The Wicked Muse Tavern Welcomes Dakota Trace



*bounces into tavern*  “Lucien, I’m hoommmee!” *calls out using her Ricky Ricardo impersonation.*


*scans the interior*  For once the tavern was dark – almost unwelcoming – and there was no sign of Seraphina, the sassy barmaid, The Bruce, the trusty mascot, Master Arthur, the mostly silent barkeep or even Lucien, Shay’s secretive muse.

“Okay where the hell is everyone at?”

Behind her, Bryan bumps into her – nearly dropping the large box of chocolate truffles. “What did you stop for?”

*glares over shoulder* “Because there’s no one here.  How are we supposed to pimp out slave’s book when the place is deserted?”

Bryan peeked over her shoulder. “Hmmm. Are you sure no one is here?”

“Subby boy, I’m not fn blind. Do you see anyone?” *jabs him with her elbow.*

“Actually – isn’t there a light on behind the bar?”   He nodded toward the small serving window.  “That’s a kitchen isn’t it?”

*scowls*  “I saw enough of that kitchen to last me a lifetime. I ain’t going in there.”

Arches a brow at stubborn muse. “Why not?”

*stomps foot* “Because there be dishes inside there. And they multiply worse than them damned bunnies.”

“I’ve heard about your past exploits with dishes. Maybe you’ll think twice about pissing off Dakota?” Chuckles, before moving around the muse. “But all joking aside, if I promise you don’t have to wash a single spoon, will you come?”

*gives him a leery look* “No dishes?”

“No, dishes – scouts honor.”

*Arches brow*  “You were a scout?”

“Amongst other things.”  Taking Livvy by her arm, he guided her toward the kitchen.   As soon as she passed through – a loud “SURPRISE!”  shook the room.

“What the…” *freezes*   Around the kitchen, sitting on every available surface were not only the Doms of Chicago, but their submissives as well.

Caelan was leaning against the commercial fridge, with Nisey nestled against his side.  Kalinda was perched on the butcher block island between her Doms, Josh and Dominic.  Mistress Olivia, complete with her flogger was lounging against the sink, while her subs, Jude and Micah placed a large cake on the counter.  Jackson and Rena were coming out of the freezer with a gallon of ice cream, while Hark and Diachi argued in the corner over whether chocolate ice cream was better than vanilla. Even Master Alistair was there – fresh from Ireland, along with his wife and sub, Myrna.

“I can’t believe…”

“What? That we got them all in one place?”  Seraphina smiled as she set down a stack of plates.

“But anytime they all get together, I usually end up…” *a whimper built in her throat*

“Not tonight. Tis a celebration. Relax, lass.”  The familiar Scottish burr filled her ear. “Dakota thought it would be nice for a change to reward ye, instead of punish ye at the end of the tour.”

*swallows* “Slave did this?”

“Aye.  So why don’t ye go over and join them.”  He gave her a gentle nudge. “And I’ll tell everyone about the giveaways.”

*stumbles* “Are you sure?”

Glowers.  “Unless ye want to do dishes again…”

*Squeals* “I’m going, I’m going.”

*sighs* “Okay. I’m Lucien, Mistress Shay’s muse. And while Livvy is enjoying cake and ice cream with her grateful characters, I’ll be telling ye about the contest Mistress Dakota is having.”  Clears throat. “This being the seventh day, she’s giving away a copy of Gabriel’s Light. All ye have to do is enter yer name and email address below.”   Scratches head.  “Seems simple enough.”

“And don’t forget about the grand prize.” Bryan hands the truffles to Lucien. “You’re supposed to share those with your author.”

“Maybe…”  Picks up a truffle and shoves into mouth. A low moan rumbles free from him. “Or maybe not…mo drùiseil sgrìobhadair doesn’t need these – they are just simply awful.”

Shakes head at antics. “Muses and there chocolate.”

“Tis the golden rule –“ If Bryan didn’t know better Lucien actually looked defensive.

“Yeah, yeah. Thou shalt not come between a muse and their glorious chocolate.” *shakes head* “Anyway.  Be sure to enter the number on the meme card below for a chance to win a complete set of the Doms of Chicago at tomorrow’s WRAP-UP Party. So be sure to stop by.” *glances over shoulder*  “And now I think I’m going to join the party. Thanks for stopping by.”





Author note:

Thanks to the lovely Ms. Shay for allowing my crazy muse to stop by with her usual antics. For those who are interested…below is a blurb and buy links for Healing Hark which released last Friday.  And don’t forget to stop by A Little Bit of Naughty tomorrow for another chance to enter for the grand prize drawing.

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 Can their love survive healing him?

Despite being in a long-term relationship with his Master and lover, Diachi Rai, CEO Bryan Sterling is feeling restless, and it all has to do with his Master’s former submissive. Ever since Harkalone “Hark” Akula entered their home, Bryan’s life has been turned upside down. He’s acting out, standing up to his master – even courting punishment. All because of his need to help Hark.

Diachi is a man of many secrets, and Hark happens to be one of his darkest. As his first submissive, Hark was partially responsible for molding him into the powerful but discerning Dom he’s become. But when he was unable to give Hark what he needed, Diachi let Hark go, rather than share him. Now Hark is back, scarred and darker than Diachi could ever remember him being, and in dire need of a healing touch.

Hark is at the end of his tether. After losing his family: his Dom, their submissive and child along with his home, all he wants is to be left alone, not dropped in his former master’s lap like a child. But now that he’s there, he’s not only tempted by Diachi and Bryan, he’s also being drawn into their world. The question now, is will he be able to stay?



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8 comments on “The Wicked Muse Tavern Welcomes Dakota Trace

  1. TracyG. says:

    That blog post was so funny…. Loved reading it….. I have enjoyed this blog hop.
    geetracy1170 (at) gmail (dot) com

  2. dakotatrace says:

    Thanks for letting the entire gang come by today, Ms. Shay!

  3. Cathy Brockman says:

    I loved the post it wss fun. Thanks for the giveaway cathy brockman at

  4. I am just lovin’ all these blog spots and awesome excerpts! What a fun tour! So sad there is only one stop left. 😦

  5. dakotatrace says:

    And it’s now time to draw a winner for yesterday’s stop. *drumroll* And the winner of a free copy of Gabriel’s Light is Cathy Brockman as drawn by Thanks to all who stopped by. Cathy your prize shall be sent shortly.


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