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Release Date:  29th May 2017


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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.

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A short read novella about Tess, an elderly lady living in a sheltered housing complex.  Her son and his family are living in Australia.  She has no other family nearby.  She lives each day for the interaction of others, particularly the carers who come in to see her.  One of these carers in Sandra.  Sandra is new and she forms a close friendship with Tess. Tess ruminates about her past, and it’s obvious that a secret will come out before the end of the book – no spoilers though!

An emotional book about the power of your decisions and their consequences. A sad story, but also full of hope, love and friendships.  Short enough to read it in one sitting, powerful enough to make it last all day.


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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