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Masque of Honor
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Sharon Virts - Author of historical fiction


Sharon Virts is a successful entrepreneur and visionary who, after more than 25 years in business, followed her passion for storytelling into the world of historical fiction. She has received numerous awards for her work in historic preservation and has been recognized nationally for her business achievements and philanthropic contributions. She was recently included in Washington Life Magazine’s Philanthropic 50 of 2020 for her work with education, health, and cultural preservation. 
Sharon’s passion truly lies in the creative. She is an accomplished visual artist and uses her gift for artistic expression along with her extraordinary storytelling to build complex characters and craft vivid images and sets that capture the heart and imagination.

Sharon and her husband Scott live at Selma Manor, a prominent historic residence that they saved from destruction and restored to its original stature. It is out of the love and preservation of Selma that the story of the life, times, and controversies of its original owner, Armistead Mason, has given root to her first novel MASQUE OF HONOR.

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Amid a life more than ordinarily checkered, I can truthfully say that there is no ambition nor aspiration in my heart save the desire to merit the respect of good women and the confidence of honest men.”

Colonel John M. McCarty, 1843

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Pamela Binnings Ewen

“Sharon Virts’ debut novel carries us back to life as it was two hundred years ago in the new State of Virginia. Masque of Honor provides a spicy stew of ambition, envy, honor, courage—and love—as two brothers-in-law drive step by step toward an explosive choice. This is fascinating fiction based on facts, and Virts’ writing will captivate readers. Pick it up and you won’t want to put it down!”

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Ace Atkins

“Based on actual events and full of fantastic period detail, Virts gives us a lovely piece of time travel that shows America has never been civil in its political discourse. Pour a cup of tea capped off with some rum for a thrilling and tense slice of Virginia in the early 1800s.”

-New York Times Bestselling author of The Revelators

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“Powerful and compelling. Sharon’s characters step off the page and into your life.”