Your Book Your Brand Your Business with Author Stanley Gray

Please tune in to Your Book Your Brand Your Business with Author Stanley Gray on Monday, February 12 at 5 PM Eastern on W4CY.com. Gray will discuss his book, Traits of Darkness: An Epic Fantasy (Gems of Paradise: Book One):

Author Stanley Gray.

An ailing king on the small island of Norteras besieged by threats must fight to save not only the land he loves, but also himself and his legacy, from destruction at the hands of his cruel son. Amidst assassinations and intrigue, prophecies of a messianic dragon have united the religious orders for the first time in thousands of harvests in opposition to the throne. As the stakes grow higher and the odds become increasingly more bleak, a Halfling dragon hunter emerges to lend the king a lifeline. But, this aid comes with a price: the king must help find this elusive dragon.

Complicating matters is the fact that the hunted is no ordinary dragon. He is, in fact, one of the last of the remaining golds, and he has fled his ancestral homelands for the sake of his son. Disguised as humans, the dragon, as well as his wife and wyrm, live as a humble mining family in a remote region of Norteras, adjacent to the mountains.

As the king begins a purge, seeing enemies in every shadow, the last of the golds grows weary of the constant threat of raids from the monsters hiding by the alpine passes, emerging irregularly to terrorize the villages. Teaming up with a raven and a crude foreigner, the dragon must fight as a human to save his family.
Will the king save Norteras? Will the king become the tyrant he believed his son to be? Will the dragon save his family, or be discovered by the powerful forces moving against it under cover of darkness?

Dance with dragons in this new epic fantasy book

An anticipated new release from award-winning writer Stanley Gray, this novel takes you inside the heart and mind of a refugee dragon as he fights to protect his only son from a world filled with hate and violence.

One of 2018’s best fantasy books?

Explore the novel that has been called one of the best fantasy books and discover for yourself the richness and complexity of this epic fantasy world. Travel to the Ten Kingdoms and sit with the king as he struggles mightily to do what he feels is right. Join a shapeshifting dragon as he fights goblins and is threatened by giants. Feel the cold winter Norteran air as it flows from the page into your heart.

During the show, Gray will also talk about the importance of book marketing and offer his advice as to the most effective strategies for connecting with your audience and generating book sales. This award-winning writer lives in the Pacific Northwest and enjoys crafting exciting fantasy, science fiction, and horror stories. He invites you to follow him on Twitter @willpowerwriter, like his Facebook Page, Real Stanley Gray, and follow him on Amazon.

To stream the live show on Monday, February 12 at 5 PM Eastern, visit www.w4cy.com and click on the LISTEN LIVE button on the home page.

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Eagles Win Super Bowl LVII!

How does it feel to have the Eagles win Super Bowl LVII?

Euphoric.

I grew up with the Eagles and, as every long-suffering Philly sports fan knows, have experienced more lows than highs, along with my devoted family. This franchise has attracted exceptional players and coaches over the years – and we’ve cheered them all on with passion – but there’s something unique about this particular team. From their commitment to their faith and their work ethic, to their ability to block out relentless negativity and fully rely on each other, they’ve proven the “impossible” is, indeed, possible. Even after losing franchisee quarterback Carson Wentz and many other key players to injuries, they never gave up. Instead, every member of the team dug a little deeper to contribute even more and keep their momentum going strong.

As Doug Pederson eloquently stated, “An individual can make a difference, but the team makes the miracle.”

I loved Nick Foles’ description of failure as a character-builder, in a world where social media provides the “highlight reel” of life during his press conference.

This Eagles team truly embodies the spirit of Rocky and the city of Philadelphia. In a tumultuous NFL year characterized by disrespectful anthem protests, watching the season culminate in an unforgettable Super Bowl with a breathtaking pregame show — featuring an uplifting rendition of America the Beautiful by Leslie Odom Jr. and a stirring performance of the Star Spangled Banner by Pink, while every single player stood — filled my heart with hope. That my team overcame adversity and defied the odds to get there was the icing on the cake.

But the Eagles came to win, not just show.

My favorite play of the game:

With this one a close second:

To witness my team, the Philadelphia Eagles — led by their “back-up” quarterback Nick Foles — defeat the premier team in the NFL, was a dream come true. The victory was even sweeter because it belonged to men of stellar character who gave glory to God, supported each other, and provided a shining example of what can be accomplished when individuals contribute their God-given talents and go all-out to help their team achieve a mutual goal.

Congratulations to the Philadelphia Eagles…and thank you for being my inspiration!

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Proud to be a Partner with SMART Growth Marketing

I’m proud to be a partner with SMART Growth Marketing as an independent copywriter. I met founder Darien Hill last year at Tasha Chen’s annual gathering, now known as The Manifesting Event. I shared a table with him and his lovely wife Davina, and when I told him what I did for a living, he asked for my card. Soon after, I spoke with him and then-biz-partner Jody Layne, which led to my work on multiple copywriting projects for a diverse array of SMART Growth Marketing clients.

My association with them has been rewarding, fun, and informative. Among other things, Darien has taught me how to write effective Facebook ads, landing pages, and eBooks, which is particular helpful in this rapidly changing technology and social media arena. Furthermore, I appreciate SMART Growth Marketing’s commitment to excellence – not only for their clients, but for independent contractors like me. Thanks to their knowledge and expertise, I’ve developed my copywriting skills, gained valuable insights, discovered industries and clients I never knew existed, and expanded my own professional services.

Although I’m no longer hosting The Writestream on Blog Talk Radio, I’m hoping to interview Darien and Annie again on Your Book, Your Brand, Your Business on W4CY Radio in the near future. If you are a small business owner seeking to leverage social media for even greater success, I highly recommend visit SMART Growth Marketing and scheduling a free coaching session with them.

For free tips on how to create effective Facebook videos (and so much more), like SMART Growth Marketing’s Facebook Page.

 

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