Monday, August 13, 2018

MY PATRIOT SUPPLY: What To Pack In An Emergency Go-Bag (And How Cassidy Hart Survived The End of the World)

Okay, you all know that I write about the apocalypse most of the time. I didn't mean for this to happen. My stories simply took me to the setting of the end of the world, and I have to say, it's been a journey. All but two of my 22 books have been set in the apocalypse, and as a survival enthusiast and nature lover, I've gotta say: I've learned so much about survival over the past few years. Researching for a book is a lot of work, and it's amazing the stuff you pick up during the process of creation. 

A lot of people have asked me how Cassidy Hart - who was just an average, everyday type of girl - survived the initial apocalypse in State of Emergency, the first installment of the Collapse Series. My answer is simple: First, she had a bit of luck on her side. Second, she had a plan. Third, she was willing to learn from her mistakes and go from there. Cassidy is not a perfect character during the first book. She knows a little about self-defense (just a little, as most average people do), but more than anything, she's scared. She survives because she makes friends and decides to fight to live, even if she's not the strongest person in the room. Cassidy is not supposed to be a badass warrior in book one. She's supposed to be like everybody else. What makes the Collapse Series unique to me is that Cassidy has real character growth in both body and spirit from book one to book ten. 

Survivalism, at its core, is simply the art of preparedness. Being ready for the worst scenario whilst remaining hopefully optimistic for the best. If anything, writing so many books centered on the end of the world has taught me that you can never be too safe, never be too prepared, and you can never have too much common sense. 

Today, I'm sharing a guest post from a company called My Patriot Supply. They sell survivalist food, equipment, and gadgets to stock your potential apocalyptic survival fortress (if you have one of these, let's be friends forever, okay?). They are also responsible for the brands Patriot Pantry, AlexaPure, Patriot Seeds, and Colonial Concepts. When they came to me with the idea of sharing their company on my website, I was genuinely excited: I can't help it. I just love this kind of stuff, and I love a good patriotic business. Here's more about what they do, courtesy of MyPatriotSupply.Com:

Built by and for Patriots Who Prepare

Over a decade ago, My Patriot Supply was born with a passion for helping Americans achieve independence through 
preparedness and self-reliance. Don't settle for copycats. It's flattering to be the original. 

As active participants in the preparedness lifestyle, 
we understand today's complex concerns and challenges that come with getting prepared, 
because we've been through it. 

We believe that true patriotism is not the expectation that others will care for your needs
 but that freedom comes from attaining a certain level of self-reliance.

It's Not Just Food, It's Freedom

We approached preparedness as consumers first, which gave us an honest perspective 
on the supporting industry. All we saw was price-gouging and fear-mongering 
from our competitors. 

That's what led us to take a stand. We wanted to provide an alternative. 

Today, what we're most proud of is taking the fear out of difficult situations. 
Unlike our competitors, we don't use scare tactics. We'd rather equip you for self-reliance. 

Our pledge is to offer you the highest quality survival products at the most reasonable 
prices possible. 
All with five-star customer service, as our excellent customer reviews demonstrate.

What To Pack In Your Emergency Bag To Get Out Of Your House Immediately
(Contributed by My Patriot Supply)

It’s a scenario we all need to envision. The day is like any other, maybe you are getting a snack, helping a child with homework, feeding your dog, or you are engaged in another common task. Then you hear the alert and realize that you and your household must flee for your lives immediately. You have no time to think, gather valuables, or search for essentials. Your life and the lives of your loved ones depend on your ability to react instantly and with the confidence which comes from knowing you are prepared to move out. This is the time when your choice to make an emergency bag (also called a ready-bag, a go-bag, or a bug-out-bag) will prove to be one of your wisest decisions ever. A word of caution, it is easy to get carried away filling your emergency bag. Remember that whatever you pack in your bag, you must carry. Toting a well-stocked ready- bag that you can hardly manage to maneuver, will be a detriment to your survival, not a help.

Choosing the bag-
The first thing to consider is the bag itself. There are many variations to an ideal emergency bag; typically your bag should meet the following criteria.
• Lightweight
• Water-proof
• Spacious enough for a sleeping bag.
• Comfortable
• Inconspicuous
There are two basic categories of essential items, things you consume and equipment to make survival possible.

While you must take into consideration food allergies and personal taste, here is a general guideline of food for your bag. Customize this according to your household. If you have infants, small children, or pets be sure to make space allowances for their necessities. Keep in mind that all food should be non-perishable and require little to no preparation.

• High protein meal bars
• Trail mix made of nuts, seeds, granola, and berries
• Dried, smoked meats
• Dehydrated fruits
• Packs of dehydrated meals
• Small quantities of comfort foods
• Instant coffee
• Water purifying tablets
• ALL necessary prescription medications

A situation that requires evacuation to save your life means the sacrifice of many comforts. As with the consumables, remember to allow space for the items needed by infants, children, and pets. Carefully consider every article that goes into your emergency bag. Determine if the weight and scope of the object are equal to its usefulness.

• Sleeping bag and extra mylar blankets
• Pup-tent or shelter tarps
• Knives and knife sharpener
• Bandanas
• Binoculars
• Compact fishing kit and extra fishing line
• Matches packed in a waterproof container
• First-aid kit
• Glow sticks
Antibacterial wipes
• Small flash drive with essential information and photos stored in a waterproof container
• Collapsible shovel
• Socks, undergarments, hat, gloves, and waterproof jacket
• Weaponry that you are qualified to use
Pepper spray
• Duct tape

Careful planning and packing of your emergency bag can mean the difference between life and death for you and your loved ones. If you are uncertain about specific supplies, preparedness supply stores sell ready-made survival kits which you can augment with your necessities.
In 2008, My Patriot Supply began with one goal in mind, provide today’s survivalists with a comprehensive selection of high-quality preparedness supplies at a fair price. For the past ten years, thousands of self-reliance folks have trusted My Patriot Supply.

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Monday, August 6, 2018


About the Book:

Mirror Influence is a book about self transformation and the process of healing.  These journal entries are emotionally written translations of what we were feeling at a point in time.  We hope to give you another viewpoint from which you observe life. 

This book explores the synchronizations of your dreams and the different aspects of your personal growth.  It also gives you a divine understanding on experiences, epiphanies & premonitions.  With God as the cornerstone, we take you on a journey inward that leads you to your individual self discovery.  

This book is divided into four sections that have been themes of our writing:
Provoking Thought
Real Moments Lead to Forgiveness
Carry the Message
Love Heals All.

Grab the book through the official website
About the Authors 
Tempesst Arens and Melanie Yates are both loving daughters, sisters and aunts. They are both avid writers that find peace of mind from putting pen to paper. Melanie is a photographer who enjoys capturing the moments. Tempesst is an artist and yogi. They both enjoy collaborating and hosting events that serve humanity and bring people together. The idea for the book came and was divinely guided into order. It was not either one of their doings. It was something greater. After leaving Florida they both currently reside in Chicago, IL.
Visit their website to learn more about them and their book. Also connect on Facebook and Instagram.
Also, for those you in the Chicago area, the sisters will be celebrating their book launch on December 31st. Purchase tickets for the event at their official website:

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Monday, July 30, 2018


Rage's Echo

He longs for heaven...and revenge.

Jessica Roman-Dell, a paranormal investigator from small-town Ohio, wants to find a ghost to prove that life continues after death. Little does Jessica realize the danger she’ll face when the spirit of a murder victim named Jerry Madison follows her home from a graveyard one night and refuses to leave.

Jerry says he is lonely. He wishes to go to heaven because watching the world pass by without him is more unbearable than death itself. But Jerry is there for another reason that will hit closer to home than Jessica ever could have imagined.

For Jerry is not as innocent as Jessica thinks. Like his murderers, he, too, has killed--and he will stop at nothing to send those responsible for his death to the grave.

Ordinary Souls

Sixteen ordinary souls. Sixteen not-so-ordinary tales. 

Ordinary Souls is an anthology about ordinary people. This new collection from J. S. Bailey features an archaeologist in the future who meets a resurrected woman from long ago, a spaceship crew stranded on a distant world, a wealthy divorcee whose love of antiques turns her life into a living nightmare, and much more. 

Featuring nine new stories and seven previously-published stories including “Vapors” and “Weary Traveler,” which appear in print for the first time.

Servant: The Chronicles of Servitude Book 1

Bobby Roland knows things he shouldn't. 

Plagued with premonitions of disaster, he fights to save others’ lives. What Bobby doesn't foresee is that rescuing a stranger from death will place him in the line of fire. 

He discovers a world of evil spirits and tormented souls when he becomes entangled in a madman's plot to kill the Servant, a man chosen by God to exorcise demons from the possessed. When Bobby falls under spiritual attack following the encounter, he must choose between saving others and saving himself. 

Sacrifice: The Chronicles of Servitude Book 2

Bobby Roland can't catch a break.

Less than a week after Bobby takes on the mantle of Servitude--a position granting him the ability to exorcise demons from the possessed--he finds an envelope taped to his door containing an intimidating note and a picture of a strange woman. When a shadowy figure is abducted off the sidewalk down the street from his house, Bobby can't help but wonder if it's her.

Bobby may not be ready to drive out demons, but that doesn't put a damper on his desire to help those in need. With the aid of his friends and a new supernatural ally, Bobby sets out to find the woman and free her from her captors.

Little does Bobby know he may have bitten off more than he can chew...

Surrender: The Chronicles of Servitude Book 3

Bobby Roland has spread himself too thin.

Bobby has finally found a demoniac to cleanse. Before the exorcism is complete, he learns that someone is plotting the assassination of a local humanist leader.

When Bobby’s enemy, Thane, appears at a party with threats to kill everyone, Bobby realizes he can’t save them all on his own. But Bobby doesn’t give up easily. He flees town to find help and discovers it in the most unexpected of places.

Can Bobby and his new friend save everyone before it’s too late?

About the Author

As a child J. S. Bailey escaped to fantastic worlds through the magic of books and began to write as soon as she could pick up a pen. She dabbled in writing science fiction until she discovered supernatural suspense novels and decided to write her own. Today her stories focus on unassuming characters who are thrown into terrifying situations which may or may not involve ghosts, demons, and evil old men. She lives with her husband in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Monday, July 23, 2018

THE VALUE OF YOU: Living Joyfully Through The Power of Core Values

Title: The Value of You
Genre: Non-Fiction
Author: Christopher D. Connors 
Release: Available NOW on Amazon and Paperback!

Book Synopsis:
Where are you going? Where have you been? What are you doing about it NOW? As you think through these questions, I encourage you to make your move and reclaim the life you’ve always dreamed about. It’s yours if you really want it. But you'll need more than just a burning desire. You need a game plan that is built to last. There are no shortcuts. No get-rich quick schemes. The winning way is a life that is built on a rock-solid foundation of core values. Values provide us direction and purpose on the journey to living the life of our dreams.

Values like confidence, faith, courage and hard work are key to living life on your terms. Know this my friend—it’s not only about the end goal. It’s the journey you take to get there. Because it is the journey that defines us in the end. The Value of You is a journey into the core values that give light to our human experience. Values lead us to interior freedom, peace of mind, happiness and success. Each chapter is filled with creative stories of famous people like J.K. Rowling, Simone Biles, Captain Charles "Sully" Sullenberger and Michael Jordan, as well as lesser known, yet remarkable heroes such as Dr. Liviu Librescu, Chris Singleton and Welles Crowther. Each chapter is composed of a core value that describes the value’s features, explains obstacles to living the value, results of living the value and a personal game plan with practical guidance to help you make the value your own. We live in an ever-changing world with adversity and challenges. Values are the constant that position us for happiness and success. Values are a way of life. Start your journey today!

The Value of YouStart Your Journey
Contributed Article from Christopher D. Connors
To launch our dream and begin living the life of our dreams, we need to make peace with where we’ve been, where we are now and where we’re going. We need to know how to take action. Action is born from a firm understanding of who we are. Once we recognize and find greater meaning in why we do what we do, everything begins to make sense. We establish a structure of core values. While everything begins with a thought, we need a plan built on values, accompanied by a willingness to act every day.

I’m excited to share with you my new book, The Value of You, which is a guide for living a bold, fulfilling life through the power of core values. I wrote this book with you the reader in mindbecause I found that our experiences, while different, are in many ways very similar. Too many of us wander through life aimlessly, without direction, and do so without passion. We’re bright, bold and full of wonderful ideas, yet it’s hard to figure out the way to let our talents and enthusiasm shine.

As a result, too many people fall short of their dreams and goals and end up living a life that isn’t truly theirs. I’ve found that a lot of other people on the same path I was on. You see, after high school and college, when we don’t know what we want, we start following a plan that isn’t really in our best interest. In the process, we forfeit our right to live life on our terms, because we lack directionwe lack a game plan to get us to where we want to be.

While all of us will go through soul-searching, the sooner we can start asking ourselves the deep, philosophical questions about what we truly want in life, the sooner we can start living a life on our terms — a life that energizes and excites us each day. There’s always hope and it’s NEVER too late to live this life. I truly believe it begins with core values.

The Value of You profiles and shares inspirational, practical wisdom on how to integrate values into your life to lead you on the journey to your successful, future destiny. Each chapter can be read individually and picked up at any time. I share some personal stories, as well as many inspirational stories and easy-to-implement steps on how to live a bolder, more fulfilling life!

Your Foundation

Values are to our foundation as our core (abdomen) is to our physical movement. The more we exercise and build up our core, the more dexterous we become for forward motion and direction.

In a similar way, our values become our core, the launching pad for the way we progress and behave in social interactions, and on our own, when only we know the truth. Our values are the eternal spring we can turn to for life-giving purpose, re-assessment, evaluation, encouragement, structure and renewal.

Values, when chosen properly, are of immeasurable meaning to your life and all of whom you encounter. They form the backbone for a constantly self-improving mindset which will only sharpen with time, of course when you put your wisely chosen values into practice. Values impact our thoughts, which influence our words and actions.

Values serve as the driving force behind the decisions we make and relationships we aim to build!

As I’ve found in my own personal journey, when you build the foundation of your life on time-tested core values, you gain greater direction and a firm purpose for living life on your terms. But don’t just take my word for it. Look around at successful people throughout history.

You’ll find the common thread is that great athletes like LeBron James or writers like J.K. Rowling thought deeply and passionately about the values that mean the most to them. “Jumping in” and hoping for the best simply didn’t work for them. Climbing their way to the top of their professions took perseverance, hard work, optimism and hope.

These values have come to define their lives. The same can be said for that successful friend or mentor that you admire. They probably didn’t get to where they are purely by chance. They likely kept an open mind, prioritized a disciplined life over one of frivolous pursuits. And it’s likely made all the difference. In fact, I’ll speak for myself and tell you about the lives of two of my personal friends growing up. I know for certain that they arrived where they are because they built their lives on time-tested values.

Amy Schumer is a lifelong friend who worked diligently on her craft, growing as a comedian and actor throughout her college years and into her professional career. She believed in herself passionately and lived each day with tremendous confidence. This confidence enabled her to achieve small, incremental goals that gave her hope and optimism that powered her hard work ethic. These days, you seem to see her everywhere! She’s one of the top entertainers in film and television.

Mark O’ Connell is also a lifelong friend. From the time he was very younghe wanted to be a great rock n’ roll drummer. He had the idea. He had the passion. He dreamed about it and believed in it more than anything. He started writing and speaking those dreams over his life.

He had a goal of joining a rock band and by God, he sure did. Multiple gold albums with millions of records sold worldwide, and I think we can all agree that Mark and the boys from Taking Back Sunday found success. Mark believed in himself. He believed in his dream. He prioritized his values, put together a plan and began building toward what he always wanted. He embraced the success that came his way because he waited his whole childhood for it to come. He wasn’t afraid. He exuded confidence. He kept an open mind. He powered his way through the tough times. And it made all the difference.

May your journey be filled with adversity, challenges and mistakes. Because it is through these trials that you will triumph! You’ll learn what it takes to succeed and live a loving, bold, joyful life that gives meaning and hope to others. That is the greatest gift of all. Thank you for your interest in my journey. I’m excited to learn about yours!

About the Author 
Christopher D. Connors is the bestselling author of The Value of You: The Guide to Living Boldly and Joyfully Through the Power of Core Values. He is a writer, coach, and business consultant who has worked with senior executives at Fortune 500 companies, the federal government, colleges and universities and sports organizations. His writing has appeared in CNBC, HuffPost, Thought Catalog, and Medium. He has appeared as a guest on ABC-TV and Sirius XM radio programs. Christopher is a highly-sought after speaker among millennials and professionals in the business, academic, non-profit and sports world. His core message on building a game plan on core values resonates with thousands. 

Christopher is happily married to his amazing and wife and is the proud father of two, rambunctious baseball-loving boys. He lives in Charleston, South Carolina. Visit him at: Also check him out on TwitterInstagramFacebook, and LinkedIn

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