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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Good Cop Bad Cop by Sallie Moppert - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!


Hey, lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Sallie Moppert and her new book, “Good Cop Bad Cop”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $15 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card or ONE of THREE fantastic prize packs that include exciting items like a pen, key chain, and magnet!!  That’s right – there will be FOUR lucky winners!!!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Sallie and to increase your chances of winning!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!

Please note that the prize pack giveaway items are only available to US and CA residents.  However, ALL residents are eligible for the gift card prize.  Sorry INTL – please check out other giveaways on this blog.


Good Cop Bad Cop
by Sallie Moppert

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GENRE: Mystery

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BLURB:

When his mother is beaten to death by his alcoholic stepfather, fourteen-year-old Samuel Marlowe is rescued from seeking revenge against him by a chance meeting with Officer Edwin Hill. The veteran policeman takes Sam under his wing and even becomes the boy’s foster father.

Sam becomes a cop and works alongside his beloved mentor until Edwin is killed in a shooting. Hailed as a hero for his actions in the case, Sam feels like anything but. He begins a dark descent away from the stand-up policeman he once was, turning to drugs and alcohol to numb his pain and his PTSD.

The police captain assigns Sam a partner hoping to salvage what is left of him by forcing him to become a good role model for the young recruit. Needless to say, Sam is not pleased with the arrangement, protesting it up until the moment Junior Detective Dahlia Bennett enters his life.

Will he try to shake her loose? Does her by-the-book ideals and strong moral code rub off on him? Will his relaxed attitude and views on true justice start to influence her?  What will ultimately lead to the two becoming a solid team? When Dahlia declares she wants to reopen some cases believing that the wrong person was sent to prison, Sam tells her straight out that in doing so, she would be putting her life at risk. As Dahlia persists, Sam is faced with the ultimate decision: let Dahlia reopen the cases and discover his crimes, or kill her to keep her from learning the truth.

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EXCERPT TWO:

From Big Fish:

“Detectives, this is Agent Shawn Martell and Agent Florence Calvert from the FBI,” the captain introduced the man and woman seated in the visitor's chairs in front of his desk respectively. “And, agents, this is Samuel Marlowe and Dahlia Bennett, my finest detectives, as you requested.”

Sam and Dahlia exchanged handshakes with Shawn and Florence. Shawn Martell was a similar height to Sam, falling a tad under the six-foot mark. Auburn colored hair, caramel brown eyes, and an overall aesthetically pleasing appearance, Shawn looked as though he could easily portray the ‘hunky agent’ role on an FBI television drama, Dahlia considered. Christ, I’m even starting to think like Sam.

Florence could hold her own against her partner, with a long and slender frame, sleek black hair that hung down to the middle of her back and celeste blue eyes. She was taller than the average woman, nearly measuring up to Shawn, save for an inch or two. If her partner fit the hunk role, Florence appeared to be apt for the “woman in charge” role in the drama.

We're obviously not here to sightsee,” Shawn began to say.

“We're investigating a human trafficking ring,” Florence said. “And would like the assistance of the local authorities.”

“You know, Flor and I,” Shawn thumbed toward his partner. “Would stand out like a sore thumb in a small town like this.”

“Seeing some FBI agents could cause the potential perps to run like hell,” Sam said, understanding what the agents were getting at. “But two local cops poking around would be far more discreet.”

“Exactly,” Shawn said. “Could we get your assistance?”

“Absolutely,” Sam and Dahlia replied in unison.

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GUEST POST:

Falling in Love with the Main Characters:

Greetings from a fellow fabulous brunette! I am honored to be here and am looking forward to sharing some fun tips with everyone that I hope can help out some of my fellow writers regarding characters and character development.

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       “…Edwin lay in a pool of blood resulting from several bullet wounds to the chest.  Sam grabbed Edwin’s jacket from the back of the chair and used it to help apply pressure to his wounds.  He checked the gray-haired man’s pulse and was relived to feel he still had one.
       ‘Edwin, hey,’ Sam said.  ‘It’s Sam, hey, come on, Ed, wake up.’
       There was another pop of gunfire overhead.
       ‘S-S-Sam?’  Edwin’s voice was weak and hoarse.
       Sam repeatedly blinked, trying to keep the tears at bay.
       ‘I’m here, Edwin,’ he said, one hand applying pressure to Edwin’s wounds, the other grabbing hold of the ex-cop’s hand.  ‘I’m here.  We’re going to get you out of here-‘
       Edwin shook his head in a skow, robotic movement.
       ‘Get the shooter,’ he said.  ‘Leave me here.’
       ‘I can’t leave you, Edwin.’
       Edwin gripped Sam’s arm.
       ‘Leave me, Sam,’ he repeated.  ‘Do your job!’
       ‘Edwin-‘
       ‘Fucking go, Sam!  Don’t let any kids die for me!  Do your job!  That’s an order!

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What is it about books and stories that keep us so enraptured? One thing that I find that will almost always snag my interest is my emotional connection to the characters. As writers, it is our job to create characters that readers have an emotional response to-whether they love the character or hate the character. If a character evokes a response from the reader, then that character is a pretty darn good one.

I started writing fan-fiction because there were some characters in a television show that I watched religiously that I got really attached to; certain episodes would inspire me to write a story in response to the ending, a scene that I would have enjoyed if it took place in the episode, or some piece of dialogue that I wanted the characters to expand on. I’ve also done it for a few video games, too.

While different authors may have different opinions on fan-fiction (some authors prefer not to have other writers use their characters and/or stories, at least not for online fan-fiction communities), I view fan-fiction as a huge compliment to the writer/creator. There was something-or someone-in my book that inspired you, the reader, to pick up a pen or plop in front of the keyboard and compose your own story.

How do you make a character so memorable? How do you get your readers to connect with your characters? Here are some things to consider when crafting characters:

~ Make your characters more believable by giving them flaws.

Perfect characters can sometimes be boring. There are definitely situations in which a perfect character might fit (think ‘conflict’ with another person) but, for the most part, they are unbelievable. No one is perfect, so why should a character be? I can relate to someone better if I can see similarities between us.

Flat or perfect characters can certainly be included in stories, but perhaps as a minor character or as a way to highlight the changes in your round or flawed character. Peter Marsden, one of Sam’s partners in my book, is an example of a flat character. He’s a nice guy with a good work ethic and is a dedicated policeman. Peter’s straight-shooter personality is used to show a change in Sam’s attitude and character after the events of the previous story, Into the Fire, which I’ll discuss more in a few paragraphs. 

Instead, I want to root for the underdog or the flawed hero/heroine. I want to hate a villain so much, yet still be intrigued by his or her back story. If you’re a Star Wars fan, then a good example of this would be Kylo Ren, specifically from The Force Awakens. One of the key antagonists from The Force Awakens, Kylo Ren is reckless, hot-headed, angsty and emotionally complex. There is a reason the son of two beloved characters from the original trilogy turned to the Dark Side, but what is it? You want to hate him for all of the death and trouble he’s caused throughout the galaxy and the pinnacle of his evil actions comes in a critical scene with Han Solo (if you haven’t seen the movie, I won’t spoil it), where old and new fans alike all collectively held their breaths and/or cried. As much as the fans have disdain for Kylo Ren’s actions in this particular scene, as a writer, I find this part a goldmine. I want to hate Kylo for what he did, yet I still find myself intrigued for what the future holds for him. How will this decision impact his relationship with the other characters? Will he come to regret this decision? What enabled him to be able to do something so horrible?

I want to know more. If I was reading the book as opposed to watching the movie, I would be flipping page after page to find out what happens next with insatiable interest.

~ Make me squirm alongside the character.

Stick your character into a situation that really tests them or pushes them to the limit. If I’m connected to that character, I’ll be right in the foxhole next to them, wondering with bated breath how she or he will deal with the conflict. After the story, I may still even be thinking about what I just read, pondering how I would have dealt with the situation if I was in that character’s shoes. Choice-based video games, such as the Far Cry series, Telltale Games (the company behind games like The Wolf Among Us, The Walking Dead, etc.), the Dragon Age Series and Heavy Rain, are an excellent example of this; the player’s actions and choices throughout the game will have an impact on how the game progresses.

My character, Sam, is faced with a tremendous decision in the story, Into the Fire. During an active shooting, he is forced to decide between saving the life of someone important to him or stopping the shooter before the shooter can claim more victims - there’s an excerpt from the scene above. Either path results in death and Sam, a cop, has only moments to choose what to do. My goal was to make you feel sympathetic toward Sam-how is he supposed to decide between the two? Your heart breaks for him because this monumental decision is made even harder because of Sam’s (and your) connection to Edwin, the man who played a huge role in Sam’s life. Does he let his job get in the way of saving the man who was like his father or does he save Edwin and risk the shooter killing more people? It can make you wonder, how would I react if I was in Sam’s position? It’s a non-win situation regardless of what he chooses, which makes the decision that much more impactful throughout the rest of the story.

The moment I knew that I nailed it was when I was at work and one of my coworkers who was reading my book at the time came up to my desk and looked at me with a frown and said “you killed Edwin!” (To be fair, Edwin’s fate was always destined to be what it was in Into the Fire - he was originally a character in a side project and evolved into the Edwin from GCBC when I was working on creating Sam’s mentor and borrowed him from the other story, but I digress ^_^)

Who are some characters that you love or just love to hate?

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AUTHOR BIO:

My Mug Shot Self-Portrait

A New York native, Sallie has a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice, with a Specialization in Forensic Science. A lifelong mystery fan, she has combined her love and passion for writing with her interests in criminal justice, law, and forensic science.

Sallie currently resides in New York with her family and her “zoo,” which includes two dogs, two guinea pigs, a betta fish and a leopard gecko. She works as a freelance writer/editor and a legal assistant.

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CONNECT WITH SALLIE:

Quincy is my baby! She is possibly a German Shepherd/Hound mix but 100% princess and just the sweetest little puppy girl!

Dimples, my Jack-Chi (Jack Russell Terrier/Chihuahua), who still acts like a little puppy and never fails to put a smile on my face!

Website:

Email:
sallie.moppert@gmail.com

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My handsome and very photogenic leopard gecko boy, Stevie!

My sister has two guinea pigs, Noire (left) and Garnet (right). They are such good little piggies!

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

Sallie will be awarding one commenter with a $15 Amazon/BN GC+ 3 commenters will receive a prize pack consisting of pen, key chain, and magnet (US/Canada only) to randomly drawn winners via Rafflecopter during the tour.


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24 comments:

  1. Sallie ~ Good morning! Welcome to FAB! It is so great to have you here! Congrats on your new book and good luck on the book tour! :) Also, fabulous guest post! I enjoyed reading it and am glad to see you picked that topic! And thanks for including the wonderful pics! It’s truly a great way for readers to get to know you better! And you have such adorable furbabies!!!

    P.S. ~ I saw on your website that you love the movie "Clue," - a total fav of mine as well!!! And that you love Agatha Christie - have you watched the Amazon Prime Series based on her works revived by Sarah Phelps?? I just finished, "The ABC Murders," - it was done really well!!! Looking forward to checking out Amazon's other series based on her works, "Ordeal By Innocence." Have you seen it?? And there's supposed to be at least one more of her book adaptions coming out later this year...

    Chin-chin (lol!!!)

    Ally

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    1. Hi Ally,

      I haven't watched any of the new Agatha Christie adaptations yet. I'm a big David Suchet fan and am working my way through all of his performances. I love his Poirot :)

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  2. Sallie is recovering from hip surgery yesterday and wanted to express her thanks and appreciation for allowing her to guest post and sharing details about her book.

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  3. Your book sounds like a great read and thank you for sharing it with us.

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  4. How long ago did you come up for the idea of your book?

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    1. Hi there! I wrote the first story in the collection in 2015, followed by two additional stories over that same summer. The remainder of the stories came over the rest of 2015 and 2016 and the first draft of the entire collection was done by Halloween of 2016.

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  5. book sounds good.

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  6. I liked the excerpt, thank you.

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  7. What a great title and I am looking forward to reading this book on my upcoming road trip!

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  8. Good evening. My question for you today is: Are you able to read or write when it is noisy or do you require peace and quiet as I do?

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    1. Good question! I prefer peace and quiet, but I'm not sure if I can call it that since I usually like to listen to music at the same time, lol.

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  9. Do you have any plans for your next book?

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  10. Yes, definitely! I am working on several stories for the next collection. There's a few stories in the next collection that I'm rather excited about too ;)

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  11. Your book sounds interesting. I hope that it is a success.

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  12. How long did it take you to write your book?

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    1. I believe I wrote the first story in the collection in the summer of 2015, followed by the two more stories in that year. I completed the next 17 stories over the course of the next ten months and had it ready to send out by October of 2016. So, adding all that up, I would say it took approximately 1.5 years to complete the book.

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  13. Did you come up with the title of the book before or after you started writing it?

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    1. The first story that I wrote in the collection was actually called Good Cop Bad Cop. After I started writing additional stories and putting them together in a collection, I decided to name the entire collection after Good Cop Bad Cop since it is such a critical point in Sam's story.

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  14. Who is your favorite character in the book?

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    1. I would have to say Sam. I love his dialogue; he's sarcastic and not afraid to tell it like it is. He can banter with his partner, Dahlia, and sound like an old married couple, which was fun to write!

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