Monday, October 31, 2016

Without Land Audio Book Giveaway!



Without Land is now available in an audio book edition! To celebrate it's completion and the upcoming Holiday Season I am giving away 15 copies to The Changing Earth Newsletter Subscribers.

If you have arrived to this blog and you aren't a subscriber please take a moment to do so now and enter to win! Want to increase your odds of winning? Write a post on this blog. It could be a survival tip, a future concern or just a Christmas wish. I will be giving away an additional five copies at random to individuals who post on this blog.

Thanks very much for all you do! Your support and encouragement enriches each and everyone of my days.

If you haven't heard about Without Land, you have got to read this epic story!

“I thought I was entering a brave new world of freedom but I walked right into the arms of soldiers I thought were there to protect me... They told us we were going to live at this ‘happy’ camp where we would be cared for until the country was stabilized.”

Erika thought America would let freedom reign forever but nine years after the Great Quake the reaction by the American Government was quite different. The Day after Disaster brought hardships to the world. The American citizens fought valiantly to bring back some sense of normalcy in a world that was shaken to bits. Many people were left landless and those still in possession of land had many obligation to fulfill for the citizens left fighting for their lives. Erika and her family are just another group left landless and forced to find their way in this new government construct. They are caught between a yearning for the freedoms they used to take for granted and a will to fit in and excel in this new landscape. However, Mother Nature will always have the last word and she isn’t done yet.

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Sara F. Hathaway
Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Survival Acronyms To Keep You Focused and Alive

Episode 67: Season 2 ep.32

In chapter 32 of the Without Land story, Erika fulfills her role as the team's leader. She motivates the crew and clearly lays out the plans for the next day. She uses a survival acronym that Sergeant Bennet taught her: M.O.S.T.T.T. Today, I will explain how this and other survival acronyms can help you stay focused and reduce fear in a survival situation. 

 

Featured Quote:
 

"Would she take control as the leader he knew lived inside her or would she lose control and blow up?" 

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Survival Acronym Lessons from Sara 

M.O.S.T.T.T. 

This is an acronym from Zachery Carver, a fellow survival author. You can find Zachery at the Survivalist Victory Garden page on Facebook.  I am a Pinterest.com lover and I find and share a ton of useful information on this site. I found Zachery's acronym there and immediately saw it's usefulness not just for my novel but for my own preparations as well. It is a unique acronym that focuses more on the tactical applications of survival rather than the basics. 



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S.T.O.P
Another one of my favorite acronyms is from James Hart's book Wilderness and Urban Survival, Emergency Preparedness and I use this all the time. Although this acronym comes from a survival
manual it is a tool that should be applied to daily life: just STOP!
  • S -  stop moving, sit down and relax.
  • T - think clearly and positively
  • O - Observe your surrounding and others around you
  • P - Plan a course of action

S.U.R.V.I.V.A.L.
The other acronym that I rely upon is from the Army Manual and is more comprehensive that the STOP acronym but more suited for a survival situation whether that be urban or wilderness: SURVIVAL
  • S - Size up your situation
  • U - Use your senses. What do you see, hear, smell, feel, taste?
  • R - Remember where you are and don't rely upon others to do it for you.
  • V - Vanquish fear and panic. Use STOP.
  • I - Improvise, what do you have on hand to use?
  • V- Value living, don't give up.
  • A - Act like a native, blend in.
  • L - Live by your wits but for now learn your basic skills.
Make sure you take some notes and keep these acronyms fresh in your mind. They can help you reduce stress on a daily basis and may save your backside in a survival situation.


Sara F. Hathaway
Author Sara F. Hathaway is an individual with an insatiable urge for learning. She grew up in the woods of Michigan, fishing, hunting, gardening, canning, and horseback riding with her family. She loved to learn about the stories of times past from her great grandparents and grandparents. She learned about a time much different from our own when a trip to the grocery store was not all it took to make sure your family was fed. She delighted in the outdoors and learning how to survive there without the trappings of modern life.

After moving to the rural mountain landscape of California, she attended The California State University of Sacramento and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in General Business Management. She managed many businesses, all while working on the manuscript for her fictional novel, Day After Disaster. Eventually she realized that her passion for the outdoors and learning about survival techniques outweighed her passion for the business world. She took her marketing skills and applied them to launching a successful platform for her first novel, Day After Disaster and its sequel, Without Land.

Sara still lives in Northern California with her husband and two sons where she is at work on The Changing Earth Series. She delights in helping other authors find the same marketing success and enjoys her time that she gets to spend honing her survival skills while teaching these skills to her sons. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Desert Survival: Finding Shelter

Episode 66; Season 2, ep 31

Description of Today's Episode: The Without Land adventure takes an abrupt turn. Here today to teach us about desert survival and how to find shelter in the desert is Survival professional and author of Urban & Wilderness Survival, Emergency Preparedness, James E. Hart.

 

Featured Chapter Quote:
"She had been taught a playbook for this scenario and she was focused."

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Desert Survival Lessons From James

In 1955 James Hart was stuck on the Interstate with his family. Even though cars were easier to work on, their radiator blew outside of Bakersfield. Back then there were no rest stops or convenience stores. Other cars were not a frequent site on the road and they waited seven hours to get someone to stop. They were not prepared to be stranded this long in the desert with no water. They sucked on rocks to keep their mouths wet and curled up in any shade they could find. Finally, they got a tow but James made a personal vow to never let anything like this catch him unprepared again. James says, "When you are out of water that long in the heat, it makes an impression on you."

James explains that there are some major differences between survival in the forest versus survival in the desert. In the forest you are generally higher. There is more wind, clouds, and evaporation. There are more water sources and more shade sources. The desert may only get twenty four inches of rain per year in a semi-arid region and ten inches in an arid region. You will need to find cottonwood or other greenery to lead you to water. The greenery will show you places it may have rained recently. Also you can follow the animals and find water areas but this may take ten to fifteen days to accomplish.

James is most familiar with the deserts of Utah. There the groundwater is contaminated with ground salt and sulfur. You have to distill the water in these areas; a survival straw will not remove the contaminates. Shrubby areas will lead you to where you can dig down on dry stream beds to find water. You may have to dig two to three feet down to find moisture. Then you can set up a solar still to harvest the water.

For shelter in the desert you want to look for an area that will protect you from the wind. The desert can be very deceiving; with temperatures of one hundred and ten degrees in the day time and forty to fifty degrees at night. You can find shelter behind sage or rock outcroppings. If there are any clouds that look like rain, don't be camped in a flood prone area. Flash floods are common and very dangerous. Even rain ten miles away can cause a flash flood further down the stream bed, debris in the rushing water will be a major threat.

Caves are not too hard to find. The desert is not as flat as people think. You could also shelter on the side of hills, in arroyos, canyons or by desert mountains. Even a small depression can be big enough to fit your body into and then pull branches over yourself. 

Travel must be done at night and in the early morning. James recommends splitting the days into four parts. From sun up to 9:00ish is the time you want to travel. From 10:30ish to 5:00ish you should rest. From 5:00ish to 10:00ish you should travel and then from 10:00pm to sunup you should be resting.
Heat is the biggest threat in the desert. It saps your strength and dehydrates you. In survival situations the rest time during the day is the time you want to set up signals so you can be found. Watch out for hornets, snakes, Gila-monsters and coyote dens when scouting caves for shelter.
There are some special considerations for your go-bag if you are going into a desert survival situation. You want to carry a shemagh or light shawl made of cotton that is approximately forty eight inches by forty eight inches to use over your head and face. Make sure you have 1-2 of them. You will want an extra canteen as well as a plastic tarp and stainless steel cup to make your solar still.  You should also include a reflective tarp for your shelter and make sure you have your walking stick
Wherever you make your shelter it only has to be big enough for you to be blocked from the wind and retain heat. Don't waste too much energy making a shelter that is too large.
James E. Hart
A veteran of 2 tours of duty in Vietnam, James began his survival training at the age of 7 when he was stranded in the Mojave Desert for 7 hours without food or water during a family move in 1954. Since then he has been through the scouting program where he attained Life scout, served as Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster, Venture Advisor, and earned the Badden Powell Award. An avid outdoors man, he has winter camped in Utah and northern Quebec, Canada, snow shoed in upstate New York, Utah and Quebec, and camped in the Mojave Desert of California, the Uintah Mountains of Utah, and the Piney Woods of East Texas, among numerous other locations. James has traveled and been through 42 of the 50 states of the US. Three provinces of Canada, sailed the Pacific Ocean, and crossed the Equator and 35 countries from jungles of South America to the Himalayas of Nepal. Having earned an Associates of Photography Degree from Houston Community College, he has beautifully captured many of his travels with his camera.

Now retired from a career with the Trinity River Authority of Texas, James resides in Dallas, TX, where he lectures on Wilderness and Survival Training. He is the author of SWET Survival & Wilderness Experience Training, Urban & Wilderness Emergency Planning, 35 other booklets on wilderness training, monthly articles for Survival Life Magazine, and a column and articles for The Garland Messenger Newspaper. James also does workshops and speaking engagements.
Links:


"Urban & Wilderness Emergency Preparedness": http://preparedwithjameshart.blogspot.com/p/buy-book.html

Sara F. Hathaway 

Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
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