Thursday, January 8, 2015

Danse Macabre Book Blast, Giveaway & Author Interview

Private investigators Alexandra Neve and Ashford Egan are hired to succeed where the police have failed, to safely return home a missing ballerina. With no lead to pursue and no idea who could be behind the young woman’s kidnapping, they soon find themselves at a loss as to what to do.

To make matters worse, the heart of England seems to be caught in the middle of a little Ice Age. With snow endlessly falling and Tube lines either too cramped up to use or out of service, it is a pain to do any legwork in the huge metropolis.

Oh, and because trouble never comes alone, there may also be a serial killer on the loose in the streets of East London...

Book Excerpt: 

‘Stay here,’ I whisper to Egan, before moving back to the train tracks. I take two steps in the darkness to get away from my partner’s hideout, before flicking my torch back on.

The boys’ light is quick to narrow on me. ‘Whozthere?’ one demands.

‘Hi guys,’ I reply, as kindly as I can. I show them my empty hands as I keep walking in their direction. ‘I’m not a cop, don’t worry.’

‘Whatcha doing here?’ baseball cap asks.

I decide to tell them the truth, hoping curiosity will be enough to keep them from running away. ‘I’m a private investigator. I’m looking for a man. We believe he may have used these old tunnels to escape a crime scene.’

‘Really?’ the kid asks again. ‘A PI, like on the telly?’

Not really, no. Sadly, my life is nothing like what Hollywood makes it look like. ‘Yes,’ I lie. ‘Just like in the movies.’

‘Do you have a gun?’ the guy with the metal bar asks.

My eyes narrow on him as I pay good attention to his posture and the way he now holds the bar with both hands. I’m being plain, I know, but I want him to realise his move wasn’t subtle enough for me. ‘Yes, and a taser.’ None of it is true, but I square my shoulders and continue with my bluff. ‘Trust me; you don’t want me to use either on you.’

Both kids look at each other nervously. ‘Don’t worry, boys; I don’t intend to.’ I smile at them again, a wide smile. They’re teenagers, I’m a woman; I don’t need any weapon, after all. ‘I only want to know if you’ve seen anyone weird down here.’

‘B’sides you, ya mean?’ baseball cap asks. I flash him my most charming smile in reply.
‘No one,’ his friend answers. ‘But we don’t come here very often. Only when our mum’s too busy to take us to Dad’s herself. It’s a shorter walk down here than up there.’

I had no idea the two teens were related. Now that I’m paying closer attention, I notice similarities in the hard angles of the jawlines and the sharpness of the cheeks.

‘Do you know if anyone else uses these tracks?’ I ask.

‘There’s some tramps,’ baseball cap says. ‘They’re staying in the curve, but we never go there.’

‘No one else?’ I ask.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Cristelle Comby was born and raised in the French-speaking area of Switzerland, in Greater Geneva, where she still resides.

Thanks to her insatiable thirst for American and British action films and television dramas, her English is fluent.

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.

Danse Macabre is her third new-adult novel, and she’s hard at work on the next titles in the Neve & Egan series.

The author will be giving away a signed copy of book titled Danse Macabre. Enter here for your chance to win: 
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~Our Families Adventure Interview with Author Cristelle Comby~

What were you like at school?

Quiet, disciplined, attentive.

Were you good at English?
Yes; it was my favorite subject. In my last year, I was so ahead of the other students; I was allowed to only come to class when there was a test.

What are your ambitions for your writing career?
To have one of my books become a bestseller.

What are you working on at the minute?
The next book in the series: Blind Chess.

What’s it about?
It picks up where Danse Macabre ends.

What genre are your books?

What draws you to this genre?
I’ve always loved a good whodunit. It’s fun to construct a puzzle for others to solve… leaving little clues here and there along the story.

Do you write full-time or part-time?
Part-time. I have a day job that I love and that pays the bills. Writing is my hobby, and a breath of fresh air from reality.

Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
I can only write on the weekends and during Holidays. But I spend a lot of time, during the week, day-dreaming about my story and imagining scenes.

Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?
No. I don’t keep a schedule. I write when I feel like it.

Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?
Computer. I couldn’t imagine doing it any other way. It’s the quickest, easiest to correct.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
Creating a detailed outline is my first step, when writing a book. It’s the backbone of the story. Then I flesh it out.

What is the hardest thing about writing?
Editing. I takes me twice the time I spent writing the manuscript. I over-analyze everything, obsess over punctuation, and hunt adverbs with a battle axe.

How long on average does it take you to write a book?
It depends on what is going on in my life and how much free time I have on my hands. About a year, I would say.

Do you ever get writer’s block?
Not really no. That’s why planning the novel and having a detailed outline is important.

Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?
Plan your novel carefully. Know ahead all the major story points. If you still get writer’s block, then give up the novel for a while and write something else until it passes.

What is your favourite motivational phrase?
Courage, fuyons! It’s French and translates to “Let’s be courageous and run away/flee”. I know, as motivational phrases go, it sucks but it’s my go-to phrase. I’ve been saying it since forever. It’s full of irony and a bit hard to explain to non-French speakers. It’s the thing we say here when we’d rather just run away, but we have to stay and do whatever it is 

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