Larry B. Gray

Biography

I grew up in Eastern North Carolina in the small rural town of Aurora. My early years were spent working on my grandparents' tobacco farm and exploring my world of family, friends and school.

After marrying my high school sweetheart in 1972, I moved to Lakeland, Florida where I spent my adult years raising a beautiful family and working in the citrus industry with over 39 years of manufacturing management experience, selling real estate and being a writer wannabe, all at the same time.

In my spare time I attended and graduated from Florida Southern College while working full time and starting a family.

I am still married to my high school sweetheart and have 3 beautiful children and two wonderful grandchildren.

Life is not always easy but in the scheme of things it is fun and gets better everyday. Come join me on this great adventure, remembering the past and building the future.

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Books

A Boy From Down East
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 44,170. Language: English. Published: February 18, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Growing up in eastern North Carolina in a small rural community during the 1950’s and 1960’s was the best possible childhood you could wish for. Family, church, friends, school, and working on the farm was the center of my world. This is a collection of stories of my childhood. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I have enjoyed remembering them.
Naked Eyes
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,700. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2013. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Eastern European Poetry
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
The poems in this collection follow no central theme and are random glimpses of my thoughts during a time of coming of age in the late sixties and early seventies. Each poem is dated and reflects my little world and how I felt at that time.
How to Find a Job
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,500. Language: English. Published: June 11, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Careers / job hunting
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
With the constant change in the way we exchange information and conduct business today it is hard to keep up with all the new tricks to finding jobs. From massive job sites such as Monster and other electronic job bulletin boards, to social media, the landscape of finding a job is continually evolving. Even with this, the simple basic rules still apply and must be followed.
I Have to Give a Speech - Now What
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,980. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
“I have to speak in front of how many people?” This realization sends chills through the toughest and smartest people. The fear of public speaking is real and we all face it at one time or another. Here are some simple tips to help you prepare and deliver your message.
Problem Solving - Dealing With Employee Issues
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,920. Language: English. Published: April 4, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Management and human resources
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Everyone in a leadership position will have to deal with employee issues. Whenever people work together friction occurs. How you deal with these issues will have a major impact on your success as a leader. “Problem Solving – Dealing With Employee Issues” lays out a systematic approach to dealing with employee issues and the associated problems.

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Smashwords book reviews by Larry B. Gray

  • The Fallen Angle (Harbinger of Doom Volume 2) on Aug. 07, 2011

    The Fallen Angle is the second book in The Harbinger of Doom Saga and like the first book, The Gateway, it is a fast paced, action pack story that I could not put down. In fact I read it in one sitting and again was only disappointed by the fact it came to an end. The charactors created by Glenn G. Thater are easy to follow and identify with. The story line flows seamlessly from the first book to this one and I can't wait to read the next book. This is a great read and I highly recommend it.
  • Knight Eternal (A Novel of Epic Fantasy) (Harbinger of Doom Volume 3) on Nov. 10, 2011

    Glenn G Thater has done it to me again. I was reading along, totaly entralled by the story when I turned the page an the book ended. Damn You Glenn. This was the best book of the three of The Harbinger of Doom Saga and they were all excellent reads. Once you start one you can not put it down. Knight Eternal was so captivating that I literally dreamed about the story last night. The entire series is an excellent read and I highly recommend it for both Adults and YA who like fast action adventure series that is easy to follow and read. I can't wait for the next installment.
  • The Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success on April 10, 2012

    This is an excellent guide and must-read for all ebook authors and writer wannabes such as myself. I look forward to applying the tips to my works and seeing the results.
  • Island Ghosts: A Will Castleton Adventure on April 12, 2012

    Very good story and enjoyed the lead charactor. The only problem with the book was it was way to short for this type of book. I will be reading other "Will Castleton Adventures." I recommend this book.
  • Meeting Myself-Snippets from a Binging and Bulging Mind on June 13, 2012

    I enjoyed reading “Meeting Myself: Snippets from a Binging and Bulging Mind” by Brenda J. Wood. It is her story of overcoming struggles with abuse and bulimia. She tells the story through “snippets” from her journals and relates how God enabled her to triumph over them. The story is well written and easy to read and follow. Many of us can find points of commonality with her life story and struggles with our own various vices. Like Brenda the victory is found in the total surrender to God. I highly recommend this book.
  • Journey to Terreldor: A Tale of Growth and Adventure on July 23, 2012

    I really enjoyed Journey to Terreldor – A Tale of Growth and Adventure by Chris M. Hibbard. The story was a well-developed fantasy and easy to follow. There was a very good balance of action and narrative which kept the story moving. The characters were believable and well defined. It was easy to follow them throughout the story. I look forward to reading the next installment in this series. I especially like the way the author wove morality and life lessons into each segment and adventure. This is a great book for all ages and especially young teens and young adults. I highly recommend this book
  • Daimones on Nov. 30, 2012

    Daimones by Massimo Marino is a post-apocalyptic book with a slightly different take on the storyline. It was a great read and I found it hard to put down once I started reading the book. The author is an excellent story teller, weaving a tail of survival which was well thought-out and developed. The story was deep but it was also easy to follow. I often found myself pondering what he said and thinking wow. I really enjoyed the characters. They were very believable and easy to relate to. Massimo Marino did a great job of developing them and relating them to the storyline. This was a great read and I really enjoyed it. I highly recommend Daimones by Massimo Marino. [Please note: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.]
  • The Dreamer Genome on Dec. 21, 2012

    The Dreamer Genome by Steve S. Grant is an excellent sci-fi novel. I thoroughly enjoyed every page of this book. From page one to the end it kept me glued to the story. The author did a great job weaving a tail of suspense and a little intrigue together into a well-developed storyline. Each new plot and twist tied into the main story and was easy to follow. My only problem was it ended and now I HAVE to read the next book, it was that good. The characters were well developed and very believable. It was easy to relate to each of the main characters, both the good guys and the bad. I found myself joining into the action as an unseen extra, cheering on each of the other characters. I really liked The Dreamer Genome by Steve S. Grant. I highly recommend this book to all readers. [Please note: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.]
  • A Far Traveler: The First Alien on Feb. 20, 2013

    How would like a mix of ancient Egyptian, modern adventure and science fiction? If so A Far Traveler – The First Alien by W. Blake Heitzman is the novel for you. This fast paced, high action adventure will keep you on the edge of your reading seat from start to finish. The storyline is well developed and thought-out. It is easy to follow even with the many twist and turns it takes. Add to this jumping back and forth over 3,000 years and you stay on your toes. But, like I said it is easy to follow. W. Blake Heitzman did a great job developing each of the characters in the story. They were both believable and easy to identify with. I found myself following along the story and characters as an unseen member of the cast and cheering everybody on. I really enjoyed and got into reading A Far Traveler by W. Blake Heitzman and I highly recommend it to all readers. [Please note: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.]
  • Season Of The Harvest (Harvest Trilogy, Book 1) on March 04, 2013

    Do you like a book which grabs you by the seat of your pants and refuses to let you go? Season of the Harvest by Michael R. Hicks is just such a book. I hated putting this book down once I started reading. In fact I got completely caught up into the story and adventure. The author did an excellent job of developing the storyline of this action packed adventure. Even with all the great twist and turns it was easy to keep up with the action. At times you will be holding your breath waiting for the next unexpected twist to occur. I really like the way Michael R. Hicks develop each of the main characters in the story. They were both real and easy to identify with. Being able to identify with the characters made the story all the more believable. If the next two books of the trilogy are as exciting as the first, look out. I really enjoyed reading Season of the Harvest by Michael R. Hicks and I highly recommend this book to all readers. [Please note: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.]
  • The Last Praetorian on March 27, 2013
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    One of my favorite genres is science fiction/space opera and The Last Praetorian by Mike Smith is the epitome of this genre. I really liked this book. The storyline was full of non-stop action and adventure. It was hard to catch my breath between the twist and turns. Mike Smith did a great job developing the story making it easy to follow and get into. This was one of those stories that I did just that and got absorbed by it. The action and space battles were written in such a way as to be very real and believable. I also liked the way the author developed each of the main characters. The background into their lives and history made it easy to identify with each of them. I found myself cheering them on. It was hard not to get emotionally involved with each character. I really enjoyed The Last Praetorian by Mike Smith and highly recommend this book to all readers. [Please note: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.]
  • Seventh Dimension - The Door on April 09, 2013

    If you are looking for a fantastic young adult Christian novel, then Seventh Dimension - The Door by Lorilyn Roberts is the book for you. It is story of a trouble young teen coming to an understanding knowledge of herself and, more importantly, knowledge of the love of Christ. I found this book hard to put down. The author's unique story telling style makes the book real and very believable. The story is both well developed and defined. It is easy to read and follow as the plot develops and takes on various twist and turns. I really enjoyed the characters in the story. They were easy to identify with and very real to life. It was easy to put myself into the story and follow along with the action. Seventh Dimension - The Door by Lorilyn Roberts is an excellent book and I highly recommend it to all ages.
  • Dawn of Spears on June 17, 2013

    Very interesting book but way to short. When read as a short story it is very well written and enjoyable.
  • Guiamo on July 09, 2013
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    Guiamo by Marshall Best is an outstanding historical novel of life and times in the ancient Roman era. It is full of action and adventure plus a great story of the life of our hero, Guiamo. The author did an excellent job of developing the storyline, making it both real and believable. By sticking to known facts of this era he made his story come alive and become all the more believable. There were times I had to remind myself this was fiction. It was easy to follow the story and keep up with each new twist and turn. I really had trouble putting this book down. Marshall Best’s writing style brought the characters to life. He was able to instill emotion and character into each of them making it easy to identify and follow them. I really like a book where you can feel and sense what the characters are feeling and sensing. Marshall Best did an excellent job with Guiamo and I really enjoyed this book. I highly recommend this book to all readers and ages. [Please note: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.]
  • The Choosing (The Blood and Brotherhood Saga book 1) on July 18, 2013

    Every once in a while you come across a book that captures your imagination and soul, a book you can’t put it down. The Choosing by Jeremy Laszlo is just such a book. This fantasy novel is so full of adventure and excitement it was hard for me to take a breath. The storyline is very well develop and easy to follow. It keeps you glued to the book as the author does a great job of continually building to the climax. I liked the way the author developed each new twist so they flowed with the storyline and were not disjointed. He made the book real and easily believable. Jeremy Laszlo did an excellent job with character development. They were both believable and easy to identify with. The author’s writing style allowed you to get into the characters and feel their emotions, dreams and inter turmoil. I really liked each of the characters and their personalities. I enjoyed The Choosing by Jeremy Laszlo and I highly recommend it to all readers and age groups.
  • A Hostage to Heritage: A Michael Stoddard American Revolution Thriller on July 22, 2013

    I really liked reading A Hostage to Heritage by Suzanne Adair. As a historical novel set in the Revolutionary War in southeastern North Carolina it remained true to historical facts while making them come alive. The author did an excellent job of developing an exciting storyline, it was action packed and full of adventure. The author’s writing style made the story easy to follow all the twist and turns which took place and keeping the excitement building. Having grown up in eastern North Carolina I found the story very realistic and exciting. Suzanne Adair did a great job of character development. Each of the main characters was very real to life and easy to follow. I really like this and found it easy to identify with them. I really enjoyed A Hostage to Heritage by Suzanne Adair and I highly recommend it to all readers. [Please note: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.]
  • Empire (In Her Name: Redemption, Book 1) on July 26, 2013

    Michael R Hicks has done it again with Empire – Book one of the In Her Name series. This is science fiction at it’s’ best. If you love sci-fi space opera you will love this book. Throughout his different trilogies dealing with the human and Kreelan empires Michael R Hicks has created a universe full action and adventure. This novel Empire is no different. In addition to all the action he has begun to develop and explain the warlike Kreelan culture and mentality. He has made it so real and believable it is easy to put yourself into the story and be consumed by it. The author has done an excellent job of developing the lead characters, making it easy to identify and follow them throughout the story. Through his story telling style and word usage I could feel the raw emotion of the heroes of the story. I have read several of Michael R Hicks' books and all I can say is that they are great. I really enjoyed reading Empire by Michael R Hicks and I highly recommend this book to all readers.
  • Cumoro on Sep. 23, 2013

    Cumoro by Marshall Best, the second book of The Chronicles of Guiamo Durmius Stolo, is an excellent book which will leave you breathless each time you take a break. The action packed, and I mean action packed, adventure is non-stop from page one until the end. The author did an excellent job of moving seamlessly from where the first book ended directly into this story. The storylines continues to develop and new twists are constantly being added. This volume, though best if read with the first volume, can be read and enjoyed as a stand-alone story. I really like how in this story the author weaves historical facts into the mythological folklore of the era and region. Marshall Best is an excellent storyteller and part of what makes his stories so good is his character development. Each of his characters are both believable and real to life which makes them easy to identify with. Not only are they strong and wise as you would expect from a hero, but they each have a humanity which comes out in the story. I really liked Cumoro by Marshall Best and I highly recommend this book to all readers. I recommend you also read the first book of the series, Guiamo, in order to gain the full appreciation of this great series. [Please note: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.]
  • Morlanos on Dec. 04, 2013

    Morlanos by Marshall Best is Book 3 of The Chronicles of Guiamo Durmius Stolo and once again the author has left me exhausted. This fast paced adventure will leave you out of breath and wanting more. The fantasy adventures of Guiamo continued to build and develop into a story which is hard to put down. Just when you think it can’t get any better the author throws in another twist to the plot and off you go. The action is great and the adventure is fun. Marshall Best has done an excellent job of developing a great fantasy adventure. As in the first two books of the series, Marshall Best did a great job of character development. He continues to build and strengthen the lead character, Guiamo, making him more believable and a true hero. Not only did the author continued to develop the hero of the story, but also continued to build a supporting cast of characters which were easy to identify with. I really enjoyed reading Morlanos by Marshall Best and I highly recommend the book. [Please note: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.]
  • Beyond the Wildlands on Dec. 23, 2013

    Beyond the Wildlands by Lana Axe is an excellent short novella with will keep you glued to the pages from start to finish. I literally could not put this book down and read it straight through. The author did a great job of developing a storyline that was full of adventure and action. Each new plot and twist added to the story and kept you wanting more. The story was well developed and easy to follow. I liked the way Lana Axe developed her characters. She gave them a personality that was easy to relate to and believe. I really liked Beyond the Wildlands by Lana Axe and highly recommend this book.
  • Orbiting Sins on Feb. 05, 2014

    Orbiting Sins by Steve S. Grant is an excellent sequel to The Dreamer Genome. It is fast pace sci-fi action that was hard to put down when I was reading. The author did a great job of continuing the story begun in The Dreamer Genome, meshing the story into a continuous tale. Yet, the book can stand along as great read and novel. I really like the way Steve S. Grant developed his storyline. It is full of fast paced action and adventure stretching from Pluto all the way back to earth. Even with all or the plot's twist and turns, it was easy to follow and very realistic. Steve S. Grant did a great job in continuing to develop his main characters. As they progress through the story we see their individual strength and personalities grow and come out in the story. This made them very believable and easy to identify with. I really like Orbiting Sins by Steve S. Grant and I highly recommend it to all readers. [Please note: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.]
  • Inis Emain Ablach on March 18, 2014

    I have just finished reading Inis Emain Ablach by Marshall Best. This is book 4 in The Chronicles of Guiamo Durmius Stolo series and I must say it has blown me away. I am trying to catch my breath before I can write this review. The author has done an excellent job of developing a tale throughout all four books which is both action packed and full of adventure. I found myself completely absorbed into the story and became a part of the tale as an unseen extra in the story. I love when a book, much less a series, can capture me and transport me to its world. The book was easy to follow but kept me on my toes because of all the plot twist. The entire series never slowed down and I found it hard to stop reading when I started. Marshall Best did an excellent job of developing all his characters. They were real and easy to believe in. I found it easy to identify with each character as the story progressed. It was fun to watch as the characters developed throughout the series and become the heroes of the story. I really liked reading Inis Emain Ablach and the entire series of The Chronicles of Guimo Durmius Stolo by Marshall Best and I highly recommend this book to all readers. ps. It is best to read this series in order to get the full affect, but each book can stand on its own. [Please note: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.]
  • War-Bringer on March 20, 2014

    War-Bringer (a prequel to Twinborn Trilogy) by J.S. Morin is an excellent story which is full of action and adventure. If you love fantasy then this short story will wind your clock. A word of warning: After reading this you will want to read the other books in the Twinborn Trilogy. The author did a great job of developing this fast paced adventure while keeping it easy to read and follow. The storyline was very believable and easy to identify with. I like the way J.S. Morin began the development of his main characters for the rest of the series. Having read Firehuler - Book 1 previously, this book helped explain a lot about the characters. I really enjoyed War-Bringer by J.S. Morin and I highly recommend this book and the entire Twinborn Trilogy. [Please note: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.]
  • Cafeteria Covenant: the Voice, the Choice, and the Challenge on March 24, 2014

    Cafeteria Covenant by Dee Marvin Emeigh is a great book about the author's coming to grips with her walk with God in a world of "religion." It is hard hitting and tells it like it is. I really liked the way the author opened up with her own failings and short comings and showed the hypocrisy of the world as she turned to religion. She showed how, as she stayed true to her walk with God, she began to find who God really is and his unending love he has for his children. Dee Marvin Emeigh did an excellent job of developing her story. By sharing her experiences and making them real it is easy for a reader, and myself, to identify with her and grow in our own walk. I really like Cafeteria Covenant by Dee Marvin Emeigh and recommend it to all readers. [Please note: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.]
  • The Camping Trip on April 03, 2014

    The Camping Trip by Derick Shawn Farris is a short read that will keep you on the edge of your seat and not wanting to turn your lights out at night. The author did a great job of developing a storyline that was easy to follow and get into. This book takes the old camp fire ghost stories to a hold new level. I could not put the book down from start to finish and hated to see it end. I liked the way Derick Shawn Farris developed his characters. He gave just enough background to make them real and draw you into their story. I really enjoyed reading The Camping Trip by Derick Shawn Farris and I recommend this book to all readers. [Please note: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.]
  • The Survivors: Book One on May 13, 2014

    If you like post-apocalyptic survival stories you will love this book. Life After War: Book One - The Survivors by Angela White is a great adventure that will keep you on the edge of your seat for the entire read. The author did a great job of creating a storyline that is both realistic and easy to identify with. No crazy zombies or weird brain sucking creatures, just a world turned upside down and people trying to survive. It was east to get caught up in this book and I found it hard to put down. When I did put it down I could not get it out of my mind. Angela White did an excellent job of developing her characters. I like the way she made them seem like real people who you would meet on the street. This helped me internalize the story and get caught up in following the main characters. Life After War: Book One - The Survivors by Angela White is an excellent book and I highly recommend this book. I can't wait to read the next installment. ** The author recommends the book to an adult audience due to the violent, graphic and mature nature of the story.
  • Secret of the Crystal on May 22, 2014

    Secret of the Crystal by Brian K. Larson is an action packed, fast paced adventure combining time travel, space opera and fantasy. Once I started reading the book, it was hard to put it down. The author did a great job of weaving a tale of adventure across time and space. The story was full of twist and turns which kept me glue to it but it was easy to read and follow. I found myself getting absorbed into the adventure and this makes a book all the more enjoyable. Brian K. Larson did an excellent job of developing characters that were both real and easy to identify with. His storytelling style gave plenty of information on the backgrounds and storylines of each character. This helped bring them and the story to life. I really like Secret of the Crystal by Brian K. Larson and highly recommend this book to all readers. [Please note: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.]
  • Good Sister, Bad Sister: Heart of the Staff on June 25, 2014

    Good Sister, Bad Sister by Carol Marrs Phipps and Tom Phipps is a very good fantasy tale of adventure and intrigue. It was full of plot twist and excitement which kept me glued to the story. The authors did a great job of weaving a tale full of magic, elves, wizards and even a few dragons. The storyline was both realistic and believable. There were a few editing issues but these failed to distract from the overall readability and otherwise great story. I like the way Carol Marrs Phipps and Tom Phipps developed the characters. Both ours heroes and the villains in the story were believable and easy to identify with. I always like when an author gives enough background information to make the characters seem like real people. I really enjoyed reading Good Sister, Bad Sister by Carol Marrs Phipps and Tom Phipps. I recommend this book to all readers. This is the first book of The Heart of the Staff series and I look forward to reading more.