“ . . . Martin’s liberal use of plot twists and misdirection makes for an excellently paced tale. . . A satisfying mix of intrigue and idealistic love.”           –Kirkus Reviews

"This is part love story, part genealogical mystery, a little bit about redemption, and quite a lot of fun for the reader."  --Amazon reviewer 

Shortly before her wedding, Lacey Roberts uncovers a problem too large for love to conquer:  a killer gene running through her family’s bloodline, which could put her fiancé, Evanston (Evs) Brighton, in danger. 

Lacey vows to uncover the secrets of her lineage, even if it requires her ultimate sacrifice:  the loss of her marriage to her beloved Evs. 

Her search leads from southern Arizona to the North Carolina Smoky Mountain backwoods, where the shotgun is more respected than the law, and the family may not be what is expected. 

HEIR OF DECEIT is set in an area where, even today, hands of tobacco are used as currency and moonshine stills explode. 

Lacey encounters a crass and stringy backwoods aunt; a moonshiner uncle; an alluring Cherokee firefighter; a sprinkling of North Carolina’s famous legends; and a deliciously horrible bad guy in her desperate quest to wed her tough-as-barbed-wire fiancé, Evs, a rancher from Tubac, Arizona.


Jan M. Martin




  • ISBN-10: 1500865826
  • ISBN-13: 978-1500865825
  • # of Pages: 260

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