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Touch of Love

Short Story Collection

 by Chelle Cordero

 

An Empty House: You never know what tomorrow will bring. This is a personal essay about coping with and moving on with the “New Normal”. 

The Lost Love: Rejected for her Mexican heritage by the teen-age boy she had a crush on, Lindsay put it behind her. So how come, when they wind up at the same college years later, Lindsay can’t get over her anger at the humiliation? And will Brad ever forgive himself for his callous behavior?

The Dead Guy in the Park: An almost end-of-shift call leads a paramedic and her partner to a dead guy in the park. All she has to do is pronounce him so that the coroner can come get the body. What could possibly go wrong?
*includes a bonus Spanish edition El Difunto del Parque translated by Marianna Carranza

Rekindled: Cynthia and Daniel were college sweethearts torn apart by tragedy. A lifetime later they bump into each other again — Is this their second chance at love?

 A Date with Mistletoe: Sometimes you find that it’s the “Unanswered Prayers” that are the best things to ever happen. When confronted by the man of yesterday alongside the man who means the world to her, there is no doubt in Rachel’s mind that she has the best.

 He is My Brother…: Who can help save the life of a beloved family member? Prayers, hopes and a personal plea for help.

Always, One More Time: Disowned by her parents because of an interracial love affair, Callie Sanders is left alone to raise her son after his father, Jimmy Bernerd, dies fighting in a war on the other side of the world. Desperate to give her son a family she goes to the Bernerd household — what she finds is a second chance at love, acceptance, and family.

 


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Author Chelle Cordero

Chelle Cordero writes stories of Passion and Suspense. Vanilla Heart Publishing has published eleven 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.

Chelle Cordero maintains an author’s blog at http://chellecordero.blogspot.com/, and a promotional blog at https://ccepotourri.wordpress.com/. Her website http://ChelleCordero.com offers information on all of her books and her appearances. Bloggers and the media are welcome to visit Chelle’s media room at http://chellecordero.com/media/ with downloadable photos and other information.

Be sure to LIKE Chelle’s FaceBook page at https://www.facebook.com/AuthorChelleCordero and follow her on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ChelleCordero. You can email Chelle at ChelleCordero(at)gmail.com.

Chelle lives in the northeast with her husband, Mark, and family. They have two adult offspring. Jenni 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 as a (former) NYS Emergency Medical Technician (First Responder News).

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Final Sin in English, Spanish & German

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Deputy Sherriff 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…

Reviews:

Fantastic scary suspense from Chelle Cordero! The detailed and completely believable storyline is a page turner from the very beginning. ~ Bradley Jameson

Loved this book. I couldn’t put it down once I had the chance to dive into it. The imagery was impeccable, characters were strong, and it had a great plot. If I could give it six stars, I would. Great job, Chelle ~ Jerrid Edgington

Chelle Cordero strikes a winning combination of romance and suspense in this medical crime thriller. Detailed research and characterizations coupled with a break-neck pace create a hard-to-put-down-read. ~ Kathy Dianne-Leveille

About the Author:

Chelle Cordero writes stories of Passion and Suspense. Vanilla Heart Publishing has published ten Cordero novels and a short-story collection: 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. VHP just published The Many Faces of Chelle Cordero featuring several short stories which attest to Chelle’s unique range of writing abilities. 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.

About the Spanish Translator:

mariana-sanchez-carranza Mariana Sánchez Carranza – Traductora mexicana, licenciada en idiomas con especialización en traducción e interpretación por el Centro Universitario Angloamericano. Ha participado en talleres de traducción literaria impartidos por la OMT (Organización Mexicana de Traductores) de la cual es miembro y la ATA (American Translators Association).

About the German Translator:

germ-translator Katharina Klamt ist Übersetzerin und versucht sich in ihrer Freizeit an der Schriftstellerei. Ihr erster Roman soll 2016 fertig werden, aber sie wird stets von Kurzgeschichten abgelenkt. Ihre Karriere als Übersetzerin begann in der Videospielindustrie, in der sie ihre Leidenschaft für Videospiele mit ihrer Liebe zur Sprache verbinden konnte. Wenn Katharina nicht gerade ohne Vorlagen Figuren von fragwürdiger Qualität häkelt, spielt sie gerne RPGs und Strategiespiele oder liest, besonders Fantasy, Thriller und humorvolle Bücher.

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El Último Pecado  El Ayudante del Alguacil, el Comandante Jake Carson está a manos llenas… la investigación de un homicidio múltiple brutal, un hijo lleno de problemas y una exesposa rencorosa. Conoce a la joven paramédica de espíritu libre Julie Jennings. Cuando Julie se convierte en el objeto de una obsesión, ambos estarán en peligro…

Die Letzte Sünde Deputy Sheriff Commander Jake Carlson hat alle Hände voll zu tun … er ermittelt in einem brutalen Mehrfachmord, sein Sohn hat Probleme in der Schule und er selbst hat eine rachsüchtige Exfrau am Hals. Er trifft die junge, freigeistige Notfallsanitäterin Julie Jennings. Als Julie zum Objekt einer Obsession wird, schweben sie beide in Gefahr …

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Die Letzte
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Die Letzte Sünde
von Chelle Cordero
Deputy Sheriff Commander Jake Carlson hat alle Hände voll zu tun … er ermittelt in
einem brutalen Mehrfachmord, sein Sohn hat Probleme in der Schule und er selbst
hat eine rachsüchtige Exfrau am Hals. Er trifft die junge, freigeistige
Notfallsanitäterin Julie Jennings. Als Julie zum Objekt einer Obsession wird,
schweben sie beide in Gefahr …
Für Matt und Julie hatte ihr Dienst begonnen wie viele andere. Sie wurden zu einem kleineren
Verkehrsunfall gerufen, zu jemandem mit Schmerzen in der Brust und zu einem
Krebspatienten, der zur Behandlung ins Krankenhaus musste. Viele der
Gemeinschaften im Norden des Staates New York hatten Notfalldienste unter
Vertrag, um dem bestehenden Rettungsdienst unter die Arme zu greifen und auf
medizinische Notfälle zu reagieren. Ob bezahlt oder nicht, der qualifizierte
Dienst schickte immer Rettungsassistenten, die mit den meisten Notfällen
umgehen konnten. Wenn die Notfallsanitäter ausgesandt wurden, machten ein
weiteres Paar Hände und Infusionen oft den kritischen Unterschied.
Dieser Notruf kam über Funk für ein Brandopfer, also war keiner der Polizisten,
Feuerwehrmänner, ehrenamtlichen Rettungshelfer oder Sanitäter darauf
vorbereitet, was sie in diesem abgelegenen Werkzeugschuppen vorfanden. Von
außen wirkte das ergraute Holz friedlich genug, und das eine kleine Fenster war
schmutzverkrustet. Julie dachte nicht, dass sie unter normalen Umständen den
Schuppen eines zweiten Blickes gewürdigt hätte. Aber das hier war alles andere
als normal. Niemand hatte mit der Horrorszene im Inneren gerechnet.
REVIEW (English
Edition)
Cordero Delivers!
Chelle Cordero strikes a winning combination of romance and suspense in this medical crime
thriller. Detailed research and characterizations coupled with a break-neck
pace create a hard-to-put-down-read.
 Kathy-Diane Leveille

 

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Chelle Cordero schreibt Geschichten voller Leidenschaft und Spannung. Vanilla Heart Publishing hat neun Cordero-Romane veröffentlicht: „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” und „Hyphema”. Sie arbeitet derzeit an ihrem zehnten Roman und verspricht ein weiteres, actionreiches
Abenteuer und eine herzerwärmende Liebesgeschichte. Chelle hat den Großteil ihres Erwachsenenlebens sowohl Romane als auch Sachbücher geschrieben und arbeitet seit Beginn 2008 mit Vanilla Heart Publishing zusammen.
Ihre Bücher haben viel Beifall erhalten, unter anderem: „Bartlett’s Rule“ zählte zu Carolyn Howard-Johnsons zehn besten Büchern 2009, „Final Sin“ war unter den ehrenhaften Erwähnungen in der Romankategorie des NY Buchfestivals 2010 und wurde für den Pushcart-Preis 2009 nominiert. „Hyphema“ gewann am 9. Dezember 2011 die Abstimmung zum besten Bucheinband auf der „Shades of Love“-Webseite, „A Chaunce of Riches“ gewann den D. Renee Bagby-Leserpreis für das beste erste Kapitel im
April 2010 und „Hostage Heart“, „Final Sin“ und „A Chaunce or Riches“ erreichten die Top Zehn in der „Preditors‘ and Readers‘“-Umfrage 2009. Chelle war auch unter den „50 großartigen Autoren, die man gelesen haben sollte“ 2010, herausgegeben von The Author’s Show.
Chelle Cordero unterhält einen Autorenblog auf http://chellecordero.blogspot.com/ und einen
Werbeblog auf
https://ccepotourri.wordpress.com. Ihre Webseite http://ChelleCordero.com bietet Informationen zu all ihren Büchern und Auftritten. Blogger und die Presse sind jederzeit in Chelles Medienzimmer auf http://chellecordero.com/media/ willkommen, in dem herunterladbare Fotos und andere Informationen zur Verfügung stehen.
Chelle lebt mit ihrem Ehemann Mark und ihrer Familie im Nordosten der USA. Sie haben zwei
erwachsene Kinder: Jenni (& Jason) und Marc (& Trish). Sie teilen ihr Heim mit drei schelmischen und verwöhnten Katzen, von denen eine Chelles Schreibtisch zu ihrem Stammplatz auserkoren hat. Chelle ist als freiberufliche Journalistin für mehrere Publikationen tätig – ihre Artikel erscheinen regelmäßig in Nordamerika und sie schreibt als eine Rettungssanitäterin im Staat New York eine monatliche Kolumne zu Themen der Rettungsdienste im Staat New York in den „First Responder News“.
  
Translator for the German Editions
Katharina Klamt
Katharina ist Übersetzerin und versucht sich in ihrer Freizeit an der
Schriftstellerei. Ihr erster Roman soll 2016 fertig werden, aber sie wird stets
von Kurzgeschichten abgelenkt. Ihre Karriere als Übersetzerin begann in der
Videospielindustrie, in der sie ihre Leidenschaft für Videospiele mit ihrer
Liebe zur Sprache verbinden konnte. Wenn Katharina nicht gerade ohne Vorlagen
Figuren von fragwürdiger Qualität häkelt, spielt sie gerne RPGs und
Strategiespiele oder liest, besonders Fantasy, Thriller und humorvolle Bücher.
Katharina is a translator and aspiring writer, currently attempting to
finish her first novel but constantly distracted with short stories. Her career
as a translator started in the video games industry where she could combine her
passion of gaming with her love for language. When Katharina’s not busy messing
up crochet figures without patterns, she enjoys playing RPGs and strategy games
or reading, especially fantasy, thrillers and humorous books.

 

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Book Review: Hyphema by Chelle Cordero

I read the book ‘Hyphema’ in one stretch. Very well researched and well written. The element of suspense was maintained throughout. I liked it very much. Great work.” ~ NS (5/11/2016)

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Hyphema won the Dec 9, 2011 Friday Book Cover Vote on the
Shades of Love
 website & was recommended in the book
Summer Reading: 2012 Blue Ribbon Selection published by the
Ewen Prime Co.   EMSWorld posted about both of
Chelle’s EMS novels Final Sin & Hyphema
.

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This is my first book by this author and I would read another one of her stories.

This is Matt, Sudah and Raja’s story. Matt is white and his wife is Pakistani. Matt is a paramedic. Sudah is a stay-at-home mum who takes care of their son, Aden, but she wants to finish her education.

The story is told mainly from Matt’s perspective and you can feel the love he has for his wife. Sudah appears to love her husband. She is a Muslim and very traditional in the way she treats Matt. She is very subservient to him although he does not require this from her.

Sudah asks her husband if her cousin can come from Pakistani and live in their home with them so she can go back to school. Matt knows in his heart this is a mistake but because he loves his wife he says yes. Raja brings trouble to their happy marriage.

In the meantime there is a deranged man seeking revenge against Matt. Every harassing activity perpetrated against Matt and his family makes everyone believe these events are happening because Sudah is a Pakistani and a Muslim; but nothing could be further from the truth.

I read the book in one sitting; it was a page turner and I had to discover what happened in the end. I found the story to be an emotional roller-coaster ride because I did not believe that Sudah’s love for Matt was as deep and as unconditional as Matt’s love was for her. Even though there is a happy ending, I could not enjoy it because I thought Matt had been short changed by Sudah’s lack of trust in him. She believed Raja over her husband who had never given her any cause to ever doubt him. I was cheering for team Matt.

What would have made this book a better read for me was to hear the story from Sudah’s perspective, as well, because it was very difficult to understand her reasoning at times.

Definitely worth a read.

-Reviewed by Marcia  (from Romance Novels in Color  1/4/2016)

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What else has been said about Hyphema?

In Hyphema, author Chelle Cordero meets headlong a number of real problems facing her characters. She doesn’t sugar-coat cultural differences and prejudice. The series of incidents and the deaths faced by Matt and Sudah cause them to face these problems and gives the love story a depth well-done.” —Janet Lane Walters

Ms. Cordero tackles such amazingly current topics-hate, prejudice, fear of the different, with such enjoyable, suspenseful, and well-researched background, that this reader will be following her closely to see what she writes next. Each medical scene resonates with reality, and each chapter flows into the next with a flutter in the pit of the stomach for what is coming, as well as what has been.” —Brian Davidson

I sat down to read Hyphema late one night. I thought I would start it, read for about thirty minutes and then go to sleep; instead, I stayed up till almost four in the morning reading it. Immediately immersed in the story, the tension never let up enough for me to even consider putting it down and coming back to it later.

Matt is an air ambulance EMT, a flight medic. He has just moved his son, and his Pakistani wife, to a small town in North Carolina from New York so he could have this job. The job is his dream job and Sudah, his wife, couldn’t be more supportive. She is patient, caring and so obviously in love with Matt and their son that it just spills over onto the page. She’s the kind of person I’d like to have for a neighbor, but not everyone, even within the circle of Matt’s work buddies and their wives feel that way, but Sudah handles the anger and prejudice with grace and softly spoken words meant to soften hearts and break down the walls of misunderstanding.

On one particularly heartbreaking call, Matt and his team are dispatched to a motor vehicle accident involving an SUV that had rolled over. The mother was unconscious, trapped in the car and her toddler son was bloody, unresponsive and pinned in the back in his car seat. To get to him they had to get the mother out.

Knowing there was no time to wait for fire trucks and ambulances Matt and his team pry open the car door and get the mother out, but when they get to the little boy, they realize he is dead. Wanting to be able to tell the mother when she regains consciousness that they had done everything possible to save her son, Matt opens IVs wide and begins CPR on the boys still warm body, handing the CPR off to an EMT on board Matt goes to work on the mother, trying to stabilize her condition. Even though the team does everything they can the little boy is pronounced DOA at the hospital. His devastated father comes into the ER and discovers that his son is dead when he wasn’t even supposed to be with his wife, her sister was supposed to be babysitting. Overcome with grief he screams how he’ll make everyone pay.

Life for Sudah is difficult at times, even though she is a happy person with an optimistic attitude. People won’t talk to her and sometimes call her names. Her own parents will not even recognize her marriage because it is a Muslim/Christian marriage. This is extremely hard on Sudah because she loves and misses her parents, but it becomes especially hard when they refuse to even accept a picture of their grandson because they view him as illegitimate.

Sudah becomes the victim of apparent hate crimes; a rock is thrown through their window when she is home alone with a message that appears to relate to 9/11 on it. Another note is found taped to the house after the family had been away, every time they report the incidents and every time they police act as though there is simply little to nothing to do. After one particularly frightening incident the police even threaten to arrest Matt for filing a false report because they think he is making it up to make the police look bad – a task they are managing quite well on their own.

Matt and Sudah face obstacles that severely test their relationship and their marriage. I do not want to go into anymore of the specifics here, but while Matt and Sudah’s relationship plays an important role in the book, the story is much more of an extremely well written thriller and I definitely recommend reading it.” — Tracy Riva

Chelle Cordero tackles a difficult subject this time in her latest release HYPHEMA: bleeding in the eye caused by trauma. A mystery thriller with love, prejudice, and first responders makes HYPHEMA a must read in this climate where compassion and understanding will lead toward peace.

Writing from years of experience as a first responder, Ms Cordero paints an accurate, thrilling story of the lives of flight medics in North Carolina.

Matt Garratti brings his wife, Pakistani born Sudah and their baby son to begin a new life. Before long, Matt wonders if he is bringing his family into a nightmare from which they may never wake.” — Charmaine Gordon

¡La espera terminó! El Último Pecado por Chelle Cordero

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 El Último Pecado

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El Ayudante del Alguacil, Jake Carson, está a manos llenas… la investigación de un homicidio múltiple brutal, un hijo lleno de problemas y una exesposa rencorosa. Conoce a la joven paramédica de espíritu libre Julie Jennings. Cuando Julie se convierte en el objeto de una obsesión, ambos estarán en peligro…

Para Matt y Julie, su turno en el trabajo había empezado como cualquier otro. Recibieron una llamada por un pequeño accidente vehicular, otra por dolor en el pecho y una más por un paciente con cáncer que debía ir al hospital para recibir su tratamiento. Muchas de las comunidades al norte del estado de Nueva York habían contratado los servicios de los paramédicos para complementar el cuerpo de ambulancia que ya tenían para proveer servicios médicos de emergencia. Ya sea de manera voluntaria o no, el cuerpo certificado siempre respondía con los Técnicos Médicos de Emergencia que eran capaces de manejar la mayoría de las emergencias. Cuando también enviaban a los paramédicos, los medicamentos intravenosos y las manos adicionales seguido podían ayudar a hacer una diferencia crítica cuando era necesario.

Esta llamada la habían recibido por la radio por una víctima quemada, así que ninguno de los policías, bomberos, los voluntarios de la ambulancia ni los paramédicos que habían acudido estaban preparados para lo que encontraron cuando llegaron al aislado cobertizo de herramientas. Desde afuera, la madera gris se veía tranquila, y la única ventanita estaba cubierta por tierra. No creyó haberle dado una segunda mirada al cobertizo bajo circunstancias comunes. Pero esto no era nada común. Nadie hubiera anticipado el horror que había ocurrido dentro.

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El Ayudante del Alguacil, el Comandante Jake Carson está a manos llenas… la investigación de un homicidio múltiple brutal, un hijo lleno de problemas y una exesposa rencorosa. Conoce a la joven paramédica de espíritu libre Julie Jennings. Cuando Julie se convierte en el objeto de una obsesión, ambos estarán en peligro…

Final Sin 
by Chelle Cordero

Deputy Sherriff 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…

REVIEW (English Edition)
Cordero Delivers!
 Chelle Cordero strikes a winning combination of romance and suspense in this medical crime thriller. Detailed research and characterizations coupled with a break-neck pace create a hard-to-put-down-read.   ~ Kathy-Diane Leveille

 

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Chelle Cordero

Chelle Cordero escribe historias de pasión y suspenso. Vanilla Heart Publishing ha publicado nueve novelas de Cordero: 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; y Within the Law. Actualmente trabaja en su décima novela y promete otra historia de aventura y reconfortante amor. Chelle ha escrito libros tanto de ficción como no ficción la mayor parte de su vida adulta y ha estado con Vanilla Heart Publishing desde principios del 2008.

Sus libros han sido muy aclamados: Bartlett’s Rule fue nombrado uno de los 10 mejores libros del 2009 por of Carolyn Howard-Johnson. El último pecado tuvo Mención de Honor en la Categoría de Ficción en el Festival del Libro 2010 en Nueva York así como una nominación para el Premio Pushcart el mismo año. Hyphema ganó, el 9 de diciembre de 2011 el Friday Book Cover Vote en la página de internet Shades of Love. A Chaunce of Riches fue el ganador de  D. Renee Bagby’s readers’ choice en la categoría The Best Overall First Chapter en abril de 2010. Y Hostage Heart, Final Sin y A Chaunce of Riches han sido finalistas en los 10 mejores libros según la encuesta del 2009 de Preditors’ and Readers. Chelle también ha aparecido en “50 excelentes autores que deberías leer” de The Author´s Show en el 2010.

Chelle Cordero tiene un blog de autor en http://chellecordero.blogspot.com/, un blog promocional blog en https://ccepotourri.wordpress.com y su página de internet http://ChelleCordero.com ofrece información de todos sus libros y publicaciones. Los blogeros y medios de comunicación están invitados a visitar la sala de medios de comunicación en http://chellecordero.com/media/ con fotografías y otra información para ser descargada.

Chelle vive en el noreste del país con su esposo, Mark, y su familia. Tienen dos hijos, adultos, Jenni (y Jason) y Marc (y Trish); también viven con tres gatitos traviesos y consentidos, uno de ellos se ha instalado permanentemente en el escritorio de Chelle. Chelle es periodista autónoma de tiempo completo para varias publicaciones; sus artículos aparecen regularmente a lo largo de América del Norte y escribe una columna mensual en NYS Emergency Medical Services como NYS Emergency Medical Technician (Noticias de la Primera Respondedora)

Translator for the Spanish Editions

Mariana Sanchez Carranza

Mariana Sánchez Carranza

 Mariana Sánchez Carranza – Traductora mexicana, licenciada en idiomas con especialización en traducción e interpretación por el Centro Universitario Angloamericano. Ha participado en talleres de traducción literaria impartidos por la OMT (Organización Mexicana de Traductores) de la cual es miembro y la ATA (American Translators Association).

Mariana Sánchez Carranza – Mexican translator who has a B.A. in Languages with a specialization in Translation and Interpretation. Attendee at literary translation workshops organized by OMT (Mexican Translators Association) at the International Book Fair in Guadalajara, Jalisco and the ATA (American Translators Association).

 

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Woman in Charge: Meet Teresa A. Hamilton

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THE DISPATCHER

by Teresa A. Hamilton, Communications Specialist

You probably don’t remember me but I am the FIRST PERSON you spoke with the day you had an emergency. I apologize that I don’t remember YOU either.

Please help me remember who you are:

Did I help you do CPR on your child not breathing, or were you the one who called because your husband just hit you? Wait, maybe you are the one whose house was on fire and I instructed you to get your loved ones out of the house.

I’m sorry I asked you “so many stupid questions” like what is the address of your emergency or the phone number you are calling from in case we get disconnected. Sadly technology has not advanced to the point where TV land has. There is no magical way for me to know the answers to these questions unless YOU tell me.

Please tell me something, did your child make it? Were your physical injuries very bad and how are you and your husband doing? How bad was your house fire? I did MY best to get you the necessary help you needed in a timely fashion. I ask you these questions because I will never know the answers.

I am the first person you speak with during one of the worst days of your life. I enter all of your important information into my computer and then I send you all the right Emergency Responders to help you with your emergency. Once I finish that I never know what happened to YOU and I move on to the next emergency.

I missed having dinner with my family during the last holiday, and I didn’t see my favorite cousin get married, I couldn’t go see my favorite band last week either so I could be there in case you needed me. Even though it is hard for them, my family and friends understand that I need to be there FOR YOU and they are PROUD of what I do.

So please forgive me if I sounded rude or mean or heatless when you called, I tried my hardest not to. Sometimes it is hard for me to hide my feelings knowing I will always do my best for you but never know if my best was good enough…

I AM A DISPATCHER

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Hi, I am really pleased to introduce you to a very good friend of mine and a lady that I really respect for everything she does for her community, her family and her friends. ~ Meet Teresa Hamilton.

1)      How long have you been a dispatcher? Did you move into this spot from another position in the same company? What did it take to advance to this spot? Rockland County Sheriffs Communications Division 13 Years, Town of Haverstraw Police Department 10 years, Rockland Mobile Care 3 years

2)      Have there been any major changes in the position’s responsibilities/description since you have been in the spot? Since I began working there we have added dispatching the State Police-PIP and Haverstraw EMS, we have implemented EMD and structured call taking.

3)      What kind of education or training do you have? Was this current position a goal of yours? What were your original career goals? Education for the position has consisted of Graduating from HS and experience in public safety in addition to successfully passing the Civil Service Exam.  Training for the job has included CPR certification and APCO training, Computer Aided Dispatch(CAD).  Emergency Services has always been an interest of mine.  It started when I was little both of my parents were involved in EMS and my dad was a part time police officer with the Town of Haverstraw Police.  I have always worked in the field of Emergency Services.  My first job (on my 18th birthday) was with Hudson Valley Ambulance Service in Haverstraw NY.  I have always wanted to be a RADIO DJ and at this stage in life, I think this is going to be as close to it as I am going to get.

4)     I know you are involved in Emergency Services as a responder (and administrator?) – does this affect you as a dispatcher? Yes How? From the active responder aspect I believe I have an edge over those not currently involved.  I am acutely aware of the urgency needed, sometimes I feel I am better able to understand a request from the field under emergent tone, I know how it feels to be in the position of the first responder and understand that I am THEIR reliable source for everything they need. From the stand point of an administrator (Captain of Haverstraw EMS) I know what it is like to be responsible for the TEAM I am overseeing and working with.  Although when wearing the dispatcher headset I am not the one in command, I am the one in control.

5)   Considering the stress and things you see and hear about as a dispatcher, WHY do you do it? To have the knowledge and ability to HELP in a time of need is in my heart and soul.  As the dispatcher I am the true definition of the first first responder.  I am the first voice you hear on the worst day of your life (in some cases) and a sounding board for you when you just have to vent. The satisfaction of handling a call from start to finish and knowing in some cases that I made a difference.  However the biggest down side to this job is in many cases there is no closure.  We seldom know the outcome of the calls we take. So we don’t know if the child not breathing made it or if the person threatening to harm themselves was protected and got help.

6)   Considering the stress and things you see and hear about as a responder, WHY do you do it?   For many of the same reasons I chose the job I do, as a volunteer responder I have an opportunity first and foremost to give back to my community.  I am able to provide quality pre hospital care to the residence of North Rockland who under normal circumstances have a minimum of a 16-20 minute trip to either emergency room in Rockland County.  Should they require life saving measures (or just a band aid) I am able to help the healing process.  The difference in the 2 roles, as a responder I have the actual hands on and visual ability to render assistance and I have an opportunity to follow up for closure.  This allow me to know that I did (or in some cases did not) make a difference.

7)     What is your background in Emergency Response that brought you to these positions? Having grown up in a house that ALWAYS had a police scanner on, it always intrigued me listening to the “voice in the box”.  I was always fascinated hearing these people giving information about a stolen car or a missing person, sending multiple fire departments to a structure fire, hearing them stay so calm when a high speed police chase is occurring or people are trapped in a burning building.  Being a first responder, it was always reassuring to know there was someone able to watch my back who in reality could not see it.  I wanted to be THAT PERSON.

8)    Is there any one HIGHLIGHT of your dispatching career you would like to mention? Helping a father deliver his son over the phone.  I  Answered a 9-1-1 call and heard a frantic man on the phone (with a lot of yelling in the background) telling me his wife is having a baby.  As I tried to gather information neither he or I could understand one another due to the people in the background.  In the heat of the moment I advised him to “tell everyone in the room to shut-up or leave” and that is EXACTLY what he did.  We were able to walk thru the necessary steps to bring his FIRST BORN son into the world.  Hearing the baby cry and the excitement in his voice was AMAZING.  About 10 minutes after EMS was transporting to the hospital, the father called back asking for me.  He had forgotten to document what time his son was born and to THANK me for helping.  He apologized for not knowing what to do.  He said to me, “I’m a NYC Police officer and I am usually on the CALM side of this situation”

9)   What has been the most rewarding moment of your involvement in Dispatch and/or emergency response? There are a few moments that stand out from the rest.  3 in particular.  The first being a house explosion in the town that I live in and am Captain of the EMS agency.  What started as a report of a gas main struck in a residential neighborhood turned into a dispatch of 14 fire departments, 7 EMS agencies, 4 police agencies and a host of new stations and civilians. I dispatched the “signal 20 report of a gas main line struck by a contractor” and subsequently spent the next 5 hours either glued to a chair or pacing the floor in front of the dispatch console.  This incident involved members of service that I work hand in hand with and are not only my colleagues but my friends. NOT being there was difficult for me and to make matters worse 2 fire fighters that I know well were injured.  The “not knowing” was the hardest part.  I left work that day and responded to the scene where I spent the next 8 hours as EMS incident command.

The second was being on the radio dispatching a boating accident in the Hudson River where sadly 2 people lost their lives that night.  I was blessed having not answered the 9-1-1- call for this as my partner had the hardest part, he was on the phone with the caller who’s fiancé and best man were thrown from the boat and subsequently lost their lives.  My job that night was to provide direction and support to the 3 fire agencies, us coast guard, NYPD aviation unit and various other Emergency Service agencies trying to locate the incident.  Although not a positive ending for this call it was rewarding being able to get the help to the area for the surviving passengers in the middle of the Hudson River in the dark.

The third and last was a depressed woman who called the suicide hot line and was transferred to our 9-1-1 center.  She was not willing to tell me where she was however was able to tell me that she wanted to end her life.  She had hung up on me numerous times and persistence paid off.  I was able to “ping” her location using the awesome technology offered by the cellular phone carrier.  Followed that up by contacting the cellular phone carrier for a name and address listing for the phone owner.  On my last call to her I was able to address her by name, knew what hotel and room she was in and stayed on the phone with her until the police arrived.

10)   How does the outside world treat you as a female in this position? I have never really given much thought to how I am treated or perceived as a dispatcher or a 9-1-1 operator.  The normal question from people who only know what this job is by the way it is portrayed on TV is, “what is the worst call you have ever answered”.   Is this normally a male-dominated spot? I would have to say that this USE TO BE a male-dominated spot and even where I work it is a higher male employed job than female.  However once you “prove your ability” I think your gender does not play a role in your performance.

11)   What advice would you give to a young woman who might be looking at your type of position/career in the future? Be the Best YOU that you know how to be.  This job is not for the weak at heart or the person whose feelings get hurt easily.  You have to be able to know your limits.  I like to refer to my job as being 7 hours of boredom followed by 1 hour of sheer terror,  Although maybe a little dramatic in that description, If you are not able to multi task, or if you are very into “routine” you may not want to do this.  You need to be patient, be able to listen and sort out the important details, you have to be able to control a call while assuring to get the necessary help to the caller. Most of all I would have to tell anyone, especially a young woman looking at this position, it is the most rewarding thing I do.  Knowing at the end of the day I was there with the knowledge and ability to save a child’s life, help get the resources to a house fire in time, give information to a local police officer to put a criminal to justice or just knowing that EVERYONE WENT HOME at the end of their shift is the MOST REWARDING FEELING I have ever experienced.

guardians teri

 

 

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!

all march 2015

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.”