Friday, March 29, 2019

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: Evil Embers (Vale Investigation #2) by Cristelle Comby

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for Evil Embers (Vale Investigation #2) by Cristelle Comby. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt for you as well as an author interview. There's also a tour wide giveaway! Be sure to visit the others stops on the tour for more excerpts, interviews, guest posts, reviews, and more. Enjoy!
Title: Evil Embers
Series: Vale Investigation #2
Author: Cristelle Comby
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publication Date: March 15th, 2019
After narrowly preventing the destruction of Cold City, PI Bellamy Vale needs a rest. Or rather, he needs a plain and simple vanilla case—no monsters or otherworldly creatures involved!

When foreign businessman Eli Smith shows up at his doorstep with a thick wallet and a request to find his missing sister, Vale doesn’t think twice before agreeing.

If he’d known body-hopping demons and smoke monsters came attached to this job, however, he might have.

So what if it was mid-February? The way I was feeling that morning, I planned to sleep until New Year came around again. Hells, as far as I was concerned, I earned it ten times over. I put an end to a string of gruesome killings, prevented the apocalypse our former mayor intended for us, and I’d stuck around long enough to clean up the mess she and her minions left behind. All that thinking took out the last bit of energy I had. I closed my eyes, found a way to lie down that didn’t hurt too much, and let sleep throw its soothing blanket over me.

And then someone knocked at the door.

I groaned at the wrong timing but kept my eyes shut. There was no way in Tartarus that I was getting back up again so soon. Whoever it was could get lost.

The knocking came again.

It was more insistent this time. I could hear a sense of urgency to the motion. I forced one eye open and frowned. The sunlight streaming in from the window was too bright for it to be morning and the angle it bounced off the floorboards was all wrong. I opened my second eye and glanced at the clock on the bedside table…Three in the afternoon.

“The hells?” I muttered, wondering where the day went while I shook my head to clear out the cobwebs.

The knock came a third time and I got up, grumbling all the way to the door. I didn’t bother to put clothes on or to tidy myself up before opening it. I was clad only in an old pair of sweatpants with a variety of cuts, bruises, and bandages on full display throughout my upper body. I hadn’t shaved in a week, and I was sure my hair was a sweaty mess of brown locks and dried blood.

Who knows, I thought, maybe the sight of me will convince my uninvited guest to let me get back to my coma.

If the man in the hallway took notice of my state, he didn’t let it show. He was tall and sickly thin under his rumbled three-piece suit. His pale skin provided some severe contrast with the purple bags under his brown eyes. He was somewhere between forty and forty-five. His angular face wasn’t familiar, and my frown deepened.

He looked like a potential client, the I-want-to-know-who-my-wife-is-banging type, but they rarely showed up to my private address unannounced. I made a lot of enemies in my professional career, not all of them on this side of the border, so my business card only listed my cell number.

The suit he wore appeared brand new, but I frowned more as I realized something didn’t add up. I was no fashion expert, but the matching of colors between the vest and shirt was off, brownish orange shirt covered by a purple jacket. Oh, and he wore a tie that matched his jacket…ugh. The light brown shoes were also at odds with the indigo blue pants. And there was the smell on the guy. It wasn’t a garbage smell—I’d been around enough of that over the last month to know it at first whiff—but there was a smoky quality about it that stood out.

I filed the information away for later and looked the man squarely in the eye. “What?” I croaked, my tongue feeling too thick and my mouth too dry.

“Bellamy Vale?” he asked, with an accent that wasn’t from around here…Middle Eastern, maybe?

I jerked my thumb at the bell next to the door. It had my name on it.

The man peered down at it perplexed, then pressed the round button. A shrill ringing shot out of the tiny plastic box above the door, and the sound sent sharp needles dancing through my brain. I winced in pain.

“Yeah—yeah, that’s me.” I rushed the words out, eager to make the noise stop. Damn, but my head was killing me. My odd gentleman caller took his finger off the button to look at me again.

“I need your help,” he said, “to find my sister.”

I needed help too, preferably in the form of another round of painkillers. But that was going to have to wait. I waved my potential new client inside.
Cristelle Comby was born and raised in the French-speaking area of Switzerland, on the shores of Lake Geneva, where she still resides.

She attributes to her origins her ever-peaceful nature and her undying love for chocolate. She has a passion for art, which also includes an interest in drawing and acting.

She is the author of the Neve & Egan Cases series, which features an unlikely duo of private detectives in London: Ashford Egan, a blind History professor, and Alexandra Neve, one of his students.

Currently, she is hard at work on her Urban Fantasy series Vale Investigation which chronicles the exploits of Death’s only envoy on Earth, PI Bellamy Vale, in the fictitious town of Cold City, USA.

What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
I’m Swiss so chocolate runs in my veins, so that’d be it. A really creamy one, with chocolate chips inside.

Which mythological creature are you most like?
Oh, that’s a good question. I love mythologies and studying them is a hobby of mine. Not really sure what you mean by “creature” though, so I’m going with the wide meaning of the term… as in any living being and not just monsters. In that case, I think I’m Scheherazade from the 1,001 Nights.

Scheherazade was a clever storyteller, and she used her talent to save her life. She told the king a gripping story, but stopped in the middle as dawn was breaking. So, the king spared her life for one day to finish the story the next night. The following night, Scheherazade finished the story and then began a second, even more exciting tale, which she again stopped halfway through at dawn. Again, the king spared her life for one more day so she could finish the second story and so-forth for 1,001 nights.

First book you remember making an indelible impression on you.
Stephen King’s IT—but that’s because I was way too young to read it. It’s a great story, and I re-read it a few years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. But it’s also very twisted and I was too young for that the first time around. That did teach me something about the power of words, and how they can leave a mark.

How do you develop your plot and characters?
I’m a character-oriented writer so I start there. I flesh out my characters, who they are, where they’re going. Stories, to me, are an emotional journey to take your characters from emotional point A, to emotional point B. They need to grow and mature throughout the story, for it to be interesting.

So that’s where I start. When I know what I want them to do, I craft a story that allows them to achieve that emotional growth. And then I outline everything, before the actual writing begins.

Describe your writing space.
It’s just me and my laptop, really. And the many folders I have on my hard drive with all the stuff I need. There are folders focused on the characters, some with reference pictures or extracts from research books I read, some have the story arcs and plot twists and stuff.
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  1. Happy Friday! Sounds like a good book :)

  2. Fun interview!


  3. It sounds like a page turner! I love the cover artwork!

  4. This sounds like it wll be hard to put down. Im looking forward to it.

  5. Thanks so much for both the book description and giveaway as well. I enjoy hearing about another good book.

  6. Awesome interview sounds like a great read.

  7. I'm intrigued to find out what smoke monsters are.

  8. What book are you looking forward to read in 2019? Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

  9. Mmm, I could do with some chocolate ice cream right now!

  10. Congrats on the release & thanks for the chance!

  11. Cover reminds me of a cheesy '80s movie...but I like it!

  12. This sounds like a book I'd really enjoy reading, thank you for sharing!

  13. I love the cover! Looks amazing! Gonna grab one for myself :)

  14. Congrats on the new book and good luck on the book tour!

  15. Ahh yayy, you host some the best !!!

  16. Question for author... What is your work schedule like when you're writing?

  17. Question for author ... If you had to do something differently as a child or teenager to become a better writer as an adult, what would you do?

  18. This would be amazing for a book to read to unwind :)

  19. Oh this sounds like one that would be hard to put down! Cristelle Comby is a new author for me. Need to check out this series. :)

  20. What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

  21. Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?

  22. Describe your writing space?

  23. LOL, I too read IT way too young, but I read it again and again.

  24. When did you write your first book and how old were you?

  25. I really enjoyed the interview. I always like to learn how authors think and their brain works. I admire and respect them because I love to read! I will read this book .

  26. sounds like a fun one

  27. Who do you find the most inspirational in your life?

  28. Question: When growing up, did you originally want to be an author or were you aspiring to be something else?

  29. I liked both the excerpt, and the book cover.