Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Unholy

Today's special guest is Paul DeBlassie III, Ph.D. Paul 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. 


ABOUT THE 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.


AN EXCERPT


“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.


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7 comments:

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting

Catherine Lee said...

I'm not familiar with the mestizo myth of Aztlan. I'm always open to learn about new myths and lore. And crows are never a good omen, are they. We saw that on Sleepy Hollow last night!

p.m.terrell said...

Thank you for visiting us here today! Your book sounds fascinating. Like Catherine, I'd never heard of Aztlan before, either. Had to laugh at your comment, Catherine, about the raven. I love the series Sleepy Hollow... But in the series Vikings, the raven is a sign of strength for the main character - a good omen, I believe. Perhaps you can enlighten us about the ravens and their significance, Paul? Best of luck on your book tour!

Rita said...

Sounds like a fabulous read.

MomJane said...

When you write about a country that no one knows about, You can write anything. this story sounds really exciting.

Honolulubelle said...

I like people bucking religon

Natasha D said...

Sounds like a wonderful read!!
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