In what has become a Backdoor Survival tradition, Prepper Book Festival 9 is now here with an all new selection of books, author interviews, and giveaways. This time around I have an equal split of fiction and non-fiction, all unique, and all quite different from the others in the festival.
In the non-fiction arena, you are going to find books about survival water, natural medicine, chickens, and shotguns. Really, a mixed bag with something for everyone. In the prepper/survival fiction genre, I have titles from tried and true authors Joe Nobody and G. Michael Hopf, as well as some promising newcomers.
All in all, I am thrilled to welcome the Book Festival 9 authors and hope that you find something here that you find interesting. But first, for the BDS newbies, what the heck is a book festival?
What the Heck is a Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival?
BDS Prepper Book Festivals are a showcase of some of the best books and authors in the survival, preparedness, and self-reliance niche. The way the Book Festivals work is that once a week, and sometimes twice, I feature book giveaways coupled with exclusive, one on one author interviews.
To enter each book giveaway, I ask what I hope to be a thought-provoking question and request that you provide an answer in the comments section of the article. I have been told that many readers are more interested in the answers to the questions themselves than the book. I very much applaud that because to be honest, learning from each other is how we will move forward and prevail during these uncertain times.
Just so you know, I typically will provide a way to make multiple giveaway entries so you will want to watch for those bonus opportunities. Many of these bonus opportunities involve social media so if you already like Backdoor Survival on Facebook, or follow on Pinterest or Twitter, you basically have some free entries coming. Subscribers also get a free entry.
Winners of the book giveaways are selected at random and the winning book is sent out directly by the author or the publisher. The winners have 48 hours to claim their prize or an alternate is selected. You snooze, you lose.
Now that you know how it works, let’s get started. Here is the list of BDS Book Festival 9 books and their descriptions.
Book Festival 9 – Non-Fiction
Raising chickens the old-fashioned way will be enjoyable and rewarding once you learn the basics. In Chickens from Scratch you will learn how and where to purchase your chicks, how to house, feed, and care for them, and ultimately how to enjoy the delicious fresh eggs the chickens will provide for your family.
The author, Janet Garman, raises chickens and many other farm animals on their family homestead in Maryland. She and her husband have raised their family and grown their farm while running a family business, being a farm store owner, and teaching chicken-care classes in the community.
Author: Janet Garman
When disaster strikes, it will take more than food and water to keep your family alive. Prepper’s Natural Medicine empowers you with all the information needed to safely create your own medicines when a major disaster has rendered doctors, hospitals, and pharmacies unavailable.
Using healing plants widely available and easily grown throughout the US, expert prepper Cat Ellis explains how to craft renewable medicines from herbs, lichen, fungi, and other natural ingredients. She shares valuable tips for using Mother Nature’s pharmacy for situations specific to a large-scale disaster scenario, from an E. coli outbreak to an influenza pandemic.
This lifesaving guide breaks down the medicinal properties of a wide range of ingredients, instructs you on storing herbs and essential oils to extend their potency, and explains which herbs are best for vulnerable groups like children and pregnant women. The comprehensive, step-by-step instructions in this book ensure that you can be fully equipped to protect your most valuable asset in an emergency—your health.
Author: Cat Ellis
Shotguns: A Comprehensive Guide is the second firearms book in the PrepSmart series. This book covers the details of buying, owning, and shooting a shotgun.
Steve takes the reader from understanding the many differences between various models, old and new, to detailing chokes, barrels, and shot patterns. He covers essential topics such as cleaning, safety, and training. The information contained within is detailed, covering far more than just the firearm itself, leaving the reader confident in his/her plan to learn about the gun in a reasoned, logical way. Steve’s decades of experience and no-nonsense writing style makes this book a joy to read.
Complemented with many photographs, this is a must-have on the bookshelf of any firearms enthusiast.
Author: Steve Markwith
You can survive up to three weeks without food, but only three days without water! When catastrophe strikes, having enough water can spell the difference between life and death. The Prepper’s Water Survival Guide offers a step-by-step plan with straightforward information you can easily follow. Thanks to this book’s laser-focus on water, you’ll quickly learn how to:
- Store fresh water
- Collect rainwater
- Purify water from lakes and rivers
- Dig a well for groundwater
In addition to harvesting water, you’ll gain the tools to keep large stores untainted for long periods of time, test the water you collect for dangerous toxins, and treat water-related illnesses that are commonly contracted during a disaster.
No source is left untapped in this all-encompassing guide to supplying life-saving water after a disaster
Author: Daisy Luther
A one-year food supply means freedom. It means that you are less subject to the whims of the economy or personal financial emergencies. You can handle small disasters with aplomb. You aren’t reliant on the government if a crisis strikes. You can’t be manipulated because your family is hungry. The second edition of The Pantry Primer is nearly triple the size of the original book. It has morphed from a book about our own journey to replenish our pantry after a cross-continental move, to a detailed compendium of all things food storage. Geared towards preppers, it teaches you:
- Why everyone needs a food supply in their homes
- How much food you need
- How your pantry is directly related to your health
- The components of a perfect pantry
- Prepping for those with dietary restrictions.
- A thrifty new way of shopping so you can afford to build your pantry
- How to store the food you purchase to extend the shelf life for as long as possible
- A week-by-week plan, complete with shopping lists and menu ideas
- How to save money by making items most people purchase ready-made at the store
- Pantry inventory and maintenance
- Where to store all of that food
- Bonus: 25 frugal and delicious recipes
If you’re new at this, you can take the most important step today…the step of getting started. You’ll have a year’s supply of food in no time at all!
Author: Daisy Luther
Book Festival 9 – Fiction
Two sisters are jolted awake by the piercing alarm of their emergency alert radio. It’s the middle of a cold, damp March night on the Oregon coast, and a tsunami warning has just been issued after a great earthquake occurs nearly 2,000 miles away in the eastern Aleutian Islands. Emily and Laura leave their home and are among the first to arrive at the official evacuation assembly area a few miles up the road. There the crowd of coastal residents and visitors grows larger by the minute, and many believe that it will turn out to be another false alarm, as so many other warnings had proven to be in the past.
Fearing that they might be confronted by a hostile man whom Laura had encountered earlier that day, and increasingly uncomfortable with the mass of people, the sisters decide to risk driving up into the mountains. They are soon followed on the narrow, steep logging road by a few others who have their own reasons for leaving the area.
Before the next day is over, all who head up into the mountains, as well as those who stay behind, will find themselves tested and challenged by increasingly dire circumstances no one could have foreseen.
Author: J. A. Charnov
The journey continues for Cole Winters and the Shadow Patriots as they discover a deviant activity that forces them to change their plans and deal with a new despicable nightmare.
The stakes are even higher as they put their lives at risk to save the most vulnerable. While on their conquest, they discover Islamic terrorism is in America and it’s led by a wealthy Saudi Prince trying to stake a claim in the Midwest. Meanwhile, Major Green who has been transferred to Washington D.C., has pledged to help the Shadow Patriots, as he works for the new National Government.
Green puts his life and the life of his mother on the line as he pieces together the inner workings of the conspiracy that has overtaken America. From South Bend Indiana, back to Canada and throughout Michigan, you’ll meet new characters and cheer on Cole Winters, who will need every ounce of courage as he races against time and impossible odds as the National Police and terrorists are hot on his trail.
Author: Warren Ray
A gripping new novel from one of the best-known names in survivalist fiction!
Former Marine-turned-author, G. Michael Hopf grabs readers from page one with his breathtaking blend of action, adventure, and political intrigue. The End—the first book in Hopf ’s New World series—has sold more than 50,000 copies, and word of mouth is quickly building on the series as a whole.
In his fourth book, The Line of Departure, the United States is on the brink of total anarchy in the wake of a super-EMP attack. Gordon Van Zandt and his family have managed to beat the odds so far, but can they survive once war erupts?
Author: G. Michael Hopf
Life as a post-apocalyptic rancher isn’t easy for Bishop and his family. The Texan’s struggles are further complicated by a recovery that has left him feeling out-of-touch with the new realities of a rapidly changing society.
Out of the West comes the most serious challenge the Alliance has ever faced, a danger so potent that it could lead to another downfall and spell the end of the grand experiment in self-reliance. Respecting Bishop and Terri’s wishes to live a normal, secluded life, the Alliance leadership does its best to overcome the new threat. Despite heroic acts and the best intentions, their efforts only succeed in pulling society closer to the brink of another collapse.
With their friends in danger, war looming on the horizon, and the Alliance’s future teetering on the brink, the couple is thrust into a fast-paced adventure that tests the limits of their skills, intellect, and love for each other.
Author: Joe Nobody
The Government has promised food, shelter, and security in return for the RFID Chip in their left forearm.
With starvation and unbridled abuse the rule, the Government promises turn to ash. The Jacks (as in jack-booted thugs) wield their power with a heavy hand, requiring compliance with every demand, lawful or not. With harsh punishments for disobedience, civilians step into line. The Jacks continue to intimidate and abuse those they promised to protect.
Having traded their freedom for security, the citizens find themselves with neither.
Author: Kelli Otting
The Final Word
Once again, I would like to extend a big thank you to the individual authors and their publishers for submitting their books for consideration in BDS Prepper Book Festival 9. As with the previous rounds, about half make the cut as I seek out an eclectic group of books intended to both teach and to entertain.
Whether you prefer fiction or non-fiction, it is my hope that you will learn lessons in self-reliance and survival from each of the book festival books. In support of that, in the coming weeks you will learn about the authors, their books, and their own preparedness efforts. If something strikes your fancy, please support the authors by entering the giveaway, purchasing their book, or suggesting the title to your local library so others can learn from them as well.
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Bargain Bin: For your convenience, here is a complete list of all of the books in BDS Prepper Book Festival 9.
Book Festival 9 – Non-Fiction
Chickens from Scratch: Raising Your Own Chickens from Hatch to Egg Laying and Beyond
Prepper’s Natural Medicine: Life-Saving Herbs, Essential Oils and Natural Remedies
Shotguns: A Comprehensive Guide (PrepSmart Volume 3)
The Prepper’s Water Survival Guide: Harvest, Treat, and Store Your Most Vital Resource
The Pantry Primer: A Prepper’s Guide to Whole Food on a Half-Price Budget
Plus: The Preppers Guide to Food Storage
No list of books would be complete without my own book, Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage. The eBook is only 99 cent plus the print version is available for less than $6.00.
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