Tuesday, December 13, 2011
What is your favorite winter holiday tradition?
Monday, December 12, 2011
Woo-Hoo! HYPHEMA cover wins...
Hyphema by Chelle Cordero
Monday, December 5, 2011
In time for your holiday gift shopping…
All of Chelle’s novels are available in both print and ebook editions for every reading device, through online retailers and in select bookstores around the world.
Visit Smashwords for e-books in multiple formats
Visit Barnes & Noble for paperback & Nook
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the Living, Breathing, Writing Amazon Kindle Blog
Friday, November 25, 2011
Black Friday Blog Hop 2011
It's all about the power of love..
...& for the MFRWA blog
on Saturday 11/26
The winner of the T-shirt is
Kathryn M with 10 correct answers
The winner of the WtL ebook is
Teresa K with 10 correct answers
Tomorrow (Sunday) at noon
I will award another
WtL ebook from the remaining entries.
Friday, November 11, 2011
Happy Veterans Day
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Cozy up with a free read
Vanilla Heart Publishing Winter Sampler 2011
Smoky Trudeau Zeidel ~ The Cabin, 2nd Edition
Chelle Cordero ~ Hostage Heart
Marilyn C. Morris ~ Sabbath's Gift
Robert Hays ~ The Baby River Angel
L.E. Harvey ~ Imperfect
Victoria Howard ~ The House on the Shore, 2nd Edition
Vanilla Heart Publishing Winter Sampler 2011
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Internet Book Fair BLOGFEST!
Friday, October 14, 2011
The 2nd Annual Authors Book Fair, Deltona Library
Visit Melinda Clayton and the
Vanilla Heart Publishing
buy books and get swag from authors like
Deltona Public Library,
2150 Eustace Avenue,
Deltona, FL, US
October 15, 2011
11:00 AM -to- 3:00 PM
Thursday, October 13, 2011
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Common Bond, Tangled Hearts
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Taking an ambulance ride & Final Sin
Have you ever been a patient in an ambulance? How did it make you feel? Did you wonder about the people who were caring for you, what their training was, how much they cared about your well being? I'd love to hear your comments below.
I have the memory of being a patient twice in the past, once after a relatively minor car accident and once for a severe asthma attack. The asthma attack was especially scary because the treatment en-route was vital, it was definitely more than just a transport.
I also have the terrific perspective of being one of those trained individuals giving care to patients on the way to hospital. I’ve been a volunteer EMT with my local ambulance corps since 1986. Sometimes the care provided is simple compassion and transport… sometimes we work hard to save a life. I’ve delivered babies - and I’ve done CPR trying to restart a heart. Both successful CPR and holding a newborn in your arms can give you a really heady feeling.
My entire family is in emergency services, both volunteer and career. That’s why, when I wanted to write a mystery suspense, it seemed natural to make my characters emergency service professionals. Going by my own experiences, where else do you get to see so much of life?
I encourage each of you to consider volunteering with your local ambulance squad; the rewards of being able to do something to help, to give some people the only chance they may have, and to know that you have provided (at the minimum) comfort and reassurance is never-ending. There are many ways to be a vital part of your community, give your ambulance corps a chance – it is definitely worth it.
About Final Sin:
Deputy Sheriff Commander Jake Carson has his hands full...
investigation of a brutal multiple homicide, a troubled son and a
vindictive ex-wife. He meets young, free-spirited paramedic Julie
Jennings. When Julie becomes the subject of an obsession, it puts both
of them in danger...
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Friday, October 7, 2011
Free Trading Cards
I’m signing and sending out free
Hyphema and Final Sin trading cards
Just send a self-addressed and stamped envelope to:
Post Office Box 333
Tomkins Cove NY 10986
and I’ll send back with two trading cards PLUS!
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
About Hostage Heart
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
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Sunday, September 11, 2011
Where were you?
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
A Chat and A Contest,
“Matt, why are you angry? Sudah shook her head gently. “She was just making conversation.”
“She didn’t even give you the courtesy of asking you the question.”
She shrugged. “They see the color of my skin and my scarf. I’m different. They do not mean any harm.”
“You’re my wife Sudah and I want people to respect that.”
“Maybe they worry I don’t speak English?”
“If they bothered to speak to you they would find out that you do.” His wife always made excuses for people; she never wanted to see bad in any of them. But even her positivity wasn't enough to dispel his foul mood.
Matt was feeling edgy all day. He was very aware of the hostile looks they received earlier in the day while touring some nearby towns. One old man even called Sudah an Aaa-Rab and made fun of her head covering. Matt almost lost his temper with the old man, but Sudah’s light touch on his arm calmed him. When she politely told the man she was Pakistani, the old guy guffawed and said “same thing.” Later, Sudah explained to Matt that she didn’t think it was worthwhile to argue. “We will not change a man’s mind unless he wants to hear something new.”
Earlier in the day he drove to the college campus with them so that Sudah could see the route she would have to take. He also wanted to see the area she’d be spending so much time in for himself and make sure that it was safe for her. That’s when he first got an uneasy feeling that they were being watched, but he didn’t see anyone specific. Matt convinced himself that it was just more of those hostile looks keeping him on edge. There was a small mosque in the student center and Sudah told him that she would pray there. Matt hoped she wouldn't be harassed because of her faith. The campus advertised that childcare was available but neither of them were impressed with the facilities. That was when they started exploring and finally wound up in the diner on their way back home.
Sudah fed Aden creamed corn from a small jar while they waited for their orders. The waitress put heaping platters of food in front of each of them. She made sure to thank the waitress.
Matt bit into an overstuffed club sandwich with turkey and ham Sudah chewed slowly on her grilled cheese sandwich while she helped Aden hold his bottle.
“I am happy the drive to school will not be long.” She took time to chew the bite of sandwich she just put in her mouth.
He nodded. “It’s a pretty direct route. That’s good.”
“Matt, thank you for bringing us here.”
He took a gulp of lemonade. “Oh baby, I hope you’re happy.”
“Yes, I am happy.” She smiled at him. “You give us a nice home. You are taking care of your family.”
The three left the diner with their stomachs full and his foul mood dispelled a bit by his wife’s optimism. Matt stayed off of the highway as they headed back towards their home in order to see a little more of the area. Driving along a street of one and two million dollar homes, Matt tried to imagine coming home to Sudah and their son in one of those luxurious estates.
“One of these days…”
“One of these days what, Matt?” Sudah asked about his barely audible statement. Her own voice was low because of the sleeping infant in the rear seat.
He chuckled. “One of these days I would love to afford one of these homes for you and Aden.”
She looked out of her passenger side window. “These homes, they are so big.”
“Yeah. They’re beautiful.”
“But Matt, compared to the house I grew up in, our home is a,” she paused to come up with the right word, “a… a big house.”
“Like a mansion?” He was amused by his wife’s naivety about the language and expressions.
“Yes, a mansion. It is a mansion to me.”
He pulled the car to the side of the road and put it in park. A wisp of hair had escaped the scarf she wound around her head. Reaching towards her, Matt tenderly brushed it behind her ear. “Baby, I want to give you so much. I want to do so much for you and Aden.” He wanted to be the perfect husband and father, everything his own father wasn't.
She smiled demurely. “You have given me everything. You are everything that I need.” Looking around quickly to make sure they were not being observed, Sudah leaned forward and placed a light kiss on his lips. “You have made me very happy. I never thought that I would find a man like you for me. I am so lucky.”
When Sudah looked at him like that, she made him feel successful. “I’m the lucky one.” He gently pulled her forward to kiss her again. “Would you mind if we went home?” He knew she wasn’t comfortable with public displays and it was a lot more than simple kissing that he wanted to do with her at that moment.
“I think that might be a very good idea.”
Okay - here are the contest details...
Fabulous Vanilla Heart Publishing authors are on Coffee Time Romance's yahoo group today. Stop by, say hello, and ask a question! http://t.co/JTlVmvK
My latest release, HYPHEMA, is a murder mystery set in North Carolina, one of my main characters is a Muslim Pakistani immigrant and the book deals with a lot of post-9/11 sentiment.
Ten years ago the world changed, nearly three-thousand people lost their lives and the lives of millions more were irrevocably changed. Recent news has been filled with families of the victims telling us how they have tried to do "positive things", honor their loved ones, keep the memories alive, and work towards a brighter future.
So here is the contest opportunity - Tell me what POSITIVE thing you plan to do this September 11 to honor the memories of those that perished and work to make this world better. You have all day to post on the Coffee Time Romance Yahoo group , entries will be accepted until 10pm EST (please include your email address).
I'll post some of these planned POSITIVE acts here on my author blog to appear on 9/11/2011 AND I will choose one random entry for a free ebook of HYPHEMA (http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/54453)