Why do I promote my books?

I hope I can keep this short.

Many years ago, I was bitten by a tick. Two days later a huge bull’s eye rash appeared on my waist. Antibiotic treatment went well but six months later I had crippling mono-articular arthritis, cardiac arrhythmia, and meningitis. Month after month, heading into years, treatments failed, alternative medicine failed, meditation, imagery, you name it didn’t change the “Lyme Symptoms.” I fell into a depression and there by my side in bed with me was my rottie Tazzie. What changed was I became aware that her existence revolved around me. She didn’t want to walk, play, do much other than stay by my side. Because of that, something changed in me. I like to think that my heart opened to gratitude, for the simplest of acts done by my dog, my best friend. My husband had been wonderful but there was something about Tazzie that got through to me, to my heart, and made me aware, that as long as I can accept the hand I’ve been dealt I can be okay with what is. Whatever that is. My depression lifted. That was many years ago. That dog, that beautiful friend and family member, gave me something no one has ever done, a deep sense of gratitude for what I have that is good, that I don’t resist. That helped lessen resistance for the things I’d rather not experience. That’s a biggie for me, to just be okay with whatever. I owe it to my girl Tazzie. Because of this and my passion for dogs I write and give all my profits to help rescue dogs from kill shelters. Because of this I promote my books and ask for reviews. I don’t like to do it. It makes me feel like a pushy sales person. I brave through that aspect and shamelessly put up my reviews as a thank you and try to express as best I can my gratitude for all of you out there helping to spread the energy that will help a dog. There are a lot of Tazzie’s out there waiting to be free. Free to love and give back. RIP my sweet Tazzie girl.

Interview @ Tela's Notes Ends With Talk About Dogs

A painting I did of Tazzie

Press article on my profits to dogs:


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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34 Responses to Why do I promote my books?

  1. tazzielove says:

    Nicely communicated.

  2. Beautiful! This touches me deeply.

  3. Jean-Jacques says:

    Ah…dear Paulette, Terrific…! Is there no end to your varied and exceptional talents? Lucky Terry.

  4. Any sensitive person would feel a little askance at what they might regard as self publicity…but you do it for the dogs.

    • The self-consciousness is there nonetheless but I put myself out there anyway. That there are a lot of also sensitive, loving, and supportive good people (like yourself) out there helps immensely. Perhaps that is the pot of gold at the end of it all, how we all connect and help each other. Wishing you and yours a good, fun, and unstressful weekend in Paradise. 🙂

  5. Today, it is any writer or authors job to self promote an.
    d your writing is so wonderful and should be shared

  6. I just always admired that you gave your proceeds to helping dogs, but now I know the full reason why. The companionship of our furry friends is indeed priceless in so many ways.

    • Jeri, it’s so good to see you here. I’ve always loved dogs but with Taz it was special and something changed in me, helping them became a passion. She was a throw away purebred rottweiler, purchased from a pet shop but when she arrived at the family’s home she ran out in the street and was hit by a truck. She broke her femur. They threw her away to be disposed of. I found her in the Ojai shelter, still healing from the fx and being a nurse… It was a good match. I think she was ready to be “my nurse” when that tick got me. She lived to be 15 years old and as she went down hill my health started to return. If was as if she lived long enough, through aging arthritis and eye cancer, to see me get better. Amazing relationship. ❤

  7. I’m so glad you told this story. I knew it of course, but not quite in the way you’ve expressed it here. Nearly in tears for this simple beautiful act of devotion. I think Tazzie saved your life. The world is a better place for you being in it. May you save many many Tazzies!
    Love and hugs, Alison

    • I think you’re right about her saving my life, or at least pulling me out of my funk so I wanted to live and with purpose. That’s so kind of you to comment on me being in this world. We do have a heart connection, don’t we. I can’t tell you how much joy it gives me to get a dog out of death row. This year already we’ve helped get 29 dogs out of kill shelters. It helps me sleep better at night. love to you both. ❤

  8. Tazzie is smiling her doggie smile and nuzzling you right now. You done good, P. Real good. ❤

  9. seeker says:

    You have been blessed and graced with an unconditional love of Tazzie. For that so many are benefiting for your dedication to save lives of many Tazzies. I salute you, P. From another P.

  10. Littlesundog says:

    Thank you for sharing this with us. I admire you so very much for donating the proceeds of your books. I hope to do the same for wildlife rescue and animal rescue someday. And you’ve taught me a lesson here also, about being more careful of ticks. I often find them on me and I admit, I do not always practice good prevention when I go walking in the woodlands here.

    • Oh boy, yes, do take care with ticks. Trust me. I worked as a health care provider and you could have knocked me over with a feather when I was diagnosed. It was nothing ever on my radar nor did I “believe” it ever would be. We just don’t know how awful and humbling something is until we experience it. Give those ticks a healthy respect and definitely do precautions. And bless your sweet heart for your kind words about the rescue work we do. It’ll be wonderful when you do your work for wildlife and animal rescue on that special day. Be sure to stop by and share some stories. ❤

  11. Paulette, this is such a powerful, poignant story – a testament to the love you breathe into your work and life, and a beautiful tribute to Tazzie.

  12. I knew this without you having to even explain it. Anyone who works for charity, literally does their work and gives the benefits to charity, is serving a cause. I admire you Paulette. (I got the book!) 🙂

  13. mysm2000 says:

    Reblogged this on Ms M's Bookshelf and commented:
    Today is a bit of a departure from my usual Sunday Reblog in that it really isn’t about books — it’s about the reasons behind them, in some cases and in this one in particular — and about a terribly debilitating disease called Lyme. In the last year I’ve become very aware of just what a serious and dreadful disease it is. As with so many illnesses, you know one person struggling with something and pretty soon, you find out about so many who have it and you realize it is more common than you thought. This Reblog from author and dog-lover Paulette Mahurin will touch your heart and explain much: my Sunday Reblog!

    • You’ve a big heart mysm2000. You made my day with your kindness now, and continued. Thank you so much. ❤ p.s. I rarely post or write about personal things but I'm heading into the anniversary of Tazzie's death and reminded of all that came and went with her. Love, Paulette

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