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Ash and Ember

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Grant is a man new to his work and to the East Coast of the United States. He has been given every opportunity and chance, and has capitalized on that as he starts his new life. Troy has lost almost everything, and his life over the last sixteen months has been nothing but a struggle.

A burned journal sends them on a collision course.

This is their story.

Author's Note: The story will update twice a week on Thursdays and Sundays

Copyright © 2020 Wayne Gray; All Rights Reserved.

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  • Action Packed 3
  • Addictive/Pacing 23
  • Characters 33
  • Cliffhanger 2
  • Smoldering 16
  • Tearjerker 23
  • Unique 14
  • World Building 5

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4 minutes ago, IBEX said:

Is it possible I've read this already elsewhere?

 

Yup. It’s possible. Though this is a heavily refined version.

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Just reading the first few lines reminded me. I loved the story! Thanks for it!

refined? ...in that case I get a dram, and start over again!

 

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If I say I’m enjoying this story because of the ethical issues it raises, it’ll give people the wrong impression. If I mention that I can identify with Troy being homeless (although he’s living in his van), it’ll make people think that’s all it's about. If I say that I’d never be like Grant moving from wonderful California to icy Vermont, they’ll focus on their dislike of my state. But If I don’t say any of those things, they’ll get the impression that they’ll be meeting characters named Ash and Ember!
;–)

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On 2/1/2020 at 2:47 PM, droughtquake said:

If I say I’m enjoying this story because of the ethical issues it raises, it’ll give people the wrong impression. If I mention that I can identify with Troy being homeless (although he’s living in his van), it’ll make people think that’s all it's about. If I say that I’d never be like Grant moving from wonderful California to icy Vermont, they’ll focus on their dislike of my state. But If I don’t say any of those things, they’ll get the impression that they’ll be meeting characters named Ash and Ember!
;–)

I'm glad you found all of the things you shouldn't say about the story, droughtquake. 😛

But, I'm happier that you're enjoying it - no matter the reasons. Thanks.

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1 hour ago, Wayne Gray said:

I'm glad you found all of the things you shouldn't say about the story, droughtquake. 😛

But, I'm happier that you're enjoying it - no matter the reasons. Thanks.

It’s my non-spoiler spoiler tease to encourage people to read the story!
;–)

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47 minutes ago, Jaybee0323 said:

I have read this and I am enjoying re-reading it.  And damnit - it still males me cry!!!!

Thanks, Jaybee!

I’m glad it’s worth reading again. 🙂

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I’m really enjoying this story. It’s well written. It’s well edited (such a bonus with a lot of gay fiction). The characters are well-fleshed out. I can’t wait for the next chapter. 

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12 minutes ago, Brendoni said:

I’m really enjoying this story. It’s well written. It’s well edited (such a bonus with a lot of gay fiction). The characters are well-fleshed out. I can’t wait for the next chapter. 

Thank you, Brendoni.

I like this one quite a bit, and my editor's skills certainly helped polish things nicely.

There are a couple of chapters to go and it will be completely posted to the site. I hope you stick around for the whole ride!

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I also have enjoyed reading this story again.  I hope that somewhere down the line you add to this story because you have done such a great job.  Thank you

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Beautiful. Utterly, magnificently beautiful. The depth of emotion in your stories is so vivid and real, it has repeatedly taken my breath away and left me in tears, both of joy and sometimes of sadness. I've been a reader on here for a few of years now, and have enjoyed many stories by a number of authors, but this is the first time I felt compelled to post a comment. I've read three of your wonderful stories now, and can't wait to read the rest.

Thank you for writing such full and rounded characters, each of whom I have connected with so deeply. Their lives and loves are addictive, and such a joy to read.

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On 4/16/2020 at 2:05 PM, Hugsly said:

I also have enjoyed reading this story again.  I hope that somewhere down the line you add to this story because you have done such a great job.  Thank you

I am long overdue, replying to this one! Thanks for the great comments, Hugsly. I appreciate them. My apologies for taking so long to let you know it!

As for adding to the story of Troy and Grant, I don't know. I mean, I'm open to it if they speak to me of a new adventure they'd like to take. If that happens, I'll dive back in. 

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5 minutes ago, madinessex said:

Beautiful. Utterly, magnificently beautiful. The depth of emotion in your stories is so vivid and real, it has repeatedly taken my breath away and left me in tears, both of joy and sometimes of sadness. I've been a reader on here for a few of years now, and have enjoyed many stories by a number of authors, but this is the first time I felt compelled to post a comment. I've read three of your wonderful stories now, and can't wait to read the rest.

Thank you for writing such full and rounded characters, each of whom I have connected with so deeply. Their lives and loves are addictive, and such a joy to read.

Thank you for taking the time to comment, madinessex.

I need everything I write to feel possible within the world I'm writing. That means characters who are flawed, emotional, and as real as I can get them. I want readers to read along, maybe not agreeing with them, but understanding why the character is making the choice they made. That's what I want. I'm glad I hit the mark, in at least some of those for you.

Thanks again for commenting. It does mean a lot to authors to get that feedback, and I'd encourage you to continue sharing when something really grabs you. You never know ... you may be the reason someone writes another story. 🙂

There's more to come from me down the line. Stay tuned.

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9 minutes ago, Wayne Gray said:

 

There's more to come from me down the line. Stay tuned.

Why did the Jeopardy tune just start looping in my head over and over? 

Methinks your readers are jonesing for a fix 😉

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