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Two Women's Moral Character Is Tested in New Book


C.L. Ellis tells story about citizens of Friendly, La. in ‘Hussy'

BATON ROUGE, La. (PRWEB) October 31, 2012

“I have many poems and short stories that have been channeled to me by my creative muse,” author C.L. Ellis says, speaking about her inspiration for penning her new book. “Each offers its own unique form of entertainment, however this story and its characters were dying to get out and share their experiences.” She adds that as she was thinking about the difficulties that life brings, and why so many people were not living this thing called a good life. All of a sudden a little voice said to her, “A good life as to compared to what a child? You think you are seeing unbearable circumstances, well honey child you would not have wanted to live during my time. You really had to know how to live in-between worlds during my time.” It was at that point Ellis began to write what Ms. Lula Mae Carson told her, words that she shares with readers in “Hussy” (published by iUniverse).

“Hussy” presents an entertaining view of how one woman saw her life. It addresses a number of core human themes such as race, religion, gender and sexuality. The lives of these people and why they were forced to live them is overshadowed by the intrigue behind their explanations for their actions. Lula Mae, Puddin, Big John, Sally White and others are all survivors living the best life afforded to them during their time. Ellis makes readers wonder if anything has really changed in today's society.

Lula Mae Carson is the best cook and baker in all of Friendly, La., not to mention being a fine fisherman. There is no doubt she's a woman who has earned the respect and love of her community.

With the arrival of Miss Puddin – which brings both blessings and curses – Lula is the only person qualified to handle this devil's harlot, a professional lady of leisure who is willing to break all of the rules in order to survive. Puddin not only changes the life of the Friendly residents, but also tests Lula Mae's moral character.

When Puddin is thrown out of town, Lula Mae invites her to live in her home. As Lula extends her generosity to Puddin, she finds herself being seduced by the money and men of power Puddin entertains. As time passes, not only does this unusual friendship deteriorate, it becomes toxic and eventually deadly. Lula finds herself caught in a maze of deceit and fornication; she is losing herself and she feels she has been charmed by a woman she believes to be the devil's harlot.

“It is a color-blind examination of why people have certain feelings and lifestyles that are often judged immoral.”

About the Author
C.L. Ellis earned a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies from Grand Canyon University and is currently working a master's degree in psychology. Ellis writes full-time and has two adult children. She lives in Louisiana.

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