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Stretched Horizons has returned home. After being with a small publisher on an exclusive contract, we are now distributing it ourselves through our friends at Draft2Digital. With a new cover and new price of $2.99 to fit in with our other novels, this is a good buy.
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When Sunset Grove Primary’s Headteacher, Bree Ashworth goes to help teacher Jenny Dench in her classroom she is attacked by an intruder. The attacker escapes and Bree is taken to hospital. Her husband Colin arrives and tells her he is leaving to move from London with his mistress Linda Rouke.
Bree has bookings to attend a reading conference in New Zealand over that country’s summer vacation. With double tickets bought and Colin gone, she invites Jenny to come with her.
In New Zealand the small commuter aeroplane they fly in crashes in thick bush country. The pilot is killed and Jenny and Bree try to survive by themselves. However, all is not lost, for a tramper in the bush, Ray Barnett and his dog, Pattie find them.
Police in England tell Colin, Bree has been involved in an air crash and is missing. Colin abandons his partner and flies out to New Zealand but his intentions are not those one would expect from a worried husband….
Sometimes when I am writing a novel I get keen and just keep going as the characters become real to me. This has happened with The Other Mrs Hayes . The novel has been completed earlier than I expected so is available for $US2.99 at the sites books2read
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School principal Stacey Hayes follows the advice of private detective Doug McCann and flies from her home city of Wellington to Auckland airport on an early morning flight. Remaining unseen she watches her husband’s arrival on a later flight and has an unpleasant surprise.
Her husband is greeted passionately by a pregnant woman. This is the second Mrs Hayes. It is Jessica Hayes’ mother Chelsea who hires Doug to investigate her son-in-law. He discovers that Brendon Hayes is a bigamist with two homes and wives living in the two New Zealand cities, 650 kilometres apart.
Until now, Brendon has managed to keep his two lives and wives secret from each other. However, when the pair meet they, somewhat surprisingly, become friends as they, with Doug’s help, delve into Brendon’s past. They find the egotistical and manipulative man’s whole life is based on deceit and fraud with his accountancy company Hayes and Hayes the centre of his activities.
How do Stacey and Jessica cope when more truths are discovered about their husband? Others including Chelsea, Doug, a young Filipino girl, Reyna Aquino and other women in Brendon’s life are also affected when his bigamy is revealed and the dominoes fall.
How does his dishonesty and possibly criminal behaviour led to Stacey and Jessica being placed in a dangerous situation? In spite of him, how do the two Mrs Hayes meld their lives and families to move forward to face their future?
All will be revealed in Ross Richdale’s 51st novel. The draft copy is finished so it will be coming soon so watch this space.