Sunday, May 13, 2012

Author Lynda Brown's Invisible Enemies

I am honored to host author Lynda D. Brown as she shares with us a little about her book Invisible Enemies. Lynda will also be giving away a free copy of the book to one of our readers so please post a comment to enter the giveaway.

About the Author
Lynda D. Brown lives in St. Louis MO. She has one married son and a beautiful grandson. This is her second book, her first book, Once I Was Lost, was released in April of 2006, and she immediately began working on Invisible Enemies, which took four years to complete. Lynda has been researching Spiritual Warfare for the last six years, and in these last days, she wants to make sure that God's people do not perish due to lack of knowledge. (Hosea 4:6)

As an avid science fiction fan and a lover of all things supernatural, author Lynda D. Brown’s supernatural thriller series, Invisible Enemies is creating quite a buzz in the independent publishing field. Book one, Invisible Enemies was published in 2010 and became an immediate hit in the authors local library, and when book two, Seed of Satan: Leah’s Story, Book Two of the Invisible Enemies Series, arrived in January 2012, all copies were immediately checked out by fans that eagerly waited over a year for the sequel.
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Inspired by the Book of Job, Invisible Enemies reminds us that no matter what life throws our way, God is still in control! When God chooses Abby Harris as a pawn in his wager against Satan, poor Abby's life is turned upside down. Banned from her beloved church, Abby's hanging out with a new crew, drinking and getting high. When she runs into her sister's ex-boyfriend, they begin dating and soon she's pregnant and marries Randy Nelson. When the marriage turns sour, due to Randy's infidelities, Abby’s heart grows cold. By chance, she runs into a music producer who hears her singing, and overnight she becomes an R&B sensation. Abby plots to take her twins and leave her husband. When Randy finds out, he teams up with his ex, Candace, Abby's vengeful sister, to destroy her.

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5 Minutes, 5 Questions with… Lynda D. Brown, author of Invisible Enemies: Book One of the Invisible Enemies Series

By Joey Pinkney on December 15, 2011

Lynda D. Brown, author of Invisible Enemies Book One of the Invisible Enemies Series
(Spoken Word Press)

Invisible Enemies is a supernatural thriller that deals with the occult and religion. The story centers around two sisters, Candace and Abby Harris. Inspired by the Book of Job, Invisible Enemies reminds us that no matter what life throws our way, God is still in control!
When God chooses Abby Harris as a pawn in his wager against Satan, poor Abby’s life is turned upside down. Banned from her beloved church, Abby’s hanging out with a new crew, drinking and getting high. When she runs into her sister’s ex-boyfriend, they begin dating. Soon, she’s pregnant and marries Randy Nelson. When the marriage turns sour, due to Randy’s infidelities, Abby’s heart grows cold.
By chance, she runs into a music producer who overhears her singing, and overnight Abby becomes an R&B sensation! Financially set, Abby plots to take the twins and leave her husband. When Randy finds out, he teams up with his ex, Abby’s vengeful sister Candace, to destroy his wife.

Where did you get the inspiration to write Invisible Enemies Book One of the Invisible Enemies Series?

Lynda D. Brown: I was really into the whole New Age movement when it started in the ‘70’s. I started off innocently enough by reading my daily horoscope in the newspaper. That grew into an obsession with astrology.
By the time I was 25, I had a thriving side business creating horoscope charts for clients, doing tarot card readings, and clients booking me to do psychic parties. I had a nice size clientele.

In 2003, a co-worker overhead me talking about a reading I had conducted earlier that day, and she asked me if I realized I was practicing witchcraft. I scoffed at her and told her that I wasn’t practicing black magic, but white magic! The next day, this same co-worker bought me two books; He Came to Set the Captives Free by Rebecca Brown and Pigs in a Parlor, by Ida and Frank Hammond. Both books dealt with spiritual warfare, and showed me biblical text about the dangers of witchcraft and fortune-telling.

I grew up as a Christian and never heard about spiritual warfare in my Baptist church. When I finished the books, I immediately threw my cards away and promised God that I would share this new-found knowledge with others in the form of a fictional book series. That’s how Invisible Enemies was born.

What sets Invisible Enemies Book One of the Invisible Enemies Series apart from other books in the same genre?

LDB: My books have been described as either supernatural thriller or speculative fiction due to the angelic and demonic characters. Diversity is another factor with my series. I have African-Americans, Caucasians, Latinos, Wiccan’s and Lesbians as main characters. Fans of Christian fiction really like my work because it’s not often they read about a church secretary whose really a shape shifting demon that manifests during a church meeting!

As an author, what are the keys to your success that led to Invisible Enemies Book One of the Invisible Enemies Series getting out to the public?

LDB: Social media! I have a Facebook Fan Page for Invisible Enemies. I have a Twitter account where I have automatic tweets set up to promote my books. I am involved with the writing groups on LinkedIn, where many first time authors or self published authors were experiencing difficulties promoting their books. With that need in mind, I started Author Chat, a blogtalkradio show, where I interview authors about their books. I also set up a sister website for authors to join, called

As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take you to start and finish Invisible Enemies Book One of the Invisible Enemies Series?

LDB: It took me about two years and eleven months to finish Invisible Enemies. I started out writing a couple of chapters a day, and then I’d go back and proofread what I had written. It really dragged out the process.
Luckily, I ran into a literary agent who told me to stop proofreading and just write the book. I took his advice and finished the book. The sequel, Seed of Satan: Leah’s Story, only took eight months to finish because I took the literary agent’s advice.

What’s next for Lynda D. Brown?

LDB: I’m currently working on book three of the series. My Author Chat radio show is currently booking authors for May-December 2012, and I’m also planning to publish a short story book under the Spoken Word Press label in 2012.

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Monday, April 2, 2012

Interview with Author Melanie Dickerson

Today I will be interviewing Melanie Dickerson author of historical romance fiction. I will also be hosting a giveaway of two of her books "The Merchant's Daughter" and "The Healer's Apprentice" just leave a comment to enter the giveaway at Inspirational Impactful Reading

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Friday, March 23, 2012

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This Week

I apologize for not posting as scheduled this week. It has been one of those weeks where everything seems to merge together into one. Have you ever had one of those? You have a list and a plan of what needs to be done, how when and where. The only thing is nothing goes as planned because the natural effect of life takes over. The reality that plans are good but they are not always set in stone.

I'm the person whose plans are made to guide me throughout the day and when that goes array it's a bit hard to handle. So this week I have been trying to put in place everything that was knocked out of place. I'm happy to say everything is working out quite well.

Please join me on Monday for the interview with author Lisa Grace. She will be talking about her Angel Series which has been titled "The Christian Alternative" to the Twilight Series. Her Angel Series has also been optioned by Motion Picture Pro and is being fast-tracked into pre-production. I will also be hosting a giveaway of her book "Angel in the Storm" book 2 in the Angel Series.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Interview with Author Zari Banks

Zari Banks

Hello Zari and welcome to Reviews, Interviews and other News. I am so excited to feature your book “O Lord Hear My Cry: A Psalm Devotional.
Hi! It’s an honor. Thank you.

You know Zari there are so many people who love devotionals, tell me how a simple devotional can change or impact someone’s very day?

Focus is so important to God. That’s why He provided reminders for us throughout His word. Devotionals help us to focus our prayer time even if only for 7 minutes a day … and that focus in prayer and on God gives us power.

In prayer not many write down their prayers. It is a cry or praise we lay before God and that’s usually it. What was the reason for writing down your prayers?

I’ve written my prayers for several years. I probably began writing my prayers because I write down everything. Seriously everything. I write out my day including 7:45 (or whatever time) wake up, get dressed. And, I’ve always journaled. Even now when I’m not writing books, I have a list of 10 prayer requests that I take to the Lord every day.

What was the inspiration/testimony behind O Lord Hear My Cry: A Psalm Devotional?

O Lord, Hear My Cry was an answer to prayer itself. In the fall of 2010 I planned to relocate my son and myself to my hometown in Washington State. I was laid off from my school district in May 2009 and I was beginning to worry about our future in Arizona. I had been supporting us on savings and a part-time job at my church for a while but I knew that wasn’t going to work for long term. So going home to get back on feet made sense to me. I was thinking it would be a temporary solution because my family owns a businesses and I could work multiple jobs with fewer expenses and flexibility of schedule. Well, my ex took me to court to stop me from relocating with our son and requested temporary custody and the judge awarded it to him. He’d only spent roughly 4 days a month with our son since he was 18 months old, and he was nine at the time. I was devastated.  

On March 2, 2011 I had to drop my son at his dad’s and he was crying and I was crying. Then I drove away and got as far as a library parking lot. I sat in my car screaming at God from the top of my lungs and asking Him to either kill me or rescue me because I couldn’t handle it. Just a few days before one of my mentors had emailed me Jeremiah 33:3 [AMP Call to Me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things, fenced in and hidden, which you do not know (do not distinguish and recognize, have knowledge of and understand).]  and said he was praying for me. So, I was yelling – probably appearing insane to passersby – you promised to answer if I call out to you so answer now.

God said, “Read the Psalms.” Nothing else.

That may not seem like rescue to some, but as I read through the Psalms with a new focus – with the intent of finding the message God was giving me – I was changed. I was ushered into a real and raw relationship with Christ. And, what I discovered in the Psalms is that my struggle wasn’t new to God and neither was my restoration. He was prophesying my victory.

What scripture speaks to your heart the most?

My life verse is Proverbs 3:5-6 (my remix): Trust in the Lord with all your heart and don’t depend on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He’ll make your path so straight you couldn’t possibly miss it. 

A Spiritual Powerhouse is what many Christians seek to be, what advice can you give to prepare one for a journey such as this?

Oh, my, God bless you. If you ask for that He’ll faithfully make it happen. But, be ready for the pit of a lifetime. Being a Spiritual Powerhouse is dying to self to the point that you no longer consider breathing without asking God if it’s OK with Him. It’s not that final perfection, but it’s trusting God above and beyond anything our finite minds can construct, and that’s frightening and exciting at the same time.   

I know myself for one am very impacted by not only the word of God, devotionals and the such but also through music; what worship song just puts you in that place which voids out everything else around you and focuses you in on our Creator.

I don’t know that I have one favorite worship song. I love music and almost always have it on. Lately I’ve found myself just repeatedly singing, “I love you, Lord,” to no particular tune and probably in the most hideous tone an ear ever heard, but my heart is filled with gratitude for everything He’s doing in my life.

What do you want people to take most from reading O Lord Hear My Cry: A Psalm Devotional?

I want people to earnestly seek God and believe Him. Every heartache, triumph, disappointment and hope I’ve ever experienced is recorded right in the Psalms … years before I was even thought of on this earth. That amazes me. What I went through and am going through isn’t new to God. But, I couldn’t believe it mind, heart, body, soul, spirit until I was broken beyond human repair. You know how people either believe or deny God in crisis? Well, my prayer is that they so cling to Him that they enter into spiritual synchronicity with Him and live in faith-driven victory.

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I love connecting with people on a more personal level, so tell me what you really enjoy doing in your spare time and why you enjoy it so much?
I love to read, and my love language is quality time so I love being with friends and family. And, regardless of what anyone may tell you, eating really is pastime.

If you could I would love for you to pray for all those right now on the battlefield in the midst of spiritual warfare.

Holy Spirit, I love you and I praise you for allowing me to come into your presence. Draw near to me as I draw to near you. I praise you because you promise that I can come boldly before the throne of grace and lift up those who are being attacked by the enemy. Fall fresh on them and give them supernatural wisdom and understanding for this time. Give them a vision of the battlefield and give them the courage and knowledge to take authority in Jesus’ name. Your word says that anything I bind on earth is already bound in heaven and anything I loose on earth is already loosed in heaven. I praise you because every word of God proves true. I bind every enemy that’s coming against these readers in the Name of Jesus and I loose deliverance, health, restoration and divine wisdom into their lives right now. Prepare their hearts to receive and expect the miraculous from you, Lord. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer in Jesus’ Name. Amen

"O Lord Hear My Cry: A Psalm Devotional"
I thought this book was encouraging and full of guidance. Sometimes in the midst of trying times we tend to not necessarily address the exact problem but dance around it. Zari Banks unfolds her heart, her suffering and her triumph through this wonderful devotion full of prayer and scriptures. I appreciated the value of Zari's prayers because it showed me that we are all in this together going through trying times crying out to our God.

This is a great devotional for anyone in the midst of trying times or just in preparation because they will come and how better to prepare yourself mentally and physically than to do it beforehand rather than in the middle of the circumstance.

The message here through pain is to live in preparation rather than surprise.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Understanding God's Forgiveness

One thing I know is how hard it is to accept forgiveness when you feel you are so unworthy. So how does one get pass this with God? As mere humans we do or say something that may be offensive and we feel sorry later and apologize; hoping the individual will forgive us we do things to earn their favor once again. God on the other hand is holy and there is no sin in Him. He offers us a gift in exchange for our sin. This gift is eternal life through belief in His one and only Son Jesus Christ.
So in essence we are sinners in need of salvation and all we must do to receive it is believe everything concerning God through Jesus Christ. We all need to understand that love and forgiveness from God is not based on us doing good things to make Him forgive or love us it is simply belief and faith in what you cannot see. You cannot see your sins being wiped away but a true belief in what Christ has done for you will cause you to feel and know they have been wiped away.

Unworthy, yes we all are unworthy yet in God's great compassion and love He counts those worthy of forgiveness through Jesus Christ. It is just that simple. There is no trick, no hidden secret. The gift of God comes without burden or demand. It instead is choice of peace and eternal salvation. The question posed to you today is which do you prefer peace and eternal salvation or a feeling of unworthiness?

Here are a couple steps backed by scripture that will help you to receive the forgiveness and abide in the love that God has for you:

  • Admit you are a sinner: Romans 3:23 (NIV) “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

  • Realize that without salvation you will die: Romans 6:23 (NIV) “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

  • Confess your sin: 1 John 1:9 (NIV) “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

  • Repent of your sins and turn from them: Luke 13:3 (NIV) “I tell you, unless you repent, you too, will all perish.” Acts 2:38 (NIV) “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.

  • Accept the gift of grace: Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV) “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-not by works, so that no one can boast.”

  • Believe that Jesus died on the cross for your sin: Romans 5:8 (NIV) “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this; While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” John 3:16 (NIV) “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perished but have eternal life.”

  • Confess with your mouth: Romans 10:9-10 (NIV) “If you declare with your mouth, Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” Romans 5:1 (NIV) “Now since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God.”

  • Prayer: Father I come before you now knowing that I am unworthy but through Jesus your Son I have found redemption, forgiveness and can abide in your love all my days. I am so grateful for your sacrifice and the peace it brings in my heart and mind. I trust you with my life. I surrender all I have to you knowing that you have amazing plans for me beyond my imagination. Help me to be a light to others and stand strong in the faith that comes from you in Jesus' precious name. Amen.