Backdoor Survival Book Festival 4

Avatar Gaye Levy  |  Updated: December 16, 2020
Backdoor Survival Book Festival 4

Are you ready for the next Backdoor Book Festival?  Today I am launching the next in a series of book festivals featuring exclusive author interviews and of course, book giveaways.  Once again, I have some great new titles for you in both survival fiction and non-fiction genres.  In the mix you will find a wide range of topics and writing styles.  There is truly something for everyone.

It goes without saying that I am grateful to each of the authors and their publishers for being willing to open up and share their thoughts and their books with Backdoor Survival readers.

Thank you, everyone for your past and future participation in the Backdoor Survival Book Festivals.

Fall 2013 Books Festival 1

I hope you will find something interesting to read in the coming weeks.

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?

Glad you asked.  Over the course of the next couple of months, I will be featuring survival and prepping book giveaways coupled with exclusive one on one author interviews.  In most cases I will follow up with my own mini-reviews as well.

For each book giveaway, I will ask a question and request that you provide an answer in the comments section of the article.  A winner will be selected at random and the book or e-book will be sent directly by the author or the publisher.

That is how it works – pretty easy.  So enough babble from me, let us get started with Book Festival 4.0.


Backyard Cuisine: Bringing Foraged Food to Your Table

This is more than just a collection of recipes, it is a guide to becoming aware, or more so, of the tremendous and bountiful resources just beyond the door and how to exploit them for your nutritional needs. With over 70 recipes from main meals to making substitute milk this book has a lot of tips, recommendations, illustrations and pictures to begin, or further yourself in, being more self-sufficient.

References have been included in this book providing a wealth of information on foraging, cooking and numerous other useful knowledge for dealing with a basic survival need…eating!

Author:  Steve Fonnesbeck

Home Remedies

This little book is an excellent primer for the individual with limited experience in the application of home remedies. In addition to listing common home remedies, it includes instructions for making infusions, salves, poultices and more.  There is information about super plants everyone should have on hand and guidelines for starting your own home remedy garden.

Author:  Alex Smith

Living on the Edge: A Family’s Journey to Self-Sufficiency

When it comes to survival, one size definitely does not fit all. That’s exactly what author FJ Bohan discovered when he and his family set out on a quest for self-sufficiency, a journey that  lasted more than 17 years.  In his book, he describes why and how the Bohan family set off to begin a life of self-sufficiency.  Along the way, they learned a lot about living off the land and off the grid, mostly through trial and error.

In this book, they share the lessons that were learned including:

  • Keeping a wife, four boys, two dogs, and two cats happy in a tent for 18 months
  • Creating power for a tent or cabin through a combination of solar panels, car batteries, generators, and oil
  • Heating and cooking on wood stoves
  • Finding creative ways to earn money in an insular, impoverished rural area
  • Securing enough water in the desert for a family of six, plus animals, to live on
  • Erecting fences—literal and figurative ones—for privacy and security
  • Raising chickens, goats, and ducks for food, while avoiding bears, bobcats, skunks, and other country critters

Author:  FJ Bohan

Make It Last: Prolonging + Preserving the Things We Love

This is a practical guide to prolonging the lives of cherished items in the home. Tips for mending clothing, preserving the harvest from a home garden, drying herbs and meat, and other money-saving ideas are accompanied by humorous handwritten anecdotes and illustrations. This manual is a treasured addition to the library of anyone interested in keeping costs down, being more self-sufficient, and cultivating new skills.

Author: Raleigh Briggs

Make Your Place: Affordable, Sustainable Nesting Skills

This little book is a charming collection of illustrations and thoughts around what it is that makes a great DIY household—homemade cleaning solvents that aren’t made from poison, herbs that will heal you, and how to setup a great garden. These tips and tricks fill in the gaps for those of us longing to live this lifestyle but lacking the necessary know-how.

Author: Raleigh Briggs

The Pocket Guide to Wild Mushrooms: Helpful Tips for Mushrooming in the Field

When you’re in the wild and you spot a nice-looking mushroom, how do you know if it is safe to eat? This is the perfect book to bring along when foraging for wild mushrooms. Inside its neatly arranged pages are fifty-two edible mushrooms as well as the mushrooms with which they are often confused, whether edible or toxic.

Beautiful photographs adorn the pages with mushrooms in the wild as well as picked, showing them from a multitude of angles. Study these photographs and you will become adept at recognizing edible and safe mushrooms.

Authors:  Pelle Holmberg & Hans Marklund

Good Clean Food: Shopping Smart to Avoid GMOs, rBGH, and Products That May Cause Cancer and Other Diseases

Between GMOs, hormones, and pesticides, it sometimes feels like our food has become so artificial that shopping smart is impossible. How can we know for sure that the food we buy isn’t putting us at risk? If you’ve got questions, this practical, positive guide has answers. In it, leading public health advocate Samuel Epstein, MD, and coauthor Beth Leibson provide all of the information you need to make the best food choices for you and your family—in language you don’t need a PhD in biology to understand.

Author: Samuel Epstien and Beth Leibson

The Amazing 2000-Hour Flashlight

“The Amazing 2000-Hour Flashlight” will show you how to add a cheap resistor to a cheap flashlight and create a light that produces useful illumination for 2000 hours on the same battery. There are detailed instructions and 54 illustrations to guide you in completing this half-hour project.  No soldering required!  A free chapter from “Lanterns, Lamps & Candles,” a different book by the same author, is included as a bonus.

Note:  I wrote the forward and provided feedback to Ron during the development of this great little e-book.

Author: Ron Brown

Recipes and Tips for Sustainable Living

This is a  lavishly illustrated must-have book for any novice or well seasoned gardener, forager, hunter, natural food-foodie or for those who want to take their food sources and health into their own hands. It promotes eating as much from the wild as possible and gives techniques to simplify the process of  making succulent, excellent meals with simple ingredients. Along with tips for heirloom gardening, canning, preserving, saving seeds, raising bees and chickens, and more, she gives extraordinary simple meals for the family using these natural ingredients brought in from the garden or from the farmer’s market.

One very important aspect of this book is that Stacy explains how to work with tough, grass-fed foraging animal meats so that when they are cooked, the results are tender, “non-gamey” succulent meat. There are gorgeous, full-color photos for every recipe and tip throughout, and several step-by-step tutorials for a variety of recipes and topics.

Author:  Stacy Harris

The People’s Apocalypse

This is a is unique collection of writings about the end of the world.  The anthology features luminaries such as Derrick Jensen and Tomas Moniz as well as emerging writers.  It also provides practical tips on raising chickens, hoarding grain, stockpiling firearms, learning to build fires and solar ovens, and fighting off zombies. This compilation of diverse apocalypse theories is both informative and inspirational.

Editors: Ariel Gore and Jenny Forrester

Go Green, Spend Less, Live Better: The Ultimate Guide to Saving the Planet, Saving Money, and Protecting Your Health

This is an authoritative, practical guide that details the money-saving side of greener, healthier, and simpler living. It is a prescriptive handbook for making better decisions about our homes, how we get around, what we eat, and how we behave as consumers, in order to simultaneously achieve two desirable and imperative goals—to be better off financially and to do what is good for the planet.

Author:  Crissy Trask

The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking

A fully revised and updated edition of the bestselling, ground-breaking Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day—the revolutionary approach to bread-making.  Responding to their thousands of ardent fans, Jeff and Zoë returned to their test kitchens to whip up more delicious recipes.

They’ve also included a gluten-free chapter, forty all-new gorgeous color photos, and one hundred informative black-and-white how-to photos. They’ve made the “Tips and Techniques” and “Ingredients” chapters bigger and better than ever before, and included readers’ Frequently Asked Questions

This revised edition also includes more than thirty brand-new recipes for Beer-Cheese Bread, Crock-Pot Bread, Panini, Pretzel Buns, Apple-Stuffed French Toast, and many more. There’s nothing like the smell of freshly baked bread to fill a kitchen with warmth, eager appetites, and endless praise. Now, using Jeff and Zoë’s innovative technique, you can create bread that rivals those of the finest bakers in the world in just five minutes of active preparation time.

Authors:  Jeff Hertzberg and Zoë François

Living Ready Pocket Manual – First Aid: Fundamentals for Survival

Skills to Save A Life:  Whether you are miles from help or immersed in an urban disaster situation, every second counts during a medical emergency. This book will help you take quick, effective action to stabilize the situation.

The easy-to-follow, step-by-step instruction in this book will help you prevent or respond to:

  • Dehydration
  • Hypothermia, frostbite and heatstroke
  • Skin wounds including burns, cuts, bites and gunshots
  • Anaphylaxis, allergic reactions and rashes
  • Broken bones and injured joints

Plus you’ll find detailed packing lists for survival first aid kits of all sizes. This pocket-sized manual is perfect for packing in first aid kits, bug out bags, day-hiking packs and vehicle kits. Medical emergencies are unplanned and unpredictable, but you can be prepared. Arm yourself with knowledge that can save a life.

Author:  James Hubbard


Going Home: A Novel of Survival (The Survivalist Series)

If society collapsed, could you survive?

When Morgan Carter’s car breaks down 250 miles from his home, he figures his weekend plans are ruined. But things are about to get much, much worse: the country’s power grid has collapsed. There is no electricity, no running water, no Internet, and no way to know when normalcy will be restored—if it ever will be. An avid survivalist, Morgan takes to the road with his prepper pack on his back.  ( This is book 1 of The Survivalist Series.)

Author:  A. American

Surviving Home: A Novel (The Survivalist Series)

No electricity. No running water. No food. No end in sight. If life as you knew it changed in an instant, would you be prepared?

In Going Home, readers were introduced to Morgan Carter, the resourceful, tough-as-nails survivalist who embarks on a treacherous 250-mile journey across Florida following the collapse of the nation’s power grid. Now reunited with his loving wife and daughters, Morgan knows that their happiness is fleeting, as the worst is yet to come. Though for years Morgan has been diligently preparing for emergency situations, many of his neighbors are completely unready for life in this strange new world—and they’re starting to get restless.  With the help of his closest companions, Morgan fights to keeps his home secure—only to discover shocking information about the state of the nation in the process.

Author:  A. American

Escaping Home: A Novel (The Survivalist Series)

When society ceases to exist, who can you trust?

After the collapse of the nation’s power grid, America is under martial law—and safety is an illusion. As violence erupts around him, Morgan Carter faces one of his most difficult decisions yet: whether to stay and defend his home, or move to a more isolated area, away from the prying eyes of the government. He and his family are hesitant to leave their beloved Lake County, but with increasingly suspicious activities happening in a nearby refugee camp, all signs point towards defecting. Morgan and his friends aren’t going to leave without a fight, though—and they’ll do anything to protect their freedoms.

Escaping Home describes the struggle to live in a world with no rules, and how, sometimes, the strength of family is the only thing that can pull you through.

Author:  A. American

Expatriates: A Novel of the Coming Global Collapse

This a story about two expat families who struggle for survival in the midst of a global economic collapse.  When the United States suffers a major socioeconomic collapse, a power vacuum sweeps the globe. A newly radicalized Islamic government rises to power in Indonesia, invades the Philippines, East Timor, Papua New Guinea, and finally northern Australia.

No longer protected by American military interests, Australia must repel an invasion alone.  In the thick of these political maneuvers, an American family of missionaries living in the Philippines and a Texan petroleum engineer in Australia must face the fear of being strangers in a world in flux. Are their relatives back home healthy and safe? Will they ever see them again?

Author:  James Wesley Rawles

The Border Marches

In book #5 of the Western Front Series, darkness has descended upon the world; the fabric of society has been torn asunder, sovereign nations collapse under their own burdens, once stable governments are ushered into revolution and allies of old are thrust into war. The tentacles of darkness have inevitably traveled across the Atlantic and are now tightening their grip on the American republic.

Note:  You can read book #1 of the Western Front Series for free.

Author:  Archer Garrett

Rivers: A Novel

Following years of catastrophic hurricanes, the Gulf Coast has been brought to its knees. The region is so punished and depleted that the government has drawn a new boundary ninety miles north of the coastline. Life below the Line offers no services, no electricity, and no resources, and those who stay behind live by their own rules.  Cohen is one who stayed.

Eerily prophetic in its depiction of a southern landscape ravaged by extreme weather, Rivers is a masterful tale of survival and redemption in a world where the next devastating storm is never far behind.

Author:  Michael Farris Smith

After the Blackout

After a world-wide EMP blast destroyed the technology we all depended upon, most of the world’s population perished. Not right away, of course, but fast-foods were no longer available, and that meant starvation for people who never learned how to cook. Supermarkets were ransacked and burned, leaving even those who knew how to cook with nothing to eat. The final straw for city-dwellers was when the water stopped flowing from their faucets.

This is the story of the scattered survivors in and around a sleepy little suburban town who must find a way to overcome their differences and work together to create a new society – one that treats everyone equally and fairly.

Author:  Paul Anthony

The End: A Postapocalyptic Novel (The New World Series)

For Gordon Van Zandt life once was one of duty and loyalty to his country, so when 9/11 happened he dropped out of college and joined the Marine Corps. This youthful idealism vanished one fateful day in a war torn city in Iraq. Ten years later, he is still struggling with the ghosts of his past but must now face a new reality thrust on him and his family. North America, Europe and the Far East have all suffered a devastating Super-EMP attack that has caused catastrophic damage to the power grids and all electrical devices.

With nothing working from cars to phones and with the total collapse of the economic infrastructure, Gordon must fight for the limited and fast dwindling resources. He knows survival requires action and cooperation with his neighbors. As daily life continues to break down so does all sense of civility within his community. With each passing day Gordon makes choices that would seem extreme in today’s world but necessary in this new world.

Author:  G. Michael Hopf

The Long Road: A Postapocalyptic Novel (The New World Series)

The End was just the beginning of the new world.  It has been 6 weeks since the attacks; the United States is a wasteland of starving bands of survivors, mobs and gangs. Millions are dead and millions more are suffering and will die.

For Gordon, Samantha, Sebastian, Cruz and Barone, the turmoil and chaos they dealt with before will seem trivial now as the real collapse of society plays out before their eyes.  They all have suffered great loss but what is coming towards them on the journey ahead will test their sanity. Uncertainty abounds as they all travel different paths in search of a safe place to call home.

The one thing that is certain, The Long Road will take its toll on all of them.

Author:  G. Michael Hopf

3 Prepper Romances:  Escape To My Arms, plus 2 other e-books (your choice)

Sara’s been preparing her whole life—she just never believed it would actually happen. With her bug-out bag and emergency food already in her truck, her only goal is to get to her family’s hidden bunker and wait out a pandemic. But her plan quickly falls apart. She’s out of gas, her route to the bunker is now a two-lane parking lot with no alternative in sight, and her only weapon is a pocketknife.

Dane believes he’s safe in his cabin, off the beaten path and in the woods with his own source for water, electricity and an endless supply of food to hunt. Can Sara and Dane hook up and survive long enough to escape to a future together?

Author:  Various including Heather Thurmeier

Prepper Pete Prepares: An Introduction to Prepping for Kids

Prepper Pete works very hard to keep his family safe by preparing for events that may happen in the future… things such as power outages, bad storms, illness, and other disasters.  Join our hero as he explores the many reasons to “be prepared” and fun things your family can do, too!

Children will love this fabulously illustrated book that shows them, in a fun and non-threatening way, how to be ready in case things go wrong.

Author:  Kermit Jones

The Final Word

Backdoor Survival book festivals started out as a way to share some great reading ideas along with free book giveaways.  A year later, they have become much more that that.  In addition to sharing books from established authors, I have been able to introduce BDS readers to new authors that are just starting out with a fresh new voice.

I have been thrilled by the comments you have left in order to be entered in the giveaways and from them, the seeds of new articles have been born.  Thank you, everyone for your past and future participation in the Backdoor Survival Book Festivals.  I hope you will find something interesting to read in the coming weeks.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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NO KINDLE? NO PROBLEM:  As many of you know, I frequently post links to free Prepping, Survival and Self-Reliance Kindle eBooks on my Facebook page.  Did you know that you do not need a Kindle to download and read Kindle e-Books?

Amazon has made it easy for you by offering a free Kindle app for almost every device you can think of including all sorts of e-Book readers, tablets, smartphones and of course, a PC or laptop.  Simply download the free Kindle app from the Amazon site and you are good to go.

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6 Responses to “Backdoor Survival Book Festival 4”

  1. Gosh, I have to list a favorite? LOL! Having raised three children, gardened, cooked, cleaned, raised animals for pleasure and food, built a cabin, building a house, ran an in-home day-care, worked more than one job outside the home at a time, sewn clothes, yardsaled, and other skills too numerous to mention, I would have to say that my favorite nesting skill is being well-organized. The best homemaker is an organized homemaker. How else can you do numerous jobs, kids, cooking, gardening, canning, and everything else if you don’t know what you’re doing, how long it will take, where the objects required to complete the tasks are stored, and let’s not forget, as preppers, a well-stocked and organized pantry! 🙂

  2. Just recently, my son whom ownes a Suzuki Samari with no back cover, was parked at a local grocery store. In the Samari was one of his bug out bags. In the bag was $1000 cash, 2-9mm clips, fully loaded (don’t recall how many rounds in each), a credit card, and plenty of other emergency stuff. He was shopping in the store, and when he came out, found the bag was gone. Someone had stolen it right out of the back of his vehicle, right there in the parking lot. My son is married and has 4 kids, ages 4-15. it was a pretty big loss for him and his family. Not only do we need to prepare for the disaster, but for those that are so desperate that they will take everything including your life if they so choose. In the days after the grid goes down, there will be many such people.

  3. WOW!!
    Every one of those books sounds great. I could put exclamation points all through this post and still not show how great those books look. I had forgotten that I had already downloaded book #1 of the Western Front – now I’ll get it read! There is no way I could thank you enough for offering these. But, thank you, anyway!

  4. My-O-my. When you interview FJ Bohan, I want you to ask him what he and his family, who lived in a tent for 18 months, were drinking. I want some of that. Sounds better than Ky’s finest.

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