Friday, July 21, 2017

Blog Tour EJ Apicello’s YOUR CROSSROADS. YOUR CHOICE.

Title:
YOUR CROSSROADS. YOUR CHOICE.

Author: EJ Apicello

Publisher: Page Publishing

Pages: 110

Genre: Self-Help

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.

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I challenge
anyone to argue with the following oh so utterly simplistic, almost
ridiculously too easy to be real, truth. Here it is, people, be ready for your
mind to be blown! Every choice has an opposite choice. And these choices
come at a crossroads. A crossroads you are in control of. So go ahead, try and
come up with a reason to argue that what I speak isn’t the absolute truth. I’ll
wait. Come back when you realize you can’t think of a single one. Please don’t
get me wrong, it’s not that I enjoy being right; I just know it’s hard to argue
with such an insanely logical and straightforward truth. You see my readers, my
new friends, it will hurt less if you accept this to be so. Everything in our
world has two opposing choices, and these choices sit at our own personal
crossroads, forcing us to embrace either the right or the wrong, the easy or
the hard, the light or the dark. Throughout this book, you will see how I am
working through this arduous journey with you by my side, priding myself on
being a woman of logic and facts, but let’s be clear: I also believe in Santa,
the Tooth Fairy, and unicorns!
What can I
say, it gives me intense pleasure to know that while you read this book you are
going to be kept on the edge of your seat! There will be sexy steamy bits,
utterly hopeless bits, raw emotional bits, hilariously funny bits, and pathetic
whiny bits. But I promise, if you stick with me, at the end of it all, there
will be mostly strong, empowered, utterly-confident bits. But who knows, right?
This is honestly an introduction to my journey of self-discovery not directed
simply at you but at me as well. Welcome aboard my crazy train, I hope you
enjoy the ride!
Please
recognize that as you stumble through my jumbled musings and scattered thoughts
that where I sit typing this, even on the last of the last of the last
rewrites, I am starting at the same place in my journey as you are right at
this very moment. The beginning, and I’m not sure what will happen at the end.
This thought makes me both nervous and excited. Is my life going to stay the
same, or will it take a completely different path, one that is still
unbeknownst even to me? What a novel idea (wink, wink) that you will be
right there to experience my holy shit moments as I experience them.
“Talking” to
you like this is going to force me to have thoughts, feelings, and emotions
that I haven’t allowed myself to experience before. This will be like breaking
through the fourth wall just like they did during the movie Deadpool,
which, by the way, is the best movie I have ever seen. It was like the movie
was talking to my soul! I digress, though, and I must get back to focusing on
the introduction, for this is my welcome to you, as if you were right here with
me urging me on, especially when I feel like I can’t go any further.
I will admit
this: I am being slightly selfish, I’m using you for some personal gain. Why
would I admit this upfront? Well, because I think it’s important to be honest
with myself and you, my new confidants, so that we have a clear understanding
of what is to come. Be honest with yourselves too, you picked up this book for
a reason. There is something you are hoping to gain from reading through my
journey, sharing my experiences, and being able to reflect on them as if they
were your own. Which is exactly what I would like you to do by the way. Put
yourself into my shoes through my words. I purposely kept this book very
generic, partially because I am trying to fly under the radar until I am so
famous it doesn’t matter anymore, and partially because I want you to use this
book as a sounding board for your own emotions, thoughts, and feelings. And
please remember that is a good thing; it is one of the two biggest reasons that
I wrote all of this nonsense down and worked so hard to get it into your hands,
your consciousness, your world.
I am going to
introduce you to the many faces that I wear, or should I say wore, throughout
most of my life. You will also be here to discover the parts of the new me that
I am in the process of piecing together. With that being said, it is imperative
this early in our bud-ding relationship, that I share with you the vast clarity
I have found while writing this novel and you see the clarity of your choice
while reading it. It took me up until the moment the first letter was placed on
the page, over thirty-six years, to realize that in spite of the very logical,
black-and-white way of processing things that I so absolutely rely on, it is
time I accepted that I too am layered in shades of gray, just like everyone
else.





Welcome to EJ’s real, crazy,
emotional, probably too honest journey. She is an everyday girl in this
everyday world trying to keep her head above water. Within the pages of this
book you will learn about the things that have broken EJ down and the
steps she is taking to build back up. You will see, that this story is written
in a unique, general, conversational voice, which was her choice. She wants you
to be able to picture yourself in her shoes, relate her 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 EJ’s life taking a crazy right turn and
dumping her at the lowest possible point before she could see the strength
within herself. We are not defined by what we do, we are defined by the choices
we make. EJ decided when she put pen to paper that she wanted her choices to
start defining her as strong, confident, secure and above all else, happy. So,
who am EJ? How about who she was - a self-loathing shell who put everyone
else’s happiness before her own. Herein lies a story about finding that
happiness and all of the ups and downs along the way. See who EJ was and who
she is trying to become and maybe, somewhere in there, you will find out a
little about yourself too.

Her latest book is the self-help, Your
Crossroads. Your Choice
.

Interview with EJ Apicello
How did you come up with name of this book?

I had a much wordier version of this title but decided that less is more. The whole essence of my message in this book, of my whole platform is that you control the choices you make. My goal is to empower you to have strength and confidence in those choices so you can find your happiness.

Do you read yourself and if so what is your favorite genre?

I love to read! I am a middle school teacher so I admit I read a lot of young adult novels in order to stay current with what my students are experiencing/reading. I am also adapting this book into a more kid friendly version in the hopes that it can help kids navigate the choppy waters of middle and high school with a little more strength and confidence than they may have had.

Do you prefer to write in silence or with noise? Why?

I prefer noise - it makes me feel connected to the world.

What do you feel you can accomplish with this book?

If there is enough reach, then I am hoping I can begin a global change - a major shift in the way our culture and society view happiness.

What is your next project?



I am working on a sequel to this book that will include tools and strategies to find your confidence and happiness.

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