Summary:

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.











Excerpt:


Lightning streaked across a midnight dark sky, making the neck hairs of a five-year-old girl crouched beneath a cluster of twenty-foot pines in the Turquoise Mountains of Aztlan stand on end. The long wavy strands of her auburn mane floated outward with the static charge. It felt as though the world was about to end.

Seconds later, lightning struck a lone tree nearby and a crash of thunder shook the ground. Her body rocked back and forth, trembling with terror. She lost her footing, sandstone crumbling beneath her feet, and then regained it; still, she did not feel safe. There appeared to be reddish eyes watching from behind scrub oaks and mountain pines, scanning her every movement and watching her quick breaths. Then everything became silent.

The girl leaned against the trunk of the nearest tree. The night air wrapped its frigid arms tightly around her, and she wondered if she would freeze to death or, even worse, stay there through the night and by morning be nothing but the blood and bones left by hungry animals. Her breaths became quicker and were so shallow that no air seemed to reach her lungs. The dusty earth gave up quick bursts of sand from gusts of northerly winds that blew so fiercely into her nostrils that she coughed but tried to stifle the sounds because she didn’t want to be noticed.


About the author:



Paul DeBlassie III, Ph.D., 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.  




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33 comments:

I love finding new authors so the best thing about todays post is being introduced not only to a new author but to a fantastic new world

Personally, I am always intrigued by authors who find new, inventive ways to start out on "a dark and stormy night" without using that cliché. I realize "It was a dark and stormy night" is alleged to be THE worst opening line ever, but I've always found it to be full of promise, letting the reader know there is action right around the corner, so pay attention! As soon as I read DeBlassie's opening line, I knew I would enjoy reading this story.

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I seriously liked the excerpt from the book and overall it sounds like an Amazing story!!!! Very cool giveaway! Thanks so much!!!

The story sounds very intriguing.

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I love finding new to me authors!

I actually enjoy "it was a dark and stormy night" too!

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I love that excerpt! Intense!
Thanks for the giveaway!

Thanks for sharing the excerpt and the giveaway. Sounds like a great book and I am looking forward to reading it. evamillien at gmail dot com

That's a very evocative description, I wouldn't want to be out in that storm!

Sounds very interesting and I love the cover, the colors are great

Sounds like a great read.

I have never read anything by Paul DeBlassie III, Ph.D., but I find this very intriguing that a psychologist wrote something about dreams and visions, shape changing, and natural magic! I'm sure it's a wonderful way to let the inner fantasy world that we hold in our brains out. Absolutely fascinating!

The books sounds great and i like finding new authors

About the new author

Thanks for the chance to win!
Sounds like a great read!!
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I think that this would be an interesting book considering that the author's day job is as a Soul Healer and find it intriguing that he lives in New Mexico but the book of a fictional land looks like New Mexico.

The cover and finding out about a new author =)

The cover and finding out about a new author =)

The cover and finding out about a new author =)

The cover and finding out about a new author =)

The concept of this book is really cool and unique. I will definitely be checking it out. Thanks for sharing!

Mary @ Mary Had a Little Book Blog

Thanks for this great giveaway!

Getting to know a new author. That's always a good thing. :) Thanks for the giveaway!

Sounds very interesting...

The summary and excerpts both look great. I enjoy a well-written fantasy so this is going on the TBR list:)

I find the excerpt amazing..creative..and can tell a lot of thought went into the process of writing it all out. Past scenerios of life to future, of ancient times.. beliefs etc fabulous.

Sounds crazy good..and can tell you put a lot of time and creative thinking to it.. thanks for sharing and the chance.

One of my dreams is to win a book in English! Books in my country are expensive, compared to people's income.Books in another language are even more expensive. I love books but can't afford to buy one every month like I wish to, so.... make my dream come true :))

I love reading about new authors! Thanks for participating in the blog hop!
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I'm intrigued! Sounds like something I would like! Thanks for the great giveaway and chance to win

The excerpt. Sounds like a good read. Thanks.

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twi·light

/ˈtwīˌlīt/
Noun
  1. The soft glowing light from the sky when the sun is below the horizon, caused by the reflection of the sun's rays from the atmosphere.
  2. The period of the evening during which this takes place, between daylight and darkness.
Synonyms
dusk - gloaming - nightfall

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