Book Promo: Celebrating a Summer of Writing, Reading, and the Business of Being a Writer!

Celebrate Summer with Chelle Cordero

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Multipublished author Chelle Cordero is

Celebrating a Summer

of Writing, Reading, and the Business of Being a 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, Breathing, Writing available by subscription for Kindle owners, and consistently in the Top 100. Make the writing life the life for you! These hints, tips, essays, lessons, and activities for new and established writers cover such subjects as Querying, Marketing, Grammar, Dialogue, Blogging, Finances for Writers, Expanding Your Readership, and more!

Chelle Cordero’s experience as both a multipublished novelist and long-term freelance journalist, in addition to her successful Kindle Blog, Living, Breathing, Writing, will give you information and ideas… activities to spark your imagination, ‘up’ your writing game, develop your skills, and guide you through the business of writing and being a writer…


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Author Chelle Cordero


Chelle Cordero writes stories of Passion and Suspense. Vanilla Heart Publishing has published ten Cordero novels: Bartlett’s Rule; His Lucky Charm; Within the Law;Courage of the Heart; Final Sin; Hostage Heart; A Chaunce of Riches; Common Bond, Tangled Hearts;Hyphema; and Karma Visited. She is currently working on her next novel and promises another action packed adventure and heartwarming love story. Chelle has been writing both fiction and non-fiction for the bulk of her adult life and has been with Vanilla Heart Publishing since early 2008.

Her books have earned many plaudits which includes: Bartlett’s Rule was named one of Carolyn Howard-Johnson’s Top Ten Reads for 2009; Final Sin was an Honorable Mention in the Fiction Category of the 2010 NY Book Festival and a 2009 Pushcart Prize nominee.; Hyphema won the Dec 9, 2011 Friday Book Cover Vote on the Shades of Love website; A Chaunce of Riches was Winner of D. Renee Bagby’s readers’ choice for The Best Overall First Chapter, April 2010; and Hostage Heart, Final Sin and A Chaunce of Riches had top ten finishes in the 2009 Preditors’ and Readers’ poll.  Chelle was also featured in “50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading” published by The Author’s Show in 2010. She earned multiple awards in the 2014 Preditors & Editors Readers’ Poll, includingTop 10 Non-fiction Article for her Can We Talk?(an article inspired by the late Joan Rivers), Top 10 Promotional Site for her long-running and very popular site The Potpourri Parlor featuring book promos, interviews, profiles & more, and Top 10 Writers’ Workshop for Living, Breathing, Writing (an Amazon Kindle blog all about writing & being a writer).


Chelle Cordero maintains an author’s blog at a promotional blog at, and offers a weekly writing workshop for Kindle Blog subscribers at Her website information on all of her books and her appearances. Bloggers and the media are welcome to visit Chelle’s media room at with downloadable photos and other information.


Be sure to LIKE Chelle’s FaceBook page at and follow her on Twitter at

You can email Chelle at ChelleCordero(at)

Chelle lives in the northeast with her husband, Mark, and family. They have two offspring, Jenni (& Jason) and Marc (& Trish). They also live with three mischievous and spoiled pussycats, one of whom has taken up permanent residence on Chelle’s desk. Chelle is a full-time freelance journalist for multiple publications; her articles appear regularly throughout North America and she writes a monthly column on NYS Emergency Medical Services issues.


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an excerpt from Hostage Heart:

Everybody get down! And keep your faces to the floor.”

All of the bank’s customers obeyed immediately. When Deanna raised her head to watch what was happening, the man who had been standing in front of her gently pushed her back down.

“Do as they say,” he cautiously whispered to her from his own position on the floor.

She could see the feet of the frightened tellers as they were ushered toward the front of the counter to join the rest of the customers. One poor young man was stopped and dragged back behind the counter to empty the cash drawers into a sack. Deanna heard muffled sobbing around her.

One of the masked robbers was moving through the mass of people on the floor demanding wallets, purses and jewelry. Perhaps foolishly, Deanna decided she wasn’t going to give up the store money without some kind of protest. She also slid her grandmother’s birthstone ruby ring off of her hand and slipped it down her bra front for protection.

“Open your purse.”

“No.” He grabbed for it and she wouldn’t let it go.

“Damn it, it’s not worth dying for.” The man spoke to her again in a harsh whisper. She saw that he was eagerly handing over his own wallet.

The purse was wrested from her hand. “No. Give it back!”

He heard the gentle twang in her voice and was intrigued by it. “Don’t be an idiot!” he grumbled under his breath.

Deanna raised her head and her voice in anger. “Will you just be quiet! Ow!” She felt her head being yanked backwards by the hair and she found herself staring at the stocking face of one of the robbers.

“Stand up!” She was forced to her feet. “You want to fight?” A gun was pressed against her ribcage. “I’ll give you something to fight about.” He started to push her towards one of the office doors.

“Where are you taking me?” Sudden terror seized her. She tried to break away but found his grip on her was too strong. “Please. I’m sorry…” Her imagination ran wild with horrible possibilities. Tears began to sting her cheeks.

“Well gee, I got me Scarlett O’Hara, boys.” The bank robber laughed as he announced his find to his cohorts.

“Let her go.” The man from the front of the line made a meek plea for her safety.

“Mind your frigging business!”

Deanna continued to struggle and finally broke free. The robber lunged for her. Faster than she was aware, the suited customer was standing and pushed her protectively behind him. He blocked the robber and they scuffled. She stepped backward and was terrified to see the robber gain the advantage and hold the gun to the man’s temple. One arm wound its way around the would-be rescuer’s neck and he was quickly subdued.

She stood trembling. “Oh Gosh, I’m sorry…”

No one else wanted to take a risk. Everyone obeyed the robbers’ demands. The young teller finished filling the bag, customer pockets were emptied of valuables. The gun was still being held on the attractive stranger.

“Get back down on the floor!” The robber commanded Deanna to lie down on the floor.

She was shaking with fear and with guilt. “Please let him go.”

“Lie down!”

She hesitated briefly and then did as she was told.

“Now everyone just remain where you are. Count slowly to three-hundred. If I hear any police sirens or see any cop cars, I will kill this man.” The robbers began to back out of the bank with one of them dragging the struggling man with him.

Deanna couldn’t let them just take the man with them, not after he had risked himself to save her. She looked up and saw a large ceramic demonstration piggy bank on the counter; as soon as she saw the robber look away, she jumped to her feet and grabbed it. She ran after the robber holding the hostage and struck him in the back of the head.

The robber stumbled. “Run!” She screamed at the stranger. He stared at her in disbelief. “Run!” Finally he made a hasty retreat to the street.

Before Deanna could get safely back into the bank, she found herself being grabbed again and this time the gun was held to her head.

“You little bitch.” The robber’s voice was raspy. “You’re coming with us instead, then.” He dragged her pleading out the doors and threw her into a van just outside on the street.

Another one of the assailants grabbed her to tie and gag her as the vehicle made a hasty retreat. About a block later, the van made a quick stop and Deanna was surprised to see the suited customer step into the van.

He looked at her in anger. “You couldn’t leave well enough alone, could you?”

Please Review Me…

At a recent party a friend was praising a couple of books that I wrote – I stepped to the side and asked her if she would be kind enough to post a review. She looked genuinely concerned and said “I wouldn’t know what to write”.

It’s easy, if you can tell me one (or more) things you liked (or even disliked) about the book, you can write a great review. You don’t have to be a professional book reviewer and you can post the review simultaneously on multiple sites.

You would be doing this author and all authors an incredible favor. Potential readers look for books that people want to read and seeing lots of reviews says to them that the book is worthy of their time.

So please, I know several of you out there have read at least one of my books – please help me by posting a review on Amazon, Barnes&Noble, Goodreads, YOUR Facebook page, Smashwords, KOBO, iTunes or send it to me for the Potpourri Parlor.
Thank you!

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a good quality book review is NOT the school-age book report. Your review should be a minimum of five or six sentences up to two or three (small) paragraphs. Don’t prove you read the book by including spoilers (that totally unexpected twist that really made the story). Write what YOU liked (or disliked) about the book; a book should be a personal experience for every reader so keep it personal. Be honest but never brutal; if the book was filled with typos for instance but was still a great story say something like “a few distracting typos took away from an otherwise terrific story”. (Always try to find something positive to say). If you didn’t like the book because it was not your favorite genre then own up to it; despite mostly four and five star reviews, my favorite review I received on one of my books was only two stars — the writer stated she didn’t care for it because my style was too much like Danielle Steel and she doesn’t care for Steel (who happens to be one of my faves). Again, review the book from YOUR perspective, YOUR likes and dislikes, and the impact the book had on YOU. Remember to be gentle but always honest.”

The Trouble with Playing Cupid by Tamara Philip Now in Audiobook, Too!

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The Trouble with Playing Cupid

by Tamara Philip

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The Trouble with Playing Cupid by Tamara Philip

One New Year’s Eve, shy singer, December Brown drunkenly texts her talk show host pal, Trace Randall, about her long time crush on the aloof actor, Tom Elmswood. Thinking the two celebrities would make a cute couple, he unwisely decides to play matchmaker… in front of a live studio audience.

Things start to go downhill when Tom admits he’s never even heard of December before. Now what seemed like a sure fire hit quickly becomes a flop. Will these two lonely hearts ever make a love connection or has this cupid’s arrow missed its mark?

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Outstanding Debut Author in Interracial Romance 2015

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Loved It!

I laughed and cried along with the characters. I fell in love with the story line and the Characters. I Love Tom! He was the most down to earth man with a heart of Gold! December AKA Dee banter and sweet talk had me on a emotional roller coaster. I would love to have friends like Clarissa and Terrence. This book (genre) is a book that I have never read. Tamara wove magic when writing this and also has made me become a fan of Romantic Comedies. Awesome!!!

  April Nichols Baker

The danger of drunken texts

A very well written sweet story. I especially liked how the celebrities came across as real people who were lucky enough to have jobs doing something that made them happy (and pays well!). It could have used a little more conflict – a backstabbing ex, some racist relatives, a kidnapping, but on the other hand, it’s nice when people just get along without a lot of unnecessary drama. Plus, you can see where conflict might come up in the next book.

Note: I didn’t know bw/wm was a thing so now I’m intrigued! In any case the woman is clearly described as a light skinned black (or possibly biracial) woman. Think Halle Berry, not Lupita Nyong’o. To the author, if the skin tone of the cover model is the worst thing somebody can find to say about your work then well done, madam! Well done!

Nina E



The Trouble with Playing Cupid audiobook is narrated by Gwendolyn Jensen-Woodard, professional voice actress, owner and producer at Gypsy Audio, residing in the Pacific Northwest. Gwendolyn is a constant source of quality narration and production, and has delivered novels in audiobook format for Vanilla Heart Publishing for nearly two years. She is a favorite VHP audiobook narrator and producer due to her broad range, excellent characterizations and inflections, professionalism, and extraordinary high quality production standards, and these are just a few of the reasons we’re thrilled to be working with her on these projects, and on many projects to come.

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More than 42 hours of great romance and suspense from Chelle Cordero!


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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. Damn it all, he still wanted her. Samantha Chaunce never thought she would have to explain why she married the rich man instead of Ben. Or that her husband had been murdered…and Ben was the prime suspect.


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? Undersheriff Dave Turner is investigating a series of home invasions and homicides. He has no idea that solving this case will lead him to the woman of his dreams.


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. He meets young, free-spirited paramedic Julie Jennings. When Julie becomes the subject of an obsession, it puts both of them in danger…



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… Matt wonders if he is pursuing his dream or bringing his family into a nightmare from which they may never wake.


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. Falling in love was never the challenge; being there for each other, knowing just what to say and making it work is the real test. Paige and Lon are real; they are human, they cry and they laugh. Paige has to learn to trust. Lon has to learn to be patient.


Courage of the Heart

Sometimes love is the only cure for the very deepest of emotional wounds. The story of the two lovers takes a series of unexpected and fast paced turns where lives, sanity and love are put in jeopardy. Their commitment to one another results in a spirit that binds them together and helps them to overcome physical and emotional dangers.


Hostage Heart

Life was hard after the hurricanes swept through, destroying her parents’ home and livelihood… An errand for her boss – a chance encounter with a crew of bank robbers – a kind man who tried to help her … a man who isn’t all he seems…no, he is so much more


The Many Faces of Chelle Cordero

The Many Faces of Chelle Cordero is a single author collection of short stories featuring Introduction, Pussycat Tails, Holiday Happiness, Not Alone, I Swear That Raccoon Just Knocked on the Door, Stormy Weather, A Mother’s Love, More Than a Friend, The Meeting, The Vacation and a special bonus section.

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A Chaunce of Riches by Chelle Cordero – NEW Print & Audio Editions

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A Chaunce of Riches  by Chelle Cordero is now available as an AUDIOBOOK on Audible, iTunes, and on Amazon! Also in All Ebook Formats and Print Editions.

A Chaunce of Riches

by Chelle Cordero

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. Damn it all, he still wanted her. Samantha Chaunce never thought she would have to explain why she married the rich man instead of Ben. Or that her husband had been murdered…and Ben was the prime suspect.



LAS Reviewer – originally published on Long and Short Reviews

Nothing is simple in the complex tale of love, danger, and this shared, almost-mourned, past. …the two main characters are both strong, edgy people, and their history together creates a rather unusual relationship between the two. There is anger, resentment, yet, somehow, there is an enduring trust that becomes more and more important in the face of danger.

The very focused plot keeps us madly turning the pages, right to the very end. Yet, it’s the romantic in us that is waiting, and so hoping, that they are both the people we think they are…that somehow, out of all this emotional clutter, disaster and more, they can find their way to true feeling. The story is simply super on all counts. Mark A Chaunce of Riches a Must-Read.

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Malcolm R. Campbell Brings Back Jock Stewart



Warm up your winter chill with Jock Stewart and the Missing Sea of Fire

by Malcolm R. Campbell

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Mainstream humor with a dash of mystery… A throwback to Hollywood’s film noir reporters, Jock Stewart is out of touch with the looming world of digital journalism.

While he goes out of his way to mock those in authority by pretending to kowtow to them, he admits he does his best work by “being an asshole. A mix of Don Rickles and Don Quixote, Stewart is the man for the job when the skirts are up and the chips are down…

Hard-boiled reporter Jock Stewart wakes up on the morning after the Star-Gazer office party with a hangover and an old flame in his bed and he cuddles up with the mayor’s wife in the back seat of a 1953 Desoto. Between these defining moments, he investigates the theft of the mayor’s race horse Sea of Fire and the murder of his publisher’s girl friend, Bambi Hill.

Stewart discovers the truth for his news stories via an interview style based on lies, pretense and audacious behavior…


Small town hi-jinks delivered with healthy doses of sarcasm and wit.  Jock Stewart is like Guy Noir freed from the confines of public radio.  A must-read for anyone who likes their sleuths hard-boiled, their women salty, and their plots with as many twists and turns as a plate of the Purple Platter Diner’s spaghetti. ~ Nancy Whitney-Reiter




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The Many Faces of Chelle Cordero

Short Story Collection, Volume 1

The Many Faces of Chelle Cordero is a single author collection of short stories featuring Introduction, Pussycat Tails, Holiday Happiness, Not Alone, I Swear That Raccoon Just Knocked on the Door, Stormy Weather, A Mother’s Love, More Than a Friend, The Meeting, and The Vacation.

Something for everyone… humor, drama, passion, suspense, and more! Chelle Cordero’s first short story collection gives the reader a glimpse into her writer’s mind, with humor, poignancy, love, suspense, and more with these nine short stories.

Narrated and Produced by Wendy Tremont King 

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Pussycat Tales

You never really own a cat, but they do rule the household.

Holiday Happiness

Flashy gifts can come with hefty price-tags, but it’s the memories that are priceless.

Not Alone

Sometimes forgiveness seems impossible, but then so is turning your back on a friend.

I Swear That Raccoon Just Knocked on the Door

Take one city girl and send her camping in the woods for a tale of humor and triumph.

Stormy Weather

The ominous skies and howling winds of a hurricane lead to an unexpected and warmhearted friendship.

A Mother’s Love

When her child is hurt, there isn’t anything a mother wouldn’t do to make it better.

More Than a Friend

Best friends become lovers and share a lifetime together.

The Meeting

From a random meeting in the south during WW2 to a marriage and love that lasts for an eternity.

The Vacation

An erotic respite was just what she needed, the man who delivered was what she wanted.


Nice variety of short stories!  Chelle Cordero really knows her cats, or should I say the cats who own her. And The Meeting is sweet, tender, and a true love story.    ~Marta Gruenwald




Meeting Voice Actress Wendy Tremont King

Hi everyone, I am honored to have a visit today from Wendy Tremont King – Wendy is the narrator for my collection of short stories The Many Faces of Chelle Cordero coming SOON in audio…


Wendy Tremont King is the self-proclaimed Chief of Laugh at Studiotozzi, her sound studio near the Giants ballpark in San Francisco, where she produces audiobooks and corporate/medical long format narration. Wendy is a proud dues-paying member of the Screen Actors Guild and a reader for the SAG Foundation BookPals literacy program. Wendy enjoys listening to audiobooks while sewing, knitting or riding her road bike on the fabulous hills of the San Francisco Bay Area. She is currently stitching hand puppets for the Allentown Art Festival in Buffalo NY next summer and listening to GRAMERCY PARK by Paula Cohen narrated by Alyssa Bresnahan.

1)     What made you decide to become a voice-over actress? What special training did it take?

 I was transitioning from working as a puppeteer to a stage actor.  It was a tough transition working from behind a puppet to being a human on stage so voice acting fit more comfortably.  I spent some time in London studying voice and after I returned, continued to study with a voice coach and took commercial voice acting classes.  As a sort of vocal workout I volunteered at The Lighthouse for the Blind in San Francisco, broadcasting three times weekly including a live audiobook program.  For the next 7 years, I narrated books for the blind, joined the Audio Publishers Association and attended their annual conferences and workshops and most important, listened to award winning book narrators… until I felt ready.  I’m not exactly what you would call ‘a quick study’. 

2)     What did you want to be growing up? Do you work at another career as well and was that career your original plans? How are the 2 careers/goals alike or connected?

 When I was a girl I loved needlework and sewing.  I made kookie clothes for myself and wanted to be a fashion designer.  But I was also good at math and science and went on to get a degree in electrical and computer engineering.  I worked as an engineer in Silicon Valley in the 80s and in the 90s started freelancing as a database developer which gave me time to work as a puppeteer and later as a voice actor.  The engineering background made it quite easy for me to learn the ropes with audio production equipment and software as well as project management.  So I’m grateful for that background.  But now I happily work full time as a narrator and spend my free time sewing while listening to audiobooks. 

3)     At a party, how do you answer folks who ask what you do for a living? What is the most common reaction?

I say I’m a book narrator and most often someone will say, “Oh, you mean like books on tape?” quickly followed by a sympathetic look the likes you might give to someone who still types on a manual typewriter and has to hand crank their car windows up and down. 

4)      Do you do your voice overs in a home office/studio? If so, what kind of equipment and special provisions does it take? Did you always work out of a home studio?

When I first started out in voice over, I recorded medical transcription and books for the blind in my closet at my apartment which was ridiculous considering the number of hours required for that type of “long format narration”.  I had to work around all sorts of noise including the extra-curricular activities of my neighbors downstairs.  It took a great deal of searching to find the right place but finally, luck came my way and I had a modest studio built in an artist’s collective in a converted warehouse near the newly built San Francisco Giants ballpark.  I had the floor floated to cut down vibration and contracted a custom-built sound booth.  It’s a very comfortable place to work and I’ve been lucky to have it.  Unfortunately, the location has become increasingly desirable and the collective is losing its lease at the end of 2015.  So it’s time to start looking for my next location and I’m thinking more along the lines of a rural setting. 

5)      Do you live in a city – suburbs – rural community? Which do you prefer? Have you traveled and visited any far-away places you would love to live in now?

In the last year I have spent time in western New York, where I grew up, helping to take care of my mother, who has been ill.  It’s been a difficult time but after 30 years in California, I’m enjoying the seasons and a slower pace.  Sweet corn and apples direct from the farm.  Housing prices that don’t make you snort organic grass fed milk out your nose.  I love California, don’t get me wrong, but I’m enchanted with western New York and thinking seriously about quieting things down in my life and returning to my roots.  I have visions of a studio with a view of the lake or maybe the Hudson River, a train ride away from NYC… wherever it will be, the main criteria is a peaceful place to work.  Once it’s built I hope you will come and visit! 

6)      Do you sing in the shower? What is your favorite song to sing? What is your favorite kind of music to listen to?

 My mother’s sister was an opera singer and my mother herself sang in some impressive choirs including one for David Brubeck.  My Dad remembers the lyrics to an encyclopedia of songs and sings them shamelessly whenever he hears the slightest reference.  Several people have endorsed me on Linked-In for Singing which, to me, is amusing because I absolutely did not receive the singing gene.  Whenever I have to sing a verse in an audiobook, I have to spend a great deal of time on it and cringe to have to hear it.

7)     When you are reading just for reading enjoyment, do you find yourself reading out loud? When you watch movies or TV shows do you try to mimic the voices your hear?

 I’ve always been a slow reader.  I think it is because I read out loud in my head.  I hear the words as I read them silently to myself.  I imagine this has something to do with auditory learning or some such thing.  With regard to dialect and vocal traits… I listen to people in airports and other crowded places.  I even carry around a little hand held recorder and catch snippets.  I studied the transcription of dialects and that helps a great deal as well as the many dialect resources online.  Dialects and vocal variety is a handy arsenal for a narrator but the voice for a character comes from the writer.  I take careful notes about each character; what they look like, their age, where they are from and under what circumstances they appear in the book, what motivates them and very telling… what they say about themselves. The actor’s job is to get to know the characters as true to the author’s intent as possible. There are a lot of characters in Many Faces but I didn’t have to worry so much about them all being in the same scene together so it was a little bit more forgiving than a novel full of characters.

8)     How do you feel about public speaking, especially if it is impromptu? Do family or friends often ask you to do public readings for a group, make toasts, or give a speech?

I love public speaking so much that I participated in the SFMOMA special program titled SCULPTURE L.A. in conjunction with the Muistardeaux Collective.  It involved training at the Marina Abromavic Institute West, in the delivery of improvisational lectures.  The performances were given on Thursday evenings for a series of weeks.  Each of us was given the title of a future exhibition one minute before standing up before a roaming audience.  Standing on a small platform without props or supporting materials each of us, in our designated locations of the museum, delivered a 45 minute improvised fictional lecture on the subject followed by a 15 minute Q&A.  You can read about it here.

9)      I know that you’ve read all kinds of works – novels, short stories, documents… How did you feel about reading the variety of stories in Many Faces? Did you have a favorite story?

 The variety of voices in Many Faces made it a really fun project filled with heartbreak and joy.  The Vacation even steamed up the window in the sound booth!  Each story resonated with some memory or part of my life.  I Swear That Raccoon Just Knocked on my Door reminded me of my own girl-time camping experiences at Letchworth State Park.  I don’t recall a raccoon knocking on the cabin door but they sure did visit.  A Mother’s Love really touched me because I had been taking care of my mother while working on the stories.  But my favorite story to narrate was The Meeting because I’m a sucker for true romance. 

10)  Giving Thanks

I know that writing can be a very solitary activity, as is narration.  I love working on books because it connects me collaboratively with another artist and his/her work.  Thank you for trusting me with your stories.  I know it sounds cliché but it really it is an honor to work with you.

Wendy, thanks so much for joining me today AND for working on Many Faces – From what I’ve heard so far you’ve really made my stories sound great!

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Last Chance- Enter the Anniversary Celebration Giveaway

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My husband and I celebrated our 38th wedding anniversary on Saturday December 28! That put me in a real good mood so I’m going to celebrate by giving YOU presents.
…I want to ask you for a favor; my publisher wants us to give interviews and I need questions. Please think of a writing related question you want me, Author Chelle Cordero, to answer and then post it on my Facebook page (if you haven’t already you will have to “LIKE” the page)
I’ll choose up to 10 questions to answer in a blog on Wednesday, January 8. I will give each person whose question I choose a gift – either a FREE downloadable audio book or an e-book from Smashwords (randomly chosen). Last day to submit a question is Sunday, January 5, 2014.
Here’s a list of prizes: (1 each) audio books of Bartlett’s RuleHostage Heart; & Courage of the Heart; and e-books of A Chaunce of RichesCommonBond, Tangled HeartsHis Lucky Charm; & (4) The Many Faces of ChelleCordero.

It’s simple – LIKE my Facebook Author page, post an author interview question, and read my responses on January 8 on The Potpourri Parlor (here), my Facebook page, my blog  and my website.