Calliope Press

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Calliope Press has published award-winning titles since 1996, both fiction and non-fiction.

Smashwords Interview

Mardo Williams' daughters, Kay and Jerri, were asked: What is the story behind the story of “One Last Dance: It’s Never Too Late to Fall in Love”?
Kay Williams: This romance novel was started by our dad Mardo Williams at age 92. He had had a distinguished career as journalist and author (for which he won an Ohioana Library Award). After he completed the first draft of “One Last Dance" he asked us, his daughters, to finish the book if he could not. He died a few weeks later. We honored his wishes.
Why did your father decided to write this book? What about the characters and situation appealed to him?
Jerri Williams Lawrence: When he was touring with his first book “Maude,” he met a woman who’d tracked him down after seeing him interviewed on TV. She came over to my house (in Ohio) to get her copy of “Maude” autographed. Dad discovered that he knew her. She’d worked at the “Columbus Dispatch” as an executive secretary on the fifth floor while Dad had worked in the newsroom on the fourth floor. After they talked about old times and Dad autographed her book, he pecked her lightly on the lips. She said later, “It was a kiss goodbye that became a kiss hello.”

As the two shared living quarters, the challenges became apparent. What did it take for an older adult, set in his ways, to begin a new life living with someone just as rigid and needy as he was. Enough material to fill a book, Dad thought. He had a great deal he wanted to say about aging and what it means to be in your nineties with the body failing and the mind and spirit still wanting it all. And he wanted to say it as humorously as possible. So he dropped his first idea of writing a newspaper novel and “One Last Dance” was born. Dad said “One Last Dance” was about “about two old duffers trying to keep their independence,” but it’s also about two people set in their ways who learn to change and grow and value their relationships.
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The Five O'Clock Follies: What's a Woman Doing Here, Anyway?
By Theasa Tuohy
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 122,020. Language: English. Published: September 11, 2012 by Calliope Press. Category: Fiction
(5.00)
A young woman's odds-against struggle to survive as a war correspondent in Saigon. Former journalist Tuohy has written what may be the best novel yet to emerge from the Vietnam War. Meticulously researched, with award-winning photos of the time. “The action is riveting and the writing is clear, detailed and highly readable. An engrossing portrait of a woman among men in wartime.” –Kirkus
Great-Grandpa Fussy and the Little Puckerdoodles
By Mardo Williams
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 10,220. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2012 by Calliope Press. Category: Fiction
(5.00)
They’re noisy, nosey and bossy—these little Puckerdoodles who have ensnared the heart of Great-Grandpa Fussy. Teenie, Weenie, Waddles, and Toodlebug range in age from newborn to age 6. In Great-Grandpa’s eyes they are unpredictable imps whose ingenious questions demand answers that only he can provide. Twenty-one stories and 64 four-color illustrations for ages 5 and up.
Maude (1883-1993): She Grew Up With the Country
By Mardo Williams
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 118,930. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2010 by Calliope Press. Category: Nonfiction
Maude started farm life as a pregnant bride of 19. By age 110, she’d lived through half of America’s history. With poetry and human dramas (two murders and a suicide), written by her son, a master journalist, the book shows the impact of the changing times on shy, unassuming Maude, her fun-loving husband Lee, and their four active children. An award-winning biography, with over 70 photographs
Butcher of Dreams
By Kay Williams
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 171,530. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2010 by Calliope Press. Category: Fiction
(5.00)
After a ritual Aztec mask is stolen during a cast party, actress Lee Fairchild finds her world ripped apart by the attentions of something invasive and elemental. An actor is stabbed; an actress is poisoned. Events culminate in ritual murder. Over all hovers the Mexican mask and the shadowy figure who controls it. Lee must fight a madman to save her theater and herself.
One Last Dance: It's Never Too Late to Fall in Love
By Mardo Williams
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 140,140. Language: English. Published: June 18, 2010 by Calliope Press. Category: Fiction
After a disastrous first meeting, Morgan, 89, moves in with Dixie, age 79, strictly a business arrangement, both maintain. But Morgan has more frivolous pursuits in mind. When a troubled grandson collides with the daring course set by the lovers, not only does he save their lives, but he brings Dixie and Morgan the love and pride they’d lost decades before with the loss of their children.


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  • Murder in the Second Row on Jan. 07, 2011
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    As a New York City actor, how I loved soaking up the atmosphere of the New Zealand Regent Theatre that witty heroine Jessica Jones manages so capably and lovingly. On top of her usual chores of running this charming, decaying 130-year-old relic with its leaking roof, and placating those who are preparing the next production, Jessica finds herself thrust into the role of amateur sleuth. She must solve the mystery of the body in the second row and find out who is writing those demented threatening letters. She has plenty of suspects: likable and not so likable actors, those who toil behind the scenes (and do it all for love), and greedy developers who want the theatre to fail. Jessica gets needed assistance from outside sources and, in the process, finds the man of her dreams. Throughout this fast-paced, delightful mystery, I was rooting for Jessica and the theatre to succeed. I eagerly await further adventures of this motley crew. Reviewed by Kay Williams, Co-Author, Butcher of Dreams