Saturday, September 26, 2015

Featured Guest Author : Carter Quinn talks about how the Vanished Trilogy was born ~ includes Giveaway.

Vanished 2

YEAH!!! WOOHOO!!! It’s release day for Vanished 2 and for me this was one of the most long awaited books of the year. We have Carter with us today talking about how the Vanished Trilogy came to be from conception to finished trilogy. So don’t forget to check out my review if you haven’t already done so and of course Carter is generously giving away either book 1 or  2 in the series to one lucky winner!

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Carter Quinn on Vanished

My grandmother was a widow for 24 years. My mother is now a widow of almost 14 months. Back in early 2014 it became clear that my father was dying. He’d battled cancer for five years, cancer that stemmed from his time in the Army in Vietnam when our government dumped tons of Agent Orange on unsuspecting American troops and Vietnamese people. I won’t get into that, about how bitter I am that the government that he was willing to give his life for ultimately killed him. That’s my own private rage.

In the autumn of 2011 I sold The Way Back to a publisher. Mom was excited for me, but Dad didn’t seem to be. It turns out that while he would go on to read all those shades of gray—all three bound atrocities (no pun intended), from what my sister tells me—he was uncomfortable reading my books. I didn’t hold it against him. Instead, I decided I wanted to write a piece that he could read, something that would show him he could be proud of my writing.

So, as morbid as it is to say, I started thinking about my grandmother and my mother. I wondered just how awful it would be to go to bed the night your spouse died, how instantly heart-wrenching it would be to wake up alone that next morning. I imagined that for the first few seconds you wouldn’t remember. And then it would all come crashing down on you. And I wondered how long that would last. I know how hard it is to get used to sleeping alone after a breakup. It’s not fun. Sleep is elusive, nothing seems quite right in those first few weeks. But what if it’s been 40 years. What if you know that person is never coming back? Wouldn’t it be nice, just for a minute, to not remember? To stay in those few seconds where life is exactly like you’ve known it?

And so Henry Cooley and his husband Tom MacKinnon came to life in my head. Poor Henry. I was almost finished with the ugly first draft of Vanished when my Dad lost his last battle. He was a trooper up until the end. Mom called me just after he went to sleep and we stayed on the phone, just the three of us, until Dad was gone. They were both so incredibly brave and still so much in love after almost 43 years. It was very peaceful, very intimate. Almost perfect in its infinite sadness and beauty.

Dad-Me-2000I finished Vanished, even though Dad couldn’t read it. I’d told him the plot (withholding the ending, of course) and had gotten his patented “Hmm,” with the chin scrunch. His seal of approval. He was intrigued. That’s all I’ll ever get from him, but it was enough. I know he would be proud. I happen to think he would love it.

So, Vanished was for my Dad. I published it because I needed to have it out there. For him, if that makes sense. I didn’t intend to continue it. That wasn’t really the point. But those few people who read it loved it and asked for more. So I agreed. Why not continue to honor my father by finishing the story I started just for him?

Yashe-bear with TiggerThere was never a question that it would come in three parts. The Vanished Trilogy. It just was. I'd had the other portions in my head from the time I wrote the last chapter, but they were nebulous things. They morphed and changed into something I didn’t like, didn’t recognize. So I set it all aside and pushed it out of my head. My baby girl, my 10-year-old beagle, Yashe, died while I wrote Fire & Rain. So I wrote “The Bridge” to try to make some peace with that. It helped, but not enough. And I wrote Into the Light because Avery needed some happiness, especially if my life was falling apart.

Finally I had the right plot and the right time for Vanished 2. It was incredibly easy, but so difficult to balance the emotional intensity. This is a whole set of new problems for Henry, on top of the lingering questions from the first book. I knew this one would have a cliffhanger ending, too. It only made sense. Parallel structure and all that.

I’ve taken a lot of abuse for the cliffie in Vanished. Some people (like me) love it. Some hate it. Some won’t buy/read until the entire series it out. (I get that. I was of the same mind about Harry Potter. Except I never remembered to read them. Oops.) Some have sworn to never buy another Carter Quinn book. Whatever. I grew up in the 80s. That decade was all about cliffhangers. “Who Shot JR?” Ring a bell? Bobby’s in the shower—WTF?? And that’s not even talking about Dynasty! Who survived the massacre at the royal wedding? The fire at La Mirage? Alexis and Sable and the balcony? Fallon and the aliens? Come on! Yeah, yeah, that was The Colbys, but still. (I’m sure Falcon Crest had their share too, but I can’t remember them as clearly. Something about Julia and murder? I was too busy imagining Cole and Lance together. Hawtness!) Cliffhangers are in my blood. I won’t apologize for it. I love that, in books, they make you think and let you draw your own conclusions. Perhaps I’m an atypical reader. I’m pretty sure I’m an atypical writer. But that’s okay. Dad loved cliffhangers too.

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Vanished 2 by Carter Quinn

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Title: Vanished 2

Author: Carter Quinn

Publisher: Carter Quinn Books

Release Date: 26th September 2015

Genre: M/M (mystery/thriller)

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Synopsis

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?

::: MARK’S REVIEW :::

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Meet Carter Quinn

download_thumb1Carter Quinn was born and raised in a very small Western Kansas town where cattle vastly outnumber humans. He began spinning tales in fourth grade. After high school, he shelved his creativity in favor of a career. Now that he knows gay fiction doesn’t have to be depressing, he’s told Corporate America to kiss his books. Carter lives in the Denver area, near his beloved Colorado Avalanche.

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Series Reading Order and Purchase Links

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Rating ~ 5 Stars

::: MARK’S REVIEW :::

Synposis

Henry Cooley has good friends and a good life. He’s secure in his job and his relationship. He and Tom, the love of his life, are about to celebrate their twenty-first anniversary as a couple. Their son, CJ, is in his second year at Cal Arts. Henry's only problems are his growing dissatisfaction with his job and the fact that Tom's parents still hate him, even after all these years. At least those are his only problems until the morning he wakes up to discover Tom has vanished.

 

 

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Rating ~ 5 Stars

::: MARK'S REVIEW ::: 

Synopsis

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?

 

 

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Giveaway

Carter will be giving away a choice of either book 1 or 2 in the Vanished series to on lucky winner. Just enter the draw below:

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24 comments:

  1. Cliffhangers drive me nuts but if I know that it's going to be book two soon, I say, "MORE!!!". Congrats on this sequel and thank you so much for the giveaway!!!

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  2. cool post♡ Congratulations for Vanished 2. I don't like cliff-hangers :( I'm too curious to wait months for a new book. Ty ♥

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  3. I'm really sorry for your loss, although I figured it's kind of empty words from a stranger (I can try to relate as my own father is currently battling with cancer). You have wonderfully beautiful words about your father and I'm sure he's proud of your work.

    To answer the cliffhanger question, I love them, BUT only when the release date of the sequel is already known and not to far away. I'm an avid reader and I tend to forget the details between instalments when it exceeds a few months (like more than a year in between is a bit too much for me).

    Thanks for the chance to win and read Vanished #1.

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    1. My best wishes to you and your family, Elle, as you go through this journey.

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  4. Congrats Carter! Thank you for sharing the story behind the stories. I totally agree about "cliff hanger culture" LOL! Hugs to you.

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  5. Congrats on the new release. And great post! I look forward to reading it! And about cliffhangers... I hate them and avoid them like the plague. Specially in those never-ending series (do not get me wrong, I read that sort of series) but not always it's really necessary to write them.

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  6. Congratulations on the new release! I hate cliffhangers but if I know in advance its going to be one I'm okay with it. I have had Vanished 2 on my pre order list for awhile!

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  7. I love to hate cliffhangers. They are usually really great but I hate how they drive me crazy until the next is released.

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  8. i hate cliffhangers unless the next book is out quick..otherwise by the time the next book is out i forgot the first one

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  9. It was a real OMG moment at the end of book 1 with that phone call, loved it!
    Have book 2 in my wish list pile for buying tomorrow when I get chance.
    You look so much like your Dad, I'm sure if he wasn't proud of you and your work he wouldn't have kept on reading your books.

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  10. I will admit that I prefer to have the next book ready to go if I know there is a true cliffhanger. If I have to wait a long time for the resolution, my interest wanes because I will have read a lot of other books in between.

    Thanks for the post!

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  11. I do not like cliff-hangers. I hate having to wait to know what's going to happen. That's why I normally wait for a series to be completed before I buy the books.

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  12. I guess I'm one of those atypical readers (and a child/teenager of the eighties), because I don't have a problem with cliffhangers. I love both Vanished books and am eagerly looking forward to the conclusion!

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  13. OMG, I need to read these books. But I'm not real fond of cliffhangers.

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  14. I'm not much for cliffhangers but this sounds good

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  15. I can live with cliff hangers provided I'm not expected to wait ages to get to the next book

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  16. I'm gonna wait until the third one is finished before I start reading but I'm ready with the first two.

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  17. I like to think I'm patient. I'm okay with it, I won't like it when I get to the end of a book only to have a cliffhanger (in that moment I'll probably smacking myself on the forehead for reading it in the first place instead of waiting) but I won't go crying foul of the author for doing so.

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  18. Cliffhangers often drive me nuts, but I prefer to wait and read series at the same time (one after another). I read Vanished not realizing it was a cliffhanger and so excited to read the second book. Congrats on your newest release!

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  19. Congratulations on your new release! I don't mind cliffhangers at all. I just make a notation as to when the next book is due to be released and keep on reading! Thank you for the chance at the giveaway!

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  20. (This thing hates me. This is my 3rd attempt to post this. If it doesn't work this time, I'll consider it punishment for the cliffies. lol)

    Thank you to everyone who commented. It looks like we split pretty evenly between those who despise cliffhangers and those who will tolerate them. That's pretty much what I'd hoped. Thanks to Mark and the gang for having me. Stay tuned for Vanished 3 soon. Until then, happy reading! :)

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  21. I am not fond of cliffhangers, but if I realise that there might be a cliffhanger I might wait until the next book comes out so can read them together. I often do that with TV series as well, especially when 24 was on, and then have a marathon watch out of the complete series.

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    1. For your sake, I hope you never try to watch How to Get Away with Murder! It's a cliffhanger every single episode. I love it the most! :)

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