What ‘ya gonna do?

In one of those “kids say the darnedest things moments” when they spill the family secrets, a neighbor’s son told me “my parents always say that if it happens outside my door, I don’t need to get involved”. I wanted to ask if his parents explained what kind of things he shouldn’t be involved in – was it the argument overheard next door or the cry for help from a stranger? In the end, I decided not to question the youngster.
How much do we involve ourselves in the lives of others? And where do we draw the line?
What would you do if you knew a child was in trouble and possibly being abused by one of the adults she yearns to trust? There are some people who, by the nature of their jobs, are legally required to report all suspected child abuse such as teachers, doctors, police officers, and child care providers to name just a few. Any adult who lives with the child who has been abused is also legally required to report the situation although all too often these people are either involved in the abuse or complicity denying the existence.
What about the rest of us, what is our moral obligation to report when we’ve seen a child in distress with repeated and multiple bruises, or worse?
We need to learn to recognize the signs of abuse and not deny that it might be happening. Severe injuries, multiple bruises from obviously different occasions, fear at the idea of going home, a lack of medical care for illness or injury, detailed tales of sexual activity, consistently unkempt appearance, or frequent and constant hunger MAY be signs we should pay attention to. If a child comes to you with a blatant cry for help and story of an abusive situation, it shouldn’t be discounted without consideration. And as the parent of a child who once screamed for help standing at her bedroom window when she was angry for being sent to her room for a time-out, I am aware that sometimes things CAN be misunderstood.
If we must err though, we should err on the side of the child’s safety. Child protective agencies exist in every region and depending on the size of your municipality maybe even in your city. If you suspect the possibility of child abuse contacting them may very well be the first step in saving a child’s life. The staff at these offices are trained to determine if the information you provide is enough to warrant a more thorough investigation so they will ask you questions such as what you witnessed, if you’ve seen former evidence, and how well you know the people involved (to assess your vantage point). Your name will be kept out of it if they decide to investigate so you shouldn’t worry about repercussions. Unless it can be proven that you maliciously reported a false case, you are immune to any consequences. Cases will be investigated and any actions taken will be done in the best interests of the child.
When I researched information for my novel Bartlett’s Rule, I came across survivors of childhood abuse and one of the things repeatedly stated was why people who knew didn’t do anything to help. Physical and emotional scars never go away. Children are vulnerable and often not able to speak up and explain what is happening to them – but if we suspect abuse, we should do something to help. It’s the right thing.

In time for your holiday gift shopping…

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Feeding the Author’s Psyche

Not much more does an author’s heart fonder than reading the acclaim from others on her work…

So, okay, I admit, I like to bolster my ego every so offten – I am, after all, a “temperamental artist”
Here are some of the review headings (from Amazon) that I’ve gotten about my books:
Gut-wrenching novel Within the Law

High RPM Romantic Suspense Within the Law

Dedicated to paramedics who put their lives on the line for us daily Final Sin

Cordero Delivers Final Sin

Great and moving book! Bartlett’s Rule

Chelle Cordero has arrived. Bartlett’s Rule

Real people, Real Problems and Real Solutions Bartlett’s Rule

Very Good! Courage of the Heart

Within the Law – Where Murder and Love Collide Within the Law

Make it your rule to read “Bartlett’s Rule” Bartlett’s Rule

Amazing authors create amazing books! Within the Law

Forgotten is Hard to Forget!! Forgotten (His Lucky Charm)

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really good read Courage of the Heart

Great new author – great page turner! Courage of the Heart


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Getting your hands on my books

Every so often I am asked where someone can buy my books

There are TWO locations in Rockland County NY:

Raider Bookshop at 99 Lafayette Avenue in Suffern, New York &

Arts Alliance of Haverstraw at 91 Broadway in the Village of Haverstraw, New York

I’ve heard of various Indie shops and chain stores throughout the country that have also carried one or more of my titles on their shelves – if you know of any that currently have my books in stock, please comment below with the retailer name and location and you might win a prize!

Walk up to the information desk at any Barnes & Noble Bookseller and you can order my books to pick up in the store.

You can also order books from online retailers like Amazon and BarnesandNoble.com

Then there are E-Books (& instant gratification!) from Smashwords, All Romance Ebooks, and OmniLit.
…if you are a retailer and ready to order my titles for your shelves you can contact your regular distributor OR Vanilla Heart Publishing. VHP offers very generous Wholesale Terms and Conditions & our books come with a Full Return policy – contact them at Booksales@vanillaheartbooksandauthors.com or call 425-609-4718. (Download their complete policy statement here)


Stop Abuse of Women on Swatton Live

Stop Abuse of Women – Interview with Chelle Cordero – Author of Bartlett’s Rule

Hey all, please tune your computer dials to
Swatton Live on October 7 at 9:00PM EST

Chelle Cordero will join us in discussing her novel, Bartlett’s Rule. This is a story of a woman recovering from the devastating effects of rape while she learns to trust and fall in love again. The story explores the secondary victim challenges facing the man she meets (after the rape) and the effects on people around them.”

Jeanine Swatton is the CEO/PR Director of Swatton Live, LLC. She is the co-founder of “Preventing Abuse Against Women”. Jeanine holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Boston University. Her vision is to help women who are victims of abuse and provide them with the services and tools to become empowered.


Join the separate Amazon Forum Discussion on the Bartlett’s Rule page about Sexual Abuse – scroll down the page to Customer Discussions: This product’s forum. http://bit.ly/4FqH2F

Can you hear it?

I have frequently been asked if any of my books are available in audio books (usually tapes) – at his time they are not available as audio tapes. However all of my novels are available in various eBook formats including .PDF and KINDLE.

What, you ask, does an eBook have to do with audio?

Many of the more recent versions of Adobe Acrobat offer “Text to Voice” or “Read Aloud” options and you can use this program on your desktop or laptop to read .PDF files. Follow this link for Adobe Reader 9 if you don’t already have it on your computer. (it’s a FREE download)
Also since each of my novels is available for Kindle, I am pleased to announce that EACH book has been Text-to-Speech: Enabled for Second Generation Kindle and Kindle DX devices.

Can you tell I’m excited?

I am, I am!

Where can you find these formats for your friendly “computer-man” to read to you?

…and for a variety of eBook formats with INSTANT download,

Chelle Cordero Fall 2009 Sampler
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Enjoy a good taste of Chelle Cordero’s novels,
Bartlett’s Rule
, Forgotten, Within the Law, Courage of the Heart,
Final Sin
, and her yet-to-be-released A Chaunce of Riches

Another FUN Contest!

1..Cordero’s writing and plot is engaging and entertaining

2. A major work, and a great story

3. the author skillfully captures emotion and feeling

4. Chelle Cordero has shared a suspenseful, romantic tale of two people the reader can’t help but become involved with

5. another Cordero whirlwind of gut-wrenching danger and prospective star-crossed love

6. High RPM Romantic Suspense

7. This is a five star book by a five star author

8. I kept turning pages because I had to know what happened next. The author didn’t let me down.

9. Any more books by Chelle Cordero?????

10. Gut-wrenching novel

11. Kudos to Ms. Cordero for penning an entertaining read.

12. The combined love story and suspense story really kept me intrigued

13. There is so much depth, intrigue

14. winning combination of romance and suspense

15. The story is so well crafted and the characters evoke lots of emotion from the reader

16. This author is a true hidden gem

17. Real people, Real Problems and Real Solutions

18. a love story between two seemingly very different kinds of people

19. turns in the plot to keep readers guessing about choices and outcomes until the last page.

20. she poignantly tells the story of their journey

Lazy days of August – just the perfect time for a contest!

Above are actual quotes & phrases from reviews about MY books (hint, ALL of these reviews appear on Amazon.com).

Just find the NAMES OF THE REVIEWERS for any 3 or more of the quotes above and your name will be put in for a drawing – there will be prizes (ebooks, lady’s XL ChelleCordero.com T-shirt, ???)

I will hold a random drawing from everyone who emails me at ChelleCordero@gmail.com and lists the names of 3 or more reviewers along with the # of the specific quote (in other words, if I wrote a review of someone’s book and the quote was number 3 on the list, the answer would be 3-Chelle Cordero) – put Contest in the subject line.

Look what Vanilla Heart Publishing is offering now!

Sizzlin’ Summer Sellabration!
June 1 through Labor Day, 2009

All summer long, things are sizzling at Vanilla Heart Publishing, with specials and surprises, new releases, twofers, and more!
June Special
Buy your favorite VHP fiction titles in print version from Amazon, and for every copy purchased, select a FREE ebook (with full cover covers, front and back) from our entire Ebook Catalog!

Simply send verification of print copy purchase (your Amazon order number – last three digits only, date of purchase, your name and email) to Sizzlers@vanillaheartbooksandauthors.com and include the name of the free ebook you have selected. Within just a few short hours, you can be reading your free ebook, while waiting for your print copy to arrive!

Get TWO books for the price of ONE!

Amazon announces…

I received this in my email the other day – how exciting!

Dear Amazon.com Customer,

We’ve noticed that customers who have purchased or rated Bartlett’s Rule by Chelle Cordero have also purchased Final Sin by Chelle Cordero. For this reason, you might like to know that Final Sin will be released on May 1, 2009. You can pre-order yours by following the link below.

Chelle Cordero
Release Date: May 1, 2009

Review: “Fantastic scary suspense from Chelle Cordero! The detailed and completely believable storyline is a page turner from the very beginning… “–Bradley Jameson