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MARK YOUR CALENDARS:
Sunday, November 13 · 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Location
Beauty Bar Chicago

1444 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago

Created By
Two With Water Rx series

More Info
What is occupying your mind? Our anything but egalitarian tax code? Bailouts? Pumpkin pie??Come hear six talented authors share what keeps them “occupied.”

Featuring:

Julia Borcherts
Bobby Evers
Geof Hyatt
Tanner McSwain
Delphine Pontvieux
John Wawrzaszek

Starts with a limited open-mic.

Hope to see you there!


Interviewed for Write City in Chicago by Randy Richardson

Delphine Pontvieux seems to have walked out of the pages of classic fiction. A striking figure – tall, athletic and blond – topped off with a French accent. She could be an Ian Fleming temptress. Or perhaps a Raymond Chandler femme fatale. 

Even her life plays out like that of a modern-day Ernest Hemingway. In fact, she’s almost followed – in reverse – the famous novelist’s footsteps. While Hemingway was born here in Oak Park, Illinois, and took his well-chronicled travels to places like Cuba, Africa, Spain, France and Italy before returning back to the states, Pontvieux was born in France, in Versailles, and has since lived, studied and worked in Australia, the United States, Spain, and the Netherlands. She now calls Chicago home, after settling here in 1998.

She even seems carved out of the Hemingway larger-than-life mold. While Hemingway was known for running with the bulls, big game hunting and deep-sea fishing exploits, Pontvieux is a rock climber, scuba diver and actress (look for her in Miley Cyrus’s 2011 film, LOL, in which she plays Joan of Arc’s mother).

 Now Pontvieux is, like Hemingway, also an author. In 2009, she published through her own press, Miss Nyet Publishing, her first novel, a political thriller titled ETA – Estimated Time of Arrest, winner of the Indie Excellence Book Award 2011 in the Thriller category.

ETA, like Hemingway’s classic The Sun Also Rises, takes place in Spain. Pontvieux’s debut even has an early scene in which her main character, Lartaun, runs with the bulls in Pamplona, the festival Hemingway made famous in The Sun Also Rises.    

In ETA, Pontvieux tries to bring meaning to the polarizing Basque political struggles through Lartaun, who has been wrongly charged with the fatal bombing of a police station in his home town. Living under an assumed name in Mexico, he is given a chance to return by his childhood friend, Patxi, but with a price.

In this interview, Pontvieux describes her motivations for writing ETA, as well as her experiences in writing and self-publishing her first novel.  

Read the full interview here:

http://chicagowrites.org/thewritecitymag.aspx?articleid=39


Welcome to the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop!


WHAT IS A GIVEAWAY HOP?

This hop is organized by “I am a reader, not a writer” blog. (http://iamareadernotawriter.blogspot.com) and co-hosted by Rhianna @ TheDiaryofaBookworm.

Over 425 blogs are participating in this book-related giveaway. (See the whole list at the end of the post). Basically, all these blogs are  linked up together so you can easily hop from one giveaway to another and get the chance to win multiple gift bags and lots of free books throughout the week!

WHEN DOES IT TAKE PLACE?

The Spooktacular Giveaway Hop runs from  Monday, October 24th to Monday, October 31st.

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY?

We keep it super simple:

All we ask of you is to complete these  two quick steps by October 31st:

#1:

-Like Delphine Pontvieux on Facebook by clicking here.

-If you are not on facebook, follow the MissNyet blog.

(To subscribe to the blog, click “follow” or scroll down to the end of the blog page to enter you email address under “Email Subscription to Miss Nyet’s blog”)

#2:

Send an email to missnyet at missnyet dot com with “Spooktacular giveaway hop” in the subject line.

Optional:

Show your support by writing a comment on the Miss Nyet blog entry(ies) of your choice. We appreciate the feedback!

Tell your friends to enter the contest as well by sharing this post on Facebook, Twitter and more.

Everyone is a winner!

By entering the giveaway contest, we will automatically email you a short story by Delphine Pontvieux, titled “Amsterdamned if you do.” Our gift to you.

Contest prizes

  • 2 winners will be selected every day to receive Delphine Pontvieux’s Ebook version of her novel “ETA-Estimated Time of Arrest” in your preferred format (epub for Nook, Ipad etc, mobi for kindle or pdf.) All email entries will be entered for the big prize at the end of the week.
  • One contest winner will be picked at random and notified via email on November 1st. (if we don’t hear back from you within 48 hours, we will pick another winner and so forth) We will mail the gift bag to the address of your choice anywhere in the US, Canada or EEC.

What’s in the Grand prize?

  • A SIGNED hardcover copy of Delphine Pontvieux’s novel “ETA-Estimated Time of Arrest”
  • A hardcover copy of Pintxatu (a full color cookbook with a 19 track compilation cd)
  • An ETA bookmark
  • An Eiffel tower key chain (to celebrate the roots of Delphine Pontvieux, who is Franco-American)

Let the luckiest win!

Wishing you a great week,

Miss Nyet (the mermaid) 

The comprehensive list of blogs in the Spooktacular Giveway hop can be found here.


 

Delphine Pontvieux’s writing in her international thriller “ETA: Estimated time of Arrest,” is “inspired”, Dan Burns writes in his review for CWA’s book review site, Windy City Reviews.

 

Here are a few excerpts from the article:

 

The writing exhibited in ETA, simply put, is inspired. Writers are often told to “write what you know,” and Ms. Pontvieux has done just that. The lush descriptions of the Basque region of northern Spain and the majestic and elaborate details used to create a visual for the reader of the mountains and valleys of southern France are details and descriptions of as seasoned traveller.

 

As a storyteller, Ms. Pontvieux has shared with us not only what she knows, but also her skill and craft at weaving a interesting plot that never loses its focus.

 

I was impressed with Ms. Pontvieux’s deliberate attention to character development. Juggling the storylines of more than twenty characters in a novel is a challenge, but ensuring that each of those characters is unique and interesting is a true test of a writer’s ability. Her primary characters certainly stand out as noteworthy and impressionable people, but even the characters with the smallest roles remained memorable for me long after I put the book down.

 

We read novels and stories to get away from our daily routine, to learn something new, and to travel to places that are dear to us or that we may only dream about. We read to experience what the author has experienced, what the author knows, and the unique perspective that the author brings to the story. ETA has delivered on all counts.

 

ETA: Estimated Time of Arrest is a tightly wound story of international intrigue and suspense, splashed across a canvas of European landscapes, environmental and political causes, and the art of mountain climbing.

 

Find the full review here:

 

http://windycityreviews.org/book-reviews/2011/10/20/review-eta-estimated-time-of-arrest.html#entry13397207 

 

Holidays are approaching!

 

Give the unique and thoughtful gift of a novel that is signed and personalized by the author.

 

Just include the name of the person you would like the book dedicated to in the “Instructions to merchant” box when checking out with Paypal. Please click here to place your order.



As of today, ETA officially announced  it has called a “definitive cessation” to its campaign of bombings and shootings after 50 years of activity.

View the video of the declaration (you can choose the language in Euskara, Spanish, French or English) here:

http://www.gara.net/


Delphine Pontvieux is featured on the front page of the Digital Book Review today, with a book review of ETA in addition to an entertaining interview.

You can read it all here:

http://digitalbooktoday.com/2011/10/17/author-interview-delphine-pontvieux-eta-estimated-time-of-arrest/


Looks like it.

In a historic step, the armed Basque separatist group Eta [Euskadi Ta Askatasuna] is this week expected to announce a definitive end to more than four decades of violence, according to sources close to the negotiations.

Read these articles on the subject:

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/weekend/2011/1015/1224305819542.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/oct/16/eta-end-violence-basque-spain

http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/article2546315.ece


European readers, rejoice!

Lecteurs de France, rejouissez vous!

ETA is now available in hardcover and digital version via Amazon in the following countries:

UK – Germany and from now on, France!

ETA est maintenant disponible sur Amazon.fr, en format relie et également en version digitale!

here is the link:

Voici le lien:

http://www.amazon.fr/gp/search/ref=sr_nr_seeall_1?rh=k%3Aeta+estimated+time+of+arrest%2Ci%3Aenglish-books&keywords=eta+estimated+time+of+arrest&ie=UTF8&qid=1318700248

Please pass the information on to your euro contacts!

Faites passer l’info a vos contacts et amis en France, et si vous avez déjà lu le livre, je vous invite chaudement a écrire une courte chronique sur Amazon, car cela aide énormément a faire monter la cote du livre sur le site. (Suivez le même lien ci dessus pour entrer votre chronique)

Do not forget to check Pontvieux’s short stories as well, ‘Amsterdamned if you do’ and ‘American wasteland’, which are now available in digital format as well in the UK, Germany and France!

Egalement disponible sur Amazon.fr, deux nouvelles du même auteur publiees dans deux collections intitulees, ‘Amsterdamned if you do’ et ‘American Wasteland’. En vous souhaitant bonne lecture!


You can view the interview with Delphine Pontvieux here:

http://thesecretwriterblog.blogspot.com/2011/10/author-interview-with-delphine.html

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