The Unholy by Paul DeBlassie III Guest Post and Tour
I am happy to have Paul DeBlassie III as my guest post today. You can read after that about his book “The Unholy”.
The Unholy Character Studies
Paul DeBlassie III
Archbishop William Anarch, the antagonist of The Unholy, craves spiritual power the way a rabid wolf hunts the next victim. He will destroy whoever is in his way. The man knows no bounds. He is the personification of religion gone crazy bad. When he steps into a church, ascends the pulpit, everyone is mesmerized. The Almighty has chosen him, he believes, to rule over the people of the mythopoeic realm of Aztlan. A young woman, unknowing of her psychic abilities, stands in his way. It is his mission to find her, dispose of her, so he can assume the dark throne of total religious power. He is a truly evil man who targets women, one woman in particular his equal and a threat.
Claire Sanchez, a twenty-five year old, healer witnessed the murder of her mother in the darkness of a forest. A full moon night and the howling of a mother killed by a black-robed man haunts her dreams. Nightmares speak to Claire of her path in life. She must come to terms with her fears or forever be haunted by the ghosts of her past.
Francesca, an old medicine woman and spiritual guide, mediates between the worlds of the visible and invisible. It is up to her to give enough without giving too much. Claire, The Unholy’s protagonist, loves Francesca and seeks her wisdom. What Francesca tells her determines Claire’s destiny and Francesca’s own dramatic unfolding.
Winner of the 2014 International Book Award and the Pinnacle Achievement Award!
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.
“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
“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’
PAUL DeBLASSIE III, PhD, is a psychologist and writer living in his native New Mexico. A member of the Depth Psychology Alliance, the Transpersonal Psychology Association, and the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, he has for over thirty years treated survivors of the dark side of religion.
Paul DeBlassie III’s Website: http://www.pauldeblassieiii.com
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