Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Virtual Book Tour + #Giveaway: Hostile Takeover by Cristelle Comby @Cristelle @RABTBookTours



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Vale Investigation (book #1)
Urban Fantasy
Date Published: August 1, 2018

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When a mysterious beast savagely mauls random residents of Cold City, the police assume that these are the killings of a rogue wolf. But experienced private investigator, Bellamy Vale, is unconvinced.

Ordered by Death herself to investigate, Vale has no choice but to obey for his boss is not someone to disappoint—if he wants to keep breathing, that is.

With friend and computer hacker Zian, interfering journalist Candice Kennedy, and homicide sergeant Melanie Ramirez by his side, Vale has no choice but to end the killings or face the wrath of the demon who literally holds his life in her hands.

Hostile Takeover is a fast-paced, edge-of-your seat paranormal mystery that will leave your heart racing, and have you looking over your shoulder.


Interview with Cristelle Comby


Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in Hostile Takeover?

The main character, Bellamy Vale used to be in the US Marine Corps. Now he’s a private investigator in Cold City. A couple of years ago, desperate and at an all-time low, he made a deal with Death. In exchange for a favor he agreed to work for Her. Now he solves vanilla crimes to pay the bills and he goes up against monsters and Gods with nefarious plans to please his boss of a dubious nature. And the only reason he’s employee of the month is that no-one else was foolish enough to take the job. The other ones, you’ll have to discover in the book.


Can you tell us a little bit about your next books or what you have planned for the future?

I’m currently editing the second book in the series and working on the outline for the third one. You can expect the next Vale Investigation book to hit the shelves in 2019.


How long would you say it takes you to write a book?

About a year. Outlining and doing the research takes me about a third of the time, then another third is spent writing, and the last third is for stuff like editing, proofreading, cover art and promotion. Normally, I’m always working on two books in parallel. One that I’m outlining or writing and another that is at the editing stage.


What is your favorite childhood book?

Nothing stands out, but I remember reading a lot of the Famous Five by Enid Blyton. And also the French Fantômette series by Georges Chaulet. I was into mysteries already back then.


If you could spend the day with one of the characters from Hostile Takeover who would it be? Please tell us why you chose this particular character, where you would go and what you would do.

Funny question. I don’t really fancy getting shot at or stabbed or getting myself thrown out of a window… so, I’ll stay away from Bellamy Vale.
I guess the safer choice is Zian, the computer hacker. He owns a club, the Indigo, in the fictitious town of Cold City, USA. He could give me the VIP treatment and then teach me a thing or two about hacking.


What was the hardest scene from Hostile Takeover to write?

The first ones. It took a couple of re-writes to get the tone right. 


What made you want to become a writer?

As far back as I can think of, I’ve always loved writing. It took a while for me to get any good at it though.


Just for fun

(a Favorite song: Dead Man’s Eyes by Apocalyptica

(b Favorite book: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

(c Favorite movie: The Lord of The Ring Trilogy

(d Favorite tv show: Breaking Bad

(e Favorite Food: Salmon Tartare

(f Favorite drink: Strawberry Milkshake

(g Favorite website: IMDB.com


Thanks so much for visiting with us today! 


About the Author

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Cristelle Comby was born and raised in the French-speaking area of Switzerland, in Greater 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.


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