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Northern Knights’ Sports Allegory

Strange Ideas to Promote Northern Knights

*NOTE! TODAY, SEPTEMBER 1ST, 2018 IS THE LAST CHANCE TO GRAB NORTHERN KNIGHTS FOR FREE AT AMAZON KINDLE*

 
It is midnight on September 1st, 2018, and I wanted to give you all one final chance to snag Northern Knights, Book One in the Lord of Columbia Series on Kindle before it becomes permanently priced at $2.99 for the foreseeable future!

 
Anyway, I wanted to run a strange idea to promote books by you all, and I think you’re all going to like this:

 
Northern Knights has a blatant sports allegory, primarily toward the Browns-Steelers Football Rivalry.

 
If you know anything about the rivalry, it’s been one-sided for the last two decades, since the Browns returned to the league in 1999. In fact, the Browns are 6-32 against the Steelers since 1999.

 
I wanted to pay homage to the rivalry, which should get a little better this season, by making it a mainstay in Northern Knights. When one reads Northern Knights, they can find a lot of correlations between my book and the modern rivalry.

 
Anyway, I came up with a strange way to promote the book if I generate a good amount of sales. Jerseys, buying jerseys from my main characters, similar to what they would’ve worn in their respective sports in Northern Knights.

 
The featured image of this article provides a handful of many jerseys I made on NFL.com’s customized jerseys section and snipped it onto Canva.

 
It was a fun way to let readers know…especially both fanbases, that there are some correlations to real life in Northern Knights.

 
In fact, my overall marketing plan looks to hit both Southwest Pennsylvania and Northeast Ohio. So, if the Steelers continue to dominate the Browns in the rivalry, maybe I’ll spread some bad blood among the fanbases once again!

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Lord of Columbia’s Hidden Message

How I’m Looking to Go Head to Head with Rich Patriarchs

As stated before, Lord of Columbia is a Manifesto for a Libertarian Revolution, but it’s more than just that; it’s a manifesto for all of us to stand up to the rich and powerful who want nothing more than to curtail our liberties.

 
No, this definitely doesn’t have anything to do with Marxism, as Marxism simply puts power into the hands of the state…aka…the rich and powerful, who then will distribute remaining goods (after the rich and powerful have had their loot) to the masses. In other words, Marxism basically means we’re all going to be poor while the rich and powerful own and distribute the goods. You’ll end up with this: 1% filthy rich class and 99% dirt poor class.

 
What are the odds of ending up in the rich class in a Marxist society?

 
Slim to None and Slim just left town.

 
So, in addition, Lord of Columbia can be, in Marxist terms, a Capitalist Manifesto in addition to being a Manifesto for a Libertarian Revolution. So, when I say I’m looking to come face to face with rich patriarchs, such patriarchs display the following traits:

 
1. The own everything, from land, to industry, to buildings businesses rent out.

 
2. They’re either involved in politics or have bought politicians at both the local and state level.

 
By looking at the top two traits, it’s clear that their number one enemy is freedom and, gasp, Capitalism. See, these people are sick, dirty chess players. The difference between Capitalism and Corporatism is simple: With Capitalism, new ideas always emerge via pure competition. In Corporatism, Crony Capitalists will buy their politicians who will then make laws to ensure pure competition is curtailed, meaning the masses are going to be forced to do the following:

 
1. If they own a business, pay ridiculously high rent since only a hallowed few own such rent and lease space.

 
2. By owning such large spaces and charging high rents, these people can, and this happens often in Wintersville/Steubenville, these can run others out and create what I call duopolies, oligopolies, and monopolies. Basically meaning the masses in Wintersville/Steubenville will be forced to pay more for goods as stores and other providers can raise a price however high they’d like. And again, there is a lot of government involved here creating this, not simply one or two people buying all the land and developments.

 

Story of Riesbecks

Those of you who’ve been following my blog for a time should’ve come across my time working for Riesbecks Food Markets. Well, now that the landlord, who’s heavily involved in shaping public policy in the area, is now charging outrageous prices for rent, to the point Riesbecks is being forced to close its doors, leaving a duopoly of grocery stores in town.

 
Guys, people in the Wintersville/Steubenville area must prepare to see a massive increase in price, so long as they continue to eek out a profit.

 
And again, this isn’t capitalism; this is total corporatism and how it intertwines with public policy. The man in charge here, Mr. Patterson (I won’t release the real name due to legalities), owns several blocks in Wintersville, and many of such outlets are his own businesses.

 
Well, let me tell you a little about this dirty, dirty player: He’s one abysmal businessman.
Over the past ten years, and I’m not making this up, the following has occurred:

 
1. He’s closed or had been forced to sell off at least three businesses over the past three years.

 
2. His rent prices have forced flea markets, gyms, skating rinks, two grocery stores, two furniture stores, and other businesses to either relocate or close up shop over the past thirteen years.

 
3. He has a son who’s heavily involved in politics. Hmm, how about that?

 
4. Another son, who I actually based a character on in Lord of Columbia, many of whom are local who read my book will know exactly who I’m talking about here, manages their…third furniture store, after they were forced to close the previous two due to lack of businesses. Now, what’s funny about this is I have a lot of dirt on this cat, too, and that he’s a former drug dealer. Again, I’m not going to mention any names here, other than, well, former drug dealer who’d never been caught nor sent to jail. And if you know how bad the drug epidemic is in Steubenville, where a drug bust occurs literally once a week, if not more, and he’s never been caught raises my suspicions.

 

Private Property Rights

Now, some of you may argue and point to Mr. Patterson’s private property rights, but being that the man knows, buys, and influences local politicians, which I’m going to be conducting some investigative research on in my free time, now that Northern Knights has been launched, and dig up a little more history on the man.

 
I’m all for the right to private property, rest assured, and definitely for free competition, free trade, free everything…except using government meddling to get ahead of the game. But being that Mr. Patterson literally owns half the town and serves as the area’s unelected lawmaker, he’s anything but free market, and Lord of Columbia depicts Patterson’s dirty actions.

 
Thanks for reading.

 

Links to Northern Knights:

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When Lord of Columbia Met Thoughtcrime

What You Should Know Regarding Lord of Columbia

As stated in the past, Lord of Columbia is a Manifesto for a Libertarian Revolution. While a compelling, complex story is definitely involved, Lord of Columbia holds a valiant message regarding liberty, freedom, and privacy, something we see being usurped time and again in America.

 
Yet, as we grow up America is the champion of the free world, it’s easy to overlook the sheer atrocities committed by the military-industrial complex, CIA, FBI, and even local police (If you go back to the old Mafia days, you’ll be surprised how many police chiefs aligned themselves with the Mafia).

 
So, while Northern Knights is a little bit on the light side of this, whole conspiracy thing, do take note of my rather Orwellian style early on. It’s most definitely something that depicts, well, what America might be heading straight into; depression of the masses who are bullied by both police and military police on street corners, reminiscent of Nazi Germany.

 
And I’m not quite out of my mind.

 
We already have in some states, and in some cases all states:

 
1. Drones that fly overhead to record our actions and even catch us speeding on highways.

 
2. Traffic cameras.

 
3. Mass surveillance.

 
4. Spy agencies that can access phone data, internet searches, and any other type of personal data upon request.

 
5. Security agencies that literally specialize in groping airline passengers.

 
6. Mandatory vaccines (I’m not one hardcore against vaccines, but I am against mandatory forced vaccinations). But the question remains, why are they mandatory?

 
7. State-funded compulsory education that teaches a uniformed program, even in advanced placement classes.

 
8. Government licensing and permission for just about everything, including activities like hunting, fishing, driving (this one really irks me), drinking (this one irks me even more and this is a guy who hasn’t picked up a drink since 2014), collecting rainwater (seriously), getting married (come again?), and I think I’ve covered the basics. Oh, and in California, say goodbye to plastic straws which never would’ve been a problem had the government stayed out of the way in the first place and let the free market go to work.

 
9. Quest for Empire. And hello, Lord of Columbia, because this one is the granddaddy of them all. Did you know your tax dollars have paid for weapons being sold to countries like Saudi Arabia? The Saudis used such weapons on Yemenite women and children, killing them for no apparent reason. Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, the blood of these kids is on our hands. But what about military jobs and weapons manufacturing jobs? That’s what they all say, and a lot of these jobs can be created if our taxes didn’t pay over $600 billion a year via military spending.

 
10. Speaking of…. the media, politicians, conservatives, and even some liberals call it something else; defense spending. They love using politically correct terms for one reason: they tend to sound less harsh. You call it defense spending, people will buy it. Others will call it patriotism (which it’s not) and people will buy into it. Some will say it’s necessary, and people will go along with it. What do I call it? Military spending.

 
11. But it’s necessary for our freedom, right? First off, when you need government permission to even exist in this country, I’m not sure you and I have the same definition of freedom here. So I’m not sure what freedom you’re talking about. Second, if you look at history of people (mainly in the Middle East) who hate us, you’ll see we’ve been intervening in their affairs far longer than any nation should, and you’ll understand the hatred. Imagine if it were the other way around…exactly. There’d be mass protest in the streets as I write this.

 
12. Okay, well what about the mass uprisings over in the Middle East, like in Libya, Syria, Iraq, Iran, and other nations? Guys, you need to check the Project for a New American Century, written in the late 1990’s and it’ll tell you all you need to know. And you’ll be surprised, too. Second, if you look deeper, you’ll see someone else is behind it; the CIA, which is exactly what they did in Ukraine back in 2014. Think of the pattern: we’ve had spats with Russia and the other countries listed, mainly because they’re all losing faith in something: the US Dollar. This isn’t a coincidence.

 
13. A rough discussion: Not only that, but if you bite your tongue and look at the correlation between IQ rates in the Middle East, they’re very uniformed. The average IQ in the Middle East is 82-84, depending on the country you’re looking at. The CIA knows this and knows they can easily spread lies to these people about their leaders, while nowhere near perfect, aren’t crazy dictators.

 
14. What about Saddam Hussein gassing people in Iraq back in the day? He was using gas on the Kurds, who were fighting a civil war with Iraq because they wanted to break away from Iraq.

 
15. Why does foreign policy matter so much to our freedoms? One, the more foreign policy we implement while in debt, the more money that needs to be printed, borrowed, or taxed. This devalues the dollar and purchasing power at home. We’re forced to downsize our standards of living so the military can bomb civilians and our allies fighting in wars can also bomb civilians. Then when they retaliate, they’re labeled terrorists and war erupts, costing even more money.

 
16. What if…. what if a military draft is being planned right now? I’ve been hearing (reading) grumblings on social media. If a military draft really is being planned, our freedoms are further usurped because rich and privileged men and women in office are going to force the poor and working class kids to fight a war they should have zero stake in, sometimes for reasons unknown to them. And anyone dodging the draft would be jailed. When this happens, a country ceases to be free.

 
I’d like to thank all my readers for coming across My Freedom Flame, please come back soon. And yes, we’re up and running, so creating attractive links are in the works that will lead you all to my first book, Northern Knights. But for now, here’s the first link: https://amzn.to/2KkkyOZ

Lord of Columbia Prologue

An Empire Begins

Once, there was a great Republic called Southland that journeyed throughout Gaia, a land much like our own, with seven continents and many oceans. In the olden days before steamships, the Republic’s mission was quite simple: To encourage free trade among all other peoples of the world, of all colors and nations.

 
As such, King Otto wished to keep peace and harmony throughout all subjects in this land and make alliances with such nations. His goal was simple: to deter any imperial threat.

 
As decades passed and Otto perished due to old age, King McBride took the throne and continued his late father’s vision.

 
However, the quest for Empire in two rival nations erupted. The Lourdeans sought land beyond what was believed to be the Western End of the World and sailed northwest. The Madridians, likewise, sailed southwest. Both nations conquered primitive people, and each sought to expand east. McBride, however, remained stoic and instead built defenses within Southland in case the Lourdeans and Madridians had evil ideas.

 
Madridia indeed saw Southland’s strength as a threat and attacked. However, Southland’s powerful naval forces proved too much for Madridia and thus, forced them out of Southland territory.

 
Lourdes saw Southland’s sheer strength and were deterred.

 
However, things came to a standstill when McBride died, and King Artie took the throne. Artie received word as a young boy that Madridian sailor, Columbo Pucci indeed reached the Western End of the World and named it Columbia. To realize his dream, Artie dispatched George Santos and his powerful crew to the New World.

 
Santos reached land and relayed to King Artie only primitive peoples resided in the land and there were no signs of Lourdeans or Madridians. This is because Santos landed between the Madridian south and the Lourdean north.

 
Immediately, Artie ordered the conquering and enslavement of the native peoples and Santos, reluctantly, obliged under the threat of death. This was the beginning of the Southpoint Empire.

 
A century passed, and under Artie, Southpoint, as it was now known, expanded far and wide, to every single corner of Gaia. Artie did away with Southland’s red and blue color scheme and instead created the black and yellow Southpoint Emblem as seen today, to be flown where the Southpoint Empire had landed.

 
King Paul took over for Artie, and King James did so afterward, expanding the Southpoint Empire but garnered a reputation for being much more lenient and friendly than Artie. However, truth is always reason in an Empire of Lies. The Southpoint Empire grew to the point that conscription all over Gaia became mandatory as the strong Southpoint Army annexed other areas and even stole land from the Lourdeans and Madridians via warfare.

 
Finally, King Rooney came to power and instituted harsh laws everywhere the black and yellow Southpoint Empire touched. Rooney ordered tax increases, mass surveillance, increased militarism, and exclusivity to all in the Southpoint Empire to pay for the conquest of empire.

 
Southpoint’s lines were stretched even further, where native peoples of all lands were conscripted merely to become fodder as the experienced Southlanders and their officers conquered more lands and stripped other once-free nations of resources.

 
In Columbia, however, the very first stretch of land George Santos stepped foot on over a century-and-a-quarter ago, decided it no longer wished to be part of the Southpoint Empire and to become its own free republic.

 
And that is where our story begins, a long time ago, in a world like our own.

Lord of Columbia’s Characters

Lord of Columbia’s Characters Have Real-Life Counterparts

 

Okay, moment of truth. It’s time to admit the soon-to-be obvious as Lord of Columbia: Northern Knights is set to hit the Amazon bookstore.

 
Lord of Columbia’s characters have real-life counterparts and I’m going to be in more trouble than Matt Stone and Trey Parker in just a few short days. So, I thought it’d be fun to give some vague as hell descriptions pertaining to each Lord of Columbia character.

 
Now, other than my main protagonist, Cain, everyone else is going to be referred only by their first names. Also note this post isn’t going to reveal anything about the characters themselves, but a vague description on who inspired them without giving away too much information to where I’ll have to testify against myself in federal court.

 
Shall we begin with Cain Riscattare?

 
Cain is my main protagonist. He’s an exaggerated version of me. He’s in top shape, has a great physique, and keeps his inner-circle small. He’s kind of arrogant and he loves to taunt his opponents on the playing field. He and I share the same birthday and have the same hairstyle.

 
Lira is based on several of my singer crushes looks-wise, but has the body of a fit girl. One can say she is a true Libertarian at heart, and a certain YouTube personality may be a better real-life person Lira is based on. Once the reader, and my Libertarian crowd will know in two seconds, gets hint of the girl’s physical features, it’ll be all they need to know.

 
Micah, Micah, Micah! It’s what Cain would’ve said when he was younger, and what I would’ve said when I was younger. Micah is based off a close friend of mine who one-upped me in everything in our younger days. Wait, a close friend? Of course! I’m younger, so it’s totally acceptable. The dude’s ultra talented.

 
Blaze is based on another good friend who is a total nice guy but simultaneously a total badass. Don’t try to screw the guy over, that’s all I’m going to say. But, like me he’s harmless unless you give him reason to harm.

 
Jed is well, a bit of a running gag. Based off another close friend (uh, sort of) a few years younger than myself who I was forced to live with for nearly twenty-two years (I’m twenty-seven).

 
Asha is the one who hits home. Based on a good friend I knew for a time a few years back who was obsessed with status and material. The girl was a two-way street, but man, she was good looking, I’ll say that. Fun to workout with, too.

 
Savannah may be the most intriguing. Based on a girl I’d met about twelve times but became friends with for a time. Athletic as hell, this girl still plays sports well into her college days (in mid-collegiate form). But, despite her athletic (and more likely than not) academic talents, I’ve never met a more humble soul in my life.

 
Clyde is based on a friend of mine who is just kind of…out there. Like, not in a strange way, just in his own way. Sort of quiet and not exactly bright, but nonetheless one with a sense of, and sometimes a dirty sense of, humor.

 
Ferguson is based on this dude I’d trained a few times. The kid was very twitchy but talked a thousand miles per hour. Now, I do the same, but this kid was on another level. He twitched so much I couldn’t help but laugh when I looked at him. And it wasn’t a physical problem or anything like that, because he was rather athletic. I think he just drank too much espresso in the morning.

 

Shayna is based on a few people who are my real friends. When I say real, I mean they’re friends that sugar coat nothing and tell it to you like it is. Those are the kind of friends we want.

 

 

Adam is kind of funny, because while I based him on all of the negative qualities of today’s politicians, he resembles this boss I had once who I couldn’t stand to a T. So, I’ll just base him off this dude I used to work for and thank the Lord I don’t work for him anymore. Never met a bigger two-face in my life, despite working for them only a short amount of time. Hopefully the dude I based him on reads this. I’d love a good legal battle.

 
Patrick is based on a dude who came into the gym, threw weights around, broke a few mirrors, yelled at a bunch of people, chugged energy drinks, and never saw results. He was a complete meathead wannabe, and that’s all I’m going to say about that.

 
Ditto for Avi, who is Patrick’s best friend.

 
Psycho is based on two people, both juiceheads who’d be in a good mood one day, then try to run you over nonstop the next. They loved lashing out at others emotionally, too. It was kind of disturbing, to be honest.

 
Vince is based on this other dude I knew for a few years who you really never caught a good vibe about. That’s not to say he didn’t have a large inner circle. The dude was popular in my realm of work at the time so much he could do no wrong in the boss’s eyes. And he took full advantage.

 
Benns was this complete idiot I knew back when, who, well, thought he was a king. No, seriously, the man said things and said them with conviction. And he always had this strange vacant expression and chest rub.

 
Scotty is based on one of my better friends who wanted to serve as an antagonist so I granted his wish. Scotty is pretty much Cain but more like the anti-Cain.

 
Robby is based on a guy I never met but would punch him in the face if I did. I know where he works, so the idea isn’t as far fetched as it seems. He’s based on a privileged kid whose parents are absolutely abysmal business people but their status keeps them up with the Joneses in our little community. They reportedly have the largest house in the community and are in bed with the Chamber of Commerce.

 
Randelo is one of my favorites as he represents all the Libertarian thinkers….as well as a little bit of Albus Dumbledore and Obi-Wan Kenobi. Yeah, he’s a pinnacle.

 
Suuruus is based on any great leader who used his powers for good. There are about twelve of them in existence throughout world history. I’ll give you a hint: His father is the unseen Emperor over the cosmos.

 

And guys, as a reminder, if the Browns win, you win. That being said, if you don’t have the money to swing for a new book or are on-edge about taking a chance on a new author, rest assured, I’ll be running free promos on Lord of Columbia upon its release every time the Browns win. When the Browns win, we all win. Keep in mind, they’re 1-34 since December 2015, so these promos might be rare.

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