549 dogs rescued from kill shelters

I’m deeply grateful to everyone who has purchased, read, and taken the time to review one of my books. All profits from my books go to help get dogs like Abby, Simba,  Mister, Bubba, Manny, Buffy, Karl, Big Mac, Coffee, Zoey, Kayla, Abbott, Brownie & Daphne (see photos below) out of kill shelters. So far in 2018, 549 dogs have been rescued. In 2017 we’ve helped free 904 dogs. In 2016, 250 dogs were freed. In 2015, 149 dogs were freed.

AND please for everyone who’s purchased a book could I humbly ask you to write a review when you’ve completed the read.  Amazon promotes and ranks books according to number of reviews in addition to sales. Every voice helps spread the word and that is an energy that can help a dog.

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My books have been ranked in the top 100 best sellers on Amazon U.S. in their categories (historical fiction, teen and young adult, and literary fiction).  What an honor to be ranked #87  LITERARY FICTION BEST SELLER next to Paulo Coelho; incredible author of The Alchemist and The Pilgrimage.
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Amazon Australia ranked my book NUMBER ONE in all it’s categories: Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction & Teen and Young Adult and is #3 best seller in the entire kindle bookstore.
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And in Amazon U.K. it just made it to#1 Best Seller List in Teen & Young Adult Category and #3 in Historical Fiction Category and #24 best seller in the kindle books store.
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on October 26, 2018
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The story of Nellie Bly and her work to expose the horrible conditions in the Blackwell Asylum seems to have been largely forgotten. Not too many books deal with this important issue, and very few present it in such an interesting way as Paulette Mahurin does in this book. Klara Gelfman’s dramatic story of escape from Russia after the assassination or Alexander I and the turmoil that followed is well-written and grounded in historical detail, but the most dramatic part of the her life starts as she tries to carve out a new life in New York for herself. Great writing, interesting characters, and an important story to tell. Recommended!
on October 22, 2018
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A Different Kind of Angel is another great novel from Paulette Mahurin. The story is of a young woman that has emigrated from Russia in the late 1800s. Unable to speak the English language, she is mistakenly classified as a human that has lost her sanity. She is quickly committed and tossed into a lunatic asylum on a small, secluded island near New York City. In the asylum, she experiences horrific abuse, but also finds a way to befriend her cellmates and even get a bit of comfort inside of the stone walls that surround her. Author, Ms. Maurin does an excellent job of describing the terrible living conditions and the cruelty of the staff that brings the terror of the situation right inside of the reader. And her descriptions are not the typical horror-movie blood and gore drivel, but are eloquently written to describe the nastiness, but in a tasteful way. Overall, well written and interesting.
on October 20, 2018
Paulette Mahurin’s new novel, A Different Kind of Angel, is a different kind of work that should not be missed. It is fascinating, and it is relevant (and I am the sort of reader that doesn’t feel compelled to keep reading just because I’ve started. I give a story 25 pages, and then move on if something has not grabbed me, whether it be historical subject matter, beautiful prose, and/or intriguing character development). That said, I read every single page of this story, pulled in by protagonist, Klara, and her Kiev back story and the American injustice that befell Klara. Also, journalist Nellie Bly—a heroine by any standard, shining her light on abuse of the mentally ill—is a gripping subject; and I was also struck by the mirroring of 1882 and 2018 injustices against immigrants, especially women and children, asking myself several times as I read, Does nothing ever change? Well, I think sometimes yes, if a light is shined on injustice. Thank you, Paulette Mahurin, for shining your light on a necessary story.
on October 19, 2018

The latest novel by Paulette Mahurin, A Different Kind of Angel, was inspired by real events chronicled by a journalist for The World News, Elizabeth Cochrane (pen name, Nellie Bly), in 1887. The Jewish Klara Gelfman had a rather normal life in Kiev until the Jews were blamed for the assassination of Russia’s Tsar Alexander II and a fierce pogrom took place in 1881. Klara, suddenly bereft of her mother and siblings, had to flee from Kiev with her father. While traveling to America, her father became ill and died. Klara is unable to express herself in English upon the arrival in the land of freedom and is immediately sent to an asylum for insane people, without any medical research or diagnosis.

Five years of a living hell where the young Klara – she was 19 when she was locked up – had to face malnutrition, torture, sexual abuse, and a stunning absence of any doctor. While some women in their wing indeed were insane, several fellow inmates weren’t just as Klara. With the help of Catherine, she’s able to learn English by reading novels and practicing her vocabulary. Pivotal is the arrival of Nellie who dares to stand up against the wards and nurses and in ten days not only suffers the same treatment as Klara and the other women but also collects enough material to call for her lawyer and lead Catherine and Klara to freedom, as if an angel came to set them free. In 1947 Klara reflects upon her life and serves as the protagonist for this heart-breaking, dark piece of history.

As long as you accept that a former illiterate girl can share rich conversations and details about the life on Blackwell’s Island, this history-fueled fiction is again a great addition to Mahurin’s oeu

on October 19, 2018

I first heard of Paulette Mahurin on author Christoph Fischer’s blog a number of years ago when he was heaping praise on her novel, The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap , dealing with bigotry against a lesbian in a small Nevada town in the late 19th century. When Mahurin recently gifted me with her latest book, A Different Kind of Angel, I was reminded that I still hadn’t read The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap. I hope to rectify that error in the immediate future. I am voluntarily reviewing A Different Kind of Angel.

Fictional protagonist Klara Gelfman was sent to a mental institution because she couldn’t speak English. Klara was still imprisoned inside that institution when Emma Lazarus wrote “The New Colossus” in 1883 whose famous lines about “huddled masses yearning to breathe free” were later inscribed on a plaque placed on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty. Yet I discovered through an internet search that this was the same period when the Immigration Restriction League was founded and gained an influential following. They believed that immigrants were inferior and that they would destroy America’s social fabric. I can only conclude that Emma Lazarus wasn’t reflecting the cultural consensus of her time. Her poem must have been aspirational. She hoped that Americans would one day be welcoming toward refugees. Let’s just say that we still need to do a great deal of work on this issue.

What I liked most about this book was that Mahurin brought Nellie Bly’s undercover investigation of the asylum to life powerfully by showing us the impact of their abusive practices on patients. I felt that Mahurin was herself playing the investigative role of Nellie Bly by uncovering the horrors of that institution for her readers before Nellie Bly showed up in the story line.

on October 19, 2018

Author Paulette Mahurin has woven another gripping work of historical fiction, this time centered on a New York “lunatic” asylum where women who were inconvenient to men were discarded. Many were not mentally ill at all, simply no longer useful or of interest. The main character of the book is Klara Gelfman, a Russian Jewish girl who escaped the pogroms in Russia only to be involuntarily and incorrectly committed to the asylum because she didn’t speak English. Working undercover, journalist Nellie Bly of The World News revealed the injustice and brutality (rape, starvation, beating) leveled against women who had no power. Her reporting led to major changes in the asylum and to the release of Klara Gelfman and others.

In some ways this book reminded me of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian future novel The Handmaid’s Tale. How easily men objectify women and get rid of what they no longer desire or those they simply find inconvenient.

AMAZON U.K.
on 21 October 2018
A different kind of Angel is particularly powerful as it is based on a true story. When a brave female journalist infiltrates a women’s asylum in 1887 she finds shocking malpractice and saves the lives of endless women who have been wrongfully institutionalized.
On the way Mahurin details the lives of several ‘inmates’, for many of whom the asylum was the culmination of already horrific lives. The main protagonist being a Jewish woman from Russia who was the sole survivor of her family of the Russian pogrom.
Told in dramatic voice and an affecting manner this is a gripping read that teaches much about history, humanity and the strength of the human spirit. Another incredible story from the pen of a sensitive and compassionate writer that will appeal to her growing fan base no doubt.
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DOGS RESCUED FROM KILL SHELTERS
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Big Mac rescued
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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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18 Responses to 549 dogs rescued from kill shelters

  1. tazzielove says:

    Great on all the dogs and reviews.

  2. So fine youre books are so succesful

  3. Seeing those happy blue/grey Pits in particular, warmed my heart to know that they have been rescued. Continued blessings, Paulette for your advocacy and all the good work you do helping with these rescues. 😍

  4. You work so hard to contribute to giving these dogs the chance of new lives…

  5. Denise Hisey says:

    Congratulations Paulette!! That is so wonderful how many dogs your book sales have helped!!!! What a marvelous thing you are doing. And your books!!! They are marvelous too! I have not gotten my copy of Different Kind of Angel yet! I am behind!!!

    • Ahh, Denise, so happy to see you pop up over the cyber horizon. I hope you’re well and getting out on your bike and enjoying. I’ve been lucky with the books and being able to help the dogs. And I feel very fortunate to be working along side a huge group of compassionate animal loving friends who work tirelessly to help the dogs. The reward is immense in those smiling faces and wagging tails. And thanks for the kind words on my books. ❤

      • Denise Hisey says:

        I’ve missed my blogging friends! Had a lot going on the last 3 years… Hoping to catch up with everyone and get back on track ! Including reading your latest book. I admire your willingness to write about such difficult topics. And to write despite challenges of your own. No excuses !! I think of you often when I’m dreaming up why I shouldn’t write. My book is coming along. Slowly 🙂

      • I hope all the goings on in the last 3 years weren’t anything bad. That said, I understand about not being able to be on the computer to blog or otherwise–it’s time consuming and there’s always so much to do in life. I’m happy to hear that your book is coming along, even if slowly. I’m in line to read it whenever it’s completed. ❤

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