Torn Veil – Formatting is Fun

Formatting isn’t really fun – but it is one step closer to Torn Veil being finished and released.

The dedication and prologue were written last night. The “thanks” and “reference” pages are in the works and I’ve got a few character descriptions to tuck neatly into place.

A quick reread of Divine Guidance tweaked my memory. I know I wrote it and should remember every word, but sometimes a reread is good to ensure the story flows smoothly from one story to the next.

I’ve been sitting in the in-between with my characters of late. We’re (yes – me and my characters) at the point of handing the story over to another set of eyes and it’s causing my foe, “insecurity”, to poke up its ugly head – yeah, it’s taunting me. It happens. It’s never easy handing a story over – no matter how much you like and trust the person to whom you are handing it. One last round of edits will begin…let’s say…beginning of next week to be safe. Oof!

Just a few more steps and a couple of considerations to make… November is just around the corner.

Torn Veil

Torn Veil -October/November Release

Torn Veil, the long-awaited sequel to Divine Guidance, is planned for release in paperback and e-reader versions in late October to early November 2020. It is currently in proof-reading and editing. Yay!

Torn Veil picks up where Divine Guidance left off . Marnie Reilly, the reluctant clairvoyant and hot-headed psychologist, is back. She’s analyzing her love life, battling with her inner demons, a crazed band of charlatans known as The Collective and of course, her archenemy.

Torn Veil dives into the shady underbelly of Creekwood, the occult, the paranormal and the lives of Creekwood’s quirkiest, most lovable and most despicable people. We can’t give too much away. We don’t want to ruin it for those who haven’t read Divine Guidance.

We will post the first five chapters in the near future and will ensure to post an update here.

There is a very thin veil between this life and the hereafter and we should not tear the veil down for personal gain. Those that dance between the veil of this life and the hereafter have a duty of care to protect the souls of the living and the realm of the spirit world. For some it is a double-edged sword, inspiring love and hate in equal measure – sometimes with deadly results.

Divine Guidance Book Signing – Fabulous Day

A huge thank you goes out to Richard from Book Haven, Stockland Baulkham Hills, for hosting my book signing on Saturday, September 12th.  So many lovely people came along to lend their support,

The day was a bit surreal.  I think back on the dreams and goals set so many years ago and how I used to think and say, “I will be a published author and some day I will find myself sitting in a bookstore signing copies of my novel”.

There’s something to be said for self-fulfilling prophecies.  Dreams really do come to fruition if you truly believe and work hard to support that belief.

Thank you, Universe!



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Torn Veil – Chapter One Has Evolved

As I write Torn Veil, the sequel to Divine Guidance, the storyline changes and the characters evolve.  Quite simply, the characters come to life – their personalities take shape and I rewrite paragraphs, chapters, moments in their dialogue and actions to support their evolution.

The first chapter of Torn Veil has been updated on the Torn Veil page of this site. The update reflects the evolution of Patrick – a complex and conflicted character who is coming to life more and more every day.

I can’t wait to see where my imagination takes Patrick, the main characters and what will happen next in the little city of Creekwood.  Stay tuned.

Reviews Mean So Much

When a reader’s review pops up on Amazon it is the most wonderful feeling ever — especially when it’s a five-star review. Someone important — a lover of books — is validating the hard work you have dedicated to creating your fictional world and the characters who inhabit that world.

There’s a sense of pride in what you have accomplished — of course, so many people help along the way to achieve the accomplishment of publishing a book. A huge thanks to everyone who has read Divine Guidance and to those who offered encouragement, feedback, editing, design and of course, love.  You are all legends! Thank you so much!

tom halpin