Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Hearts Beneath the Badge - Excerpt 2 - $50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!



We are thrilled to be hosting Karen Solomon and her Hearts Beneath the Badge Book Excerpt Tour today!  The Literary Nook kicks off excerpt #2 and if you follow her tour here, you could win a $50 Amazon Gift Card!  All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below and leave comments on each of her stops for extra entries.  Good luck!

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Title: Hearts Beneath the Badge
Author: Karen Solomon
Publisher: Missing Niche Publishing
Pages: 247
Genre: Nonfiction
Format: Hardcover/Paperback/Kindle/Nook

Hearts Beneath the Badge is a unique compilation of interviews with officers across the country. It's not about the crimes they witness or the judgment they face; it's about them - Damien, Danny, Frances, Ken, Pamela, Brian, and more. Their thoughts, their fears, their proud moments and their heartbreak. It's about the people we often don't see because we are blinded by the uniform.

They are among the hundreds of thousands that are unseen each day, the men and women that go back for more no matter the personal cost. They provide meals, rides, lifesaving breaths and prosthetic legs. Yes, even prosthetic legs. There is much more to them than meets the eye-or the news camera. By reading this book, you will open yourself to a world of people you may have forgotten existed. You will see the names, families and some of the faces of the police officers that don't make the news.

Hearts Beneath the Badge is a book about the good deeds officers perform. There is a pressing need for people to see more than just the officer's hearts; they need to see their souls. Society as a whole needs to accept police officers for who they are - mere mortals. In order to do that, they must look through the layers of the officer's lives and see the heartache and joy, the same heartaches and joy we all experience. Society also needs to know that, whether we want to admit it or not, there is a price to be paid for pursing the love of the law.

90% of all sales will be donated to National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund, Safe Call Now, Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) and PoliceWives.

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Excerpt 2: Prologue Continued:

There is even a burgeoning online community of people who support cops. I know this because for the past half dozen years, I’ve been honored to be welcomed into the law enforcement family as Editor in Chief of PoliceOne, the leading information and education website for police professionals. As a consequence of my position, I’ve heard countless stories of the humanity and the heroism of our police officers. I’ve had the privilege to cover myriad announcements of agencies’ officer of the month awards, as well as the many waysfrom charitable efforts to visiting sick kids in the local hospitalin which officers go above and beyond the job to serve their communities.

I’ve also come to know someone else whose unique connection to cops has given her access to similarly wonderful tales of excellence in the ranks. Karen Solomon has had a front row seat to the challenges facing our policeshe’s married to a cop. Having heard her husband’s accounts of what he’d seen and done on tour, and then seeing the public fury against police following the officer-involved shooting in Ferguson (Mo.), Karen decided she needed to do something to right the ship of public opinion.

She began collecting stories of what is really happening in law enforcement with the aim of retelling those events so the public can see police in a positive light. These are tales of triumph and tragedystories of happiness and heartbreak. Each chapter is a gritty glimpse into the reality of law enforcement. Each account reveals more truth about cops than mainstream or social media has been able toor even been willing totell.

Interviewing officers during her lunch hour, Karen collected stories. Many times those phone conversations involved tears on both ends of the lineit is my expectation that many people will quietly cry as they read some of the passages in Hearts Beneath the Badge.

Karen Solomon is to be commended for making Hearts Beneath the Badge a reality. You should be commended for picking it up and reading it.
Doug Wyllie



About the Author




Karen Solomon is interested in the feelings of law enforcement and whether or not they have someone that will listen to them, most of them do not. Most books on the market are written by the police officers themselves, in almost textbook fashion relating protocol and situations with the orderliness of a police report. Her books are different from every book out there because the officers bare themselves to her; many of the interviews end in tears because they have opened up something that is very difficult to close. Karen Solomon is a graduate of Eckerd College and blogs as The Missing Niche. Her writing has been featured on PoliceMag.com and To Write Love on Her Arms. She lives in New England with her husband, 2 children and 2 dogs. Proceeds of her latest book, Hearts Beneath the Badge, will be donated to law enforcement charities.

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