Today, I am hosting a guest post by Paul DeBlassie III as part of the The Unholy book tour hosted by Goddess Fish Promotions. The Unholy is a psychological/supernatural thriller available now from Sunstone Press. I will be sharing my review of the book on Tuesday so please drop by and check it out.
The author will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble GC to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. Be sure to follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. Enter to win a $25 Amazon/BN Gift Card!
A young curandera, a medicine woman, intent on uncovering the secrets of her past is forced into a life-and-death battle against an evil Archbishop. Set in the mystic land of Aztlan, The Unholy is a novel of destiny as healer and slayer. Native lore of dreams and visions, shape changing, and natural magic work to spin a neo-gothic web in which sadness and mystery lure the unsuspecting into a twilight realm of discovery and decision.
Lightning streaked across a midnight dark sky, making the neck hairs of a five-year-old girl crouched beneath a cluster of twenty-foot pines in the Turquoise Mountains of Aztlan stand on end. The long wavy strands of her auburn mane floated outward with the static charge. It felt as though the world was about to end.
Seconds later, lightning struck a lone tree nearby and a crash of thunder shook the ground. Her body rocked back and forth, trembling with terror. She lost her footing, sandstone crumbling beneath her feet, and then regained it; still, she did not feel safe. There appeared to be reddish eyes watching from behind scrub oaks and mountain pines, scanning her every movement and watching her quick breaths. Then everything became silent.
The girl leaned against the trunk of the nearest tree. The night air wrapped its frigid arms tightly around her, and she wondered if she would freeze to death or, even worse, stay there through the night and by morning be nothing but the blood and bones left by hungry animals. Her breaths became quicker and were so shallow that no air seemed to reach her lungs. The dusty earth gave up quick bursts of sand from gusts of northerly winds that blew so fiercely into her nostrils that she coughed but tried to stifle the sounds because she didn’t want to be noticed.
The Inspiration Behind
The Unholy was written as a matter of personal urgency. I’ve have treated individuals in psychotherapy who have suffered religious abuse. To have written inspirational or self help psychology, as I have in the past on other subjects, wouldn’t have gone deep enough. Stories move into the unconscious mind with symbols that affect powerful memories, experiences, and even motivate change. There’s a bigger impact through narratives involving struggle, suffering, decisions made, and consequences lived out. In The Unholy, the foundations of the personality are threatened. An evil Archbishop haunts the dreams and waking life of an innocent girl. She has to decide what she is going to do. She can run. She can try to flee from this man. She can pretend that evil is not there. But, none of this will work. We when read a story like this, the character on some level, is like us. We have options—truth or denial. When we deny, as the young curandera so much wants to do, we end up making the haunting worse. Nightmares come. Nightmares are natures way of saying we need to take care of emotional business. They won’t stop till we stop. We can medicate them away. We can want to end our lives. That’ll stop them. But those aren’t creative, healing, alternatives. Inspiration for The Unholy came smack dab out of treating real life trauma. People suffer because of the dark side of religion. Story, The Unholy, has the potential to usher us into drama that makes us think, reconsider, feel and heal!
Paul DeBlassie III, Ph.D., is a psychologist and writer living in Albuquerque who has treated survivors of the dark side of religion for more than 30 years. His professional consultation practice — SoulCare — is devoted to the tending of the soul. Dr. DeBlassie writes fiction with a healing emphasis. He has been deeply influenced by the mestizo myth of Aztlan, its surreal beauty and natural magic. He is a member of the Depth Psychology Alliance, the Transpersonal Psychology Association and the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy.
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Paul-DeBlassie-III/e/B00E5TBJXY/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1