September 3, 2022

Believed Blog Tour: Deleted Scene


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!


Author: Michael James Emberger
Release 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.

A deleted scene:

This is part of a deleted section. Kelsea, the main character, is kidnapped while driving home late at night. Chad’s mother, Adria, plans to kill her. It’s from the original ending, but it didn’t fit well to the overall feel of the book, so I removed it from the story:

I wake with a start. The lights are on. There’s a splashing sound. I look up. Several fish swim at the top of the tank. A hatch falls closed with a clang that echoes and hurts my ears. What happened to the woman? Did I sleep? Wasn’t she just here? Where am I? 

“Time for breakfast,” she says. 

I spin, searching for the source of the voice, but it has no source. It was everywhere. My head is killing me. Everything I look at is hazy. “Breakfast?” 

“Yes. It’s morning. It’s time for you to eat.” 

My tail and fins are slow to respond, but I swim to the wall and cup my hands to the glass. I can’t see anything out there. 

“Come now,” she says. “You must be hungry. Eat up.” 

“Who are you?” 

She chuckles. “Don’t you remember our conversation last night? I thought it would be clear enough.” 

“Conversation?” I try to remember, but the headache is in the way. 

“It will come back to you soon enough. Those sleeping drugs can muddle things a bit, or so I’m told. I can’t try them. They would kill me. But eat. You’ll feel better.” 

“Eat what?” 

She laughs. “The fish, silly. You’re a mermaid. That’s what you eat.” 

I gaze at the trout circling across the tank from me. I’m starving, but my stomach turns at the thought. “I don’t eat live fish. I’ve never done that.” 

“I’d suggest you start, then. That’s all you’re getting.” 

“What? Why? Why am I here?” I try to remember. I had a flat tire. She said something about a tank and women, and paying bail, and her son. I snap my head up, eyes wide. 

“Is it coming back to you, Kelsea?” 

“Adria,” I say. “Adria Andersen.” 

“Mm hmm. Very good. You’ve caused me a lot of trouble, sweetie. It’s going to cost me a fortune to get Chad out of this little mess he’s gotten himself into.” 

“I didn’t do anything. He did.” 

She sighs. “Whatever. It’s not important. Don’t concern yourself with him. He’ll be fine. This will all blow over. The media will move on, and they’ll forget about you and your friends and their little stunt. ‘Me too…’ Ha! What do they think they’re going to prove? Do they think people will care? Do they think they’ll make some sort of difference? I’ll tell you the answer; it’s no. The world is run by men with power and money, and power and money gets what it wants, always. The only way to beat it is to join it. They’ll see in time.

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!


Tour Schedule:

Week One:


Viviana MacKade

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A Dream Within A Dream

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Week Two:


Jazzy Book Reviews

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#BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog

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Epic Book Society

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pick a good book

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IG Spotlight


Rajiv's Reviews

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A Blue Box Full of Books

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Week Three:


Two Chicks on Books

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Lady Hawkeye

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Week Four:



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Book Reviews by Taylor

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Write. Read. Live

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Books With A Chance of Traveling

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The Momma Spot

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I'm Shelf-ish

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Brandi Danielle Davis

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Week Five:


Sadie's Spotlight

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More Books Please blog

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