Saturday, March 22, 2014

Paige blames herself - Weekend Writing Warriors / #8sunday / 03/23/14

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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.

Paige shared the the details of the rape with Lon and she also shared her feelings of guilt and shame. Like some victims of sexual assault Paige went through a period of self-destructive promiscuity and she lets Lon know when he says he still wants to see her. Here is some of the conversation that follows (with its creative punctuation)...

She laughed at his discomfort, “am I still acting like a whore?”
I didn’t say that.”
You didn’t have to, that’s what I called myself; I did everything but charge for services, I probably would have had more self-respect if I had been a working girl.” Paige moved further away from Lon, “are you thoroughly disgusted yet?”
The increased distance didn’t go unnoticed; Lon really wasn’t sure what he was supposed to say, he just didn’t think she needed anyone condemning her; “I think that you did the things you thought you needed to do, I don’t think anyone knows how they would react after a trauma, and Paige, you were traumatized.”
She stared at him unable to fit his compassion to the image. “your publicist is really good.”
Why would you say that?”
Because you aren’t what I expected, you’re supposed to be a notorious womanizer.”
Wow, it sounds like I moved up a notch or two on the opinion scale.”
Paige sighed, “it’s good that one of us did.”

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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.

Smashwords (multiple e-book formats)
Amazon (Kindle, Print, Audio)
AllRomance E-books

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

When I first wrote Bartlett's Rule it didn't start out as a book about a cause, it was just a story about a woman who went through a horrible experience. And this is a story about a man who falls in love with this woman and becomes what is known as a "Secondary Survivor".

I was pleased and honored to hear that this book went on women's shelter shelves and was used to facilitate several discussions about sexual abuse. April is Sexual Abuse Awareness Month and considering all of the recent political discussions regarding women's bodies, terminology and rape laws, this subject is more timely and more important than ever. (By the way, men can be victims, too)

About Victims
44% of victims are under age 18
80% are under age 30
Sexual Assault Numbers
Every 2 minutes, another American is sexually assaulted
There is an average of 237,868 victims (age 12 or older) of sexual assault each year
Reporting to Police
60% of sexual assaults are not reported to the police
97% of rapists will never spend a day in jail
About Rapists
Approximately 2/3 of assaults are committed by someone known to the victim
38% of rapists are a friend or acquaintance


Anonymous said...

Wow, that opening line hooked me in. I guess Lon feels like this is a really awkward moment. Great dialogue exchange!

Anonymous said...

Wow, that opening line hooked me in. I guess Lon feels like this is a really awkward moment. Great dialogue exchange!

Sarah Cass said...

Lon is wise indeed. Everyone reacts differently to trauma. I even have two characters that react totally different to trauma. I hope he's able to help her finally heal. :D

Charmaine Gordon said...

Terrific snippet, Chelle. The give and take in dialogue is so essential and you've accomplished this.

A.S. Fenichel said...

Wow! You have a lot going on here. Great job!

Veronica Scott said...

Interesting conversation. He's trying so hard, which I like. Can't wait to see what happens next - terrific excerpt!

Unknown said...

It's nice that he's able to keep from condemning her. Some people aren't able to be so open-minded, and that person would have hurt her self-confidence even more. He might just be the salve for her wounds.

Teresa Cypher said...

Great job of developing their characters in this excerpt, Chelle. It speaks volumes about both of them! :-)

Anonymous said...

So far, I think he's saying what she needs to hear.

Anonymous said...

I agree--it's good that he's avoiding adding to the judgement and shame she feels from others, and inflicts on herself.

Even if he doesn't quite know what to say--and who would, really?--he's trying.

Marcia said...

aw, how nice that he's being supportive. Poor Paige has a lot of baggage, doesn't she? He's just what she needs, by the sound of this snippet!