“Debut novelist wins top San Diego award”

Love this author’s brilliant writing and her book, The Angry Woman Suite, was an exceptionally well written, well crafted story.

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The above header is a San Diego U-T headline, and I’m the “debut novelist.” The Angry WomanSuite (also a Discovery Award winner and Kirkus Critics’ Pick) is my baby—and I am still walking on air after winning the 2013 SanDiegoBookAward forBestMystery last weekend AND then the GeiselAwardfor“best of the best.”

I’m still saying to myself, Really?

I went to the awards ceremony intending only to show my appreciation to the San Diego Book Awards Association for moving my historical-psychological mystery novel forward to finalist status—and was SURE I’d be home in bed with dog and book by 9 PM—in fact, couldn’t wait to get home to bed, book, and dog. I didn’t even prepare comments (and preparing for every eventuality (tsunamis, malaria outbreaks, stock market plunges) is part of my job—er, makeup; Felix Unger has nothing on me), but that’s how sure…

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About The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap

The year 1895 was filled with memorable historical events: the Dreyfus Affair divided France; Booker T. Washington gave his Atlanta address; Richard Olney, United States Secretary of State, expanded the effects of the Monroe Doctrine in settling a boundary dispute between the United Kingdom and Venezuela; and Oscar Wilde was tried and convicted for "gross indecency" under Britian's recently passed law that made sex between males a criminal offense. When the news of Wilde's conviction went out over telegraphs worldwide, it threw a small Nevada town into chaos. This is the story of what happened when the lives of its citizens were impacted by the news of Oscar Wildes' imprisonment. It is chronicle of hatred and prejudice with all its unintended and devastating consequences, and how love and friendship bring strength and healing. Paulette Mahurin, the author, is a Nurse Practitioner who lives in Ojai, California with her husband Terry and their two dogs--- Max and Bella. She practices women's health in a rural clinic and writes in her spare time. All profits from her book are going to animal rescue, Santa Paula Animal Shelter, the first and only no-kill shelter in Ventura County, CA, where she lives. (see links below on Ventura County Star Article & Shelter) To find out more please go the The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap on facebook or Amazon or e-mail us at the gavatar addresses. Thank you. (photos: of Paulette, her family, and a reading at The Ojai Art Center, July 2012)
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26 Responses to “Debut novelist wins top San Diego award”

  1. gita4elamats says:

    Love the hat, gotta read the book. 🙂

  2. tazzielove says:

    Very impressive, this award and the Kirkus review.

  3. Uzoma says:

    Big congrats to her. It’s exciting to know her debut has also bagged an award!

  4. fournier0917 says:

    Sounds great, looks great, and hears great… all that is left for now is to read what can’t be anything but great with all that winning. Thanks for putting me on to this debut novelist Paulette. JJ

  5. jbw0123 says:

    Thanks for the re-blog. The book sounds good! You next?

  6. cindy knoke says:

    Kudos. Bravo. Well deserved!

  7. 68ghia says:

    Congrats to the lady 🙂

  8. natuurfreak says:

    Well done from the lady

  9. Wonderful! Congratulations! Let the awards keep rolling in, Girlfriend!

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