Welcome, Dakota Trace and The Case of the Missing Torque Bloghop

Fàilte, Dakota Trace for her The Case of the Missing Torque Bloghop!


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“Shhh…” Livvy, Dakota Trace’s ornery muse, placed her finger against her lips as they approaced the door of the well-lit taver. “There’s a down right owly Scotsman behind these doors.”

Colleen, the heroine of the Wolfen Bonds, cocked her head. “Really? I wouldn’t call Randall owly. Quiet at times, but never rude. Which is why I’m surprised that he came out to the pub. He’s usually more content to relax in the great library studying his scrolls than coming out to have a few with the boys.”

Livvy straightened. “I’m not talking about Gretchen’s wee brother. I’m talking about Shay’s muse, Lucien. He’s the devil in disguise I tell you. You don’t act like he thinks you ought and you’ll find yourself in his kitchen washing dishes forever and a day. No matter how innocent you might be of said crime.”

Colleen sighed. “Do you honestly think I’m going to buy that load of bullshit? You’re about as innocent as a whore in church on Sundays.”

Livvy seemed taken aback for a second before she laughed outright. “I always did say you were a smart lass. A bit stubborn, but smart nonetheless.” Taking a deep breath, Livvy shoved open the doors. “Enter at your own risk.”

Colleen followed her into the pub, her eyes scanning the surroundings. The crowded dance floor and full bar obscured her view and the muse disappeared into the crush. She sighed. She usually stayed away from places like this, but if tracking Randall down to the bar would help her locate her missing torque — so be it.

“Ye look to be lost, lass.” The husky timber teased her ear as a man clad in shadows spoke from behind her.

“Not lost.” She said as she turned to face the man. She was barely able to make out broad shoulders, a whiskered jaw and the most beautiful kilt she’d seen. “I’m looking for a member of my — err family.” She winced. Andy and Matthias would never forgive her if she spilled their most treasured secret–the very existence of shapeshifters.

“Ye mean yer pack? Relax, I’m Lucien. Yer secret is safe with me.” He held out his arm. “Come with me. I’ll take ye to the young man.”

“You’re Shay’s muse?” Relief coursed through her. As a muse, the man never spoke of secrets to anyone other than his author.

“That I am. Or her pain in the arse–depending on the day and her mood.”

Colleen took his arm. “Now you sound like Livvy–”

He came to a grinding halt, jerking her to a stop. “Ye let that woman into my tavern?”

“Ah…she brought me. Something about Shay agreeing to host for the tour. She even invited my pack member.”

A scrowl crossed his face. “I knew there was a reason that wench asked me to throw a pre-Halloween party. SHe wanted to sneak that muse back into my domain– after I said never again. Dakota Trace’s muse is a menace.”

“As I’m finding out.” Colleen winced. “Honestly, if I weren’t looking for my missing torque I wouldn’t be–”

He patted her hand. “Tis not yer fault. I lay the blame at mo drùiseil sgrìobhadair  and Dakota’s feet. Let’s find yer kinsman and see if he has yer torque. I will deal with Dakota and Shay later.”

Letting Lucien guide her through the crowd, Colleen soon found herself standing at the bar while a beautiful barmaid, who introduced herself  as Seraphina, poured her a stout of ale. Lucien left her in the woman’s capable hands to go and find Randall and Livvy.

“So you’re another one of Dakota’s characters?” Seraphina continued to wipe down the bar.

“Yeah.” SHe continued to scan the crowd as she sipped her drink.

“So are you into being tied up or beating your lovers?”

Colleen turned red and nearly choked on the sip she’d just taken. “Excuse me?”

Seraphina shrugged. “Well, Ms. Dakota is known for writing BDSM. So I thought…”

“That I’m either a Domme or a sub.” She relaxed against the bar. “Sorry to burst your bubble, but I’m just part of Livvy’s idea of fun. Let’s throw a gay shifter couple together with an unknown female and watch the sparks fly. Hey, we can even make sure they partially bonded so they have to stay together.”

“Ouch. That sounds like something Livvy would do.” Seraphina paused as Livvy appeared, flush-cheeked with Randall at her side. Gretchen’s brother was nearly as red as the muse. Obviously, they’d been cutting a mean rug on the floor.

“And speak of the devil. Lucien is looking for you Livvy. Something about helping him clean up tonight in repayment for your author’s audacity.” Seraphina gave Livvy a pointed look.

Livvy’s eyes widened. “Ah, hell no. I don’t care how pissed slave gets with me. I’m outta here.” Then she disappeared.

Colleen sighed. “Well that’s just wonderful.”

“But expected. That chit never takes her job seriously.” Seraphina set down her towel. “So this blog tour. What do the readers need to do for the grand prize drawing?”

“Grab Randall’s name of his graphic here, post it with the site you got the name from in the form below. Then Dakota will draw a winner at the Wrap Up Party on the 25th.”

“Sounds simple enough.” Randall interrupted. “But what does it have to do with me? Livvy said you were looking for me.”

Colleen nodded. “Yeah. Your sister gave you my dinner tray last night and we think my torque might have been on it. Did you happen to see it?”

“Sure did. In fact, I was going to bring it back up myself, but Horace needed me. So I gave it to Aine to take back upstairs to you.”

“Wonderful.” She muttered. “Back to square one. I guess I’m headed back to the Keep to track down the imp.”

“Looks like my plan worked. Just the mention of work has that damned muse fleeing.” Lucien rejoined them with a smug look on his face.

“That was planned?”

“Yep. But before ye take off to…”

Sexy Erotic Exciting Reviews…” Colleen supplied.

“What was the daily prize? Lucien leaned against the bar.

“Another wonderful key chain with a copy of my torque on it.”

“Alright then. Readers, ye know what to do. Make sure ye leave yer name and email addy in the comments and Miss Dakota will pick a winner tomorrow.” He lifted Colleen’s hand to his lips, brishing a kiss across it. “I do hope ye find yer torque.”

“Me too.” She sighed, then pushed her way back through the crowd.


Randall - Shay





The Council of Elders has charged Matthias Galloway with bringing the once prosperous Taghte Pack back into the Council’s fold. In exchange for his services, Matthias names his terms: he wants to claim his longtime lover and friend, Andrew, as his mate.


Nephew of a powerful alpha, Andrew Gilchrist has long been a coveted commodity because of his services as a healer. Neither expects the Council to agree to Mathias’s terms, leaving him free, finally, to claim his chosen mate. Even more unexpected is the presence of a third-bond to appear during their mating ritual.

The grandchildren of the slain alpha of the Taghte pack, Colleen Donghall and her twin brother, were whisked away at birth. They’re still kept hidden from those who would harm them. Raised in seclusion, Colleen’s never experienced lust, let alone the bond between mates. On the night of lunar eclipse, she’s drawn into Matthias and Andrew’s passionate claiming, and her dormant libido is powerfully awoken.

But it’s nothing compared to the lust and danger that will stalk her and her mates, when she arrives in Scotland.


Publisher: http://www.loose-id.com/wolfen-bonds.html


Dakota is a simple Midwest girl, who found her passion in storytelling at a young age. She wrote her first novel her freshman year on an old electric IBM typewriter. Now writing in several different genres from erotic romance and BDSM to m/m and paranormal, she is a published author with multiple books under her belt. When she isn’t writing, she’s a devoted band mom and a loving wife.

Dakota’s Website: http://www.dakotatrace.net/

Dakota’s Blog: http://alittlebitofnaughty.blogspot.com/

Dakota’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dakotatrace

Dakota’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/dakota75


The Wicked Muse Tavern Welcomes Imogene Nix!

Vampires and Witches and their evolution in popular media.

I love delving into the psyche of people. Particularly those who tell me (and yes I know someone in particular) that Vampire are a mere shadow of their former being. Sure, literature has seen an evolution in the beings we call vampires, but I like to think that’s a good thing.

In 1976 Ann Rice released Interview With A Vampire on an unsuspecting public. Since then we’ve seen Angel, Acheron (do I reallyInterviewWAVampire have to tell you who he is??) and of course, the Count on Sesame Street. Each of these pivotal characters have helped to reshape our understanding of vampires.

See, without such evolution, nothing changes. Nothing stays the same and we read the same old every day. Now does that sound inspiring to you?

But witches have also had the opportunity to experience a similar evolution.

GlendatheGoodWitchThink back to Salem. That was only a couple of hundred years ago when we were burning or dunking them. Yeah… But in popular media there has been a change coming. Glinda from Wizard of Oz is one of the earliest in popular media to perpetrate the concept that not all witches are evil.

Since then, there has been an amazing array of books and movies that have pushed those boundaries further. Look at Charmed, Bewitched and of course, we can’t forget Hermoine Granger from Harry Potter. All of these have helped in the growth of witches from two dimensional bad women to strong and well defined heroines.

Now I’m willing to bet, your wondering what this has to do with the Illuminated Witch, right?

Javed is not ancient, but he is refined in a way that can only happen with centuries of existence. He’s respectful (sexy) and well educated (Did I also say sexy?)

But one thing he can’t have is humanity and a partner. Why? Because he’s a modern well adjusted man who just happens to be a vampire. That is until he meets Celina and everything he thinks he knows changes.

She’s a witch with no idea of what she is, let alone the power that she can control. Of course, nothing is simple in this world. If it was it wouldn’t be believable, would it?

Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed my potted version of how media has changed the concepts of witches and humans. This is a major topic (and yes there have actually been studies looking into this…

If you like vampires and witches then you might just like…

… The Illuminated Witch.




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?



Publisher : http://www.excessica.com/books/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=2&products_id=696

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Healing-Hark-Chicago-Dakota-Trace-ebook/dp/B00JRMED28/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1398333775&sr=8-1&keywords=healing+hark

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/healing-hark-dakota-trace/1119261518?ean=2940149375097


My Writing Process Blog Tour

Welcome back to the Tavern. I was asked by the lovely Serena Shay to join in the My Writing Process Blog Tour. Due to a nasty cold and the arrival of household goods (gotta love shuffling around boxes to do anything) I am late getting this posted. But it’s better late than never. Thank you, Serena, for asking me.


1) What am I working on? 

Well at the moment I’m attempting to work on a contemporary menage homecoming story about fire-fighters. It’s called Wildfire. Unfortunately my wicked muse, Lucien, has been more interested in me working on the second Rift Hunter book, Savage Hawaiian Heat. Which introduces my mash up of vampires and incubus.

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I believe my work differs in the fact that I’m working to combine elements that I’ve not seen put together before. At least in my Rift Hunters Series anyway. It’s got mythological gods, magic, science, paranormal creatures and time travel. Just to name a few.

3) Why do I write what I do?

Wow. That’s a toughy. I write because I feel that I have something to share with the world. I hope that it will touch someone and make them feel that they aren’t alone.

4) How does your writing process work?

My writing process is actually really chaotic most of the time. At least right now it is. I do try to plot out at least a chapter or two ahead of time if possible before sitting down to write. Sticking to that plot is another thing altogether. My characters have a habit of saying “Yeah, that’s not how this is going to happen”. Which is actually how I ended up writing erotic romance and menage in particular.

Thanks for stopping by to read about my writing process. Don’t forget to check next week at Dakota Trace’s place to learn about her process.

Since a child, Dakota Trace has always had a vivid imagination that as an adult she’s used to craft stories of suspense, romance and eroticism.

Wyk’s Scavenger Hunt

Wyk'sScavengerHuntBadge“Aw come on.”  I motioned forward Wyk, who seemed reluctant to enter The Wicked Muse Tavern. “I don’t care what Livvy told you about the Bruce, he’s not a wolfhound bent on eating strange men.” In an effort to pay back Lucien for locking her out of the tavern a few weeks ago, she must’ve told Wyk some yarn about the Bruce, the most adorable dachshund I’ve ever met, that simply wasn’t true.

Wyk shook his head. “I don’t know. I like dogs and everything but I really don’t feel like being pissed on, Dakota.”

I glared at Livvy. “You told him that the Bruce would urinate on him? Other than stealing Lucien’s leather pants, that dog has never done anything destructive.”  I set the plate of homemade brownies down on the small table outside the doors.

My muse didn’t even look the least bit repentant. “He locked me out.  After he left me at the mercies of Ethan. He actually encouraged Ethan to spank me. He deserves everything he gets.”

Wyk’s beautiful chocolate eyes narrowed. “You fibbed to me? Then does that mean this Lucien doesn’t have an issue with men being submissive?”

I froze. The enormity of what my muse had done shocked me. “You told Wyk that Lucien…”

“She inferred that Lucien challenged the last man who’d come into the Tavern to a round of arm wrestling, because the man was a sub.”  Wyk looked ready to choke Livvy. My muse actually flushed and looked away.

“I….I…” I was at a loss for words. Of all the stunts my muse had pulled, this one was beyond compare. It wasn’t cute, it wasn’t funny.  It was damaging to Wyk who had just only accepted his submissive side. My Irish temper snapped. “That’s it. Take your ass home. I’ve had it with you. At the moment I don’t care if I talk to you again or not.”

Livvy’s eyes widened “What….no…you can’t mean that. It was supposed to be a joke. A way to get back at Lucien. I thought Wyk would put him in his place…”

“Lucian’s a muse, the same as you. You guys control the fates of our characters. You’re honestly thought you could pit a character against a muse?” It boggled my mind. It would be like having a human take on a god. “Just go, Livvy, before I say something I’ll regret.”  I was so angry I was ready to cry.

“But…” She took a step toward me. I backed away. “I’m…sorry. I wouldn’t have done it if I’d known…”

“Haud yer whisht! What’s goin’ on out here?”  Hearing the Scottish burr, I turned to see Lucien looming in the darkened doorway.  I could barely make out more than his blue eyes and the familiar tartan wrapped around his waist.

“Nothing.”  My face flushed in embarrassment.  “Just a minor disagreement.”

“I fucked up again.” Livvy gave Lucien a puppy dog look. “I told Wyk you had a problem with submissive men.”

Lucien actually growled.  “Ye did what?”

“I tried to apologize, but slave is pissed.”

“And rightly so, lass.”  Lucien motioned Wyk toward him. “Ye must be Wyk, correct? The sub from Dakota’s new book? My Shay has been talking about the hell you and yer Mistress have been putting Dakota through.”

“Well, maybe just a little.”  Wyk seemed tense.

Lucien nodded. “Then I say ye deserve a round on the house. Do ye like ale? We muses and characters are supposed to drive our authors crazy.”  He spied the plate of brownies on the table. “Are those for me Mistress?”

I nodded. “Yeah, part of the ransom for the toy she’s holding for Livvy.”

He looked from the brownies to Livvy, then to me and back again. “I know you’re mad at her, lass, but why not leave her fate to me?”

I studied him, wishing I could see more of his face. How did Shay do it? It would drive me nuts. “I don’t know. Whether I like it or not, I’m gonna need her later.”

His smile dazzled. “No worries, lass. I think a lesson in humility is all that is needed here.  And the Tavern has plenty of dishes that need a good scrubbin’.”

“But my nails!”

Livvy’s squealed protest would’ve had me smiling if I weren’t so put out with her.  She loved the long acrylic nails she sported.  “After the tour is over?”

“Of course. Next Friday would be perfect and Seraphina would love ye forever. She hates doing dishes after our annual Oktoberfest celebration.”

“Fine, she’s yours.”  I sighed in relief. “As long as she takes care of the details of this hop.” I glared at Livvy. “After all she’s the reason we’re here.”

A very subdued Livvy nodded. “Of course.”  She looked up at the readers. “I can’t believe I’m gonna have to do dishes though.”

“Just be thankful yer Mistress dinnae request a new muse, lass.”

Livvy looked a bit distressed but I’d reassure her later that I wasn’t going to do anything of the sort. Even as mischievous as she was…she was mine.

“Okay, peeps this is the deal. See the graphic below? Enter it into the rafflecopter thingie for a chance to win the grand prize basket that Dakota is giving away.  It has some yummy toys in it. A flogger, a pair of restraints, a sleep mask and an e-copy of Wyk’s Surrender.  My slave will be announcing the winner at Wyk’s Wrap-up Party on Facebook on October 2nd from 7 – 9 pm. And for all those who find all eight toys – well your name will be entered for the $10 gift card from Amazon.”    She turned to look at me. “Did I remember everything, slave?”


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“Everything but the quote.”  I gave her a reluctant smile. “Once you give it to them, come join us at the bar. If you’re good for the rest of the visit I’ll let you have one glass of ale.”

Her face brightened. “Okay.” She pulled out a rumpled slip of paper from between her corseted breasts. Man I needed to buy her something with pockets. “Here’s the quote for Shay, Lucien.”

Quote: “I’ve been told I’m really good, Mistress.”  ~Wyk

DT_Wyk's Surrender_200She wants to mark him and make him hers…

Mistress “V” lusts after her boss. She wants him at her mercy, begging for her touch, but he only knows her as his very capable assistant Venus. When an off-hand comment dashes her hopes, the sexy domme turns to Madame Eve at 1Night Stand for help…

He isn’t sure he can handle the dark pleasure she promises…

Living up to his father’s expectations has driven Wyk Havas to the edge. His curvaceous assistant Venus wants to push him past those limits, and he’s damn near attracted enough to try. But Venus’s preference for men to submit to her threw him for a loop. Can a date from 1Night Stand show him if he’s able to submit to a woman?

Can Wyk truly surrender to Mistress V’s pleasure or were they doomed from the start?

Buy Link

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Wyks-Surrender-1Night-Stand-ebook/dp/B00FA8ASTA/

Dakota Trace’s Xenres Sins Ruthless Book Tour

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“So where’s that sexy muse of yours?”  Livvy bats her eyes at Seraphina as she bellies up to the bar.

Seraphina who was wiping down the bar actually flushed. “You’re insane, Livvy, if you think I’m claiming his stubborn ass.  But then he’s had too much time on his hands and has been driving Shay crazy.  Evidently he has some wild idea for Christmas that involves triplets or something.”

“Really?”  Livvy leaned forward, her interest obviously peaked. “It wouldn’t have to do anything with the call that my slave is writing for would it?”

Serphafina shrugs.  “Maybe. Is it for Loose?”

Livvy nods. “Yep.  I’ve been after Dakota for some time to write something for them. But stubborn wench she is, she keeps giving me excuse after excuse why she can’t.  The last one was something about it being too hot outside to be thinking about Christmas.” *shakes head* “Doesn’t she realize resistence is futile.  I will have my way in the end.”

Serphafina chuckles. “Now you sound like Lucien.”

“Did someone mention me name?”  From the shadows, Lucien stepped up to the bar.  “Mistress Livvy. Good to see ya again. Ye know…you are becoming a permanent fixture at the tavern as of late. Should I be worried?” *Lucien looks around*  “Speaking of which, where is yer author at?  Our deal was that you’re only allowed to come here if she is here to chaperon yer wild ways.”

“Aw, she’s babysitting the most adorable baby girl at the moment so sends her apologies.”  *Livvy shrugs*  “But get the worried look off your face.  She sent a character to keep me in line…” Leans forward. “And just between you and me….he scares me more than Dad does. I don’t know what I was thinking when I agreed to let Asha see the light of day…”

The old fashioned bell over the door rang out as a tall, dark, swarthy man stepped inside. Scanning the room, the man was suddenly beside her in the blink of an eye. He’d moved so fast even Lucien seemed to be taken back.

“What…and who is he?”

*a slow smile crossed Livvy’s face*  “This is Asha.  He’s one of the co-owners of Xenres Sins.  It’s a gambling hall in Dushanbe.”  She leaned closer to Lucien, running her hand up his chest. “But he’s also the baddest ass vampyre in Tajikstan.”

Lucien cocked an eyebrow at her. “You brought a blood thirsty vamp into my tavern? Are ye insane? What if he starts  biting people?”

*sighs*  “Why do people keep asking me that?”

Asha draws up to his full height, all six foot six of him. “I don’t bite anyone but Eryk. Once a vamp mates only his true mate can feed him.”

*Lucien harrumphed*

Asha glared at Livvy. “I could be home with my mate.  I can’t believe I let Dakota talk me into babysitting your ass.”


“What the hell is that?”  Asha spun on his heels as a flurry of fur crossed the room nearly as fast as he had.  As the yipping dachshund jumped up on Asha’s leg he caught the dog by the scruff the neck, cradling him gently despite his confusion.

“The Bruce.”  Lucien chuckled. “Welcome to my nightmare.”

Asha cocked his head, staring into the liquid brown eyes of the dog. “The animal has the soul of a great wolfhound.”

Lucien groaned. “Not you too…he’s a nuisance. Always tearing up me kilts and dragging my leather pants back to his bed.”

Asha grinned. “Can’t blame the hound. He has good taste.”  Crouching down, he set the dachshund back down on the floor, petting the dog.

Livvy elbows Lucien.  “See I told you he was dangerous.”  *Livvy turns to face the readers* “And with that being said…lets get to the good stuff…the giveaway and yummy excerpt….”

To Enter to Win one of the two copies of Ruthless…answer this question (the answer will be in the excerpt).

Question: What is the first thing Asha does when playing cards that proves how ruthless he actually is?

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Welcome to Xenres. Located in the heart of Dushanbe, a person can indulge in any sin imaginable, which is exactly what Eryk Solie has set out to do. As a lone Arctic wolf shifter in a foreign country, he longs for something more than mindless one night stands with men who could never completely understand him. Intuition and a tip from a local leads him to Xenres. Inside the notorious gambling hall, he finds his mate, one of the owners of the club. Too bad the man is considered to be one of the most ruthless vampyres in the district. To win a night in his mate’s arms, Eryk will have to lose at a game of chance.

Asha Talavi not only co-owns the darkest gambling haunt in town, he’s also a self-made vampyre. His ruthless nature has gotten him everything he’s ever wanted including the sexy wolf shifter who dared to accept his challenge over a hand of cards. But even after Asha claims his mate, there is treachery a foot in the form of a former lover. And when Eryk returns the following evening, he tracks down his mate to only find the man with another, claiming he doesn’t remember him, or their wager and mating. Only an ancient ritual will tell if Eryk’s love will be a match for Asha’s ruthlessness and which shifter will in the end claim Asha.



Eryk barely contained his wolf as time seemed to slow down. His sharp wolf eyes caught the flick of every card as Asha expertly dealt each of them five cards. Without a doubt in his body, he knew exactly who the man in front of him was. Even if it hadn’t been for the vampyre’s outrageous bet, he’d have been able to distinguish between Asha and his partner, Kiarad. While many said ruthlessness and greed went hand in hand, and the traits were nearly interchangeable, he could spot the subtle difference lurking in Asha’s eyes. Greed was wanting everything around a person, where ruthlessness was akin to determination. And it was determination he saw in his mate’s lusty expression. The man wanted the prize, an unbridled night of passion, but he wanted to best Eryk just as much.

The combination was potent, setting a fire in Eryk’s loins. Reaching for his cards, he slowly arranged them to his liking. Two aces, a five of clubs and two tens. He could try for a full house and probably get it, but the question was did he truly want to trounce his mate in cards? His pride demanded yes, even as his wolf grumbled about letting the vampyre win. But the human side of him, the one who longed for the touch of a lover, wanted to forfeit right then and there. To toss all the cards away and beg for his mate to claim him. Unfortunately as majority ruled, his pride and wolf over ruled his human side, and told him to go for it. To show his mate he was not to be trifled with, that he was more than a match for Asha.

Tossing away the five of clubs, he met Asha’s dark gaze. “Hit me.”

“If only,” Asha murmured, while his narrow elegant hands easily dealt him another card. Then he tossed two of his own cards out in the discard pile. “The dealer takes two.” Then he gave himself two cards. Eryk’s sharp eyes caught the sleight of hand as he pulled two cards from the bottom of the deck.

Well I’ll be…the bastard is actually cheating. Instead of pissing him off, it shifted something inside of him. The wolf, who knew no right from wrong, approved of the small deception. The idea Asha would resort to such under-handed tactics to claim him had Eryk’s priorities shifting. He no longer wanted to win. He wanted to see just how ruthless the man would be. Would Asha try to lure him into showing his hand, or would the man try to distract him in an effort to win? Or instead would he be straight forward and try to bluff?

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Fàilte (Welcome)Dakota Trace- Essential Master Book Tour

Please welcome Dakota Trace to the Wicked Muse Tavern. She’s celebrating the release of the second in her Dom’s of Napa Valley Series- Essential Master.  ~Shay and Lucien



This time when I entered the Wicked Muse Tavern, my nerves felt remarkably calmer. Sliding up to the bar, I flag down Seraphina who as usual was dressed in her serving wench garb.  Asking for a soda, I turn to wait, my eyes on the door.  As if my earlier trip to the Tavern had set me at ease, I didn’t feel the least bit out of sorts about being here. For the first time on this tour I wasn’t worrying about having to apologize for my muse’s wild and crazy antics. Besides this time I actually confirmed with Ethan that he would be accompanying Livvy.  If anyone could keep that sassy muse of mine in place, it was him.

But before I go any further I should probably introduce myself, I’m Dakota Trace, and if you’ve been following the happenings at the Tavern, you probably recognize me from earlier last week. I actually made a very yummy Cranachan for Shay’s muse, Lucien, as a peace-offering…or bribe I guess you could call it.  Either way it worked out for me, because Livvy was no longer banned from the tavern.  Which brings me to why I’m here.

I’m here to promote my newest release from Excessica Publishing, Essential Master. To help me with that I’ve asked  Livvy and Master Ethan, one of the Doms from New Beginnings to stop in and talk about Ethan’s pivotal role in the…

“Pivot this, you Asian bastard!”  Livvy storms into the tavern, sliding up onto the stool next to me.

“How many times do I have to remind you not to call him that, Livvy?”  I drummed my fingers on the bar, continuing to watch the door. There was just something about Ethan and Livvy together, they were much like oil and water.  They just didn’t mix, but the plus side of it all was he could keep my muse under control much better than I could.

“Well, he is.  His mama and daddy weren’t married until after he was born…”

I held up a hand. “Stop right there. There will be no blood shed today or I’m going to leave you to Lucien’s tender mercies. And from my understanding he lives to torment – he’ll leave you hanging in the worst way while he pursues…other interests.”

Livvy just laughed at me. “He could try but being a muse like him, I’d just track down his sexy ass and make him pay up.” She turned on the stool. “Where is that sexy hunk of a muse at anyway? Now that I don’t have to worry about Analise or her men, I could sooo snuggle up to him.”

I groaned. I don’t know which is worse. A mischievous Livvy or one bent on seduction of the musely kind. I still have nightmares about what she did with a fellow author’s immortal vampire muse during the last hop.

About that time, Seraphina reappeared with my soda and Livvy spotted her. “I’ll have some more of that delicious ale of yours.”

Seraphina chuckled but shook her head. “I don’t think so, lass. Lucien will – well let’s say he’ll do things to me I rather he didn’t, if I let you partake of the ale again.  You Ms. Livvy can’t handle your spirits.”

“I can so!”  Livvy stood.

“Lass, ye sit down.”  Lucien appeared behind her, as always standing in the shadows. “I’ll be having none of yer shenanigans today. You and yer writer are here to talk about her new book, not cause a riot.”

Of course Livvy being Livvy took his words as a challenge and slipped off her stool to stand nose to…err….chest with him. “But I like causing riots.” She trailed her fingers up his chest. “Why don’t you and I slip off somewhere….quiet and get to know each other better. My slave and Ethan can handle this stop.”

Groaning I moved off my stool to stop her, but Ethan took that moment to enter the tavern. His long dreadlocks pulled back and loose Asian clothing looked a bit out of place but he was definitely a sight for sore eyes.  Livvy caught sight of him and tried to use Lucien as a shield. “I didn’t do it.”

Even without stomping into the room, I could feel the anger rolling off Ethan.  Something had pissed off my normally calm Dom.  And I had  a feeling I knew who.  “Dammit Livvy, how did you manage to piss Ethan off?”

She peeked from behind Lucien, sticking her tongue out at Ethan. Ethan clenched his fists and addressed Lucien. “Kindly move.”

Lucien glanced behind him. “I cannae in good conscious let ye harm a woman.”

Ethan growled. “I’m not going to hurt her. She and I are going to have a very short, and very concise discussion about my submissive. It will only take five minutes and no harm will come to her – as long as she tells me what she meant by telling me “I needed to get used to hormonal females because my Bella was going to give me three more to deal with.”

This time, I wanted to kill my muse.  Livvy had been pushing for the last six months to have Bella pregnant and so far I had resisted. Taunting Ethan with the idea was the last straw. The man had wanted a family for as long as I could remember. “Lucien – let him have her. He won’t hurt her, but she will talk – and it will get her out of here for a while.” I leaned in and grabbed the basket no one had noticed me bring in.  “Besides if she finds out about this, your cranachan is history. She’ll have it gone…”

Lucien sighed. “No bodily harm?”  He was looking directly at Ethan.

“No bodily harm.  A hot bottom maybe.” Ethan nodded, his dreadlocks swaying. “Definitely a hot bottom.”

Lucien grinned, his smile wide, before glancing over his shoulder. “Sorry, lass, ye should have learned yer musely limits long ago.  Ye cannae taunt the characters. They will rebel every time. Consider it a lesson well learned.”  Then he stepped aside with a flash of his knees as his kilt swirled around his legs. “Ye said ye had more cranachan?”

“Yep.” I replied, handing him the basket, while ignoring Livvy’s loud protests as Ethan dragged her out of the tavern. “Just remember to share with Shay this time.”

“Maybe…”  Then he disappeared into the shadows with his prize.

“That is one muse who loves his goodies.” I told Seraphina. “So as usual I’m left without my characters or muse to tell everyone about the giveaways.”  I sighed. “Next time maybe I’ll just leave them at home.”

“Aw but what fun would that be?” Seraphina patted my hand.

“True. Okay. Here’s the deal. Below is a blurb and excerpt. After the excerpt is a question. Answer it in the comments to be entered not only into the daily contest (which will earn you a copy of Essential Master) but also the grand prize basket I’ll be giving away at the end of the tour.”  I took a sip of my soda. “Did I forget anything?”

Seraphina stared at me thoughtfully. “Only where you’re going to be tomorrow…”

I smacked my forehead. ‘Duh.  I’ll be over at For the Love of Bookends Blog…that’s if Livvy and Ethan can pry me away from the Tavern.”  I watched the shadows as Lucien proceeded to devour the desert I brought.


Submissive Zebadiah Pellegrino maybe down, but he’s not out yet. He knows there is a Dom or Domme for him – it’s just a matter of finding him or her.  But after an attack by a brutal Mistress, the owners of New Beginnings have been hovering like a pair of over protective hens. It’s been over a year and he’s ready to move on, but now he just has to convince them or leave New Beginnings.

New members, Dom Nicholaus Tarquinio and switch Stephanie McKeown have a unique D/s relationship and have been searching for some time for a third member, a submissive to complete their triad. But the trick is to find a man who not only appeals to Nicholaus’s domination but isn’t above allowing Stephanie to have her fun too.

When Zebadiah catches Stephanie’s eye, she and Nicholaus approach the wounded sub, wondering if he’s truly ready take what they have to offer him, or is Ethan right about Zebadiah not being ready? Only time will tell.



Zebadiah and Ethan were just finishing a series of katas when Bella appeared in the doorway. In the reflective surface of mirrored wall, he watched as she sank to her knees. Flowing into the finishing moves, he idly wondered if he’d ever be able to kneel like that again. His knee was healing, but didn’t do well with that kind of pressure.

“Good set, Zebadiah. You’re getting back a good deal of your flexibility.” Ethan grabbed two towels, using one to wipe off his own face after tossing the second to Zebadiah.

Mimicking Ethan, Zeb used the terrycloth to dry his face and neck. It’d felt good to work out again. It’d been nearly a week since Allison’s attack, and Ethan had said the dojo was off limits until he’d felt Zebadiah had recovered from the attack.

“It feels good,” he admitted, moving to the small fridge on one side of the dojo. Grabbing a couple bottles of water, he offered one to Ethan before twisting off the cap and guzzling half of his own bottle.

“So how are things going with you, Nicholaus and Steph? Are they as excited as you are about you opening your bakery?” Ethan asked, bringing up the elephant in the room. In the week since coming home, Zebadiah had spoken on the phone with one or the other every night or sometimes both, but hadn’t had any face-to-face contact.

“It’s going good. I think Steph is more excited than I am about it. In fact, she said she wanted to go with me when I picked out the motif for the bakery. If Nicky hadn’t had to leave Wednesday for some kind of writer’s conference in Vegas, we’d have gone already. I can’t believe I let them talk me into opening my own shop.”

“Why not? You’re a wonderful baker. Both Davis and I have been telling you that for months.”

He nodded, smiling sheepishly. “I know you and Davis tried to convince me earlier, but I guess I just wasn’t ready. It’s just that…Nicky and Steph have a way of making me think I can do anything.”

Ethan dropped a supportive hand on his shoulder. “As they should. I know you’ve been talking with them a lot on the phone lately. Does it mean you’re becoming more comfortable in Steph’s presence?” Ethan asked, as they moved to where Bella had been patiently kneeling.

He nodded. “She’s sexy but smart and has a quirky sense of humor. She actually gets my jokes if you can believe that.” He downed the rest of his water. “If asked, I’d have to say she’s a great friend to have. I’d love taking her to bed, but I just don’t know if I’m ready to submit to her. She has a lot of the same qualities on the surface which attracted me to Allison. I don’t know what I’d do if she turned on me like Allison. It was like my submission was the trigger, and my Mistress turned into someone I didn’t recognize.”

Ethan nodded. “I don’t think it had anything to do with you personally, Zeb. The rumor around the scene is you’re not the first submissive she’s pulled this with one of the other clubs in Vallejo said she’d been banned because of exactly such behavior. Another in Santa Rosa did the same. The important thing here is you’re no longer her submissive. She has no part in your life now.”

QUESTION:  Name one of the two cities Allison has been banned in?

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