Wexler won a bronze award in the Women's Issues category.
"Milk and Oranges" is a collection of short fiction and essays examining life, love, and the tragedy and comedy of the human condition.
Conducted each year to honor the year's best electronically published books, the eLit awards are known for "recognizing excellence in a broad range of subjects and for rewarding titles that take the eBook reader's experience to the next level," said awards director Andrew Parvel of the Jenkins Group.
The eLit Awards contest was launched in 2010 as the first unaffiliated awards program open exclusively to eBook titles.
"Electronic publishing is extremely diverse, in both style and technology,"
"The eBook publishers are the pioneers on our cultural cross-format adventure," Parvel noted. "To these publishers, expanding the limits and creating new and unique ways to experience their material has become the priority. These are the books that win our awards and these are the books that lay the ground work for the future of publishing."
"'Milk and Oranges' was a labor of love, and tells stories that are dear to my family, my friends, and me," Wexler said. "I'm honored that the eLit Awards competition recognized this book with an award.
"E-books are now more popular than printed books, and I wanted 'Milk and Oranges' to be contemporary with the times," Wexler continued. "'Milk and Oranges' never will go 'out of print,' people are able to take it anywhere on their e-reader, and e-book websites can translate it into different languages."
See complete results for the eLit Book Awards at: http://www.elitawards.com/
"Milk and Oranges"
Whether she is tackling fiction or essays, Wexler writes from the heart. With a keen eye for detail and a way of looking at the world a bit sideways, Wexler's writings in "Milk and Oranges" will entertain while they make you think.
In "Milk and Oranges," Wexler's fiction and essays are grouped in five categories: How's Your Love Life?, stories about romance; The Cruel Club, stories about the loss of a loved one; Family and Friends, about the fun characters in Wexler's life; Animal Magnetism, stories about our four-footed friends; and The Passing Parade, fiction and prose observations on the changes in our fast-paced world.
"Milk and Oranges" is a collection of stories that will pluck at your heartstrings and tickle your funnybone.
"Milk and Oranges," published by Central Park Communications through Smashwords and Amazon.com, is available for $3.99. It can be downloaded to an electronic device such as a Kindle, iPad, Nook, Sony Reader, or Kobo; as a PDF; and in various other formats.
About the author
Native Chicagoan and Richmond, IL, resident Charlene Wexler is a graduate of the University of Illinois. She has worked as a teacher and dental office bookkeeper and as "a wife, mom, and grandmother,"
Her work has appeared in several publications, including North Shore Magazine, the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry's Vision magazine, Alpha Omegan magazine, and the Gazette newspaper of Chicago.
She also has had essays and fiction published on the websites AuthorsDen.com, Cats and Dogs at Play, End Your Sleep Deprivation, Funny Cat Stories, Laughter Is My Medicine, One Bright Star, Scribd.com, True Cat Stories, and Way Cool Dogs.
"I have always used writing as therapy," Wexler said. "Now I have the time and opportunity to pursue it as a career."
Wexler's first book, "Murder on Skid Row," was honored with a 2010 International Apex Award for Excellence from Communications Concepts, a writing think tank outside Washington, DC.
Her short story Abracadabra Magic, which appears in "Milk and Oranges," received a "Very Highly Commended" rating in the AuthorsDen.com Tom Howard Prose Contest, 2009.
Wexler is active with the Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity, the Authors Marketing Group, the Chicago Writers Association, Children's Memorial Hospital philanthropy, Lungevity (an organization that fights lung cancer), the McHenry Bicycle Club, the Museum of Science and Industry, the National Council of Jewish Women, the Richmond IL Book Club, the Jewish United Fund, and the University of Illinois Alumni Association.
Her advice for other aspiring writers-even grandmothers like herself-is to "follow your dream. You can do it, and it's never too late."
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