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The STIFYN EMRYS Collection

The author published a collection of works as Stifyn Emrys from 2012-14.
Each of the following works, described below, is available on Amazon.com.
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FICTION

IDENTITY BREAK

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.

Artifice

The year is 2058. Humanity is in a race against time to save itself from a climate crisis that has spun out of control, leaving millions dead from heat stroke and exposure. But Tim, a teenager growing up in Silicon Valley, has an advantage: his father heads the world’s largest corporation and has the power to keep him safe. Unfortunately, he’s not much of a father. In fact, he’s a self-absorbed workaholic who has no time - and no respect - for Tim. At least Tim has his girlfriend, Annie, who grew up with him and helped him get through the worst that his father and the rest of the world threw at him. Now, however, they find their lives spiraling out of control in a whirlwind of corporate intrigue and cutthroat power plays that could cost both of them their lives and threaten humanity’s very existence. What choice do you make when you run out of options? Whom do you trust in a game of deceit? Sometimes, it all comes down to a fight for survival. But the price for survival can be high. Would you trade your life for love? Your honor for hope? If you wind up with a raw deal, a bluff can win the hand, but when the stakes are love and honor, you may be forced to choose between the truth … and artifice. A companion novella to Identity Break.

FEATHERCAP

A new fairy tale in the classic tradition, Feathercap is a short story for children and adults alike. Illustrated with classic woodcuts from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries, it's a holiday love letter from the author to his wife that he's decided to share with everyone. An enchanted tale of life's ebbs and flows, the mysteries nature and the magic of one boy's dream, Feathercap is sure to delight children and adults alike.


NONFICTION

THE GOSPEL OF THE PHOENIX

The Gospel of the Phoenix tells the story of Jesus’ life, in biblical style, as never before. Fans of Kahlil Gibran and students of history alike will enjoy this the story of a Jewish teacher trained in Egyptian healing and mysticism who set about spreading a gospel of humility, servanthood and renewal. His mission? To reveal the hidden kingdom of heaven that is both within and all around us. His method? Retracing the footsteps of his heavenly father, the Egyptian god Osiris, and honoring his divine mother while immersing his followers in the way of forgiveness, humility and wisdom. 

THE PHOENIX PRINCIPLE

Who was Jesus? It is a question that has been asked and answered many times and in many ways throughout history. But in order to even begin addressing this question, the person of Jesus must be placed in historical and mythical context. Once this is done, some truly shocking answers emerge. Here is a man who was intent upon establishing the kingdom of God on earth in his own lifetime, a revolutionary leader with training in the mystical traditions of Egypt who would settle for nothing less than following in the footsteps of King Solomon, the pharaohs and the gods themselves. Journey back to the Garden of Eden, then forward with Gilgamesh and to the mystical isle of Dilmun, with Jason and his crew on the Argo, with Mary Magdalene to the garden tomb and with Arthur's knights in search of the Holy Grail. Much of what you uncover along the way will be surprising; some things may even be disturbing. Those who enjoyed Sir James Frazer's Golden Bough will find much of interest in the tapestry of myth, political intrigue and pagan ritual woven together in The Phoenix Principle.

REQUIEM FOR A PHANTOM GOD

The debate between the theist and the atheist dates back millennia. Yet the crucial question involves not the existence of deity, but what kind of deity might exist. Can we eliminate certain options and leave ourselves free to explore others? Requiem for a Phantom God argues that we can. Any consideration of the divine should rule out what C.S. Lewis termed "nonsense." Self-contradictory portraits of God are not only meaningless, but they have the potential to do great harm - and they have over the course of human history. Requiem for a Phantom God serves as an epitaph for just such a god of nonsense. It identifies the core philosophical problem: the desire of humanity to believe in an all-powerful deity who is at, at the same time, entirely "good." This desire, however, is destined to remain unfulfilled, because these two concepts cannot be reconciled. Once humanity realizes this, we can choose the kind of god we wish to believe in: immanent or transcendent ... if, indeed, we wish to put our faith in a god at all. Requiem discusses the abuses and pitfalls of faith, and whether it is possible to speak of a faith that is not blind. It addresses modern and historical examples of religious abuse and suggests they tell us about the doctrines that support them.

UNDEFEATED

Undefeated is a collection of stories about individuals who have triumphed in the face of prejudice. Dismissed because of their religion, demeaned because of their gender, or persecuted for their race, these are individuals from a variety of backgrounds. A Christian in one nation's majority may be persecuted in another land. The same applies to a Jew or a Pagan. What of the atheist and transgender individuals? Their stories are drawn from past and present, from the realms of history, sports and politics. They show that bigotry, a false attitude based on false distinctions, in reality knows no bounds ... but neither does the human spirit. Join the author on a journey through a diverse spectrum of stories that spotlight our shared humanity and celebrate the courage of women and men who sought to defend it.

THE WAY OF THE PHOENIX

The Way of the Phoenix is a companion volume to The Gospel of the Phoenix. As the latter book explored the life of Jesus from a new perspective, this work uses the style of wisdom literature to offer insights into life, ethics and meaning. The Way of the Phoenix is divided into two sections. The first is a series of tales modeled after the parables of Jesus, the fables of Aesop, the stories of Hans Christian Andersen and others. The second is a series of teachings in the style of proverbs, sayings and aphorisms, grouped according to subject matter. All the material here is original, but the subjects are familiar. The Way of the Phoenix is a work in the tradition of Kahlil Gibran, Paul Coelho and others who have used the language of legend and fable to tell new stories based on timeless truths.