Feb 202012

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.

Nov 102011

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:

  • 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.


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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.


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,


Nov 042011

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

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