Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Hostile Takeover by Cristelle Comby


If I came to visit early in the morning would you impress me as being more like a chirpy bird or a grumpy bear?

I’m the early bird type. I get up at 5:30 every morning and start my day job at 6.

What one word best describes you?


What do you find most rewarding about writing?

I love seeing my characters come to life on paper and watching them grow and evolve.

Say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book, where would you most likely want to go?

America. I’ve never been and I’d love to visit the Grand Canyon area.

You just won a huge lottery what is the first thing you'll buy?

One of the top 5 restaurants in the world is two streets away from where I work. I dream of having lunch there one day, but it’s too pricey for me. If I won the lottery I’d totally run to book a 12 course meal there.

What question do you wish was on the list? Your answer?

Something totally random and that has nothing to do with writing. Like: “What’s your least favorite animal” My answer: mosquitoes; they should be blasted out of existence.

Do you have a Website or Blog?

I have a website: www.cristelle-comby.com. Up there, I have two prequel novellas that you can download for free, if you want to get a taste of what I do.
- “Redemption Road” is a prequel to the Vale Investigation series—it’s the story of Vale and Death’s first encounter.
- “Personal Favour” is set in my series of cozy mysteries The Neve & Egan Cases. It’s a glimpse of the life of Alexandra Neve, before she became a private investigator in London


Hostile Takeover
by Cristelle Comby

GENRE: Urban Fantasy


P.I. Bellamy Vale isn’t your everyday investigator. Moonlighting as Death’s earth-bound envoy, he specializes in the weird, wacky, and slightly unhinged.

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, nosy 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 holds his life in her hands.


I’d just got out of the shower when she showed up. Same entrance as usual. One second she wasn’t there; the next, she sprawled languidly on my bed. That always gave me the creeps. And how in all the hells could she always have such perfect timing? But I knew better than to question how she appeared from nowhere, disappeared without a trace, or knew the things she knew.

We were old acquaintances and she had seen into my soul and beyond. I had no problem with her seeing my nakedness. And even if I did, I was too worn down to care anyway. I flicked the bedside table lamp on, walked past her, ass-naked, and reached for a shirt and a pair of sweatpants. Someone else may have tried to educate her on social behavior, but I’d long ago given up on the hope that she would ever come to grips with a concept as trifling as privacy.

“I wasn’t expecting to see you tonight,” I said as I shrugged the clothes on. My sore shoulder protested and I winced.

“Why would you?” she replied with a slight accent that was impossible to place.

I glanced at her for clues. Her hair was loose and dark brown again. She had a little makeup on, looked to be anywhere between twenty-five and forty. Her feet were bare and she wore a long and oh-so-thin black dress.

I recognized the look. It was the one I’d dubbed “the Mediterranean” and I knew what it meant. She sat up and her gaze darkened to a coal shade as she took a good, long look at me.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

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.

Official Website: www.cristelle-comby.com
Twitter: @Cristelle


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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Lisa Brown said...

I enjoyed getting to know your book and thanks for the chance to win :)

Rita Wray said...

I liked the excerpt.

Gwendolyn Jordan said...

Sounds good

Cristelle Comby said...

Thanks for having me!

Victoria Alexander said...

Great post - sounds like a good book!

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