Summer/Fall 2014 Book Festival: Countdown to Preparedness + Giveaway

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Today I am thrilled to welcome back Jim Cobb for another interview and giveaway in the Summer/Fall 2014 Backdoor Survival Book Festival.  This week we are featuring Jim’s popular book, Countdown to Preparedness: The Prepper’s 52 Week Course to Total Disaster Readiness.

So what is it that I like so much about this book?  In classic, Backdoor Survival style, Jim guides you through the steps to becoming a full-fledged prepper in just 52 weeks. Each chapter represents a single week with a summary page of assignments at the end of each week. 

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Summer/Fall 2014 Book Festival: The Knowledge How to Rebuild Our World from Scratch

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How would you go about rebuilding a technological society from scratch?  I find the question is both troubling and interesting.

Now that I have piqued your interest, today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the Summer/Fall 2014 Backdoor Survival Book Festival.  Lewis Dartnell, the author of The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Our World from Scratch is here to answer some questions and of course, to award one lucky reader with a copy of his book.

Before starting, let me say that without question, this is the most fascinating and unique book ever presented in a BDS book festival. 

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Summer/Fall 2014 Book Festival: Joe Nobody & Bishop\'s Song + Giveaway

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Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the Summer/Fall 2014 Backdoor Survival Book Festival.  Joe Nobody, the author of the hugely popular “Holding Their Own” series, is back with book #6, Bishop’s Song plus another interview with all new questions.  As always, there is another book giveaway, too.

I know that many Backdoor Survival readers are fan’s of Joe’s, both for his instructional survival guidebooks and his entire “Holding Their Own” series.  He is a prolific writer with eight books now available in the fictional series with fans coming back again and again to read each new book in the series.

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Summer/Fall 2014 Book Festival: Collective Retribution + Giveaway

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Next up on the Summer/Fall 2014 Backdoor Survival Book Festival is a another piece of prophetic fiction, this time from author D.S. Edwards.  The book is Collective Retribution and it is quite the thriller, relating a tale of what we hope will never happen.

D.S. is here to answer the book festival questions and to award three lucky readers with a copy of his book.

Before starting, without, be a spoiler, let me say this.  Collective Retribution is going to open your mind to the ramifications of a collapse of the Unites State of America and the rise of a rogue government. 

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Summer/Fall 2014 Book Festival: Survivor Max + Giveaway

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Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the latest Backdoor Survival Book Festival.  And what a treat I have for you today!

Davi Barker, the author of Survivor Max: Too Smart to Die, is joining us for his first Backdoor Survival interview and will award one lucky reader with a copy of his book.

As one reviewer put it:  “How does a fifth-grader survive on his own?  It’s Home Alone with zombies!”  Now honestly, although this is a children’s book, I needed to lighten up one evening so I read it myself. 

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Summer 2014 Book Festival: Sanctuary + Giveaway

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The next author interview and giveaway in the Summer 2014 Backdoor Survival Book Festival is G. Michael Hopf and his latest book, Sanctuary: A Postapocalyptic Novel.

He is here not only to answer some new interview questions, but also to award one lucky reader with a set of all three books in his New World Series. Is that cool or what?

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

An Encore Interview with G. Michael Hopf

Given your background, knowledge and experience, what do you feel are the three most important survival or prepping skills?

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Summer 2014 Book Festival: 299 Days The War + Giveaway

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Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the Summer 2014 Backdoor Survival Book Festival.  Glen Tate, the author of the 299 Days Series, is back again for another interview with all-new questions plus, of course a book giveaway.  This time, the featured book is 299 Days: The War.

You might remember that Glen was one of the very first participants in a Backdoor Survival Book festival.  I am thrilled that he is back and excited to be reading book number eight in the 299 Days Series.

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Summer 2014 Book Festival: The Provident Prepper

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Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the Summer 2014 Backdoor Survival Book Festival.  Kylene and Jonathan Jones, the authors of The Provident Prepper: A Common-Sense Guide to Preparing for Emergencies are here to answer some questions and of course, to award one lucky reader with a copy of their book.

I am going to be extremely brief in sharing my thoughts about this book. In my not so humble opinion, this well written, well document handbook is as good or better than anything I could have written myself!

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Friday Flash Giveaway: Rivers by Michael Farris Smith

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Today I am taking a break from the usual Friday fare to host a “Flash Giveaway”.  What the heck is that?  By my own definition, a flash giveaway is a short-term, three day giveaway promotion that I pop into the schedule when preps, life, and simply too much to do gets the the way of blogging.

Today I have three copies of the novel Rivers up for grabs.  You might remember that Rivers: A Novel by Michael Farris Smith, was featured earlier this year in a BDS Book Festival.  Now you might be asking why this book over others?

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Summer 2014 Book Festival: Forsaking Home by A. American + Giveaway

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The Summer 2014 Backdoor Survival Book Festival continues.  This time, A. American is back for another interview plus, he is giving away his complete four book Survivalist Series to one lucky Backdoor Survival reader.

For those of you that are not familiar with A. American, his Survivalist series is an action packed series of books that follow the trials and tribulations of Morgan Carter.  In book #1, Going Home, Morgan’s vehicle breaks down 250 miles from his home.  Coincidentally, the nation’s power grid has collapsed and there is no electricity, no running water, no Internet, and no way to know when normalcy will be restored.

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Summer 2014 Book Festival: Prepper’s Long-Term Survival Guide

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Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the Summer 2014 Backdoor Survival Book Festival.  Jim Cobb, the author of the Prepper’s Long-Term Survival Guide, is back again for another interview with all new questions plus, of course a book giveaway.

I would like to start by saying a few words about the book itself.  This is not a re-hash of the FEMA handbook recommending a 3 day kit and some water.  Rather, this a true handbook for what I will call the “gentleman survivalist”.  By that I mean a mainstream man or or woman that wants to prepared for the long term, incorporating survivalist strategies in a practical manner without resorting to living in a tree-house in the woods.

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Summer 2014 Book Festival: The Shadow Patriots + Giveaway

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Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the Summer 2014 Backdoor Survival Book Festival.  Warren Ray, the author of The Shadow Patriots, is here to answer some questions and of course, to award one lucky reader with a copy of his book.

The first page of The Shadow Patriots begins with what I believe is the author’s dedication.  Whatever the technical term, he says:

“To my fellow patriots, may you all have the courage to come out of the shadows and stand tall.”

Those are powerful words and the perfect backdrop for Warren’s thriller that blends current events with a sobering fictional tale that seems to be unfolding into reality one day at a time. 

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Summer 2014 Book Festival: Food Storage for Self-Sufficiency + Giveaway

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Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the Summer 2014 Backdoor Survival Book Festival.  Angela Paskett, the author of Food Storage for Self-Sufficiency and Survival, is here to answer some questions and of course, to award one lucky reader with a copy of her book.

Before starting, let me tell you a little bit about the book.  Angela’s book is an in-depth guide that addresses all sorts of food storage dilemmas  There are foods for 72 hour kits, foods for three month kits, and foods for long-term, or what I like to call “deep storage”.

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Summer 2014 Book Festival: Event Horizon + Giveaway

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Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the Summer 2014 Backdoor Survival Book Festival.  Steve Konkoly, the author of Event Horizon  is back again for another interview with all new questions plus a really great giveaway.

Steve is offering three Backdoor Survival readers with personally signed copies of the first two books in the “The Perseid Collapse Post Apocalyptic Series”, The Perseid Collapse and Event Horizon.  That means there will be three winners!  Don’t you just love the generosity of our book festival authors?

Before we start, I have to tell you that The Perseid Collapse (book #1) was a real page turner. 

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Summer 2014 Book Festival: Duct Tape 911-The Many Amazing Medical Things You Can Do to Tape Yourself Together

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Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the Summer 2014 Backdoor Survival Book Festival.  James Hubbard aka The Survival Doctor, is the author of Duct Tape 911: The Many Amazing Medical Things You Can Do to Tape Yourself Together.

You might remember James from the Fall/Winter 2013 Book Festival where we featured his book Living Ready Pocket Manual – First Aid: Fundamentals for Survival.  This time around, he takes duct tape, that ubiquitous prepper basic, and shows us how to use this inexpensive prep to work minor medical miracles. 

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Summer 2014 Book Festival: Day After Disaster

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Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the Summer 2014 Backdoor Survival Book Festival.  Sara Hathaway, the author of Day After Disaster, is here to answer some questions and of course, to award one lucky reader with a copy of her book.

When Sara first reached out to me, she said:

‘As an individual extremely concerned about the future of our world and our survival in it, I found your blog very insightful and I was thrilled that you have a section on fictional novels about this subject.

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Summer 2014 Book Festival: The Prepper’s Blueprint + Giveaway

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Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the Summer 2014 Backdoor Survival Book Festival.  Tess Pennington, the author of The Prepper’s Blueprint: The Step-By-Step Guide To Help You Through Any Disaster, is back again for another interview with all new questions plus, of course, a book giveaway.

Before starting, I just want to say that before getting my hands on this book, I assumed that it would be more of the same.  There are a ton of prepping books out there and when you have read and reviewed as many as I have, the lines of distinction start to blur. 

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The Summer 2014 Backdoor Survival Book Festival

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It is time to launch a brand new Backdoor Survival Book Festival and what a great line up I have for you!  Not only are there lots of books, but many of the authors are including multiple book sets and multiple winners in their giveaway.  This is the 6th book festival and to me, it seems as though they get better and better with each round.

Before I start, for the benefit of the Backdoor Survival newbies, let me tell about the Backdoor Survival book festivals and how they work.

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Spring 2014 Book Festival: Jake & Miller’s Big Adventure

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Today I wrap up the Backdoor Survival Spring 2014 Book Festival with a final, special treat.  My friend Bernie Carr is back along with the perfect book for young readers, Jake and Miller’s Big Adventure: A Prepper’s Book for Kids

As with a number of the other author’s in this round, Bernie is a member of my “Prepared Bloggers” group – a very special community of about 110 bloggers with prepping, homesteading and self-reliance websites.  I like to think of our group as the best prepping and homesteading support group on the planet.

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Spring 2014 Book Festival: Phoenix Island

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Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the current Backdoor Survival Spring 2014 Book Festival.  This week Mark Shepard, the editor of Charlotte Paul’s Phoenix Island, is on board to tell us about the book, it’s re-launch in 2014, and about himself.

You might be interested in learning that the author (when she was living) as well as Mark and myself, reside in the San Juan Islands of Washington State.  That is where the story unfolds.  As Mark will tell you, this is a story of survival that follows a tsunami and tidal wave right in our own back yard. 

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Leaving the Trees: More Lessons of Survival

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As someone who has been prepping for awhile, I cast a wary eye on new books and new websites that re-hash the some old stuff I have been both learning and writing about for these past three and a half years.  This is not to say that I am a know it all – I am not – but that I have eyeball fatigue with an inability to focus my attention on those things I know well.

What all this means is that when something comes along that presents survival and preparedness in a new context, I pay attention. 

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Spring 2014 Book Festival: The Prepper’s Pocket Guide

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I almost started out by saying “today I share a very special entry in the current Backdoor Survival Spring 2014 Book Festival”.  The problem with that is they are all special – or so it seems.  So let me skip that part and get right to it with this week’s author interview and book giveaway.

This week’s book is “The Prepper’s Pocket Guide” by Bernie Carr. Believe it or not, this is one of the very first purely prepping books I read and reviewed (Prepper’s Pocket Guide: The Survival Guide for the Rest of Us) way back when Backdoor Survival was the new kid on the block.

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Flash Giveaway: Ron Brown’s Olive Oil Lamps &c.

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Are you ready for something new?  How about a Flash Giveaway?  I know what you are saying:
“What the heck is that?”

A flash giveaway is a quick opportunity to win something cool by just clicking a few links.   This makes it easy for you and easy for me.  Although I have shied away from sweepstakes types of giveaways in the past, I have so much stuff ready to go that I needed an efficient way to get it out to you.  Who said old gals cannot learn new tricks?

Today’s giveaway is for a print copy of Ron Brown’s Book 2: Olive Oil Lamps &c.

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Spring 2014 Book Festival: Fury of the Fifth Angel

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Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the current Backdoor Survival Spring 2014 Book Festival.  Chris Hoffman, half of the father and son author team of the disaster thriller, Fury of the Fifth Angel, is joining us for an interview plus a book giveaway.

Between the two of them, Chris and Pat have sixty-five combined years working for electric and gas utility organizations. Their book is a natural disaster story about what else?  An EMP and the woes of the electric power grid.  Of course it is a lot more than that as the storyline focuses on both the  the very real possibility of the book scenario and the human survival aspect of the characters.

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