Monday 5 March 2018

Tess and Tattoos #BlogTour #Extract

Today is the last day for the blog blitz of Tess and Tattoos by H.A. Leuschel and I have an extract post for you to enjoy.  Thanks to Rachel's Random Resources.

I’m also lucky enough to be able to hosting the link for the chance to win a signed copy of Manipulated Lives by H.A. Leuschel.  This is open Internationally and link is below for the chance to enter.

Hello and thank you very much for inviting me to ‘Reading For Pleasure’!

Malignant manipulation can be found anywhere, at any age and in many guises. However, when a victim manages to change the way they look at their abuser, the person they look at also changes. It is a freeing as well as terrifying experience but is a vital moment in understanding the spiral of toxic manipulation they’d been sucked into and to recognize what it is they need to avoid in the future. It is therefore useful for anyone to spot warning signs, speak up before it is too late, so a loved one, colleague or friend knows that when the time is right, they can turn to you for support.

In ‘Tess and Tattoos’, it is friendship that ultimately will bind two women together and help them both in their endeavour to find purpose and peace.

 Tess and Tattoos
A suspenseful and emotional novella exploring whether we can ever be free from our past mistakes.

In this story, the reader is taken on a compelling journey into the human mind where genuine friendship offers the key to inner peace.   

Meet Tess, an elderly lady living in a care home apartment in the outskirts of Edinburgh, whose past is haunted by a wrong decision. She meets Nurse Sandra, a warm and bubbly single mother of three, who is instantly intrigued by Tess’s personality and the mystery that surrounds her.

‘Tess and Tattoos’ is one of five gripping stories in HA Leuschel’s story collection Manipulated Lives centred around psychological manipulation.


Tess was startled by how quickly Sandra had been able to notice her art. It was the one activity, organised twice a week, that she never missed, whether she had a cold or was feeling shaky that day or not. Her favourite place for sketching had become the sunroom on the second floor, where she could observe the gardeners at work most days and trace her pencil until she found the shape she was looking for, concentrating on the right proportions. Art was such a release for Tess; the wonderful experience of putting a brush or pencil to paper and making something come to life. The hours would fly by as quickly as birds disturbed by footsteps on a path. For many years she’d had to push her passion aside due to her partner’s comments that her work was mediocre or, that in any case, she was wasting her time over something that didn’t make money. The world had to be measured in numbers and if those numbers weren’t long enough, they were not worth considering. She swallowed the bitter thought that arose like stomach acid from thinking about the past. She shrugged, as if a fly had sat on her shoulder, and looked up at Sandra’s bright face.

‘Well, it keeps me going really. There is not much else I can do these days.’ She ended her comment with a wink.

‘As much as I’d love to stay a bit longer, I need to continue my rounds, Tess. It was a pleasure to meet you and thank you very much for the tea and biscuits. Just what the doctor ordered.’ She giggled and, for a short instant, she looked like a young girl as her hand reached up to her hair, swept an escaping curl out of her face and tucked it behind her ear, before she brushed her uniform into shape.

‘The pleasure is all mine,’ Tess said. A good observer would have noticed that upon Sandra’s last words, Tess’s shoulders dropped slightly and a small sigh escaped her pale lips. Within seconds she was going to be alone again, thinking about how to fill the next hours of the day.


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 About the Author

Helene Andrea Leuschel grew up in Belgium where she gained a Licentiate in Journalism & Communication, which led to a career in radio and television in Brussels, London and Edinburgh. She now lives with her husband and two children in Portugal and recently acquired a Master of Philosophy with the OU, deepening her passion for the study of the mind. When she is not writing, Helene works as a freelance journalist and teaches Yoga.

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