call me Lily. I’m a sex-powered half-succubus bounty hunter working for a College of sorcerers who pay me in gold to deal with monsters. My life just gets weirder from there.

There’s a werewolf loose in the city. I don’t know who the hell he is, but it’s my job to catch the guy before he can hurt anyone or spread his demonic curse. The College wants me to take him alive, but werewolves are strong, fast and tough as hell to catch. This is going to be a challenging hunt and I’ll need a lot of power to finish it.

You remember what I need for power, right? So let’s get started.

Lily is on the hunt for a werewolf, but there are complications. One is Stefano, the bounty hunter that Lily knows intimately, or so she thinks. The other is the werewolf himself, who is more trouble than Lily expected. Sometimes a chance has to be taken, and when it is, things don’t always turn out for the best.

Lily’s story continues in this work, and as such she encounters yet another supernatural being, but in this case things are quite a bit more brutal, as a whole in the encounters. As a result there is an opportunity to learn more about Stefano, who Lily has been intimate with before in the series. His story is really quite unexpected and I liked that there was a good reason why he wound up where he is. I enjoyed the interplay between Stefano and Lily, I think it showed in a lot of ways how Lily is seen by others, not always in the best light, but it does tell of a lot of things that weren’t quite made clear in the first work.

As well, there’s a good deal of story background shared about Max, the single human in Lily’s life and how they are connected. It gave a little insight to Lily, which I enjoyed, it broadened both of their characters and most importantly, it’s set up a lot of sexual tension that I think will be interesting to watch unfold.

The universe, in how things work, is explained a bit more as well. There are some really unique explanations about how things work, and as well, where succubi and incubi fit into things. I thought the explanation of the werewolf curse was stunningly intelligent and I think it showed a lot of imagination on the author’s part for doing so.

At this point in the series however, Lily’s sexual encounters are becoming a little bit repetitive as a whole, at least where it comes to Max, and to a lesser extent to Stefano. The heat is good, the scene are quite involved, but there’s a hint of repetitiveness that took some of the heat away. There is a scene with the werewolf as well which started out quite hot, but then turned in a rather over the top and somewhat violent way. What happens along the way between Lily and the werewolf makes sense, but it is possibly the most violent the series has been so far.

But this is a vignette, a little pause in the overall series arc I feel as the prior stories which offered hints of something larger going on, aren’t touched on in this work. At times there is a feeling of a info dump going on, if one that is very well done as to be interesting most of all.

I wish there has been more story about Lily’s past, at least as much as was told about Max and Stefano at the least. I feel like we know Lily, but we don’t. She’s hiding a lot of her past, only small bits coming out and nothing more. I wish there was a little less focus on Lily having sex and more about Lily… being herself. It’s hinted at, suggested, but not really focused on and it needs to be.

Three and a half out of five pitchforks.

I liked that two central characters had their stories told, but that still leaves Lily’s story untold and it really needs to be. As much as I understand that the point of the series is the erotica, focusing on that at the expense of the larger story and characters seems to be a bit of a shame.

 

Tera

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