Welcome to my stop for BLIND CHESS (NEVE & EGAN CASES) by Christelle Comby. Cristelle Comby will be awarding all four books of the series, signed by the author (International Giveaway) to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. You can follow the tour here: http://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2015/11/vbt-blind-chess-by-cristelle-comby.html
by Cristelle Comby
GENRE: Mystery & Detectives
It is supposed to be Neve and Egan. Two partners, a team. What happens when a member of this team of Private Investigators is shot, prognosis unknown?
As Alexandra Neve lays comatose and defenceless, Ashford Egan must take on their enemy alone, and find the cagiest criminal Scotland Yard has seen in decades. Determined to succeed, Egan will stop at nothing. He’ll hit on married women, plant bugs, hire hitmen. And he’ll do it all blind, which makes things ten times as difficult.
Double-crossed by friends, convinced there is corruption in those sworn to uphold the law, Egan is forced to form unlikely alliances as he moves forward in a game that requires skills, nerves of steel, and a willingness to play against all odds.
A gentle wind is blowing, but it is too cold for the leaves to carry any scent. Seconds tick away, as I wait.
A few minutes before the half hour, I hear the whining of the Lantesks’ garage door and soon after the rumble of a car engine coming to life. Mrs Lantesk is on time to go to work.
Ten feet long the old woman had said of the gravel lane. It isn’t much and I count the seconds after I first hear the crunching of gravel under the car’s tyres. On three, I take a large step forward, bracing myself for the impact I know is coming.
An instant later, the front of Mrs Lantesk’s car hits me on my right side and I fly to the ground, instantly losing all sense of direction. Up is down, down is left and I am only certain of one thing.
Turns out, no matter how ready you are for it, no matter how much planning is involved, or how carefully you give in to the motion and roll to the floor to absorb as much of the momentum as possible… getting hit by a moving vehicle hurts.
The car comes to an abrupt halt an instant later, tyres screeching against the gravel. The engine dies and I hear the car door open. It is followed by a steady stream of feminine and high-pitched, ‘Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God.’
Monica Lantesk must be wearing heels for I hear her feet tapping the pavement as she hurries towards where I lie sprawled.
‘Are you all right?’ she asks in between another chortle of oh-my-Gods.
I am, for the most part. I’m not seeing stars or anything and I take quick stock of the situation. Nothing seems broken; my glasses are missing, but I still have my cane in hand. I push myself up on one elbow and make a show of moving the cane about in what I hope is a dazed and confused manner. There is another wave of oh-my-Gods, as the woman realises I am blind and she starts to pat me awkwardly on the shoulder.
Where do you get your book ideas?
I start with the characters, always. To me, they’re the most important part of the story. It’s all about knowing where they’re at at the start of the book and where I want them to be by the end. The story’s the journey they’ll have to embark on to get to the end.
Do you write outline to start or just start writing?
I’m addicted to outlines and couldn’t work without it. It has become a very important part of my working method. I believe it is one of the most important part of creating a novel. You need to take the time to write down the backbone of your story; it’s skeleton. That’s the outline. I make it very detailed, as much as I can, and start to organise it in chapters and sections. I start writing only when I have a complete outline. Writing is like adding muscles and flesh on your skeleton.
How long does it normally take to write the book before edits?
The outline takes me one to two months, and then it’s another two-three months to write it. Edits are about the same lengths as all the outlining + writing. All of that pretty much equals a book per year, depending on how much life interferes.
Are you an indie author or mainstream author?
Indie. I like the absolute freedom that comes with it. I can literally make every last decision.
How did you get started, can you give people wanting to write an idea how to get started?
I just sat down at my computer and started working. It’s that simple. It’s not difficult to get started, it’s keeping on going that’s though. You need to keep the fire going and not give up.
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.
Blind Chess is her fourth new-adult novel in the Neve & Egan series.
Amazon Book Links:Russian Dolls (The Neve & Egan cases Book 1)
Ruby Heart (The Neve & Egan cases) (Volume 2)
Danse Macabre (The Neve & Egan cases Book 3)
Blind Chess (The Neve & Egan cases Book 4)