155 dogs rescued from kill shelter

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 Biscuit, Rosie, Wilbur, Hoggy, Jack, Rickenbacker, Takoda, pregnant Lucy, Gretchen, Boomer, Snow, Tawny, Logan, bonded siblings cookie & honey, Jody, Stella, Gunther, Lola, Jasper, Clancy, Lindsey, Brownie, Gabby, Joceyln, Harry, Eddie, Skippy, Sandy, Sinclair, Teddy Bear, Phoebe, Mickey, Titus, Lonnie, Sofie, Stoic, Bryce, Charlie, Gidget, Kensey, Henry, Sadie, Andorra, Trevor, Praline, Drake, Einstein, Ruger, Lovey & Alfie (see photos below) out of kill shelters. So far in 2019 155 dogs have been rescued. In 2018 670 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.

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#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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RECENT REVIEWS FOR A DIFFERENT KIND OF ANGEL
AMAZON U.S.
Trebonius Octavianus

March 27, 2019

Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
Book Lover 222

March 13, 2019

A Different Kind of Angel by Paulette Mahurin is the incredible story of Klara Gelfman, a Russian Jew fleeing to America after her family life is destroyed in 1881 by soldiers massacring Jews. Klara flees to America with her father for safety. Her father dies on the way over. Alone and speaking no English, she gets mugged and everything she had was stolen. From here, her story takes a drastic turn for the worse. Well written and well researched, at times this story is very hard to read. It speaks to the courage and spirit of an individual to survive horrific conditions.
AMAZON U.K.
Joey

15 March 2019

I have always loved Mahurin’s books and this one did not disappoint. While based on a true story, it is heartbreakingly told. Klara confined to a mental institute on an island in New York simply for not speaking English. The story splits between Klara’s early life and into the future towards her final escape. I loved the way it was told and found it to be beautifully written. A chilling story of prejudice and the lengths some people will go to to get what they want. An amazing book and one I highly recommend!
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Brian Bigelow

Mar 26, 2019 Brian Bigelow rated it it was amazing*****  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book! It’s amazing the experiences written about.
I couldn’t imagine being sentenced to an insane asylum as they existed at the time. I’m glad that system was eliminated.
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I saw this on one of my reading friends book lists and I thought I would give it a try, it was a good little novel about a life filled with personal trauma, and soul-crushing debasement and tortures, but Klara Gelfman survives she meets others who help her and as she says in the book; “Beneath the differences you meet another’s heart, that’s where the light of love never dims the light where the power of healing and forgiveness lives. They were all unique. All different kinds of angels.” This is a good book club recommendation or a good book for anyone wanting to know about what strength it takes to survive during bad times.
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Margaret Keathley

March 12, 2019

I bought this book a few weeks ago. I picked it up yesterday to read on work break and I couldn’t put it down. I read the book last night. It is a hard story to get through but so real. The Germans did terrible things and the fact that it happened within the last 100 years, is frightening. There are many books written about the Holocaust—but this is one of the best ones I have ever read. Most touch on the horror but Helen’s story delves deep into the evil that people do out of hatred and fear. It was hard reading the rape scenes—but things like that happened all too frequently.
ronjon

March 3, 2019

I love the way the story was told. I finished reading it in 3 days, do hard to put down.
Sara Rowland

March 22, 2019

It’s a compelling book and I finished it in two days. Some of the non-historic scenes are usually not included in books on this subject. Each person has to decide if they should be there. I didn’t need them. Otherwise, the characters are very real and the story flows beautifully. I’m so glad I read it.
AMAZON U.K.
Amazon Customer

7 March 2019

Although its a fiction book based on fact
I couldnt stop reading this sad and endearing book..What 1 piece of material can hold such memories and the horror they lived through.
And to come out of the horror and to be able to live freely again. Its must read.
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Laura Valbuena‘s review

Mar 09, 2019
really liked it****

Very good read.

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Brianna York

March 3, 2019

A story about finding joy amongst the ashes of one’s life, this tale asks the reader to envision what they would do if they had just a few weeks left. Poignant and heartfelt, this book leaves the reader with all the right questions and a new perspective about love, loss and hope.
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His Name Was Ben
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Dean‘s review

Mar 20, 2019
really liked it****

 

Sara and Ben’s story is a dramatic love story!!
The dynamic, power and dramatic impact in Mahurins tale, is based on the fact that both of them have no time left to lose!!
They are caught within a very narrow and limited time frame..Ben is a young lawyer having only months lo live due to a terminal cancer raging havoc in his body, and Sara is a survivor from breast cancer still struggling with it..”Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage”
Lao_TzuPaulette Mahurin has delivered a powerful story and captured the eternal spirit of an all-surpassing love!!
Even death is no match, and must surrender like an helpless hostage to the the eternal and regenerating power of love..At the end of the day I can say that reading Sara and Bens story has uplifted and inspired me!!!Although you will be confronted with sufferings and pain, let me say it clearly that this is not the main message carried out in this bitter- sweet love story!!Mahurins novel, gives and delivers powerful to the reader the preciousness of life itself..
And in spite of sufferings, pain and even death, the prevailing force behind the universum is love inhibited in eternal souls..
DOGS RESCUED FROM KILL SHELTERS
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Biscuit’s been rescued
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Rosie 5 rescued

Rosie has been rescued

 

Rosie 5 freedom

Rosie rescued with bonded sibling Lily

 

 

Wilbur 3 rescued 2019-03-01 at 3.33.14 PM

Wilbur has been rescued

 

Wilbur 3 freedom

Wilbur’s freedom photo

 

Hoggy rescued 2019-03-02 at 8.02.49 AM

Hoggy’s been rescued

 

Hoggy freedom

Hoggy’s freedom photo

 

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Jack’s has been rescued. This is is kennel photo.

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Jack’s kennel information

Jack 5 freedom

Jack’s freedom photo

 

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Rickenbacker has been rescued

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Rickenbacker’s shelter info

Rickenbacker freedom

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Takoda (named by rescue) has been rescued

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Takoda’s freedom ride

Takoda freedom

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Lucy, pregnant, has been rescued

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Lucy comfy and waiting to give birth

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Gretchen has been rescued

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Boomer’s been rescued

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Snow has been rescued

Snow aka Leela freedom

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Tawny has been rescued

 

Tawny freedom at vet

Tawny’s freedom

 

Logan 4 rescued 2019-03-07 at 7.39.58 AM

Logan has been rescued

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Cookie has been rescued with bonded sibling Honey

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Honey has been rescued with bonded sibling Cookie

 

Honey freedom

 

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Jody has been rescued

 

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Stella has been rescued

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Gunther has been rescued

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Lola has been rescued

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Jasper has been rescued

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Clancy has been rescued

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Lindsey has been rescued

Lindsey freedom

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Brownie has been rescued

 

Brownie 6 freedom

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Gabby’s been rescued

 

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Jocelyn has been rescued

 

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Harry has been rescued

 

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Eddie has been rescued

Eddie 4 freedom

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Skippy has been rescued

 

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Sandy has been rescued

Sandy aka Blossom freedom

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Sinclair has been rescued

 

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Teddy Bear has been rescued

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Teddy Bear’s freedom photo

 

 

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Phoebe (named by rescue) has been rescued

 

Phoebe 4 freedom

Phoebe’s freedom photo.

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Mickey has been rescued

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Mickey’s freedom ride

 

Mickey 4 freedom

Mickey’s freedom photo.

 

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Titus has been rescued

Titus 2 freedom

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Lonnie’s been rescued

Lonnie 1 freedom

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Sofie has been rescued

Sofie 1 freedom

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Stoic has been rescued

Stoic freedom

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Bryce’s been rescued

 

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Charlie has been rescued

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Gidget (named by rescue) has been rescued

Gidget freedom

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Kensey has been rescued

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Kensey’s freedom photo

 

Henry 2 rescued

Henry has been rescued

 

Henry 2 freedom

Henry’s freedom photo

 

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Sadie has been rescued

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Sadie’s shelter information

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Sadie’s freedom video. Apologies as I’m unable to download the vid. Right after this shot, she was giving a nice big hamburger patty. She’s on her way to the vet.

 

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Andorra’s been rescued

Andorra freedom ride

Andorra’s freedom ride

Andorra freedom

Andorra’s freedom photo

 

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Trevor has been rescued

Trevor freedom

Trevor’s freedom photo

 

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Praline’s been rescued

 

Praline 2 freedom

Praline’s freedom photo

 

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Drake has been rescued

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Drake’s shelter information

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Drake’s freedom photo

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Einstein has been rescued.

Einstein 2 freedom

Einstein’s freedom photo

 

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Ruger has been rescued

Ruger freedom

Ruger’s freedom photo

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Lovey has been rescued

 

Lovey freedom

Lovey’s freedom photo

 

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Alfie has been rescued

Alfie freedom

Alfie’s freedom photo

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To Live Out Loud for Sale at Amazon.com

To my U.S. readers. To Live Out Loud kindle book is on sale for 99 cents through Tuesday April 9.

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An innocent Jewish military officer, Alfred Dreyfus, was unjustly sentenced to life imprisonment on a desolate island. The news that could exonerate him was leaked to the press, but was suppressed by the military. Anyone who sought to reopen the Dreyfus court-martial became victimized and persecuted and was considered an enemy of the state.

Emile Zola, a popular journalist determined to bring the truth to light, undertook the challenge to publicly expose the facts surrounding the military cover-up. This is the story of Zola’s battle to help Alfred Dreyfus reclaim his freedom and clear his name. Up against anti-Semitism, military resistance, and opposition from the Church in France, Zola committed his life to fighting for justice. But was it worth all the costs to him, to those around him, and to France?

 

 

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B012XXTRS2

 

 

Also free on KU at all Amazon sites.

 

All profits from all my books go to help rescue dogs from kill shelters.

 

 

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104 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 Victoria, Tyler, Lola, Romeo, another Tyler, Payne, Osiris, Tebow, Champ, Brantley, Scout, Bailey, Belvedere, Helena, Primrose, Rocky, Brooke, McCoy, Bianca, Gee Gee, Nicholas, Alexander, Jonas, bonded elderly siblings Lady & Dutchess, bonded siblings Ivy & Iris, Gertie, Rocky, Kobe, Ally, Riley, elderly Sheldon, Baby, Courtney, Cosello, Tommy, Juno, Draco, bonded siblings Monticello & Fremont, Cupid, Addison, bonded siblings Brandon & Brooklyn, Negra and Jackson, bonded puppy siblings Bella & Beatrice, Beethoven, Titus, Cannoli, Dirt (see photos below) out of kill shelters. So far in 2019 104 dogs have been rescued. In 2018 670 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.

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#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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RECENT REVIEWS FOR A DIFFERENT KIND OF ANGEL
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S. Schinder

February 8, 2019

This heart wrenching piece exposing a critical piece of not only American but world history is lyrically written and speaks to the soul. All you feminists, human rights activists, humans in general, this read is for you! Composed beautifully. A+
Maria

February 8, 2019

A harrowing and riveting portrayal of Jewish refugee from the Russian pogroms of 1881. Klara Gelfman’s loses her father during her voyage to New York. Alone and with little English she is mugged and accused of being a prostitute she lands in Blackwell Island Lunatic Asylum. In the asylum for five long years she exposed to the worse and the best of the human condition.

It is a heart-wrenching to read about the horrid, inhumane and violent treatment of the patients in Blackwell. However, it is also a testimony of the strength of the human spirit to rise, survive and find strength in one another.

Paulette Mahurin did an amazing job in capturing the history Blackwell Island. The story is richly researched, well-written, emotive, inspirational, and unforgettable. I highly recommend this book!

Josephine Clinquant Bird

February 6, 2019

Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase

It is not difficult to be horrified by the level of cruelty that humans will inflict on one another, especially where prejudice and power are involved. There is much in this book that tells of the trauma, the emotional and physical scarring, and the horrors experienced by the victims of such torture experienced not only by those who survived the government pogroms against the Jews in late 19th century Russia, but also by those exposed to the depths of degradation meted out to those who found themselves inside the cruel, cold walls of the notorious Blackwell’s Island Insane Asylum in New York.

Based on the true story of Nellie Bly’s infiltration of the asylum and subsequent exposure of the abuses and brutality that occurred there, and on the experiences of many who fled Russia in the hope of making a new life in America, ‘A Different Kind of Angel’ tells the stories of Klara Gelfman and the other women she meets inside that institution.

The book certainly has its dark moments, but it also gives emphasis to the resilience and kindness of people like Klara and her friends Catherine and Nellie. These women are inspirational in their ability to rise above the pain and muck time and time again, reminders to us all of the power of encouragement and kindness in the face of hostility and fear.

Mahurin tells a compelling story. The characters are strongly drawn, and the depictions of the various behaviours of the inmates of the asylum are vivid and, one suspects, based on careful study and research. At no time is the narrative insensitive to the plight of the insane, nor to the individual qualitiies of each woman and her mental illness. The reader has a strong sense of how their lives and conditions could be vastly different given proper care, nutrition and some kindness, and feels deeply grateful to the few souls who showed these women as much compassion as they were able to.

Overall, the story is more encouraging than depressing, and most enlightening. Despite the darkness, the message of the story is positive and empowering, especially for those enduring some kind of misery or darkness in their own lives.

 

AMAZON U.K.
L L

27 February 2019

I read this book, attached to the historical aspect around the upheaval in Russia and the persecution of Jews in the years around 1887. I can only add to all the other reviews that this is a brilliantly, beautifully written story that is both tough and ugly to wrap your head around, but also a heartwarming ‘testimony’ to the resilience of anyone victimised Love can work wonders even under the saddest, most horrific circumstances! If you are not sure about this book – just read it. It is quite simply marvellous.
Sharon

2 February 2019

The suffering that 20 year old Klara Gelfman endured at the hands of those who believed they were superior, is a reminder that no man is better than his neighbour. But where there is hardship and evil, there is always compassion and light – and this book expresses both. Very hard to read in places, heart wrenching and emotional, but it is extremely well written and well researched. I shall be reading more from this author.

 

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Gweniver

February 28, 2019

The title kind of reveals the story , foreshadowing what is going to happen; this makes the novel extremely transparent in its intentions. This is a book about a journey, more than an outcome. It’s about both rebirth and death. It’s also realistically written and heartfelt, although you’ll want to tear your hair out reading about the misfortunes that just seem to pile up on our protagonists.
Mei

February 22, 2019

Although the ending is sad, the story has an optimistic tone. Sarah has gone through a lot at a young age, but she sees the bright side of life. Despite of her own condition, she reaches out to love and to help another person like her. It is painful to read through the details of Sarah and Ben feeling ill and getting treatments, but the sadness can be offset by their love and Sarah’s cheerfulness. Other than the cancer, the two also have to deal with family issues, just like everyone else. A story makes you smile and cry.
M. Decker

February 2, 2019

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Kate

January 31, 2019

This was a bittersweet read. With the challenge of losing a loved one to cancer, this story follows the journey of two people who fall in love and work through the pain and grief alongside their dysfunctional families. There was a lot of reality and truth in this story, and a lot that the reader can take home. I recommend to anyone who likes to read realistic and heartwarming reads.
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Laurel Ingram

8 February 2019

The atrocities what happened in Germany told by Helen are so descriptive and you actually feel her pain and suffering, I would recommend this book to e everyone to remind them and never ever forget what happened !
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Dean

Feb 26, 2019 Dean rated it really liked it ****
Everything can be taken from a man but one thing:
the last of human freedoms-to choose one’s attitude in any
given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.
Victor E. Frankl
The story of Helen Stein, a young beautiful teenager and his family, has left me drained and flabbergasted..
A jewish family that went through the fiery ordeal of the holocaust in nazi Germany!!
All her family murdered by the nazis..Helen and his brother must hide..
The SS brutaly murdered his parents and an elder brother by the evacuation of his house!!
And for a few years they find a hideout in an uninhabited farmhouse!!
But soon they will be discovered and then sent in cattle waggons by train to Auschwitz the death camp with his gas chamber!!

Her spirit unbroken..
She demonstrate the power of resilience and perserverance in this hell!!!
After being raped and humiliated again and again, she remembers what her father told her:
To be and stay alive it’s whats matter..

Even in Auschwitz facing the ugly grimace of evil, she finds comfort and friendship in Ester and others..
Sacrificing themselves they give her love and dignity!!!

Many years latter, she has survived and found a new beginning in the Staaten..
The tatoos with numbers on her arm are not the only scars she has to bear!!
With much tears she tells a young woman about the destiny of her family in Germany!!
She lived to tell her story..

Paulette Mahurin has written a powerful book, showing us the atrocities commited by the nazis, and the devastating meaning of the Holocaust for the jewish community in Europa!!

..”There was nothing that told me about Helen or her past, with one exception, but I had no idea what it meant.
It was a faded piece of material in a glass-covered frame that sat on the end table. The tattered swatch of dimly colored blue cotton had a floral print.
Little swirls of lighter shades outlined the design of the stained material.
My eyes went to a plaque attached to the bottom of the frame that read, “Nothing Lasts”.
I couldn’t help wondering,
What is this old fabric?
And what caused the rust-colored stains splattered on it that looks like blood?”..
Read the book, and you will know!!!

Dean;)

DOGS RESCUED FROM KILL SHELTERS
Victoria 1 rescued Screen Shot 2019-02-01 at 7.26.04 AM
Victoria has been rescued
Victoria 1 freedom
Victoria’s freedom photo
Tyler 3 rescued Screen Shot 2019-02-01 at 7.32.23 AM
Tyler’s been rescued
Tyler 3 freedom
Tyler’s freedom photo
Lola 4 rescued Screen Shot 2019-02-01 at 7.39.42 AM
Lola has been rescued
Lola 4 freedom
Lola’s freedom photo
Romeo 3 rescued 2019-02-02 at 7.16.29 AM
Romeo’s been rescued
Romeo 3 freedom
Romeo’s freedom photo
Tyler 4 rescued Screen Shot 2019-02-02 at 1.34.32 PM
Tyler has been rescued
Tyler 4 freedom
Tyler’s freedom photo
Payne rescued Screen Shot 2019-02-04 at 8.23.17 AM
Payne has been rescued
Payne freedom
Payne’s freedom photo
Osiris rescued Screen Shot 2019-02-04 at 8.30.55 AM
Osiris has been rescued
Osiris freedom
Osiris’ freedom photo
Tebow rescued Screen Shot 2019-02-05 at 1.44.26 PM
Tebow has been rescued
Tebow freedom
Tebow’s freedom photo
Champ Screen Shot 2019-02-06 at 7.59.04 AM
Champ has been rescued
Champ freedom photo with new mom
Champ’s freedom photo with new mom

 

Brantley 2 rescued Screen Shot 2019-02-06 at 11.23.28 AM

 

Brantley has been rescued

 

Brantley 2 freeodm

Brantley’s freedom photo

 

Scout 2 rescued Screen Shot 2019-02-07 at 6.33.58 AM

Scout has been rescued

 

Scout 2 freedom

Scout’s freedom photos

 

Bailey rescued Screen Shot 2019-02-07 at 6.40.51 AM

Bailey has been rescued

 

Bailey freedom

 

Bailey’s freedom photo

 

Belvedere 2 rescued 2019-02-08 at 7.56.08 AM

 

Belvedere has been rescued

Belvedere 2 freedom

Belvedere’s freedom photo

Helena 3 rescued 2019-02-08 at 7.58.24 AM

Helena’s been rescued

Helena 3 freedom

Helena’s freedom photo

 

Primrose 3 rescued Screen Shot 2019-02-08 at 7.50.23 AM

Primrose has been rescued

Primrose 3 freedom

Primrose’s freedom photo

 

Rocky 4 rescued Screen Shot 2019-02-09 at 9.23.10 AM

Rocky has been rescued

Rocky 4 freedom

Rocky’s freedom photo

 

Brooke aka Casey rescued Screen Shot 2019-02-09 at 2.42.54 PM

Brooke has been rescued

Brooke aka Casey freedom

Brooke’s freedom photo

 

McCoy rescued Screen Shot 2019-02-09 at 6.55.51 PM

McCoy’s been rescued

McCoy freedom

McCoy’s freedom photo

 

Bianca 3 rescued 2019-02-09 at 7.05.32 PM

Bianca’s been rescued

 

Bianca 3 freedom

Bianca’s freedom photo

Gee Gee rescued 2019-02-09 at 7.18.08 PM

Gee Gee has been rescued

Gee Gee freedom

Gee Gee’s freedom photo

 

Nicolas 2 rescued Screen Shot 2019-02-10 at 3.49.28 PM

Nicholas has been rescued

Nicholas 2 freedom at the vet

Nicholas’ freedom photo at the vet.

 

Alexander 2 rescued Screen Shot 2019-02-12 at 2.56.11 PM

 

Alexander has been rescued

 

Alexander 2 freedom

Alexander’s freedom photo

 

Jonas 1 rescued 2019-02-13 at 8.20.06 AM

Jonas’ has been rescued

Jonas 1 freedom

Jonas’ freedom photo

 

Jonas 1 bonding with new sibling

Jonas’ bonding with new sibling.

 

Lady 4 rescued with bonded sibling 2019-02-13 at 10.53.05 AM

Lady has been rescued with her bonded sibling Dutchess

 

Dutchess 1 rescued with bonded sister Lady 4 2019-02-13 at 10.55.21 AM

Dutchess has been rescued with her bonded sibling Lady.

 

Lady 4 & Dutchess freedom photo

Bonded elderly siblings Lady & Dutchess’ freedom photo.

 

IVY rescued with bonded sibling IRIS Screen Shot 2019-02-14 at 7.29.30 AM

Ivy has been rescued with her bonded sibling Iris.

 

IRIS rescued with bonded sibling IVY Screen Shot 2019-02-14 at 7.31.38 AM

Iris has been rescued with her bonded sibling Ivy.

 

IVY & IRIS FREEDOM RIDE

Iris & Ivy’s freedom ride.

IVY & IRIS FREEDOM PHOTO

Iris & Ivy’s freedom photo

 

Gertie rescued Screen Shot 2019-02-14 at 7.42.35 AM

Gertie has been rescued

 

Gertie freedom Screen Shot 2019-02-14 at 2.14.31 PM

Gertie’s freedom video. I was unable to download.

 

Rocky 5 rescued 2019-02-14 at 6.04.41 PM

Rocky the elder has been rescued.

 

Rocky 5 freedom

Rocky the elder’s freedom photos.

 

Kobe 3 rescued Screen Shot 2019-02-15 at 6.09.34 AM

Kobe has been rescued

Kobe 3 freedom

Kobe’s freedom photo

 

Ally 2 rescued Screen Shot 2019-02-15 at 6.40.09 PM

Ally has been rescued

 

Ally 2 freedom

Ally’s freedom photo

 

Riley 5 rescued Screen Shot 2019-02-15 at 6.46.24 PM

Riley’s been rescued

Riley 5 freedom

Riley’s freedom photo

Sheldon 4 rescued Screen Shot 2019-02-17 at 7.53.23 AM

Sheldon the elder has been rescued

Sheldon 4 freedom photo

Sheldon’s freedom photo at the vet’s being taken good care of.

 

Baby 3 rescued Screen Shot 2019-02-17 at 9.03.23 AM

Baby has been rescued

Baby 3 freedom

Baby’s freedom photo

 

Courtney 1 rescued Screen Shot 2019-02-18 at 7.53.45 AM

Courtney has been rescued

 

Courtney 1 freedom photo with new sibling

Courtney’s freedom photo

Costello rescued Screen Shot 2019-02-18 at 5.00.12 PM

 

Costello has been rescued

 

Costello freedom

Costello’s freedom photo

 

Tommy 3 aka Drake 2 rescued Screen Shot 2019-02-18 at 5.09.15 PM

Tommy’ been rescued

Tommy 3 aka Drake 2 freedom Screen Shot 2019-02-18 at 5.11.13 PM

Tommy’s freedom photo

 

Juno 3 rescued 2019-02-19 at 10.24.34 AM

Juno has been rescued

 

Juno 3 freedom

Juno’s freedom photo

 

Draco rescued Screen Shot 2019-02-19 at 2.33.45 PM

Draco has been rescued

Draco freedom

Draco’s freedom photo

Monticello rescued Screen Shot 2019-02-20 at 12.36.15 PM

Monticello has been rescued with bonded sibling Fremont

Monticello freedom

Monticello’s freedom photo

FREMONT Screen Shot 2019-02-23 at 11.39.19 AM

Fremont has been rescued with bonded sibling Monticello

 

Fremont freedom

Fremont’s freedom photo

 

 

Cupid rescued Screen Shot 2019-02-21 at 5.36.41 AM

Cupid has been rescued

Cupid freedom

Cupid’s freedom photo

 

Addison 1 rescued Screen Shot 2019-02-22 at 6.09.42 AM

Addison has been rescued

Addison 1 freedom

Addison’s freedom photo

Brandon 2 & Brooklyn 1 rescued together Screen Shot 2019-02-22 at 6.12.00 AM

Brandon has been rescued with bonded sibling Brooklyn

 

Brooklyn rescued with Brandon 2 Screen Shot 2019-02-22 at 6.13.15 AM

Brooklyn has been rescued with bonded sibling Brandon

 

Brandon 2 and Brooklyn 1 freedom photo

Bonded siblings Brandon and Brooklyn’s freedom photo.

Negra rescued Screen Shot 2019-02-22 at 3.12.17 PM

Negra has been rescued

Negra freedom

Negra’s freedom photo

Jackson 2 rescued Screen Shot 2019-02-22 at 3.21.16 PM

Jackson’s been rescued

Jackson 2 freedom

Jackson’s freedom photo

 

 

Beatrice 2 & Bella 6 rescued shelter photo 2019-02-24 at 9.09.36 AM

Beatrice and Bella, bonded puppy siblings, have been rescued together.

Beatrice 2 & Bella 6 shelter information Screen Shot 2019-02-24 at 9.13.32 AM

Beatrice and Bella’s shelter information

Beatrice 2 freedom

Beatrice’s freedom photo

Bella 6 freedom

Bella’s freedom photo

Beethoven rescued Screen Shot 2019-02-24 at 9.21.04 AM

Beethoven has been rescued

Beethoven freedom

Beethoven’s freedom photo

 

Titus rescued Screen Shot 2019-02-24 at 4.05.55 PM

Titus has been rescued

Titus freedom

Titus’ freedom photo

Cannoli rescue shelter photo Screen Shot 2019-02-25 at 3.30.43 PM

Cannoli has been rescued

Cannoli shelter info Screen Shot 2019-02-25 at 3.29.09 PM

Cannoli’s shelter information

Cannoli freedom

Cannoli’s freedom photo

Dirt rescued Screen Shot 2019-02-27 at 12.39.16 PM

Dirt has been rescued

Dirt freedom

Dirt’s freedom photo

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January has been a good month for 53 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 Kash,  Bandit, Andretti, River, Snowflake, Rufus, Marvin, Cheyenne, Lilly & her 4 puppies, Misty, Rio, bonded sisters Dolly & Beijing, PinMin, Princess, another Princess, Gulliver, Minnie, Faith, Brownie, Diva, Maxine, Peachez, Norman, Caspian, Sofia, Kobe, Baldwin, Wiler, bonded buddies Sioux & Angel, Noland, Rufus, Theo, Sarah, Dempsey, Milky, Jacques, Kate, Biscuit, Francis, Atticus, Ruby, Luna, Matilda, Winnie, Claudia, Sabrina, Gucci, (see photos below) out of kill shelters. So far in 2019 53 dogs have been rescued. In 2018 670 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.

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

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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#1 Best Seller List in Teen & Young Adult Category and #3 in Historical Fiction Category and #24 best seller in the kindle books store.
# 1 AMAZON U.K. BEST SELLER
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NEW RELEASE AMAZON RANKING #3 FOR A DIFFERENT KIND OF ANGEL
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RECENT REVIEWS FOR A DIFFERENT KIND OF ANGEL
AMAZON U.S.
Sherrie Hansen

January 8, 2019

In A Different Kind of Angel, the horrific crimes committed against Russian Jews during the Kiev pogrom become very personal as seen through the eyes of Klara, a young woman whose happy family life was shattered one day in 1881. When she escapes to the USA, all seems well until the American dream fails her in an epic way and she is unfairly committed to the Women’s Lunatic Asylum on Blackwell’s Island. Her life becomes a new kind of nightmare, full of atrocities that were thankfully punctuated with connections and kindnesses from friend Catherine and the occasional nurse or fellow patient, as well as her own resilient spirit. This book is a testament to survival and dreams that somehow find a way to come true even in the face of untold suffering. Inspiring, eye-opening, well-written – a definite must-read you won’t be able to put down.
on January 2, 2019
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase

That’s what Klara Gelfman, a recent immigrant from Kiev, Russia quickly learned just weeks after arriving in New York City in 1882. She had barely survived the brutal massacre of her entire family in 1881 after the assassination of Czar Alexander II. After that horrific pogrom, she escaped to America. . .the land of the free. . .which promised safety from the tyrannical oppression of the Southern-Russian Worker’s Union. Before she even got the chance to start her new life, she found herself cast into the living hell of the Women’s Lunatic Asylum on Blackwell’s Island with no hope of ever escaping that nightmare. Her crime – the inability to communicate in the English language. After years in that inhumane place, Klara felt that “Life had become a chain with links made of misery”.

I shed a lot of tears throughout Klara’s story. Author, Paulette Mahurin, wove this tale as if she had experienced each physical and mental torture herself. Reading about the madness perpetrated by the lunatic nurses and guards upon all of the helpless inmates in that hospital for the insane had me helplessly raging against the unfairness of it all. Even those inmates who were sane when they arrived (and there were far too many) had little hope of retaining any normal state of mind after so much exposure to such unthinkable conditions as were forced upon them there. As Klara put it: “Too little nourishment. Cold rooms and cold, filthy bathwater. Lumpy, stained, withered mattresses and paper-thin, dirty blankets, hours of sitting on hard benches in silence. Physical and emotional wounds inflicted at the whim of the nurses and guards.” Klara and all the other unfortunate souls trapped in that wicked place endured that and much, much worse.

This book is a stark reminder that since time immemorial – places and inhabitants of this world have always been fraught with misery and cruelty. But it also shines a light on the idea that even in the vilest conditions, friendships can blossom and the human spirit can find a way to survive. As Klara saw it: “. . .those women met some of my most basic longings: to belong, to feel safe, to trust, and to be understood. It seemed so contradictory that I had moments of feeling safe when surrounded by so much brutality. But I did. These simple connections ignited the resilience my soul had all but lost. And I was better for it.”

Mahurin’s story reminds us that the goodness of just one person can bring a spark of light into a hopeless life and that one must never lose hope for some kind of happy ending. I highly recommend that you read A Different Kind Of Angel.

AMAZON U.K.
Amazon Customer

31 January 2019

A Different Kind of Angel is a dark story very well written. Oddly written out of chronological sequence, which makes the story more suspenseful as a result. Not only a suspenseful story, the characters are real and believable, and I hoped against hope that there would come the end to their ordeal. The eclectic cast of characters, the key characters around which the story is focussed, and those who are probably insane but still have humanity, are what makes A Different Kind of Angel notably powerful.
GOODREADS
A Different Kind of Angel: A Novel
by

Paulette Mahurin (Goodreads Author)

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OMalleycat‘s review

Jan 12, 2019
really liked it ****

 

Gripping novel exposing the patients received in late 19th century hospitals for the mentally ill, not to mention those hospitalized who were NOT mentally ill but victims of abusive policing and unable to speak English, as the protagonist is. She meets other patients who are merely inconvenient for powerful men and warehoused to keep them away from public notice. In 1887 Nellie Bly went undercover as a reporter in the hospital that’s the setting. She’s a character in the book, but mostly it’s about Klara who survived a pogrom in Russia only to be hospitalized and held in wretched conditions as an immigrant in the U.S.

 

RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS
AMAZON U.S.
kelly cepil

January 25, 2019

Very good book. Recommend highly. Really didn’t need the introduction with the student in the house, or the ending with her. But other than that worth reading.
Marina Osipova

January 12, 2019

The author, Paulette Mahurin, takes the reader on a tragic but life-celebrating ride. Emotionally charged, it presents a gut-wrenching fate of two generations of German Jews – Helen’s once happy family. With Hitler coming to power, her life inevitably changes to the horror of losing her loved ones, then hiding from being sent to a concentration camp and then, not able to escape the inevitable, to the atrocities of Auschwitz where she is brutally forced to make dehumanizing choices.
The sequence of events that shaped Germany into the despotic state and corrupted its population is expertly and unobtrusively woven into the well-paced narrative. I would consider this book educational for a reader who is not deeply familiar with the Holocaust. Highly recommended for the general readership.

January 7, 2019

As with all of the author’s books, this one digs into human emotions that help a person survive tragedies. And what greater tragedy has occurred in modern times than the ill treatment of those imprisoned in the Nazi concentration camps? The prisoners are seen are real and vulnerable, doing what they had to do to shut out the horrors of the war. Some cannot cope, but others like Helen can hide them inside so they don’t make her become a monster like those who imprisoned her. The emotions are raw and beautiful at the same time. A well written and touching story.
AMAZON U.K.
Rachel

13 January 2019

I cannot stop reading about this subject in history and this book has really opened my eyes about what happened.
mick burridge. Susan burridge

10 January 2019

Unbelievable suffering, although you know what happened during these times, one persons remarkable story Written so well brings the hardships home to you.
Gabby

9 January 2019

A brave account of the horrific events endured by a young female Auschwitz survivor. Deeply moving heart breaking tale of bravery, loss and survival.
Steph Steptoe

5 January 2019

Absolutely loved this book. The story was told in a very human way. How anyone emerged from that horror to be a kind and loving person again is a mystery to me. An inspirational story!
GOODREADS

Elise Moss

Jan 01, 2019 Elise Moss rated it **** really liked it
As with all books about the Holocaust, there were many disturbing moments but ultimately, her resolve to make it through despite all of her loss made it a really enjoyable story.
RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE PERSECUTION OF MILDRED DUNLAP
AMAZON U.K.

2 January 2019

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DOGS RESCUED FROM KILL SHELTERS
Kash rescued Screen Shot 2019-01-01 at 3.21.05 PM
Kash has been rescued
Kash freedom
Kash’s freedom photo
Bandit rescued 2019-01-03 at 6.44.06 AM
Bandit has been rescued
Bandit 2 freedom
Bandit’s freedom photo

 

andretti rescued 2019-01-03 at 10.04.28 am

Andretti has been rescued

 

andretti freedom photo w: new sibling

Andretti’s freedom photo with new sibling

 

river rescue 2019-01-03 at 1.24.58 pm

River has been rescued

 

river freedom

River’s freedom photo

 

snowflake rescued screen shot 2019-01-03 at 3.57.27 pm

 

Snowflake has been rescued

 

snowflake freedom ride

 

Snowflake’s freedom photo

 

rufus 3 rescued 2019-01-05 at 8.28.01 am

Rufus has been rescued

 

rufus 3 freedom

Rufus’ standing tall freedom photo

 

marvin 2 rescued 2019-01-05 at 8.30.54 am

Marvin has been rescued

 

marvin 2 freedom

Marvin’s freedom photo

cheyenne rescued 2019-01-06 at 11.13.40 am

Cheyenne has been rescued

cheyenne freedom

Cheyenne’s freedom photo

lilly & 4 puppies rescued screen shot 2019-01-06 at 3.23.40 pm

 

Lilly has been rescued with her four puppies

 

lilly and 4 puppies freedom

Lilly and her 4 puppies freedom photo

misty 5 rescued 2019-01-07 at 8.16.26 am

Misty has been rescued

misty 5 freedom

Misty’s freedom photo

rio rescued screen shot 2019-01-07 at 8.30.07 am

Rio has been rescued

rio freedom

 

Rio’s freedom photo

 

dolly 2 & beijing rescued together screen shot 2019-01-07 at 7.38.48 pm

Bonded sisters Dolly & Beijing have been rescued together.

dolly 2 & beijing kennel information shot 2019-01-07 at 7.36.29 pm

Dolly & Beijing Kennel information

 

dolly 2 & beijing freedom photo

Dolly & Beijing’s freedom photo

 

pinmin aka mackey rescued 2019-01-09 at 7.15.56 am

PinMin has been rescued

pinmin aka mackey freedom photo at the vet screen shot 2019-01-09 at 7.18.12 am

PinMin’s freedom photo thriving at the vet’s.

 

princess 7 rescued 2019-01-09 at 7.27.06 am

Princess has been rescued

princess 7 kennel info screen shot 2019-01-09 at 7.26.44 am

Princess’ kennel information

princess 7 freedom

Princess’ freedom photo

 

princess 8 rescued 2019-01-11 at 7.46.25 am

Princess has been rescued

 

princess 8 freedom

Princess’ freedom photo

 

gulliver 2 rescued 2019-01-11 at 12.58.02 pm

Gulliver has been rescued

 

gulliver 2 freedom

Gulliver’s freedom photo

 

minnie 3 rescued screen shot 2019-01-12 at 6.42.04 am

Minnie has been rescued

minnie 3 freedom

Minnie’s freedom photo

 

faith 4 rescued screen shot 2019-01-13 at 2.51.57 pm

Faith has been rescued

faith 4 freedom

Faith’s freedom photo

brownie 5 rescued screen shot 2019-01-13 at 3.03.41 pm

Brownie has been rescued

 

brownie 5 freedom

Brownie’s free

 

diva rescued screen shot 2019-01-14 at 8.11.19 am

Diva has been rescued

 

diva freedom

Diva’s freedom photo

 

maxine rescued screen shot 2019-01-14 at 4.56.37 pm

Maxine has been rescued

maxine freedom

Maxine’s freedom photo

 

peachez rescued screen shot 2019-01-15 at 6.01.05 am

Peachez has been rescued

 

peachez freedom

Peachez’s freedom photo

norman 3 rescued screen shot 2019-01-15 at 4.05.03 pm

Norman has been rescued

 

norman 3 freedom

Norman’s freedom photo

screen shot 2019-01-16 at 7.53.52 am

Caspian has been rescued

 

caspian freedom

Caspian’s freedom photo

 

sofia 2 rescued

Sofia has been rescued

sofia 2 freedom

Sofia’s freedom photo

 

kobe 2 rescued 2019-01-18 at 8.02.04 am

Kobe has been rescued

 

kobe 2 freedom

Kobe’s freedom photo

 

baldwin rescued screen shot 2019-01-18 at 3.48.52 pm

Baldwin has been rescued

baldwin freedom

Baldwin’s freedom photo

 

wiler rescued screen shot 2019-01-19 at 2.37.52 pm

Wiler’s been rescued

wiler freedom

Wiler’s freedom photo

 

wiler with new mom

Wiler with new mom

 

sioux rescued screen shot 2019-01-20 at 9.06.30 am

Sioux has been rescued with bonded mate Angel

 

sioux freedom

Sioux’s freedom photo

angel 3 rescued screen shot 2019-01-20 at 9.03.16 am

Angel has been rescued

 

angel 3 freedom

Angel’s freedom photo

buddie's sioux & angel 3 happy to be free together

Bonded buddies Sioux and Angel are so happy to be free together

 

noland 2 rescued 2019-01-18 at 10.56.33 am

Noland has been rescued

noland 2 freedom

Noland’s freedom photo

 

rufus 4 rescued screen shot 2019-01-21 at 8.43.15 am

Rufus’ has been rescued

rufus 4 freedom

Rufus’ freedom photo

theo kennel photo before rescue

Theo’s been rescued

theo kennel info screen shot 2019-01-21 at 2.22.36 pm

Theo’s kennel information

 

theo freedom

Theo’s freedom photo

 

sarah 2 rescued screen shot 2019-01-22 at 7.43.25 am

Sarah has been rescued

 

sarah 2 freedom

Sarah’s freedom photo with new sibling

 

dempsey 2 rescued 2019-01-23 at 7.59.55 am

Dempsey has been rescued

dempsey 2 freedom

Dempsey’s freedom photo

milky rescued 2019-01-23 at 8.14.06 am

Milky has been rescued

milky freedom

Milky’s freedom photo

 

jacques rescued screen shot 2019-01-26 at 8.50.35 am

Jacques the elder has been rescued

 

jacques freedom

Jacques’ freedom photo. Now that’s one happy face.

 

kate rescued screen shot 2019-01-26 at 6.34.28 pm

Kate has been rescued

kate freedom

Kate’s freedom photo

biscuit 3 rescued screen shot 2019-01-26 at 6.39.44 pm

Biscuit has been rescued

biscuit 3 freedom

Biscuit’s freedom photo

francis 1 rescued screen shot 2019-01-28 at 8.17.20 am

Francis has been rescued

francis 1 freedom car ride

Francis’ freedom ride

francis 1 freedom at vet

Francis’s freedom photo. At the vet pre-surgery being taken very good care of.

atticus rescued screen shot 2019-01-28 at 8.24.00 am

Atticus has been rescued

atticus freedom photo

Atticus’ freedom photo

ruby 3 rescued screen shot 2019-01-28 at 9.25.12 am

Ruby’s been rescued

ruby 3 freedom

Ruby’s freedom photo

luna 4 rescued screen shot 2019-01-28 at 9.36.15 am

Luna has been rescued

luna 4 freedom

Luna’s freedom photo

matilda 2 rescued screen shot 2019-01-28 at 4.30.59 pm

Matilda has been rescued

matilda 2 freedom photo

Matilda’s freedom photo

 

winnie 2 rescued 2019-01-29 at 2.11.45 pm

Winnie has been rescued

winnie 2 freedom

Winnie’s freedom photo

claudia rescued screen shot 2019-01-30 at 7.23.53 am

Claudia has been rescued

claudia freedom

Claudia’s freedom photo

 

sabrina 3 rescued screen shot 2019-01-30 at 8.50.30 am

Sabrina has been rescued

sabrina 3 freedom

Sabrina’s freedom photo

 

guccirescued2019-01-31at6.24.03am

Gucci has been rescued

guccifreedom

Gucci’s freedom photo

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670 dogs rescued from kill shelters in 2018 are now home sweet home

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 Porter, Kira, Duran Duran, Matto, bonded siblings Bear & Foxy, Fritz, Lolly, Hope, Valerie, Lolita, Ridley, Pablo, Lucas, bonded sisters Doonesbury & Gulliver, Arnie, Kamala, Damien, Harland, Sage, bonded siblings Daisy & Delilah, Ramsey, Zelda & her 6 puppies, Otto, Moli, Shawn, Kaylee, Jersy, Foxy, Ed, Paige, Buster, Lamont, Messy, Jason, bonded siblings Ansel & Marvin, Chatty, Buzz, Cooper, Buttercup, Sparkle, Dakota, Maurice, Cooper, & Dottie (see photos below) out of kill shelters. In 2018, 670 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.

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

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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#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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RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE DAY I SAW THE HUMMINGBIRD
AMAZON U.K.
Pauline

29 December 2018

The Day I Saw The Hummingbird by Paulette Mahurin has received a Chill with a Book Readers’ Award.

“What a marvelous story, so true, so well written and hard to imagine what they went through.”

Pauline Barclay – Founder of Chill with a Book Awards

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RECENT REVIEWS FOR A DIFFERENT KIND OF ANGEL
AMAZON U.S.
on December 20, 2018
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
In the early 19th century, New York City was running amok with immigrants, indigents, lunatics and mistresses of wealthy men who had no shortage of skeletons in their closets. To accommodate the growing need to put society’s “blemishes” out of sight, scores of defenseless individuals were packed off to a life sentence at Blackwell’s Island Asylum where they were not only starved and routinely tortured but also guarded by sadistic criminals who regarded them as easy prey. It’s a certainty that if one wasn’t crazy when she went in, the oppressive conditions and cruelty she endured would make her so with the passage of years.
The arrival of yet another hapless young woman in 1887 was registered by the asylum staff as nothing more than fresh blood to humiliate and victimize. Little did any of them suspect that the new arrival who asked a tumble of questions and seemed to take delight in sassing her keepers was an intrepid female journalist named Nellie Bly. Taking the ultimate risk of feigning craziness, it was Nellie’s quest—a quest which proved successful—to witness first-hand a litany of abuses wrought by a corrupt system.
Mahurin’s compelling novel reflects extensive research and meticulous attention to detail. Although it is not without graphic depictions of what was going on behind the asylum walls, it’s a must-read story of a real-life heroine who was able to turn the tables on an administration that was all too willing to turn its back on those without a voice.
AMAZON U.K.

23 December 2018

Recommend to fans of historical fiction.
What I love about Mahurin’s books is how she takes a real incident and forges a fictional story that enhances the truth. Her books are well-researched and I always feel I’ve learned something new alongside enjoying the read.
This book was inspired by an undercover operation carried out by a female journalist, Nellie Bly into the terrible conditions in a women’s mental asylum on Blackwell Island, New York. But the story is about the women held in the asylum, especially Klara a young Jewish girl who had fled Russia after the Kiev Pogrom. Instead of finding understanding she is the victim of a robbery and sent to the asylum as without knowing English she was unable to defend herself.
The story isn’t for the faint-hearted. The inmates, sane and insane suffered barbaric cruelty. However, the women found friendship and hope amongst themselves and from a few kindly nurses.
Satisfying, interesting read.
GOODREADS
A Different Kind Of Angel
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Paulette Mahurin (Goodreads Author)

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Heather Osborne‘s review

Dec 29, 2018
it was amazing *****

 

Reviewed on behalf of Readers’ Favorite

A Different Kind of Angel by Paulette Mahurin commences with the introduction of the reader to Klara, an immigrant who has fled Russia from the pogroms of the late 1880s. She arrives in New York, alone, having lost her father, her last living relative, on the long journey to America. The victim of an attack, and unable to speak English to explain what has happened, Klara is unjustly accused of being insane and sentenced to an indefinite term on Blackwell’s Asylum. There, she struggles to overcome the injustices foisted upon her, until one day, a new woman arrives who proves to be more than just another cog in Klara’s woeful story.

There was something entirely captivating about Paulette Mahurin’s novel, A Different Kind of Angel. It was interesting to see the expose of Nellie Bly told through the eyes of a fictional inmate at the asylum. It was an all too common practice to lock women up who did not fit into the mold of the time, dating back further than the setting of Mahurin’s novel. It has prompted me to want to read more about Nellie Bly and how she broke down barriers, bringing light to the inhumane treatment of the women incarcerated on Blackwell’s Island. Mahurin touches on how misunderstanding often leads to fear, in the case of Klara. Because they perceived her to be drunk, they made automatic judgments about her. I would certainly recommend this novel to anyone with an interest in the history of how barriers were broken down in the treatment of those with mental illnesses.

RECENT REVIEWS FOR HIS NAME WAS BEN
AMAZON U.S.
on December 27, 2018
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
Wow…just wow…this book is so heartfelt and touching and yes scary and sad all at the same time. When you hear the word Cancer, you think all the worst possible outcomes, but this story proves that life is what you make of it and should be charished and lived to the fullest no matter your circumstances. Above all it shows that love can and does happen in it’s own time. This is a must read! I do suggest setting aside large chunks of time to read this because you wont want to put it down!
on December 18, 2018
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
This was a tough read, but well worth it. This was the first book I had read by this author and will definitely be picking up more books by her. The journey of Sara and Ben is a tough one, but radiates of finding love and how much it can change your life if you open yourself up. I knew the ending but kept hoping that it would be different as I wanted to see so much of Sara and Ben’s life. This is definitely a book I would recommend to others.
AMAZON U.K.
Tracy Traynor

27 December 2018

The title of this books lets you know exactly what you’re about to read.
At first I didn’t think the title was a good idea but as I read through the book I began to appreciate the title and its revelation on what was to come, I was prepared then for the end.
This is a beautifully written story of real love in a real life situation. I found it touching and moving.
This is a book that deserves to be read.
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AMAZON U.S.
on December 14, 2018
Format: Kindle Edition
Well written explicit rendering of a young woman survival of the tragedy of the Jews and others in ww2. Let we never forget that this will never happen again.
AMAZON U.K.
dawne griffiths

6 December 2018

I picked this book to read intermittently only to not be able to put it down I couldn’t cry for the time lost but the descriptions were so vivid I had to read further

 

 

 

DOGS RESCUED FROM KILL SHELTERS

 

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Porter has been rescued

Porter 2 freedom

Porter’s freedom photo

 

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Kyra has been rescued

 

Kyra 1 freedom

Kyra’s freedom photo

 

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Duran Duran has been rescued

 

Duran Duran freedom

Duran Duran’s freedom photo

 

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Matto has been rescued

Matto freedom

Matto’s freedom photo

 

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Bear has been rescued with his bonded sibling Foxy

 

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Foxy has been rescued with bonded sibling Bear

 

Bear 3 & Foxy 2 rescued

Bear & Foxy, bonded siblings, freedom photo

 

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Fritz has been rescued

 

Fritz 2 freedom

Fritz’s freedom photo

 

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Lolly has been rescued

Lolly 2 freedom

Lolly’s freedom photo

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Hope has been rescued

 

Hope 4 freedom

Hope’s freedom photo

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Valerie has been rescued

Valerie 2 freedom

Valerie’s freedom photo

 

Lolita 2 rescued 2018-12-15 at 8.15.14 AM

Lolita has been rescued

 

Lolita 2 freedom

Lolita’s freedom photo

 

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Ridley has been rescued

 

Ridley 1 freedom

Ridley’s freedom photo

 

Pablo 2 rescued

Pablo has been rescued

Pablo 2 freedom

Pablo’s freedom photo

 

Lucas 3 rescued 2018-12-16 at 9.32.59 AM

Lucas has been rescued

 

Lucas 3 freedom ride

Lucas’ freedom ride

Lucas 3 freedom

Lucas’ freedom photo

 

Doonesbury rescued 2018-12-16 at 6.03.16 PM

Doonesbury has been rescued with his bonded sibling Gulliver.

Doonsbury freedom

Doonesbury’s freedom photo

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Gulliver has been rescued with his bonded sibling Doonesbury

 

Gulliver freedom

Gulliver has been rescued with his bonded sibling Doonesbury

 

 

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Arnie has been rescued

Arnie 1 freedom

Arnie’s freedom photo

 

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Kamala has been rescued

Kamala freedom

Kamala’s freedom photo

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Damien has been rescued

Damien freedom

Damien’s freedom photo

Harland 2 rescued 2018-12-20 at 2.59.59 PM

Harland has been rescued

Harland 2 freedom

Harland’s freedom photo

 

Sage 2 rescued 2018-12-21 at 7.28.09 AM

Sage has been rescued

 

Sage 2 freedom

Sage’s freedom photo

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Bonded sisters Daisy & Delilah have been rescued

 

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Bonded sisters’ Daisy & Delilah’s freedom photo

 

Ramsey 1 rescue 2018-12-22 at 5.10.13 PM

Ramsey has been rescued

Ramsey 1 freedom

Ramsey’s freedom photo

 

Zelda 2 rescued 2018-12-23 at 8.13.23 AM

Zelda & her six puppies have been rescued

 

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Zelda & her six puppies’ freedom photo

 

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Otto has been rescued