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The “Spoiler” Prequel to Lord of Columbia: Taking Back Saturday

Young Adult Rebellion, Sports, and Romance (With Some Urban Fantasy)

For those feeling nostalgic about the Original Trilogy, there’s a prequel coming along with Raven’s Flock.

There really isn’t much to scream ‘spoiler’ here other than the fact the prequel I have planned for Lord of Columbia that will be available on all free platforms culminating with the release of Raven’s Flock in 2020 will reveal a little background on how things came about at the beginning of Northern Knights.

While we know Cain and his crew have been friends before Northern Knights, this prequel tells of how Cain and all his friends met, and what made them the Santos Knights shotball team as seen in Northern Knights’s subplot, where a few reviews have actually mentioned this as being a larger part of the books than I anticipated!

The book’s name?

Taking Back Saturday. It’s a nod to the day of the week most major sporting events at Summit University up in Richfield, North Columbia take place. The prototype cover features the familiar orange, brown, and white look, with four friends standing in the bleachers of a shotball (football stadium in the picture) stadium and gazing into the distance, one I’ve named Kettlewell Stadium in honor of the stadium of the same name whose track I use for workouts back home.

From initial drafts and the cover, I like to compare the sporty urban fantasy to a 1980s Coming of Age flick, except of course this one here is a read, namely because you’re going to see, if I can give away one spoiler, a university edition of the many great 1980s movies in one, single book.

 

Think 1985 [(the Original and the Cover) (The Song, Not the year)]

Okay, it’s time to confuse you all, but please bear with me here.

Did you know Bowling for Soup’s version of 1985 is just a cover of the SR-71 original? The lyrics are slightly different. For instance, SR-71 mentions Fast Times at Ridgemont High whereas Bowling for Soup uses St. Elmo’s Fire. Which by the way, St. Elmo’s Fire is one kickass song!

Just had to point that out.

If I just confused the hell out of you, what I’m getting to is to give you a good idea of what this perma-free work is about. For those who’ve read Lord of Columbia, the dark tales of war and new world order conspiracies are pretty much shunted by the wayside in this little prequel. The Southpoint Empire is mentioned as are their atrocities, but they tend to play only a minor role in the book.

I also like to think of this university-version of 80s flicks as who Cain was before his character arc hits him starting in Northern Knights. In Northern Knights’ book description, Cain’s described as ‘an arrogant college athlete,’ and he is, something the reader will see in this work.

Trust me, I will deliver Cain’s arrogance one-hundred-fold in this regard.

 

What to Expect

The Santos Knights’ athletic logo.

We’ll also see more than just shotball, as Cain is technically a three-sport athlete, competing in dueling (a supernatural ability-possessor’s version of UFC) from December to February, and SpeedCar, (spinoff of NASCAR) from February until the final week of June.

Initially, I wanted to span Northern Knights around the entire school year and place all these sports seasons into it before I realized the book would rival that of a small encyclopedia, so I had to scrap the idea. I literally had the climax of the book written out as occurring in the late spring, early summer as well, but clearly, I had to make adjustments.

So, for readers who like sports, especially fictional sports based on real sports if that makes any sense, it’d be a cool read for them. Again, very little of the actual Series’ plot is mentioned; it’s practically sports driven. However, to get an idea of who Southpoint is, as well as the events that led to the beginning of Northern Knights, this will be a good read so long as you can deal with fictional sports, in a fictional university, in a fictional world.

And yes, I’m aware a lot of 80s movies are loaded with cliques, and one movie that really breaks down such cliques is The Breakfast Club, so if you haven’t seen it, you might want to check it out as it’s arguably the greatest 1980s movie ever. I know, there’s a lot of competition here, but still.

So if you’re asking, yes, there’s a clique involved and just because we’re talking about a bunch of jocks doesn’t mean this clique is some snobbish, preppy clique whose parents are all connected with the school, local business, and local government. Quite the opposite: This is a Libertarian-leaning manifesto, people! Despite Cain’s character shortcomings, he’s not that much of a dickhead, so there’s definitely a heart inside that dark soul of his.

 

Teenage (College Rebellion)

While rebellion in a political sense kicks off the events in the actual series, teenage, or college-aged rebellion runs wild here in Taking Back Saturday. Of course, with Cain being the lead in the novel, or any novel for that matter, it’s going to feature rebellion, because Cain and his Dom Toretto-like persona just can’t live without it.

There’s trouble on the horizon for Cain and the crew as he gets into spats with rivals over in Leistung Complex, proves to be a head case for professors, and even goes as far as to cause trouble in the dining halls, namely for his own amusement, becoming a target for the notorious Vince Lloyd on multiple occasions due to the duo’s clashes in personality.

 

What You Will See, or Read

Taking Back Saturday shows the reader how Cain and his crew met and became the Santos Knights.

As implied, it’s going to be sports, sports, and more sports. Lots of sports, covering virtually every single chapter along with trouble, massive trouble. Night walks on campus, dining hall food fights, and picking fistfights and duels are just a few notable events in the work.

Party romance? What the hell would a 1980s-parody shock jock chronicle be without party romance?

Sex? No, and I’ll be upfront with that one; I don’t write erotica and never will.

But on a more serious and invigorating note, it will show how the Santos Knights Shotball Team came about from Day One. While Northern Knights makes its implications, Taking Back Saturday shows it in action from cover to cover.

How did Cain and Lira become good friends? When did Cain and Savannah meet? Was there really a serious tragedy in the family that the Original Trilogy mentions in passing and if so, what was it? A lot of questions I leave for reader speculation in the Trilogy are answered here; again, none directly affect the actual plot; just simply a bonus for the readers.

 

When’s the Release Date?

Taking Back Saturday will be bundled with Raven’s Flock.

I’m actually hoping to release Taking Back Saturday as a freebie with Raven’s Flock, so if you have a Kindle or any kind of e-reader, the book will be linked in the front and back matter where one can then claim on Prolific Works.

For those who order the paperback version, don’t worry, as I’ll tell you exactly how you can claim your freebie copy and download it as a PDF. For those on my email list, you guys will be the first to know about the release and I’ll have the link ready for you at Prolific Works.

So, I hope you all like this bonus novel and again, it won’t answer many questions that are directly related to the Original Trilogy and definitely has nothing to do with the Sequel Trilogy, but it will be a fun, lighthearted read away from the darkness of the actual works themselves.

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What Would Shotball Highlights Look Like?

For those who’ve been following this blog since its inception, I decided to incorporate a game called shotball, whose rules I initially wrote up back in 2009 when I was eighteen years old, pretty much in protest of NFL Commissioner Rodger Goodell’s increased crackdown on defenses in the NFL.

So, before Lord of Columbia was even thought of, I designed rules to a new game and pretty much forgot about it throughout my college days when I started writing the first drafts of the series way back in 2010 before shelving the project and writing about it only occasionally between late-2012 and July 2015, when I decided to turn the work into a project.

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Free Book Promotion Ideas: How I’m Using Pinterest to Promote Lord of Columbia

Lord of Columbia Pinterest

Promoting and marketing a book or in my case a book series can be an expensive endeavor. The greatest book promotion and book marketing services can be expensive, with a price tag easily reaching hundreds if not thousands. While advertising and marketing are great and should be done, if one is just starting out with a limited budget it can be, well, quite difficult. This is especially true if an author is barely making ends meet with side hustles and seasonal work to get by. To counter this, we need to find as many free book promotion ideas as possible that will help us indies gain exposure, especially in our early days.

I already went over one free promotional tactic I used in last week’s article regarding my free book giveaways to my first 200 email subscribers.

So, I’m now going to share my own experience today with a website that has garnered my plenty of traffic on this blog’s sister site, My Freedom Flame. Pinterest was my latest discovery in November 2018 and I’ve since never looked back, sharing each and every blog post I’ve written since November on Pinterest and I continue to do so.

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Who is Sir David Mathew and What is His Importance to Lord of Columbia?

Sir David Mathew

Todd Matthews, Sir David Mathew. A family line that extends over six centuries. Yes, the man known more as David ap Mathew is said to have become the founder of the modern-day Matthews line, and all variations of such a line. Such a real-life cavalier inspired perhaps the most mysterious and exciting character in both Lord of Columbia and Neo Skyehawk.

In fact, David ap Mathew was my primary influence for the character David ap Santos, who is mentioned in every single Lord of Columbia and Neo Skyehawk story, despite the fact he had never appeared as a character in either series.

While David ap Santos is merely mentioned, he plays perhaps one of the most important roles in both series, which will become apparent soon, as the mentioned character comes into his own. The reader will get to know David ap Santos, but to get an idea on David, let’s have a look at the man who inspired the character.

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Finding Musical Inspiration for Writing

How Music Influenced Lord of Columbia and Neo Skyehawk

We often associate musical influences within our works. For those of us who write fantasy, it often means we’re diving deep into music that allows our creative juices to paint a picture in the mind consisting of mountains, forested scenery, rivers, and streams, among others.

Even in urban fantasy, this may bode true as well, with a main cast holding a set of magical powers the masses lack, often discovering lost or ancient secrets about the world in which they live.

Whether I’m writing, in the gym, or driving, almost every single piece of music I listen to has, in a way, influenced scenes and dialogue in both Lord of Columbia and Neo Skyehawk. Below are my favorite bands and composers, as well as details to how each affected my writing.

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How the Cleveland Browns Influenced Lord of Columbia

Site Logo for LordOfColumbiaSeries.com

A business brand is our identity, for those of us embarking on our own in an attempt to be our own bosses and make a living on our own terms. And yesterday, while at my day job (as of March 16th 2019), I was talking to a co-worker before my shift. He stated the reason our warehouse is decked out in….wait for it….maize and blue…is because the man who founded the company has been a huge University of Michigan fan since the 1940s. Yes, he’s still living today at 93 years of age.

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What’s Your Stoicheion Element?

Stoicheion, the word I used to describe element, which stems from its Greek use, is the primary magical system in Lord of Columbia. The five Stoicheion elements, as I refer to them as, are water, earth, fire, wind (or air), and Spirit.

Each individual who possesses the ability to control a Stoicheion element also has potential to control others, such as if one can control fire, they also have potential to control water, earth, wind, or even Spirit.

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The Lord of Columbia Series’ Anarchocapitalist Allegorical Twist

When one looks deep into the Lord of Columbia Series, they’ll find an allegory that the anarchocapitalist will enjoy reading. To an extent, anyway.

Now, in the age of capitalism versus socialism, many have come to associate capitalism with an evil meaning and in some cases, they’re spot on, especially in today’s world of cronyism and quid-pro-quos.

However, anarchocapitalism differs in definition.

So what is it, exactly?

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Designing Book Covers: The Big What If?

The designing book covers dilemma has struck me, and while it’s possible I can still buy a pre-made book cover for Episode III in the Lord of Columbia Series entitled ‘Missing in Columbia,‘ a great personal debate has erupted here, so I’m polling the audience here for some much-needed recommendations and wisdom when it comes to choosing my latest book cover.

 

Mood or Genre

There are two elements us indie authors look for in book cover design; mood or genre. While it’s a safe pick to go with a genre-based cover early, in a book series there are times we might be able to deviate a little from such a rule.

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