Thursday, May 26, 2022

Excerpt Tour and Giveaway - No Pistol Tastes the Same: A PTSD Novel by Jacob Paul Patchen

Welcome to my stop on the excerpt tour for No Pistol Tastes the Same: A PTSD Novel by Jacob Paul Patchen. This tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an exclusive excerpt from the book as well as the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a signed copy of the book. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
Title: No Pistol Tastes the Same: A PTSD Novel
Author: Jacob Paul Patchen
Publisher: IngramSpark
Publication Date: May 17th 2022
Print Length: 255 pages
Genre: Suspense
JP’s pistol tastes like bourbon.

Sergeant JP Grimm didn’t pull the trigger. Now his Marine brothers are dead. All victims of a child in a suicide vest…a child that resembled Sgt. Grimm’s very own. But how are you supposed to take a child’s life? How can you kill someone that looks just like your own son?

Those same hazel eyes he saw in his scope continue to haunt him long after he left the desert death lands as he tries to reconnect with his son, Adin. JP battles another war at home against PTSD and the worthless, dejected thoughts that he is the reason his friends are dead. His wife, Lisa, struggles to let her stubborn husband work it out on his own terms. She does all she can to give him space, support, and strength—but her love can only go so far.

As the world shows signs of impending doom from a weakening magnetic field and flaring sun, JP, too, shows signs of his own impending doom. After pushing everyone away, JP must face his nightmares to restore his relationship with his son, save his marriage, and save himself before the modern world burns out in a fiery, electromagnetic disaster.

The pen fell to the pad and rolled across his gut to the damp sheets underneath. He rubbed his face with both hands, letting the stress and emotion blow from his lips. Staring off into nowhere at the gray metal bed frame in front of him, he let every emotion flood through his veins. He needed more than anything for her to know what happened to him.

But how do you start that conversation out of nowhere? How can you push that kind of torment and anguish onto someone you love?

He gripped the sheets tight and squeezed until his fingers turned white. He exhaled, picked up the pen, and started writing again.

I killed Joey. I know that’s no way to start a conversation, but how else am I supposed to say it? I got my men blown up because I couldn’t do my job. I failed. I hesitated. I was weak. Because I saw my son in that little boy’s face. The boy with the bomb. The bomb that blew up my brothers. I did that. I let that happen. Me. Your faithful husband. Your marine. The man that you’re so proud of. I killed them.

And now, all I want to do is reach out my furious hands at anyone and everyone and everything around me…and rip out their eyes for judging me. I want to strangle the life right out of them. I can feel their hate when they look at me. They won’t say it, but I know it’s there. And GOOD! Cause I hate me too.

Maybe I should start with the shattered eyes looking back at me in the mirror?

Sgt. Grimm bit the end of the pen as he examined what he wrote. His face contorted as he read through it. Biting harder and harder as he read until the pen cracked between his teeth.

He yanked it from his mouth and studied it as he spit out the plastic shards.


Looking around to see if anyone was watching him, he tucked the broken pen under his mattress, ripped apart the letter into tiny pieces, crumbled them into his fist, and stuffed them into his right hip pocket.

Then, with a deep breath and satisfied smirk, he swept his legs to the edge of the bed, sat up, laced his boots, and boldly walked out of the tent to help his fellow marines do work.
Jacob Paul Patchen is an award-winning author and poet of inciting fiction and provocative poetry.

Jacob earns his inspiration through experience and believes every book has a purpose. He writes powerful, emotional, and thrilling stories about mental health, war, social stigmas, and other taboo subjects in order to bring awareness, change, and hope to those who need it.

Raised in Southeast Ohio, he’s a sucker for fast workouts, long laughter, and power naps. Snacks are his love language, and he thinks he’s a Pisces.

Jacob Paul Patchen will be awarding a signed copy of No Pistol Tastes the Same to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. (Signed copy is US only. If the winner is international, they will receive an eBook copy.) Good luck!

(All the Ups and Downs is not responsible for this giveaway, its entries, or the prize. Goddess Fish Promotions and the author assume all responsibility over this giveaway.)

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