Spotlight & Excerpt: Believed + Freebie

BELIEVED

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!

 

Title: BELIEVED

Author: Michael James Emberger

Pub. Date: October 4, 2021

Publisher: Michael James Emberger

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

Pages: 429

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(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.


Excerpt:

Mr. Johnson and his wife stop by our pew. “Merry Christmas,” he says. He exchanges greetings with my parents, but he doesn’t make an effort to extend his good will much beyond them. He doesn’t understand why I’ve shut him out. He doesn’t get how his words were hurtful. But that’s not my problem, and I shouldn’t have to explain it to him. It shouldn’t be my responsibility to educate him. That burden shouldn’t rest on my shoulders. Even if he has his doubts, would it kill him to show some compassion and kindness? Would it really be so hard to have some empathy?

Men like him must think this is just some minor annoyance that girls deal with. It’s something we blow out of proportion. We. Girls. Women. Mer. As much as we’re different, we’re also not. We all face this part of being a woman, and Mr. Johnson is not one, so it’s not something he has to think about. He didn’t rape anyone, so it’s not his concern. It wasn’t his daughter, so it’s not important. It’s a female issue that we should handle on our own without bothering anyone.

I watch as he greets one of the elders. They shake hands and laugh. But would they act differently if they realized how much I need them? Would they understand if they could truly see how it feels? I need them to believe me. I need them to care. I need them to make this their issue, not just mine. I’m sure other women and girls and Mer carrying similar wounds would agree. We need to know that we’re not alone. We need them by our side. We need them to talk to their friends—to other men—so that guys like Chad don’t think their actions are okay. We need them to say that it’s wrong, out loud, and not only after the fact. It’s the only way things will change.


 

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!


 

Tour Schedule:

Week One:

9/1/2022

Viviana MacKade

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9/2/2022

BookHounds

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9/3/2022

A Dream Within A Dream

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Week Two:

9/4/2022

Jazzy Book Reviews

Excerpt 1/IG Post

9/5/2022

#BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog

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9/6/2022

Epic Book Society

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9/7/2022

pick a good book

Excerpt 1/IG Post

9/8/2022

@allyluvsbooksalatte

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9/9/2022

Rajiv’s Reviews

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9/10/2022

A Blue Box Full of Books

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Week Three:

9/11/2022

Two Chicks on Books

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9/12/2022

Nerdophiles

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9/13/2022

Lady Hawkeye

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9/14/2022

@jaimerockstarbooktours

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9/15/2022

Beersbooksandboos

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9/16/2022

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9/17/2022

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Week Four:

9/18/2022

OneMoreExclamation

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9/19/2022

Book Reviews by Taylor

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9/20/2022

Write. Read. Live

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9/21/2022

Books With A Chance of Traveling

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9/22/2022

The Momma Spot

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9/23/2022

I’m Shelf-ish

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9/24/2022

Brandi Danielle Davis

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Week Five:

9/25/2022

Sadie’s Spotlight

Excerpt 2

9/26/2022

@jypsylynn

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9/27/2022

More Books Please blog

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9/28/2022

@enjoyingbooksagain

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9/29/2022

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9/30/2022

hodophile_z

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Book Blitz & Excerpt: Almost Perfect + Giveaway

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Almost Perfect
by Delaney Diamond
(The Cordoba Agency, #4)
Publication date: May 20th 2022
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense

A cat burglar and an assassin run for their lives across Paris—and try not to get distracted by the sizzling attraction between them.

Assistant antique dealer by day, cat burglar by night, Sable Devereaux has lived in the shadows for years. With one final heist, she can walk away from a life of crime and open her own antique store, retiring to the quiet existence she has always dreamed of. But during her last theft, she witnesses a murder and goes on the run to escape the cross-hairs of some very powerful people.

Agent and master-of-disguise, Hunter Mitchell is intrigued when he has to subdue the sexy thief after she breaks into his Parisian apartment. Then he quickly learns he must protect her—and himself—from an organization hiding much more than a murder.

The couple races across Paris in a fight to stay alive and stop one of the most powerful organizations in the world—and discover what they’ve been looking for all along… is each other.

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EXCERPT:

“Let me help you,” Sable said from the doorway.

“I got it. I’ve been shot before. I have nine lives.” Hunter flashed a grin.

Her hand grasped his undamaged arm. “Please.”

He paused. “All right.” He turned down the lid on the commode and sat down.

“Take off your shirt,” Sable instructed as she doused a washcloth with warm water.

Hunter pulled the shirt over his head and revealed his firm chest. Blood stained his sandy-colored skin and the blond hairs on his forearm.

Sable started cleaning his arm and around the cut. “Why do you do this?”

“Do what?” So close to him in the small bathroom, his voice rumbled in her ears.

“You’re good at what you do, but you risk your life to protect people all the time, right? How can you constantly jeopardize your own safety?”

“You’re one to talk.”

She looked up at him briefly before setting the bloody rag on the counter and picking up a cotton swab. “Normally, being a thief isn’t so dangerous.”

He watched her work for a bit. “It’s exciting. It’s in my blood. I’ve been this way since I was sixteen. I got into trouble and an organization helped me get on the right path.”

“Men like you…” Sable shook her head, tossing the bloody cotton in the trash. “Never mind.”

“Men like me? Daredevils?” he prodded.

“Yes, daredevils. And players.”

“What’s wrong with us? Daredevils are fun. Players make the best lovers.” Amusement filled his voice.

She wrapped his arm with gauze, keeping her eyes trained on the task and avoiding his eyes. “Players also break hearts.”

“Only if you give them your heart,” Hunter said in a low voice.

That was a warning if she ever heard one. Sable smoothed a hand over the bandage. “There.” She briefly washed her hands while he continued to watch her.

When she finished, she stepped back, but Hunter caught her shirt and held her in place. She didn’t want to look at him but couldn’t resist lifting her gaze.

“You want to give me your heart, Sable?”

The thinning of the air made breathing difficult. “I’m not that foolish.”

Hunter’s light-colored eyes scoured her face. Then he stood, fisting her shirt in his hand and hauling her closer. Sable let out a soft gasp. The breath leaving her nostrils trembled and stuttered as much as her beating heart.

“Thank you for taking such good care of me.”

She swallowed. “You’re welcome.”

He cocked his head, gaze dropping to her parted lips. “I’ve been wanting to kiss you for the longest. You gonna let me kiss you, Sable?” he asked huskily.

He didn’t wait for an answer.

He dipped his head, and her lips fell open wider before his mouth touched hers. Their mouths crashed together, guttural moans leaping from their throats and filling the small bathroom.

 

Author Bio:

Delaney Diamond is the USA Today Bestselling Author of sensual, passionate romance novels, and was born and raised in the U.S. Virgin Islands. She reads romance novels, mysteries, thrillers, and a fair amount of nonfiction. When she’s not busy reading or writing, she’s in the kitchen trying out new recipes, dining at one of her favorite restaurants, or traveling to an interesting locale. To get sneak peeks, notices of sale prices, and find out about new releases, visit her website and join her mailing list. Enjoy free stories on her website at www.delaneydiamond.com.

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Spotlight & Author Interview: The Bones of Amoret + Giveaway

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Join Us for This Tour:  May 2 to May 13

 

 

Book TitleThe Bones of Amoret – A Novel by Arthur Herbert
Category:  Adult Fiction 18+, 320 pages

Length:  10 hours, 59 minutes
Genre: Mystery, Suspense
Publisher:  Stitched Smile Publications
Release Date: April 2022
Content Rating:  PG-13 – no sex, explicit or otherwise; almost all violence is off-screen; mild profanity
 
In this enigmatic follow up to his critically acclaimed debut novel The Cuts that Cure, Arthur Herbert returns to the Texas-Mexico border with this saga of a small town’s bloody loss of innocence.

Amoret, Texas, 1982. Life along the border is harsh, but in a world where cultures work together to carve a living from the desert
landscape, Blaine Beckett lives a life of isolation. A transplanted Boston intellectual, for twenty years locals have viewed him as a snob, a misanthrope, an outsider. He seems content to stand apart until one night when he vanishes into thin air amid signs of foul play.

Noah Grady, the town doctor, is a charming and popular good ol’ boy. He’s also a keeper of secrets, both the town’s and his own. He watches from afar as the mystery of Blaine’s disappearance unravels and rumors fly. Were the incipient cartels responsible? Was it a local with a grudge? Or did Blaine himself orchestrate his own disappearance? Then the unthinkable happens, and Noah begins to realize he’s considered a suspect.

Paced like a lit fuse and full of dizzying plot twists, The Bones of Amoret is a riveting whodunit that will keep you guessing all the way to its shocking conclusion. ​ 

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Author Interview

How much of your own personality do you share with your characters?

In both of my first two books, the main characters are exaggerated versions of me.

In 2012, I dealt with a career-threatening case of burnout. I had a boss at the time who rewarded my professional success with more work disguised as opportunities. When my crash and burn came, I went back and looked and realized that I had gone to the hospital or office for 89 straight days, either to work at the hospital or to work on administrative duties or my research. Weekends and holidays were spent playing catch up all day and night instead of relaxing and recharging, and I hadn’t taken a vacation that didn’t have a work component in seven years. When you don’t know how to say the words, “I can’t take that on, I’m too busy,” and throw in a supervisor who treated young faculty members like cannon fodder, figuring that when they flame out and leave he could always just go get another one and plug them in to the vacant spot, that’s a bad combination. I managed to get my head screwed back on straight by learning how to say “no” to requests for my time, and by cutting myself some slack. In my debut novel, The Cuts that Cure, the main character Alex is also a surgeon who deals with these issues, but handles them in…well, I’ll just say a less constructive manner.

In The Bones of Amoret, the main character is a retired doctor in his eighties who’s being interviewed about some events that happened in 1982. He’s gregarious and grounded, full of wit and charm as he interrupts himself with asides about this or that character or series of events. My wife Amy says that’s exactly who I’m going to be at that age. She’s not wrong.

Do you start with plot or characters?

For both of my novels, I had the beginning and the end of the story in my head and a couple of milestones that I figured I’d want to hit along the way. Then I just started telling the stories and leaving it to my imagination to fill in the gaps. I trust the process enough that when it seems like the story wants to go in a different direction I allow it to do so.

I was gratified to find that Stephen King does the same. As an example, I read where Stephen King started Misery thinking it would be a short story or novella, and that he envisioned the ending to be a pan-in on Annie Wilkes hunched over a battered Underwood typewriter trying to mimic Paul Sheldon’s prose so as to keep the Misery character’s story line alive. Meanwhile, the reader’s attention would be drawn to a lampshade next to her that turned out to be made of Paul’s skin. As he got further and further into the story, though he says that Paul Sheldon turned out to be more resourceful than King had originally anticipated, and the story went the way that we all know and love instead.

What surprised you most about the publishing experience?

Easily the thrill I get when fans reach out to me. Every writer has nagging worries in the beginning that all their efforts, the hours and hours that go into writing a novel, are only going to result in a project that never makes it outside their immediate circle of friends and family. I heard Sylvester Stallone once say he was worried at the time he was making Rambo that it was going to be the world’s most expensive home movie. I can absolutely relate to that, and frankly if that’s where things had stopped after the first book I don’t know that I would have followed up with a second. But with the commercial success of The Cuts that Cure, I’m happy to say that it seems I’m slowly chipping away at building a following among the general reading public. And when I get an email from a stranger, somebody who took the time to sit down and drop me a quick note saying how much they enjoyed this thing I yanked out of my brain, it’s just really, really gratifying in a way I wouldn’t have predicted at the outset.

What are the best and worst pieces of advice you’ve gotten about writing?

Hands down, the best piece of advice I’ve gotten is to write every day. It’s like a muscle, and if you don’t exercise it, your writing will suffer. I still have to do lots of scientific, expository writing for my day job (last time I checked I have 117 peer-reviewed scientific publications and about a dozen medical book chapters) so the writing I’m referencing doesn’t always get to be fiction, but it’s rare that a day goes by without my working on one or the other. I do set goals for my fiction writing, though, and I usually try really hard to hit 5000 words a week. Hitting that goal is aspirational, and it isn’t always easy. Witness the fact that as I’m writing this it’s a Saturday morning and I’ve been working on book stuff since 4:30 am. The difference between working on things like this interview, though, and the old days when I spent my days off at the office catching up on, say, an overdue policy statement for the Hospital ad hoc Committee for Prevention of Ventilator Associated Pneumonia in the ICU is that I actually find this to be a source of enjoyment and relaxation.

The worst advice I’ve gotten is about marketing free materials. Many if not most of the advice one will get on book marketing in 2022 concerns the use of “reader magnets,” i.e. those giveaways in which you give a book to a reader for free in return for their subscribing to your mailing list. I did so aggressively at first, accruing well over 2000 emails on my subscriber list at one point. I was disappointed to find, though, that those names rarely translated to sales when the novels were subsequently released. I had much more success when I just gave the book away with no mandatory email sign up so that there were no expectations on either my part or that of the reader. Then, at the end of the free book, I just included a note saying, hey, if you liked this book feel free to sign up at the link to get my newsletter. I’ve found that those nonmandatory sign ups are much, much “stickier” (to use a marketing phrase). If you’d like a free copy of my collection of short stories called Lockdown, CLICK HERE to see what I’m talking about.


Meet the Author:

Arthur Herbert was born and raised in small town Texas. He worked on offshore oil rigs, as a bartender, a landscaper at a trailer park, and as a social worker before going to medical school. He chose to do a residency in general surgery, followed by a fellowship in critical care and trauma surgery. For the last eighteen years, he’s worked as a trauma and burn surgeon, operating on all ages of injured patients. He continues to run a thriving practice.

He’s won multiple awards for his scientific writing, and his first novel, The Cuts that Cure, spent ten days as an Amazon #1 Best Seller. His second novel, The Bones of Amoret, will be released on April 1, 2022 through Stitched Smile Publishers. Arthur currently lives in New Orleans, with his wife Amy and their dogs.

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Tour Schedule:

May 2 –
Mystery Review Crew – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

May 3 – Kam’s Place – book spotlight
May 3 – Cover Lover Book Review – audiobook review / giveaway
May 4 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
May 5 – Sadie’s Spotlight – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
May 5 – Deborah-Zenha Adams – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
May 6 – Books for Books – audiobook review 
May 9 – Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews – audiobook review
May 9 – Novels Alive – audiobook review / giveaway
May 10 – Splashes of Joy – audiobook review / giveaway
May 11 – Booking With Janelle – audiobook review / author interview / giveaway
May 11 – Bound 4 Escape – audiobook review / giveaway
May 12 – @twilight_reader – audiobook review / giveaway
May 13 – Bigreadersite – audiobook review / giveaway
May 13 – Faith and Books – audiobook review / giveaway
TBD –Dab of Darkness Audiobook Reviews – audiobook review / author interview / giveaway
TBD – Rockin’ Book Reviews – audiobook review / guest post / giveaway

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