Spotlight on YOUR CROSSROADS. YOUR CHOICE by EJ Apicello

Genre: Non Fiction – Self-Help
Date Published: June 2017
Publisher: Page Publishing

 

Welcome to my diary, my journey, as I tripped and crawled through the darkest time in my life- when I witnessed people that I held incredibly close to me shatter my very existence with their words and actions. The things within this book spine are extremely raw and exceptionally real. You and I are going to get very close, the details in this book, although oddly general, are incredibly specific. Yes, I realize what I just said and as you read my words you will see what I mean. As you silently gasp and mentally bitch slap me, please be kind because my story is just that – my story. It is not any more or less special than yours. In fact the only difference between our stories are the choices we made at each of the crossroads in our lives. For most of my life the choices I made were not based on my happiness but on everyone else’s. This book describes what I have experienced in my journey to finding my happiness and hopefully never letting it go. Sadly, it took me thirty six years to find the strength I need to detoxify my life and self-view and find someone who is worthy of my awesomeness. Thirty six years to shatter the negative foundation I had built shatter the ultimate representative I created to hide behind and begin the process of building a new foundation. Only this foundation will be built on strength, confidence and above all, happiness. So take a minute or thirty and sit with my story for a while. You never know what you might find out.


Why Book Covers Are So Important

Guest Post by EJ Apicello

I am a victim of marketing. And impulse buying. And checkout line product placement. For this reason, I know that book covers are critical to the success of a novel! Chefs swear by the fact that before you stick your fork into that delicious meal that was prepared, you begin feasting with your eyes. Book are the same way. As you browse through the aisles at the bookstore or scroll through the choices on your phone, the first thing you come across is the cover. Your eyes see the colors, interpret the pictures and words and without realizing it you begin to make a movie in your mind. Expectations are already being set around what you might find within that book.

This is a critical point in the relationship between you and that book. Are you going to swipe left or right on that choice? Pick it up and give it a chance or pass by hoping for something a little more spicy?

I know that for my cover I wanted it to stand out. I wanted someone to be able to take one look at it and see that it is about choice. Opposing choice, but choice nonetheless. I stood at a major crossroads in my life while I was writing this book. I knew that my life’s journey was about to take a major turn and writing down my experiences, my highs and my lows helped me to better understand what I was going through. I used this book as part of my healing process and I am hoping that my readers will do the same.

Use the book cover as our first hello. A shy smile, a timid wave. Get a little spark of hope, confidence and happiness when you make the choice to read my journey. I promise you will laugh, gasp, blush and learn a thing or two. Above all you will gain perspective A chance to see that you are not alone, we are all stumbling along on our journeys, trying to find happiness. Who knows, maybe my story will help you to find yours.


About the Author

Welcome to my real, crazy, emotional, probably too honest journey. I am an everyday girl in this everyday world trying to keep my head above water and within the pages of this book you will learn about the things that have broken me down and the steps I am taking to build back up. You will see, my new friends, this story is written in a unique, general, conversational voice, which was my choice. I want you to be able to picture yourself in my shoes, relate my trials and tribulations to yours and see that you too can find your happiness. Even if you don’t realize this yet, every single one of us possesses things inside of ourselves that we didn’t know were there. It took my life taking a crazy right turn and dumping me at the lowest possible point before I could see the strength within myself. We are not defined by what we do, we are defined by the choices we make. I decided when I put pen to paper that I want my choices to start defining me as strong, confident, secure and above all else, happy. So, who am I? How about I tell you who I was. A self-loathing shell of myself who put everyone else’s happiness before my own. Herein lies my story to find that happiness and all of the ups and downs along the way. See who I was and who I am trying to become and maybe, somewhere in there, you will find out a little about yourself too.

 

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  • Emily Heisler

    Thank you for positng