I’m very honored to bring you a guest post from romance author, Heather Thurmeier. She has a new book debuting on April 16th called Escape to My Arms, A Prepper Romance. It’s a little different than her usual lighter contemporaries. This one is filled with adventure, danger and the peril of staying alive, but with her trademark humor. I’m so intrigued by this unique premise. The last thing we think of as a romantic setting is the end of the world, but in reality the continuation of the human race after an apocalypse demands that we get up close and personal with those alpha males who know how to survive. Of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention those badass women who can hold their own along side them. Heather has written the love story of Sara and Dane who find the best in each other when the world is at its worst. She’s been kind enough to come up with valuable advice so that anyone can at least be a little prepared when that inevitable time comes.
Take it away, Heather:
Anyone can be a prepper. You don’t have to have a hidden bunker like Sara does in Escape to My Arms. She’s prepping for the end of the world as we know it! Her bunker has it all and then some. Maybe you don’t need to go all the way and become a hardcore prepper, but it definitely doesn’t hurt to have a few basic plans and preps in place. You just never know when something will happen that will cause you to evacuate or to shelter in place. Are you prepared for either? Here are a few of the basics you need to get prepared:
1. Water. Do you have a clean water source? If not, maybe it’s time to buy a filtering pump or build up storage of extra water.
2. Food. Do you have food to feed your family and your pets if you need it? I would recommend a stockpile of non-perishables that can last you at least 2 weeks for starters. Anything extra you can store is great. You can buy freeze-dried meals if you want, or simply store canned goods. Stock up when you see a sale at the grocery store! But remember to use, rotate and replace your stockpile regularly. You don’t want to need your food only to find out it’s all expired.
3. Heat. If you live in a location where the temperatures drop, then you need a plan for heat. How will you stay warm in your home? Make sure whatever you come up with is CLEAN heat. You don’t want to accidentally burn something that is toxic to stay warm.
4. An alternative. What will you do if you can’t make plan A happen? Have you prepared to shelter in place? What happens if you have to evacuate? Make an evacuation plan: Where will you go? How will you get there? How will you let others know where you are? And while you’re at it, pack a Go bag. That’s a backpack full of supplies like food, water, heat, first-aid etc that can last you at least 72 hours—long enough to get you to your meeting place!
If you can get the basics covered, you’ll be in a much better position to survive than someone who hasn’t prepared at all. And maybe you’ll like having the basics so much that you’ll expand your prepping into other areas that will help you survive for longer if ever needed. Maybe one day you’ll end up like Sara with a hidden bunker stockpile with every necessity imaginable! Or maybe you’ll be like me and just have a Go Bag in your car and a little extra food at home.
Sara’s been preparing for this moment her whole life—she just never believed it would actually happen. With her bug-out bag and emergency food already in her truck, her only goal is to get to her family’s hidden bunker and wait out the pandemic that’s hit every major cruise ship port in the US. But her plan quickly falls apart. She’s out of gas, her route to the bunker is now a two-lane parking lot with no alternative in sight, and her only weapon is a pocketknife. For an experienced prepper, she’s made every rookie mistake.
Dane believes he’s safe in his cabin, off the beaten path and in the woods with his own source for water, electricity and an endless supply of food to hunt. After finding Sara stranded and alone, he’s suddenly not only providing for and protecting himself, but also the girl who wandered out of the woods and into his life. When looters come looking to take what he has, Sara and Dane’s only option is to make a run for their last hope—the bunker.
Can Sara and Dane find safety in each other’s arms and will they survive long enough to escape to a future together?
Sara sipped her wine and nibbled on another square of chocolate. He was right. Again.
They didn’t know what would happen in the future. Hell, they didn’t even know if there was a future to look forward to at this point. So why shouldn’t they enjoy the moments like this one while they could? Moments when they were safe, warm, fed, and comfortable. They might not get many more nights like this if things kept getting worse, as they seemed to be. Best to savor the time while you had it instead of squandering it away with fights.
At this point, she didn’t even know what future awaited her at the bunker. Would she live with her family for the rest of their lives, never to interact with people from the outside world again? That’s sort of what they wanted, wasn’t it? Wasn’t that why they hadn’t told anyone about the bunker, because they couldn’t trust anyone?
What if this was her last night on her own? It might be her last night to live her life however she wanted to before she had to start making group decisions with her family.
“You’re right.” She polished off the last of her wine in a big gulp. Her head already swirled with the effects of the alcohol. She’d always been a lightweight when it came to getting drunk. Tonight would be no different. Good thing she’d planned to stop at one this evening. She had other plans for the rest of the night.
“Right about what exactly? I said a bunch of stuff.”
She put her wineglass on the floor and took his hand in hers. “You were right about enjoying this moment we have tonight since we don’t know what the future holds, or even if we have a future.”
“Does this mean I’m forgiven?” He smiled, squeezing her hand.
“Yes. And then some.”
Sara took the wineglass from his hand and set it down next to hers, then straddled his lap, resting her hands on his chest. She pressed her mouth to his, delighting in the surprise on his face.
She wasn’t a throw-caution-to-the-wind kind of girl, but for once she was going to do just that, since she didn’t know if she’d have wind to be cautious of later on. Tonight, she’d live by her feelings. Tomorrow she’d go back to surviving.
Thank you so much for joining us, Heather, and showing us how with a little bit of foresight we all can be badass survivors of the apocalypse.
Pack a Go Bag and be prepped!