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Can you hear it now? YOU BET!

Within the Law by Chelle Cordero is now available as an AUDIOBOOK on Audible, iTunes, and on Amazon! Also in All Ebook Formats and Print Editions.

Tom gave up on ever falling in love again the day that he buried his high school sweetheart – his fiancé. He started a career in law enforcement just so that he could find rapist… the killer who took everything that mattered to him. Just when he is about to see justice done, he meets Alli Davis- the defense attorney for the murdering rapist who took his love from him. And now, she may be in the gravest danger. And, maybe this time, Tom will be able to save her!


Where Murder and Love Collide


… Chelle Cordero begins Within The Law with a great setup of murder, betrayal, and plot twists that engage the reader immediately. As I read the opening chapters, I was reminded somewhat of Scott Turow’s Presumed Innocent. Cordero then takes a turn I didn’t expect, and the opening story arc closes. In Ken Follet style, the novel subsequently explores the tragic sequence of events keeping Tom and Alli from being together. The novel is, therefore, less courtroom murder mystery and more star-crossed love story.

Cordero’s writing and plot is engaging and entertaining. One is drawn to Tom and Alli and their story just as they are drawn to one another. The dialogue is real and crisp and the novel moves quickly. Within the Law makes a great summer beach read.

 ~Todd A. Fonseca VINE VOICE

Within the Law audiobook is narrated by Barry Newman, professional voice artist and producer,  residing in Florida. Barry also narrated and produced Chelle Cordero’s A Chaunce of Riches. Barry has come to audiobook industry after years  of both writing and voicing radio and TV commercials, and has this to say about his work:  “I truly enjoy reading a well written story and because of my background I am always thinking about what the listener is hearing. Putting myself in that position I must admit that many times I stop in the middle of a paragraph or sentence asking myself ‘Would I want to hear it that way?’ – our guess is that listeners will give him a resounding YES.

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AllRomance Ebooks

Apple iBooks

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and the FREE Book Club Discussion Packetwith full color printable bookmarks, author bio and photo, discussion starters, and synopsis –  on Chelle’s Media Page -

New WTL CVR clip

Within the Law New Edition Sneak Peek Video


   MGB by Chelle Cordero

More Chelle Cordero Novels

FREE Vanilla Heart Publishing Book Club Extras


Within the Law by Chelle Cordero

Book Club Extras Packet includes author bio and photo, title information,
covers, discussion starters, and full color printable bookmarks.

(this has been re-posted from VHP Book Tours)

Thank you Tamara Philip for nominating me!

Tamara did this incredibly nice thing and nominated me for this honor

titled the “One Lovely Blog Award” and I am proud to wear that title

even if only for a few fleeting moments, weeks…

or however long it takes for it to disappear beneath the blog roll.

Being the curious individual that I am, and also being a journalist

who knows Research, Research, Research,

I began the search for the history of how this award came to be…

Alas, I found NOTHING

so I am going to make it up…

Some 75-years ago, a very nice and well-read blogger on the
World Wide Web decided to nominate original, entertaining and
truly unique blogs and thereby bring much internet traffic their way…
This blogger set out nominating blogs and sending along a set of rules
and pretty little logos to unsuspecting but worthy and talented bloggers -
and now I have been included in that very elite group!

Here are the rules:


  • You must thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
  • You must list the rules and display the award.
  • You must add 7 facts about yourself.
  • You must nominate 7 other bloggers and comment on one of their posts to let them know they’ve been nominated.
  • You must display the award logo and follow the blogger who nominated you.


And of course, we must Pay-It-Forward

Okay, here are SEVEN facts you probably never wanted to know about me:
(or already know and are incredibly bored hearing again)

  1. I was conceived in the Catskills after my parents gave up having a 2nd child and blew their cash on a “new” used car and a vacation. My sister was sleeping in the other room.
  2. I once snuck on to the set of the Merv Griffin show hoping to meet the star of the show and talk him into giving me my BIG break as an actress… my timing was off and there were no stars present, only BURLY Security Guards – ouch.
  3. I once spent over an hour on the phone with a guy I didn’t know after accidentally reaching him by dialing a WRONG number – he was just really interesting.
  4. When my oldest nephew was born the hospital was only letting the new grandparents onto the maternity floor to visit the new parents and see the child (behind glass), so I borrowed my then-boyfriend’s jacket, rolled it up and stuffed it under the peasant dress I was wearing and then had my boyfriend “assist” me saying I was having labor pains. I did get in but received lots of frowns when the “baby bump” slipped.
  5. My boyfriend (another one) was a gifted guitarist and singer and performed regularly at our local community center – the night he dedicated “Wild Thing” to me, I thought it was the MOST romantic thing ever to happen to me in all of my 15-years!
  6. During an argument with my husband back in the days when we used 5 1/4-inch floppy disks in our computers I got so angry because he was winning (I was right, he was just more stubborn!) I threatened to erase all of his disks with magnets if I didn’t get my way. P.S.: I didn’t on both counts.
  7. I feel incredibly lucky to be a part of Vanilla Heart Publishing along with incredible talents like Angela Kay Austin, Charmaine Gordon, Lauren Shiro, Malcolm Campbell, Neva Squires-Rodriguez, Susan Berry & Tamara Philip and to work under the auspices of the ingenious Kimberlee Williams. (who, by the way, ALL deserve this prestigious award…)

I hereby nominate my fellow authors at VHP & others on FaceBook – yes, even those who have been nominated previously – because they are truly among the most deserving of recognition and admiration.
(It is entirely up to them to accept the challenge
or silently curse me out

Whatever, please go visit all of their blogs,
I promise you that you will enjoy.

We are all reeling from the loss of comedic great Joan Rivers – she was a lady who used humor as a natural part of life. She even left her funeral wishes with strict instructions that there was to be laughter and fanfare!

She provided us with a lot of laughs and now she is leaving us with another important lesson – to let our loved ones know of our funeral wishes while we still have our say.

It was a long time ago that I decided the most important thing I wanted done on my day when I am “laid to rest”, as a matter of fact it was during my own mother’s funeral in 1979 that the thought first occurred to me.

Here’s the story how I made up my mind…  Can we Talk?

yellow rose side

“I don’t exercise. If God had wanted me to bend over, he would have put diamonds on the floor.” ~ Joan Rivers (from Huffington Post)

R.I.P. Joan Rivers

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Visit the Long and Short Reviews 7th Anniversary 


LASR Anniversary: Chelle Cordero

– Guest Blog and Giveaway

Comment on my blog and you’re entered to win
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and LOTS more…

Living, Breathing, Writing [Kindle Edition]

VBT to go…

Your book is a reality and you are anxious to get the buzz going. Maybe your “local” bookstores are few and far between, or you e-published your work and it’s not so easy to display, or you just can’t take the time away from your family or “other” job to travel to multiple sites and sit for hours. Then again, sitting in a bookstore may only generate a handful of responses and limited contacts.Thanks to our current technologies and the World Wide Web, planning a Virtual Blog Tour (VBT) is a cost effective and time efficient option. For those who may not be familiar with the term, an author “visits” a number of blogs during a specified amount of time with guests posts, excerpts, interview responses, blurbs and more. The tour period can be as short as two weeks or as long as six months and there can be as few as fifteen stops or as many as one-hundred. Your “visit” remains there long after you’ve “packed up” and gone home so many, many people all over the world can see it.There are professional VBT organizers and promoters and many are worth their weight (and fee) in platinum – the key to what these pros offer is organization and time. A Virtual Blog Tour is something you can do for yourself as well if you can stay organized, focused and disciplined.

Whether you hire a professional to plan out your tour or do it yourself, there is still a lot of work that YOU must do: write up guest posts on various topics, answer several interview questions (often just a few questions per site), make graphics such as book covers and author shots available, write up a short bio, and most important of all, visit EACH site the day of your appearance (and for a few days after) to respond to comments.

Start by scouring the web for blogs that attract your audience (for instance, a romance reader probably wouldn’t be frequenting a blog with scientific journal articles) and query the blog owner (via email, NOT comments) if they would consider being a stop on a blog tour. (You might want to offer reciprocation, more on that later). If they say yes decide on a date and be clear about word count, what they expect from you (promo, no promo, graphics, interview, etc) and the date they need your submission.

It’s a good idea to keep a calendar or “assignment book” and list the date or your appearance, the URL of the blog, the specifics of what you are to provide and the “due date” so that you do not miss any deadlines or opportunities. Once you have a list of dates and appearances, post this list on your own blog or website, and publicize it through forums, email lists and social networks. The advantage to the person hosting your visit should be increased traffic to their site so publicize it thoroughly; ideally they will also be publicizing the event.

Be sure to stop by each blog on the day of your visit, and perhaps for the few days following, and be sure to respond to any comments visitors have left. Responding to comments makes the tour very personal and followers will feel that they have had a chance to get to know you. Don’t be disheartened if there are not a lot of remarks, some authors offer free books or other giveaways to generate comments. Be sure to post your own comment thanking the host for having you there.

If you have your own blog (and you definitely should as an author), you can offer reciprocal visits and benefit by increased traffic to your site. Use key words or tags and help search engines pick up your postings more readily. Each time a new visitor comes to your site because they are following another author you are hosting, you have gained exposure and may even find someone new following your regularly scheduled blog.

Keeping the buzz alive and making stops at other blogs can and should be continuous; it doesn’t always have to be a new book that you are promoting. Promote your backlist on an anniversary date, a milestone, or use a current news item to promote a theme. You can post a widget from a site like * and have a running list of both live and virtual appearances for blog visitors to see.

Writing exercise: Write an instruction guide for a common, everyday chore (housework, driving, dressing, making a phone call, etc.). Avoid making a simple list and using mere phrases. Write this instructional guide in the form of paragraphs and complete sentences. Make it detailed so that even if someone has never used a telephone they will know how to make a telephone call, etc.

Writing prompt: Using the seven numbers of your telephone number, in any order, write a very brief story about people sitting around a dinner table (how many people, how many dinner rolls, etc).

(*note: this post was first blogged in 2010 – no longer exists)

Amazon Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars Author in Residence  
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!
5.0 out of 5 stars Jesus Reyes wrote 
I have tried other writing blogs on the web, but this one is the best I have read so far.
Very much enjoyed the sample and attempted to order – unfortunately I have the Kindle Fire and the blog isn’t available on the Fire.
Just Google Chelle Cordero’s name and you will see that she knows what she is talking about – her byline has shown up on many articles all over the country in newspapers and magazines. And she has authored multiple novels and short stories as well.This is a terrific chance to learn from a pro. Until now only a few have been able to attend a writing workshop led by Cordero because of location, now so long as you have access to the internet or a Kindle you can benefit from her amazing tips. Her workshops have been so helpful.
This Blog is Available on the Following Kindle E-Readers:
Kindle Paperwhite
DXKindle (2nd Generation)
Kindle (1st Generation)
If you don’t have one of the above devices, all is not lost

60+ Days to Live, Breathe, & Write

…offers two complete months of lessons
about the craft of writing and being a writer based on
the Living, Breathing, Writing Amazon Kindle Blog.

60+ Days to Live, Breathe, & Write
available in Paperback & Kindle e-book from Amazon


Common Bond, Tangled Hearts

Layne Gillette’s world is turned upside down when a man she has never met
shows up to lay claim as the father of her 6-year old son.

A Chaunce of Riches

Ben Johnson was hired as a bodyguard for a rich widow and her kid,
but he never expected to be working for the woman who had
abandoned him just when he had needed her the most.

The Many Faces of Chelle Cordero

Chelle Cordero’s first short story collection gives the reader a glimpse into her
writer’s mind, with humor, poignancy, love, suspense, and more

His Lucky Charm

What happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas… this time it follows
Brandon and Caitlyn across the country and into
a world of espionage and danger.

Courage of the Heart

COURAGE OF THE HEART shows us that sometimes love is the
only cure for the very deepest of emotional wounds

Bartlett’s Rule

Bartlett’s Rule shares the story of Lon and Paige’s love affair; a
romance filled with hardship, emotion, danger and triumph

Karma Visited

Do you believe in karma? Annie Furman has a gift that allows her,
while she sleeps, to visit people in their time of need
– but who will be there for her when she needs help?

EMS Novels: Final Sin & Hyphema

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.
Hyphema: Bleeding in the eye caused by trauma… Matt Garratti, a paramedic
from New York, moves his wife and son to North Carolina
yo work at his dream job as a flight medic.

Smashwords – For multiple e-book formats

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

The lessons and writing exercises in this
collection have been used in
writing workshops and classrooms
throughout the country.

Due to demand and the overwhelming desire of her readers for more great information about being a successful and productive writer, Chelle Cordero and Vanilla Heart Publishing present 60+ Days to Live, Breathe, & Write – previously published as Living, Breathing, Writing, Volumes 1 and 2. This combined collection gives both the aspiring writer and the accomplished writer two complete months of lessons about the craft of writing and being a writer, from time management to social networking, organizing queries to publication, the business of being a writer, and more. Includes more than 100 brain-starting exercises, business activities, and prompts to help you get those words on paper, and create your successful writing career.

These short lessons and activities have been previously published as part of the acclaimed Amazon Kindle blog Living, Writing, Breathing available by subscription for Kindle owners, and consistently in the Top 100.


“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!” ~ J. B. Naylor

“I have tried other writing blogs on the web, but this one is the best I have read so far.” ~ Jesus Reyes

60+ Days to Live, Breathe, & Write
available in Paperback & Kindle e-book from Amazon

60+ Days to Live, Breathe, & Write
available in Paperback from Barnes & Noble 

Living, Breathing, Writing Amazon Kindle Blog
[for Kindle Paperwhite; Kindle Touch; Kindle Keyboard; Kindle DX;
Kindle (2nd Generation); Kindle (1st Generation) & Kindle]

Living, Breathing, Writing: A Lesson A Day
Living, Breathing, Writing: A Lesson A Day, Volume 2
available in multiple e-book formats


August 24th — Join the LASR 7th anniversary Facebook party

Then, August 25 – 29, 2014 there will be tons of prizes

$100 Amazon/BN GCs

publisher GCs



author swag!

Whether you are hoping to have your book represented by a literary agent, or have an essay, poem, or short story published in a journal, it is imperative that you understand the language of publishing. Being fluent in this terminology will give you greater control over the sale and distribution of your creative writing, and you’ll demonstrate to literary agents and editors that you know everything from the formal vocabulary to the popular lingo.

Here is a list of commonly used (and confused) terms in the publishing business:

What is an SASE? Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope. When submitting your writing to publications, send an SASE for the journal or literary agent’s response. You can also send a larger envelope if you would like them to return your writing if it is rejected. We at Writer’s Relief recommend that you simply send a business-sized (#10) envelope for their written response, not for the return of work.

What does previously published mean? As online publishing increases, the term previously published gets increasingly murky.

What is media rate at the post office? Media rate can be applied to mailing packages containing books, scripts, sound recordings, video tapes, and computer-readable media (such as CDs, DVDs, and diskettes). Media rate is slower and less expensive than first-class mail.

What are simultaneous submissions? When you make a simultaneous submission, you send the same submission to more than one editor or agent at the same time.

What are multiple submissions? When you make a multiple submission, you send many submissions in one letter or e-mail to one editor or agent.

What is a literary agent? The best way to have your book published is to send your work out to literary agents first. These are professionals who can target your writing to publishers and make sure you get the best possible book deal.

What is an editor? An editor works at a publishing house or literary journal. An editor reads submissions, acquires the rights to publish them (sometimes paying for that right), and often edits the content. People who acquire short works for inclusion in a collection or anthology are also editors.

What is a proofreader? Proofreaders edit your work for grammar, punctuation, spelling, and formatting.

What is a copyeditor? A copyeditor edits a manuscript to meet the house style, which includes reading for accuracy and formatting.

What is a query letter? What is a cover letter? The difference between a query letter and a cover letter is that while a query letter is an introduction to a literary or book agent, a cover letter is used when sending poetry and/or short stories to literary journals. Writer’s Relief can help you write both!

What is an exclusive read from a literary agent? If you grant an exclusive read (or right of first refusal) to a literary agent, you are granting him or her the right to read your book before any other agents see it. For more detailed information, see our article When A Literary Agent Requests An Exclusive: Solutions For Sticky Situations.

What is the difference between a short story and an essay? A short story is a work of fiction; an essay, whether personal, academic, or instructional, is nonfiction. While the lines between a personal or creative essay and a short story are often blurred during the creative formation of a piece, it is important that you decide on the genre of your short prose piece in order to market it to the right editor. Learn more: Short prose genres: Defining Essay, Short Story, Commentary, Memoir, and Mixed Genre.

What are galleys for books or novels? A galley is an unformatted version of a manuscript. Galleys are sent out to reviewers and blurb writers a few weeks before the book is put in stores in its formatted version.

What is the slush pile? A slush pile is a stack of unsolicited submissions to book agents, literary journals, or publishing houses.

What are solicited and unsolicited submissions? A solicited submission is work that an editor or literary agent has asked for. An unsolicited submission is work that an editor or literary agent has not asked for.

What is an advance on a book or novel? An advance is payment a publisher gives a writer for a book or novel before it is written.

What is a writer’s backlist? A writer’s backlist is a list of his or her older publications.

What is the masthead? The masthead refers to the “behind the scenes” information about a publication, such as the editors, publishing information, etc.

Writer’s Relief often helps writers with their submission strategies and the questions that arise during the manuscript submission process. We target submissions to literary agents and editors, write cover and query letters, proofread and format manuscripts, and track submissions. Click for more information about Writer’s Relief.

This article has been reprinted with the permission of Writer’s Relief, an author’s submission service that has been helping creative writers make submissions since 1994. Their work is highly recommended in the writing community, and there are TONS of freebies, publishing leads, and writers resources on their website. Check it out!

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