Which picture should I give you?

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We drove to the beach yesterday from our home by Pasadena, and I thought of how I could paint a picture of a sunny, laid back time on the sand in Santa Monica.

I could easily write it so you’d feel a tinge of jealousy no matter where you live…

A morning brew in a solid container reassures me that I can live confidently

Coffee in yellow mug with white spoon.
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“Would you like your coffee in a to-go cup or a mug?”

I appreciated that question from the owner of the small coffee shop where I used to sit and write. “A mug, please.”

After I became a regular they always gave me a mug.

The boutique shop seated less…

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Writing was my way of heading into the thick of the action

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I was in early grade school when the NBC Nightly News splashed videos and images of the Vietnam War across the television screen. My parents were typically busy upstairs while I watched in our basement’s family room.

What intrigued me was how journalists could cover fights in the jungle and…

Learn from this group of impressionistic painters, sculptors, and art chapters

Man along ocean painting on canvas with brush and oil paints.
Chuck Kovacic painting in Plein Air

Chuck Kovacic: artist known in the Los Angeles area and in Laguna.

He earned a BFA in graphic arts with a minor in painting from the Cleveland Institute of Art.

So, he’s an artist who’s skilled in working with oil, pastels, watercolor and more.

But what about you and me?

Two bodies sprawled on the floor of a soccer store hint of a dangerous mob

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Novel excerpt from the thriller novel Tom Stone: Day of the Dead, Chapter One.

Mannequins smeared with fake blood decorated stores along Van Nuys Boulevard to promote sales leading up to Halloween, still over a month away.

But nothing was as spooky as the real blood spilling from two dead…

How likely are you to get robbed and how do you protect yourself?

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This scan of FBI data from 2020 shows when homes are most likely to be invaded, the types of crimes committed, what gets taken, and how much is recovered.

Here’s what you can learn from the FBI’s Crime Data Explorer.

Your home is more likely to get robbed in the…

Leveraging my efforts to build an audience and scale my writing

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My co-author of the Tom Stone Detective stories and I launched our Stone Cold Crime stories publication to write up our notes and build awareness of our detective-thriller novels.

I used personal information, too, about serving on a criminal jury in Los Angeles twice and seeing both justice and injustice…

A sniper fighting a twisted war to save America discovers a neighbor’s heart

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Thriller novel excerpt from the upcoming Book 6 — Kill Shot, in the Detective Tom Stone series. More below.

Uneasiness crept like an unwelcome guest, as though it had followed Bob Stevens along the road, through the thick forests of the Santa Cruz Mountains, and stepped inside with him as…

An epic adventure unfolds as Detective Kilbraide tracks a sniper driven by passion

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A battle is underway in the United States, guerilla warfare fought by one sniper and one ex-military sniper now serving with the Los Angeles police department.

One more death could erupt into civil war.

Detective Brian Kilbraide, mentored by Detective Tom Stone, is ushered into action by a shadow agency…

Don Simkovich, MA

Don is co-author of the Tom Stone Detective novels on Amazon and writes content for businesses. Visit www.donsimkovich.com / https://socalcontentwriting.com

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