Archive for February, 2011

A Request from SDPD Captain Miguel Rosario

February 28, 2011

I toyed for a while with the notion of writing a tribute to the recently deceased R. D. Brown for this blog. But I kept remembering the funeral eulogy delivered by SDPD Captain Miguel Rosario. Those remembrances focused me on the few sure things I’ve learned as a writer. You don’t tug on Superman’s cape; you don’t slather your prose with excessive adjectives, and you don’t try to improve on perfection. Miguel Rosario’s eulogy was the perfect tribute to R. D. Brown and he’s consented to guest post it here. Look for it this Thursday, March 3.

Miguel also sent along a request that I’ve copied below.

T.B. I am in the process of creating a collection of RD stories to
include in a small book I am putting together for his family. The
book will include some pictures of RD, photo the day he was hired in
1968, a number of official SDPD ID cards I found in his personnel
file with some classic RD head shots and a few other pictures when he
worked undercover. I wanted to have a story for each page that
featured a picture.

Can you forward me the stories as they come in and maybe even let
people know that I am asking for some great stories that are clean.

Thank you in advance

I’m forwarding to Miguel the stories I’ve received and posted on this blog. You can send your stories to him at

Rescheduling the March 1 Event with the San Diego Shakespeare Society

February 26, 2011

Here’s notice that the March 1, event scheduled to be held in conjunction with the San Diego Shakespeare Society’s open reading at the Upstart Crow bookstore is being rescheduled for Tuesday, June 7. I’ll post again closer to the June event as a reminder.

TAKE NOTE: The March 1, event will not occur. It’s rescheduled for Tuesday, June 7.

Fundraiser for the San Diego Police Officers’ Association’s Widows and Orphans Fund

February 25, 2011

Here’s word of another book signing for “The Sticking Place” that I’m very proud to announce.

The signing will occur at the SDPOA beginning at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 20. The address is 8388 Vickers Street in San Diego. My publisher has agreed to donate 40% of the event’s sales to the SDPOA’s Widows and Orphans Fund.

Come and support this important cause and get your signed first edition.

San Diego Book Signings for the Month of March

February 24, 2011

Here’s the current list of book signings for “The Sticking Place” in support of the official March 1, release.

Saturday, March 12, at the Kensington branch of the San Diego library at 3:30 p.m. The library is located at 4121 Adams Avenue. This event is an open discussion about the history of a first novel. A reception will follow hosted by my friends at Rex Downing Associates/Ascent Real Estate located at 4134 Adams Avenue, suite 105.

Friday, March 18, at 7:00 p.m., a book signing at the Villa Capri by the Sea in Coronado, located at 1417 Orange Avenue, directly across the street from the Hotel Del Coronado. I composed and edited much of “The Sticking Place” while staying there last winter. The innkeeper, John Miller, has been one of my best friends for 35 years.

On a personal note, I had the pleasure of meeting Caitlin Rother, a Pulitzer nominated author from San Diego today in a chance meeting at a Starbucks. We’re FB friends, I recognized her photo and said hello. She’s currently promoting the release of her book “Dead Reckoning” and working on her 8th book. She’ll be holding a book signing event at the Kensington branch of the library at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 19. Check out her website at

While on the topic of websites, I have a brand new website. You can find it at It’s a work in progress, but I think it’s a good start. Please let me know what you think of it when you have a chance. I’m offering signed first editions with free shipping at the retail price of $19.95. Look for an ebook to be available for purchase directly from my website in a few weeks.