815 dogs rescued from kill

I’m deeply grateful to everyone who has purchased, read, and taken the time to review one of my books. All profits from my books go to help get dogs like Travis, Olympia, Adonis, Buttercup, Brady, Woody, Mason, Avery, Shelby, Dora, Max, Misty, Bethany, Willey, Mel, Clayton, Mel #2, Melissa, Minnie, Appleby, Emma, Corrine, Abagail, August, Brody, Veronica, Nelson, Tiny, (see photos below) out of kill shelters. So far in 2017 we’ve helped free 815 dogs. In 2016, 250 dogs were freed. In 2015, 148 dogs were freed.

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

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

AMAZON U.S.

AMAZON U.K.
And on all other Amazon sites around the world.
AMAZON RANKING
My books continue to be ranked in the top 100 best sellers on Amazon U.S. in their categories (historical fiction, teen and young adult, and literary fiction).  What an honor to be ranked #87  LITERARY FICTION BEST SELLER next to Paulo Coelho; incredible author of The Alchemist and The Pilgrimage.
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Amazon Australia ranked my book NUMBER ONE in all it’s categories: Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction & Teen and Young Adult and is #3 best seller in the entire kindle bookstore.
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And in Amazon U.K. it just made it to the top 10 best seller list in Literary Fiction (#2) and Historical Fiction (#5) categories:
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RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE DAY I SAW THE HUMMINGBIRD
 AMAZON U.S.
on November 8, 2017
I’ve been waiting for this author’s next book ever since I finished her last novel, The Seven Year Dress!
Just when I thought she couldn’t possibly write any better and here comes her latest book, my new favorite.The Day I saw the Hummingbird is an incredible look at the early days of slavery from the eyes of a child born into that lifestyle. It’s hard to imagine that a child so young could have experienced so much sadness and trauma and yet this author so clearly tells his story through his words. I felt the pain, the hatred and the hopelessness these poor people lived through. I couldn’t put this book down because I needed to hear though Oscar’s words just how his life moved on. Like Oscar, some pictures are burned into my memories, yet I have a much better understanding of what life as a slave truly meant. Kudos to Paulette Mahurin for telling this story in such an honest way. A must read for book lover.
on November 6, 2017
Paulette has done it again!!!! Her writing is like a paint brush on canvas with smooth stokes to pull you into the story gentle and easy. To show you what life is all about for others. Their life struggles and determination with heart and soul to make their lives better. Oscar’s thoughts are some of my own. Why? Why is God good in some cases and horrible in others? I love that he talks to his Mom and the wisdom the she gives him. A quote from the book: “I came to understand my personal freedom came from inside me when I realized that, no matter where I am, my thoughts and feelings are the invisible chains shackling me, the master enslaving me. My attitude shapes my life.” There are many other quotes the I loved to write in this review but then it would be a book into it self. So If I where you I would go and read this heartfelt book.
on November 6, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

About the book

On the eve of his tenth birthday, a young slave’s life is turned upside down. The unthinkable events that led up to the day Oscar Mercer saw a hummingbird test the limits of this young boy’s body, mind and soul. Gripped with fear and filled with anger, Oscar faces raw, crushing hatred aimed at him and everyone he loves. In a time when a nation was ripped apart geographically, economically, politically and morally, comes a story of a courageous boy who began life as a slave on a sugarcane plantation in Louisiana and escapes via The Underground Railroad.

Through the efforts and good will of kind, brave people determined to free slaves, Oscar faces devastating obstacles and…

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

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

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

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

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787 dogs rescued from kill shelters

I’m deeply grateful to everyone who has purchased, read, and taken the time to review one of my books. All profits from my books go to help get dogs like Truman, Ricky, Savannah, Brady, Trixie, Cookie, Angel, Frosty, Grady, Mickey, Cobain, Norman, Portia, Midnight, Danielle and Clarabelle (see photos below) out of kill shelters. So far in 2017 we’ve helped free 787 dogs. In 2016, 250 dogs were freed. In 2015, 148 dogs were freed.

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

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

AMAZON U.S.

AMAZON U.K.
And on all other Amazon sites around the world.
AMAZON RANKING
My books continue to be ranked in the top 100 best sellers on Amazon U.S. in their categories (historical fiction, teen and young adult, and literary fiction).  What an honor to be ranked #87  LITERARY FICTION BEST SELLER next to Paulo Coelho; incredible author of The Alchemist and The Pilgrimage.
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Amazon Australia ranked my book NUMBER ONE in all it’s categories: Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction & Teen and Young Adult and is #3 best seller in the entire kindle bookstore.
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And in Amazon U.K. it just made it to the top 10 best seller list in Literary Fiction (#2) and Historical Fiction (#5) categories:
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REVIEWS FOR THE DAY I SAW THE HUMMINGBIRD
AMAZON U.S.
on November 1, 2017
The day I saw the Hummingbird is an enthralling tale highlighting the tortuously cruel treatment of slaves in the southern states of America pre – civil war days. It is told through the eyes of Oscar, a young negro born in captivity and facing a lifetime of unspeakable hardship.
Whilst it is a novel, it is built around factual happenings, at times resembling a lesson in history. I found it impossible to read without choking with emotion as Oscar struggles to cope with tumultuous events that scar his young life. The reader lives his pain, fears and desperation as he travels his dangerous journey to freedom.
This is a story that grabs the reader, compelling them to turn the next page, hoping against hope that Oscar will come through his harrowing ordeal.
on October 29, 2017
The symbolism of the hummingbird in this book about slavery was a brilliant choice by the author, Paulette Mahurin. Some of the meanings attributed to the hummingbird are independence, lifting up negativity, resiliency, and being able to travel great distances tirelessly. These all certainly go with the theme as I interpreted it as Oscar, a small boy suffers the life of slavery on a sugarcane plantation in Louisiana, losing all he cared about there, and after the death of his mother embarks on a journey to freedom via the Underground Railroad. Along the way, his thoughts are tormented by the cruelty of the overseer he left behind, while juxtaposed by feelings of hope in the kindness of strangers who help him toward his goal. And finally, the color of the hummingbird, green, represents healing. I have been interested in the subject of slavery for a good deal of my life, having actually met someone born into slavery when I was very young. Seeing this woman, a piece of our history is forever engrained in my mind and my heart. I think we are still very much in the healing process of this era of our history. Ms. Mahurin’s book offers both insights and hope with regard to our past, present, and future.
on October 29, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

AMAZON U.K.

 

on 27 October 2017
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

Bel libro

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

Stuart Pickup

Oct 07, 2017 Stuart Pickup rated it it was amazing

The seven year dress

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

 

RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE PERSECUTION OF MILDRED DUNLAP

 

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

 

PHOTOS OF DOGS RESCUED FROM KILL SHELTERS
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Frosty has been rescued
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Clarabelle’s freedom photo. In the car ready to go to new home.
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What a reader in the U.K. has to say about The Day I Saw The hummingbird

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

My new book, The Day I Saw The Hummingbird is now on Amazon for purchase. For anyone who purchases a book or takes the time to write a review, I thank you in advance. All profits from all my books go to help get dogs out of kill shelters. It is my dream that we will be able to save many more dogs this year and all the following years.

 

KINDLE JPEG The Say I Saw The Hummingbird 10 Oct 2017(1) copy

 

SYNOPSIS AND BLURB FROM BACK COVER:

On the eve of his tenth birthday, a young slave’s life is turned upside down. The unthinkable events that led up to the day Oscar Mercer saw a hummingbird test the limits of this young boy’s body, mind and soul. Gripped with fear and filled with anger, Oscar faces raw, crushing hatred aimed at him and everyone he loves. In a time when a nation was ripped apart geographically, economically, politically and morally, comes a story of a courageous boy who began life as a slave on a sugarcane plantation in Louisiana and escapes via the Underground Railroad. Through the efforts and good will of kind, brave people determined to free slaves, Oscar faces devastating obstacles and dangers. Struggling with his inner impulse to seek revenge for the injustices and violence levied on his family and friends, he discovers that in bondage you pray to God, but in freedom you meet Him. From the award-winning, best-selling author of The Seven Year Dress comes a story that brings another cadre of memorable characters alive on pages that pulse with hatred and kindness, cruelty and compassion, despair and hope. Oscar’s journey on the Underground Railroad is a heart-pounding ride that the reader will remember long after this story ends.

“A superb portrayal of courage and strength of the human spirit. A poignant and unforgettable page-turner. I loved every page.” Jana Petken, bestselling author of The Guardian of Secrets.

 

PURCHASE LINKS:

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

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

And all the rest of the Amazon sites world wide.

 

 

FIRST REVIEWS FOR THE DAY I SAW THE HUMMINGBIRD

on October 24, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I’ve been a fan of Paulette Mahurin’s for a long time. Her novels are not only beautifully written but always deal with the most difficult subjects of social injustice, such as political persecution, the Holocaust, and now – slavery. Just as it always happens with me whenever I open a new book by Ms. Mahurin, I could feel an immediate bond with the protagonist – little boy Oscar – who was born as a slave on a sugarcane plantation. It was impossible to comprehend at times what this poor soul had to go through from an early age, all the hatred and mistreatment he had to encounter at the hands of a vicious foreman, and all solely because of the color of his skin. But at the same time (another thing that I love about Ms. Mahurin’s books) all the injustice and hatred in this brilliant new novel was masterfully balanced with the kindness of human soul, shining on the tortured souls at the most unexpected moments. The kindness of people who risked their lives to lead the slaves to freedom through their underground channels in the midst of the war truly deserves admiration, and Oscar’s story needs to be learned and told, and especially nowadays. I highly recommend reading this book to everyone – it deserves more than five stars! Simply brilliant.

 

on 24 October 2017
Format: Kindle Edition

Young Oscar Mercer is born on a Sugar plantation. On the eve of his tenth birthday, the young slave’s life is turned upside down, as he surges out on his own in a quest for freedom.

The story’s prologue begins before Oscar is born with wonderful yet disturbing depictions of his parents’ harsh lives on a Louisiana plantation

Ms Mahurin, always a great storyteller, exceeds expectations in this poignant tale of a boy slave and the people from the underground railroad who risked their lives to set him free. Every page is thought-provoking, heartbreaking and engrossing. I picked this story up and I carried on reading until the end. The pages never lost a beat. Oscar is a compelling character, the historical detail is fascinating, and the flow of words sublime.

A great read, one I won’t forget and will probably read again.

An excellent 5 star read.

 

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771 dogs rescued from kill shelters

I’m deeply grateful to everyone who has purchased, read, and taken the time to review one of my books. All profits from my books go to help get dogs like Sadie, GiGi, Macklin, Whitney, Barton, Katrina, Collette, bonded siblings Chucky & Milo, Spot, Becca, Damon, Muriel, Shiloh, Sunny, Betty Sue, Stevie, Rodrick, (see photos below) out of kill shelters. So far in 2017 we’ve helped free 771 dogs. In 2016, 250 dogs were freed. In 2015, 148 dogs were freed.

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

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

AMAZON U.S.

AMAZON U.K.
And on all other Amazon sites around the world.
AMAZON RANKING
My books continue to be ranked in the top 100 best sellers on Amazon U.S. in their categories (historical fiction, teen and young adult, and literary fiction).  What an honor to be ranked #87  LITERARY FICTION BEST SELLER next to Paulo Coelho; incredible author of The Alchemist and The Pilgrimage.
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Amazon Australia ranked my book NUMBER ONE in all it’s categories: Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction & Teen and Young Adult and is #3 best seller in the entire kindle bookstore.
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And in Amazon U.K. it just made it to the top 10 best seller list in Literary Fiction (#2) and Historical Fiction (#5) categories:
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REVIEWS FOR THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS
AMAZON U.S.
on October 19, 2017
Incredible writing. I started reading the moment the book arrived. I read the entire book that afternoon and immediately searched the Amazon website for more writings by this author.
on October 15, 2017
I enjoy WW2 stories, and Paulette does not disappoint. I got lost in the story earlier this summer and couldn’t put it down…I finished it in just a few days.
AMAZON U.K.
Three years ago I visited Krakow on a three day break with my daughter. While we were we had a tour of the two labour and death camps. This was a humbling experience for us seeing the results of these atrocities by the Nazis. I would recommend everyone to read this book, although fictional, it portrays a deep account of this evil regime and, in the face of unbelievable adversity, human beings can love and survive…one of the most moving books that I have ever read.
AMAZON CANADA
 DOGS RESCUED FROM KILL SHELTERS
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Sadie has been rescued
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Sadie’s freedom photo
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GiGi has been rescued
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GiGi’s freedom photo
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Macklin has been rescued
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Macklin’s freedom photo
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Macklin’s freedom ride
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Macklin with new sibling
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Whitney has been rescued
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Whitney’s freedom photo
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Barton has been rescued
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Barton’s freedom photo
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Katrina has been rescued
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Katrina’s freedom carry-big girl loves the attention
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Katrina’s freedom photo
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Collette has been rescued
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Collette’s freedom ride
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Collette’s freedom photos
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Chucky and Milo, fifteen year-old bonded siblings, rescued together
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Chucky & Milo’s freedom ride
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Chucky & Milo’s freedom photo
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Spot has been rescued
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Spot’s freedom photo
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Becca has been rescued
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Becca’s freedom photo
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Damon has been rescued
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Muriel has been rescued
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Muriel’s freedom photo
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Shiloh has been rescued
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Shiloh’s freedom photo
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Sunny has been rescued
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Betty Sue has been rescued
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Betty Sue’s freedom photo
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Stevie has been rescued
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Stevie’s freedom photo
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Rodrick’s been rescued
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Rodrick’s freedom photos
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Introducing the cover of my new book: The Day I Saw The Hummingbird

My fifth book, The Day I Saw The Hummingbird, wil very soon to go to print. While the last preparations are underway, I wanted to share the cover and synopsis with my cyber friends. As the sales from my last book are starting to dwindle, it is my hope that my good luck continues with this book. That would mean a whole lot more dogs will be rescued from kill shelters. So far to date this year, 2017, we’re at 763 dogs saved. I’m deeply grateful for the success my books have achieved and the benefit so many dogs have received. And to all the kindhearted people doing what they can to help a dog, to help another animal, to help a human being, to help our beloved planet in any way-large or small, BLESS YOU.

I’ll do a post when my book goes on Amazon. Meanwhile wishing you all happy, healthy, and safe days to follow.

 

 

KINDLE JPEG The Say I Saw The Hummingbird 10 Oct 2017(1) copy

 

 

BACK COVER The Say I Saw The Hummingbird copy

 

BACK COVER SYNOPSIS

 

 

 

On the eve of his tenth birthday, a young slave’s life is turned upside down. The unthinkable events that led up to the day Oscar Mercer saw a hummingbird test the limits of this young boy’s body, mind and soul. Gripped with fear and filled with anger, Oscar faces raw, crushing hatred aimed at him and everyone he loves. In a time when a nation was ripped apart geographically, economically, politically and morally, comes a story of a courageous boy who began life as a slave on a sugarcane plantation in Louisiana and escapes via the Underground Railroad. Through the efforts and good will of kind, brave people determined to free slaves, Oscar faces devastating obstacles and dangers. Struggling with his inner impulse to seek revenge for the injustices and violence levied on his family and friends, he discovers that in bondage you pray to God, but in freedom you meet Him. From the award-winning, best-selling author of The Seven Year Dress comes a story that brings another cadre of memorable characters alive on pages that pulse with hatred and kindness, cruelty and compassion, despair and hope. Oscar’s journey on the Underground Railroad is a heart-pounding ride that the reader will remember long after this story ends.

“A superb portrayal of courage and strength of the human spirit. A poignant and unforgettable page-turner. I loved every page.” Jana Petken, bestselling author of The Guardian of Secrets.

 

 

 

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753 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  Dottie, Charlie, Jonathan, JR, Chico, Thor, Midnight, Audi, Buttons, Tonka, Lulu, Annabella, Paige, Ethan, Willy, Ethel, Avalona, Calvin, Connor, Alex, Pongo,  Mama Jolie, Missy, Sienna, JoJo, Josie, Tommy, & Jubileena (see photos below) out of kill shelters. So far in 2017 we’ve helped free 753 dogs. In 2016, 250 dogs were freed. In 2015, 148 dogs were freed.

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

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

AMAZON U.S.

AMAZON U.K.
And on all other Amazon sites around the world.
AMAZON RANKING
My books continue to be ranked in the top 100 best sellers on Amazon U.S. in their categories (historical fiction, teen and young adult, and literary fiction).  What an honor to be ranked #87  LITERARY FICTION BEST SELLER next to Paulo Coelho; incredible author of The Alchemist and The Pilgrimage.
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Amazon Australia ranked my book NUMBER ONE in all it’s categories: Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction & Teen and Young Adult and is #3 best seller in the entire kindle bookstore.
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And in Amazon U.K. it just made it to the top 10 best seller list in Literary Fiction (#2) and Historical Fiction (#5) categories:
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RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS
AMAZON U.S.
on October 2, 2017
Very good read. This story is well written and definitely worth reading. So much emotion in the words, makes you feels as if you are there sharing her pain and turmoil.
on September 26, 2017
Well done! I read a lot of historical novels and also read Non-fiction books about the concentration camps, WW11 etc. and I thought that Paulette Mahurin told a very sad story in a very clear and understanding way. I got to wrap my brain around all of the characters and could not imagine being in a cellar for 4+ years, or losing the love of my family and friends. And, yes, why wouldn’t that young girl have sexual feelings? She was a normal and healthy young lady… What a tale of surviving! I will be reading more of her books for sure.
on September 22, 2017

The story of the Seven Year Dress is told through Jewish holocaust victim and survivor, Helen, as she shares her story with her new tenant about the degradation, starvation and brutality she witnessed and suffered from the Nazis.

Mahurin does a riveting job of capturing the climate of Nazi Germany just before the war broke out, depicting Helen and her family, and her one non Jewish friend who risked his own life to save Helen and her family from being captured and taken to Auschwitz concentration camp. We’re taken right into the emotions of Helen’s plight. Humiliation, inhumanity, fear and uncertainty of living one more day became the new life for Helen, once a seemingly happy, middle-class girl becoming stripped of everything she had, knew and loved from her former life before that fateful night in November 1938.

This heart-wrenching tale of destruction and devastation and an unfaltering fight to survive will have you eager to keep reading, despite the unblemished truths of the violence and descriptions of what Helen witnessed and endured.

I applaud Mahurin for writing this telling of a demoralizing tale of the human spirit of those who fought to survive despite all odds against them – heroic efforts to remain alive despite having no reason left to live except the desire to live.

I couldn’t stop reading this book and eagerly awaited any opportunity I’d get to pick it up again to learn how Helen survived. It’s also a good reminder about how easily a country can become brainwashed by false propaganda. I’m am looking forward to reading more books by this author. If you enjoy reading historical fiction, I highly recommend this book and author.

AMAZON U.K.
on 24 September 2017
What a wonderfully written book, I have never read about a prisoners experience in concentration camps and it has inspired me to learn more
on 23 September 2017
I have just added another name to my list of favorite writers of World War II stories. Her name is Paulette Mahurin, an award-winning and best-selling author of several superb books. Her recent novel “The Seven Year Dress” is a marvel. I am a student of World War II. I have a library of books and movies on the subject. This excellent work of historical fiction will hold a special place among them.
Under madman Adolf Hitler and his equally mad horde of followers, European Jews and other “undesirables” were persecuted, tortured, and far too many of them executed in ways unimaginable, often in gas chambers in concentration camps. This exceptional novel recounts the story of beautiful Jewish teenager Helen Stein, forced into hiding from the Nazi’s in a basement, but when discovered finally, is sent to Auschwitz. In that death camp, she endures unspeakable cruelty at the hands of the SS, but also compassion, kindness, and friendship among her fellow prisoners. Ultimately, in that darkness, the strength of the human spirit is a beacon in this remarkable literary achievement.
 AMAZON AUSTRALIA
on 3 October 2017

I shed as few tears ….. beautifully written about the strength of human nature.

We all know that many who committed these atrocities escaped punishment. I have undying faith that they would have been punished as no human being can ever forget the screams they would have heard. May they have many a sleepless night!!!.

DOGS RESCUED FROM KILL SHELTERS
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Dottie has been rescued
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Charlie has been rescued
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Charlie’s freedom ride
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Jonathan has been rescued
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JR, 13 y/o, has been rescued
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JR’s freedom ride
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Chico has been rescued
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Chico’s freedom video. I was unable to download it.
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Thor has been rescued
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Midnight has been rescued
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Audi has been rescued
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Audi’s freedom photo with new sibling and dad
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Buttons has been rescued
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Tonka has been rescued
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Lulu has been rescued
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Annabella has been rescued
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Paige has been rescued
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Ethan has been rescued
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Willy has been rescued
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Ethel has been rescued
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Avalona has been rescued
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Avalona’s freedom photo
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Calvin has been rescued
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Connor’s been rescued
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Connor’s freedom photo
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Alex has been rescued
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Alex’s freedom photo
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Pongo has been rescued
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Pongo’s freedom carry.
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Pongo’s freedom photoMama Jolie safe in new home sweet home napping with sibling
Mama Jolie safe in new home sweet home napping next to sibling
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Missy the senior has been rescued
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Missy at the vet hospital. Had surgery, went into renal failure, and recovered with the exceptional help of a great vet and loving rescue.
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Missy’s freedom photo
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Sienna has been rescued
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JoJo has been rescued
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Josie’s been rescued
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Tommy has been rescued
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Jubileena has been rescued
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Thank you to the remarkably talented author DG Kaye for taking the time to read my book and write this great review.

Sunday Book Review Today’s book review is on Paulette Mahurin’s – The Seven Year Dress- A chilling look into the story of one woman’s survival after years of hiding out,fleeing the Nazi’s, her eventual capture, and her resilience and determination to live and regained her freedom from Auschwitz in 1945. Get this book on…

via Sunday Book Review – The Seven Year Dress by Paulette Mahurin — D.G. Kaye Writer

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725 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  Drake, Charlie Brown, Honey Bee, seniors Lizzy, Lois & Midnight rescued together, bonded siblings Roxanne & Rachel, Evita, Cordelia, Juno, Dooley, Hera & her 3 unweaned puppies, Jarvis, Sammy, Miffy, bonded siblings Cora & Pablo, Narissa, Pegasus, Peanut & Kristoff (see photos below) out of kill shelters. So far in 2017 we’ve helped free 725 dogs. In 2016, 250 dogs were freed. In 2015, 148 dogs were freed.

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

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

AMAZON U.S.

AMAZON U.K.
And on all other Amazon sites around the world.
AMAZON RANKING
My books continue to be ranked in the top 100 best sellers on Amazon U.S. in their categories (historical fiction, teen and young adult, and literary fiction).  What an honor to be ranked #87  LITERARY FICTION BEST SELLER next to Paulo Coelho; incredible author of The Alchemist and The Pilgrimage.
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Amazon Australia ranked my book NUMBER ONE in all it’s categories: Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction & Teen and Young Adult and is #3 best seller in the entire kindle bookstore.
AMAZON AU BEST SELLER Screen Shot 2017-06-01 at 6.13.16 AM
AMAZON AU #1 LITERARY FICTION Screen Shot 2017-06-01 at 6.11.45 AM
AMAZON AU #1 HISTORICAL FICTION
AMAZON AU #1 TEEN AND YOUNG ADULT
#3 BEST SELLER IN THE ENTIRE KINDLE STORE Screen Shot 2017-06-01 at 6.25.27 AM
And in Amazon U.K. it just made it to the top 10 best seller list in Literary Fiction (#2) and Historical Fiction (#5) categories:
AMAZON UK #2 LITERARY FICTION Screen Shot 2017-08-04 at 6.10.00 AM
AMAZON UK #5 HISTORICAL FICTION Screen Shot 2017-08-05 at 6.19.36 AM
RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS
AMAZON U.S.
on September 15, 2017
Very good quick read of historical fiction. From everything I know and read about the Holocaust this novel aligns perfectly with the atrocities of Auschwitz. Excellent story to describe the will of the men and women during this time and how they relied upon their strength and will to live to survive. When all hope was lost the main character relies upon these virtues and love of life to survive and tell her story that has been hidden in her past for decades.
on September 11, 2017
Well-developed characters. Very interesting book.
AMAZON U.K.
on 19 September 2017
Excellent read, heart breaking story. Makes you think of what and why did people do such things depicted in the book
on 12 September 2017
Fantastic book from start to finish
on 10 September 2017
There are no words,,, just read it to understand the devastation brought on Jews.. How s human being can new so evil is just beyond belief
RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE PERSECUTION OF MILDRED DUNLAP
GOODREADS

Debra Billings

Loved this book. The characters are so real. Typical small town gossips are among the characters. The main character is a wonderful, albeit odd, person. She is very giving to the townspeople, but the majority of the folks resent her wealth.

She is in love with her cousin and this sets in motion a life lived looking over her shoulder in the early 1900’s. A beautiful story……

 PHOTOS OF DOGS RESCUED FROM KILL SHELTERS
DRAKE RESCUED Screen Shot 2017-09-09 at 12.43.35 PM
Drake has been rescued
DRAKE FREEDOM PHOTO
Drake’s freedom photo
DRAKE WITH NEW MOM
Drake and new mom happy together
CHARLIE BROWN RESCUED Screen Shot 2017-09-10 at 3.31.14 PM
Charlie Brown has been rescued
CHARLIE BROWN FREEDOM PHOTO
Charlie Brown’s freedom photo
HONEY BEE RESCUED Screen Shot 2017-09-11 at 8.01.38 AM
Honey Bee has been rescued
HONEY BEE FREEDOM PHOTO
Honey Bee, 12 year old, after he bath and beauty treatment.
She’s at the vet for her vet check.
LIZZY 3 LOIS & MIDNIGHT 2 TRIO OF SENIORS
Lizzy, Lois and Midnight rescued together
LIZZY 3 RESCUE Screen Shot 2017-09-12 at 11.15.38 AM
Lizzy has been rescued with her two senior pals: Lois & Midnight
LIZZY 3 FREEDOM PHOTO
Lizzy’s freedom photo
LOIS RESCUED Screen Shot 2017-09-12 at 11.17.32 AM
Lois’ has been rescued with her two pals: Lizzy & Midnight
LOIS FREEDOM PHOTO
Lois’ freedom photo
MIDNIGHT 2 RESCUED Screen Shot 2017-09-12 at 11.18.44 AM
Midnight has been rescued with his two pals: Lizzy & Lois
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Midnight’s freedom photo
ROXANNE RESCUED Screen Shot 2017-09-12 at 1.43.35 PM
Roxanne has been rescued with her sibling Rachel
Rachel 2 rescued
Rachel has been rescued with her sibling Roxanne
ROXANNE 2 & RACHEL FREEDOM PHOTO
Roxanne & Rachel’s freedom photo. The bonded siblings sisters are happy to be together.
EVITA RESCUED Screen Shot 2017-09-13 at 5.58.17 AM
Evita has been rescued
EVITA FREEDOM PHOTO
Evita’s freedom photo
CORDELIA RESCUED Screen Shot 2017-09-13 at 6.09.06 AM
Cordelia has been rescued
CORDELIA FREEDOM PHOTO
Cordelia’s freedom photo
JUNO 2 RESCUED Screen Shot 2017-09-13 at 12.43.04 PM
Juno has been rescued
JUNO 2 FREEDOM PHOTO
Juno’s freedom photo
DOOLEY 2 RESCUED
Dooley has been rescued
DOOLEY 2 FREEDOM PHOTO
Dooley’s freedom photo
HERA & 3 UNWEANED PUPS RESCUED Screen Shot 2017-09-14 at 6.14.05 AM
Hera and her 3 puppies were rescued
HERA FREEDOM WALK WITH PUPPIES CARRIED RIGHT BEHIND HER
Hera’s freedom walk. Her puppies are being carried right behind her.
HERA 3 PUPS FREEDOM CARRY PHOTO
Hera’s 3 puppies freedom carry
HERA & 3 PUPS FREEDOM PHOTO
Hera & her 3 puppies’ freedom photo
JARVIS HAS BEEN RESCUED Screen Shot 2017-09-15 at 6.16.38 AM
Jarvis has been rescued
JARVIS FREEDOM PHOTO
Jarvis’ freedom photos
SAMMY RESCUED Screen Shot 2017-09-15 at 6.28.18 AM
Sammy has been rescued
SAMMY FREEDOM PHOTOS
Sammy’s freedom photos
MIFFY RESCUED Screen Shot 2017-09-16 at 6.37.20 AM
Miffy has been rescued
Miffy getting vet check
Miffy getting her vet check
MIFFY FREEDOM PHOTO
Miffy’s freedom photo
CORA & PABLO RESCUED Screen Shot 2017-09-17 at 6.18.59 AM
Cora & Pablo, bonded siblings, have been rescued together
PABLO & CORA FREEDOM PHOTO
Cora & Pablo’s freedom photo. 10 y/o bonded siblings are so happy to be together.
NARISSA RESCUED Screen Shot 2017-09-17 at 6.41.32 AM
Narissa has been rescued
NARISSA FREEDOM PHOTO
Narissa’s freedom photo
PEGASUS RESCUED Screen Shot 2017-09-18 at 6.14.21 AM
Pegasus has been rescued
PEGASUS FREEDOM PHOTO
Pegasus’ freedom photo
PEANUT RESCUED Screen Shot 2017-09-18 at 6.04.51 AM
Peanut’s been rescued
PEANUT 2 FREEDOM PHOTO
Peanut’s freedom photo
PEANUT 2 FEELING HER FREEDOM
Peanut feeling her freedom
KRISTOFF RESCUED Screen Shot 2017-09-19 at 6.37.46 AM
Kristoff has been rescued
KRISTOFF ON THE RIGHT FREEDOM PHOTO
Kristoff’s (on the right) freedom photo.
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700 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 bonded siblings Sassy and her brother, Kobe, Winston, Jaquie, Duggan, Praline, Charlotte, Maiden, Ariel, Vanessa, Lizzy, Jack, Rosie, Austin, Peter & Eva (see photos below) out of kill shelters. So far in 2017 we’ve helped free 700 dogs. In 2016, 250 dogs were freed. In 2015, 148 dogs were freed.

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

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

AMAZON U.S.

AMAZON U.K.
And on all other Amazon sites around the world.
AMAZON RANKING
My books continue to be ranked in the top 100 best sellers on Amazon U.S. in their categories (historical fiction, teen and young adult, and literary fiction).  What an honor to be ranked #87  LITERARY FICTION BEST SELLER next to Paulo Coelho; incredible author of The Alchemist and The Pilgrimage.
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Amazon Australia ranked my book NUMBER ONE in all it’s categories: Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction & Teen and Young Adult and is #3 best seller in the entire kindle bookstore.
AMAZON AU BEST SELLER Screen Shot 2017-06-01 at 6.13.16 AM
AMAZON AU #1 LITERARY FICTION Screen Shot 2017-06-01 at 6.11.45 AM
AMAZON AU #1 HISTORICAL FICTION
AMAZON AU #1 TEEN AND YOUNG ADULT
#3 BEST SELLER IN THE ENTIRE KINDLE STORE Screen Shot 2017-06-01 at 6.25.27 AM
And in Amazon U.K. it just made it to the top 10 best seller list in Literary Fiction (#2) and Historical Fiction (#5) categories:
AMAZON UK #2 LITERARY FICTION Screen Shot 2017-08-04 at 6.10.00 AM
AMAZON UK #5 HISTORICAL FICTION Screen Shot 2017-08-05 at 6.19.36 AM
RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS
on September 3, 2017
Wow, what a hard life ! I couldn’t image what the Jewish people went through. Another personal triumph over the Nazis!
DOGS RESCUED FROM KILL SHELTERS
SASSY RESCUED Screen Shot 2017-08-30 at 4.17.52 PM
Sassy has been rescued with her bonded sibling brother.
SASSY FREEDOM PHOTO
Sassy’s freedom photo
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Sassy’s bonded sibling brother has been rescued
SASSY IN NEW HOME WITH BONDED SIBLING
Sassy and her sibling brother in new home together.
KOBE RESCUED Screen Shot 2017-08-31 at 6.43.34 AM
Kobe has been rescued
KOBE FREEDOM PHOTO
Kobe’s freedom photo
KOBE FREEDOM WALK
Kobe’s freedom walk
WINSTRON RESCUED Screen Shot 2017-08-31 at 6.36.26 AM
Winston has been rescued
WINSTON FREEDOM PHOTO
Winston’s freedom photo
JAQUIE RESCUED Screen Shot 2017-09-01 at 6.10.46 AM
Jaquie has been rescued
JAUIE FREEDOM WALK
 Jaquie’s freedom walk
JAQUIE FREEDOM PHOTO
Jaquie’s freedom photo
DUGGAN RESCUED Screen Shot 2017-09-05 at 6.10.35 AM
Duggan has been rescued
DUGGAN FREEDOM PHOTO
Duggan’s freedom photo
DUGGAN FREEDOM RIDE
Duggan’s freedom ride
PRALINE RESCUED Screen Shot 2017-09-06 at 6.06.27 AM
Praline has been rescued
PRALINE FREEDOM PHOTO
Praline’s freedom photo
CHARLOTTE RESCUED Screen Shot 2017-09-07 at 6.42.05 AM
Charlotte has been rescued
CHARLOTTE FREEDOM PHOTO
Charlotte’s freedom photo
MAIDEN RESCUED Screen Shot 2017-09-07 at 6.48.16 AM
Maiden has been rescued
MAIDEN FREEDO PHOTO
Maiden’s freedom photo
ARIEL 2 RESCUED Screen Shot 2017-09-07 at 2.57.52 PM
Ariel has been rescued
ARIEL 2 FREEDOM PHOTO Screen Shot 2017-09-07 at 2.59.27 PM
Ariel’s freedom photo
VANESSA RESCUED Screen Shot 2017-09-08 at 6.49.02 AM
Vanessa has been rescued
VANESSA FREEDOM PHOTO
Vanessa’s freedom photo
LIZZY 3 RESCUED Screen Shot 2017-09-08 at 8.08.47 AM
Lizzy has been rescued
LIZZY 3 FREEDOM PHOTO (9-8)
Lizzy’s freedom photo
JACK 3 RESCUED (9-8)
Jack has been rescued
JACK 3 FREEDOM WALK
Jack’s freedom walk
JACK 3 FREEDOM PHOTO
Jack’s freedom photo
ROSIE 3 RESCUED Screen Shot 2017-09-09 at 7.06.07 AM
Rosie has been rescued
ROSIE 3 FREEDOM PHOTOS
Rosie’s freedom photos
AUSTIN 2 RESCUED Screen Shot 2017-09-09 at 7.14.09 AM
Austin’s been rescued
AUSTIN 2 FREEDOM PHOTOScreen Shot 2017-09-09 at 7.15.55 AM
Austin’s freedom photo
AUSTIN 2 FEELING HIS FREEDOM Screen Shot 2017-09-09 at 7.16.27 AM
Austin feeling his freedom
POM #2 aka Peter rescued by Much Love Animal Rescue RESCUED Screen Shot 2017-09-09 at 8.25.20 AM
Peter (named by Much Love Animal Rescue) has been rescued.
POM 2 aka PETER FREEDOM PHOTO
Peter’s freedom photo. At vet with multiple injuries from being hit by a car but a group of wonderful people donated to help pay the medical bills and Much Love Animal Rescue rescued him with their support.
EVA 2 RESCUED Screen Shot 2017-09-09 at 7.43.32 AM
Eva has been rescued
EVA 2 FREEDOM PHOTO.png
Eva’s freedom photo
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MEET PAULETTE MAHURIN

My interview with the very talented Lucinda E Clarke, an author whose work I love. Thank you so much.

lucinda E Clarke

I am especially pleased to introduce you to an author you may not know. I love her books, have read most of them and they not only tell a great story but have substance and depth. No way could you describe them as frothy and fluffy! My favourite is “The Seven Year Dress,” – once I picked it up I could not stop reading. Welcome Paulette, let’s start with a short bit about you.

paulette head shot

Paulette Mahurin lives with her husband Terry and two dogs, Max and Bella, in Ventura County, California. She grew up in West Los Angeles and attended UCLA, where she received a Master’s Degree in Science.

While in college, she won awards and was published for her short-story writing. One of these stories, Something Wonderful, was based on the couple presented in His Name Was Ben, which she expanded into this fictionalized novel in 2014. Her…

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683 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 Leona, Heidi, Cookie, Molly, Pokeman, Chip, Rosco, Carlos, Daisy, Genie, Brett,  Mocha, Samantha, Emmett, Triumph, Sarge, Bucket, Jasmine, Tabitha, Gwendolyn, Ginger, Lizzie, Dixie, Olympia, Fletch, Eliza, Austin & Bambi (see photos below) out of kill shelters. So far in 2017 we’ve helped free 683 dogs. In 2016, 250 dogs were freed. In 2015, 148 dogs were freed.

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

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

AMAZON U.S.

AMAZON U.K.
And on all other Amazon sites around the world.
AMAZON RANKING
My books continue to be ranked in the top 100 best sellers on Amazon U.S. in their categories (historical fiction, teen and young adult, and literary fiction).  What an honor to be ranked #87  LITERARY FICTION BEST SELLER next to Paulo Coelho; incredible author of The Alchemist and The Pilgrimage.
paulo-chscreen-shot-2016-08-18-at-8-33-05-am-copy-3
Amazon Australia ranked my book NUMBER ONE in all it’s categories: Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction & Teen and Young Adult and is #3 best seller in the entire kindle bookstore.
AMAZON AU BEST SELLER Screen Shot 2017-06-01 at 6.13.16 AM
AMAZON AU #1 LITERARY FICTION Screen Shot 2017-06-01 at 6.11.45 AM
AMAZON AU #1 HISTORICAL FICTION
AMAZON AU #1 TEEN AND YOUNG ADULT
#3 BEST SELLER IN THE ENTIRE KINDLE STORE Screen Shot 2017-06-01 at 6.25.27 AM
And in Amazon U.K. it just made it to the top 10 best seller list in Literary Fiction (#2) and Historical Fiction (#5) categories:
AMAZON UK #2 LITERARY FICTION Screen Shot 2017-08-04 at 6.10.00 AM
AMAZON UK #5 HISTORICAL FICTION Screen Shot 2017-08-05 at 6.19.36 AM
RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS
AMAZON U.S.
on August 15, 2017
I got so involved in Helen’s story that I had completely forgotten Myra’s story. Take a chance and read this book for a good but graphic story….
AMAZON U.K.
on 25 August 2017
Really moving book, couldn’t put it down
on 17 August 2017
A family that lives and loves are as stronger as anything. Although ripped apart in death, the core of a stable family helped Helen live. At times it would have been easier to die, but to live was the hardest.
on 15 August 2017
Enjoyed reading this book, did not want to put it down. It was a great read. Highly recommended for everyone.
on 13 August 2017
I enjoyed reading this book, although a work of fiction describes the experiences of a Jewish woman during ww11 with sad and moving insight.
 AMAZON AUSTRALIA
on 24 August 2017
Paulette Mahurin has written a fantastic book about a truly horrendous time in history, the Holocaust. I found her writing style so easy to read and her pictures so vivid. Mahurin also seems to be factually correct
When retelling of the atrocities carried out by the Germans towards the Jewish people.
Even though the subject matter is hard to read about, Paulette Mahurin balances that beautifully with the enduring nature of family love and survival.
I highly recommend this book
GOODREADS

Kieran Woodward

Aug 25, 2017 Kieran Woodward rated it really liked it

Incredible read

I have always been fascinated with the history of the World Wars. This book had me gripped all the way through, providing a perfect story that put me right there in the terrors of Nazi Germany.

Sara Downard

Aug 25, 2017Sara Downard rated it it was amazing

Compelling

Powerful and heartbreaking read. Through years of hiding and surviving prison camps her spirit was never claimed strength beyond what anyone could perceive, and shared so history could not repeat itself

RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE PERSECUTION OF MILDRED DUNLAP
on August 21, 2017
This book has a lot of history in it. I found it interesting and read it straight through.
DOGS RESCUED FROM KILL SHELTERS
LEONA Screen Shot 2017-08-13 at 6.35.35 AM
Leona has been rescued
LEONA FREEDOM PHOTO
Leona’s freedom photo
HEIDI RESCUED Screen Shot 2017-08-14 at 5.59.29 AM
Heidi has been rescued
HEIDI FREEDOM PHOTO
Heidi’s freedom photo
COOKIE 5 RESCUED Screen Shot 2017-08-14 at 5.32.09 PM
Cookie has been rescued
COOKIE 5 FREEDOM PHOTO
Cookie’s freedom photo
MOLLY 3 RESCUED Screen Shot 2017-08-15 at 5.57.24 AM
Molly has been rescued
MOLLY 3 FREEDOM PHOTO
Molly’s freedom photo
POKEMAN RESCUED Screen Shot 2017-08-16 at 8.25.17 AM
Pokeman has been rescued
POKEMAN FREEDOM PHOTO
Pokeman’s freedom photo
CHIP 2 RESCUED Screen Shot 2017-08-16 at 8.23.37 AM
Chip has been rescued
CHIP 2 FREEDOM PHOTO
Chip’s freedom photo
ROSCO 3 RESCUED Screen Shot 2017-08-16 at 8.24.53 AM
Rosco’s been rescued
ROSCO FREEDOM PHOTO
Rosco’s freedom photo
CARLOS 2 RESCUED Screen Shot 2017-08-16 at 8.43.29 AM
Carlos has been rescued
CARLOS 2FREEDOM PHOTO
Carlos’ freedom photo
DAISY 3 RESCUED Screen Shot 2017-08-17 at 2.42.15 PM
 Daisy has been rescued
DAISY 3 FREEDOM PHOTO
Daisy’s freedom photo
DAISY 3 BONDING WITH NEW MOM
Daisy bonding with new mom
GENIE RESCUED Screen Shot 2017-08-18 at 5.40.28 AM
Genie has been rescued
GENIE FREEDOM PHOTO
Genie’s freedom photos
BRETT RESCUED
Brett has been rescued
BRETT FREEDOM PHOTO
Brett’s freedom photo
MOCHA RESCUED Screen Shot 2017-08-18 at 2.25.13 PM
Mocha’s been rescued
MOCHA RESCUED
Mocha’s freedom photo
SAMANTHA 2 RESCUED 2 Screen Shot 2017-08-18 at 3.54.33 PM
Samantha has been rescued
SAMANTHA 2 FREEDOM PHOTO
Samantha’s freedom photo
EMMETT 2 RESCUED Screen Shot 2017-08-18 at 4.06.56 PM
Emmett has been rescued
EMMETT 2 FREEDOM WALK
Emmett’s freedom walk
EMMETT 2 FREEDOM PHOTO
Emmett’s freedom photo
TRIUMPH RESCUED HE WAS USED AS BAIT STATED ON SHELTER SITE -NO OTHER INFO Screen Shot 2017-08-18 at 2.56.13 PM
Triumph has been rescued
TRIUMPH FREEDOM RIDE
Triumph’s freedom ride
TRIUMPH FREEDOM PHOTO
Triumph’s freedom photo
SARGE RESCUED Screen Shot 2017-08-20 at 6.07.55 AM
Sarge has been rescued
SARGE FREEDOM PHOTO
Sarge’s freedom photo
BUCKET RESCUED Screen Shot 2017-08-20 at 6.34.11 AM
Bucket has been rescued
BUCKET FREEDOM RIDE
Bucket’s freedom ride
BUCKET FREEDOM PHOTO
Bucket’s freedom photo. Compared to the shelter photo this is one happy dog!
JASMINE RESCUE Screen Shot 2017-08-20 at 12.57.48 PM
Jasmine has been rescued
JASMINE FREEDOM PHOTO
Jasmine’s freedom photo
TABITHA RESCUED Screen Shot 2017-08-24 at 4.26.39 PM
Tabitha has been rescued
TABITHA FREEDOM PHOTO & AFTER BEAUTY TREATMENT
Tabitha’s freedom photo after bath and hair cut.
GWENDOLYNE RESCUED Screen Shot 2017-08-24 at 4.37.21 PM
Gwendolyn has been rescued.
GWENDOLYN FREEDOM PHOTO
Gwendolyn’s freedom photo

 

GINGER RESCUEDScreen Shot 2017-08-25 at 9.48.16 AM

Ginger has been rescued

GINGER FREEDOM PHOTO

Ginger’s freedom photo

LIZZIE 2RESCUEDScreen Shot 2017-08-25 at 6.36.22 PM

Lizzie has been rescued

 

LIZZIE 2 FREEDOM PHOTO

Lizzie’s freedom photo

 

DIXIE RESCUED Screen Shot 2017-08-26 at 8.23.07 AM

Dixie has been rescued

 

DIXIE FREEDOM PHOTO

Dixie’s freedom photo