Jul 14 2015

A Review of the Escaping Hell series by Inna Don and Stephannie Beman

Forbidden Angel by Inna Don and Stephannie Beman

Forbidden Angel by Inna Don and Stephannie Beman

A review of an incomplete series called Escaping Hell, but with the promise that there will be a concluding work appearing soon, or at least I would hope so.

Angels sometimes are foolish, they go places they shouldn’t, do things they need not do. Or at least that is what most think of them. By the same token, some demons, or rather Incubi, are supposed to be violent, brutish things with no sense of loyalty, intelligence or love.

The thing is, both of those beliefs are stereotypes. Not everything, and everyone, plays by the same rules.

The first work is:

  • Title: Forbidden Angel
  • Authors: Inna Don and Stephannie Beman
  • Length: 31 Pages
  • Publishing Date: January 6, 2015
  • This work at Amazon.com

The works tell the story of:

Angels and Demons should never mix…

Cayn is one of the most hated creatures in Hell, imprisoned and suffering the punishments of the damned for the crime of being born. Losing hope of ever leaving the pits of Hell alive, Cayn would pray for death, except he wouldn’t die, he would become an immortal Incubus whose insatiable hunger for the sexual energy of Humanity would make him the ban of Earth.

Kia isn’t the most obedient Angel, she’s not even among the top thousand, and the only thing keeping her from joining the ranks of the Fallen on Earth, is she’s one of Gabriel’s daughters. But her father’s position as one of the Archangels won’t save her from the trouble she finds herself in when a simple trip to Earth for fun and adventure goes terrible wrong. And it won’t save her from the monster whose cell she stumbled into.

Kia follows a friend who has been kidnapped to Hell. An Angel in Hell that finds herself in not a good situation, trapped in a cell with an Incubus. Neither knows what will happen when they meet and neither can foresee what comes next.

The book summary really is a bit misleading in that it tells a story that doesn’t quite turn out exactly as it might lead you to believe. There’s more to the work than a meeting of an Angel and an Incubus. There is a lot of questions that begin from the first page and continue to the last, and within those questions is built a compelling world and characters.

Both Kia and Cayn are enthralling characters and they both tell a story that holds onto the reader very well. The work is written in a unique way in which each has time to tell their part of the story before the two lives merge and the story continues with the two of them going forwards. Kia is a bit of a lost soul, in more than one way, but there is an inner strength within her that I found worked well when she had control of herself. Once past her fear, once past the moment with Cayn, then there’s something to her, fleeting as it is at times.

Cayn, as an incubus, is a bit different and what’s more interesting is that we really don’t know what he looks like, exactly, until the very last pages of the work. In doing so there is an air of mystery around him that I think worked well. He is a bit different, and through the story those differences come out very clearly. But that isn’t just in his form, but more it is his character, what he believes in, and what he is willing, or more importantly, not willing, to do.

The work is more story than erotica and being so the story holds together well. There is much to consider and when the erotica comes into play, it makes sense in the moment and has a purpose, if not the one that either character expected. The erotica is hot, having a little bit of a mind control aspect to it, but in that it goes both ways, between both characters and in doing so that transforms both in the most interesting way.

In spite of how much I enjoyed the plot, the characters, the ideas within the work, there is one major problem. The work needs another editing pass for all of the spelling and word mistakes that appear in the pages. I can overlook a few minor mistakes, but there are far too many for my liking. Considering that this is the opening to a series, it needs to read better and feel polished and not something that was published too soon. I have that feeling from this work and it shouldn’t be considering how much effort and writing ability these authors have.

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

Strong characters, a compelling plot, and some very good heat. It’s a shame that the story suffers from the editing problems along the way.

Forbidden Alliances by Inna Don and Stephannie Beman

Forbidden Alliances by Inna Don and Stephannie Beman

The second work in the series continues the story of Kia and Cayn. Building upon the hints of the world they inhabit the work tells a broader story in which there are many questions needing answers to, but more importantly, the reasons for why things are become a little clearer.

There is a question that comes, but once, to be considered. Would you do anything for the one that has your soul? The question never allows a simple answer for the question is more complex than anyone can understand…

The second work is:

  • Title: Forbidden Alliances
  • Authors: Inna Don and Stephannie Beman
  • Length: 41 Pages
  • Publishing Date: April 17, 2015
  • This work at Amazon.com

The works tell the story of:

He would do anything to claim the creature most forbidden to a man like him…

Imprisoned and without hope of ever leaving Hell alive, Cayn suffers the punishments of the damned for defiance against Lord Noctio’s orders. But death would not be a blessing. Not when his mortal form would unleash the immortal soul of an incubus whose insatiable hunger for the sexual energy of Humanity would make him the ban of Earth. Not when the Angel who stumbled into his prison cell and changed his world needs his help.

Now Cayn will change the rules. He will forge forbidden alliances with friends and foes. And he will be free of the Lord of Hell once and for all.

Cayn is brought face to face with his tormentor and then given a choice. But the choice isn’t really a choice when it comes to Kia. Connected to her, and she to him, the choice isn’t whether to obey, but how to win.

The second work builds onto the setting and plots of the first work very well and in doing so there are a number of minor characters who, in appearing, take a bit of the focus away from Kia and Cayn. This isn’t a criticism, but rather it allows some fascinating insights into what Cayn’s world is like, how others see him, and the opinions they have of him. There are even a few succubi that appear in passing, and one interesting note about a succubus and an angel that I think will come back to haunt both Cayn and Kia.

The work focuses more on Cayn, which it must, because this work sets up a lot of the reasons why Cayn was imprisoned, what is wanted of him as well. But there is more than that to be found as things unfold. There is quite a lot of insight about Cayn’s character, who he is, and the struggles within himself to understand why his attitude is different than it was.

Kia is a little less involved in this work, but nonetheless, there is a bit more told about her, a little more explanation about why things happened between herself and Cayn and, in the end, there is a very clear fact that the two of them need to come to terms with.

There are several plots running through the work, some of which run headlong into one another and when this happens it serves to make the story much stronger, the characters better and it added something needed to the work. Some meaning for Cayn and Kia, if only barely understood by them both.

The second work has less erotica in the pages than the first work, mainly for all of the world building and character development that comes along. I think it worked well and while the erotica does appear at the very end of this work, it isn’t out of place and it leads quite naturally towards a third work in the series where, hopefully, all of the plots will comes to their focus.

Like the first work, the second needs another editing pass however. Again there are quite a number of spelling and word errors that tripped me up at several points. One of which was in the middle of an important scene and I was taken out of the story for a moment and shouldn’t have been. It is far better than the first work however in that there is a a solid story wrapped in the development of the characters and I think that worked really well.

Four out of five pitchforks.

A good continuation of the series, but needing some editing to make it all that it should have been.

There would seem to be another work to come, the ending of the second work makes that very clear and I will be looking for it when it comes out. The mysteries still haunt the characters, stories need to be told and in being told there’s so much promise here to be seen.



Jul 14 2015

A Review of the Small Town Succubus series by Ruby Wildes

Small Town Succubus: Collection #1 by Ruby Wildes

Small Town Succubus: Collection #1 by Ruby Wildes

A review on the Tale today of a lovely little series that tells the story of a succubus moving into a small town and some of the things… and people… that she gets up to. I like cute, funny and sexy stories very much, and it isn’t often that an author manages to make that theme work well.

The biggest problem is how to create a Succubus that isn’t stereotypically evil and simply throws the entire town into a sexual orgy all of the time. The way to do that is to give the Succubus something that I have always believed makes them more interesting.

Make her seductive, intelligent, and most of all, have her know the difference between right and wrong. You can have all of the mind control, succubus powers, and more you like, but if she isn’t capable of knowing that doing something incredibly stupid is a bad idea, then what is the point of the rest of the story?

She doesn’t need to be a schemer, nor does she need to be the type of character that just uses and abuses others. Call it a touch of humanity if you’d like. I think that matters.

There are several works in the series which are available separately and as a collection:

The book series summary is:

A collection of the first three succubus stories:

  • Small Town Succubus: As a new arrival to a small town, the beautiful Vanessa is coveted by everyone- particularly Shane, the local handyman. But there’s more to Vanessa than meets the eye, and Shane will need every tool in his belt to handle her! Is Vanessa’s charm more sinister than good looks and a winning smile?
  • Small Town Succubus 2: Special Delivery: Local mailman Jared has been fantasizing about the new woman on his route: the beautiful, mysterious Vanessa. But little does he know that the woman is just as interested in him- and she has supernatural charms on her side that he is powerless to resist. What plan does the succubus have in store for him?
  • Small Town Succubus 3: Doctor’s Orders: When Dr. Boyce meets a new patient in their small town, he can’t figure out why he can’t get her out of his head. But Vanessa is more than a newcomer: she’s a succubus, and she has her sights set on him! Does the good doctor have the right medicine for this naughty woman?

A small town has a new arrival. Her name is Vanessa and everyone is talking about her. She finds a job as a waitress at the local diner, meets some of the male population… and their members… She’s simply someone that can take your breath away… and something more when you fall into the arms of a Succubus.

I’ve always enjoyed stories about Succubi that are not stereotypical. I prefer the stories where the Succubus is intelligent, uses her mind, and isn’t simply a sex toy for the men to play with. In this series it’s quite clear that Vanessa, the Succubus of the series, is very much like… well… Like the Succubi of the Realm.

She’s very smart, sexy, seductive and while that is played up a bit in the course of the story, it is also very clear that she is very much in control of herself and the others that she becomes intimate with. Vanessa has some lovely aspects to her personalty in that she has the right touch of voice, mannerisms, and suggestive nature. She doesn’t simply grab someone, pull them into an embrace and then feel upon them. She has a plan, follows it, allows the sexual tension to build up slowly and tantalizing, then, at the right moment she turns up her true nature.

The way Vanessa’s powers are told, how they appear to work, has some wonderfully erotic mind control, or rather hypnotism and that’s something that isn’t played upon enough i think in most Succubus stories. She is quite Domme when she is controlling her “prey” and I use that word with some hesitation. As I noted she isn’t stupid in her methods and what I really liked was that, in the course of telling about her past, a good explanation is given about why she feeds as she does, what changes come over her as she does, and with that where her focus is.

It’s very clear that Vanessa has learned, over time, that leaving a wake of destruction in her path will only lead to her own end. She’s learned a better way, gifted you could say in a way as well. But the end result of that is when the erotic scenes come and Vanessa controls the other in the story, it is some of the hottest Succubus mind control seduction that I have read in some time.

It is never said if Vanessa has horns or a tail, but she has a very interesting change in her eyes when she is using her powers as a Succubus and that worked really well. It also works really well that the model on the cover of the series, her looks, are very close to that within the pages of the stories which puts her quite firmly in one’s thoughts as you read.

The erotica is very well done, hot at the right places, sexy when it needs to be, when it should be. The author paints the story as one long simmering build up of sexual tension in those around Vanessa which climaxes with her doing all of the nasty and sexy things that the one she is with has been thinking about since they first met her.

That building tension, the confusion that wraps Vanessa’s target around her little finger and makes them do anything she wants is what really sets this work apart. Vanessa is one of the Succubi that I really do like and one that I was very pleased to discover.

As wonderful as the series is, I think it could have been a little longer. Perhaps more about Vanessa’s past would be nice as there are a lot of questions unanswered. There are, I am sure, a lot more stories to tell in this universe and I do hope there will be more to see from this author in the future. Vanessa’s story is far from finished…

I’ll give the series as a whole four and a half out of five pitchforks.

A series with a Succubus that isn’t stereotypical, is seductive, and uses her abilities to their upmost. A touch of mystery surrounds her, but then all of the best Succubi have that in them. The pleasure is in discovering what the mystery is…



Jul 13 2015

Traveling By TeraS

A short story today that will mean, as a whole, very little to most. Perhaps, at best, it is a reflection of that which is happening around me and, within that, something to be told that cannot be any other way…


By TeraS


There is a place called by some, the fence. It stands between two worlds, not as a barrier between them, but rather a place where two lives touch, share, smile, and then continue onwards.

The fence is a place where things are shared, some good, some bad, some neither and then, in a way, both. There are stories told about the day, how things went, how those that are loved are doing. In all of those moments there comes a point where each, in their own way, finds a little comfort in seeing that there is another that thinks about them, is concerned, worries, and just wishes for better things to be… as they should.

On this day one side of the fence is quiet. The home across the way is shuttered, a note on the door telling of those that dwell there being away for a time. They are on an adventure, to see the world, to find time away, together, and in being so, find a moment of simply being instead of just doing.

They are… traveling.

On the other side of the fence stands another home where two souls live their lives as best they can. They both are trying the best they can, for their family, their friends, and, as is their way, in the very last, for themselves.

The door opens and she steps out the door, turning to look over towards the fence, a little bit lost inside for a moment. She smiles in that direction, knowing that her friends on the other side of the fence, over there beyond the Koi pond, are well, are together, and most of all, are being watched over in the Goddess’ name.

She brushes her fingertips over her lips in thought, wondering how things came to where they are now. She thinks about all of the things she has done, and all of the things that she has not. So many thing she regrets, over so many years.

The paper is held between two fingers, the words written upon the page she has read not once, but so many times since it arrived. A calling to her, one that she cannot ignore. One that she never wanted to have appear as it had. She thinks about simply refusing, knowing that the result of doing so would be devastating for herself, her Eternal, and more.

She looks at the date upon the page, if she could curse, she would, but that wouldn’t be her way. No, she sighs, some tears come, and she goes back inside of their home once more.

Time passes, and then the door opens once more.

She steps out the door again, long red jacket weighing upon her shoulders, her demeanour not quite so bright, not quite as she usually appears to be. She holds a small case in one hand, bumping it against her thigh in thought as she reconsiders one more time.

He steps out the door and hugs her, she leaning into his embrace. She tells him that she doesn’t want to go, to have to cause so much disappointment. She begins to explain, or tries to, but the tears start to come, she loses her voice and the thoughts trail away.

He turns to face her, touching her chin. He tells her that it will be alright, that he will make it be that way. There will come another time, another place, another moment. There will. She looks towards the fence, towards the other house, the other lives and nods, if only half believing that all will be fine.

For a time she goes over all of the things that she had prepared, to ask that he make sure that everything would be perfect, that not one thing would go wrong. Most of all, her voice wavers at the point where she tries to say something that she needs to, but the words cannot come out, they refuse to allow her to give voice to them.

She should be home. She should be there, on the day, in the moment. The universe has seen to it that she cannot be. She must be… traveling.

She hugs him, once more, then turns and begins her own journey. She travels alone, for duty, not for pleasure. She does so because there is no other choice in the matter, at least none that she can take.

Arriving at the station, she sits on the platform waiting for her train to arrive, to take her from her home to a place she won’t see, for her thoughts will be elsewhere. They will be with her Eternal, when he meets with her Heart and his Beloved.

The train arrives in a cloud of steam, coming to a halt, the doors opening. The conductor offers his hand, she accepts graciously, for that is her way after all. It takes some time for her to find her place, to put her things away and to settle into her seat.

She looks out the window, seeing her reflection in the glass as she looks at the station, the platform almost empty, the steam from the trains wafting along the way. The doors close, there is the sound of the whistle as the train begins to move, sending her along her travels to where she must be, not where she wants to be.

It happens somewhere along the tracks, regularly, the train she is traveling in passes another going in the opposite direction. She pays no attention to them, her thoughts keeping her from looking out the window.

It is the middle of the night, she isn’t sleeping like the rest of the passengers. She still sits in that spot, her thoughts stilled in the night, finally looking out the window. There is nothing to be seen, the night blankets all, as it does this tine of the year.

Then, out of the darkness, she notices a small fence that has appeared between the track she is on and the one that runs in the opposite direction. She stares at the fence for the longest time, it is the only thing in the dark that she can see. There is the sound of the train’s whistle sounding, the first time since she started her journey. It rouses her and she sits up and looks out the window with more focus now.

The fence is… odd. It comes to her after a few moments that is it not moving. The train moves, the sensation is there, but the fence just holds in place. There is a light that appears from one side, it seems that another train is going to pass by and, for once, she looks towards its arrival.

The front of that train flashes by in a blur, the cars that travel with it just as quickly going by.

And then, for an instant…

…time stops.

She looks out the window to see the other train, one car lit, the rest all dark. Through her window she can see into that other car, over the fence that separates them and then it comes to her. That fence is one she knows intimately.

She recognizes the figures on the other side of the fence. She touches her hand to the glass, the tears come and she cannot stop them. She whispers their names, hoping they will forgive her for being so foolish, so wrong, so stupid.

Their eyes meet, for an instant, and then…

…time continues onwards.

The train disappears, the fence blinks away and she is left alone, with her thoughts, prayers, and most of all, the ache within her. The tears are her only companion as she travels.

He stands at the station waiting, a gift held in one hand, flowers in the other. He stands on the platform as the train arrives at the scheduled time. The steam wafts around him as he waits for them to arrive. He has checked to be sure that all is well, that all that she wanted things to be where just as she wanted them to be.

They appear from one of the cars, he recognizing them, but they not knowing him. He approaches, smiling, shifting his gift to the hand holding the flowers. He embraces them both, giving her flowers, he the gift.

There is an uncomfortable moment as he begins to explain that she cannot be there as well, that duty called.

They nod, explaining that they know she is traveling.

But they also explain, truly, they know that she is with them all even so.

Jul 12 2015

A Review of Fatal Seduction and Fatal Seduction 2 by Sierra Lee

Fatal Seduction and Fatal Seduction 2 by Sierra Lee

Fatal Seduction and Fatal Seduction 2 by Sierra Lee

A review of two works which have quite a few twists in them, not the least of which is how the stories unfold. Overall each work can be read on its own, there isn’t all that much of a connection between the two stories, save for two characters that appear in both works.

One of these is a Succubus and, sadly for me, she’s a little too obvious and a little too stereotypical for my own tastes. It isn’t that she has hooves, which she doesn’t, or a tail, which she doesn’t, but rather it is the sadly expected ends that each story rushes head long towards.

Even if, along the way, there is a twist or two to make one pause and think about what happened before…

The works tell the story of:

Fatal Seduction

Brian is used to supernatural events in Twilit Falls, but he’s not prepared for his life to take a fatal twist. A madman has captured a succubus and plans to have sex with her safely – by feeding Brian to her first. Now Brian faces an ordeal more pleasurable and more dangerous than anything he’s ever known.

Fatal Seduction 2

When a foolish college student summons a succubus, Sarah knows she has to take out the threat. But there’s nothing wrong with having a little fun first… right?

Two stories set in a town where supernatural beings live, humanity knows they are there, and what happens when the two meet in some strange circumstances. Who are the monsters and who are not isn’t the question for, in some way, everyone is.

This review combines both works in that, as a whole, the themes and characters are really the same and the two works read as two chapters in a longer story. That in itself isn’t a bad thing, but as such there is a bit of an expected outcome when reading the second and knowing what happened in the first work. It also is very clear that the main characters in both works really don’t change from one story to the next as well.

Lina, the succubus of the series, really only has her eyes as the telltale sign that she is a succubus as a whole. She is sex incarnate, obviously, appears as such, and there is no question that she is a succubus, even though that point is driven home by other characters in both works. In some ways she is interesting, and there are a lot of questions not answered as to how she came to be where she is, why she is connected with another character, and how that relationship works in the first place.

But her personality borders on being stereotypical through both works and even when the twist in each story comes through that isn’t enough to move her character from being focused on a singular purpose which is quite obvious from the first moment she appears considering that, again, other characters keep talking about it. It is the unspoken and unexplained parts of her character that attract me, but that is never played off well enough to manage something from it. There are hints, the occasional flash of a story that would be really interesting to know, but none of that comes out in the works because it isn’t the point.

The work focuses on the erotica, which revolves around Lina for obvious reasons. There is some good heat in a little bit of succubus mind control, a few flashes of her being very succubus-like and taking her sexual partners to the edge and beyond. There is even a moment where she seems to have a heart and even a soul for a moment as well. But then her real character comes out, the twist in the story appears and the foreshadowed ending comes rapidly. It becomes very hard to actually like Lina, or the other main character in the series, because they are too aloof, too scheming and too self-focused on themselves that all else is a game, a scenario to be played out, and the collateral damage is seen as just being part of the game.

The thing about that is, for me, it takes the heat out of the story very quickly and replaces it with a lot of questions that are not delved into at all. The story isn’t quite what it seemed to be from the beginning and it’s really quite well done overall when the twist comes in and the truth comes out. But when the truth appears… it isn’t all that it needs to be. I’m not really sure what the story is when the ending arrives.

The works tend to be more focused on the erotica, what Lina does, what happens to those around her, over the why of the story. It is explained, only in passing why each of these encounters happened, but it’s a bit thin for me overall. Being that these are short, hot flashes, I’m not expecting to know everything, far from that, but I was expecting a point to the story that held me more than it did.

I also was hoping for some character growth along the way, even between the two works themselves, but that didn’t happen as well. Lina is the same in both works and her “partner” is as well. To know why things happen, why they are, and how this all started would have been nice. But it is all about the erotica, the twist in the end and the rest is vague whispers of thought that left me wanting.

I’ll give both works three out of five pitchforks.

More story, more about Lina and her “partner” would have been a good place to start. Along with that, making Lina more than a stereotypical succubus with a singular purpose might have been nice as well.



Jul 12 2015

A Review of the Transformed series by Sylvia Parker

The Succubus Meets Her Match by Sylvia Parker

The Succubus Meets Her Match by Sylvia Parker

A review today on the Tale of a series that seems to have a Succubus as one of the characters, but in the end I was wondering where she vanished to. Assuming that having the word Succubus in the title of a work would mean that a Succubus might be a major character in it is, I think, a fair assumption to make.

The problem becomes when the Succubus really doesn’t appear much, isn’t much of a character, and the stories really have no real reason for her to be part of them. Other than to have a reason for some erotica that seems more from a comic book than anything else. That’s a rather large thing to deal with…

  • Title: The Transformed Series
  • The Succubus Meets Her Match
  • Revenge Of The Succubus
  • The Succubus Reborn
  • Return Of The Succubus
  • Author: Sylvia Parker
  • Length: 20 Pages (Average Length)
  • ASIN: Multiple
  • Publishing Dates: September – October 2014
  • The Succubus Meets Her Match at Amazon.com


The following summary lays out the series as a whole, it is from the first work in the series:

An assassin by trade, Clive Hastings waits with his back pressed against the door – a high profile mark on the other side. Being paid a generous sum for the job, he is set to do what he does best. But things take a turn for the unexpected as the target has a guest – and a dangerous one at that.

The infamous succubus Ubana, a demon from another realm, witnesses the assassination of Clive’s target. She doesn’t seem to mind, preferring instead on attempting to seduce the hired killer. But Clive knows better than to sleep with a succubus. He pushes her away, choosing instead to loot the man’s belongings.

But when he finds a strange amulet tucked away inside his mark’s bag, Clive is transformed into something more than human. He becomes a monster, and in his new form Ubana tempts him with her body once again. But even someone of her reputation is unprepared for the special powers the amulet has bestowed upon Clive, as he experiments with his new powers on such a willing victim.

As a whole the series strikes me as being very “superhero comic book” in theme, plots and characters. The events of the series are very over the top and at a certain point instead of reading, I began to skim and that is never a good sign.

The events of the series tend towards themes that one might find in a B-movie in a lot of ways. Stereotypical evil, plots, almost heroes, victims and so forth. It became hard to read when the storyline just created monster erotica for the sake of doing so. By the same token, the erotica itself was so much over the top, violent, and, as a whole, not at all interesting to me. I think that the main problem was a few good ideas tied together with a series of vignettes and they didn’t have the connectivity needed to make that work well.

As for the succubus of the series, Ubana, she is stereotypically evil and demonic with a need for sex that bordered on the silly. The few scenes she appeared in were means towards an end for several characters, quite literally. To try and understand her drive, what she wants, can be best said to be a need for violent sex with anyone and everyone. Latex not being optional for her at least.

The writing was a bit difficult to follow and I think major editing would be needed to bring this series to something approaching readability. Less cartoonish characterizations and events and more of a focus to the series would be a good thing. If I think about the story of the series and ignore the erotic aspects of it, it actually reads better in that the series turns into a mystery to be solved. Focus on the core story, give the characters a chance to be more than cardboard, and I think there is something good in this series. But as it is right now, I just didn’t enjoy it at all.

I give the series as a whole one and a half pitchforks out of five.

Difficult to read at times, the plot seemed lost from the beginning and with it much of any character development there might have been. While there was a hint of something interesting at the beginning, the series lost its way and me with it. I don’t think that needed to be, but it did and more the shame for that.



Jul 11 2015

Two rather unique Succubus drinking glasses

A pair of oddly interesting tableware that I found recently. One is a shot glass, the other is a wine glass and between the two, I’m not sure which I like the better of them…

I found both of these at a site called Hip Flask, so obviously there is a particular focus there. You can find the Shot Glass here, it sells for $12 US and the Wine Glass can be found here, and it sells for $15 US.

I know that the images don’t really show what these two glasses look like, they almost seem like a stock image of the glass with the artwork pasted over and that’s a bit of a shame as you really haven’t a good idea of what they will look like, for one, the other is that you aren’t sure of the size of them either really.

I think, for myself, the wine glass would be what I would like, though I really do need to see what the actual glass is like regardless. I wouldn’t want something that looks cheap and I fear that they could be that way…

I do hope not. I’ll have to do a bit of investigating on that I think…



Jul 10 2015

A Review of The Incubus and The Others by Trent St. Germain

The Incubus and The Others by Trent St. Germain

The Incubus and The Others by Trent St. Germain

The singular truth about humanity, and for that matter, all sort of beings, is that there are aspects of our personalities that lord over us. Some of them can be good, others not so much so. Perhaps some of the most terrifying are the ones we think are completely above us but are our worst. What we think, because it has always been that way, is acceptable.

There is such a thing as losing control, of being greedy, thinking that one can make the world do their bidding for a prize thought unobtainable. The question that hardly ever is asked comes to: What does it cost and who pays for your greed? Beyond that then, who offers the answer and what do they collect from you in return?

  • Title: The Incubus and The Others
  • Author: Trent St. Germain
  • Length: 367 Pages
  • ASIN: B00ZY4IN7E
  • Publishing Date: June 17, 2015
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The work tells the story of:

The Incubus and the Others, is a supernatural thriller and family tale that examines social mores and hypocrisy in ultraconservative north Louisiana.

Marcus Lanehart has lived a lonely life in San Diego. He is haunted by recent loss in his personal life, as well as being disowned by his family five years ago. Most of the aristocratic, wealthy, and right-wing Lanehart family still lives under one roof at Ten Points, a former Louisiana cotton plantation in the family for nearly 200 years.

Marcus drops everything and returns home after the death of his father, but a dysfunctional family of varied characters is the least of what awaits him. Marcus’ older brother Geoffrey has fallen under the influence of Conrad, a demon whose sadistic and sometimes sexual manipulation of the household—and uninvited invasion of Marcus’ dreams—sets the stage for the affluent family’s ultimate destruction.

Marcus has suffered a loss, one of many in his life, and the troubles are not finished. Summoned home to a family that does not want him, to a funeral for a father that disowned him, he finds that things are not as they seem. There is a presence, one that has plans for him and his estranged family and nothing will be the same again.

I do enjoy works that have detail, a story, fully realized characters and, most importantly, that there is growth in the characters as the story unfolds. All of these points are in this work and the author does service to each character, making them stand out in their own way. Along with this comes their personalities, what they believe in, their bias, troubles and more. None of the characters are simply “there” in the story, each one matters, the story drives that home, and it makes for a gripping read at times.

There are moments however where a character expresses something about themselves which is, at least for me, quite distasteful and the thing is, this happens a lot. Now, a lot of that simply is who the characters are and what their beliefs are. But in this happening, it is hard to find characters to like as the story goes onwards. Really the only character to like is Marcus. That isn’t a matter of picking one character that is likeable out of the others but something more than that.

It comes to just how the other characters are so self-absorbed, plotting and scheming and so on. There is so much friction within the family as a whole, so many secrets, both known and unknown, that there is a scene of waiting for the other shoe to drop so to speak and to see what happens to them all. It is very much like watching a train wreck and not being able to look away. But that isn’t a bad thing, in fact it adds to the author’s craft, adds levels of conflict, and points the story in its ultimate direction.

While the family drama unfolds, the author manages to allow the supernatural aspects of the story to slowly seep in over time and when the work makes the turn, becoming more supernaturally focused, that fit into the puzzle quite well. One does have to pay attention to the story, remembering the past moments as the reveals come quickly, things change, and the conflicts come to a head.

There is really, as a whole, very little erotica in the work, and I think that is how things needed to be. There are hints of things happening “off the page” and what does appear does not take away from the focus on the work. The handful of erotica that appears is simply a bit of colour to the greys which the rest of the story uses to make the plot advance onwards.

Conrad, the incubus of the work, is a mystery throughout most of the story, the reveal at the end about why all of this happened is a bit of a shock, but in retrospect makes sense, at least from his perspective. He is, to be clear, more “demon” than “incubus” but again there needs to be a centre of the evil that unfolds in the story and he fills that need. Like so many of the other characters, there is little to like about him, but then that is the point.

He does show some of the aspects of an incubus, including being in dreams, some mind control and other aspects, which do work. I have to say that the mind control/hypnosis parts of the work felt “right” and were not over the top which I applaud the author for not falling into that trap.

The horror aspects are quite brutal at times, some of which I didn’t care for, and at the climax of the work, there is a moment which simply made me extremely uncomfortable. In that moment, just how dysfunctional this family is comes to the surface and, in all honesty, it was just about the most difficult thing to read in the entire work. It had to be, make no mistake, considering all that happened otherwise in the work, but it was very hard to get past for me at least.

The work comes to a close that points directly towards a sequel, and in that comes both promise, on the one hand, and a lot of questions needing answers for. Considering how the entire story unfolded, the final pages of the work didn’t actually surprise me at all. Interestingly, how this work ends again points out that there isn’t a character in the story that doesn’t have a purpose or meaning. I think that’s excellent work by this author.

I look forward to seeing where this series goes from here. I admit that some of the characters I don’t care for. Some of the moments are hard to read at times. But that simply reflects the author’s writing ability and how they can make the story work in the midst of such a group of people. The only real criticism I have mainly is that there might be a little too much detail in the work over the places and settings than needed to be. I can understand needing to set the stage for the drama to play out upon it, but at some point the background has to fade into the background and the story needs to move onwards.

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

Simply the most amazing writing that tells what is, as a whole, the most difficult of things to read. There are moments where I had pause, and yes, some points where I was uncomfortable with the events that occurred, but at its core, the story is far more than those moments. There is a lot of promise here, the story of this family, the things that pull upon it, are far from finished and I do wonder where things will go from here.

But in all things, sometimes one soul can, and does, make the difference.