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Evil Lives After

by Toni Sweeney

Evil Lives After - Toni V. Sweeney
Part of the Small Town Georgia Tales series:
  • Evil Lives After
Editions:Kindle - Second Edition: $ 5.99
Pages: 304

The Southern town of Estonko has hidden a secret for a century but now it's been discovered and is leading to a haunted house and a crimm worse than the secret hiding it.

Publisher: Wordwooze Publishing
Tropes: Abandoned Place, Burial Ground/Cemetary, Haunted House, Person in Distress, Possession, Vengeful Spirit, Waiting/Sleeping Evil
Word Count: 84980
Setting: Small South Georgia town
Languages Available: English
Series Type: Same Universe / Various Characters
Tropes: Abandoned Place, Burial Ground/Cemetary, Haunted House, Person in Distress, Possession, Vengeful Spirit, Waiting/Sleeping Evil
Word Count: 84980
Setting: Small South Georgia town
Languages Available: English
Series Type: Same Universe / Various Characters

Returning home after a career-ending divorce, ex-journalist Dylan Roth joins his father in the family construction business. When he's assigned to help with the renovation of the old Mercier farmhouse, the last thing he expects is to fall for its owner, Letty Mercier, employee of the TV show Dream Homes, Unlimited, which is filming the renovation. The farmstead has always been a sort of mystery and legends--of lights at night, odd sounds, and white figures flitting through the trees. When Dylan and Letty discover their family histories are intertwined, his reporter instincts kick in and soon the two are investigating an incident involving both families a century earlier. What happened on that summer night when a tornado swept through the town and their great-grandfathers both disappeared, never to be seen again? One man's wife waited for her husband to return while the other man's wife died in an insane asylum.


The secret they discover could tear them apart, if it doesn't kill them first.

Reviews:Kat Henry Doran on Wild Women Reviews wrote:

Captured me by the end of page one. Told in Dylan's point of view with a self-deprecating tone flavored by a whippy sense of humor, the former investigative reporter's struggles to maintain a balance amidst past personal turmoil, rings true and drew me in immediately. Over lying the basic plot line is a vague aura of mystery which surrounds the “old Mercier house”.
Enter Scarlett Mercier, every man's wet dream, a gorgeous self-directed woman who intrigues Dylam from the first exchange of looks.

Adding in the rich history of rural Georgia with its unique architecture and internal detailing of local homes, the reader will have themselves a time searching out who, or what, is trying to prevent Dylan and Scarlett from learning the truth about the past. Until they uncover the past, these two won't have a chance for the future they deserve.

On a scale of 1 to 5, this earns a 5.

Poinsettia on Lng and Short RTeviews wrote:

...What really kept me turning pages was the mystery of the past! I desperately wanted to know the true story of Dylan Roth (Dylan’s ancestor with the same name) and Jules and Marianne Mercier. I loved how Ms. Sweeney gradually revealed bits and pieces of the unnerving tale through old journal entries. The paranormal happenings at the Mercier house were spooky and gave me chills as I read!
...I recommend this romance to anyone who enjoys a good suspense with a dash of paranormal.

4 Stars
(Reviewed under the original Title Bound by Love)

Lisa on Lisa's Writopia wrote:

The past holds secrets just waiting to be told that will reveal the truth about what really happened when two men disappeared. Will Dylan and Letty be able to clear their great-grandfathers’ names?
Because of the title of this book, I thought that this was going to be a love story. Is it a love story? Yes, in a way, but it is so much more than a straightforward romance. This is a paranormal story, a story of a ghost that won’t go away, a ghost who because of its own actions, is a “victim” of unrequited love (if you could call what it felt love).
Dylan has gone back home to Georgia. He had been living in Washington, D.C., and went through a bad divorce, one that made the papers. That is not the way one wants to achieve notoriety.
He goes to work for his dad in the family construction business. They get the job of renovating and preparing for sale the Mercier Home, a house under new ownership that has been rumored to be haunted. The new owner is an attractive lady named Scarlett.
Dylan falls—or is he pushed—off the roof of the Mercier Home while working on it. He remembers seeing someone come running at him with arms outstretched that shoved him off the roof, but footage taken of the event doesn’t show anyone else there.
A ghost, very loving one minute and very angry the next, is still hanging around. Will they figure out who the identity of this ghost and send it on its way before they’re killed by it?
This is a book that will capture your attention from the first page and hold you hostage until the very last sentence. Once I started reading it, I didn’t want to stop until I reached the end. The heart-stopping intensity and suspense towards the end make it impossible to stop reading. I highly recommend this book to anyone loves a great paranormal romance with mystery.

(Review of First Edition under title Bound by Love)

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Release date: 6/17/2024

About the Author

Toni V. Sweeney has lived 30 years in the South, a score in the Middle West, and a decade on the Pacific Coast and now she’s trying for her second 30 on the Great Plains.

Since the publication of her first novel in 1989, Toni divides her time between writing SF/Fantasy/Horror under her own name and the pseudonyms Icy Snow Blackstone and Tony-Paul de Vissage. She is also on the review staff of the New York Journal of Books, was an amazon reviewer, and is in the 1% of reviewers for Goodreads. In 2016, she was named a Professional Reader by

Currently, Toni has written 94 novels with 84 of them have been published. This includes several series.