Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Most Terrifying Thing About Being A Writer

Name: Paul DeBlassie III
Book Title: The Unholy
Genre: Paranormal Thriller
Publisher: Sunstone Press

About The Unholy
 "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." 

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Guest Post by Paul DeBlassie III

One of the most terrifying things about being a writer is that if I’m going to write a true story that resonates with my audience I have to live it out. It has to have been a part of my life. Since I write thrillers and  dark fantasy, that means that dark forces that have been at play in my life or are presently in the works can be quite overwhelming. This is not a hands off enterprise. Writing cuts to the core of my life and life experience, relationships, profession, dream, and nightmares. If I could only research stuff from a distance and then write in a compelling way about that, that would be one thing; but as it is I have to live this out. The story is a living breathing thing within my life before it hits the page, and then once its on the page, and then on from there. 

The Unholy is about terrifying religious encounters. This is something that I was raised with, fought my own battles about, treated people for clinically, and finally found that I was smack dab in the middle of writing a story that could not be stopped. It had to come out. Frightening, very frightening to live this close to one’s work. There were times that it effected my family, and I had to wonder whether I should withdraw; but we all talked and I had their support. I have it now. The arms of creativity stretch long and influence oneself and others who are in the emotional and psychic vortex of one’s existence. The energy, the psychological amalgam, of this is so intense and persuasive that nothing short of challenging and amazing can be said to even faintly describe it.

Author Paul DeBlassie III
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. 


Friday, August 1, 2014

an Introduction to Novelists such as Yu Hua, Michael Berry, and Pearls Buck

An award-winning, internationally acclaimed Chinese bestseller, originally banned in China but recently named one of the last decade’s ten most influential books there, To Live tells the epic story of one man’s transformation from the spoiled son of a rich landlord to an honorable and kindhearted peasant.

After squandering his family’s fortune in gambling dens and brothels, the young, deeply penitent Fugui settles down to do the honest work of a farmer. Forced by the Nationalist Army to leave behind his family, he witnesses the horrors and privations of the Civil War, only to return years later to face a string of hardships brought on by the ravages of the Cultural Revolution. Left with an ox as the companion of his final years, Fugui stands as a model of flinty authenticity, buoyed by his appreciation for life in this narrative of humbling power.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Flamingo Watching by Kay Ryan



From Library Journal

These poems are marked with the powerful but idiosyncratic influence of Marianne Moore, whose unique style is echoed in Ryan's elliptically compressed syntax and high-toned ironic stance ("There is such a thing as/too much tolerance/for unpleasant situations,/a time when the gentle/teasing out of threads/ceases to be pleasing/to a woman born for conquest." But unlike Moore, who knew how to modulate her astringency, Ryan's cramped syllabics have a monotonous density that too often mistakes sound for sense: "Green was the first color/to get out of the water,/leaving the later blue/and preceding yellow/which had to follow/because of fall." Occasionally, there is a clever charm in her descriptions. A garden snake is "born sans puff or rattle/he counts on persiflage/in battle"). Overall, however, these poems are derivative and lacking in substance. Not recommended.
Christine Stenstrom, Shea & Gould Law Lib., New York
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An American original. --The Yale Review<br /><br />Fine poems that inspire us with poetry's greatest gifts: the music of language and the force of wisdom. --Annie Dillard<br /><br />I cannot recommend it highly enough. --Jane Hirshfield

I cannot recommend it highly enough. --Jane Hirshfield

An American original. --The Yale Review

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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Discover book arthurs Kevin Peraino, Mikki Taylor, and John Green


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Kevin Peraino
Born June 7, 1976 (age 38)
Hayward, California, U.S.
Occupation Author and journalist
Spouse(s) Reena Ninan
Children Jackson Peraino, Kate Peraino
Kevin Peraino (born June 7, 1976) is an American author and journalist.[1]



Peraino's first book, Lincoln in the World: The Making of a Statesman and the Dawn of American Power, about Lincoln's foreign policy, was released in October 2013.[2] In Foreign Affairs magazine, Walter Russell Mead called it "an important step toward a richer and more useful understanding of the American past," and the Washington Post described it as "revealing and fresh ... There is much here that will interest even those steeped in the vast Lincoln literature."[3][4] The Daily Beast named it one of the "Best Books on President Lincoln."[5] From 1999 to 2010, Peraino worked as a writer for Newsweek magazine. He has reported from Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Yemen, Israel, Sudan, Iraq, and other countries, and was a finalist for the Livingston Award for his foreign-affairs writing.[6] He has also written for Foreign Policy, The Wall Street Journal, and other publications, and has appeared on Morning Joe, PBS NewsHour, and elsewhere.[7][8][9][10] He is represented by Amanda Urban at ICM Partners.[11]

Personal life

Peraino grew up in Ridgefield, Connecticut, and graduated from Northwestern University.[12] He is married to Reena Ninan, a correspondent at ABC News. They have two children, Jack and Kate.[13]


Peraino is a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations.[14]


Lincoln in the World: The Making of a Statesman and the Dawn of American Power. New York: Crown. 2013. ISBN 978-0307887207.