Friday, August 10, 2018

VBT Hostile Takeover by Cristelle Comby

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.


Excerpt Two:

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:
Twitter: @Cristelle

Please choose only one set of questions to answer:

Interview with Cristelle Comby

1. Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reigns of the story?
They wouldn’t dare hijack the story; I rule them with an iron fist!  More seriously, I outline everything before I start writing so that doesn’t leave much room to improvisation. Sometimes a few new ideas come along the way, but all the major plot points are already defined. And because I always write series, I have to be mindful of the larger story arcs I plotted.

2. Convince us why you feel your book is a must read.
It’s a good book for fans of Urban Fantasy mysteries. It draws inspiration from the many mythologies that exists. Did you know there are hundreds of those? Now think about it, what if all these legends were true, what if all those monsters and gods were real? Well, that’s the world Bellamy Vale lives in.

3. Have you written any other books that are not published?
Yes, I have an unfinished trilogy. That was my first attempt at writing a novel and I made the mistake of writing as ideas came without outlining anything. Books one and two are finished, but three of four chapters into the third volume, I realized the ending I had in mind was very weak and I didn’t like it anymore and … voilĂ . The whole thing’s been sleeping on my hard drive for the past ten years.

4. Pen or type writer or computer?
Computer, definitely. And everything’s in the clouds, so I can access the files from different devices/locations.

5. Anything you would like to say to your readers and fans?
On my website, I have two prequel novellas that you can download for free. “Redemption Road” is a prequel to the Vale Investigation series—it’s the story of Vale and Death’s first encounter.

The second is “Personal Favour” and that one is set in my series of cozy mysteries The Neve & Egan Cases.



Cristelle Comby will be awarding a $20 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

Follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found here:


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

  2. Thanks 4 sharing this book with me.

  3. Thanks for hosting the giveaway. How did you come up with the idea for the book. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

  4. I have enjoyed following this book tour and look forward to checking out this book!