Wednesday, August 21, 2019

NBtM Virtual Tour and Giveaway: Good Cop Bad Cop by Sallie Moppert

Welcome to my stop on the NBtM virtual tour for Good Cop Bad Cop by Sallie Moppert. This tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt for you and a great guest post. There's also a tour wide giveaway. Be sure to follow the rest of the tour for more excerpts, guest posts, interviews, reviews, and more! Enjoy!
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Title: Good Cop Bad Cop
Author: Sallie Moppert
Publisher: Zimbell House Publishing
Publication Date: December 19th 2017
Genre: Mystery
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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:
“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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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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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GUEST POST:
Do you think it would be more fun to be the good cop or the bad cop and why?
That’s quite the question! Choosing between being the good cop and the bad cop is not a clear cut decision, as I can see pros and cons for selecting either path. Based on my personality, I would probably end up as the good cop. I would more align with my characters Dahlia Bennett and Peter Marsden in terms of work ethic and following the rules and procedures. For these types of characters, they abide by and hold up the laws, knowing that they were put there for a very specific reason and that they apply to everyone, not just a select few. On the other hand, I would consider the bad cop as more fun. Sam Marlowe is sarcastic and not afraid to put someone in his or her place if the situation calls for it. Imagine sitting in an interrogation room across from a person that you know committed a terrible crime, let’s say someone who abused a child, wouldn’t it be cathartic to tell this criminal exactly what you thought of him or her? To be able to tell them straight out that they are scum (to put it nicely, of course) and not have to worry about the repercussions? On that same notion, if you knew that someone was guilty of some egregious crime, wouldn’t it be helpful to be able to do anything in your power to bring him or her to justice? I know that I would want someone like Sam on my side if I ever needed a detective because he would go to any length to solve the crime and bring the party responsible to justice, though he may not always do it in the most legal of ways. He would be your best advocate as a victim and your worst nightmare as a criminal. At the same time, Dahlia and Peter, as good cops, would also be tireless crime fighters doing everything within their power to achieve justice but what would happen if they hit a brick wall? Due to some procedure or technicality, they may have to stop what they’re doing and find another way to nab the bad guy. I have a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice, so I know that there are so many things that law enforcement needs to take into consideration when making a case in order to ensure that everything goes smoothly and the prosecution has the best chance of making the jury believe without a reasonable doubt that the person on trial is guilty of the crime. The case may go cold from a lack of evidence that could not be legally obtained or that same evidence, if collected, could be thrown out, a criminal could flee the country and there could be issues with extradition, etc.; Sam, on the other hand, can just barge right through that brick wall and keep on running! Plus he would do it with a little more flair and finesse – here’s a snippet from Big Fish to show what I mean:
Without another word, Sam burst out of the van and was tearing toward the building.

“Sam, what the hell?” Shawn called as he chased after the cop.
“My partner is in there. I’m not letting some fat prick hurt her,” Sam replied, still marching forward. “If anything happens to Dahlia, I won’t let you two live to regret it, you hear me? If you want to stop me, you’ll have to fucking shoot me.”
Shawn backed off, his hands up in surrender.
Upon reaching the front door of the establishment, Sam paused. He adjusted the fake mustache and the gaudy shirt he wore, which he had picked up at a local store during one of the pit stops, just in case he needed a disguise for the sting operation. He strolled inside like he owned the place.
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GIVEAWAY:
Sallie Moppert will be awarding a $15 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to one winner, and three other winners will receive a prize pack consisting of pen, key chain, and magnet (US/Canada only). To increase your chance of winning, be sure to follow the tour, and leave a comment at a different stop each day. Good luck!
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170 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing your book and I enjoyed getting to hear about it.

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  2. Good Cop, Bad Cop sounds very intriguing. The excerpt caught my attention. Its sounds like Sam has been both the good cop and bad cop and has a choice to make with his new partner. Looking forward to reading. I prefer the good cop side.

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  3. The cover and the title are attention grabbing! I want to read it

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  4. Great post!! Books sounds awesome

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  5. This sounds like a great read.

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  6. Thanks for the giveaway. The cover is intriguing.

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  7. Are any of the characters in your book based on real people?

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    1. I can't say that any one person inspired the characters. However, Sam's last name, Marlowe, is a reference to Philip Marlowe, the famous detective created by Raymond Chandler.

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  8. I like the premise and love a good mystery. This sounds like a terrific read.

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  9. everything about the book sounds good to me. i love a flawed characters and sam sounds like he needs some help
    sherry @ fundinmental

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  10. This sounds like a very interesting and intriguing read.

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  11. What was one of your favorite scenes to write for this book?

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    1. One of my favorite scenes to write was the opening of The Gray Area. I love the drama of the verdict being read in a high profile murder trial and then Roderick's bombshell announcement in front of the press moments later. It funny, shocking and dramatic all wrapped up in one!

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  12. Looking forward to reading. I'm a retired clinical social worker and know that we all have flaws...how we choose to control and live the more let them control us...well that includes me. So I'm definitely interested in reading more in depth anout Sam's story.

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  13. Thank you so much for hosting! I am looking forward to reading all of your lovely comments :)

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  14. This sounds like a good action-filled drama.

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  15. This looks like an interesting read. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  16. Which character gave you the hardest time, while writing?

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  17. Definitely looking forward to reading this one! The life of police officers is fascinating and scary!

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  18. What authors do you enjoy reading?

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  19. Are you a full-time writer? If not, do the people you work with know you're a writer?

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  20. Are any of the characters based off of or inspired by people you know?

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  21. What has publishing a book meant to you?

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  22. Thanks for the opportunity to win. The excerpt was awesome! Definitely want to read more

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  23. If your book was to be made into a movie, who are the celebrities that would star in it?

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  24. Thank you for holding this giveaway.

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  25. If you could cure a disease, what would it be?

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  26. This sounds intriguing. I enjoyed reading the description.

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  27. Do you like meeting fans in person?

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  28. If you were a tour guide, what would you like a visitor to see and what impression would you want them to take away with them when they leave?

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  29. What’s your favourite spot to visit in your own country? And what makes it so special to you?

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  30. What did you do for Valentine’s Day? Is Valentine’s something to like to celebrate?

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  31. This sounds absolutely amazing!! The excerpt keeps you on your feet..

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  32. If you were running the 100 yard dash with a new writer, what writing, publishing wisdom would you bestow upon him/her before you reached the 100 yards?

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  33. What's your writing process like?

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  34. If you could spend time as a character from your book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?

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  35. What is the toughest criticism given to you as an author?

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  36. What has been the best compliment given to you as an author?

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  37. What is something memorable you have heard from your readers/fans?

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  38. What book that you have read has most influenced your life?

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  39. What is the most amusing thing that has ever happened to you?

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  40. Anything you would like to say to your readers and fans?

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  41. What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?

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  42. What is the first book that made you cry?

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  43. What are your plans for the weekend?

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  44. What is the most unethical practice in the publishing industry?

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  45. Does writing energize or exhaust you?

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  46. What was your favourite book growing up?

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  47. What are common traps for aspiring writers?

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  48. Does a big ego help or hurt writers?

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  49. Have you ever gotten reader’s block?

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  50. Ever fallen asleep before anything important?

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  51. Do you think someone could be a writer if they don’t feel emotions strongly?

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  52. What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?

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  53. When was the last time you truly laughed?

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  54. Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?

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  55. When have you been the most pissed off?

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  56. Have you ever had a prison penpal?

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  57. What are your plans for this weekend?

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  58. What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?

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  59. What authors did you dislike at first but grew into?

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  60. What did you do with your first advance?

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  61. This sounds like a great book.

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  62. What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?

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  63. How do you balance making demands on the reader with taking care of the reader?

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  64. What is your favourite family holiday memory?

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  65. Sounds like a book I want to read asap. Thanks for the chance!

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  66. What's your favourite spooky story?

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  67. What are your plans for the weekend?

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  68. happy saturday thanks for hosting

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  69. happy sunday whose your fave author

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  71. What's your favourite horror movie?

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  72. What was your favourite Disney movie?

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  73. What's your favourite breakfast food?

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  74. What questions do you want to be asked for the future of this giveaway..?

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  75. Sounds like a very nice read. I would love to be able to find out if his new partner's by-the-book positive values rub off on him despite his traumas.

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  76. Where did you go on your favourite adventure?

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  77. I think the title draws me in more than the cover photo...

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  78. happy friday what are you looking forward to this weekend

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  79. Do you ever feel confused about life?

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  80. Where do you wanna go on Christmas vacation?

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  81. happy sunday what do you like to do on sundays

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  82. What's your plans for Thanksgiving?

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  83. happy tuesday have you prepared for thanksgiving

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  84. happy wednesday whats fave side for thanksgiving

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  85. happy wed whats fave thanksgiving side

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  86. What do you do when you're in pain?

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  87. Why do you think folks can't just get along?

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  88. Thanks for sharing. The excerpt was interesting and overall the story sounds like a very dramatic read. Best wishes on your new release.

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  89. what is your fave thing about christmas

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  90. sounds like a fun one

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  91. happy thursday what are your plans for weekend

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  92. Sounds like a great read. Thank you for the chance to win

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  93. Do you or your characters have an accent?

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