2018 is off to a good start with 11 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 Sheena, Huckleberry, Azlyn, Amos, Brielle, Bernard, Minimini, Levi, Ranger, Allie & Casper (see photos below) out of kill shelters. So far in 2018, 11 dogs have been rescued. In 2017 we’ve helped free 904 dogs. In 2016, 250 dogs were freed. In 2015, 148 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.

LINK TO PURCHASE ALL MY BOOKS and to see all reviews for all my books click on the books cover:

AMAZON U.S.

AMAZON U.K.
And on all other Amazon sites around the world.
AMAZON RANKING
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 the top 10 best seller list in Literary Fiction (#2) and Historical Fiction (#5) categories:
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RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE DAY I SAW THE HUMMINGBIRD
AMAZON U.S.
on January 11, 2018
This is the second book I have read by this author and I have to say I am fast becoming a fan. Deeply poignant, difficult to read at times, this historical novel possesses a depth of emotion that comes from some place special. It takes skill to write a book but talent to tell a story and this is a superb story told with flair. I am often distracted by small things in books I read but in truth I couldn’t have been distracted in the case of this story. The narrative simply grabs you and never lets go. A great read, highly recommended.
AMAZON U.K.
on 4 January 2018
I’ve read several of Paulette Mahurin’s books and really enjoyed them all, but The Day of the Hummingbird truly blew me away. The writing is beautiful and the story gripping and immensely powerful. Oscar’s moving story is told through evocative imagery and prose and the characters are so real they stir up plenty of emotion. This is not an easy read but it’s a very important one. It’s a book I won’t soon forget.
RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS
AMAZON U.S.
on January 10, 2018
Start to finish very well written. Certainly held my attention from the beginning. Finished it in a weekend, and shared the story with my family, something I rarely do after reading a book.
RECENT REVIEW FOR TO LIVE OUT LOUD
AMAZON U.S.
on January 3, 2018
To Live Out Loud takes an actual event in human history, The Dreyfus Affair, and lays it out in clear, concise terms that any reader can understand. More importantly, the reader can relate to what is happening and becomes involved in the search for truth and the desire for change. So often history repeats itself, and although this story takes place in 1895 France, it could easily be today, right here in America. It is a remarkable historical fiction that truly should be a must read for everyone.
RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE PERSECUTION OF MILDRED DUNLAP
on January 13, 2018
I read a lot of books and of course everyone has their own likes and dislikes and we never see things eye-to-eye; however, I would have a difficult time figuring out how someone would not like this book. It is so beautifully written and the message is so deep and so very important. As the blurb on this book says, “Oscar Wilde was tried and convicted for gross indecency under Britain’s recently passed law that made sex between males a criminal offense” and Paulette Mahurin weaves that bit of history into her story and message about so many (what I believe to be) unnecessary evils in our society. Mahurin so adeptly uses quotes from Oscar Wilde that somehow breathe life into and just fit each chapter perfectly that they “introduce.”

Mildred lives in a small town in Nevada and she lives with her cousin Edra. But the two women live in secret regarding the type of relationship they have as they are lovers. One can only imagine to what depths they’d have to go to in order to keep that secret in a small town. The author uses their story more as a way to weave her message to the readers that she so skillfully does. Being fearful of what might happen if they are found out, Mildred uses a man named Charley in order to put up a front of being a straight woman. Their story becomes quite complicated and intricate.

GODS RESCUED FROM KILL SHELTERS
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Sheena the elder has been rescued
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Sheena’s freedom photo
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Huckleberry has been rescued
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Huckleberry’s freedom photo
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Huckleberry in new home sweet home
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Azlyn’s been rescued
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Azlyn’s freedom photo
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Amos has been rescued
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Amos’ freedom photos. Came into shelter with multiple femur fractures. Was rescued brought to the vet and had a successful surgery performed.
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Amos recuperating post surgery. He’s doing well.
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Brielle has been rescued
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Brielle’s freedom photo
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Bernard has been rescued
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Bernard’s freedom photo
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Minimini has been rescued
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Minimini’s freedom photo
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Minimini in her new home sweet home
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Levi has been rescued
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Levi’s freedom photo
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Ranger has been rescue
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Ranger’s freedom photo
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Allie has been rescued
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Allie’s freedom photo
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Casper has been rescued
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Casper’s freedom photo
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904 dogs rescued from kill shelters in 2017

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 Rayito, Leia, Clancy, Reesa, Ume, Hailey, bonded pair Onyx & Baby Girl, Murphy, Bernie, Jasper, Conan, Kingston, Andre, Juno, Abigail & Charlie (see photos below) out of kill shelters.  In 2017 we’ve helped free 904 dogs. In 2016, 250 dogs were freed. In 2015, 148 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.

LINK TO PURCHASE ALL MY BOOKS and to see all reviews for all my books click on the books cover:

AMAZON U.S.

AMAZON U.K.
And on all other Amazon sites around the world.
AMAZON RANKING
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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AMAZON AU #1 HISTORICAL FICTION
AMAZON AU #1 TEEN AND YOUNG ADULT
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And in Amazon U.K. it just made it to the top 10 best seller list in Literary Fiction (#2) and Historical Fiction (#5) categories:
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RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE DAY I SAW THE HUMMINGBIRD
 AMAZON U.S.
on December 25, 2017
I am a huge fan of Paulette Mahurin’s, so first off, I must comment on her book titles: They’re glorious, all five titles drawing me into themes of injustice and triumph, with wonderful lines like this one from The Day I Saw the Hummingbird, “But you keep them insides mighty,” to resolutions that keep me thinking long after the last pages are turned. The Day I Saw the Hummingbird is haunting. It is relevant, necessary history.
on December 18, 2017
Such a Poignant tale of courage and the human spirit, I almost don’t know where to begin! Although the story reaches into the dark days of slavery and oppression, it is a masterpiece of Hope. A Riveting page-turner that held me captive with the emotion it shares of the life of a child slave and his family; I found myself furious, then crying, then breathing in the sweet temptation of desperate anticipation as this complex and unforgettable tale unfolded. Not for the weak of heart, The Day I Saw The Hummingbird relates terrible truths about the cruelty of human beings; yet just as surely, it stirs the spirit with Inspiration.
on December 15, 2017
Paulette hasn’t missed a beat, being consistent with the quality of authorship creatively, with that ability to capture and hold the readers attention to the fullest. A great writer, telling captivating stories. Impossible to not enjoy. Terrific!
on December 14, 2017

Paulette Mahurin has delivered another fantastic celebration of the human spirit in this latest novel. From the uplifting cover to the perceptive reflections, this is a well written and insightful look at a bygone era. You know a gifted writer when you’re left wanting more and when you’re still thinking about some of what the characters have endured after you finish reading.

What I especially loved is that it showed the very real impact of the subject matter. There’s no real flat resolution, but rather the suggestion that life is life and that it will rumble on out with these pages. That’s not to say that it doesn’t have a sublime conclusion, because it really does. It’s really hard to find fault because the story, the characters and the writing itself is so moving.

If you haven’t read any of Mahurin’s work, you should check it out. This isn’t my first experience of this very gifted lady, and I’m certain it won’t be my last.

 

GOODREADS

Lauren

Dec 21, 2017 Lauren rated it it was amazing *****

Free as a hummingbird

Oscar was born into slavery. He never really knew his father but was extremely close with his mother until she passed away. Once she died Oscar decided to go for the freedom they always talked and dreamed about. This is his story of using the Underground Railroad to get to Freedom. This is an emotional yet inspiring story that is sadly part of our history.

 

 

C.J. Laurence

Dec 01, 2017 C.J. Laurence rated it really liked it ****

Deep and thought provoking

This book is an absolute must read. The cover caught my attention initially, but when I started to read, seeing the world from a black slaves point of view, my mind was opened into a whole new level of horror that these poor souls suffered through.
I won’t give away any spoilers but this is an excellent journey watching one boys life and escape from slave to freedom.

 

RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS

 

AMAZON U.S.

on December 24, 2017
Written by a nurse practitioner . Very well written book, a novel, about a very difficult time in history. I enjoyed it.
on December 21, 2017
I have read three of Paulette books~ I loved them all .~but I couldn’t put this down~ she made Helen so alive.~ thank you ~
may we never forget

 

AMAZON U.K.

 

on 24 December 2017
This is quite a gruelling book to read, however, I couldn’t put it down. As it is based on fact it makes you think about mankind’s inhumanity to others and how it is still going on even now. The style of the writing is also easy to read.

 

 

RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE PERSECUTION OF MILDRED DUNLAP

 

AMAZON U.S.

on December 13, 2017
This was a great story. It was interesting to see how homosexuality was treated in that time period and in that place.
DOGS RESCUED FROM KILL SHELTERS
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Rayito has been rescued
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Rayito’s freedom video. I was unable to download it.
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Rayito giving new mom a thank you hug.
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Leia has been rescued
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Leia’s freedom photo
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Coancy has been rescued
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Clancy’s freedom photo
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Reesa has been rescued
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Reesa’s freedom photo
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Ume has been rescued
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Ume’s freedom photo
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Hailey has been rescued
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Hailey’s freedom photo
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Onyx & Baby Girl, bonded pair, rescued together.
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Onyx & Baby Girl’s freedom photo
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Murphy has been rescued
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Murphy’s freedom photo
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Bernie (named after San Bernardino Shelter rescued from) has been rescued
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Bernie’s freedom photo
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Jasper has been rescued
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Jasper’s freedom photo
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Conan has been rescued
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Conan’s freedom photo
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Kingston has been rescued
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Kingston’s freedom photo
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Andre has been rescued
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Andre’s freedom photo
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Andre’s freedom ride
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Juno has been rescued
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Juno’s freedom photo

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Abigail, senior girl, has been rescued

ABIGAIL 2 FREEDOM RIDE

 

Abigail’s freedom ride

 

Abigail 2 freedom photo

 

Abigail’s freedom photo

 

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Charlie (named by rescue) has been rescued

 

CHARLIE 6 FREEDOM PHOTO

 

Charlie’s freedom photo

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I just want to cry

I just want to cry to relieve this ache in my chest that feels like my heart will burst. The Thomas fires have devastated parts of my town, peoples’ lives, animals’ lives, and left us remaining in an unrelenting hill of toxic smoke. We evacuated for 5 days and upon returning are pretty much home bound with our HEPA filters running day and night. Masks don our faces when we dare to venture out into the ash falling snow. I’m fixated on facebook where reports are posted and networking occurs. It’s here during this time that we are experiencing the best of the human condition: the heroic firefighters working round the clock; the selfless people reaching out to strangers albeit neighbors in this small town to help in any way they can (giving money, clothes, food, opening their homes, etc.); acts of kindness large and small that leave me breathless. And we see some of the worst of the human condition: looting, employers firing their workers without cause, etc.

Last night I saw a woman post something on facebook in one of the network groups (there are many) that her husband lost his job and they have four children with nothing to give them for Christmas. She left her phone number. I phoned her, mentioned my name and said I’d like to give you some money for your children for Christmas. I told her we don’t have children and I’d like to adopt them for the holidays. She, her husband, and the four adorable young ones came to our home last night and we handed her an envelope and all of them chocolate bars we had in the house. The kids were quiet to begin with but by the end of the evening they were running around the entire house in circles, giggling and playing. Then the spontaneous hugs and kisses came. The littlest girl grabbed my legs in a hug before she left. I can still feel the warmth of that moment. I can still feel the love we shared with complete strangers who for a brief moment in time became family.

The fire still surrounds Ojai in parts and ash filled smoke lingers in the air as the flames move up the coast toward Santa Barbara. My heart still aches and I still want to cry for all of those impacted and suffering, despite their smiles, despite their incredible resilience, despite their best attempts to rise up in gratitude for being alive because underneath is the lurking impact of the trauma we all share.

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877 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 Jace, Gabe, Dobie, Oliver, Abigail, Thatcher, Bean, Bianca, Premanti, Carlos, Abriella, Stacey, Marco, Clyde, Parker, Tyler, Nitro, Aisha, Paxton, Alannah, Bacchus, Newton, Blitz, Albert, Ally, Wyatt, Aldo, Trapper, Bliss, Carla, Raider & Brownie, (see photos below) out of kill shelters. So far in 2017 we’ve helped free 877 dogs. In 2016, 250 dogs were freed. In 2015, 148 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.

LINK TO PURCHASE ALL MY BOOKS and to see all reviews for all my books click on the books cover:

AMAZON U.S.

AMAZON U.K.
And on all other Amazon sites around the world.
AMAZON RANKING
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 the top 10 best seller list in Literary Fiction (#2) and Historical Fiction (#5) categories:
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RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE DAY I SAW THE HUMMINGBIRD
AMAZON U.S.
on December 2, 2017
Haunting portrayal of a shameful portion of America history. Mahurin takes on a difficult subject and infuses humanity and grace into her characters on every page.
on November 28, 2017

I’ve read Paulette Mahurin’s previous book, and like that one, this one is very well written. Having read a lot of indie books that have terrible grammar/spelling/pacing/what have you, it makes me very appreciative when authors like Mahurin take the time and patience to make a quality read like this one.

The only thing that makes this one hard to read for me is the content itself, if only because it takes an unflinching look at slavery from the point of view of a man looking back on his childhood. Usually, in books like this, we read about the heroes, the ones who set up the Underground Railroad, who rallied against their oppresses. But in this story, we’re reading about someone who has to hope for those things to happen. Now, normally, this would be a death knell for any book because who wants to read about a passive protagonist? But I found it made the book more engaging and tense. You know freedom is coming for Oscar, but like him you have to wait, and that means putting up with people so vile, I really just wanted to reach into the book to strangle them. It made the more emotional scenes have a really big impact, and I couldn’t help but feel for Oscar and his family. (Bonus: I can tell this book was also very well researched and the information presented to me did not make it feel like I was reading a history book or was told through exposition. That’s a really hard thing to pull off, so bravo to Mahurin for nailing this.)

It also helps that this book has a great narrator. He gets angry and hopeful, sad and happy. He helps guide us through the tougher parts of his journey. I also deeply loved his relationship with his mother and I was pulled in every moment they spent together. I did tear up a couple of times, and that’s really hard to pull out from someone like me who has a cold, black heart. I think what also makes it very effective is that I never felt like the author was FORCING me to feel bad for these people. She didn’t FORCE me to buy into the relationships Oscar has. Also the writing is very lovely at times, and very heartbreaking.

So why doesn’t this get a full 5 stars from me? Well, I’m a very picky person. While the story moved at a great pace, sometimes I felt like things went a little too fast and sometimes the narrator told me things rather than showed me. I can understand that sometimes you fall into that pit because the story has to move, but I felt like it could have slowed down just a little bit to show me Oscar’s relationship with his friend Sammy. I definitely also wanted more time with his father, a character I really enjoyed and was sad to see had little page time. I also felt like a lot of the themes here have been repeated in other books about the horrors of slavery. That doesn’t mean to say I still don’t find it effective and timely, I do, but I kind of wanted something a little more than “slavery is bad,” “hold on to hope,” etc. I’m really glad I got to read it from a different perspective, but I wish more was done with it. These things didn’t take away my enjoyment of the story, and depending on the kind of reader you are, you might not even notice/care about these things.

That being said, this is really one of the best indie books I’ve read in quite some time and it gives me renewed hope for the indie book industry. This is definitely a story worth reading, and at its price picking it up is a no-brainer. That is, unless you are easily triggered/squeamish because like I said, Mahurin doesn’t shy away from the more brutal aspects of the time period. I’m definitely looking forward to Mahurin’s next release and I hope that it will be sooner rather than later. And if you like this one, then you should read the others because they are just as good.

on November 26, 2017

Four previous books by Paulette Mahurin I read and reviewed before I was notified by the author on the upcoming release of The Day I Saw The Hummingbird. The hummingbird turns out to be the harbinger of bad news to Oscar, born from two slaves on a sugarcane plantation in Lousiana on the eve of the Civil War. Mr. Prescott, the plantation owner, shot Oscar’s father to death and raped his mother several times. His cruelty towards little Oscar is somewhat limited by the help Oscar’s mother provided Prescott’s wife, With other slaves a plan to escape the plantation is worked out. A small bundle of slaves, among which the ten-year-old Oscar succeeded in escaping but with heavy losses along the Underground Railroad network towards states that are friendlier towards black people.

Added to the narrative are Oscar’s struggles with injustice and hate, and the power of language. Oscar was lucky to learn reading and writing at a young age and was helped to improve these skills in New York City where he arrived after an adventurous journey. Although the latter part of the story is told in a more summarized, condensed way compared to the years of slavery and the first part of the escape and stay in a safe house. The novel is a fine work of writing with a touch of limit linguistic capabilities of (former) slaves, and the point of view of a young boy haunted by man-made demons.

on November 24, 2017
As a big fan of historical fiction and an enormous fan of Paulette Mahurin’s work, I was really excited to read her latest release, The Day I Saw the Hummingbird. I was not disappointed. This book is every bit as good as her previous efforts. To tell the story of a young black slave (in these PC days) does take some courage from an author and I commend Mahurin for this. Her portrayal of Oscar’s life and his escape from the plantation for freedom, was sensitive, beautiful and harrowing. I can only recommend this book most highly to all lovers of Historical Fiction. It is a real winner.
on November 24, 2017
I can tell when I’m reading a good book, because when I’m not actually reading it, I continue to think about it. I think about the characters, as well as the story and wonder what’s going to happen next. “The Day I Saw the Hummingbird” is one of those books. The author, Paulette Mahurin has written a heart wrenching story about slavery in the United States during the late 1860s. I use the word “wrenching” here in both an optimistic and pessimistic way. There are situations in this story that show great love and sacrifice, but there are also sections that show intense hatred and heartless acts of metal and physical abuse. The world that Ms. Mahirin has created shows the hopelessness that slaves felt as they endured great cruelty and were thought of as property instead of human beings. “Hummingbird” is a raw and serious novel, which seems a little shocking in today’s world, where most folks seem to focus much of their time on getting the latest cell phone or binge-watching shows on NetFlix. A large portion of the US population live a relatively pampered life which is 180 degrees opposite of this story. As you read this book, think about how much food is in your refrigerator, or how many pairs of socks you have, or the last time you ate around spots of mold on a piece of bread because there was nothing else to eat. This story is going to grab you. It’s going to cut deep. It’ll make an impression. An impression that will reveal to you that no matter which political party a person agrees with, which God they worship or which country they live in, all human beings are people and should be treated with respect and dignity. “Hummingbird” will give you a new perspective on life, I guarantee it.
on November 22, 2017
Such a warm heartfelt book. I could easily empathize with the young slave making his way to freedom in the north. Slavery was quite a blight upon the land, so glad it was made illegal.
AMAZON U.K.
on 1 December 2017
This book is an absolute must read. The cover caught my attention initially, but when I started to read, seeing the world from a black slaves point of view, my mind was opened into a whole new level of horror that these poor souls suffered through.
I won’t give away any spoilers but this is an excellent journey watching one boys life and escape from slave to freedom.
on 24 November 2017
The author sets the milieu for this historical fiction with this Harriet Tubman quote ‘Slavery is the next thing to hell’, and this book pulls no punches in its poignant description of the daily hardships endured in this way of life. In 2017, slavery still exists but it’s not in the public face, it’s small scale and it’s hidden. In 1852, it was a way of life for a great many people. This story, seen through the eyes of a Congolese descendent, Oscar, as he grows from infant to adult, is an incredible journey of endurance on the treacherous road to freedom. Given the life Oscar comes from, his development and reflections are inspirational. The story is well balanced with acts of human cruelty to reveal the hell of slavery and acts of human kindness to fuel hope for freedom. Writing is engaging and compassionate with real heart and emotion flowing from the pages. Visualisation is striking, characters are believable and correctly set in their situation, and the story unfolds at a steady pace. A well-written, well-researched and compelling story. Highly recommended.
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The Day I Saw the Hummingbird: A Novel
by Paulette Mahurin (Goodreads Author)

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Grant Leishman‘s review

Nov 21, 2017
it was amazing*****

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Anyone who has read my reviews over the years will know I am a big fan of Historical Fiction. I have a few indie authors whose works I treasure and who I absolutely love reading. One of these authors is Paulette Mahurin. She has the ability to move you to tears, whilst still managing to make you chuckle at some odd coincidence of her character’s . When I realised she had a new book out, well, I absolutely knew I had to read it. The Day I Saw the Hummingbird is something totally different from what I had read of Mahurin’s before and yet it still had that indefinable quality of her writing that captures the imagination and draws the reader into her world.

The Day I Saw the Hummingbird follows the adventures and life of Oscar, a young, black, slave in the heartlands of Louisiana around the time of the Civil War. Oscar and his mother dream of freedom and a life of dignity and learning, but when Oscar’s mother is brutally beaten at the hands of a drunken and violent overseer, it is time for the then nine-year-old Oscar to leave and seek the famous “underground railway” to the North and to freedom. Mahurin captures beautifully the times and the attitudes of the South in those days. Her descriptions of the trials and tribulations faced by the young man and the angst and pain he suffers, internally, at the treatment of his people, just because their skin is a different colour, is both moving and heartfelt. One couldn’t help but be drawn into Oscar’s world and feel the horrors faced by just a little boy and the courage required to survive on that long and arduous journey.

The book is written from the perspective of an elderly Oscar, in 1910, looking back at those times and reflecting, sadly, that in many ways, certainly in the South, little had changed since he’d made the long journey. One could even extrapolate and say in 2017, some things still haven’t changed in the South of the United States. I know there has been some controversy in recent times about only “African Americans” can tell the “African American Story”. Whilst I can respect some of the sentiment behind those thoughts, I am glad that Mahurin and others do not subscribe to this theory. As writers we must push the boundaries of our cultural and socio-economic experiences and embrace the pain and suffering of all humanity and point out injustice where we see it. It is what we do! And Mahurin does it superbly. Pain, suffering, injustice, love, friendship and all of the other myriad of human emotions do not belong to and are not confined or identifiable to a particular culture, but are shared across all of humanity and are what binds us together and makes us one race – the Human Race.

I applaud Mahurin for having the courage to write this wonderful story and as always I finish one of her books satisfied and full of thought and follow-up questions. A writer who can do this for a reader is to be celebrated and I place Paulette Mahurin right up there among the very best indie authors (or indeed any authors) out there. There was never any question of my rating for this book – 5+ superb stars all the way.

RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS
AMAZON U.S.
on December 4, 2017
A good book. Well written and you get to know the characters and feel for them.
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Maureen‘s review

Dec 06, 2017
it was amazing *****

 

Another one I could not put down. How some people found the strength to survive and go on while living in a true hell on earth and afterwards is just incredible to me.
PHOTOS OF DOGS RESCUED
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Jace has been rescued
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Jace’s freedom photo
JACE SETTLING INTO NEW HOME
Jace’s relaxing in new home
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Gabe has been rescued
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Dobie has been rescued
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Dobie’s freedom photo

 

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Oliver’s been rescued

 

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Oliver exiting the shelter

 

OLIVER 3 WITH NEW MOM

 

Oliver’s freedom photo

 

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Abigail has been rescued

 

ABIGAIL FREEDOM PHOTO

 

Abigail’s freedom photo

 

ABIGAIL FREEDOM RIDE

 

Abigail’s freedom ride

 

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Thatcher has been rescued

 

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Thatcher’s freedom photo

 

 

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Bean has been rescued

 

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Bean’s freedom photo

 

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Bianca has been rescued

 

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Bianca’s freedom photo

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Primanti has been rescued

 

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Primanti’s freedom photo

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Carlos has been rescued

 

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Carlos’ freedom ride

 

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Carlos’ freedom photo

 

ABRIELLA RESCUED

Abriella has been rescued

 

ABRIELLA FREEDOM PHOTO

 

Abriella’s freedom photo

 

ABRIELLA'S FREEDOM RIDE

 

Abriella’s freedom ride

STACEY RESCUED

 

Stacey has been rescued

 

STACEY FREEDOM PHOTO

Stacey’s freedom photo

 

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Marco has been rescued

 

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Marco’s freedom video on the right. At the vet getting taken good care of.

 

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Clyde has been rescued

 

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Clyde’s freedom photo

 

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Parker has been rescued

 

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Parker’s freedom photo

 

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Tyler has been rescued

 

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Tyler’s freedom photo

 

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Nitro has been rescued

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Nitro’s freedom photo

 

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Aisha’s been rescued

 

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Aisha’s freedom photo

 

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Paxton has been rescued

 

PAXTON 2 FREEDOM

 

Paxton’s freedom photo

 

ALANNAH RESCUED

 

Alannah has been rescued

 

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Bacchus has been rescued

 

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Bacchus’ freedom photo

 

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Newton has been rescued

 

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Newton’s freedom photo

 

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Blitz has been rescued

 

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Blitz’s freedom photo

 

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Albert has been rescued

ALBERT FREEDOM PHOTO

Albert’s freedom photo

 

ALLY FROM RAMONA ANIMAL SHELTER

Ally (named by rescue) has been rescued

 

ALLY FREEDOM PHOTO

 

Ally’s freedom photo

 

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Wyatt has been rescued

 

WYATT FREEDOM RIDE

Wyatt’s freedom ride

 

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Wyatt’s freedom photo

 

WYATT W: NEW MOM

Wyatt bonding with new mom

 

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Aldo has been rescued

 

ALDO FREEDOM PHOTO

Aldo’s freedom photo

 

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Trapper has been rescued

 

TRAPPER FREEDOM PHOTO

 

Trapper’s freedom photo

 

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Bliss has been rescued

 

BLISS FREEDOM PHOTO CAR RIDE

 

Bliss’ freedom photo car ride

 

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Carla has been rescued

 

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Carla’s freedom photo

 

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Raider has been rescued

 

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Raider’s freedom photo

 

BROWNIE 17248 RESCUED

Brownie (named by rescue) has been rescued

 

BROWNIE FREEDOM PHOTO

Brownie’s freedom photo

 

BROWNIE IN NEW HOME SWEET HOME

Brownie settling into new home sweet home

 

BROWNIE THANKING NEW MOM

Brownie’s thank you for saving my life

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I’ll be away for a while

I just posted this on Facebook re: Us and the Thomas fire in Southern California:

“A heartfelt thank you for all the outpouring of loving support. We are safe. Our dogs are safe. Our home is safe. And beautiful Ojai for the most part has remained untouched by fire. To the men and women who have been working round the clock, braving horrific winds and conditions, we are grateful for you. To all the heroes who have helped others in so many ways thank you!!!!!”

 

Off and on, our electricity and computer connection has been affected. We have friends who have lost their homes. The fires are only 10 % contained and spreading up the coast to Carpinteria (just south of Santa Barbara).

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845 dogs rescued by 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 Santino, Bogart, Rufus, Simone, Mama Bella, Prince, Dixie, Belvedere, Rollins, Emily & 3 puppies, Maya & her 3 puppies, Carter, Riley, Remington, Carmen & 3 puppies, Chester, Airabell, Boy, Mason, Titan, Myles & Skywalker(see photos below) out of kill shelters. So far in 2017 we’ve helped free 845 dogs. In 2016, 250 dogs were freed. In 2015, 148 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.

LINK TO PURCHASE ALL MY BOOKS and to see all reviews for all my books click on the books cover:

AMAZON U.S.

AMAZON U.K.
And on all other Amazon sites around the world.
AMAZON RANKING
My books continue to be 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 the top 10 best seller list in Literary Fiction (#2) and Historical Fiction (#5) categories:
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RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE DAY I SAW THE HUMMINGBIRD
AMAZON U.S.
on November 21, 2017
This as usual was an exceptional book by one of my favourite authors. A boy growing into a man, a man who has all the right in the world to hate but is taught and learns the lesson well that hating is a self-defeating act.
Amazing to me is how the author while giving every character his or her own unique voice still stays true to the central message of the book -We are all human, we all bleed red.
This is a book about suffering, loss, courage and triumph. Of the human will and the human spirit that is not contained by age. By race. By gender.
Read this book. I am sure everybody will take something else from it. And even if you don’t then you at least have a good read for an hour or four.
on November 20, 2017
Enjoyed it…story, characters and writing. Story is told through the eyes of an 8-10 year old boy recounting his experiences as a slave on a Louisiana plantation and on the Underground Railroad. Had a bit of a problem believing a 9/10 year old could navigate his way alone at times through Civil War skirmishes and avoiding those hunting runaways. But that doesn’t detract from an excellent read.
on November 15, 2017
There are many books about the horrors of slavery. The Day I saw a Hummingbird, by Paulette Mahurin, is an exceptional story as it’s told through the voice of a real slave. Oscar, a black man, painfully, yet truthfully, takes us through his life as a slave to fruition reaching freedom. His mother’s wisdom remained a lifeline throughout Oscar’s life. After her death, her words lived on and helped him in many horrific situations.
Well researched and written. Recommended for readers who appreciate reliable history.
on November 15, 2017
Though the heavy subject matter of The Day I Saw The Hummingbird makes it a difficult read, I could not put this book down. Oscar’s journey to freedom, while he not only flees for his life but battles his own inner hatred toward his oppressors, is beautifully written and filled with so many truthful passages. A line that resonated most for me was, “…my thoughts and feelings are the invisible chains shackling me…”. A beautiful piece that all should read.
on November 14, 2017

Today more than ever it’s good to be reminded of the struggle for freedom of American slaves as the civil war ripped the country apart. Mahurin gives a heart wrenching, realistic voice to young Oscar whose mother and father, and many others sacrifice to help him gain his freedom along the Underground Railroad.

Mahurin’s work is always a special journey packed with emotion. I give it a hearty 5 Stars.

on November 13, 2017

He had been born into slavery and as soon as he was old enough would also be called upon to work the fields, cutting the cane or carrying…his Mama would be teaching him how to do it, for she had carried him, screamed in her birthing and then took him into the fields as she was forced to go back to work… There was no other option. They were bought and paid for, becoming the property of the plantation owner.

But the one they all hated most was the overseer, who carried a whip or used anything else to hurt them, including coming into their shanties late at night…He had been there the night he came to Mama. She had scooted him out to go sleep with his friend… Even then he was old enough to know what happened to the women when he came…With his father gone, there was no way to protect his Mama…

And the hate and anger within him grew deeper and deeper, cutting his heart and soul until he could not contain his outbursts…

Sometimes they had half-days off on Sunday. Oscar and his friend would spend time at the creek throwing rocks to count the times it would jump…Simple fun that took them away from all that was wrong with their world…

Oscar is the main character of Paulette Mahurin’s latest novel. I met her with her debut book, The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap and The Seven Year Dress. Mahurin has a real gift in creating books that are historically significant, but, even more importantly, readers become so involved in her books that we begin to feel as if we were right there within the book, maybe even as one of the characters….

While the story is built around Harriet Tubman’s work with The Underground Railroad, she personally is only mentioned in this book as the person who started it…

Oscar was not even ten when, on his mother’s death bed, she indicated that it was now time for him to go for freedom. There had been a small group who talked about and planned for an escape, but, in the end, it was only Oscar and his best friend, Sammy who, at the age of 10, sat with Oscar while she went back to work… She had no choice now, they had already killed her husband and she had to ensure her boy was safe…

Now, Sammy and Oscar had to leave on their own, never to see anybody again who was left behind. They had learned the routes to follow and had been given a small map but neither had ever been anywhere outside of the plantation… Fear alone walked with them…

Oscar was an intelligent young boy and had some basic learning of the alphabet and reading, even though it was forbidden for them to learn how to read. His mother had taught him much about God and life, about nature’s beauty and how to survive.
But two other women he met along the way continued to teach Oscar… It is in the sacrifices of those who provided support to those who escaped that we learn not only more about Oscar, but also about how those who provided shelter felt as if they were compelled to help!

Be prepared for the danger and death as Oscar ran, first losing Sammy and then meeting others who took him under their wings to provide for him. Months and years went by and Oscar celebrated his 10th birthday while he was still running… What was in the future and would he ever be free from running. Did freedom even exist?

For during his trip, the Civil War had begun and soldiers were fighting, sometimes forcing them to take a different trail. And as the Railroad became better known, their masters began to put rewards on their heads to bring them back…

A possibly well known story to many…and yet, so startlingly different. Seeing everything through Oscar’s eyes as he, first, grew up enslaved and afraid, only to be forced to leave his Mama’s grave and his few friends and run into the unknown…

Readers are faced with the tension, that ongoing fear, the hatred faced by drunken men who delighted in hurting he and others for no reason…and, worse, to see those he loved die horrible deaths…one…by…
one…

It’s time to remember. It’s time to consider how Blacks did not immigrate like, perhaps, you and I came to America through our ancestors. Blacks came as prisoners, chained and sold to the highest bidder… You might even think about the recent activity of the KKK and other hate groups and come to see that we still, today, need to ensure that individuals who hate are not permitted to once again require protection from those haters…

My recommendation for this latest book, by Paulette Mahurin, is to consider it a must-read…It’s an important contribution to Mahurin’s own library and I encourage you to consider this as well as her other troubling, powerfully-written stories…

GABixlerReviews

AMAZON U.K.
on 17 November 2017
I absolutely loved this harrowing yet endearing tale of a young slave’s journey to freedom.
If you want to discover a fresh indi author with amazing talent then take a look at this one. The fact all profits go to an animal shelter is an added bonus.
I was completely enthralled by the read and impressed with how the author told the authentic story through the eyes of a young boy, never once slipping out of character. Oscar experiences and witnesses great cruelty and violence but this is balenced by the generous and brave people who helped him on his journey.
Fantastic book. Highly recommend.
RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS
AMAZON U.S.
on November 15, 2017
Gritty, but well-written.
DOGS RESCUED FROM KILL SHELTERS
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Santino has been rescued
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Bogart has been rescued
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Rufus has been rescued
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Rufus’ freedom photo
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Simone has been rescued
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Simone’s freedom photo
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Mama Bella has been rescued. She’s pregnant.
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Mama Bella’s freedom photo
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Prince has been rescued
PRINCE FREEDOM named Wolf in honor of Melissa
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Dixie’s been rescued
DIXIE FREEDOM aka MELISSA #3 MELISSA DOG
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Belvedere has been rescued
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Rollin’s has been rescued
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Rollin’s freedom photo
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Emily, pregnant, has been rescued
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Emily and her puppies
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Maya, pregnant, has been rescued.
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Maya’s freedom photo
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Maya and her 3 puppies.
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Carter has been rescued
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Carter’s freedom photo
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Carter bonding with new family
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Carter safe in new home sweet home
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Riley has been rescued
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Riley’s freedom photo
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Remington has been rescued
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Remington’s freedom photo
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Carmen & her 3 puppies have been rescued
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Chester (named by rescue) has been rescued.
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Chester’s freedom photo
AIRABELL RESCUED
Airabelle has been rescued
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Airabelle’s freedom photo
BOY RESCUED
Boy has been rescued
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Boy’s freedom photo
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Mason has been rescued
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Titan has been rescued
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Myles has been rescued
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Skywalker has been rescued
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Skywalker’s freedom photo
SKYWALKER GETTING SOME LOVING FROM NEW FAMILY
Skywalker getting some love from new family
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Guest Post: Paulette Mahurin, Author of The Day I Saw The Hummingbird

Thank you to Anna at Diary of an Eccentric for featuring my book, The Day I Saw The Hummingbird, at her great blog site. Stop by and read about my inspiration for my new book.

Diary of an Eccentric

It is always a pleasure to welcome Paulette Mahurin to the blog. I really enjoyed her first novel, The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap, and while I sadly have fallen behind in reading her other books, I always want to bring them to your attention, not just because her writing is great but also because all of the profits from the sale of her books benefit animal rescue efforts in Southern California. Paulette networks with multiple rescues in the area to get dogs out of kill shelters, and she has told me they have saved 823 dogs from kill shelters so far this year (as of the day I wrote this post, Nov. 16)! That is fantastic news! Click here for more information.

I’ve invited Paulette here today to talk about her inspiration for her latest novel, The Day I Saw the Hummingbird. Please give her a warm welcome:

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815 dogs rescued from kill

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 Travis, Olympia, Adonis, Buttercup, Brady, Woody, Mason, Avery, Shelby, Dora, Max, Misty, Bethany, Willey, Mel, Clayton, Mel #2, Melissa, Minnie, Appleby, Emma, Corrine, Abagail, August, Brody, Veronica, Nelson, Tiny, (see photos below) out of kill shelters. So far in 2017 we’ve helped free 815 dogs. In 2016, 250 dogs were freed. In 2015, 148 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.

LINK TO PURCHASE ALL MY BOOKS and to see all reviews for all my books click on the books cover:

AMAZON U.S.

AMAZON U.K.
And on all other Amazon sites around the world.
AMAZON RANKING
My books continue to be 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 the top 10 best seller list in Literary Fiction (#2) and Historical Fiction (#5) categories:
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RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE DAY I SAW THE HUMMINGBIRD
 AMAZON U.S.
on November 8, 2017
I’ve been waiting for this author’s next book ever since I finished her last novel, The Seven Year Dress!
Just when I thought she couldn’t possibly write any better and here comes her latest book, my new favorite.The Day I saw the Hummingbird is an incredible look at the early days of slavery from the eyes of a child born into that lifestyle. It’s hard to imagine that a child so young could have experienced so much sadness and trauma and yet this author so clearly tells his story through his words. I felt the pain, the hatred and the hopelessness these poor people lived through. I couldn’t put this book down because I needed to hear though Oscar’s words just how his life moved on. Like Oscar, some pictures are burned into my memories, yet I have a much better understanding of what life as a slave truly meant. Kudos to Paulette Mahurin for telling this story in such an honest way. A must read for book lover.
on November 6, 2017
Paulette has done it again!!!! Her writing is like a paint brush on canvas with smooth stokes to pull you into the story gentle and easy. To show you what life is all about for others. Their life struggles and determination with heart and soul to make their lives better. Oscar’s thoughts are some of my own. Why? Why is God good in some cases and horrible in others? I love that he talks to his Mom and the wisdom the she gives him. A quote from the book: “I came to understand my personal freedom came from inside me when I realized that, no matter where I am, my thoughts and feelings are the invisible chains shackling me, the master enslaving me. My attitude shapes my life.” There are many other quotes the I loved to write in this review but then it would be a book into it self. So If I where you I would go and read this heartfelt book.
on November 6, 2017

Confronting man’s inhumanity to man is painful – no two ways about it. But this book, which reads like a heartfelt memoir by a real black man looking back on his life as a slave and his escape to freedom, also focuses on goodness and human warmth. The author has put a lot of heart into her characters. Young Oscar sees terrible abuses by the truly evil plantation overseer, yet he manages to continue to believe in God and the value of life. Despite horrible abuses and the brutal murder of her husband, Oscar’s mother manages to instill in her son faith, hope and a belief in himself as a valuable human being.

The author obviously did a lot of research about slavery and the Underground Railroad, which she uses to infuse this novel with realism.

Kudos to her for shining a light on this shameful chapter in American history, while also creating memorable characters who maintain their humanity despite the horrors of slavery.

on November 4, 2017
This is my third book by Mahurin and as with her others, I was not disappointed. This time she turns to another very tragic time in history, telling the story of a boy in slavery, Oscar Mercer. The setting is so well illustrated, though it was very difficult to read about the terrible suffering and cruel circumstances the enslaved men and women had to endure. Mahurin shines a light on an individual character’s plight, which really represents the misery of a whole group of marginalized and abused people. Still, there is hope, too. Some people are cruel, but some are kind and offer Oscar a helping hand as he tried to find freedom through the Underground Railway. There is, as with the author’s previous books, a great sense of humanity and intimacy with the protagonist, which made me feel immediately invested in his story and really feel for him and all he had to endure. This is a truly moving story that deserves to be read.
on November 4, 2017
‘The Day I Saw the Hummingbird’ could have easily slipped into a simple checklist of all of the abuses heaped upon a slave boy and his unlucky family, but chose instead to deliver a multi-faceted glimpse into the mind of a young boy who learns how to be human in an inhumane system. Oscar is born into slavery and raised by a compassionate, intelligent, and loving mother. At the mercy of a Godless and often drunken overseer who murders Oscar’s father early on, Oscar’s mother, instead of instilling hate in her son, inspires the hope that he will have a better life. Against the backdrop of the Underground Railroad, the author skillfully weaves the lives of many characters, both black and white, who help Oscar escape to the North. Because of their many sacrifices and his own exceptional will to succeed, Oscar not only escapes, but also, in what I believe is the key message of the novel, learns to love life and himself. This was a novel I will not forget for a long time, as it depicts not only the evils of slavery and racism, but the solidarity and compassion of friends and strangers who work for good. It is a journey for the reader that is highly recommended.
on November 4, 2017
I have often read accounts of slavery. I can’t possibly know or fully understand the horrors of what men, women and children suffered while enslaved. Reading this book caught me in the chest, so many times, bringing pain to a new level of understanding. When I tried to put a child’s face that I know on this young character I would have to put it down. Knowing there is truth in these horrors.
 AMAZON U.K.
on 3 November 2017
I love this author’s books and this is another great read. In places I found it hard to read about the terrible suffering of the slaves working on a plantation at the time of the American civil war but that is only because of the authentic nature of the writing. Slavery was an abomination and the story traces the history of a boy born into slavery and his family. The suffering endured is difficult to comprehend but history shows that mankind has repeatedly demonstrated its cruelty right up to current times. The characters and settings are brought vividly to life in a story packed with suspense. A book full of life lessons without preaching. Highly recommended!
 RECENT REVIEW FOR THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS
AMAZON U.S.
on November 11, 2017
A tragic story with more interesting historical notes than many of the other books I’ve read. The author does a great job showing the human-ness of the people in her book. A quick and informative read.
on November 1, 2017
I felt it was very realistic. She put in human intimates that one would not read in novel such as this. That brought more realism to the story.
AMAZON U.K.
on 6 November 2017
Well written and gripping account of surviving nazi Germany. Truly a book everyone should read. I applaud the author for this tale.
AMAZON AUSTRALIA
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 7 November 2017
A rare insight into a survivor of the holocaust. Told from a different aspect I travelled the journey with this family with leaden heart, to lose all my family I would have died of a broken heart. We cannot begin to imagine in our wildest dreams how anyone could survive the barbaric treatment meted out to the innocent inmates of concentration camps. I visited Mauthausen years ago and have never forgotten the still palpable air of that eerie place where thousands of people lost not only their lives but all their dignity that we take for granted.
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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Paulette Mahurin, Steve Boseley and Charles E. Yallowitz

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Welcome to the Friday Edition of Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Update and the first author with news is Paulette Mahurin with her recent release The Day I Saw The Hummingbird.

About the book

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…

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Star Review: “The Day I Saw the Hummingbird” by Paulette Mahurin

A wonderful review from the prolific, talented Christoph Fischer, for my new book, The Day I Saw The Hummingbird. Thank you so much.

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The Day I Saw the Hummingbird: A Novel by [Mahurin, Paulette]Today I have a superb book for you, written by a close friend of mine. So yes I’m biased, especially as all proceeds from her books goe to a no-kill animal shelter. But with the charitable thought comes quality, so you’re on a double winner.

“The Day I Saw the Hummingbird” by Paulette Mahurin marvellously continues her series of heart-breaking and heart-warming celebrations of the human spirit in times of adversity.
The point of view is that of a growing up slave boy, who is forced to witness the death of his father and other close friends at the hand of white men, just before the outbreak of the Civil War.
Told by the grown up man as he looks back at his life, this manages to bring into the novel also the reflection of the post-slavery man on the Civil War and the times before and after.
The horrors…

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787 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 Truman, Ricky, Savannah, Brady, Trixie, Cookie, Angel, Frosty, Grady, Mickey, Cobain, Norman, Portia, Midnight, Danielle and Clarabelle (see photos below) out of kill shelters. So far in 2017 we’ve helped free 787 dogs. In 2016, 250 dogs were freed. In 2015, 148 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.

LINK TO PURCHASE ALL MY BOOKS and to see all reviews for all my books click on the books cover:

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My books continue to be 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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REVIEWS FOR THE DAY I SAW THE HUMMINGBIRD
AMAZON U.S.
on November 1, 2017
The day I saw the Hummingbird is an enthralling tale highlighting the tortuously cruel treatment of slaves in the southern states of America pre – civil war days. It is told through the eyes of Oscar, a young negro born in captivity and facing a lifetime of unspeakable hardship.
Whilst it is a novel, it is built around factual happenings, at times resembling a lesson in history. I found it impossible to read without choking with emotion as Oscar struggles to cope with tumultuous events that scar his young life. The reader lives his pain, fears and desperation as he travels his dangerous journey to freedom.
This is a story that grabs the reader, compelling them to turn the next page, hoping against hope that Oscar will come through his harrowing ordeal.
on October 29, 2017
The symbolism of the hummingbird in this book about slavery was a brilliant choice by the author, Paulette Mahurin. Some of the meanings attributed to the hummingbird are independence, lifting up negativity, resiliency, and being able to travel great distances tirelessly. These all certainly go with the theme as I interpreted it as Oscar, a small boy suffers the life of slavery on a sugarcane plantation in Louisiana, losing all he cared about there, and after the death of his mother embarks on a journey to freedom via the Underground Railroad. Along the way, his thoughts are tormented by the cruelty of the overseer he left behind, while juxtaposed by feelings of hope in the kindness of strangers who help him toward his goal. And finally, the color of the hummingbird, green, represents healing. I have been interested in the subject of slavery for a good deal of my life, having actually met someone born into slavery when I was very young. Seeing this woman, a piece of our history is forever engrained in my mind and my heart. I think we are still very much in the healing process of this era of our history. Ms. Mahurin’s book offers both insights and hope with regard to our past, present, and future.
on October 29, 2017

The hope and adversity in this novel counterbalance each other and really bring the world to life of the underground railroad. It is such a harrowing time in history, and the journey that the main character of this book undergoes was astounding.

It is full of pain, emotion, loss, and just about every other human condition that can be thought up. I was recommended this book by a friend and it completely blew me away in just how deep and meaningful it was.

The world we are living in is full of pain and modern experiences that are pulling us apart, so it’s nice to find a book like this that tries to bridge the gap and bring us back together.

on October 28, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase

Another fine example of history brought to life. The book is filled with words of wisdom about life and endurance–not only for slaves seeking freedom, but also for those never bound by the chains of slavery. In a world filled with hatred, this book gives hope for a way to stop perpetuating the violence. The writing and characters will touch your heart.

The essence of the story can be summed up in a quote from the book:
“…the heavy burden a mother carries over witnessing the daily oppressions, hardships, and horrors on her child and all the children caught up in the miseries of life. This was no life for any human being, let alone a child.”

on October 25, 2017
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Paulette Mahurin has done it again! She has written a historical fiction that gets at the heart of what it means to be both human and inhumane. Never afraid to tackle difficult subjects, Mahurin follows the life of the fictional Oscar, a young slave on a sugarcane plantation, as he struggles with the personal and social meaning of freedom on his flight from the South to the North via the Underground Railroad during the Civil War.

The narrative is steeped in historical fact, and the cast of memorable characters are infused with all the complex emotions, traits, and desires that make us human. If I didn’t know this was a novel, I would have thought I was reading the true story of this little man-boy who grew up way too quickly in a time when many slaves (and slave sympathizers) never had a chance to grow old. I learned a great deal about how the Underground Railroad operated by reading Mahurin’s book. My admiration for the resiliency of those who believed in freedom and equality for all only grew after reading heart-wrenching after heart-wrenching scene of the dangers slaves faced simply because of their skin color.

This story is set in the 1860s but is as relevant today as ever. The thread of capricious injustice is one that is woven in many coats we humans have worn over time. Oscar’s story is a poignant reminder of the worst of us. But it is also a courageous tale of the best of us. Must we give in to the hatred and fear that roil inside us? Is there a way to rise above our worst selves? Oscar will tell you.

The Day I Saw the Hummingbird is an inspiring, haunting, beautifully-crafted gift from Mahurin to readers and the societies in which they live. I highly recommend it.

 

 

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on 27 October 2017
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase

What I most admire about Paulette Mahurin’s writing is her ability to describe the worst and the best in people in measured terms which brings home both the horror and the joy to the reader in full measure, unclouded by the author’s emotion…as a reader I am able to see her characters clearly, enter into their experiences, know them. They are real people, not Epinal figures used to illustrate a point.

It helps that she skilfully sets the historical background, weaving the essential information into her storyline, so that even someone with the most limited knowledge of the period can understand the context of the book.

Do read it…do rejoice for Oscar who overcomes both oppression and himself..a wonderful boy who grew into a man free in both mind and body.

on 26 October 2017
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“The Day I Saw the Hummingbird” by Paulette Mahurin marvellously continues her series of heart-breaking and heart-warming celebrations of the human spirit in times of adversity.
The point of view is that of a growing up slave boy, who is forced to witness the death of his father and other close friends at the hand of white men, just before the outbreak of the Civil War.
Told by the grown up man as he looks back at his life, this manages to bring into the novel also the reflection of the post-slavery man on the Civil War and the times before and after.
The horrors of slavery and the shocking mind-sets that went with it are well portrayed, yet, as the reader knows that we’re historically on the verge of a new era at the time of the story, there’s also hope from the outset. All the more tragic is it to witness casualties and victims, so close before the end of the tunnel. The narrative is intimate and engaging, it’s very hard not to get involved into the splendid characters and the powerful scenes.
Harrowing, moving and inspiring at the same time, Mahurin takes us through a personal and historical journey, paying tribute to historical figures that aided the cause. If you haven’t read any of her work, go and check out Mahurin’s work. It’s very good.

 

 

 REVIEWS FOR THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS
GOODREADS:
Luciano Lorenzelli rated it it was amazing

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Ben scritto, scorre veloce dall’inizio alla fine. Da consigliare per non dimenticare mai cos’è accaduto e imparare per il futuro (Translation:  Well written, it runs fast from start to finish. It is recommended to never forget what has happened and to learn about the future.)

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Oct 07, 2017 Stuart Pickup rated it it was amazing

The seven year dress

Three years ago I visited Krakow on a three day break with my daughter. While we were we had a tour of the two labour and death camps. This was a humbling experience for us seeing the results of these atrocities by the Nazis. I would recommend everyone to read this book, although fictional, it portrays a deep account of this evil regime and, in the face of unbelievable adversity, human beings can love and survive…one of the most moving books that I have ever read.

 

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AMAZON U.S.
on October 25, 2017
This was a very emotional and inciteful book. Loved the ending where the evil one was stopped in her tracks.

 

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What a reader in the U.K. has to say about The Day I Saw The hummingbird

on 26 October 2017
Christmas has come early this year with the publication of Paulette Mahurin’s latest novel, ‘The Day I Saw the Hummingbird’.
As with her previous novels, this one takes us on a journey into the past, a masterful blend of fact and fiction, set in the American south during the Civil War. It tells the story of one of the ‘passengers’ on the Underground Railroad: Oscar, a runaway slave. Unlike the previous novels, however, the main character, its quiet ‘hero’, is a child. We hear his distinctive voice as the book opens, in 1914, with Oscar on his way to an event celebrating Harriet Tubman, one of the Railroad’s most famous conductors. It’s an event which prompts Oscar to look back over more than 60 years to his early life, and the fateful journey during which he left his childhood behind, learned to become a man, and found freedom.
The account of the physical hardships and terrors Oscar is forced to endure is gripping in itself. But what will make this story speak to readers are the struggles and challenges he must face on his spiritual journey, trying to make sense of the world into which he has been born, where some humans are considered less worthy than others, and, through motives that surpass comprehension, become the focus of a murderous hatred:
‘No whipping was too great, no abuse out-of-bounds. Name-calling, dirt-throwing, inciting Buddy to pee on him…’
And then there are the brandings, the rapes, the lynchings.
In ‘The Seven Year Dress’, Mahurin addressed the subject of dehumanisation as her protagonist, Helen, a prisoner in Auschwitz, was ‘dismantled’ as a person. Here, once again, she gets to grips with big issues, questions which led Michel de Montaigne to conclude that there was some ‘instinct to inhumanity’ in us; which had Primo Levi asking ‘if this is a man’, and Martin Luther King condemning ‘those who possess power without compassion, might without morality.’ Rivers of ink have resulted from the same questions, but two things make this author’s books stand out.
One is her style, deceptively simple, unadorned, lacking in hyperbole. It is this restraint which makes her description of horrific events so compelling. This really happened. And it could happen again. The other is her ability to capture the spirit of hope than enables her characters to continue to fight, and not to give in:
‘…a whispering moved among the good people; it was filled with a hushed excitement. I like to call it the sound of hope. It was surely the promise of freedom.’
And what is freedom? Into the mud and dirt of the sugar cane fields where Oscar toils, the humming bird alights, with a flash of colour and beauty. The existence he ekes out with his mother, the murder of his father, the terrible conditions of a life of slavery under an indifferent owner and a brutal overseer, are bad enough. But on this particular day, the nine-year-old child will plumb the depths, precipitating events that will rip open ‘a hole in his heart.’ This will be the day that almost breaks him, but will also make him.
When Oscar finally embarks on his journey he has already, through the bond with his mother, learnt the meaning of love, and empathy:
‘One of the most important things she told me was that we are known by how we make someone else feel. We may not remember the words that were said to us or the objects that were given to us, but we sure remember how they made us feel.’
On the underground railroad leading to freedom, he will learn about friendship and trust, about the kindness of strangers, about compassion and sacrifice.
Most important in his quest for the meaning of freedom, he will come to see that ‘learning is a door’ to ‘a whole new world… where a mind is free to explore just about everything. I never knew such a world existed. And I sure didn’t know that kind of freedom was possible.’
A giant step for the child who, at the beginning of his story, inhabited a world where he was forced to walk with bowed head and slouched body, and where the concept of freedom was reduced to the smallest of things:
‘Maybe because it felt too foreign to consider freedom, I prayed for what I might be able to have: an article of clothing, enough food in my belly, proper sleep to sustain me another day, and even a song to sing to lift my spirits without fear of a lashing.’
‘The Day I Saw the Humming Bird’ is another triumph for this wonderful, compassionate author, who reminds us yet again of the necessity for remembering.
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THE DAY I SAW THE HUMMINGBIRD

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

 

SYNOPSIS AND BLURB FROM BACK COVER:

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.

 

PURCHASE LINKS:

AMAZON U.S.  https://www.amazon.com/Day-Saw-Hummingbird-Novel-ebook/dp/B075QMKXQS/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

AMAZON U.K.  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Day-Saw-Hummingbird-Novel-ebook/dp/B075QMKXQS/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

And all the rest of the Amazon sites world wide.

 

 

FIRST REVIEWS FOR THE DAY I SAW THE HUMMINGBIRD

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.

 

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771 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 Sadie, GiGi, Macklin, Whitney, Barton, Katrina, Collette, bonded siblings Chucky & Milo, Spot, Becca, Damon, Muriel, Shiloh, Sunny, Betty Sue, Stevie, Rodrick, (see photos below) out of kill shelters. So far in 2017 we’ve helped free 771 dogs. In 2016, 250 dogs were freed. In 2015, 148 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.

LINK TO PURCHASE ALL MY BOOKS and to see all reviews for all my books click on the books cover:

AMAZON U.S.

AMAZON U.K.
And on all other Amazon sites around the world.
AMAZON RANKING
My books continue to be 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 the top 10 best seller list in Literary Fiction (#2) and Historical Fiction (#5) categories:
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REVIEWS FOR THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS
AMAZON U.S.
on October 19, 2017
Incredible writing. I started reading the moment the book arrived. I read the entire book that afternoon and immediately searched the Amazon website for more writings by this author.
on October 15, 2017
I enjoy WW2 stories, and Paulette does not disappoint. I got lost in the story earlier this summer and couldn’t put it down…I finished it in just a few days.
AMAZON U.K.
Three years ago I visited Krakow on a three day break with my daughter. While we were we had a tour of the two labour and death camps. This was a humbling experience for us seeing the results of these atrocities by the Nazis. I would recommend everyone to read this book, although fictional, it portrays a deep account of this evil regime and, in the face of unbelievable adversity, human beings can love and survive…one of the most moving books that I have ever read.
AMAZON CANADA
 DOGS RESCUED FROM KILL SHELTERS
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Sadie has been rescued
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Sadie’s freedom photo
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GiGi has been rescued
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GiGi’s freedom photo
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Macklin has been rescued
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Macklin’s freedom photo
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Macklin’s freedom ride
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Macklin with new sibling
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Whitney has been rescued
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Whitney’s freedom photo
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Barton has been rescued
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Barton’s freedom photo
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Katrina has been rescued
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Katrina’s freedom carry-big girl loves the attention
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Katrina’s freedom photo
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Collette has been rescued
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Collette’s freedom ride
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Collette’s freedom photos
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Chucky and Milo, fifteen year-old bonded siblings, rescued together
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Chucky & Milo’s freedom ride
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Chucky & Milo’s freedom photo
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Spot has been rescued
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Spot’s freedom photo
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Becca has been rescued
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Becca’s freedom photo
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Damon has been rescued
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Damon’s freedom photo
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Muriel has been rescued
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Muriel’s freedom photo
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Shiloh has been rescued
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Shiloh’s freedom photo
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Sunny has been rescued
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Sunny’s freedom photo
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Betty Sue has been rescued
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Betty Sue’s freedom photo
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Stevie has been rescued
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Stevie’s freedom photo
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Rodrick’s been rescued
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Rodrick’s freedom photos
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Introducing the cover of my new book: The Day I Saw The Hummingbird