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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?”

…and the winners are

We have winners!

Thank you to EVERY ONE who entered – I hope you had
as much fun as I did reading all of the entries.

1st place ~ Jayne R
2nd place ~ Roberta S
3rd place ~ Jean K
4th place ~ Jayne P

btw, the best score was 11 out of 13

to the winners, I have your email addresses and 
will be sending you your prizes shortly

Yay! A Contest

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Yay! A Contest!

What’s the prize? What can you win? I’m giving away up to FOUR prizes, two audio books and two e-books.

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The GRAND PRIZE will be an audio-book download  from Audible.com of either Final Sin or Courage of the Heart (winner’s choice); 2nd prize will be the other audio-book; 3rd prize will be an e-book of either Final Sin or Courage of the Heart (winner’s choice); 4th prize will be the other e-book.

What do you have to do to be eligible to win these prizes? It’s easy!

There are thirteen questions below – answer as many as you can and email your responses to me via email to ChelleCordero@gmail.com by midnight (EST) Monday July 22. The MOST correct answers wins the top prize and so on – all ties will be broken by random selection. DO NOT PUT YOUR ANSWERS ON THIS BLOG.

Now just in case you’re worried about answering these questions correctly, here’s a HUGE hint – ALL the answers can be found on one (or more) of these pages:   http://chellecordero.com/media/  or  http://www.vanillaheartbooksandauthors.com/Chelle_Cordero.php  or  http://chellecordero.blogspot.com/

Good Luck!

1)    Final Sin won Honorable Mention in WHICH category of the 2010 NY Book Festival?  [____________________]

2)    When did Chelle Cordero join Vanilla Heart Publishing? [____________________]

3)    In Final Sin, what is Jake Carlson’s job title? [____________________]

4)    His Lucky Charm was previously released under a different title, what was it? [____________________]

5)    What is the name of Chelle’s weekly workshop from Amazon for Kindle subscribers? [____________________]

6)    Name any story in the Single Author Short Story Collection The Many Faces of Chelle Cordero. [____________________]

7)    Who has a love affair in Bartlett’s Rule? [____________________]

8)    Which Chelle Cordero novel’s book cover features a staircase? [____________________]

9)    What does “Hyphema” mean? [____________________]

10)                       Name one of Chelle Cordero’s novels that features a heart on the front cover. [____________________]

11)                       What is the name of the publisher who published 9 Chelle Cordero novels? [____________________]

12)                       Which book is a 2009 Pushcart Prize nominee? [____________________]

13)                       What does Chelle combine in her writing? [____________________]

VHP Hot Summer Contest 2013


Vanilla Heart Publishing is looking for a few more great authors, and we’re sponsoring a contest to find them.

We’re looking for novels in each of the following genres: mystery, suspense, and historical. Full manuscripts will be requested from the authors of the top three contest submissions in each genre. The winning manuscript in each genre as decided by our panel of three judges will be awarded a standard VHP contract.


Contest opens to submissions 12:01 a.m. on June 1, 2013, and will remain open until 12:00 p.m. September 15, 2013. Submissions received before or after these dates will not be considered.

Contest is open to both published and unpublished writers, however, the manuscript submitted must not have been previously published in any format, including self-publishing venues and blogs.

Novels must be complete, and be between 45,000–95,000 words. Submissions short or longer than this will not be considered.

Submission must include only the first three chapters and the final chapter of your manuscript.

Submissions must be in 12-point Times New Roman or Courier Font only .

Submission must also include cover sheet with the following and only the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your pen name, if you have one
  • Genre of your submission/manuscript: mystery, suspense, or historical only. Other genres will not be considered.
  • Working title of your manuscript
  • Total word count of your full manuscript
  • Total word count of your submission
  • Your e-mail address
  • Where we can find you on the Web (Website, blog, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) with URLs or other direct links.


Submissions will be accepted via email only. Email submissions to:

We will select three full manuscripts from each genre by October 25, 2013. If your submission is not selected, you will be notified by this date.

Do NOT submit full manuscript unless requested to do so. Submitting full manuscript if not requested will automatically disqualify entry from contest.

Winning authors and book titles will be announced on the Vanilla Heart Publishing Website on November 25, 2013, after winning authors are notified and under contract, with publications dates and author pages on the VHP Website are completed.

We reserve the right not to declare a winner in one or more genres if none of the submitted manuscripts meet our publishing standards.

The decision of the judges is final. Do not email us questioning why your submission was not selected; such emails will not be answered.