To Live Out Loud

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To Live Out Loud by Paulette Mahurin

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?

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2016 is off to a good start for wagging tails

ALL PROFITS FROM MY BOOKS GO TO HELP GET DOGS LIKE THESE OUT OF KILL SHELTERS. SO FAR IN 2016 SOME OF THE DOGS WHO HAVE BEEN SAVED.
Baby getting love on freedom ride

Baby getting love on freedom ride

Baby with new happy family

Baby with new happy family is feeling the love

Baby- a proud and happy girl with her new best friend

Proud Baby with new mom

Baby's new buddy at the beach

Baby hanging with new pal-dad at the beach

Baby's spa treatment

Baby getting spa treatment with a bath to follow. The family sent more photos, clearly a sign they are all madly in love with their new girl. Lucky Baby!

Brucey 11 y:o has been rescued

11 year-old Brucey has been rescued. What a handsome boy and now a happy boy.

Chiquis

Chiquis has been rescued from the high-kill Downey Shelter.

Chiquis from Downey shelter - 8 y:o rescued by Frosted Face rescue

Chiquis’ freedom photo. Lapping up the love from new mom. Love the looks on their faces.

Flacio in new home in new sweater mates with Municio

Flacio found a forever home.

Giselle

Giselle’s been rescued and now is happy at home

kane's been saved

Kane’s been rescued and is on his way to his new home as we speak

Municio at home

Municio well-outfitted in his new home.

Skittles- check out that smile

Smiling Skittles with new mom.

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on January 25, 2016

I have always admired Paulette Mahurin’s way to write about difficult issues with a way that can only be described captivating and gripping. To Live Out Loud was, once again, a winner. Emile Zola, one of the protagonists, is a voice of truth. A dedicated ‘fighter’ both behind the scenes and in the frontline, bringing the history alive to the reader.

The author’s ‘handprint’ is easily recognizable with the skillful way she hooks the reader from the page one, the ink leaking the praise for life as the message of this story gets printed into the brains of the readers. Live out loud.

This was a fast, interesting read, and I highly recommend this to all historical fiction lovers as well as any reader who is looking for a meaningful read!

 

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148 happy wagging tails in 2015

The final count for 2015 for dogs rescued from kill shelters with the help of profits from my books is 148. Below are the last of the group for this year. Here they are to give everyone a wagging wish for a very Happy New Year. Thank you again and again to all who have helped with this effort in any way.

 

 

 

Daisy is going to be standing before a 2016 calendar in her new home

Daisy is going to be standing before a 2016 calendar very soon. She’s been adopted and is in a new home.

Daisy at home with new siblings

Daisy with her new siblings in her new big backyard.

Madeline happy in new home

Madeline is happy in her new home.

Morgan's freedom photo

Morgan’s freedom photo

Morgan getting some love from new mom

Morgan getting some loving from his new mom.

Ositio T 13 y:o going home

13 year-old Ositio’s freedom ride.

Rosemarie's freedom photo-

Old girl Rosemarie’s freedom photo

Rosemarie at home in her new bed

Rosemarie is safe in her new home and bed.

 

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A beautiful lesson about how to start living… and more happy dogs

 As the new year approaches I’m reminded of all the kindness extended to me in helping to promote my books and rescuing dogs from kill shelters. This year to date the number of dogs rescued from kill shelters with the help of profits from my books is 143. Below is one of my most recent reviews and a few photos of the latest happy dogs. Wishing you all a very Happy New Year. May there be PEACE ON EARTH.
Review for His Name Was Ben
on December 27, 2015
This book is a beautiful lesson about how to start living when you are dying.

I am not easily captivated by a story about illness, especially cancer. My father died from bladder cancer and just the mention of cancer brings back painful memories I have tried to bury. In spite of my dread of the topic, I was drawn into this story from the start about two people who meet by chance. Both have cancer with minimal chances of survival but they manage to find a renewed passion for life through their involvement with each other.

Paulette Mahurin’s genius outshines the words on the pages for she tackles a difficult topic and the result is a truly enjoyable and uplifting read. “His Name was Ben” is a tender and sweet tale that is full of passion, life, and love. The story was truly inspiring and I recommend it to everyone.

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Carrie's been rescued.

Carrie’s with new mom.

Dylan's been rescued.

Dylan’s been rescued.

Dylan's freedom ride

Dylan’s photo of freedom ride home.

Lucky is lucky and posing in his new home

Smiling Lucky is posing in his new home. Big yard to run in.

LULU

Lulu’s freedom photo.

Yogi bear made it to a home for the holidays

Yogi Bear made it home for the holidays.

 

 

 

MEET MY FAMILY

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And for all of you who haven’t met my kids, here’s Max and Bella. She’s a rottie sharpei that was found on the street and brought to the Lancaster/Palmdale high risk kill shelter. Max is a purebred rottie born in a puppy mill and because he’s missing a paw and they couldn’t sell him he was thrown away. Max, on top, is one of the sweetest dogs we’ve ever owned. They make our world a better place.

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And here’s me with my Terry. I’m not very good with the selfies using our computer!! In 2016 we’ll be married 30 years.

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Home for the holidays

May your holiday time and all of 2016 be filled with days of laughter and peaceful nights. May your hearts be filled with peace and may acts of kindness find their way into your lives. From my gang to all of you, life is precious, enjoy!

 

 

Sunshine's freedom photo

Sunshine’s Found a new home

Sunshine grateful

And boy is she grateful

Sunshine- 1 y:o pit getting a ride home

She can finally relax during her freedom ride home

Sunshine- bless the beasts and the children

Happy dreams sweet girl

Sunshine is going home for the holidays

Sunshine, a one-year-old pit bull was rescued by a loving family hours from being euthanized. She is a sweetheart, good with people and other pets. And she couldn’t be happier. Now, in addition to her new collar she wears The LOOK OF LOVE.

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Hit me like a combination of To Kill a Mockingbird and The Crucible

 Again and again, I’m grateful for everyone who has purchased a book and taken the time to write a review. All profits from my books are going to help rescue dogs out of kill shelters. A few of the recent ones are featured below.
on December 18, 2015

To Live Out Loud, an historical novel by Paulette Mahurin, hit me like a combination of To Kill a Mockingbird and The Crucible. In the violently anti-Semitic France of 1895, Alfred Dreyfus, a Jew, was convicted of treason in a hasty military court martial. Emile Zola, already a noted “man of letters,” picked up the Dreyfus case and went through numerous court proceedings to exonerate Dreyfus.

This novel is exceptionally timely in today’s world. In America, at least, there is a pervasive bigotry against Muslims, with the bigots espousing that every Muslim is a terrorist. Muslims today are subjected to the same sense of hostility and hatred Jews of 1900 France or African Americans of 1950 (and ongoing) America experienced, leading the reader to question whether we as a people will EVER learn.

This novel intentionally reads more like a newspaper article or a documentary than a fictional story. As the author explains in her foreword, To Live Out Loud is based strongly on documented historical fact and court records, letters, and transcripts of the time. The Dreyfus Affair, as it was known, is an example of one of the grossest, most egregious miscarriages of justice in French history, and is a warning to us even today of the ongoing imperative for the separation of church and state.

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Some of the dogs rescued with profits from my books:
Kyle's was rescued

Kyle was rescued

trapisio's freedom photo

Trapisio’s freedom photo

TRAPISIO CUDDLING WITH NEW SIBBLING IN NEW HOME

Trapisio snuggling with sibling

To date, in 2015, profits from my books have helped free 138 dogs from kill shelters. Happy Holidays from them and my family to all of you. Peace on earth.
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READ A BOOK SAVE A LIFE

To date in 2015, 136 dogs like these below have been rescued from kill shelters. I’m grateful for anyone who has helped in any way to make this possible, from donating to going to get the dogs, to reading and reviewing a book, to adopting or fostering, to all the rescue groups that have pitched in, and the endless good people shining a light on the needless overpopulation of dogs suffering in shelters. Can it do a heart more good than to help another? Please pass along an act of kindness no matter how large or small, smiles and touching another included.

 

 

 

Aristotle is home safe and sound

Aristotle has been rescued

Bonnie's fancy freedom photo

Bonnie’s beautiful freedom photo

Clouseau with new mom-freedom photo

Clouseau with his new momma getting some love

 

Dinah with the broken arm was rescued and is happily healing. Her freedom photo.

Dinah’s freedom ride. Not the most comfortable but she’s now safe and sound in new home

Dinah happy at home

Dinah resting comfortably and safely in her new home

Duke with new mom

Duke the elder with his new mom

 

Lucy's freedom photo

Smiling Lucy’s freedom photo

Lucy with new momma

Lucy getting loved on by new momma

Michael in his new home

Happy Michael in his new home wearing his new sweater

Mindy with new mom

Mindy’s before and after photos. What a difference love makes. Now happy with new mom.

Pinky's been rescued by Pawsitivesouls

Sweet senior Pinky has been rescued

 

RECENT REVIEWS FOR TO LIVE OUT LOUD
VINE VOICEon December 12, 2015

It would be good advice to any writer I expect: “If you follow your passion, using prudence and wisdom and an ethical conscience, with your gift you might find luck.” The narrator of Paulette Mahurin’s To Live Out Loud, gives this advice to young Emile Zola as, fresh out of college, the younger man struggles to make ends meet. But perhaps the wisest advice, and that most relevant today, is, “The past doesn’t have to dictate the future.”

In 1985, when Dreyfus, the only Jew to make it so far in the French army, was wrongly accused and found guilty of spying, Zola, already famous as a writer, only complained in private. When rumors of a cover-up surfaced, his complaints against the vagaries of military politics became more public, thus falling foul of social politics too.

To Live Out Loud follows the travesty of Zola’s subsequent trial, revealing a world of patriotic lies, political expediency, and blatant untruths repeated to fire up emotions of uneducated masses — a world that seems, despite its much smaller media presence, not so different from our own. But this short novel concerns far more than politics, revealing how everyone watches through eyes of past experience, surrounding culture, and historical assumption. Even our own valued sense of injustice might be bound in personal bias. And the influential will always speak louder than the wise.

I was eager to read this book as I’d often heard of Dreyfus during my childhood in England. I’ve learned much more from this book, sharing that “moment in the history of human conscience” through the characters’ eyes, and really enjoying the read.

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BRAVERY AGAINST ANTI-SEMITISM

 At this time of year when various religions are celebrated by peaceful loving peoples around the world, it is timely to receive a review that highlights Emile Zola’s peaceful quest for justice against all odds. I am grateful for this review and for every person who picks up my book and takes the time to write a review. It’s feedback like this that keeps us authors motivated. And I might add that after the reviews are a few more photos of more dogs rescued in 2015 bringing the total number up to 126 dogs rescued from profits from my books.
REVIEWS FOR TO LIVE OUT LOUD
on December 8, 2015

This historical fiction account of the Dreyfus Trial is a winner on several fronts. The writing is impeccable, the story compelling, and the attention to detail is phenomenal.

I am a fan of Emile Zola, but for some reason was not aware of this pivotal moment in his life. I now respect him even more as a person and a writer. He put his reputation, career, and life on the line to defend a wrongly accused Jewish soldier. This is quite an impressive action because he could have sat back and lived a safe life. But that is not the character of this amazing writer. Emile Zola said, “If you ask me what I came into this life to do, I will tell you: I came to live out loud.”

Author Paulette Mahurin cleverly sets up each chapter with a quote from the great writer. It sets the scene for what is to follow. I will be recommending this book to my friends. It was a delight to read.

 

 
on December 10, 2015
“To Live Out Loud” is an absolutely beautifully written prose, which is written in the form of a memoir of Emile Zola’s close friend, Charles, and which centers around Zola’s fight for the wrongly accused of treason Alfred Dreyfus, a Jewish officer, who was stripped down of his rank and sent away instead of the real criminal. Zola’s famous article, “J’Accuse,” separated France in two: those, who wanted to see justice for the innocent man, and calloused anti-Semites, who would rather let the crime go unpunished than acquit a Jewish officer and restore his honor.
In this meticulously researched novel the fiction is masterfully blended with the real facts, and the ugly accounts of anti-Semitism and chauvinistic behavior of the military and even the court are depicted with honesty, shining a light on the true heroism of several brave men, who weren’t afraid to fight against the regime in the name of truth. I couldn’t help but admire Zola’s relentless pursuit of justice, even though it meant putting his own freedom and even his life in danger. It’s a must-read for everyone! Highly recommended!
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DOGS RESCUED FROM KILL SHELTERS WITH THE HELP OF PROFITS FROM MY BOOKS
12 y:o male schnauzer rescued

12 year-old male schnauzer rescued

 

Nicholas rescued by Sheilah Aragon muttmatchla

Nicolas rescued by angel Sheilah Argon of muttmatchla

Mungo's freedom photo

Mungo’s freedom photo

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BEST HISTORICAL FICTION 2015

 

I woke up this morning to a bunch of messages/tweets to discover that my book, To Live Out Loud, was awarded the best historical fiction read of 2015 at this site. I’m truly grateful for this recognition.

 

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DEFINITELY GOING TO BE A HAPPY NEW YEAR FOR 123 DOGS

 

Thank you to all who have purchased one of my books and taken the time to write a review. All profits from my books go to help dogs like these. Current count for 2015 is 123 dogs rescued from kills shelters. It’s definitely going to be a very happy new year for a lot of families. I’m so grateful for anyone who’s helped with this effort in any way.

 

 

 

 

Bayard

Bayard’s freedom photo

BELLA & BUBBA BFFs dumped and rescued together by NorCal Boxer

Bella & Bubba BFFs dumped and rescued together. Happy siblings!

constantina

Constantina’s freedom photo

CONSTANTINA & PUCI rescued together

Constantina & sibling Puci rescued together with happy new mom

Gilbert

Gilbert happy and safe in new home

Graciella freedom photo

Graciella’s freedom photo

Graciella freedom photo #2

Graciella safe and sound in arms of new dad

Lara

Lara’s been rescued and is now with new family

Millie

Millie’s freedom photo

Nelson was rescued by Pass4paws

Nelson was rescued by Pass4paws

Newt

Newt with new mom

Oreo

Oreo with new sibling and mom

Oso

Oso is home sweet home

Princess Mama

Princess mamma and her litter of puppies have all been rescued

Pumpkin

Pumpkin the elder now with new family

Remington

Remington’s freedom photo

Sabrina

Puppy Sabrina with new mom

sam

Sam’s freedom photo

Shroder's freedom photo

Shroder’s freedom photo

TOOTSIE 13 y:o WITH NEW FAMILY

Tootsie with new family

Tambra

Tambra letting some love from new mom

Tootsie's freedom photo with new mom

13 year-old Tootsie with new mom

TOOTSIE 13 y:o WITH NEW FAMILY

Tootise in new home getting some loving

Vincent rescued by Alma

Vincent’s freedom photo

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  •  TO LIVE OUT LOUD:
 
on December 7, 2015

The author of ‘To Live Out Loud’ took an infamous historical moment and brought it to life. This was not an easy undertaking. Paulette Mahurin has the skill to enlighten and educate readers without boring them. When I recall the dreary lessons about Alfred Drefus at school, I wish it could have been presented in this way. What a difference it would have made!

Emile Zola, the highly acclaimed writer, does everything in his power for Alfred Drefus, the Jewish officer accused of treason by the French government. He even endangers his own liberty by publishing an article about the injustice of the French military. It’s not often that one reads of someone who will do whatever he can to defend a stranger in order to correct the injustice done to this person.

Zola’s elderly bachelor friend Charles Mandonette is both the narrator and Emile Zola’s interpreter. His role in the novel is to bring the reader into the world where deep-rooted anti-Semitism prevails in France and where an innocent man can’t receive justice.

Mahurin is a prolific writer. One of my most favorite books of all times is her heartbreaking novel, ‘His Name was Ben’. Anyone who hasn’t read the novel, ‘His Name was Ben’, is missing out.

on December 2, 2015

How far would you go to prove the innocence of a person you didn’t even know? This is the question posed in To Live Out Loud, a semi-fictionalized account of the trial of Emile Zola who courageously stood to expose the truth in the imprisonment of Alfred Dreyfus, who was wrongly accused of military espionage.

The book is a first person account told from the point of view of a fictional close friend of Zola’s. The author does a good job of melding historical fact with poetic license to produce a thoroughly enjoyable and moving picture of the events. Even though it takes place over one hundred years ago, one can almost feel as if it is taking place today, as many of the same themes of injustice, judicial cover up and social prejudice are things we are still fighting today.

To Live Out Loud proves to be an eye opening and unique look into one of history’s biggest injustices.

 

HIS NAME WAS BEN

on December 8, 2015
The synopsis of this book grabbed me and having read this author before I knew I was in for a treat. It started good, with the introduction to Sara and her battle with cancer, before long we had met Ben and then the story delved into the beginning of their relationship and the hurdles both of them overcame to find each other. It is a heartbreaking love story and one where you mostly know the outcome won’t be good, but you still find yourself hoping that their love will conquer all. I really enjoyed it and would recommend people to check out this author. She writes a good story, even if it does make you cry!
on December 3, 2015

Love is eternal.

Many of us have lost loved ones to cancer and we are shaken by their pain and suffering. This story shows us another way to deal with this dreaded disease by way of two people who fall in love and work through their angst with their families. While the other supports their internal struggle each of them finds a way to become whole and bring closure to their dysfunctional parents.

 

THE PERSECUTION OF MILDRED DUNLAP

Sam

One of my favourite books of all time. Lots of stories interwoven and charismatic characters to keep the reader intrigued and involved. So pleased I came across this hidden gem.
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AUTHOR WEDNESDAY – PAULETTE MAHURIN

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100 HAPPY DOGS

WE JUST MADE OUR TARGET FOR 100 DOGS RESCUED IN 2015 AND ARE HEADING INTO THE NEXT 100. A HEARTFELT THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO PURCHASED A BOOK OF MINE AND TOOK THE TIME TO WRITE A REVIEW OR SPREAD THE WORD. ALL THE PROFITS FROM MY BOOKS GO TO HELP DOGS LIKE THESE. AND… HERE’S #100 & 101
Bowie - dog 100 rescued in 2015

HAPPY BOWIE’S FREEDOM PHOTO- DOG 100 RESCUED IN 2015

Bowie 8 y:o happy at the beach with his new family and ball

8 YEAR OLD BOWIE PLAYING WITH A BALL IN HIS NEW HOME

Sally with her new dad #101

SWEET LITTLE SALLY WITH HER NEW DADDY

RECENT REVIEWS FOR TO LIVE OUT LOUD
on November 23, 2015
Well written. It gives emotion and depth to what would otherwise be a courtroom documentary about a civil injustice. Is it the patriot’s calling to suffer for one’s country, or is truth the greatest honor we can bestow upon our nation? The reader is pulled into the mind of the best friend of Emile Zola, to witness his passion for justice and truth, to share in his heartbreak. This is courtroom drama with feeling and passion, but it in the end it is about the lasting ties of true friendship. May we never forget.

 

on November 28, 2015

The historical book based on actual events tells Alfred Dreyfus’ story. He was convicted of a crime he didn’t commit and exiled.

Courageous journalist Emile Zola takes on the public and the establishment to prove Dreyfus’ innocence.

Paulette Mahurin brings the long-ago events to life with both compassion and fire. The controversial story crosses social issues and lines, including politics and religion. The Emile Zola quotes add depth to the well-written book. Ms. Mahurin’s research and ability to envision the past give an authentic flavor to the story. It is also important to note that the author donates her profits to dog rescue.

on November 23, 2015
This fictional account of the mysterious Dreyfus Affair is written from the point of view of Charles, a fictional friend to the journalist Emile Zola and follows Zola’s attempt to clear the name of Alfred Dreyfus. Dreyfus was a Jewish military officer in the French army, wrongly accused of leaking information to the Germans. The anti-Semitism and corruption revealed by the whole affair is as relevant today as it was shocking at the time. This spell-binding account is not to be missed.
on November 25, 2015
Historical novels need a delicate blend of sufficient factual information to add authenticity to the story but at the same time to not over burden the reader. To Live out Loud is spot on, I am left in awe at the amount of research that must have been necessary. As the author states in the Foreword this novel is loosely based on historical facts. No doubt a few embellishments have been added, the result is an intriguing snapshot of French history.
Time: 1895, sensitive military secrets have been leaked to the Germans. This is an embarrassment not only for the military but to the whole country. The real perpetrator is known but disclosure would also embarrass the military. Alfred Dreyfus is the perfect scapegoat. He is Jewish who are already disliked in France and his parents live in Germany. An indecently hurried trial sees Dreyfus convicted and banished to Devil’s Island. All hope of establishing his innocence seems to be lost; you need to fight the establishment who created this sham. Well regarded writer Emile Zola undertakes to expose the truth and those responsible even though it will surely destroy his career.
The novel traces the struggles and pitfalls Zola endures in his tortuous quest for justice. I know very little of this part of French history but I found myself mesmerized by this enthralling novel. Who would like this novel? Obviously it is a must read for lovers of historical novels. Anyone who enjoys a gripping story regardless of the historical aspect should take a look. And if you have a particular interest in French history it’s a done deal.
I was given a copy of ‘To Live out Loud’ in return for an honest review. Perhaps the name was the only part I struggled to relate to but I know how hard it is to come up with original titles. (note from the author: The title came from a Zola quote that appears in the novel just before the prologue: “If you ask me what I came into this life to do I will tell you: I came to live out loud.”)
on November 29, 2015
The author has crafted a wonderful historical novel that truly brings to life one of France’s most controversial and famous writers. The story of how he fought injustice against all odds is truly inspiring. A fascinating and easy read, I highly recommend.
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HAPPY THANKSGIVING

2015
99 DOGS HAVE BEEN RESCUED FROM KILL SHELTERS FROM PROFITS FROM MY BOOKS
7 month old chi unable use hind legs from disc problems rescued by pets w:o borders

7 month old chi unable to use hind legs due to disc problem was rescued by pets without borders

 

Donovan happy  with new family

Oso rescued

Mackinsey rescued

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Mackinsey's freedom photo

Mackinsey’s freedom photo – safe and happy in her new home

 PROFITS FROM ALL MY BOOKS GO TO HELP GET DOGS LIKE THESE OUT OF KILL SHELTERS
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on November 21, 2015
To Live Out Loud is an emotionally moving story. A brilliantly written novel that is difficult to put down. It depicts the horrific portrayal of Alfred Dreyfus and his wrongful imprisonment. One was moved by Emile Zola and his dedication to doing what is just and right. He was willing to risk the comfort of his life to stand up against the church, and government. Further, a beautiful friendship is highlighted throughout the course of the novel. A solid bond between two ethical souls willing to fight for what is right, regardless, of what they are put through. During the read Mahurin provides quotes, from Emile Zola, providing the reader insight, with respect to his philosophy towards life. This a must read!
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on 23 November 2015
This fictional account of the mysterious Dreyfus Affair is written from the point of view of Charles, a fictional friend to the journalist Emile Zola and follows Zola’s attempt to clear the name of Alfred Dreyfus. Dreyfus was a Jewish military officer in the French army, wrongly accused of leaking information to the Germans. The anti-Semitism and corruption revealed by the whole affair is as relevant today as it was shocking at the time. This spell-binding account is not to be missed.
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Thankful Dogs and Me

I’m so grateful for everyone who’s purchased one of my books and taken the time to write a review. Over 90 dogs have gotten out of kill shelters this year, 2015, with help from profits from my books. Here are a few of them, surely in their new homes giving thanks for their lives. ALL PROFITS FROM MY BOOK GO TO HELP GET DOGS LIKE THESE OUT OF KILL SHELTERS.

Addie getting some loving comfort from new family

Addie's freedom photo.jpg

Addie’s freedom photo

Alma getting new mommie love

Alma getting new mommie love

Boo's freedom ride.

Boo’s freedom ride

Chance's freedom photo-rescued by Dogs w:o borders

Chance’s freedom ride

Elliot's freedom photo

Elliot’s freedom photo

Fluke now with forever home and doing well

Fluke has been rescued and is now with new family

HARRISON FROM WET IN KENNEL TO LOVING DADDY'S ARMS ON FREEDOM RIDE HOME

Harrison’s bath and freedom photo

Hilda in her new home.jpg

Hilda in her new home

ISIAH- 8 y:o ISN'T SAD ANYMORE. RESCUED BY PET ORPHANS OF SO. CALIF.

Isiah’s been rescued by Pet Orphan’s of So. Calif & is now very happy

ISIAH'S FREEDOM PHOTO - STILL A LITTLE CONFUSED

Isiah’s freedom photo

Lady rescued from kill shelter

Lady’s been rescued and on her way to new family

 

 

Lady's freedom ride

Lady’s freedom photo

Lannie from Downie kill shelter found a new home

Lannie’s been rescued and on her way home

Lannie in the arms of her new mom - the look of love

Lannie in the arms of her new mom

Lannie- one more freedom pose and oh so safe

A big thank you from Lannie

Lannie's freedom ride. Wadda happy girl.

One more big THANK YOU FROM LANNIE

Lexi rescued by Sheilah of muttmatchla

Lexie has been rescued

Loly Rescued by Second Chance Cocker Rescue In SB

Loly in her new home

Nina's freedome ride. big smile

Nina’s freedom photo

Perla's freedom photo. Smiling.

Perla’s freedom photo

Santa getting love from new mom who says "she's the most affectionate dog ever"

Santa getting some love from new mom

Santa's freedom slumber

Santa safe in new home

Sausage's freedom ride

Sausage’s freedom photo

Sausage's smiling face on ride home

A big smiling thank you from Sausage

Sonny's bro Steve - they were rescued together

Steve was rescued with his bro Sonny

Sonny's freedom photo

Sonny – Steve’s bro – they were rescued together

Sydney went to funds for pets in Canada - leaving CA after pneumonia treated at their vets

Sydney’s in his new home now

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5.0 out of 5 starsA tale told with body, soul, and beauty

VINE VOICEon November 18, 2015

In a “small California town, nestled among oak, pepper and eucalyptus trees,” the once beautiful Sara is tired of facing her own mortality. As a nurse, she knows the taste of false hope. But the doctor offers a new cancer study that might save her, and a fellow patient offers renewed belief in beauty and love.

Paulette Mahurin’s His Name Was Ben is a fictionalized account of real people. Told frim Ben and Sara’s parallel points of view, it reads smoothly with just the right amount of evocative detail – scenery, history, Indian lore and spirituality, plus the all-too-real details of a body breaking down. Sensual and sensitive, it details the pain and loss of mastectomy, the power of friendship, the joy of sexuality, the dawning of love, and the pleasures of everyday life with equal aplomb. It’s a heady mix and an emotional roller-coaster that takes the reader through many highs and lows as life moves on toward inevitable truth.

The characters remind readers to “try entertaining gratitude” and follow their hearts. But this isn’t just a novel about facing illness. It’s also a tale that delves into childhood wounds that change us, the hurts that lie unseen below the surface, and the brokenness of families torn apart – the body, perhaps, as metaphor for the heart. By turns light and dark, hopeful and depressed, His Name was Ben is a captivating journey into the human soul, a study in trust, and a promise for the wounded places inside each of us.

May all readers realize “that what’s important… is living,” as they read this uplifting book.

Disclosure: I was given a free ecopy and I offer my honest review.

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There’s no place like home – wag wag

 More dogs rescued with the profits from sales of my books. Thank you to all who have purchased a book, written a review, or spread the word.
HARRISON FROM WET IN KENNEL TO LOVING DADDY'S ARMS ON FREEDOM RIDE HOME

Harrison had a bath before his freedom ride home. Next photo: loving his new daddy.

Lady rescued from kill shelter

Lady rescued from a kill shelter.

Lady's freedom ride

Smiling Lady’s freedom ride.

Sausage's freedom ride

Sausage’s freedom ride

Sausage's smiling face on ride home

Happy sausage settling in on his freedom ride.

Sonny's bro Steve - they were rescued together

Shy Steve came in with his brother Sonny. They were both rescued together.

Sonny's freedom photo

Steve’s bro Sonny settling in at home with his new family and his sibling along with him.

Sydney went to funds for pets in Canada - leaving CA after pneumonia treated at their vets

Sydney went to Funds for Pets in Canada. He is currently being treated for pneumonia at their vets in California before transport. Get well Syd and safe travel.

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on November 8, 2015
A fascinating glimpse into the life of Émile Zola, a French journalist in the 1900s who sacrificed everything to uphold the honour of France and prove the innocence of Alfred Dreyfus, wrongly court-marshalled and imprisoned for spying. Although a fictional story, it is based in fact and is beautifully told and the writing in keeping with the time it portrays. It’s not a long novel, but the characters are engaging and I found it an inspirational read – to see one man’s personal stand for truth against injustice. Recommended.
on November 8, 2015
Before I read this book, having read the notes, I recognised the name Emile Zola. I couldn’t think why except that he was a French author that eventually came to Britain. I’d never read any of his books, and I’d never heard of the so called Dreyfus Affair. It intrigued me and made me want to find out straight away.
Having read one of Paulette’s book’s before I knew what to expect. She indeed a great writer, and as this story unfolds, told from the point of view of David, Emile’s friend, you become immersed in the story and the injustice of a French-Jewish army officer being falsely convicted of a the crime of selling secrets to the Germans in the Victorian era. All at once you are moved by the injustice of the affair, and of Zola’s attempt to clear the poor man’s name. It smacks of anti- Semitism of the worst kind, as clear then as it is in some cases even now. The fact that Zola himself was in great danger makes it even more poignant.
I do like Historical novels, and as this is based on a real event, makes even more interesting. Full marks to the author for making the reader aware of this, I would definitely read more of Paulette’s books.
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on October 29, 2015
I don’t usually read these kinds of stories, but once I started reading His Name was Ben, I couldn’t put it down. A heart breaking love story about cancer victims, hope, and survival. Great story.
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on November 9, 2015
A very unusual story line kept me reading.
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Grateful dogs happy in homes

Some of the recent dogs rescued with profits from my books. A huge thank you to all who have purchased a book and taken the time to write a review. Amazon promotes books with reviews and that helps get the word out = more wagging tails like these sweethearts below.

10 y:o Millie freedom photo

10 y/o Millie’s freedom photo

Brandy going home with new dad

Brandy going home with her new daddy

Carrot Cake has Cushings Disease and a slew of other age related problems BUT was rescued by Dachshund Paws and Pals- Southern California

Carrot Cake has Cushings Disease and a slew of other issues and was rescued by Dachshund Paws and Pals of Southern California. She’s now a very happy girl.

Dillion- angelic face after being rescued

Angelic Dillion is so happy to have been rescued.

Fernie's freedome ride

Fernie’s freedom ride

Fred's freedom ride

Happy Fred’s freedom ride

Fred in his new home

Fred in his new home, pretty in pink.

Max's freedom photo. Going to his new home.

Max’s freedom photo, just out of the shelter and going home.

Plato pretty in pink on her freedom ride

Plato’s freedom home ride, also pretty in pink.

Plato in her new home

Plato in her new home

Sherman's freedom photo

Screen shot of Sherman’s freedom photo

Riley's found his furever home

Ryley was dumped with a broken limb. Now healing in his furever home and doing great.

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on November 5, 2015

France was rocked with scandal in 1895 when a Jewish military officer Alfred Dreyfus was sentenced for treason for giving the German embassy military secrets. A high ranking officer found proof that indicated that another man was responsible for the leak. However, this was all covered up. Emile Zola, a writer with a passion for the truth, published an article in a newspaper, written as an open letter to the President of France. His goal was daring – to be charged for criminal libel in an attempt to bring new facts regarding Dreyfus to light.

I never had heard of Zola before this, so this story was a fascinating look at a different part of history. The author writes from the perspective of Charles Mandonette, a friend and father figure to Zola.

The story is a gripping one that stays with you long after reading it. I couldn’t help but think of how much Zola sacrificed to bring the truth to light. I found the story sad yet inspiring.

The author’s writing is a near masterpiece. It can be challenging to present history that makes you want to turn the page – but the author does this successfully. She had me glued to this book, and wanting to learn more about this period of time.

on November 5, 2015
I remember learning about the Dreyfus affair in history at school, and I would have remembered it so much better if I had read this book then. I was unaware of the involvement of Emile Zola and the depth of the injustice wrought on one man for something he didn’t do. It exposes the corruption on government and military circles decades ago, nothing much has changed. At no point did the book lag and it kept my interest throughout. There was sufficient description to paint a broad picture of the times and you were transported back in history. The reader feels the frustration suffered by Zola and his friend and you are rooting for Dreyfus all the way as more and more is revealed about the miscarriage of justice. An excellent read well worth the 5 stars.
on November 5, 2015
How much risk should one take to speak out against gross injustice? The life of Emile Zola and his quest to overturn the exile and vindictive treatment of Alfred Dreyfuss are at the heart of this stirring novel. Zola’s actions were heroic in this regard, and Paulette Mahurin’s novel brings all of the characters involved in this dreadful period in the history of France to life. The fictional narrator, Charles, a friend of Zola relates the events. Zola’s article ‘J’accuse’ results in Zola having to endure all kinds of personal suffering, and eventually he flees to England. Although in the end Zola and Dreyfuss are exonerated, the efforts in cover-up leave us wondering how much of this kind of thing is going on in our own time. Well-written, the novel shows that the author has a masterful way with words, characters, background and history. Five Stars! (Review by Howard Lipman, pen name PanOrpheus, author of the ‘Delphic Oracle’, ‘Songs and Stories from Tesla’s Tower’, and ‘The Mage and The Source’ series of alternate history/ fantasy Sci- fi novels and anthologies)
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BLESS ALL WHO HELP THE HELPLESS IN ANY WAY THEY CAN

BOOK SALES HELPED THESE DOGS

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Boopsie- 15 years old made it to freedom today from Baldwin park kill shelter

15-year old Boopsie’s freedome photo

Boopsie in her new home with her new outfit

Boopsie in her welcome home celebratory outfit.

Graham getting some daddy love in new home

Graham getting some love from his new daddy.

Graham shopping with new mom

Graham shopping with his new mom

Jay Jay found his furever home in San Diego

Jay Jay has found his furever home in San Diego.

Jay Jay with his new sibling at home

Jay Jay at home looking more relieved next to his new sibling.

Little senior pepe rescued from Baldwin Shelter and check out that smiling face.

Little senior Pepe rescued from kill shelter. He couldn’t be happier on his freedom ride. Big smile!

Little senior pepe with in his new home

Little Senior Pepe safe at home getting snuggles from new daddy.

One-eye Cheri rescued from kill shelter

One-eye Cheri rescued from kill shelter is safe in new home.

Supergramps saved from Lancaster Kill shelter

Supergramps rescued from high risk kill shelter and now safe with his new family.

Tiger- Blind eleven year old male chi found a home

Eleven-year old blind Tiger found a safe haven in his new home.

Tiger's freedome photo. Big smile

Tigers freedom photo. Not the best photo but he is smiling and having a good sniff.

Trinity post amputation. Resting @ foster family

Trinity was hit by a car, fractured her leg, and was dumped into a kill shelter. She’s now safe with a loving foster family until she can be placed with a permanent family.

Trinity-dumped with leg fx and needed amputation. Now with foster family.

Bless the angels who helped Trinity. Her fractured leg became infected and needed to be amputated. She is with her foster family doing very well while. Word is she’s safe and can’t stop wagging.

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on October 31, 2015
I don’t mind admitting that I knew very little about Emile Zola, with regard to the Dreyfus affair, before reading this book. The title, ‘ To Live Out Loud’ is a quote from Zola and, as is so admirably illustrated in book, the principle by which Zola lived his life, When a man is wrongly accused and dishonoured Zola proved himself not only willing to stand up for justice but to make great sacrifices in order to see justice done.
The story is sad in part, but uplifting and a reminder that we should all speak out in our own way against the wrongs, large and small, commited against people, animals and the planet we live on. All deserve our interest and attention and Zola’s example shows what a worthy cause individual actions can be.
I very much enjoyed To Live Out Loud, I learned a great deal and the writing was immaculate.
 
on November 1, 2015
This book is compelling reading outlining the bigotry, Bias and corruption in France in the late 19th century by the military and officialdom.

How one man put his neck on the line to try to bring about justice and the truth and after much animosity and frustration.

A must read and extremely well written.

on November 1, 2015
Mahurin does a fine job bringing her fictional narrator and the historical figures to life, giving the reader a close look at The Dreyfus Affair. An added bonus were the Zola quotes at the start of each chapter.
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on October 29, 2015
I don’t usually read these kinds of stories, but once I started reading His Name was Ben, I couldn’t put it down. A heart breaking love story about cancer victims, hope, and survival. Great story.
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More Dogs Saved in the last several days. A big thank you to all who helped!

Callista, our blind elderly sweetheart, has a new home

Kallista, a blind sweetheart, is going home with a loving family.

Canelo on his freedom ride

Canelo’s freedom ride to his new home

Eunice's freedom ride

Eunice’s freedom ride. Check out that big happy smile.

Maya going to her new home. Look at that smile

Another smiling sweet girl. Maya is on her way to her new home.

Morris' freedom photo

Morris tugging to get to his new home.

One eyed Lillith in kill shelter before adoption

One eyed Lillit’s freedom ride.

One eyed Lillith's freedom ride

One eyed Littith being pampered by her new family.

Paige- tiny Chihuahua saved from kill shelter

Tiny Chihuahua, Paige, in her new bed in her new home.

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Narrated by Charles Mandonette, this is a fictional tale of an historical event, an event that displayed how courageous human beings can be, and the depths to which The Powers That Be can sink. This is a powerful story, set c1900, of a Jewish military officer, Alfred Dreyfus, falsely accused of spying, and novelist Emile Zola. Zola risks everything to prove Dreyfus’ innocence – his family, his career, his life. This is the stuff of drama, made even more compelling because the events were all too real.

The author not only captures the personal and political drama of the Dreyfus Affair, but also weaves in vivid descriptions of Parisian society. The book is not only detailed and well-researched, but also well-written; a tale of social and personal injustice, To Live Out Loud is a moving story beautifully told.

To Live Out Loud is essential reading, as a window on the past, and also to shed light on our corrupt and brutal times. Even if you have no interest in historical fiction, this book will hold your attention from beginning to end. To Live Out Loud is a triumph, a book that will stay with you long after you have read the final page.

5.0 out of 5 stars Well written work of fiction that could easily be non-fiction, October 29, 2015
 
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This was an interesting and extremely well written book about an officer (Dreyfus), a Jewish officer in the French Army, who is court maritaled, and exiled, on fabricated evidence. Then a writer (Zola) stands up against the injustice and pens an article that divides a country. This happened during a time of anti semitism, which adds fuel to the fire, as Zola is taken to court for libel (and really is existence). I don’t want to give away the story here…. The writing is extremely professional and descriptive. The court room drama is vivid and you can see it in your minds eye. This is a great book whether or not you have a healthy background in history.
on October 26, 2015
I really enjoyed this story – the words flowed so beautifully that I’m under the impression that historical fiction is a sweet spot of talent for this author. I’m really quite impressed – the pace was just right and she rolled out the technicalities of Zola’s life and court proceedings with ease. Great way to learn about this particular piece of history!
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on October 29, 2015
I don’t usually read these kinds of stories, but once I started reading His Name was Ben, I couldn’t put it down. A heart breaking love story about cancer victims, hope, and survival. Great story.
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Home Sweet Home – wag wag wag

CAREY GRANT HAPPY AT LAST IN NEW HOME

Carey Grant found her forever home and is very happy.

Chelsea's freedom photo

Old girl Chelsea turned into kill shelter. Here’s her freedom photo.

Elgin was rescued from kill shelter

Elgin found his forever home.

Morgan rescued from kill shelter. With his new mom

Morgan going home with his new family.

Preciosa rescued from kill shelter

Preciosa relaxing in her new home.

All profits from my books go to help dogs like these get out of kill shelters.

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on 22 October 2015
I’m quickly becoming a fan of Paulette Manhurin! I read her other book, To Live Out Loud, so I went into this one with high expectations. Not only did Manhurin meet those expectations, she far exceeded them with this brilliantly written book.
Who knew that a book about dying could be filled with so much life and vibrancy? Diagnosed with terminal cancer, a couple find true love and begin really living for the first time. Parts of this book were so emotional for me, like when Sara had a double mastectomy and had to learn that her value and womanliness had more to do with her personal strength than her physical appearance. This story is a real tearjerker, but at the same time…I didn’t feel sorry for them; in fact, at times I envied their strengths, love, and ability to persevere in the face of impending death. I won’t forget this story for a long time. This book is truly
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on October 21, 2015
This is a beautiful story about two people whose lives are changed after a chance meeting. Both have cancer with minimal chances of survival but find hope, strength, love and renewed passion for life through each other. This book, based on real life events, is moving, uplifting and life affirming. It reminded me of The Fault in Our Stars, but an adult version. These beautifully written characters and their affecting story are going to stick with me for a long time. Profits for this author’s book go to help rescue dogs.

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on October 19, 2015
I’m a futurist by nature, and so reading sci-fi and fantasy and anything to do with the near and far future occupies the bulk of my leisure time. But every once in a while a writer comes along to connect me to the past in such a way that it’s every bit as much fun to time travel back in time. This is one of those authors and one of those books. I found Emila Zola, as a fellow writer and artist, upon whose life To Live Out Loud is based, quite the kindred spirit. He is if anything a bolder soul, braver, more uncompromising, and a hero not just in his writing but in real life, but it is impossible for any artist not to feel a strong affinity for him. He risks all in this story to champion the injustice done to a Jewish military officer in a time in France when the largely catholic population demonized Jews. His tireless investigations and pursuit of the truth amidst lies, shams, public deceits, all enacted on the part of the government and the military, wielding all their tools of oppression against one solitary individual, serve to inspire us all that hope is never lost even when facing such a corrupt and all-powerful foe. This tale, as timely today as it was in the late 1800s in which the story is set, should serve to inspire the reader to live a more activist lifestyle and to champion their own causes, fighting injustice wherever they may find it. The premise of this fact-based story on its own is quite moving, but the writing is every bit up to the task of conveying such a tale, strong, confident, lean and journalistic, itself an homage to Zola’s own career as a journalist.

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on June 26, 2015
Well written and enjoyable

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