Wednesday, November 4, 2020

The Unholy by Paul DeBlassie with an interview


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish PromotionsPaul DeBlassie III will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. 

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Winner of the International Book Award and Pinnacle Book Award for Visionary Fiction! The Unholy is a dramatic story of Claire Sanchez, a young medicine woman, intent on discovering the closely-guarded secrets of her past. Forced into a life-and-death battle against an evil Archbishop, William Anarch, she confronts the dark side of religion and the horror of one man's will to power.

read an excerpt...

“Hush now, child,” said a voice she recognized as that of her mother’s closest friend. “The man cannot harm you, mijita, as long as you are with us. We will make him think you are dead. But you must be very quiet. Ya no llores,” the woman warned, raising a finger to her lips.

 The woman then carried her into a dark cave illuminated by the light of a single candle. The cave was frightening, with shadows of what appeared to be goblins and demons dancing on the red sandstone walls. “I will return for you soon. You will be safe here,” the woman said. The girl watched the woman walk away, shivering as a breeze blew through the cave’s narrow passages.

 Closing her eyes, she rocked back and forth—imagining herself safe in her mother’s arms—then opened her eyes to the light of the full moon shining through the mouth of the cave. The shadows on the walls were just shadows now, no longer goblins and demons. As she slipped into a trance, images flickered in her mind. She saw the woman who had brought her to this place scattering pieces of raw meat around the open mesa where her mother had

struggled, helped by two other women the girl could not identify.

Suddenly, the scene shifted to a stone ledge jutting over the mesa, and she heard the pounding footsteps of a man running toward the women. The girl felt her heart race and her breathing quicken, afraid that the bad man would spot them and kill them. Then the image shifted again, and she now saw on the mesa three gray wolves circling the raw meat and the man walking away from the granite ledge. As he left, she heard his thought: The child is dead.


about Paul DeBlassie III...

Paul DeBlassie III, Ph.D. is a depth psychologist and award-winning writer living in his native New Mexico. He specializes in treating individuals in emotional and spiritual crisis. His novels, visionary thrillers, delve deep into archetypal realities as they play out dramatically in the lives of everyday people. Memberships include the Author’s Guild, Visionary Fiction Alliance, Depth Psychology Alliance, International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, and the International Association for Jungian Studies.

more personal "stuff" about Paul DeBlassie...

Does this book have a special meaning to you? i.e. where you found the idea, its symbolism, its meaning, who you dedicated it to, what made you want to write it? I lived out the story of The Unholy with folks I knew personally and patients I treated in psychotherapy professionally. Their suffering, struggles, and my own passion to tell a truthful story about a obscure religious reality.

Where do you get your storylines from? Storylines fly into my head and linger. They urge me to put them to paper. When they dig in and press to get out, then the story is ready to be told. It always comes from life experience and clinical encounters in the practice of depth psychotherapy.

Was this book easier or more difficult to write than others?  Why? The Unholy posed a unique challenge in that its reality is played out every day in the media. The dark side of religion in real. Check the news media, then consider dipping into the horror behind the lovely scenes we were brought up to buy into. Read The Unholy.

Do you only write one genre? I write professional essays in depth psychology and spirituality. My novels focus on the supernatural world, its reality, and its life-changing effects.

Give us a picture of where you write, where you compose these words…is it Starbucks, a den, a garden…we want to know your inner sanctum? I write in what my artist/wife, Kate, calls my sanctum sanctorum – my study. I do teletherapy from there, I write there. It’s an intimate realm of books, words, and stories.

And finally, of course…was there any specific event or circumstance that made you want to be a writer? At age 16 I knew I wanted to be a psychologist/writer. And, voila! It happened.

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  1. It's great hearing about new books when you have a family who loves to read. Thanks so much for sharing your book.

  2. I enjoyed reading the excerpt and the personal stuff was quite interesting! The Unholy sounds like a thrilling read, thanks for sharing with me!

  3. It sounds like a thrilling read! Love the cover!


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