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Monday, June 17, 2019

Evil Embers by Cristelle Comby - Book Tour - Book Review - Giveaway - Enter Daily!


Hello, lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Cristelle Comby and her new book, “Evil Embers”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Cristelle and to increase your chances of winning!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!


Evil Embers
by Cristelle Comby

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GENRE: Urban Fantasy

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BLURB:

There’s “hard to kill”—and then there’s Bellamy Vale.

After narrowly preventing the destruction of Cold City, PI Bellamy Vale needs a rest. Or rather, he needs a plain and simple vanilla case—no monsters or otherworldly creatures involved! When foreign businessman Eli Smith shows up at his doorstep with a thick wallet and a request to find his missing sister, Vale doesn’t think twice before agreeing. If he’d known body-hopping demons and smoke monsters came attached to this job, however, he might have.

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EXCERPT TWO:

I started feeling eyes on me about two blocks up. I was hoping it was just one guy…and that it was the kind of guy I could win a fight against without losing all my teeth.

I turned off Maltese Street and into a familiar alley. The rusted-out dumpster was where it usually was, tall enough for me to hide behind in a crouch. I wished I had my knife with me. My gun might have been nice too, but too much noise would have put me back in Morgan’s crosshairs. I was going to have to wing it.

Another set of footsteps came into the alley. They slowed down as they got closer. I heard labored breathing on top of the steps, like the guy was running a mile to get me. In a voice so low it barely echoed off the walls, he muttered, “Where is he?”

That’s all I needed to hear. The moment the intruder got past the dumpster, I gave him a hip tackle that should have sent him into the opposite wall. But somehow, he managed to flip me around in mid-air and I was the one that hit the wall with a thud. I was still shaking my head clear when I saw a fist aimed right at my nose. I jerked my head to the side, making the attacker’s hand slam into the brick with a meaty slap. My right fist jabbed into his belly and side, working his body like a jackhammer.

I bucked my hips and used my left hand to help flip him over. But once again, he kept the flip going and I wound up on the bottom before I could blink. This time the fist struck, and my head went blank a couple of times as the blows hit home. I wrapped my hands around his arm as the third punch landed and applied pressure to the elbow. The strangled cry from my attacker’s mouth sounded familiar.

“Smith?” I asked in confusion, relaxing the pressure.

“Mr. Vale,” the shadowy figure said back, confirming my guess.

I released his arm, and we both got back on our feet, a bit unsteadily. Something about his gait told me he was a lot less steady than I was right then.

“I…I must apologize,” he said. “I was quite certain you were a robber of some sort.”

“A robber that doesn’t use a gun or a knife?” I asked. “In this city?”

He sighed. “Yes…upon reflection, that theory does seem rather foolish.”

I took the time to check myself over for any severe damage. Aside from new aches and pains, nothing was pressing. “What were you doing following me in the first place?”

“I was most interested to see if you had managed any progress on the leads we found.”

“So, instead of waiting at my place for me to come back, you stalk me across town to make sure I’m on the job?” I admit I was more than a little offended. Sure, I can be a bit devious when it comes to getting the money I need, but I’m enough of a professional to stick with a job until I either figure out that it’s not worth pursuing or I get paid.

It made me want to punch my client all over again.

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MY BOOK REVIEW:


This book is an interesting, intriguing, suspenseful, mystery, urban fantasy read!

When I first saw the book cover, I wasn’t quite sure what to think.  To be honest, I found the cover to be a bit scary and creepy, but still intriguing enough that I was excited to check out this book!

This book focuses on P.I. Bellamy Vale and the adventures he gets tangled up in while trying to solve his client’s cases.  Vale has just come off a major win by defeating Mayor Galatas and her minions in book one and he is looking for some R&R when a new client, Eli Smith, bursts in on him at his home.  Eli, a strange businessman hires Vale to find his sister, Sarit, who has been missing for a few days.  However, Eli has no picture of Sarit, no phone number, and pretty much no information about her – this is definitely not going to be a simple missing persons case.

This book has an interesting storyline, very detailed writing style, well-developed characters, is fast paced, and keeps you entertained.

I liked that this book started out fast paced with an action scene and kept the adventure stride mostly on par throughout the book.

Unfortunately, I think that the worldbuilding wasn’t as strong and powerful as it needed to be.  I felt that there were gaps and inconsistencies within the current worldbuilding setup. This created several confusing passages and misunderstandings amongst the storyline.

This book genre is marketed as an urban fantasy book and yet the author found a way to throw in adventure, mystery, intrigue, and suspense elements into the book.  It definitely added a fascinating extra component to the story!

This book has many unexpected twists and turns that you won’t see coming!  I really wasn’t sure which way this book was going to go as it seemed quite unpredictable!

This book is Book Two of The Vale Investigation Book Series.  I had not read the first book before reading this book.  There are many references to the previous book and the characters significantly overlap.  It could technically be read on its own as a standalone.  I wasn’t completely confused or lost.  I just occasionally felt out of the loop and that I was missing important information about the characters and how they got to the point at where they are when book two starts.  So, I personally would recommend reading the first book, before you start book two.

All in all, I enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it!  I think all urban fantasy, science fiction, and mystery readers will like this book, too!

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book and have voluntarily provided an honest, and unbiased review in accordance with FTC regulations.**

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AUTHOR BIO:


Cristelle Comby was born and raised in the French-speaking area of Switzerland, on the shores of Lake 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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GIVEAWAY INFO:

Cristelle will be awarding a $10 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.


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7 comments:

  1. Cristelle ~ Good morning! Welcome back! It is so great to have you here again! Congrats on your new book and good luck on the book tour! I really enjoyed reading and reviewing your book, thanks for providing the copy! :)

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  2. Are any of the locations based off of real places in your book?

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  3. Another great book to discover. Thanks so much for sharing this with us.

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  4. I liked the excerpt, thank you.

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  5. Do you share your story with any family members and friends during the writing process?

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