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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In Sam’s Shoes: A Novel by Brooke Horton, Now on Amazon

I’m excited to announce that this contemporary romance is now available on Amazon.com:

Small-town Plain Jane Samantha Townsend thought she’d achieved it all by her early 20s. Madly in love and married to a handsome Air Force bad boy with a thriving career and a gorgeous new home, her idyllic life couldn’t possibly get any better – until an unforeseen event rips her entire world apart. Summoning newfound strength and resilience, she embarks upon a personal odyssey in which love comes with complications, appearances often hide reality, and tragic events forge unlikely alliances. Fortified by faith and an unrelenting passion for truth, can she find the courage to stand up to a powerful North Carolina family? Or will her dangerous quest for answers lead to another devastating outcome?

As the ghostwriter, I spent hours interviewing my client to understand the facts of her real story, then figuring out the best way to distill them into a fictional book. In a true collaboration, we made decisions together about characters, character names, plot, location, and outcome. Transforming someone’s life into a fictional story can be tricky, and in this case, we even eliminated a few real-life players for dramatic purposes.

In the end, it’s a compelling tale of Samantha Townsend, a responsible, small-town girl who loves deeply and learns how to navigate through life’s unexpected twists and turns, relying on newfound faith and inner resilience. It was a fun project to work on and I look forward to seeing plenty of book reviews on Amazon.

For those who prefer Kindle, it will be available in that format in a few weeks. Click here to purchase it in paperback.

Congrats and much success to Brooke Horton!

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In Sam’s Shoes: A Novel by Brooke Horton, Prologue

In Sam’s Shoes: A Novel by Brooke Horton, Prologue

The grand, mahogany casket loomed large ahead of her, topped by a massive cascading bouquet of pink roses. Around the perimeter of the room, display tables dressed in white linens bore artifacts of a life well lived, from golf memorabilia to seemingly trivial trinkets. The focal point of the entire collection was an exquisite eight-by-ten crystal frame bearing a formal wedding photo of a bride and groom in happier days. To the casual observer, the smiling couple represented an ideal – the beautiful, wholesome wife and the handsome all-American groom dressed in the finest attire befitting the occasion, their pedigree, and their lifestyle. On either side of this centerpiece, smaller and much plainer frames told the story of a father’s love for his sons, with images of the recently departed engaged in various activities with them like playing basketball and camping out in the woods.

As the funeral home worker entered the room, Sam stood at a distance with her back turned to the unfolding scene a few feet away. She could hear the rustling of the flowers and the barely audible sound of the casket lid moving against its hinges to reveal the body at rest inside. She trembled at the thought of laying eyes upon his still, lifeless form and doubted she had the strength to confront the reality of this devastating, unexpected loss.

Consumed by torturous thoughts, she continued to stare out at the hallway minutes after the woman had left her in privacy again. How was she going to handle the sight of his hideously disfigured face? The thought of staring at a nasty patchwork of scars stubbornly protruding through a heavy layer of funeral parlor make-up was just too much to bear. Her entire body convulsed as she broke down in uncontrollable weeping.

Why? Why did this have to happen? Why now? Why at all?

“Sam?” She heard Shannon’s soft voice behind her. “I have to tell you he looks normal. I think you’re going to be OK looking at him.”

She slowly turned to face her sister. “You really think so?”

Shannon put her hands on Sam’s shoulders in a gesture of comfort and confidence.

“Yes, yes I really do. I’d never tell you that if I didn’t believe it. But I can stay here in the room with you if you want; I’ll just hang out in the back.”

“No, no – I have to do this alone. Please.”

Sam drew her into a hug, appreciative of her unwavering support. She then watched until the door closed behind Shannon, leaving her alone with her soulmate for the last time.

She clutched her tissues in one hand as she strode past the oddly arranged folding chairs that appeared as if they’d been set up for a round of the classic children’s musical game. Instead of facing the front of the room, they faced the side walls, as if unwilling to confront the reality of death.

Filled with determination and resolve, Sam took a gulp of air and reached out to touch the side of the casket to steady herself. Then she opened her eyes wide.

Oh, my God, not a scratch. A dried-up creek, two inches of water. How can this be? How can he possibly look like the sweet manly man I loved?

She was dumbfounded as she gazed at his perfect face. For a few moments, all she could do was stare at him in silence and wish that the entire scene was nothing more than a nightmare from which she’d awaken at any second. She placed her hand on his cheek and reacted to its icy coldness as a fresh wave of sorrow engulfed her.

“Baby, I love you! I love you so much. What the hell happened? Why? Why did you get on that bike? Why? How could you just leave me like this!”

She dropped to her knees and prayed out loud through staccato breaths. “God, I need you. I have nowhere else to turn. I don’t know how I’m going to get through this. Please, give me the strength to focus on my kids. I promise, I’ll spend more time praying and appreciating the good things in my life. Just please, help me.”

Sam pleaded and cried until she was utterly spent. Then she wiped her face and got back on her feet just as Shannon re-entered the room to check on her.

“Let’s go,” Sam ordered.

“But the lady said we could stay as long as you need. You don’t have to rush; there’s plenty of time before the funeral – “

“I’m done. It’s time to move on and heal.”

“Ok, whatever you want.”

Shannon followed her big sister out to the hallway, hoping this little episode signified the beginning of her new life. God knew, she’d been through enough heartache for one human being.

Stay tuned for details on the forthcoming release this month!

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