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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Martha Jean Powers  

Pen Name: Jean Paxton


Audience: Adult;

Born: Cleveland, Ohio

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Illinois Connection

After college and traveling through Europe, Martha moved to Chicago and lived and worked here until 2000 when she relocated to Vero Beach, Florida.

Biographical and Professional Information

Martha currently resides in Vero Beach, Florida. She was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio and graduated from Case Western Reserve University. While in Chicago she worked at various advertising agencies. Initially, Martha wrote romance books and then she tried her hand at writing thrillers.

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Titles At Your Library

ISBN: 0449212939

Fawcett. 1987

MARRIED TO A MAN SHE'D NEVER EVEN SEEN-TOO AWFUL BY HALF! As her dying father had wished, American heiress Caroline Leland had been wed by proxy to Lord Wilton of London. Cara decided to play another part before taking up her role as wife. Disguised as a gaverness to her husband's two wards, she could observe the man-surely a beast!- and prepare for the worst with him none the wiser. But that was not to be, as Cara took Wilton's bachelor establishment by storm. Wilton himself could hardly ignore the minx and her bewitching green eyes. If only he hadn't gotten himself leg-shackled to that damnable American, wherever she was....!

Gazebo Rendezvous
ISBN: 0449213919

Fawcett. 1988

Miss Leslie Lathrup disguises herself as a boy so that she will be accepted by the Duke of Ruhaven, whose ward she has just become

Divided Loyalty
ISBN: 0446349151

Grand Central Pub. 1988

Lady Judith Hallowell leaves London's high society for America, where she hopes to find an eligible man of wit and substance, but she is disappointed with her father's choice, Nathanael Bellingham, a fop who does not share her interest in political issues

ISBN: 0449214656

Fawcett. 1988

When his grandfather demands that he marry, Lord Devereaux Havehurst arranges a marriage of convenience with Jena Christie, but she insists he acknowledge her as his wife

The Perfect Fiancee (Regency Romance)
ISBN: 044921639X

Fawcett. 1989

Fawcett Crest printing, April 1989.

ISBN: 0671039350

Pocket. 2000

Someone is killing the young girls of River Oaks. He chooses them carefully, prizing golden blond hair that shimmers like the bright yellow sunflowers dotting the small Midwestern town. He taunts his pursuers by leaving sunflower seeds or blooms at each crime scene. But now the killer's hunger is growing more rapacious -- the interval between victims becomes shorter with each life he takes. As the town prepares for its annual sunflower festival, the police are running out of time.

Multiple murder was the last thing Lieutenant Sheila Brady expected when she left the Milwaukee P.D. for a quieter town. So was fearing for the life of her young daughter. As a lethal deadline draws near, Sheila is determined to find the killer's weakness and bring him down. But he is about to cast aside the rules of his own game, and set an ingenious trap using Sheila's daughter as a pawn. Now Sheila must use all of her instincts as a detective...and a mother.

Bleeding Heart
ISBN: 0743422937

Pocket. 2001

While investigating the murder of her father-in-law, widowed Maggie Collier peels back the placid, friendly top layers of her Wisconsin hometown to discover evil lurking underneath. Reprint.

Conspiracy of Silence
ISBN: 193351518X

Oceanview Publishing. 2008

On a sunny day in July, Clare Prentice arrives in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Although she is on assignment to interview the town's notoriously reclusive novelist Nate Hanssen, Clare is really in search of a different story-her story.Just months before, Clare was a bride-to-be, living in Chicago, and looking to the future.until the day she learned her entire life had been a lie.Not only was Clare adopted, but there is no record that she or her adoptive mother ever existed. The only clue is a class ring from Grand Rapids Senior High School. Unable to get on with her future until she reconciles her past, Clare breaks off her engagement.Unraveling the mystery is like trying to sculpt fog-until the first piece of the puzzle unexpectedly drops into place: Clare's birth mother, Lily Gundersen, was murdered in Grand Rapids.Lily's murder was one of the most talked-about events in the town's history, but no one is talking now. Clare doesn't know the whole story - and someone intends to keep it that way.



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