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Mary and Guy were childhood best friends. Then an accident claimed the lives of her brother and his cousin, and Guy's family moved away. Years later, both are scarred by the tragedy: Mary is terrified of death, and Guy is unable to make any kind of commitment in his life.
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The body of Guy's cousin has been found, and Guy has come back to town to help his family. Mary, now a witch and a massage therspist, meets Guy for the first time in years. A tentative romance begins, and Mary and Guy begin to investigate several mysterious deaths, believing that they might be linked to the evil force that killed their relatives years ago.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Inner struggle subplot    -   Yes Struggle with...    -   angst over past dead relative(s) If one lover chases another...    -   they alternate Fantasy/Magic    -   Yes Fantasy/Magical Lover    -   Yes

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   laborer/blue collar

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   20's-30's Magical/mental powers of main antagonist:    -   can see into the future    -   can cast all sorts of spells Unusual characteristics:    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin    -   Very shy


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Deep South Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee    -   sinister, like an X-Files Gomer Pyle

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths What % of story is romance related?    -   80% How explicit is the sex?    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing    -   actual description of sex Focus of story    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog How much sexing?    -   1-2 sex acts

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