The Survival Mom » Books/Resources http://thesurvivalmom.com Helping moms worry less & enjoy life! Sun, 02 Aug 2015 17:31:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.3 STOP! Don’t Throw Away These Treasures! http://thesurvivalmom.com/dont-throw-trash-into-treasure/ http://thesurvivalmom.com/dont-throw-trash-into-treasure/#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2015 07:00:23 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=22212 Storage and preparation can both be pretty expensive. It would be a shame to throw away items that would save us money when you can turn your trash into treasures, but that’s what we do every day. Many items that we throw out can be used to create tools and even appliances that we could […]

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Stop! Don't Throw Away These Treasures! Turn Your Trash Into Treasures.Storage and preparation can both be pretty expensive. It would be a shame to throw away items that would save us money when you can turn your trash into treasures, but that’s what we do every day. Many items that we throw out can be used to create tools and even appliances that we could use in our storage, while camping and in emergency situations.

Turn Your Trash Into Treasures.

Soda And Juice Bottles

bottlesSoda bottles are great for storing water in, but that isn’t all they are good for. They can be cut into other tools as well. Just cut the top half off and turn it upside down and that soda bottle can become a funnel. You can also cut it into a scoop. The top can be used as the scoops handle. Use different sized bottles to get different sized funnels and scoops.

Twist Ties,  Rubber Bands, And Grocery Bags

Sometime we need to seal opened items in our storage. We use bucket and old oatmeal canisters (another good item to keep off the throw away list). When you don’t have those items available there are some temporary but quick fixes to sealing storage items. For items like an open flour or sugar bag, place a grocery bag over the top to of the open ingredient bag and slide a few rubber bands over the two, leaving plenty of space before the end of the grocery bag.

Items such as small open bags of rice or beans use twist ties to re-close them and them keep them in a tied grocery bag. This reduces the chance of creepy crawlies finding their way into your small open bags. Find ways to use these items before other items in your  storage.

Candle Wax

That wax left over from candles can be used to water proof matches. You just melt the wax and dip the matches in. You could tie ten matches together and water proof them all at once, but I have found the water proofing is more complete when each match is dipped individually. Lay them out on wax paper to dry.

Jars

Candle jars are the best type of garbage to keep around. You can use them to sort nuts and bolts. You can use them as a resealable grease jar when saving drippings to make your own candles. They can be used for storing dry goods. All in all they hit the double use jackpot.

You can also reuse old food jars to can your next generation of food storage. You just need to clean and sterilize them. YouTube has a great video for this: How to Sterilize and re-use old glass jars for preserves and jam.

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Paper

Junk mail, newspaper and old school papers can be shredded and pulped to create your own recycled paper. An easy YouTube video to follow for this: How to make recycling paper. I spread the pulp over a screen (like a window screen)instead of plastic wrap. I feel it gets the water out of the paper pulp faster.  Then you let it dry in the sun and remove it from the screen. It may be thicker than store bought paper, but you have your own home made recycled paper. This paper can also be used to make all sorts of other items that you may need ranging from bags to baskets from following the directions of YouTube videos.

Boxes

Always save boxes. Boxes simply used as they were meant to be used is enough reason to keep them, but they can be used for other things as well. Boxes can be used for storage containers. They can also be used to transport storage items.

Boxes can also be used as the main body of a box oven. The best video I have found for instruction in making a box oven is on YouTube: Gourmet Cooking in the Wild- Box Oven Chicken. This video not only shows how to construct the oven, but also shows how to cook a chicken in the oven.

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Review: The Rule of Three by Eric Walter http://thesurvivalmom.com/review-rule-three-eric-walter/ http://thesurvivalmom.com/review-rule-three-eric-walter/#comments Sat, 17 Jan 2015 08:00:31 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=20522 Like many preppers, I’ve long been a fan of disaster (dystopian) novels. Any book detailing the end of the world gets my attention. Lately, there have been quite a number of great disaster novels coming out of the Young Adult (YA) market, like The Hunger Games. For those not familiar, YA books are typically geared […]

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"Rule of Three" is a YA Novel by Eric Walters. Don't let the YA (Young Adult) designation fool you - it's not just for teenagers! - The Survival Mom

Like many preppers, I’ve long been a fan of disaster (dystopian) novels. Any book detailing the end of the world gets my attention. Lately, there have been quite a number of great disaster novels coming out of the Young Adult (YA) market, like The Hunger Games.

For those not familiar, YA books are typically geared for the teen crowd. As such, graphic violence is not usually present, nor explicit sex. That’s not to say, though, that today’s YA books are full of Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys wannabes. Often, in my experience at least, YA novels have just as much drama and realistic character portrayals as those novels marketed for older readers, they just have younger protagonists.

Another such book is The Rule of Three by Eric Walter. It is the first in a planned trilogy. The main character is 16 year old Adam Daley. As the story begins, he is at school, helping a friend with a project when all the lights go out. He, his fellow students, and the school staff quickly realize this is no ordinary power outage: All their cell phones and most of the vehicles in the parking lot are inoperable. Savvy readers will immediately recognize the nature of this crisis – electromagnetic pulse (EMP).

Adam’s car is old enough that it still works. He picks up his siblings from school and heads for home. Their mother is a captain in the local police department and their father is a commercial pilot who is out of town at the time of the crisis. Their next door neighbor, Herb, is a nice old gent who turns out to be quite a valuable asset.

It doesn’t take long before polite society begins to break down. There are riots at the grocery stores and such. Some of this behavior is quelled by Herb’s use of excellent conflict resolution skills. I found this approach to be quite refreshing as in many similar stories it would have been a case of violence meeting violence.

As time goes on, Adam’s neighborhood becomes his entire world, for all intents and purposes. Walls are built, patrols are set up, and the community comes together for their own protection. An interesting facet to this story is Adam’s ultralight: a small homemade plane Adam and his father built in their garage. Adam’s knowledge and skill with piloting the craft gives the community an edge over the competition.

Being a YA novel, there is naturally a bit of romance present. It comes in the form of Adam’s crush, Lori. While it doesn’t detract from the story at all, I did find this subplot a little too convenient compared to the rest of the story.

I will warn you that The Rule of Three ends with more than a couple of plot threads left unraveled. But I can assure you the next book picks up right where this one leaves off.

The Rule of Three is, hands down, one of my favorite fiction reads in the last year or two. Very well written, it is quite a page-turner.

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Free, Helpful Kindle Ebooks (January edition) http://thesurvivalmom.com/free-helpful-ebooks/ http://thesurvivalmom.com/free-helpful-ebooks/#comments Fri, 09 Jan 2015 21:26:38 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=20954 At this time of posting, all these ebooks were free. If you see something you like, move quickly to get it downloaded. Some books are always free, some are free for only a limited time. If you do not have a Kindle, you can save and read these books on your computer! Here are instructions […]

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Free, helpful Kindle ebooks. (Free at time of posting.) | via www.TheSurvivalMom.com

At this time of posting, all these ebooks were free. If you see something you like, move quickly to get it downloaded. Some books are always free, some are free for only a limited time.

If you do not have a Kindle, you can save and read these books on your computer! Here are instructions for doing that.

And, if you have a smartphone, be sure to download the Kindle app. You’ll have these free books handy whenever you have a few minutes to read!

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Book Review: 5 Stars for Stay Alive! Survival Skills You Need, By John D. McCann http://thesurvivalmom.com/stay-alive-survival-skills-book-review/ http://thesurvivalmom.com/stay-alive-survival-skills-book-review/#respond Wed, 31 Dec 2014 08:23:06 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=20009 Have you been looking for a book that covers survival kits and gear as well as basic survival skills? Stay Alive!: Survival Skills You Need, by John D McCann, is a book you should consider. After reading and reviewing the second edition of McCann’s first title, Build the Perfect Survival kit, for the blog, I could not wait […]

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Stay Alive! Survival Skills You Need, by John D. McCannHave you been looking for a book that covers survival kits and gear as well as basic survival skills? Stay Alive!: Survival Skills You Need, by John D McCann, is a book you should consider. After reading and reviewing the second edition of McCann’s first title, Build the Perfect Survival kit, for the blog, I could not wait to dig into this one.

I wasn’t disappointed.

“Stay Alive!” is a Must Read…

Stay Alive! essentially picks up where the author’s first book ends, focusing on teaching you how to use the gear that he suggests be carried in various types of survival kits detailed in the first tome, as well as the related survival skills. In addition, McCann discusses the survival mentality, wilderness hazards and safety which all come into play when you are in the outdoors.

With a little over 250 pages to this volume, using great color photos and graphics, McCann shows and succinctly talks about many of the basic survival skills that someone needs to know  in a survival situation. Like his first book, this title is well laid out, easy to navigate and reference. There is something in this book for everyone, whether you are a seasoned outdoors person or novice, just starting to plan your first adventures.

What’s Between the Covers

In a nutshell, this book delves into and details:

  • Survivor Mentality
  • Survival kits
  • Knives and Tools
  • Fire and Light
  • Shelter and Protection
  • Water Collection and Purification
  • Signaling
  • Navigation
  • Food
  • Wilderness Hazards and Safety
  • Other Resources Available to Learn From

Noteworthy Section

For me, one section in particular stands out in what is a great book, overall: navigation. I love the detailed yet easy to understand way McCann takes the reader through how to navigate in the outdoors. His choice of words as well as the accompanying color photos and diagrams give you a very concise and usable way to successfully learn to navigate in the outdoors. In this one section, he describes the process better than some entire books published on the subject!

Stay Alive!, available in paper and e-versions, definitely stands on its on merits as a book covering  the subject of survival kits, equipment and skills. It is also an excellent companion book to McCann’s title, Building the Perfect Survival Kit. I highly recommend you add both to your outdoor survival library.

Additional Information

John D. McCann’s…

Amazon Page

Facebook

Website

YouTube Channel

Other Books by the Author

Build the Perfect Survival Kit

Practical Self-Reliance:Reducing Your Dependency on Others

Bug-Out: Reality Vs. Hype

Wake-Up Call

The Layers of Life:Thoughts on Nature,Living, and Self-Reliance

All images courtesy of Amazon.com

 

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“Build the Perfect Survival Kit”, by John D. McCann: Book Review http://thesurvivalmom.com/build-perfect-survival-kit-john-d-mccann-book-review/ http://thesurvivalmom.com/build-perfect-survival-kit-john-d-mccann-book-review/#respond Tue, 23 Dec 2014 08:00:59 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=14179 Do you need to put together a survival kit for your Everyday Carry, Bug Out Bag (BOB), an upcoming backpacking trip or your vehicle, to name just a few possibilities? I have an excellent resource to help you: The book Build the Perfect Survival Kit, 2nd Edition by John D. McCann. A recognized expert in the fields […]

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Build the Perfect Survival Kit, by John D. McCannDo you need to put together a survival kit for your Everyday Carry, Bug Out Bag (BOB), an upcoming backpacking trip or your vehicle, to name just a few possibilities? I have an excellent resource to help you: The book Build the Perfect Survival Kit, 2nd Edition by John D. McCann.

A recognized expert in the fields of self-reliance, survival, and emergency preparedness; the author considers himself a student, life-long learner, and practitioner. McCann has written a great book for anyone who needs to build a survival kit for virtually any purpose, from the seasoned expert to the beginner / novice.

This down-to-earth, practical writer divides his book into four easy to navigate sections:

  1. The Basics
  2. Components
  3. The Kits
  4. Appendix (Including Survival Kit Checklists)

The Basics

In the basics section, McCann, whose tone of writing is easy to read and digest, provides the reader with an understanding of what a survival kit is all about and why they are important for everyone, not just the outdoor enthusiast. He also lays the foundation for any kit based on the Rule of Threes, the intended adventure or purpose, seasonal and environmental factors, as well as the minimal functions that each component should provide.

Components of a Survival Kit

The author covers the basic elements of a survival kit in great detail:

  • Fire and Light
  • Signaling
  • Navigation
  • Shelter and Protection
  • Water Purification and Containers
  • Food Rations and Collection
  • Cookware and Stoves
  • Knives and Tools
  • Medical Components
  • Multipurpose Components
  • Modifying Your Gear

In each chapter, McCann goes deep, detailing a wide variety of gear pertinent to each topic both in words and comprehensive accompanying photos. He provides a clear and concise explanation of the item, its basic use, and his recommendations.

Types of Survival Kits

The author gets creative taking the vast array of components and combines them into a wide variety of possible kits, from small everyday carry (EDC) to highly tailored specialty kits:

  1. Everyday Carry and Get Home Kits
  2. Containers for Survival Kits
  3. Mini and Small Sized Kits
  4. Medium and Large Sized Kits
  5. Kits for Vehicles
  6. Specialty Kits for Evacuation and Bug-Out Bags

John’s Survival Kit Checklists

Lastly, in the appendix, McCann provides his suggested components for each type of survival kit in a simple itemized format. Basically a checklist, making it oh-so-easy for the beginner to follow or veteran to quickly review.

The Focus

One word of warning, this book focuses on building custom survival kits and details the possible components to be used. The author does not focus on explaining, to the nth degree, exactly how each of the various components should or could be used, including multiple functions for each and every item. Rather, McCann provides a great show-and-tell treatise on the creation of each type of kit.

This 254 page book is a must-read resource for those truly interested in creating practical, usable survival kits. Profusely illustrated with detailed black and white photos (I wish they were color!), this is an easy to read and reference publication, available in both paperback and kindle editions.

With over 35 years as a multi-disciplined outdoor guide, participating on many rescues where the victim(s) would have benefited from having even the rudiments of a survival kit, and having read my fair share of survival books,  I consider this volume to be the bench mark by which all other books covering the building of survival kits should be measured. I wish it had been available to me when I was getting started as a fledgling guide, putting my first kits together. I highly recommend this book!

Additional Information

John D. McCann’s…

Amazon Page

Facebook

Website

YouTube Channel

Other Books by the Author

Stay Alive!: Survival Skills You Need

Practical Self-Reliance:Reducing Your Dependency on Others

Bug-Out: Reality Vs. Hype

Wake-Up Call 

The Layers of Life: Thoughts on Nature,Living, and Self-Reliance

All images courtesy of Amazon.com

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“The Ultimate Situational Survival Guide”, by Robert Richardson: Book Review http://thesurvivalmom.com/ultimate-situational-survival-guide-robert-richardson-book-review/ http://thesurvivalmom.com/ultimate-situational-survival-guide-robert-richardson-book-review/#comments Tue, 23 Dec 2014 07:22:01 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=20140 Let me start by telling you what I think Robert Richardson’s first book, The Ultimate Situational Survival Guide, isn’t. It’s not the same old rehash of survival skills regurgitated between the covers of a newly minted title. It is a fresh look at real-world survival situations and how to best prepare for and protect against them. […]

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The Ultimate Situational Survival Guide by Robert Richardson. A book worth reading. | via www.TheSurvivalMom.comLet me start by telling you what I think Robert Richardson’s first book, The Ultimate Situational Survival Guide, isn’t. It’s not the same old rehash of survival skills regurgitated between the covers of a newly minted title. It is a fresh look at real-world survival situations and how to best prepare for and protect against them. Richardson, a noted survival expert and founder of offgridsurvival.com, has written the common man’s basic primer to recognizing, prepping for, and surviving many of the dangers present in our society today.

The Ultimate Situational Survival Guide goes far beyond the basics of band-aids, beans, and bullets, focusing instead on developing  individual situational awareness, surviving violent crimes, as well as covering man-made and natural disasters. Richardson does not stop there. He finishes the book with a section devoted to things like prepping on a budget, job loss, and  financial and economic threats facing people today.

If you want to learn the rudiments of developing a personal survival action plan, emergency communications, or bugging out, you will find it here.

Do you want some great “what to do” advice in case of a natural disaster such as a tornado, winter storm, earthquake or wildfire? Look no further.

Richardson covers surviving a home invasion, violent assault, carjacking, active shooter, workplace violence and kidnapping, as well.

Want to know how to respond if you are caught up in a flash mob, biochemical, nuclear or cyber attack? Read on.

How about a major food crisis, power grid failure, recession or total economic collapse? Then this book is for you.

Any book that has the word “ultimate” in its title immediately raises my suspicions and skepticism about its ability to deliver, this volume being no different. However, in this case, Richardson has authored a work worth reading. This volume is by no means the magnum opus of survival treatise. Nor do I think the author intended it to be. But, what this book is, is an excellent baseline resource for anyone wanting sound direction, practical advice and encouragement when facing real-life survival situations in our 21st century world. This book is worth your time and effort to read. I’m glad I did!

 

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“No Normal Day” – a Dystopian novel for “normal” people http://thesurvivalmom.com/no-normal-day-dystopian-novel-normal-people/ http://thesurvivalmom.com/no-normal-day-dystopian-novel-normal-people/#comments Tue, 09 Dec 2014 07:00:50 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=19703 A retired couple wakes up on a normal day where she cleans the house and he makes the monthly liquor store run 20 miles away. While he’s gone, the power goes out – and stays out. Cars stop working. Cell phones screens go blank. It’s a scenario we all need to prepare for, but many […]

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No Normal Day

A retired couple wakes up on a normal day where she cleans the house and he makes the monthly liquor store run 20 miles away. While he’s gone, the power goes out – and stays out. Cars stop working. Cell phones screens go blank. It’s a scenario we all need to prepare for, but many do not.

I found this series through an ad on The Survival Mom Web site. J. Richardson is on her ninth self-published book.

The Good

I enjoyed the plot of No Normal Day because it was different from other Dystopian novels. The characters are pretty much normal people who have prepared for a rainy day, but not necessarily for an EMP. There is scavenging and rummaging by all. There is death and disease. A few vehicles work and people utilize those to get supplies and family members. The military does show up eventually to gather dead bodies, find supplies, and take survivors away to camps. The exact cause isn’t revealed, even at the end of the book. Solar flare is their best guess.

Jack and Beth live in Texas. She had started stocking up on supplies and water, mainly for a rainy day with a bad economy. After the “event,” they work alongside a man with military experience and his nephew to gather their family from what used to be nearby neighborhoods. Once the family and supplies are gathered, they work together to create a compound and survive on what supplies they have and can gather. No one is a sniper or expert survivalist. No one has a HAM radio or faraday cage. This novel is about normal people and how they survive after the world completely changes.

The Not As Good

While I enjoyed reading this and would recommend it for the plot, there are several grammatical errors in regard to punctuation and its/it’s. The author also chooses to block out some letters of certain curse words when she uses them.

“I have to admit that I wasn’t prepared for the very critical reviews. I was always very good at English, etc., and never really thought I would not be able to produce a readable book,” Richardson said. “Silly of me. The amazing thing was … I was selling books but it was important to me to feel like they were grammatically correct. I wasn’t longing to be a million bestseller; still my pride insisted that I not appear to be ignorant. Once I got past the sting of criticism and really began to study and learn a little more about writing fiction, the next books improved. I realize that my view is rather optimistic about survival in such a situation. Some readers seem to enjoy no zombies and the low violence and bad language.”

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This author has great potential and I look forward to reading more of her novels as her writing gets better and better.

You can order the books online, or visit the author’s website.

 

 

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Book Review – “Preppers: History and the Cultural Phenomenon” by Lynda King http://thesurvivalmom.com/book-review-preppers-history-cultural-phenomenon-lynda-king/ http://thesurvivalmom.com/book-review-preppers-history-cultural-phenomenon-lynda-king/#respond Thu, 30 Oct 2014 06:00:27 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=18881 Preppers: History and the Cultural Phenomenon is a non-fiction book written by Lynda King, a freelance writer and community preparedness educator. The book was published in 2014 by Prepper Press and is available in paperback and e-book formats. OVERVIEW: The book begins with a quote by General George S. Patton: “Prepare for the unknown by […]

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Prepper book review postPreppers: History and the Cultural Phenomenon is a non-fiction book written by Lynda King, a freelance writer and community preparedness educator. The book was published in 2014 by Prepper Press and is available in paperback and e-book formats.

OVERVIEW:

The book begins with a quote by General George S. Patton: “Prepare for the unknown by studying how others in the past have coped with the unforeseeable and the unpredictable.” This is exactly what Part One of the book accomplishes as it provides a history lesson of US and world events (weather, political, cultural, economic) that give the reader an understanding that “preppers” are not a new phenomenon in our culture.

Part Two is titled “A Look at Modern Preppers.” Several chapters include topics such as how technology (like internet access) has influenced preparedness, a look at different events that people are prepping for, how people prepare, and the booming preparedness business marketplace.

The book is 306 pages long, but the last 50 pages make up the extensive list of references, a complete index, a basic prepper jargon glossary, a list of related websites, and information on prepper expos and conferences held around the country.

COMMENTARY:

Many people think that “prepping” is a new thing, brought about in 1999 with the Y2K scare. The history as presented in this book shows that people have been preppers since at least Biblical days. Though I found the history presented fascinating, the direct link between the historical events and prepping were not directly made.

For example, the discussions of the Victory Gardens or the creation of the Civil Defense Councils were informative, but it is up to the reader to make the connection that these people should be considered early preppers. A few times, Ms. King mentions that those who were already living self-reliant lifestyles faired better than their less prepared counterparts, but I would have preferred a more specific link to be made in the text.

What Part One does very nicely is show the reader that our history is full of proof that bad things can and do happen, with alarming regularity. If someone ever asks why you are preparing for bad times, you’ll be armed with myriad historical facts to show that it’s not a possibility, but an inevitability that bad times will happen again.

The content of Part Two that discusses multiple aspects of the modern prepper was mostly filled with information that I, as an experienced prepper, felt like I already “knew” in my head, but hadn’t necessarily seen presented all in one place before. Fully understanding this content will make the reader more able to have articulate and intelligent discussions about the prepper movement.

BOTTOM LINE:

This book reads like a textbook. That’s not to say it is boring or dry at all, but with the amount of historical content, inserted quotes and references, a lot of statistics, and a huge range of sources, I found it to be a much more intellectual read than the vast majority of other non-fiction preparedness books.

I recommend this book to the following people…

  • To the reluctant newbie who would benefit from the historical content as proof that the world is predictably unpredictable and being prepared for hard times is essential.
  • To the prepper-curious who wants to learn more about the subculture and motivations of the prepper community
  • To the left-brained preppers who enjoy scholarly reads and want an excellent reference book on their shelf.
  • To any preppers who are looking for a high quality book that is truly different than all the others in the non-fiction preparedness genre that seem to get churned out by the hour.

 

 

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Halloween Book GIVEAWAY: Zombie and Dystopian Books http://thesurvivalmom.com/giveaway-zombie-book-giveaway/ http://thesurvivalmom.com/giveaway-zombie-book-giveaway/#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 19:00:00 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=18016 I have never been a fan of horror in any form. But somehow, like so many other people, The Walking Dead drew me in, and I became of fan of zombies. Well, zombie books and movies, at least. I’d rather not have any actual zombies show up in my life! And the dystopian books followed […]

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I have never been a fan of horror in any form. But somehow, like so many other people, The Walking Dead drew me in, and I became of fan of zombies. Well, zombie books and movies, at least. I’d rather not have any actual zombies show up in my life! And the dystopian books followed naturally behind the downturn in the economy.

In celebration of Halloween, The Survival Mom is doing two book giveaways, one with zombie books and one with dystopian books. As an indie author, I love helping to promote other indie authors, but really the best thing about them (in my honest opinion) is that indie authors bring a lot of different points of view.

In addition, the winner of each giveaway will receive a copy of the book The Survival Mom by Lisa Bedford, the Survival Mom herself.

Zombies

Like any genre, the books can start to run together when you’ve read a lot. These books are particular favorites of mine in the zombie because they each have a unique take on the zombie apocalypse, making them memorable. One features a virus that doesn’t turn everyone into a zombie. One is about a group of survivors in, of all places, Manhattan. And one shows us exactly how the whole virus spirals out of control, starting with where and how the very first patient became infected.

All three zombie authors will sign their books for the winners. The giveaway includes Slow Burn Volumes 1 – 5, volumes 1 and 2 of Zombie Killing Stoners, and OMG! Not the Zombies! and a proof copy of the short stories in Swept Away, as well as The Survival Mom.

slow burnThe Slow Burn series by Bobby Adair features a zombie virus that doesn’t turn every single person who catches it into a zombie. This isn’t about immunity per se, it’s about how severely the virus infects each person. Just as one person can catch the flu and not much symptom-wise other than the sniffles, there is a continuum of how badly infected people are by the zombie virus. Main character Zed Zane (yes it’s his name; no he’s not a zed) is one of the lucky ones who didn’t turn. The series follows him and his fellow survivors on their adventures throughout the Austin area and beyond.

As a reader, one of my favorite things about this series is that Bobby Adair doesn’t keep you waiting for new books. This Giveaway is for books one through five (five was released in July) and the next one is in the final editing stages – but that doesn’t mean he skimps on editing to ensure a professional final product!

The first two books in the Zombie Killing Stoners series by C. Che Bhalin and B.T. Mienoré, Rescuing the Samoan Princess and The Coming Storm, are definitely not for kids, but they have a wicked sense of humor. What other zombie book features a Samoan drag queen? None, but the ZomPoc has hit New York City and all her very varied citizens, including a Samoan drag queen and pot-smoking stoners, “like the ‘A’ train plowing into a baby stroller.”

A high rise at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge in Lower Manhattan has become the center of the universe for a group of survivors who think outside the box. Everyone understands the smoke signals from inside the bowl. These two books pack in: Lots of Zombies (it’s the Big Apple, after all). Explosions. Awesome Views. Big Guns. Big Samoan Drag Queens. Kind Bud. Hot Babes. Mormons. More Zombies. Laughs. Musicians. Thespians. Millionaires. Dogs. Anyone and anything is fair game for us to poke fun at; absolutely nothing is sacred. So sit back, relax, and don’t take this too seriously!

OMG!_Not_the_Zombies_Cover_for_KindleOMG! Not the Zombies! is by me, Liz Long, and is a YA book (no scary or gross descriptions of death and dismemberment). Unlike most zombie books, it tells you exactly where and how the outbreak takes place and really focuses on how it takes hold in one town and spreads, starting with Patient Zero. The group of teens who accidentally start the Zombie Apocalypse use the preparedness skills they learned in Scouts to save as many as they can, including their own families. After setting up an expanding community in an Arizona cliff house, they start looking for a way to find the CDC and make a real difference in ending the ZomPoc. It’s not easy being a teenager in the zombie apocalypse, especially when you and your friends accidentally started the whole disaster.

Undead Swept Away includes three short stories set in the same universe as OMG! but focuses on how natural disasters – a lava flow, a sandstorm, and a hurricane – affect both the living and the undead in the zombie apocalypse.

Dystopian Books

Both Bobby Adair and Steven Konkoly will autograph their books. This giveaway includes all three books in the Perseid Collapse series by Steven Konkoly, the first two books in the Coming Global Collapse series by John Wesley Rawles, and Ebola K, the first book in a new series by Bobby Adair, as well as The Survival Mom.

ebola kBobby Adair wrote most of Ebola K before the current outbreak and based parts of it on his son’s recent experiences in Africa. When the current outbreak became big news, he updated his book to reflect current events. It is the first book in a trilogy and the descriptions of the diseases effects are extremely detailed. Of course, no one would enjoy reading a book that simply chronicled the effects of such a horrifying disease, so it’s a great thing the story is so compelling.

n 1989 the Ebola virus mutated to into an airborne strain that infected humans for the first time on American soil in Reston, Virginia. Through belated containment efforts and luck, nobody died. Now, in the remote East African village of Kapchorwa, the Ebola virus has mutated into another airborne strain without losing any of its deadly potency. In this thriller, terrorists stumble across this new, fully lethal strain and while the world fearfully watches the growing epidemic in West Africa as Sierra Leone goes into country-wide lockdown, only a few Americans are aware of Ebola K and the danger it poses—to be the deadliest pandemic in the history of mankind. Can they do anything to protect themselves from this killer disease? Can they stop the terrorists?

expatriatesLiberators and Expatriates by John Wesley Rawles are novels about the coming global collapse. After the United States suffers a major socio-economic meltdown, a power vacuum sweeps the globe. A newly-radicalized Islamic government has risen in Indonesia and—after invading the Philippines, East Timor, and Papua New Guinea—sets its sights on Australia. No longer protected by American military interests, Australia must repel an invasion alone.

In the thick of it all, Peter and Rhiannon Jeffords, American Christian missionaries in the Philippines, and Chuck Nolan, a Texan petroleum engineer in Australia, find themselves adrift in a world in flux. Chronicling the Jeffords’ and Nolan’s fight against Indonesia’s merciless advances, Expatriates is a riveting thriller and a powerful depiction of the authentic skills and techniques needed to survive the collapse of modern civilization.Perseid Collapse

Author Steven Konkoly of Jakarta Pandemic fame has donated a set of his series, The Perseid Collapse. The Perseid Collapse chronicles the first 48 hours “post-event,” as the characters navigate a hostile landscape to reach their destinations. Event Horizon, book two in the series, picks up where book one ends, completing their arduous trek and unveiling a harsh, new reality for Alex Fletcher.  Point of Crisis, the final book in the trilogy, shows Alex face his most difficult decisions ever as the world unravels in the aftermath of the “event.”

This series is getting rave reviews on Amazon and with good reason. All of Steven’s books are well-researched, fast paced, and realistic. After you enjoy these, don’t forget to pick up Jakarta Pandemic, which introduces the courageous and long-suffering Fletcher family featured in this series.

These giveaways are open to all legal residents of the United States who are 18 years of age and older at the time of entry. The giveaway starts October 28th 2014 at 2:00 pm (CDT) and ends on November 2nd, 2014 at 2:00 pm(CDT). We will choose a winner randomly for each giveaway at the end of the giveaway and that person will be notified by email.  They will have 48 hours to respond. If they do not respond we will choose another winner.  Good luck to everyone and here’s to enjoying a great bunch of books!
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ultimate dehydrator cookbookThis giveaway has now ended. Congratulations to our lucky winners, Beki and Karen!

IMAGINE being able to preserve your own food at home safely, economically, conveniently, and with no harmful additives. EVEN BETTER, your food storage will take up very little space, and will last you for years to come!

Whether you are an avid gardener or you bring your produce home from the grocery store, The Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbook by Tammy Gangloff will inspire and motivate you!

indexI was a skeptic at first. I purchased a dehydrator over a year ago and dried some fruit. After the first batch of strawberries and banana’s were dried and immediately eaten by my family, I boxed up the dehydrator and tucked it away on a shelf. I am almost certain that if I had read the Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbook in the beginning, I would probably be the proud owner today of not one, but two dehydrating machines!

Convincing a Skeptic (me!)

I was originally unenthusiastic about dehydrating because I’m a home canner. Dehydrating food is far different from home canning fruit, vegetables and meat, because canning is preserving with water. With dehydration, the goal is to eliminate water. After reading the book, I was very surprised at the amount of nutrients that are lost when it comes to preserving food by freezing, canning and dehydrating. And you guessed it, dehydrating is the best option for preserving those nutrients!

Although I do think it’s important to can my own meat, and will continue to do so, I now find that dehydrating my fruits and vegetables makes a lot of sense. Not only will this take up less space in my food storage, but most important, it takes less time! For example, when I’m canning, it takes me at least 3-4 hours from start to finish.

With dehydrating, I just plug it in, fill the trays, and go to bed!

More Uses: Drying Herbs

THIS IS THE PART where I want to jump up and down. The Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbook has shown me the ease in drying my own herbs for tea and medicine!

In the past, I have spent a small fortune buying commercial herbal teas. I stock up like crazy for sick days. After reading this book, I am more inspired than ever to grow my own, dry my own, and create my own herbal tea remedies! I can only imagine how much money I will save, not to mention the joy and peace of mind in knowing exactly what my family is consuming.

Not only will the book inspire you to dehydrate more, but the wonderful recipe section will have you dreaming up all kinds of meals and desserts for your family.

From dehydrating your own baby food, to crackers, or for creating unique holiday gifts, I have discovered that this book truly is THE Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbook!

The Giveaway

We have so many awesome items from Dehydrate 2 Sell that we made it into two different giveaways, and EACH ONE INCLUDES A COPY OF HER BOOK!

The first, larger, also includes a Dutch baby pan, a coffee / tea press, a mesh tea infuser, an herb mill, an herb chopper, a pie lattice, a mini pie mold, an egg beater, silicone oven mitts, a set of three scoops, and a bucket / barrel opener.

The smaller prize package focuses on canning and adds a cherry pitter, apple peeler / corer, 6 piece canning set, canning lid holder, and a bucket / barrel opener to her book.

Feel free to enter both contests! Contest ends on October 21, 2014, and winners are selected at random. Winners will be notified the following day and have 48 hours to respond or prizes will be forfeited and a new winner selected.

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