~Blog Tour~ “Tess and Tattoos” by H. A. Leuschel

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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 Message from H. A. Leuschel:

Hello and thank you very much for inviting me to The World Was Hers For The Reading!

I’m so pleased to be able to share an extract with you today from my short story ‘Tess and Tattoos’.  

One of the themes that is central in this story is the fear to trust. When you have been deeply hurt like Tess in the past, it is difficult to allow yourself to connect with others again. The fear of being disappointed overrides the desire to build new meaningful relationships. When you are an elderly lady, it is even harder to reach out. Rigid social conventions and a fear to look like an intruder in other people’s lives could have stood in Tess’s and Sandra’s way to bond, but as soon as they let their mutual sympathies guide their feelings, nothing can stand between them and the healing power of companionship. I hope you enjoy the extract!


The next day, Tess was sitting in her sofa seat, smiling at Sandra who was busying herself with sorting out the pills for the week and taking notes on her clipboard. She knew her friend was confused about her reluctance to show off the tattoo. Sandra being Sandra, she’d kept her impatience at bay during last night’s dinner, happily chatting to Tessa who was watching her prepare a big pot of fish stew. It had been delightful to see Sandra’s nimble hands gradually produce a heap of cubed potatoes, slices of carrot, leek, fresh herbs, spinach and courgette. They had finished off their dinner with Profiteroles and mint tea. She’d visibly been proud of her efforts to produce a tasty, fresh and well-rounded selection of dishes. There was something oddly reassuring when she’d watched Sandra in her apron in front of the cooker, preparing vegetables while breathing in the scent of thyme and basil. She was no master chef, but she’d displayed confidence that she was enjoying the preparations and cooking with fresh ingredients. The children had asked question after question and Tess had been happy to answer them all, realising that it had been a long time since she’d felt such joy at being the centre of attention.

‘Why have we not done this earlier?’ Sandra had exclaimed later in the evening, shaking her head, and Tess had nodded in agreement. The weariness she’d felt upon leaving the tattoo parlour had become a distant memory thanks to Sandra’s three boisterous children and her infectious, cheerful mood.


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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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