Friday, August 17, 2018

Promo & Tour: Hostile Takeover by Cristelle Comby

Title: Hostile Takeover
Author: Cristelle Comby
Genre/Age: Urban Fantasy/Adult
Series: Vale Investigation (Book One)
Publisher: Self-published
SynopsisP.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.

My five favorite movie scenes of all time
(and the one I never got to see).
by: Cristelle Comby

Usual Suspects, the reveal of Keyser Söze (1995)

This is one of my favorite films, ever. Seriously, I wish I could get amnesia, just so I could watch this film for the first time again. Brilliant actors, brilliant script. The line-up scene is comedy gold (it’s worth buying the DVD just for the outtakes).

But, spoiler alert, the final reveal is the absolute masterpiece. One of greatest movie twist ever. It’s brilliantly filmed too… the flashbacks… the coffee cup shattering… Kevin Spacey changing his gait. Just brilliant!

The Matrix, dodging bullets (1999)

This movie is a cinematic milestone which divides the CGI-landscape into two, what came before Matrix and everything that was done after Matrix. It set new rules and upped the game for everyone. 

That whole trilogy is truly a gem. It’s got a mind-blowing script, a great cast and some of the best actions scenes I’ve ever seen. That scene with Neo fighting off the agent on the rooftop perfectly sums it up.

LOTR: The Return of the King, carry you (2003)

Lord of the Rings… or when some of my favorite books were turned into some of my favorite films. Usually, I’m not very fond of movie adaptations, but this one was done right. There are a lot of great moments in the trilogy, but this one’s the best. 

Sam’s such an underrated character, but he really gets to shine in this scene. Frodo could never have completed his quest without him. I say Sam’s the true savior of Midlde Earth. Also, Sean Astin—whom I had a chance to meet very recently—is a lovely fella. 

Brokeback Mountain, two shirts in a cupboard (2005)

Top notch performances from Ledger and Gyllenhaal throughout, and some great cinematography make for a really good movie. 

The one scene that really stuck with me though is the ending, with the two shirts on the same coat hanger. The symbolism there is so powerful; it’s such a simple shot, but it speaks volumes.

Inception, hallway fight (2010)

This film is another visual masterpiece. I love the idea behind it and wish it were possible. The CGI is mind-blowing, and Hanz Zimmer’s powerful soundtrack truly compliments the ensemble (“Time” is one of my all-time favorite). 

The fight in the hallway is a killer and one of the most memorable fight-scenes ever. Did you know it wasn’t CGI but practical effects? They actually built a giant centrifuge and stuck the actors and camera in it.


Titanic, sinking (1997)

In 97, this was THE movie to see. I have friends who went to the cinema dozens of times to watch it again, and again. I’m not into romantic movies so I didn’t go. I caught it on TV a couple of months later and fell asleep during the romantic drivel. A few years later, I caught a re-run and… fell asleep mid-way through again.

I hear the ship sinks at some point, which sounds kinda nice.

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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