His Name Was Ben and Her Name is Paulette Mahurin

The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap:

My sweet new cyber sister, Lorna, has done (& edited, wink wink) and interview with me and my new book, His Name Was Ben. She, herself, is a great writer, has two books out, and has a blog that’s one of my favorites. She’s a gifted comic and woman.

Originally posted on Lorna's Voice:

You're not gonna want to miss a word of what I'm hearing!

You’re not gonna want to miss a word of what I’m hearing!

Are you ready for another dizzy blonde interview with an accomplished author-blogger?

Too bad. I know you’re already hooked because of my dizzy blondeness and her literary famosity.

A mixture like ours is kersplosive…in a good way.

Hang on! This is no ordinary blah-blah interview.

Hang on! This is no ordinary blah-blah fall-asleep-in-your-chair interview.

I kept this interview short because Paulette is one busy person. Actually, she’s more like three busy people. Just take a gander (look) at her part of her bio:

Semi-retired, she continues to work part-time as a Nurse Practitioner in Ventura County. When she’s not writing, she does pro-bono consultation work with women with cancer, works in the Westminister Free Clinic as a volunteer provider, volunteers as a mediator in the Ventura County Courthouse for small claims cases, and involves herself, along with her husband, in dog rescue.

And she has a

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The Wait is Over! “Never Turn Back” is Never Turning Back!

The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap:

I love this author’s writing, blogsite, big heart, and now her second book is out and it’s a great read. Have a hop over to her site to check it out.

Originally posted on Lorna's Voice:

Yeah, I'm that happy. Hope you will be, too!

Yeah, I’m that happy. Hope you will be, too!

I’ve been talking about this novel for a long time.

The wait is finally over.

The Kindle version of Never Turn Back is available NOW.

Yes, you heard me. NOW.

If you want to know a bit about the book, check out the new page I put up on this blog dedicated to the book.

Hover your cursor over the picture of the book on the side bar, and you’ll be linked to the Amazon page.

Aren’t I quite the slick marketer?

Now the hard part begins (at least for me). Marketing the book while I’m getting ready to move across the country.

Marketing is hard enough for a highly sensitive person like me. Add the stress of a move, and, well, I’m about as glued together as runny oatmeal.

Ever feel like this? Then you know how I feel.

Ever feel like this? Then you know how I feel.

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His Name Was Ben Amazon Rank: #8 Best Seller Kindle Store

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A huge thank you to everyone who has purchased the book, written a review, or spread the word about this book. The first check was mailed to help rescue dogs.

5.0 out of 5 stars When “What If” Becomes “Why Not”, October 12, 2014
This review is from: His Name was Ben (Paperback)
The good news is feeling an instant chemistry with the handsome man sitting next to you in a waiting room. The bad news is that the waiting room is in a hospital and both of you are oncology patients with uncertain futures. Such is the premise of author Paulette Mahurin’s compelling and bittersweet new novel, “His Name Was Ben.” The storyline strikes a particularly poignant chord with me these days as one of my dearest friends is currently going through her second bout with cancer. “I can get through all the chemo, the nausea, the fatigue, and wearing wigs,” she told me the first time, “if it means I’ll be done with all of it by this time next year.” Unfortunately, such was not the case. “I completely trust my doctors,” she said a few weeks ago, “but frankly this whole chemo thing is really getting old.” Mahurin’s likable protagonist, Sara, aptly captures the angst of a beautiful and accomplished woman who is as stressed about dying as she is about living, specifically if “living” not only involves dealing with a cruelly dysfunctional family but also an understandable reluctance to actively re-enter the dating pool if it means revealing to prospective dates that her body is no longer “whole.” For women who are still single or divorced, a double mastectomy is a death sentence in and of itself, especially if having breasts is equated with society’s definition of sexuality and desirability. Yes, that handsome man in the waiting room was exciting enough for Sara to surreptitiously note his name and phone number but can she muster the courage to actually call him and introduce herself? It’s her best friend, Ellen, who pushes Sara to take a chance, for certainly Fate has put “Ben” in Sara’s orbit for a reason. Ben, however, is as wary of romantic encounters as Sara. When their first “date” channels “An Affair To Remember” and Sara fails to show up, it’s little wonder that Ben assumes he has been set up for some kind of sick joke and that his caller was never serious. The fragile relationship that starts to unfold will have readers reaching for Kleenex on more than one occasion. Mahurin’s expertise as a nurse practitioner makes every scene resonate with accuracy, as does her knowledge of Southern California and the Central Coast which serve as the backdrop for the story. And what book isn’t made all the better with the presence of a dog – Taz – who teaches the bipeds a thing or two about unconditional love and the joys of living in the moment instead of apologizing for the past or fearing for the future. (Profits from Mahurin’s books go to help rescue dogs.) The story is also not without villains in the form of Sara and Ben’s respective family members who are themselves among the walking wounded that can only react to life’s disappointments with vitriolic anger, self-loathing, and accusations that loved ones were obviously predisposed to contract diseases because of things they did – or didn’t – do. A first-rate read from a first-rate author whose wordsmithing I admire and whose passion for storytelling comes deeply from the heart and soul.

5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read, October 15, 2014
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This review is from: His Name was Ben (Kindle Edition)
His Name Was Ben by Paulette Mahurin 4.5 Stars His Name Was Ben is an extremely moving story about two cancer sufferers who meet through their illness and form a relationship. It does read like an adult version of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, which is still fresh in my mind and lost the book half a star for originality. Written with compassion this book does not make light of the horrors of the disease, it is heartfelt and though not gory, it does cover the less than pleasant emotional and physical suffering patients go through. This story serves as a reminder to everyone that tomorrow, even an hour from now, is not guaranteed for any of us and that we should live while we are alive no matter our circumstances. I came away from the read feeling enriched and positive even though the book covers a very sad and scary subject. Paulette Mahurin is without doubt a fantastic writer, I listened to this story while doing the garden and was so immersed in the book that I covered three days worth of trimming, weeding and mowing in one day, and didn’t stop until the book was finished! This is a read that I recommend to everyone, whatever your preferred genre, its compelling, insightful, written with empathy and understanding and is a must read for all. Copy supplied for review
5.0 out of 5 stars Very poignant and touching., October 12, 2014
This review is from: His Name was Ben (Kindle Edition)
I loved how the two main characters met though it was probably for the worst reasons. There’s probably a lot better places to meet someone special than at an oncologists office though Sara and Ben are perfect for one another. They both come from dysfunctional families and have managed to make the best of it through the years. Cancer is a very insidious disease and it instantly brings up fearful images for most. I don’t know how to describe it otherwise and it’s central to the story line. In many places I wanted to cry.
4.0 out of 5 stars Can love conquer cancer?, October 16, 2014
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This review is from: His Name was Ben (Paperback)
Stage four breast cancer has Sara Phillips planning an exit strategy from life when an experimental drug protocol pulls her back from the brink of death. As she grabs onto the thread of hope and struggles with her damaged self image, a chance encounter in the oncologist’s waiting room brings her in touch with a handsome stranger who rekindles the woman in Sara she thought was gone. Sara peeks at his new-patient form, learns the man’s name is Ben, and memorizes his phone number. Newly diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, Ben is told his life may end in a few months. In the face of death and against all odds, the two fall in love and grab on to life.”His Name Was Ben” is author Paulette Mahurin’s fictionalized account of the story of two real people who faced the reality of cancer and chose to live in love, no matter how much time they had. Together, they face the demons of their dysfunctional families and gain peace of mind.

This poignant story offers readers the opportunity to experience the roller coaster of emotions surrounding cancer, to see how love can replace despair and how caring for someone else can help ease one’s own pain.

“His Name Was Ben” is relevant for anyone who has faced a life-threatening illness, while carrying an important message of love and hope for all readers.

5.0 out of 5 stars Still Batting 1000!, October 18, 2014
This review is from: His Name was Ben (Paperback)
I read Ms. Mahurin’s first book, The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap, giving it a 5 star review, highly impressed with her grasp of character under duress. His Name Was Ben goes farther and deeper, dealing with the often terrifying concept of personal mortality, the extinction of life, while still trying to live with both positive and negative relationships, memories and the detritus of everyday living. Add to that, the very poweful desire to live each moment better and create something new, powerful, loving and lasting while the Grim Reaper is constantly in the foreground, these make for great writing on Ms. Mahurin’s part.

I won’t go into the storyline, as that has been stated elsewhere in these reviews. But her handling of the characters’ relationships with parents, siblings and friends, is especially poignant and very real. She draws us in, making us feel and understand what the two protagonists are going through, but also revealing the good and bad parts of the background players, each of whom contributes much to the story.

As with her first book, this one cries out for a good film script!

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ROTTIE TAZZIE MADE IT TO A READER’S REVIEW

For those of you have been following my blog for a while you know that it was the loss of my 15+ year old rottweiler, one of the great loves of my life, that inspired me to donate all profits from my first book to the first and only no-kill shelter in Ventura County ( http://www.santapaulaarc.org/). The profits from His Name Was Ben are going to Canine Adoption Rescue League ( http://carldogs.org/)

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Portrait I painted of Tazzie when she was a teenager. She was a purebred rottie sold through a pet store to a couple who had her a month or two and brought her to a kill shelter when she was hit by a truck and broke her femur. It was an aligned fracture, easy to fix, and so me the nurse went to walk dogs one day and brought her home. That leg never bothered her into the ripe old age of 15+. She’s a prominent character in my new book, His Name Was Ben. A special homage to one of the great loves of my life.

Press article about my relationship with Tazzie and profits to dogs:
http://www.vcstar.com/news/2012/sep/08/ojai-authors-historical-novel-teaches-tolerance/

5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming Love Story with a Dog!!! Fantastic!, October 10, 2014
This review is from: His Name was Ben (Paperback)
His Name was Ben by Paulette Mahurin surprised me only because I am not easily drawn to stories about illness, especially cancer patients. I guess they touch a little too close to home for me so, my tendency is to run in the other direction. I didn’t do that this time. The story drew me in right away as we are introduced to Sara and her beloved Rottweiler, Tazzie. We discover that Sara has been treated for breast cancer and is being accepted into a new and promising study by her oncologist, Dr. Zimmerman. While in the waiting room she sees Ben, another patient (pancreatic) and is immediately attracted to him in spite of their unconventional circumstances. She memorizes Ben’s phone number as he fills out his information form and eventually gets the courage to call him. Sara talks all of this over with her best friend, Ellen, just as the author also gives us glimpses into Sara’s home life (her mother is a grouse and her brother is a schizophrenic) The good news for the reader is that Sara, Ellen and Ben are extremely likable characters so as the story continues we can’t help but sympathize with them and the situation at hand. I got a particular kick out of Sara’s increasing libido as her cancer drugs were working! There were even a few moments where it got a little racy ~ go Sara! The story is told with great compassion and authenticity as medical information is revealed just as if it were real life. (Mahurin is a nurse and it shows in her writing)
But, this isn’t a typical love store between two cancer patients. There is another layer here that really made the book stand out and capture my heart. The awesome inclusion of the dog, Tazzie buffers all of the difficult things that Sara and Ben must deal with. Near the beginning of the story, Mahurin says that: “Sara’s life had been empty until she got a dog.” Indeed it was! Tazzie reigns throughout this narrative as great companion and stress reliever, offering all the things that dogs do: unconditional love, support, sympathy companionship. As Sara and Ben traverse the mountain before them: the difficulties with their imperfect families, the bleakness of serious illness, the struggles of a new relationship, Tazzie is there urging them on in her own way. The relationship between human beings with each other and humans with animals is one that this author knows well. I loved this story and so will you!
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving, October 11, 2014
This review is from: His Name was Ben (Paperback)
I have read others’ reviews of this endearing story and I have nothing by way of a useful review to add regarding the story itself or the writing. I agree with what others have said in theirs. However, . . . .What I would like to acknowledge is the wonderful courage and amazing heart possessed by this story’s author. In her inimitable down-to-Earth style, in her unique way, Paulette tells, not just her own or another’s story, but generically each of our own stories too, demonstrating to us how it is possible to escape the self-generated shackles, the self-protective illusions in our minds, to ignite and stoke our true potential for love, enabling us to create our own lives, moment by precious moment, as we live them.

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CANINE ADOPTION RESCUE LEAGUE

Canine Adoption and Rescue League – CARL will benefit from profits of His Name Was Ben. My husband and I have been volunteers with this organization since its inceptions many years ago. It is the largest dog rescue non-profit in Ventura County with its own kennel. They have saved hundreds of dog’s lives through the years and are the group that runs the annual Ventura County Pooch Parade. They need help with funds, volunteers, and supplies for dogs (food, etc.). They are a terrific organization. Have a stop over there and feel free to give them a like. Tell them Terry & Paulette sent you.

Read a book. Save a life.

CARL’S FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/CARLdogs

CARL’S WEBSITE: http://carldogs.org/

All profits from my first book, The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap, are going to http://sparcsaveslives.org/  They are the first and only no-kill shelter in Ventura County, CA.

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Thank you J.K. Bevill – Lost Creek Publishing

Kerry Bevill’s blog went silent a few months back but we stayed in touch. He continues to be a wonderfully giving, supportive friend. For all of us who know and appreciate how giving and generous he was in sharing and reblogging I wanted to share this and give a special shout out to Kerry. Thank you so much. Today a dog will be wagging because of you.

5.0 out of 5 stars There is a list, a very short list, …, October 8, 2014
This review is from: His Name was Ben (Paperback)
There is a list, a very short list, of books that I have read non-stop from cover to cover. The first, and the one that still haunts me, is Ernest Hemingway’s “Islands In The Stream.” The second is Steven King’s “The Stand.” Recently, in December 2013, I added Paulette Mahurin’s “The Persecution Of Mildred Dunlap” and this month, October 2014, I added Paulette’s “His Name Was Ben.” I believe both of Paulette’s works should be made into movies and I have discussed this with her. Since some time has passed since we talked about the movie version of her first work, I do not remember who I decided should star. Since “His name was Ben” is fresh in my mind, I have decided that Leonardo DiCaprio should play Ben and Cote de Pablo should play Sara. So, there is my short list and, I believe, all works herein should be on everyone’s short list.
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Probes in rich depth a story about living life to the fullest

 All profits going to help save dog’s lives.
5.0 out of 5 stars Life Lessons, October 6, 2014
This review is from: His Name was Ben (Kindle Edition)

Inspired by real characters, Paulette Mahurin’s HIS NAME WAS BEN probes in rich depth a story about living life to the fullest. Many books are out in the world that tell of patients, friends and family dealing with their own or another’s journey with cancer. The exceptionally tender, fact-filled and emotionally laden difference here is the intense dissection of fear, love, hope and endurance.

Sara’s condition improves with experimental drug treatment after her double mastectomy. Much slower to heal than the cancer is her negative self-image as it battles with the desire for love, sex and a caring relationship. Stealing a peek as Ben fills out a questionnaire at their oncologist’s office, she is attracted to him and takes note of his telephone number. Egged on by her friend Ellen, she finally calls him and sets a date…but when an accident keeps her from him, he figures she is a flake. After all, why would she be any different than his past experiences? The tall exceptionally good-looking man, she later learns, has pancreatic cancer, one of the most hopeless of cancers.

Ben and Sara literally grope toward a fulfilling relationship as they deal with their illnesses, toxic family histories and their developing trust and love. Mahurin’s writing is sharp as the surgeon’s scalpel cutting into the dynamics of childhood trauma. As Sara and Ben assist each other to deal with their pasts, their love intensifies and matures. Healing occurs on multiple levels, even in the face of Ben’s deteriorating physical condition. Mahurin has an enormous talent for exploring character development as the reader finds in the unfolding of layer after layer of individual growth and change. Sara’s dog Tazzie and her friend Ellen, a nurse as is Sara, have been her only support until Ben’s entry into her life. By the story’s end, their mutual support system swells and multiplies in numbers, understanding and love. Sara and Ben give the fortunate reader lessons in living.

Paulette Mahurin’s compassion is shown throughout her writing but also in her “real” life. Proceeds from her writing go to assist in animal rescue, obviously an issue close to her heart.

5.0 out of 5 stars Realistic and Inspiring, October 6, 2014
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“His Name was Ben” is a true love story. It follows the lives of two cancer patients. Sara has given up on life until she receives word from her oncologist that she has been accepted into a treatment program that has promise. She is hesitant to hope, but trusts the encouragement of her doctor. The day she receives her first treatment, she meets a man. Ben is also a cancer patient and has little hope for recovery, but is determined to beat his disease against all odds. Both patients enter the same treatment program with drastically different results.
The story follows this pair as they deal with overwhelming family obstacles. Neither one trusts easily because of their past life experiences. As they push themselves to accept unfamiliar emotions, learn to trust and let go of fear, Ben and Sara find a deep, healing love that is rare. It is a great reminder that it’s never too late to find that special someone.
Mahurin does an excellent job of drawing her reader into this story. The characters are realistic and beautifully flawed. The story, although tragic and emotional, is powerful and inspiring. I would recommend this book to others and thank Paulette Mahurin for writing such a thought provoking and poignant story.

 

5.0 out of 5 stars Life is Precious, October 7, 2014
This review is from: His Name was Ben (Kindle Edition)
Amazing story about a woman who has cancer and is trying to find the balance of life. while at the doctors office she meets Ben he turns her world upside down. This is an emotionally gripping story about a couple that overcomes many obstacles and also has to face reality. Great read that reminds us how precious life is.
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His Name Was Ben (Book Review)

The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap:

Thank you, Kev, for this great review and posting it to your site. And a special heartfelt thank you for all you do to help indie authors. You’re a gem. <3

Originally posted on Kev's Blog:

51i68Gzmu9L._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-v3-big,TopRight,0,-55_SX278_SY278_PIkin4,BottomRight,1,22_AA300_SH20_OU02_Paulette captures the essence of emotions in gripping story of how two cancer patients find each other and fall in love.
It is a tale of highs and lows. It is the sense of the mixed emotions that grasped me as a reader.

There are the emotions one would expect from being diagnosed with the most aggressive forms of cancer… fear of the unknown and the known, despair and hopelessness. But there are other feelings involved: the fear of being rejected, of not being wanted and the fear of losing one’s womanhood or manhood.

Add to the mix unhealthy family relationships that cause even more stress and anxiety with a complete lack of empathy and even sympathy.

And then add…

The desire to be accepted and loved. The hope of new trials and medications, The effects of cancer and the after effects of treatment; The realization of success/failure and The determination…

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How often do we read a narrative that cuts so close, we bleed emotionally?

5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary! Poignant! How often do we really get …, October 2, 2014
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Extraordinary! Poignant! How often do we really get to see, to read a narrative that cuts so close, we bleed emotionally? Mrs.Mahurin is perhaps one of the most talented writers of our time. She draws us in, fills us with questions, and makes us realize our own frailties. We find ourselves weighing our values, questioning our capacity to deal with pain, suffering, and life in real terms. This story is too real, too raw, and too close to our own reality to put down. In the jargon of today, it is a real “page turner”. We have all faced tragedy in our lives, but how Sara, the main character, deals with her cancer, and the world around her, is a valuable lesson for us all. It is an emotional story that will make you wake up, and become part of the events happening all around us everyday. Her descriptive capacity makes the story all the more believable and a true reality for everyone. We can see who the heroes are, and they are all of us on some level. Life is hard, and life is complex, and how we deal with daily events is the summation of who we really are. Read this book and prepare to look at life differently, wholly, and with more respect than perhaps you ever have!
5.0 out of 5 stars I’m not very good at writing reviews so I’ll just keep it plain …, October 3, 2014
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I’m not very good at writing reviews so I’ll just keep it plain and simple. I enjoyed getting to know the characters. I kept trying to put myself in their very real shoes. And I cheered, hoped and prayed for them all the way. More characters from Paulette to fall in love with.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wisdom in writing, October 5, 2014
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Paulette Mahurin has surely “found a vein”, a particular niche for her writing which I would describe as “raw”, “honest”, “deeper than deep” and even “therapeutic” as she expresses in detail what other writers only touch on or imply. Her latest book “His Name Was Ben” reaches beyond mere story telling and hints how readers who have similar issues might even resolve them.I was especially impressed by her portrayal of the character “Rosalie”. It was beyond perfection. Everyone has experienced a “Rosalie” at some point in their lives and her bite came right through the pages.
Engrossing!
5.0 out of 5 stars … two cancer patients find each other and fall in love. It is a tale of highs and lows, 3 Oct 2014
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Paulette captures the essence of emotions in gripping story of how two cancer patients find each other and fall in love. It is a tale of highs and lows. It is the sense of the mixed emotions thats grasped me as a reader.There are the emotions one would expect from being diagnosed with the most aggressive forms of cancer… fear of the unknown and the known, despair and hopelessness. But there are other feelings involved: the fear of being rejected, of not being wanted and the fear of losing one’s womanhood or manhood. Add to the mix unhealthy family relationships that cause even more stress and anxiety with a complete lack of empathy and even sympathy. And then add… The desire to be accepted and loved. The hope of new trials and medications, The effects of cancer and the after affects of treatment; The realization of success/failure and The determination to make the most of life despite the odds. Well worth the read and all proceeds go to charity.
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Smile!

The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap:

I LOVE Clowie who is wise, and friendly, and considerate, and loving, and so ADORABLE. Have a visit over there and SMILE.

Originally posted on Clowie's Corner:

This Friday, 3rd October, is World Smile Day. The theme is, “Do an act of kindness. Help one person smile!”

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That sounds like a lovely idea to me! It would be wonderful if every day could be like that.

It’s something that is easy to get involved in as most of us animals enjoy making people smile. There will be a smile blog hop on Friday, you can find the details on Sugar’s blog.

I thought about what I could do to make all of you smile. I decided that many of my blogging friends have lovely smiles, so I would share a few pictures of them. I’m hoping you’ll smile with them! Enjoy their smiles in the gallery of photos and then I will introduce them to you and tell you where to find them.

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Reviews for His Name Was Ben

I’m so grateful to all who have purchased a copy of my book. And to those who have taken the time to write a review. The profits are going to help rescue dogs. A few of the latest reviews:

5.0 out of 5 stars … from the heart with a rare openness to life love and compassion, September 28, 2014
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This is a book written from the heart with a rare openness to life love and compassion. Gradually the characters come alive and permeate the reader with their intelligence, quirkiness and celebration of life. A great experience, thoroughly recommended.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars for joy and love, September 20, 2014
This review is from: His Name was Ben (Paperback)
Mahurin writes with heart and passion, a story not about facing death but what it is to be alive. And it’s never too late. This every living, breathing moment, is here to be valued, a point driven home in this poignant read. This is a must read for anyone facing a terminal illness, anyone with a family me member with a terminal illness, or anyone wanting a glimpse into revelations that bring the miraculous living moment to the present, for joy and love. A truly beautiful romance novel that I will read again and again.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book offers many gifts to the reader., September 22, 2014
This review is from: His Name was Ben (Paperback)
Mahurin, who wrote the wildly successful and award-winning “The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap,” has done it again! She is an adept writer who knows how to create complex characters living complicated lives, tugging the reader into the world she creates. The details and dialog ring so true that I felt I was in the story with them, often forgetting that I was reading. Paulette Mahurin’s writing is that good! This time, we’re drawn into the intimate lives of two cancer patients. It’s clear Paulette used her medical background and extensive research because the sections on the types of cancer, treatment options, and side effects are quite sophisticated. But this is no maudlin read. Instead, courage, hope, love, wisdom, and even levity are woven throughout the individual and collective journeys the characters take. This book offers many gifts to the reader. To me, the best books offer more than just a memorable story, which this one certainly does. The best books linger with you long after you’ve read them because they’ve taken you on an ethical or philosophical journey. “His Name Was Ben” took me on such a journey. If I was facing a terminal illness, would I opt for toxic treatment or let myself die naturally? Would I have the courage to start a relationship knowing that I had cancer AND that he had cancer? Does cancer matter since none of us knows what going to happen in the next moment? These questions still haunt me after reading this book. The best books also take you places you’ve never been, or get you to see things in ways you’ve never seen them. They open up new perspectives. Again, Mahurin’s book gave me this gift. I learned a great deal about cancer treatment, its side effects and the emotional toll it takes on both the patient and loved ones. I love reading fiction and learning things that apply to real life! At its core, this book is a story about accepting oneself, being open to romance, overcoming fear, and taking chances. Basically, it’s a love story about life, about living life consciously rather than on automatic pilot. Thank you Paulette for the gift of this book.
Amazon Reviews:
Format: Paperback

“His name was Ben” by Paulette Mahurin is a beautifully written, bitter-sweet love story between two cancer patients, Ben and Sara, and really also between them and her Rottweiler dog Tazzie.
Sara, a nurse practitioner, develops an aggressive type of breast cancer, first detected by said dog, Tazzie. The story of her diagnosis and the initial treatment is full of raw emotion and written with great empathy and with amazing medical knowledge.
We also learn about her family background and the issues that have made Sara’s life not the happiest until now. Blessed with good insurance and access to a top oncologist she enters a special research programme that trials a new treatment for cancer. The drug works and increases her libido, which is why she eventually asks out a handsome fellow cancer patient named Ben.
Once the two of them embark on their untimely love affair they help each other heal and work through their personal issues: Ben’s alcoholic parents; Sara’s unhappy childhood with a controlling and critical mother, a schizophrenic brother and her divorce from ex-husband Henry.
Mahurin has chosen her characters very well and given them so much more than just bad things like cancer. Ben and Sara are both highly evolved and reflective people who have the ability to work through their problems, speak honestly with each other and develop at last a proper relationship in their life based on solid foundations – it was moving to read about it.
The other characters in the book are equally interesting and get enough coverage to add extra colour to the often humorous and certainly inspiring novel in front of you; be it Sara’s mother, the cancer doctor or the friends – not to forget the lovely Rottweiler Tazzie.
Against the biggest of obstacles a couple can face, the positive message is that it is never too late to start living. The hope that patients have attached to miracle cures and new treatment means nothing when time is only spent on the clock but does not translate into moments of shared love and happiness. Be there breakthrough studies or not, never give up on living. Amidst so much understandably tragic and miserable cancer stories here is a book that shows positive role models to look up to and to keep in mind when the unspeakable happens to you.
I was given an ARC of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.

By Wanda on September 25, 2014

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase

I almost managed to read this book in one sitting. Almost.
Ben meets a girl. Ok a woman whom is treated by the same oncologist he is seeing for the first time…
So begins an epic love story at times raw with naked truth about cancer at others lyrical about the mere act of living. Between our main two protagonists is a dog. One Ben learns to love as both he and his new love interest learn how to take a crash coarse with coming to terms with what formed them, driven their actions and dictated how they would live their lives.
Together the two love birds and Tazzie the mini-rotti lives through more subplots in a matter of months than the two human protagonists dealt with in their 45 + years leading up to diagnosis.Ultimately this story does not romantasize the horror of cancer. It is never over explicit but it does portray a less than romantic view of a very painful usually fatal disease.
But in the end although it seems as if the story is about death and endings at first it is in fact about love, life and hope.

A moving story where the characters grow so much it left me breathless.

I am convinced that this story will not be everybodies cup of tea. It is simply to “real” to be universally loved. I am however convinced that for the most part this book will be a firm favourite and it will serve not to only. Entertain but also to inspire.

By Ronni L. Sanlo on September 20, 2014
Format: Paperback

His Name was Ben is such a dear, sweet, tender love story about real issues that touch people’s lives. From true love to precious pets and friends, to crazy family members, this book held my attention from start to finish. Actually, I could not stop reading until I turned the last page. Paulette Mahurin has written yet another powerful, passionate book that will surely touch every reader’s heart.
Format: Paperback

An insightful , compassionate tale about love and life in the moment, when a moment is all there is. Both ordinary and extraordinary, Sara and Ben kept me up all night rooting for them, as did Mahurin of course, a writer of exceptional heart, for her tender and wise depiction of love against all odds.
Format: Kindle Edition

I want to start off with saying that Paulette Mahurin is an incredibly talented author. I can only hope to someday be half the writer she is. His Name Was Ben is another wonderful novel from Paulette Mahurin. I really love her books because she tells a great story about people who are not perfect, but are doing the best they can. Paulette Mahurin writes heartfelt stories about deeply flawed and human characters and about tragedy; after all, what would a great story be without a tragic event!
As the author has done in her previous book, here again, she delivers a fascinating read that you just can’t put down. Her characters are created with the perfect precision that only Paulette Mahurin can do. The story plot will keep you reading and make you hunger for more when you reach the end. I read her book, The Persecution Of Mildred Dunlap, and fell in love with Mahurin’s writing. I have been waiting for another book like it, and she has come through for me. Mrs Mahurin writes stories that pull out a wide range of emotions when you are reading them. The characters in His Name Was Ben are relatable people.
She writes heroes and heroines that are a little different than you are used to reading about. Sara Phillips is a likable character, and we hurt for her as she deals with the hell she’d been through, on the rollercoaster ride her life had become since the doctor diagnosed her with a fearful disease. She will need those around her as she struggles with an ugly reality, the monster in her life – cancer. Once healed from her double mastectomy, she awakens to life when meeting Ben Gottlieb, who works in the legal department at NASA. Ben is a patient, too, waiting to see Michael Zimmerman for a consultation. I hate spoilers so I won’t steal the other readers the pleasure of immersing in this compelling, touching story.
Tazz, the Rottweiler Sara saved from the shelter, is a perfect counter balance for the heartbreaking circumstances, Sara and Ben pass through.
Paulette Mahurin writes stories full of empathy, raw honesty, and grace. Her characters are memorable, the dialogue believable. All in all the message is a positive one – fight, never give up. It’s about love, life versus living, believing in yourself and others. I highly recommend this book.
This is the story of Ben and Sara, two cancer patients who meet at Dr Zimmerman’s surgery. With her dog Taz and best friend Ellen for support, Sara embarks on a new friendship, spending precious time with a new love in her life. The story is well paced and all the characters are well conceived, making this book a real page turner.Beautifully crafted, this is a compelling and emotional read. As the main characters assess and analyse their own lives, I found myself looking at my own values and confronting my own mortality. Am I truly happy with my life right now? Would I be living like I am if my life expectancy were threatened?

The love in this book shines through…love of family, friends and the wonderful, amazing planet on which we live. Not my usual choice to read and there were times when tears filled my eyes but I’m glad I read this beautiful book.

This review is from: His Name was Ben (Paperback)
What a sweet sweet story!!!!!I loved how Paulette’s new book just jumps right into the story and grabs you the reader right along with it.
This is a great story about love, trusting, letting go of fear and how amazing it is when one actually finds that special person they have been looking for.
I personally had a few aha moments.
I thought it was great how Paulette puts the thoughts of the characters into words while they where having a conversation. We all do that: that little voice in our heads talking to us “Do they think I’m fat?, or do they think I’m dumb? or do they like me?
Life is hard. But with an open mind and heart, a positive attitude, kindness and sensitivity and the willingness to be honest life can be GREAT!!!!!
Thank You Paulette for a great story.
Love you El

5.0 out of 5 stars This one comes from a loving place…, September 21, 2014
This review is from: His Name was Ben (Paperback)
A sensitive and wonderfully written story. Paulette’s characters courageously deal with the vicissitudes of life with objectivity and loving that’s truly inspirational.
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Amusing myself

The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap:

Dedicated to Seeker who helps so many with her big heart. For anyone who wants to play her game, have a stop over to her site. :-)

Originally posted on The Seeker:

I know nobody will see my status
but sometimes, when I am bored,
I go into the garden,
I cover myself in earth and
I pretend I am a carrot.

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THE KINDLE BOOK OF HIS NAME WAS BEN IS UP AND RUNNING ON AMAZON

The kindle book has been reformatted and is back up for sale on Amazon. For anyone who purchased the first version and wants it updated, Amazon will do this for free. The errors were not in the text itself but rather the formatting indentations. Here is the Amazon link for the book and kindle. A heartfelt thank you to everyone who supports the book, which ultimately will help support a dog being rescued.

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AMAZON RANKING: HIS NAME WAS BEN

While the kindle book is being worked on, I just saw that the Amazon ranking started off well. Below is a current screen shot and the next one is a zoom in which shows it’s #12 in books with health/cancer related stories. A heartfelt huge thank you to everyone who has helped in this effort. It’s bound to make a lot of dogs very happy.

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GLITCH IN THE KINDLE FORMATTING OF HIS NAME WAS BEN

Dear friends,

I obtained my kindle copy of my book, His Name Was Ben, last night. The formatting is way off from the paperback with sentences starting mid page, indents missing in places where they should be, what should be one paragraph broken into two, etc. I’ve written to kdp select for help with reformatting. Once I hear from them, I’ll pull the book, have reformatting done, and put it back up. For anyone who has purchased a kindle book the Amazon policy is they will exchange it for the properly formatted one. If anyone has a problem with this, I will gift you a copy of the kindle book myself. The paperback will remain on Amazon. And, for anyone who would like to read the book but can’t afford it, I’ll happily send you the text pdf, if you’d like. All I ask in exchange is sometime in the future you return the act of kindness to someone else, including a dog. My apologies for anyone reading the kindle book now and distracted by the poor formatting.

Paulette Mahurin

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Introducing: His Name Was Ben

My book just went live on Amazon paperback and Kindle for anyone interested in reading it. As with The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap profits are going to rescue dogs.

SYNOPSIS ON BACK COVER: SYNOPSIS Hearing the words “it’s cancer,” threw Sara Phillips’ life into chaos, until an unexpected turn of events and a chance encounter with a stranger changed everything—his name was Ben. Based on real events, Ben and Sara discover that when all else fails, healing can come in the most unexpected ways. Chilling and heart wrenching, His Name Was Ben is a triumph over the devastating circumstances and fear experienced when faced with a terminal illness. In this narrative, the power of love conquers shadows and transforms the very nature and meaning of what it is to be fully alive. From the award winning, best-selling author of, The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap, comes a story filled with soul and passion that will leave the reader thinking about it for days after the last page is closed. “Paulette Mahurin compassionately renders an insightful tale about love and life in the moment, when a moment is all there is. Both ordinary and extraordinary, Sara and Ben kept me up at night rooting for them, as did Mahurin of course, a writer of exceptional heart, for her tender and wise depiction of love against all odds. A rare pleasure, His Name Was Ben is not to be missed.”—Lee Fullbright, author of The Angry Woman Suite “Against the biggest of obstacles a couple can face, the positive message is that it is never too late to start living.” –Christoph Fischer author of Sebastian. Paulette Mahurin lives with her husband Terry and three dogs, Max, Bella, and Lady Luck in Ventura County, California. Profits from her books go to rescue dogs.

AMAZON REVIEWS:

5.0 out of 5 stars This book offers many gifts to the reader. September 22, 2014
Format:Paperback
Mahurin, who wrote the wildly successful and award-winning “The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap,” has done it again! She is an adept writer who knows how to create complex characters living complicated lives, tugging the reader into the world she creates. The details and dialog ring so true that I felt I was in the story with them, often forgetting that I was reading. Paulette Mahurin’s writing is that good!This time, we’re drawn into the intimate lives of two cancer patients. It’s clear Paulette used her medical background and extensive research because the sections on the types of cancer, treatment options, and side effects are quite sophisticated. But this is no maudlin read. Instead, courage, hope, love, wisdom, and even levity are woven throughout the individual and collective journeys the characters take.

This book offers many gifts to the reader. To me, the best books offer more than just a memorable story, which this one certainly does.

The best books linger with you long after you’ve read them because they’ve taken you on an ethical or philosophical journey. “His Name Was Ben” took me on such a journey. If I was facing a terminal illness, would I opt for toxic treatment or let myself die naturally? Would I have the courage to start a relationship knowing that I had cancer AND that he had cancer? Does cancer matter since none of us knows what going to happen in the next moment? These questions still haunt me after reading this book.

The best books also take you places you’ve never been, or get you to see things in ways you’ve never seen them. They open up new perspectives. Again, Mahurin’s book gave me this gift. I learned a great deal about cancer treatment, its side effects and the emotional toll it takes on both the patient and loved ones. I love reading fiction and learning things that apply to real life!

At its core, this book is a story about accepting oneself, being open to romance, overcoming fear, and taking chances. Basically, it’s a love story about life, about living life consciously rather than on automatic pilot. Thank you Paulette for the gift of this book.

5.0 out of 5 stars for joy and love September 20, 2014
By Mr.
Format:Paperback
Mahurin writes with heart and passion, a story not about facing death but what it is to be alive. And it’s never too late. This every living, breathing moment, is here to be valued, a point driven home in this poignant read. This is a must read for anyone facing a terminal illness, anyone with a family me member with a terminal illness, or anyone wanting a glimpse into revelations that bring the miraculous living moment to the present, for joy and love. A truly beautiful romance novel that I will read again and again.
5.0 out of 5 stars sweet, tender love story about real issues that touch …, September 20, 2014
By
Ronni L. Sanlo (Los Angeles, CA United States) – See all my reviews
This review is from: His Name was Ben (Paperback)
His Name was Ben is such a dear, sweet, tender love story about real issues that touch people’s lives. From true love to precious pets and friends, to crazy family members, this book held my attention from start to finish. Actually, I could not stop reading until I turned the last page. Paulette Mahurin has written yet another powerful, passionate book that will surely touch every reader’s heart.
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“His name was Ben” by Paulette Mahurin

The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap:

Thank you, Christoph Fischer, for this remarkable send off for my book. I’m grateful for your support. The book’s now available on Amazon paperback and Kindle. Profits to help rescue dogs: http://www.amazon.com/His-Name-was-Paulette-Mahurin-ebook/dp/B00NTACZ5Q/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=1-1-catcorr&qid=1411445444

Originally posted on writerchristophfischer:

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Today I have the pleasure to announce the long awaited release of Paulette Mahurin’s new book: “His name was Ben”.

I absolutely loved Paulette’s first book “The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap”. She responded to my positive review, I featured her with an interview and we have become good friends since, not least because of our shared love for dogs. The proceeds of Paulette’s books go to a no kill shelter in California (Link).


Now to the book: It is a beautifully written, bitter-sweet love story between two cancer patients, Ben and Sara, and really also between them and her Rottweiler dog Tazzie.

Sara, a nurse practitioner, develops an aggressive type of breast cancer, first detected by said dog, Tazzie. The story of her diagnosis and the initial treatment is full of raw emotion and written with great empathy and with amazing medical knowledge.
We also learn about her…

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“What is the meaning of life?”

The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap:

Happy Weekend everyone. Enjoy. A special cyber hug and shout out to my blue friend.

Originally posted on The Seeker:

If a child asked you,
“What is the meaning of life?” –
what would you tell him/her?
Baby Gregory

Give him an ice cream.
Ask him to hold it without eating it.
Seeing it melt, remark gently,

“And this is the meaning of life..
Enjoy before it melts away..”

source: Sidharth Udani, Born at a very young age!

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Good Night Dear Man

The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap:

Couldn’t post this last night when I first saw it. I was too heartbroken to have lost one of my best cyber friends, Bill Hamilton. We met on line and shared a friendship on the phone weekly. I just spoke with him a couple of days ago. There was a lot of laughter but that was Bill, always positive and loving. My heart is with his family. My heart is heavy. I will miss you dear friend. I love you. RIP.

Originally posted on The Chatter Blog:

Chatter Master and Flaham

Good night dear man.

The air is fresh

Your free

To breathe.

Sing.  Laugh.

Fly.

Go!

With the wind.

On the wind.

Breathe!!!

Dear Beautiful Man!

Breathe Free.

Eternally.

Good Night from here Dear Man.

Forever,  you are free.

Meeting Bill

<3Bill Hamilton

Bill Hamilton of

DealingWithCOPD.Wordpress.com

Passed away peacefully today.

At the request of his beloved wife I am sharing this information.

Please notify any blogging friends that you may know of who knew Bill.

WordPress has lost a very good, and dear, friend.

I will breathe easier, each breath, knowing you breathe free tonight dear man.

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Cover Reveal: His Name Was Ben by Paulette Mahurin is due out in a couple of weeks

 

Front cover screen shot Ben

Front cover

Back cover Ben Screen shot

Hearing the words “it’s cancer,” threw Sara Phillips’ life into chaos, until an unexpected turn of events and a chance encounter with a stranger changed everything—his name was Ben. Based on real events, Ben and Sara discover that when all else fails, healing can come in the most unexpected ways. Chilling and heart wrenching, His Name Was Ben is a triumph over the devastating circumstances and fear experienced when faced with a terminal illness. In this narrative, the power of love conquers shadows and transforms the very nature and meaning of what it is to be fully alive. From the award winning, best-selling author of, The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap, comes a story filled with soul and passion that will leave the reader thinking about it for days after the last page is closed. “Paulette Mahurin compassionately renders an insightful tale about love and life in the moment, when a moment is all there is. Both ordinary and extraordinary, Sara and Ben kept me up at night rooting for them, as did Mahurin of course, a writer of exceptional heart, for her tender and wise depiction of love against all odds. A rare pleasure, His Name Was Ben is not to be missed.”—Lee Fullbright, author of The Angry Woman Suite “Against the biggest of obstacles a couple can face, the positive message is that it is never too late to start living.” –Christoph Fischer author of Sebastian. Paulette Mahurin lives with her husband Terry and three dogs, Max, Bella, and Lady Luck in Ventura County, California. Profits from her books go to rescue dogs.

Ben cover screen shot

 Cover design by Barbara Gottlieb

http://www.gottgraphix.com

 

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