5 Stars, Carter Quinn, Mystery/Suspense/Action Thriller, Reviewed by Lynn, Self-Published

Review: Vanished 2 by Carter Quinn

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Title: Vanished 2

Author: Carter Quinn

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 106 Pages

At a Glance: This is an amazing series that no one should miss.

Reviewed By: Lynn

Blurb: 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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Review: If you haven’t read Carter Quinn’s Vanished, stop right here, do not pass Go! and do not collect $200. Turn yourself back around and go read Vanished! You can’t read Book Two one unless you’ve read the first one. That’s just how it goes. The bigger question is, why haven’t you read Vanished yet? Go. Read. It. Now.

Okay, now that that’s out of the way, OMG, this book. This is a gripping psychological thriller/mystery that takes a hold of you and doesn’t let go. An edge-of-your-seat read that makes you think you know what’s going on, then BAM, it takes another turn; a turn you never saw coming. A roller coaster ride that makes your stomach plummet, and, just as quickly, has your heart racing. Yes, it’s all that and more. As readers we have our own expectations of what we think should happen, and what we think will happen, but then at times the reality of what does happen is a letdown. With Vanished 2, it’s the total opposite. We never know what’s going to happen, so it exceeds any expectations we ever had.

I love the author’s writing, the smoothness of the storytelling. Each installment has included a beginning, middle, and end mystery, and I’m enjoying the overall story arc that ties them together. It’s brilliantly done. I’m not going to give spoilers away, but I will say this—poor Henry. I don’t know how he keeps it together… well, almost together. I felt as though he was moving underwater. Like he was in a fog with nowhere to go. I truly got the sense of his fear, sadness and frustration. I felt Henry’s emotions rolling off the page as if I were experiencing everything he was. I have to credit Mr. Quinn for letting me feel. Not many authors I read can actually do that, so kudos to you, dear sir.

I love how we are reacquainted with the same secondary characters who really play a big part in the story. I especially loved the revelation from Henry’s best friend Shaun. I didn’t see that coming. Henry’s assistant Trevor was also quite adorable, and I’m hoping we get to see more of him. I also loved the witty banter between the characters, which was put in at just the right moment, when things were getting a little too serious and heavy again. It was very much needed and appreciated.

On a final note, this is an amazing series that no one should miss. A highly recommended story.

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4.5 Stars, Carter Quinn, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Maryann, Self-Published

Review: Into the Light by Carter Quinn

Title: Into the Light (Avery: Book Two)

Author: Carter Quinn

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 166 Pages

At a Glance: This was my first time reading a Carter Quinn novel, and both stories in this series are very good.

Reviewed By: Maryann

Blurb: Avery spent years in the blackness, fighting memories of abuse and feelings of self-loathing. His only sanctuary used to be his brother Sam, but after two years of intensive therapy and a long-term relationship with Noah, his world is a much brighter place.

Things have changed in the year and a half since Avery and Noah confessed their love for each other. Noah’s mother and brother have moved East. Sam and Kira are married. And Avery and Noah are moving in together at long last. Family dynamics strain in uncomfortable new ways, especially when Avery’s past reappears.

What will this mean for Avery’s recovery? Will he surrender to the Blackness or is he strong enough to continue his journey Into the Light?

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Review: To really get the full picture of Into the Light, Out of the Blackness, Avery: Book One, is a must read. This is Avery’s story. Plus, there are a lot of characters to get familiar with before moving to this book. I read these books back to back: for Out of the Blackness you need patience and understanding, because it is very psychological. This was my first time reading a Carter Quinn novel, and both stories in this series are very good. I liked the concept the author has created, in putting this book in diary form. It helped with flow of the story.

Into the Light has more of a happy and humorous feel to it, but there is still guilt, hurt and heartbreak. I found book two to be more laid back since Noah tells more of his side of the story. I found it shows Avery as more confident and not so high strung, he has a few moments, but he recovers better from really bad situations. It was good to see Avery’s life moving in a more positive direction.

Avery Kenyon is a young man who was physically and mentally broken at a very young age. Into the Light gives us a new Avery; he has now learned how to heal with therapy and the love and support of family and friends. He has even lived on his own for a while. Noah is more than delighted when Avery timidly suggests that he and Noah move in together. The move is a little overwhelming for Avery, but Noah is so proud to watch Avery as he takes charge and directs the unpacking, and Kira and Sam present Avery with a house warming gift that couldn’t be more of an emotional surprise to Avery.

Avery still works at Flip the Page, as a bookkeeper. He’s also attending art classes. He has seen a young man around the building where he attends art class, on several occasions. Avery is concerned about the boy. He thinks of his friend Joey, who’d committed suicide, and eventually makes contact with the young man. Avery tells Noah about his feelings regarding the boy, and Noah grows concerned about Avery. When Avery makes contact with the boy again, he is more than shocked to find out he’s Robert Lockhart, a brother he hasn’t seen in 15 years.

Noah and Sam both have concerns about Avery’s newfound relationship with his brothers. Sam becomes very disturbing and takes his investigation a little too far. Not only is Avery upset about this, but Noah is angry with Sam also. It was a shock to see Sam become such a heartless person, and destroy Avery. Avery deals with the situation in his own way, which prevents him from falling back into the darkness. But Avery opens his heart to Sam and comes up with the solution to their problems.

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5 Stars, Carter Quinn, Drama, Mystery/Suspense/Action Thriller, Reviewed by Lynn, Self-Published

Review: Vanished by Carter Quinn

Title: Vanished

Author: Carter Quinn

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 98 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: 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. Continue reading

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Love Helps A Man Find His Way “Out of the Blackness”


“The marks humans leave are too often scars.” – John Green


Title: Out of the Blackness

Author: Carter Quinn

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 361 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: A childhood of abuse has left Avery so physically and emotionally scarred he believes he shouldn’t be alive. His only sanctuary has been his relationship with his older foster brother Sam. Avery finally lets Sam convince him to start therapy to help overcome his crippling anxiety, but even that can’t prepare him for the upheaval caused by meeting Noah Yates.
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Carter Quinn Is In The House, And He’s Giving Away Great Prizes!



After a year of anticipation, GRL is only a few days away and, of course, I’m not ready. Hey, I said anticipation, not that p-word everyone tries to get me to do. Puh-pla-planning. Ugh. Just typing the word makes me shudder. I swear my tombstone should read “Here lies Carter Quinn who has Plenty of Time.”

It’s what I always say. “Pshaw. There’s plenty of time.” There never is, not really. But I was born late, run on Gay Standard Time (at least 5 minutes later than the official time), and will probably die late. It’s not like I don’t try, but my inborn procrastination gene seems to rule my life. If you really know me, you expect it.

So GRL. I can’t wait. This will be my first time attending as an author. My first novel, The Way Back, was published too late for me to register as an author last year, so I was able to attend, without pressure or expectation, as a reader. It was wonderful. I met so many great people, some of whom are now friends for life. I can’t wait to do it all over again.

I owe an enormous thank you to all who have bought, read, rated and/or reviewed my two novels and two free reads. You’ve alternately swelled my heart and bashed in my head (and that’s okay!). So I look to GRL this year with a spirit of celebration. To that end, I’m announcing here first that I will be giving away a Kindle Fire HD at the end of the Supporting Authors signing event (Thursday 9am-11am), so look for me and come register.

For those of you unable to attend, I’ll post on my Facebook page (facebook.com/CarterQuinn) Friday. One random commenter will win a Kindle Paperwhite.

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED

See you all in Atlanta!

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Out of the Blackness

A childhood of abuse has left Avery so physically and emotionally scarred he believes he shouldn’t be alive. His only sanctuary has been his relationship with his older foster brother Sam. Avery finally lets Sam convince him to start therapy to help overcome his crippling anxiety, but even that can’t prepare him for the upheaval caused by meeting Noah Yates.

Noah is everything Avery fears. He’s large and physically powerful—and undeniably capable of destroying Avery’s hard-earned progress. Although Noah seems to have a tender streak when it comes to him, Avery is terrified of being victimized again. But no matter how many times he tries to push him away, Noah never goes far.

Noah wants to save Avery, but can he be the catalyst Avery needs to begin the journey out of the blackness?

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