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A young curandera...an evil archbishop!
International Winner/New Age Fiction
Pinnacle Winner/Metaphysical Thriller
March 3, 2015
Listening to feelings saves lives. In The Unholy
medicine women learn to follow through with instincts. Lives are bettered, people healed. We're hard wired for empathy and in this, among other things, women often excel and men have much to learn.
A New York Times
"WOMEN...by evolutionary design, we are hard-wired to be sensitive to our environments, empathic to our children’s needs and intuitive of our partners’ intentions. This is basic to our survival and that of our offspring. Some research suggests that women are often better at articulating their feelings than men because as the female brain develops, more capacity is reserved for language, memory, hearing and observing emotions in others."
Saving lives, saving our own life, requires human feeling. The ability to be in touch with what's wrong, work to correct it or deal with it, makes the difference between the end and a potential new beginning. There are no guarantees in life, but empathy helps to shine light in dark places, something at which women often excel and men have much to learn.
February 25, 2015
" The Unholy
is such an accurate representation of this book. Set in the southwest, it delves into Native Americans, the church, and the paranormal world. The author has a really eloquent way of describing the world as seen through Claire's eyes. There are a lot of things coming at the reader, the book doesn't just touch on the paranormal, we dive right in. I've always found Native American beliefs to be intriguing, and one of the things I enjoyed the most was how the author incorporated their beliefs into the plot. The Unholy
is a one of a kind mystery, and it's a great deal since it's on Kindle Unlimited. "
Cryptic Reads' review set in motion the thrill of The Unholy
. There's the sense of being pulled into the paranormal world. It hits spot on the energy of seeing through Claire's eyes. Things aren't the way they seem to be. Indigenous beliefs in natural magic move into worlds that usher us deep into mystery.
Dive into the paranormal with The Unholy
as you take a imaginal adventure that will, in the words of this reviewer, usher you deep into mystery.
Cryptic Reads Review
February 25, 2015
Seeing the image of the shaman's tree moved me this morning. I read a passage about it over coffee as it called to mind the medicine women in The Unholy
. Traveling between realities of the inner and outer worlds brings guidance and inspiration about what lies behind the scenes of daily life.
The passage from Contemporary Shamanism (2.20.15) "The shamans tree is a portal beyond time and space. It offers safe containment when traveling through and returning from multiple dimensional travel. What you learn there will be birthed and seeded into growth within ordinary reality. Then it is up to you to tend to what has taken root."
For us, dreams, intuitive flashes, visions as spontaneous images that form in our mind, and synchronous events keep us in touch with the spiritual world. We can tap into profound knowledge by listening, paying attention to our feelings, knowing that we live a both physical and spiritual worlds.
February 21, 2015
GUEST POST: Mythical Books
When a psychologist writes...... then there’s sure to be dreams, nightmares, visions, and screams. In The Unholy
religion takes center stage. People are lulled into the grasp of dark deeds and dastardly plots. It is the human psyche that is traumatized. I am a specialist in treating the psyche. When the dark side of religion lets loose then bad things happen and good people suffer. It’s what The Unholy is about and it is what I as a psychologist write about—the dark side of religion and the human psyche.
“Help me? Help yourself! Face what is yours to face,” Elizabeth hissed. She yanked the door open then forced it to slam behind her.
Claire stood still for a moment, feeling as if a tornado had swept through the room. Elizabeth’s demand had left her shaken. She drew a deep breath, then went to her desk and picked up her tea, noticing her trembling hands.
Turning toward the window, Claire saw a muscular orderly accompanying Elizabeth to the locked ward at the far end of the hospital compound. A flock of crows circled high overhead, seeming to follow the two receding figures. As they arrived at the outer doors of the locked unit, the orderly reached for his keys. The crows circled while the two crossed the threshold of the unit, Elizabeth suddenly pausing, turning, and looking outside, her gaze riveted on the flock of birds.
All but two flew off, disappearing into the piñon-covered hills. The two that remained came to rest on the red brick wall adjacent to the locked unit, their black eyes boring into Elizabeth. She looked panicked then enraged and, shaking a finger at the creatures, yelled something. Her frantic gestures told Claire that she was screeching curses to ward off evil.
Claire took a step back from the window, from the impact of Elizabeth’s rage.
The orderly grabbed Elizabeth roughly by the arm and pulled her inside.
The crows waited, watched, then flew away.
February 18, 2015
We all need relief. Stress mounts to toxic levels. We feel there is no way out. It threatens to crush us with unrealistic expectations and tension.
In The Unholy
Claire deals with stress via ritual: "Sitting cross-legged in front of the boulder, Claire breathed scents of pine, high-mountain air, pure psychic currents, into nostril, lungs, marrow, and soul." ( The Unholy
, p. 46)
When soul is touched via ritual, mystery is evoked. It draws us into a state of relief. Tension is eased. This opens mind to new levels of awareness. Ritual evokes mystery, evokes relief, evokes relief and heightened consciousness.
We need this to move forward in life especially when the going is tough. Mystic experience helps us see things differently, problems from a different perspective. In The Unholy
we are opened up to a new way of seeing things. Dreams, visions, synchronous experiences help desperate folks find their way out of trying situations. The mystic, revealed through ritual, potentiates healing from toxic stress as we proceed along the way in our spiritual quest!
(Photo: Alexander Nikolsky)
February 16, 2015
In your own words, please describe your book.
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.
What genre/genres does your book fall under?
The Unholy was awarded The International Book Award for New Age Fiction and the Pinnacle Book Award for Metaphysical Thriller, fashioning it as a tale of thrills and chill in the world of dark fantasy, horror, and paranormal thrillers!
Is this book part of a series?
The Unholy sets the tone and background for each of my upcoming novels, Dark Goddess to be published in 2015 and building on the mystic world of Aztlan; so, it’s not a series but it definitely is the foundation of all of the paranormal thrillers to come.
What was the inspiration behind your book?
For over thirty years I’ve treated patients traumatized by the nightmare of religious abuse, having been scarred by clergy emotionally and sexually. The Unholy tears through the veil of denial that hides pain. Nightmares then are unleashed in a person’s psyche and in the story. They turn a person’s world upside down and inside out so that healing can begin.
What led you into writing? Was it a lifelong ambition, or the result of some type of turning point in your life?
I’ve been writing thirty years, The Unholy my first supernatural thriller. Writing was and is a lifelong passion. Thing is, writing is chock full of turning points. So, the calling to be a writer takes you by force, shakes you up and won’t let go.
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So far, what has been the greatest moment in your writing career?
Sunstone Press in Santa Fe caught the terror and total mind-blowing vibe of The Unholy and wanted to publish the controversial story and be part of the spiritual and emotional revolution it portends. This was fantastic, a truly great moment.
What are you working on now?
The Dark Goddess is about ready to hit the paranormal literary streets, a novel of love and whether bad love is better than no love at all. It’s set in mystic Aztlan, as is The Unholy. Dreams and visions and natural set the course of the spine tingling drama.
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February 9, 2015
Divine Feminine and Moon Magic...
To remember who we are and sink into that reality takes help. Seeing the moon as we did last week here in New Mexico called us into soul. Medicine people, healers, have long looked her way for solace and strength. In The Unholy
Claire Sanchez, a young and frightened woman, discovers under the light of the full moon what she is made of and what her life calls her to.
It shakes her emotional foundations to see what is before her. The obstacle feels too great. She is alone. There is no one who can do for her what she has to do for herself. Yet, it is her choice.
I work with many women in my psychotherapy practice. They are caught in the plight of Claire Sanchez, medicine woman. To see the destructiveness of a person can be fraught with fright. We want to deny. Run.
Moon magic, a deep energy of receptivity, helps us to be open. We can see what needs to be seen. Rather than running from dysfunction and potential emotional lethality, we can decide. We can make a decision. We can go from there. We can deal with what is before us instead of retreating into denial.
February 4, 2015
In The Unholy
healing saturates the narrative. We read, "...the women of northern Aztlan has sufficient spiritual powers, strong personalities, and force of the human spirit to effect healing." (The Unholy p. 31)
From within the human personality flows pain and healing.
The women of healing, curanderas, impart their gift via their strength. They feel healing energy within. They go within and access that state. It comes from awareness, consciousness. They have been wounded, they have healed, they can heal. "A healer's power stems not from any special ability, but from maintaining the courage and awareness to embody and express the universal healing (more…)
January 29, 2015
Striving and thriving fit hand in glove. To come from a soulful place, true to one's instincts, inevitably leads to insight. There is growth as knowledge of self and other increases. In The Unholy
it is written, "If one lived after such a spiritual battle without losing sanity, then the soul was stronger for having prevailed..." (p. 143).
We hit hard times, we hit good times, and in the end we can choose to strive on. If so, chances are we'll thrive. It seems to be a psychological law that there's no thriving without striving. Folks who seem to have it so easy don't. We can't see it, but they have and have had their own challenges.
The words of a poet speak to the need to be open, to receive, to learn, to thrive in discovery: "When we tune into and embrace the beauty, wonder and mystery of the present moment, we become more open to receiving all that, which is waiting patiently to be discovered by us and expressed through us, right here and now."
~ Mary Ann Byrne
~ Image by Borboletra (Teresa Tomaz)
January 26, 2015
What makes us who we are and what we can become? In psychotherapy practice I witness individuals in the midst of soul making. The wage their battles, they find themselves. In The Unholy
Claire, the young protagonist, reflects "..medicine women summoned their own protective forces, 'Quitters lose out on the battles that make the soul.' " ( The Unholy
In the Facebook post from Curanderismo, the Healing Art of Mexico (1.23.15) we read:
"When a seed is dormant underground, it can sometimes feel as if nothing is happening, yet an important, and a deeply feminine process is taking place.
Brave sister, you cannot push the seed of your soul
to sprout before it is time, if you do it will grow up pale, with weak roots. Remember that a caterpillar sheds its skin again and again to be strong enough for the beauty that awaits.
It sometimes takes time, and yes, there are times when the growing pains make you want to cancel the whole damn human experience.
But from deep below it is emerging,
Her divine pressure, a cracking of the surface
of the outgrown ideas of who you have taken yourself to be.
And you know that it is time,
for something beautiful..."
— D.H. Lawrence
Within dramatic fiction such as The Unholy
human experience drives us onward on our quest to struggle and engage and discover meaning and purpose in the midst of battles that make the soul.
Art by ARTE TOLTECA