By: Eliza Daly
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Psst. Can you keep a secret? Your life might depend on it. You witnessed a major drug deal gone bad and your testimony just took down the biggest drug lord in history. You’re a hero! However, rather than celebrating with family and friends, you have an hour to say your goodbyes before a U.S. Marshal whisks you away to your new life in the Federal Witness Protection Program. You can’t tell anyone where you are going or your new identity. Your life is about to change forever.
The following are the steps you’ll need to take to enter the program. First off, you should know the program is actually called the Federal Witness Security Program. Over the years,authors and movie producers have taken a certain amount of creative liberties when writing about the program, such as changing its name.
You’ll also need to change your name. This is your chance to take on an exotic sounding name like Sophie Fontaine. However, it’s recommended that you keep your first name and initials, so if you’re about to start writing or saying your real name you can catch yourself. And you don’t want your family members hollering your new name down the street or your neighbors will start to wonder. The good news is you can keep your monogrammed towels, since you’ll likely be able to take some personal belongings.
You may be allowed to take furniture and clothes, but you’ll need to destroy your birth certificate, social security card, credit cards, and all personal documents. A few family photos are okay, if they don’t provide clues to your past. No wedding photos of you standing in front of a church with the Seattle Space Needle in the background.
This is your chance to relocate from the harsh Midwest winters to sunny San Diego. Or if you’re tired of the scorching Phoenix summers, head for the Colorado Rockies. However, if you’ve always wanted to live in San Diego or Denver, then everyone probably knows this. You’ll be asked to write down the top ten or twenty places you’d like to live, and then you’ll be relocated to the last spot on your list. So if you really want to live in San Diego, list it last. However, if you want to stay alive, then be honest.
Say goodbye to Facebook, Twitter, and all social media. Not only do you need to cancel your current pages, but don’t be tempted to create accounts under your new identity. One night, you might feel lonely and reach out to loved ones in cyberspace. Now, it’s out of your control if the bad guy posts your picture on Facebook, claiming you’re a long lost love he wishes to reunite with and suddenly your pic goes viral and people recognize you.So if you’ve ever wanted to be a blonde or Botox away those wrinkles, this would be the time to do it. However, WITSEC won’t pay for your new look.
If you’ve secretly wanted to try parachuting or bungee jumping, go for it. Not that you’re suicidal, but you can’t continue hobbies that could lead the bad guys to you. If you’re an avid Chagall collector, you could be easily tracked down if you’re bidding on Chagalls at auction. Art is a small world, especially with everything being computerized. If you’re a triathlon runner and subscribe to a triathlon magazine, a bit of a niche, someone could cross-check the magazine’s mailing list against public records and determine your name is absent from most records. The bad guys are sneaky, so you need to be even sneakier.
Tear up your resume you’ve worked years to perfect. You need to start from scratch, especially if you are in a career that would be easy to trace, such as a doctor or a lawyer. The program will help with job placement and career training.
So the technicalities are done. You are prepared to enter the Federal Witness Security Program. But emotionally, will you ever be ready to give up your family, friends, and current life, and never look back?
Giveaway—Thank you so much to Just Romantic Suspense for having me here today and helping me celebrate the release of Identity Crisis. I will be giving away a $10 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to one commenter. To enter to win, please leave a meaningful comment or question about my post. Please include your e-mail address with your comment. The winner will be announced March 28th. Thank you for stopping by!
When Olivia Doyle’s father dies under suspicious circumstances, rather than inheriting a family fortune, she inherits a new identity. She learns they were placed in the Federal Witness Security Program when she was five years old. Her father was involved in an art forgery ring and testified against the mob. Brought up not to trust anyone, Olivia has a difficult time relying on U.S. Marshal Ethan Ryder to protect her, and to keep her secret. She fears her father may have continued his life of crime through her art gallery. She has little choice but to depend on Ethan when she realizes someone is now after her. Olivia’s search for the truth leads her and Ethan across country to a family and past she doesn’t remember.
At the age of ten, Ethan witnessed a brutal murder. He vowed when he grew up, he’d protect people in danger. Protecting Olivia is difficult when she won’t trust him. He soon realizes his desire to protect her goes beyond doing his job, but if his judgment becomes clouded by emotions, her safety could be jeopardized.
Can Ethan and Olivia learn to trust each other when they uncover secrets that will change their lives forever?
Eliza Daly’s first attempt at creative writing was in fourth grade. She and her friends were huge Charlie’s Angels fans and she would sit in her bedroom at night writing scripts for them to act out at recess the following day. She was Kelly Garrett. Fast forward to the present, she’s still writing stories about beautiful women who always get their men. The journey from fourth grade script writer to published author wasn’t an easy one, but it was always an adventure and the final destination was well worth it.
When Eliza isn’t traveling for her job as an event planner, or tracing her ancestry roots through Ireland, she’s at home in Milwaukee working on her next novel, bouncing ideas off her husband Mark, and her cats Quigley, Frankie, and Sammy.
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