For the past year and a half I have participated in a weekly blog hop called The Weekend Writing Warriors #8sunday; a few weeks ago I added #SnippetSunday posts on the FaceBook group. Actually the posts are the same for both, it’s just a matter of who you follow and who follows you; WeWriWa limits your posts to eight sentences, snippets CAN be a little more.

Every week writers post snippets on their blogs and then we “hop” around and leave comments on each others’ snippets. Everyone is welcome to participate. We have just about every kind of genre and story line and it is entertaining to following along with a story and a new installment every week. Sometimes the snippets come from works-in-progress, sometimes they are already published. The comments we receive help to improve our writing.

I look forward to participating every week.

I just recently posted a few months of snippets from my novel Hostage Heart – if you would like to see what this blog hop is all about AND enjoy some tasty tidbits, visit any WeWriWa or SnippetSunday author’s blog on Sundays. Or you could always check out my Hostage Heart snippets.

Listed below are the Hostage Heart snippets in order with the most recent on the bottom:

The bank robbery 

Danger 

Miss Goody Two-Shoes 

No money for ransom 

Because they sleep together 

Mamere called it vibrations 

Confusion 

Temptation 

Foreboding 

Death 

We have a problem 

Three months later

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Hostage Heart  by Chelle Cordero is available as an AUDIOBOOK and in All Ebook Formats and  Print Editions.

 

 Life was hard after the hurricanes swept through, destroying her parents’ home and livelihood…Deanna did the only thing she could do. She moved to New York City, found a job, worked hard, scrimped and saved to send what little she could manage back home to Louisiana to her parents.
An errand for her boss – a chance encounter with a crew of bank robbers – a kind man who tried to help her and deserved her courageous help in return… But he wasn’t the man she thought he was…no, he was so very much more!

 

Review
Hostage Heart is a captivating read… I really enjoyed Chelle Cordero’s ‘Hostage Heart.  It read quickly and kept my interest until the very end. I would highly recommend this book and I plan to read all of the author’s other books. It took me along on the adventure. I enjoyed the romance. ~LDB, on Amazon

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by Chelle Cordero
Hyphema: Bleeding in the eye caused by trauma…

Matt Garratti, a
paramedic from New York, moves his wife and son to North Carolina to work at
his dream job as a flight medic. Pakistani born Sudah, his wife, receives
frosty stares and insensitive comments from their new neighbors.

Before long, Matt wonders if he is pursuing his dream or
bringing his family into a nightmare from which they may never wake.
REVIEW
FIVE STARS
A Non-Stop Thriller that Will Leave You Longing for More
Tracy Riva
… Matt and Sudah face obstacles that severely test their relationship and their marriage. I do not want to go into anymore of the specifics here, but while Matt and Sudah’s relationship plays an
important role in the book, the story is much more of an extremely well written thriller and I definitely recommend reading it.
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deaths faced by Matt and Sudah cause them to face these problems and gives the
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60+ Days to Live, Breathe, & Write

60+ Days to Live, Breathe & Write by Chelle Cordero

These short lessons & activities are based on
the acclaimed Amazon Kindle blog
Living, Writing, Breathing
available by subscription for Kindle owners

  Author in Residence  blog reviewed by J. B. Naylor
Having Chelle Cordero’s blog on my Kindle is like having an author here in residence with me. She gives inspiration, motivation, and best of all, practical advice and solutions. I love the “writing exercises” she offers at the end of each blog, as well as the “writing prompts”. I’ve already used them myself and with my 6th grade writing class!

60+ Days to Live, Breathe, & Write
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Writers’ Workshop ~ Living, Breathing, Writing

top10writerws…an Amazon Kindle blog all about writing & being a writer

The results are in for the

2014 Preditors & Editors Readers’ Poll

and I am so proud to say that I had 3 Top Ten Finishes

Non-fiction Article ~ Can We Talk?
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…an article inspired by the late Joan Rivers

Promotional Site ~ The Potpourri Parlor
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…featuring book promos, interviews, profiles & more

Writers’ Workshop ~ Living, Breathing, Writing
top10writerws…an Amazon Kindle blog all about writing & being a writer

And I am especially proud to be a part of Team VHP!tan_heart_book_w_vhp_info_roundso many nominations for 
Vanilla Heart Publishing
Authors, Books & Publisher,
ALL had impressive results!

including a Top Ten in Romance Novels
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Pianissimo by Lauren Shiro

our other nominees were:

Author:  Chelle Cordero

Book Cover Art:  Within the Law by Chelle Cordero; & In Too Deep by Neva Squires-Rodriguez

Mystery Novels:  Jock Stewart and the Missing Sea of Fire by Malcolm R. Campbell

Publisher:  Vanilla Heart Publishing

Romance Novel:  In Too Deep by Neva Squires-Rodriguez; Rumer by Angela Kay Austin; & Housebroken: A River’s Edge Romantic Suspense by Charmaine Gordon

Romance Short Story:  River’s Edge Trio by Charmaine Gordon; & Holiday Happiness by Chelle Cordero

Young Adult Book:  Emily’s Stories by Malcolm R. Campbell

Congratulations to ALL of the P&E nominees!
Celebrate

This year’s Preditors & Editors Readers’ Poll is open until January 14, 2015.

I have a few entries in the poll and if you wouldn’t mind, I would love your support.

You can vote one time in each category.

And Good Luck to everyone else who is entered!

Romance Short Stories ~ Holiday Happiness

Writer’s Workshop ~ Living, Breathing, Writing

Promotional Sites ~ The Potpourri Parlor

Anthology ~ Your Game Plan for Seamless Holiday Decorating

Book Cover Art ~ Within the Law

and click here for a list of other Vanilla Heart Author entries

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January 4th is National Trivia Day

Most Useless Trivia Facts:

1. Most toilets flush in E-flat.
2. It’s illegal in Alabama to chain your alligator to a fire hydrant.
3. Donald Duck’s middle name is Fauntleroy.
4. A possum has 13 nipples.
5. The philosopher Rene Descartes had a fetish for cross-eyed women.
6. It’s illegal in South Dakota to lie down and sleep in a cheese factory.
7. There are 336 dimples on a golf ball.
8. It’s illegal in Kentucky to remarry the same man four times.
9. The number of people you need before it becomes more likely than not that two of them share a birthday is 23.
10.The longest recorded flight of a chicken is 13 seconds
11. Slugs have four noses (sort of).
12. An elephant’s sperm is shorter than a mouse’s.
13. “Typewriter” is the longest English word that can be typed using the letters of only the top row of the keyboard.

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thanks to Todd Brabender of spreadthenewspr.com
Useless facts collected in a poll of Americans conducted by GameIt –
http://www.gameit.us – a new trivia game & shopping app.
Everyone ends the year with a look back, and resolutions and wishes for bright new year; I’m no different.
 
2014 was a year of highs and lows in my personal life. I lost a very dear cousin this year, younger than me and a wonderful friend and confidant, and like the rest of the family I miss her.
 
2014 was also the year that our son, our youngest, took a bride. The wedding was magnificent (the kids did it themselves), our new daughter-in-law is beautiful, and both of them are very happy with each other. Our oldest child, a daughter, was married in 2007 to an absolutely wonderful man. As parents it is a blessing to look at your precious children and know that they have partners who will love them, care for them and stand by their side.
 
So 2014 is also the year that my husband and I — with 39 years of marriage under our belts — are now back to being “just a couple”… although honestly once you are parents you never stop.
 
Mark and I are now in a position to look seriously at our future, we’re not as young as we were the last time we were “just a couple”. We’re looking at our home, it’s a beautiful home and one where we raised our family, and we are talking about downsizing and living in a home that will allow us to grow old (in 30 or 40 years…) comfortably. It’s a fascinating study to examine your own life and see how your priorities change through the years.

Looking forward to 2015 I plan to do a lot more writing. I had a holiday themed short story published in 2014 but most of my published writing was in the non-fiction journalistic world instead of the novels I so love penning. I’m good at the articles though, please forgive my ego, and I would love to hear if you come across any of my articles the next time you thumb through your local paper. Since I often write for a company that sells supplements to various North American publications, you might actually get to read my non-fiction work now and then, and I would love to hear about it; I write under the my name as Chelle Cordero.
 
The 17th Annual Preditors and Editors Readers’ Poll is open for voting through January 14 and I’d like to ask for your support and votes for me and my fellow Vanilla Heart Publishing authors – I would love to see a strong VHP showing this year. Please take a look at my recommended list here.
 
Another important goal belongs to my family. My brother-in-law, Del, needs a kidney and we’ve been reaching out for potential living donors; a living donor is really the best chance for a recipient. As my sister explains, “Many years ago Del was diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) a genetic disorder characterized by the growth of numerous cysts in the kidneys. In 1968 Del lost a kidney to PKD and has been managing for the past 46 years with his remaining kidney.”  If you know of someone, or yourself, who would consider donating a kidney (the average person has 2 but you only need 1), please consider getting tested: please contact Robert Wood Johnson Transplant Center, New Brunswick, NJ at (732) 253-3699 or 1-877-NUKIDNEY and follow the prompts for the living donor program. Tell them you are calling on behalf of Del Du-Bois.. Even if you are not a compatible match, there are “Paired Donations“, you can give a kidney to a stranger and in turn save a loved one’s life. Please help spread the word about our need — hang a note on your church/synagogue/temple bulletin board, notify folks at work, talk it up at your social club — we appreciate anything you can do to help us.
 
My wish for all of you in the coming year is peace, happiness, good health, the love and warmth of family and friends, shelter and security, success in your endeavors, and as many good things that can possibly come your way. I hope your celebration is fun, memorably pleasant and safe.
 
 
Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your life.
 
~Chelle
 

 

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,800 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 30 trips to carry that many people.

There were 33 pictures uploaded, about 3 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was December 21st with 29 views. The most popular post was ~
I Write Because That is Who I Am

These are the posts that got the most views in 2014:
We are asking for your help – become a Living Donor
A Chaunce of Riches – First Page Review bloghop
Just in time for the holidays! …Happiness
FREE Downloads of Book Club Discussion Packets
Would you be a part of my street team?

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5 most active commenters:
Author Charmaine Gordon
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Teresa Cypher
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Please cast your votes for VHP authors in the

17th Annual Preditors & Editors™
Readers’ Poll

We are honored to have the following entries
in this year’s P&E Readers’ Poll:

Vanilla Heart Publishing in Print/Electronic Books Publisher

Romance Category
Angela Kay Austin‘s Rumer;
Charmaine Gordon‘s Housebroken;
Lauren Shiro‘s Pianissimo;
Neva Squires-Rodriguez‘s In Too Deep;
Tamara Philip‘s The Trouble with Playing Cupid

Mystery Novel
Malcolm R. Campbell‘s Jock Stewart and the Missing Sea of Fire;

Young Adult
Malcolm R. Campbell
‘s Emily’s Stories

Romance Short Stories
Charmaine Gordon‘s River’s Edge Trio
Chelle Cordero
‘s Holiday Happiness

Non-Fiction Article
Chelle Cordero‘s Can We Talk?

Book Cover Art
Chelle Cordero‘s Within the Law;
Neva Squires-Rodriguez’s In Too Deep

Author’s Page
Chelle Cordero

Writer’s Workshop
Living, Breathing, Writing

Promotional Sites
The Potpourri Parlor

Anthology
Your Game Plan for Seamless Holiday Decorating

You can vote ONCE in EACH CATEGORY.
You will need to add your name & email for verification.
Remember to check your email for the verification code —
click on the link to make sure your vote is counted. 

Thanks for your support!

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