Manipulation Finds Home in Barbara Ashton’s New Novel

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Young woman uses looks to find, use man in ‘Miska Valley’

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Sandy inherited a lot from her mother – including her good looks and manipulative ways. Now all she needs is a man willing to give her what she wants, and she has found just the guy.

Author Barbara Ashton introduces readers to the malicious Sandy in her new novel, “Miska Valley” (published by Balboa Press AU), in which Sandy attempts to manipulate and take from Andrew, a young man with a giving heart.

Andrew is immediately taken with Sandy; she’s beautiful and on the surface, perfect. Conversely, Sandy is interested in Andrew for other reasons, chiefly his money and affection toward her. Fortunately for her, that’s all she needs. Unfortunately for Andrew, she’s not what he needs.

Throughout “Miska Valley,” readers watch as Sandy slowly convinces Andrew to give her the things she wants: an expensive car, a house they can’t afford and lodging for her mother. To make matters worse, Andrew is blind to the direction his life is hurtling in. But unbeknownst to Andrew or Sandy, one of his family members has taken notice of Sandy’s manipulation – and they intend to stop her.

Miska Valley
By Barbara Ashton
Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 124 pages | ISBN 9781452529943
E-Book | 124 pages | ISBN 9781452529950
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Barbara Ashton grew up in the suburbs of Sydney. She and her first husband reared their four children in Blacktown, Australia. As her marriage began to fall apart, she lost her second-born son in a car accident when he was 17. She began a correspondence course with a writing school, and after many short stories and instructions wrote her first novel. She changed her lifestyle, married her second husband in 1982 and now lives in Gosford. She is the proud grandparent of 17 grandchildren.

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