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Scavenger hunt

Maggie reading my bookOne of the most exciting things for me about having a book in print is the idea of my loyal blog readers stumbling across it in their library, bookstore, or Tractor Supply.  The Weekend Homesteader is already available in some bricks and mortar sales locations and should be hitting most of them this coming week, so it's time for a scavenger hunt!

It's easy to play (and you may even win a prize).  Just snap a photo of yourself with my book, whether in your bedroom or out in the world, and email it to, post it somewhere else and link to it in a comment below, or put it on our facebook page by Sunday (November 18) at midnight.  I'll pick one photographer at random and mail you a signed copy --- there aren't many of these floating around because I'm not selling them, only giving them to my favorite people.

Meanwhile, if you'd like a bit more substance, check out my Destiny Survival Radio Interview.  (I'm actually afraid to listen to it since I'm not a very good public speaker, but at least you'll hear my Appalachian accent before I get confused halfway through the phrase "your eyes are bigger than your stomach.")  Readers might instead like this guest post about when emergencies are a fact of life better.  Or check out two of my favorite book reviews so far, one by my sister, and one on

Thanks for reading (and scavenging!)

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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What a great holiday season for you and Mark this year. I am so happy for the success you two have experienced the past several years through.

You two have shown many of us that hard work and persistance does pay off.

I will be looking for your book.

Comment by Mona Fri Nov 9 10:11:33 2012

i think you did awesome on the podcast interview. You really have a broadcast voice, your socalled accent gave it credibility and a nice color. It would be nice to have Mark do the interview with you next time, like stuff from his viewpoint, etc. You should doa series of posts or even an ebook on couples relationships and how to complement each other on the homestead, how to deal with difficult times when things go wrong, how to reach middle ground in differing viewpoint regarding the homestead, even a little something on how to keep the lovin' on goin'.
Keep up the labor of love guys.

Comment by Pedro Sun Nov 11 02:43:32 2012

Pedro --- Thanks for your kind words! I was actually thinking of trying to slip Mark into this podcast, mostly so he could chime in when I mess up. :-) Since you think it's a good idea, I might ask if we can do that next time I'm invited to a podcast.

I've considered writing a farming relationship book, but the truth is that Mark does 99% of the heavy lifting in our relationship (just like on the farm). Clearly, he needs to write it.

One of my favorite bloggers has a book called Green Sex coming out next summer. Maybe that's worth reading while you wait? :-)

Comment by anna Sun Nov 11 07:52:36 2012
In between breeding rabbits, transplanting citrus, and repairing termite damage we tried to find your book at the local tractor supply, but alas, no dice. We took this picture during the hunt... but alas, no book.
Comment by Shannon Tue Nov 13 19:19:04 2012
Shannon --- I love it! I'm entering you anyway. :-) Since you're the only entry so far, if no one else chimes in, you'll win! (Which would be perfect for me since I'd earmarked one of my books for you already...)
Comment by anna Tue Nov 13 19:28:52 2012

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