In 1795 New Orleans, the Spanish controlled city struggles to rebuild after two devastating fires, and a young teenage girl is just as determined to leave her past behind and start anew. Celestine, the daughter of a Mississippi River prostitute spends most of her time hating herself, her life and the dirty men who rut with her mama. When she turns thirteen and her mama informs her she’ll be servicing the very men she hates and fears, she has no other option but to run to the good nuns of the Ursulines Convent where for the first time she encounters kindness and a different kind of life.
After meeting the dashing ship captain Maurice Dubois, a man with his own past demons to reckon with, Celestine allows herself to be truly loved for the first time. But when a shocking turn of events leaves her once again with nothing more than her own wits to survive, Celestine begins to realize the power her intoxicating beauty gives her over men including the debonair and infamous pirate Jean Lafitte. It’s this very power that Celestine learns to capitalize on to begin a new career…not as the common riverfront lady of the night her mother had been…but as the most sought after courtesan in all of New Orleans.
Bio F.J. Wilson
F.J. “Nita” Wilson was raised on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi in the fishing village, artist community of Ocean Springs, ninety miles east of New Orleans; the city far from her reach but close to her heart. Much of her time growing up was spent reading under her grandmother’s big camellia bushes hiding from housework and the inevitable call to come inside and help start ‘supper’? In a time when young girls dreamed of big weddings and picket fences, she dreamed of the dangerous but darkly handsome Heathcliff and the English moors of days long gone. With Hemingway’s Paris, Scott Fitzgerald’s language and Margaret Mitchell’s characters keeping her company, why would she ever want to clean her room?
After college where she studied theatre, music and history she married and spent the next many years raising her autistic son, Jason,(the best years of her life) and traveling from New York to Los Angeles with her film career. She has written humorous articles for the Arts and Entertainment Section of the Hattiesburg American newspaper. While living in New York she and Marco Pennette wrote an episode for the hit sit come, “Kate & Allie” titled “Mother’s Day” which was produced in 1987.
She now lives among the bones of her kin in the deep south with her two Springer Hound Spaniels and is at the time married to her computer and her love of writing.
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www.bertijud.blogspot.com (Vignettes of the Deep South) for short stories of the
Child angel, Lil Bit.