Guest Author: Hayley B. James Is Talking Tails!

Thank you, Charlie, for hosting me today!

I have a friend who finds tails a very sexy appendage to sport. Of course, this is all fantasy. I don’t think she fancies monkeys or a human with an actual tail. Even I admit that having a mischievous tail adding to the mix of a hot fantasy novel or fan art is not something I turn my nose up at.

I’ve always been drawn to movies, novels, comics, or TV shows that include a character or two with a tail. Rin in Blue Exorcist keeps his tail mostly hidden under his clothing unless he’s using his demonic powers. Azazel in X-Men: First Class (yes, and the comics) resembles the usual look of a devil with red skin and a spade tail. He was mostly a silent character in the movie, but one I enjoyed seeing in a scene. Both examples use their tails in battle. That extra “helping hand” can be very useful.

In my series, Elemental Attraction, the devils all have tails. Fremont is the sole devil in the first book, Water Waltz, and he uses his tail to flirt and fondle in ways his hands wouldn’t  In the second book, Fire Tango, we learn more about devils and the use of their tails.

Since I agree with my friend about how a tail could be alluring, I made the decision to play up the devils’ open sexuality and have their tails be an erotic zone. But tails are not just a simple button to get a motor running. A devil’s tail also shows a deeper emotional connection when it will reach out and grasp the one the devil loves. Fremont’s tail also proves its usefulness in a fight.

In Fire Tango, Fremont is afraid of commitment with his lover, Leandre, but his tail constantly finds its way to Leandre’s leg. It acts on behalf of Fremont, holding onto Leandre whenever it can. Leandre finds the unspoken words behind the touch a comfort in the stressful time he and Fremont must survive.
Fremont and his tail was a joy to write. The many new devils introduced in Fire Tango gave me room to play with and explain the devil race in Elemental Attraction. I hope fantasy fans enjoy the characters and world I’ve built.
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Devil Fremont’s unwillingness to divulge even the smallest details of his past makes building a relationship with his lover, Leandre, a struggle. Doubt and frustration tear at the couple and put their bond to the test when Fremont’s secrets find him after his ten years in exile and force him home to Spezia to face serious charges.
Whatever mysteries Fremont has buried, Leandre does not believe murder is one of them—though his waiting fiancé is a surprise. As Fremont trusts his lover with his past, a second murder throws him deeper into the law’s hands.
Desperate to save Fremont, Leandre searches for the truth. But the conspiracy he uncovers goes deeper than he ever imagined. With Fremont’s time running out, Leandre must act quickly to reveal the true culprit before he loses his bond mate for good.


Leandre’s hands roamed up Fremont’s back, mapping familiar routes across flesh. His fingertips followed the spine down, skipping over Fremont’s tail as he had always done before. Remembering the tidbit of information Pekelo had uncovered, Leandre revisited the appendage.
“Are you hoping to discover something, love?” Fremont asked, dragging his lips along Leandre’s jaw.
“Yes.” Leandre ran his fingers along the length, following the tail to the tip. The skin was soft, the tail pliable. But nothing seemed to cause a reaction in Fremont. “Nothing? Is your erogenous zone broken?”

“It works just fine. You just haven’t found the spot,” Fremont teased. He left Leandre blindly groping his tail, capturing most of his attention through his lips. Despite being distracted, Leandre’s fingers explored the softer flesh of a devil tail very carefully, leaving no inch uncovered.
Leandre, slightly frustrated, gave up his search for another time. Placing his hands onto Fremont’s back, he flipped their bodies, trapping Fremont beneath him. Using oil Fremont had the foresight to place on the bedside table, Leandre wasted little time ensuring his devil was properly enjoying the dominance. By his moans, encouragements, and directions, Leandre knew he was.
Watching Fremont arch his back and jerk his hips was just as intoxicating as his kiss. Leandre freed his fingers and hooked a leg over his shoulder, placing his hands on Fremont’s lower back to encourage the devil to rear up and meet him. Fremont smiled cunningly and did just so. His tail wrapped around Leandre’s wrist.
“You always hold me perfectly, love.”
Leandre chuckled, sliding his hands lower to grab his ass. Fremont’s tail tightened around Leandre in reaction to his cock’s invasion. Leandre entered slowly, pushing past muscle until the feel of Fremont surrounded him. He paused only a moment before pumping into Fremont. Sliding his hands up for a better hold, he stopped when Fremont’s tail once again tightened, and Fremont’s eyebrow raised.
A hint.
Leandre noted his hand placement. Just beneath his finger: the base of the tail. He smiled and pushed gently. Fremont twisted, and his hips met his gentle thrust.
“Is this the reason you like riding?”
“Maybe,” Fremont panted. “You tend to place pressure there when I’m on top.”
He had never known. Leandre wanted to question why a lover wouldn’t voice a request like hand placement to maximize pleasure, but decided against it. He knew Fremont was not one to say much about himself. Apparently that rule applied to the bedroom as well.
Fire Tango and Water Waltz are available now from Dreamspinner Press.


  1. Great post! And I love what you’ve done with the tails in your story for the devils. It gives them an added dimension we don’t often get to see. I’ve always quite liked Nightcrawler as well. 😀

  2. Big fan of Nightcrawler and Rin and this series sounds like fun. I love it when someone gives a character a non-human trait and then remembers to use it. I love the idea of what you’re describing here. I’ll have to look up the series.

  3. @Charlie Cochet
    Nightcrawler is pretty awesome too. But I figured I’d use the most recent x-man movie (and Nightcrawler’s daddy lol) as an example. I like tails that can DO something, not just look pretty like cat tails. xD
    Thank you again for hosting me today, Charlie <3

  4. @jana-denardo
    I definitely remember the tail. Fremont’s tail gets more “screen time” in his book (book 2) but that feisty appendage is getting into trouble in the first as well.
    Thank you for the comment. I’m glad there’s another fan of tails out there. :3

  5. Considering X-Men: First Class is quite possibly the best X-Men movie ever Azazel did largely steal the show with minimal lines. (Not to mention Kevin Bacon. LOL)

    I second that I adore tailed characters that the tail isn’t there just for show. That it has a use, it communicates wordlessly, and is a likely erogenous zone. That excerpt was definitely hot, and why oh why haven’t I heard of this story before? *adds to Nook!*

    Great post! 😀

  6. @Lex Chase
    I agree about First Class. I was happy they pulled the movie franchise out of the x-man 3 disaster. Azazel and Bacon (And Fassbender’s shapely ass) stole the entire show.

    So glad you liked the excerpt! Thank you for stopping by to read and for leaving a comment. 🙂

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