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Save the date!

When: Saturday, March 3rd from 10:30 am till 3pm

Where: Alliance Francaise de Chicago 54 W. Chicago avenue

Price: Free admission. An event tailored both for adults (French book sale, readings and meet and greets by Francophone authors who live in Chicago) and children (cartoon contest, storytelling) and free coffee and croissants will be served!

Guest authors reading and signing schedule :
(Please note that Franco-American author Delphine Pontvieux’s novel ETA-Estimated Time of Arrest is written in English.)
Her novel will be available at the fair. Come and get your signed copy, or get one for a friend if you already own your own.

In French: La foire prend place dans le cadre du mois de la francophonie. Y participeront des auteurs francophones résidant a Chicago, dont Delphine Pontvieux, auteur du livre “ETA-Estimated Time of Arrest,” qui fera lecture d’un extrait de son livre, suivi d’une séance de vente/dédicace de 13 a 14 heures dans les locaux de l’Alliance française. Suivra une table ronde sur le thème du ”Citoyen Francophone” à laquelle sont conviés les professeurs des grandes universités du Midwest.

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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.


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.


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.


Please find CCLAP’s latest podcast featuring Delphine Pontvieux and other authors reading excerpts from their short stories included in the latest anthology :

American Wasteland: bleak tales of the future on the tenth anniversary of 9/11.

http://www.cclapcenter.com/2011/09/cclap_podcast_78_live_from_the.html#more


The past few weeks have been prolific in terms of publication for Delphine Pontvieux.

Hot on the Heels of “Amsterdamned if you do : an anthology about settings” comes a new anthology, also published by CCLAP publishing, the Chicago Center For Literature and Photography. It is titled “American Wasteland: bleak tales of the future on the tenth anniversary of 9/11.”

(The information below is copied from the CCLAP website)

WHAT IS IT ABOUT:

With all the talk of “hope” and “honor” that was bound to arise during the tenth anniversary of September 11th, the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography (CCLaP) thought it was important to also remind the future of what the last ten years have REALLY been like. That’s why the center put together this latest anthology, which took a dark science-fiction conceit as its core and then invited a series of writers across the nation to pen stories set within that alternative universe. In this case, the stories (by Ray CharbonneauDelphine PontvieuxJohn Reed, Matthew Christman, Mark R. Brand and Lawrence Santoro) look back from a fictional twentieth anniversary of 9/11, but one where John McCain won the 2008 and ’12 elections, then Sarah Palin in 2016 and ’20; and with no government bailouts, no withdrawals from the Middle East, and no attempts to move away from an oil-based economy, the US has become a much bleaker and more terrible place, a nation that is now used to rolling electricity blackouts two or three days a week and that is just about to go to war with Mexico, where the permanently unemployed squat in half-finished McMansions out in crumbling suburbs that almost completely lack both gasoline and fresh fruit. A sobering reminder of what life under Tea Party rule would likely be like, “American Wasteland” is an antidote to the false cheeriness and optimism that has come with the tenth anniversary of 9/11, a more realistic look at all the mistakes this nation has made between then and now.

WHERE TO ORDER:
The book is coming in PDF versions for both American and European (A4) laserprinters; an EPUB for most mobile devices, including iPhones and iPads; and a special MOBI edition just for Kindle owners, which they can transfer directly to their device with their USB cord. (There will also be a version directly at the Kindle Store soon for a flat five bucks, for those who would rather wait.)
This electronic book has been released under a “pay what you want” system; if you want to pay nothing, that’s perfectly fine, and you too will receive the same full-length version as everyone else. 
A hardcover version is also available.  The “Hypermodern Editions,”  are limited-edition, handmade, hardbound paper editions designed for collectors but kept reasonably priced ($15 plus shipping for recycled paper, $20 for one with cotton sheets), featuring such creative little touches as fabric-bound covers with decorative interior sheets, a Colophon and provenance statements, and a color photo of the ebook’s front cover glued to the hardbound frontispiece, all of it held together with hand-done external Coptic stitching. 

ORDER YOUR COPY TODAY

http://www.cclapcenter.com/wasteland/ 

 

 

 

 

 

 


FROM CCLAP CENTER IN CHICAGO:

So fresh on the heels of CCLaP’s really successful quadruple book release party the other week, the center has yet another live event coming up soon — namely, the release party for our newest anthology, American Wasteland: Bleak Tales of the Future on the Tenth Anniversary of 9/11, our first chance to officially partner up with one of my favorite places in the city, Quimby’s Bookstore over in Wicker Park.

AMERICAN WASTELAND  is essentially CCLaP’s attempt to remind the future of what the ten years after September 11th really were like, worried as I am by the whitewashing of it all we’ve recently been seeing just even here approaching its tenth anniversary, cautionary tales about quasi-fascist governments but told here through the filter of alt-history science-fiction. Here, perhaps I should just quote from the event’s press release to give you a better idea of what the book is about…

“…In this case, the stories look back from a fictional twentieth anniversary of 9/11, but one where John McCain won the 2008 and ’12 elections, then Sarah Palin in 2016 and ’20; and with no government bailouts, no withdrawals from the Middle East, and no attempts to move away from an oil-based economy, the US has become a much bleaker and more terrible place, a nation that is now used to rolling electricity blackouts two or three days a week and that is just about to go to war with Mexico, where the permanently unemployed squat in half-finished McMansions out in crumbling suburbs that almost completely lack both gasoline and fresh fruit. A sobering reminder of what life under Tea Party rule would likely be like, American Wasteland is an antidote to the false cheeriness and optimism that has come with the tenth anniversary of 9/11, a more realistic look at all the mistakes this nation has made between then and now.”

Anyway, the party at Quimby’s on Friday, September 9th will feature a performance from CCLaP regular Mark R. Brand (he of sci-fi novella Life After Sleep), and also readings from two other local writers who have been great friends and supporters of the center now for years, and both of whom I’m glad to finally start getting involved more with official CCLaP activities, Delphine Pontvieux (author of the Basque-separatist political thriller ETA: Estimated Time of Arrest) and Lawrence Santoro, a well-respected genre author (mostly of fantasy and horror) who lives down in the Hyde Park area with all the other U of C intellectuals. We’re getting going about 7 pm that night, with performances starting around 7:15; here’s a link to the Facebook event, and one to its iCal file, for adding automatically to your own home calendar if you want. Hell yes there will be free beer! Hope to see you then!

We hope you can attend the event and listen to Delphine Pontvieux as she reads an excerpt of her work published in the AMERICAN WASTELAND ANTHOLOGY, a short story titled “AGUA BENDITA.”

The anthology’s release date is set for September 11, 2011.


Dear all,

Please find the link to the CCLAP book release party podcast.

It’s a special one-hour live-audience edition of the podcast, recorded at the center’s recent big quadruple book release party at Chicago’s Beauty Bar, August 10th, 2011. Featuring performances from all four authors being promoted that night (Jason Fisk, Sally Weigel, Ben Tanzer and Mark R. Brand), plus surprise performances from fellow local writers Delphine Pontvieux and Robert Duffer, contributors to the center’s new summer anthology, Amsterdamned If You Do.

http://www.cclapcenter.com/2011/08/cclap_podcast_76_live_from_the.html

FYI Pontvieux’s reading starts roughly 3/4 of the way into the podcast


Today is the official release date of AMSTERDAMNED IF YOU DO – AN ANTHOLOGY ABOUT SETTING.

Published by CCLAP center in Chicago, and featuring a short story by Delphine Pontvieux
You can download a free copy of the ebook. Like Delphine Pontvieux’s page to access the link to the free download: 

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delphine-Pontvieux/138074462922789

If you prefer to order a hardcover copy, it is also possible (check the facebook page)

We hope you enjoy Delphine Pontvieux’s short story, along with those of all the authors that participated in the anthology.

Feel free to send us your comments.

Wishing you a wonderful evening read,

Miss Nyet

 

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