Prepper Book Festival: Prepper’s Survival Navigation Book Giveaway

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Don’t get lost. That’s one of the first principles of survival, particularly in the remote areas where many of us might find ourselves. In a SHTF scenario, it’s easy to imagine pushing into the wilderness (or what’s left of it) and away from densely populated areas. Even your prized ultimate bug-out location might (and possibly. . . Read More

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The Best Books for Living Off the Grid in 2017

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There are two general things you want out of your off-grid books. First, you need a general guide, that explains the basics to you and offers a starting point for the more advanced material. Then, you need books that go in-depth on specific topics, covering more ground than a general book ever could. In this. . . Read More

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Prepper Book Festival: Brushfire Plague Retribution + Giveaway

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Brushfire Plague Retribution | Backdoor Survival

One of the first post-apocalyptic fiction books I read was Brushfire Plague. I liked it so much that I left a review on Amazon which is something I almost never do (shame on me). The day the second book in the Brushfire Plague trilogy was released, I scooped it up and read it. Finally, we have the third book, Brushfire Plague Retribution, and it is another winner.

The Brushfire Plague series by R.P. Ruggiero, for me, set the standard for survival fiction. I liked that the characters were interesting and even more important, believable. They were strong, but they also had their weaknesses, just like we do. Perhaps most important, the books were a reminder that no matter what happens, we need to stay in touch with our relationships and the human side of prepping. With that introduction, I am thrilled to share an all-new interview with R.P. plus I have three copies of his book up for grabs in a giveaway. Enjoy the interview then be sure to check in to learn about the giveaway.

Bonus: Take advantage of a short-term offer to get a copy of the eBook versions of Brushfire Plague and Brushfire Plague: Reckoning for only 99 cents each.

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Prepper Book Festival: Centerfire Rifles A Buyers and Shooters Guide + Giveaway

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Centerfire Rifles Steve Markwith | Backdoor Survival

Bring up the subject of firearms and everyone will have a strong opinion one way or another. That said, guns and ammo are an important part of a prepper’s overall strategy not only for defense but for hunting and food procurement. Today I introduce Centerfire Rifles: A Buyer’s and Shooter’s Guide. It is the latest book in the Survival Guns series by firearms expert Steve Markwith.

What I like about Steve’s books is that they emphasize usability, including dependability and the availability of ammunition and accessories. The other thing I like is that he stresses safety and good value, or as he likes to say “An honest rifle at a fair price can keep a lid on expense. Read the exclusive interview and enter to win a copy of his book for free.

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Prepper Book Festival: Alone Beth Ann’s Story of Survival + Giveaway

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Alone by C.M. Hollerman | Backdoor Survival

ALONE is the story of what happens to a young woman following a catastrophic EMP. The electric grid is down and all of our worst nightmares have come to fruition. Who will survive and how? And who will take advantage of the situation for personal gain? Read the interview with author C.M. Hollerman and enter the giveaway to win a copy for free. There will be three winners.

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Prepper Book Festival: Watch Your Back – How to Avoid the Most Dangerous Moments In Life + Giveaway

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Watch Your Back Roger Eckstine | Backdoor Survival

As prepper’s it is easy to focus on being prepared to defend what is ours when situations get dire following a disruptive event. The reality, however, is that dangerous situations are a part of everyday life. This includes visits to the local ATM, a drive down a busy freeway, or any seemingly mundane situation that involves waiting in a crowded line.

It is important to recognize that avoiding deadly situations should be the rule and not the exception. Watch Your Back: How to Avoid the Most Dangerous Moments in Daily Life, by Roger Eckstine, will prepare you for both everyday dangers and those that are more extreme. In addition to an interview with the author, three books are up for grabs in this newest Backdoor Survival giveaway.

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Prepper Book Festival: Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy + Giveaway

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Valerie Worwood Complete Book of Essential Oils | Backdoor Survival

Linking survival and preparedness with essential oils may seem odd but the more you use them, the more you recognize their value in preparing for times when traditional first aid and wellness solutions may be difficult to come by.

For years, the Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy has been the definitive source of information about essential oils. Recently updated, read an exclusive interview with the author, Valerie Worwood, and learn what she recommends as a budget-friend “Basic Care Kit”. Plus, enter the giveaway to win a copy of her newly updated book for free!

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Prepper Book Festival: EMPulse by Deborah Moore+ 10 eBook Giveaway

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EMPulse by Deborah Moore | Backdoor Survival

Deborah Moore’s new book, EMPulse, is a story of what happens to a woman after her world is turned upside down following a catastrophic EMP. Enjoy an interview with the author and enter to win a copy of the eBook version for free. There will be 10 winners!

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Prepper Book Festival: Smart Mom’s Guide to Essential Oils + Giveaway

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Smart Moms Guide to Essential Oils | Backdoor Survival

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.

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Prepper Book Festival: Survive In Style The Prepper’s Guide to Living Comfortably During Disasters + Giveaway

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Survive In Style | Backdoor Survival

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.

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Prepper Book Festival: The Preppers Canning Guide + Giveaway

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Preppers Canning Guide | Backdoor Survival

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!

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Prepper Book Festival: Off Grid and Free My Path to the Wilderness

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Off Grid and Free My Path to the Wilderness | Backdoor Survival

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.

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Prepper Book Festival 14: Books to Learn, Prepare, and Be Ready for Anything

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Prepper Book Festival #14 | Backdoor Survival

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!

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Prepper Book Festival 13: The 299 Days Series by Glen Tate + Giveaway

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299 Days Series by Glen Tate | Backdoor Survival

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.

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Prepper Book Festival: Heal Local 20 Essential Herbs for DIY Home Healthcare + Giveaway

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Heal Local 20 Essential Herbs for Home Healthcare | Backdoor Survival

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!

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Prepper Book Festival 13: Neighborhood Emergency Response Handbook + Giveaway

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Neighborhood Emergency Response Handbook | Backdoor Survival

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.

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Prepper Book Festival 13: Aquaponic Gardening + Giveaway

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Prepper Book Festival Aquaponic Gardening | Backdoor Survival

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.

Today’s 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. Plus there is a giveaway with 3 books up for grabs!

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Prepper Book Festival 13: Holding Their Own XII Copperheads + Giveaway for Books 1-3 in the Series

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Holding Their Own XII Copperheads | Backdoor Survival

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.

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Prepper Book Festival 13: The Prepper’s Water Survival Guide + Giveaway

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Preppers Water Survival Guide | Backdoor Survival

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!

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Prepper Book Festival 13: Prepper’s Guide to Knots + Giveaway

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Preppers Guide to Knots | Backdoor Survival

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.

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Prepper Book Festival 13: The Journal Series + Giveaway

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The Journal Series by Deborah Moore | Backdoor Survival

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.

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Prepper Book Festival 13: Power From the Sun – A Practical Guide to Solar Electricity + Giveaway

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Power From the Sun | Backdoor Survival

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.

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Prepper Book Festival 13: Prepper’s Survival Medicine Handbook + Giveaway

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Prepper's Survival Medicine Handbook | Backdoor Survival

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.

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Prepper Book Festival 13: Crafting With Paracord + Giveaway

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Crafting With Paracord | Backdoor Survival

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.

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Prepper Book Festival 13: A Simple Man + Giveaway

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A Simple Man | Backdoor Survival

Imagine the year is 2077 and our world and our country has gone to heck. It is a dystopian world wrongly described by the Powers That Be as utopian. Welcome to the new America as portrayed in A Simple Man. Read an excerpt from this new release and enter the giveaway to win a copy for free. There will be three winners.

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Prepper Book Festival 13: Survival Medicine Handbook Third Edition + Giveaway

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The Survival Medicine Handbook | Backdoor Survival

Without question, the number one concern for preppers after setting aside water is health,wellness, and medical preparedness. Not only are there concerns about wound control and injuries, but also the availability of antibiotics and life-sustaining medications for individuals with a chronic illness.  This is just the tip of the medical iceberg, however.  Survival medicine encompasses such a wide range of topics that my head hurts just thinking about it. 

This is a subject I have addressed many times on this website and still, it is not enough.  That is why I am proud today to showcase the newly released Survival Medicine Handbook Third Edition by Joseph and Amy Alton.  You may already know Joe for his many articles here Backdoor Survival. He and his wife, “Nurse Amy”, have their own website and a store chock full of medical supplies suitable for all types of emergency situations.

The Survival Medicine Handbook | Backdoor Survival

As with the two previous editions, The Survival Medicine Handbook is my bible for all things health related and not just for those times when help is not on the way. Being someone who does not run to the doctor at the drop of a hat, this book is my initial resource when an ailment or injury occurs in my household. (Okay, truth be told I also consult my big fat book on essential oils but that is a topic for another time). 

To my way of thinking, following the advice of the Altons during normal times is the very best drill I can come up with for practicing medical self-care during dire times.

Today I share an all-new interview with Dr. Alton, plus I have three copies of The Survival Medicine Handbook up for grabs in a giveaway.  Enjoy the interview then be sure to check in below to learn about the giveaway.

An Interview with Joseph Alton, MD Author of THE SURVIVAL MEDICINE HANDBOOK

What one single event (or point in time) did you decide to become a prepper?

After Hurricane Katrina, when it was clear that there were deaths that could have been prevented if there had been a person in every family with some medical supplies and training. It made me realize how fragile society could be, and how little it would take for us to circle the drain. Since then, I’ve become convinced that we’re circling the drain faster and faster each year.

Most preppers have some sort of EDC (Every Day Carry).  What items do you carry with you at all times?

My everyday carry consists of an item for personal protection and a compact equivalent of our First Aid Bleeding Control kit, in case I come across a car accident or have to be where there are large numbers of people.

Have you ever lived through a real disaster and therefore had to live on your preps?  If so, for how long?  What were some of the mistakes you encountered along the way? If not, what steps have you taken to ensure that your and your family are disaster-proof?

During Hurricane Andrew in 1992, I spent the storm monitoring a number of women in late pregnancy at the local hospital (2 delivered during the storm). When I finally came home, the power was down and we were lucky to have 2 weeks’ worth supply of food and water (we were “hurricane preppers” back then, not as stocked as we are now).

If I knew then what I know now, I would have offered to cut down the coconuts from the neighbor’s trees, which flew like missiles into my shutters, denting a number of them from 100 feet away, as well as smashing a large planter and some roof tiles.

Bugging out poses a major dilemma for many preppers.  Family obligations, money, jobs, and health considerations all play a role in the bug-out, bug-in decision.  What advice do you have for those that who will be required to bug-in?

It depends on the scenario. In a short-term event, do everything you can to help your neighbors. In a long-term event, be less visible. That goes for everyone but the medics, who should offer their expertise to help those injured and sick. If you become known as someone who will give medical help in an emergency, fellow survivors will see you as an important asset and, in many cases, they will expend resources to protect you.

What specifically would you like Backdoor Survival readers to learn from your book?

Our mission is simple: To put a medical prepared person in every family for any disaster. We truly believe that you will be able to handle the grand majority of medical issues you’ll encounter in a survival setting if you get some education, training, and supplies.

We devoted our efforts to put it all in plain English in the Survival Medicine Handbook: The Essential Guide for When Medical Help is Not on the Way, so that the average citizen can become a medical asset to their loved ones in times of trouble.

The Giveaway

Joe and Amy Alton have reserved three copies of their book in this newest Book Festival Giveaway.

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The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific 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.

The Final Word

What you don’t know may kill you. This applies as much to first aid and medical knowledge as it does to the plethora of other survival skills. Don’t kid yourself; following a major disruptive event, people may die.  That being said, we need to arm ourselves with as much knowledge and as many credible reference materials as we can. 

I personally would not trust my long term survival to memory.  As a hard copy medical references, this is my top choice,.

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

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye

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Spotlight:  Survival Medicine Handbook Third Edition

If you had to deal with an injury or illness in a disaster, would you know what to do? The Survival Medicine Handbook is a 670 page detailed guide for those who want to be medically prepared for any disaster where help is NOT on the way. This book is written by Joe Alton, M.D. and Amy Alton, A.R.N.P., the premiere medical preparedness professionals from the top ten survival website www.doomandbloom.net.

The expanded third edition of the 3 category Amazon bestseller (Survival Skills, Disaster Relief, Safety/First Aid) is geared to enable the non-medical professional to deal with all the likely issues they will encounter in catastrophic short or long-term scenarios. The third (2016) edition of The Survival Medicine Handbook is not your standard first aid book: Unlike other so-called “survival” medical books, it assumes that a disaster, natural or man-made, has removed all access to hospitals or doctors for the foreseeable future; you, the average person, are now the highest medical resource left to your family.

The Survival Medicine Handbook will give you the tools, in plain English, to competently handle injuries and illness for any situation that leaves you as the end of the line with regards to your family’s medical well-being.

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
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 (Book 1)
299 Days Series (Encore)

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Third Edition:  The SURVIVAL MEDICINE Handbook

A frequent question I get on Backdoor Survival has to do with healthcare matters when there is no doctor around. This is the definite source of survival medical information for all Prepper’s and is my go-to bible for survival medicine.

Survival Medicine Handbook 2016

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Prepper Book Festival 13: Prepper Guns + Giveaway

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Prepper Guns | Backdoor Survival

When it gets right down to it, both personal and home defense are high on the list of priorities for most preppers.  Yet, for the vast majority of us, this is an area where we lack sufficient knowledge, skill, and practical experience to be effective.

That said, when I was first approached about featuring another book on firearms, I rolled my eyes and thought “Here we go again”.  My reasoning was simple: most books on firearms are pretty darn dry and boring.  Imagine my surprise when the book arrived and I found myself reading it word for word, chapter by chapter.

I was hooked.

With that introduction, I am pleased to share the latest Book Festival entry, Prepper Guns by Bryce M. Towsley.  What I like about this book, among other things, is Bryce is a prepper, and at the beginning of the book he details his views on defending what is yours and why.  He also describes how his inspiration for the book was the classic, Survival Guns by Mel Tappan.  Mostly, though, he shares our view that a major tipping point may be inevitable and when it occurs, the SHTF will, indeed, happen.

Aside from all of that, Prepper Guns is a big beautiful book. Almost every page includes a color photo and, the pages are well-laid out on glossy paper.  But honestly, it is the content and the writing style that shines. This is a book that you just might want to read cover to cover.

Today I share an interview with Bryce plus I have three copies of the book up for grabs in a giveaway.  Enjoy the interview then be sure to check in below to learn about the giveaway.

An Interview with Bryce Towsley, Author of Prepper Guns

Tell me about your book. What is it about?

My book is for the law abiding citizen who is serious about prepping. It deals with the firearms needed for prepping and survival. I believe this is the by far the most important aspect of prepping, because without the means to protect yourself, your family and your supplies, survival is all but impossible.

The idea started a few years back when I wrote a survival themed action/adventure novel, The 14th Reinstated. The protagonist in the book is an aging gun writer in what used to be Vermont. (Like they say, write what you know right?)

It is set some years after a total economic and social collapse when he gets word his brother has been killed and his niece kidnapped. He heads out to find her and stumbles on to a plot to enslave the remains of the world. Not a new theme, I know, but I had a bit different approach. Part of that is because I was writing from a gun-guy perspective. Not a hard-core blast ‘em up, but from a reality based perspective. Guns didn’t dominate the story, but they helped keep everybody alive to continue the story.

A few years later, Skyhorse Publishing contacted me about a new book idea they had. They had picked up my book Gunsmithing Made Easy after the first publisher closed and it was doing extremely well. I turned down the idea my editor, Jay Cassell, proposed so we started tossing around new ideas instead.

I told him that the amount of bad information about guns used for survival and prepping is staggering. Throughout the web, magazines or other books, a lot of the information is wrong and often dangerous. I talked about Mel Tappen’s “Survival Guns,” a book every hard-core gun-guy probably has read. Mel did a great job, but the material is extremely dated. A lot has changed in the firearms world in 40 years. I proposed a new, updated book that covers all aspects of firearms available to civilians for prepping and survival. Prepper Guns is the result.

I would note that through the efforts of a mutual friend I was lucky enough to have Mel Tappan’s widow, Nancy, provide the foreword for Prepper Guns.

What type of research did you have to do while writing your book?

I have been a shooter and gun-guy all my life. I have been writing about guns for almost thirty-five years, the last twenty-five full time. I have hunted all over the world and have been involved in competition shooting at an international level. I have trained at the most elite shooting schools and have been deeply involved in all aspects of civilian owned firearms for years.

At the risk of bragging, I suppose I am considered to be one of the top firearms experts in the world today. I write for the best magazines in the field, including The American Hunter, The American Rifleman, Shooting Illustrated, Outdoor Life and others. There are very few shooting or hunting magazines that have not run my work at one time or another over the years. I have also written several other books on guns, shooting and hunting.

I work with many of the major companies in the shooting industry including optics, ammo, bullets and firearms makers and have consulted on design and development with many of them.

I spend every day of my life with firearms; writing about them, working on them, shooting, hunting, or photographing them. I am continuing to learn and build my skills and knowledge base.

My research goes back decades and is as comprehensive as is possible on this topic. Still, as I was writing this book I researched even deeper into the “prepper” aspect of firearms. I tested the “conventional wisdom” and my own theories to see if they held up, from both a technical and a strategic standpoint. I also spent time on the range with most of the guns I wrote about to ensure they were reliable and that their level of performance was acceptable for survival use. (Those I did not shoot were noted as such in the book.)

Beyond firearms, I have traveled the world including many third world countries. I have visited Russia, the Middle East, Mexico, Europe (including several former Communist countries), South America and have made multiple trips to Africa. I have spent a lot of time in Zimbabwe where the economy collapsed, so I have seen first-hand what can happen. I have followed American and world politics very closely which helps with the foundation of this book as well as the perspective.

I grew up poor, but with a thirst for life. That meant I had to find a way.

I learned to build what I needed, or repair what is broken. I have a varied work background which I think contributes to my knowledge base. I have worked in a Tampax factory, worked construction, built telephone systems, sold carpet and even trapped beaver and muskrats for a living. I have always had deep, nagging obsession about learning to do new things. That’s led me down some interesting paths, many of which apply to this book and survival in general.

How long did it take to write?

Isn’t the answer, “all my life?”

Joking aside, I guess about a year from concept to holding a book in my hand. I work as a writer for magazines and web sites, so I have to work my book projects in around paying the bills. I suppose if I just looked at it from hours spent and then broke them down to my usual 60 hour work week; about six months seems right.

Every book, fiction and non-fiction, includes a message. What message do you hope my readers will take with them after reading your book?

Survival is not about how much food you store or even the guns you buy, survival is about self-reliance and a survival mindset. If you depend on anybody but yourself, you will not survive.

Beyond that, my message is that surviving is not going be the great, romantic adventure that so many expect. It’s going to be brutal, heartbreaking and it will dramatically suck. If you want to survive you must accept that the rules will be different. You must be prepared to do what is needed to survive without stopping to think about it, because if you have to think about it, you are too late and you are dead. Once you have your mind wrapped around that, make sure that you have the best possible tools to survive and that you have planned for all possible scenarios.

Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?

As I mentioned earlier I am a writer and photographer. I love to hunt and have been lucky enough to travel the world, mostly hunting in wild places. I am a competition shooter in multiple disciplines.

I am 61 years old, been married to the same woman for 35 years. We have two kids; our daughter is married and is currently serving in the military. Her husband, our “3rd kid”, is a Border Patrol agent in Arizona. Our son is an engineer living in Minnesota. We have three dogs and live in a house filled with clutter, books and good memories. My favorite place is the shop out back where I have a full machine shop for working on guns and am currently working on my second gunsmithing book.

I read constantly and I love books, everything from trash novels to the classics. This week I am struggling with Faulkner again. I enjoy reading TEOTWAWKI novels. Most are poorly written and full of foolishness, but some are very well done. I just finished “The Survivalists” series by Dr. Arthur T. Bradley and found them to be a welcome breath of good writing.

For mental health, I enjoy riding my Harley much too fast on Vermont’s twisted mountain roads.

As an author in the survival, prepping, self-sufficiency or homesteading niche, what are you personally preparing for?

Who can know? We can’t know the future, so I prepare for anything. Mostly that means I stay self-sufficient and fluid. I try to be ready for what comes. I think prepping is as much about education as it is storing “products” like food, water or guns.

If we have shelter, food, water and security, it’s just a start. It’s a plan, but like Mike Tyson said, “Everybody has a plan, until they get punched in the mouth.” A true survivalist can react when his plan goes belly up.

To survive you must have a long term plan too; that includes sustainable food supplies and security. What I don’t have, I can barter for and part of prepping is having a network of other people with things I need who will need things I have.

We can’t stop enjoying the life we have and devote it all to prepping. We are lucky enough to live in the best times in history and in the best country in the world. Sure we have our problems and those problems may escalate and for now I enjoy the comforts and benefits of modern American life, but as a prepper I am aware that we can lose them in a heartbeat and I always have a backup plan.

What would be your first prep-step if you were just getting started?

Education.

Learn all you can about prepping and learn how to dig the good advice out of the preponderance of rubbish being promoted as “truth.”

Then educate yourself on how to do things with your hands. Learn to fix broken things, how to find, gather or grow food, shoot guns and build things. Learn to fight, hunt, fish, trap, weld or how to drive anything with a motor. Simply put, build your skills in all things that mean something.

I was recently being interviewed by a young reporter for a New York newspaper and we talked about survival and how she and the rest of the Millennials were not all that well prepared. She started talking about guns and I stopped her.

“Forget about guns for a minute,” I said. “The single best tool you can have to survive is the ability to react fast to changing situations and to solve problems.

“A gun is useless if you have no other skills to survive. If you have nothing, there is nothing to steal from you and so most, not all, other people will leave you alone as you slowly die.”

I asked, “Do you have any idea how to get safe drinking water after it stops pouring out of the faucets? Do you have a clue how you will find food once the restaurants are closed and the grocery store shelves are empty? Do you know any first aid to deal with wounds or injuries? Can you drive a standard transmission? Can you fix anything that is broken?”

We talked about the Millennials and how they lack most of these skills.

“In defense of my generation, we do have great skills in other areas,” she said.

I agreed, then I asked how useful any of those skills would be if the electricity stopped flowing.

I got crickets.

Without some life skills and the ability to think under pressure and react quickly to solve problems, you won’t survive a collapse. But just thinking fast is not enough; you need a foundation of knowledge. If you don’t understand how to purify water, you won’t think about alternative sources.

Sure, defense is important. Particularly if you have the other skills. If you have food, water, medical supplies, shelter or transportation, somebody will try to take it away from you. If you have nothing, you have nothing to defend.

It’s a package deal.

What movie do you think gives the best portrayal of what could happen?

I suppose, The Road gives us a worst case scenario.

Do you have plans for another book?

I am a writer, there is always another book.

I am working on one about gunsmithing right now. It will be aimed at the hobbyist who wants to advance his skills to the next level. It would be of interested to the prepper who wants to know how to repair guns.

I am also working on a sequel to my novel, The 14th Reinstated. That book was set after a total worldwide social and economic collapse and it had a huge amount of information about prepping and survival. It’s what led to my writing Prepper Guns. The sequel is set later, during the rebuilding phase and it too deals with a lot of survival situations.

But, I suppose your question is about if I am planning another book on survival guns. The answer is yes. I had to leave out a lot of information on things like reloading, bullet making, optics, shooting, gun repairs and skills building. At one point while writing Prepper Guns I was closing in on 200,000 words and I had to cut a lot of material.

This is a business, it’s how I pay the bills, if Prepper Guns continues to sell well and it looks like a good economic gamble to write another, I’ll do it!

Is there anything else you would like to share with my readers?

Buy my books! Your life will be better for having read them!

Kidding aside, I want to thank all those who have bought my books. I also want to thank you for this opportunity.

The Giveaway

Bryce has reserved three copies of his book in this newest Book Festival Giveaway.

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The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific 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.

The Final Word

It is easy to say that when push comes to shove, we will do what it takes to defend ourselves, our families, and our homes. Speaking for myself, however, in my heart of hearts I know I am not prepared to face roaming mobs of hungry and ruthless thugs who will want my preps.

One way or another, throughout the rest of this year and in 2017, I plan to become better prepared by being proficient in the safe use of firearms.  Prepper Guns in providing the motivation.  Now I just need to do it.  How about you?

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

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye

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Spotlight:  Prepper Guns

Food, water, and shelter are very important to survival. But you must also be ready to protect what is yours, because if somebody stronger, better prepared, and better equipped takes it all away, you will die. Your family will die. The only way to protect them is with firearms.

Prepper Guns takes a careful look at each category of firearms, ammo, sights, and accessories. Other topics include gun care and maintenance, as well as some simple gunsmithing and reloading to keep firearms repaired and ammo on hand. Finally, Prepper Guns has training suggestions and drills, plus a look at the psychology of survival, using the expertise of some of the top people in the world in these fields.

If you are worried that bad things are coming and are trying to prepare, this book is the most important piece of gear you can buy. Because if you can’t protect your family, your food and your home, nothing else really matters.

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
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 (Book 1)
299 Days Series (Encore)

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Third Edition:  The SURVIVAL MEDICINE Handbook

A frequent question I get on Backdoor Survival has to do with healthcare matters when there is no doctor around. This is the definite source of survival medical information for all Prepper’s and is my go-to bible for survival medicine.

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Prepper Book Festival 13: Changing Earth Series Without Land + Giveaway

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Without Land Changing Earth Series | Backdoor Survival

If there is one thing we have little control of, it is the ravages of Mother Nature.  Whether a catastrophic winter storm, a massive flood, or the greatest earthquake in modern times, we stand at risk and there is not a heck of a lot we can do about it other than prepare.

So imagine an earthquake so big, and so deadly, that there are few survivors.  Those that do survive, are faced with unimaginable challenges simply to live from day to day.  Thus sets the stage of the Changing Earth Series.

Without Land Changing Earth Series | Backdoor Survival

Without Land is the second book in the series and in it we find the main character, Erika, still struggling nine years later.  The government is not much help (no surprise there) and if anything, is working against her and her efforts to cope in a world that has little to offer.  What I like about the book is that through Erika, you can easily imagine what you would do, or not do, when faced in a similar situation.

With that introduction, I introduce the next book in Prepper Book Festival #13, Without Land (Changing Earth Series) by Sara Hathaway.  The first book in the series was a part of the Summer 2014 Book Festival and ever since then, I have kept in touch with Sara, waiting for Book 2 of the series.

Today I share an all-new  interview with Sara.  In addition, I have both books in the Changing Earth Series up for grabs in a giveaway.  There will be two winners. Enjoy the interview then be sure to check in below to learn about the giveaway.

An Interview with Sara Hathaway, Author of Without Land (Changing Earth Series)

Given your background, knowledge and experience, what do you feel are the three most important survival or prepping skills?

Having been raised in the country, I have been growing and preserving food for most of my life. Therefore, I feel food preservation and wild foraging skills are at the very top of my list of most important survival skills. No matter how much food an individual stocks, eventually it will run out or it could be lost during the initial event. Anyone who intends on surviving long term after a global catastrophe has to understand and be capable of growing, finding and hunting food. After those food sources have been obtained, they will need to be preserved so that they do not go to waste.

Second on my list of essential survival skills is self-defense and fitness skills. Times will be rough. An individual accustomed to sitting on the couch, doing as little as possible is going to have a rude awakening when they have to physically ensure their own survival. Basic fitness is absolutely essential but self defense skills will be very important as well.

Understanding weapon systems from firearms to hand to hand combat weapons could be the difference between life and death. Hand to hand combat weapons will always be available but unless an individual can make gun powder, lead balls and has an old musket to fire them, eventually the bullets will run out; conditioning the body to be ready to defend these physical assaults will be essential. Learning self defense and being physically capable of applying self defense techniques is an absolute must.

When something really goes wrong with a loved one, usually they are rushed off to the doctor or the hospital to find out what can be done to make them better. After a global catastrophe there may not be an accessible doctor or hospital. That is why medical skills is number three on my list. With the physical demands of survival weighing on everyone, people are going to get hurt. Someone has to have the skills to stich them back up and make sure the injury stays infection free. Little injuries without access to antibiotics can become life threatening problems.

Beyond the obvious day to day injuries someone has to be able to recognize health problems within individuals that may threaten the health of the group. This can range from communicable diseases to mental health problems.

What would you purchase if you only had $500 to spend on preparedness supplies?

With only $500 to spend on preparedness supplies and assuming I have nothing, besides clothes and boots, I would first have to answer one question: Am I bugging in or out? Either way one of the first things I would do is go to as many gun shows as possible and try to buy the least expensive 10/22 I could and get a few boxes of ammo as well.

If my family and I are going to bug out, I would buy and carry a decent amount of seeds for hearty, easy to grow plants that my family likes to eat. I would visit the local flea market and get back packs for each family member. While at the flea market I would also look for inexpensive tarps, first aid kits, paracord, knives, an aluminum pot for boiling water and a longer slimmer aluminum pot for survival stew (survival stew is a collection of the wild foragables you pick while traveling boiled in water at the end of the day). I would also include a LifeStraw in each bag and a mix of jerky, trail mix, rice and dried beans.

If my family and I were bugging in, I would buy seeds and try to preserve as much of my current seed stock as possible. I would visit a bulk supply food store where I could cheaply obtain bulk rice, flour and canned goods. I would invest in a quality water filter that works without relying upon power (like the Alexapure model I currently own).

Securing my home would be of the utmost importance so I would invest some money in plywood to cover windows and cable that I could build traps with.

Do you feel totally prepared and if not, what prep area concerns you the most?

Is anyone totally prepared? Even if someone believes they know all there is to know, there is always someone who does it better to learn from.

Modern lifestyles in the United States have taken individuals a long way from understanding what it truly takes to provide for a family without modern conveniences. That being said, I am always eager to learn more about wild foraging. Stepping outside you enter a giant grocery store, as long as you know what you can and can’t eat. As soon as you think you have it figured out you realize that every region and ecosystem has it’s own unique set of edibles.

My medical skills are also an area that I need to focus on. I have been trained as an Emergency Medical Technician and that’s when I realized that there is a big difference between learning something and doing something. I aced the class but when I was asked to draw upon these skills in the real world, I froze and was elated that help was close enough that I wouldn’t have to help. I am not comfortable with having someone else’s life in my hands but if it was one of my loved ones, I believe I could step up to the plate. Although I continue to study medical information, I also actively look to fill this role in my survival group with someone else.

The last skill that I am really interested in improving for long term survival is tool making and forging skills. I am fascinated by the ability to take a piece of metal and change it into something else. Being able to competently perform this skill opens up opportunities for an individual because they would be able to make new weapons, security items, tools, eating utensils, and so much more.

To what extent does your family participate in your personal preparedness efforts?

My family is 100% on board with my personal preparedness efforts. Recently we were evacuated from our home because of a nearby wild fire. My husband and I were able to evacuate a family of four people and two dogs with all of our go-gear, weapons etc. in just fifteen minutes. The value of our preparedness lifestyle became extremely clear that night and my husband thanked me for getting him on board.

My husband and I make survival preparedness into family bonding time. Whether it’s camping, shooting, running obstacle courses, gardening or wild foraging on a hike we do it together. My children have learned the value of the taste of food foraged or grown in our own garden. While they learn valuable survival skills that they can pass on to their children, we have strengthened our relationships by spending time together.

What work of fiction do you feel gives the best portrayal of what could happen in real life?

One of the books that I am haunted by because I think it really could happen is Tyrant: The Rise. Written by L. Douglas Hogan, this novel depicts an America betrayed by the first female president. Agenda 21 is in full effect and a “relocation” process has been initiated for Americans by the UN. L. Douglas Hogan has trained and taught in the military, been a law enforcement officer, and worked in the Illinois Government.

Knowing of his experience in the inner workings of government, his depiction of these “fictional” future events run eerily close to events we are watching unfold currently. Scary stuff.

If there was a disruptive event and you had to evacuate, what non-fiction books or reference manuals would you take with you?

There is one manual that I consider absolutely essential in an evacuation and that is Urban and Wilderness Emergency Preparedness by James Hart. It is a big manual but absolutely worth it’s weight because this manual is packed end to end with essential information.

The second manual that I carry all the time in my everyday carry kit is SAS Survival Guide by John “Lofty” Wiseman. It is not as all inclusive as James’s book but it is still a quality resource for all things survival. Plus it is pocket size and easy to carry around.

The last book that I would bring is Edible and Medicinal Plants of the West by Gregory L. Tilford. This is a great book that beautifully represents many edibles of the West. The pictures in it are brilliant and the descriptions are very well done. This attention to detail is essential in an edibles book because plants can look vastly different depending on the season and growing conditions.

Do you have anything else, such as an announcement, message, personal experience, that you would like to share with the readers on Backdoor Survival?

As Americans become more and more reliant upon technology, more and more of the traditional survival skills and relationships with our natural environments are lost. I would caution each and every individual to be conscious of this and find a balance in your life.

Hiking, wild foraging, gardening and engaging with your natural environment has been medically proven to be beneficial for your body. Humans have survived and thrived because of our ability to adapt and overcome. If the earth changes again, as it has so many time in the past, we need to be able to adapt and overcome again. Our technology partnered with our knowledge of the natural environment may be the key to success.

It is my personal mission to partner entertainment and education together so that individuals can learn survival skills in a way that makes it fun and interesting. Everybody is looking forward to chaos after a collapse but it is my belief that if individuals support our local farmers, learn food preservation methods and take steps to secure not only our personal survival but community survival, Americans can come through the chaos together, supporting one another.

I realize that many people don’t want to listen to the many threats of collapse but I will keep trying to show them how they can survive it. I work hard to educate, entertain and get people interested in a preparedness lifestyle through my fictional novels and a weekly podcast that I host called, The Changing Earth Podcast.

Both of these projects have taken a lot of time and money to produce but if I can open the eyes of just a few more individuals each day then it’s 100% worth it. We all need to dream, survive and thrive!

The Giveaway

Sara has reserved two sets of both Day After Disaster and Without Land in this newest Book Festival Giveaway.

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The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific 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.

The Final Word

Because I have had numerous requests for survival and post-apocalyptic fiction written from a woman’s point of view, I am thrilled to have Sara onboard once again and anxiously anticipate book 3 in her series.  In the meantime, though, I encourage you to get caught up in Erika’s world, such as it is, and think about what you would do if faced with similar challenges.

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

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye

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Spotlight:  Without Land (Changing Earth Series)

Without Land is book number two in The Changing Earth Series. The lone survivor from Sacramento, Erika, is a tenacious woman, mother and wife. After her grueling journey of survival during The Day After Disaster, she thought America would let freedom reign forever but nine years after the Great Quake, the reaction by the American Government was quite different.

Citizens still in possession of viable land found themselves farming and fulfilling many obligations for the citizens left alive. Many more people were left landless and instead of allowing them to roam in packs, the government rounded them up and housed them in refugee camps. The government quickly enacted new policies to maintain order. Only landowning citizens were allowed the right to vote on these new policies. The refugee families were signed up to an adoption program.

The landowners were given the right to pick and choose individuals and families to house on their property. This way the refugees could provide manual labor for the farms due to the shortage of oil to fuel machinery. The final blow to the hearts of refugees was the introduction of the “infertility” law which stated that any landless refugees would be rendered infertile after the age of thirteen. It was voted on and passed to maintain population levels in this world desperately trying to recover.

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
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 (Book 1)
299 Days Series (Encore)

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Third Edition:  The SURVIVAL MEDICINE Handbook

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Survival Medicine Handbook 2016

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Prepper Book Festival 13: The Made From Scratch Life + Giveaway

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Made From Scratch Life | Backdoor Survival

Something happened in the fifties and it was not good.  With the advent of mainstream television, homemakers learned about ready to eat foods and convenience products designed to make their lives easier.  It made no matter that many of these products, ranging from TV dinners to laundry and cleaning products, were toxic brews of preservatives and chemicals.

Although I have always been inclined to cook from scratch, make my own cleaning supplies, and embrace the proverbial do-it-yourself mentality, it wasn’t until one year ago, almost to the date, that I stopped supporting the big corporations and Madison avenue that were pushing unhealthy products my way.  I became a made-from-scratch advocate and my home became a chemical-free zone.

The Made From Scratch Life | Backdoor Survival

With that introduction, I am thrilled to introduce the first book in Prepper Book Festival #13, The Made From Scratch Life by Melissa K. Norris.  If her name sounds familiar, it is because she is my home canning guru as well as a homesteading blogger. She is also someone who embraces sustainability and a healthy living lifestyle while working outside the home, writing, and raising a family.  As far as I am concerned, she is super-woman.

The Made From Scratch Life is chock full of goodness.  In it you will learn how to grow and preserve food, save money by being frugal where it matters, and my favorite, improving your overall health and well-being with natural cooking an cleaning methods.

Today I share an interview with Melissa plus I have three copies of her book up for grabs in a giveaway.  Enjoy the interview then be sure to check in below to learn about the giveaway.

An Interview with Melissa K. Norris, Author of The Made From Scratch Life

Tell me about your book. What is it about?

It’s the story of my journey to a healthier and more unprocessed life, from the kitchen, to the garden and barnyard, and really, the story of returning to my roots, using more of the methods my grandparents and great-grandparents used, which in turn becomes a manual to living a modern homestead life.

What type of research did you have to do while writing your book?

I didn’t do a lot of research, most of it was the telling of the things my husband and I have been doing on our homestead for over 16 years, but some of it was also passing down the things I learned from my father, who learned it from his father, a reaching back to past generations.

How long did it take to write?

It took me about a year to write, but generations worth of wisdom I feel fortunate enough to get to pass on to others.

Every book, fiction and non-fiction, includes a message. What message do you hope my readers will take with them after reading your book?

That the simple things in life truly are the best and most precious and that we all can live a made-from-scratch life, one step at a time.

Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?

I believe in putting God first, followed by family. The relationships and memories we make with people are what will stand the test of time. I believe there’s value in hard work and a job well done, a satisfaction that’s good for the soul and meant to be shared with others. And I believe everything just looks better in a Mason jar, from the food I eat, to my skin care, and a bouquet of wild flowers from the yard.

As an author in the survival, prepping, self-sufficiency or homesteading niche, what are you personally preparing for?

I think that’s where I differ from a lot of preparedness/survival people. Our self-sufficiency is a way of life, we raise all of our own meat and we eat from our food storage and we’ve been seed saving in my family for generations. When hours get cut at work or an unexpected bill or storm comes up, we know we’ve got food in the pantry, because winter is not just the months on a calendar. At the same time, if a friend or someone needs help, we can step up to do so. My dad lived through the Great Depression and hard financial times, when what you ate was what you’d put up, but it didn’t create stingy people. It created people who lend a hand to help out a neighbor.

While we are prepared in the sense of having skill sets, knowledge, and food storage, the most important preparedness plan or aspect we have is our faith in Jesus. The fact is, we’re all going to die, you can’t escape that, but I know where I’m going when I die, and to me, that is the most important preparedness plan anyone can have. Like I said, I’m probably not you’re normal prepper or survivalist, I believe in having those things put in place, but I’m at peace with my faith first.

What would be your first prep-step if you were just getting started?

My first prep—step would be getting up a small food storage stocked with basic items. Having a well stocked pantry and learning how to cook from it will serve you in so many aspects, one it’s more frugal, two it’s more healthy because if you’re cooking from basics you’re not using a bunch of processed convenience items, three even if nothing does ever happen, you’re money and time investment won’t go to waste, because you’ll be using it in your everyday life.

What movie do you think gives the best portrayal of what could happen?

Honestly, I don’t watch a lot of doomsday movies, instead, I much prefer to read history and non-fiction accounts of people who have gone through survival situations. I’m actually reading the entire Laura Ingalls Wilder series to my daughter and there’s a lot of surprising valuable information on survival in those pages, even though they’re meant for children.

Do you have plans for another book?

Yes, I’m actually at work on the second book right now, tentatively titled the Modern Women’s (or Guy’s) Guide to Old-Fashioned Living, which build upon a lot of the elements in the first book, from herbal medicine, to growing your own medicine cabinet, and of course, lots of old-fashioned from scratch cooking recipes!

Is there anything else you would like to share with my readers?

That I’m incredibly grateful to share the wisdom I’ve been fortunate enough to learn and glean and to pass it on to other’s in hopes that it will help them in the ways it’s helped me and my family.

The Giveaway

Melissa has reserved three copies of her book in this newest Book Festival Giveaway.

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The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific 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.

The Final Word

Getting back to the fifties, did you know that it was during that period that Swanson introduced TV dinners, Cheez Whiz hit the market, and Sweet ‘n Low promised to keep us slim and trim?  Guess what?  On a whole,we are less healthy and fatter then ever.

Of course the 50s was also the era of rock and roll, Elvis, the civil rights movement, and the migration to suburbia. Alas, that is a topic for another time.

I don’t know about you, but having lived through all of that, and beyond, I yearn to live a simpler life. The Made From Scratch Life book is a welcome addition to my preparedness bookshelf.

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

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye

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Spotlight:  Made From Scratch Life

Do you long for simpler days? Do you wish you had the time to offer your family home-grown meals? Does your heart cry for a quiet place in this fast-paced world?

Blogger and homesteader Melissa K. Norris inspires with practical and easy methods to help you cook from scratch, garden, preserve your own food, and see God’s fingerprints in your everyday busy life. You’ll learn how to

  • Plan, plant, and harvest for eating and preserving
  • Troubleshoot common gardening problems with natural solutions
  • Improve your family’s health with natural cooking and cleaning methods

Whether you live in the middle of the asphalt jungle or on the side of a mountain, you can experience the pioneer lifestyle and start your own homesteading journey. Because when you surround yourself with things made from the hand of God, you can’t help but see Him.

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
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 (Book 1)
299 Days Series (Encore)

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Third Edition:  The SURVIVAL MEDICINE Handbook

A frequent question I get on Backdoor Survival has to do with healthcare matters when there is no doctor around. This is the definite source of survival medical information for all Prepper’s and is my go-to bible for survival medicine.

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As recently as last week, someone mentioned he hated the term “prepping”.  To him, “prepper” was a fancy word for survivalist.  Prepper or survivalist is not an argument I want to engage in.  By my own definition, prepping is simply short for preparing, and a prepper is someone who prepares.

The real question is this: What are you preparing for?  This is something you should be asking yourself and revisiting from time to time as circumstances change.  Simply put, the specifics of why you prepare are highly individualized and can depend upon on where you live, your family situation, economic and political factors, and your view of the world.

This may seem to be an odd introduction to the newest Prepper Book Festival but I deem it appropriate as we turn the corner in becoming more mainstream.  We are a preppers and we are a large and diverse community.  The knowledge we seek is as diverse as we are, and so, with these book festivals, I attempt to bring together a collection of survival books that will satisfy our varying needs and interests.

Prepper Book Festival 13: Books to Help You Prepare | Backdoor Survival

I do have some biases.  For example, it is my opinion that the need for another generalized book on prepping has waned. Instead, preppers are seeking books dedicated to a single topic, whether it be surivival medicine, creating an urban farm, harnessing the power of the sun, or something else.  And what about fiction?  More and more I am getting requests for higher quality fiction and especially fiction written from a woman’s point of view.

Today I am thrilled to launch Prepper Book Festival #13.  In typical Backdoor Survival book festival tradition, each book will be featured in coming months along with an author interview or book excerpt, as well as a multiple book giveaway. There will also be a thought-provoking giveaway question where you, the readers, are challenged to think about your own preps and your own mindset when it comes to survival.  

Here, for your discernment, is a description of the books that made the cut.  I hope that one of these books will soon make it into your own personal survival library.

2016 Prepper Book Festival #13:  The Best Books to Help You Prepare

Non Fiction Books

Made From Scratch Life

Do you long for simpler days? Do you wish you had the time to offer your family home-grown meals? Does your heart cry for a quiet place in this fast-paced world?

Blogger and homesteader Melissa K. Norris inspires with practical and easy methods to help you cook from scratch, garden, preserve your own food, and see God’s fingerprints in your everyday busy life. You’ll learn how to

  • Plan, plant, and harvest for eating and preserving
  • Troubleshoot common gardening problems with natural solutions
  • Improve your family’s health with natural cooking and cleaning methods

Whether you live in the middle of the asphalt jungle or on the side of a mountain, you can experience the pioneer lifestyle and start your own homesteading journey. Because when you surround yourself with things made from the hand of God, you can’t help but see Him.

By Melissa K Norris

Prepper Guns

Food, water, and shelter are very important to survival. But you must also be ready to protect what is yours, because if somebody stronger, better prepared, and better equipped takes it all away, you will die. Your family will die. The only way to protect them is with firearms.

Prepper Guns takes a careful look at each category of firearms, ammo, sights, and accessories. Other topics include gun care and maintenance, as well as some simple gunsmithing and reloading to keep firearms repaired and ammo on hand. Finally, Prepper Guns has training suggestions and drills, plus a look at the psychology of survival, using the expertise of some of the top people in the world in these fields.

If you are worried that bad things are coming and are trying to prepare, this book is the most important piece of gear you can buy. Because if you can’t protect your family, your food and your home, nothing else really matters.

By Bryce M Towsley

A Prepper’s Guide to Life after the Crash

Should a national disaster occur, how will you respond? What will occur when critical societal services cease to function? As a prepper, you will likely be ready to hole up and live off of your stored supplies, at least for a while. But what do you do during that time? What are your next steps? And how do you defend yourself against others who have not prepared for such a disaster?

After the Crash covers all the situations that you may face when the lack of governmental infrastructure leads to social upheaval and chaos. Since most of the population is unprepared for a disaster of any kind, this book gives both the trained and untrained prepper valuable information needed to have any chance of survival in a world where organized government assistance may not be available.

Offering battle-proven advice, Steve Mattoon explores what it takes to survive alone versus in groups, each approach presenting its own advantages and challenges. Discover how best to defend yourself, what to use, and how to most effectively use the tools you have at your disposal. Whether you find yourself in a rural area or an urban jungle, After the Crash will prove an essential addition to any prepper’s bug-out bag.

By Steve Mattoon

Prepper’s Survival Medicine Handbook: A Lifesaving Collection of Emergency Procedures from U.S. Army Field Manuals

When disaster strikes and no doctors are available, you’ll have to rely on your own medical knowledge to survive. Prepper’s Survival Medicine Handbook goes beyond basic first aid to teach you military-tested methods for treating life-threatening medical conditions, including:

• Gunshot wounds
• Radiation exposure
• Broken bones
• Ruptured arteries
• Severed limbs
• Poisonous snakebites
• Anaphylactic shock

The author, an emergency responder, details step-by-step treatment for everything from hypothermia and heat stroke to seizures and cardiac emergencies. Using information from actual military field manuals, this book provides everything you need to keep you and your loved ones safe when there’s nowhere else to turn.

By Scott Finazzo

Heal Local: 20 Essential Herbs for Do-it-Yourself Home Healthcare

Most of us understand the value of eating and buying local. Taking back our food, goods, and services from multinational corporations and sourcing them from small growers, producers, artisans, and entrepreneurs benefits our families, our environment, and our communities.

This innovative guide demonstrates that by harnessing multifaceted whole plants, we can rely on homegrown or regionally produced herbs rather than importing exotics and non-natives. Based on the small apothecary model, author Dawn Combs explains how to:

  • Maximize the benefits of homegrown first aid, from increased freshness, potency, and effectiveness to community resilience and local economic growth
  • Make home herbal healthcare less intimidating and more attainable, by focusing on twenty herbs to effectively treat most common injuries and ailments
  • Implement a local medicine culture safely and sustainably, while protecting and respecting wild plant populations

Many herbals overwhelm their readers, presenting a list of hundreds of herbs, each with a different purpose. Heal Local empowers readers by showing that you don’t need to know everything about every herb on the planet to create a complete home apothecary.

By Dawn Combs

The Urban Farmer

There are twenty million acres of lawns in North America. In their current form, these unproductive expanses of grass represent a significant financial and environmental cost. However, viewed through a different lens, they can also be seen as a tremendous source of opportunity. Access to land is a major barrier for many people who want to enter the agricultural sector, and urban and suburban yards have huge potential for would-be farmers wanting to become part of this growing movement.

The Urban Farmer is a comprehensive, hands-on, practical manual to help you learn the techniques and business strategies you need to make a good living growing high-yield, high-value crops right in your own backyard (or someone else’s). Major benefits include:

Low capital investment and overhead costs. Reduced need for expensive infrastructure. Easy access to markets.

Growing food in the city means that fresh crops may travel only a few blocks from field to table, making this innovative approach the next logical step in the local food movement.

By Curtis Stone

Power From the Sun

Written for the layman, this is the fully revised and updated guide for individuals and businesses interested in generating their own electricity using the Sun. Practical and accessible, it provides a basic understanding of electricity, wiring, and solar energy, and guides the reader through site assessment and determining the type of system needed, providing a solid understanding of grid-tied and off-grid systems, along with important guidelines on installation.

Power from the Sun (2nd Edition) discusses types of PVs and PV systems, and includes comprehensive information on recent changes and improvements in PV modules, charge controllers, inverters, batteries, generators, and net metering policies. It offers an excellent overview of the many options available, allowing the reader to make the best choices for their individual situation during the design, installation, and operation of a solar electric system.

The definitive guide for homeowners, business owners, installers, architects, and just about anyone interested in lowering energy bills while achieving greater energy independence.

By Dan Chiras

Aquaponic Gardening: A Step-by-Step Guide to Raising Vegetables and Fish Together

Aquaponics is a revolutionary system for growing plants by fertilizing them with the waste water from fish in a sustainable closed system. A combination of aquaculture and hydroponics, aquaponic gardening is an amazingly productive way to grow organic vegetables, greens, herbs, and fruits, while providing the added benefits of fresh fish as a safe, healthy source of protein.

On a larger scale, it is a key solution to mitigating food insecurity, climate change, groundwater pollution, and the impacts of overfishing on our oceans.Aquaponic Gardening is the definitive do-it-yourself home manual, focused on giving you all the tools you need to create your own aquaponic system and enjoy healthy, safe, fresh, and delicious food all year round.

Aquaponics systems are completely organic. They are four to six times more productive and use ninety percent less water than conventional gardens. Other advantages include no weeds, fewer pests, and no watering, fertilizing, bending, digging, or heavy lifting—in fact, there really is no downside!

By Sylvia Bernstein

Prepper Knots

When catastrophe strikes and modern technologies fail, rope work skills will become as essential for survival as they were for centuries past. The variety of knots taught in this book are guaranteed to hold against even the toughest forces, ensuring that an emergency doesn’t turn into a disaster. When your life, home, and property are hanging by a thread, these powerful knots are too strong to break:

• Create sturdy shelter with a HARNESS BEND
• Preserve sacks of grain with a BAG KNOT
• Move fallen trees with a BOWLINE
• Transport injured persons with a MUNTER HITCH
• Secure your home against intruders with a ZEPPELIN BEND

Prepper’s Guide to Knots features clear, step-by-step instructions on tying each knot. It also provides information on selecting the right type of rope, the history of rope work and the specific benefits of each knot.

By Scott Finazzo

Crafting With Paracord

Incredibly strong, spectacular in its colors and amazingly versatile, paracord is the ideal material for crafting stylish and functional items. Using easy-to-follow, step-by-step photos, this full-color guide shows how to master dozens of projects, including:

• Braids for fun bracelets and watchbands
• Weaves for one-of-a-kind leashes and luggage straps
• Wraps for tough knife and flashlight handles
• Knots for decorative lanyards and clasps
• Bars for handy ropes and keychains

By Chad Poole

Neighborhood Emergency Response

This book is a complete, step by step guide to preparing yourself and your commumnityu to aid first responders during a disaster situation.

Nothing brings out the best in neighbors more than facing a catastrophe together. But don’t wait till the disaster is upon you. This book shows how you can work together today to protect the lives and homes of all the families in your neighborhood tomorrow. With guidance on how you can take a leadership role, this helpful handbook details everything your community needs to be fully prepared for any natural disaster.

• Creating event-specific disaster kits for yourself and your family
• Learning about basic fire safety and fire fighting
• Establishing triage centers in the event that first responders can’t reach you
• Stabilizing disaster victims through need-to-know first aid
• Creating your own neighborhood emergency response team to keep your neighborhood safe and save lives should the worst occur

By Scott Finazzo

Survival Medicine Handbook Third Edition

If you had to deal with an injury or illness in a disaster, would you know what to do? The Survival Medicine Handbook is a 670 page detailed guide for those who want to be medically prepared for any disaster where help is NOT on the way. This book is written by Joe Alton, M.D. and Amy Alton, A.R.N.P., the premiere medical preparedness professionals from the top ten survival website www.doomandbloom.net.

The expanded third edition of the 3 category Amazon bestseller (Survival Skills, Disaster Relief, Safety/First Aid) is geared to enable the non-medical professional to deal with all the likely issues they will encounter in catastrophic short or long-term scenarios. The third (2016) edition of The Survival Medicine Handbook is not your standard first aid book: Unlike other so-called “survival” medical books, it assumes that a disaster, natural or man-made, has removed all access to hospitals or doctors for the foreseeable future; you, the average person, are now the highest medical resource left to your family.

The Survival Medicine Handbook will give you the tools, in plain English, to competently handle injuries and illness for any situation that leaves you as the end of the line with regards to your family’s medical well-being.

By Joe Alton, MD

Prepper’s Water Survival Guide (Encore)

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 & 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.

By Daisy Luther

Survival Fiction

A Simple Man

The year is 2078. The former United States of America is a bleak and fading memory for the few citizens of New America. Nearly five years after his wife was taken to a birthing camp by Secans, New America’s mercenaries, John Bradford is left to raise his two children alone in an increasingly dangerous and desolate world.

Tagged by nanotechnology, their every move is tracked, limiting their ability to do anything not permitted by the new regime. When his daughter is chosen, Secans arrive to take her to a birthing camp. John swears if he doesn’t let her go, they will all be killed. She reminds him of the promise he made to their mother, that he would do whatever it took to protect them.

Struggling between his promise and the real consequences of any action, the decision is made for John when his son brandishes a shotgun and kills one of the Secans. With no time to think, John grabs his children and goes on the run, but it is only a matter of time before the Secans find them and kill them. John has no choice but to return to his secret past, the only place where he knows he has a chance – The Circuit, an underground fight-to-the-death competition run by a ruthless mobster.

This is John’s fight, and it is one he cannot afford to lose.

By Mark Bacci

Without Land (Changing Earth Series)

Without Land is book number two in The Changing Earth Series. The lone survivor from Sacramento, Erika, is a tenacious woman, mother and wife. After her grueling journey of survival during The Day After Disaster, she thought America would let freedom reign forever but nine years after the Great Quake, the reaction by the American Government was quite different.

Citizens still in possession of viable land found themselves farming and fulfilling many obligations for the citizens left alive. Many more people were left landless and instead of allowing them to roam in packs, the government rounded them up and housed them in refugee camps. The government quickly enacted new policies to maintain order. Only landowning citizens were allowed the right to vote on these new policies. The refugee families were signed up to an adoption program.

The landowners were given the right to pick and choose individuals and families to house on their property. This way the refugees could provide manual labor for the farms due to the shortage of oil to fuel machinery. The final blow to the hearts of refugees was the introduction of the “infertility” law which stated that any landless refugees would be rendered infertile after the age of thirteen. It was voted on and passed to maintain population levels in this world desperately trying to recover.

By Sara Hathaway

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.

By Joe Nobody

The Journal Series (Book 1)

Allexa Smeth has believed in being prepared ever since she got caught up in a grocery store mob hours before a big snow storm in Detroit. Many years later she’s living a quiet and peaceful life in a remote region of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and still preparing. This serves her well when a horrendous natural disaster rocks the entire country and brings all shipping to a halt, leaving many without food and other necessary supplies.

In her small town of Moose Creek, Allexa serves as the little needed emergency manager, but is called on when many start to feel the effects of the food and gas shortage and they don’t know where else to turn. The nearby county seat is overwhelmed and leaves Allexa to handle the problems that arise on her own.

As the winter progresses, more and more issues come up for Allexa to deal with, some of a very personal nature. Her son turns to her for help in caring for his autistic child when his wife goes missing. She then learns to prioritize and she learns she can’t save everyone.

By Deborah Moore 

White Mountains False Flag

Ransom Doniphon is a Park Ranger working in New Hampshire’s White Mountains National Forest. While on a helicopter search-and-rescue mission he spies a make-shift shelter deep within the woods. When Ransom and his partner investigate there is a shootout leaving three men dead. What at first appears to be a mobile drug lab hidden in the woods turns out to be a home grown terrorist cell with roots that run deep into state and federal government.

White Mountains False Flag is a fast-paced adventure tale that is clean and family friendly. Think of Tom Clancy meets James Rawles.

By John Theo

299 Days Series (Encore)

From Book 1: Meet Grant Matson: lawyer, father, suburbanite husband who awakens to the fragility of modern society and embarks on a personal journey that introduces him to a world of self-reliance and liberation.

299 Days: The Preparation, the first book in the 299 Days series, depicts the inner struggles Grant must face as he exists in a social system he recognizes as unsustainable and on the verge of collapse, but one in which he has built his life around. What begins as a return to his roots, self-sufficiency and independence, becomes a full blown move to prepare for what may come. Engaging, insightful and a bit suspenseful, follow Grant’s transition from a self-perceived “sheeple” to a full-blown “prepper.” Will his fears come true? Is he an extremist? What if nothing happens? What if something does?

By Glen Tate

The Final Word

I am continually amazed at the dedicated authors that continue to publish titles that serve our preparedness community.  It is not easy to compete with the sweat shops that are prolific in producing junk eBooks that crowd the space on Amazon.

For this latest round of books, I did a bit of outreach to ensure that the selections were not a waste of your time or mine.  That said, I had to kiss a few frogs along the way but I am sure you will agree, this is a great selection with something for everyone.

Within that community,  I see my role as one of facilitator, offering articles, opinions, and a comments forum where common-sense preppers can relate their anecdotal experiences and share their tips for living a more self-sufficient life.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye

PS – If you know of a book, whether a new title or a classic, that should be considered for a future Prepper Book Festival, please leave a comment below and I will check it out.

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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
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 (Book 1)
White Mountains False Flag (to be released soon)
299 Days Series (Encore)

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Preptember

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Prepper Book Festival 12: Prepper’s Home Defense + Giveaway

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Preppers Armed Defense | Backdoor Survival

Anyone who is serious abut prepping has considered their options for armed defense.  They have tried to examine the pros and cons of both lethal and non-lethal weapons and have tried to come up with the best solution for their own situation.  More often than not, they have come away with misguided decisions due to not fully understanding what their weapon of choice could or could not do and legal ramifications thereof.

It is for those reasons that I am proud to introduce you to Jim Cobb’s latest book, Preppers Armed Defense.  Those of you that have been around for awhile know that I am a huge fan of Jim and his books, mostly because they are concise and to the point. They are also well written and highly readable.  Prepper’s Armed Defense is no exception and, in my opinion, is his most important work to date.

Preppers Armed Defense | Backdoor Survival

I say this from the point of view of someone who selected a personal weapon that was totally wrong for me. It was only after training that I realized I had approached armed defense and self defense ass-backwards (if you will pardon my French).  I wish I had read Jim’s book first.

The options covered in Preppers Armed Defense include everything from firearms, to knives, projectile weapons, martial arts, homemade weapons, non-lethal weapons and more.  In addition to going through these options, Jim clearly and succinctly points out that everything is his book is geared toward hurting another human being.  Take that seriously, comes to terms with it, and accept it.  If not, you need to move on.

Now that we have that out of the way, I want to let you know that Jim and his publisher are making three copes of his book available in a giveaway.  In addition, Jim is back for his eighth interview!  Enjoy what Jim has to say then check in below for details about the giveaway/

An Interview with Jim Cobb, Author of Prepper’s Home Defense

In your own words, tell me what this book is about and who you perceive as the target audience.

PREPPER’S ARMED DEFENSE is intended to be a guide for those seeking advice and input as to their options when it comes to taking up weapons against those who would do them harm.

The book isn’t going to turn anyone into an expert marksman or any sort of martial arts warrior. Instead, it is a down to earth, practical reference explaining the pros and cons of dozens of different weapons, from firearms to blades, pepper spray to stun guns.

While firearms are often the most effective weapon in most scenarios, there are many people for whom guns just aren’t an option, for one reason or another. PREPPER’S ARMED DEFENSE seeks to help all those who wish to be better able to defend themselves.

Many preppers have reached a point where, on most days, they feel ready for whatever the world may throw at them. Then, the next day they feel they have not done enough to prepare and start frantically searching for the next skill to learn, book to read, or piece of equipment to buy. What advice do you have for these mid-stage preppers?

I’ve found the best approach, whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been at it for decades, is to commit to doing one thing each and every day to improve your emergency preparedness. You can never know everything, there are always new skills to learn or old skills to practice. Even if your one thing is just to sit down for 15 minutes and read your favorite news sites so you stay informed on world events, you’re still staying ahead of the game.

Many if not most people who stick with prepping for a while begin to look beyond the bug out bag and food storage. They start becoming interested in actual self-reliance, such as gardening, home canning, renewable energy, and such. When you reach that stage, you’re never lacking for something to do.

I apologize if I have asked you this before, but if you could choose only four tools to have on hand for emergencies, what would they be and why?

A good quality knife – a sharp blade is used for so many different functions. Carving, food prep, opening boxes, making tools, the list goes on and on.

Cordage – I like to have a variety of cordage on hand, such as tarred bank line as well as the ever popular paracord. I keep some in every survival kit as well as at home. I suppose if one stretched the definition a bit, you could include duct tape in this category as well. Either way, cordage is very useful, from replacing broken shoelace to temporarily securing a door.

Framing hammer – a decent hammer is far better than a rock. I prefer a framing hammer due to the longer handle as well as the straight claw. They work great for demo work as well as, well, hammering nails.

Cash – outside of a true end of the world scenario, cash is and will likely always be king. Like it or not, many problems can be solved with an adequate application of portraits of dead presidents.

Since this is your eighth book festival, you have been writing for quite some time. What changes have you seen over this period of time and what changes do you see coming down the line relative to books in the preparedness niche?

One thing I’ve noticed, and I’m far from the only one who’s seen this, is the continuing proliferation of those who are seeking to just cash in on the prepper/survivalist niche. These are people who have little or no practical knowledge on the topics but know how to take dazzling photos and combine them with SEO marketing tricks so they can appear to be reputable sources of information. There is just so much bad information out there that gets passed around and repeated over and over until it is treated like gospel. Unfortunately, there’s little to be done about it. Just be sure you double and triple check your sources for information when you’re doing research.

As for the future, I see more and more people gravitating toward the self-reliance arena. People are waking up and realizing it is important to know where their food comes from, what’s in the water they drink, and how to do things for themselves. This is a great thing and I hope it continues.

And finally, where do YOU go to learn about prepping and survival?

One of my favorite sources is John D. McCann over at SurvivalResources.com. He has a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience. Of course, Backdoor Survival is another great resource.

I like to check YouTube for product reviews as well as “how to” sorts of things. While I obviously recommend investing in hard copy books as a way to preserve knowledge, videos can often provide a quick answer. I don’t really follow any particular video channels, though. I just bounce around a few until I get the info I’m seeking. Instructables.com is also very handy.

Honestly, when you get right down to it, there’s very little that is truly new in the prepper/survival world. Often, it just comes down to who can explain the topic or theory in a way that you understand best.

The Giveaway

Jim has reserved three copies of his book in this newest Book Festival Giveaway.  The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific 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.

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

The Final Word

As I mentioned above, as someone who selected a personal weapon that was totally wrong for me, I can appreciate Jim’s advice more than he will ever know. I leave you with these words from Jim:

“It is preferable to know how to defend yourself and never need to do so than to be in a bad situation and not have a clue what to do about it.”

For more information about the books in this latest book festival, visit Prepper Book Festival #12: The Best Books to Help You Prepare, Stay Healthy and Be Happy.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye

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Spotlight:  Preppers Armed Defense

A comprehensive guide to gun options as well as non-lethal and homemade alternatives needed for neutralizing attackers after a catastrophic collapse

A massive disaster strikes. Civilization breaks down and with it goes the thin blue line of police protection. Days or even weeks pass before the National Guard arrives to protect law-abiding citizens. In the mean time, it’s every man, woman, and family for themselves. Having self-sufficient means for protecting your family at this critical moment is essential. Thankfully, Prepper’s Armed Defense details exactly how to achieve this high level of life-saving readiness.

Far more than a gun guide, Prepper’s Armed Defense is the most comprehensive, no-holds-barred guide to all type of weapons, including knives and other edged weapons; non-lethal weapons like pepper spray, tasers and stun guns; plus last-minute improvised weapons made from common household items.

Among the weapons covered:

Firearms
Knives
Brass knuckles
Bows
Blackjack and sap
Monkey fist slingshots
Clubs and batons
Tonka and other martial arts weapons

The legalities of self-defense are also discussed as not all encounters will take place after a societal collapse. From the proper way to relate the information to a police dispatcher to when you should call an attorney, the focus is on ensuring you don’t end up behind bars for protecting your loved ones.

Prepper’s Armed Defense is your guide to inflicting the maximum amount of damage to those who would harm you and your family.

Bargain Bin:  For your convenience, here is a complete list of all of the books in BDS Prepper Book Festival 12.

Survival Fiction

The Borrowed World: A Novel of Post-Apocalyptic Collapse
The Winter Fortress: The Epic Mission to Sabotage Hitler’s Atomic Bomb

Non-Fiction

5 Gallon Bucket Book: DIY Projects, Hacks, and Upcycles
Be Your Own Herbalist: Essential Herbs for Health, Beauty, and Cooking
DIY Solar Projects: How to Put the Sun to Work in Your Home
Mason Jar Nation: The Jars that Changed America and 50 Clever Ways to Use Them Today
Mother Earth News Almanac: A Guide Through the Seasons
A Prepper’s Cookbook: Twenty Years of Cooking in the Woods
The Complete Guide to US Junk Silver Coins (2nd edition)
When There Is No FEMA: Survival for Normal People in Very Abnormal Times
Coloring Flower Mandalas: 30 Hand-drawn Designs for Mindful Relaxation
The Zika Virus Handbook
The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook
Book 8: Alcohol Mantle Lamps (The Non-Electric Lighting Series)
Preppers Armed Defense

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Third Edition:  The SURVIVAL MEDICINE Handbook

A frequent question I get on Backdoor Survival has to do with healthcare matters when there is no doctor around. This is the definite source of survival medical information for all Prepper’s and is my go-to bible for survival medicine.

Survival Medicine Handbook 2016

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Prepper Book Festival 12: Mother Earth News Almanac + Giveaway

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Mother Earth News Almanac | Backdoor Survival

It took just a single Mother Earth News Fair to turn me into a devoted Mother Earth News groupie.  Although I don’t have a large plot of land and chickens to tend, I can spend hours browsing the wide variety of articles on the Mother Earth News website.  I love the old time wisdom salted with inspiration and modern-day solutions to everyday life.

With that introduction, I am thrilled to introduce you to the all-new, 2016 edition of the Mother Earth News Almanac: A Guide Through the Seasons.  This book is a season by season compilation of timeless, yet simple, old-timey tips mixed in the with new.   It is an ecclectic collection of things the modern pioneer needs to live a self-reliant livestyle.

The Mother Earth News Almanac includes hints to help us forage for food, grow crops organically, understand the weather, manage our finances, save money, use kitchen tools efficiently, and a whole lot more.  And, lest you think this book is just for folks living in the country, let me set you straight.  There is plenty to interest the city dweller as well.  A good example is how to forage for wild edibles in your own back yard.

Because there is no single author to interview, I have chosen instead to share an excerpt from the section on how to sprout seeds and grains.  This is a skill we all should practice, since when and if the time comes, sprouts may become the only reliable source of micronutrients in our diet.

I also have three copies up for grabs in a giveaway, and who can argue with that?

“How and What To Sprout”, An Excerpt from the Mother Earth News Almanac: A Guide Through the Seasons

Almost any seed, grain, or legume can be successfully sprouted, although most devotees of the art think that alfalfa, mung beans, lentils, peas, and the cereal grasses—wheat, oats, barley, and rye—give the best results. Unhulled sesame and sunflower, radish, mustard, red clover, fenugreek, corn, lima beans, pinto beans, kidney beans, chick peas, cress, millet, and nearly any other seed you can think of will work. You should never, however, eat potato sprouts (the plant is a member of the poisonous nightshade family).

Select clean, whole seeds that have not been chemically treated in any way. Wash the grain or whatever thoroughly, pick out any chaff or cracked hulls, and check the seeds for fertility (if they’re sterile, they’ll float).

Place a tablespoon of alfalfa seeds (or four or five tablespoons of beans) in a pint jar and soak them overnight in triple their volume of water. This soaking should be done in a dark place (such as a kitchen cabinet) and the water should be warm (70 to 80°) and free of chlorine or fluorine (which can sterilize the tender embryo). The smaller seeds—alfalfa, clover, and so forth—will sprout without this overnight soak, but doing so won’t hurt them.

Pour the water off the next morning and save it to add to fruit juices or use as stock (it’s loaded with water-soluble vitamins and minerals). The seeds will have doubled in size and should be rinsed carefully to prevent mold.

Leave the swelling little packets of life in their jar after rinsing, cap the container with either cloth or screen wire as described earlier, invert the jar at a 45 degree angle in a big bowl, and set your sprouter back in the cupboard.

The last two steps are very important.

Germinating seeds will sour and rot if left standing in water, so by tipping the sprouter upside down at the specified angle, you’ll always be certain the developing shoots drain well after each rinsing. Similarly, since sunlight toughens the miniplants, you’ll ensure yourself the tenderest and tastiest harvest by growing your garden in total or near darkness Keep the cupboard vegetable patch warm (room temperature to 90°) and try to flush some fresh water into and out of the jar every four to six hours. No need to follow a slavish schedule on this maintenance, however, if you’re out of the house or apartment all day. A quick rinse twice every twenty-four hours (once in the morning and once at night) works almost as well.

In three to six days, depending on temperature and seed variety, your sprouts will again have doubled or tripled in volume and turned themselves into both tasty and nourishing victuals. The greater number of shoots are at peak vitamin potency sixty to eighty hours after germinating, but personal preferences in taste, texture, and appearance may persuade you to let yours grow longer.

Soybeans, peas, and alfalfa are about right when their sprouts are 2 to 3 inches long. Grain shoots should be eaten when much shorter—about the length of the kernel itself—or they’re somewhat bitter. Sunflower sprouts also develop a rather unpleasant tang when they exceed the length of the seeds from which they develop. The lentil sprout is best when about an inch long, while shoots from the mild-flavored mung bean (the mainstay of Chinese cooking) may be allowed to reach a length of 3 or 4 inches before harvest.

By the way, some people fastidiously pluck the hull from each sprout before serving but that’s a waste of time and good nutrition—eat the whole shebang!

The Giveaway

The publisher of the Mother Earth News Almanac has reserved three copies for three lucky readers in this latest Prepper Book Festival giveaway.

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The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific 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.

The Final Word

I hope you have enjoyed this small taste of the Mother Earth News Almanac.  Okay okay, pun intended.

Seriously, if you want to learn how to plant a tree without killing it, or simply how to unstick two glasses, this is the book for you.  Lavishly illustrated, you are going to want to sit down and read it from cover to cover because you just never know when one of the snippets of wisdom may come in handy.

As the back cover says, some the ideas in this book are extremely practical and wonderfully old-timey.  Others are just plain fun, such as instructions for building homemade kites.  I love this book and think you will, too. It is perfect for preppers and anyone else interested in a DIY lifestyle.

For more information about the books in this latest book festival, visit Prepper Book Festival #12: The Best Books to Help You Prepare, Stay Healthy and Be Happy.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye

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Spotlight:  Mother Earth News Almanac: A Guide Through the Seasons

Mother Earth News Almanac is back and is refreshed and ready for the next generation of self-sufficient makers and DIYers.

The 1970s classic has been out of print for years. Now, updated for today’s readers and back in print, its information is as useful as ever. It contains instructions and illustrations for everything from harnessing solar energy to cultivating a sustainable garden to learning how to keep bees. Simply put, Mother Earth News Almanac is designed to empower readers to be self-sufficient.

You will find that the Mother Earth News Almanac is a seasonal guide with subject matter that every passionate DIYer, homesteader, or environmentally aware reader can appreciate. There are recipes, money-saving tips, and homesteading techniques such as illustrated directions for tying a timber hitch, cat’s-paw, sheepshank, and other knots; folk medicine treatments and preventatives; tips on raising chickens and keeping bees; plans for building three kinds of kites; complete instructions for fast and easy compost; and much, much more!

The simple life doesn’t have to be hard–not when you have this timeless almanac.

Bargain Bin:  For your convenience, here is a complete list of all of the books in BDS Prepper Book Festival 12.

Survival Fiction

The Borrowed World: A Novel of Post-Apocalyptic Collapse
The Winter Fortress: The Epic Mission to Sabotage Hitler’s Atomic Bomb

Non-Fiction

5 Gallon Bucket Book: DIY Projects, Hacks, and Upcycles
Be Your Own Herbalist: Essential Herbs for Health, Beauty, and Cooking
DIY Solar Projects: How to Put the Sun to Work in Your Home
Mason Jar Nation: The Jars that Changed America and 50 Clever Ways to Use Them Today
Mother Earth News Almanac: A Guide Through the Seasons
A Prepper’s Cookbook: Twenty Years of Cooking in the Woods
The Complete Guide to US Junk Silver Coins (2nd edition)
When There Is No FEMA: Survival for Normal People in Very Abnormal Times
Coloring Flower Mandalas: 30 Hand-drawn Designs for Mindful Relaxation
The Zika Virus Handbook
The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook
Book 8: Alcohol Mantle Lamps (The Non-Electric Lighting Series)
Preppers Armed Defense

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For over 25 years Emergency Essentials has been providing the highest quality preparedness products at great prices.  Plus, each month they feature sales that quite honestly are fantastic.  This month note the great sale prices on anything and everything having to do with water preps.

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Emergency Essentials carries a wide variety of equipment and supplies – all at competitive prices.


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I earn a small commission from purchases made when you begin your Amazon shopping experience here. You still get great Amazon service and the price is the same, no matter what.

Amazon has a feature called Shop Amazon – Most Wished For Items. This is an easy tool for finding products that people are “wishing” for and in this way you know what the top products are.  All you need to do is select the category from the left hand side of the screen.

The Amazon Top Most Wished For Emergency and Survival Kit Items
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Prepper Book Festival 12: Mason Jar Nation + Giveaway

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Mason Jar Nation | Backdoor Survival

If there were such a thing as a 12 point program for Mason jar addicts, I would be a card carrying member.  I adore Mason jars and use them to store bulk foods in the pantry, craft supplies in the closet, and frozen goods in the freezer.  Because of my love for Mason jars, they are being carefully wrapped in bubble wrap and packed away in boxes so they make the big move I have coming up this Fall.

So, imagine my surprise and delight when I was offered an opportunity to include a book about Mason jars in a Prepper book festival.  The book is Mason Jar Nation: The Jars that Changed America and 50 Clever Ways to Use Them Today by JoAnn Moser and let me tell you, if you you are an addict like I am, you are going to want to take a peek.

Mason Jar Nation | Backdoor Survival

It is my impression that Mason Jar Nation may have initially been conceived as a book of projects and most assuredly, there are plenty of those suitable for prepper-types like us.  In addition to various lights and lanterns (perfect as emergency lighting), there is a seed starter, a very nifty storage option for fire starters, and my favorite, instructions for making butter in a Mason jar.  This very cool and very fun stuff.

Mason Jar Nation Butter in a Jar | Backdoor Survival

Now that I have said all of that, I’ll get to the real surprise. JoAnn’s book includes a very thorough and fascinating history of Mason jars.  And the pictures, oh my gosh, they add so much to the book!  In case you can’t tell, I absolutely love this book as much for the history as for the projects. It is a beautiful book and a delight to read!

JoAnn is here today to answer the book festival interview questions, plus, she, has three copies available in a giveaway.  Enjoy the interview then be sure to check in below to learn about the giveaway. 

An Interview with JoAnn Moser, Author of Mason Jar Nation

Tell me about your book. What is it about?

The book is a fun hybrid in that it begins with a brief exploration of how fruit jars in general and Mason jars specifically changed American history. After the historical portion, the book detours into tips on vintage jar collecting and then dives into the meat of the book, which are the 50 crafty how-to projects using Mason jars today.

What type of research did you have to do while writing your book?

I started by compiling a list of just about every book ever published about fruit jars. (Many, sadly, are out of print.) Then I tracked a bunch down on the secondary market and started ready, highlighting, and taking copious notes.

One of the highlights of my research was visiting an antique jar and bottle show here in Minnesota. I’d hope to interview passionate collectors, which I did, but even better, there I met John Varone. John happens to live just a few miles from me and has one of the best fruit jar collections in the Midwest, if not the country. He invited me to his home to see his collection and, subsequently, became my fruit jar history mentor.

How long did it take to write?

About 11 months plus a month or two to go through the editing process.

Every book, fiction and non-fiction, includes a message. What message do you hope my readers will take with them after reading your book?

That is a great question! I think there are a couple of messages. Finding beauty in humble objects, for sure, and honoring the past spring to the top of my mind.

Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?

Here are the bullet points!

• Education: MFA in creative writing from Hamline University. BA in English Literature from the University of Minnesota.

• Upbringing: Born and raised in the middle of nowhere, where self-sufficiency was a given.

• Parents: DIYers before DIY was a “thing”.

• Favorite childhood pastimes: Making stuff, drawing, reading comic books, visiting the town dump with my dad to find treasures.

• Spousal info: Married to a like-minded DIY fanatic who has as much DIY talent as he has power tools. (And he has a lot of power tools!)

As an author in the survival, prepping, self-sufficiency or homesteading niche, what are you personally preparing for?

Where I live, we have a preoccupation with weather, and justifiably so. Tornadoes, straight-line winds, blizzards, ice storms. We prepare for the worst of those and hope for the best.

Also, I’m a firm believer in planning for personal economic downturns. It used to be financial advisors would recommend that people have enough in savings to sustain them for six months. Now, a year (or more, if you can swing it) is best.

What would be your first prep-step if you were just getting started?

Canning food, of course! 😉

What movie do you think gives the best portrayal of what could happen?

Although the movie is based upon what already did happen, I’m going to say THE BIG SHORT, because it could easily happen again, which just might make it one of the scariest movies ever made.

Do you have plans for another book?

Besides writing about DIY, I’m a fiction writer too. Currently, I’m working on a young adult novel. However, if the stars align and MASON JAR NATION sells well, I certainly wouldn’t rule out another book of a similar nature. Perhaps the next time about wine bottles??

Is there anything else you would like to share with my readers?

Just that I’m excited to share MASON JAR NATION with everyone, and I hope they enjoy it as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it!

The Giveaway

JoAnn and her publisher have reserved three copies of Mason Jar Nation in this newest Book Festival Giveaway.

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The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific Tuesday with the winner notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article.  Please note that the winner 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.

The Final Word

This is not the first time I have featured Mason jars on this site and it will probably not be the last.  Clearly there is something downright comforting and homey when it comes to seeing Mason jars lined up like soldiers on a shelf or in the pantry. 

Yes, indeed, I am a Mason jar addict and invite you to become one too by entering the giveaway to win a copy of Mason Jar Nation.

In the meantime, for additional reading, check out:

Canning Jars 101 – Everything You Need To Know and More!
Fast Track Prep Tip #4: How to Use a FoodSaver for Vacuum Canning

For more information about the books in this latest book festival, visit Prepper Book Festival #12: The Best Books to Help You Prepare, Stay Healthy and Be Happy.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye

If you enjoyed this article, consider voting for Backdoor Survival daily at Top Prepper Websites

In addition, SUBSCRIBE to email updates  and receive a free, downloadable copy of my e-book The Emergency Food Buyer’s Guide.

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Spotlight:  .Mason Jar Nation: The Jars that Changed America and 50 Clever Ways to Use Them Today

Learn how to make more than 50 Mason jar projects, including luminaries, planters, and upcycled art, in this book for DIYers!

Mason Jar Nation begins by exploring the Mason jar’s impact on America since its 1858 patent. Prior to the jar’s invention, settlers had no reliable and safe way to store food for the winter, which required them to travel great lengths in difficult conditions and obtain expensive canned goods in order to survive. With its hermetically sealable two-piece lid and thick glass sides, the Mason jar changed the way mid-nineteenth century Americans fed their families.

Although the popularity of the jars ebbed significantly from the 1950s until the turn of the century, interest in them has exploded in the past few years. Ball, the biggest brand name in Mason jars today, has seen its sales double since 2001. Younger generations, including Millenials, have adopted the iconic jars as emblems of a more sustainable time. The humble Mason jar has been “discovered” as a versatile and beautiful material for creating craft items such as chandeliers, luminaries, planters, containers, and upcycled art.

The second half of Mason Jar Nation features over 50 of these adaptations, shown with clear photography, all designed and photographed by author JoAnn Moser, the “DIY Maven.”

Readers who appreciate American cultural history, making fun and affordable crafts, and Mason jars themselves will love this new book and its tall, narrow shape that’s based on the proportions of the classic Mason jar.

Bargain Bin:  For your convenience, here is a complete list of all of the books in BDS Prepper Book Festival 12.

Survival Fiction

The Borrowed World: A Novel of Post-Apocalyptic Collapse
The Winter Fortress: The Epic Mission to Sabotage Hitler’s Atomic Bomb

Non-Fiction

5 Gallon Bucket Book: DIY Projects, Hacks, and Upcycles
Be Your Own Herbalist: Essential Herbs for Health, Beauty, and Cooking
DIY Solar Projects: How to Put the Sun to Work in Your Home
Mason Jar Nation: The Jars that Changed America and 50 Clever Ways to Use Them Today
Mother Earth News Almanac: A Guide Through the Seasons
A Prepper’s Cookbook: Twenty Years of Cooking in the Woods
The Complete Guide to US Junk Silver Coins (2nd edition)
When There Is No FEMA: Survival for Normal People in Very Abnormal Times
Coloring Flower Mandalas: 30 Hand-drawn Designs for Mindful Relaxation
The Zika Virus Handbook
The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook
Book 8: Alcohol Mantle Lamps (The Non-Electric Lighting Series)
Preppers Armed Defense

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Third Edition:  The SURVIVAL MEDICINE Handbook

A frequent question I get on Backdoor Survival has to do with healthcare matters when there is no doctor around. This is the definite source of survival medical information for all Prepper’s and is my go-to bible for survival medicine.

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Prepper Book Festival 12: Alcohol Mantle Lamps + Giveaway

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When it comes to emergency lighting, I am the first to raise my hand to try out the newest and bestest lighting gizmo out there.  It is not that I am a gizmo-junkie but rather I don’t like pitch black darkness.  As a result, I have tried to learn as much as I can about emergency lighting and who better to learn from than my pal Ron Brown, author of the The Non-Electric Light Series of books and e-books.

Today I introduce Book 8, Alcohol Mantle Lamps.  I do believe this is the final book in the Non Electric Lighting Series but with Ron, you never know. 

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Probably the best introduction I can provide for this book is to quote what I wrote for the foreword:

There is indeed always a blackout somewhere. It might be local and affect just your city. Or it could be big, manmade, caused by war, and impact your whole country. Or it could be humongous, a natural EMP event (electromagnetic pulse) that shuts down your whole continent. For life.

But, big or small, there’s always a blackout somewhere.

Alcohol mantle lamps, the topic of this book, produce light on par with a 100-watt electric light bulb. And alcohol, not being a petroleum product, can be produced locally (like moonshine whiskey). That’s what happened in Europe during World War Two. With petroleum rationing, high-proof bootleg was produced and used in lamps and lanterns.

I know. I know. What a waste.

But still, you don’t have to work by candlelight even in the worst of times. You can have the equivalent of a 100-watt light bulb. That’s certainly worth knowing how. This book reveals how “ya do the doin”. I suggest you read it and tuck it away for future reference. I agree with Ron that alcohol is perhaps the ultimate survival fuel.

Because I feel the Non-Electric Lighting Series is so important to our understanding of emergency lighting, I have asked Ron to give away a copy of the complete, eight book series to two lucky readers.  Please note that this giveaway is for the eBook version which, using the free Amazon App, can be read on a PC, Laptop, eReader, or smartphone.

By now you know that Ron writes with wit and humor and this interview is no exception. Enjoy the interview then be sure to check in below to learn about the giveaway.

An Interview with Ron Brown, Author of Alcohol Mantle Lamps

Was there one single event or point in time at which you decided to become a prepper?

Interesting question. I retired at age 62, in 2002, and began collecting Social Security. A year later I was pleasantly surprised with a job offer I couldn’t refuse . . . in Toronto. So at the start of August 2003 my wife and I picked up stakes and fled the country. In a manner of speaking.

The company wanted me to hit the ground running and not waste time on personal trifles like housing. So they put us up in a furnished condo – furnished right down to bedding on the beds and silverware in the kitchen drawer – plus pool privileges and maid service one day a week. We brought nothing with us but our clothes.

My start date was August 1, 2003. Two weeks later, on August 14, the lights went out all over the northeast U.S. and much of Canada. My wife and I had no lights and no backup lights. Not even a candle. When it got dark we went to bed. We had very little food in the cupboard. We didn’t have enough gas in the car to make it back to the border. We couldn’t buy anything because the cash registers didn’t work. Not to mention we didn’t have much Canadian cash.

Going from Social Security to $10,000 a month had been heady stuff. But suddenly we didn’t feel so rich any more. My wife later confessed how close she had been to begging me. “Let’s go home. I don’t care about the job. I don’t care about the money. I’m scared. Let’s get the hell out of here.”

Fortunately the lights were back on in a few days. And that was a good thing, a wonderful thing, because I was getting a little scared myself.

We got through it without incident but I realized how foolish we’d been to settle in a foreign country with no preps whatsoever. We were at the mercy of the power grid and the ATM’s. I was determined to never be in that position again.

It was an epiphany of sorts, a religious conversion. I became a prepper on August 14, 2003 at 4:10 p.m. EDT. Halleluiah, Sister! Amen.

Most preppers have some sort of EDC (Every Day Carry). What items do you carry with you at all times?

#1. Being a man (meaning I don’t carry a purse or handbag), all EDC items must fit in my pants pocket. And some stuff I’ve carried for many years. One such item is a small LED flashlight on my key ring. The 2003 blackout when I worked in Canada? Well, that little flashlight guided me plus three other people to safety through a pitch black factory, around silent fork trucks and stalled conveyor belts, and out to the parking lot. It was daylight outside but inky black inside. Thank God for keychain LED flashlights.

#2 “Papers please,” was the old Nazi phrase. You do have a driver’s license, Social Security card, credit card, passport, birth certificate, insurance papers, and deed to your house . . . yes? So let’s take those documents and scan them into our computer . . . and save them as jpeg files . . . and put them on an SD card (such as is used in a digital camera) . . . and put the SD card (in its own plastic case) inside a “smalls” Altoids tin (to protect against EMP as well as physical damage) . . . and carry that tin in our pocket.

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It’s doubtful, even in a crises, that the entire world will be blacked out. There will be a computer somewhere with which to access those jpegs. And you’ll find it comforting to have those documents with you . . . when you’re at work and a terrorist attack forces you to flee and it’s months before you make it back to your house . . . whereupon you discover that squatters have taken up residence. “Oh. This is your house? Prove it.”

My own Altoids tin, in addition to an SD card, holds a bit of medicine (prednisone, hydrocodone), a $50 bill, and two pieces of .9999-pure silver wire (with which to make colloidal silver if necessary). I’m sure I can scrounge the other stuff (batteries and wires) but the silver itself is irreplaceable and indispensable.

#3 A Swiss army knife. One with lots of tools and gadgets, the more the merrier.

#4 Knowledge. This is the real Every Day Carry. How to deliver a baby. How to improvise an olive oil lamp. How to kill and pluck and eviscerate a bird. How to check for appendicitis or testicular hernia. How to jump start a car. How to read a compass. How to speak a foreign language. How to sharpen a chain saw. How to use a spreadsheet. How to refill a one-lb. propane cylinder from a 20-lb. tank. How to swim, ride a bike, harness a horse, drive a standard. Edible wild plants. Hobo symbols. Nixtamalization of corn. Morse code … — …

KNOWLEDGE is your primary EDC. Don’t leave home without it. Think of it this way. If somebody swiped your cell phone, if it just suddenly and totally vanished – and all the aps that go with it, from Google to Facebook to GPS – what would you be left with? Answer: What you would be left with is what you already carry between your ears, nothing more. Second question. How far will that get you?

Have you ever lived through a real disaster and therefore had to live on your preps?

Have I lived through a “real” disaster? Not as most people would define it. I live in an area of the country (upstate New York; not to be confused with New York City) where the weather is rather blah (lots of gray skies) but neither does it have great extremes. We don’t have earthquakes, volcanoes, or tsunamis. Nor, so far, have we seen war or the meltdown of a nuclear plant.

The closest I’ve ever come to a “real” disaster was back in my early twenties. We had a power outage that lasted a week. It was winter. I was single, at home with my parents. My girlfriend and her mother (a widow) moved in with us for the duration. Blackouts, I discovered, can be very . . . uh . . . educational. Fun even.

Does that count?

Bugging out poses a major dilemma for many preppers. Family obligations, money, jobs, and health considerations all play a role in the bug-out, bug-in decision. What advice do you have on the bug-in, bug-out issue?

This is a tough one. My personal inclination is to stay put, to bug in. This is where I have a stash of food, tools, books, and friends. On the other hand, I know that bugging out might someday be a necessity. In 2011 there was serious flooding throughout our entire area. As a result, our car was packed and ready to go. Another 24 hours of rain would have seen us perched on a hill overlooking the village, sleeping in the car.

Down the road from us are some railroad tracks. Not much used these days but a simple accident with a spill of toxic chemicals would see us evacuate PDQ.

We live in an area with fracking potential. There are neighboring farmers who, until recently, were paid $1000 per acre per year for fracking rights on their land. Then New York State banned fracking. For now. But I suspect it will someday make a comeback. So here I am on my snug little homestead. Until fracking poisons my well or causes it to go dry. I can’t live here without water.

On the other hand, if my basic plan was to bug out in a SHTF scenario, I could well face insurmountable problems. Roads clogged with stalled vehicles that have simply run out of gas. Or my wife’s water just broke and she is giving birth as we speak. Or my mother is in a local nursing home. Am I really going to abandon her?

So I guess the message is to not put all your eggs in one basket. Sometimes you will be forced to do one thing; sometimes another.

For bugging out, pick out a few destinations and, for each one, make the actual drive. How long does it take? Can you detour around bridges and other potential choke points? Check ’em out, up close and personal. Preposition a box of clothes and shoes at each intended destination. And talk it over with the people involved. Ahead of time. You don’t want to evacuate to your sister’s house a hundred miles away only to find out she’s now waiting for you at your house.

For bugging in, your original choice of housing is very important. In hi-rise condos, for example, I’m advised that home invasions don’t occur above the fifth floor. But higher is not always better. Most cities use water towers to supply water. A pump runs 24 hours a day to keep the city’s tower full, then the water to your home is supplied from the tower by gravity. If you live in a hi-rise, there will be some floor or other equal in elevation to the water tower. Above that point, gravity-fed water will not exist. And, in a blackout, the pump located in the basement of the hi-rise will not supply you with water either. A few questions to the building’s management or maintenance crew should clarify.

Personally, I think that ten floors is far too far to carry food and water on a daily basis. And 25 floors……? You gotta be kidding. At the very least, make some friends on lower floors or that live in the suburbs in single-family dwellings. Repeat after me: “You’re only as strong as your friends are.”

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What specifically would you like Backdoor Survival readers to learn from your book?

What do I want my readers to learn? Well, in the vernacular, I want them to embrace the notion that there’s more than one way to skin a cat.

If your objective is to produce LIGHT, then the generation of light should be the criterion by which a lighting method is judged.

But more than one reader will object that my method is no good because it’s not the way Grandpa did it. Well . . . my objective is not to match Grandpa. My objective is to produce light.

Many, many people cannot extricate themselves from this mental puddle of glue in which their thinking gets stuck.

The book under discussion here is Alcohol Mantle Lamps. The typical American thinks of “alcohol lamps” as little heaters with all-but-invisible flames that operate under test tubes in Gilbert high-school chemistry sets. You want me to read a book with that? Don’t be ridiculous.

But in fact, mantle lamps burning alcohol can produce light equal to a 100-watt lightbulb. Europeans know this (e.g. Titus-Landi lamps of France and Primus lanterns of Sweden). But Americans don’t know this. We’ve lived in the shadow of Standard Oil for generations.

And alcohol doesn’t degrade in storage as petroleum fuels do. And alcohol produces virtually no carbon monoxide when burning; it’s the safest fuel to use inside. So, in essence, it’s now it’s my job to convince an American reader that he doesn’t already know everything. How fun is that?

The Giveaway

For this giveaway, Ron has reserved two complete sets of the e-book version of his Non-Electric Lighting Series, including today’s featured book, Alcohol Mantle Lamps.  There will be two winners.

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The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific 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.

The Final Word

Kerosene, propane, Coleman gas, and alcohol are just some of the fuels that can be used to power emergency lighting.  There are also various other lamp fuels, common household oil, candles,batteries and of course solar panels that can be used to power flashlights, lanterns, and other forms of emergency lighting.

All I can say is this: whatever the source, plan now so that you are not left in the dark!

lFor more information about the books in this latest book festival, visit Prepper Book Festival #12: The Best Books to Help You Prepare, Stay Healthy and Be Happy.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye

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Spotlight:  Book 8: Alcohol Mantle Lamps (The Non-Electric Lighting Series)

This is Book 8 in The Non-Electric Lighting Series. The series as a whole is aimed at people who want to survive whatever Mother Nature throws at us – blizzards, blackouts, or Carrington events.

Unfortunately, when we get to “alcohol lamps,” the term conjures up a vision of a lab-type lamp with a small wick and almost invisible flame. Alcohol MANTLE lamps, the subject of this book, are a different animal altogether. Lanterns that use mantles produce light on par with electric light bulbs.

As a lamp fuel, alcohol has some advantages over petroleum-based fuels.

For one thing, alcohol does not degrade in storage. For another, alcohol produces less carbon monoxide than a petroleum-based fuel (ANY petroleum-based fuel) making it a better choice for indoor use. Third, in an emergency situation, alcohol (as lamp fuel) can supply a solution that most people are not aware even exists. You can pick up some rubbing alcohol while they are searching for propane cylinders. (Although you do need the appropriate lantern, of course. You cannot just dump alcohol in your Coleman and burn it.)

Lastly, alcohol is perhaps the ultimate survival fuel. In Europe, World War Two saw many restrictions on petroleum products. So farmers made what was essentially high-proof moonshine and burned it in their lanterns.

This information in this book is something you should have tucked away for future reference. Are you interested in prepping? This is prepping.

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Bargain Bin:  For your convenience, here is a complete list of all of the books in BDS Prepper Book Festival 12.

Survival Fiction

The Borrowed World: A Novel of Post-Apocalyptic Collapse
The Winter Fortress: The Epic Mission to Sabotage Hitler’s Atomic Bomb

Non-Fiction

5 Gallon Bucket Book: DIY Projects, Hacks, and Upcycles
Be Your Own Herbalist: Essential Herbs for Health, Beauty, and Cooking
DIY Solar Projects: How to Put the Sun to Work in Your Home
Mason Jar Nation: The Jars that Changed America and 50 Clever Ways to Use Them Today
Mother Earth News Almanac: A Guide Through the Seasons
A Prepper’s Cookbook: Twenty Years of Cooking in the Woods
The Complete Guide to US Junk Silver Coins (2nd edition)
When There Is No FEMA: Survival for Normal People in Very Abnormal Times
Coloring Flower Mandalas: 30 Hand-drawn Designs for Mindful Relaxation
The Zika Virus Handbook
The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook
Book 8: Alcohol Mantle Lamps (The Non-Electric Lighting Series)
Preppers Armed Defense

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Plus: The Preppers Guide to Food Storage

No list of books would be complete without my own book, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage.  The eBook is only 99 cent plus the print version is available for less than $6.00.

Shop the Emergency Essentials Daily & Monthly Sales for Fantastic Deals!

For over 25 years Emergency Essentials has been providing the highest quality preparedness products at great prices.  Plus, each month they feature sales that quite honestly are fantastic.  This month note the great sale prices on anything and everything having to do with water preps.

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Emergency Essentials carries a wide variety of equipment and supplies – all at competitive prices.


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Need something from Amazon (and who doesn’t)?

I earn a small commission from purchases made when you begin your Amazon shopping experience here. You still get great Amazon service and the price is the same, no matter what.

Amazon has a feature called Shop Amazon – Most Wished For Items. This is an easy tool for finding products that people are “wishing” for and in this way you know what the top products are.  All you need to do is select the category from the left hand side of the screen.

The Amazon Top Most Wished For Emergency and Survival Kit Items
Emergency Preparedness Items from Amazon.com
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Help support Backdoor Survival. Purchases earn a small commission and for that I thank you!

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Third Edition:  The SURVIVAL MEDICINE Handbook

A frequent question I get on Backdoor Survival has to do with healthcare matters when there is no doctor around. This is the definite source of survival medical information for all Prepper’s and is my go-to bible for survival medicine.

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