Saturday, February 22, 2014

Paige Agrees to Wine & Dine the Man - Weekend Writing Warriors 02/23/14 #8Sunday #WEWRIWA

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Welcome to a snippet from Bartlett's Rule, my first novel published with Vanilla Heart Publishing. Even though this piece is already published, I find that receiving your comments is helpful as I write future stories - you strengthen me when I know how well (or not) I communicate with my readers, and I learn what readers like and don't care for. I really appreciate you for giving me your time.

I picked up almost exactly where I left off last week, I had to show you that Jeanmarie was definitely NOT suggesting "that", LOL. Aside from the fact that Paige has already called Lon Bartlett, in the opening line of the book, a "pompous ass", she is certainly skittish. (as usual, I've used creative punctuation)...

Jeanmarie laughed suddenly, “Oh gosh no, all I want you to do is schmooze with him a little bit; make sure his evening is pleasant.” She stopped and stared at the young woman pensively, “You know Paige, a lot of the women in the secretarial pool would die for this chance to spend an evening with a man like Bartlett, this is a great opportunity for you... professionally.”

Paige bit the inside of her cheek to keep from retorting. She spent two years in the secretarial pool waiting for a promotion into the public relations department of this company. Of course though, she thought to herself, the first time she was given an opportunity to prove herself it had to be with someone whose ethics she couldn’t tolerate.

“I just need to know that you can do this Paige,” Jeanmarie had taken a huge personal gamble by pushing Paige’s name when this opening came up.

“I’ll make sure he’s happy,” she nodded even though she was filled with all kinds of self doubts. In reality, Paige wasn’t worried about refusing the man’s possible advances, she was afraid she would be tempted to accept them.

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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.

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

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Jess Schira said...

You're last line is fantastic. You've done an excellent job of giving your characters a backstory, and setting up the story premise. Well done!

Charmaine Gordon said...

Perfect back story to set the scene and we get it. Thanks Chelle, for another terrific eight.

Marcia said...

That's quite a build up. Makes me pretty curious about what happens at that first meeting.

Veronica Scott said...

I like all the back story, which was beautifully woven into the excerpt. Feels quite true to life and I enjoy that your heroine has several mixed reactions to the assignment. Great snippet!

Millie Burns said...

I love the last line too. Fun little snippet.

homecomingbook said...

Tricky situation for here.

Teresa Cypher said...

Oh, I can hardly wait to read what happens while she's entertaining Bartlett! :-) I just bought the book. I do like the premise, Chelle, and enjoy your writing style. Very fluid and a nice touch of humor now and again. :-)

Pete Symes said...

Such is the labyrinth known as office politics and it's many nuances. There is client service and then there is client service and all the ground skirmishes in between.

Chelle Cordero said...

My next snippet this weekend takes place after their evening out together. I'm excited to hear your reactions after that. Thanks so much for coming by.

Botanist said...

Hmmm...makes me wonder just what "public relations" entails! I like the twist at the end :)