207 dogs rescued from a 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 Yoki, and siblings Roxy & Rochelle, and Keifer, Asha, Don, Sully, Marko, Chino, Cora, Coco Puff, Toby, Geordie, Faith Condor, Pacino and Dusty (see photos below) out of kill shelters. We’re off to a good start in 2017 with the freedom of 207 dogs. In in 2016, 250 dogs were freed. In 2015, 148 dogs were freed.

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

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

AMAZON U.S.

AMAZON U.K.
And on all other Amazon sites around the world.
AMAZON RANKING
My books continue to be ranked in the top 100 best sellers on Amazon in their categories (historical fiction, teen and young adult, and literary fiction).  What an honor to be ranked #87  LITERARY FICTIONBEST SELLER next to Paulo Coelho; incredible author of The Alchemist and The Pilgrimage.
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RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS

AMAZON

on February 22, 2017
Very good book. Characters were interesting and the pace was perfect. The book reminds you that no matter what the circumstances we are still humans and need the support we get from others to help when we are down or scared. Life matters was the theme but it also showed that while life matters it is how you maintain your compassion for others is what makes life matter.

 

 

GOODREADS

Vicki

Feb 24, 2017 Vicki***** rated it was amazing
Love historical fiction, especially during the WWII Era. Well written, easy read. I was sucked into the storyline immediately and could not put this book down. The imagery was vivid and I felt I walked alongside Helen and witnessed first hand the love, joy, sadness, sorrow, fright, torment and abuse she endured as she told her story. The book left me wanting to learn more of her story after relocating to the US.

Deb

Feb 22, 2017 Deb **** rated it really liked it

This was a good read. It was from a perspective of a Jewish girl, Helen, whose childhood joined the Hitler Youth Movement to hide his relationship with an “undesirable” person. After Kristallnacht, Helen’s friend risks his life to save her and her brother from Hitler’s persecution of the Jews.

 

DOGS RESCUED FROM KILL SHELTERS

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Yoki waiting to be freed

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Yoki has been rescued

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Yoki’s freedom walk

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Yoki’s freedom photo

 

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Roxy has been rescued with her sibling Rochelle

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Rochelle has been rescued with her sister Roxy

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The sisters’, Roxy & Rochelle, freedom photo

 

 

 

 

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Keifer has been rescued

 

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Keifer getting ready for freedom ride

 

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Keifer’s freedom photo

 

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Keifer happy in new home with new toy

 

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Keifer settling into new bed

 

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Asha has been rescued

 

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Asha’s freedom photo

 

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Don’s been rescued

 

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Don’s freedom photo

 

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Don’s smiling thank you for saving my life

 

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Sully has been rescued. She had a bad skin condition (mange) and wasn’t listed on the shelters website. An angel dog rescuer  who goes through the shelter looking for dogs not listed (to give them a chance) found Sully and rescued this sweet girl.

 

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Sully’s freedom photo

 

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Sully is recovering beautifully. Here with new sibling.

 

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Marko’s been rescued

 

 

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Marko’s freedom photo

 

 

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Marko exiting the shelter

 

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Marko’s freedom ride

 

 

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Chino has been rescued

 

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Chino’s freedom photo

 

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Chino’s freedom walk with a little rest

 

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Chino’s freedom ride

 

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Cora’s been rescued

 

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Cora’s freedom photo

 

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Coco Puff’s been rescued

 

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Coco Puff’s freedom walk

 

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Coco Puff’s freedom photo

 

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Toby has been rescued

 

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Toby’s freedom photo

 

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Toby getting a bath in new home sweet home

 

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Toby feeling new mom’s love

 

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Geordie waiting to be rescued

 

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Geordie’s been rescued

 

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Geordie exiting the shelter

 

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Geordie’s freedom photo

 

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Geordie’s freedom ride

 

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Faith waiting to be rescued

 

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Faith has been rescued

 

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Faith’s freedom photo

 

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Faith right at home sweet home with new sibling

 

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Condor has been rescued

 

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Condor’s freedom photo

 

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Pacino has been rescued

 

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Pacino’s freedom photo

 

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Pacino feeling the love from new family

 

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Dusty waiting to be rescued

 

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Dusty has been rescued

 

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Dusty’s freedom photo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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190 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 Priscilla, Patches, Coco, Keebler, Wyatt, siblings Chloe & Frankie, and Hank, Lexi, Cinnamon, Belle, Diva, Pom, Toby, Barney, Tanner, Bertha, Maui, Ninja and Craig (see photos below) out of kill shelters. We’re off to a good start in 2017 with the freedom of 190 dogs. In in 2016, 250 dogs were freed. In 2015, 148 dogs were freed.

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

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

AMAZON U.S.

AMAZON U.K.
And on all other Amazon sites around the world.
AMAZON RANKING
My books continue to be ranked in the top 100 best sellers on Amazon in their categories (historical fiction, teen and young adult, and literary fiction).  What an honor to be ranked #87  LITERARY FICTIONBEST SELLER next to Paulo Coelho; incredible author of The Alchemist and The Pilgrimage.
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RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS

Bernie

Feb 19, 2017 Bernie rated it ***** it was amazing
This book is about the struggles of Helen, her family and her best friend Max to survive in Germany when Hitler reigned in the 1940’s. The problem is that her family is jewish and her best friend is not the perfect aryan that Hitler desires to be a part of his new regime. This book was a fast paced, page turner ; I enjoyed it very much.

 

 

 

 

 

DOGS RESCUED FROM KILL SHELTERS

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Priscilla has been rescued

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Priscilla’s freedom photo

 

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Patches has been rescued

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Patches freedom walk

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Patches freedom photo

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Patches thank you for saving my life smile

 

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Coco has been rescued

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Coco’s freedom walk

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Coco’s freedom photo after vet check and beauty treatment

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Keebler has been rescued

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Keebler’s freedom photo

 

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Wyatt has been rescued

 

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Wyatt’s freedom photo

 

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Chloe has been rescued with sibling Frankie.

 

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Frankie came in with his sibling Chloe and they were rescued together.

 

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Chloe and Frankie ready for their freedom ride.

 

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Chloe’s freedom photo

 

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Frankie’s freedom photo

 

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Hank has been rescued

 

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Hank’s freedom photo

 

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Hank’s freedom walk

 

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Hank’s freedom ride

 

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Lexi has been rescued

 

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Lexi’s freedom photo

 

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Lexi taking in her new freedom

 

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Lexi in her new yard

 

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Cinnamon has been rescued

 

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Cinnamon’s freedom photo

 

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Belle has been rescued

 

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Belle’s freedom photo

 

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Diva’s been rescued

 

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Diva’s freedom ride

 

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Diva’s freedom photo

 

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Pom has been rescued. She’s pregnant.

 

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Pom’s freedom photo. Bonding with new loving mom.

 

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Toby has been rescued

 

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Toby’s freedom photo

 

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Barney the senior has been rescued

 

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Barney’s freedom photo

 

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Barney’s freedom ride

 

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Barney is safe in his new home sweet home

 

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Tanner has been rescued

 

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Tanner’s vet check

 

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Tanner’s freedom photo

 

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Bertha, pregnant, has been rescued

 

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Bertha’s freedom photo

 

 

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Maui has been rescued

 

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Maui’s freedom walk

 

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Maui’s smiling freedom photo

 

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Ninja’s been rescued

 

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Ninja’s freedom photo

 

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Ninja in new home

 

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Craig has been rescued

 

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Craig’s freedom ride

 

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Craig’s freedom photo

 

 

 

 

 

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170 dogs freed 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 Agatha, Bruce, Martin, Peanut, Grace, Annie, Verina & her 7 puppies, Ruthie, Tiffany and Werner (see photos below) out of kill shelters. We’re off to a good start in 2017 with the freedom of 170 dogs. In in 2016, 250 dogs were freed. In 2015, 148 dogs were freed.

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

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

AMAZON U.S.

AMAZON U.K.
And on all other Amazon sites around the world.
AMAZON RANKING
My books continue to be ranked in the top 100 best sellers on Amazon in their categories (historical fiction, teen and young adult, and literary fiction).  What an honor to be ranked #87  LITERARY FICTIONBEST SELLER next to Paulo Coelho; incredible author of The Alchemist and The Pilgrimage.
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RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS

on February 15, 2017
I highly recommend reading this book. In light of recent U.S. and world events…the similarities are startling and horrifyingly similar.

 

 

 

DOGS RESCUED FROM KILL SHELTERS

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Agatha’s been rescued

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Agatha’s freedom photo

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Bruce has been rescued

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Bruce’s freedom photo

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Martin’s been rescued

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Martin’s freedom photo

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Peanut has been rescued

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Peanut freedom walk

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Peanut freedom photo

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Grace freedom photo

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Grace freedom photo. The look of love.

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Annie has been rescued

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Annie’s freedom walk

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Annie’s freedom photo

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Verina pregnant with 11 puppies has been rescued: 4 didn’t survive

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Verina and her 7 puppies’ freedom photo

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Some of the puppies Valentine’s Day photo shoot

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Verina and her 7 puppies are all thriving and doing well.

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Ruthie has been rescued

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Ruthie’s freedom photo

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Ruthie comfy in her new bed

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Tiffany has been rescued

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Tiffany’s freedom photo

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Tiffany with new mom

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Werner has been rescued

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Werner’s freedom photo

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It’s a very happy Valentine’s Day for 153 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 Cookie, Melvin, Tansi, Jupiter, Ashton, Tito, Rambo, Leah, Delano, Chelsea, Lola, Mallory, Holly, Cinnamom, Barney, Kaitlyn, Shamina and pregnant Diamond (photos below) out of kill shelters. We’re off to a good start in 2017 with the freedom of 153 dogs. In in 2016, 252 dogs were freed. In 2015, 148 dogs were freed.

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

 

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

AMAZON U.S.

AMAZON U.K.
And on all other Amazon sites around the world.

 

 

AMAZON RANKING
My books continue to be ranked in the top 100 best sellers on Amazon in their categories (historical fiction, teen and young adult, and literary fiction).  What an honor to be ranked #87  LITERARY FICTIONBEST SELLER next to Paulo Coelho; incredible author of The Alchemist and The Pilgrimage.
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DOGS RESCUED FROM KILL SHELTERS

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Cookie’s been rescued

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Cookie’s freedom photo

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Cookie safe and sound in home sweet home

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Melvin has been rescued

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Melvin’s freedom photo

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Tansi’s been rescued

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Tansi’s freedom photo.

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Jupiter’s been rescued

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Jupiter’s freedom walk

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Jupiter’s freedom photo

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Ashton has been rescued. A local artist donates her time to do these lovely portraits of dogs to help bring needed attention to a kill shelter that doesn’t get a lot of attention. It has helped a lot of dogs to freedom.

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Ashton’s freedom photo

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Tito’s been rescued. Another of the artist’s renditions to help free this dog.

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Tito’s freedom photo

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Remi has been rescued

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Remi’s freedom walk

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Remi’s freedom ride

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Remi’s thank you for saving my life kiss

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Remi bonding with new sibling in home sweet home

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Leah’s been rescued

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Leah’s freedom photo

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Delano has been rescued

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Delano’s freedom video posted on Kyle Schwab’s facebook page

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Delano with new dad

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Chelsea has been rescued

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Chelsea’s freedom photo

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Chelsea’s smiling thank you

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Chelsea bonding with new family

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Lola waiting for her freedom

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Lola has been rescued

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Lola’s freedom photo

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Lola soaking up the love

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Mallory has been rescued

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Mallory’s freedom walk

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Mallory’s freedom ride

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Mallory so beautiful feeling her freedom

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Mallory getting a hug from new mom

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Holly has been rescued. This is the photo the kill shelter put up to promote dogs for Valentine’s Day.

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Holly’s shelter photo and info

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Holly’s freedom photo

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Cinnamon has been rescued. And thanks to the help of the artist’s rendition of her shelter photo.

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Cinnamon’s freedom photo

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Cinnamon showing her gratitude for being rescued

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Barney has been rescued

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Barney’s freedom photo

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Kaitlyn has been rescued

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Kaitlyn’s freedom photo with new sibling

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Shamina has been rescued

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Shamina’s freedom photo

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Diamond has been rescued

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Diamond’s freedom photo. She is pregnant and has dermatitis.

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Diamond getting good vet care and doing well

 

 

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135 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 Armando, Lawrence, Regina, Samson, Bessie, Chelsea, & her 8 puppies, Trudi, Midnight, Evander, Lorne, Daisy, Charlie, Maggie, Jordan, Emerald, Madison, Banjo, Watkins, Shadow and Bruiser (photos below) out of kill shelters. We’re off to a good start in 2017 with the freedom of 135 dogs. In in 2016, 250 dogs were freed. In 2015, 148 dogs were freed.

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

 

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

AMAZON U.S.

AMAZON U.K.
And on all other Amazon sites around the world.

 

 

AMAZON RANKING
My books continue to be ranked in the top 100 best sellers on Amazon in their categories (historical fiction, teen and young adult, and literary fiction).  What an honor to be ranked #87  LITERARY FICTIONBEST SELLER next to Paulo Coelho; incredible author of The Alchemist and The Pilgrimage.
paulo-chscreen-shot-2016-08-18-at-8-33-05-am-copy-3

 

 

 

RECENT REVIEW OF THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS

on February 9, 2017
Brilliantly written book.
on February 9, 2017
Wonderful book Great read. I recomend this

on February 7, 2017
I just finished Paulette Mahurin’s novel about the Holocaust in Germany during World War 2. I expected to flip through this novel and have a quick read about a well-known topic. However, I got hooked by her provocative writing style. The story of young Helen, her brother Ben, and their SS friend, Max, kept me intrigued. The author writes suspense quite well. Even though Helen suffered in confinement and later, in a concentration camp, she kept her optimistic spirit and formed strong bonds with others. The message that resonated most with me was the idea that the human race ultimately gravitates toward what’s good and right.
DOGS RESCUED FROM KILL SHELTERS
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Armando’s been rescued
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Armando’s freedom photo
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Lawrence has been rescued
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Lawrence freedom walk
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Lawrence freedom photo
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Regina’s been rescued
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Regina’s freedom photo
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Samson the elder has been rescued
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Samson’s freedom ride
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Samson’s freedom photo
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Bessie has been rescued
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Bessie’s freedom ride
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Bessie’s freedom photo
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Chelsea came to the shelter pregnant and was rescued with her eight 2-day old puppies
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Chelsea and puppies vet check
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Chelsea and her puppies safe and sound in new home. All are healthy.trudis-been-rescued-copy
Trudi’s been rescued
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Trudi’s freedom photo
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Midnight has been rescued
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Midnight’s freedom photo
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Evander has been rescued
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Evander in new home with new sibling
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Evander in love fest with new dad
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Evander in his new yard. Home home on the ranger where seldom is heard a discouraging word.
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Lorne has been rescued
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Lorne’s freedom photo
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Lorne with new dad and siblings in background
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Daisy’s been rescued
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Daisy’s freedom photo
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Charlie has been rescued
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Charlie’s freedom photo
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Maggie’s been rescued
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Maggie’s freedom photo
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Maggie getting a hug from new mom
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Jordan’s been rescued
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Jordan’s freedom walk
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Jordan’s freedom photo
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Emerald has been rescued
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Emerald’s freedom walk
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Emerald’s freedom photo
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Madison’s been rescued
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Madison’s freedom photo
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Madison’s freedom ride
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Banjo’s been rescued
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Banjo’s freedom ride
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Banjo’s smiling freedom photo
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Watkins’ has been rescued
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Watkins’ freedom photo
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Shadow has been rescued.  This high kill shelter doesn’t get a lot of rescue support and to help generate interest a local artist renders these beautiful shelter photos to help inspire rescuing the dog.
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Shadow’s freedom photo
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Bruiser has been rescued
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Bruiser’s freedom photo
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A review for The Seven Year Dress that left me speechless. And 2017 has been a good year for 207 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 Heathrow, Deacon, Pancho, Bentley, Lola, Walter, Lucy and Emma (photos below) out of kill shelters. We’re off to a good start in 2017 with the freedom of 107 dogs. In in 2016, 250 dogs were freed. In 2015, 148 dogs were freed.

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

 

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

AMAZON U.S.

AMAZON U.K.
And on all other Amazon sites around the world.

 

 

AMAZON RANKING
My books continue to be ranked in the top 100 best sellers on Amazon in their categories (historical fiction, teen and young adult, and literary fiction).  What an honor to be ranked #87  LITERARY FICTIONBEST SELLER next to Paulo Coelho; incredible author of The Alchemist and The Pilgrimage.
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RECENT REVIEW FOR THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS

on February 6, 2017
Mahurin’s “The Seven Year Dress” is an exceptional piece of historical fiction that vividly depicts the atrocities of the Holocaust as experienced by a Jewish girl-child/young woman, Helen, whose entire world crumbles step-by-step under the Third Reich’s unspeakable reign.

We of a certain age know the factual horrors (and the indisputable veracity) of this shameful history. The descendants of those murdered in the death camps have the personal, still-shattering narratives that have been passed down in their families. It is imperative that generations to come grasp the unspeakable depths to which human beings are capable of descending.

That said, Mahurin’s achievement in The Seven Year Dress is reminding us that mankind’s goodness will ultimately, collectively (if not individually) trump its brutality. Helen’s capacity to retain her core kindness and decency in the face of soul-and-body lacerating savagery is profoundly impacting proof of this truth.

In the highest praise I can offer Mahurin, Helen personifies what Viktor Frankl, famed Austrian neurologist and victim of the Holocaust (Man’s Search for Meaning), identified as common to death camp survivors: the selflessness and empathy Helen extends to her fellow prisoners gives meaning and purpose to her personal suffering, from which an unimaginable (to me) resiliency develops.Helen’s maturation from a confused, blindsided child into the woman she ultimately becomes rings with organic authenticity in Mahurin’s hands—never rushed.

I finished The Seven Year Dress over a week ago, but wanted some time to write this (still woefully inadequate) review. Our Western culture falsely promises that hedonic pursuits and accumulation of the newest toys will bring us happiness. Mahurin here reminds us, once again, that “happiness” cannot be achieved directly, but is rather a byproduct of what we give freely to others, particularly under abject conditions in which we “have nothing to give.”

One version of the well-known St. Francis Prayer (“It is better to love than to be loved, to comfort than to be comforted,” etc.) contains the phrase “for it is in self-forgetting one finds.” I have always appreciated the philosophical depth and mystery of those words; now when I read, or hear, or think on them, I will see Helen Stein’s face in my mind’s eye.

 

 

RECENT REVIEWS FOR TO LIVE OUT LOUD

on February 5, 2017
This is a great book for anyone that loves history and is a well written account of a great man.

 

 

DOGS RESCUED FROM KILL SHELTERS

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Heathrow has been rescued

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Heathrow’s freedom photo

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Deacon’s been rescued

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Deacon’s freedom walk

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Deacon’s freedom photo

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Pancho has been rescued

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Pancho feeling his freedom

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Pancho’s freedom walk

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Pancho’s freedom photo

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Bentley has been rescued

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Bentley’s freedom walk

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Bentley’s freedom ride

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Bentley’s freedom photo

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Lola waiting for her freedom

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Lolas’ been rescued

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Lola’s freedom walk

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Lola’s freedom ride

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Lola chilling in new home sweet home

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Walter’s been rescued

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Walter’s freedom photo. Home sweet home with his new sibling.

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Lucy has been rescued. She was immediately brought to the vet for a facial abscess.

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Lucy’s freedom photo

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Lucy getting badly needed vet attention

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Lucy recovering well and enjoying a treat

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Emma has been rescued

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Emma’s freedom ride

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Emma’s freedom photo

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99 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 Biggie, Benjamin, Titan, Kameron, Truman, Beckham, Hunter, Shayna, Mei, Puma, Grant, Marlena & her two puppies, Nolan, June, Shakira, Freddy, Carlos and Isobel (photos below) out of kill shelters. We’re off to a good start in 2017 with the freedom of 99 dogs. In in 2016, 250 dogs were freed. In 2015, 148 dogs were freed.

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

 

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

AMAZON U.S.

AMAZON U.K.
And on all other Amazon sites around the world.

 

 

AMAZON RANKING
My books continue to be ranked in the top 100 best sellers on Amazon 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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RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS

on February 4, 2017
It was amazing what her human spirit could endure! I thoroughly enjoyed this book!
on February 2, 2017
I read this book in two sittings. It was entrancing. Characterizations were spot on. I came away in awe of people able to live through this horror. I won’t forget this read!
on February 3, 2017
Myra was only looking for a room to rent while she was in college. She wasn’t looking for a friend or new family member. When she answered Helen Stein’s ad for a room for rent, she got more than she expected. During the interview, she noticed the number tattooed on Helen’s arm and knew that Helen had a story to tell. Helen recounted her younger years of innocence and fun with her family only to be destroyed by the evil Hitler and the Holocaust. Helen’s friend, Max, had tried to save her and her brother from the Nazis. He had given Helen a pretty dress to try to lift her spirits. After she was captured, she found the dress in a pile of old clothes and clung to that dress to remind her of happier times. Once she was freed, all she had was a scrap left covered in her brother’s blood to remind her of all she endured.
Even though this was a fictional account of the Holocaust, Helen’s experiences were heart wrenching because we know that atrocities such as this actually happened. Paulette Mahurin has done an excellent job in retelling the events based on the life and memories of a young survivor. However, Helen is telling this story to a young woman so I felt that it was inappropriate for her to mention all the times she masturbated and the in-depth details of her sexual assault.
on February 2, 2017
I enjoyed the historical value of this book. Highly recommend.
RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE PERSECUTION OF MILDRED DUNLAP
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, February 2, 2017
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Excellent historical book. Highly recommend.

 

 

DOGS RESCUED FROM KILL SHELTERS

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Biggie’s been rescued

 

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Biggie’s freedom photo

 

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Biggie living the good life with new mom

 

 

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Benjamin has been rescued

 

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Benjamin’s freedom photo at his vet check

 

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Titan has been rescued

 

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Titan’s freedom photo

 

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Kameron has been rescued

 

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Kameron’s freedom photo

 

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Kameron giving thanks for being freed

 

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Truman’s been rescued

 

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Truman’s freedom walk

 

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Truman’s freedom photo

 

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Truman’s smiling “thank you for saving my life”

 

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Beckham’s been rescued

 

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Beckham’s freedom walk

 

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Beckham’s freedom photo

 

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Hunter’s been rescued

 

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Hunter’s freedom photo

 

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Hunter’s freedom sniff

 

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Hunter with new dad. Lot of smiling going on.

 

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Hunter’s singing “thank you for saving my life”

 

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Shayna’s been rescued

 

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Shayna’s freedom photo

 

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Mei’s been rescued

 

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Mei’s freedom photo

 

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Puma has been rescued

 

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Puma’s smiling “thank you for rescuing me”

 

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Puma’s freedom walk

 

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Puma’s smiling freedom photo

 

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Grant has been rescued

 

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Grant’s freedom photo

 

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Marlena’s been rescued. She as pregnant when she came into the shelter.

 

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Marlena’s freedom photo

 

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Marlena’s puppies

 

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Marlena in new home with her puppies

 

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Marlena and puppies safe and sound.

 

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Nolan’s been rescued

 

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Nolan’s freedom ride

 

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Nolan’s freedom photo

 

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June has been rescued

 

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June’s freedom photo

 

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June’s smiling thank you photo

 

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Shakira has been rescued

 

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Shakira’s freedom photo

 

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Shakira’s freedom ride

 

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Shakira with new family

 

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Freddy has been rescued

 

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Freddy’s freedom walk

 

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Freddy’s freedom photo

 

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Freddy homeward bound

 

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Freddy’s smiling thank you for “saving my life”

 

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Carlos waiting to be rescued

 

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Carlos has been rescued

 

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Carlos’s freedom walk

 

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Carlos’ freedom photo

 

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Isobel pleading to be rescued

 

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Isobel has been rescued

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Isobel’s excited jumping freedom walk

 

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Isobel’s freedom photo

 

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Isobel bonding with new dad

 

 

 

 

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One of the best fictional accounts of the holocaust … A story of the will to survive… the hopeful & defiantly optimistic narrative to be, ultimately, uplifting.

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 Oliver, Gracie, Gilroy, Lala, Rhianna, Crush, Kimbo, Harvey, Midori, Nugget, Houston, Blackie, Coco, Choco, and siblings Gypsy and Rose (photos below) out of kill shelters. We’re off to a good start in 2017 with the freedom of 79 dogs. In in 2016, 250 dogs were freed. In 2015, 148 dogs were freed.

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

 

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

AMAZON U.S.

AMAZON U.K.
And on all other Amazon sites around the world.

 

 

AMAZON RANKING
My books continue to be ranked in the top 100 best sellers on Amazon 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.
paulo-chscreen-shot-2016-08-18-at-8-33-05-am-copy-3

 

 

 

RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS

on January 31, 2017
Although a harrowing life story of one the darkest periods in history, I found the hopeful & defiantly optimistic narrative to be, ultimately, uplifting.
on January 31, 2017
This was a VERY hard book to read! It was just too well-written to close it or not mourn for their sufferings
I can still recall such vivid scene descriptions as I recall reading it
Would I recommend it?? only to those of strong faith
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on January 30, 2017
Interesting captivating story. Well written and hard to put down, although fiction, it could certainly have been true. Will read more fro this author!
on January 30, 2017
I really loved this book. If you are interested in what someone did to survive the horrors of the Holocaust, you will also enjoy. How could a people be so evil towards another.
on January 30, 2017
A page turner hard to put down. The years between 1932-1945 were very dark times in history. Realizing what horrible treatment that was inflected on other human beings only because of their nationality is a sin that should never never be repeated. Even in the mist of living in hell there are examples of insurmountable hope.
on January 28, 2017
One of the best fictional accounts of the holocaust I have read, and I’ve read a lot! Both fiction and non-fiction. Well researched.

 

 

DOGS FREED FROM KILL SHELTERS

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Oliver has been rescued

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Oliver before and after photo

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Oliver’s freedom ride

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Oliver smiling in his freedom photo

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Gracie’s been rescued

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Gracie’s freedom ride. Collar because she was spayed at the shelter before being released.

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Gracie’s before and after photos

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Gilroy’s been rescued

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Gilroy saying goodbye to the shelter

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Gilroy’s freedom photo

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Gilroy getting loving from new mom

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Lala’s been rescued

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Lala’s freedom photo

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Lala in new home

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Lala’s love fest with new mom

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Rhianna’s been rescued

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Rhianna’s freedom ride

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Rhianna’s freedom photo

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Crush has been rescued

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Crush recovering after being neutered

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Crush’s before and after photo

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Kimbo’s been rescued

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Kimbo bonding with new family

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Kimbo’s freedom ride

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Harvey’s been rescued

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Harvey’s freedom ride

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Midori has been rescued

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Midori’s freedom walk

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Midori excited to leave the shelter

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Midori’s freedom ride

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Midori’s freedom photo

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Nugget’s been rescued

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Nugget’s freedom photo

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Nugget thanking new mom for saving his life

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Nugget home and getting his first toy

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Houston’s been rescued

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Houston’s freedom walk

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Houston’s freedom photo

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Houston feeling his freedom

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Blackie was stuck in the back of the Downey Shelter on death row with no name or info on his cage. Nothing about him was listed on their website.

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Blackie waited and one of our rescue friends who visits the shelter to look for dogs not being advertised saw him. The networking started at a rapid fire pace to free him. Hundreds got in on the action.

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Blackie’s freedom photo.

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Coco’s been rescued

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Coco’s freedom photo

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Coco grateful to be free

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Coco in new home

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Coco’s love fest with new dad

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Choco, 15 year old male chi, has been rescued

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Choco leaving the shelter

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Choco with new dad

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Choco, pretty in pink getting his vet check

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Choco’s freedom ride. Snuggled in safe and sound.

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Gypsy and Rose, siblings from a puppy mill, were dumped in the kill shelter together

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Gypsy has been rescued

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Gypsy’s freedom photo

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Gypsy in new home sweet home

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Rose has been rescued

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Rose’s freedom photo

 

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Light cannot be obliterated by darkness

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 GiGi, Warner, Duke, Florence with her six puppies, Mikey, Winslow, Cheri, Loralei, Tessa, Ashley, Pixie and Precious (photos below) out of kill shelters. We’re off to a good start in 2017 with the freedom of 63 dogs. In in 2016, 250 dogs were freed. In 2015, 148 dogs were freed.

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

 

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

AMAZON U.S.

AMAZON U.K.
And on all other Amazon sites around the world.

 

 

AMAZON RANKING
My books continue to be ranked in the top 100 best sellers on Amazon 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.
paulo-chscreen-shot-2016-08-18-at-8-33-05-am-copy-3

 

 

 

RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS

AMAZON U.S.

on January 27, 2017
very moving

on January 26, 2017
I truly enjoyed this book, if enjoyed is the proper word. Having met one of the survivors of this horror this book brought her story back to mind.
on January 26, 2017
This is not an easy book to read. I felt so much sorrow and frustration that this is truly what happened to the Jewish people.
No one should ever have these kinds of experience. And yet in countries around the world. Such torture still exist . We have to understand our history if we truly want to demonstrate love for our fellow men. No matter what their race, religion and culture.

on January 26, 2017
Amazing.

 

on January 25, 2017
I truly enjoyed the seven year dress. I learned a lot more about the nasty things that went on during Hitler’s reign. Oh so sad.
on January 24, 2017

This is a harrowing story, but one that is important, one that should not be forgotten or denied and one that everyone should acknowledge as true.

History has shown the terrible things that happened to the Jewish people during Hitler’s reign, but there are still those who deny the atrocities committed by the German people (those that remained silent and those that enjoyed it), so books such this are vital in the hope that some may learn from it. Although, when we look at today’s world…

This was well written and easy to follow yet it is not an easy read due to its disturbing topic – though we must not turn away from the truth.

I have only one criticism and that is I don’t think some of the sexual ‘pleasure’ scenes were necessary. Yes, I understand Helen was growing up and discovering her sexuality, however, these scenes didn’t fit into this particular story.

Overall, a brilliant piece of writing – informative and terrible but well done.

Extremely thought-provoking.

Recommended to those who want to think and are not afraid of the truth, however awful. And hopefully it may help build a better future?

 

on January 25, 2017
The story of Helen rings with historical evidence and the sorrow of the characters life in concentration camp will give you pause.

 

 

AMAZON U.K.

on 23 January 2017

The Title of this book attracted me to read it. The connection between the real dress and the storyline does not become clear immediately.

Love and human kindness are found in this historically based book. In the midst of hell of the death camps.
The dress is a special gift, an expression of love.
Painful to read, at times, this book repays the effort of reading
It does keep you reading. The storyline unfolds and the event described show that Light cannot be obliterated by darkness.

 

AND FROM OTHER AMAZON SITES AROUND THE WORLD THAT I JUST SAW

 

AMAZON AUSTRALIA

 

on 4 October 2016

This book isn’t another one of those about Hitler and his atrocities against the Jewish people in World War II. No, it isn’t; instead it is the definitive book about those horrific events and everyone should read it, especially at a time of a shallow media, weak populist politicians selling hate, an adventurist Russia and mayhem in the middle east.

It is a story of Helen, a German Jew, caught up in Hitler’s Final solution where the Jewish people are demonised and blamed for everything that is wrong with Germany. It exposes the savagery, lack of humanity and sadism of the time and is full of pathos, emotion and hope, yes hope, for a better world.

This book should be compulsory reading for all who believe in simple answers because it presents a stark warning of where hate leads and, told well in this book, it isn’t pleasant.

TOP 500 REVIEWERon 12 October 2016
I found this book to be compelling. It was heartbreaking and inspirational. The characters were warm and the overall story excellent.
AMAZON INDIA
on 16 December 2016
Heart wrenching moments some filled with angst others with gratefulness . This book is an example of triumph of the human spirit.
on 18 January 2017
I like the book, read the whole book in one go, I was in tears while reading this books liked it
AMAZON FRANCE
le 16 mai 2016
THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS
Paulette Mahurin’s historical novel about the Dreyfus affair, ‘To Live Out Loud’ was such an amazing feat I was wondering if she could pull off a similar coup with her new book about the Holocaust, ‘The Seven Year Dress’. No need to worry, Mahurin fans. This book, like its predecessor, will get you right in the heart and the gut. Here is an author who is not afraid of taking on big subjects.
Injustice, persecution and a ruined life for a courageous man bent on upholding his principles were some of the themes of the previous book. In ‘The Seven Year Dress’ we are faced with the ultimate horror, the Nazi-driven ideology to create a super race from which all undesirable elements (principally Jews) would be expurgated. The result, staggering in its enormity, was the Holocaust. The story has been told many times. How, I wondered, would the author engage the reader once again, how address what some have called ‘compassion fatigue’?
There are times reading the opening pages of a book when you know immediately something amazing awaits. It’s as if the author is holding out a promise to the reader. In the Prologue, we witness a confrontation between two strangers. Irma, a 20-year-old nursing student, is looking for a room to rent. She meets Helen, who has a room to let. As the interview proceeds, Irma is seized with a feeling of unease. Who is this old, worn out woman, whose apartment is curiously devoid of personal items and mementoes except for a piece of faded dress material in a frame under which is written ‘Nothing Lasts’? A woman with a tattooed number hidden beneath her sleeve, and who exudes an air of ‘restrained desperation’? The tension builds, then Irma, on the point of leaving to look for other accommodation, changes her mind, and a precious friendship is born. It is a friendship which, though neither woman knows it at the time, will lead to Helen’s story being told to the world.
In the next section we change narrators, stepping back in time to the Germany of the early 1920s. The youngest child of a large Jewish family in Berlin Helen recounts their happy family life with its scenes of domesticity, their friendship with the neighbours, whose son Max becomes an important figure in the narrative. But already the storm clouds are gathering. Helen has scarcely time to enjoy her childhood before the shadow of Adolf Hitler falls like a guillotine on the future of this one particular family, mirroring that of millions of others.
The story is a mixture of documented historical fact and artistic imagination. Like a black and white news reel we follow the relentless rise of the dictator: his vile anti-Semitic propaganda regretting that the ‘Jewish corrupters’ had not been wiped out by the poison gas of the First War, the rise of the Hitler youth movement, the passing of the Nuremberg laws, the emergence of nightmarish figures and institutions, Himmler, the SS, the Gestapo. Somewhere in a place called Dachau the first of the death camps is being built. Others will follow, haunted by devils, Rudolf Höss, Josef Mengele, Adolf Eichmann.
The events are only too familiar, but they take on a new resonance and impact as we move from the general to the particular, seeing all of this through the eyes of Helen, a normal, happy child, ‘with love in her heart’ who gradually realises her country is changing, that ‘bad things are happening’, that Hitler’s message has permeated society, become ‘a stench in the air’. First banned from attending school, she then becomes increasingly isolated, a victim of segregation, prejudice and growing violence until the realisation finally bursts upon her: ‘I was now a vermin Jew’.
Events accelerate. As Hitler invades country after country he simultaneously develops his policy of racial hygiene, the final solution to the problem of the Jewish question. The turning point for Helen is Kristallnacht, after which she begins a long descent into horror and suffering. The following years are recounted by Mahurin in a series of relentless episodes: the loss of Helen’s entire family, her years spent in hiding, the deportation to Auschwitz, and her experiences there. This is the part of the book that is most harrowing. It is in Auschwitz that, subjected to repeated humiliation and degradation, Helen is stripped of her identity, conditioned like one of Pavlov’s dogs, ‘dismantled’ as a person. And, amazingly, how she endures, heals, becomes resilient, by observing the altruism of others, by undergoing innumerable transformations, by the realisation that ‘nothing lasts’.
I have already said that the story of the Holocaust has been told many times. It needs to be told many times more, as a metaphor of man’s ultimate cruelty. Years ago Emile Zola stood up and said ‘J’accuse’. The same message is implicit in these events which took place more than seventy years ago but which, like the Dreyfus affair, brings past and present face to face.
Two questions recur throughout the book:
Why?
How much can the human spirit endure?

‘Nothing lasts,’ says Helen. Today, reading reports of 21st century slave markets for 9-year-old Yazidi girls, raped and driven to madness by ISIL, of similar fates for the kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls forced to become ‘Boko Haram wives’, we are tempted to add ‘Nothing changes.’
‘The Seven Year Dress’ is dedicated to the real Helen Stein, who, Mahurin tells us, ‘bestowed upon me a gift of compassion and humility in sharing her story with me’. She adds: ‘In telling this story, I hope I serve her well.’
You do, Paulette, you do. Now Helen will be forever in our hearts, too.

GOODREADS

Barbara****

Jan 22, 2017 Barbara rated it really liked it
I downloaded to read at the gym and I hated when time was up. I was caught up into the main character’s life and had anxiety as the story went on. I keep hoping for events to happen to help her. I liked how I felt the anguish of the character as the story went on. Fast and simple read packed with emotion.

 

 

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AMAZON U.S.

on January 22, 2017

Ms. Mahurin artfully weaves the timely and historical topics of 1895 into a splendid account of what happens in the life of a not so attractive, small town, kind and generous woman when the townswomen, led by the town “yenta”, learn about the prison sentence received by Oscar Wilde for gross indecency.

Although this book takes place in 1895 Nevada, it could not be more timely during the 2016 election season, as we saw what gossip (& “fake news”) did to flame fear, bigotry, intolerance and hatred in the hearts of seemingly educated Americans.

Ms. Mahurin excellently depicts how prejudice, hatred and bigotry can finally be overpowered by friendship, loyalty and truth. A very powerful and topical tale.

 

 

 

 

 

DOGS RESCUED

 

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Gigi’s been rescued

 

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Gigi’s freedom photo

 

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GiGi’s vet visit. She was rescued by Little Paws in So. Calif and taken to the vet for badly needed medical care. Bless the angel, Judy Race (who runs that rescue) for helping GiGi, a senior dog.

 

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Warner’s been rescued

 

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Warner’s freedom photo

 

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Warner happy and safe in her new home

 

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Duke’s been rescued

 

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Duke’s freedom photo

 

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Florence and her six puppies have been rescued

 

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Florence’s freedom photo

 

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Florence getting loving at her vet check

 

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Florence’s six babies

 

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Forence’s babies in new home. Vet gave them all a clean bill of heal. Bless Cheryl Goldsmith who saved them all.

 

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Mikey’s been rescued

 

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Mikey’s freedom photo

 

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Mikey happy on his freedom walk through the hay

 

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Winslow’s been rescued

 

 

 

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Winslow’s freedom photo

 

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Winslow happy next to new family

 

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Cheri’s been rescued

 

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Cheri’s freedom walk

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Cheri giving thanks to new family member

 

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Loralei’s freedom photo

 

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Loralei getting some loving in new home

 

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Tessa’s been rescued

 

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Tessa’s freedom photo

 

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Tessa’s smiling a big thank you for being rescued

 

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Ashley has been rescued

 

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Ashley’s freedom photo

 

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Ashley’s freedom ride

 

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Pixie has been rescued

 

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Pixie’s freedom photo

 

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Pixie enjoying her freedom ride

 

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Precious has been rescued

 

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Precious freedom photo

 

 

 

 

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45 DOGS SAVED 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 Cougar, Liam, Cheerio, Gypsy, Atlas, best friends Millie & Larry, Lulu, Elsa, Eleanor, Todd, Alfonzo, Silvio, Jessica, Gary, Lorraine, Phoebe, Stewart, Presley and Elvira (photos below) out of kill shelters. We’re off to a good start in 2017 with the freedom of 45 dogs. In in 2016, 250 dogs were freed. In 2015, 148 dogs were freed.

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

 

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

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AMAZON RANKING
My books continue to be ranked in the top 100 best sellers on Amazon 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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RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS

AMAZON U.S.

on January 19, 2017
The terrifying topic of WW II and the thankfully unsuccessful annihilation of Jews, continues to draw me, even now, some 45 Years after first reading books on this topic. This story was yet another that I couldn’t stop reading. The strength of the Holocaust survivors and victims will never be forgotten by me. Nor should anyone ever forget. We must ALWAYS be vigilant.
on January 17, 2017
An interesting start to this novel sets the tone and purpose for the story. As puzzle pieces come together, the reader comes to understand the significance of the dress and its owner. Really enjoyed the story and found inspiration from the main character, the dress owner.
on January 15, 2017
Great read

 

 

GOODREADS

Christine

Jan 15, 2017 Christine rated it it was amazing *****
Whenever I read a book about the Holocaust, I can’t help but be reflective as well as thankful for the life I’ve had. It’s so unfair that so many people suffered so much hardship and sadness during the war, and yet amazingly there is still hope and kindness to be found amongst it all. The Seven Year Dress is a well written story, I liked the way Helen was introduced and how her story flowed on from there and I totally recommend this book for all fans of historical fiction.

 

 

RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE PERSECUTION OF MILDRED DUNLAP

 

on January 19, 2017
Excellent! Definitely a new perspective from a bygone era. Highly worth reading.

 

 

DOG’S RESCUED FROM KILL SHELTERS

 

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Cougar’s been rescued

 

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Cougar’s freedom walk

 

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Cougar’s freedom photo

 

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Cougar all ready for that ride home

 

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Cougar feeling the love from new family

 

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Liam’s been rescued

 

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Liam’s freedom photo

 

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Liam tasting his freedom is one happy dog

 

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Cheerio  was dumped at the high-kill Downey Animal Shelter with a cold. Rescued and taken to the vet where he was hospitalized.

 

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Cheerio’s freedom photo.

 

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Cheerio having a good and needed rest is recovering nicely

 

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Gypsy’s been rescued

 

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Gypsy’s freedom ride

 

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Gypsy’s freedom photo

 

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Atlas has been rescued

 

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Atlas’ freedom photo

 

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Atlas with new mom in new yard.

 

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Millie who is blind came in with her best friend and “eyes” Larry. They were found on the street and picked up by the Carson High Kill Shelter.

 

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Larry on the left came in with his best friend Millie. They were separated at the high kill shelter but a wonderful angel found it in her heart to rescue them together. Bottom photo taken just after they were reunited.