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Bartlett’s Rule

Yesterday fellow author Richard W. Paterson and I co-hosted a writing workshop in our local community. It was a fascinating and enriching discussion where we covered several topics. We were so impressed with
the range of questions and experience of all of the participants.

One of the topics we discussed was “How important is the book-cover?”

I showed them two different covers for my novel Bartlett’s Rule

  The original

    The revised

The first run of Bartlett’s Rule displayed the first, darker cover which gave
the impression that it was a young couple (mainly due to the man’s jaw line).

However  the subject matter of the novel involved a rape survivor and the aftermath the rape had on her future relationships, and some of the language and sexual scenes were certainly explicit. (The rape took place prior to the story’s opening). Unfortunately the original cover was often mistaken as a YA theme and so it was quickly changed.

The revised cover of Bartlett’s Rule proved to be more attractive to an
older readership and the book received several favorable reviews.

Ironically many moms felt the book touched on a subject important
enough that several even passed it along to their teen-age daughters to
read and discuss.

So what is YOUR opinion about how
important a book-cover design is?


Bartlett’s Rule is available on
Amazon in Print, Kindle or Audiobook
Barnes&Noble in Paperback or NookBook
Smashwords in multiple E-Book formats
and other online retailers & libraries

I’m participating in Brenda Novak’s 10th Anniversary Online Auction for Diabetes Research – the auction runs through May and there are LOTS of terrific items being auctioned off; proceeds go to The Diabetes Research Institute.

An audio copy of Bartlett’s Rule is being auctioned off. 

Bartlett's Rule by Chelle Cordero

Bartlett’s Rule by Chelle Cordero

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.

At the conclusion of the auction, Chelle will send the winner the code
to download the book to the device or computer of their choice directly from


Malcolm Campbell’s review  of Bartlett’s Rule

5 star review
At first glance, Paige Andrews’ approach to celebrity writer and celebrated womanizer Lon Bartlett is reminiscent of a child’s first day at the beach, a child who runs down to the incoming waves only to run back to the safety of the dunes beyond the water’s reach, and then again, and then again. Indeed, she desperately wants her evolving relationship to be as spontaneous and carefree as first love.But in looking closer, as both lovers and mad men are apt to do, Lon sees that behind Paige’s engaging smile lie painful memories of man named Hal who raped her and all but took away her ability to get close to anyone again. Lon’s best intentions trigger Paige’s worst fears.

“Bartlett’s Rule” is an easy-to-read novel about difficult-to-resolve issues for rape survivors and the prospective significant others in their lives. For Paige and Lon, sorting out the boundaries of trust and the limits of patience is a treacherous undertaking because they are very much in the public eye and because Hal’s arrogant needs are not yet satisfied.

Unfortunately, Paige’s dysfunctional family is also not out of sight and out of mind, providing additional twists and turns in the plot to keep readers guessing about choices and outcomes until the last page.

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