Nov 12 2015

Succubi Image of the Week 408

Quite a unique image of Morrigan Aensland this time for the Succubi of the Week… When I look at this art, I feel like it is sort of something you might find in a book of spells and i think that’s an interesting thought…

Morrigan Aensland by barachan

Morrigan Aensland by barachan

This work is by an artist on Pixiv called Barachan and you can find the original page with this art here.

I think this is one of the most unique images of Morrigan that I have seen. I am not sure whether this is more of an image in a spell book sort of thing or, as I think about this more, possibly some sort of Tarot card image?

The question then becomes…. What does Morrigan represent then?

Setting that question aside, I just really like the style and flair of this art, how vibrant and alive Morrigan is here and how she looks. She’s a bit Manga in form I suppose, but I think that adds a lot of depth to this art.

There’s a kind of wildness here, perhaps a bit of uncontrolled passion or power that, in a lot of ways, seems to capture much of Morrigan herself…

Quite the powerful image and one that I do like simply for how unique it is..

 

Tera

Nov 11 2015

They are Remembered by TeraS

Candle of Remembrance It is my personal tradition that on this day, at this time, I pen something in remembrance.

The words themselves cannot, truly, express what has been lost, been sacrificed. We cannot, really do so. But we can give thanks and remember.

 

 

They are Remembered
By TeraS

They stand in the moment
Their thoughts their own
They recall lives
Their memories clear

The days past
They remember
The lives lost
They recall

A moment of laughter
They smile
A moment of tears
They shed

Sharing a drink
They once tasted
Sharing fears
They come again

Seeing the battle
They cry out
Seeing them fall
They look away

Celebrating the end
They cheer
Celebrating the loss
They reminisce

Time passes on
They live on
Time wears on
They push on

Forgotten heroes
They do not
Forgotten sacrifice
They cannot

Remembering their faces
They can like yesterday
Remembering their voices
They hear like they are there

Remember for a moment
They salute
Remember them
They do

Nov 11 2015

Heart By TeraS

Today is my heart’s birthday. While I know he wishes no fuss or bother, there will be a little so today for him from myself and my Eternal… and, here, a birthday poem too…

Heart
By TeraS

There is one heart
That gave light
Who showed

Visit at the fence
To share time
Going beyond
Accepting

Stories shared
Trust given knowing
Laughter some
Tears others

Recipe for life
Ingredients for giving
Baked in warmth
Always shared

Two families
Blessed by Goddess
To know love
For always

A wish today
Card written
Flowers sent
Bringing prayers

Just the usual
No fuss made
Only to give
A smile

From Dear One
To her Heart
Wishing a blessed
Happy Birthday

 

Happy birthday my heart always…

 

Your Dear One

Nov 10 2015

Goodbye Britty… We love you…

I’m not going to be telling a story today. Not going to be reviewing something. Last night… We said goodbye to our dog Britty. As I am writing this, it is almost an hour since we left the emergency room. I am looking at her hair on my clothes, her collar on my desk and I am crying. I can see her blanket, here beside me, and it just gets harder by the moment. I want to hear the clicking of her paws on the floor, I want to see her tail wagging. I want to hear her yipping and watch her run around the yard…

And I can’t.

I want to scream in frustration for this. I want to. Goddess… I so want to. All I have right now are the tears. I know there wasn’t a choice. I know that this was “for the best” and… I just keep crying.

We stood outside, in front of our house, and just held each other and cried. Goddess we cried. It’s hard on me, but Goddess it’s so much harder on Keith.

All we have, for now, is her collar and I have been rubbing it between my fingers over and over again. She will be home, we saw to that. She’ll be with Rudy, she’ll be in our family room where she can see her chair, watch us, and know that she’s home.

She’s home.

Goddess please, look after her.

Sunlight streams through window pane
unto a spot on the floor….
then I remember,
it’s where you used to lie,
but now you are no more.

Our feet walk down a hall of carpet,
and muted echoes sound….
then I remember,
It’s where your paws would joyously abound.

A voice is heard along the road,
and up beyond the hill,
then I remember it can’t be yours….
your golden voice is still.

But I’ll take that vacant spot of floor
and empty muted hall
and lay them with the absent voice
and unused dish along the wall

I’ll wrap these treasured memorials in a blanket of my love
and keep them for my best friend until we meet above.

 

Tera

Nov 09 2015

Snoops Part Two by TeraS

A long time ago on the Tale, I started writing a story called Snoops. I think of it as, in a way, sort of a succubi spy story; you can find Part One here. I finally figured out where I wanted to go next, and so … let’s see where this takes me …

 

Snoops
Part Two
By TeraS

 

Two months after Tera had met with Deirdre and Nadia, plans were afoot and the two succubi were deeply involved in them. They had found, to their surprise, that, while Tera had given her tacit approval to their plans, they really weren’t all that sure what to do next.

Setting aside the rest of their problems, their first item of business was where they were going to set up shop. Even this question was something that they had been arguing over for some time. Deirdre wanted a place out in the middle of nowhere in the Realm, far away from prying eyes. Nadia pointed out they could really put themselves anywhere in the Realm and just bampf there.

They were walking down the main boulevard in one of the Realm’s more popular fashion districts when Deirdre came to a stop and Nadia, in the midst of texting a message to the bean counters to leave her alone, walked straight into her.

Rubbing her purple tail, Deirdre turned: “That’s the place. It’s perfect.”

Nadia was speechless when she saw it. Tera had told them, clearly, to find a nice quiet place in the Realm and Deirdre was almost mesmerized by a rickety building that looked like it hadn’t been used in years. She sighed and put her phone away: “Out of the way. Quiet. Not sticking out. What part of this don’t you get?”

Deirdre pulled her along towards the building and explained: “This place was once—oh gosh, a long time ago—one of the biggest. Everyone came here; it was just amazing what you could find.”

Looking up, Nadia saw an old three story building, paper over the windows, and a sign on it that directed interested succubi and incubi to call the Palace if they wanted to use it for whatever reason they might have. But it seemed like no one had a use for it, hadn’t for some time. “Why are you so thrilled?”

Deirdre was trying to peek between two sheets of paper over one of the windows: “I used to work here, right after I got my tail. It was the most fun I ever had … well, except for spending the night with a certain green-tail who can give an amazing tail massage.”

Nadia blushed, a little: “You’re just lucky that I get bored easily.”

Deirdre turned and kissed her on the lips before holding her close: “Well, the whole idea is to see to that you don’t get bored again, y’know.”

Nadia sighed and then walked past Deirdre, towards the main doors: “Flatterer.” Her tail swished in that certain way that told the purple-tail she was feeling frisky. “Come on, let’s have a look at this place.”

The door was open, as was the way of the Realm, and the two peered inside, curiously. The lights weren’t on, but it was clear, mostly, they were looking at a large, open space, a flight of stairs at the back leading upwards and another downwards into an inky darkness.

Pulling a small penlight out of her purse, Deirdre led the way, Nadia closing the door behind them: “Who owned the store?”

Deirdre was poking about here and there with her light: “Farah. No, not that one—I know you are going to ask.”

The green-tail stayed close, but looked at the ceiling in some frustration: “You aren’t Tera, and you can’t read my mind.”

“No, but I know how you think, and you were thinking it. Anyway, Farah was really into swing, she loved the fashions and she had a really interesting way of promoting the shop.”

“Nude dancers?”

Deirdre giggled: “No. That would be that place two streets over. You know the one; they have their salespeople doing striptease while you shop.” She waved the flashlight off in one direction: “When we were working, we wore her fashions, obviously, but we also had to talk the talk and walk the walk. It was like you were walking back in time when you came in the store. But what set things apart was that the second floor was a nightclub and, when you came in, if you weren’t all dolled up, you had to go and buy her stuff. Considering how popular the club was, it was a no-brainer.”

“Sounds like fun.”

“It had its moments. But, eventually, the fashions changed and Farah retired, closing the shop and then going off somewhere. I haven’t heard from her in a long time.” Approaching the stairs, Deirdre pointed the light upwards: “The upper floors are like this, Farah cleared everything out. So we can turn all of this into whatever we want. It’s the basement that I’m interested in.” She tried a light switch beside the stairs and found the light had burned out. Turning her light downwards, it was clear there were a couple of steps that looked like they were ready to fall apart. At least, that’s what it looked like.

Nadia, the wiser, if not older of the two, was looking into the darkness, her green tail moving slowly behind her: “Are you really sure about this?”

Deidre, being a purple-tail and therefore loving mystery, shrugged and then made her way down the stairs: “No, not really. But we need to get a look at things. Tera isn’t going to be a lot of help, so we need to figure things out on our own.”

“Including falling down a flight of stairs?”

The chocolate-skinned purple-tail started down them: “Yup, if we need to.”

It turned out that the stairs were stronger than they appeared, and, after two flights, they found themselves in the basement. As Deirdre moved the flashlight around, it became clear that the basement wasn’t exactly empty. Where she had expected another empty space, where she was planning on starting out their enterprise, they found stack after stack of boxes, piled to the ceiling in places. There was just enough room for the two of them to squeeze by, though at least once they bumped a stack of boxes and it swayed menacingly before settling down again.

“I thought you said this place was empty?”

“Well, it’s supposed to be. Farah wasn’t the sort to leave a mess behind. This isn’t like her at all.”

Turning around a corner of crates, Deirdre noticed a single sheet of paper laying on top of them. Shining her flashlight on it, she shook her head … and once again the blonde Asian walked straight into her, brushing her tail in the process …

“Ow! Darn it …”

… and dropping her flashlight, which then rolled off along the floor before it went out.

In the pitch black, Deirdre called out: “Don’t move. There’s another light switch against the far wall. I’ll find it.”

Nadia was brushing her hands against a wall of boxes: “Why don’t we just make some light with magic instead of messing around?”

“No! Wait!”

The green-tail tossed her right hand to the side, creating a ball of light which blinded the pair of them.

“Hey! What the … ? Gosh damn it!”

Blinking, Nadia mumbled: “Some snoops we are. Can’t even make our way through a basement without making a mess of things.”

Her dark partner came back and reached for the sheet of paper, reading it and then shaking her head: “Yeah. I think we got led into this one.”

The note read:

To the Snoops: It’s about time you got here. You need a cover story, so this is it. Deirdre, you worked with Farah a long time ago. You know what to do. Nadia, I think you’ll find the basement has some interesting features that will be helpful. Move your tails now, you’ve been messing around for long enough, and watching the two of you going in circles is making me dizzy.

The letter was signed with a very familiar “T.”

Deirdre looked at the ceiling: “I should have known. Tera’s always got something cooking.” She heard some rustling from off in the distance and followed it to find Nadia looking through one of the boxes. She was waist deep in the box, her tail moving about happily, in that way that Deirdre recognized as her friend finding something she really liked.

“So, what are we going to be selling? Shoes? Jewelry? Cans of Redi-Whip and coconut oil?”

Nadia poked her head out of the box: “Better. Never let anyone tell you that Tera doesn’t keep her tail out of things … or that she doesn’t have a sense of humour.”

The following month a new shop opened, the buzz surrounding it bringing citizens from far and wide to attend the opening day. The building had changed dramatically from what it had been a short time before. Now a sleek and modern, well-lit, and, all things considered, quite loud fashion store was in full swing, the place packed with shoppers looking at the items on display.

Nadia was in the midst of talking to a visitor to the Realm and explaining how one of the items they were looking at did, in fact, have that hole in the right place for any of the succubi or incubi when she heard a voice behind her.

“Nice to see what you’ve done to the place. I always hoped someone would take up where I left off.”

Turning away from her customer with an apology, Nadia found herself looking at a smiling platinum blond with red horns: “Um. Thank you. I’m sorry, but I don’t know you.”

The blond, her hair in a bun, a smokey almond sheen to her skin, was wearing a vinyl corset and skirt in black that told Nadia one important thing: this succubi was used to getting her way and wasn’t afraid to make sure that it happened the way she wanted.

Her partner’s voice came from behind before she could ask another question: “I do.” Deirdre walked around Nadia and then embraced the new arrival. Before the green-tail could speak, the two of them were twining tails and kissing each other deeply.

Nadia felt a flush of … disappointment as she watched. The kiss wasn’t a kiss of hello. It was clear that whoever this was, Deirdre knew her intimately. Nibbling her lip, she asked: “Who are you?”

The two finished their kiss and then the Asian green-tail found herself smothered in a kiss that was every bit as hot as the one her partner had gotten moments before. When it ended, she barely managed to whisper: “Wow.”

For that, she got a squeeze of her tail before the platinum blonde pulled hers away: “It’s nice to know that I haven’t lost my touch.”

Deirdre then offered: “Nadia, this is Farah. We … a long time ago … I mean …”

Farah looked sideways at the purple-tail: “No need to be bashful. I was Deirdre’s mentor when she became one of the succubi. I know her intimately.”

Nadia answered, with a little hesitation: “I’m …” She looked at her companion, then continued: “… Deirdre’s lover and partner.”

Deirdre’s purple tail shot straight up into the air for an instant in a way that was unmistakable before she quickly recovered herself asked: “What are you doing here? I haven’t heard from you in ages! What brought you here?”

“Oh … Tera called me. Said that you and your partner … “in crime” I think is how she put it … needed someone to help you both out. I’ve been out of touch for a while, but fashion is fashion, and I know that much.” She looked around the store: “So, tell me: which one of you has the secret agent fetish? Who’s idea was to call this place ‘Snoops’?”

Deirdre and Nadia looked at each other, then answered in unison: “It’s all Tera’s fault.”

Nov 08 2015

A Review of Wanted Undead or Alive by Natalie Severine and Eric Severine

Wanted Undead or Alive by Natalie Severine and Eric Severine

Wanted Undead or Alive by Natalie Severine and Eric Severine

The first review today of a new series called Lily Quinn written by Natalie and Eric Severine. The series is projected by the authors to be thirteen works in total, one each being released each month through next year.

Sex is part of being a Succubus, it is what gives power, control, and, most of all, a certain attitude. Being a half-Succubus only means that you have to be that much better to make your mark in the world. Sometimes that means taking care of problems and getting paid for doing so… and if there happens to be some sex along the way, that’s not such a bad thing is it?

It tells the story of:

My name is Lily Quinn. I’m a bounty hunter. I work for the College of wizards to hunt down monsters that go bump in the night. If they’re hot, sometimes I bump right back.

There’s a vampire in my city and my employers want him dead. His creator, too, if I can find the guy. I don’t have much to go on, but I think I can oblige. Vampires are deadly and beautiful – just the way I like them. I’m going to need a few things first, though, starting with a man and ending with a stake.

I just hope it will be enough.

Lily is a girl with a problem, actually quite a laundry list of them. She’s half-Succubus, which means she loves to get intimate with one special human… and a lot of supernaturals that get in her way. She’s a bounty hunter, which means she puts her life on the line to take care of those supernaturals that she’s picked up a bounty on. Then comes the problem of a bunch of wizards that aren’t quite sure of what to make of her exactly. At least she doesn’t have to worry about her figure. Her own and the money she’s making as one of the best bounty hunters there are.

There’s little time to get to know Lily, or the people that she knows well, some of them very intimately in this work, the story jumps into gear from the beginning and doesn’t pause anywhere along the way. It’s a rather interesting mix of erotica, those scenes being very hot, some action/adventure, which keeps things moving, and a dash of mystery. While the majority of the story centres around Lily having fun with the human she trusts, and then the vampires that she doesn’t. there’s a good start made to fleshing out the series overall.

Lily has a strong voice, she is the narrator and soul of the work, and there are some amazingly funny moments that come in her thoughts. While little is said about how Lily got where she is, her current situation is fleshed out well, the important characters to her have their moments, and she is a solid female lead to the series from her first appearance.

The work falls heavily on the erotica within, the story pausing quite often for Lily to have her moment to recharge and then continue on her adventure. While that makes sense with who she is, and how being a Succubus works for her, there’s perhaps a little too much emphasis on the erotica for the first work in a new series.

As an aside, Lily has not, or at least, has not shown, that she has horns or a tail, but she has the stunningly beautiful figure of a Succubus, red hair and all. She also has quite the fashion sense and interesting taste in automobiles. Which leads me to wondering how Lily connected with Max, and I want to see how that unfolded. That all said, it brings me to the thing I felt was missing in this work.

Lily is an amazingly interesting character, but she’s not really brought out as much as she could have been. There are quite a number of hints, glimpses, some suggestions, but who Lily really is gets played quite close to the chest. She is a half-Succubus, that’s quite clear, but she’s also, in a lot of ways, kind of a “Buffy” character as well. In this work the needs of her Succubus, what Lily gains from her feeding on sex with others, tells most of the tale. Thankfully, she uses her Succubus powers quite a lot, but also she simply uses her sexuality to “bend” men to her will and make thing happen. But when that doesn’t work out, when she needs to do more than just look sexy, that’s when her intelligence comes out and I liked that. I wanted to see more of it too.

The work has an interesting plot, which developed well over the course of the story. It also set up how the rest of the series will put Lily on whatever bounty is next. When the climax of the story arrives, some of the complications of dealing with supernatural beings in a world of humans are well told and it makes a lot of sense. Past that, when the work comes to a close, it isn’t abrupt or feels odd. It makes sense, it tells a little bit more about Lily, and in doing so it offers a window, if a small one, to who she is.

Lily has built up some walls around her, I think it will be interesting to see what happens to them as the series goes on. She has some relationships needing to be reflected on. She is in a world where things aren’t “normal” and how that works among a world of humans I look forward to seeing. The erotica is wonderful, enjoyable, and fun. Next comes the rest of the story.

Well written, really nothing took me out of the work and I didn’t put it down from start to finish. Lily is an exceptionally attractive character in personality and history, her mystery being one that keeps me wondering about her. A good start to a new series with a strong hook. Lily herself just needs to be herself more than she has been so far.

Four out of five pitchforks.

Quite a number of erotic scenes, which were well told, had lots of heat, and set the tone of the series well. The world is shaping up nicely, the pieces are set and the series has it’s path to travel upon. The thing is that really Lily herself is a mystery that needs to be fleshed out as the series goes on and I hope she is.

Going from one sexual encounter to another does work, but focusing on that and leaving the story languishing seems a shame. I expect something more than this, just from how Lily speaks, what she does and how she thinks. If the next work in the series can tell more about Lily, her past, who she is, then I’ll be quite pleased.

I won’t have long to wait. The next work in the series All’s Fae in Love and War will be released at the end of November. I do look forward to reading Lily’s stories to come and I think it will be quite the series as a whole…

 

Tera

Nov 08 2015

A Review of Siren in Stilettos by Alexis Reed

Siren in Stilettos by Alexis Reed

Siren in Stilettos by Alexis Reed

The second of two works set in the same universe by Alexis Reed today on the Tale, the previous work Closer to Fire was reviewed on the Tale last Friday and you can find that review here.

The previous work had, for a fleeting moment, the appearance of a Succubus named Savara and I really wanted to know more about her, how she came to be the mate of a Dragon, and why, or how, that story unfolded. This work is a prequel to the first story in that it tells of what and why things went as they did.

But it tells something more than that. It tells of the soul of Savara and what she believes in and will do for the ones she loves most of all.

It tells the story of:

Savara is idani, a succubus, feeding on the sexual energy of others to survive—and survive she must in a brutal breeding program intended to splice her DNA with that of other powerful races.
Kai is a dragon shifter, one of those on whom she’s supposed to feed. She wasn’t supposed to fall in love with him. And if they escape this nightmare, she might lose him forever, to a true mate among his own kind. But they have to try, even as they and their allies are pursued by Levian, a powerful incubus who wants Savara for himself.

Savara is a Succubus with a problem. Well, problems actually. The first one is that she’s trapped. The second is that she’s found there’s more to life than just living. The third is the one that’s shown her is as trapped as she is. The fourth? That’s the most awful one of all. It’s the possibility, no matter how much she cannot believe it, that Kai is her mate…. And he’s a dragon.

There were so many questions left in the wake of the first work in this series and many of those were how things came to be the way they were. There was talk of war, of the mystery behind that war, and more. It wasn’t core to the story, though it did add a level of conflict to the story that made it more tense for the characters. The mystery only deepened when Savara and Kai appeared, quite literally out of thin air. For me, I really wanted to know more about Savara, a Succubus that seemed… different.

Of the two works in this series, this, the second one, I liked much more than the first for many reasons, but the one that matters the most is Savara herself. She is, in many ways, what a Succubus should be. She is not because she is able to shift her form, or teleport, or even that she has an amazing ability sexually. The thing that sets her apart is that she can love and does love with every fibre of her being. Be that Kai, or her hellhounds, or her own kind, she isn’t afraid to show that she has found love, knows what it means and finding that makes her more powerful than really anyone else in this story in many ways.

Savara comments to someone in the story, when she finds out that Kai should be the leader of his kind, that she’s no Queen. In truth, more than anything, she is. The ones that do not believe they are worthy are the ones that truly are. Savara is strong, passionate, smart, but also she has within her compassion, love, and understanding. She isn’t perfect, she has her fears, her little bit of vanity too. She is… for lack of a better word… complete. Whole. From the moment she appears in the story her voice is clear and she is very much the presence in the story. Her emotions aren’t hidden away and the love she holds for Kai is there in every moment.

There is a moment where she grieves for the loss of two that are close and dear to her. In that moment she became for me, a fully realized being in the story. There are some in this work that are stereotypical to a point, which I’ll get back to, but it is when the uniqueness of Savara is told, the person that Kai is comes out in her embrace, that the story just pulls at my heart so much and so dearly so.

Besides Savara. there is another Succubus that appears for but a moment and she is a pale reflection of Savara in many ways. Part of that I think comes from the situation they are in at the beginning of the story, what has happened to them for so many years, and how desperate their situation is. That scene did show however the steel within Savara and it helped to set the story going forwards.

There is also the appearance of an Incubus in this work, Levian, who is abusive, more than slightly insane, and worst of all, is completely stereotypical in nature. Considering his role in the story, I can understand why that is, and I think in many ways he was really intended to drive the climax of the story and allow this work to retroactively connect with the first work. However, there is also the question of the rest of his kind which, thankfully, the story reveals to be more than what Levian would make one think they are. I really don’t like stereotypically evil characters and, Levian was that for me. As a whole he was the one disappointing part of the story and I’m not sure he really had to be in the story as a whole. His appearance adds tension, some danger, and a teal threat to Savara and Kai, there is no doubt, but… I just thought he was less interesting than the story of the war, the threat that Kai and Savara escape from and the rest of that world.

I really liked Savara so very much. I think that the hint of her that appeared in the first work didn’t really reflect the Savara that appears in this one and that may well be a matter of her being a minor character in the first work and she wasn’t really fleshed out well there. But she is here, lovingly so, and that meant the world to me that she was.

The ending of the work is really just perfect and amazing in a lot of ways, not the least of which is that an aching loss to Savara is healed and with that healing for herself and Kai, the future is open to them and more. The work closes at a point were the first work comes into the story, and as such some of the questions about Savara and Kai are told in the first work to an extent.

However, there are still so many questions left unanswered. I really want to see a third work in this series that gets to the core questions that both books dance around but never really explore. I’d like to see what happens afterwards, if Savara becomes a Queen to her King. I’d like to know that the one responsible for the war is dealt with. I’d like to see the questions about the Succubi and Incubi in the world explored and told more of. There is so much to be told that hasn’t been and needs to be. I hope it will be sometime.

Excellently written, the story and plot were well created and told. The erotic moments are full of love, passion and most of all, they aren’t just “sex” they are so much more than that. Two souls finding each other in the darkness I think is the best way to describe things and in that tale the moments are strongly felt and told.

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

Both works in this series are amazingly well told and the characters are bright, passionate and alive with every word. A lovely read that tells of one Succubus who finds out the impossible isn’t impossible. If someone believes in you. That’s a good lesson to hold in one’s heart I think.

 

Tera

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