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ETA-Estimated Time of Arrest, Delphine Pontvieux’s first novel, received yesterday the National Indie Excellence Book Award in the “thriller” category.

These are fantastic news, especially with Printers row lit fest coming up soon in Chicago (june 4 and 5th).

Miss Nyet publishing will be present at the much celebrated literary fest, and Delphine Pontvieux will be present on both days of the event to sign copies of her novel.

What is the NIEA?

The National Indie Excellence Book Awards® contest is judged by an independent experts from all aspects of the indie book industry, including publishers, writers, editors, book cover designers and professional copywriters. They select award winners and finalists based on overall excellence of presentation.

Ellen Reid, President of the National Indie Excellence Book Awards®  has built a highly successful career producing excellence for clients and with her own award-winning book, Putting Your Best Book Forward: A Book Shepherd’s Secrets for Producing Award- Winning Books that Sell. As a book shepherd and book consultant, she has mastered the fine art of directing teams of professionals so that a synergy develops making the end product far greater than the sum of the individual parts.

It is on this solid foundation that Ellen manages the Indie Excellence awards. She draws upon the practical, in-the-trenches experience of noted and award winning professionals from all aspects of the publishing and book production field to select the books that demonstrate excellence in cover design, copywriting, and interior layout, as well as overall feel and execution.

Ellen’s deft eye guides the judging process and contest winners can be proud and confident that the award attests to the excellence of their efforts in producing an outstanding book. Indie Excellence Awards is a trademark of Smarketing. Copyright 2007-2011. All Rights Reserved.

here is the press release from NIEA today:

For Immediate Release                       Beverly Hills, CaliforniaThe National Indie Excellence Book Awards Salutes the BEST of the BEST in 2011

Independent and self-published titles roar to the forefront of excellence in numerous genres

Beverly Hills, CA – In the pinnacle year of the self-published book , The National Indie Excellence Book Awards is ahead of the curve with the announcement of the 5th Annual National Indie Excellence Award Winners, Finalists and the recipients of the Sponsor’s Choice Prizes.

Today Ellen Reid, founder of The National Indie Excellence Book Awards, released the Winners and Finalists of this year’s contest www, said…

“Excellence is not easy to achieve and the book industry needs it more than ever…the NIEA salutes authors and publishers who make excellence a priority” said Reid

Competition for the top spots is fierce with prizes exceeding $12,000 in value and the priceless opportunity to have one-on-one coaching with inside industry experts including top media and PR consultants, marketing experts and others.

With a number self-published authors exceeding sales of 100,000 copies and six and seven figures in revenue, authors and small presses are flourishing and so is the quality of books across the board.

Next year’s 2012 Award application deadline is April 30, 2012. For information and to enter, please visit:

“The judges for this competition are industry leaders that take their responsibility very seriously. We had the best pool of submissions ever and it was not easy because of the excellent books we received in every category this year. I am constantly thrilled at the outstanding work we’re seeing,” Reid said.

Be sure to read more about ETA-Estimated Time of Arrest on our site (you can read the book prologue for free) and we thank all the fans for their tremendous support. Keep on reading, and keep on telling your friends about us.


Delphine Pontvieux is in the spotlight tonight on the bibliosphere (may 10, 2011 post). Check it out!

ETA gets 5/5 rating in Aobibliophile.

Find below a comprehensive review of Pontvieux’s novel ETA-Estimated Time of Arrest just published on Aobibliophile.

We invite you to visit the link tomorrow and comment on her guest post as well.

“Arranoak lumak behar, txepetxak ere bai” – The eagle needs feathers, and the wren does too. (Basque Proverbs, Wikiquote)

during a pro-separatist march, Lorenzo Lartaun Izcoa is wrongly accused of bombing a police station in Irun, a small Basque city. he is branded a terrorist and flees to Mexico. two years later, his childhood friend Patxi shows up and offers him a passport and the chance to return to Europe in exchange for a “small favor.”
Lartaun, now known as Rafael, hides in a commune in the French Pyrenees where he meets and falls in love with Faustine Laroche. keeping his true identity and history a secret from Faustine, Rafael realizes too late that the small favor he owes Patxi poses a threat and is larger and deadlier than he imagined.
author Delphine Pontvieux delivers a beautiful and compelling story of a man on the run. from the colorful Basque country to the dizzying heights of the Pyrenees, i was treated to a visual and emotional rollercoaster ride. this book is part political thriller, romance and adventure filled with well-drawn characters and a very interesting plot. 
i have never read a book before that explored in rich detail the plight of the Basque people. Delphine Pontvieux did an amazing job of presenting their history without sounding biased and without inundating the reader with boring historical facts. in fact, my interest was piqued to the point that i had to explore a bit about how things are now with the Euskaldunak (Basque speakers).
the author’s love for the outdoors also shines through and it was a vicarious thrill to go hiking and mountain climbing with Rafael and Faustine. years ago, i experienced doing a reverse rappel from a height of 120 feet. another thing i did was traversing a distance of 100 meters of dense tropical jungle 20 meters below me while attached to a secure harness and cable system. i tell you everything was an incredible rush!
even the book’s title is catchy and shows the author’s ingenious play with words. ETA is commonly known as Estimated Time of Arrival. Delphine replaced the last word with Arrest. ETA also stands for Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (Euskara or Basque for Basque Homeland and Freedom). this is the name of the terrorist group that figures so much in the story.
i liked the way the chapters are laid out. the numbers are handwritten and below them are Basque words. each chapter is also stamped with the time, day, month and year. this style spoke highly of the author’s flair for organization and kept me on track with what was going on in the story. by the way, you have to take a second look at the book’s cover and see if you notice something striking!
it is hard to believe that ETA: Estimated Time of Arrest is the author’s first book. for a debut novel, it manages not only to entertain but also to educate and inform as well. 

Disclosure of Material Connection: i was gifted a Kindle copy of ETA: Estimated Time of Arrest by the author herself. i did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was i obligated to write a positive one. all opinions expressed here are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book’s publisher and publicist or the readers of this review. this disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Check out the video presenting all the divas honored tonight at Jbar in Chicago.

Delphine Pontvieux and Miss Nyet Publishing, LLC start about 3 minutes into the video.

See you all this evening at JBAR in Chicago from 6 pm on!

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