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Daniel and the Sun Sword news and updates

Pre-Order Daniel and the Sun Sword Today!

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Daniel and the Sun Sword is now available for PRE-ORDER!


1) If you live in or around Dothan, AL:

A) To purchase one copy, click: Buy Now Button

B) To purchase multiple copies, click: Buy Now Button

Those who are local, please INDICATE where you would like to pick up your order:

♦ The Launch Party in MID JULY at Barnes and Noble. (This will be the earliest you can get the book)…or…

♦ Dothan Behavioral Medicine Clinic at 101 Medical Drive, 36303 (Late July) or…

♦ First Presbyterian Church at 3012 West Main St., 36305 (Late July).


2) If you live out of the area, click HERE to order on Amazon.

♦DON’T GET CONFUSED: The book will be available in July, but on and on B& you’ll notice that the official “release date” is listed as November 3, 2015. This is due to Mysterious Publishing World Rules. As the name implies, they’re very mysterious. You WILL receive your copy of Daniel and the Sun Sword by the end of July or early August if you order through Amazon.


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AT LAST: The Daniel and the Sun Sword COVER REVEAL

Well folks, here it is at last! Let me know what you think…


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Thirteen-year-old Daniel is about to be adopted. But when he learns his new family wants him as a slave, he runs away with the help of his new neighbors, the naïve and cowardly Ben, and Raylin, a mysterious girl with a shady past. He begins to second-guess his decision, however, when the cave they hide in transports them to the ruins of Machu Picchu, where they find themselves embroiled in a battle between ancient gods of Life and Death. To top things off, the God of Life draws Daniel into the fray by adopting him as his son and setting him on a quest to complete a broken, mystical sword, a task that will pit him against the god of the underworld.

Now, Daniel and his friends have just one weekend to find the shards before a hoard of supernatural enemies catch up. But that’s not all they face. A trap has been set that even Daniel wouldn’t expect, and he just took the bait. Will the power of his Heavenly Father be enough to save them?

Daniel and the Sun Sword will be published by Ellechor Media in JULY 2015.



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A Month and a Half-ish Out!

I know, I know. I’ve been REALLY spotty with posts over the last few months. Every spare second has been either wrapping up pre-publication stuff, writing the next book, or planning for the release. Not to mention everything that goes along with  daddy-ing,  husband-ing, and working.


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Anyway, here’s what to expect over the next month:


  1. Final cover reveal.

  2. Instructions for Pre-Ordering…This will either be done through Amazon or through my own website. That’s TBD by my publisher.

  3. Info on the Release Party at Barnes and Noble.

Also, I will be hosting a cover reveal for one of my author friends this coming week, so be on the lookout. She has a new book coming out that looks awesome.

Daniel and the Sun Sword Cover Mock-Up and Editing

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Hello Everyone:

For those of you following my Newsletter, you’ve already seen the image below. For those of you who don’t…

~The first mock-up of the Daniel and the Sun Sword cover was completed recently. Since it’s a mock-up, it doesn’t feature the final images, but it does give you an idea of what the feel will be like. Here’s an obscured sneak peak. Hope you enjoy: (more…)


Baby News, Old News, New News, Future News


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Sorry for being absent for the past month. Baby Daniel has been keeping us on our toes and I’ve time for little else. But that’s as it should be. He’s a SUPER little dude, and I love him.









As some of you know (those who are receiving my Newsletter),  Cover Design Has Begun! It’s been FOUR years since I began writing the Sons and Daughters series (and ELEVEN since I began writing period). Imagine how much I’ve fantasized about what my book would look like on a shelf at a bookstore. That day is almost here and I’m stoked!

The artist has often worked with Ellechor Media in the past. Here’s a screenshot from his website, and I hope you’ll head on over to check out his gallery at


Last weekend I received the first mockups for the cover and THEY LOOKED AWESOME!  (more…)

Updates: A Tale of Two Daniels


Personal Update

Well, he’s here! Early this morning I welcomed the first of two Daniels to arrive this year. Daniel Reid Lumbatis was born around 7:30 a.m. and was 8 lbs. and 20.75 inches. Mother, baby, and his two big sisters are doing just fine. The name is not a marketing ploy for Daniel and the Sun Sword FYI. (more…)

New Year’s Boogers


Somewhere between the wee morning hours of January 1st and the late morning hours of January 1st, my children wiped their boogers all over my resolutions.

I think they’ll still do, though. They are, in order of importance:


Supernatural Stuff

Why is fantasy so cool? Because there is something within all of us that longs for the supernatural. I’ve SERIOUSLY paraphrased something C. S. Lewis writes about this in The Weight of Glory:

“For a few minutes, just as the moment of vision dies away, as the music ends or as the landscape loses the celestial light, we have had the illusion of belonging to that world. The promise of glory means that the door on which we have been knocking all our lives–the door to the supernatural–will open at last.”

In Daniel and the Sun Sword, Daniel finds that even when he’s running away from that door, much less knocking, it’s going to open.

Updates, Y’all…

Hello followers!

I’m excited to share some updates for Daniel and the Sun Sword.

1) It’s official. D&SS is scheduled to be released in July 2015, which is only 8 months away! 

2) Within the near future, it will be available for PRE-ORDER. I’m totally stoked!

3) Also, the cover development will begin in January.

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Do Legends Contain Truth?

Last year I wrote a post explaining that Christian Fantasy (Speculative Fiction) begins by presuming the basics of a Christian worldview and then asking “What if?“. One of the central What if’s of Daniel and the Sun Sword (D&SS), and the Sons and Daughters series as a whole, has to do with the origins of worldwide mythologies: What if every culture’s myths grew out of man’s fallen memory of the one true God and his plan for redemption? No doubt many believe as much, but the fun starts when you try to untangle how those legends developed. (more…)

Poll Results–Nerds.

The results from my book-release poll are in, and here’s what I’ve concluded: a bunch of you are nerds.Nerd

I will NOT be giving away $1,000,000.

I will NOT be doing an interpretive dance. Though several of you seemed quite interested in seeing my sister do one so I’ll see if I can talk her into it. She’s a big doofus so it might be possible.

Weird Al was already booked. (If you’re out there, Mr. Weird, and reading my blog, I’d be honored if you could actually come.)

Weird Al

  BUT, the other answers I can swing. The majority of respondents wanted: (more…)


Book Release Party Poll

I featured the picture of our cat because, seriously, everyone loves kittens. But now that you’re here, I’d be much obliged if you could answer three questions for me. You can select up to three answers for each.



Reminder: The Literary Fellowship at 10:00 CST

This is your friendly reminder that you can catch me and three other Ellechor authors (including my publisher) on The Literary Fellowship this morning at 10:00 A.M. CST.

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It will be a LIVE broadcast on Google Hangouts On Air. Around 9:45 A.M. I will post the URL for anyone who would like to join.

Hope to see you all there!

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Google Earth Tour of Daniel and the Sun Sword

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