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Ex Marks the Spot

Gregory L. Norris

Ten years ago on an August night, Steve Ranley crashed his ride into a tree near the Old Coach Conservation Woods, taking a big part of Oliver Canfield’s soul with him. Time doesn’t heal all wounds—in Oliver’s case, it opens them to bleed anew. In the decade since, Oliver and Bradley MacIntyre have built a successful life together, but their relationship has always been haunted by Steve’s death. During that lost summer, Oliver and Steve shared love in secret, and as the dark anniversary looms, Oliver unravels. Seeing ghosts, he is drawn to the malevolent oak that still bears the scars from Steve’s impact.

 

On August 30, at the exact instant Steve died, Oliver is thrust back counterclockwise in time to that other summer, before Steve’s accident. Using his second chance, Oliver vows to alter the events leading to the tragedy. He reunites with Steve, only history doesn’t follow the exact course as he remembers it, and circumstances lead to him meeting Bradley years before he was meant to. With the days running out and Oliver trapped between his promise to rescue Steve Ranley and his renewed love for Bradley, his corrupting of established time could save the first love of his life while dooming the second.

 

"In my seven years on Voyager, I don’t think I’ve met a writer more capable of writing such a book [The Fierce and Unforgiving Muse] — and writing it so beautifully.”
— Kate Mulgrew (Captain Kathryn Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager, Galina "Red" Reznikov on Orange Is the New Black)

—  Name, Title

About the Author

Raised on a healthy diet of creature double features and classic science fiction TV, Gregory L. Norris writes for national magazines, short story anthologies, novels, and the occasional episode for film and television. Norris writes The Day After Tomorrow series for Anderson Entertainment in the U.K. based on the Gerry Anderson NBC made-for-TV movie, which he watched and loved as a boy, and worked on Paramount's Star Trek: Voyager series as a screenwriter. Norris lives at the Outer Limits of New Hampshire's North Country in a century-old house called Xanadu with his giant rescue cat and muse.

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