Monday, February 17, 2020

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: On the Devil's Side of Heaven by Roger Peppercorn

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for On the Devil's Side of Heaven by Roger Peppercorn. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have a guest post for you as well as the tour wide giveaway for your chance to win a $10 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to check out the rest of the stops on the tour for more excerpts and other content. Enjoy!
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Title: On the Devil's Side of Heaven
Author: Roger Peppercorn
Publisher: Wallace Publishing
Publication Date: January 9th 2018
Print Length: 436 pages
Genres: Thriller, Crime
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With the drop of a judge’s gavel, Walt Walker has finally lost everything. The badge and gun he used to carry and the moral certainty of right and wrong, good and evil that used to keep him grounded. Now Walt, sans gun, gets his badges from an Army Navy store. He spends his days in South Florida, working for a boutique insurance firm as their investigator. He spends his nights in dive bars, trying to forget the mess he has made of his life.

Ronald Jacobs always preferred the title Human Resource Manger to Hitman. But now that he's retired, he can concentrate on living in the shadows as a respectable gentlemen farmer. Far from the reach and pull of his past life.

Their transgressions are behind them but a chance encounter and a failed assassination attempt sets the two of them on a collision course of violence and retribution. Hunted by contract killers, the law, and corporate bag men, they are pursued across the unforgiving adobes and the sweeping vistas of the Mesa Valley in Western Colorado.

Survival means putting their past in front of them and their differences aside, because in this world the only thing that matters is to cast not others on the devil’s side of heaven, lest you be cast in with them.

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EXCERPT:
After Ronald had emptied his last clip he waited to see if the threat would advance into the house or if they had decided enough was enough. A long five minutes of silence dragged into fifteen minutes and then into thirty. After that, he decided to move Jessica and himself deeper into the house, to a better defensive position. Jessica was sobbing and beating his chest.

“Why are they doing this?” she cried.

He had no answer. Instead, he held her close, smoothing her hair and patting her gently on her back. “I don’t know,” was all he could muster.

The adrenaline coursing through him was unbearable. He wanted to fight back; to hunt the man who had invaded their home and then make him regret that decision in a very painful and deadly way. Inside, Ronald was working to force down the impulse to leave her here and seek out those who would do him harm. It took a long time for those feelings to subside and in its place, a burning anger began to take over.

“Jess, I promise you the men who did this will pay,” he said.

Jess reacted like she had been slapped. “No you won’t. You’re going to let the police do their jobs and YOU’RE not going to do anything! Do you hear me, Ronald?”

He didn’t answer right away, the thoughts of vengeance and retribution taking front and center in all of his thoughts.

“I don’t think that’s a good idea. They are going to ask questions I can’t answer,” he said.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Roger Peppercorn has suffered for the better part of his life from wanderlust and this need to see the other side of the horizon has taken him to all parts of the world. The people and backdrop of his travels have served as the inspiration behind his characters and storytelling.

As a child, his mother taught him to read and write. His father's collection of Louis Lamour novels provoked the fantastical images in his mind and the romance of the written word. In the seventh grade, his history teacher brought the characters of a bygone era alive. From that point on, Roger began to hone his skills in storytelling. After high school, Roger took a course in creative writing that was taught by a long haired hippy in a Hawaiian shirt.

Roger’s grandmother used to tell hypothetical tales of traveling across the plains in a covered wagon, the woes of having a son sent off to war, and the larger-than-life man she met at Pea Green Hall who later became her husband.

His first two novels "On The Devils Side of Heaven" and "The Sometimes Long Road Home" take place on the western slopes of Colorado, in the sleepy town of Fruita, where he grew up. They center on the strained relationships and sorted histories of three characters - Walt, Ronald and Jessica, and violence that erupts around them.

Roger is married and is a father of four beautiful children. He currently calls South Dakota his home.

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GUEST POST:
- Where did your inspiration for On The Devil's Side of Heaven come from?

Thanks for the great question. This may sound odd considering we are talking about writing a book. But for me it starts with an idea for a scene. Generally, from some task I have undertaken or some event, I’ve done. In this case I got the original thought from packing the whole family up and taking them my parent’s house for Thanksgiving.

While we were there, I kept running into old friends I had grown up that had never left the grand valley. What struck me was how “in the past” my relationship with the area and the people were compared to those who had grown up and never left.

There is a scene in the book where my two main characters are riding around Fruita. Walt is asking about this and that and is completely locked into his childhood while Ronald was still there and had no real interest in reliving the past. Without giving away spoilers there is a lot more to that particular scene than that, but the truth is a version of that scene took place while my family and I were at home visiting.

From that trip home, I started to build the story and the characters. There is the one scene that takes place in Pea Green Hall that is the arc of Walt and Ronald’s story that the whole book is built around but it was that trip home that started the process moving.

I probably had six or seven scenes storyboard in my head before we drove home. A few of them were cut before it was over by me or my editor.

In total it took me the better part of a year to build the whole story before I wrote one word and then another ten months to write and edit it before I went shopping for a publisher.

I’m writing the follow up book now, which is called ‘The Sometimes Long Road Home’ and my process is following pretty close to how the first one was written.
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GIVEAWAY:
Roger Peppercorn will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter after the tour. To increase your chance of winning, leave a comment at a different stop on the tour each day. Good luck!
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26 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for sharing your book and for the giveaway also. Greatly appreciated!

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    1. I'm so humbled to have it hosted here. Thanks for the comment.

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  2. Great book cover love the trees and it sounds like a book I would love to read too.

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    1. Thanks for the compliment. My wonderful publisher Wallace Publishing really did a fantastic job of putting it together. And your right it is a good book you will enjoy.

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  3. Good morning. Thank you All the Ups and Down for hosting!!

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  4. Thank you and I'm glad you enjoyed it. In this scene you get to meet Ronald and his wife Jessica. This particular scene sets the stage for the rest of the story.

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  5. This sounds like a very good book.

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    1. Thank you for that. It was a story running around in my head for a while. Finally I sat down and put it on paper. I still can get caught up on the story when I go back and look at it. It is part reference for the follow up book I'm writing now.

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  6. Thanks for the giveaway; I like the excerpt. :)

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    1. Really happy you enjoyed it and I hope you will enjoy the rest of it.

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  7. Ok , you got me with the excerpt. Also like the cover. Thank you for this chance to win.

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    1. Thanks you for the comment. I hope you do win and enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

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  8. I am biased on that score. Don't take my word for it, here is a review left on Amazon.

    "I actually found myself letting the dog out at 2AM, picking up the tablet while waiting, then spending another hour reading until I realized that I had to work the next day...oops. I always know a good book when I don't want to put it down....and I have put down a few. This book was well written, enjoyable, and an easy, quick read. It could/should be translated to the big screen one day, and I will go and see it for sure."

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  9. The book sounds interesting, need to check it out.

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  10. I love the cover! The design is so serene.

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  11. Absolute favorite genre. Love the cover and am looking forward to reading

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  12. thanks this sounds like an interesting book

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  13. I love Crime Thrillers! On the Devil's Side of Heaven sounds like a great read...love the cover!

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