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Quarantine-Bored Kids? Let Them Listen to Chapter 1 of Daniel and the Sun Sword

Daniel and the Sun Sword Chapter 1, Read by Yours Truly

If your kids are bored, let them listen to Daniel and the Sun Sword, Chapter 1. I spent WAY too much time putting together some crazy pictures to go along with this video, but it was worth it.

Enjoy!

 


Daniel and the Serpent’s Abyss News and Updates

The final touches are being added to the Serpent’s Abyss as we speak. Cover is done and will be revealed soon, as well as the revamped cover for Daniel and the Triune Quest. Once all this Covid stuff is behind us, I look forward to a fun book signing!

Here’s a few photos of different ruins featured in Daniel and the Serpent’s Abyss. As you may recall, Newgrange in Ireland was the answer to the first puzzler.

Can anyone guess where this one is?


 Read My Books? Please Review Them 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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Twitter: @NathanLumbatis 

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Sons and Daughters News and Puzzler!

Sons and Daughters News and Puzzler!

What’s new? Hmm. Oh, I don’t know. Everything! Editing is underway for Serpent’s Abyss, as is cover design! AND … Daniel and the Triune Quest is getting a new cover! Here are a few teasers:

 


And now, for the new Photo Puzzlers. Where and what are some of the ruins featured in Serpent’s Abyss? 

See if you can figure them out from these new photos…

And, in case this helps, here’s a dead give-a-way. The ruins are also immortalized in a famous song from Clannad.

Any ideas?

 

-2nd photo: Jimmy Harris – Flickr


 Read My Books? Please Review Them 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


 Purchase the Books via Amazon and Barnes&Noble

Amazon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barnes&Noble

 

 

 

 

 

Double Sun Swords Transparent 2


Daniel and the Triune Quest Trailer


Find me…

Facebook: facebook.com/nathanlumbatis

Instagram: Nathan.Lumbatis

Twitter: @NathanLumbatis 

Double Sun Swords Transparent 2


 


Serpent’s Abyss Publication and Puzzler!

Daniel and the Serpent’s Abyss is Moving Forward!

It’s been a minute since I’ve posted, but, I finally have some news. Last week I signed the contract for Daniel and the Serpent’s Abyss with Dove Christian Publishers! They were awesome with my first two books and want to champion the third as well. Thanks Dove!

There’s not a solid publication date yet, but, naturally, I’ll update everyone as soon as it’s scheduled.

 

What’s that you say? What is Serpent’s Abyss about? I’m glad you asked. At this point, I don’t want to give too much away. I will give you some clues as to different places featured in the book, however. Ten points to anyone who can figure out where the following pictures are.

 

Any ideas?


 Read My Books? Please Review Them 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


 Purchase the Books via Amazon and Barnes&Noble

Amazon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barnes&Noble

 

 

 

 

 

Double Sun Swords Transparent 2


Daniel and the Triune Quest Trailer


Find me…

Facebook: facebook.com/nathanlumbatis

Instagram: Nathan.Lumbatis

Twitter: @NathanLumbatis 

Double Sun Swords Transparent 2


 


Messy Choices and 2016

In this Post…

  • Messy Choices and 2016
  • Please review Daniel and the Sun Sword On AMAZON!
  • Book Trailer
  • Ordering information

♦ Messy Choices and 2016 ♦

“I don’t know what to do! What if I make the wrong choice?”

We’ve all been there, haven’t we? Torn between a slew of choices. Unclear about God’s will because he’s not speaking audibly…again. Wondering if we are on the brink of ruining our lives by choosing something God doesn’t want for us, but desperately wanting to do what’s right.

every once in a while in your life you reach a decision point. a crossroad leading left or right. you can not look far enough to make the perfect step, but you have to decide anyways. is it left or right? or even turning back?

“What if I choose the wrong college?”

“What if I date the wrong person and miss an opportunity with my soulmate?”

“What if this isn’t the perfect job?”

“This church? Or that one?”

As a therapist, I’m privileged to be a part of people’s lives as they explore God’s will, make decisions…and discover the outcomes. And here’s what I’ve learned: the Apostle Paul is right. God WORKS OUT all things according to the purposes of His will. Even things that seem bad (or even horrible) at first. Even our messy, uncertain choices. Not only that, if we are truly His children, He works them out for our good. What a relief!

Over the next year, go make choices and stop being so afraid that you’ll make the wrong one! IF you’ve submitted your life to God, and IF you are seeking His will, then He WILL guide you. It’s what He promises. Even when you don’t feel Him doing so. Even when you don’t have a strong discernment between two possibly good alternatives. Are you really so powerful that your messy choices can alter the destiny God laid out?

I have one thing to say about that:

Pfft!


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

 

 

 

This tale’s a wild ride with spiritual warfare, monsters, demons, action, adventure, coming of age, orphans, adoption, abuse, and the kitchen sink. This is Raiders of the Lost Ark in Machu Picchu. It’s action/adventure way over the top—great fun.

David Bergsland, 5-star review

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Daniel and the Sun Sword Blog Tour Days 1-6

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  • D&SS Blog Tour
  • Ordering Info: Order from my website to get a signed copy for Christmas: 20% off!
  • Please review Daniel and the Sun Sword On AMAZON!
  • Book Trailer

D&SS Blog Tour

As I mentioned before, I was blessed to have 6 bloggers feature me this week. I didn’t get around to posting links to their sites everyday (Life is busy with a full-time job, a wife, 3 kids, and Christmas activities, okay? Sue me.) But, I have posted all the links below. So, if you’re interested, you can TOUR the TOUR.

DAY 1

CFR

DAY 2

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DAY 3

Reality Calling

DAY 4

Brent King website

DAY 5

ashlee willis

DAY 6

ashlee willis

And Don’t Forget Christmas Discounts!

From now until December 24th, if you order directly from my website*, receive a 20% discount! And remember, signed books make really cool Christmas presents.

Orders requiring Shippin: $13.00 + S&H and Tax

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*1) Local orders are available for pick-up at 101 Medical Drive / Dothan, AL / 36303

*2) I am not able to arrange rush deliveries (over night; 2 day) for orders which must be shipped. For rush deliveries, please order from Amazon. 


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

 

 

 

This tale’s a wild ride with spiritual warfare, monsters, demons, action, adventure, coming of age, orphans, adoption, abuse, and the kitchen sink. This is Raiders of the Lost Ark in Machu Picchu. It’s action/adventure way over the top—great fun.

David Bergsland, 5-star review

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Daniel and the Sun Sword Blog Tour Days 2 AND 3

In this Post…

  • D&SS Blog Tour Days 2 AND 3
  • Review Daniel and the Sun Sword On AMAZON
  • Book Trailer
  • Ordering information

D&SS Blog Tour Days 2 AND 3

This week I am blessed to have six awesome bloggers hosting me. Today, I am over at Reality Calling in the for of an author interview. Yesterday I was so busy I couldn’t post (for real…it was crazy), but I was featured on Ashlee Willis’s blog.

Click on the images below to be taken to the respective posts:

Reality Calling

ashlee willis

And Don’t Forget Christmas Discounts!

From now until December 24th, if you order directly from my website*, receive a 20% discount! And remember, signed books make really cool Christmas presents.

$13.00 + S&H and Tax

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*1) Local orders are available for pick-up at 101 Medical Drive / Dothan, AL / 36303

*2) I am not able to arrange rush orders (over night deliveries) for orders which must be shipped. For next-day deliveries, please order from Amazon. 


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

 

 

 

This tale’s a wild ride with spiritual warfare, monsters, demons, action, adventure, coming of age, orphans, adoption, abuse, and the kitchen sink. This is Raiders of the Lost Ark in Machu Picchu. It’s action/adventure way over the top—great fun.

David Bergsland, 5-star review

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Daniel and the Sun Sword Blog Tour Day 1

In this Post…

  • D&SS Blog Tour Day 1
  • Please review Daniel and the Sun Sword On AMAZON!
  • Book Trailer
  • Ordering information

D&SS Blog Tour Day 1

This week I am blessed to have six awesome bloggers hosting me. Today, I am over at The Christian Fiction Review. Click here to check it out.

CFR

And Don’t Forget Christmas Discounts!

From now until December 24th, if you order directly from my website*, receive a 20% discount! And remember, signed books make really cool Christmas presents.

$13.00 + S&H and Tax

Buy Now Button

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*1) Local orders are available for pick-up at 101 Medical Drive / Dothan, AL / 36303

*2) I am not able to arrange rush orders (over night deliveries) for orders which must be shipped. For next-day deliveries, please order from Amazon. 


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

 

 

 

This tale’s a wild ride with spiritual warfare, monsters, demons, action, adventure, coming of age, orphans, adoption, abuse, and the kitchen sink. This is Raiders of the Lost Ark in Machu Picchu. It’s action/adventure way over the top—great fun.

David Bergsland, 5-star review

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Christmas Discount on Daniel and the Sun Sword

In this Post…

  • Christmas Discount: Now until December 24th!
  • Please review Daniel and the Sun Sword On AMAZON!
  • Book Trailer
  • Ordering information

Christmas Discounts!

From now until December 24th, if you order directly from my website*, receive a 20% discount! And remember, signed books make really cool Christmas presents.

$13.00 + S&H and Tax
Buy Now Button

Christmas_Tree_at_the_Westin_Tokyo

*1) Local orders are available for pick-up at 101 Medical Drive / Dothan, AL / 36303

*2) I am not able to arrange rush orders (over night deliveries) for orders which must be shipped. For next-day deliveries, please order from Amazon. 


DANIELandtheSUNSWORD_2D_books_largeDANIELandtheSUNSWORD_2D_books_largeAmazon Is Open For Reviews!

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

 

 

 

This tale’s a wild ride with spiritual warfare, monsters, demons, action, adventure, coming of age, orphans, adoption, abuse, and the kitchen sink. This is Raiders of the Lost Ark in Machu Picchu. It’s action/adventure way over the top—great fun.

David Bergsland, 5-star review

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Alabama Living and Author Showcase

In this Post…

  • Alabama Living Bookshelf/Author Showcase
  • DON’T FORGET TO REVIEW ME ON AMAZON!
  • Book Trailer
  • Ordering information

Alabama Living Bookshelf and Author Showcase

Look who showed up in this month’s Alabama Living magazine.

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Also, I had a great time selling and signing books at the Author Showcase on November 22! Thanks to everyone who bought copies.

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

 

This tale’s a wild ride with spiritual warfare, monsters, demons, action, adventure, coming of age, orphans, adoption, abuse, and the kitchen sink. This is Raiders of the Lost Ark in Machu Picchu. It’s action/adventure way over the top—great fun.

David Bergsland, 5-star review

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The Fiercest Fight Blog Tour with Brent King

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The Fiercest Fight: Author Interview

Today, I’m happy to interview my friend, Brent King, as he plods along the cyber world on his blog tour to promote his new book, The Fiercest Fight. Links for ordering the book are immediately following the interview, as is a contest to win a free copy of his book! Don’t forget to enter!

The Fiercest Fight

In the sleepy town of Astor Crossing, something evil stirs… Have you ever battled a beast? If so, you are not alone. Meet Tristan, a troubled teen who longs for a normal life, the very life that eludes him. When horror beyond his wildest nightmares confronts him, does Tristan have what it takes to survive? It will take all his resources—his wits, his mentors, and his will—to find the wisdom and resolve to win the fiercest fight of his life.

Thanks, Brent, for stopping by. Tell us a little about your book’s story line.

On the surface it’s about a couple teens that stumble upon a werewolf curse. Beneath the surface it’s about how to deal with the beast within.

So, what about your main character, Tristan? What makes him so special?

Tristan isn’t particularly special. He reacts to trouble as I suppose most teenagers would. Yet he is special too—like all teens. He has talents and the same heroic stuff hidden deep inside that you’ll find in most of our youth. Awakening that stuff is the problem.

The inner struggle of the antagonist is often emphasized in books and movies these days. Is that true with your villain? Is there any good in him?

At first I didn’t think so. Yet, as the story progressed, I grew to wonder whether I should hate him or pity him. We are all villains on some level. Consequently, we can learn a lot from them.

Which writers inspire you? Which authors do you admire and why?

Oh my! The list is too long, but it didn’t use to be. When I was young, the authors of the Bible gave me plenty of inspiration for my imagination (they still do). Since then, authors like J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Peter Kreeft, John Eldredge, and Neil Gaiman have added to the vision. Any author that brings me to thoughts I’ve never considered before is a great author.

Are you working on any other books?

I’m well into the rough draft for the sequel to The Fiercest Fight (Wounds of a Werewolf), and almost finished with Fire Cloak, the first novel in a new trilogy about a young boy and his disabled grandfather who find magic cloaks that take them to another world.

Beyond that, I’m working on a post-apocalyptic romance along the lines of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. It will be a theological thriller on how the lost are saved. I like monster tales!

Exciting! Thanks for giving us a peak into your literary world!

Click the icon below for a chance to win The Fiercest Fight!
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To find out more about Brent King and his books, you can find him at:

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Website

Brent King is a freelance writer of Christian fantasy and historical fiction from Lake Oswego, Oregon. Brent is a musician, a waterman, and has two sons, 20 and 23, who live in British Columbia, Canada. Brent’s first book, The Grip of Grace: God’s Hand in The Lord of the Rings, was published in January, 2014.

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Amazon Is Open For Reviews!

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

 

This tale’s a wild ride with spiritual warfare, monsters, demons, action, adventure, coming of age, orphans, adoption, abuse, and the kitchen sink. This is Raiders of the Lost Ark in Machu Picchu. It’s action/adventure way over the top—great fun.

David Bergsland, 5-star review

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Come Get a Signed Copy of Daniel and the Sun Sword Tomorrow from 1:30-4:30!

In this Post…

  • PARTY at the LIBRARY! Come Get a Signed Copy of Daniel and the Sun Sword Tomorrow
  • Last Week’s Post at the Christian Fiction Review: Christianity and Mythology
  • DON’T FORGET TO REVIEW ME ON AMAZON!
  • Book Trailer
  • Ordering information

20% OFFParty library

20% OFF!

Okay, so it’s not an actual party.

But I’ll be there, and so will a bunch of other authors. It’s the perfect opportunity to get a signed copy of my book (or several) for a Christmas present!

So come on out to the Author Showcase at the Houston Love Memorial Library this Sunday, November 22nd, from 1:30-4:30!

See you there!

445 N Oates St, Dothan, AL 36303
(334) 793-9767 (more…)


Need a Christmas Gift? Come Get a Signed Copy of Daniel and the Sun Sword!

In this Post…

  • Come Get a Signed Copy of Daniel and the Sun Sword This Sunday!
  • DON’T FORGET TO REVIEW ME ON AMAZON!
  • Book Trailer
  • Ordering information

 


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20% OFF!

Want a signed copy of Daniel and the Sun Sword for a Christmas gift?

Well, come on out to the Author Showcase at the Houston Love Memorial Library this Sunday, November 22nd, from 1:30-4:30!

See you there!

445 N Oates St, Dothan, AL 36303
(334) 793-9767


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

 

This tale’s a wild ride with spiritual warfare, monsters, demons, action, adventure, coming of age, orphans, adoption, abuse, and the kitchen sink. This is Raiders of the Lost Ark in Machu Picchu. It’s action/adventure way over the top—great fun.

David Bergsland, 5-star review

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Fun at the Christian Fiction Review

In this Post…

  • Guest post at CFR
  • DON’T FORGET TO REVIEW ME ON AMAZON!
  • Things to Come: Author Showcase November 22nd!
  • Book Trailer
  • Ordering information

 


Guest Post at the Christian Fiction Review

This morning, I have the pleasure of guest-posting over at Peter Younghusband’s Christian Fiction Review. Click on the image below to check out the post on Christianity and Mythology.

CFR


DANIELandtheSUNSWORD_2D_books_largeDANIELandtheSUNSWORD_2D_books_largeAmazon Is Open For Reviews!

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

 

This tale’s a wild ride with spiritual warfare, monsters, demons, action, adventure, coming of age, orphans, adoption, abuse, and the kitchen sink. This is Raiders of the Lost Ark in Machu Picchu. It’s action/adventure way over the top—great fun.

David Bergsland, 5-star review

Things to Come…

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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.
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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…)


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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.



 

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Author Ashlee Willis Gets Grilled…And Survives

I know I just did an author interview earlier this month, but I keep meeting really cool writers. Young Adult author Ashlee Willis is one of them. See?

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Doesn’t she look cool? Well, it just so happens that her first published book is also cool. And she stopped by to tell me just how awesome it is.

Word Changers

Synopsis

Escaping from the turmoil of her home, fifteen-year-old Posy finds herself at her usual haunt … the library. When she chooses an unfamiliar book from the shelf, she does not devour its words as she usually does…

Its words devour her.

Posy is pulled into the pages of a fairy tale in turmoil. Characters whisper of rebellion against their Plot. And Posy must find a lost princess whose role in the story is crucial, before her own role in the book comes to a horrible end.

With the haughty but handsome Prince Kyran as a reluctant companion, Posy ventures past the Borders of the Plot, into the depths of the treacherous Wild Land forest that lies beyond. Secrets are buried there, dangerous and deadly.

Yet the darkest secret of all is the one Posy carries within herself.

Soon it’s clear that finding the lost princess is the least of Posy’s concerns. The Author of the book must be found. His Plot must be put to rights again, his characters reminded of who they were first created to be. Only then will the True Story be written, both for Posy, and for the tale she has now become a part of.

What was the main inspiration for The Word Changers?

It began with a childhood wish to visit the worlds in some of my favorite books, and it grew in my imagination over the years until one day I knew I had a story I had to write!

Who’s your favorite character in your book and why?

I admire Kyran a lot. He has lived a life within the Plot for many years, a Plot which has gotten worse and worse. He has had to watch his beloved sister suffer at the hands of his parents. And yet through his anger and bitterness he manages to open himself to love and forgiveness.

How similar are you to your main character? Or was she fashioned after someone else you know?

Posy is much like I was at her age, although I was possibly even more shy and unsure of myself than she is. She comes from a broken home, like me, and she is, at 15, ready for adventures into danger and forgiveness (which feel very similar sometimes …). Despite our similarities, though, Posy is her own person – she is not me, nor is she anyone else I know. She is bits and pieces of many things, some real, some from my imagination, some from within myself and some from without.

Your bio says that you enjoy hiking. How much of the scenery/landscape in The Word Changers was inspired by places you’ve been and things you’ve seen?

A lot of it, actually! I love walking in the woods and by streams and rivers, and my love of all things outdoors flows over into almost everything I write, including The Word Changers.

What are the most important metaphors in your plot—the ones you hope inspire people to pursue God?

One of the themes of The Word Changers is of forgiveness, and the fulfillment we can find through it, no matter how painful it may be. There were metaphors for God as the author of our lives, and that, though He can, He won’t take control of our stories until we ask Him to. I also explored the silence of God, and how most times such a silence is on our end, not His.

Have you written your entire life?

Yes, just about! I started writing short stories and poems and songs when I was a small child. I wrote a children’s book (a fairy tale called The Moon’s Test) when I was 12, and then my first full-length chapter book when I was 15. Most of my early stuff was pretty horrible – my sister was my partner in crime for much of it, and we still like to get it out sometimes and laugh over it.

How do you balance homeschooling your son, being a wife, and writing?

Most days I don’t really feel like I do balance it, to tell the truth!  I’m constantly wishing I had a “schedule,” but it never seems to happen. This past year when I was homeschooling, we did schoolwork in the morning, and now and then I’d get an hour or two of writing done in the afternoon while my son was playing or at a friend’s. I plan to get strict with myself this coming school year, though (my son will be attending a local Christian school), and hope that I will get much more writing done because of it!

Why do you write? Is it something you’ve always done? Or wanted to do?

I think God put the desire to write in me. It’s hard for me to explain it any other way. It gives me a happiness and fulfillment in a way that nothing else in my life does. Don’t get me wrong – it’s by no means a better fulfillment than God or family. But writing helps me understand those things, and myself, better. Writing complements the rest of my life – helps me value even more the things that have eternal worth.

What is your work in progress?

I’m working on two books (the first one is finished and the sequel is at the halfway point). They are as yet untitled and until my agent sees them I probably won’t be able to talk about them in much detail. But they are Christian young adult fantasy, as is The Word Changers. I’ve always written standalones before, so this is a new and different challenge for me!

Where did you grow up? How did your hometown (or other places you have lived) inspire your writing?

I grew up in a little town called Moberly, right in the center of Missouri. The library that Posy visits in The Word Changers is, in my mind at least, the very library that I lived less than a block away from in my own hometown. It has changed some over the years – they’ve built on, etc. – but the little poky, dusky library of my childhood is the one I wrote into my book. I also grew up down the street from a children’s writer, Daniel Schantz, who happened to also be a good friend of our family. His writing inspired me, and his friendship and kind critiques of my childish scrawls encouraged me and gave me the faith to keep following my dream through the years.

Best book you’ve read?

Impossible to answer, really! The Chronicles of Narnia are definitely top of my list, though.

Give five random facts about yourself.

  1. I am ambidextrous.

  2. I am notorious in my family for having horrible aim, as well as being quite clumsy (great combination, huh?).

  3. I’m a half-hearted vegetarian.

  4. I hate cooking, but love baking.

  5. I’m a sucker for British comedy.

When not writing, how do you spend your time?

Gardening, walking, reading, photographing, hunting for used books, blogging, spending time with friends, spending time with family, watching period mini-series.

If you had 3 genie wishes, what would they be?

Well, I think I would only really need one wish:  For all the people I care about to know, pursue and love God.  But if I get two freebies, I’ll take them! My second wish would be to live in a cottage in the woods, near the sea. My third would be to, like Posy, fall into a fairy tale and become a part of it for a while … although, unlike Posy, I’d like to be able to choose which one I fall into!

What advice would you give aspiring authors?

To keep writing, even (especially!) when it gets tough! That’s when the really good stuff starts happening! Inspiration is great, and all stories start with it – but hard work is what will get you to “the end.”

Thanks, Ashlee, for stopping by.

If anyone reading would like to get to know Ashlee better (or BUY HER BOOK!!!!!), and you’re a weirdo, then schedule a visit to Missouri where she lives with her husband and young son. But don’t expect much attention because she’s pretty busy writing, reading, enjoying tea with friends, hiking, taking pictures, and practicing the piano.

If, on the other hand, you’re a normal person, then just check out her websites below.

Websites

Blog:  http://ashleewillisauthor.wordpress.com

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/AshleeWillisAuthor

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7849640.Ashlee_Willis

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/BookishAshlee

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Word-Changers-Ashlee-Willis-ebook/dp/B00K5HZ4M2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1406065755&sr=8-1&keywords=the+word+changers

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Interview with Young Adult Author Just B. Jordan

I’m happy to showcase my interview with YA author, Just B. Jordan. Check out her official bio at the bottom of the post. Until you do, suffice it to say that she’s awesome because she was homeschooled, graduated early, and is only 19-years-old and just got her first book published.  Read on and get to know Just B. Jordan!

 

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Book Summary

Imprisoned, Elwyn endures torture so horrific she drives herself insane to elude true madness. She finally escapes, but at the deadly cost of the only remaining friend she has. Now, unless her broken mind is playing another cruel trick, she discovers she is turning into the monster she despises most of all. Amidst fighters and fairies, demons and dragons, traitors wear the face of friend as she searches for the lost fragments of her mind. Elwyn is the only one mad enough to face the Monster of the Kings, but she is more likely to destroy herself before even finding him.

 

Who’s your favorite character in your book and why?

It’s hard to pick just one favorite. I would say Finnion, because he is one of the only characters who tries to remain genuinely nice. But I also really like Cestmir, for various reasons that might ruin a surprise in the plot.

 

Are any of your characters based on real people?

No, I purposefully avoided that. But when my brothers read the very first draft of the first 50k words (back when the story and characters were very different from what they are now), one of them thought I had written Gwendor and Finnion as them, and Elwyn as myself.

 

What comes first: story or characters?

Story almost always comes first. I see a scene playing out or have an intriguing idea on world-setup or plot, and it grows from there.

 

Do you like to write series?

Yes and no. I doubt I would enjoy writing a series where the MC is always the same, or it always takes place in a similar setting. I would get bored. I have enjoyed creating a series where every book has different characters and settings, but they tie together.

 

Describe your main character in 3 words.

Pitiable, volatile, broken.

 

Use two or fewer sentences about something unique about the book.

As the dragon lore unfolds it becomes pretty intriguing; the physical rot of their flesh, the madness of their minds, the way their life-force is dependent on leaching from other races.

 

Where do you get your ideas?

Anything and everything can make ideas pop into my thoughts. I’ve always had an extremely over-active imagination.

 

Have you written your entire life:

No. I always told myself stories to keep myself entertained, but I didn’t start writing until I was 16½.

 

Why do you write? Is it something you’ve always done? Or wanted to do?

I write because it fleshes out my stories in a way they never would be if they remained in my thoughts only. I always thought it would be fun to write a book “someday”, but didn’t expect that I would actually buckle down and do it.

 

What is your writing process?

Once I have an idea that I know I want to work with, I tell myself the story, adding to it and shaping it until I have something substantial and workable. Then I sit down and start to write. Typically I have no idea where I’m going when I begin. I’m horrible with taking notes, though I am getting better at it. After I write the first 20-50k words, I go back and rewrite everything before continuing. It sounds counteractive, but that’s what works best for me. As I write I’m constantly going back and adding things in, cutting bits, and changing dialogue to work with the later chapters.

 

What is your work in progress?

To Ashes We Run. It takes place in the same world as Never To Live, but centuries in the past. I have loved writing this book. There are a few characters that are so awesome they almost steal the show from the MC, and the setting is vastly different from Never To Live’s. The under-achieving, self-absorbed MC, Adisa, is very refreshing to write after spending so much time in the mind of the tormented Elwyn.

 

How often do you go back and re-write a plot?

Before I start writing it is constantly being erased and re-drawn. It changes so much that it isn’t recognizable when compared with the original idea. Once I’ve started writing I still go back and make tweaks and changes as I flesh out the story, but once I know where I want it to go the overall arc doesn’t get changed much.

 

Currently reading?

Xenocide by Orson Scott Card. Up until this year I hadn’t read much sci-fi, but it is definitely growing on me. Card is one of my favorite authors now.

 

When not writing, how do you spend your time?

I read. I walk the fields, woods, and roads near my house. I goof around with my siblings when they are in town. I also enjoy making things with my hands, like costumes and steampunk jewelry.

 

Thanks to Jordan for giving us some inside info on Never to Live, and a sneak peak into her mindMake sure you check out her website, and don’t forget to buy her book!

 

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Just B. Jordan was born and raised in Oregon and lives in the foothills of a small town near Eugene. Homeschooled along with her three siblings, she graduated high school a year early and received her first publishing contract at the age of 18. She enjoys her life as a country girl with many pets, and works for a small dog centered business. One of her hobbies is to create Steampunk jewelry and costumes.

Websites:  www.JustBJordan.com


Slugs, Torture, the Publishing Process, and Other Horribly Slow Things…

While I wait for Daniel and the Sun Sword to hit the presses NEXT SUMMER, I’ve been working on the second book in the Sons and Daughters series, and I recently hit the 100-page mark! For some reason that’s always been a major milestone for me. So…Huzzah!

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On a different note, I’ve had several people ask about the publishing process in general. It’s quite fascinating, really. That is, if you love learning about how millions of people subject themselves to cruelly slow tortures devised by the literary industry.  Here’s a break-down for those who can stomach it:

 

Some people (like yours truly) skipped the literary agent steps and submitted straight to publishers. And I have to say, Ellechor was awesome and quick getting back with me, but that has been the exception, in my experience.  If you’re interested in those big NY publishing houses,  don’t even think about submitting your book unless you have an agent. They’ve exiled writers to the moon for less. I swear.

So there you have it. Throw in a few racks, thumb-screws, and public burnings, and you’ve got the picture.  But despite all that…it’s worth it!

Writers are crazy.

Oh yeah, and just so the title of this post is accurate: I have some stupid slugs in my garden. There.

 


Writing Contest Kids—College

CONTEST GUIDELINES: If you’re a middle schooler, high schooler, or college student and a writer, here’s your chance to shine. Sign up to follow my blog at http://www.nathanlumbatis.com, and then send me an email at nathan.lumbatis@gmail.com letting me know you are registering for the contest.

RULES: Submit a short story or the first chapter from your manuscript (app. first 15 pages or less) by email on or before May 23rd. Most genres are welcome, but any inappropriate material (gore, sexually explicit themes/scenes, etc.) will automatically disqualify the entry.

WINNERS: The best three entries will be chosen as winners: one from middle school, one from high school, and one from college. They will then receive a written critique of their entry, and the edited version of their work will be posted on my website and social networking profiles.

Don’t miss this opportunity to get experience and feedback on your writing!Writing contest


It All Starts Somewhere

“When did I start on this path?”

Do you ever ask yourself that question? It’s something I’ve thought about a lot. When did I first know I wanted to marry my wife? When did I realize I wanted to become a counselor? When did I begin to love writing?

For you, the questions might be different, but they’re worth reflection. It’ll give you insight into how God has orchestrated your life: led you, pushed you, given you reign, or smacked you upside the head. The flip-side? It’ll encourage you for the future. Confused about something in your life? Not sure how all the pieces will fit together? Wait and watch. See how God will use it. Life is like a mystery story where every detail is there for a reason.

I remember when I really started on the path to writing. I didn’t know what it would come to in the end (and still don’t, if I’m being entirely honest). But it all began when I was homeschooling as a teenager. Nearly every day, my sister and I would hurry to finish our lessons so we could go exploring. The eastern fork of the Choctawhatchee River ran behind my house, and the sloping, wooded river basin was the perfect place to get lost, forget about the real world, and set up camp underneath an ancient beech tree. It was ideal for a little writing. And great inspiration for story-scenes and maps, which every fantasy author knows is a must.

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What about your story? Your gifts? Your abilities? Already figured out how God will use them in your life, or are you still waiting to bloom? Just give it time. It is spring, after all.


Guest Blog with Mikelyn Bolden

Today, I am the featured blogger on Mikelyn Bolden’s website. For those of you who don’t know, Mikelyn is a fellow Dothan writer, and is the author of The Waiz Chronicles. I’ve posted my article below, but click on her photo to head on over to her website.

WHAT IF?

The stories we tell come from our hearts, or, are at least derived from our own grid of thinking. My fellow author and friend, Nathan Lumbatis, recently signed with Ellechor Publishing and will be releasing his first novel in the summer of 2015. He chose a more specific genre to tell his tale. See his reasoning and get a sneak peak of his book below:

Christian fantasy is interested in the “What if?” It presumes a Christian worldview, but then lets the imagination run wild.

What if you and your siblings discover that a musty wardrobe will transport you to a magical world where animals talk, magicians are fallen stars, and a Wild Lion is willing to sacrifice himself for your brother?

What if you find yourself stumbling through the tombs of Anak, desperately trying to solve the mystery behind a sinister family and the treasure it’s hoarding?

What if the Ancient One gave you gifts of prophecy and wisdom to lead a nation to greatness through your protege Arthur Pendragon?

Many of you may recognize these story lines from The Chronicles of Narnia (Lewis), The Tombs of Anak (Peretti), and Merlin (Lawhead). They all have Christian themes, but if we’re honest, it’s the way those themes are interwoven with the mythological and supernatural that give them such strong appeal.

In my novel, Daniel and the Sun Sword (Summer 2015), the main character is thrust into a world where Christianity and mythology intersect. The plot presumes that the myths of the world were born from mankind’s fleeting glimpses into the battle between God and Satan. In this, the first book of the Sons and Daughters series, Daniel and his two friends are transported to Machu Picchu, Peru, where they find that the gods and monsters of Incan legend are alive and kicking. . . or so it seems. An ancient deity known simply as the Father adopts him as his son, and sets him on a quest to unite the shards of a magical sword. But when that quest pits him against the “god” of the underworld, Daniel discovers he isn’t simply battling for a sword of legend. He’s partaking in an ancient battle between Life and Death and the supernatural forces behind them. There may be more to his Heavenly Father than he first realized.

With the success of series like Percy Jackson and the Olympians and The Kane Chronicles, mythology is in the forefront of teen literature. The “What if?” of Daniel and the Sun Sword takes that interest and focuses it on the Gospel.

What is your favorite “What if”? If you’re a writer, what “What ifs?” could you weave into your next story?

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