Would you move a dead body for the sake of your best friend? Ask cha-cha babe Celia Ewing, a sixty-five-year-old widow who has just settled into Boca Pelicano Palms, the Florida retirement community of her dreams. When Celia’s best friend Marcy calls her and their friend Deb for help in the middle of the night, they find a naked Marcy trapped under the body of her beau, the community’s board president, Melvin. And he’s dead. The three friends secretly move Melvin back to his apartment setting off a chain of events that will threaten to tear their community apart and send them to jail. Melvin is one of a number of residents who are dying under suspicious circumstances; and soon Celia becomes an amateur sleuth in an attempt to identify what she suspects is a serial murderer.
Filled with humorous, witty observations about retirement communities, the realities of getting older, and the promise of new love, the Cha-Cha Babes of Pelican Way celebrates the deep bonds of female friendships, the desire for companionship at any age, and shows us that it’s never too late to learn how to cha-cha through life.
|Publisher:||Tree of Life Books|
|Edition description:||Cha Cha Babes of Pelican Way|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.12(d)|
About the Author
She's had a short story collection published, February 1, 2012, THE HUNGRY HEART STORIES, (Wilderness House Press) Before that she co-authored and published a novel, UGLY COOKIES (Pella Press, 2000). Publishing 24 short stories in college and university journals, she, also, speaks on panels of various writing conferences (such as; Philadelphia Stories and Marymount Manhattan College). She has given numerous workshops at various universities such as Temple University, Bryn Mawr College, Penn State, Widener and many others. Also, she presently teaches creative writing/memoir workshops at Temple University's adult program, OLLI. At Rosemont College, she taught publishing/writing skills to grad students. As fiction editor for a literary journal, Schuylkill Valley Journal, she selects and edits the submissions. Many of her articles, essays, and stories deal with all aspects of society that influences relationships for all ages, including the mature set (sometimes tongue in cheek). Website:
Nominated for a Dzanc Books award, "Best of the Web" 2009.Natioalist in Amelia's Short Fiction Contest, 1996
Third Prizewinner in Minnesota Ink Short Story Contest, 1995, published in Writers' Journal
Honorable Mention in Minnesota Ink Short Story Contest, 1994, published in Writers' Journal
Second Prize in Labyrinth, (A Philadelphia newspaper), 1994
Two Runner-Up Stories in Labyrinth, 1994
Honorable Mention, Short Fiction Contest, Short Story Digest, Caldwell, 1994
Runner-Up, Writer's Digest Short Story Contest, 1994
In her spare time she likes to cook (simple recipes that look complex - maybe like fiction is bigger than life), reading and playing tennis. At a mature (advanced more likely) age, she still dances up a storm and loves walking, hiking and travel.