Wednesday, November 6, 2019

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Good Cop Bad Cop by Sallie Moppert - Book Tour + Giveaway


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

From Inner Demons:

“Yeah, I had no idea what to say when I found out what all the hubbub was about either.
I completely forgot about Scott after he was sent to prison for what he did at the party.
Guess he didn’t forget about me, though.” 

“It seems that way, but you didn’t answer my question.
What really happened between the two of you right before SWAT and I entered the gym?” 

“You really want to know?” Sam asked, an eyebrow raised. 

He could see the shudder that shot through his partner from his tone of voice. 

“Yes,” Dahlia said, looking her partner straight in the eye. 

“I took the gun from him,” Sam said. “He didn’t think I’d do anything like that,
so I plucked it right out of his hand. I pointed the gun at him and, boom, I shot him.
He had his hands up. He didn’t want me to, but I had to. I had to put him down.” 

Sam watched with interest as Dahlia processed what he told her. She was silent for a few minutes. 

“Thank you for telling me,” was all she said before turning and walking away. 

Sam kept his eyes on Dahlia as she headed down the hallway away from him.
He stuffed his hands into his pants pockets. 

I’ve told you the truth, Bennett. The ball’s in your court now.

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Guest Post

Channeling Creativity
A good analogy for inspiration would be a dam. Sometimes, little leaks will trickle through (and almost always in the middle of the night, of course) and, other times, the whole dam will burst and you will be flooded with ideas for characters, stories, conflicts, or whatever else your muse may want to share at that moment. Conversely, there are also those days when there is little to no chance you’re going to tap into the inspiration on the other side of the dam, no matter how hard you try.
A good way of getting the water flowing again or the gears moving would be to use prompts.
I rely on writing prompts quite a lot. With numerous short stories compiled in each collection that I write, needless to say, a great deal of story prompts are utilized to come up with so many different plots. Out of the twenty stories in Good Cop Bad Cop, about 5 did not use prompts in some way shape or form.
A prompt can be just about anything: a word, a sentence, a scene, or even a picture. A simple web search of “creative writing prompts” or “fiction prompts” will yield various websites with a multitude of free prompts. If you’re old fashioned like me and prefer a hard copy of books, those are available too. Here are some ideas on where to find prompts:
-Websites
There are several websites that offer daily or weekly prompts. Magazines like Writer’s Digest will sometimes have contests that use prompts or pictures for entrants to compose a 25-word or so sentence or a flash fiction (WD contests are typically under 750 words). Other online literary magazines can offer words or even a sentence as a prompt. On The Premises has a word for each issue that the story should be based on: Good Cop, Bad Cop was inspired by “Straightforward,” and For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls was originally for “Property.” Some take a more creative approach, like The First Line; the magazine gives you the first line of a story to use and you have to come up with the rest. Pull up your web browser and do a simple search to find all of these gems out there.
-Random Word Generator
Random Word Generators are fun to use. They can be found online and are usually free to use (the ones I’ve used have been). You can get a few words or several words and use all or some in a story. For example, I pulled up a random word generator while writing this and here is the list of words that I rolled: copper, explain, ill-fated, truck, neat, unite, branch, educated, tenuous, hum, decisive and notice. It was definitely an eclectic list of words! As a mystery writer, I could already feel the wheels turning and conceiving some sort of crime that happened involving a truck. Granted, I didn’t delve too far into it since this was just a quick random roll, but I got a good view of the scenery (dark, rainy and a warm, sticky, somewhat humid feel) just from those few words.
-Prompt books
If you’re a fan of Amazon or online book shopping, you can search “creative writing prompts” or “fiction prompts” or whatever type of story you’re working on (there are poetry and nonfiction prompts too) and find several books with hundreds of prompts. I received a prompt book for my birthday a few years ago and I have used that book time and time again. For my stories involving Sam and Dahlia, I went through the book and wrote out several of the prompts that I thought might make a good basis for a mystery plot. I keep that list with me and will highlight the ones I’ve used already. I still have quite a few left and will add to the list with additional prompts from various websites or ideas that I’ve come across. My senior year of high school, I took a creative writing class and the teacher had a prompt flip book, which was pretty sweet. It had three sections that could be flipped randomly to give prompts such as an item and a feeling. I don’t remember the first thing I got, but the item I flipped was a “snow globe” and the feeling I got was “peace.” I ended up composing a poem that I really liked; it was published in the school literary magazine and my English teacher from my junior year used it in class as an assignment for the students to break down to dissect the different literary elements I used in the poem.
-Writing Challenges
When I started writing fan fiction a few years ago, there was a challenge going around where people would let a CD or an Mp3 play 10 or so songs at random and they would have to compose a scene or a story based on the songs. It was called the “Ipod Challenge;” although this particular challenge is dead and gone, I still remember it because I thought about what a great idea it was to help spark one’s muse! If you’re a part of fan fiction communities or writing communities in general, there are sure to be several different challenges out there that you may want to try your hand at. I’ve read some quality fan fictions that were inspired by some challenges, for sure!
What are your favorite methods to get your creativity flowing?
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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

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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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION

Sallie Moppert 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.



12 comments:

  1. Who is your favorite author that is currently still writing?

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    1. Hi there! I'm not sure if I have a favorite current author, as most of the things I've been reading have been classic books or authors who have since passed away. I do rather enjoy books by David Gaider and Bill Willingham, though the latter is mostly graphic novels and not actual full length novels (but they're still amazing regardless).

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  2. I am so excited to read this book! My email is tmcooper1972@gmail.com

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  3. Thanks for sharing your book with us. I think we all enjoy hearing about new books we previously didn't know about. Also, thank you for the giveaway.

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  4. Thanks for sharing the great giveaway!

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  5. Would you like to see your book turned into a movie or tv show?

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