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Believed by Michael James Emberger - Book Tour + "Giveaway"

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I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the BELIEVED by Michael James Emberger Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

 

About The Book:

Title: BELIEVED

Author: Michael James Emberger

Pub. Date: October 4, 2021

Publisher: Michael James Emberger

Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, Audiobook(FREE)

Pages: 429

Find it: Goodreadsbooks2read (find all FREE audiobook links here and other purchase links), Free eBook download here!  https://www.michaeljamesemberger.com/believed

Kelsea Jones is like a lot of girls at the University of Northern Minnesota. She has a boyfriend, she works at a coffee shop, and she’s on the swim team. But she’s not a girl. She’s a mermaid.

Trouble brews when star hockey player Chad Andersen takes an interest in her. She tries to avoid him, but he won’t leave her alone. A son of wealth and privilege, he takes what he wants, and he gets away with it. He wants Kelsea, she says no, and so he rapes her. Kelsea stands on a tail and two fins to fight the most painful trial of her life. Despite her trauma and a crisis of faith, she speaks the truth of what Chad did, but will she be believed?

A note from the author:
1 out of 4 college girls experiences rape or sexual assault. That breaks my heart. It’s a crime that has affected people I love, and it has to stop. This novel is my way of raising awareness and showing survivors that someone hears them.

Believed is a product of my friendship with a survivor who is an author and advocate. She opened my eyes to a world of trauma and PTSD that had been largely invisible to me before I met her, and it was life-changing. I needed to share that with others. The burden on my heart was too great to not say something, and fiction is the method I know best to convey the thoughts, truths, pains, and struggles that I see.

Sexual assault is not my story. I haven’t experienced it, I don’t live with the resulting trauma, and I do not wish to profit from the pain of survivors. This is a book for them. It’s a book for those who love them. It’s a book to encourage readers to think and to empathize and to consider the realities of so many whose lives have been affected by this crime. If you purchase a copy here, know that the prices are the minimum allowed. I make no royalty on print copies. If you would like to read for free, you can download the book at my website: https://www.michaeljamesemberger.com/believed

If you find value in this work, please consider donating to an organization that fights against sexual violence or offers support to survivors. Tell your family and friends about the book. Review it online. Let the survivors in your life know that you care, that you believe them, and that you are there for them.

 

EXCERPT
Mr. Johnson turns into my lot. “I’m sorry, Kelsea. I wasn’t optimistic, but I thought it would go better than that.”

I shiver. “They all lied.”

“Perhaps. As I said, the Andersens own the hospital. I expected something like this might happen.”

“Do you—” I stop. Do I want to know?

“What?”

What can it hurt? “Do you believe me?”

Mr. Johnson is silent. My question lingers in the car. “Yes,” he finally says.

My heart sinks. He spoke the word, but I heard the answer. It was in that pause. It was a yes with uncertainty behind it. It was a yes with conditions attached. It was a yes with an asterisk.

He pulls to the curb. “Look on the bright side. You won’t have to testify in a courtroom, and you won’t have to face the defense lawyers. It will be a lot easier this way. Life can turn upside down when these things get out in the media. It gets nasty. But if it goes away now, no one gets hurt.”

I unbuckle my seatbelt, I get out, and I close the door hard enough that it rocks the car. I can’t talk to him. I have no response that’s polite. My blood is boiling. He waves and pulls away, no doubt happy to have dodged the bullet of dealing with this any further. He thinks we’ll drop it and that will be it. I’ll be fine. I’ll just move on and forget about the most horrific thing I’ve ever experienced. After all, it was just rape. What does it matter if they almost killed me? What does it matter if the nightmares have only gotten worse? I’m better now. It’s not like I got hurt for real, right?

I clench my fists and hop toward the nearest solid thing. I punch it. Once. Twice. Again, and again. I batter it until my knuckles are covered in blood and foam and it lays mangled on the ground. “Ah!” I scream. I sink to my knees on the snowy sidewalk. The cuts bubble and close. The blood disappears. There’s nothing left except for the rage that’s consuming me. I’m not okay. I’m not better. Not at all.

I sit and rock on my tail and shut my eyes against the world. It’s all wrong. Everything is wrong, and there’s no God if this is what He has for me.

 

 

About Michael James Emberger:

Michael James Emberger is an author of thrillers and suspense residing in Wilton, NH. He enjoys weaving narratives of conspiracy and misguided intentions around divisive topics. Where there is debate, there is always room for a villain with goals far out of alignment from either side. Michael is a graduate of Messiah College, where he studied Engineering and met his wife racing solar cars cross-country. When he’s not working on home renovations or writing, he enjoys visiting the ocean and exploring the majesty of God’s creation on the summits of New Hampshire’s mountains.

Michael wrote Believed, a heartbreaking and inspirational tale of a Mermaid in college in Minnesota. It was the most difficult book he’s ever written, but also the most important. He’s made it available for free in audiobook and e-book formats, and he hopes it will encourage and inform.

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There isn’t a giveaway for this tour. Instead Michael is giving away the audiobook and ebook! You can download a FREE copy of the audiobook here! https://books2read.com/u/bzVLlD OR a FREE copy of the eBook HERE! https://www.michaeljamesemberger.com/believed and if you love the book please help spread the word with a review or share the links with your friends!

 

Tour Schedule:

Week One:

9/1/2022

Viviana MacKade

Excerpt 2

9/2/2022

BookHounds

Guest Post/IG Post

9/3/2022

A Dream Within A Dream

Guest Post/IG Post

Week Two:

9/4/2022

Jazzy Book Reviews

Excerpt 1/IG Post

9/5/2022

#BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog

Excerpt 2

9/6/2022

Epic Book Society

Guest Post/IG Post

9/7/2022

pick a good book

Excerpt 1/IG Post

9/8/2022

@allyluvsbooksalatte

IG Spotlight

9/9/2022

Rajiv's Reviews

Review/IG Post

9/10/2022

A Blue Box Full of Books

IG Spotlight

Week Three:

9/11/2022

Two Chicks on Books

Excerpt 1/IG Post

9/12/2022

Nerdophiles

Review/IG Post

9/13/2022

Lady Hawkeye

Excerpt 2/IG Post

9/14/2022

@jaimerockstarbooktours

IG Spotlight

9/15/2022

Beersbooksandboos

Review/IG Post

9/16/2022

Wanderingwitchreads

TikTok Review/IG Post

9/17/2022

GryffindorBookishNerd

Review/IG Post

Week Four:

9/18/2022

OneMoreExclamation

Review/IG Post

9/19/2022

Book Reviews by Taylor

Review/IG Post

9/20/2022

Write. Read. Live

Excerpt 1/IG Post

9/21/2022

Books With A Chance of Traveling

Review/IG Post

9/22/2022

The Momma Spot

Review/IG Post

9/23/2022

I'm Shelf-ish

Review/IG Post

9/24/2022

Brandi Danielle Davis

Review/IG Post

Week Five:

9/25/2022

Sadie's Spotlight

Excerpt 2

9/26/2022

@jypsylynn

Review/IG Post

9/27/2022

More Books Please blog

Review/IG Post

9/28/2022

@enjoyingbooksagain

Review/IG Post

9/29/2022

RavenzReviewz

Review/IG Post

9/30/2022

hodophile_z

Review/IG Post


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