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NEW Page on Writing and Publishing

In this Post…

  • NEW Page on Writing and Publishing•
  • Review DTQ and DSS on Amazon
  • View the Trailer for Daniel and the Triune Quest•
  • Find me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter 

 NEW Page on Writing and Publishing

I’ve had several questions lately regarding the writing and publishing process. So, to better answer your questions, I’ve compiled all my old posts about this subject into one place. Head on over to the Writing and Publishing page and check them out.

Don’t see a topic you’d like written about? Send me a message and I’ll do my best to answer it!


Review My Books on Amazon!

If you’ve read either Daniel and the Sun Sword or Daniel and the Triune Quest and enjoyed them, please review them on Amazon! Here are the links:

Praise for Sons and Daughters Series

Christian Fiction Review by Peter Younghusband

5.0 out of 5 stars (Amazon)
Better Than Its Predecessor. Takes This Series To The Next Level. You Won’t Be Disappointed.
on September 15, 2017

Every author and every reader anticipate that a sequel will be just as good or better than the previous….Well, I can say that this is a better story than its predecessor (Daniel and the Sun Sword)….

Lumbatis has shown more of the biblical aspects of who God is, the Trinity, and the Gospel message….

The account where Daniel meets Jesus is powerful but gentle and bypasses the head and ministers straight to the heart….

I know Lumbatis researched the mythology and culture….[and] translated this research into the plot and setting of the novel very well. It is great world building….Makes it very credible and real.

Read the entire review here!

 

Reader’s Favorite Review by Sarah Scheele

 5.0 out of 5 stars (Reader’s Favorite)

 Daniel and the Triune Quest is a blast—a breathtaking thrill ride!

A blast—a breathtaking thrill ride! Tantalizing prose, and…deliciously well-written. I fell head-over-heels for the witty, sarcastic dialogue. Daniel and Ben’s adventures are action-adventure spelled out, along with a hefty dose of drama, comedy, and memorable characters.

The action-packed narrative undoubtedly has the power to lure kids away from video games, and the spiritual messages are core, buoyed by dazzling anime-like visuals presented through…clear-cut learning arcs for the two boys.

Parents…should jump at this one and bookmark Nathan Lumbatis for future reference.

Read the entire review here!

 

Wow! My husband and I couldn’t put this book down. It sure got our hearts pumping! Exciting, surprising, inspiring — but also arresting. It made me stop and think about the realities of God’s purpose for our lives, the very real “battles” we face, and His power & strength available to us in the midst of it all. Rich imagery. So good!
on June 15, 2016

 


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Barnes&Noble

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Daniel and the Triune Quest Trailer


Find me…

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Instagram: Nathan.Lumbatis

Twitter: @NathanLumbatis 

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Writing DON’Ts

As I’ve mentioned in an earlier post, my first attempts at writing a novel were not so…er…successful. If there was a Writing DON’T out there, I bull-dozed straight into it like a blind-folded, drunk construction worker.

Since most of my posts up until this point have been about Writing DOs, this one will be about a few things to avoid.

Expecting to be Accepted by Publishers and Agents Quickly

Remember that construction worker? He has a brain dead cousin who once gave me advice about writing. “It usually takes other people YEARS of writing to get published, but not you,” he said. “You’re different. Your ideas are unusual and NEW .”

Call it what you will—naivete, ignorance, Twitter-induced-belief-that-I’m-interesting-to-the-world, or whatever. I was wrong to believe it.

Easily avoided by: Not beating yourself up if it takes years to get published. Give yourself a break and be realistic. There is nothing new under the sun, and that includes plots, characters, or ideas. It takes time and practice to hone your skills. If you’re serious about writing, then be in it for the long haul and write, write, write as long as it takes.

Formatting Whichever Way the Wind Blows

That construction worker also had a few side jobs, one of which was formatting my first novels. This is to say, they didn’t have any consistent formatting at all. After I was done, I had to go back through and do an entire edit to fix annoying things like ridiculous indentation mistakes, stupid margins, and cockeyed chapter breaks.

Easily avoided by: Using the TAB key for new paragraphs; never indenting the first line of a chapter; using 1″ margins; starting new chapters halfway down its own page.

Writing Only When I’m…(Dramatic Sigh)…Inspired

The very first book I attempted to write only got attention when I felt inspired. Never did finish the dang thing. When I re-read some of the scenes…yikes….awkward.

Easily avoided by: Setting up a writing schedule that’s consistent and compatible with your life. You’ve got to have some sort of schedule or else nothing will ever get done. But, let’s face it, if you’re a single mother with three kids who’s trying to punch out the next great American novel, you might not get to write everyday..unless you wake up at 3:00 a.m. that is. Whether it’s twice a week, everyday, or for a block of time each weekend, pick a schedule that you can stick to and go with it.


Character Spotlight: The Enemy–What Did He Hope to Gain?

In this Post…

  • Character Spotlight and Discussion: The Enemy—What Did He Hope to Gain?•
  • View the Trailer for Daniel and the Triune Quest•
  • Review DTQ and DSS on Amazon
  • Find me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter 

 Character Spotlight: The Enemy—What Did He Hope To Gain?

∞I would love this post to result in discussion, so please comment.∞

I’ve always been intrigued as to what the Enemy hoped to gain by rebelling against God. There are a stream of questions that pop into my mind when I consider this.

Like us, were the angels limited in their ability to understand God’s omnipotence?

Did the Enemy truly believe he could supplant God?

Did he believe there would be no penalty for rebelling?

Did he think he could hide his pride from God’s omniscience?

Is he much more powerful than I think, and trusted he could overthrow the Most High by combining his power with that of a host of lesser angels?

Or, did he hope that God would simply abandon this world so that he could become its god?

I am exploring this throughout the Sons and Daughters series as a whole. Of course, I DON’T PRETEND TO WRITE DOCTRINE, so please no backlash. What the Enemy thought is only briefly explored in scripture, and so we are left to engage in conjecture.

Personally, I think rebellion is only logical if the Enemy truly believes he had something to gain. But, I doubt he thought he could overthrow God. With no hope of victory in the sense of “ousting” God from his place in Heaven, that leads me toward the abandonment theory: “I’ll make mankind in my own image and God will move on, leaving me to rule the earth in his place.”

I guess the Enemy didn’t realize how invested in us God is.

What are your thoughts?


 Purchase the Books via Amazon and Barnes&Noble

 

Amazon

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barnes&Noble

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Daniel and the Triune Quest Trailer


Review My Books on Amazon!

If you’ve read either Daniel and the Sun Sword or Daniel and the Triune Quest and enjoyed them, please review them on Amazon! Here are the links:

Praise for Sons and Daughters Series

Christian Fiction Review by Peter Younghusband

5.0 out of 5 stars (Amazon)
Better Than Its Predecessor. Takes This Series To The Next Level. You Won’t Be Disappointed.
on September 15, 2017

Every author and every reader anticipate that a sequel will be just as good or better than the previous….Well, I can say that this is a better story than its predecessor (Daniel and the Sun Sword)….

Lumbatis has shown more of the biblical aspects of who God is, the Trinity, and the Gospel message….

The account where Daniel meets Jesus is powerful but gentle and bypasses the head and ministers straight to the heart….

I know Lumbatis researched the mythology and culture….[and] translated this research into the plot and setting of the novel very well. It is great world building….Makes it very credible and real.

Read the entire review here!

 

Reader’s Favorite Review by Sarah Scheele

 5.0 out of 5 stars (Reader’s Favorite)

 Daniel and the Triune Quest is a blast—a breathtaking thrill ride!

A blast—a breathtaking thrill ride! Tantalizing prose, and…deliciously well-written. I fell head-over-heels for the witty, sarcastic dialogue. Daniel and Ben’s adventures are action-adventure spelled out, along with a hefty dose of drama, comedy, and memorable characters.

The action-packed narrative undoubtedly has the power to lure kids away from video games, and the spiritual messages are core, buoyed by dazzling anime-like visuals presented through…clear-cut learning arcs for the two boys.

Parents…should jump at this one and bookmark Nathan Lumbatis for future reference.

Read the entire review here!

 

Wow! My husband and I couldn’t put this book down. It sure got our hearts pumping! Exciting, surprising, inspiring — but also arresting. It made me stop and think about the realities of God’s purpose for our lives, the very real “battles” we face, and His power & strength available to us in the midst of it all. Rich imagery. So good!
on June 15, 2016

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Find me…

Facebook: facebook.com/nathanlumbatis

Instagram: Nathan.Lumbatis

Twitter: @NathanLumbatis 

 



For Those Who Couldn’t Come to the Release…

In this Post…

  • Literary Losers: DTQ Edition
  • Why Do People Change?•
  • View the Trailer for Daniel and the Triune Quest•
  • Review DTQ and DSS on Amazon
  • Find me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter 

Literary Losers: DTQ Edition

Here’s a bit of ridiculousness for the kids.

That’s right, folks. It’s the next installment of Literary Losers, where I interview a villain from DTQ.  The audio malfunctioned during recording, but we made do as best as we could. Enjoy!


Why Do People Change?

Why do people change for the better? And how? What makes them stop, realize they’ve done something mean, selfish, or insensitive, and decide to do something different? Two things: personal loss, which stinks; and love, which is both wonderful and terrifying. Personal loss, whether something simple like being grounded, or something worse, like losing a job or a friend, can lead a person to recognize mistakes. It naturally makes a person evaluate whether or not they did something wrong to make their life so unpleasant. It is therefore for their benefit to change.

Love—love is a different story. It’s dreadful to see someone you truly love suffer. So, at times, you might change in small ways for their benefit… to make them feel better even when doing so is a problem for you. For example, you might change how you say, do, or think something so the feelings of the person you love are spared. But sometimes love is so strong that we might be willing to put someone or something ahead of ourselves entirely. You might give your time, material possessions, energy, comfort, even your life, for the sake of the one you love.

It was with these thoughts in mind that I sent Daniel and Ben on their next quest. How would they have changed roughly eight months after their initial life-altering adventure? What choices would Daniel’s devotion to the Father lead him to make, and how would this affect Ben’s own spiritual growth?  And what would their friendships with each other, Raylin, and Gabriela make them willing to do? Not to mention, what sort of poor choices would two teenage boys make that would naturally lead to some soul searching? They say you should get your heroes stuck up in trees and then throw stones at them. When both love for others and good old-fashioned teenage mistakes are in the mix, there were no shortages of trees, and I happened to find one really big stone.

I hope you enjoy the story and that it makes you reflect on the nature of the greatest Act of Love in history.


 

Purchase the Books via Amazon and Barnes&Noble:

Amazon

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barnes&Noble

 

 

 

 

 

 

Double Sun Swords Transparent 2

 


Daniel and the Triune Quest Trailer


Review My Books on Amazon!

If you’ve read either Daniel and the Sun Sword or Daniel and the Triune Quest and enjoyed them, please review them on Amazon! Here are the links:

Praise for Sons and Daughters Series

Christian Fiction Review by Peter Younghusband

5.0 out of 5 stars (Amazon)
Better Than Its Predecessor. Takes This Series To The Next Level. You Won’t Be Disappointed.
on September 15, 2017

Every author and every reader anticipate that a sequel will be just as good or better than the previous….Well, I can say that this is a better story than its predecessor (Daniel and the Sun Sword)….

Lumbatis has shown more of the biblical aspects of who God is, the Trinity, and the Gospel message….

The account where Daniel meets Jesus is powerful but gentle and bypasses the head and ministers straight to the heart….

I know Lumbatis researched the mythology and culture….[and] translated this research into the plot and setting of the novel very well. It is great world building….Makes it very credible and real.

Read the entire review here!

 

Reader’s Favorite Review by Sarah Scheele

 5.0 out of 5 stars (Reader’s Favorite)

 Daniel and the Triune Quest is a blast—a breathtaking thrill ride!

A blast—a breathtaking thrill ride! Tantalizing prose, and…deliciously well-written. I fell head-over-heels for the witty, sarcastic dialogue. Daniel and Ben’s adventures are action-adventure spelled out, along with a hefty dose of drama, comedy, and memorable characters.

The action-packed narrative undoubtedly has the power to lure kids away from video games, and the spiritual messages are core, buoyed by dazzling anime-like visuals presented through…clear-cut learning arcs for the two boys.

Parents…should jump at this one and bookmark Nathan Lumbatis for future reference.

Read the entire review here!

 

Wow! My husband and I couldn’t put this book down. It sure got our hearts pumping! Exciting, surprising, inspiring — but also arresting. It made me stop and think about the realities of God’s purpose for our lives, the very real “battles” we face, and His power & strength available to us in the midst of it all. Rich imagery. So good!
on June 15, 2016

Double Sun Swords Transparent 2


Find me…

Facebook: facebook.com/nathanlumbatis

Instagram: Nathan.Lumbatis

Twitter: @NathanLumbatis 

 



DTQ Release Party is Here!

In this Post…

  • DTQ Release Party is Here!
  • Character Spotlight: Daniel
  • View the Trailer for Daniel and the Triune Quest
  • Find me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter 

DTQ Release Party is Here!

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the release party today. Just in the way of preparation, I’m re-posting the Literary Losers video from the Daniel and the Sun Sword release event. It’ll get everyone warmed up for the next installment today around 2:00.


Character Spotlight: Daniel

In Daniel and the Triune Quest, Daniel’s pride and lack of empathy causes problems in his relationship with Ben. As in any relationship, healing that breach requires a great deal of humility and communication.

Have pride and self-centeredness wreaked havoc on your relationships?

Is God calling you to apologize in humility to those you’ve hurt so that the relationship can be healed?


 

Purchase the Books via Amazon and Barnes&Noble:

Amazon

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barnes&Noble

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Daniel and the Triune Quest Trailer


Praise for Daniel and the Triune Quest

Christian Fiction Review by Peter Younghusband

5.0 out of 5 stars (Amazon)
Better Than Its Predecessor. Takes This Series To The Next Level. You Won’t Be Disappointed.
on September 15, 2017

Every author and every reader anticipate that a sequel will be just as good or better than the previous….Well, I can say that this is a better story than its predecessor (Daniel and the Sun Sword)….

Lumbatis has shown more of the biblical aspects of who God is, the Trinity, and the Gospel message….

The account where Daniel meets Jesus is powerful but gentle and bypasses the head and ministers straight to the heart….

I know Lumbatis researched the mythology and culture….[and] translated this research into the plot and setting of the novel very well. It is great world building….Makes it very credible and real.

Read the entire review here!

 

Reader’s Favorite Review by Sarah Scheele

 5.0 out of 5 stars (Reader’s Favorite)

 Daniel and the Triune Quest is a blast—a breathtaking thrill ride!

A blast—a breathtaking thrill ride! Tantalizing prose, and…deliciously well-written. I fell head-over-heels for the witty, sarcastic dialogue. Daniel and Ben’s adventures are action-adventure spelled out, along with a hefty dose of drama, comedy, and memorable characters.

The action-packed narrative undoubtedly has the power to lure kids away from video games, and the spiritual messages are core, buoyed by dazzling anime-like visuals presented through…clear-cut learning arcs for the two boys.

Parents…should jump at this one and bookmark Nathan Lumbatis for future reference.

Read the entire review here!

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Find me…

Facebook: facebook.com/nathanlumbatis

Instagram: Nathan.Lumbatis

Twitter: @NathanLumbatis 

 


Review D&SS on Amazon!

If you have read Daniel and the Sun Sword (and liked it), please go to my Amazon page and leave a review!

 

Wow! My husband and I couldn’t put this book down. It sure got our hearts pumping! Exciting, surprising, inspiring — but also arresting. It made me stop and think about the realities of God’s purpose for our lives, the very real “battles” we face, and His power & strength available to us in the midst of it all. Rich imagery. So good!
on June 15, 2016
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DTQ Release Party: TWO Days Away

In this Post…

  • DTQ Release Party is Two DAYS AWAY!
  • Character Spotlight: Ben
  • View the Trailer for Daniel and the Triune Quest
  • Find me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter 

DTQ Release Party: TWO Days Away

 Only two days left until the DTQ release party. Hope to see you all there! In the meantime, here’s a quick word from Hurricane Nate:


Character Spotlight: Ben

In Daniel and the Triune Quest, Ben finds that bitterness and anger isolate him from his friends when he needs them the most. It’s only when he is willing to let go of his resentments that he is able to receive help and fulfill his destiny.

 

Have you allowed resentment to isolate you from God and others?

Are you willing to forgive so you can grow closer to God and accomplish His purpose in your life?


 

Purchase the Books via Amazon and Barnes&Noble:

Amazon

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barnes&Noble

 

 

 

 

 

 

Double Sun Swords Transparent 2

 


Daniel and the Triune Quest Trailer


Praise for Daniel and the Triune Quest

Christian Fiction Review by Peter Younghusband

5.0 out of 5 stars (Amazon)
Better Than Its Predecessor. Takes This Series To The Next Level. You Won’t Be Disappointed.
on September 15, 2017

Every author and every reader anticipate that a sequel will be just as good or better than the previous….Well, I can say that this is a better story than its predecessor (Daniel and the Sun Sword)….

Lumbatis has shown more of the biblical aspects of who God is, the Trinity, and the Gospel message….

The account where Daniel meets Jesus is powerful but gentle and bypasses the head and ministers straight to the heart….

I know Lumbatis researched the mythology and culture….[and] translated this research into the plot and setting of the novel very well. It is great world building….Makes it very credible and real.

Read the entire review here!

 

Reader’s Favorite Review by Sarah Scheele

 5.0 out of 5 stars (Reader’s Favorite)

 Daniel and the Triune Quest is a blast—a breathtaking thrill ride!

A blast—a breathtaking thrill ride! Tantalizing prose, and…deliciously well-written. I fell head-over-heels for the witty, sarcastic dialogue. Daniel and Ben’s adventures are action-adventure spelled out, along with a hefty dose of drama, comedy, and memorable characters.

The action-packed narrative undoubtedly has the power to lure kids away from video games, and the spiritual messages are core, buoyed by dazzling anime-like visuals presented through…clear-cut learning arcs for the two boys.

Parents…should jump at this one and bookmark Nathan Lumbatis for future reference.

Read the entire review here!

Double Sun Swords Transparent 2


Find me…

Facebook: facebook.com/nathanlumbatis

Instagram: Nathan.Lumbatis

Twitter: @NathanLumbatis 

 


Review D&SS on Amazon!

If you have read Daniel and the Sun Sword (and liked it), please go to my Amazon page and leave a review!

 

Wow! My husband and I couldn’t put this book down. It sure got our hearts pumping! Exciting, surprising, inspiring — but also arresting. It made me stop and think about the realities of God’s purpose for our lives, the very real “battles” we face, and His power & strength available to us in the midst of it all. Rich imagery. So good!
on June 15, 2016
Double Sun Swords Transparent 2


DTQ Release Party: Five Days Away

In this Post…

  • DTQ Release Party is FIVE DAYS AWAY! (Reserve your books)
  • Character Spotlight: The Son
  • View the Trailer for Daniel and the Triune Quest
  • Find me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter 

DTQ Release Party: Five Days Away

 Well folks, we have one week left until the DTQ release party. Hope to see you all there! Just a reminder, please indicate if you plan on purchasing a book(s) through Barnes & Noble so that we are prepared with enough copies.



Character Spotlight: The Son

In Daniel and the Triune Quest, Daniel and Ben meet the second person of the Trinity, the Son, face-to-face. As you might expect, their lives are changed. From him they learn that Love and sacrifice are inextricably linked, and that understanding both is the key to Life.

Was your life completely changed when you met the Son?

Are you willing to give up anything that may be an obstacle to your relationship with him?


 

Purchase the Books via Amazon and Barnes&Noble:

Amazon

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barnes&Noble

 

 

 

 

 

 

Double Sun Swords Transparent 2

 


Daniel and the Triune Quest Trailer


Praise for Daniel and the Triune Quest

Christian Fiction Review by Peter Younghusband

5.0 out of 5 stars (Amazon)
Better Than Its Predecessor. Takes This Series To The Next Level. You Won’t Be Disappointed.
on September 15, 2017

Every author and every reader anticipate that a sequel will be just as good or better than the previous….Well, I can say that this is a better story than its predecessor (Daniel and the Sun Sword)….

Lumbatis has shown more of the biblical aspects of who God is, the Trinity, and the Gospel message….

The account where Daniel meets Jesus is powerful but gentle and bypasses the head and ministers straight to the heart….

I know Lumbatis researched the mythology and culture….[and] translated this research into the plot and setting of the novel very well. It is great world building….Makes it very credible and real.

Read the entire review here!

 

Reader’s Favorite Review by Sarah Scheele

 5.0 out of 5 stars (Reader’s Favorite)

 Daniel and the Triune Quest is a blast—a breathtaking thrill ride!

A blast—a breathtaking thrill ride! Tantalizing prose, and…deliciously well-written. I fell head-over-heels for the witty, sarcastic dialogue. Daniel and Ben’s adventures are action-adventure spelled out, along with a hefty dose of drama, comedy, and memorable characters.

The action-packed narrative undoubtedly has the power to lure kids away from video games, and the spiritual messages are core, buoyed by dazzling anime-like visuals presented through…clear-cut learning arcs for the two boys.

Parents…should jump at this one and bookmark Nathan Lumbatis for future reference.

Read the entire review here!

Double Sun Swords Transparent 2


Find me…

Facebook: facebook.com/nathanlumbatis

Instagram: Nathan.Lumbatis

Twitter: @NathanLumbatis 

 


Review D&SS on Amazon!

If you have read Daniel and the Sun Sword (and liked it), please go to my Amazon page and leave a review!

 

Wow! My husband and I couldn’t put this book down. It sure got our hearts pumping! Exciting, surprising, inspiring — but also arresting. It made me stop and think about the realities of God’s purpose for our lives, the very real “battles” we face, and His power & strength available to us in the midst of it all. Rich imagery. So good!
on June 15, 2016
Double Sun Swords Transparent 2