I am so excited to have Karen Solomon here at Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews with a Spotlight and Excerpt.
Thanks Karen and Pump Up Your Book Promotions for allowing me to join your Hearts Beneath the Badge Blog Tour!
Please take it away, Karen!
About the Book:
Title: Hearts Beneath the Badge
Author: Karen Solomon
Publisher: Missing Niche Publishing
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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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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What’s next for Steve? He’s received a Medal of Valor, a Purple Heart, and a Congressional Badge of Honor. The awards are over, but he’s found a role he loves as a Training Coordinator. His wife is happy he’s off the street and his son is too young to know what happened. He continues to be invited as a guest speaker at law enforcement conferences, he’s getting the hang of blogging and he’s adjusting. Every day he adjusts a little more.
Being in law enforcement requires daily adjustment because officers don’t know what they will see. Will it be a dead baby? A suicide victim? A charred body in a car accident? A victim of a drug overdose? Or will they have to make the biggest adjustment ever, surviving the aftermath of gunfire? Regardless of what their day brings, they keep coming back for more.
For officers like Steve, this is their daily reality. They must learn how to survive, physically and mentally. They must be mentally prepared for the aftermath in the event they are shot or they are the ones doing the shooting. They must be prepared to see the job through to completion, even in the face of fallen officers. It’s the job of the police to stop the threat. Sometimes, stopping means getting a suspect into a pair of handcuffs. But sometimes stopping takes on a more serious, sobering tone.
Cynics and scoffers say that is part of the risk that police officers take and that in today’s society, anyone could get shot at any time. That may be true, but the odds of injury go up when it’s your job to stop the people with the guns from roaming the streets.
As Steve will tell you, nothing, or at least very little, about police work can be called “easy.” In a given shift, a police officer may have to take down a large man strung out on crack, mushrooms or the drug of the day. First responders — police, firemen, and EMTS — are regularly faced with scenes of dead bodies and horrific abuse. It’s not easy building an internal defense so the images swirling in your mind don’t drive you mad.
Most of us know what’s on the other side of the office door. We live in a world of relative safety and security, where images of violence are the province of the TV news. It isn’t part of our daily reality.
Thanks to Steve and other people like him.
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