As you follow Tessa’s frightening and harrowing ordeal, you may find yourself shocked by the fact that I don’t hold back. You may find yourself wondering why I broke some of today’s rules of fiction.
We authors are discouraged to write details of abuse or rape for fear that it may condone the behavior or “make it okay”.
Wrong! That is not the case. We all know that whether we write those scenes in a book or not, they happen day after day in the real world despite how much we don’t want to face it or talk about it.
I wanted to tell the story of woman who faces some of those brutalities and overcomes them by tapping into her own inner warrior. I wanted to illustrate that sometimes the ugliest of crimes or experiences can birth the most powerful and beautiful women in the world. Not because of the ugliness but because of the way it sometime unleashes the power that all of us innately have.
So Dear Reader, I leave you with the dedication page for Breathe In:
This book is dedicated to all the women of the world who have survived abuse of any kind. You have faced a darkness and fear that most have not. Your heart and soul have overcome doubt, insecurity, and hopelessness. And in the midst of it all, you dug deep and found your inner warrior. You screamed at the top of your lungs to let loose of your rage. Then, when you felt your power again, you fought and remained true to your will to survive.
You are a force to be reckoned with.
Michelle Bellon, author
About the Author
Michelle Bellon lives in the Pacific Northwest with her four quirky and beautiful children. She loves coffee, Superman, rollercoasters, and has an addiction to chapstick.
She works as a registered nurse and in her spare time writes novels. As a multi-genre author, she has written in the categories of romance suspense, young adult, women’s fiction, and literary fiction. She has won four literary awards.
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About the Book:
Breathe in. Breathe out. This mantra gets Tessa Benson through the day. The man she loves walks all over her, and she just wants to get by without her heart shattering to pieces. If she could find her voice, she’d scream. Everything changes in one night, when she’s snatched from the streets and tied to a bed, a camera set up to capture her dying moment. And the person who paid to watch her die...is still out there somewhere. Tessa prowls dark neighborhoods in a quest for justice, but she doesn’t find the killer. Not until they strike again…in the place Tessa is least expecting, and where it hurts worst.