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New from Umbach Publishing

Trade paperback, $11.95.
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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.
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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.
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Ebook edition for Kindle, Nook, iPad, Kobo, and other platforms as of August 31, 2012, $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.



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

Trade paperback, $19.95.

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