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dead evilWhen Hope Howland, forensic artist and archeologist, uncovers the bones of a mutilated child in her aunt’s yard, she must face the fact that someone in her close-knit, Mayflower-descended family is a murderer. She is drawn into an investigation by Gabe Bennett, a Southern police detective planted in the heart of Yankee territory after a tense divorce. A trail of dead bodies points to prime suspects: Hope, her business woman grandmother and her sex-obsessed cousin. Rumors of witchcraft, demons and curses swirl around the family. As Hope loses her heart to Gabe, she must fight to make sense of a crumbling world where no one is what they seem, including herself. Will she choose family loyalty or freeing the world of evil while destroying the only family she has left?

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Candice M. Hughes is an award-winning poet and essayist. She has authored a wide variety of creative and nonfiction works. Her debut technothriller was Death on a Thin Horse. Her newest novel is Dead Evil, a paranormal thriller with an intriguing romance.
She is published in The Allegheny Review, The Lyon Review, and Pegasus among others. She is a recipient of the Ida F. Snell Poetry Prize and a Pen Works Honorable Mention for Creative Nonfiction. Other books include the Small Business Rocket Fuel nonfiction series.

Candice is also biotech consultant and professional medical writer. She holds a PhD in Anatomy and Neurobiology and an MBA in general business management with a focus on strategy and technology innovation. Her current passion is health-focused technology commercialization. For insightful posts and witty repartee visit