Staying In With H.A. Leuschel

My Sweet Friend

I’m absolutely delighted to be staying in with H.A. Leuschel as part of her blog blitz through Rachel’s Random Resources. Helene has previously featured on Linda’s Book Bag here when she wrote a stunning guest post for me called Mindreading Matters and I reviewed one of her stories from Manipulated Lives.

Not only am I staying in with Helene today, but there is a super giveaway (run independently of Linda’s Book Bag) that you’ll find at the bottom of this blog post too.

Staying in with H.A.Leushel

Welcome back to Linda’s Book Bag, Helene.

Hello Linda! Thank you very much for inviting me on your lovely blog today.

My pleasure! Tell me, which of your books have you brought along to share this evening and why have you chosen it? 

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I’ve brought along my latest novella My Sweet Friend, a book that explores the difficult topic of pathological lying.

Experts say that determination and perseverance can make a person a master in any area. Willpower and grit to never let up on reaching a goal can mean for some that they are admitted to the Military Academy, others step onto the most coveted of Olympic podiums as a gold medallist, others still win elections to lead a country but … what if honing a skill leads to a much less honourable outcome? What if a person’s finest skills were to tell lies? Worse, what if that same person also lacked the conscience to feel remorse for deceiving others but believed her actions were justified? This is what My Sweet Friend is about.

(This sounds utterly fascinating, especially as I think I might have taught a couple of pathological liars in the past.)

What can we expect from an evening in with My Sweet Friend?  

I would hope that you experience the novella as a compelling read which would make you think as well. Feedback for My Sweet Friend has been wonderful so far. Readers have come back telling me that they read it in one sitting, have found it thought-provoking, a page-turner and some mentioned that it packed a punch for them.

(Knowing how good your writing is Helene I can quite believe it!)

What else have you brought along and why? 

I’ve brought along something pink because I think it’s such a ‘happy’ colour. Pink flowers for instance look vivid and fresh, yet also have a relaxing effect on my mind.


I’ve also decided to bring along some tea. I’m a big tea lover and won’t shy away from trying any new herbal concoction or fancy mix like Coconut and green tea or chilli with cocoa. My children often call me Ms Tea because they usually see me with a cup either warming my hands, propped next to the computer when I write or while I’m devouring my latest read or listening to their happy chatter.

I think today we should have a green matcha latte as it’s a cup of tea with a twist (I like to drink it with almond milk).

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(Goodness me. I thought I knew everything there was to know about tea drinking but this is a new one on me. Looks ‘interesting’!)

In case the weather is too warm for tea though, I also brought a tub of ice-cream – can you guess the flavour?


(There’s a bit of a hint of mint there Helene but I can’t spot any chocolate chips!)

Thanks so much for staying in with me Helene, to introduce My Sweet Friend. I think it sounds a really interesting read and am looking forward to it reaching the top of my enormous TBR!

My Sweet Friend

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A perfect friend … or a perfect impostor?

Alexa is an energetic and charismatic professional and the new member of a Parisian PR company where she quickly befriends her colleagues Rosie and Jack. She brings a much-needed breath of fresh air into the office and ambitiously throws herself into her new job and friendships.

But is Alexa all she claims to be?

As her life intertwines with Rosie and Jack’s, they must all decide what separates truth from fiction. Will the stories that unfold unite or divide them? Can first impressions ever be trusted?

In this original novella, H.A. Leuschel evokes the powerful hold of appearances and what a person is prepared to do to keep up the facade. If you like thought-provoking and compelling reads with intriguing characters, My Sweet Friend is for you.

My Sweet Friend is available for purchase through these links.

About H.A. Leuschel


Helene Andrea Leuschel grew up in Belgium where she gained a Licentiate in Journalism and 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.

You can find Helene on Facebook, follow her on Twitter @HALeuschel or visit her website.

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Win a signed copy of Manipulated Lives by H.A. Leuschel

(Open Internationally)

For your chance to win a signed copy of Manipulated Lives by H.A. Leuschel, click here*.

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