Monday, March 11, 2013

Identity Break by Stifyn Emrys

How far would you go to find yourself?

Imagine everything you thought you knew about yourself turned out to be a lie, and you didn’t know who was telling the truth. Imagine you possessed a secret so dangerous that, if it were exposed, it would reshape the entire world.
What would you do if that secret were your very identity?

In almost every way, Palo Vista seems like a typical California city, with office buildings, schools, and homes sprawled out across suburbia, filled with families making a life for themselves at the dawn of the new millennium.
But two seniors at Mt. MacMurray High are about to find out that nothing is as it seems. Jason Nix is a star athlete and honors student who can’t seem to remember anything about his childhood. Elyse Van Auten is a budding artist from a broken home whose father left her mother two years ago - or so she’s been led to believe.

Like most teens entering adulthood, Elyse and Jason just want to find out who they really are. For them, however, the stakes go far beyond their own personal quest. Join them on a journey of self-discovery that becomes a desperate fight for survival against enemies determined to conceal the truth … and find out what happens when that fight becomes personal.

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Author Bio:

Stifyn Emrys is a journalist and educator who has written on subjects as diverse as history, religion, politics and language. He has served as an editor for fiction and non-fiction projects, and his first book, “The Gospel of the Phoenix,” was published in the summer of 2012. He has published four other books, including three non-fiction works and the children's fairy tale “Feathercap.” “Identity Break” is his first novel. He lives on California’s Central Coast with his wife (also an author), stepson, cat and dog.

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  1. Would it be possible to be apart of this tour. I was supplied a copy of the book by the author. I've already read this book a couple of months ago and have a review. I could also do a guest post.

  2. Hi Jessica, Do you have a blog? Or you can email me too!

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  4. Thanks Jessica, just sent you an email!

  5. Congratulations on the release of your novel. How different is journalistic writing from novel writing?

    1. Thank you! I've applied some of the lessons learned as a journalist to my career as a novelist. Journalists have limited space in which to express their ideas, so they're encouraged to write in the active voice and write succinctly. That advice came in handy when I set out to write a fast-paced novel.

      The structure of a news story is entirely different. As a journalist, you want to summarize the most important points in the first paragraph, then amplify on those as the story unfolds. A novelist, by contrast, doesn't want to let the cat out of the bag altogether right up front. That's especially true with a book such as "Identity Break," which has a couple of twists designed to surprise the reader and cast the entire story in a whole new light.

      Of course, journalists deal in non-fiction, whereas novelists write fiction. I wrote a few non-fiction books before I set out to write "Identity Break," so I worked up to it gradually.

      I hope you enjoy the book!

  6. Stifyn? Is that a family name or a pen name? I have never heard it before.

    1. It's a pen name, and it's the Welsh version of Stephen (my given name). I chose Emrys because it was the Welsh name for Merlin, and it translates as "immortal." I've always considered writers to be immortal, in a way, because our words live on. They're like our children, our love letters to succeeding generations.

    2. Stephen...How interesting! I just read an interview in Parade magazine today with Stephen King where he muses about whether he will be popular beyond his lifetime; if he'll be "immortal," so to speak. I'm a librarian, so I understand the immortality of great authors. I even help perpetuate it!

  7. Congratulations on your first blog tour! You wrote a really great book!


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