Summer 2014 Book Festival: 299 Days The War

Gaye LevyGaye Levy | Updated Nov 12, 2016 (Orig - Sep 20, 2014)

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.

299 Days The War

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

An Encore Interview with Glen Tate

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.

Bug out – definitely. I would only bug-in if there was no means of getting to my bug-out location.

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

Coffee and caffeine pills, insect repellent, books – lots and lots of books.

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?

299 Days is about a regular person: a fallible person who started off knowing nothing about prepping, and who has a reluctant spouse. Another somewhat unique thing about 299 Days is that there are no weird conspiracy theories or racism. In fairness to most of the other books in the genre, they too do not contain these things. But 299 Days makes normal people feel comfortable with being preppers.

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

Jericho (TV series)

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

Just write it. 299 Days started off as some bullet points on a Post-It pad.

It is important to have a message you’re passionate about getting out; without that, it’s hard to justify the hundreds of hours it takes to write a book. Use your real-life experiences and write about real people; readers can smell a fake a million miles away.

The Book Giveaway

A copy of 299 Days: The War  has been reserved for one lucky reader.

To enter the giveaway, you need to utilize the Rafflecopter form below.  There are a number of options including a “free for everyone” option that requires just a single click. Easy peasy!

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.

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The Final Word

I remember when Glen’s first book, 299 Days: The Preparation, was published. Being a fellow resident of Washington State, we exchanged a number of emails as we got to know each other better.  We both have come a long way since then; Glen as a prolific novelist and me as a blogger.  Time sure does pass quickly!

I hope you have enjoyed the interview and will enter the giveaway to win your own copy of the latest book from Glen Tate.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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Spotlight Item:  299 Days: The War

For many people at Pierce Point and the rest of Washington State, the upcoming New Year is a time for hope and belief that life is going to improve and the Collapse will end. For Grant Matson and the 17th Irregulars, the New Year means only one thing – war. The time has come and they have received their orders from HQ. Grant must come clean with Lisa and tell her the truth about his work as he plans to abandon his family once again.

While the Loyalists drunkenly and selfishly celebrate New Year’s Eve, the Patriots mount a surprise attack on Frederickson making way for the 17th Irregulars to move toward Olympia.

As the battle moves on, the men quickly realize the importance of everything they have been training for when they find themselves ambushed. Doing everything he can to suppress his own fear and lead the 17th Irregulars, Grant motivates them to persevere as they fight for liberty and restoring the country to the greatness it once was.

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
Collective Retribution
Event Horizon (The Perseid Collapse Post Apocalyptic Series Book 2)
Forsaking Home
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 Provident Prepper: A Common-Sense Guide to Preparing for Emergencies
Prepper’s Long-Term Survival Guide: Food, Shelter, Security, Off-the-Grid Power and More Life-Saving Strategies for Self-Sufficient Living
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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Updated Nov 12, 2016
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60 Responses to “Summer 2014 Book Festival: 299 Days The War”

  1. I guess I don’t really have a favorite comfort food, but I have stored various chocolate items.

  2. Pancakes, love them. Have plenty of mix stored, honey to make syrup and butter powder and flavoring

  3. My favorite comfort food is mashed potatoes. I have some canned potatoes that can be mashed.

  4. Not the healthiest of options, but – Oreos. And yes, they are stored. And yes, we re-circulate the inventory 🙂

  5. Breads and I keep a large supply of everything I need to make it.

  6. Spaghetti and meatballs would be our comfort food. I currently only store the sauce and pasta, so need to try canning the meatballs this year.

  7. I think it is sad to say this, but me being from WV and now living in Ky, my comfort food is pinto beans. At any given moment, there is at least 1 quart of cooked beans in my refrigerator. If not 1 quart, then there is a pot of beans cooking.
    Oh yes. I have plenty stored, right next to my bullets and band aids.

  8. Chocolate cake, icing optional. Working with the 3,2,1 cake mix to see if it will work in a conventional oven, but haven’t stored it as yet.

  9. Pasta is my comfort food and I have plenty of it stored!

  10. Mac ‘n cheese. Have plenty of ingredients to make from scratch in short to mid-term storage, and freeze-dried in long-term storage.

  11. I don’t really have 1 favorite comfort food. But I do have cereal, pancake mix, peanut butter, homemade jams, and mac & cheese stored. I am currently working on building my storage of baking supplies and recipes to be able to make bread, biscuits, cakes and cookies as well.

  12. My all time favorite is peanut butter I have some in my preps.

  13. Mine is ice cream so I can’t store it. I do have plent of Mac & cheese as far as food goes that’s another comfort food for me, I like to put a can of chili in it. Canning home made chili is on my to do list!

  14. Anything chocolate!

  15. My family has talked about this so our preps include ingredients for several rice based favorites. To help with sweet tooth cravings, we fill a wide mouth quart jar each time we bake cookies. Those vacuum seal well, stay fresh for a year or more and have plenty of volunteers to keep them rotated.

  16. Hot chocolate! I have extra in my pantry.

  17. Mac and cheese. Both box and scratch ingredients stored.

  18. I’m with Kim. HOT CHOCOLATE!! I make my own mix and have several variations from pepper hot, to spicy indonesian, O and I have plain for when I tap a maple for something different. 🙂 What I won’t know is what to replace it with when I run out. Can’t grow those trees here. 🙁

  19. My favorite comfort food used to be Haagen-Dazs ice cream but it caused me to gain too much weight so I had to drop that and make my new comfort food coffee. I can drink gallons of coffee (I don’t, of course) and not put ANY weight on. So there!

  20. My favorite comfort food has got to be honey!

  21. My favorite comfort food is homemade macaroni and cheese. I have tons of macaroni, but haven’t yet tried to preserve cheese with wax. I am a little nervous about doing it, but need to since I know I “need” mac and cheese to survive. 🙂

  22. My favorite comfort food has been fried potatoes and eggs. Yum! Unfortunately, I went Paleo late last year and potatoes aren’t high on the list of acceptable foods. So, no adding that to the preps!

  23. Good old baked potatoes are my comfort food. I have many spuds saved and seed potatoes to plant next year. If only I could plant for the butter and sour cream….

  24. Chocolate chocolate chocolate!!! Hard to store if too cold or hot. Need to find a real good good tasty powdered chocolate for a quick tasty treat in bad times.
    Would love to get this book and even the whole series. Can’t seem to get it compatible to download to my nook yet. But the book would be a great start to get the whole series. Hopefully I could win the book.

  25. Chicken & Dumplings and chocolate. Have plenty of chocolate stored

  26. My favorite comfort food is anything pasta!!

  27. My favorite comfort food is fried chicken. I haven’t thought of any way to keep that for the future.

    • If you raise chickens then you always have a fresh supply around. 🙂
      Then you just have to store the seasoning you like, and get used to having to kill and clean the chicken before you eat it. But, at least you will know what was fed to the chicken and whether or not it was pumped full of antibiotics and other drugs.

  28. Run an Aquaponic system.

  29. Coffee!

  30. Hi there great blog! Does running a blog like this require a great deal of work?
    I’ve virtually no understanding of computer programming however I had been hoping to
    start my own blog soon. Anyways, should you have any ideas or tips for new blog owners please share.

    I know this is off subject but I just wanted to ask.

  31. Anything chocolate and not really a food but I need my coke!

  32. Honey for so many reasons

  33. Great Giveaway!

  34. Hmmm….I will go with macaroni and cheese. I have a package that I got as a free sample from a survival food company….I don’t know how good it is. This is an area that I still need to work on for sure.

  35. I am considering put the chocolate down and picking up fresh and raw.

  36. One of my favorite comfort foods is also excellent for making you feel better when sick: chicken & dumplings (or also chicken noodle soup…same ingredients, different end result). I have plenty of ingredients for many pots of this soup stored away. 🙂

    Another fave is my chewy granola bars, I always have plenty of ingredients to make these, too…and several gallons of honey and sorghum syrup for sweetening. 🙂

  37. Mashed potatoes! Lot’s and lot’s of mashed potatoes!! 🙂

  38. Peanut Butter!

  39. Powdered honey. Medical uses …flavor enhancer and more!

  40. My favorite comfort food – depending on the mood, mashed potatoes and gravy, or dark chocolate peanut clusters!

  41. My favorite comfort food is peanut butter and, yes, I have some stored in my pantry for emergencies.

  42. Pasta, pasta and more pasta!!!

  43. Chocolate and I have some stored.

  44. Pinto beans.

  45. Grilled cheese sandwich. Can’t forget my dark chocolate. LOL

  46. Candy, and yes I have some stored away

  47. My comfort food is chocolate! And yes I have some stored.

  48. Tea. Either hot or cold. Yes, I’ve got lots of different types stored and yes, I rotate them.

  49. This would be a great thing for the DH to read. Even thought he doesn’t stop me from prepping, I just wish he’d be a little more active and get on board with my preparations more. My comfort food is Chocolate and Reddi whip. Silly, but I really love Reddi-Whip unfortunately we can’t really store it(long term that is) so I store Dream Whip but I have been putting a good bit of Chocolate away

    • Tucker the Dog gets a puppy latte every morning. What is that? Reddi-Whip in a cup!!

    • I can picture …..Ready-Whip on Tucker’s snout and being licked off afterward!

  50. Reading 17th irregulars. Enjoying series so far

  51. Tea I will miss the ice.

  52. My favorite comfort food is not a food but a beverage. It is cola. I do have some stored but I also have stored the ingredients I need to make my own cola when the stores are gone.

  53. no doubt about it – ice cream, preferably chocolate

  54. Pizza is my comfort food. A little difficult to store.

  55. Potatoes and bread! And all the goodies to put on them!

  56. My favorite comfort food is chicken and dumplings. What I have stored away is: canned chicken, dehydrated chicken, canned chicken broth, frozen chicken broth, chicken bullion cubes, flour, wheat,frozen and dried parsley, bay leaves, poultry seasoning, dehydrated celery and some other vegetables I could add. Anyway, I have plenty of ways to get my chicken and dumplings!

  57. my comfort food is actually beef jerky. I always have some with me and I just bought some more meat to dehydrate.


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