Tuesday, April 28, 2009

One Year Anniversary for Bartlett's Rule!


Bartlett's Rule has been on the market for a full year - my goodness it seems like only yesterday...

I have had so many wonderful experiences with this book. I've loved the book discussion groups, the book signings, and watching the sales ranks.

Bartlett's Rule underwent a face change several months ago after we spoke with readers who thought the couple on the cover needed to look older and it seems that the new cover is rather eye-catching now.

If you haven't read it yet, please do - I would love to hear your comments.
Bartlett's Rule shares the story of Lon and Paige's love affair; a romance filled with hardship, emotion, danger and triumph. Falling in love was never the challenge; being there for each other, knowing just what to say and making it work is the real test. Paige and Lon are real ; they are human, they cry and they laugh. Paige has to learn to trust. Lon has to learn to be patient.
Would you like to read the first chapter? http://tr.im/hv3I
Discussion Starters for Bartlett’s Rule by Chelle Cordero
1. How does Bartlett’s Rule explore the two distinct personalities of the main characters?
2. Discuss how the different personalities emerge in the beginning of the novel. Do these personalities stay constant?
3. How much do you think society’s expectations influenced Lon towards building his reputation as a player?
4. What pressures does society place on men in relationships? How different are those pressures now in 2008 as opposed to, let’s say, the 1950’s?
5. Lon admits he has to rethink his view of rape when he learns that Paige was raped by an ex-lover and not a stranger with a weapon. Discuss different concepts of what is rape, what is sexual abuse?
6. Have a discussion about Paige’s emotional scars and the trust she felt was betrayed. Should Paige “just get over it”? How realistic are some of her reactions? Was Paige allowing herself to move ahead? Discuss Lon’s support of her.
7. Hal attempts to blame people like Lon for the way he treated Paige. How does TV/music/movies/novels affect actions and at what point is the individual responsible for his/her own actions? For example, courtroom dramas like to blame the influence of TV, etc. for today’s violence.
8. Some TV/radio/print personalities enjoy an almost cult following and are considered “experts” in their various fields. Discuss some of these self-proclaimed “experts”: Dr. Ruth, Oprah, Dr. Phil, Geraldo, etc. Do these ‘stars’ sensationalize rape? How so?
9. How do you think you would feel if your private life, particularly romance, was scrutinized by the paparazzi? How much does a public figure owe to the public and fans in terms of privacy? How much does the media have the right to report?

Friday, April 24, 2009

Just sharing the latest press release...

P.O. Box 333
Tomkins Cove NY 10986

For immediate release: April 24, 2009

Final Sin is Fifth Novel for Chelle Cordero

Chelle Cordero of New York is the author of Final Sin, a murder mystery thriller set in the Hudson Valley region, and scheduled for release on May 1. Final Sin, from Vanilla Heart Publishing, is a break-out novel for Ms. Cordero who specializes in Romantic Suspense. Her previous novels, also published by Vanilla Heart, include Bartlett’s Rule, Forgotten, Within the Law, and Courage of the Heart. She also has short stories in two recent anthologies, Forever Friends (Mandinam Press) and Arms Wide Open (Vanilla Heart Publishing).

About Final Sin: Deputy Sheriff Commander Jake Carson has his hands full with the investigation of brutal multiple homicides, a troubled son and a vindictive ex-wife when he meets young, free-spirited paramedic Julie Jennings. He is immediately drawn to her and finds himself unexpectedly falling in love. Julie finds herself just as drawn to him. When Julie becomes the object of an obsession, it puts both of their lives in extreme danger.

Cordero is a freelance writer with several articles in Journal News publications, Creator’s News Syndication supplements, a monthly column in First Responder News, and several regional and national magazines. She lives in New York with her husband Mark; they have two (adult) children Jenni and Marc. The entire family volunteers with local ambulance and fire services. Chelle is a graduate of the High School of Art & Design and Fordham University.

You can reach Ms. Cordero directly at ChelleCordero@gmail.com or through Vanilla Heart Publishing’s Managing Editor Kimberlee Williams at MediaInfo@vanillaheartbooksandauthors.com. For more information about Chelle Cordero and her novels, you can visit her author website at http://chellecordero.blogspot.com/ or http://www.vanillaheartbooksandauthors.com/Chelle_Cordero.html.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

all about family...

Please check out my blog today on
Lindsay's Romantics

I am discussing the family dynamics of the Hughes' family in
Forgotten and Within the Law

... and please be sure to read my guest blog on

Authors And Books

learn a bit about me and hear about my latest novel Final Sin

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Amazon announces...

I received this in my email the other day - how exciting!

Dear Amazon.com Customer,

We've noticed that customers who have purchased or rated Bartlett's Rule by Chelle Cordero have also purchased Final Sin by Chelle Cordero. For this reason, you might like to know that Final Sin will be released on May 1, 2009. You can pre-order yours by following the link below.

Chelle Cordero

Release Date: May 1, 2009

Review: "Fantastic scary suspense from Chelle Cordero! The detailed and completely believable storyline is a page turner from the very beginning... "--Bradley Jameson


Friday, April 17, 2009

Hello Canada!

38,024 sales ranking (on Amazon-Canada)

Courage of the Heart
Chelle Cordero Vanilla Heart Publishing 2009-01
Paperback 316 pages ISBN: 9781935407188 ASIN: 193540718X
List: CDN$ 18.41 Amazon: CDN$ 18.41 Discount: None Availability: 2 to 4 weeks
All offers: 7 from CDN$ 16.13 (6 new from CDN$ 16.13, 1 used from CDN$ 33.29)Kimberlee WilliamsManaging EditorVanilla Heart Publishinghttp://www.vanillaheartbooksandauthors.com/

I am always amazed when I see international interest in me or in my books. So when I got this notice from my publisher tonight - woo-hoo!

This blog gets visitors from all over the world, here are some of the most recent locations - so a great big shout out to everyone!

United States - Canada - Germany - United Kingdom - Netherlands - France - Czech Republic - Indonesia - Colombia - Hungary - Thailand - United Arab Emirates - Sweden - Morocco - Australia - Malaysia - Italy - Egypt - Greece - Turkey - Hong Kong - Viet Nam - Israel - Singapore - Denmark - Spain - Argentina - Ireland - Switzerland - Iran, Islamic Republic Of - Saudi Arabia - Brazil - Kenya - Mexico - Slovenia - Portugal - Bulgaria - Belgium - Finland - Chile - Taiwan

When you come right down to it, we live in a shrinking world where we can reach out across oceans, continents and miles - and we are neighbors.

It's a small world after all.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Are we resorting to Book-Burning as well?

Sign this petition against Amazon's new book discrimination policy: http://tinyurl.com/d5dbo3
Censorship - Discrimination - Self-Righteousness
Call it whatever you want, Amazon has decided to remove sales ranking from "adult material" including (most) books with gay or lesbian focus.
"In consideration of our entire customer base, we exclude "adult" material from appearing in some searches and best seller lists. Since these lists are generated using sales ranks, adult materials must also be excluded from that feature." (from Amazon)
I find it unconscionable that many books by extremely talented authors have been excluded from the Amazon ranking system because they have a focus on gay or lesbian relationships, are openly gay authors, or have written "certain" erotica stories.
Yet Amazon does seem to have a conscience when it comes to monetary instincts - great sellers like BrokeBack Mountain (you know, the book by Annie Proulx that was made into a major motion picture and probably earned lots of money) still shows its sales rank - hmm, guess Amazon doesn't want to irk its bigger money makers? (as of 4/12/2009, 2349 hrs, BrokeBack Mountain ISBN#978-0739462164 is ranked at #595,245)
To be quite honest I fully expect Amazon to retaliate against those of us who protest the loudest - after all, they seem perfectly content to censor free thought and I am protesting this act which threatens our Freedom of Speech.
Help protest - sign the petition at http://tinyurl.com/d5dbo3
...and then go out and buy books by the authors who protest loudly and the authors whose books have been targeted.
By the way, here is where you can find my books NOT on Amazon:
Help protect YOUR right to read what YOU choose!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

FREE e-novel ~ Honest!

I am offering everyone a Free .pdf ChapBook containing the 1st chapters of my 5 novels:
Bartlett's Rule, Forgotten, Within the Law, Courage of the Heart & Final Sin.

You can either download this ChapBook on your own at http://tr.im/hv3I or send me an email at ChelleCordero@gmail.com with the word ChapBook in the subject line and I will email one to you right away.

Now, for the favor... I am hoping to get some (hopefully good) reviews as well. If, after seeing the ChapBook you are interested in reading & reviewing an ebook of one of my novels, send me an email to ChelleCordero@gmail.com and tell me which book you'd like to review to post on GoodReads, Amazon and/or Barnes & Nobel; the best reviews will also be posted on my blogs with cross-promotion references to you. But Hurry, the 1st TWO respondents to each book only (so feel free to include a 2nd choice) & only one book per person.

Bartlett's Rule


Within the Law

Courage of the Heart

Final Sin

each of my novels is also available as .pdf e-books
through Vanilla Heart Publishing