Monday, February 10, 2020

NBtM Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: Goddess of the Wild Thing by Paul DeBlassie III

Welcome to my stop on the NBtM Virtual Book Tour for Goddess of the Wild Thing by Paul DeBlassie III. This tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt for you as well as a guest post on the supernatural. There's also the tour wide giveaway to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more excerpts, guest posts, interviews, and more. Enjoy!
Title: Goddess of the Wild Thing
Author: Paul DeBlassie III
Publisher: Hallowed Realms Press
Publication Date: October 3rd 2017
Print Length: 200 pages
Genre: Horror
Winner of the Independent Press Award and the NYC Big Book Award for Visionary Fiction!

Eve Sanchez, a scholar of esoteric studies, is driven into unreal dimensions of horror and hope as she encounters a seductive and frightening man, criminal lawyer Sam Shear.

Sam introduces Eve to a supernatural world in which the wicked powers of a surrogate mother’s twisted affection threaten love and life. Struggling to sort through right from wrong, frightened yet determined, Eve nears despair.

Goddess of the Wild Thing reveals the dramatic tale of one woman’s spiritual journey where metaphysical happenings, unexpected turns of fate, and unseen forces impact her ability to love and be loved.

In the magical realm of Aztlan del Sur, a mythopoeic land of hidden horrors and guiding spirits, Eve, with three friends and a wise old woman, is caught in an age-old struggle about love—whether bad love is better than no love— and discovers that love is a wild thing.

Unending man dramas weren’t necessary to life and well-being. She was educated, had plenty of common sense, and was street-smart. Countless members of the male species spoke of her in hushed tones at the cantina, in university hallways, and at social events when friends and colleagues were relaxed and enjoying themselves during the cool, high-desert nights. The thought of hooking up with the most desirable of fantasy felines for the evening rippled through the undercurrent of verbal exchange. She should be able to attract the right kind of man, one who was kind and caring and didn’t bring tidal waves of emotional drama.

Eve had no time to waste. She needed the counsel of her trusted friend and spiritual guide. This turn of events was unlike any she’d ever encountered. It was violent and bloody and made her fear for her safety.

This new fellow had seemed genuine, courtly, romantic, and hot. He gave off a world-wise and street savvy vibe. There was a gentleness and sensitivity to him, more so than the typical single, middle-aged male on the lookout for female companionship and mind-blowing times.

However, she’d unwittingly found trouble and needed guidance from Graciéla, a seventy-eight-year-old wise woman, crone, and seer into confusing matters of the heart. Graciéla waited for Eve at the Sage Metaphysical Bookstore where she served as resident manager for an absentee owner. Even after an exhausting day of seeing one desperate soul after another, Graciéla agreed that Eve’s situation was critical. She’d stay late for a friend and frightened soul.

Eve had to park blocks from the store because lately, downtown had become a hub of clubs, theaters, and trendy restaurants appealing to a congestion of new money and hot times. Close-in parking was locked up by happy hour, so blocks away was her only choice. She caught herself looking nervously from side to side and down twilight-shadowed alleyways as she hurried along the cracked sidewalk. She felt safer along these edgy streets with Shirley by her side, a genuine person and mystic cohort.

“Eve, honey . . .” Shirley paused before going on.

Eve knew Shirley hesitated because she was trying to be conciliatory—not an easy talent for a hard-bitten woman.

The pause passed. “On the other hand, maybe if bad love is what we get, bad love is just what we take. If there’s something better, I’m in . . . just saying I’ve never seen it. Till I do, I for one gotta go with what I get.” Her look toughened. “It’s just not come my way, and I’m not holding a sure-to-turn-me-blue breath.” A tough attitude toward life, love, and men was her stock-in-trade.

Eve smiled a bit. She loved her friend and all her rough spots and edges. There were people who were mean but not nasty, malicious, or toxic. Shirley was hardened and mean but only when and if she needed to be.

Shirley’s hair floated a few inches away from her shoulders, static currents conjuring magic. Eve’s peripheral vision caught the streaks of what she imagined as a bonfire during a war dance. Shirley spoke from experience, a woman smitten by man potential going south quicker than a rattler hisses and bites.

Eve kept up her pace as she contemplated Shirley’s words. Settling for less than what she wanted was no good. It left her cold and empty. It was definitely no good. Plus, Shirley didn’t know the whole story, only that gloom about the prospect of men and love had descended, and Eve was taking it hard.

“Bad love’s a risk, Shirley. No good for me. If I need to cut this thing short, so be it. But I’d rather see it through. Maybe there’s a chance that the bad I’m afraid of isn’t there. Maybe I’m blowing it up into something it isn’t. Maybe there’s good and I’m thinking it’s bad. So if the good is down deep, real deep—I want to hold on and give it a chance.” Eve pondered the words as a light rain started up. Then she went on, “I need to hear what Graciéla has to say. I’d like to give things a chance. I’m not giving up unless there’s no way out of emotional dead-ends and never-ending heartache.”

Mists formed along the edges of the potholed asphalt and cracked sidewalks. They twisted and curled, arising out of a subterranean ether sphere. Usually, they arose during the early morning and hovered inches above the downtown park’s green expanse, hardly ever at night with its fading daytime desert heat, and hardly ever along the paved spaces. Darkness descended and pressed down like a heavy hand, edgy and ominous.
Paul DeBlassie III, Ph.D. is a depth psychologist and award-winning writer living in his native New Mexico. He specializes in treating individuals in emotional and spiritual crisis. His novels, visionary thrillers, delve deep into archetypal realities as they play out dramatically in the lives of everyday people. Memberships include the Author’s Guild, Visionary Fiction Alliance, Depth Psychology Alliance, International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, and the International Association for Jungian Studies.

- Have you ever encountered anything supernatural? 

Absolutely I’ve encountered the supernatural. It takes real-life happenings to make for authentic writing with teeth. For Goddess of the Wild Thing (as with each of my supernatural thrillers), a bad omen led to the story, a patient’s dangerous tie to a wicked mother. Before beginning therapy one dark, winter morning, I was walking from my car to the front office door. A black cat ran past. I felt a shudder, a sense of being warned. Walking up the flight of steps into my suite, I turned the corner and saw a folded paper taped to my door. I took it off, opened it, and in red crayon was my bearded face crudely drawn with jagged lines like lightning bolts streaked across it. On the bottom of the paper was an imprint of lips, red lipstick caked, and fresh. The first person of the day, a male, said he’d received a letter from his estranged mother who scolded him for having gotten married without informing her. She threatened to curse him and his wife if he did not introduce her and obtain her blessing. Vehemently, she blamed me as his therapist. Having learned of me through her witchy grapevine of friends, she spewed hatred of me on the page. His mother came from an old New Mexican tradition of brujas, witches. We dealt with this in therapy. The relational drama and outcome were changed up, stylized, and dramatized (to protect professional confidentiality) in the supernatural thriller, Goddess of the Wild Thing.
Paul DeBlassie III will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter after the tour. To increase your chance of winning, leave a comment at a different stop on the tour each day. Good luck!
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  1. Thanks so much for sharing your book and for the giveaway also. Greatly appreciated!

  2. I like the author bio, guest post and the synopsis. Your blog always has interesting information. Thanks for sharing and for the chance!

  3. This sounds like a very good book.

  4. Looking forward to reading. Thanks for rewarding your readers with giveaways!

  5. The cover is very interesting.

  6. nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.

  7. that guest post kinda freaked me out. lol
    sherry @ fundinmental

  8. A very unusual cover. Very colorful.

  9. the cover is just so gorgeous and creative! I'm thrilled to read this.

  10. The cover and excerpt are awesome! Thank you for sharing!

  11. The cover is very eye catching! I love the colors!

  12. Your book sounds interesting. I hope that it is a success,

  13. The cover is very colorful. It's definitely eye-catching.

  14. When did you know that you wanted to be a writer?

  15. Bernie - I knew I wanted to be a psychologist/writer since high school when I read Freud, Jung, and Stephen King! And, I've been one now for thirty years.

  16. I enjoyed reading the blurb.Love the cover.

  17. Sounds interesting, thanks for sharing!

  18. I enjoyed reading about the background information for the author.

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  19. I absolutely love the color palette of the cover! It makes the book really intriguing :)

  20. Thanks for the review, intriguing cover!

  21. WOW! what an amazing cover to this book.

  22. I love the cover. It's very unique.