A Wine Whine ~ GRL Spotlight Stop with Carter Quinn with Local Giveaway

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I admit it. I know nothing about wine. I understand there are reds, whites, and something in between. I don’t know why I’d want one over the other. I don’t know what makes one good or bad. And I don’t understand why everyone in the world except me knows this stuff. I do know why I don’t know. (Re-read it again. I promise it’ll make sense the second time. If not, then that’s what this is for.)

Allow me to explain. When I was around 10 years old, my mother and her then-boyfriend decided they were going away for the weekend. So my two semi-step-siblings and I got dropped off at said-boyfriend’s brother’s dairy farm. Now my people didn’t go in for that kind of thing. We were real farmers, dammit. We grew crops. We also had some beef cattle, but not that many. Dairy farms were for the weirdos. Kinda like sheep farms. (What can I say, times were strange, folks were judgmental.)

At any rate, the adults at this dairy farm had a party one of the nights I was there. Their kids snuck up the back stairs and brought bottles of wine back to us kids in the basement. I remember only that it had a very strong taste. But the more I drank, the less I was bothered by it. So, wine became my first drunk and, I presume, my first hangover. I don’t really remember that part. I didn’t have another hangover until I was 23 (beer this time, my alcohol of choice).

I remember that smelling the leftover wine that morning-after made me … ill. It was another 30 years before I tried it again. I was smarter this time. No hangover. It’s still very strong. I don’t really understand the appeal.

Do you? What am I missing? Are you willing to help a fella out at GRL? I’m willing to learn, or at least find out what I like. Teach me your ways, oh winos! I mean, wine aficionados. 🙂

~Carter Quinn


Title: Vanished 2
Author: Carter Quinn
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 09/26/2015
Cover Artist: SJL Graphcs
Genre: Mystery


It’s only been three weeks since Henry woke up to discover his husband, Tom, had vanished. He’s still struggling to come to terms with his new reality when he receives a haunting phone call: “Henry. Help me.” It’s Tom’s voice, but Henry is afraid to believe. His world has already come crashing down around him twice in the last six months. Is Tom really alive, or is Henry losing his grip on reality again?


I stared at the phone held in my trembling hands. I desperately wanted to hit the call back button, to hear Tom’s voice again. If he was in a safe spot, maybe he could give me more details so I could find him. But if he wasn’t—if he’d disconnected the call because he was in danger and about to be discovered—calling him back could be the kiss of death. It didn’t matter, though, because no matter how much I might try, I couldn’t call back an unknown number.
I tossed the phone on the desk as tremors wracked my body. Henry. Help me. Tom’s voice echoed in my brain, growing more anxious and frantic with each repeat. I gripped my head with both hands, pushing as hard as I could to make it stop. To make everything stop.
I couldn’t deal with this. I couldn’t. Not on my first day back to work of all days. And how fucking selfish was that? Tom was out there somewhere, desperate for my help.


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About Carter Quinn

Carter Quinn was born and raised in a very small Western Kansas town where cattle vastly outnumber humans. In the 90s he read enough depressing gay fiction to give up on it. He discovered M/M in 2010 and started writing again. Now he’s told Corporate America to kiss his books. Carter recently left the Denver area and now lives way too far from his beloved Colorado Avalanche.


Carter Quinn has kindly offered one lucky commenter an eCopy of Vanished 1 or Vanished 2.

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19 thoughts on “A Wine Whine ~ GRL Spotlight Stop with Carter Quinn with Local Giveaway

  1. Thanks for the post! I love wine – my in-laws are all in the wine business, so that has helped me learn about it. I think it is best when paired with the right food. You also need to figure out what you personally like. Alas, I am not going to GRL, but I hope you have fun and get a chance to learn about wine.

  2. Thank you for the post. I admit I know nothing about wine either (maybe because I don’t drink it, who knows *shrugs* ). I’ve tasted alcohol but it just never appealed to me. It’s okay though there are better drinks out there. I hope you have a great time at GRL =)

    • Thanks, HB. I’m looking forward to GRL after missing it last year. I can usually count on one hand the number of alcoholic beverages I’ve had in a year, but I feel like this is essential knowledge I’m missing. I could be wrong. We’ll see. 🙂

  3. I hope you find out more. I certainly can’t give much insight since I don’t like the smell of beer or wine, so I don’t partake of either. I can tell you that coffee smells amazing. 🙂

  4. I do love me a glass of wine (part way through my Sunday night one now!) – red as preference. The great ‘they’ say wine is best where it is made as the local smells (sea, herbs, trees etc) all add to it. A visit to a winery for tasting would be useful to a non wine person. I dont know high end from low end but I do know what I like!

  5. I’m not going to be any help to you because i don’t like wine. I wish i did because i would love to go to a restaurant and order diner and choose a good wine, but sadly i don’t like the taste. I’m a beer girl myself and especially with chinese food a beer taste excelent
    Have fun at GRL.

  6. Wine is my drug of choice (seconded by vodka). I’d be happy to help at GRL, but I’d kinda rather you like what you drank, so if I see you there, I’d be happy to buy you a beer (or wine, if you insist) 😉

  7. I don’t know anything about wine either… or any alcoholic drink. I don’t enjoy them much so I usually don’t drink any. 😛 I hope you have a good time at GRL, though. =)
    Thanks for the giveaway, by the way.

  8. I’m not a wine connoisseur, either. I had this boyfriend long time ago who tried to teach me the difference between good and bad wine, but he wasn’t very successful at it… Anyway, you do not have to be an expert, you just pretend to be …and praise the most expensive wine in the menu 😉
    Enjoy the GRL!

  9. I like wine,especially with a good food,but I can’t say I know much about wine,but I know how to drink it,which is important,right? 🙂 No,really,I would love to know more,but my partner is an expert in how to choose a good wine,so there was never a need for me to know more,I just let him choose 🙂

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