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Book Excerpt from Unholy Bargain


Book Excerpt

Not surprisingly, the block looked deserted. The hour was too early for most users and dealers, who would still be sleeping off whatever form of intoxicant they poisoned their bodies with. The relatively few from this neighborhood holding down an honest living were hours into their day elsewhere. But give it a few more hours and the derelicts would ooze out of their burrows and conduct business on the street like they were holding court.

The ramshackle three-story apartment building was probably in some phase of litigation, a few court motions removed from being condemned. More windows were broken than not, some covered and taped with cardboard cutouts, sunbursts of shards left untouched in others. Tattered sheets hung as curtains inside a few, each a different pattern and color.

According to Eddie, AK Jay lived alone in a one-bedroom on the third floor.

Nate pulled two extra .45 magazines from his console and tucked them in his hip pocket upon exiting the vehicle. His cell rang. He set it to vibrate and let the call go to voice mail. Eddie climbed from the vehicle with reluctance and eyed the windows as though expecting a muzzle flash.

The apartments—or rather the occupants therein—had been the source of 911 calls for decades. Nate frequented the place when he had been assigned to patrol, and his former partner, now retired, had been dispatched here for many years before that. It looked more vacant now than ever.

Once upon a time, probably before Walt Disney bought 27,400 acres of swamp a few miles southwest, the stairs had been covered by carpet. Years ago the carpet had been removed, and the landlord at that time hadn’t bothered to refinish the wood underneath. Decades of human detritus seeped into the grain and gummed the surface in a dark trail. The fire door leading from the stairwell to the hallway on the third floor was non-existent, one of dozens of code violations.

“It’s the last door on the left,” Eddie said between wheezing gasps.

The nagging vibration of Nate’s cell activated at the top of the stairs. Probably the same person who had tried to contact him a minute ago, he thought. He didn’t recognize the number. Maybe an attorney looking to depose him, or a C.I. with a tip. Maybe something meaningful.

What the hell. A few seconds won’t dampen the hospitable welcome awaiting him from Florida’s premier personality, Jason Kowalski, also known as AK Jay.

The pungent odor of urine wafted down the hallway, curdled his breakfast, made him regret taking the call and having to open his mouth. Breathing something that rank couldn’t be healthy.


“Don’t go in there…the apartment. Don’t open it. I mean…the door. Don’t open the door!”

The caller was shouting. A male voice so rushed he tripped over his own words. Nate stopped, and stepped back toward the stairwell where reception was tolerable. He watched Eddie with mild diversion as the unkempt man continued to pace down the hallway littered with fast-food wrappers, cigarette butts, and dirty diapers.

“Calm down,” Nate said. “Who is this?”

“Never mind, just get the hell out of there!”

The caller’s voice calmed a degree, and with that came recognition. “Michael Tabscott?”

Eddie had reached the apartment that he claimed belonged to Jason Kowalski. He lifted a boney fist to knock on the door, but stopped. “The door’s ajar,” he called back to Nate. He tried peering through the gap. “Hey, Jason, you home?”

“No! Don’t go in there!” screamed the voice from the phone.

Eddie’s light tap swung the door just a few inches.

About The Book

UnholyBargain-510Title: Unholy Bargain

Author: Travis Holt

Genre: Supernatural Thriller

An assassin is at work—one of the best in the trade. His body turned to dust long ago, but his spirit roams the Earth freely, undetectable to the five senses. He stalks his victims waiting for just the right opportunity. Then, in quick succession, he possesses a human host and strikes down his quarry. For a century and a half he has served this way.

Deputy Sheriff Nate Barrington is riding the crest of a new relationship. Kaitlyn Spencer is beautiful, altruistic, enlightened—everything he’s not. She teaches classes in New Age philosophy at her growing school. Nate doesn’t share her spirituality, but the physical passion hasn’t subsided enough for him to care.

Nate’s nirvana quickly unravels when Kaitlyn’s life is threatened on two separate occasions. With no apparent motive or any evidence suggesting collusion, the police are stumped. Even more troubling to Nate, Kaitlyn is eventually convinced she is the target of unseen forces.

A hardheaded pragmatist, Nate isn’t prone to believe that spirits can possess people. As far as he’s concerned, Kaitlyn’s claims of perpetrators possessed by a spirit assassin are on par with comic book stories and have nothing to do with reality, and her esoteric, New Age mumbo jumbo begins to drive a wedge into their relationship. And why Kaitlyn? What secret is she hiding?

Even with the sheriff’s resources at Nate’s disposal, the odds for Kaitlyn’s survival are not in her favor. The true enemy is virtually invisible, and Nate’s conventional police tactics have no effect on the spirit world. Strikes come from anytime, anywhere, and from random, unwittingly manipulated people. Behind it all is a deal the assassin had made with the devil: send Kaitlyn Spencer to an early grave in exchange for a fresh start. For that, the assassin will stop at nothing to uphold his end of an Unholy Bargain.

Author Bio

Travis Hallden Holt is a former U.S. Navy surface warfare officer and veteran of the Persian Gulf War. He’s worked the past twenty-two years in the corrections side of law enforcement, first in the prison system, then in the streets as a probation officer. He spent three years supervising felons in a south Atlanta neighborhood ranked the ninth most dangerous neighborhood in America, where one in every twelve residents becomes a victim of crime each year.

For years, his interests were in weaponry (both small arms and large scale), warfare tactics, hand-to-hand combat, criminal justice and unsolved crimes. But life has a way of molding perspectives, and Travis came to realize the physical world known to the five senses didn’t have all the answers. It scratched the surface at best. Accordingly, Travis’s interests shifted to supernatural phenomenon, spirituality, the mysteries of life, the invisible world beyond our five senses and the forces that lie therein. He’s still a peace officer, but one who has mingled with psychics, mystics, mediums, energy healers, shamans, gurus, artists and denizens of the “underground.”

Travis is the author of Unholy Bargain, a supernatural thriller published by Blood Moon Publishing. He resides in Atlanta, GA.



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Guest Post The Unholy Book Tour


In today’s guest post, author Paul DeBlassie III talks about the background of the story in “The Unholy”. Enjoy!

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The story comes out of over thirty years of treating patients in psychotherapy who are survivors of the dark side of religion…have been used and abused and cast to the side. I’ve seen that when this happens people, those around the victim, to include family and friends, often turn a blind eye and deny what has happened. Rather than writing a self help book I decided to approach this realm of human suffering in fiction. To tell a story moves the reader into a deep and unconscious dimension that bypasses conscious defenses, leaving us open to truths that otherwise would be blocked. So, dramatizing the dark side of religion, pulling what can be the most vile and evil, and pivoting it against an innocent and sincerely searching soul leaves the reader on edge, hopeful, but unsure as to what will happen and who in the end will survive…a truth conveyed symbolically and dramatically. To have written out a list of what to do or not to do in the midst of religious abuse might have helped some individuals, but would have left many people stone cold because there is no emotion is such guidance. In The Unholy, the story is pure emotion, fear and rage and hope and challenge, that inspires and frightens and causes us to stay up late at night in order to finish the story. Dream and chronic nightmares plagues people who’ve gone through the horror of being abused within a religious system. It could be emotional, spiritual, physical, or sexual torment—or all of the above—a true encounter with the unholy—that people undergo during childhood or adolescence or adulthood. They become anxious, depressed, or suffer a terrible emotional breakdown. I’ve treated them, helped them, and they helped to inspire the story of The Unholy!

The Unholy

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Author: Paul DeBlassie III

Genre: Psychological / Paranormal Thriller

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.


Author Bio

DeBlassieCMYK4x6419F1233Paul 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 psychological thrillers with an emphasis on the dark side of the human psyche. The mestizo myth of Aztlan, its surreal beauty and natural magic, provides the setting for the dark phantasmagoric narrative in his fiction.  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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Guest Post The Goddess and the Great Beast Tour


I’m hosting a guest post for the book tour for “The Goddess and the Great Beast”, a supernatural thriller by author Adrian Gross. Enjoy the guest post!

Guest Post

Most religions advocate some form of meditative prayer. Many secular thinkers also espouse the benefits of meditation. Whether this act is designed to communicate with a god, or gods, or the individual’s inner being, the process seeks to still the wittering conscious mind in order to allow undisturbed communion with the sublime. This is no easy task, as the conscious mind is incredibly difficult to shut up, especially in the complicated overdrive of the modern world.

Religion attempts to restrict man’s conscious capacity for evil by taming the rampant ego and calming his aggressive impulses. This often necessitates the use of slightly underhand techniques to force people to shackle their ego. If it is generally accepted that we all have an immortal soul which outlives the physical body, but, if we do bad things during our mortal lives then these souls will be punished for all eternity in ways we can readily understand as unpleasant, then, hopefully, we will do less bad things and our mortal lives will all be more enjoyable for it. Of course, these teachings are not always successful and, in fact, are often twisted by clever and cynical people to justify even worse things than came before. Nonetheless, the idea is to maintain some kind of acceptable social contract to the benefit of as many people as possible.

Unfortunately, it would seem that as mankind develops intellectually it becomes less susceptible to these spiritual techniques. Rational, educated people are less likely to accept the existence of an undetectable and therefore unprovable concept like heaven or hell. Religion then seems antiquated and unnecessary and meditation becomes merely a distraction from daily life. Man decides he prefers the brutal pleasures of conscious carnality to the sublime calm of subconscious karma. And who knows? He may be right. If there truly is no immortal soul; no heaven, hell or Valhalla; no God, Goddess or collective unconscious, then what, really, is the point of any religious or spiritual practices? There is still no scientifically acceptable evidence of any of the above, but there is evidence of spinning elementary particles and a vast expanding universe. Neither of which have any purpose. They just exist.

On the other hand, this cold, empty, random Universe of little bits of stuff floating about in space has me in it. And I can’t stop thinking of one little word that doesn’t make any scientific sense.


Until someone, or some thing, is able to tell me why I am here; why everything exists; and why I am able to think about all this flaky, irrational, spiritual nonsense, then I’m going to continue meditating, trying to get my ego to pipe down and see if I can find out what’s lurking underneath all the shouting. What is there trying so hard not to be heard? Maybe nothing, but then again…

The Book

TG&TGBeyesslim2Title: The Goddess and the Great Beast

Author: Adrian Gross

Genre: Supernatural Thriller

1942: a bored British soldier in Baghdad; a beautiful Babylonian Goddess; a sacred marriage unconsummated.

Five years later, in a dreary post-war London, the Goddess must be satisfied.

Can anyone save her demobbed consort from eternal torment?

Or eternal bliss?

Can he save himself?

Does he even want to be saved?

And what’s it got to do with the ‘wickedest man in the world’?

Author Bio

Author NorwayAdrian Gross is a British writer. Some bits of him used to be Irish and some others were once Hungarian. He lives close to Glastonbury and likes to bang his little heavy metal head whilst drinking chewy real ale!

He has endured many terrible jobs, including adrenaline-junkie motorcycle courier, record shop dude-with-bad-attitude, and air traffic control disaster limitation assistant.

When his aching bones and throbbing hangover allow, he plays football (soccer) and rides bicycles up and down the Mendip Hills.


Website: www.adriangross.co.uk

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Goddess-Great-Beast-ebook/dp/B00D7EJOMG/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1370721031&sr=1-1&keywords=adrian+gross

Amazon (UK): http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Goddess-Great-Beast-ebook/dp/B00D7EJOMG/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1370720382&sr=1-1&keywords=adrian+gross

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