The month of April has been designated Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) in the United States. The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence.
This April, the 2012 Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) campaign centers on promoting healthy sexuality to prevent sexual violence.
“Consent, by definition, means
permission for something to
happen or agreement to do
something. Consent is more
than yes or no. It is a dialogue
about desires, needs, and level
of comfort with different sexual
interactions. Healthy sexual
interactions are rooted in
consent and respect.”
I wrote Bartlett’s Rule to emphasize that “victims of sexual assault” can be survivors. These women (and men) can live and love again. Sexual assault affects more than just the survivor, it effects all of the people around her or him.
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.
From the introduction: “He is a pompous ass!” When Paige Andrews is given the assignment of courting a famous writer for the publishing company she works for, she meets and entices the sexy, charming and thoroughly dangerous womanizer, Lon Bartlett. Lon immediately takes a not-so-professional, personal interest in the young woman and pursues her. Lon is thrilled when Paige finally succumbs to his charms only to find that her haunting past sets off a terrifying reaction. Lon learns a heartbreaking reality – Paige is a rape survivor.
Will Lon be able to change his womanizing ways? Will he want to? Will Paige ever learn to trust again? Can they learn to love and live, together?
Bartlett’s Rule by Chelle Cordero
Top Ten Reads for 2009
By Barbara Moroch
A fantastic read — a love story between two seemingly very different kinds of people. Between all the tribulations that get in the way of their romance, they ultimately triumph. The story is so well crafted and the characters evoke lots of emotion from the reader. The plot takes lots of twists and turns and underscores the severity of rape crimes and the lasting damage it inflicts upon its victims. I look forward to reading the author’s second novel, “Forgotten.” Its preview seems to be as captivating as this book was!
Make it your rule to read “Bartlett’s Rule”
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 misperceptions 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.
Chelle Cordero has arrived.
By Cara Somers
In Bartlett’s Rule the author skillfully captures emotion and feeling in a well written and thought out novel. Its a great read as are her other novels. This author is a true hidden gem.
CONGRATS CHELLE, SOUNDS LIKE A WINNER!!