Dust & Ash  1. Dust & Ash

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Ashley, the lead singer of a family owned & operated wedding band, deals with the sudden need to replace his drummer after tragedy strikes. When Dustin shows up, ready, willing, & able to play - not to mention gorgeous - Ash thinks it's going to be the best season yet. But as the summer heats up, Dust and Ash will both have to come to terms with what happens after the Boys of Summer are gone. 2010-2014 Tucker McCallahan

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Just started the story and i luv how the story does the couple description sound cute and hot and both character sound romantic love their stories, and the rimming is HOTwub.png love Matt character.

Can’t wait for the next chapter please make it soonbiggrin.png .

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On 06/30/2012 06:33 PM, Scotty said:
Just started the story and i luv how the story does the couple description sound cute and hot and both character sound romantic love their stories, and the rimming is HOTwub.png love Matt character.

Can’t wait for the next chapter please make it soonbiggrin.png .

Hi Scotty - Thanks for the read & review. New chapters go up every Monday. Hope you enjoy them!

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You know, of course I read "GWTW" and seen the wonderful movie, but for the life of me, I can't remember who Ashley was! Obviously Rhett Butler and Scarlett O'Hara, but was Ashley one of Scarlet's friends? Did Rhett date her before Scarlett?

 

Shit, I should Google it, b/c it's driving me nuts! lol

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On 07/06/2012 08:40 AM, Lisa said:
You know, of course I read "GWTW" and seen the wonderful movie, but for the life of me, I can't remember who Ashley was! Obviously Rhett Butler and Scarlett O'Hara, but was Ashley one of Scarlet's friends? Did Rhett date her before Scarlett?

 

Shit, I should Google it, b/c it's driving me nuts! lol

I've sent you a private message, Miss Lisa.

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A nude wedding? wow never heard of one of those. And you don't even have to wonder...of course i'll stick around!!! :) even if it was 100 chapters. Your an excellent writer.

Also i can't wait to see how the song goes. I bet it's really good.

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On 07/25/2012 10:36 AM, BeautybutBroken said:
A nude wedding? wow never heard of one of those. And you don't even have to wonder...of course i'll stick around!!! :) even if it was 100 chapters. Your an excellent writer.

Also i can't wait to see how the song goes. I bet it's really good.

Oh you flatterer! Skyclad ceremonies are not as common as they used to be - 20th century modesty saw them fade a bit - but 21st century neo-paganism is seeing a nice resurgance. And Blessed Be for that. No such thing as an ugly human body (though I'm sure there are people out there who would argue with me).

 

I thank you for your compliment. I've worked extremely hard over many years to improve my craft to this level. I had the benefit of many great teachers.

 

Thanks again for reading and reviewing!

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Ok, that was fun...tried to leave a review and stupid thing printed blank...story of my life... :stupid:

Can I just say how much I love this story? The only reason I don't get cranky when I get scheduled to work Monday nights is that I know I'll have time on Monday morning to read a new chapter.

I love the way you are slowly building the mystery of Dustin's past...everytime I think I have him figured out you add another layer, and show me so much more about him.

I always love the 'opposites attract' thing, but you have so fully realized them, that we can't help but cheer for them and get completely caught up in their romance.

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On 01/08/2013 03:33 AM, Andrew Todd said:
Ok, that was fun...tried to leave a review and stupid thing printed blank...story of my life... :stupid:

Can I just say how much I love this story? The only reason I don't get cranky when I get scheduled to work Monday nights is that I know I'll have time on Monday morning to read a new chapter.

I love the way you are slowly building the mystery of Dustin's past...everytime I think I have him figured out you add another layer, and show me so much more about him.

I always love the 'opposites attract' thing, but you have so fully realized them, that we can't help but cheer for them and get completely caught up in their romance.

Hello Andrew -

 

Yes, I saw the blank review. I thought to myself, my goodness, I've either left somebody utterly speechless, or it sucked so bad they had absolutely nothing to say.

 

:D

 

Thanks for clearing it up for me. And I'm very glad you're enjoying the slow ride. Do you really think they're opposites? Interesting. I never considered them opposites. then again I never really thought about creating them. They were just in my head one day. Ash was sitting on the front porch of the Farm singing Don Henley's "Boys of Summer" and Dustin was leaning up against the hood of Ash's 4-Runner, half-naked, all his tats and piercings on display, those drum sticks sticking out of his pocket.

 

Hey... I was hooked right there. Long before either one of them said a single frickin' word.

 

I'm such a sucker for hawt boys. I'd call it a character defect but... I share.

 

You're welcome!

 

Have a great week, and thanks for the read & review. ~Tucker

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ok i know i have read this story (to a certain point) on Lit, and i understand why you stopped putting anymore chapters on lit, but boy when you stopped them you sure left it with a cliffhanger, sure hope Dust can forgive Ash, and Dust understands why Ash did what he did...suspense has been out there for so long to wait for you to catch up here in GA. :whistle:

Keep up the good work...Love reading your stories

I am trying to figure out your new one...i will figure it out sooner or later ....lol..will probably take reading it 10 times to do that but it will happen....Thanks again for letting everybody read your stories

Sorry to hear about your home...praying for you and your family

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On 01/14/2013 04:59 PM, ShadowDancer said:
ok i know i have read this story (to a certain point) on Lit, and i understand why you stopped putting anymore chapters on lit, but boy when you stopped them you sure left it with a cliffhanger, sure hope Dust can forgive Ash, and Dust understands why Ash did what he did...suspense has been out there for so long to wait for you to catch up here in GA. :whistle:

Keep up the good work...Love reading your stories

I am trying to figure out your new one...i will figure it out sooner or later ....lol..will probably take reading it 10 times to do that but it will happen....Thanks again for letting everybody read your stories

Sorry to hear about your home...praying for you and your family

Hi Zandra -

 

There will have to be forgiveness on both sides of the Dust & Ash equation. I think that Dustin's actions were equally as negative as Ash's in the scheme of things. As far as when things will "catch up" on GA... well... LOL. The chapter that posted on "the other site" as 11 has been pretty extensively rewritten. Nobody liked it much and it rated poorly. So quite a bit of it has been cut and only the important elements have been saved. Between the two chapters there were about 50,000 words. I've cut that down considerably, but it will still be quite a few GA chapters, 6 or 7 in total. I post here every Monday. I hope you'll read the edits. I'm also hoping to have my work published professionally (in print if everything works out) so I'll have some announcements about where to buy it. Check my blog or Facebook page for that.

 

Thanks for reading and reviewing! ~TWM

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Wow... Rhett apologizing? I don't know what I was expecting to happen there but it surprised me. The whole time I was reading the scene with Ash and Arden I was thinking "Oh no, oh no this is only going to end badly!" I just hope Dust gives Ash a chance to explain before he goes ape shit. I can't wait to read about what is going to go down when Dust finds Arden tho. Especially with the way it looked with her walking out crying... That can imply many things! Everything was going so good, that boy is just sooooo jealous! He needs to get a grip and learn to trust Ash more!! With everything, especially now that we know, Rhett knows about his past too!

 

Ugh, now I have to wait a whole week!! I always read the new chapter the day it comes out then I'm left.... It's super frustrating. But yeah it was a good chapter!

 

..... A whole week... Ugh!!!!

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On 02/05/2013 04:32 AM, Nasuada said:
Wow... Rhett apologizing? I don't know what I was expecting to happen there but it surprised me. The whole time I was reading the scene with Ash and Arden I was thinking "Oh no, oh no this is only going to end badly!" I just hope Dust gives Ash a chance to explain before he goes ape shit. I can't wait to read about what is going to go down when Dust finds Arden tho. Especially with the way it looked with her walking out crying... That can imply many things! Everything was going so good, that boy is just sooooo jealous! He needs to get a grip and learn to trust Ash more!! With everything, especially now that we know, Rhett knows about his past too!

 

Ugh, now I have to wait a whole week!! I always read the new chapter the day it comes out then I'm left.... It's super frustrating. But yeah it was a good chapter!

 

..... A whole week... Ugh!!!!

Howdy Nas!

 

I'm so glad that the anticipatory dread of should-we-shouldn't-we translated so well to the page! I've been in that exact situation (shocker! huh?) and it was truly terrible for both of us. I'd just gotten engaged to my current legal spouse and I was working on a computer project with a guy I'd gone to college with (his name was Brian, and gods, he was brilliant *and* beautiful) who I had a tremendous friendship & work realtionship with... as well as benefits. I loved my fiance - hence why I was getting married. But telling Brian no was possibly one of the most difficult things I'd ever done - because our sex was never, *ever* based on love. It was based on friendship, mutual respect, trust, affection, and well... the fact that we were both animals and really, really liked to fuck each other's brains out. And that's what Ash and Arden's sexual relationship is based on as well.

 

Although in Arden's case... there's love, too. Hence the crying.

 

While it's not D&A, I will be posting my Friday Fling this week. So if you need a bit of something to read before Monday, you can always check out my blog, "A Little Something... Wicked" on Friday and read my flash fiction story. Then you'll only have to wait until Monday for more of Dust & Ash! Just a thought. ;)

 

Thanks so much for your review. Have an awesome week! ~TWM

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*waves* I first read the original 16 chapters of this story on Literotica but then I lost track of you around the time you and many other gay authors on that site made an exodus because of plagiarism issues. I'm really happy to find you again on GA, I love your work and I've just spent a couple of days catching up with the story.

This story is really an emotional rollercoaster unlike I think any other romance novel I've ever read. I'm not sure how you keep everything straight in your head when plotting and writing for this story, the complexity and the massive cast of characters is amazing. I do feel like reaching into the computer and shaking some sense into Ash and Dust - will they ever work things out and begin thinking rationally? I can understand how come they manage to act so unreasonably though, emotions can really stuff up your mind and your thought functions. Now we know why Vulcans gave up on emotions :P

Seriously though, they need to get their shit together and I hope they manage to do that before it is too late.

I am intrigued by how Jason and Marc's relationship will develop - I'd love to see more on that area of the story and I hope you work it in.

I've read the Deviant Spawn series (whose author I've forgotten the name of, sorry to them in advance) and I am looking forward to their appearance in this story. The Best Damn Band In The Land contest should be fun.

Regards,

Wicked Witch.

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On 03/22/2013 02:40 AM, Wicked Witch said:
*waves* I first read the original 16 chapters of this story on Literotica but then I lost track of you around the time you and many other gay authors on that site made an exodus because of plagiarism issues. I'm really happy to find you again on GA, I love your work and I've just spent a couple of days catching up with the story.

This story is really an emotional rollercoaster unlike I think any other romance novel I've ever read. I'm not sure how you keep everything straight in your head when plotting and writing for this story, the complexity and the massive cast of characters is amazing. I do feel like reaching into the computer and shaking some sense into Ash and Dust - will they ever work things out and begin thinking rationally? I can understand how come they manage to act so unreasonably though, emotions can really stuff up your mind and your thought functions. Now we know why Vulcans gave up on emotions :P

Seriously though, they need to get their shit together and I hope they manage to do that before it is too late.

I am intrigued by how Jason and Marc's relationship will develop - I'd love to see more on that area of the story and I hope you work it in.

I've read the Deviant Spawn series (whose author I've forgotten the name of, sorry to them in advance) and I am looking forward to their appearance in this story. The Best Damn Band In The Land contest should be fun.

Regards,

Wicked Witch.

Hello WW -

 

Thank you for the lovely compliments! I keep track of everything with outlines and character files. I also have my partners read the story for continuity, although the GA readers have been invaluable in that aspect. GA really does have the BEST READERS ON THE NET!

 

I'm in agreement with you. Emotions can be very difficult, and in your 20-somethings (the age group of my characters) that's mostly what people are learning to do, is handle their emotions. The very next chapter (46:Crazy For You, posting March 25) is the next one that furthers Marc & Jason's relationship. I hope you enjoy it.

 

Re: Deviant Spawn. The two series were written by Lovebird1929 on Literotica.com and are still two of the best stories in the Gay Male hub. And yes. Once they show up in this story, get ready... it means the fat lady is about to sing. ;)

 

Thanks for your review, and have a great weekend!

~Tucker

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I know i'm no where near marks calaber, but maybe i can help. Did you upgrade the system you were working on? cause i know that when i got my new laptop (which is a windows 7), when i tried to open up files that i had written on my old one (combo xp and vista) the writting came out corrupted because the writing program on the newer laptop is not compatable with the writing system on the older ones. My suggestion is finding a computer that will open up the files without them looking like jibberish, copying and pasting the work into an e-mail, and sending it to yourself. that is how i got my stories transfered over to my new laptop.

once you have the files in the e-mail, you can put the old files onto a cd to keep and then remove them from the flash drive. i hope that helps :*)

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On 06/10/2013 11:33 PM, Winged_Wolf said:
I know i'm no where near marks calaber, but maybe i can help. Did you upgrade the system you were working on? cause i know that when i got my new laptop (which is a windows 7), when i tried to open up files that i had written on my old one (combo xp and vista) the writting came out corrupted because the writing program on the newer laptop is not compatable with the writing system on the older ones. My suggestion is finding a computer that will open up the files without them looking like jibberish, copying and pasting the work into an e-mail, and sending it to yourself. that is how i got my stories transfered over to my new laptop.

once you have the files in the e-mail, you can put the old files onto a cd to keep and then remove them from the flash drive. i hope that helps :*)

Ah, you're very sweet. Yes, the new laptop is indeed Windows 8 whereas the old one was Windows 7, but that wasn't the problem. Each of them uses MS Word 2010 and there shouldn't have been any compatibility issues anyway, since I save all my work as .doc files, not .docx (I do this because my backup laptop runs Windows XP with MS 2003 and it can't open .docx files at all). So no. My flash drive somehow got corrupted. Which I've heard of happening, but I'd never actually had happen before. And like an idiot, I didn't have the full version of a lot of my work saved anywhere but on the flash drive. So now i'm packing a pair of flash drives and I'm back on Live Kive which I probably never should've left. Serves me right for being a cheap bastard. *sigh*

 

But I do thank you for the suggestion.

 

Have an awesome week! ~Tucker

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Hello,

I've been putting off writing this review, but I think if I put it off any longer Iza just might murder me. Your Queen got me reading Dust & Ash so that she would have someone to fangirl with, but after reading it I realize it's not really my thing, meaning, no matter how hard I try, I don't understand half of it. Someday I will read it again from the beginning without the expectations Iza gave me and with the knowledge that I am not the target audience for this piece and I think I might like it better. Okay, that all sounds really negative, sorry! I think Iza told you I don't feel comfortable writing this, not because I think you're scary, but because I don't feel I really have any qualifications to evaluate your work. I barely passed English and I think this story is geared towards a specific audience, so I'd hate for you to change anything based on my review and piss off your loyal readers. Also, I'm not sure if Iza warned you, but I tend to be longwinded and I know you're busy, so I apologize in advance.

 

I think this review will only help you if you're interested in appealing to a wider audience. If you're happy with your core group, then I don't think this will really help you any.

 

Should I start with something good? I love your characters and I really enjoy the concept of the story. I love reading stories where the characters drive the plot, which I think you accomplished brilliantly with most of the characters. I can REALLY relate to most of them and I care for them, even the ones I don't particularly like, which is awesome. I think that alone takes a tremendous amount of talent. It creates a good flow and makes everything feel more realistic.

When I say "most of the characters," what I mean is "everyone except Dust and Ash." It's hard for me to connect with Ash and Dust for two reasons. The first reason is that their love seems totally based on carnal attraction. No ifs, ands, or buts, that's the beginning and end for them. For example:

Ash exploded up off the delicate antique like a cork popping out of a bottle of champagne. His arms flew up over his head in a typically dramatic gesture as he began to pace the room, babbling. Despite his stress and irritation that Ash couldn’t have even one conversation without theatrics, Dustin caught his eyes unconsciously following Ash’s glorious, tight little ass in his brand new Diesels. Dust groaned silently. No man’s ass should be so perfect. He wrenched his gaze away.

I love the way you describe this scene, it's perfect (it really is!), except that Dust has absolutely no interest in Ash's excitement! Aren't they supposed to be in love? Ash is going through something potentially life changing and Dust is completely unaffected. He just stares at Ash's ass, which he enjoys despite his stress and irritation? This is the reaction of a fuck-buddy not a lover. What in the world is keeping these two people together besides carnal desire? Who puts up with all this shit just to sleep with a hot piece of ass? Don't worry about changing it though. I've decided to chalk it up to the difference between men and women and it's just something I will never understand.

As for the second reason... The pace of Dust and Ash's relationship drives me crazy to the point where I can't even bring myself to care for them anymore (so so so sorry!). After awhile of the same ol' shit enough is just enough. I honestly feel like you're sacrificing quality for quantity with these two. Their story is good, but it seemed to drag on and on and the suspense of it was completely dead and buried for me until Chapter 40-something. Then after a glorious shining moment when the plot picked up momentum and I was interested again, it went back to "we're not saying shit to each other because we'd rather make completely irrational decisions and play games to drag out the story some more."

You write all of the other characters so beautifully and they all stick to their rolls and I can love them and trust their actions to be true to their character. I don't know if it's because Dust and Ash are supposed to be changing or growing or whatever, but it just seems like they change their minds haphazardly and do things on a whim. Their characters seem to change to fit the plot instead of the other way around. It's really distracting and throws off the flow of the story for me. They're so open in the beginning, so for them to be so closed mouthed about this one topic which just happens to be driving the story makes the story feel railroaded and forced and at times I couldn't figure out why I was still reading it. I try to remind myself that this is Ash's first relationship and I'm trying to justify his actions by telling myself he's just scared and stupid in love (been there, done that, so I can relate finally), but I had to really stretch to come to that conclusion.

None of the other storylines feel this way. My heart broke more when Matt asked Star to leave the ICU than it did when Dust returned Ash's ring. Matt's relationship wasn't long and drawn out, I think they only really had a handful of scenes together, but because Matt's character has a solid foundation it made me care and made the feelings more real. Whereas Ash and Dust are wishy-washy plot fodder.

 

The way you describe things... I love it! When you're not targeting the cult following you have I think your prose is amazing! Instead of ranting about the good and the bad, I've prepared examples using music excerpts (but the same theory can also be applied to scents you do and do not describe)...

The BAD:

"Out of Reach by The Get Up Kids queued up."

And...? Who is this artists? What is this song? Why do I care? I'm sure it's being mentioned for a reason... I just have no idea what that reason is. I'm totally disconnected and zoning out now.

The ABSOLUTELY TERRIBLE (because it has potential to be amazing):

"Dirty by Grendel started to play and a filthy grin crept across Marc’s face. He couldn’t have planned that any better."

Really? Couldn't have planned it any better? Damn I really wish I knew what that meant because it sounds fucking interesting! Now I have to interrupt the entire smut scene so I can YouTube this song and find out what the fuss is all about. Isn't smut all about the flow? YouTubing videos in the middle isn't sexy!

The GOOD:

"White Wizzard by White Wizzard started up, and the electrifying bass line planted a smile on Jason’s face that was inhumanly beautiful."

"Calling You by Blue October swayed out, its quirky pop rock sound exactly what they needed to fall into the right mood."

"Hour of Zero by My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult played on the speakers.

Slow and heavy."

These are good. I have no idea who these artists are or what this music is, but I can understand why you're mentioning them because you describe the music a little. I get it.

The AWESOME:

"My Shadow Is Your Home by Leæther Strip came on, and Marc took advantage of the slow, hard beat to start a rhythm of kisses and caresses down Jason’s body."

Yes! This is AWESOME! I totally get this! I still have no idea who the artist is or what song this is, but I can picture the music from the description, I know how it relates to the scene, and it totally adds to the moment. I love it!

 

I think you include name brands and products in your story to make it feel more real, but it's actually another thing that makes me feel disconnected. I understand mentioning brands that represent status or style (D&G, Converse, ect.), but all the Biolage and Bath and Body references drive me crazy. I'm insanely curious to know if you're getting advertising kickbacks for Biolage and Bath and Body. Every time one of these products was mentioned I had to roll my eyes because you plugged the product and that was it. That's great that they use Biolage, but can you describe the smell or something? The smell is the reason you're mentioning them right? Or are they really advertisers? Even something simple like, "The scent of the massage oil Micah used was light and fresh, with just a hint of cut grass and aloe." Awesome! I can follow along without feeling ostracized or being distracted.

In my opinion Biolage shampoo has the same sweet candy smell as Smarties, which I think is so gross (the conditioner is admittedly better). If you threw in a quick description (not every time, but maybe the first time at least?) then I can pretend they're not about to have sex smelling like stale Halloween candy. I think this might be more of a pet peeve of mine than a critique since I just realized I'm totally ranting like a lunatic.

There was a scene where you plugged a specific lipstick and I was so irritated thinking it was another advertisement until I read further and the lipstick actually played a part in the story. Like the music, I don't think the advertising would bother me so much if it served a purpose that I could understand.

 

Like I said earlier, this review will probably only help if you're trying to appeal to a wider audience. What it basically boils down to is a disconnection from the story. I don't expect to ever understand the relationship between Dust and Ash, I totally get that they're in a different realm than I am and that's fine, but the pace and a few more small descriptive details would be helpful. Maybe all of your readers use Biolage and listen to the same music, so it's not a problem. However, for someone that's not "in the know" like myself, it's distracting and makes me feel like I'm reading something I have no business reading. Which maybe I don't.

 

Damn I suck at reviews. Sorry if I sound like a bitch, I'm really only trying to be helpful. Except for these few things I really do love the story and am always eager when Iza wants to fangirl over it! Also, I don't think I'll ever be able to keep a smile from creeping onto my face whenever I hear "Addicted" by Saving Able.

 

Best Regards,

Vaughn

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Please tell us that we'll to jump back into the lives of Ash & Dust soon. I and many others would be more than willing to purchase the ebook to do so. Love this story!

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