Val Tobin’s Current Projects: A Non-Fiction Book, a Romantic Suspense Sequel to Injury, Book Four of Tales from the Unmasqued World, and a Sequel to The Hunted
Changed for Life: The After-Effects of Near-Death Experience
One of my current projects started as research on the after-effects of near-death experience (NDE) for my Master of Parapsychology degree (you can read about that in Val’s bio). Changed for Life explores what happens to those who’ve had a near-death experience after they return to life. As one might expect, their lives are altered. Not only have they been given a second chance at continuing their physical existence, but they are impacted at every other level as well: emotional, mental, and spiritual.
Many experiencers return from the event forever changed, and the effects aren’t limited to those who’ve had the experience. Friends, loved ones, and anyone hearing the stories experiencers tell can be affected as if they’ve had the experience themselves.
Positive Results When Event Processed in Healthy Way
Whatever the truth about the experience itself might be, there is no denying that changes occur on multiple levels. 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.
Death No Longer Feared and a Shift in Values
The loss of a fear of death is one of the most common changes, as is a refocusing of values. Where previously a person might have been materialistic and driven by a pursuit of wealth and status, after the experience he or she would be more focused on love and spirituality.
Moody reports in his book The Light Beyond that people change after such an experience, not because a being ordered them to, but “because they are in the presence of the standard of goodness, which makes them want to change their behavior radically” (39). This distinction is important because it illustrates that the alterations to behavior are internally driven. Experiencers act differently because they believe differently and not because they think they’ve been given some kind of Divine directive.
Stay tuned here for updates on this important non-fiction release.
Val’s Latest Release
Once again venturing into urban fantasy territory, The High Priestess: Persephone’s Return incorporates the guidance from the major arcana tarot card “The High Priestess” into the story. The first book, based on “The Fool,” is called The Fool: New Beginnings. Book two is The Magician: Infinity’s End.
This third entry into the Tales From the Unmasqued World series of novels revolves around mage Jaycie Nevil. Jaycie has found herself trapped in Hades, and as if that isn’t bad enough, someone wants to keep her there. Always questioning her abilities, Jaycie must learn what she’s really capable of or remain trapped in the underworld forever.
The cover design for this book, as for all my previous books, is by Patti Roberts of Paradox Book Covers and Design. It captures the essence of the budding story perfectly.
You can purchase the book from Amazon. Currently, the ebook is also available for borrow from Kindle Unlimited.
Val Tobin’s Current Fiction Project: A Novel that Continues an Urban Fantasy Series
An avid oracle card reader, I also played around with tarot cards. While I’ve always preferred the positive messages and the focus on solutions that oracle cards exhibit, I was fascinated by the symbolism found in the regular tarot cards. I first considered writing stories based on the major arcana cards way back when I was eighteen. I even started a few stories, but I never finished them.
The first major arcana card is “The Fool,” so the first story in the series is The Fool: New Beginnings.
The story revolves around a recently divorced woman going through a midlife crisis who gets drawn into a search for a missing half-vampire girl. It’s set in a future world where magickals have come out of the closet to mix with humans after a pandemic and a species war decimated the human population. This draws on the unmasqued world trope, hence the name of the series.
I’ve completed three novels and am in the process of revising book four’s first draft. This story follows Dakota Lawson, Philip’s dhampir daughter. Her life appears perfect until Josh shows up again to disrupt it. This time, he’s determined to leave with her, but his actions jeopardize their lives and the lives of those around them.
The cover designer for this book is the extremely talented Sharon Brownlie of Aspire Book Covers.
First Draft of Another Romantic Suspense Story Completed
For NaNoWriMo 2022, I returned to the Injury story world. I’ve always wondered how things fared with Elizabeth Logan. She’s Dani’s best friend and struggled to make it in Hollywood, competing against Dani in numerous auditions. In fact, the pair met and became friends at an audition neither of them won.
In this new story, Dani and Liz are still best friends, and while Dani has put her career on hold, Liz’s is just taking off. She attends acting classes and continues to audition for parts. Finally, her hard work is paying off. Liz wins the coveted lead role in the new Injury television series, based on the two movies that starred Dani.
While most fans are willing to accept that Dani isn’t reprising the role that made her famous, some find the casting choice of Liz Logan to be an affront. One fan has decided to do something about it, and threats to Liz’s life and career escalate. To make matters worse, she’s fallen for her handsome and charming costar who has a reputation for loving and leaving his previous leading ladies.
Will her new-found fame cost Liz her career, her heart, and even her life?
Watch for new release Insult to Injury, coming in fall 2024.
Sequel to The Hunted in the Works
This November (2023) I participated in NaNoWriMo once again and now have 50,000 words in a sequel to my horror-thriller, The Hunted. It continues Rachel and Jack’s story, with Peter popping in to stir the pot when he decides to write a tell-all book about Rachel’s father.
Naturally, there’s still the vaccine to contend with. Rachel (Frostbite) wants it completed, but, of course, not everyone thinks that’s a good idea, and protestors threaten to disrupt the project. Jack (Hound Dog) insists on returning to the protectors despite Rachel’s objections because a greater-than-average number of protectors are going MIA during hunts. Rachel has even more problems, though, when circumstances force her to return to Storm Lake, where it all started so long ago …
Lots of action and, of course, grendels to hunt.
Watch for Storm Lake Legacy in winter 2024.