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Evil Embers by Cristelle Comby - Book Tour + Giveaway

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Evil Embers (Vale Investigation, book 2)
by Cristelle Comby


GENRE: Urban Fantasy



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.


The door slammed shut as something grabbed at me. And by “grabbed”, I mean “lifted me off the 
ground and rammed me into the nearest wall”.

The structure bent under the impact while a nightmare that would have fit in an old-school 
John Carpenter movie screamed at me. With my gas mask on, I never heard it coming.

Dazed, I glanced up and faced sharp, yellow-tainted teeth. They formed a circular pit of canines, 
ready to swallow my head whole. I pulled a knife from my boot and slashed the creep at the center 
of its mass. The fiend’s scream rose an octave as the cold steel struck home.

The creature dumped me back on the floor before dissipating into nothingness.

The attack sucked the air out of my lungs, and I spent the next few minutes coughing through the 
mask. I felt like kicking myself. I spent my first week here carving wards around the entire six-block 
area before going in for the first time. I should have known better than to cut one on this house’s front 
door and move on. I forgot the back door. That mistake left that damned poltergeist way too much 
room to attack.

The monster du jour was a ghost, an escapee from the realm of death—the Underworld, Hell, 
or whatever else you call the place people go to once they’re done with life. From what I knew,
 not everyone turns Casper in their afterlife. However, those who do become near-mindless creatures 
stuck in their own plane of existence. When they make it to our side of the border, they turn into full 
ectoplasmic savages.

The dead guy I stepped over near the open back doorway was proof enough of that. 
What was once an engineer working for the city now had his chest cavity cut down to the bone 
and his head severed from his body. Blood splatters all but drowned out the muted yellow of his 
shredded biohazard suit. Judging from the angle of what remained of his corpse, he was trying to flee 
the house when the poltergeist got him.

“Dammit,” I muttered as I tightened the straps on my gas mask. Whoever this engineer was, 
I was pretty sure he didn’t come in here alone, which meant I may have to explain what a six-foot
PI in a surplus army jacket, a gas mask right out of the First World War and second-to-thirdhand 
leather gloves was doing in an area strictly reserved for city workers and engineers.


Guest post

The Art of Storytelling
Storytelling is an important part of our lives whether we realize it or not. We tell stories to our loved ones. We laugh as we reminisce about the past. Your favorite brands use storytelling to improve their sales. Your favorite authors write stories for a living. People love stories. People also love telling them. What makes stories so engaging?

We are just naturally drawn to stories. Some don’t even know why. Maybe because we like to learn through other’s experiences. Perhaps we like to put ourselves into other people’s shoes and see experiences from a different perspective. Stories are all around us. You may not notice it, but you are being influenced by storytelling almost every day.

Given its popularity and usefulness, we will be going over some tips on how to improve your own storytelling. We may not know why they work so well, but we do know they are useful for engaging an audience. Whether you are writing a story, blog post, or just having a conversation, storytelling will play an important role somewhere in your life. Plus, learning to tell better stories never hurts. With that said, let’s get to it!

Your Story Should Be Clear
Whoever you’re telling the story to shouldn’t have to do any work. Don’t use words they don’t understand. Unfortunately, you won’t always be able to use the fancy new words you learned the other day. Also, be sure to give them enough context to understand what’s going on. If your audience doesn’t understand your story, you will lose them.

Keep It Simple
Have you ever found yourself missing parts of a story due to confusion? Sometimes the storyteller appeals to the wrong audience. Sometimes the storyteller isn’t clear enough. If your audience has to ask questions to clarify your story, you’re not providing enough context. Don’t treat your audience like five-year-olds, but make your story clear enough for one to understand it.

Keep Your Story To The Point
Your story should have zero unnecessary parts. If your story isn’t concise and on point, you will lose your audience. People’s minds will wander if you’re not concise. Cut out as much flab as possible without losing any meaning to your story. If you add in too much unnecessary information, you might start ranting. While rants can be enjoyable, ranting is not appropriate when storytelling. Your audience doesn’t want to hear you rant and ramble, they want to walk through your experiences.

The Importance of Cliffhangers
Have you ever found yourself on the edge of your seat while reading a story? You probably didn’t notice it at the time, but you experienced a cliffhanger. The cliffhanger is what keeps you reeled in all the way through. Here’s an example of a cliffhanger, which is often found in the first paragraph.

I found myself driving 60 miles per hour down the highway when suddenly, my brakes stopped working. I panicked as I began approaching a parked semi-truck. It got closer and closer. Before I tell you what happened next, let me explain…”

You don’t give up the conclusion until the end of the story. This not only keeps them in suspense the entire time, but also motivates them to listen carefully to the rest of the story. This is a powerful technique, so make sure your cliffhanger is good! In order for this to work, your audience shouldn’t already know the end of your story. It’s pointless to add a cliffhanger to a story that your audience knows the ending to!

Using these two techniques, you can make your audience really want to listen. How can your audience not enjoy a story that is easy to follow and suspenseful? There is a lot more to storytelling, but these techniques are staples when it comes to this stuff.

Storytelling is an art and science, so the last piece of advice I can leave you is to practice. Storytelling is a skill, so don’t ever feel like you can’t improve. Anybody can improve their storytelling ability just by practicing.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

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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  1. My family and I all appreciate you bringing to our attention the book description of another great book to read. Thanks so much!

  2. Enjoyed reading the author's guest post today

  3. Happy Friday, thanks for sharing the great post - I enjoyed reading it :)

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  5. Congrats on the new book and good luck on the book tour!


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