SouthCoast author Gilda Arruda is releasing what might be her most personal book yet. It's called "License to Live: 38 Steps to Your True Self."

After the death of her husband, Arruda retreated to a beach house to embrace some time alone. "It was an intimate communion of thought for letting go of certainties," a news release states about the Somerset woman. There, she says she was given a license to live and she accepted the challenges as blessings.

"Even in the darkest places ... people seek to heal the broken heart from the wounds of anxiety and burdens and, in times of crisis, life gains new and unexpected optimism and an attitude of motivation," the release states.

"License to Live" is about values and the power of choice.

"When people recognize it is the resistance of change that holds them back, they focus on life, they desire more of it and they want to learn how to avoid the seduction of rage, turning a difficult ending to new beginnings, which opens the gateway to better living," Arruda says.

The author says she hopes "License to Live" can change the way people think about their lives because a loss isn't necessarily an ending but a process. Arruda says she is sharing what prompted her to move forward with the hope that others will be inspired to challenge their fears and emerge stronger.

More information is available at Facebook.com/License-to-Live-Gilda-Arruda-1453340714988141.