Kate Worm, Artist "Lookout Shoals"

                                      Kate Worm, Artist "Lookout Shoals"

 

 

 

 

 

Check out Rebecca's provocative podcast on "Our Better Half" HERE

Rebecca's Latest Podcast

 Listen to Author Rebecca Warner's Interview about Moral Infidelity with Linda Thompson of The Authors Show.

 

Moral Infidelity


Moral Infidelity Awards Author Rebecca Warner

When an anti-abortion governor’s mistress becomes pregnant, “choice” takes on a whole new meaning for him.

Moral Infidelity Book Award

Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

Moral Infidelity by Rebecca Warner takes on the controversial topic of abortion and a woman’s right to her own body. Governor Michael Romano is on the verge of changing the laws of the State of Florida by bringing forth an abortion law. He starts his campaign for an anti-abortion law and things are going from good to great. Happy with his marriage and his wife, he is finally satisfied with his career as well. But things are not as peaceful as it seems. When a beautiful supporter comes knocking on his door, he cannot help but fall for her charms and seduction. 

Their affair takes a nasty turn when Kristin Long (the supporter seductress) becomes pregnant and is happy beyond measure to have him and his baby. But this situation is suicide for his career and seventeen years of marriage. When push comes to shove, Kristin promises to ruin his life and his career if he does not do what she wishes. Now Romano is faced with a battle between what is right and what is wrong. One wrong step can destroy his political career while his other steps can destroy his marriage and his love. What will he do?

Rebecca Warner perfectly executed a controversial topic by not forcing opinions, giving life to her characters and letting them speak for themselves. She masterfully wrote dialogues that are complete, understandable and perfect. Nothing is left out, and the reader understands what is happening. The reader is thoroughly invested in the story. A good novel that deserves to be read again! Amazingly written.

 

  Rebecca Warner

Buy on Barnes & Noble

Moral Infidelity


Reviews

 

POLITICS...LUST...LIES...BETRAYAL

 

 

He's Just A Man


Reviews

No matter how rich, powerful or handsome he is, he is defenseless against your womanly power.

 

Doubling Back To Love


Reviews

Lexi Avery thinks like a man, but she’s all woman.

 

Visit Rebecca's Amazon Author Page:

amazon.com/author/warnerrebecca

BOOK REVIEWS

 

MORAL INFIDELITY

The author does a wonderful job at building suspense and keeping the reader flipping ...  I read this novel in two days. Initially, I was hesitant to read a book about Roe v Wade and politics, but quickly got drawn into the characters and the plot. The author does a wonderful job at building suspense and keeping the reader flipping the pages. I commend the author on her beautiful writing. The scenes came to life, and I could see this book becoming a movie. All the ingredients are there: murder, mystery, sex, love, politics, good guys, bad guys, and all at a heart stopping pace. Bravo!

              Harriet Cleveland

A mystery with depth and substance.  What a story! The back page of Moral Infidelity, as well as the title, made me think this would be a story that is soaked in pro choices(life,choice) and filled with politics. I have to say though, that although these were definate threads to the plot, it is more of a story about people. It got me thinking, which I love to do, and it got me to question the debate. But while I thought and questioned, I was entertained and thrilled.
The author filled the pages with characters, flawed and self rightious, funny and ascerbic, gorgeous and tragic. The dialogue was spot on. I love when a writer can grasp the nuances of colloquial speech, delivering believable and engaging dialogue that puts the reader there in the moment as if a fly on a wall. Speaking of flies, I felt like a spy, reading this book. Behind the scenes with politicians, cops, lawyers and the inner circle of the elite. What a great and entertaining way to experience our own social structure, our government and decision makers, and the most difficult topics along with the accountability everyone must take regarding choices. Even the elite.
Moral Infidelity does tackle a hard subject, and yes there are politics and legal tape wrapped through the plot, but there is also passion, and sex, and friendship. There is loyalty and betrayal, and self discovery. And there are twists. Many twists, which I loved and made me stay up late to tap on my tablet screen to get to the next page.
It is always hard writing a review for a thriller or mystery, because details will give away the surprise. I hate spoilers! So I will end this review with a high recomendtaion for Moral Infidelity. Get swept away into a world of hot Florida nights and discover just who, in the end, you would root for.

            Allyn

This is a great book! I bought it at an author's signing event and must admit I was somewhat surprised as the story began to unfold and I found myself totally absorbed in its pages. It is one of those "can't put down" books that I love getting caught up in! As I read, I kept considering the ending possibilities, but I was totally surprised at how it actually turned out. I am anxious to read the author's next book and I hope she is working on one for the future! You can't go wrong with this book!

                      From an Amazon.com Customer

Moral Infidelity is one of the best books I’ve read in several years. Not only are the characters intriguing and exceptionally well developed, the story line is very thought-provoking, given today’s political climate surrounding a woman’s right to choose. Ms. Warner has written a very interesting story with a lot of vastly different characters. Michael Romano is one of those guys you just love to hate; Mr. Perfect  until he becomes anything but. I felt bad for Jake, just missing the chance to get to know his twin, but he ended up in a pretty good spot. Caroline turned out to be my favorite, although at first I felt she had allowed herself to be arm candy and a doormat for her husband. She ended up having the last word and gave hubby everything the jerk so richly deserved. I highly recommend this book to any reader who likes politics, a really good mystery, great characters, and a look at how the wealthy folks in Florida live. It’s no wonder Warner is winning awards for her novel – I could find absolutely nothing to fault. Fantastic read and I’m looking forward to more from this exceptional author.

                               Linda Thompson ~ Host of The Authors Show

Rebecca Warner perfectly executed a controversial topic by not forcing opinions, giving life to her characters and letting them speak for themselves. She masterfully wrote dialogues that are complete, understandable and perfect. Nothing is left out, and the reader understands what is happening. The reader is thoroughly invested in the story. A good novel that deserves to be read again! Amazingly written.

                                Rabia Tanveer ~ for Readers' Favorite

 

Nothing in this page-turning novel is arbitrary. There are many twists and turns. Every character and the choices that they make ring true.

  Jill Cox Vogt  ~ Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Winner

 

Almost against my snobby literary non-fiction taste I was drawn into the engaging plot lines, well-drawn characters, steamy setting and, well, the delicious tension the author builds. It's fun, and the pay-offs keep coming as the story unfolds to its necessary end.

                               Jay Leutze  ~ Award Winning Author of Stand Up That Mountain (Simon & Schuster)

 

DOUBLING BACK TO LOVE

 In Doubling Back to Love, author Rebecca Warner gives us a book that’s easy to get caught up in, full of steamy encounters and a very independent woman.This is the perfect book to read, curled up with a glass of wine in front of a roaring fire or on a beach somewhere.  

                                Linda Thompson,  ~  Host of The Authors Show

I devoured this baby in the course of one day. I could not put it down. I love, love, loved Lexi Avery. She's the beautiful, tenacious, confident woman that we all would love to be.

   Jennifer Theriot  ~  Amazon Bestselling Author

 

If you want love and romance, I highly recommend this book!

  Kelly Cozzone ~  Amazon International Bestselling Author

 

HE'S JUST A MAN: Making the Most of Your Womanly Power

He's just a man but Rebecca Warner is NOT just any writer. Kudos on a book well done. Read it and learn.

                                   Bookwoman

Rebecca Warner is an advocate for women--strong women--and it shows clearly in her new book HE'S JUST A MAN. Her breezy, chatty writing style draws you in immediately and her conviction is clear in every word. If you're unhappy sitting home alone, feeling bad about yourself, wondering what the trick is to attracting and keeping a man, check out this book. There's no need to be intimidated by relationships or to feel like your are less valuable than any man--Ms. Warner shows you why you should be claiming your womanly power and how to do it. Nice job, Rebecca!

                                   Nan Reinhardt 

He's Just A Man is a great book and every woman needs to read this. Not only does it provide real life examples but it offers real insight on how to attract a great guy..more importantly this book will help every woman be an even better woman, a stronger more confidant woman..This is a fun book to read ..you'll laugh and you will most certainly learn something new ....I promise.

                                   Julie 

I love the author's confidence, candor, and her message of empowerment for women, and I can't wait to recommend this book to my adult daughters. This is a must read for women of all ages!

                                  Mary K.

TESTIMONIALS: WHY REBECCA IS AN EXPERT ON MEN AND RELATIONSHIPS!

I met Rebecca when we lived in Miami Lakes in the early 1980s. We found we really liked each other just as friends, and we became each other's sounding boards for relationships.She was always confident where men were concerned, and often she dated several men at the same time. When I asked her if they knew about each other, she said, "If they ask, I tell them." I asked her how they felt about it, and she said, "If they don't like it, they know where the door is." I had never met a woman like her, and once I had a chance to ask a man she was dating what was so special about her. He pointed to the top of his head, then down at his feet as he said, "From the top of her head, to the tip of her toes." That said it all about Rebecca.

                                Joseph Langsam

Rebecca and I spent many hours together discussing men and relationships. I knew she had a great marriage to a successful and good-looking man who adored her. I learned that she had dated many men, loved more than one of them, and had several marriage proposals, so of course I wanted to learn what she knew. I always admired Sean Penn as a famous actor, and I knew we had one specific interest in common. After the devastating earthquake in Haiti in 2010, Sean Penn lent his time, his voice and his wallet to the effort to stabilize and rebuild. As a flight attendant, I was able to do my part in collecting literally tons of goods to take with me on my flights there. Among the many hats I wore, I also became an emissary for the Art Creation Foundation for Children in Jacmel, Haiti. One day, lo and behold, Sean Penn was in first class on my flight back from Haiti. I very much wanted to talk to him, but I hesitated for all the reasons you would imagine. But then I heard Rebecca's voice in my head saying, "He's just a man!" With that mantra bolstering me, I sat down across from him and we talked about our mutual interest and efforts in Haiti. I gave him my emissary business card; and even though I knew that I would never hear from him, I had done something I never would have done if not for Rebecca--I took a chance, and I was a better woman for it.

                                Sue Thomas

I’ve known Rebecca since 1980, when we were both in our early 20s and living in Miami. Even then, she had men figured out. She thinks like a man, but she is also one of the most "kick ass" feminine women I’ve ever known. She is a powerful combination of confidence and beauty, both inside and out. Rebecca is the authority on men and relationships, and I can say this with confidence because without her guidance, I would never have gotten my husband to the altar!

                                 Brenda Lasker Gaines

I first met Rebecca when I was just newly married to my first husband. She was in her early 20s and I was amazed how she was able to walk into a room and took control in the most unobtrusive way. Her banking clients, male or female, hung onto every  recommendation she would make. I know her book is about "men" but honestly she gained knowledge  about human nature early on. Her advice is dead on and being head strong and afraid of my own shadow, I never listened. She helped me to appreciate all that I had to offer, slowly my confidence grew stronger and I knew that I could choose the man that I wanted... I did not have to settle. It would be my choice to have a man in my life or not .. I was good in my own skin and I knew I did not need a man. This left me open to endless possibilities... Lucky for the guy I married, an attorney, I chose him and he gets to spend his life in my loving arms happy to take care of all my needs... Thanks Rebecca for all the late night discussions your advice was priceless.

                                  Julie Ruigomez-Patterson

 

Wednesday, 02 December 2015 23:57

Do Book Awards Matter? Featured

Written by
Rate this item
(0 votes)

There was a debate raging on LinkedIn recently, when someone asked the question, "What value do you put on authors when they describe themselves as 'Award Winners?'"

Responses ranged from vitriolic to meh to upbeat--the last provided by award-winning authors, for the most part.

I don't describe myself anywhere as "an award-winning author." I do say, "Author of the two-time award-winning book, Moral Infidelity."  My input on that LinkedIn thread was that I thought I wrote a good book, I wanted validation, and so I entered two contests--and I won in both. And yes, there was a fee for entry to both The Great Southeast Book Festival Book (GSBF) Award Contest ($50), and the Readers' Favorite (RF) Book Reviews and Award Contest ($89.) This *fee* sparked a lot of, "If you have to pay for it, it has no value" comments.  

Not so, I exclaim!  Paying a modest fee to enter a competitive, professionally-judged contest is by no definition “pay for play.”  Sure, there are vanity presses out there that will publish you or promote you strictly based on what you pay—that is totally different. When I learned from the President of Readers' Favorites, James Ventrillo, at the awards ceremony in Miami on November 21, 2015, that there were over 600 entries in my category of Fiction: Thriller General, I felt there was indeed value in that award. I had won a bronze medal--third place--in a category that was highly competitive. In fact, there were two silver and two bronze awards in that category; and as Mr. Ventrillo explained, there are five judges awarding points to each book. In my category, there were actual ties for the silver and bronze awards. So, technically, I was in the top five of that category. Still, I feel my book has been, well, validated.

In addition, I received a glowing 5-star review from one of the Readers' Favorite reviewers, and I was able to use it on my Amazon book page under "Editorial Reviews." I also peppered my social media pages with a high-resolution bronze digital medal that looked pretty spiffy alongside my Great Southeast Book Festival Honorable Mention gold digital badge. I don't know how many entries there were in the Great Southeast Book Festival, but I do know there was one winner, one runner-up, and ten honorable mentions--of which Moral Infidelity was one. I photo-shopped both onto my book cover, which I feel adds interest.

Now, I admit that when I won the GSBF award in January, 2015, I myself pooh-poohed it. It didn't get media coverage, and sales of my book did not budge. I had to pay for the gold stickers to use on the book ($25) but didn't find that exorbitant. When I received notification on September 1, 2015 that Moral Infidelity had won the bronze in the Readers' Favorite contest, I walked into my husband's study and laconically informed him. Of course, I had no idea of the level of competition at that time, so I couldn't assign a lot of value or enthusiasm to the award. But I decided we would attend the awards ceremony in Miami (any excuse to go to Miami, where I had lived for 30 years), so I went to the Readers' Favorite winners' page, made reservations, and ordered the complimentary bronze stickers. 

After winning that second award, my proud husband contacted a friend who had been a book reviewer for three different national newspapers, asking him if he knew of anyone with a major periodical who could review my book and get it more exposure. He mentioned both awards, and surprisingly, the reviewer replied, "If she's won the Great Southeast Book Festival award, she's already accomplished something. There's buzz about that award in the industry."  Who knew?  There was an awards ceremony for GSBF winners being held in California, but I didn't even consider going. Learning that there was some measure of prestige attached to that award, I now wish I had. 

Readers' Favorite posted the information about the winning books on numerous social media sites, including Facebook and Twitter. They put on a heck of a fine awards banquet, and delivered some high-quality photos that can be used for marketing and promotion. So do I feel I got $89 worth of value from Readers' Favorite? You bet I do! Best of all, sales ticked up that awards weekend when I ran a promotion, and Moral Infidelity entered the top 5,000 on Amazon for the first time. Do I feel I got my value out of the $50 Great Southeast Book Festival Award (plus the $25 for stickers?) Hard to say, but I know that I am now almost as proud of the GSBF award as I am of the RF award. 

For those who think any paid entry for a contest makes it bogus, I would like to point out that someone has to read and review the entries, and someone has to read and judge those entries. I can't imagine any organization that is altruistic enough to pay those persons on authors' behalf. I can't imagine any reviewers who would read dozens of books and review them as a favor. Somehow, the costs for the banquet venue and food, the medals, and the photographer, had to be paid. That booth at the Miami Book Fair International, where the award-winning books were displayed, was not free. When you consider all that Readers' Favorite delivered, I think $89 is a bargain.

So yes, I feel I got my money's worth...Validation, promotion, and a fun time in Miami, where I met so many interesting authors. Book promoters and marketing specialists were there to offer advice, along with their services. Of course, the promoters and marketers have other (paid) services to offer, and for those who wish to take it further, they at least have a place to start. 

I'm now working on my fourth book, and though at this point I have no idea if it will be good enough to win another award, I might just pony up the money and go for what I originally intended to get out of the entire awards process--validation. Where's the flaw in that?

Read 633 times Last modified on Thursday, 03 December 2015 00:05
Rebecca Warner

Rebecca Warner's educational and professional background is in finance and banking. Upon taking an early retirement, she pursued her lifelong interest in writing and art. Rebecca has published a number of articles in local and regional newspapers that covered social and political events, and for three years she authored a love and relationship advice column for a local periodical. After many years of living in Miami, Florida, Rebecca and her husband moved to the beautiful mountains of North Carolina, where they enjoy a peaceful life with their two entitled dogs, Penny and Chance.

www.rebeccajwarner.com
More in this category: « Purchase Books About Rebecca »

Click Here to...

  

Follow Me On Twitter                     Find Me on Pinterest                 My Page On FaceBook