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A journey of self discovery – guest post from Elizabeth Arroyo

Thanks for having me Vicky!

I’d like to share a little bit of my journey toward publication. What led me here.

It started with Oprah

Live your best life.

I use that Oprah motto as my mantra–no one can define it but me. My earliest memory of the need for change in my life began much in the same way Elizabeth Gilbert starts her book Eat, Pray, Love–on the bathroom floor balling. On that floor I desperately wanted answers. What was wrong with me? Why did I feel so empty inside?  I have a great family. My kids are healthy. I have a home. Had a job. What could it be?

I realized then that it wasn’t about looking outside for my answers. I wasn’t empty on the outside. I was surrounded by people I loved and loved me. It was a journey I had to take on the inside. I had to take a moment to reflect on me, my missing parts.

I did and I found out that I was lacking in many aspects of my life.  Which led me back to writing.

I always wanted to publish my books, to earn a living with it, to share a part of me with the world  because that is what authors do. We share a part of our reality, our fears, our hopes, our dreams. We reach into our imagination and hope the reader follows. We share a piece of ourselves through the written word. Which is why the publication process–querying, receiving critiques and feedback, and finally getting out into the real world is so heart-wrenching. But necessary.

So in all my infinite wisdom (not), I offer these suggestions for transformation:

  • Be in constant change, always reinvent yourself because the possibilities are endless.
  • Find what is right for you and try it out. You don’t need to reinvent the wheel just adjust it.
  • Have a support group, someone in your corner. It helps.
  • And remember to live your best life.

About the author:
Elizabeth has worked in the community for the bulk of her professional career. She enjoys quiet moments, action flicks, and dancing with her four-year-old.  THE SECOND SIGN is her debut novel. You can find more information about Elizabeth at:


Dark YA Paranormal Romance
Sapphire Star Publishing

When a demon guardian comes to collect seventeen-year-old Gabby’s soul, she refuses to give it up. She’s not demon. She can’t be. Her father and twin brother are angels. The demon gives Gabby twenty-four hours to decide her allegiance, and then starts killing her short list of friends, leaving a message behind: She is the Second Sign.

As Gabby and Jake—her almost boyfriend—begin to unravel the mystery behind the Second Sign, she learns Jake may be the key to saving her soul. But it means a sacrifice has to be made that will change their lives forever.

The Second Sign

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