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A young curandera...an evil archbishop!
International Winner/New Age Fiction
Pinnacle Winner/Metaphysical Thriller
April 18, 2015
In The Unholy
, the choice is clear: to live life fully or shy away into shadowy corners. To shy away from life means great risk. It seems that the reverse would be true; but, to move forward fully into life calls us into encounters that work things through so that we do not remain haunted.
A poet, Dawna Markova, movingly writes, “I will not die an Unlived Life....
I will not live in fear of of falling or catching fire.
I choose to inhabit my days, to allow my living to open me, to make me less afraid, more accessible,
to loosen my heart until it becomes a wing, a torch, a promise.
I choose to risk my significance;
to live so that which came to me as seed goes to the next as blossom;
and that which came to me as blossom,
goes on to fruit.”
Painting by Mariela de la Paz (Chile)
April 15, 2015
Hidden fears, especially when they come from the dark side of religion, cripple the human personality. Medicine women, the powerful female healers in The Unholy
, know how to help a person face these fears. Religion induced fears come during waking and sleeping time. Nightmares of a religious nature often betray horrid pasts replete with church-bound guilt, fear, and anxieties. The Ecclesia Dei, in The Unholy
, symbolizes the absolute worst of church culture, the dark side of religion.
In psychotherapy practice daily I treat individuals who’ve suffered from the dark side of religion. Women, in particular, are open to facing the way they have been treated and often abused by clergy. Men can be so removed from their feelings and experiences that they’re quite often in denial. Bad memories can be stuck down deep and denial keeps them there. When it comes to bad religion denial is an especially gruesome culprit. In order to break through and see what’s true, denial needs to be dealt with and worked out of so that a person can see the abusiveness of religion and then heal up and set themselves free.
Bad memories can be so crippling that a person can’t love. Religion can break the heart and threaten the stability of the mind. Guilt and fear are injected so deep that they override the love capacity. People in churches then are riddled with anxiety and can’t really connect on a human basis. In The Unholy
, it is the Ecclesia Dei, the Latin designation for the “church of God”, that essentially causes Claire, the protagonist of the story, to fear ever loving. A man loves her, she loves him, but religious fear threatens to forever damage the potential for intimacy.
Claire is raised by medicine women. These are women in Aztlan who know that dreams, intuition, herbs heal. Her mother was a medicine woman and it is she who made a fateful decision that not only ended her life but set in motion a terrible sequence of events that her daughter, Claire, then had to deal with. Trauma is transmitted generation to generation until one person finally decides to handle things with courage and truth.
As the young woman in conflict in The Unholy
, Claire must decide to face her worst religious fears or forever be bound by the past. Nightmares haunt her with faces looming large in the dead of night. These are night terrors that afflict those who suffer at the hands of the dark side of religion. The Ecclesia Dei in The Unholy
portrays some of the worst happenings in the church—the terrorizing of women. For Claire, in The Unholy
, to not face the ghosts of the past means certain unhappiness and untimely death; to embrace her fears and who she is--a medicine woman in the making--offers hope for the future and the potential for transformation!
April 11, 2015
I found that in writing The Unholy
, and other books, it was a matter of listening to the energy coming from self, family, and friends so that nothing tips more one way than the other and the creative juices stay flowing rather than being depleted by excessive writing and are therefore constantly in a state of being replenished. I had a music teacher who once told me to practice or play up to the point that I feel bored, that the energy for it has been spent, and then to stop for the day. That’s what I do with writing. I stay with it, hit the page running each day, and go for as long and with as much intensity as I have for the scene that I’m writing. Then, I stop. And, if I don’t stop I’ll have nightmare that night that I’m being seduced and used by the muse and that such a thing could lead to utter ruination.
There are horror stories about this. Writers in the stories feel the tug to write, the muse senses that someone is taking the bait and then the writer is hooked and reeled in. So, if I let myself be hooked and reeled in then I lose my balance. There is something to being hooked and reeled of course, but the true and balanced thing of it happens when it comes from a hook and a reeling that is my own and not one that causes me to be possessed by something other than my own common sense. After all, what matters is the living of life, and living a good one to the best of one’s ability, writing The Unholy
partaking in that creative energy!
April 7, 2015
The The Unholy's
creative fires flow from the recesses of the dark side of religion. I've treated people in depth psychotherapy for over thirty years. They've suffered from the ravages of religion gone bad. The Unholy
delves into the secrets of religion's dark side, what people suffer, how their lives are nearly ruined, and the challenges facing the person who is face to face with evil incarnate.
is the story of a young woman, a curandera, a healer in New Mexico (Aztlan in the story). She witnesses the murder of her mother and must decided if she's going to forever run from her fears or face the ghost of her past. In the telling, we feel her terror and wonder what the outcome will be as she confronts the black-hooded man of the night!
April 1, 2015
Teddy Rose Book Reviews:
“The imagery throughout is amazing and I love the writing style. The plot kept me engaged throughout and the backstory is intricate and makes you think. This is a relatively quick read but I would suggest starting when you’ve got time to invest. Because you won’t want to put it down once you pick it up!“-Shana, The Bookie Monster
“The mystical novel, ‘The Unholy’ by Paul DeBlassie III is jam packed with native folklore, dreams and magic coming from all directions, which lead to the sadness and mystery that lures Claire, the heroine of the story, into a realm of discovery. The narrative of this book is fast paced and easy to read.
Claire is a strong female character, who has to not only fight against others, but also herself. There are so many components that made this novel unique, such as the setting of Aztlan, the Native American beliefs, religion, magic, and the overwhelming dark forces present. Paul DeBlassie III succeeds at telling a riveting story with an inventive narrative that carefully intertwines cultural and romantic elements into the good vs. evil fight, which pulsates throughout all the pages of the book.”-Red City Review
NewPinnacleAward3D2“The theme of the novel is pretty basic, good vs. evil. But the author takes that theme, twists it around, comes up with intriguing characters who often walk the balance between right and wrong, and takes things to a whole new level. There’s action, suspense, a hint of romance, and definitely enough darkness to share around in this book.
The writing style is very descriptive, almost poetic. Intruiging.”- Majanka, I Heart Reading
“A new take on the classic good versus evil, The Unholy is well written and will leave you wanting more. I was intrigued by the native lore that was used to develop the story, and also on how strong of a hold the Archbishop has on the people of the town – his fear and power is overwhelming. I really enjoyed the story and how the characters prepared for what was to come.“-Tracee, Review From Here
“This is really a very good read but I have to warn you it’s really dark. It reminded me of watching a movie where it is overcast, gloomy, a bit foggy and there are crows and ravens around. Well this had all that plus a psychiatric hospital, ancient and mystical powers, a cult, and unknown forces at work.
There is a sinister feeling that hangs over you as you read through this captivating story. It is really well written and so vivid, I had such a clear sense of where this all took place. The characters were very well done. The evil person is really dark and warped and creepy.
As I said this is quite a dark story but it is well told and a really good read. The very first chapter draws you into this story and will keep you reading to see whether good or evil wins. I definitely recommend it.”-Maggie Thom, Author of ‘The Caspian Wine Series’
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