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Cover Reveal for New Novel The Hunted

The Hunted
The Hunted

Novel-in-progress The Hunted, a full-length sequel to short horror story Storm Lake, has a cover. Thanks to Patti Roberts of Paradox Book Covers and Design, you can get a glimpse of what’s coming. The Hunted picks up the story twelve years after Storm Lake left off. Find out what happened to Rachel, Jeff, and Peter after they left Storm Lake. What awaited them in Peterborough? Did they find Rachel’s father? You’ll find new twists in this thrilling horror story, and learn the true origins of the monsters.

An excerpt from the first draft to tease you:

… Rachel scanned the surrounding area, peering into the trees and brush.

“Where’s Dog?”

She sometimes wished her rivalry with Hound Dog was friendlier. A co-worker who helped and supported her efforts while giving her a decent rival to beat would have benefited them both. As it was, he undermined her at every turn. However, while Hound Dog was an ass, he was an excellent guardian. It wasn’t like him to take so long to appear in their designated after-kill meeting place.

“With his kills.” Code Master’s reply came too smoothly and automatically.

“You saw him or you’re guessing?”

His grey-blue eyes, always piercing, met hers, but only for a moment. He flushed and looked away. “Sorry, boss, I’m assuming.”

“Want I should look for him?” Foot-Long dropped a plastic bag next to the grendel’s body.

“Nice try, grunt, but you’re not getting out of corpse detail. You two bag the body. I’ll find Dog.” Rachel checked her phone to locate Hound Dog on the tracking app and melted into the trees, heading south-west.

Her first instinct, when she spotted him propped against a tree smoking a cigarette, was to tear a strip off his hide and consider threatening him with fire ants again. When she registered his shaking hands and sheet-white face, she hoisted her rifle to ready and crept up beside him.

When she spoke, it was in a whisper. “What’s the word, Dog?”

“A body, boss.”

“Yeah. Two bodies. Why aren’t they bagged?”

“No.” He shook his head. “In the nest.”

The grendel’s nest. Grendels nested in groups of three or four, not always as families. Scientists specializing in grendel research, such as her younger brother Jeff, reported that the creatures formed seemingly random groups. They nested together for safety and security, the way hunter-gatherers and cave dwellers had once done, Rachel supposed, but she’d never heard of them dragging a body back to their nests.

It must be bad if a veteran hunter like Hound Dog became apoplectic at the sight of it.

“You puke?” It would matter, so she had to ask.

He shook his head. “Came close.” He took a final drag of his butt and ground it out in the dirt.

“Want me to bag it?”

Hound Dog shook his head again. “My job. Gimme a minute.” His voice broke as he said, “A little girl, boss. Just a little girl.”

“Christ, Dog. This will rain hot coals from hell on us.” She crouched next to him and touched his shoulder. “Point me to the nest. I need to secure the scene and take evidence before we bag her. Finish here and then join me to help with the girl.”

“Why?” The colour had returned to his cheeks and his voice sounded stronger. Good. In a moment, he’d be back to his old revolting self.

“You’re assuming the creatures killed her. They probably did, but never assume.”

“You just want to play cop again.” His voice was laced with irritation and hostility.

“I’ll always be a cop. That’s why I’m team leader and you’re not.” She couldn’t help needling him. Dog’s obvious resentment always brought out the nasty in her. He’d wanted the team leader job, but he didn’t have the policing experience she did. It was one more box ticked on his grudge list.

He waved in the direction of what she assumed was the nest and, after reminding him he had two grendel bodies to bag, she slipped between the trees …

New Trailer for Author Val Tobin’s Books

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About Three Authors: Poison Pen

About Three Authors: Poison Pen by Val Tobin
Three wannabe authors suffering from various mental disorders find themselves on a killer’s radar when they interfere in the investigation of a colleague’s murder.

Author Val Tobin’s newest release is available now on Amazon and everywhere Smashwords distributes for $3.99.

A Suspenseful Tale from Award-Winning Author Val Tobin

Writing can be murder.

Success makes so many people hate you. I wish it wasn’t that way. It would be wonderful to enjoy success without seeing envy in the eyes of those around you.—Marilyn Monroe

Never underestimate the power of jealousy and the power of envy to destroy. Never underestimate that.—Oliver Stone.

When their colleague is murdered, three wanna-be authors can’t help meddling in the investigation, which puts them on the killer’s radar. Robin refuses to leave the house, Daphne has OCD, and Beth falls asleep at the most inopportune moments. Yet all three find themselves caught in a cat-and-mouse game where anything can happen and no one is safe.

Will they catch the killer before he catches them?

Detective Jacob Turner is a modern-day Columbo in search of a clever killer. Instinct tells him something doesn’t add up. Then, the case becomes personal and the hunt is on…

Poison Pen is a stand-alone novel and part of the About Three Authors series, which includes Whoever Said Love Was Easy? by Patti Roberts and Stolen Hearts & Muddy Pawprints by Georgina Ramsey.

Earthbound #23 on 50 Best Indie Books List

Earthbound by Val Tobin #23 in ReadFreely's 50 Best Indie Books of 2017
Earthbound #23 in ReadFreely’s 50 Best Indie Books of 2017

Val Tobin’s Valiant Chronicles prequel, Earthbound, has made the 50 Best Indie Books of 2017 list on ReadFreely. It comes in at #23. View it on ReadFreely.

What if you could attend your own funeral?

Jayden McQueen’s day begins when she wakes up dead. But that’s the least of her worries. Turns out, she’s a murder victim, and nobody knows it but her.

Who killed her? Why? How?

In her quest to find answers, Jayden sets in motion events that propel humanity towards a future already written. But just because events appear inevitable doesn’t mean you shouldn’t fight them. Does it?

While a work of fiction, Earthbound explores concepts drawn from a variety of teachings, including those of Doreen Virtue, Ph.D., whose courses the author attended in Kona, Hawaii in 2008 and 2010; the author’s education in parapsychic science and parapsychology; and research she did for her master’s thesis on the after-effects of near-death experience.

Injury by Val Tobin Awarded Gold and Silver
Injury received gold and silver awards from Connections eMagazine

Injury, Available as Free Download, Wins Two Awards, Book of the Month, and Now Shortlisted for ReadFreely’s Best Books We’ve Read All Year Award!

Romantic suspense novel Injury won two awards in the Readers’ Choice contest sponsored by Connections eMagazine. Injury received a first-place Gold in the Romance category and a second-place Silver overall.

Injury is available in eBook form as a free download from a variety of retailers. It is also available in paperback.

In October 2017, Injury was voted Book of the Month on ReadFreely. They gave it a fabulous review:

Val Tobin’s Injury is alive and vicious. It writhes with sex, the glamour of the movies, and the brutality of Dani’s past. Reading it at a time when the papers are packed full of Harvey Weinstein and the seedy underbelly of Hollywood, brings an extra visceral thrill to the book….

Read the entire review (Scroll down to October).

Injury was recently shortlisted for a new award from ReadFreely: the Best Book We’ve Read All Year award. With your help, Injury can win. Part of the process is for readers to vote for the best book. You can view those in the running at ReadFreely’s site and cast your vote.

If you could ask your father anything right now, what would it be?

Actress Daniella Grayson would love to be able to ask her father anything at all. She puts herself in the spotlight, hoping to attract the attention of the father she believes abandoned her when she was five.

Dani’s world falls apart when her father’s remains are discovered, and her mother is arrested for the murder.

In a moment of vulnerability, she turns to the handsome and caring Robert “Cope” Copeland, her limo driver, for comfort and support.

Can the budding relationship survive betrayal, Dani’s shameful past, and her obsessive ex-boyfriend?

Cover and Title Reveal

Changed for Life: The After-Effects of Near-Death Experience by Val Tobin
Changed for Life: The After-Effects of Near-Death Experience

Val’s next project is a non-fiction book on the after-effects of near-death experience. While the release of the book is still months away, Val’s cover designer, Patti Roberts of Paradox Book Cover Designs has been hard at work creating a new cover for it (see image at left). What do you think? Isn’t it gorgeous?

The title of the new book is Changed for Life: The After-Effects of Near-Death Experience.

Every Year, millions of people have a near-death experience (NDE) and return from it altered permanently. Whatever the truth about the experience itself might be, there is no denying the changes that occur at every level: mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual. The results are positive if the experiencer is able to process the event in a healthy way. However, some experiencers have difficulty integrating the changes into their lives, which can adversely affect relationships.

Researchers, such as Dr. Raymond Moody, Dr. Kenneth Ring, and P. M. H. Atwater, have found that subjects experience a host of similar after-effects from an NDE regardless of how the NDE was induced. As well, non-experiencers can benefit from the NDE phenomenon if, according to Ring, they are exposed to NDE research and stories, or if they consciously work to emulate NDEr beliefs and values. Dr. Raymond Moody has found similar effects on non-experiencers through the process of mirror-gazing.

Humanity stands to benefit from further NDE research and, in particular, from studying NDE after-effects.