Monday, January 25, 2016

Virtual Tour + #Giveaway: Blind Chess by Cristelle Comby @Cristelle @GoddessFish





Blind Chess
by Cristelle Comby
GENRE: Mystery & Detectives


BLURB:

It is supposed to be Neve and Egan. Two partners, a team. What happens when a member of this team of Private Investigators is shot, prognosis unknown?

As Alexandra Neve lays comatose and defenceless, Ashford Egan must take on their enemy alone, and find the cagiest criminal Scotland Yard has seen in decades. Determined to succeed, Egan will stop at nothing. He’ll hit on married women, plant bugs, hire hitmen. And he’ll do it all blind, which makes things ten times as difficult.

Double-crossed by friends, convinced there is corruption in those sworn to uphold the law, Egan is forced to form unlikely alliances as he moves forward in a game that requires skills, nerves of steel, and a willingness to play against all odds.




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EXCERPT:

The journey to the Lantesks’ home gives me time to weigh my options. There are two ways to play this: continue to pretend to be Mr. Bono, the nice accountant, and flirt some information out of Mrs Lantesk; or use the weapon in my pocket and approach the situation in a considerably less charming manner.

I entertain the possibilities of option one while I walk up the main street, but decide on option two as I turn into the Lantesks’ drive. I don’t have time to be gentle anymore; I can’t afford it.

I tighten my grip on the weapon, straighten my back and force a resolve I don’t feel onto my face.

Car doors are being slammed in the distance as the first commuters start their daily routines. The hour is still early though, and the chances I’ve been seen are slim. The wind keeps up its assault as I take the last steps towards the house, gun in hand, safety catch on.

I smile as I think of DI Langford. He’d have a fit if he could see me. So far, I am only a thief on the run, but I am about to add a few more charges to my rap sheet. ‘Eyes on the prize,’ I remind myself as I reach for the doorbell.

My finger is inches away from it when I hear the gravel screech behind me. Someone is walking up to me. No, I mentally correct myself instants later—several individuals. I count at least two pairs of feet.

This isn’t good. I turn around, extend my weapon, finger on the trigger, as I do my best to guess where to aim.

The weapon is kicked out of my hand in a matter of seconds. I can’t even understand how. All I know is that my fingers hurt, my wrist feels like it is broken, and the weapon has tumbled to the gravel at least a foot away on my right.

An instant later, someone’s fist hits me in the shoulder. It sends me tumbling backwards and I hit the Lantesks’ house wall violently. My cane flies out of my hand and I feel some of the wall plaster come loose upon impact. It crumbles to dust under my fingers as I try to get back up on my feet.


Author Interview:

When or at what age did you know you wanted to be a writer?

As far as I can remember, I’ve always loved writing and I’ve always been kinda good at it. Every time we had to write essays, or whatever else at school... I aced it. Fiction writing is, by far, what I like best. I love creating characters, and then seeing them evolve and interact with each other. This is truly what drives me to write.


What is the earliest age you remember reading your first book?

I had a few books as a child, but the titles now escape me. The only one I can recall from my early, early childhood is ‘The Little Red Hen’; I had it on a cassette tape. I played it so many times, I’m sure my mum still remembers the story and the oh-so-merry-and-jolly-it-gets-annoying-fast music that goes with it.


What genre of books do you enjoy reading?

I’m really into Urban Fantasy or Heroic Fantasy, and I like to read books which are part of a series. It’s great to see the characters grow and evolve throughout the volumes.


What is your favorite book?

It’s impossible to choose one. But here’s my favourite pick for 2015: ‘Departure’, by A.G. Riddle. I found it by accident, but loved it a lot. It starts off as a simple plane crash story, and does a one-eighty in the middle and becomes 100% science-fiction. It’s cleverly crafted, really.

You know I think we all have a favorite author. Who is your favorite author and why?

Jim Butcher, the man behind the Harry Dresden series. I just love his style.


If you could travel back in time here on earth to any place or time. Where would you go and why?

Can’t I go forward? Why can’t I go forward? Ok, fine then... Jerusalem, First Century AD.  As an atheist, I’d love to know if I was right.


When writing a book do you find that writing comes easy for you or is it a difficult task?

Once the outlining is done, the writing comes very easily, because the road is already mapped out.


Do you have any little fuzzy friends? Like a dog or a cat? Or any pets?

Not at the moment, but I had a cat growing up. We lived in a house, back then so it was easy to manage, and the cat could go out. I couldn’t imagine having a cat now that I live in a tiny apartment.


What is your "to die for", favorite food/foods to eat?

Chocolate. Anything that has to do with chocolate. I’m Swiss, so it’s no surprise that I love the stuff.


Do you have any advice for anyone that would like to be an author?

Never give up. It’s a hard job, but you can do it. No matter what people say, I promise there is someone, somewhere who will like what you wrote. 


AUTHOR BIO:


Cristelle Comby was born and raised in the French-speaking area of Switzerland, in Greater Geneva, where she still resides.

Thanks to her insatiable thirst for American and British action films and television dramas, her English is fluent.

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.

Blind Chess is her fourth new-adult novel in the Neve & Egan series.


Links:

Website ~ Twitter ~ Amazon ~ Goodreads


Giveaway:

All four books of the series, signed by the author (International Giveaway)




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5 comments:

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Mai T. said...

What is your favorite genre to read?

Ashley Montgomery said...

Ooohhh I hadn't heard of this series yet. I love a good mystery and this series sounds promising.

Cristelle Comby said...

Thanks for having me.

Happy 2016!

Cristelle

Mary Preston said...

THE LITTLE RED HEN is the first book my younger brother could read all by himself.

Great interview thank you.

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