Prepper Book Festival 13: Holding Their Own XII Copperheads

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 personalities and emotions we can identify with.

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Today I share an all-new interview with Joe (and it is a good one!) plus I have a copy of the first three books in the Holding Their Own Series up for grabs with a single winner takes all!  The books are:

Holding Their Own: A Story of Survival (Book 1)
Holding Their Own: The Independents (Book 2)
Holding Their Own: Pedestals of Ash (Book 3)

An Interview with Joe Nobody, Author of the Holding Their Own Series

This is your sixth Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival which speaks to your success as an author in the preparedness and survival niche. That being said, how do you differentiate this book, The Copperheads, from your previous books?

Developing a plot for a novel is always a challenge, but this book was inspired by the latest political trends as evidenced in the main storyline. Like so many Americans, I was a bit surprised by the support Bernie Sanders received. While it’s nothing new for our country’s youth to display a socialist tint in their reasoning, I decided it would be interesting to play out that mindset in a post-apocalyptic setting. Of course, Bishop, Terri, and friends are right in the middle of things.

Do you ever suffer “prepper burnout” and if so, how do you deal with it?

No, at least not yet. I believe the reason why is that I don’t do any preps that don’t have a dual purpose. My family and I love all aspects of outdoor living – camping, hiking, rock climbing and fishing – preppers or not. The skills learned by a rustic vacation are valuable in understanding life off-the-grid. And,the gear for all those activities is very useful for preparing. The way I see it, 90% of my preparing activity adds value to my life, either in gratification, recreation, or enjoying my family. I think that is how I avoid both burnout and “prepper’s remorse.”

What, in your opinion, are the greatest challenges we face going forward?

Social discord. America is growing more and more divided. I used to think our greatest threat was the economy, and while that may still manifest, I am starting to believe social unrest will be the catalyst for an event if one occurs.

Two acronyms are bantered about among survival and prepper types. They are SHTF and BOB. How do you feel about these two terms and do you use them yourself?

I do use both terms. SHTF is any situation that is negative and could grow worse, or even out of control. When my home flooded recently, I used that term a lot. BOB, to me, still means “Blow out bag,” or the personal medical kit a trooper or Marine carries while in the field. It’s only been in the last few years that the term “bug out bag” has been adapted for use in the prepper community. My BOB (in the truck) is really my camping backpack. It is constantly in use and being supplemented, resupplied, or inventoried. It gives me piece of mind to know it is there.

What advice do you have for a young person in their 20s who has shown an interest in preparedness?

Do not spend any time, money, or energy on preps that don’t have a dual purpose. Learning how to camp, as an example, is great prepper experience. Hunting, gardening, hiking, exploring – these are all fundamental prepper skills and entertaining at the same time. The end of days may never come (I hope!) so using preps to enhance your “normal” lifestyle merely makes good sense.

Tell me about your own website. What is its focus and who is the target audience?

I do a lot of reviews of equipment on my website and try to keep the focus on preparing. For example, how many reviews of solar powered watches have you seen lately? I do the same with the firearms reviews. Preppers have unique needs in weapons and gear. I try to pass along as much real life experience as I can.

Gaye’s Note:  Visit Joe’s website at Joe Nobody Books: A Resource for Self-Reliance

Can you drop some hints about your next book?

My next book will introduce a new serial (not series). It involves the eruption of Yellowstone and what the world might be like after such an event.

Do you have some advice or a personal message you would like to pass on to Backdoor Survival readers?

All of the Backdoor Survival readers I’ve encountered have been good, level-headed folks. You all have my best wishes and prayers!   Joe

The Giveaway

Joe and his publisher, Prepper Press, have reserved a copy of the first three books in the Holding Their Own Series in this newest Book Festival Giveaway.

A special word about the giveaway question/comment:  Please read the question and respond accordingly, even it the answer is “I don’t know”.  This week’s question is:

If the economy tanks and jobs are difficult to come by, what options do you have to survive with the skills you currently have? **

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

Note:  Due to customs requirements, this giveaway is only open to individuals with a mailing address in the United States.

** This question was adapted from the Conflicted Card Game “Financial Collapse” card set.

The Final Word

As we get close to the end of 2016, I perceive a division among authors in the survival and preparedness niche.  There are many authors that continue to publish valuable content on a wide variety of topics suitable for their specific audience.  But there is also an uptick in the number of sites that are pushing what I will call extreme prepping. Many sites crossed this line after the November election.

I have said this many times before but perhaps not in these words: prepping, in general, is a lifestyle that is part and parcel with the way we live our lives, day in and day out.  There is nothing extreme about it.  On the other hand, extreme prepping is for a doomsday type scenario that may or may not happen in our lifetime.  Good to know and good to think about but not, for those of us in Backdoor Survival Land, something we need to live and breathe on a daily basis.

For me, indulging in extreme prepping is something I do vicariously while reading survival fiction, also know as post-apocalyptic fiction.  Each book in this genre is a learning experience and for me, a mental exercise as I think about what I would do in a similar situation.  There is value in reading survival fiction and we all should do so from time to time.  If you are new to the genre, think about picking up one of Joe Nobody’s books.  You will find them educational and a good read.

For more information about the books in this latest book festival, visit Prepper Book Festival #13: Books to Help You Prepare.

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Spotlight:  Holding Their Own XII: Copperheads

A massacre along the Rio Grande draws Bishop and his SAINT team to the border with Mexico. Their investigation soon reveals a local conflict that challenges the Texan’s moral compass while testing the Alliance’s commitment to individual freedoms.

Butter finds himself at the center of the dilemma, torn between a woman who desperately needs his help and the loyalty he feels toward Bishop and the team. Lured by a girl who has captured his heart, Butter becomes a pawn in a high stakes political game in which he is accused of murder and sentenced to death.

Bishop and Terri must find a way to save their friend without pulling the Alliance into a conflict it cannot win.

Bargain Bin: For your convenience, here is a complete list of all of the books in the Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival #13.

Non-Fiction Books

Made From Scratch Life
Prepper Guns
A Prepper’s Guide to Life after the Crash
Prepper’s Survival Medicine Handbook: A Lifesaving Collection of Emergency Procedures from U.S. Army Field Manuals
Heal Local: 20 Essential Herbs for Do-it-Yourself Home Healthcare
The Urban Farmer
Power from the Sun: A Practical Guide to Solar Electricity
Aquaponic Gardening: A Step-by-Step Guide to Raising Vegetables and Fish Together
Prepper Knots
Crafting With Paracord
Neighborhood Emergency Response
Survival Medicine Handbook Third Edition
Prepper’s Water Survival Guide (Encore)

Survival Fiction

A Simple Man
Without Land (Changing Earth Series)
Holding Their Own XII: Copperheads
The Journal Series
299 Days Series (Encore)


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  1. As a girl I learned from my parents how to garden, and how to can much of what we grew. We lived on a small farm and raised chickens and cattle. Currently we garden and can some of what we grow. We are out of debt and believe you should only buy what you can pay for at the moment. Get rid of all the plasticIf you can’t pay for it then you really don’t need it.

  2. We are retired so job loss is not an issue. The economy tanking of course would still effect us so we have food preps and have moved out of the city and onto some land.

  3. I can sew, do some handyman jobs, bake bread, teach lots of basic skills, teach kids.
    I’ve wanted to read this series… thanks so much for the chance to win some of them!

  4. I think in that situation that people will need to come together to share their skills and stores in exchange for items they need. Trading/bartering may become the norm. Got a garden? Trade some of your tomatoes for clothing, etc. Your personal skills and instincts will become your strong suit in this survival situation.

  5. I love this site! And THANK YOU so much for putting ALL the effort that you do to make it what it is! You are THE BEST! We are just trying to prepare for any type of situation that might come our way, and trying to not get burnt out!

  6. I have the tools and techniques for gardening, hunting, fishing, trapping, blacksmithing/bladesmithing, gem cutting, passive solar, alcohol production, wine making, and ammo reloading as well as some experience in carpentry, electrical, plumbing, repurposing, and bartering.

  7. If the economy tanks and jobs are scarce I’d like to think I have a number of marketable skills. I think the greatest skill is to remain flexible, patient, continue learning, and don’t be afraid to step out of one’s comfort zone. If you can’t handle smelly sewer drains don’t be afraid to become a plumber if it puts food on the table.

  8. I am retired, but I have been an emergency room nurse which may help. We already have some land and produce some food. We have also been collecting long term supplies.

  9. I’m 75 and a female with limited abilities. However I can, dehydrate, smoke foods for preservation. I have a treadle sewing machine and I know how to sew. I even have a box of various patterns I saved over the years.

    I also know how to garden several different ways. I have raised rabbits, chickens etc. Not strong enough to do my own butchering anymore. But I still know how. I also know how to shoot several guns and am a decent shot. I could kill game but would need help to skin and process.

    So even though I am considered elderly I feel I still have a lot of use left in me. I may not be the first pick for a community but feel I am still useful. So many young do not know how to do anything except play with their gadgets.

    1. I’d have you in my group in a heartbeat, Joy. I too have many skills.Among my way younger friends, I’m the one who can work all day without a break. Only in our mind could our age limit us.

      For Gaye, thank you for posting the Elk pic. I sure have missed them being back in the South. I’ll have to get my Elk call fix thru the hunting channels.

      You, Gaye, are intuitive. I’ve had ample opportunity of late to sit and read. Either power failures, or having to house-sit with no internet, TV, nothing. The Holding Their Own Series would be most welcomed.

  10. The area that I live in doesn’t lend itself to that scenario. People are spread out and with very little vehicle use, if any, not much of anything like this will get done.

  11. Because no man (or woman) can survive on their own, the best chances for survival involve being in a group and hopefully the group in comprised of various skills and talents increasing everyone’s chances of survival. My skills are of being a paramedic with a degree in architecture along with years of experience in gardening and a little in farming and ranching. I need to learn many more as I am retired with a small plot of land which will improved in the near future.
    I would look for others to complement what I do not know.

  12. I like to learn new things and I like to think that I am resourceful…I like to think that people can work together and make something more than they can do on their own.

  13. I’m retired so I dont need a job. I have a greenhouse for winter produce. I garden and have apple trees. I have chickens, rabbits, and piggies. I have a pit in the back yard for campfires and the ability to cook with it. I have the ability to cook with solar power. I have a small pond for water. I have minimal solar power panels. Much stockpiled food, weapons and ammo and know how to use them.

  14. Good to hear from you again today regarding the book giveaway… I follow you on Pinterest and enjoy your newsy daily emails but I don’t do Facebook or Twitter ever, I just don’t have the time.
    I closed up the farm for Winter and I’m cabined-up at home to keep warm… I hope to win a book on Copperheads… Where I grew up in Texas they were everywhere, but I never got bit somehow…
    Here in Michigan we have only on type of poisonous snake the Misogie rattler and they are very rare…
    That’s one good thing about this area… Anyway Thanks for what you do to help the Prepper community.
    All the best, Robert S

  15. I’m retired now but if I had to find a job I have worked for the Forest Service as a fire lookout and I still have skills with computers including database administration which I could try to get some work. The biggest issue in some respects would be the “age discrimination” issue. I have seen it first hand many years ago but still managed to get/keep my job.

    Hope it doesn’t come to that but then you never know.

    I agree somewhat with Joe Nobody regarding the social divide that is very prevalent today being something to be concerned about. Too many thin-skinned people now and they spout off on social media using their anonymity to hide behind.

  16. I am trying to learn the basics of gardening, so I would hope that if I had to, I could work on feeding my family through my own efforts. I’ve canned and dehydrated, and attempted some outdoor cooking techniques. I’m still learning, so if the economy headed south, I’d have to step up my game fast!

  17. It will be tough but I garden, make my food from scratch and have a good supply of ingredients, I can sew or mend just about anything, have more than basic first aid and home health care skills. Space for chickens if I want to flaunt city rules.

  18. I have a tiller and stored fuel to till gardens etc. I have a limited ability to produce my own ammunition until my stored supply of gunpowder is exhausted. Several other small ventures such as these.

  19. I’ve learned a lot from your posts and my boys and I also have years of experience camping. I have BOB’s for my sons and I, water and food saved, etc. We would stay in the local national park and live in tents.

  20. As of 12/29/2016 I will be retired and will be getting “better” organised. I believe we can grow enough food for us, Da Hubs has been growing a few things over the years and with me retiring , we’ll be able to spend more time “upgrading” the preparations. While I dehydrate most of the “crops” I am still learning how to can PROPERLY. I can cook from scratch, Swing a hammer, fix a car, put up drywall and do some plumbing, sew on my treadle machine. Between DH and me, we are fairly competent DIYers so unless our health takes a major nose dive I think we can rub along ok. As a side note IF the economy does crash that bad, our youngest and family will be moving in with us and we will have extra help. He and DIL are pretty competent DIYers as well.

  21. I am a Master Gardener, and know many ways to grow food in all seasons. My sons are both mechanics, and are going to learn to weld. My husband is an excellent handyman, and my daughter-in-law is experienced at canning food. I feel our family has many important skills–now if #2 son could marry a doctor, we’d be all set haha!

  22. I have a couple skill sets that would hopefully be of some help, self defense, gardening/seedsaving,making herbal salves,etc.

  23. I’m a “retired” seamstress and have taught many to do basic sewing, quilting and repair of clothing. I love to learn, and teach what i do know. Would really love to start this series of books. Thanks for the chance.

  24. I would have my nursing skills and before I became a nurse, I was a nutritionist for many years, so can help folks with their health and eating. Have to thank my early 4-H skills for most of that (along with sewing skills).

  25. I’m getting more into prepping I have a solar charger so far and a stockpile of medical and food that’s it. I am not sure I have everything. But am trying to prepare if ever needed

  26. I’m pretty handy with tools, not bad at rough carpentry, know how to hunt with either gun or bow, I’m not bad as sewing and I’m learning more and more all the time about food preservation. I think we’ll be okay.

  27. I used to be a Nurse, so I have some medical skills that would be helpful, I’m working hard to constantly learn new skills and to challenge myself, and hoping that I’ll be able to use those skills. I also feel that more can be accomplished if you’re working with a group of people or a community

  28. We have an acre of land and our home has a wood stove. We garden and home can. My husband is a gunsmith and machinist so we own guns and he can repair and make almost anything. I have some nursing skills and was a first aid/cpr instructor. Hopefully we can get by with our basic “homestading” skills.

  29. Hardly any practical skills 🙁 I need to do more to learn, practice, and prepare for my family’s well being. Thanks for a great site and the community you have encouraged. Like you stated, preparedness is a lifestyle of responsible forethought. In my mind, not an emotional and ignorant reaction to what passes for egoist/elitist/narcissistic power-dealing & violence; I mean, “political discourse.”

    ~PEACE to All

  30. Negatives: my wife & I are in our mid 70’s. She is a near invalid & in a wheelchair now and then and does not believe in prepping. We would be in a world of hurt if SHTF. No place to Bug out to. We live in a semi arid climate with heat a problem for food preps if the power goes. Our home is almost indefensible in an attack by a group.

    Positives: I’m organizing a MAG (mutual assistance group) of like minded people here. So far our group has two retired dentists, an MD, another ex army type like me, a farmer, an electrician, and an ex judge and some guys who can fix anything. I’m building rocket stoves for everyone, and am learning to make soap as my future job in SHTF land. We all live near a river, and all have the basic preps, and are considering going in together and buying a food dehydrator for everyone to share. We’re also looking into solar powered refrigerators and freezers, plus some other interesting equipment.

    We’re so lucky to live in interesting times!!

  31. Fortunately I have access to 40 acres and Family members who are self-sufficient. My own skills are gleaned from a lifetime of camping, fishing, hunting, and food preservation, clothing and shoemaking. I made my first moccasins at 8.

  32. We grow a lot of our own veggies & herbs and want to add chickens for eggs. Friends already have bee hives, so we can trade. We have fishing skills and hunting skills & equipment. Learning food dehydration with the new food dehydrator I got for my birthday. Also have 100+ gallons of water stored, and just got a 55-gallon water barrel for my birthday. Working on a rain barrel.

    I have first aid and health care training, experience, & supplies. I have some sewing skills and can repair most clothing. I’m also an artist and have lots of metal-working tools & experience.

    But still… it’s never enough. We need to combine our skills with each others’ skills in order to survive.

  33. I have gardening, canning, dehydrating, cooking, clerical, sewing, and first aid skills. My husband has carpentry, mechanical, electrical, hunting, and fishing skills.We both have camping skills and are retired teachers, so we could also teach others skills that we have.

  34. I have to admit that I have never read any survival fiction. I have been very busy trying to inventory, replace and/or add to my little supply room. I think I should take a break and relax a bit with some fiction instead of all the articles in the news about what’s wrong in the world that make my hair stand on end. Thank you Gayle for the giveaway.

  35. I am not sure,I can water bath can with a recipe. I try to collect heirloom seeds. I know how to teach early literacy to young children (not sure if that would be helpful)

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