Romantic Novel Approaches the Challenges of Aging with a Knowing Humor

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At the age of 92, author Mardo Williams began his inspiring novel "One Last Dance: It's Never Too Late to Fall in Love," an atypical, but honest love story about finding love when you least expect it; his daughters and co-authors Kay Williams and Jerri Williams Lawrence finished the award-winning book after their father's death at age 95.

At the age of 92, author Mardo Williams began his inspiring novel "One Last Dance: It's Never Too Late to Fall in Love," an atypical, but honest love story about finding love when you least expect it; his daughters and co-authors Kay Williams and Jerri Williams Lawrence finished the award-winning book after their father's death at age 95.

When 89-year-old Morgan bumps into 79-year-old Dixie, it's anything but love at first sight: eyeglasses are broken, a birthday cake is ruined and indignant insults are exchanged. Love works in mysterious ways, though, and animosity soon becomes attraction in this delightful and award-winning story about the challenges of growing older and falling in love.

Author Mardo Williams began writing "One Last Dance: It's Never Too Late to Fall in Love" (ISBN 9780964924147, Calliope Press, 2005) at the age of 92, after discovering first-hand the difficulties of beginning a new life with someone else as an older adult. He asked his daughters Kay Williams and Jerri Williams Lawrence to finish the book if he could not, and they honored his wishes after his death at age 95. "One Last Dance" won the 2006 Independent Publishers Award for Best Regional Fiction, was a finalist in the 2005 National Readers' Choice Awards sponsored by the Romance Writers of America and was on the 2005 Akron Beacon-Journal list of best novels from new writers.

"One Last Dance" is an inspirational and uplifting read that candidly deals with the issues of aging, and advocates Mardo Williams' dynamic philosophy: "Life is for living, no matter what our age or condition." Leading lovers Morgan and Dixie are both fiercely independent and set in their ways, but are also in need of both emotional and physical care. When they decide to move in together, humor and tension arise from the various problems associated with two people used to living alone suddenly cohabitating.

Morgan and Dixie have the typical arguments about chores and finances, but their deteriorating health and decades of skeleton-filled personal history create realistic dilemmas not normally found in romantic stories. "One Last Dance" takes a suspenseful turn when the past comes violently knocking on the lovers' door, and a mysterious stranger begins to wreck havoc on their lives. The unexpected stranger eventually becomes a surprising catalyst, reconnecting Morgan and Dixie with their families and long-lost love and pride.

"One Last Dance" portrays the joys and discomforts of older life and mature love with refreshing honesty, understanding and laugh-out-loud humor. This inspirational novel reaches out to all generations, encouraging both young and old to continually seek out all the new and exciting experiences life has to offer.

About the Authors
Mardo Williams' distinguished writing career spanned 73 years. He was a journalist in Ohio for more than 50 years, before retiring and beginning his second career as an author at the age of 88. He is also the author of "Maude," a historical non-fiction book and the children's book "Great-Grandpa Fussy and the Little Puckerdoodles." Kay Williams is a professional theater actress and the co-author of "Butcher of Dreams." Jerri Williams Lawrence is a writer and high school literature and composition teacher.

"One Last Dance: It's Never Too Late to Fall in Love" (ISBN 9780964924147, Calliope Press, 2005) can be purchased at local and online bookstores. For more information, visit http://www.calliopepress.com. Publicity contact: http://www.readerviews.com. Review copies available upon request.

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