Wednesday, August 19, 2020

NBTM Virtual Book Tour + #Giveaway: The Unholy by Paul DeBlassie III @pdeblassieiii @GoddessFish

The Unholy
by Paul DeBlassie III
GENRE: Thriller


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.


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.

Interview with Paul DeBlassie III

    What was the hardest scene from your book to write?
    Ahhh…can’t tell you that because it’d make you cry. You’ll grow to know her and love her. Then, you’ll cry.
    Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre?
    I’m a trauma therapist and supernatural thriller writer. The two fit hand in glove, magic and mystery, warring forces of dark energy and natural magic.
    If you write in more than one genre, how do you balance them?
    I write supernatural thrillers and essays in depth psychology. They’re naturally in balance because what’s true in psychological research can be organically dramatized in magical storytelling.
    What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
    Oh…it wasn’t pure enjoyment, more like bloodletting on the page, the joy coming in the end from being true to a heartrending story.
    What book that you have read has most influenced your life?
    Algernon Blackwood’s supernatural tales have influenced my writing to this day as he looks over my shoulder even now and guides the flow of imagination and my fingers along the keyboard.
    Tell us a little about yourself? Perhaps something not many people know?
    Each day before I write, I have to arrange the gifted Native American stone fetishes on my desk. It’s a ritual that sets things right in my head and puts the creative vibes on pitch.

    Can you tell us something about your book that is not in the summary?
    The Unholy has been said to get under your psychic skin – either love it or hate it – but it gets in and when it takes, it does its mysterious workings in a surprising way that changes your outlook and your life.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

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.

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Paul DeBlassie III, Ph.D./SoulCare said...

Thank you for hosting The Unholy!

Victoria Alexander said...

Great post & awesome giveaway!

Kim said...

I enjoyed the interview.

James Robert said...

I appreciate hearing about your book, thanks and for the giveaway also. Thanks so much!