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Between writing short stories, articles for magazines and working on novel # 2, Delphine Pontvieux channels her creative energy into a new project: a simple, yet, alluring, jewelry line with a nautical, outdoorsy feel to it, that is perfect for the beach as well as the city. And the good news is the pieces range from 20 to 35 US$! Click bracelets_and_more_v2-1 to check out the pdf to find out more about the collection and a step-by-step list to create your custom-made bracelet, anklet or necklace.

With Mother’s day coming up, this is the perfect time to get a one-of-a-kind shopping experience!


As much as we hope to think this is an exaggeration, this statement could, some day, become a reality.

Regardless, we invite you to watch this video which explains step-by-step how a book is traditionally made. We wanted to share this video, which shows the incredible amount of hard work it takes to create a book, and the love that goes into making it.

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/38681202″>Birth of a Book</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/glenmilner”>Glen Milner</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

If you have not checked out Delphine Pontvieux’s new short story yet, titled ‘Vertical Horizons,’ click here to read more about it and to order it (0.99$)


It certainly is a random thing that was absolutely not intended on the part of Basque media and television channel EITB, but it caught our attention this morning at Miss Nyet HQ.

EITB’s internet banner ad (see photo) features, aside from its slogan “tus nuevos ojos para ver el mundo”, (your new eyes to see the world), two eyes of a different color: one is blue and the other the color of amber, which happens to be exactly similar to the eyes of Lartaun, the hero of Delphine Pontvieux’s thriller titled “ETA-estimated Time of Arrest”, who happens to be affected by heterochromia.

Do we hear “subliminal imagery?”

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While it may seem odd at first to promote an author that is not published by Miss Nyet, we are all about embracing talent, especially when it relates to Chicago authors. This is why we would like to introduce the latest work of Jason Fisk, a hyperfiction project titled “Salt Creek Anthology”

Besides, the connection is not far-fetched, since Jason Fisk’s work has been released by CCLAP Publishing (Chicago Center for Literature and Photography), a prolific Chicago press that released 2 anthologies  featuring short stories by Delphine Pontvieux back in 2011, “Amsterdamned if you do” and “American Wasteland”

You can dowload both books (pay as you wish) here: http://cclapcenter.com/amsterdamned and http://www.cclapcenter.com/wasteland

Jason Fisk’s “Salt Creek Anthology” was written in an experimental manner.  It is a collection of flash fiction (about 70+ stories of less that 1,000 words each). All of the stories are able to stand on their own as self contained stories, and theoretically, they can be read in any order. Fisk divided the project up into four threads of approximately 20 stories apiece. Each thread followed a neighbor, and what was happening in that house at that time. 

For the second stop of his blog tour, Jason Fisk shares with us what inspired him to write this book:

City Mouse, Suburban Mouse

By Jason Fisk

Yes, Edgar Lee Master’s, Spoon River Anthology inspired Salt Creek Anthology. I know Spoon River Anthology is old, as a matter of fact, it came out in 1915, but I absolutely loved it when I first read it. It’s a collection of epitaphs (in the form of poems) from a small town. The more time you spend with these poems, the more you see the interconnectedness of the townspeople’s lives. You see the drama, affairs, death, sorrow, lost love, and much more.

From what I’ve read, Spoon River Anthology challenged the preconceived notions people held about small towns. Before Spoon River Anthology, people thought of these small towns as sleepy places where nothing exciting happened, but after they read the collection, their view changed. They began to realize that as much was happening in a small town as was anywhere elsewhere. Just stir in people and you have interesting human drama.

Originally, I had intended for Salt Creek Anthology to do the same thing, only to challenge the preconceived notion that nothing really happened in the suburbs. After moving to Chicago in 1992, I became aware of this pervasive idea that the city was superior to the suburbs, especially when it came to the arts and culture scene. The idea seemed to be prevalent in conversations I’d had with artists, writers, and musicians; If you were an artist of any type, and you were from the suburbs of Chicago, you did everything you could to latch onto Chicago; you referred to yourself as being “Chicago based,” or from the “Chicago-land area.”

Don’t get me wrong, I love the city of Chicago; however, I moved to suburbia when my wife and I had kids. I just got sick of driving around the block twelve times looking for a parking space with a screaming baby in the back seat. Add to that the cost of having a baby, plus the city being so damn expensive, and guess what? …I’m moving to the suburbs.

I now have a small house on a corner lot with a fenced in backyard, and two parks within walking distance: Paradise, right? No, not quite. I’m a personable guy, right? I enjoyed meeting and talking with my neighbors, but, boy oh boy, was I surprised at the dysfunction and drama that seemed to be buried just below the surface of my little utopian neighborhood – buried right next door and across the street.  That’s where Salt Creek Anthology came from. I used my neighborhood as inspiration, sprinkled a little imagination in there, and came up with Salt Creek Anthology.

Click here to order your copy (available in digital version and collector hardcover)  http://www.cclapcenter.com/saltcreek/

We invite you to travel along with Jason Fisk on his next blog tour stop tomorrow, which will be hosted by Katherine Scott Nelson at www.katherinescottnelson.com


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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSYwPTUKvdw&sns=fb


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. 

HOW DOES IT WORK? IT’S THAT SIMPLE:

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’.

WHAT KIND OF COMMENT?

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…

WHAT DO YOU GET FOR DOING SO?

  • 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.

WHAT INFO SHOULD I PROVIDE TO RECEIVE MY EBOOK?

Be sure to include the following information in your post:

  • Your email address so I can send you my book (feel free to send it in the following form “youremail AT yoursite DOT com” if you’re afraid of spam) and to be entered in the kindle draw.
  • The type of file you would like to receive your Ebook in. I can send you the book in PDF, .mobi (for kindle) and .epub (for ipad, Nook etc) formats.

THE MORE PEOPLE COMMENT, THE MORE FREE EBOOKS WE SEND TO THEM AND THE TROOPS!

So take a moment to forward this post to someone else by using the “share this” buttons at the end of this post. 

If you’d like to donate money toward those Kindles for our soldiers, simply use Paypal and ibcprograms@gmail.com as the address to send money to. Please note on your payment that it’s a Troops donation.

WONDER WHAT MY BOOK IS ABOUT?

Please visit and THANK Vidster Vidocq on his blog for the review he wrote of “ETA-Estimated Time of Arrest” specially for Tour de troops : http://www.defrostingcoldcases.com/book-reviews/estimated-time-of-arrest-by-delphine-pontvieux

And if you would like to read more about me and my other works, check out http://www.missnyet.com/bio.htm

I thank you for your visit and look forward to reading/answering your posts!

I hope you enjoyed Alison DeLuca’s page!  http://alisondeluca.blogspot.com/ When you’re done with mine, I invite you to hop onto the next author’s blog, Brian Jeffreys at  http://brianjeffreys.blogspot.com/

“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,

Delphine


What could be better than getting a free eBook?

Why, giving one away to the men and women who have protected this country!

Join the indie book collective on Veteran’s Day Weekend. Blog hop to dozens of authors sites where each is giving away not only an eBook to every commenter, but another one to a soldier! Plus extra prizes, as in a Kindle giveaway.

Just sign up for the newsletter and we’ll point you in the right direction come November 11th all the way through the 14th.

Please help us make this Memorial Day one to remember!  #supporttheauthors #supportthetroops #missnyet

Do not forget to forward this message blog by using the “share this” buttons at the end of this post.


Kim C, from Naples Florida is the grand winner of the News from the frontline contest (Spooktacular Giveaway Hop).

She wins the following:

  • 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)
Congratulations, Kim, and everyone who took part in the blog hop, as you were all winners of  a short story by Delphine Pontvieux, titled “Amsterdamned if you do.”
Do not miss our next online event, blog tour de force/tour de troops, benefiting our US soldiers. the more people participate, the more books are sent to the soldiers!

2011 is already well into its 4th quarter, which makes us realize what they say is true:

time flies when we’re having fun!

And we are thankful for that.

So this month, it is time to give our thanks to all of you who supported us one way or another, either by purchasing a book, attending a book signing or a reading with Delphine Pontvieux, choosing her novel for your next book club meeting, or just passing on the word about ETA-Estimated Time of Arrest, Pintxatu, Amsterdamned if you do and/or American Wasteland to your friends.

We have several events planned throughout the month which are taking place either right here on the world wide web or in Chicago, with more to be added as they get confirmed, so read on and mark your calendars!

ONLINE EVENTS : 

“JUST BECAUSE”: runs throughout the month of November

Delphine Pontvieux is offering one of her short stories for free, titled “Amsterdamned if you do” as a PDF ebook to every new fan who ‘Likes’ her page on facebook here or follows this blog (scroll all the way down to register).

Email us at missnyet AT missnyet DOT com with “just because” in the subject line so we can email you the story right away.

SPOOKTACULAR BLOG HOP is over

One lucky winner just won the grand prize today, a box crammed with Miss Nyet Publishing books, key chain, bookmarks and more.

BLOG TOUR DE TROOPS November 11-14

This is a big one, so mark your calendars to check our website for all the latest details. This event is organized by the Indie Book Collective and Delphine Pontvieux will be one of the featured authors. 

More info to be posted soon.

From the Indie Book Collective: What could be better than getting a free eBook? Why, giving one away to the men and women who protect this country! Join us on veterans’ Day Weekend when we have a blast blog hopping to dozens of authors sites where each is giving away not only an eBook to each commenter, but another one to a troop! The commenter can designate a specific soldier they would like their eBook to go to or allow BTDT to select one for them! Please help us make this Veterans Day one to remember!  #supporttheauthors #supportthetroops #missnyet

CHICAGO EVENTS:

2 WITH WATER RX : November 13

Author reading and open mic night at Beauty Bar downtown Chicago. Click here for more info

UPTOWN CHICAGO BOOK FAIR: November 19-20

Read here to get all the details

Delphine Pontvieux will do a reading/book signing (dates and time to be announced shortly)

Miss Nyet Publishing will have a booth there.

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