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Northern Knights’ Sports Allegory

Strange Ideas to Promote Northern Knights


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’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!


Influences Behind Lord of Columbia: Liberty versus Tyranny

Northern Knights’ Tagline Description: Liberty versus Tyranny

As mentioned in a previous article, I’d already ditched voluntarist colors in favor of creating my own system in my urban fantasy, liberty versus tyranny series, Lord of Columbia. My reason for doing so is simple: I wasn’t about to use Pittsburgh Steelers colors for my protagonists.

Sound amateur?


But then again, LaVar Ball is what, fifty, and still acts like a teenager? Not to mention, the dude’s kind of well-off.

Anyway, you get the picture.

But the main message?

Liberty versus Tyranny.

Patriotism versus Globalism.

National Identity versus Global Identity.

Voluntarism versus Force.

Libertarian Values. Freedom Flames, hence the name of my little blog I have going on here.

But it’s more than that.

It’s not a history book you’re about to read, come September 1st. No, it’s a new adult, urban fantasy reminiscent of Harry Potter, to an extent. Except the characters are older.We’re in a free region at a university.

But trouble lurks on the horizon.

A powerful empire is waiting to pounce upon its prey. Such imperialism, seen in the world today, brought on by the United States, the global empire. The global army. Setting up bases in over one-hundred and thirty countries, including developed nations like Europe.


Don’t make me laugh.

Is selling weapons to Saudi Arabia to use on Yemenites humanitarian?

Or, is supporting Israel’s continued terrorist attacks on unarmed Palestinians humanitarian?

Is conducting secret operations in Niger something a free nation does? Especially when such operations are paid for in tax dollars that makes the rich military-industrial complex richer, and the working and middle class poorer.

Liberty versus Tyranny.


It’s going to be Northern Knights’ tagline.

Because it really is Libertarianism versus Imperialism. The Old, United States Republic versus the Modern-Day United States Empire.

The classic tale of Republic versus Empire has taken on a new meaning, because this time, in real time, in real life, the fate of an entire nation is at stake.

In both Lord of Columbia, and in real life, the message of liberty, and the principles of liberty cannot, and will not be compromised.

I’d like to thank all of my readers for coming across My Freedom Flame, please come back soon.

Down and Out Doesn’t Count

Why I’m Writing Comeback Kid

Comeback Kid identifies with the inspirational market. It’s a work I started a few years back before I learned how to write. Sure, it may’ve been a good story, but I had to remove the omniscient viewpoint, get deeper into the mind of my point-of-view character, and craft a realistic storyline.

In other words, I wanted to write something so believable any reader can pick up the book and relate to my point-of-view character.

And so began the great rewrite, which is where I am today, with a release date set this December, Comeback Kid focuses on the life of one individual, who is down to his last nerve in life.

A twenty-seven-year-old down on his luck individual, things turn for the worse when Brock Patrick is forced to take a job working for his successful relative. Driving a car that barely works and living in his parents’ basement, Brock’s situation turns further upside down when his cousin colludes with a former high school bully to strike a deal which will derail Brock’s lifestyle at his inconvenience.

It’s a rather basic, micro-plotline that speaks wonders to many millennials living in the world today, especially if they routinely struggle to make ends meet.

But, Comeback Kid takes this to a whole new level.

What if an individual blew each opportunity that came their way?

What if some people admit defeat before the game even began?

What if environments play an important role in the confidence of others?

Comeback Kid touches up on all this.

A Prime Influence

What Made Comeback Kid Come About?

Negativity in the workplace haunted me in 2011 and 2012. My old days at Riesbecks Food Markets were marked by negativity from anyone thirty and over. Sure, they weren’t bad days for me, but to this day when I walk inside the regional-chain store in Wintersville, Ohio, I see the same people in the place.

Unless they’re young cashiers or baggers, nothing changed. Middle-aged cashiers are all still there. Ditto for the front desk, produce, grocery, and dairy people.

Guys, it’s been seven years since my first day on the job there. Well, almost seven, and almost six years since I left.

What motivated me to pursue personal training for the foreseeable future back then?
Pure negativity and unhappiness.

I knew personal training could impact people and remedy positivity in a world of negativity.

Now, I look to take the skills I learned as a personal trainer on the small scale and evolve it into a writing career while still working as a trainer for the foreseeable future to pay my bills.

Again, because I believe writing, while still only serving a small cluster, will impact more people. Start a site, a blog, gain a following, grow an audience, sell information. Sure, my blog information is free, but it’s different than what’s in my upcoming trilogies, Lord of Columbia come September and Comeback Kid come Hallmark Christmas Movie season.

I talk about motivating and eliminating negativity as I relate it to a political landscape the world finds itself in. At the end of the day, negativity is created.

So, what’s Comeback Kid about? What’s my elevator pitch?

This one’s about a down-on-his-luck, jealous twenty-seven-year-old watching everyone grow around him while he not only stagnates his growth, but regresses.

The reality is many find themselves in such a predicament. So, I thought I’d write a book on it. Unlike Lord of Columbia, Comeback Kid is in the inspirational genre, though it can still classify as new adult, like Lord of Columbia, yet it’s rather ‘G’ rated and all audiences can get a taste of what it offers.

I compare it in a way to The Traveler’s Gift, by Andy Andrews.

My purpose with Comeback Kid is to inspire, and no matter how much you’re down, there’s always hope to claw your way out of any situation. It’s something anyone who feels negativity and stress from such negativity should read. It’ll provide light in a world of darkness.

As for those still enslaved at Riesbecks, you’ve all earned my respect. I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t stay in such a negative situation longer than thirteen months. Sure, this posting would likely end any likelihood of me ever going back there, but it’s cool.

What my time at Riesbecks did do was motivate me to write a short story called Comeback Kid, and in turn I wrote a manuscript out of it. Though, as I’ve cited in previous articles, it may’ve been a good story, but it wasn’t written the way readers demand it be written today.

So, I tore up the manuscript and am in process of giving it a makeover as Lord of Columbia is three months away from launching.

I’d like to thank my readers for coming across this article. Please come back soon.

Influences Behind Lord of Columbia: Exposing Deep State Propaganda

I Write to Help Expose the Deep State and the Shadow Government

Okay, so basic definitions are in order: The Deep State refers to a group of people who consistently act as assets to US interests both at home and abroad. Notable names in the Deep State are people like Hillary Clinton, Dick Cheney, and John McCain, just to name a few. Even Donald Trump has Deep State leanings, despite his populist claim that he’s fighting the Deep State.

The Shadow Government, on the other hand, refers to a handful of unelected officials, many of whom are found behind the scenes in corporations, media moguls, big banks, or big investors in general. We’ve never heard of most of these people, but there are a few we may know of, like Jacob Rothschild, Rupert Murdoch, James Woolsey, George Soros, and others. David Rockefeller was part of this group, too.

So, despite Lord of Columbia’s elevator pitch being an arrogant college athlete sparking an uprising, the story arc dives deeper (in Books Two and Three) that Cain and the others are fighting more than just an evil empire; they’re fighting a worldwide shadow government. Many names I use in Lord of Columbia are similar to those in both the Deep State and Shadow Government we see today.

So, where do I get my information?

It’s no lie that despite Lord of Columbia’s fantasy-based elements, I get my storylines for Lord of Columbia from a variety of independent information outlets. Outlets that will report what the mainstream media won’t, hence Rupert Murdoch, who owns Fox News and the Wall Street Journal, and Murdoch also happens to be on the advisory board for Genie Oil, the Israeli-based oil company with contractual rights to dig in Syria’s Golan Heights. A future article which will be published by the end of this week will deal with the truth behind the real reason the Deep State and Shadow Government want Syrian President Bashar Assad taken out.

So, I turn to Jake Morphonios of Blackstone Intelligence, the Ron Paul Liberty Report, the Mises Institute, Tom Woods’ podcast, Vanessa Beely in everything involving Syria, and much more. I urge each of you to check out their videos, articles, and reports, as you’ll get a clear idea of what Lord of Columbia is about.

Now, since some of these are videos I watch and take notes on, I do tear the internet apart to find verifiable sources to link to my articles. One such article I did this for was the truth regarding Donald Trump, where myself and others exposed Trump for what he really was, which was having ties to Rothschild Incorporated and therefore the Shadow Government, since 1987, if not earlier.

It’s no lie Lord of Columbia, if its true meaning and message is really discovered, will end up getting me in a good deal of trouble. For this reason, I want to leave interpretation open to the reader. There are many ways to interpret Lord of Columbia outside its actual intention, and I assure my readers there are many ways to interpret this trilogy, from its true meaning to the characters.

So, come September 1st, a day that’s become quite popular with a certain group of readers, we’ll going to go on a wild ride into a world I called Gaia, but more on that later.

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