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Valid only between now and December 12!

Want to fill a couple stockings with books? Even better, books personalized for that special someone?

Look no further, and forget about the regular cover price, because between now and December 12, you can order ETA-Estimated Time of Arrest for a special price of 15 US$ for one copy (+ sales tax for Illinois).

Want a better deal? Order 3 copies or more and the price goes down to 12$ a copy (+ sales tax for Illinois).

And the best news, shipping costs remain at 6$ within the USA for up to 3 books!

How to order? Easy. Send an email to with ORDER in the subject line and let us know how many copies you would like to order, along with your shipping address. Once we send you the total invoice, send the money via PAYPAL to and we will ship your order right away.

Please be sure to mention the names of the people you would like the books dedicated to, if applicable.

Books printed in the USA on SFI certified, acid-free paper. Supplied by a green initiative vendor who participates in the Forest Stewardship Council and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative programs, which are both devoted to the responsible management of the world’s forests.

ETA-Estimated Time of Arrest – Winner of the 2011 Indie Excellence Book Award in the Thriller category



Watch this most entertaining video! How did the English language evolve over time? A humorous approach to linguistics.

Read the full article publishers on Reuters here:

Chicago Book Expo Puts Abandoned Borders to Good Use


photo via Uptown Update
“There will be no Black Friday sales at Uptown’s Borders this year. Instead, there’ll be something much cooler–and a week earlier to boot, allowing you to digest that Thanksgiving dinner properly. The Chicago Writers House Project is creating a pop-up bookstore in the empty building Nov. 19-20. Featuring more than 40 fiction and poetry presses, Chicago Book Expo 2011 will also include readings, live performances, and architectural walking tours.”

Well, the first Chicago book expo is over, and I must say it was a worthwhile event. Congratulations to the organization crew for their kindness and efforts in making this book fair one that is most certain to return next year. Here is a little report on how it went, along with photos of the event.

Saturday. (10am-6pm)

The day was cold and very windy. The luck (or lack thereof) of the draw was such that we (me and my fellow author/publisher and friend Andre Frieden from Avendia Publishing, along with a good number of Chicago presses and local fiction authors) ended up setting shop in the basement of the Uptown Broadway Building -across the former Borders store instead of within the same building-, which is rumored to be a former speakeasy.

At least, the dark, ominous setting was quite appropriate for thriller writers!

The good news is, I found a new mascot there. How could I describe it? It’s like a lucky charm, only slightly bigger than a rabbit’s foot. Here it is, below.

Sunday (12pm-6pm)

What a difference a new locale makes! Today, we are all sharing the space within the former Borders bookstore. It is well lit, warm and cosy! Great attendance throughout the day, which made for good sales and great conversations with the public. Channel 2 (CBS local news) was also in attendance and filmed my stand (along with my 2010 Oscar award from the French community, which the cameraman really liked!). CCLAP Publishing was also in attendance at the book expo, selling both anthologies “Amsterdamned if you do” and “American Wasteland”, for which I have contributed short stories.


At 3 PM, Andre Frieden, Libby Fisher Hellman and I took part in a reading of excerpts of our respective novels, followed by a 15-minute Q&A about thrillers. The photo below shows Andre, Libby and I after the reading.


The weekend event wrapped up at 6 pm.

I want to thank the Chicago public for braving the weather to come out and support their local writing community. This is probably the first time that so many local authors and small presses were together at the same time under the same roof, and that was an impressive feat. I also got the chance to meet fantastic people there, in addition to seeing old friends again as well as members of the Chicago Writing Association. Looking forward to next year!


List of the presses in attendance at the first BOOK EXPO

Grow Books Press
CCLaP: Chicago Center for Literature and Photography
Agate Publishing
The University of Chicago Press
The Handshake Magazine
Knee-Jerk Magazine
Squean Zines
Switchback Books
Progressive Chicago Book Making
Arrow as Aarow
Sara Ranchouse Publishing
Chicago Sketches
Oyez Review
Burial Day + Contratiempo
Lake Street Press + Wicker Park Press
Rose Metal Press + Anobium
Speakeasy Saturday /Borders building Sunday
Featherproof Books
Allium Press
Mutable Sound
Haymarket Books
Nan Bu Nan Publishing
Artifice Magazine
Drag City Books
Chicago IRL
Shortpants Press
Weighed Words
Other Voices Books (near Curbside Splendor/ACM)
Curbside Splendor  +  Another Chicago Magazine
Lake Forest College Press + &NOW Books
Miss Nyet + Avendia
Wolfsword Press + Chicago Creative Coop
Green Lantern Press + MAKE Magazine


read the article published on Expatica here:

more news about the book expo this week end…

Event title: Thrilling Fiction: A Reading
Time: Sunday, November 20, 3:00 pm
Location: The basement of the Uptown Broadway Building (former speakeasy) 4701 N. Broadway).
Authors who will be reading: 1. Adriana Renescu (Wolfsword) 2. Delphine Pontvieux (Miss Nyet) 3. A.C. Frieden (Avendia) 4. Libby Fischer Hellmann (Allium)
Each author will do a 15 minute presentation of their book + reading, followed by a collective Q&A with the audience.
Looking forward to seeing you there if you’re not at the Bears game!

It seems that the fans are not the only ones waiting for the release of this highly-anticipated movie!

Here is what Demi More have to say about it.

Demi Moore recently dished about her comedy with Miley CyrusLOL, and how it she didn’t know when it was going to be released. “I loved working with (Cyrus) and the director. They just put it on pause because they had another film they were focusing on. It’s a tough thing when you have a movie you’re looking forward to coming out,” she told MTV. However, has exclusive details about when the much-anticipated film is hitting theaters!

Delphine Pontvieux, author of ETA-Estimated Time of Arrest plays the role of Joan of Arc’s Mother in the movie. For the whole article, please read here:





In my stories, I write about war, terrorism and violence.

I condemn terrorism because while I believe there are goals and aspirations, whether they be of the political or ideological kind, that may be worth fighting for, they can never justify the slaughter of innocent people.

I deplore violence in all its forms, especially when gratuitous.

And while I am against war for ethical reasons, I respect the soldiers who fight them: soldiers want peace and freedom as much as everyone else. The difference between us and them is, they put their lives on the line so that the majority of us don’t have to.

I was lucky enough that I never had to live through a war. Being born in France, my people have fought many of them.

My grandfather, on my dad’s side, was drafted during World War II. He found himself alone in front of a German tank in northeastern France back in 1941. With only a hand gun left for protection, he was made prisoner and was sent to a work camp until the liberation by the Allied forces in 1945.

My dad’s older brother fought in Algeria, because the war was going on while he was doing his military service (which, until recently, was mandatory for all able Frenchmen).

My grandmother on my mother’s side lived in Normandy during the German occupation. She managed to cross the line of demarcation between Nazi occupied France and freedom alone at 18, by hiding under bales of hay in the back of a tractor. With only a small suitcase in hand, her goal was to meet my grandfather in Marseille so they could get married before he was sent to fight.

My point is, we are all related with family and friends who have fought wars, lived through wars, escaped from them, or fell on the battlefield. When we talk about the war, any war, we often look at it in the macro sense of the term. Yet, what we tend to oversee, is that out of a battalion of a thousand soldiers fighting as one, each person is an individual, with their own distinct lives and they have a thousand different stories to tell.

Do you want to share YOUR story ?

This Veterans Day weekend, Indie Book Collective’s Blog Tour de Troops is giving back to the men and women who safeguard our freedom. 


Leave a comment to this post today, or Sunday 13 or Monday 14

The “comment button” is not obvious on my blog. Please look for it on the upper left side of this post, in blue, below the Post’s title, ‘categories’ and ‘tag lists’.


The choice is yours! It could be a reaction to what you just read, a word of thank you or gratitude to the troops who are far away from home, a story you would like to share…


  • You automatically win a free ebook copy of my thriller “ETA-Estimated Time of Arrest”
  • You help spreading cheers all around! I will match your request for my novel by sending another one to a US soldier. This is a great way to get the men and women who serve in the armed forces the chance to receive free Ebooks.
  • You and the participating troops will also be automatically entered to win KINDLES.


Be sure to include the following information in your post:

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“The entire population of the universe, with one trifling exception, is composed of others.” John Andrew Holmes. “Service to others is the rent you pay for living on this planet.” Marian Wright Edelman.  ‘NUFF SAID. Thank you all, and have a beautiful weekend,


“The book is just like the eyes on the cover: different. The abbreviation ETA reflects the fate of one of the main characters,  Lorenzo Lartaun Izcoa. However, ETA of course, also stands for Euskadi Ta Askatasuna. The author gives an overview of the Basque Nationalist and Separatist Organization. As we learned recently, the ETA announced an end to violence. Whether this will truly be the end remains to be seen as the ETA did not announce what they will do with their weapons supply and what it will do to ensure that no splinter organization carries on violent campaigns with ETA signature actions.

Back to the book …


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