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. I read the entire book in two days which for me, is a huge accomplishment since it takes me a month to find the time to read most books. I have just started to read Event Horizon and am already hooked. You are going to love these books!
Enjoy the interview and be sure to check out the details of this week’s giveaway below.
An Encore Interview with Steve Konkoly
1. Given your background, knowledge and experience, what do you feel are the three most important survival or prepping skills?
Sorry if these are broad stroke answers, but the most important skills for me would be (not in this order) Campcraft (for outdoor living/travel familiarity), Gardening and First Aid. I can’t resist adding a few more. Firearms proficiency, carpentry (old school, no power) and any skills related to Homesteading.
2. What would you purchase if you only had $500 to spend on preparedness supplies?
With only $500 (to start I’ll assume), I’d purchase a Katadyn Vario water filter $80 and five replacement cartridges $70, a small camp stove ($20) and ten small bottles of propane ($30), $75 in dry food (beans and rice), $70 of MRE’s (10), a good serrated folding knife ($30), four person tent ($50), tarp large enough to fit over tent and leave room for dry area outside tent ($25), stormproof lighter ($25) and as much paracord as the rest will buy.
My goal is to create a quick Bug Out kit that the family can transport in the backpacks we have at home.
3. To what extent does your family participate in your personal preparedness efforts?
Without a doubt, I do most of the detail work and purchasing within the family. I put together the various bags, assemble Bug Out stockpiles, and constantly look for new ways to increase our family’s readiness.
The family takes an active role in garden and Campcraft projects (outdoor skills), which is important. They take the personal readiness plan seriously, but let me run the show…except for certain purchases. My wife takes a sudden interest when I suggest we might need a few thousand dollars of night vision gear. Overall, I need to engage them more in the plan and work required to enhance and maintain our disaster preparedness.
4. What is your favorite survival or pepping book? (It can be fiction or non-fiction.)
My favorite survival book is the SAS Survival Handbook. This never strays far from my Bug Out bag. I love the easy to understand descriptions and pictures…I need the pictures. With that said, I have numerous homesteading books for more practical advice on creating a more durable, prepared home.
5. Do you have anything else (announcement, message, personal experience) that you would like to share with the readers on Backdoor Survival?
Always appreciate a quick plug. Point of Crisis, Book Three in my post-apocalyptic, prepper-themed series will be available on July 30, 2014 in eBook and hardcopy format via Amazon.
Soon after that, I will publish a companion book to the series, which will explore topics of prepping and survival framed around the fiction books. This books is a collaboration with Randy Powers of Practical Tactical, a personal readiness consultant working out of Georgia. We’ll share our thoughts and personal experiences, with some basic, practical advice geared toward beginners. I expect this to hit the shelves in August. I don’t have a title for this one yet, but I’ll update you when it’s ready.
The Book Giveaway
Three personally signed sets of the first two books in the Perseid Collapse Series have been reserved for Backdoor Survival readers.
To enter the giveaway, you need to utilize the Rafflecopter form below. The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific next Thursday with the winner notified by email and announced in the Sunday Survival Buzz. Please note that the winner must claim their book within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.
The Final Word
I always enjoy working with authors that return for a second or even a third book festival. Each has a slightly different perspective on preparedness and it is always fun to get a glimpse into their personal lives as it related to preparedness.
I hope you will enter the giveaway to win your own copy of this fabulous new book!
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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With Boston collapsing faster than Alex Fletcher predicted, his personal rescue mission deep into the heart of an increasingly unfamiliar city reaches a critical point. Pursued by a ruthless militia group and forced to navigate a treacherous landscape, he runs a gauntlet of grim decisions and impossible odds to reach perceived safety. Perceived because nothing is safe in the world rapidly emerging after the “event.”
In Maine, the consequences of a random, deadly encounter has left Kate Fletcher and her travel companions in a state of perpetual fear. Finally reaching the Fletcher’s western Maine retreat, they prepare for the worst—not truly understanding what that means to rogue militia leader, Eli Russell. Nothing can prepare them for what he is willing to unleash. A series of lethal coincidences fuels Eli’s ghastly strategy to raise a private army, planting the Fletcher’s firmly at the intersection of his shocking desires—and the epicenter of his rage.
The human darkness released on August 19, 2019 threatens to tear the fabric of society apart, until nothing remains but a distant memory of the past. Event Horizon sets the stage for an epic clash to keep those memories alive and restore hope to a battered nation.
Bargain Bin: Today is all about books. Listed below are all of the books in the current Backdoor Survival Book Festival. There are both fiction and non-fiction titles and a bit of something for everyone.
Note: If you covet an e-Book reader, consider the Kindle. Prices start at $119 although a basic kindle is only $69. And if not, at the very least pick up the free Kindle app so that you can read Kindle books on your PC or favorite electronic device.
Summer 2014 Book Festival #6 – Fiction
Day After Disaster
Jingling Our Change (Liberty Dying Series Book 1)
Nanny State Nightmare (Liberty Dying Book 2)
The Shadow Patriots
Survivor Max: Too Smart to Die
Event Horizon (The Perseid Collapse Post Apocalyptic Series Book 2)
Sanctuary: A Postapocalyptic Novel
299 Days: The War
Bishop’s Song (Holding Their Own Book 6)
Summer 2014 Book Festival #6 – Non-Fiction
The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Our World from Scratch
Food Storage for Self-Sufficiency and Survival: The Essential Guide for Family Preparedness
The Practical Prepper: A Common-Sense Guide to Preparing for Emergencies
The Prepper’s Complete Book of Disaster Readiness: Life-Saving Skills, Supplies, Tactics and Plans
Duct Tape 911: The Many Amazing Medical Things You Can Do to Tape Yourself Together
The Prepper’s Blueprint: The Step-By-Step Guide To Help You Through Any Disaster
Countdown to Preparedness: The Prepper’s 52 Week Course to Total Disaster Readiness
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No list of books would be complete without my own book, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage.
The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage is a book about food: What to store, how to store it and best practices. It is a roadmap for showing ordinary citizens that long-term food storage is not something that will overwhelm or burden the family budget. It is based on my own tried and true experience as someone who has learned to live the preparedness lifestyle by approaching emergency preparedness and planning in a systematic, step-by-step manner.
Whether you simply want to prepare for natural disasters or whether you believe the world is headed toward a major food crisis, this book is for you. It covers basic tips and techniques you can use to stock your food storage pantry so that you can be assured that your family will have food to eat, no matter what.