I recently turned in the manuscript for Expatriates: A Novel of the Coming Global Collapse to my editor at E.P. Dutton. The novel should be released in November, 2013. It is a departure from my previous novels, as the majority of the story takes place overseas, and there are no crossover characters with the previous novels except for ProvGov President Maynard Hutchings. But rest assured that the story is set in the same exciting near-future period, amidst the economic collapse. (But geographically is set primarily in The Philippines, Australia, and central Florida.) The cover artwork  has already been completed. This is another great cover by Tony Mauro, Jr., who also created the dramatic covers for “Survivors”  and “Founders. “
We are now quite busy at the ranch, as this is calving/lambing/kidding season. My wife (“Avalanche Lily”) has been bearing the brunt of it. The many hours required–especially feeding the bummer bottle babies–can be taxing. Lily is an amazing woman and I love her dearly.
Today we present another entry for Round 45 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest.  The prizes for this round include:
First Prize: A.) Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate, good for any one, two, or three course. (A $1,195 value.) B.) A course certificate from onPoint Tactical. This certificate will be for the prize winner’s choice of three-day civilian courses . (Excluding those restricted for military or government teams.) Three day onPoint courses normally cost $795, and C.) Two cases of Mountain House freeze dried assorted entrees in #10 cans, courtesy of Ready Made Resources. (A $350 value.) D.) a $300 gift certificate from CJL Enterprize, for any of their military surplus gear, E.) A 9-Tray Excalibur Food Dehydrator from Safecastle.com (a $300 value), and F.) A $250 gift certificate from Sunflower Ammo. and G.) A $200 gift certificate, donated by Shelf Reliance.
Second Prize: A.) A gift certificate worth $1,000, courtesy of Spec Ops Brand, B.) A Glock form factor SIRT laser training pistol and a SIRT AR-15/M4  Laser Training Bolt, courtesy of Next Level Training. Together, these have a retail value of $589. C.) A FloJak FP-50 stainless steel hand well pump (a $600 value), courtesy of FloJak.com. D.) A “grab bag” of preparedness gear and books from Jim’s Amazing Secret Bunker of Redundant Redundancy (JASBORR) with a retail value of at least $300, E.) A $250 gift card from Emergency Essentials and F.) Two cases of Meals, Ready to Eat (MREs), courtesy of CampingSurvival.com (a $180 value).
Third Prize: A.) A Royal Berkey water filter, courtesy of  Directive 21. (This filter system is a $275 value.), B.) A large handmade clothes drying rack , a washboard and a Homesteading for Beginners DVD, all courtesy of The Homestead Store, with a combined value of $206, C.) Expanded sets of both washable feminine pads and liners , donated by Naturally Cozy. This is a $185 retail value, D.) A Commence Fire! emergency stove with three tinder refill kits. (A $160 value. E.) A Tactical Trauma Bag #3 from JRH Enterprises (a $200 value), and F.) Two Super Survival Pack seed collections , a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security.
Round 45 ends on March 31st, 2013, so get busy writing and e-mail  us your entry. Remember that there is a 1,500-word minimum, and that articles on practical “how to” skills for survival have an advantage in the judging.