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Real Virtue



An Award-winning full-length novel

Best First Book  – Award of Merit for the Holt Medallion in 2013

Plus many more awards!

Real Virtue will re-release in 2018 with new cover art

RealVirtue (2)2012_rone_finalist_150 2013 EBook Finalist Award               

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About Real Virtue

In a virtual reality game where she can fly, there’s someone aiming to take her down.

Mel Mesini is a New York City restaurateur and an avid, virtual reality world traveler. She’s risen above her misfit life and now bears a striking resemblance to her glamorous, gaming avatar. But her successful life—both online and in reality—takes a swerve the night her father is seriously injured in a hit-and-run. Mel is careened back to her judgmental hometown, where being the daughter of the town’s crazy lady had made her the outcast she was. To make matters worse, Officer Jeremy Stiles, the man whose harsh, rejecting words had cut her the deepest, is heading the investigation.

Jeremy knows he hurt Mel and attempts to make amends by finding her father’s assailant. When he realizes she’s the actual target, his plan for reconciliation turns to one of protection—whether she wants his help or not. What he wants is answers, especially about this online game she plays. Is it a harmless pastime as she says? Or is she using it to cover something up? As a faceless predator destroys the things that matter to her, Jeremy knows he’s running out of time before she loses the one thing that matters most—her real life.



1)  Real Virtue has many themes woven throughout, from gaming to mental illness to low self-esteem to the aftermath of war to the many attributes of virtue. What were some of the themes that were important or interesting to you? Did you come away with additional thoughts and ideas about them? What were they?

2)  Did the characters seem real and believable? Could you relate to any of their predicaments? To what extent do they remind you of yourself or someone you know, and did this lead to a new understanding or awareness of some aspect of your life or someone else’s that you might not have thought about before?

3)  How do the characters change or evolve throughout the course of the story? What events trigger such changes? Think about how you felt about the characters in the beginning. As the story progressed, did your opinion of them change? If so, were you surprised by the change? Were you surprised by anything else in the story? What was it?

4)  In what ways do the events in Real Virtue reveal evidence of the author’s world view? Did the author seem to appear in the book? How? Why? Was the presence of the author disruptive? Or did it seem appropriate/fitting?

5)  Would you recommend Real Virtue to a friend or family member? Is there someone on your mind right now who you think might enjoy this read? What would you say to them to encourage them to pick it up?