Nov 092011
 
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“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 …

READ THE REST OF THE REVIEW HERE:

http://www.defrostingcoldcases.com/book-reviews/estimated-time-of-arrest-by-delphine-pontvieux

Oct 252011
 
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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

Oct 232011
 
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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.