Sunday, November 30, 2008

Video of ALL of my books

Bartlett's Rule


Within the Law

Courage of the Heart (coming February 2009)

Final Sin (coming summer 2009)

All of my books are also available online from
Vanilla Heart Publishing

Today at 6:30pm, please stop on by at Books With Heart - Blog Talk Radio. I'll be chatting with Kimberlee Williams, managing editor at Vanilla Heart Publishing.


Friday, November 28, 2008

Which is YOUR favorite book cover? - Win a Book!

We have a winner!

Bartlett's RuleForgotten

Within the LawCourage of the Heart

Which cover is your favorite?

*Bartlett's Rule, published in April 2008 will soon have a NEW jacket. (see it above)

Forgotten was published in July 2008

Within the Law came out in October 2008

Courage of the Heart will be available in February 2009

Please tell me (in the comments below)

WHAT story does each cover tell you?


The name of each person who posts a comment below and tells me what story "the cover tells" will go into a random drawing for a complimentary copy of Courage of the Heart when it is available next February - the winner will be picked on Publication Day!


Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving Weekend!

I hope you all get to enjoy
family, friends & good food
Please drive safely.

And on Sunday at 6:30pm, as you're resting up from all of the wonderful activities and munching on delicious leftovers, please stop on by at Books With Heart - Blog Talk Radio. I'll be chatting with Kimberlee Williams, managing editor at Vanilla Heart Publishing.

We will be talking about my next release - Courage of the Heart, the writing workshop I will be doing at Barnes & Noble in West Nyack, blogging, blog tours, a new book cover for Bartlett's Rule, and lots, lots more. (and sssh, don't tell anyone, we may even have something to say about my NEXT project.)

Bartletts Rule Forgotten Within the Law Courage of the Heart

So please, be there Sunday, November 30 at 6:30pm (EST)...

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Saturday, November 22, 2008

This past week on Xanga

Monday 11/17 - Book Promo: A SLAVE OF MY OWN DESIRE
Tuesday 11/18 - How are you in the kitchen? (cooking contest)
Wednesday 11/19 - Woman-in-Charge: Namid & Survivor's Heart Anthology (deadline for anthology submissions THIS Tuesday!)
Friday 11/21 - Book Review: Shattered Reality by Kimberly Cheryl

coming up this week -
Book Promo: Verifiable Evidence by Loren Douglas
Woman-in-Charge: Artist Rebecca Schweiger
Entertainment Review: Lights: Celebrate Hanukkah: Live in Concert [LIVE] & PBS Special
Special Weekend Blog: About Tony Napoli and his new autobiographical account, MY Father, My Don

· I am looking for Guest bloggers –
Mondays is Shameless Self Promotion (all genres)
Wednesdays is Women in Charge
Fridays is Entertainment Reviews (Books or Movies)
And starting THIS weekend,
a guest blog of 300-500 words approximate length – anything writing related (ie: finding your muse, hooking the publisher, marketing, etc).
contact me at

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Voices of Survivors project from Namid & VHP

The deadline for submissions for the Voices of Survivors project is literally around the corner! ~ November 25, 2008

from Vanilla Heart Publishing and Namid
Send submissions or for more information

Monday, November 17, 2008

excerpt: Within the Law

He went downstairs to the hotel restaurant to get a bite to eat. Tom felt worn out and he hoped he’d be able to get a good night’s rest, preferably without the alcohol this time. The hostess led him to a booth and he ordered a burger and fries. It was just a few minutes before he was eating.

"Are you going to eat your pickle?”

Tom looked up at the blonde who was sliding into the booth opposite him. He was surprised to see Alli. “You can have it if you want.” He pushed his plate towards her so she could take it.

"Thanks.” She took the pickle and bit into it.

Tom was at a loss for what to say. “How is your ankle?”

"Better, thanks. I kept an ace bandage on it all day. The ice really helped last night.” She sounded as if this was a normal, everyday discussion she would have with him.

“Good.” He picked up his sandwich and took a bite. He chewed slowly. He kept glancing at her. She sat quietly chewing on the pickle. “What are you doing here, Alli? Isn’t this kind of... inappropriate considering the trial?”

“I’m pushing my luck.” She signaled for the waitress and ordered a small salad and coffee. “Don’t worry, I’m paying my own way.”


“Tom, I am sorry that Justin grilled you like that today...”

Ah, finally something he could sink his teeth into, he thought. “He was just doing his job. Get the scum buckets back out on the street. That was nice investigating work you did, by the way. Did he really have all that information about my cases or was some of it just lucky guesses?” He sounded cynical.

“I try to do my job thoroughly.” Alli sat back while the waitress poured her coffee and put the salad on the table. “I really can’t discuss the case. I just wanted to say that I had no idea who you were last night.” She chuckled. ”I guess I wasn’t as thorough as I thought. I never had your photo ID pulled.”

He couldn’t help but wonder if she would have smiled at him the way she did if she had known who he was the night before. “Well, I guess you were lucky that I wasn’t another Dunlop. Who knows who else is out there walking the streets after some smooth lawyer got him off?” Tom paused. “So what were you doing walking the streets so late last night anyway?”

“I had to interview a witness on another case. It had gone later than I expected and I knew the buses were going to stop running. I was hurrying and I tripped. There was nothing nefarious about it. Even though you seem determined to make it sound like I was, I don’t know, turning tricks or something.”

He didn’t want to admit that he had put all kinds of wrong interpretations to her presence at that hour. “Sorry. I am just naturally protective I guess. And naturally suspicious.”

“I said it last night. Thank you for being a genuinely nice guy.” She stared at her salad for a moment. “Last night, I was upset with myself for not giving you some kind of opening to stay in touch. You were a perfect stranger, and yet, I felt totally at ease with you.”

“Are you really coming on to me?” Tom almost laughed. But he couldn’t deny the attraction he felt for her the night before either. If she had given him any opening the night before, he would have jumped at it.

She looked at his eyes. He again noticed how green her eyes were, they were almost electric. “I guess if we had met under different circumstances, I would say yes. I just wanted to say that I am sorry you are hurting so much. If I had been able to make things easier on you today...”

He was very careful not to raise his voice. “You would have done the same. Like you said, you try to do your job thoroughly. Right now all you are interested in is winning. It doesn’t really matter who gets hurt does it?” He pushed his plate of uneaten food away and put a few dollars from his wallet on the table. “Thank you for the company. Good night.”

He got up from the table and walked out of the restaurant. Tom kept walking straight out of the hotel and into the night air. Last night, he had a fleeting thought about meeting up with the tall slender blonde with the twisted ankle and bright green eyes again. He just never thought he would see her in the courtroom today. It shook him to realize that he had more than just a simple physical reaction, he had more interest in this willowy blonde than just sexual. He liked talking with her even just for the few minutes they chatted the night before. He like the way she said his name. He liked the way her eyes lit up. He even liked the faint lilac smell she was surrounded by.

It unbalanced him because he hadn’t noticed or thought that much about a woman since Joyce. He had never looked at a woman the same way since Joyce had died. Tom enjoyed keeping company with women and he definitely enjoyed sex. But since Joyce, no one woman had ever stood out in his mind.

Years ago, his mother had said to him that Joyce had died, he didn’t. He had felt like giving up on life back then. Tom didn’t want to leave the house or see his friends, it was just too painful. The only one he ever let close to him was Cat. He didn’t want to talk to anyone else. He just wanted to build a wall around himself and keep the outside world away.

It hurt to admit it, but his mother was right. It had taken some coercing and the help of a few friends pushing him, but he’d dated since then and even had a few very satisfying relationships. He didn’t feel like he was cheating on Joyce. He was just trying to live. He briefly had thought about showing up on Alli’s doorstep sometime just to see where things might go. When he had left her apartment last night, he was amazed at how many of his senses felt alive again. But, after today...

"Tom!” He stopped and let her catch up to him. “If we had met under different circumstances, do you...”

He took her in his arms and kissed her. She kissed him back without hesitation. Finally, they stepped apart. “Does that answer your question?”

Within the Law
by Chelle Cordero

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Creative Writing Workshop

Starting in January I will be leading a Creative Writing Workshop at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in the Palisades Center, West Nyack.

This is such exciting news for me - the idea that I will get to share my craft (& just in case you haven't guessed, I LOVE Writing!) with others is so absolutely fantabulous. While it has been a few years, I used to teach creative writing at a local youth program and it was terrific to see the results.

The sessions will be monthly and the very first date & time will be Wednesday night, January 14, 2009 from 7 - 8 pm; I will let you know more dates and specifics as we get closer. For now, if you have questions or want to sign up, call the store at 845-348-4701 ~or~ email me at

By the way, all of my novels are available through any Barnes & Noble outlet and they are on the shelf in West Nyack.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Musical writing

I will often choose a "theme song" as I write a story. Whether I have the song on CD or downloaded to my computer, this song is often put on "repeat" and played over and over AND OVER again. It helps to keep me in the world my characters are living.

So what are the theme songs to my 2008 books (yes, 2009 is just around the corner and there will be new offerings!)

Within the Law, a 2nd chance love story between Tom Hughes and Alli Davis: Faith Hill & Tim McGraw's Let's Make Love

Let's make love
All night long
Until all our strength is gone
Hold on tight
Just let go
I want to feel you in my soul
Until the sun comes up
Let's make love
Oh, baby

Forgotten, a story of love and intrigue between Brandon Price and Caitlyn Smythe: Kenny Chesney's Because of Your Love

Everything I wanna be
Any dream I wanna dream
I can, because of your love
Anywhere I ever go
With all of my heart I know
I am the man I am
Because of your love

Bartlett's Rule, a love story of trust and healing between Lon Bartlett and Paige Andrews: Garth Brooks' To Make You Feel My Love

There ain't nothing that I wouldn't do
Go to the ends of the earth for you
Make you happy, make your dreams come true
To make you feel my love

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Saturday, November 1, 2008

November is Pet Cancer Awareness Month

At a recent author event, I was asked about one of the acknowledgements in Forgotten, "Special love to Whiskas whose furry warmth has always kept my feet warm while I type."

Late last spring our beautiful and rather large cat Whiskas was diagnosed with Lymphomic Sarcoma (Cancer); he passed away rather quickly. Whiskas was only 14-years old and never really understood that he was a cat. He weighed in in his heyday at 23-pounds and most of that was muscle, not fat. Whiskas often would sit curled at my feet under my desk while I typed - that was very welcomed on a cold night.

We have three new feline occupants in our home since Whiskas left us to join previous cats that had consented to live with us.

Since November is Pet Cancer Awareness Month, I wanted to once again remember Whiskas and explain the acknowledgement.

If you have ever loved a pet, then please google the internet and speak to your vet about Pet Cancer Research and precautions. Here is one informative page (no endorsements intended)
Hug a pussycat today.