Tandem Drift

by Derain Collier

Tandem Drift - Derain Collier
Part of the E85 series:
Editions:Paperback: $ 9.99 USD
ISBN: 978-1694846587
Size: 5.00 x 8.00 in
Pages: 176
Kindle: $ 2.99 USD

When Marcus Ridgeston looks over his past, he sees what many other boys would see. Fun, friends, bullies, cars, and crushes. One friend, in particular, stands out. His best friend. However, like some boys, he’s been saddled with not being able to be his true self, even with his best friend, his soulmate, his boyfriend. When Marcus’ best friend moves away suddenly, he’s left heartbroken and subsequently without much reason to maintain the charade.

Slip Angle is a world-renowned FormulaD1 driver with a decent-sized following. However, behind the scenes, he’s known as a world-renowned pain in the ass. He has subsisted on shallow connections with people since losing his best friend in childhood. Every woman he meets he compares to the memory of her and because of that, he has yet to find love. Then again, he’s not actually looking for it.

Can a guy whose life revolves around the most profound love and loss recognize that love when it meets him again?

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Pairings: M-M, M-M-M
Heat Level: 5
Romantic Content: 5
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Bisexual, Polyamorous, Transgender
Protagonist 1 Age: 26-35
Protagonist 2 Age: 26-35
Tropes: Fated Mates / Soul Mates, Gay for You / Straight to Gay, Interracial Relationship, Reunited and it Feels So Good
Word Count: 40,000
Setting: Manzano Springs New Mexico (also Greenville/Spartanburg SC and Melbourne Australia)
Languages Available: English
Series Type: Same Universe / Various Characters

Cars skidded sideways in front of him on the slushy road surface as their brake lights blinked on. He watched the rear of several cars jump up after running into other cars in front of them, in the far-right lane of Interstate 495 in Maryland.

Oh, shit! This is bad.

Dread sank in as his eyes darted around the cabin of his uncle’s 2020 Cadillac Escalade ESV. His brain went on autopilot and his hands and feet sprang into action. He jabbed the brake and swirled the steering wheel left and right. The large white SUV unsettled then felt like it was floating. The engine barked loudly as he stabbed the throttle. The sharp whine of the supercharger screamed over the once serene interior as the 700-horsepower engine furiously spun all four of the large multi-piece 26-inch wheels. He unsettled the truck then let the truck steer itself into a drift.


The familiar and nostalgic sound of his cousins playing in the third-row seat of the long SUV changed from laughs and giggles to yelps, and then silence. The Escalade danced around on the slushy ground as the 2010 Toyota Camry in front of it went into a spin trying to avoid the quickly building pile-up of cars in the right lane of the four-lane expressway.

The very long Cadillac gracefully wafted within inches of the spinning Toyota Camry. When the Camry fishtailed and snapped the other direction, the Cadillac matched the Camry’s rotation, spinning in tandem with it. As the Toyota rotated farther into its spin—and toward the building pile-up—the Escalade bobbed elegantly on its large glinting wheels and broke free from the Camry’s orbit. The glistening white truck completed its 360-degree rotation and slid sideways for another two hundred feet, flinging snow and slush from its tires, before the driver was able to correct the slide. In the process, he managed to completely avoid the pile-up that was now behind them. He looked in the rear-view mirror and watched the Toyota spin tail-end first into the pile-up, then continue to spin before coming to a rest, nose-first in the guard rail.


His heart was racing and his hands were shaking as his eyes darted around the rear-view mirror at the shocked and terrified faces of his mom, his aunt, and his younger cousins. His uncle, in the passenger seat, was frozen and dead silent.


Can be read independently of the E85 series, but exists in the same world and references characters from that series.

About the Author

Derain Collier has an enduring love for the built environment and of fast transportation as an architect and a car fanatic. His life-long obsession with cars has led him down a long, sometimes meandering path to being an author. Mostly though, it is just his sudden craving for romance novels based around cars (Hey, everyone loves a good love story here and there. Don't judge me.)

He practices architecture, and car tuning, as a day job and by night, he continues to explore the various sectors of car culture and unconventional romance in a Not-Always-Perfect fictional metropolis Manzano Springs, New Mexico.

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