Friday, December 19, 2014

Guest post Spotlight from Paul DeBlassie III (& a giveaway! ends 12/30/14)

Let's give a warm welcome to Paul DeBlassie III the author of The Unholy! He was kind enough to join us today for and interview and to share his plans for the holidays and a few of his favorite things! So without further ado may I introduce Paul DeBlassie III!

How Do You Celebrate the Holidays?

As a writer of what some have referred to as pagan literature, I celebrate the holidays by attuning myself to nature. My family and I, celebrate the seasons and important facets of human life such as gratitude and good will. In writing The Unholy, the medicine women listen to natural forces such as this and find that they are able to live their lives much better, more harmoniously, and attuned to healing forces. There is so much in the course of one day to fill my life that I have to make sure and get time to heal myself, to relax, sink into marriage and family life. Ultimately, it’s the wonder of marriage and family life that grounds and heals me, keeps my feet on the ground, keeps me real and keeps me going!

What is your favorite season?

Spring is my favorite season especially here in Aztlan,(New Mexico)as the high-mountain desert teems with budding life and the turquoise skies are crystalline clear.

What was your favorite subject in school?

Psychology, religious studies, and English were favorite subjects of mine, all of them coming together as a thriller writer who explores the dark side of religion as is dramatized in The Unholy.

What is your favorite heartbreak song?

Willie Nelson’s rendition of You Were Always on my Mind is a cautionary tale to me of the need for love and to express it with a full heart and sincerity lest the moment pass and leave us with regret, something best to avoid for the sake of truth to self and a loving relationship.

What is your favorite movie?

I have lots of favorite movies, but I was recently impressed by the tragic tale of Philomena in which the protagonist can be seen as having been permanently damaged by the dark side of religion.

What is your favorite thing to do on a rainy weekend?

Rainy days are for curling into self and reading good books and spinning tales of intrigue.

What is your favorite breakfast food?

Red chile breakfast burritos served up piping hot in the land of Aztlan is my favorite food to start off on the path of an enlightening day!

What is your favorite dessert?

In Aztlan we have a specialty desert called natillas, a chilled custard with whipped egg white, nutmeg, and cinnamon…a real soul warmer!

Do you prefer rain or snow?
Here in Aztlan, the high mountain desert, we are grateful for all form of precipitation of both the snowy and purely liquid variety.

If your personality was a color, what would it be?

I’m a blue guy, the color of the unconscious mind as deep calls unto deep and color vibrates with a soulful resonance.

Paule 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.  

***** Now onto the giveaway! Paul is being kind enough to offer a print copy of The Unholy to one lucky U.S. winner or an e-copy if the winner is located internationally!     *****

Here are the rules! 

To become eligible to win, all you have to do is enter using the Rafflecopter form below! 

·     The giveaway will start on Dec 18, 2014 and end on Dec 30, 2014
·     A winner will be picked on Dec 30, 2014 and will be notified by email
·     The winner of the contest will be announced on this blog
·     The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only for the physical copy or kindle version and international winners will receive only the kindle version

·     You will receive your choice of a physical copy or kindle version, if that is what you prefer in and are located in the U.S., of the book The Unholy. If you are located outside the U.S. you will receive an e-copy. The winner will receive the book within two weeks after the winner is announced

Remember to please leave your email address in the Rafflecopter so we have a way to contact and verify the winner's information! This is important. If you do not leave an email addy then I won't be able to contact you and therefore you won't be able to win.

Where else you can find Paul around the web:

The Unholy on Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Paul DeBlassie III on Amazon

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Excerpt from The Unholy

“Hush now, child,” said a voice she recognized as that of her mother’s closest friend. “The man cannot harm you, mijita, as long as you are with us. We will make him think you are dead. But you must be very quiet. “Ya no llores,” the woman warned, raising a finger to her lips.

The woman then carried her into a dark cave illuminated by the light of a single candle. The cave was frightening, with shadows of what appeared to be goblins and demons dancing on the red sandstone walls. “I will return for you soon. You will be safe here,” the woman said. The girl watched the woman walk away, shivering as a breeze blew through the cave’s narrow passages.

Closing her eyes, she rocked back and forth—imagining herself safe in her mother’s arms—then opened her eyes to the light of the full moon shining through the mouth of the cave. The shadows on the walls were just shadows now, no longer goblins and demons. As she slipped into a trance, images flickered in her mind. She saw the woman who had brought her to this place scattering pieces of raw meat around the open mesa where her mother had struggled, helped by two other women the girl could not identify.

Suddenly, the scene shifted to a stone ledge jutting over the mesa, and she heard the pounding footsteps of a man running toward the women. The girl felt her heart race and her breathing quicken, afraid that the bad man would spot them and kill them. Then the image shifted again, and she now saw on the mesa three gray wolves circling the raw meat and the man walking away from the granite ledge. As he left, she heard his thought: The child is dead.

*****Want to find out more about Paul DeBlassie III? Want a chance to win your own copy of The Unholy? Come back Friday for your chance to win!*****

The Unholy by Paul DeBlassie III

The Unholy
by Paul DeBlassie III

 "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."

Come back Friday for your chance to win a copy of The Unholy. Can't wait 'til then? The Unholy is currently available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Spotlight on...

This week the spotlight is on.....
(drum roll please....)

Paul DeBlassie III!

His current work includes:

Be sure to come back later this week for a special guest post by Paul AND a chance to win a copy of his book!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

My Adventures in Weight Loss @ Weight Watchers Week 29

Sorry forgot to get a pic this week!

But I lost this week! And I lost BIG! 3.2 lbs!! Yay me!

Weight: 182.8 lbs.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Sunday, November 30, 2014

R.I.P. Gabby Jankowski

So I know a lot of my readers have seen my posts about Rett's Syndrome and the girls that we were able to introduce people to during the Readers for Rett's Awareness Event.

 Today at 4:45 am Gabby, my best friends daughter, lost her fight with Rett's Syndrome.  She went peacefully in her sleep and was surrounded by her family who loved her. She was only 11 years old. I want to ask that everyone takes a moment and shares this, or shares the link to Gabby's interview from the Readers for Rett's event. So many girls are lost to this horrible disease. Not just from the disease killing them, but also from this monster taking away the lives they could have lived. It takes away their ability to run and play, their ability to speak. But even so they are still amazing warriors who impact the lives they touch with their bravery, kindness, grace and love. In sharing this post, Gabby's interview, and the other posts of the girls from the event their lives can have an even greater impact and hopefully at some point in the future maybe even pave a way to find a cure for this horrible disease.

Gabby's family has been amazingly brave and dedicated to her through this whole horrific ordeal. Something none of us would ever wish to even imagine facing. Gabby wherever you can now run and speak and be free from pain and the life you faced of being trapped within your body. A life you faced with amazing grace and strength. Memories of your laughter and love will forever touch the lives of the people who knew you. I will always be inspired by your strength and courage. We will never forget you.