Prepper Book Festival 8: Game Changer by Chris Bostic

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Today I share the next author interview and book giveaway in the Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival 8.  Chris Bostic, the author of Game Changer, is back for an encore interview and shares his answers to some new questions.  He is also providing one reader with a free copy of his book. Not only that, the winner can choose either a print book or an eBook.

Some of you may recall his previous two books, Fugitives from Northwoods and Rebellion in Northwoods.  This newest book, Game Changer, is an adventure book that starts with a storm and ends in one calamity after another. Who out there has not had something start out as a minor inconvenience and go south from there?  I am certain that we all have been there and done that!

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In case you have not noticed, with each successful interview, our book festival authors are presented with increasing in depth questions.  This one is no different.  Enjoy the interview then be sure to check in below to learn about the giveaway.

An Interview with Chris Bostic, Author of Game Changer

One question on everyone’s mind is what they would do if a disaster or even a collapse occurred in their own back yard. If that happened to you, would you bug-in or bug-out and why.

I would bug out. I’m in a pretty dense suburban environment without a big stockpile of my own supplies.

My safe place is in the country a couple hours outside of the city (assuming I can get there, fingers crossed). Our cabin is well-stocked with firewood and other essentials, and I feel like it would have to be a lot safer in a remote, much less populated area.

If you did decide to hunker down and bug-in, what items would you include for comfort? Or would you?

Comfort to me would be something fairly limited. Assuming the power is out, that knocks out pretty much all of the addictive electronic devices. So I see myself outdoors a lot: gardening, hiking, exploring, hunting and fishing.

Since I have the supplies pretty much in place at the cabin to do all that, I suppose comfort would come in the form of a few special treats/candy and forms of entertainment like lanterns, playing cards, books…

Home defense and protection from the bad guys is a big deal. That said, not everyone is prepared or even qualified to use firearms. What do you recommend in that case?

I would urge training in the use of firearms now, before SHTF. But given the constraints, a measure of home defense could be done with Tasers, pepper spray, baseball bats, samurai swords. Maybe self-defense classes?

I’ve never really thought of the unarmed. I’ve spent a lot more time debating the merits of shotgun versus pistol, followed by calibers, hiding places.

These days, it seems as though a new book about survival or preparedness is released daily. How is your book different from the others and why should we read it?

Great question. There certainly are a number of survival books out there. I would have to say that mine is more than just a survival story.

Beside the gripping run for your life, edge of your seat tension, it’s a novel-length story about group dynamics, independence vs. interdependence, and all with a little hint of romance. There’s something for everyone. And like all my other books, though it is technically young adult, I’ve found a bigger audience with adults than with their teen children. Adventure stories are timeless, and without upper age limits.

How’s this for a teaser? I like to think of Game Changer as a bit like Deliverance…for teens. Definitely PG, not even PG-13.

What is your favorite survival, disaster, or post-apocalyptic film or TV show?

I’m going back a long way with these, but a couple of my favorite survival/disaster films would have to be The Poseidon Adventure and The Great Escape. Those types of escape stories are the ones that really get me lost in an adventure world and have in at least some small way served to influence my writing.

It is said that everyone has a book inside them. What advice do you have for the budding author?

Think persistence and realism in equal doses. Writing a book is no easy feat, though I find it gets easier with practice. I’ve gone from writing a first draft in six months to six weeks or less.

But there’s another type of persistence needed too. It’s a tough business to break into successfully in that the market is oversaturated. So understand that success will likely amount to simply finishing a book, or hopefully pleasing a dedicated core of fans rather than tens of thousands.

The reality is that writing will be no more than a hobby for 99.99% of those that try it. Maybe even a few more decimal places.

Also, be willing to take criticism and grow from it. I’m thankful to have never had my work brutally criticized, but even a small critique needs to be brought onboard with an open mind. Stop and think. Step away from your work for a while. Always seek out reviews, and grow from them. No one’s first draft is perfect. Not even their third or fourth, sometimes. So don’t give up. If it’s meant to be, you’ll find a way—as long as you work at it.

The Giveaway

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The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific next Tuesday with the winner notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article.  Please note that the winner must claim their book within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.

The Final Word

Having boated in the waters of Puget Sound for over 20 years, any book that describes a disaster or pending disaster in a water based environment captures my imagination.  The opening pages of Game Changer did just that.  You just can not imagine what can go wrong while fighting with Mother Nature.

Wait, yes you can.  As a prepper-type, you know about such things!

It is my belief that you will enjoy Chris’s latest book.  Be sure to enter the giveaway to win a copy of your own for free!

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye

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Spotlight:  Game Changer by Chris Bostic

A float trip takes a dangerous turn for the worse, as six teenagers are stranded in the wilderness of the southern Missouri Ozarks.  At the end of summer, six teens set off on a last adventure before high school resumes. Shortly into the rural Missouri float trip, the group is tested by a number of obstacles, both natural and manmade.

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When a friend is unexpectedly incapacitated, an unlikely pair sets off on their own to find help. The challenges compound at a breakneck pace, and the difficulties they stumble across along the way test them to their limits.  Will Tom bring back help in time to save his best friend?

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Prepper Book Festival 8 – Non-Fiction

Tools for Survival: What You Need to Survive When You’re on Your Own
The Organic Canner
The NEW 2000-Hour Flashlight
The Garden Pool – Feed Your Family From Your Backyard Ecosystem
Survival Savvy Family: How to Be Your Best During the Absolute Worst
Doctor Prepper’s Making the Best of Basics Family Preparedness Handbook – Version 12.5
The Prepper’s Financial Guide
Practical Prepping: No Apocalypse Required: An Everyday Approach to Disaster Preparedness

Prepper Book Festival 8 – Fiction

After the Crumble (Volume 1)
A Time to Endure (Strengthen What Remains)
Aftermath: A Story of Survival
Resurrecting Home: A Novel (The Survivalist Series)
Game Changer

Plus: The Preppers Guide to Food Storage

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Prepper Book Festival 8: Game Changer by Chris Bostic — 42 Comments

  1. To make sure all windows are secure. I had one window blown so hard it fell out. I hadbto try and hold it in place until the storm was over. I got soaked.

  2. In 1999 shortly after moving in to my current home a hurricane blew through. We have a sump pump I didn’t realize it wasn’t installed correctly and I didn’t have a backup or generator. I had to temporarily correct the plumbing as best I could while the pump ran and pray it didn’t fail or the power go out. As soon as things returned to normal and more importantly, hardware stores had a chance to receive more inventory I purchased 2 spare pumps and a generator. Oh and fixed the plumbing!

  3. We had a snow storm that dumped 28 inches of snow after several days of 18 degrees below weather. Our pipes burst and handle to turn off water broke off as we tried to turn water off. With 28 inches of snow outside it took over an hour to find water main in yard. (We had just moved in only a couple of months prior and had not yet located the water main). The city was shut down and crippled for several days and we could not get a plumber for 4 days. We made an adventure out of it and learned a lot of prepping lessons in those 4 days!

  4. A tornado rolled through the northern part of our county. Power was out 3 days, which meant no water (we’re on a well) in the middle of summer. With 3 young children, 1 in diapers, it was rough keeping cool and clean. Night with no lights was scary for them. Battery lanterns helped. BBQ’d a lot and used the RV generator to run the refrigerator off and on. Most nerve racking was the previous rain fall that caused our 2 sump pumps in the basement to run frequently, we had to empty manually to prevent the basement from flooding. BUT, no injuries in town, a few roofs damaged and hundreds of downed trees and power lines, but everyone was safe.

  5. When the derecho came through here three years ago, we were out of power for twenty minutes short of seven full days. Daily temps were in the mid-nineties. Living out in the country, among the several lessons I learned is that there is no substitute for good neighbors, because two of them showed up with portable backup generators. I now have one in my garage, but we would have been in serious trouble then without their help.

  6. The worst storm we’ve experienced was 2013 when the city had a bad ice storm and power was knocked out for almost a month, right at Christmas. Fortunately we were in an area that did not lose power so we got our grandchildren early(divorce situation)because the ex’s family lost power. We would have been okay, we have a standby generator and I have supplies, water to keep us going for quite a while.
    Other than that back in the late 60’s growing up we had a snow storm that shut us down for about a week. The snow blew so deep that my dad had to climb out the second story window to unblock the front door. We were kids then and the extra week off school was great. Parents didn’t think so as my baby brother was still in diapers and the service mom had couldn’t get clean nappies to us. It was then mom discovered disposable diapers. One of our neighbors had a snowmobile and did runs to the store for the neighborhood and got the families milk, bread and diapers for the families that had babies. Most of the families I grew up with always had “extras on hand and grills. We didn’t have a generator so we just wore our snow clothes in the house and bundled up.

  7. I wish I could tell you a great story but I live in S Cali so we dont get storms, but i certainly enjoy reading sll the othet stories:)

  8. It had to have been in the late 60’s, after I had just gotten my private pilot’s license. I was going into Oklahoma city and had just landed at an airport a few miles east of the airport I was going to because they were the only one that took my particular brand of credit card to purchase fuel. I could see a storm coming from the west, but another pilot, who just landed for fuel also, said he just came through and if I hurried I could make it. Myself, my wife, and a cousin jumped in and took off. I could see a mean looking cloud but thought I could make it. Just getting my pilot license, I didn’t know what a “curtain cloud” was. I soon found out. I had to get below 1000 feet to get under it, but as soon as I did, I found out I made a horrible mistake. Heads started hitting the ceiling, and we all tighten our seat belts. I tried to turn around but it took me 15 miles just to turn around. I saw an airport just ahead and knew I was going to try to land. Without identifying it, I lined up to land. No radio communication, I landed. I was able to get to a tie down spot and chain the airplane to the parking spot about 2 seconds before the rain started. After along time setting in the plane, the rain finally stopped and we went into the pilots lounge to where the operator said that his wind gauge only went to 75 mph, and when I landed, it was pegged.
    I soon found out what a “curtain cloud” was and have never seen another one in all my years of flying.
    That was the worst storm I have seen.

  9. I, too, have spent most of my life in Southern California so have not experienced much. But now that I’ve moved to Wisconsin, I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before I will have stories to tell.

  10. We were caught in a deluge that was from one of the outer bands of a hurricane. The rain came down so fast we could barely see, and the streets flooded quickly. We had no choice about being out because we had to pick up a child from school. Obviously it would be better not to go out.

  11. I live in Southern California, so have never really had much storm experience…though any time it rains here people freak out.

  12. Birmingham Georgia has one of the best weather men in our nation. James Spann tells it exactly like it is and is going to be without hype or drama. He predicted a snow storm accurately. We all had a chance to prepare adequately. Unfortunately when the snow melted and everyone was back to normal, we still had no power due to the fact our line went through dense woods. All the other apartment buildings but 2 others were on different lines. After two days of being totally snowed-in we could get out on the roads. I had packed my refrigerator that was on the porch with snow and kept everything perfectly cold. When the snow melted it just ran off the balcony. We could get enough ice to handle it for the extra days we were dark. Even my lettuce survived well although we were forced to eat the ice cream first. I had gas logs so could cook on them. I bought book lamps for all of us and we enjoyed a few days with the library books I had stocked up on. We just snugged under a blanket and were perfectly comfortable.

  13. We had a tornado blow through here several years ago before I started prepping. The power was out for 4 days in the summer in south Texas and we were miserable. That will never happen again, as far as having no power.

  14. We had an ice storm that put out electricity, telephone, and internet for a week. I had ebooks on my tablet computer, in addition to printed books. and a cell phone for communications. I ran my gasoline generator intermittently to keep the refrigerator and freezer cold. Cooking was on my propane stove so it was not affected. To charge the cell phone and tablets I made use of a 45 watt solar cell setup with a 12 volt marine battery, it also provided some light at night (using cfl lights). I learned that I need to keep the generator operational and fueled! Also, have enough food on hand to last out, at least, a short term emergency. Keep reading material around that you would like to read but haven’t. Finally, stay calm.

  15. The worst storm in my experience is the week long snow storm with power outage. I learned that relying on one thing is a bad way to go. Neighbors had to move in then their all electric house became a cold, cold place. Being able to pull water from a well besides melting snow for water was helpful too.

  16. I was born and raised in Arkansas. Tornadoes, electrical storms, etc…, were a fact of life. Power outages, were common, but we were always ready. What is called prepping now, was just common sense, then. You canned food, drive it, smoked it, etc…, every year, as food was in season, or at slaughtering time. It was a way of life, at least among our family and friends. You knew what would happen, so you did what you could to get ready. I have lived in California for 37 years now, and am still shocked, at how few people here, know what to do, or how to do it. The only people here, that know how to grow food, preserve it, stock a pantry, and stock emergency supplies, that I have met are from the south, or from other countries. Having experienced the Whittier, and the Oakland quakes, and watched the the people freak out, I have been shocked at the way they acted, and how little they had done before hand in helping themselves, to be ready for such an event. I mean, what is there to think about? You just do it because you know it will happen, you just don’t know when.

  17. Not much to tell from S.W. Idaho, with the exception of some pretty nasty wind storms. Nothing to the effect of a hurricane or tornado, per say, but strong enough to knock out the power in the region for a couple of days. Growing up, we kept our kerosine lanterns handy at all times, as you never knew when the wind would pick up and kill the power then proceed to fill the house with sand/dust. Usually this was during the spring, but the unfortunate time when it was during the heat of summer or worse, dead of winter, when we couldn’t use the pellet stove, was most inconvenient.

  18. My brother and I were outside watching a tornado just north of us. We finally thought it was time to get inside, even though it would miss us. When we got to the door it wouldn’t open. We really had to summon up a lot of strength to get that door open. Things can happen in a familiar situation that you don’t expect.

  19. I thought that you might like to know that there is problem on Rafflecopter. I can’t get “Free Entry” and “Confirm Your Subscription” take my address. I can enter the others with no problem. Maybe RC has a problem. This is the second time that this has happened. I could have a problem but nothing has changed with my pc. It was running fine and then this.

  20. Not many storms in SoCal to talk about now but when I lived in Colorado, we had a bad snow storm that pushed the snow up against the door and I couldn’t get out for 3 days. The snow plows didn’t come either so I was stuck but somehow was still expected to get to work (argh). I learned sometimes you have to rely on yourself to get out. I shoveled best I could and eventually it started melting. The car would not have made it (I tried and got stuck). I could have walked the 5 miles to work, but really? I guess those with snowmobiles made it to work (or snowshoes!)

  21. Our worst storm was Snowmaggedon in 2010. The snow was so deep they needed
    front loaders and road graders to remove it, then the melting and refreezing your tires
    in the slush. I opened the back door to let the dog out and the snow fell into the house, 3 feet of snow in 24 hours.

  22. i was living in a 20′ Earthworks TP in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina when I noticed my water froze in my wash pan. So I continued to gather materials to have a cabin instead. Now I have several buildings some heated some not.

  23. Driving in the Arizona desert, I got caught in a terrible downpour. Could barely see past the hood of the car. I knew I had to pull over, but had to get higher up before I did and hope I didn’t get stuck. We had suitcases in a cartop carrier and discovered wet clothes when we finally got to the motel. Hope I never see that much water all at once ever again.

  24. I was setting up for an elk hunt when it started raining, then sleet followed by snow and the requisite high winds. We got set up and the next morning woke up to 10 inches of snow. During the night I would wake up with the tent side almost touching me so I would just whack the side of the tent to get the snow to roll off. Did that several times during the night but it was better than having the tent collapse from the weight. Over the next few days we got more snow and had temps below zero. We were a little concerned about getting out but eventually after 5 days and some tactical snow removal we got out. The experience was great and we enjoyed the time but we were ultimately unsuccessful in getting an elk.

  25. We lived in an apartment complex in Washington when the Inauguration Day Storm hit. A VERY large pine tree fell between buildings, missing ours by feet. I learned that though trees are pretty and the shade is great for keeping the house cool, you need to make sure that any bad limbs are trimmed immediately and that the root system is sufficient to keep the tree upright.

  26. I was in Japan during the big earthquake of Mar 2011. We went for 3 days in the frigid winter of northern Japan without heat, electricity or running water. Thank goodness we had an emergency kit.

  27. We got caught out on the lake in our boat at the start of a storm. The water was extremely rough and it was difficult to get off the lake and get our boat loaded. Since then we have learned to keep a closer eye on the weather and to always take a weather radio with us and to use it, even when we think the skies look clear. Storms can come up very quickly and if you are in a vulnerable situation you need to keep a very close eye on it.

  28. I haven’t had any terrible, horrible storm experiences. However, a few years ago, one of the ‘hurricanes’ came through our area – however, we had no rain, only a severe wind storm. The whole town lost electricity. We live a couple miles outside of town; our power was out only overnight. However, at my place of employment, a doctor’s office in town, we were without power from Sunday evening until Thursday. It was September, and the weather was great – not too hot nor too cold. We had screens, so we opened windows, and temps in the building were fine. We brought in propane lamps and flashlights. Our schedule and billing systems were computerized, so we basically became a walk-in clinic for a few days and used paper to document. Our phone system didn’t work, so we plugged one basic phone in, to take incoming calls, and used cell phones for outgoing calls. All in all, it was a fairly benign learning experience!

  29. Worst storm experience was a winter snow/ice storm. we (along with 1000’s of others) were without electricity for a week and the roads were impassable. We didn’t have a wood burning stove at the time and we relied only on a small space heater plugged into a small gas generator for heat, until that is when we ran out of gas! we had our beloved dog who suffered from old age dog health issues and the cold temps sent her into a downward spiral and she had a seizure then coma and then passed away. all of the other struggles we endured during that week pale in comparison to losing someone we loved so much. It still gets to me to this day. I guarantee you that we have taken steps to prepare ourselves to better endure if we ever face that situation again.

  30. Once upon a time, I lived in upstate NY. One October we experienced a freak ice storm. It affected a fairly large section of the community I lived in, but we were without power for a week. We gave all of the food in our freezer to the Fire House who was set up to feed those affected and also provided a place for us to sleep. While we had a generator, it wasn’t enough. We learned we needed a secondary source of heat and bought a gas stove and added an additional propane tank. I’m sure there were other things we learned, however, that was another lifetime!

  31. I haven’t been through a catastrophic storm experience. I’ve been through blizzards but the utilities stayed on.

  32. I have weathered the storms over the years, freezing cold in upstate NY was probably the worst – but, we had plans and processes for coping and things worked out for us and neighbours.

  33. Ten days without power and 12 guests…Water was the primary inconvenience…We added a pitcher pump to our well asap but still store water for short-term problems.

  34. Ice storm in winter 2014. Only lost power for 3 days but the worst part was the snapping and breaking of the trees as they were weighed down by the ice. Fortunately, our house did not get hit by any falling debris so we did not suffer any structural damage like many of our neighbors did.

  35. Our electric goes out fairly regularly during summer and winter storms. We are campers, so it doesn’t inconvenience us much. We have alternate ways for light, heat and cooking. We did eventually splurge on a generator after we were out of power for an entire week after the summer derecho that hit central OH.

  36. My worst experience was in Hurricane Alicia. I was a young divorced woman living all alone a block and a half from the seawall. The night the hurricane came in was terrifying! It had been anticipated to be a Category 2 storm, but by the time it was known it would be a Category 3 storm, the causeway to evacuate the island had been closed due to high winds. I was without electricity for 8 days. I learned that one should evacuate early and that I was not well prepared at all! I didn’t have enough drinking water or ice stored up. Standing in line after a couple of days to try to get some water and ice in the blazing sun was an awful experience!

    • I realized that I didn’t state that I was living in Galveston. Alicia made landfall about 25 miles southwest of Galveston.

  37. I have to say that I am blessed to never have been in a terrible storm. We have been through some big fires though and out biggest asset is the attitude that we can do it. Between us, my hubby and I are pretty darn capable. The bug out bags in our vehicles make it easy to always be prepared.

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