Introducing the cover of my new book: The Day I Saw The Hummingbird

My fifth book, The Day I Saw The Hummingbird, wil very soon to go to print. While the last preparations are underway, I wanted to share the cover and synopsis with my cyber friends. As the sales from my last book are starting to dwindle, it is my hope that my good luck continues with this book. That would mean a whole lot more dogs will be rescued from kill shelters. So far to date this year, 2017, we’re at 763 dogs saved. I’m deeply grateful for the success my books have achieved and the benefit so many dogs have received. And to all the kindhearted people doing what they can to help a dog, to help another animal, to help a human being, to help our beloved planet in any way-large or small, BLESS YOU.

I’ll do a post when my book goes on Amazon. Meanwhile wishing you all happy, healthy, and safe days to follow.



KINDLE JPEG The Say I Saw The Hummingbird 10 Oct 2017(1) copy



BACK COVER The Say I Saw The Hummingbird copy






On the eve of his tenth birthday, a young slave’s life is turned upside down. The unthinkable events that led up to the day Oscar Mercer saw a hummingbird test the limits of this young boy’s body, mind and soul. Gripped with fear and filled with anger, Oscar faces raw, crushing hatred aimed at him and everyone he loves. In a time when a nation was ripped apart geographically, economically, politically and morally, comes a story of a courageous boy who began life as a slave on a sugarcane plantation in Louisiana and escapes via the Underground Railroad. Through the efforts and good will of kind, brave people determined to free slaves, Oscar faces devastating obstacles and dangers. Struggling with his inner impulse to seek revenge for the injustices and violence levied on his family and friends, he discovers that in bondage you pray to God, but in freedom you meet Him. From the award-winning, best-selling author of The Seven Year Dress comes a story that brings another cadre of memorable characters alive on pages that pulse with hatred and kindness, cruelty and compassion, despair and hope. Oscar’s journey on the Underground Railroad is a heart-pounding ride that the reader will remember long after this story ends.

“A superb portrayal of courage and strength of the human spirit. A poignant and unforgettable page-turner. I loved every page.” Jana Petken, bestselling author of The Guardian of Secrets.




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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55 Responses to Introducing the cover of my new book: The Day I Saw The Hummingbird

  1. tazzielove says:

    I love this cover. And 763 fantastic.

  2. This is beautiful, Paw!!!!!

  3. Littlesundog says:

    Paulette, the cover is appealing and quite moving. I’ll be heading to Amazon as soon as you give the word! Thank you so much for what you do… you are an earth angel.

  4. Clowie says:

    I love the title and the cover. You have been busy – congratulations!

    There will be lots more happy doggies with smiles and wagging tails. 🙂

    • So good to see you, Clowie. Hope your bipeds are doing well and getting you out for lots of beautiful walks. I really like this cover but then I love with hummingbirds. Whenever we have one come to our bird feeder, we get so excited. And oh I sure hope a lot of dogs do benefit from this book as well. ❤

  5. Jean-Jacques says:

    CONGRATULATIONS! Paulette on your 5th book. May your success on this one be as substantial as your previous ones, for you as well as for the dogs you save.

  6. This is super news! I’ll be on Amazon as soon as you fire the starting pistol.

    • Thanks so much, Helen. Like the last story, the research on this one was mouth-gaping. It never ceases to amaze me how humans can be so incredibly diabolical. And I’m equally amazed by the human spirit and kindness generated by what I feel is the majority of us human beings. Hope all is well with you and Leo and the fur kids. ❤

      • All well this end…plus an orphan lamb to feed-constantly!
        Noe, something to make you laugh…in a foodie column of ‘The Guardian’ concerning fried chcken the writer referred to the origins of fried chcken as being with the afro americans and their scottish excploiters….I do wonder how he ever managed to get out of the egg…

      • Ah yes, the things we think. And believe. Glad all is well your end. You’ll get your exercise with the lamb. 😉

  7. Seyi sandra says:

    Congratulations Mildred! Please keep us updated, would love to tuck in as soon as the ink is dry on the paper!

  8. Yay! This is so exciting – I can’t wait to read it!!

  9. This is great news and I am so happy that you have a new book that will help save the life of many more dogs. I am always curious concerning the inspiration to write about a particular subject. I hope this one sells even better than your other books.

    • Hi Yvonne. Thank you so much. It’s interesting what started the seeds on this one. When I wrote my first book, The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap, it centered around Oscar Wilde’s imprisonment for homosexuality. That was 1895. There were other newsworthy things that also happened that year: the Dreyfus Affair in France, which was historically the worst anti-Semitic debacle in French history; and there in the good old U.S. racism was flaring with Booker T. Washington giving talks and raising awareness to get African American citizens educated. I covered the Dreyfus affair in my 3rd book: To Live Out Loud. Then my attention went to racism in the U.S. at the turn of the century. As I was researching Washington I read about Harriet Tubman who helped create the Underground Railroad years earlier during the Civil war time period. I was amazed and struck by this woman’s bravery and decided to change the focus to her and the Underground Railroad, therein the seeds for this novel to soon be released.

      I hope all’s well your end and you have a good, peaceful weekend. ❤

  10. Congratulations Paulette. This new one sounds like a real page turner, and I love the cover – the darkness of the bound hands and the bright hope of the hummingbird. Just beautiful, and very evocative.

    • So good to see you two and hope all is well. And thank you so much. It wasn’t an easy chapter in history to write about but all those who helped, just like all the kind-hearted who help today, are so inspiring. Don’t forget to stop by my way if your travels ever take you here. ❤

  11. ivors20 says:

    Well done Paulette, I’ve read the synopsis, and your sounds enthralling, and I’m looking to purchasing on Amazon when “Hummingbird” is released….

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  13. natuurfreak says:

    Het is een fantastische cover

  14. dgkaye says:

    Looks like another must read Paulette. And I absolutely love the cover!!! 🙂 xx

  15. Concatulations on your fifth book, dear Paulette ❤ Birdies on the cover, I think that's more than purrfect…at least for me..MOL 😀 Granny loves it too and the story looks like another great one too. We wish you Good Luck also with this one and purray that you can rescue lots of doggies with it again…we believe you can! Here comes a dose of Good Luck Pawkisses for your book and a double Pawkiss for you for a wonderful day 🙂 ❤

    • Aww, your pawkisses always warm my <3. Thank you so much Binky and Granny for your always kind words. They make all the difference. May pawkisses and wagging hugs back to you two with wishes for you to also have a wonderful day. ❤ p.s. so glad you like the birdie on the cover, Binky. I think he'd fit right in along you in your garden. 🙂

  16. I live near Guilford College. Was only Quaker school in south and UR station. These exciting stories need so much more coverage.

    • Hi Carl. I can just image all the history surrounding the Guildord College. I read about Levi Coffin’s involvement in that area and all he did to help free slaves on the Underground Railroad. Many lives today have him to thank and all the good people that risked so much to help their ancestors gain freedom. I completely agree that these stories need more coverage. So much hardship. So many heroes. I was especially moved reading about Harriet Tubman. She was supposed to be put on the $20 bill and then I recently read an article that there was some protest about it. I hope it comes to be that she is put on the bill and ignites interest in learning about her life and the Underground Railroad.

  17. lorriebowden says:

    Congratulations!! Wow! WONDERFUL 😁 And as I saw my first hummingbird EVER this summer I just love the title and cover! What an accomplishment…I am proud of you…and so thankful for the beautiful work you do saving man’s (and my) best friends!! 💜

  18. beemweeks says:

    Beautiful cover! Best wishes to you on this project.

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