The Barry Allen Proposal

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Just imagine for a second. Last night, around the world, a lot of long time boyfriends/girlfriends were sitting around watching The Flash. It was a bit of a weird episode with the whole musical flair thing happening. Then comes the end, when Barry breaks out into song with just Iris at their apartment. How many significant others swooned for a moment as that took place?

Then it happened, he proposed to her fo’ realz this time. Iris, who was just serenaded, instantly says yes. At that moment, millions of anxious boyfriends, significant others, etc… let out their collective groans. After witnessing that, just how in the hell is anyone supposed to top that.

You can’t.

Let’s be frank – Grant Gustin is a hell of a singer and, unless you’re in the 1% of people who can really belt it (not the karaoke lounge singer that people just smile at), you’re not pulling that one off. However, have no fear, we’ve got some pretty decent options to still exploit.

Here we go with a few gimmick proposals that might take his/her mind off of the epic crap Barry Allen just pulled!


This one is pure genius. Set up a reservation at one of those fancy restaurants that let’s you play with crayons on the paper table cloth. Obviously, when you bring up the subject of playing Hangman, don’t immediately jump to the puzzle, “Will you marry me?” No, slow burn it out a few games to drop any suspicions. Then, once the trap is set, drop the bomb!

Scavenger Hunt

Raise your hand if you hate scavenger hunts. See, no one hates them. What can start off as a simple clue here or there can turn elaborate real quick. Make sure none of the clues actually give away the grand plan. Get someone else in on it to; really throw the scent off of you and your machinations. Just make sure it’s not too convoluted and your s.o. doesn’t end up three counties over.

The Rube Goldberg Device

Another favorite, this one takes some mechanical skill and execution. As soon as your mark opens the door to come home, or over, or whatever, it sets off this elaborate device the ends up with a ring popping out and you being ready to ask the big question. The usage of things like dominoes, to strings, to even bowling balls to get the figurative ball rolling are excellent options. Just YouTube Rube Goldberg device and start crafting your ultimate plan today!

What gimmicks should never, ever be used? Here is a quick list:

  • skywriting
  • stadium jumbo-trons
  • at the bottom of a wine glass
  • in a dessert
  • in front of family members
  • flash mobs
  • on social media

Yep, those are seriously bad idea. Not that mine are any better, but you’ll at least rack up points for creativity.

How did I do it? I went the more traditional route and proposed to Steph under the fireworks at Magic Kingdom. Sometimes the simple route is also the best.


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Down Goes Frazier: GGG vs Jacobs

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Ahh yes, fight week. It’s been a while since a fight has stoked my interest. Thurman vs Garcia? Nah, those two guys to me were a bit overhyped and the fight was truly underwhelming. Vladdy vs Joshua next month? It’s a big time heavyweight fight, so yeah, I should be excited but I’m not. Vlad is old and Joshua is mildly untested, so the trainwreck factor is there. And for the love of God, don’t get me started on Canelo vs Chavez, Jr.

Now GGG vs Danny Jacobs? You bet, this is a grade A fight – the fight boxing needs. Two guys in their primes who bring the heat. With Jacobs, we also get that ‘is he chinny?’ factor. Over the past few weeks, you’ve had to see him getting sparked by Pirog back in 2010. Talk about a perfect punch that put him on dream street. However, the true question about his chin comes from the fact he tasted canvas against Sergio Mora of all people. Mora has about as much power as a wet pool noodle, so that’s where a lot of people are skeptical that Jacobs can hang with GGG.

With GGG, we have a guy who has run roughshod over an entire division. He is so feared that Canelo ran back down to 154lbs to avoid him, before blowing up to 164.5 pounds to take on the spokesman for In-N-Out Burger. Still questions remain about his opposition. Kell Brook took an awful beating, but he was just a welterweight. Dominic Wade had no business in the ring with him and it showed. The list can go on and on if you’re talking to the wrong person.

So let’s just sum this up with two simple facts. Jacobs is the best fighter GGG has squared off against. GGG is the best fighter Jacobs has shared a ring with. Something has to give:

GGG 9th round KO in a barn burner.

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D.M. Cain Comes to The Penalty Box


Good Friday morning to all of you! Today, I’m handing over the keys to the kingdom to fellow author, D.M. Cain, who is excited to share her brand new cover and book with you. I am a big fan of her writing, so let’s cut to the chase and get D.M. out here!

Thanks Jeremy! I’m so excited to share with you the cover for my upcoming release! This next installment in The Light and Shadow Chronicles is called The Shield of Soren. Set thirty years before the events of A Chronicle of Chaos, this novel covers the story of mischievous trouble maker, ten-year-old Soren Nitaya and the events that change the way he will see the world forever.

Ten-year-old Soren Nitaya’s marked talent makes him the youngest soldier ever to become an apprentice to the legendary warrior, Raven Lennox. As a prince of Alcherys, he will be expected to fight in the eternal war against the Brotherhood of Shadow when he reaches sixteen.

But is the young prince up to the task when he’s more interested in causing mischief than in mastering weapons?

When one of Soren’s adventures goes off course, he unwittingly unleashes a deadly threat. It appears that an age-old prophecy is finally coming to pass, and Soren and his family must take a perilous journey deep into their enemy’s land. Does Soren have what it takes to save his country before the Brotherhood destroys everyone and everything he loves?

(Jeremy) I’m quite intrigued. Do you have an excerpt to share today?

The Shield of Soren EXCERPT

With a loud clang of metal slamming into metal, the final bolt was undone. Reign slowly pulled the door open, and Vincent found his breath catching in his throat.

High-pitched whimpering came from the tiny bundle of rags cowering at the back of the cage. Her long silver hair parted for a moment and Vincent could see her wide, silver eyes, terrified and innocent. Vincent’s skin prickled with discomfort. He hoped that Reign had a damned good reason for capturing a small child like this.

Beside the glass cage were two oil lamps, both resting unlit. Reign reached up and took one down. Then, in a single savage moment, he slammed the lamp onto the floor of her cage. The girl screamed in terror and covered her head with her hands, but he hadn’t been aiming for her.

The shattered glass gave way to a stream of oil that spread out in a pool across the floor. This seemed to scare the girl even more, and she began to cry quietly, sobbing into her clenched hands.

Reign looked back at Vincent. Excitement flashed in his eyes as he drew a match from a box in his pocket. A small flare of light, a flicker of sulphur and a small flame danced on top of the match. With another laugh, Reign tossed the match into the glass cage.

Vincent gasped as the oil ignited in a rush of intense heat. The entire floor of the cage burst into flames. Vincent tried to rush forwards to save the girl from a fiery death, but the heat was too intense. A hand tapped incessantly at his shoulder, and he tried to brush it away, but Reign grabbed hold of his hand.

“Look! Look!” Reign shouted excitedly, pointing at the cage.

When his eyes fell upon the cage, Vincent froze to the spot, his eyes nearly popping from their sockets. “But…how?”

The girl, who Vincent had assumed would be burning in agony, was somehow floating above the flames, hovering at the top of her cage. From her back sprouted two enormous wings of the purest white feathers Vincent had ever seen. The two beautiful white fans could only just fit within the confines of the cage, and as she beat them to stay afloat they fanned the flames beneath her.

It wasn’t just her wings that dazzled Vincent with their purity. Her whole body had adopted an ethereal, almost ghostly, silver aura, her hair shimmering with radiance. She didn’t seem too frightened any more, but there was a definite hint of sadness in her gentle eyes.

Vincent studied her carefully, struggling to catch his breath, which he hadn’t realised he had been holding. “What is she?” he managed to croak.

Reign grinned and draped an arm across Vincent’s shoulder. “She, my friend, is an angel.”

(Jeremy) That was brilliant. I loved A Chronicle of Chaos and can’t wait to see what shakes out here. Everyone, before we go, let me post some important links that way you can discover more about D.M. for yourself.


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D.M. Cain is a dystopian and fantasy author working for Creativia Publishing. The Light and Shadow Chronicles series features a range of books which can be read in any order. The first of these to be written was A Chronicle of Chaos. The Shield of Soren will be released in March 2017. She is currently working on the next novel in the Light and Shadow Chronicles series, The Sins of Silas, as well as two complementary novellas entitled Genesis of Light and Origin of Shadow.

Cain has released one stand-alone novel: The Phoenix Project, a psychological thriller set in a dystopian future. The Phoenix Project was the winner of the 2016 Kindle Book Review Best Sci-Fi novel Award.

D.M. Cain is also a member of the International Thriller Writers and one of the creators and administrators of the online author group #Awethors. Her short story The End was published in Awethology Dark: an anthology by the #Awethors.

Cain lives in Leicestershire, UK with her husband and young son, and spends her time reading, writing and reviewing books, playing RPGs and listening to symphonic metal.


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Well, that’s it for today. Have a great weekend and I’ll be back next week with some more important stuff to share regarding Legends Can Die.


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The Lady Behind the Author

Last week was my five year anniversary to my wife, Steph. In those five amazing years, we’ve accomplished so much together: a house, started a family, launched my own author career, etc. However, the best stuff we’ve done together could only have been made possible by her.

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Last September, she started Bolt Publishing, LLC. At first, I was reluctant to join her efforts as I didn’t want to overshadow her. God bless her, she went out and found authors who wanted to publish with her, an editor to shine the manuscripts up, and began establishing a brand. About a month later, we sat down and talked about our future and I realized that doing things by myself had only taken me so far. I handed her the keys to the kingdom I built and have yet to look back.

In the six (plus) months that she’s been running the company, she’s managed to successfully launch two books (Split Decision and Beyond the Stars) to rave reviews. She’s been featured on an international podcast and, under the Bolt Banner, helped get City of Chaos into the Amazon Top 100 during a free promo week in February. These are things I’d been trying to do for almost two and a half years, and here she’s done them in half a year.

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Tomorrow is International Women’s Day and, even a day early, I’d like to express my utmost appreciation, love, and gratitude to my amazing wife. She works a fulltime job, gives our son Jak more love than what should be humanly possible, and still has time to embrace what started as my dream as her own. This is my standing on the mountain top moment and shouting it down for everyone to hear: Steph, you’re brilliant and being you’re partner in crime for the rest of my life was the best decision I’ve ever made. I love you.

Plus you’re a super good cook.


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Legends Can Die Cover Art

Yesterday was a good day. Last night, I typed in the final word to the first draft of Legends Can Die, the next volume in The Negative Man series. I remember staring at the screen for quite a few minutes before it sank in, the writing portion of the novel was finished; next week will begin the beta reads and content edits. My goodness, where does the time go?

So it seemed only appropriate that today would be the day I shared with you all, the readers, the cover art for Legends. Just like the previous, updated covers, Galuh Obodi is the artist for this one. Bar none, this is my favorite cover of any book to date. How he was able to capture the feel based on a few sentences from me about the book is quite amazing.

What do you think?


Again, I couldn’t be happier. In general, this project has been quite different to work on than a lot of my previous ones. With this series, I truly discovered who I am as an author and Legends is the book that brings that voice forward. As for a release date, that I don’t quite have yet, but I do know it’ll be late spring, early summer. If you remember, Stormfall was released on July 5th last year and that did quite well for me. Once Becki, my editor, gets her hands on the manuscript for the final grammar checks and all, then I am sure I’ll get the date to tell you all.

In the meantime, feel free to search around my blog. There’s plenty of content, including the entire City of Chaos book, all for you to enjoy. And as always, check out for even more stuff and news.

-Jeremy (

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Origins: Ronald Victory

Man, did I open the can of worms last week when I posted the bit about The Dark Lion being based on my uncle. The flood of emails came in with readers wanting to know who everyone from Jericho to a minor character named Mike Blackfield was based on (p.s. – Mike is based on one of my best friends. He is a good guy, so he says…).

However, it’s a character that appeared at the very end of Prelude to Chaos named Ronald Victory that’s sparked quite a few theories. So, you’re good pal Jeremy is here to clear a few things up:

Character Bio: Ronald Victory

Based on: My evil 7th grade science Mr. Taylor

Powers: None

Bio: The current Secretary of Defense, Victory is a man with political aspirations and convictions. He believes the powered population represents a threat to the country’s way of life – mainly due to The Negative Man and the vast number of crimes he’s committed. Victory takes his job very seriously and, beneath all the subterfuge, believes he is doing the right thing for the country when it comes to supers.


Yep – there you have it. I know, I know, the name Ronald Victory seems like bait and well, it is. My own personal sense of humor led me to naming one of the primary players in Legends Can Die as such. Just call me mischievous, I guess. So, believe me when I tell you that there’s no hidden political agendas happening. Nope, it’s more about getting revenge on a teacher that was Satan’s spawn to me and my class and my own twisted enjoyment that he probably has no idea the depths of my dislike towards him all these years later.

Real quick – on Thursday I’ll be dropping the Legends Can Die cover right here for everyone to see. Come on back; it’s a good one!


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Origins: The Dark Lion

If you follow me on Facebook, you’ll know recently I’ve been writing up little bio’s about characters in The Negative Man series that are based on friends. However, the one question I get a lot of is always, “who is The Dark Lion Based on?”

Ahh yeah, good old DL – one of the more popular characters in the series. He’s based on someone, but they aren’t with us to enjoy it. So today in a Penalty Box Special, I give you the background info on John Wonderton, aka The Dark Lion.


Name: John Wonderton

Alias: The Dark Lion

Powers: Superhuman reflexes, strength, and durability. In addition to that, he also has exceptional intellect and hand to hand combat skills. He is the perfect super to take on The Negative Man.

Based on: Dale Gill – my uncle. Just like DL, my Uncle Dale was a passionate man when it came to his endeavours. DL’s are crime fighting and my uncle’s was in education. Dale was also larger than life, filling a room with his size and personality. Unfortunately, my uncle passed over ten years ago and never got to read about the character he helped in forming.

So there you have it. I hope whenever Dr. Dale Gill is now, he’s able to see how he’s influenced me and one of the most central characters to The Negative Man mythos. I know he’d be proud.

Before we call it a week, I’m happy to show off the final two covers that my friend Galuh has crafted for the series. I have the Legends Can Die cover, too, but that’ll have to wait a week to be revealed. If you’re in the Orlando area and want to stop by Krum’s World in Winter Garden tomorrow – I’ll be there signing books. Visit to get directions to the store. Those who stop by will get an early look at Legends.

That’s it for this week. I hope everyone has a great weekend and I’ll be back on Thursday for more updates and tales of mischief and mayhem.


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