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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

Bartlett’s Rule

2015 BR 3D

5 star review

     Great book, really good story
posted by Anonymous

This is a story of a woman struggling with the aftereffects of rape while she falls in love. The man she loves becomes a huge support for her as he has to learn to adjust as well. Well written, very understanding. This definitely is a good book for a discussion group.

Barnes & Noble Buy Link

Available in Print, E-book and Audio

Bartlett’s Rule was named one of
Carolyn Howard Johnson’s Top Ten Reads for 2009

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.

Download Bartlett’s Rule Book Club Extras FREE

Book Club Packet includes cover art, author photo and bio, discussion starters and more information, plus full color printable bookmarks, and more…

Vanilla Heart Publishing and Chelle Cordero will donate $1 per copy of Bartlett’s Rule sold from midnight October 18, 2009 through midnight October 31, 2009 to The National Domestic Violence Hotline, to further their amazing work.

Bartlett’s Rule ISBN 978-0-9796545-3-4
print from Amazon
print from Barnes & Noble
various eBook formats from Smashwords
Kindle from Amazon
* more sources are available
Why Bartlett’s Rule?

Reviewed by Bobi

When Paige and Lon met it was purely for business but it wasn’t long before their hearts took control. Paige’s past comes back to haunt them and they soon come to realize that the devastating effects of rape and abuse extend beyond time and place to impact more than the primary victim herself. Lon has to grapple with his own intense anger and hurt over Paige’s assault. He also has to overcome mis-perceptions of his personal character while building a foundation of trust between himself and Paige.

Ms. Cordero skillfully tackles this topic as she poignantly tells the story of their journey to heal and develop a relationship based on strong reliance.

Bartlett’s Rule is more than a love story; it relates a valuable lesson for both men and women.

*The inclusion of links and/or information about National Domestic Violence Hotline constitutes no endorsement from said organization.


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