Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Blogtour: Trainwreck by Michele Micheal Rakes

Please say hello to Michele Micheal Rakes and 



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.


The room fell silent and he turned back to the freezer. His hand hovered lovingly over the lid before he lifted it. “Hey, pretty. I know what to do with you now. You’re going to meet the son of an old friend.”
The girl had dead-fish eyes. Half-lidded, green once upon a time, they stared unseeing from a frost glittered corpse. Hair like sunburnt grass pricked her high cheekbones and full lips. He smoothed it back stiffly. The realization this would be the last time he felt her youthful body rushed through him like a phantom out of the dark. He was almost surprised at her lack of life.
On a shelf across the room was a black tarp, which he spread on the floor. With singular effort he struggled to get the partially frozen corpse from the freezer. She landed with a sick thud. The man apologized to her as though she were still living, stroking her stiff hair soothingly. He started to roll her in the black plastic, cocooning her in a final darkness, to be reborn from the chrysalis in the morning sunlight. Only then would Vincent Sweetwater come to know her and whom she represented.

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We had a chance to ask the author a few questions....

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

Well, I ride a Harley. I have pink dreads so my husband can find me in a crowd. My wife, who rode a Harley too, just recently passed away. She loved Trainwreck and that’s why I’m dedicating it to her memory. 

Trainwreck was the first book I had completed. It’s about a guy who is just a wreck. He tried to kill himself on his Harley, but to his dismay, he survived. The story is about how he tries to reintegrate himself into the world he’s always known as a cop. After two years of physical and psychological therapy, he returns to work only to be shoved at a floater case. Vince hates dead bodies, but this one disturbs him even more. 

The victim shares similar scarring that Vince received as a child during a highly traumatic assault that involved the entire structure he was in to burn down. His memories are fragmented, but he realizes in order to find the killer he must investigate himself and that night. He also finds leads that will take him back to a man he had a sordid BDSM type of affair with and Vince wants to be with that man, but he’s also trying to reconcile with his estranged wife. Vince’s ultimate fantasy is to have Greg and Mica dominate him. But how does a confirmed tough guy ask for something like that and find a serial killer who might have been the one who hurt him as a child?

  1. Give us an interesting fun fact or a few about your book:

Trainwreck was written back in 2010. It took me six months to write 380,000 words. Originally, Trainwreck was one book, but I realized no one had the time to read one book from a relatively unknown author at such a high word count, so I broke it up. The novel started out as a m/f romance where I have the couple already married, but because of a tragedy (the death of their only child) they were on the verge of divorce. The main character, Vincent Sweetwater, has always been the main focus of the novel. He began to tell me things about himself, dark secret things, and so I wrote his story the way he wanted it told.

  1. How did you come up with the title of your book or series?

Back in 2010, I had trouble coming up with a title and I know some folks take their titles from dialogue or lines in their novel. Vince talks about himself in terms of a Trainwreck. You know people are dying, but you just have to watch. I’d heard that phrase since growing up and the same with people being referred to as a trainwreck. Well, Vince is a trainwreck. I bounced back and forth over it being one word. Titled it Trainwreck tentatively, and handed it over to my husband and wife to read, with never any intentions of publication. They loved it and the title. That’s how it happened.

  1. Have you ever given one of your characters the personality of someone you know?

Vince is very much me. Mica is my wife Mary with a little bit of Greg. Greg of course is my husband with a little bit of Mica. See I blended them with the aspects of my husband and wife. Vince is totally me, although I can and have withstood the sight of dead bodies. And my mom isn’t a heroin junkie. Could hardly get her to roast a joint.

  1. What do you think makes a good story?

The characters. Premise, plot, villains, setting…all that is scenery on the journey with the characters. The characters have to be strong, developed, and willing to take the risks you set before them.

  1. What does your family think of your writing?

My mother is proud of me. She read Saving Kane. I told her not to, but she said she was a big girl and could handle it. She said it was good, but I don’t think the sex went over well with her. My husband loves everything I write and if there’s something he doesn’t love, he tells me in no uncertain terms. He’s quite clear. My sister hasn’t read anything of mine and neither has my brother, but I didn’t write for them. My sis just hasn’t had the time. Her son has been in and out of the hospital. She’s promised to read them, but I think she’s scared. Hehehe

Thank you!

About 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!



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