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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.

Author Spotlight – Chelle Cordero

If you were to write a series of novels, what would it be about?

I would probably write a series of novels about Emergency Services, especially medical. I spent nearly three decades myself as a volunteer NYS Certified Emergency Medical Technician responding via an ambulance to all forms of medical and traumatic emergencies; my husband has also been a volunteer EMT and both of our offspring are career EMS. I also spent several years as a volunteer with the NYC Auxiliary Police (where I finally got together with my husband) and I have a lot of folks I care about in fire services. Emergency responders (paid or volunteer) put their own lives on the line constantly and have my complete admiration, respect and gratitude – they help to ensure the welfare of our homes and communities. I’ve already written two EMS stories, Final Sin and Hyphema and I probably will write more.


click HERE to read the rest of this spotlight

I’ve really come a long way since this Blog Talk Radio episode with Kimberlee Williams, Managing Editor at Vanilla Heart Publishing  – we spoke about promoting and balance – this was taped on August 31, 2008
Give it a listen

Join VHP Author Chelle Cordero, and Kimberlee Williams, Vanilla Heart Publishing Managing Partner, as they discuss author promotion and marketing techniques and tips!

Chelle’s strategies for promotion and marketing of her books, Bartlett’s Rule, Forgotten, and Coming Soon, Within the Law are hugely successful, so be there and learn the secrets to exploding your book sales.

Download Now
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Listen to MORE Blog Talk Radio with Chelle Cordero

Find out how I found my publisher on Lindsay’s Romantics

Come one, come all
It’s time for the 2009 Preditors & Editors Readers Poll

Please, please, please come by and vote
there are so many worthy entries & some of them are MINE
Voting goes from Jan 1 through January 14

…and if I may suggest, please vote for ME – Thank you! (go to )

Author: Chelle Cordero
Romance Novel: Hostage Heart & A Chaunce of Riches (*you can only vote once in each category – I voted for Hostage Heart because it has a higher standing so far)
Thriller Novel: Final Sin
Anthology: With Arms Wide Open/Vanilla Heart Publishing
BookArt: A Chaunce of Riches, cover art by Kimberlee Williams

My blog talk radio show about Hostage Heart is now archived at

Please join

Kimberlee Williams and

Chelle Cordero

on Sunday, July 26 at

8:00PM EST

Chelle Cordero

Hostage Heart,

her latest romantic suspense

Sunday – 7/26/2009

 8:00 PM Eastern time - 60 Minutes

Living, Breathing, Writing

My Weekly Writing Workshop  (Living, Breathing, Writing) for Kindle has been discontinued. But you don’t have to miss out, go to for a copy of 60+ Days to Live, Breathe, & Write