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Campfires and Starlight - a novella

   (4 reviews)
Sub-genres: Comedy Modern, Drama

Remembering summer nights and lakeside settings, best friends come together to renew their camping traditions one year after graduating high school. Lee is nervous his drunken coming out via Skype has ruined everything. But an invite and the glimmer of hope they can repair their friendship is impossible for him to turn down, especially after Lee spent a lonely year at college. 


Copyright © 2018 AC Benus; All Rights Reserved.
  • Signature Author
  • 06/04/2018 (Updated: 07/09/2018)
  • 6 Chapters
  • 23,478 Words
  • Teen
  • Complete

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  • Action Packed 0
  • Addictive/Pacing 2
  • Characters 2
  • Chills 0
  • Cliffhanger 0
  • Compelling 2
  • Feel-Good 3
  • Humor 0
  • Smoldering 2
  • Tearjerker 0
  • Unique 3
  • World Building 3

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Table of Contents
  • 1. Chapter 1
    • 4,368 Words
  • 2. Chapter 2
    • 4,676 Words
  • 3. Chapter 3
    • 3,826 Words
  • 4. Chapter 4
    • 3,927 Words
  • 5. Chapter 5
    • 3,344 Words
  • 6. Chapter 6
    • 3,337 Words

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   5 of 5 members found this review helpful 5 / 5 members

This is a beautifully written story of love between two friends. Not for the first time has AC Benus brought tears to my eyes and melted my heart. No one writes men in love like AC Benus, no one.  Don't miss this lovely, touching and joyous journey of the heart.

Response from the author:

Thank you for your touching and beautiful review. It means the world to me! Muah

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Timothy M.

   4 of 4 members found this review helpful 4 / 4 members

Two teens become best friends in high school and spend a lot of their summers camping out in the back yard of Chuck’s parents. After graduating he joins the military and is stationed on Hawaii. His best friend Lee comes to visit and go camping the next summer, after they have been apart for a year. The tale of their reunion is mixed with short flashbacks to the past which make us understand the nature of their friendship, and how Lee feels about Chuck. AC skillfully takes us on a short, but tense road trip where we keep worrying and hoping in turn. The subtle and the almost philosophical undercurrent of the dialogue and the reactions of the guys lifts AC’s story from a simple coming out tale to understanding the importance of being honest to your true self and recognizing the connection that may change your life.

Response from the author:

Thank you for a wonderful review, Tim! I like how you end your comments by talking about connections. At the end of the day, I think all of my writing comes down to that theme. Thanks again 

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· Edited by chris191070

   2 of 2 members found this review helpful 2 / 2 members

This is a beautiful story of true love and friendship.

There journey is touching and joyous, will melt your heart and make your eyes glisten with tears.

Highly recommended.

Response from the author:

Awww, Chris, this is a beautiful review. Thank! You!

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   4 of 5 members found this review helpful 4 / 5 members

Wow. AC Benus has to be one of the finest writers GA has. If you have not read his gorgeous, intelligent and brilliant prose, try this wonderful novella. Then when you're done. ..go read the rest of his work! 

Response from the author:

Thank you, Mike! Your shout-out is well appreciated :) I'm glad you read this novella, and please check out my new one in the Spring anthology "In the Stars" (my story's called Finding Joy, btw -- yes, I know, shameless plug) 


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