Trainwreck (Book 1) by Michele Micheal Rakes : Blog Tour, Interview, Excerpt and Giveaway



Detective Sergeant Vincent Sweetwater hates dead bodies. That’s why he’s an undercover narc and not a homicide dick. So why is he standing on a sandy beach in California staring at a lifeless body—oh yeah, the suicide attempt. Lieutenant Hanson is making a statement. Something about life worth living. Shows what he knows.

As Vince examines the tortured body, he feels an empathy and déjà vu for the victim, her wounds are similar to scars he has only a vague memory receiving. An intense desire to find her killer fills his queasy belly as a dark game of cat and mouse begins.

The young woman’s death forces Vince back into a secret life dominated by sex, perversion, and sadomasochism. Estranged from his wife he still loves and longing for the man who possessed him once, Vince buries his torment deep inside meaningless sex.

*Warning: This book contains adult content and situations. NOT FOR THE SQUEAMISH.

Author Name: Michele Micheal Rakes

Book Name: Trainwreck

Series: Trainwreck

Book: One

Release Date: January 25, 2016

Pages or Words:  374 pages

Categories: BDSM, Bisexual, Crime Fiction, Erotica, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Ménage/Poly, Romance, Thriller

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Publisher: Michele Micheal Rakes

Cover Artist: Drai Bearwomyn

Cover Photography by Dan Skinner

Editing: Tina Adamski



 Vince grabbed the remote and clicked on the news. He paid little attention as he rubbed his aching hip. When Lola Romero began her news report he glanced up to see an official photo of himself in uniform.

“Jesus, talk about an old fucking picture.”Banner300x250 (1)

Despite being only twenty-three in the photo, he hadn’t appeared young and fresh faced. His eyes had held a kind of darkness even then, and his best efforts were unable to hide the pain.

“An L.A.P.D. Information officer confirmed the return to duty of Detective Vincent Sweetwater just one week after a horrifying display of violence toward a man who was reportedly beating his five-year-old son in the parking lot of a Home Depot in Inglewood. Detective Sweetwater was nearly killed last year in a motorcycle accident on the Pacific Coast Highway and is still under scrutiny following alleged misconduct while under deep cover with the narcotics division.”

“Bite me, Lola.” Vince shut off the TV, flopping back on the bed, staring into the darkness.

“Fuck my life. It was more than a year ago. Bitch.”

I hate people.

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 tco-author interview

Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Michele Micheal “Mikey” Rakes, author of Trainwreck, the series.

Hi Mikey, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.

Well, I’ve written two novels for Loose Id: Saving Kane and Fourth and Long. Saving Kane is by far my most popular. Trainwreck is my first self-published work. I also have two short stories with MuseItHot publishing: Cold Darkness and Ephemeral Darkness.

Surviving Adam is the sequel to Trainwreck, yet unpublished obviously, and I have After Party which is nearing completion, the sequel to S.K. and F.A.L. Maddox and Frank will round out the last in that series.

Trainwreck is about a guy who is just that…a trainwreck. The guy is a mess, but he’s trying to get his shit straightened out. He’d love to come out of the closet, but as a cop he doesn’t feel like he can, plus his marriage is already on the rocks. He’s afraid Mica will divorce him if she finds out what a freak he is, but he can’t stop thinking about Greg, the man who used to whip him silly. He misses Greg and his lover Grayson. Vince wanted what they had, but couldn’t bring himself to take the plunge he so wanted to take with the loving, handsome couple. What would his wife say? Could he ever get her to join in the fun. Then his daughter died and there was no more fun to have…Vince became a suicidal wreck of a man who now has to hunt down a serial killer as part of his job. The case takes him back into the world of BDSM and within proximity of the man he could fall in love with, given different circumstances.

  • What is the most satisfying thing about being a writer?

When people fall in love with your characters and want to talk to you about them. That’s fun. I also like when they share their ideas about how the character appears to them. Some send me pics of models they think represent the character well. I’ve been trying to put some of those up on my author page and would encourage folks to post to the page or send them to me via a messenger. I like seeing how they view the characters.

  • Do your characters ever take over your writing and make the story go somewhere you hadn’t originally planned?

Vincent Sweetwater took total control. Even if it meant complete torture for him, he took the reins and said this is who I am, now make the world understand. Trainwreck started out as an m/f romance where the couple is already married and on the verge of divorce. I killed their only child because so many couples don’t survive the death of a child. So, with that, Vince let me know as the story progressed, how much he loved his wife. Yet, he also loved someone else who could give him what he needed and how much he wanted his wife to meet this man.

  • How did you celebrate the release of your book?

I guess I don’t celebrate much. A jagerbomb here and there, but I’m always off to the other projects. It’s more of a relief than a celebration. That’s the part I need to work on. Instead of: that’s done, what next, I should say: That’s done, baby make me a drink and pour a shot for Mary, we’re gonna toast her move into another plane of existence…until we meet again! That’s how I’ll celebrate from now on…a shot of Tarantula Blue in honor of Mary.

  • How did you come up with the idea for this book?

I wanted to read a story like this one, so I wrote it for myself, and my wife and husband both loved it…that’s how I started writing again. I used to write all the time, but when a fire destroyed all my writing on Thanksgiving day 1998, I pretty much hung it up. Then I wrote some poetry that doesn’t exist anymore because of a massive computer crash while trying to back it all up, so yeah…gave it up for a while. Writing had always been my gig. In school, I used to put Mary (then my bf and not my wife) in all my stories. She was pissed the one time I had her as a slightly burnt offering to a pack of werewolves. She wasn’t pissed she died as werewolf food, but that she died a virgin. I used to write horror. Now my horrors are serial killers and other assorted baddies. Child molesters and murderers.

  • Have you ever written naked?

ALL THE TIME! My husband came home from work one day (while I was still going to school to be a scrub tech) to find me in the living room naked and writing. I had a pink cigarette hanging from my mouth unlit (because I don’t smoke anymore) and a drink in my hand. I was reading what I’d just wrote. My cat sitting next to me. After that, he called me Hemingway. Still does. Um, in fact, I’m naked right now. When hubby would get home, I’d make him try out my sex scenes with me (for the m/m, those who know me, know I’m gender fluid and my wife was straight and my husband is bisexual. Mary always said I was more like a dude)…always great fun.

meet the author


Michele Micheal Rakes lives in a small town in the shadow of a big mountain and works as a surgical technologist assisting in the removal of tonsils and testicles. Three grown children, a one year old granddaughter named Thrasher, two psychotic Egyptian Mau’s, a husband with hair down to his knees, an Amazon for a wife, two Harley’s, and a ferret named Teeny Tiny Ferret Feet (husband insists her name Little Feet, we all know he’s wrong) life is gets pretty wild.

Note: Wife recently passed away from cancer and this book is dedicated in loving memory of Mary Louise Castleman. Love you babe!

Where to find the author:


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Twitter: @MicheleRakes


Tour Dates & Stops:


Book Lovers 4Ever, Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words


Love Bytes, Mikky’s World of Books


Full Moon Dreaming, Man2ManTastic, Bonkers About Books, Bayou Book Junkie


BFD Book Blog, Velvet Panic, My Fiction Nook, Gay Media Reviews, The Novel Approach


Happily Ever Chapter, Hearts on Fire


Two Chicks Obsessed With Books and Eye Candy, Three Books Over The Rainbow


Wicked Faerie’s Tales and Reviews, KathyMac Reviews


Havan Fellows, Jessie G. Books


Cathy Brockman Romances, Inked Rainbow Reads


Divine Magazine, Prism Book Alliance


Molly Lolly


Dawn’s Reading Nook


Alpha Book Club


MM Good Book Reviews


Louise Lyons


Elisa – My Reviews and Ramblings


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