Posts Tagged ‘The Sticking Place’

New Publishing Company for Law Enforcement Authors

March 23, 2017

For Immediate Release
Contact: Timothy B. Smith—Email:; Phone: 541-887-9421

**New Oregon Publishing House to Feature Law Enforcement Authors**

[Ashland, Or] CopWorld Press is a new, independent publishing company dedicated to helping authors with a connection to law enforcement tell their stories. Its books will feature true crime, mystery fiction, police procedurals, personal memoirs and other genres dealing with cops, crime and/or the “day-to-day experiences of the men and women who so bravely serve our communities and citizens.”

Company founder Tim Smith (who writes under the name of T.B. Smith) is a retired police lieutenant from San Diego, Ca, with 27 years of policing experience. In 1984, Pantheon Press published a non-fiction book by British author James McClure called “Cop World: Inside an American Police Force.” McClure utilized the ride-along format to chronicle the  experiences of the San Diego Police Department’s Central Division officers as
part of a broader look at American policing. Smith was one of the officers chronicled under the pseudonym of Luke Jones. Mr. Smith has since written two police procedural novels (The Sticking Place and A Fellow of Infinite Jest, published by Hellgate Press) that feature a Shakespeare quoting cop who uses the name Luke Jones, the name that James McClure gave Smith.”

“Cop World was a look at stories about police as witnessed by and told to an expert author,” says Smith. “But spend an hour or two at the corner bar with a few cops and you’ll soon find they’re the best story tellers on the planet. With that in mind, I formed CopWorld Press, which will work exclusively with law enforcement authors in partnership with my former publisher at Hellgate Press.”

Joining T.B. Smith in the venture is Harley Patrick, owner of L&R Publishing, an Ashland-based company that published Mr. Smith’s first two books under its Hellgate Press imprint ( Hellgate Press was founded in 1997 and publishes books on military and regional history, veteran memoirs, travel adventure and
historical/adventure fiction. L&R Publishing also publishes children’s books under its Paloma Books imprint ( After receiving a master’s degree in 2000 from the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism, Patrick went to work as an editor at Hellgate Press. In 2007 he purchased the Medford-based company and moved it to Ashland where it has grown to become one of the leading publishers of military history books in the country.

“Law enforcement professionals have such amazing stories to tell,” says Patrick, “and Tim and I are committed to helping them do just that, as well as assisting them in navigating the sometimes complex world of mainstream publishing and distribution.”
For more information, or to submit an author query, visit the CopWorld Press website at


A Special Offer

February 1, 2012
Hi Everyone! Hoping this post finds you happy and healthy.
I’m sending along some exciting news regarding my debut novel, “The Sticking Place!”  The LA Times says “it has a high-minded protagonist, rookie (cop) Luke Jones, who is slowly coming to terms with the fact that law enforcement is a blunt instrument not altogether suited to fixing society’s deeper problems.” San Diego’s Mayor and former police chief says it’s “a must read for … anyone with an appreciation for realistic literature that depicts what it will always mean to be a cop.” A police reporter says it “has all the elements of a Shakespearean play; political intrigue, betrayal, comic relief, and an understanding of the dark parts of the soul.”
It is with gratitude I can announce that this past November, editors at Amazon hand-selected it for an ebook sale at $2.99 and sales took off to Best Seller status!! With this good fortune, I’m taking the cue and offering Kindle and E-Reader versions directly on my websitewww.lukejonesnovels.comat the same low price!! It’s important to share this low price opportunity with your friends and social networks  because there’s a special benefit in doing so.
Throughout the remainder of 2012, I’ll be working with a different charity/not-for-profit organization each month AND donating ten percent of all sales generated from my personal website directly to the designated charity!! This February I’ve chosen San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter Association as the recipient since much of the book is set in the Quarter at the beginning of its amazing transformation from skid row to nightlife destination. I’d appreciate your recommendations and/or suggestions for any organizations that could benefit from this opportunity!!
Please take a moment and forward this information to friends and associates and share it on Facebook and any other social media platforms you participate in. I want to make this a win-win for everyone!!
All the best,

Men of Mystery

November 6, 2011

Join me with 49 other men of mystery at the 12th annual “Men of Mystery” event held at the Irvine Marriott on November 19. I’ve added a link for your convenience.  Be sure and check it out. Hope to see you there.

Amazon News

November 6, 2011

Here’s some good news from Amazon. Their editors have “hand selected” The Sticking Place for inclusion in their November “100 Kindle Books for $3.99 or less” promotion. This is outstanding news since Amazon has nearly a million Kindle titles to choose from. Let your friends know they can download “The Sticking Place” throughout the month of November for just $2.99.

Kindle release for “The Sticking Place.”

March 29, 2011

It’ nearly time for the e-book release of “The Sticking Place.” I just got word from Amazon that the Kindle version will be released this Friday, April 1. I HOPE A LOT OF PEOPLE ENJOY IT!

A Note of Thanks to the San Diego Shakespeare Society

March 26, 2011

I’ve  made several new friends who associate with the San Diego Shakespeare Society and have benefited from their generosity. In each of  the three recent San Diego area book signings for “The Sticking Place,” a society member has volunteered as a guest reader. Their participation has helped make the events special for everyone in attendance. Those members include:

Alex Sandie, President and founding member of the society and several other local Scottish organizations, including the San Diego-Edinburgh Sister City Society. He retired as a commercial banker after 40 years and, since turning to acting in his 50s, has acted in more than 40 local theater productions. For his civic contributions, he’s been honored with awards from the City of San Diego, the Spirit of Bravissimo Award from the San Diego County Office of Education and the Pillar of Leith Medal for contributions to Scottish culture in California.

 Jeffrey Swain has participated in two staged readings for the San Diego Shakespeare Society as the Ship’s Master in The Tempest and as the Sexton in Much Ado About Nothing. He holds a B.A. in Journalism from California State University Los Angeles, where he appeared in a production of The Phantom Tollbooth. He holds A.A. Degrees in English and Social Science from San Diego Mesa College; and California State Teaching Credentials in English, Social Science, Multiple Subjects, and Adult Education. He works for the County of San Diego’s Department of Parks and Recreation and volunteers as an usher at the La Jolla Playhouse and the Old Globe Theatre. A native of Chicago, he grew up in San Diego and graduated from Kearny High School.

 Tiffany Tang is a native San Diegan who studied English and American literature at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts and the University of Kent in Canterbury, England.  She received her MFA from the Actors Studio Drama School in New York and works as an actor and a writer.  Her first Shakespearean role was Juliet in a school production when she was 13 and, most recently, she played Lady Capulet with Intrepid Shakespeare in Encinitas. You can learn more about her acting accomplishments and writing talent at

Extension of the Fund Raiser for the San Diego Police Officers’ Association’s Widows and Orphans Fund

March 18, 2011


I’ll still be signing first editions of “The Sticking Place” at the San Diego Police Officers’ Association’s office building this Sunday, March 20, at 3:00 p.m and donating 40% of the proceeds to the SDPOAs’ Widows and Orphans Fund. The address is 8388 Vickers Street. In addition, 40% of proceeds from all retail sales through my website, will be donated to the fund.

It’s a worthy cause and one I’m happy to support. Simply go to the website and order the book using the google payment option and I’ll mail the book to you within 3 days. The shipping is free for orders of up to three books. This may be your last chance to obtain your signed first edition. The first printing is nearly sold out!

Publisher’s Press Release for March Events

March 9, 2011

I’ve attached my publisher’s press release announcing March events in San Diego for the official Release of “The Sticking Place.” Look for a Q & A interview by feature writer John Wilkens in the San Diego Union-Tribune this Sunday, March 13, 2001.

* Former SD Police Lieutenant Debuts Cop Novel *

(SAN DIEGO, Ca.) The public is invited to join author T.B. Smith at any of several events celebrating the March release of his novel, The Sticking Place (Hellgate Press, paperback, $19.95), a gritty police procedural about a Shakespeare-quoting rookie cop who fights crooks and fellow officers as he learns to survive on the streets of 1970’s San Diego.

Event times and locations:

Saturday, March 12, 3:30 p.m., at the Kensington Branch of the San Diego Public Library, 4121 Adams Ave., San Diego. The discussion will center on the creation of “The Sticking Place” as an example of how to write a first novel by focusing on what the author learned throughout the process. A reception and book signing will follow at the Rex Downing Associates Realty office, 4134 Adams Avenue, Suite # 105.

Friday, March 18, 7:00 p.m. at the Villa Capri by the Sea, 1417 Orange Ave., Coronado. San Diego. Join the author for a book signing at the site where portions of “The Sticking Place” were written and edited.

Sunday, March 20, 3:00 p.m at the San Diego Police Officers’ Association (SDPOA), 8388 Vickers St., San Diego. This will be a fundraiser for the SDPOA, with proceeds of the sale of Mr. Smith’s novel going to the SDPOA Widow’s and Orphan’s Fund.

Author Timothy “T.B.” Smith served as a police officer for twenty-seven years with the City of San Diego and San Diego Unified School District Police Departments, retiring as a lieutenant in 2003. He’s a graduate of San Diego State University, where he studied English Literature and creative writing.

“The Sticking Place” could only be written by a police insider with an intimate knowledge of the back alley politics of San Diego in the late 1970s,” says San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders. “It’s a must read for…anyone with an appreciation of realistic literature that depicts what it will always mean to be a cop.”

San Diego County D.A. Bonnie Dumanis says, “Mr. Smith reminds us that cops are human beings, too.”

The book is “…the right choice for anyone who wants realistic insight into the world of cops…,” says Bill Kolender, Former Chief of Police, SDPD, Former Sheriff, SD County.

“The Sticking Place” is published by Hellgate Press (, an Ashland, Ore.-based publisher of fiction and non-fiction titles available wherever books are sold.


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.

Feedback for “The Sticking Place”

January 4, 2011

Here’s some feedback from readers of “The Sticking Place” along with my responses. They’re both retired law enforcement officers who’ve focused their comments on the authenticity of the police experience evoked in the pages of the book.

Tim, I really enjoyed your book!!! Read it in almost one setting. I was there!, I could identify with the radio calls, the FTO’s and the politics of the time! You nailed it! I have to say the only character I had trouble believing in was the female President of the POA??? Give me a break, at that time, women were barely tolerated let alone represented by the POA! I remember there being a movement being pushed to start a Female POA, because there were several who felt the POA was not open or responsive to our needs! Oh, the memories!!!

Hi Shawna: Thanks for the kind words about the book. I made a calculated choice to make the POA Pres. a woman because of the dearth of other female characters. I know it’s a stretch, but one that seemed internally important for the modern audience.

Shawna’s response–Perry said to tell you he enjoyed it and that “it brought back a lot of memories, some good, some not so good!” It’s the rare book that keeps him up past midnight reading! Can’t wait for the next one!

She followed up with an order for four more copies of the book. Remember, it’s still available for pre-release through me, through my publisher, or at one of the several bookstores where I’ve held pre-release readings. This is a good time to buy the book because it’s looking like we’ll be on the second edition before the official March release to Amazon and the super stores.