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This Friday, 3rd October, is World Smile Day. The theme is, “Do an act of kindness. Help one person smile!” That sounds like a lovely idea to me! It would be wonderful if every…

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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:
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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

 

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Front cover

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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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Over the Edge? Not Me!

Two days ago I received an email from a woman named Simone, from the on-line magazine Retirement and Good Living. She had seen a comment I wrote on one of their articles and went to check out who I was. Upon seeing the volunteer work I’m involved in she asked if I’d like to write an article on volunteering. It’s a great magazine featuring topics on health, money, travel, etc. and a blog where other people write the articles. Below is the article I wrote for them on volunteering.

http://retirementandgoodliving.com/over-the-edge-not-me/

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What more do I want?

The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap:

This is one of those things I needed to see. And want to share. So beautifully simple. So helpful. A big cyber hug to all my cyber friends.

Originally posted on Breath of Joy:

“He who is contented is rich” ~ Lao Tzu

Being deeply grateful for what you have is the key to happiness. It is believed by people who practice awareness that there are unlimited things for us to be grateful for. Gratefulness comes more easily with humility and having respect for others but with minimal or no expectations. It is important to remember that we need to focus on the good we have and not on what we don’t have.

In spiritual retreats and programs we are asked to list five or ten reasons every night for which we ought to be grateful and in just a few days beautiful changes start taking place – we feel more at peace and our anxiety levels reduce. It is also amazing that the reasons for which we need to be grateful also keep increasing more and more.

Lets welcome gratitude and contentment in…

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An often taboo subject approached with much grace!

I continue to be extremely grateful to those who take the time read my book and to write a review. All the profits have gone to help save the lives of dogs and cats in the first and only no kill shelter in Ventura County, where I live.   http://www.vcstar.com/news/2012/sep/08/ojai-authors-historical-novel-teaches-tolerance/

A few of the recent reviews:

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5.0 out of 5 stars An often taboo subject approached with much grace!, August 4, 2014
 
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I found this an very interesting and thought provoking read and really enjoyed it. Well written with a lovely dance like flow to it!
 
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Period Piece., July 28, 2014
 
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Excellent reading. Nice for anyone who likes period pieces.
 
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful!, July 31, 2014
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A story of every day life in small town America for someone who is afraid to be “seen”. Relevant. Insightful and profound. Beautiful!
 
5.0 out of 5 stars Good story a real. life problem in a small town, August 19, 2014
By 
 
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This story was a. true life experience in living with in a small town where. everyone knows every body when something is different it sticks out like a christmas tree in July decorated. Dave Mac
 
 
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Week 4 and I’m happy at last

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I just had a bath. Don’t I look pretty.

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Yes I do look pretty.

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My baby bro Max.

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My baby sis, Bella.

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Playing with Max & Bella.

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I won this round.

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Life is good.

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A Thank You From Lady Luck

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I feel your love and can’t thank you enough.

I’ve been with my new family, in my new forever home, now for eleven days. It was really hard for me to adjust at first and I was depressed, not wanting to eat, not even wanting to wag my tail. I was confused, wandering around trying to find my real family that I’d been with for what must have been fifteen years. Day by day, after two vets examined me, after baths and massages, after being hand fed, I perked up. Now, I’m doing much better. My appetite isn’t what it used to be but I am eating and I get biped food which is really yummy. My biped mom told me that there are a lot of kind people all over who have wished me well. I wanted to say a huge thank you and that I feel the love. Hope you all feel the love back to you from me.  Wag wag, Lady Luck

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Before the Sun Closes Her Eyes

A very valuable post, especially in light of our discovering that Lady’s appetite is leaving, singling that our days with her are numbered. It is with a heavy heart, yet a grateful heart that I share this. And I pray for as many good days with Lady as possible, that she may continue to open her eyes to the miracle of the gift of life.

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What a difference a day makes. And a home.

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Lady with her kong treat filled with yummy stuff.

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Bella checking up on her new elder sister.

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Max & Lady out on the deck.

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Waiting for treats.

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Oh that’s so yummy.

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Max with his kong.

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Bella munching her kong.

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Max up front. Bella by the water.

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Meet Lady Luck

A friend sent me this photo and the info below it. Needless to say it broke my heart.  I found out she was scheduled to be put to sleep but was given a three day extension. No one put in a rescue request. Her clock was ticking and so my husband and I decided to do something about this sweetheart. Her arthritic legs held her up for the entire 2 1/2  hour drive back to our place with her head out the window. After a good long sniff, a meal, doing her stuff in the right place she’s happily resting next to Max & Bella, her new siblings. She’s an absolute sweetheart with a lot of life left in her senior body. The shelter named her Lady Luck. We’ll call her Lady for short.

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A4709974 Lady Luck is an affectionate twelve year old black female Labrador Retriever who was unceremoniously dumped at the Downey Shelter on May 15th because her previous owners said she was too old and they no longer wanted to take care of her. Weighing fifty-two pounds, this sweet-natured dog walks well on leash and we think she may be housebroken. She is good-natured, likes the company of other dogs and we think that based on her age and her medical condition (arthritis) she would do best with older children. She has pulled mightily on all of our heartstrings because we all want so badly for her to go to a home and live out her last years on a soft bed and in the care of a loving family. Lady Luck is an exceptional indoor pet for an individual or family with older children living in a private home.
To watch a video of Lady Luck please click here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=CoM9MkXLJXY


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Very Different Story Line

 

5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!, April 24, 2014
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I want to thank all those who have purchased and taking the time to write a review on my book, in the name of tolerance and because profits are going to help the Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center, the first and only no-kill shelter in Ventura County, CA.
This review is from: The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap (Kindle Edition)
Very different story line. Very good read. What I enjoyed most was getting into the the characters and their personal histories as it related to their lives. I don’t want to say too much because I don’t want to give anything away. I think it’s the type of book that a woman would enjoy more so than a man. I could be wrong though and would love to see feed back from men if they have read it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Period Piece., July 28, 2014
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Excellent reading. Nice for anyone who likes period pieces.
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful!, July 31, 2014
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A story of every day life in small town America for someone who is afraid to be “seen”. Relevant. Insightful and profound. Beautiful!
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