IN A WINE PHASE is a brief study of a gay male relationship in trouble. Married to Miguel for four years, Ryan goes out to a bar one night on his own, throttled by guilt and equally starved for intimacy. He enters into conversation with a handsome stranger and--impulse winning over self-reproach--agrees to go home with him. Their walk to the guy's apartment is interrupted by a chance meeting with Miguel's teen nephew, who has his own secrets to hide, and weighs Ryan deeper down in his dilemma: does he stay in an unfilling relationship or leave and lose the only sense of family he has ever known?
Andy gives an overview of the book:
The frozen pomegranate martini glistened beneath the bar lights like a trophy from some gag awards show. Ryan had always wanted to order one, but Miguel was in a wine phase. South American Riojas. French Bordeaux. But this wasn’t the kind of bar where you ordered a glass of wine. There was a shirtless bartender and a Guys Gone Wild video looping on the overhead TV screen. It was the type of place Miguel called “the epitome of everything I hate about the gay community.”
Andrew J. Peters writes fantasy, young adult and contemporary fiction. His work appears in several publications including Ganymede, La Bloga and Wilde Oats. While writing and looking for 'homes' for his projects, he works as a social worker for LGBT youth. He lives in New...