The Fragility of the Heart

We (advisors) took a small group of our ambulance corps youth squad members to the Liberty Science Center this past week. Liberty Science Center has a terrific teaching center and one of the features available is an Interactive Surgery – through video conferencing participants get to sit in on a LIVE surgery, listen to the conversation in the O.R. and ask the surgeon and anesthesiologist questions.
Through cameras, participants get to see exactly what is going on in the operating room including the actual surgery. It was a marvelous experience and our kids (ages 14-18) really got a lot out of it – in emergency response we see the exterior of the body and the trauma from the outside in. Witnessing this surgery and actually getting to see the heart beating with the vessels, etc. lends so much to understanding.

Because of the patient’s total health, we also got to see exactly how “life” affects the overall health of the heart, sometimes complicating it or damaging it beyond repair. The surgical team had to make decisions and revise their methods when they found surprises and worse conditions than they had prepared for.

I write about the heart in my books – not the surgical kind (although in Courage of the Heart our heroine did have a heart condition), but the heart of romance and passion. For medical considerations, the lifestyle, gender, age and heredity have major affects on the heart. In novels like mine (romantic suspense) the character’s history and experiences can leave scars that the new love must find a way to mend.

In Bartlett’s Rule, the heroine’s life of abuse and rape left her unable to trust her own heart and judgment much less trust the man who fell in love with her. The hero’s loss of conscious memory in Forgotten didn’t seem to adversely affect his heart’s memory or change his love for his young wife. And in Within the Law one character suffered a tragic loss of the fiancé he loved while the other had to overcome the feeling of betrayal by her ex-husband making them an unlikely pair.

Final Sin is not a romantic suspense but the heart was doubly important there as a killer looked to silence several including the heart of the woman that the hero loved.

Love heals all wounds” is an overused cliché. Sometimes the damage is too great, sometimes we have to find a way to “bypass” those scars. Like the surgeon who changed his planned procedure when he found that the patient would not fare well, the characters in my books often have to change their dreams and attitudes in order to make their romance work. Sometimes they make mistakes – fortunately the surgeon didn’t.

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Much Ado About Final Sin

Please join us for the Online Book Discussion
of Final Sin

You can send comments and questions to before May 29 and I will use some of those to make an entry post by 9AM on that day – then throughout the day I will keep stopping in to answer comments posted on the blog until 7pm.

date: May 29, 2009 09:00AM to 7:00PM (EST)
location: Lindsay’s Romantics blog

Meet Julie Jennings, the Paramedic heroine in Final Sin through her Xanga Woman-in-Charge interview at

In the meantime, I received a really great review of Final Sin, on Coffee Time Romance

And please also join me on Books-With-Heart Blog-Talk-Radio on Wed., 5/20/2009 4:00 PM We will be talking about Final Sin and Emergency Medical Services Week.

National EMS Week
Midnight May 17th, 2009 – Midnight May 23rd, 2009

To celebrate the release of Final Sin, an exciting murder suspense with intriguing real-life Emergency Medical Services scenes and storyline, Chelle Cordero and Vanilla Heart Publishing are pleased to announce we will donate $1 per copy sold during launch party week to the Stony Point Ambulance Corps Youth Squad, where youths age 14-18 receive training and experience in the field of Emergency Medical Response, under the direct supervision of highly skilled, professional responders of the Stony Point Ambulance Corps.

To register your purchase of Print or Kindle editions, please email with your name, email, and the info of your purchase including edition (Kindle or Print), and the last 3 digits of your order number. All Ebook sales are automatically counted by our Ebook Catalog detail counter, so no additional `work’ is necessary for Ebook purchases.

Every dollar donated goes to Stony Point Ambulance Corps Youth Squad to help supply training, medical and other supplies, and activities for these dedicated youth…YOU can make a difference!

…and lastly, don’t miss the special discounted prices on all VHP fiction ebooks including Final Sin all thru May!

Celebrating Forgotten – Blog Talk Radio Show

In case you missed it…
Kimberlee Williams, Vanilla Heart Publishing’s Publisher and Chelle Cordero celebrated the public release of Forgotten, an unforgettable romance about two people who meet by chance, love by choice, and are torn apart by intrigue on the Blog Talk Radio Books-With-Heart broadcast on Sunday, August 2.

On Sunday, August 10 at 2:30 PM EST, don’t miss the next – Join Vanilla Heart Publishing author, Chelle Cordero, and Kimberlee Williams, Publisher, as they discuss author marketing and promotions, and share ideas for exploding your book’s sales. Call-in Number: (646) 478-3750

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Forgotten is now available as an E-Book also!

Chelle’s Appearances on Blog Talk Radio

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Chelle Cordero’s
VHP BlogTalk Radio appearances!
Celebrating Forgotten!
Forgotten is an unforgettable romance about two people who meet by chance, love by choice and are torn apart by intrigue. Their romance survives a foreign threat to national security, kidnapping, personal tragedy and a murder attempt.
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Author Promotion and Marketing Tips!
And on August 10th, join Chelle Cordero as she talks about and shares author promotion tips and strategies!
Aug 10, 2:30pmEST