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.  . . . Read More

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.

What the heck is a book festival? . . . Read More

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

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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. . . . Read More

Spring 2014 Book Festival: Phoenix Island + Giveaway

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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.  . . . Read More

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.  . . . Read More

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. . . . Read More

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. . . . Read More

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. . . . Read More

Is It Realistic to Grow Your Own Groceries?

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At one time or another, every prepper will ask him or herself:  could I become 100% self-reliant in terms of providing food for myself and my family?

Many will say, no, that is not possible. Heck, a couple of weeks ago I even mentioned that I was all but giving up on my food garden. I have very little space and only a few hours of direct sunlight a day coupled with a short growing season.  There are also critters that eat everything in sight.  What is left is a modest container garden on a small deck with herbs and greens as the definitive crop. . . . Read More

Spring 2014 Book Festival: The Pantry Primer

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The next book in the Backdoor Survival Spring 2014 Book Festival is The Pantry Primer: How to Build a One Year Food Supply in Three Months.  Daisy Luther, the author, is a prolific writer and blogger.  She is also a member of  my “Prepared Bloggers” group – a very special community of abut 100 bloggers with prepping, homesteading and self-reliance websites.

Naturally, I have a print copy of Daisy’s book to giveaway, but first, enjoy the interview!

An Interview with Daisy Luther

Tell me about your book, The Pantry Primer. . . . Read More

Spring 2014 Book Festival: Leaving the Trees

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Today is Saturday which means it is time for the next author interview and giveaway in the current Backdoor Survival Spring 2014 Book Festival.  Richard Broome, the author of LEAVING THE TREES, is someone I have come to know over these past months.  As with many of our book festival authors, we have become virtual friends, each having a respect for the other’s talents.

You have enjoyed Richard’s two think pieces, THE COMING CYBER WAR and  BUILDING A CULTURE OF PREPAREDNESS and now he joining us for an interview.  . . . Read More

Spring 2014 Book Festival: The Prepper’s Cookbook

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Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the current Backdoor Survival Spring 2014 Book Festival.  Today I welcome Tess Pennington, the author of The Prepper’s Cookbook.

As we do each week, Tess is joining us for an interview and is also providing one lucky reader with a free copy of her book.  And what a good one this is!  Although it is billed as a cookbook, it is much more than that.  There are chapters on building your pantry, water storage, preserving your food and one of my favorite chapters, alternative ingredients. . . . Read More

Spring 2014 Book Festival: Survival Fiction from Steve Konkoly

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With recent news of a potential pandemic reaching the shores of North America, it is timely that this week’s entries in the Backdoor Survival Spring 2014 Book Festival are two novels by Steven Konkoly.

Not to scare the you-know-what out of you, but Steve has written two books, The Jakarta Pandemic and The Perseid Collapse featuring protagonist Alex Fletcher both during and after a lethal pandemic emerges and rages unchecked throughout the world.

These are the types of thrillers I read for enjoyment.  Nutsy cuckoo, I know, but the truth is, these types of books allow me to step beyond my role as a kinder, gentler prepper and force me to go deep down in my thinking process to identify the steps and strategies I would undertake in a similar situation. . . . Read More

Spring 2014 Book Festival: Prepper’s Complete Book of Disaster Readiness + Giveaway

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Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the current Backdoor Survival Spring 2014 Book Festival.  Jim Cobb, the author of The Prepper’s Complete Book of Disaster Readiness, is joining us for an interview and is also providing one lucky reader with a free copy of hisbook.

This is an extra special interview because Jim is a member of my “Prepared Bloggers” group – a very special community of abut 100 bloggers with prepping, homesteading and self-reliance websites.

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

Are You Living a Strategic Life?

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A couple of years ago, my friend George Ure (UrbanSurvival.com) and I sat down and wrote an e-book titled 11 Steps to Living a Strategic Life: A Guide to Survival During Uncertain Times.

To this day, our little e-book remains something that the two of us are quite proud of and something that we both use as a personal roadmap to living our self-reliant lives in an upbeat and positive manner.

In celebration of  Spring, for the next week we will be discounting 11 Steps to 99 cents – that is 67% off the normal price of $2.99. . . . Read More

Spring 2014 Book Festival: Flight of the Bowyer

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Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the current Backdoor Survival Spring 2014 Book Festival.  Kenneth Lewis, the author of Flight of the Bowyer, is joining us for an interview and is also providing one lucky reader 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 Kenneth R. Lewis

Tell me about your book, “Flight of the Bowyer”. What is it about?

An ex-cop must choose between the life of his young son and the life of a corrupt United States president as they are pursued by assassins through Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountain wilderness.

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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. . . . Read More

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.  . . . Read More

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.

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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. . . . Read More

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.  . . . Read More

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. . . . Read More

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?”. . . . Read More

BDS Book Festival – The Pocket Guide to Wild Mushrooms

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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.  . . . Read More