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A young curandera...an evil archbishop!
International Winner/New Age Fiction
Pinnacle Winner/Metaphysical Thriller
March 25, 2015
Paul DeBlassie’s Take on The Dark Side of Groups…
In The Unholy
it is religious groups that are the focus of the dark side of human nature and society. You get the feeling that, as in many groups, no one really thinks for themselves. There is no self. There is only the group. Archbishop William Anarch, the incarnation of evil, is in reality the spokesperson of the religious group complex.
Due to his own psychological damage he has given himself over to the Great God Religion and in this found his pulpit, his twisted and destructive sense of self that takes as its nourishment not only acclaim by the religious organization but domination over women.
Groups lose the feminine quality of sensitivity and caring in favor of power and control and manipulation.
Claire is the divine feminine battling against the out-of-control group maniac Archbishop William Anarch, a misogynist, one who typifies masculine energy gone amuck as is true in power mongering groups that no longer serve the needs of the individual, have left the service of humanity, and exist only to serve their own power ridden ends. In general, groups are quite prone to be power ridden and antithetical to the growth of the individual.
Claire Sanchez, symbol of the divine feminine within every man and woman, stands on her own. She will not abide by or tolerate immersion in the group. She stands apart and for this reason is a character to be reckoned with. Claire Sanchez, heroine within all men and women waiting to be discovered, is a veritable force of nature!
March 23, 2015
Bit'n Book Author Interview:
Have you ever based your book or characters on actual events or people from your own life?
Oh my gosh…the characters in The Unholy
are a compilation of so many folks. These are people who suffered under the reign of organized religion. Despair and mental torment threatened their existence. (more…)
March 20, 2015
Guest Post Book Blast for The Unholy
The stronger the character in terms of capacity for both love and rage the more compelling they are and it is in this that the true character is birthed. Love and rage are in essence the nests in which the characters are cared for and nourished and then allowed to (more…)
March 18, 2015
Character Interview: All Things Paranormal
We’re thrilled to have here today, Claire Sanchez, medicine woman, from Paul DeBlassie III’s thriller, The Unholy
. Claire is coming to us all the way from Aztlan, the mythopoeic realm of destiny as healer and slayer. It is a pleasure to have Claire with us today at Beyond the Books!Thank you so for this interview, Claire. Now that the book has been written, do you feel you were fairly portrayed or would you like to set anything straight with your readers?
Yes I do. I should mention that I am speaking from the virtual realm, a mythopoeic place where past and present and future are as one:, so, whether I actually live or die within the drama of The Unholy
has been answered, is being answered, and has still to be answered question.What do you believe is your strongest trait? I am tenacious! Having lost my mother at an early age, witnessing her brutal murder, left me with a ferocious will to survive.Worst trait? Fear. I fear that one day what happened to my mother could happen to me. I know I am a healer. She was a healer, was challenged, and died for what she believed in. That frightens me.If you could choose someone in the television or movie industry to play your part if your book was made into a movie, who would that be (and you can’t say yourself!)? I am a Native American/Hispanic woman of twenty-five who has intense brown eyes and auburn hair and a personality that can be fierce, fiery and warm and loving, so I ‘ll let you and the readers dream up what Hollywood woman could fit into this bronze woman’s shoes!Do you have a love interest in the book? I am in love with Anthony, a sculptor; but, in my mind to love means to lose. I lost my mother when I was a child. I’m desperately afraid to love Anthony.At what point of the book did you start getting nervous about the way it was going to turn out? I suffered the possibility of another intense and critical loss as the story unfolded, the actual turn of events actually turning my mental world upside down and inside out.If you could trade places with one of the other characters in the book, which character would you really not want to be and why? I would be Anthony, my friend and lover as he is such a supportive individual and one who feels and exhibits such great courage and understanding for the one he loves.How do you feel about the ending of the book without giving too much away? I was literally brought to tears by the way in which the story ended, the drama unfolding with such violence and natural occurrences synchronously leading to destiny revealing itself!What words of wisdom would you give your author if she decided to write another book with you in it? I will be appearing when least expected in the next novel, Dark Goddess, that he is writing. The wisdom I have to impart is to always watch for the unexpected for it is full of shocks, surprises, and delights!
March 17, 2015
In the healing culture of The Unholy
it's noted, "Real medicine women keep things simple--good down-to-earth talk to set the person's thinking straight and teach how dreams and intuitions heal, and herbs to soothe the spirit and heal the body.." ( The Unholy
The Return of The Divine Feminine (FB 3.16.15) posts, "The physical body is our teacher - it shows us what we need to heal, work on, adjust and transform... If we listen, we are accessing our inner antidote and cure... It takes us on a journey deep into the self and our wounds, when we truly listen... It helps us to see where we may have been traumatized and thrown into imbalance, or conditioned to not accept a part of who we are; it helps us to bring love and light into the darkness of the unconscious, to bring conscious awareness to all parts of our Being, expanding us into our multi-dimensional nature. The body is the final frontier of where energy goes, if we don't have the opportunity to process or release, when we are coping with immense challenge or unhealthy relationships; lots of health issues are rooted in childhood wounds and even past-life patternings... Some things get buried and we repress and internalize - some things shock us and we never catch up with it, until we begin to listen to the cries and needs of our body. The health of our body, our relationships and our relationship with creation, reveal where our inner work is needed, as we may reach out to outer support. Be empowered on the path of healing and transformation and make choices that support your wisdom, truth and uniqueness and inner healing abilities ~ be careful of the things that take you further away.... Everything assists us and serves us, if we can see it from the right perspective..." ( Laura M. Eisenhower).
Thus, mystic cultures emphasize the body as a repository of energy. As we listen to our body energy, we are attuned to self. There's ancient feminine wisdom in our body. It speaks to us of bad and good energy, what hurts us, what makes us well and whole. So, it's simple-we listen to the cries and needs of our body so that we live attuned to self, to life.
Artist - Susan Seddon Boulet
March 15, 2015
Hellvis Compendium Guest Post:
As an author, what scares me the most:
What scares me most is the day I’m not scared. Fear is a healthy part of being alive. It doesn’t have to cripple us. If it does then we’re not listening to something that we need to turn inside and hear. Otherwise, fear especially when conjured within a horror story such as The Unholy
helps us in life by getting us to face things on the page that symbolically we’ve been wrestling with. We might never have had to face a raging Archbishop; but, what if we’ve been raised in a rigidly religious home and the face of God is manifest in the face of the minister or priest and as you are reading you suddenly, on a primal level, feel the terror of being reproved by the Almighty for having fallen short in your life and being condemned. Well..that kind of fear is a good thing because it brings us face to face with a destructive emotion that can be faced and felt in the story, the reader finding a little catharsis and perspective, and maybe discovering a little more freedom in the process from what just doesn’t make sense. Respecting fear and its power to inform and motivate is something that I hope to do for the rest of my life as I continue to explored horizons of horrifying stories that provide catharsis and a little perspective. When, as an author, I’m open to catharsis as I’m writing, feeling the fear of the character, the young curandera facing the evil archbishop, then I’m open to continuing to change and grow as a writer and never fear ceasing to grow, change, horrify, and perhaps transmogrify.
March 13, 2015
Hellvis Book Review:
It’s books like The Unholy
which remind me why I decided to take my chances with the big red guy (satan, that is – not santa) and run far, far away from anything to do with organised religion of the Bible thumping variety.
I’ve got to say that I usually wouldn’t want to read a book involving religion, much less volunteer to review one, but I was intrigued by the author’s Bio where he mentions survivors of the dark side of religion – and there is one.
This isn’t your nice, if annoying Ned Flanders garden variety religion, this is freaky as hell super religion – think Carrie’s mother, only an extreme version (yes, I know she was a bit extreme to start with) with major mummy issues, and childhood displays of animal torture, leading to murder – otherwise known as the makings of a psychopath.
Moving on, Claire, our MC, has overcome a traumatic childhood to become a well-rounded young woman, devoted to th helping and healing of others using alternative therapy. The last in a long line of Medicine Women, she is deeply in tune with nature, and her spirituality, enabling her to see the world differently to you and I.
I found Claire to be a refreshingly compelling female lead. Instead of being gung-ho and guns blazing, she analyses the consequences of her actions, and in an inherently good person, placing her values in family, friends, patients, even those unknown to her who may be treading the wrong path.
On the flip side, we have Archbishop Anarch of the Ecclesia Dei – on the outside, his public facade is that of a devout man of the cloth, but on the inside he is rotten to the core, using the lord’s word to explain away and justify his actions.
For me, the religious aspect of The Unholy
is terrifying, knowing the things which people will say and do in the name of the lord. The way that the susceptible and the vulnerable can be drawn in by promises of god’s reward, and, in turn, come to fear god’s wrath.
All in all, The Unholy
is a great tale of Good vs Evil. I’m sure it will offend a large number of religious types, and that the author will be dubbed as ‘blasphemous’, but I enjoyed it. I feel that it’s a book which needed to be written, and Claire is a fabulous female lead and role model, staying true to herself, while experiencing self-doubt and fear of the unknown, just like the rest of us."
March 10, 2015
Scouting for Icebergs Book Interview: The Unholy
Six Musts Every Story in Your Genre Should Have…
Scary, mean, dark, compelling, transformational potential, and hope but not too much hope for the future.
If there is too much hope then we run the risk of selling our soul out to an angel. Selling out to an angel is a terrible possibility because that trivializes the human condition, takes what is complex and looks only at the surface and ready made answers that seem to provide immediate relief from suffering.
Scary and mean and dark and compelling set the stage for dark forces infringing on human hope and potential with no guarantees. We have to remain on the edge our seat, waiting to see what’s going to happen.
Claire, in The Unholy
, is a young woman haunted and intimated by a life-threatening figure, a man robed in black. He haunts her dreams, comes in nightmares, terrifying remembrances of things past. This deep fear from childhood trauma so laces The Unholy with compelling imagery and emotion that the reader is flung forward into the narrative desperate to find out not only what will happen but how it will happen, how a young woman could possible handle the power of a misogynistic religious male patriarchy.
Archbishop William Anarch hates women and Claire Sanchez, curandera, is a young and vulnerable women. When a man carries the sanction of society, particularly of a huge religious organization, and mixes it with his own sordid inclinations so as to empower himself then we’ve got one of the building blocks of good set against evil.
Innocence is the other building block, Claire Sanchez, and when she confronts face to face the worst thing in her life…we’ve got action and thrills.
Scary, mean, dark, compelling with the potential for hope and transformation are the building blocks for good psychological thrillers and dark fantasy!
March 9, 2015
Occasional Stuff Book Interview:
Paul DeBlassie Shares: How to Handle Negative Criticism...
The most important thing for me to remember about criticism and The Unholy
is to realize that it sets off a religious complex in people who haven’t come to terms with the meaning of religion, freedom, spirituality, and love in life.
If there is conflict in the confluence of these areas for an individual then they may hate the novel. It makes them vulnerable and suddenly what they’ve wanted to cling to and perhaps find redemption in becomes threatened.
Instead of looking within and wondering, pondering the source of their intense emotional reaction, they take it out on the story and may rage against it. Intense emotional reactions are always telling, there is stuff lurking underneath.
With The Unholy
it provokes strong feeling and may cause folks to love it or hate it…depends on where they are and how they are feeling about themselves and their life. So, I take all this into account when I receive negative criticism. I believe it is helpful in maintaining a certain remove, a distance so that my objectivity remains as clear as possible.
There was an initial reaction by a few church folk to The Unholy
, stating or really wondering if this was a novel that “is just about slamming religion.” Actually, I enjoyed answering them and saying that the novel is not about religion so much as it is about the dark side of human nature, religion just being the particular venue for this story. There is a dark side to religion, something they agreed with, and The Unholy takes this reality and dramatizes to show how good and evil can be masked and show up in the most unlikely of ways. This addressed their criticism and interestingly enough set them more or less at ease about reading a terrifying novel about the dark side of religion!
March 7, 2015
speaks of women's struggle to find self. Here we find, "At least three hundred years old, the tradition of the northern Aztlan medicine women...was known for its down-to-earth ways...spiritual powers, strong personalities, and force of the human spirit to effect healing." ( The Unholy
p. 31) Discovering self leads to empowerment that generates life, spirituality, and healing.
Women's author, Ashley Rice writes, “There are women who make things better... simply by showing up. There are women who make things happen. There are women who make their way. There are women who make a difference. And women who make us smile. There are women of wit and wisdom who, through strength and courage, make it through. There are women who change the world everyday... Women like you.”
In psychotherapy I treat women in the process of self empowerment. They find their strong personality. Like the medicine women in The Unholy
they discover the authentic force of the human spirit. This heals, empowers, changes lives and contributes good to the world!
Painting: Supreme Unconditional by Liliflor Art.