Hearts Beneath the Badge Book Excerpt Tour - Win $50 Amazon Gift Card!

We are thrilled to be hosting Karen Solomon and her Hearts Beneath the Badge Book Excerpt Tour today!  The Writer's Life kicks off excerpt #1 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!


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 1: Prologue:

When was the last time you read an article in your local newspaperor saw a segment on your local six o’clock newsin which an act of police heroism was extolled? When was the last time you saw an Internet video in which a police officer did something that made you gasp in appreciation of their extraordinary skills and abilities? It’s probably been a while, but not because exceptional police work is not happeningon the contrary, hundreds of heartwarming and heroic actions by police officers happen every single day. The problem is, happy stories don’t sell advertising“if it bleeds, it leads”and awe-inspiring good deeds don’t often “go viral” on social media.

While the mainstream news media continually frames law enforcement in a negative light, and anti-cop zealots devote every waking hour to bashing police officers on the Internet, the overwhelming majority of American citizens admire police officers. They are, however, a silent majority. Chances are good that unless they’re connected in some way to law enforcementthey have a relative in the profession, for examplemost law-abiding citizens proceed with their daily lives without thinking to commend a cop for a job well done.

Even if they do have a conscious thought of gratitude for their police heroes, most people today are just too busy to act on that and offer up a word or two of appreciation. Parents are shuttling the kids from school to soccer practice. Laborers are working multiple jobs to make ends meet. Americans are so caught up in the day-to-day challenges of modern life, they all too frequently fail to pause and give an “atta boy” to the copper who puts his or her life on the line every single day to ensure their safety. In fact, most folks are more inclined to thank the airline pilot as they deplane than they are to thank the police officer standing in line behind them at the fast food restaurant.

In a society where almost the entire public narrative on police is driven by negativism, a few notable voices of positivity do stand out. Some public figures are vocal in their support for cops, and a handful of people in the press actively seek out “good news” about LEOs.

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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