Rewind, Recap: weekly update w/e 01/04/18

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I’m beginning to think I should rename this feature – Rewind, Recap: fortnightly update … as I am being very remiss in terms of updating it lately. In my defence (should I need it) I have been a tad busy, both at work and in private. I am also absolutely cream crackered and struggling to stay awake. I can’t believe it’s actually April already and have literally no idea what has happened to the first three months of the year. They did actually happen, didn’t they? Anyone else feel like this? You do? Not just me then. Phew … Continue reading “Rewind, Recap: weekly update w/e 01/04/18”

#BlogTour: Manipulated Lives by HA Leuschel @HALeuschel @RaRaResources

Today I am delighted to welcome author H.A. Leuschel to Jen Med’s Book Reviews to share a guest post and extract as part of the blog tour for her book, Manipulated Lives. Before I hand over to Helene, here is what the book is all about.

MLAbout the Book

Five stories – Five Lives

Have you ever felt confused or at a loss for words in front of a spouse, colleague or parent, to the extent that you have felt inadequate or, worse, a failure? Do you ever wonder why someone close to you seems to endure humiliation without resistance?

Manipulators are everywhere. At first these devious and calculating people can be hard to spot, because that is their way. They are often masters of disguise: witty, disarming, even charming in public – tricks to snare their prey – but then they revert to their true self of being controlling and angry in private. Their main aim: to dominate and use others to satisfy their needs, with a complete lack of compassion and empathy for their victim. 

In this collection of short novellas, you meet people like you and me, intent on living happy lives, yet each of them, in one way or another, is caught up and damaged by a manipulative individual. First you meet Tess, whose past is haunted by a wrong decision, then young, successful and well-balanced Sophie, who is drawn into the life of a little boy and his troubled father. Next, there is teenage Holly, who is intent on making a better life for herself, followed by a manipulator himself, trying to make sense of his irreversible incarceration. Lastly, there is Lisa, who has to face a parent’s biggest regret. All stories highlight to what extent abusive manipulation can distort lives and threaten our very feeling of self-worth.

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