Sunday, August 31, 2014

3 Don't Miss Labor Day Events

Happy Labor Day!

Don't miss out on these great Labor Day Events featuring 

Sara F. Hathaway and Day After Disaster.

 

Virtual Book Tour 

Head on over to savvyselfgrowth.com to learn about all the self-growth tips you can gain from this survival novel. We will discuss positive attitudes to survive those stressful time, putting things in perspective and much more.

At SavvySelfGrowh.com you will discover unique, powerful, and smart ways to grow your “self” through blog articles, books, online programs and courses. The blog author's first book, “No Problem. The Upside of Saying No,” is a handbook for those who struggle to take care of themselves, feel exhausted, resentful and never have a moment for their own priorities. The book guides the reader to understand what lies beyond the deep reluctance to say “I’m so sorry, this time I can’t help”. It’s filled with stories, anecdotes, solid research, helpful practical tips, and a very effective and powerful tool called EFT, to shift the reluctance and reduce stress.

 Author Interview

Then head on over to the Monday Morning RED HOT Teliseminar Series for an audio interview with Sara F. Hathaway as she discusses Day After Disaster. She explains details of the book's creation and her inspirations will be revealed! Hear Sara F. Hathaway's Author Interview

Sara F. Hathaway Contributes to BeABestSeller.com 


In an effort to assist authors everywhere, Sara's article on conducting your own Virtual Book Tour will be featured on www.beabestseller.com.  We will discuss how to set up and conduct your own tour to launch your book into the next dimension. If have been following Sara on her Virtual Book Tour Journey and want tips on how to do it yourself. This is the place to be! 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, August 26, 2014

Would you know how to make lunch from the woods?



At the The Organic Prepper we will explore the plants that are used as food sources in Day After Disaster. These are actually plants available in nature. I tried to choose ones that are available nationwide. What would you eat if you had to survive in nature? 

On her website, The Organic Prepper, Daisy writes about healthy prepping, homesteading adventures, and the pursuit of liberty and food freedom.  Daisy is a co-founder of the website Nutritional Anarchy, which focuses on resistance through food self-sufficiency. Daisy’s articles are widely republished throughout alternative media. You can follow her on Facebook, Pinterest,  and Twitter, and you can email her at daisy@theorganicprepper.ca - See more at: http://www.theorganicprepper.ca/about-daisy#sthash.rZLnYOph.dpuf

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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Day After Disaster, Gold Country Locations





Day After Disaster takes place in an amazingly beautiful area of California known as Gold Country or the Georgetown Divide. Although Erika’s adventure begins in Sacramento and culminates in Lake Tahoe, the main body of the story plays out in The Divide Area. It features the Auburn Confluence, an area where the North Fork of the American River and the Middle Fork of the American River meet. Then the characters travel to a little town known as Cool. They end up traveling down a destroyed Highway 49 to reach the town of Coloma and Lotus, which sit side by side on the South Fork of the American River. To get to Lake Tahoe, Erika travels a trail known as the Rubicon Trial. All of these gorgeous areas have a rich history.

The Auburn Confluence

The Auburn Confluence area was first home to Native Americans who camped here for hundreds of years. These Native American were probably mostly composted of the Maidu. Minors, who blanketed the area from Sacramento deep into the high Sierras, displaced them. There have been over a dozen bridges built in this area from 1800 to today. Only four of them remain to this day. 
From Flickr: Rick Cooper License 
 The Auburn Confluence was almost eliminated in 1968 when a proposed dam project was approved. The dam was supposed to be a 685-foot concrete arch-gravity dam and would have been the biggest 3-centered thin arch dam in the world. While in construction, nearby seismic activity revealed a fault line under the Dam location. New proposals have been suggested and the project has been redesigned multiple times but nothing has ever been approved. Some features for the dam still exist or have just recently been eliminated. For example, The Foresthill Bridge was build to span the lake and allow people to drive from Auburn to Foresthill. The bridge remains but it covers a canyon not a lake. Also until just recently the river itself was diverted into a tunnel system to allow for dam construction. With the delay of the construction, the river was finally allowed to return to its original course. In my novel Day After Disaster the dam was built and blows out during the earthquake activity, presenting a hypothetical situation of what would have happened to Sacramento if this dam had been built.


Cool

From Flickr: Alan Levine License
Erika leaves the confluence area and continues up the canyon to the town of Cool. Cool’s post office   I live in this town and it is well known by the locals that a man named Aaron Cool is how our town became known as Cool. There is even a road named after him
was established in 1885 and the Penobscot Public House was established in 1850 as a way station and stagecoach stop. You can still see the Penobscot house and barn that was build in 1923 as you drive down Highway 193.
but in actuality there is no record of this man at all. Resent research done in 2010 revealed a man named Reverend Peter Y. Cool who documented his mining career in a journal called Pacific Historian 10, Gold and God the California Mining Career of Peter Y. Cool 1851-1852. Maybe the little town of Cool is named after him.

Coloma/Lotus

Cool is not a very welcoming place for very long so Erika continues down to the town of Coloma. In the novel I use the towns of Coloma and Lotus interchangeably because they sit side by side on the river. There is really very little difference between the two. Coloma is a town we learn about in
From Flickr: Nick Ares License
History books all over America. This town started the gold rush of 1949. John Marshall arrived to Sutter’s Mill in 1845 after being hired by Captain John A. Sutter to log wood for his agricultural empire in the Sacramento Valley. John Marshall built Sutter’s Mill along a meandering river in a valley that was called the Cullumah Valley at the time. The local natives, the Nisenan, knew the area well. After the mill was built the tailrace that carried water away from the mill was too shallow.While digging it deeper gold was discovered. By June of 1849 some eighty thousand pioneers looking to strike it rich.


The Rubicon Trial

To get to Lake Tahoe from The Gold Country Area, Erika takes the Rubicon Trail. Lake Tahoe first became known to the western world in 1844 when John Freemont saw it while traversing the Sierra Nevadas into California and wrote about it in his journal. In 1850 trappers traveling the Georgetown-Lake Bigler Indian Trail discovered the Rubicon Springs. Then in 1853 the trail from Hangtown (Placerville) to the Rubicon Gorges was broke by Joseph Calhoun “cock-eyed” Johnson. About seventy Native American helped him; they were probably Washoe. Eleven years later in 1864 the first cabin was built by a trapper/trader and it quickly became a favorite stopping point. It still is to this day. The locals call it Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

Another interesting thing began in 1880; “Rubicon Water” was bottled and put on the market. Health
From Flickr: Gary Lerude License
seekers clamored for the product and demand rapidly outgrew production. Over time the Rubicon Trail property had many owners. Many buildings were built and destroyed. A hotel retreat for the health seekers was operated for a number of years and then burnt to the ground. Today the Rubicon Trail is known across the globe for its ability to thrill Jeepers. Its off-roading difficulty level is legendary. The first jeeping expedition was organized in 1952, when fifty-five jeeps made the trip from Georgetown to Lake Tahoe. The future looks bright for this trail. In 2012 a historic agreement was signed by the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors. This agreement granted an easement with the US Forest Service ensuring future trail use.


References:
·          American River North Middle South Forks, Confluence Interpretive trail. from www.ohranger.com
·          Auburn Dam from http://www.Enwikipedia.org/wiki/AuburnDam
·          Cool, California from http://www.enwikipedia.org/wiki/Cool_California
Coloma History, Travel through time…on Hwy 49, from http://www.historichwy49.com/coloma/colhist.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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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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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Pasta, Poppy Fields & Pearls: An Exclusive Interview with Carmela



Today we have a special guest stopping by the Changing Earth, Sophia Bar-lev. She is the author of PASTA, POPPY FIELDS & PEARLS. We will get to enjoy a character interview from her latest novel but before we do that I want to introduce the real Sophia. Sophia Bar-lev is actually a pen name for author Leah Houseman. I asked her one time why she chose a pen name and she told me " I chose a pen name for purposes of privacy initially and have always like the name, Sophia"  Personally, I have to agree that her pen name has a classy ring to it but I think Leah Houseman is a person to be celebrated! She is an incredible woman who faces the dangers of living in war torn Israel with an insatiable urge to be positive despite the negative. A lady who proudly stands behind her beliefs and dreams for a people just trying to protect their neighbors. As I have come to know her, my respect for her has grown insurmountably. I envy her ability to maintain a calm and normal existence, focusing on her book projects while chaos rains down around her. She is truly a master of her own mind rather than a product of her circumstances and that is highly commendable.

Okay now back to Sophia's latest novel, Past, Poppy Fields & Pearls. This book is a very enjoyable read. In the book four mature women from different parts of the world have chosen Tuscany as their retirement haven, expecting a quiet and tranquil existence. Little did they realize the adventures that awaited them. As their lively friendship develops, the best and the worst of each woman's past experiences and memories begin to emerge and just when you think you know what's next, a completely unexpected twist in the story will keep you turning the pages way past your bedtime.

Sophia has given us an exclusive interview with Carmela, the natural leader of the group of women. 

Reporter:  Thank you, Carmela, for agreeing to this interview.  Our magazine is very interested in the expat community here in Italy.  May I start by asking you a little about your background?  Will you tell us a little about your home town and your early life.

Carmela:  Certainly.  I was born in Mexico and am the eldest of 17 children. 

Reporter: (gasps) Seventeen?  Wow!

Carmela:  Yes, my mother was very busy. With that many children in the house, as the eldest it fell to me to be the second mother, so to speak.  It was a very busy house but a happy house.  I have good memories of my childhood and all that training from my mother certainly helped me when I became a mother myself.

Reporter:  And how many children do you have?


Carmela:  Six, three sons and three daughters, all grown now and ten grandchildren.

Reporter:  So you were pretty busy yourself.  Did you also work outside the home?

Carmela: In the early years, yes.  My husband was still in university and we struggled as many young couples do.  Later, I was fortunate to be a full time Mom.

Reporter:  How would you describe your idea of perfect happiness?

Carmela:  Ah, that’s an easy one.  My greatest happiness comes from the relationships I have with family and friends.  In think relationships are what life is really all about. One of the joys of living here in Tuscany is the circle of friends I have.  Tuscany is beautiful but my friends make it paradise.

Reporter:  Looking back over your life, when were you the happiest?

Carmela:  I can’t pick a specific time.  I learned from my mother that we make our happiness and I’ve been a happy person pretty much my whole life.  That’s not to say that I haven’t had sorrow and difficult times occasionally but even in those, somehow I found a certain joy in the fact that I was alive and my family was around me.  Today, I’m very happy here in Tuscany and I love my circle of friends.  They’re great women.

Reporter: What is the quality you most like in your friends?

Carmela:  Honesty.  I don’t like hypocrites or people that pretend to be something they’re not.  I like people that are just straight, you know.  What you see is what you get. 

Reporter:  What talent do you wish you had?


Carmela (laughing):  Some of your questions amuse me, like this one.  Maybe I’m just different from other people but I don’t spend much time at all thinking about what I don’t have.  I’m plenty busy with what I DO have!  But, I suppose, since you asked me, I would love to be able to sing.  I love music and have it playing at home all the time but I don’t sing if anyone else is around.  I sound too much like a croaking frog.

Reporter: One last question.  If you could choose between being a baseball or a bat, which would you want to be?

Carmela:  I’d want to be the bat so I could propel someone else into a home run.

About the Author

Sophia Bar-Lev, who also writes as LR Houseman, is the best-selling   She is a former teacher and spent many years traveling internationally as an inspirational speaker and Bible teacher at conferences and conventions.   Her popular mini-book, HOW TO STUDY TORAH WHEN YOU’RE NOT A TORAH SCHOLAR, has been used by many womens’ bible study groups to enliven their discussions and deepen their understanding of scripture.
author of PASTA, POPPY FIELDS AND PEARLS, and will soon publish its sequel, PIZZA AND PROMISES.

To receive your free gift, “Tips for Living Free of Negativity”,visit her website at www.sophiabarlev.com
 

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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