My new book, The Day I Saw The Hummingbird is now on Amazon for purchase. For anyone who purchases a book or takes the time to write a review, I thank you in advance. All profits from all my books go to help get dogs out of kill shelters. It is my dream that we will be able to save many more dogs this year and all the following years.


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





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on October 24, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I’ve been a fan of Paulette Mahurin’s for a long time. Her novels are not only beautifully written but always deal with the most difficult subjects of social injustice, such as political persecution, the Holocaust, and now – slavery. Just as it always happens with me whenever I open a new book by Ms. Mahurin, I could feel an immediate bond with the protagonist – little boy Oscar – who was born as a slave on a sugarcane plantation. It was impossible to comprehend at times what this poor soul had to go through from an early age, all the hatred and mistreatment he had to encounter at the hands of a vicious foreman, and all solely because of the color of his skin. But at the same time (another thing that I love about Ms. Mahurin’s books) all the injustice and hatred in this brilliant new novel was masterfully balanced with the kindness of human soul, shining on the tortured souls at the most unexpected moments. The kindness of people who risked their lives to lead the slaves to freedom through their underground channels in the midst of the war truly deserves admiration, and Oscar’s story needs to be learned and told, and especially nowadays. I highly recommend reading this book to everyone – it deserves more than five stars! Simply brilliant.


on 24 October 2017
Format: Kindle Edition

Young Oscar Mercer is born on a Sugar plantation. On the eve of his tenth birthday, the young slave’s life is turned upside down, as he surges out on his own in a quest for freedom.

The story’s prologue begins before Oscar is born with wonderful yet disturbing depictions of his parents’ harsh lives on a Louisiana plantation

Ms Mahurin, always a great storyteller, exceeds expectations in this poignant tale of a boy slave and the people from the underground railroad who risked their lives to set him free. Every page is thought-provoking, heartbreaking and engrossing. I picked this story up and I carried on reading until the end. The pages never lost a beat. Oscar is a compelling character, the historical detail is fascinating, and the flow of words sublime.

A great read, one I won’t forget and will probably read again.

An excellent 5 star read.


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)


  1. tazzielove says:

    Great. love that cover.

  2. Congratulations! You have another one in print. I’m so impressed!

  3. ivors20 says:

    Hi Paulette, I’ve finally got some money in my poor-box, so I purchased two of your new book, one for me, and one for my dear friend Maree, who stuck by us and supported me and Carole through the whole 30 year journey of Carole’s MS, xx

  4. Jean-Jacques says:

    Congratulations, Paulette! I am truly looking forward to reading your new book, “The Day I Saw The Hummingbird” for which I’ve just now placed my order for a paperback copy with who advised I will receive it Oct.3… However it may be a bit before you get a review from me, because I am presently in the final throws of preparing my latest book. Hard to believe I am up to book number 14.

    Best of luck and good wishes for gang buster sales on this book as well!



  5. Started reading this yesterday and loving it. All the Best with it. I know it’s going to be huge!

  6. Congratulations Paulette!!! I am so eager to read this 🙂

  7. Clowie says:

    Congratulations! That’s great news!

  8. Thousands of Pawkisses for your new bird, Paulette 🙂 Can I have the birdie now..MOL 😀 Good Luck Pawkisses ❤ ❤ ❤

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