★★BLOG TOUR★★: TRAINWRECK (Trainwreck #1) By Michele M Rakes incl. an author interivew
Author Name: Michele Micheal Rakes
Book Name: Trainwreck
Michele M Rakes is here today and I was able to ask a few questions about writing and Trainwreck. Here's what she had to say....
1. If you had to do it all over again, is there anything you would change in your latest book?
That’s an interesting question, because with Trainwreck I’m kind of getting a second chance, because it was one book. Scene’s I had to cut because at one time it was 420k can now be revisited. Trainwreck is a five part series with a sequel, Surviving Adam. Books One and Two are out and Three will be releasing in about two months. What I love is that now it can become the story I really wanted it to be and I’ve learned so much since I first wrote the story.
2. Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Shutting up…lol. I want to stay true to the characters and there are things my characters would do that some folks might find objectionable. Vince in particular and he doesn’t even care how inappropriate he gets.
3. If you had to kill a character in your book, who would it be and why?
Well, I’ve killed some folks in Trainwreck already and I might not be done yet…I am done…no, I’m not.
4. How did you come up with the title for your book?
Vincent Sweetwater is a train wreck, but it comes a line in the book about how you can’t look away from a train wreck, even if you know people are dying.
Vince is the kind of guy who can’t even kill himself right.
5. Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Currently, I’m working on the edits to Trainwreck Book Three. Not to give any spoilers, but there will be a lot more of the mysterious Greg in this episode. I also have the follow up to Fourth and Long nearly complete, in which case, I’ll be sending it along to my editor. We get to see how the championship game turns out, but I don’t want to spoil anything. It will be good. I promise.
6. What book are you reading now or have read recently?
I have just begun reading Rodd Clark’s Rubble and the Wreckage. I like darker books and his MC is a serial killer. I really love his voice.
7. Do you read your reviews? Do you have any advice for how to deal with the bad?
Sometimes I do read my reviews because someone went to the trouble to read my book and review it. As a writer, I have to understand that my writing isn’t going to please everyone because we all have different tastes in books.
8. How hard is it to send your characters out into the world?
Yes. I wrote Trainwreck back in 2010 and I’m just now releasing it. I have two short stories and two other novels out, but it was hard to let Vince loose on the world.
9. Do you have any strange writing habits ( like standing on your head or writing in the bathtub)?
HeheheJ I was just editing Book Three in the tub. I print up a hard copy to go through and I find a hot bath helps. I also drink jagerbombs and sit naked. Sometimes there’s a pink cigarette hanging out of my mouth because I gave up smoking years ago.
10. If you had a free day and your mission was to enjoy yourself, what would you do with your day?
I’d hop on my Harley and head out to Mt. Rainier with my husband. My wife and I were supposed to go to St. Helen’s on our Harleys this summer, but she passed away in October. Maybe I’d head out there instead of Rainier. Her helmet is strapped to my front forks and I intend to ride to every place we wanted to go together.
Thank you, Michele for stopping by and answering a few questions for us.
Release Date: January 25, 2016
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.
Pages or Words: 374 pages
Categories: BDSM, Bisexual, Crime Fiction, Erotica, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Ménage/Poly, Romance, Thriller
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.
Trainwreck is a hard book to get through. The author warns it's not for the squeamish and that is the truth. I enjoy darker books, especially when the plot is intense and a killer is on the loose. As the killer spins his web pulling everyone into it, including the reader, it can be very interesting and intriguing.
Trainwreck does this and we watch Vincent Sweetwater, a detective, spin out of control. More out of control than he already is. There is a lot of mystery in this book and it takes the reader a long time to figure out exactly what happened in the past and what is coming in the future. There are a lot of elements in the story that I still do not know what is going on.
Vincent is a damaged soul and he is suffering immensely from a recent tragedy where he was injured. There are several things that argue for playtime inside Vincent's head and the reader has to try and figure out what those things are as the story unfolds. For me, I would rather have the details of what the character is fighting against so that I can follow along better.
The author takes us on a dark journey, along with Vincent, as he tries to figure out what he needs. He is struggling in his marriage which appears to have fallen apart, but I'm not sure exactly what the initial reason for that was. He is struggling with demons in his head that are telling him to have rough and raw sex with anyone willing and this causes him to hang out at some pretty seedy places.
Vincent needs to be dominated, the rougher the better, but he's afraid to accept this about himself. Afraid his wife would disown him if she knew, so he keeps all of this to himself and it's a constant battle in his mind whether to go through with it or back away. Nine out of ten times he goes through with it.
I'm going to rate this story 3.5 to 4.0 stars and here's why. I felt there were too many holes in the story where the reader never had the ability to catch up with the story-line. The story is intense, which I love, but there are so many angles being laid out that you start to feel lost. The reader is immersed in over 350+ pages yet we never having any solutions or answers as to why these things are happening.
Now, I didn't realize this was a 5 book series and that certainly may be why there are so many open issues without closure. My other hangup and again this is probably due to the 5 book series again, but the reader or at least I was, led to believe this is a male-male romance/fiction/erotica story-line and there was not one instance of two men together sexually or any other way.
You get just an inkling that there may have been a male dominant sex partner in Vincent's past yet you really aren't sure. Vincent has a lot of flashbacks or small glimpses into his memory but nothing is ever validated. There are a lot of male to female scenes as Vincent explores his dark yearnings, a lot.
However, with that said, the writing was clean, the plot is definitely engaging and intense, but there are also too many issues left unresolved. Again, 5 book series, I'm sure plays into all of these issues.
I'm not sure if I will continue with the series only because it's more of an m/f book at this point. However, I'm not going to fault the author because it's not to my taste but I do feel it needs to be labeled correctly, or a clause stating Book One is m/f, giving the reader the choice to make accordingly. For the dark/brutal/mind-game/pull and twist portions of the story... Love that part. Rounding up to 4 stars.
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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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