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Author Q&A ft Sallie Moppert | GOOD COP BAD COP Book Tour and #Giveaway | @GoddessFish Promotions Presents #Mystery

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Name Before the Masses Tour for GOOD COP BAD COP by Sallie Moppert. The mystery is avai...



Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Name Before the Masses Tour for GOOD COP BAD COP by Sallie Moppert. The mystery is available now from Zimbell House Publishing.

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.

Be sure to follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found by clicking the banner below.




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 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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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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AUTHOR Interview:

1) How did you come up with the title of your book or series?
The title Good Cop Bad Cop (GCBC) comes from one of the stories in the collection. It was the first story I ever wrote featuring Sam and it is a crucial part of Sam’s journey. I like to think of this particular story as the last piece of the puzzle that connects everything together; once it’s complete, you can take a look at the whole picture and then move on to the final chapter and see how not only Sam deals with all that has happened up to this point, but his partner, Dahlia, as well. Up to this point, they’ve been playing the good cop and the bad cop in their relationship and investigatory techniques. After the truth is revealed in GCBC, how will that all change? Will Dahlia still be the good cop and will Sam still be the bad cop or will their perspectives change? What if it doesn’t change? So many questions!


2) Who is your favorite character from your book and why?
Samuel Marlowe is definitely my favorite character from the book. I love being able to write his dialogue, especially later on in the book when he really becomes snarky and he and his partner banter like an old married couple. He’s the one character that I still find myself rooting for even when he gets himself in trouble; Sam’s not the typical character that if he does something wrong, I want him to get caught or to get his comeuppance. I still want him to be able to come out on top, no matter what it takes, and overcome all of the things that he has gone through. It’s interesting to be kind of cheering on the “bad guy,” if you want to call him that, since he’s definitely not a squeaky-clean run-of-the-mill hero guy (but I love him anyway). I think the best way I found to describe him was that Sam was the last person you’d want to deal with as a criminal, but the first person you’d want on your side if you were a victim.


3) Give us an interesting fun fact or a few about your book or series:
One interesting fact is that I love putting in little references or inside jokes in my books. I challenged my sister, who is like my best friend, to see if she could find them all in Good Cop Bad Cop (GCBC). I think, at one point, she was up to 20 references (I don’t have an exact number, but I know there’s more than that). Here’s some examples from off the top of my head: in one of the stories that will be in the next collection, the one suspect is a veterinarian. He scoops up a guinea pig and is petting it while speaking to Sam and Dahlia; my sister is a guinea pig lover and has two of them, so this is a reference to our piggies. In GCBC, the story Victims of Circumstance has a restaurant called Quincy’s, which is an homage to my dog named Quincy. Sam played hockey as a kid because I am a huge hockey fan. In Into the Fire, Edwin references a Van Halen song, which is because I love rock n’ roll music (Joan Jett pun intended). There are a ton of little things like this all throughout the book.


4) What other books are similar to your own? What makes them alike?
GCBC is a similar format to a couple of short story collections from Agatha Christie, but specifically Partners in Crime, featuring Tommy and Tuppence Beresford. There’s multiple crimes solved throughout the different chapters/stories. This is also similar to other collections such as Poirot Investigates. I thought it was a fun premise to be able to solve a brand new crime every chapter, sometimes with a bigger crime that touched upon or developed in new ways across the various stories. Of course, Hercule Poirot is in a league of his own, but the style is at least similar :)


5) Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?
My hobbies are all over the place! I have been training in martial arts since I was 12 years old. I have a second degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and am currently studying to achieve my black belt in Isshinryu Karate. I also love arts and crafts and am self-taught in crocheting, sewing, embroidery and nail art. I enjoy video games, especially story-driven games, and often write fanfiction for such games. I am also a huge animal lover and enjoy spending time with my furry/scaly family members: two dogs, two guinea pigs, two robo dwarf hamsters, two betta fish and a cute little leopard gecko. Finally, I have a huge interest in languages and am working on teaching myself Japanese.


6) How can we contact you or find out more about your books?
I would love to hear from readers who have enjoyed the book! I am available through facebook, my website and also through the publisher’s website. 










7) What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
Please spread the word! If you have enjoyed GCBC, I would be so appreciative if you could share it with your friends, family, book groups, facebook/twitter/what have you friends/followers and any other way you keep in contact with others. Word of mouth (or word of keyboard in most cases) is super helpful and I appreciate every like, share, etc. It truly means a lot to me to see that my passion for writing can bring some enjoyment into the lives of others. 

If you’ve really enjoyed the book, why not try writing your own fanfiction for Sam and Dahlia? I am a huge supporter of fanfiction and would be honored to have you try your hand out at crafting your own mysteries with my characters. If you’re interested, find me on fanfiction.net or Archive of Our Own!



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GIVEAWAY:

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.

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12 comments

  1. Thank you so much for taking time to bring to our attention another great read.   I appreciate it and thank you also for the giveaway. 

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  2. What's your favorite part about writing?

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    1. Hi Kim! I think my favorite part has to be the creativity. I love being able to come up with different characters, settings, dialogue, etc. When the wheels are really turning and the words pouring out, I can tune out the world and just get lost in whatever I'm writing. It's quite cathartic, actually, which is a perk.

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  3. Thanks for sharing the great post, sounds like a very good book!

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  4. I liked the excerpt. Sounds like a good book.

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  5. Sounds like a great mystery, and I love the name of the book.

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  6. Thanks for the opportunity to win! I appreciate your generosity. Sounds awesome!

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  7. This sounds like an amazing book

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  8. Sounds like a good story. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  9. Sounds like an awesome story. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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