Welcome to Umbach Publishing

The publishing program of

Umbach Consulting & Publishing

Citrus Heights, California USA

info@umbachconsulting.com

916-733-2159

 

Member of the Citrus Heights Chamber of Commerce

Member of Northern California Publishers & Authors


Books from Umbach Publishing

Trade paperback, $11.95.
Available from Amazon.com, BarnesAndNoble.com, and other book sellers.

In There's No Lake on Lake Street! author James D. Umbach offers an entertaining
look into the stories behind such names as Lake Street (not near any lake), Long Street (which is short),
and many others in the region. The book also ncludes many "sidebar" stories drawn from century-old newspapers
and magazines to give the flavor of old and new Nevada and its people. Residents, visitors, and fans of Western history
trivia and lore will find There's No Lake on Lake Street! a perfect introduction to the stories behind
the names seen every day on street signs, schools, parks, and other sights in Reno, Sparks,
Carson City, and South Shore Lake Tahoe.

Trade paperback, $12.00.
Available from Amazon.com, BarnesAndNoble.com, and other book sellers.
Ebook edition for Kindle, Nook, iPad, Kobo, and other platforms, $4.99.

In When Stuff’s Not Enough, author Johanna Tooke offers a
spiritual guide to cleansing your heart to declutter your home.
When Stuff’s Not Enough is rich in
practical tips and inspira­tional guidance, drawing on the Bible and on the author’s life experience.

 

Mike Garner, Behind the Badge: Thirty Years of Working the Streets

Trade paperback, $15.00.
Available from Amazon.com, BarnesAndNoble.com, and other book sellers.
Ebook edition for Kindle, Nook, iPad, Kobo, and other platforms, $7.99.

The truth about a street cop’s life and work . . .

Go behind the badge with Mike Garner, a thirty-year police officer who saw it all on the streets of Sacramento. From the anxiety of training, through the terror of facing armed criminals who have nothing to lose, to the horror of gruesome crime scenes, Behind the Badge takes you into the real world of  police work.

Straight from the heart, self-described “crazy cop” Mike Garner shows you what it’s like to serve and protect the public. Whether it is the comedy of after-hours horseplay, the tragedy of telling a parent about a child’s death, or the grim evidence at a violent crime scene, Mike Garner lays it all out.

You will never look at a cop on the street the same way after reading Behind the Badge. Learn why police officers do what they do and see why even the simplest traffic stop can become a life-or-death moment.

Live through academy training, bomb squad experience, chases and arrests, triumphs and disasters, and the inner turmoil of responsi­bility for citizens’ safety and well-being. Learn through a cop’s eye view why so many police officers are at risk of stress-related illnesses, divorce, alcoholism, and suicide.

In Behind the Badge, you’ll learn the cold truth of what it’s like to be a cop.

Names have been changed to protect the guilty and the innocent, and particular incidents have been adapted to protect privacy while still conveying the essence of a police officer’s life and work.

Adult language and graphic, sometimes very disturbing, content.

 


 

I Can Dance: My Life with a Disability
By Laurie Hoirup

I Can Dance: My Life with a Disability, by Laurie Hoirup

I Can Dance tells of a child diagnosed with a form of muscular dystrophy who achieved education (bachelor's and master's degree), friendships, family, and professional employment as teacher and administrator. Throughout, the author speaks with frank intimacy about her life with a disability, the good, the bad, and the sometimes strange and surprising. I Can Dance will open eyes and hearts to the potential of people with even severe physical disabilities and show a unique and vibrant individual growing and thriving amidst challenges and opportunities in the lively background of the 1960s and 1970s and beyond, from childhood to grandparenthood. This is a life lived fully and told with enthusiasm. Foreword by Catherine Campisi, former Director, California Department of Rehabilitation, and disability advocate.

Trade Paperback, $19.95. Available where books are sold, including Amazon.com and BarnesAndNoble.com.
Official date of publication March 14, 2012.
Also available for Kindle.


This compilation of columns from Ken Umbach's "Ken's Corner" column in Senior Spectrum, plus a few bonus pieces, is perfect light reading for those times when you have only a few minutes, or for when you would like a leisurely stroll through the nooks and crannies of life. Included is Ken's famous satire on hard times in California's (mythical) Velcro fields, and background on the origins and impact of that piece.

Trade Paperback, $15.99. Available where books are sold, including Amazon.com and BarnesAndNoble.com.
Published in 2011.
E-book edition available for Kindle. Watch for other e-book editions.

The paperback may also be ordered directly from the publisher. Contact Ken@UmbachConsulting.com for information.


Capital Crimes: 15 Tales by Sacramento Area Authors,
Edited by Kathleen L. Asay and Patricia E. Canterbury!

Mystery fans will love this anthology of stories by Sacramento area writers who are members of
Capitol Crimes, the Sacramento Chapter of Sisters in Crime.

ISBN: 978-0-6151-8508-8 — $15.95

 Support independent publishing: buy this book on Lulu.


Melanoma Melodrama: A Medical Memoir, by Chuck Myer

Chuck Myer is an urban planner, freelance writer, playwright, consultant to arts, government, and religious organizations, and an actor and musician. He is described by many as a "Renaissance Man." Melanoma Melodrama is Chuck's narrative of his battle with cancer. Readers have praised it as "wonderful," "an incredible gift of sharing," and as having a "narrative voice that is truly riveting." This is an extraordinary book, by an extraordinary, graceful, and courageous man.

Support independent publishing: buy this book on Lulu.

ISBN: 978-0-6152-0681-3 — $15.00


Wyla the Witch by Evelyn Swift

Contact Ken@UmbachConsulting.com for a copy while supply remains.

This charming fantasy for the young-at-heart of any age features good witches and bad witches, good wizards and bad wizards, and adventures in the tidy little village of Myrtle Marsh, six miles east of Flora Forest, and in mysterious more-distant realms. Wyla's neighbors in Myrtle Marsh do not suspect that she is a witch — a GOOD witch it must be understood! — nor the challenges faced by Wyla and her friends as cats are strangely disappearing, recruited into a threatening force by evil wizard Wutan, whom Wyla and her good companions must overcome. Wyla the Witch is great fun for readers and makes a perfect read-aloud, with its deft use of language and well-drawn imagery.


The Lostcreek Legacy, by Evelyn Swift

Contact Ken@UmbachConsulting.com for a copy while supply remains.

A man, seizing opportunity offered by soaring gold prices, sets out to reopen a long-closed mine in California's Gold Country, with results that bring disaster to the town, inflame hatreds, and turn neighbors against one another. Inspired by a true event, this novel by a Gold Country author  dramatizes what happens when ambition sets off unexpected events. The Lostcreek Legacy will appeal to everyone who has been in California's Mother Lode, has seen its isolated towns, and who enjoys a story of people facing challenges in life and in love in a distinctive and historical setting.