Essential oils are tools that preppers of all ages can use to their advantage to maintain health and wellness. Today’s book is a book written with moms in mind but that is just the beginning. The Smart Mom’s Guide to Essential Oils has information on the twenty-five of the most useful and commonly available essential oils. Plus, it is chock full of recipes of all types, including a robust section on using essential oils in DIY products for the home and for personal care.
In addition to an interview with the author, three copies of the print book are up for grabs in a giveaway.
Survive in Style: The Prepper’s Guide to Living Comfortably During Disasters is a handbook for accomplishing self-sufficiency in the areas of water, energy, food, transportation, economics and just about anything else you can think of. In this newest Prepper Book Festival title, enjoy an interview with author Dan Chiras and enter to win a copy for free. There will be three winners.
Canning is a blessing and a curse. For seasoned canners, preserving the local bounty not only saves money but is a relaxing and stress-free experience. These same canners giddily prepare fully cooked meals in jars, to be opened and reheated at a moment’s notice.
And everyone else? They suffer a fear of the canning process, botulism, and of blowing themselves up along with their kitchen. Don’t let this canning curse prevent you from learning and benefiting from this important skill. With The Prepper’s Canning Guide, my good friend Daisy Luther teaches you how to can without fear! Enter the giveaway to win a copy for free. There will be three winners!
It is not often that I become indecisive but earlier in the week, as I was deciding how to lead this latest book festival, I just couldn’t decide. There were too many good books, each delivering value to preppers in their own unique way. Ultimately, the winner was a book by Ron Melchiore, someone many of you may recognize as a periodic guest contributor here on Backdoor Survival. Ron and his wife, Johanna, have lived a good portion of their life together off-grid in what most of us would call the remote wilderness.
In spite of his isolation, Ron is quite sociable and remarkably witty eloquent as he shares his journey in his book Off Grid and Free: My Path to the Wilderness. This is a book about sustainable living, starting in the seventies and come full circle to today. Read the interview with Ron and enter to win a copy of his book for free. There will be three winners.
Prepper Book Festival #14 includes the latest books to teach you how to be better prepared, more self-sufficient, and better informed. Twelve books are included, featuring everything from a comprehensive, 16-month program to achieve self-sufficiency, to personal safety, canning, essential oils, and more. Not to be left out are titles in the survival fiction genre. Be sure to keep an eye peeled for author interviews and a weekly giveaway to win free copies of one of these fantastic new books!
The very first Prepper Book Festival occurred in 2012. Where has the time gone? In looking back, many of the books featured at that time have become a distant memory while others have become classics. One of the books that has withstood the test of time was the first book in the 299 Days Series by Glen Tate.
It seems like a fitting finale to this round of books is to feature the entire 299 Days Series. Now ten books strong, I have an encore interview with Glen plus a set of the first three books in the series to offer up as a giveaway.
Over the past few years, I have acquired a sizeable library of books and eBooks on natural remedies. Some are good but somewhat dry, boring, and overly technical. Others are fluff or simply a glorified blog post article. A select few are outstanding and today’s book is one of them.
Heal Local: 20 Essential Herbs for Do-it-Yourself Home Healthcare is one of those rare books that takes an overwhelming subject and breaks it down into manageable bites. The book begins with an extensive discussion of developing a local medicine community and the value of using healing herbs and plants that grow in our backyards. It then moves on to the ways you can put these herbs to use, whether as a tincture, oil infusion, steam pot, salve, bone broth, vinegar or any of a number of other methods that can be used administer herbs in emergency and first aid situations. Read the author interview then enter to win a copy of “Heal Local” for free.. Three copies are up for grabs!
One of the common laments of preppers is they feel they are a lone wolf. In their hearts and minds they know if there is a major emergency, stored preps will be handy, but in reality, it will take teamwork to survive. We are not talking about OPSEC here. Instead, we are talking about community preparedness where neighbors help neighbors to ensure that everyone gets out of harm’s way safely. The Neighborhood Emergency Response Handbook by Scott Finazzo is a book about community preparedness. It is a detailed guide to finding like-minded folks in your community that can band together to organize a disaster preparedness network.
Read an all-new interview with Scott plus enter to win a copy of his book for free.
Lately, you may have noticed a recurring theme here on Backdoor Survival. Gardening and food preservation are on my mind and for good reason. I now own an acre of land with a decent growing season and plenty of sun. I may even have room for a modest aquaponic gardening setup. This Prepper Book Festival title will help me do just that.
Let me introduce you to Aquaponic Gardening: A Step-by-Step Guide to Raising Vegetables and Fish Together. This book is going to show you how to raise vegetables and fish together when failure is not an option. Read chapter one, “What is Aquaponics”, in its entirety. Plus enter the giveaway – there are 3 books up for grabs!
Survival fiction is back in the forefront this week with an all new book in Joe Nobody’s Holding Their Own Series. This is book number twelve which is a testament to the popularity of not only this series, but of Joe himself.
This latest book, Holding Their Own XII: Copperheads, continues the trials and tribulations of Bishop, Terri, and their team, as they survive in a world gone sideways. As with the rest of the books in the series, the characters are real people, with emotions we can identify with.
Water is on my mind this week. Not only have I received quite a few emails about water storage, but I have also been swapping out water filters in my Berkey, and doing my darndest to convince my non-prepper neighbors to store water for emergency use. Given the importance of having good, clean water following a disruptive event, today I am bringing back the Prepper’s Water Survival Guide and an encore interview with my friend, Daisy Luther. I have three books to giveaway so enjoy the interview and enter to win!
Anyone who has spent time outdoors knows the value of using the best knot for the task at hand. In Prepper’s Guide to Knots, learn about knots and also how to select and care for your rope and other types of cordage. Plus, read an interview with the author and enter the giveaway to win a free copy of his book. There will be three winners.
As preppers, we are continually challenged by the pursuit of knowledge so we keep reading and keep playing the “what if” game in our own minds. One of the best series of books for doing so is Deborah D. Moore’s The Journal Series. The hero of this book is actually a heroine. Allexa is pretty much an ordinary gal, doing her job as the emergency services manager for a small town. When I say ordinary, however, I mean prepper-centric ordinary, like someone else we know, right? The story unfolds as a diary which chronicles a series of events and the decisions made to get through a wide variety of disruptive events that turn both Allexa’s world and the country upside down.
In this latest entry in the Prepper Book Festival, enjoy an interview with the author and enter to win a bindup of Books 1, 2, and 3 in the Journal Series. There will be three winners.
Harnessing the power of the sun achieve a modicum of energy independence no longer has to be a lofty goal. In Power From the Sun, learn everything you need to know to develop a solar strategy of your own. Written for the non-geek, this book is easy to read and understand. Plus, enter the giveaway to win one of three copies that are up for grabs.
With the range of things that can happen following a disaster or disruptive event being so diverse, it is difficult to remember it all. Everything from broken bones, hypothermia, deadly spider bites, and gunshot or knife wounds must be prepped for, and those woes are just the tip of the iceberg. The solution is to have a variety of survival medicine books on hand. Today’s book is a bit different than most. Prepper’s Survival Medicine Handbook: A Lifesaving Collection of Emergency Procedures from U.S. Army Field Manuals, is a collection of US Army emergency procedures, written and illustrated in a manner we can all understand.
Written by real-life emergency responder Scott Finazzo, Prepper’s Survival Medicine Handbook goes way beyond first aid and addresses nitty-gritty methods for treating life-threating medical conditions under survival conditions.
I carry Paracord with me everywhere. Whereas most of my Paracord do-dads have been purchased, a couple of years ago I learned Paracord braiding myself, and even with my not-so-nimble-anymore fingers, did a darn fine job creating Paracord bracelets. Learn how to make a Paracord bracelet with these easy instructions from “Crafting With Paracord”. Plus enter the giveaway to win a copy of this book for free. Three winners.