BELIEVED by Michael James Emberger [Rock Star Book Tours]

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! 


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:

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.

Guest Article by Michael James Emberger

Believed is a free/non-profit book. How? Why?

I published Believed first in print and e-book. Print is priced at no profit to me, and the e-book is free to download from my website. I had several reasons for doing it that way:

I didn’t want to profit from trauma and the pain of survivors. Sexual assault is not my story. I haven’t lived it. I felt it would be disrespectful to sell it.

I didn’t want cost to be a barrier to anyone who wishes to read. This story might not be suitable for everyone. Some survivors may find it too triggering. If a reader is not able to finish the book, I feel better that they’re not paying for it.

Survivors have already paid the price for the title they bear. It was forced on them. They continue to pay in trauma. I won’t ask them to pay anything more. This novel is for them. If survivors choose to write their stories, readers should buy those books. That’s where the money belongs—with those who have been hurt. I won’t be responsible for taking any of those sales away.

I also wanted this story to be captured in the audiobook format. I love the depth of expression and emotion a good narrator adds to the text. I had a fantastic experience with my narrator, Kristina, on Codename Mermaid, another of my books. I asked her to record Believed, and she gave an amazing performance. She brought Kelsea to life, complete with trauma and heartache. It’s by far my favorite way to experience the story, and like the other versions, I wanted it to be free, so I paid for the production. The audiobook can be downloaded from my website, and it’s available at several retailers at no cost.

I’ll never make a profit on this book. I’ve put money into publishing it and sharing it with readers. It’s an expense, but that’s my choice. I wrote it for survivors. I want them to know they are heard. I want to give them hope. I want others to care. Each time someone tells me what this book meant to them, it’s worth it. Survivors are worth it.

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! OR a FREE copy of the eBook HERE! and if you love the book please help spread the word with a review or share the links with your friends!

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