Spring 2014 Book Festival: Brushfire Plague Reckoning + Interview with R.P. Ruggiero

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Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the current Backdoor Survival Spring 2014 Book Festival.  R.P. Ruggiero, the author of Brushfire Plague: Reckoning,  is joining us for an interview and is also providing one lucky reader with a free copy of his book.

I first got to know R.P. a couple of years back when he released his first book, Brushfire Plague.  That was the very first book I had read in the survival genre and I became hooked.  Back then, I did not have Book Festivals to share the latest and the greatest, but I did occasionally write up full blown reviews or, in the case of Brushfire Plague, an article about the lessons I learned while reading the book.

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Spring 2014 Book Festival: Simply Canning + Interview with Sharon Peterson

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Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the current Backdoor Survival Spring 2014 Book Festival.  Sharon Peterson, the author of Simply Canning: Survival Guide to Safe Home Canning, is joining us for an interview and is also providing one lucky reader with a free copy of her book.

Now here is the thing.  It was my pleasure to meet Sharon a year ago at a Ready Set Prep Summit in Dallas.  She is a smart, delightful and talented lady and I am so happy to feature her book today.  Not only that, the timing is perfect since I am attending my first canning class today! 

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Spring 2014 Book Festival: Through Many Fires + Interview with Kyle Pratt

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Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the current Backdoor Survival Spring 2014 Book Festival.  Kyle Pratt, the author of Through Many Fires: Strengthen What Remains, is joining us for an interview and is also providing ten lucky readers with a free copy of his book.

Enjoy the interview and be sure to check out the details of this week’s giveaway below.

An Interview with Kyle Pratt

1. Tell me about your book, Through Many Fires. What is it about?

Through Many Fires, is a post-apocalyptic survival novel. The book was released in August of this year in both paperback and on Kindle and currently has 102 Amazon reviews with 90 being either four or five star.

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BDS Book Festival – Living Ready Pocket Manual: First Aid + Interview with James Hubbard

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Today’s entry in the currentBackdoor Survival Book Festival is the Living Ready Pocket Manual – First Aid: Fundamentals for Survival by James Hubbard, MD.  James, who is also known as “The Survival Doctor” is here to answer my interview questions and of course, to provide a copy of his book to one lucky reader.

First, a little bit about the book itself.

As the title says, this is a pocket manual.  What that means is that in addition to being packed with practical first aid information, the book is small enough and light enough to throw in a bug-out-bag so that you have it with you at all times.

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BDS Book Festival – Go Green, Spend Less, Live Better + Interview with Crissy Trask

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Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the current Backdoor Survival Book FestivalCrissy Trask, the author of Go Green, Spend Less, Live Better, is joining us for an interview and is also providing one lucky reader with a free copy of her book.

Before we start, let me tell you about the book.

First of all the subtitle is: The Ultimate Guide to Saving Money, and Protecting Your Health.  While I would like to say that describes the book perfectly, doing so would be an injustice.  After reading it, I consider this to be more of a bible for saving money in practical and useful ways. 

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BDS Book Festival – Prepper Pete Prepares + Interview with Kermit Jones

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After awhile, one prepping book starts to look like another.  It does not really matter whether it is fiction or non-fiction, they all tend to have a common theme.  Now don’t get me wrong, I thirst for – no crave for – more.  Every book has its own twist on the survival and preparedness message so I keep reading and reading and reading.  Okay, you get the drift.

Anyway, today’s book is something unique and different.  Prepper Pete Prepares is an introduction to prepping  for the kiddos – you know, those little guys and gals that motivate us to keep our planet and world safe for generations to come.

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BDS Book Festival – The End and The Long Road + Interview with G. Michael Hopf

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Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the current Backdoor Survival Book Festival.  G. Michael Hopf , the author of The End and The Long Road is joining us for an interview and is also providing one lucky reader with a free copy of his two books.

Both books are survival fiction set in post-apocalyptic world.  Why is it useful to read survival fiction?  As you follow the decisions and choices made by the characters, you have an opportunity to ask yourself “What would I do if I were placed in that situation?”.

Enjoy the interview and be sure to check out the details of the giveaway below.

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BDS Book Festival – The Pocket Guide to Wild Mushrooms + Giveaway

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The Backdoor Survival Book Festival 4.0 continues, this time with The Pocket Guide to Wild Mushrooms: Helpful Tips for Mushrooming in the Field by Pelle Holmberg and  Hans Marklund.  As with all of our book festival entries, there is a giveaway but first, a little bit about the book itself.

The Pocket Guide to Wild Mushrooms

This pocket sized book addresses the ins and outs of foraging for wild mushrooms with helpful photos and charts plus plenty of tips to assure your safety when consuming your bounty.  It is designed to be carried out in the field with over 120 pages that cover topics such as where to find mushrooms, how to identify, harvest and clean them, and most important, how to prepare them for consumption. 

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BDS Book Festival: Good Clean Food + Chat with Beth Leibson

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Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the current Backdoor Survival Book Festival.  Beth Leibson, one of the authors of Good Clean Food, is joining us for an interview and is also providing one lucky reader with a free copy of her book.

I can not tell you when exactly I became a closet food activist but it was years ago.  Having grown up chubby, okay fat, I started reading books by Adele Davis, Covert Baily, and others in the 70s and 80s.  It did not take me long to realize that the food I was eating was causing my pudginess as well as other woes such as acne and mood swings.

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BDS Book Festival – Rivers + Interview with Michael Farris Smith

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When the time came to decide which book to include in the next installment of the current Backdoor Survival Book Festival, I went to my stack of books and picked out something I wanted to read simply for the pleasure of reading.  Given my huge library of prepping, survival and homesteading books, picking something to read for relaxation and enjoyment makes this a guilty pleasure and one that I do not take advantage of often enough.

With over ten books in the survival fiction genre to choose from, I selected Rivers: A Novel, by Michael Farris Smith.  Rivers is a story that describes what happens in the aftermath of over 600 days of recurring hurricanes and torrential rains. 

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BDS Book Festival: Recipes and Tips for Sustainable Living

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The Backdoor Survival Book Festival continues. With so many great authors and great books, I simply had to bring in another entry this week.  Today Stacy Harris, the author of Recipes and Tips for Sustainable Living is here to answer some questions and, of course, give you an opportunity to win a free copy of her fabulous book.

Let me tell you a bit about Recipes and Tips for Sustainable Living.  First of all, it is a gorgeous book.  Open any page and you will find mouth-watering photos of fresh fruits, homemade soups, scrumptious breads and the most appetizing main dishes made from venison that I have ever seen.

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BDS Book Festival – The Border Marches + Encore Visit with Archer Garrett

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Backdoor Survival readers love Archer Garrett and Archer loves us back.  Today he is back to answer some additional questions and to give away a copy of his newest book, The Border Marches. The Border Marches is the 5th book in the Western Front Series and picks up shortly after the events in his book, The Nine of the North.

If you are not familiar with Archer Garrett and his writing, you are in for a treat.  You can even get the first book in his Western Front series for free (click here) so you can jump right in before reading this one.

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BDS Book Festival – Living On The Edge + Interview with F.J. Bohan

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Every once in awhile, a book will come along that fills me with inspiration and allows me to dream about things that perhaps I may never be able to experience myself.  Living on the Edge: A Family’s Journey to Self-Sufficiency is one of those books.  Written by F.J. Bohan, this book memorializes F.J. and his family’s 17 year adventure that included everything from living in a tent to homesteading in the desert.

With that introduction, I would like to welcome back F.J. Bohan as I share the next author interview and giveaway in the current Backdoor Survival Book Festival.  Naturally, one lucky reader will win a copy of Living on the Edge so be sure to check out the details of this week’s giveaway below.

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BDS Book Festival – The Amazing 2000-Hour Flashlight by Ron Brown

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Next up the in the current Backdoor Survival Book Festival is a Q & A with Ron Brown, the author of The Amazing 2000-Hour Flashlight.   As always, there is also a giveaway; this time for three lucky readers!

I first became acquainted with Ron when he asked if I would take a look at his book on CD, Lanterns, Lamps & CandlesI did and I was impressed.  After reviewing the book on CD, I encouraged Ron to move it over to an eBook format.  Well, as things would happen, that is still a work in progress but over time, Ron helped with a few articles here on Backdoor Survival and we became friends.

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BDS Book Festival – Make Your Place and Make It Last + a Chat with Raleigh Briggs

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Every once in a while I will come across an author that simply charms the heck out of me.  Such is the case with todays entry in the Backdoor Survival Book Festival.

Today I am very excited to introduce you to Raleigh Briggs, the author of Make It Last: Prolonging + Preserving the Things We Love and Make Your Place: Affordable, Sustainable Nesting Skills.  Oh my gosh – you are going to love these books and of course, one lucky ready will have an opportunity to win a copy of each of these two books.

So why do I love these books so much? 

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Introducing The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage

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After months of hints, innuendo and promises, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage is golden.  That’s right, after putting in a couple of all-nighters, I was able to complete the final formatting and get my new e-book launched on Amazon.  I am both thrilled and relieved – mostly because I know this is an up-to-date resource that will be useful to anyone and everyone that is serious about storing food for the long term.

Before I describe the book, I would like to mention that traditionally, when a new book title launches, there is a big hoopla.  Reviewers are lined up in advance, websites are flooded with ads, and readers are asked to make their purchase on a single pre-selected date.  If all goes well, there is a book bomb (meaning the book is dropped into the public eye like a “bomb”) and the title soars to the top of the rankings.  That all sounds great – for someone else.

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BDS Book Festival – Escaping Home and The Survivalist Series

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Today’s entry in the current Backdoor Survival Book Festival is Escaping Home by A. American.  By now you know that A. American is the author of the hugely popular books, Going Home and Surviving Home which are part of the Survivalist Series.  I shared an interview with A. American a few weeks ago and he is currently working on answers to some additional questions.

But in the meantime, I have an excerpt of his latest book for you, plus, one of our most fabulous book giveaways yet: a copy of all three books in the Survivalist Series.  Now how cool is that?

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BDS Book Festival – After the Blackout + Interview with Paul Anthony

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Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the current Backdoor Survival Book Festival.  Paul Anthony, the author of After the Blackout, is joining us for an interview and is also providing one lucky reader with a free copy of his book.

Paul first contacted me in August.  He told me that he had been giving a lot of thought to the issue of survival in a suburban area outside a large city.  He then indicated that although he did not have a lot to contribute to Backdoor Survival, he had written a novel about the suburban survival dilemma and asked for my opinion.

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BDS Book Festival: Home Remedies + Interview with Alex Smith

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Today I share the next author interview and book giveaway in the current Backdoor Survival Book Festival.  I am pleased to welcome back Alex Smith as I introduce his latest book, Home Remedies.  In addition to answering a few prepping questions for us, Alex will be giving a copy of his book to one lucky reader.  More about that in a moment.

Home Remedies – A Primer for All of Us

Oh my gosh you are going to love this little book!  Alex refers to the book as “an excellent primer for the individual with limited experience in the application of home remedies”. 

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BDS Book Festival: Going Home, Surviving Home + Interview with A. American

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Today I share the next author interview and book giveaway in the latest Backdoor Survival Book Festival.  A. American, the author of Going Home and Surviving Home, is joining us today for an interview and is also providing one reader with a free copy of both books.

Enjoy the interview and be sure to check out the details of this week’s giveaway below.

An Interview with A. American

Tell me about your books, Going Home & Surviving Home. What are they about?

There are two, the first is Going Home and the sequel is Surviving Home. Going Home follows Morgan Carter on an odyssey across the state of Florida after all power, all cars simply quit.

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BDS Book Festival: Backyard Cuisine

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Today I share the next author interview and book giveaway in the latest Backdoor Survival Book Festival.  Steve Fonnesbeck, the author of Backyard Cuisine: Bringing Foraged Food to Your Table, is joining us today for an interview and is also providing one of reader with a free copy of his book.

Before we start, I need to tell you this: foraging and learning to deal with foraged food is important.  In one of the most dreaded of SHTF scenarios, there will be insufficient food to feed the masses, let alone our own families.

The intent of little book is to broaden your view of what you can eat and more important, how you can cook it. 

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BDS Book Festival: Expatriates + Interview With James Wesley Rawles

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Today I share the first author interview and book giveaway in the latest Backdoor Survival Book Festival.  James Wesley Rawles, the author of Expatriates: A Novel of the Coming Global Collapse, is joining us today for an interview and is also providing one reader with a free copy of his latest book.

As most of you know, James (or Jim as he likes to be called) is a prolific writer in addition to blogging at his website, SurvivalBlog.com.  Enjoy the interview and be sure to check out the details of this week’s giveaway below.

AN  INTERVIEW WITH James Wesley Rawles

Tell me about your novel, Expatriates.

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Backdoor Survival Book Festival 4.0

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Are you ready for the next Backdoor Book Festival?  Today I am launching the next in a series of book festivals featuring exclusive author interviews and of course, book giveaways.  Once again, I have some great new titles for you in both survival fiction and non-fiction genres.  In the mix you will find a wide range of topics and writing styles.  There is truly something for everyone.

It goes without saying that I am grateful to each of the authors and their publishers for being willing to open up and share their thoughts and their books with Backdoor Survival readers.

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Nifty Things Your Grandmother Knew

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A few weeks ago I was looking for some books that address old fashioned, tried and true ways of doing things.  When I found “How to Sew a Button and Other Nifty Things Your Grandmother Knew” I knew I was on to something.  After reading this little book of quirky wisdom cover to cover,  I knew that I had to share it with you.  It is witty, informative and in its own way sweet.  Not only that, the tips shared are from ten real grandmothers who lived through the Great Depression and contributed their knowledge to the book.

Reading through the chapters of How to Sew a Button is like paging through a depression-era manual on self-sufficiency. 

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