120 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 Dagwood, Albert, Opie, Bette, Salinger, Scarlett, Truimph, Brenda, Braden, Maggie, Archer, Snaggle, Blackie and Chester (see photos below) out of kill shelters. So far in 2018, 120 dogs have been rescued. In 2017 we’ve helped free 904 dogs. In 2016, 250 dogs were freed. In 2015, 148 dogs were freed.

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

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

AMAZON U.S.

AMAZON U.K.
And on all other Amazon sites around the world.
AMAZON RANKING
My books have been ranked in the top 100 best sellers on Amazon U.S. in their categories (historical fiction, teen and young adult, and literary fiction).  What an honor to be ranked #87  LITERARY FICTION BEST SELLER next to Paulo Coelho; incredible author of The Alchemist and The Pilgrimage.
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Amazon Australia ranked my book NUMBER ONE in all it’s categories: Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction & Teen and Young Adult and is #3 best seller in the entire kindle bookstore.
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AMAZON AU #1 HISTORICAL FICTION
AMAZON AU #1 TEEN AND YOUNG ADULT
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And in Amazon U.K. it just made it to#1 Best Seller List in Teen & Young Adult Category and #3 in Historical Fiction Category and #24 best seller in the kindle books store.
 # 1 AMAZON U.K. BEST SELLER
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RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE DAY I SAW THE HUMMINGBIRD
AMAZON U.S.
on March 29, 2018
What an emotional roller coaster and, yes – there were tears. What was life like for a young slave? Read this book and you’ll see it all – the good; the bad; and the really bad. The author does a wonderful job in this historical depiction of the south at a time when freedom was a bad word. 5/5 stars means I loved it!

The book begins and ends in 1914, when Oscar Mercer attends a talk given by Booker T. Washington honoring Harriet Tubman, the woman responsible for coordinating the Underground Railway and, therefore, securing Oscar’s freedom.

Oscar reminisces about his life, from his birth in 1852 into a life of slavery until the time he gains his freedom, aged ten. As a child, he stands by helplessly as friends and family members suffer the cruelty inflicted by the plantation’s foreman. When he is five, the slaves start hearing tales of “a Negro woman who was working with a group to help free slaves.” That woman is Harriet Tubman. We never meet her, but her presence runs through the narrative. Another milestone in Oscar’s life is when he gets the opportunity to learn how to read and write. He is drawn to comment, “Why do learning things feel so good?” Then, on the day he sees the hummingbird in the field, a chain of events is set into motion that ends in tragic consequences but eventually leads to his freedom. Armed with a Bible, a dictionary, and the skills taught to him by “conductors” with the Underground Railway, Oscar finally makes it to freedom. It is a gruelling journey from Louisiana to New York City, during which his faith is tested and he learns the true meaning of freedom.

Throughout, Oscar maintains his spirit and resolve by recalling his mother’s words of wisdom: “My mama’s womb had given me life, but it was her wisdom implanted in my brain that kept me alive.” She imbues in him the belief that “Skin color don’t make us no less a person.” This belief is reinforced when he meets the many (white) people who are willing to help him on his trip along the Underground Railway: “I was overwhelmed with relief when I realized that people are people. Simple as that. And the color of my skin doesn’t make me less of a person. It doesn’t separate or define my humanness. No, what makes some less human is hatred and hateful actions.”

In the Foreword, the author gives us some background into how she came to write this story: “In many southern states, educating slaves to read or write was illegal. […] I incorporated the element of educating slaves into this story and, in particular, with the protagonist and narrator of the story. […] Many of the scenes depicted were adapted from historical notes, letters, and other documentation from slaves who lived to tell their stories.” She succeeds admirably in giving us a look into the psyche of the young slave Oscar and rendering a heartbreaking account of the atrocities committed in the name of greed and prejudice.

Oscar’s story will haunt you for a long time after you have finished reading.

I received this book in return for an honest review.

on March 24, 2018
What an engaging, emotional, and informative book! I love historical fiction, and this book did not disappoint. Oscar’s story is poignant and touching, and I felt an emotional connection to him from the very beginning of the story. The tragic events surrounding his parents were hard to read but added to the reality of life under slavery. This book is grounded in real events, and I can tell that the author is very knowledgeable and did a lot of research on the time period. Recommended!
GOODREADS:

Carol

Mar 24, 2018 Carol rated it it was amazing

The Day I Saw the Hummingbird is both a journey and a coming of age novel about Oscar, a nine-year-old enslaved boy traveling the Underground Railroad from a Louisiana sugar cane plantation to New York.

Author Paulette Mahurin tells this story from the perspective an adult looking back at his childhood, so we know at the outset that Oscar survives the journey. Though this approach keeps us at arm’s length from some of the emotion of the story, arm’s length may be a good place to be as events unfold and we see how vicious and violent the journey to freedom could be. In this respect, the story reminded me of the book version of Solomon Northup’s memoir “Twelve Years A Slave.”

In the course of this story, we not only learn about Oscar’s life, we also meet “conductors” on the railroad and experience a number of safe houses. With each contact, Oscar receives not only shelter and food, but also friendship and an education that includes everything from swimming, to reading and writing, to human kindness. I’ve always been awestruck by Harriett Tubman and others who put their lives on the line to help others. After reading this novel, I admire these brave souls even more. Mahurin made good use of research for this book as she has in her other historical novels.

I recommend this book for anyone wanting to know more about the Underground Railroad. Be aware, though, you’ll encounter graphic violence

REVIEWS FOR THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS
AMAZON U.S.
on March 24, 2018
Heartbreaking story , written so beautifully , you almost can feel the fabric….a story of the human spirit and love rising above devastation ..I loved the description , so vivid . Very sad at times, and even a bit disturbing , but a story thst you will remember always
AMAZON U.K.
on 25 March 2018
This book was one I just couldn’t put down. It was very well written and shines with love throughout, along with the fortitude both inward and outward of one human being and her determination to survive.
GOODREADS

Catherine Brown

Mar 25, 2018 Catherine Brown *****rated it it was amazing
Wow, I need something totally different after reading this book. What an account of the terrors of Nazi Germany. A well told story, if rather harrowing.
DOGS RESCUED FROM KILL SHELTERS
DAGWOOD RESCUED Screen Shot 2018-03-21 at 4.14.21 PM
Dagwood has been rescued
DAGWOOD FREEDOM
Dagwood’s freedom photo
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Albert has been rescued
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Albert’s freedom video. I was unable to download it.
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Opie has been rescued
OPIE FREEDOM PHOTO
Opie’s freedom photo
BETTE 2 RESCUED Screen Shot 2018-03-23 at 12.36.35 PM
Bette has been rescued
BETTE 2 FREEDOM PHOTO
Bette’s freedom photo
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Salinger has been rescued
SALINGER FREEDOM
Salinger’s freedom photo
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Scarlette’s been rescued
SCARLETT 2 FREEDOM
Scarlett’s freedom photo
TRIUMPH 2 aka TRIP RESCUED Screen Shot 2018-03-25 at 3.06.48 PM
Triumph’s been rescued
TRIUMPH 2 aka TRIP FREEDOM
Triumph’s freedom photo
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Brenda has been rescued
BRENDA 1 FREEDOM PHOTO
Brenda’s freedom photo
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Braden has been rescued
BRAYDEN aka FLASH FREEDOM
Braden’s freedom photo
MAGGIE 3 RESCUED
Maggie has been rescued
MAGGIE 3 FREEDOM
Maggie’s freedom photo
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Archer has been rescued
ARCHER aka MAX FREEDOM PHOTO
Archer’s freedom photo
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Snaggle has been rescued
SNAGGLE FREEDOM
Snaggle’s freedom photo
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Blackie has been rescued. And bless the rescue that saved this blind and deaf dog. (The Kris Kelly Fdn)
BLACKIE 1 FREEDOM DEAF & BLIND
Blackie’s freedom photo
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Chester (renamed Sailor by Main Street Mutt rescue) has been rescued
CHESTER 2 aka SAILOR FREEDOM
Chester now Sailor’s freedom photo
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106 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 Clifford, Bella, Elton, Cookie,  Betty, Jayla, Dakota, Jacoby, Terrance,  Noreen, Girly girl, Rosaleen, Reba, Leo, siblings Tanner & Sue, Millicent, Lucy, Phoebe, Meeka, Vikingo, Maverick, Gershwin, Halo, Trudy, Porter, Rory, Ruby, Lulu, Angel, Eliza, bonded siblings elderly Bruno & Bullet, Casper & Kassidy (see photos below) out of kill shelters. So far in 2018, 106 dogs have been rescued. In 2017 we’ve helped free 904 dogs. In 2016, 250 dogs were freed. In 2015, 148 dogs were freed.

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

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

AMAZON U.S.

AMAZON U.K.
And on all other Amazon sites around the world.
AMAZON RANKING
My books have been ranked in the top 100 best sellers on Amazon U.S. in their categories (historical fiction, teen and young adult, and literary fiction).  What an honor to be ranked #87  LITERARY FICTION BEST SELLER next to Paulo Coelho; incredible author of The Alchemist and The Pilgrimage.
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Amazon Australia ranked my book NUMBER ONE in all it’s categories: Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction & Teen and Young Adult and is #3 best seller in the entire kindle bookstore.
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AMAZON AU #1 HISTORICAL FICTION
AMAZON AU #1 TEEN AND YOUNG ADULT
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And in Amazon U.K. it just made it to the top 10 best seller list in Literary Fiction (#2) and Historical Fiction (#5) categories:
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RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS
AMAZON U.S.
on March 10, 2018
Rated the book a five or kept me wanting to continue reading it to see how Helen had survived the war.
on March 6, 2018
I have read many world war 2 books about the killing of so many Jews. I cannot give a lengthy review because the book is so well written that all I can say is, “read this book”. You will feel the same as I do learn that ” life is previous”
RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE DAY I SAW THE HUMMINGBIRD
AMAZON U.S.
on March 1, 2018
Although I usually don’t like to read books that have a lot of violence and hardship in them, I had a feeling that this book would have a strong core, and wanted to give it a try. It does have a positive core, despite the tragic events. It was a moving story, although definitely very hard to read at times. However, sometimes violence serves its purpose, as it did in this case. This is a story of human strength and power of soul, which is hauntingly real. I suppose the only reason I don’t give it the full five stars is because it was so hard to read at times that it made me want to skip pages, but that is my problem, as I am quite sensitive.
RECENT REVIEWS FOR TO LIVE OUT LOUD
 AMAZON U.S.
on March 1, 2018
This book has received a Discovering Diamonds Review:
Helen Hollick
founder #DDRevs
“the author has placed together the facts of the Dreyfus affair with great accuracy and passion.”
RECENT REVIEWS FOR HIS NAME WAS BEN
on February 26, 2018
Extraordinary! This is most touching story, which I highly recommend as a must read. Paulette’s books, all of which I have read with enormous pleasure, has the knack of bringing her characters to life, with an ability of making you feel like you are living in the actual stories with her. She is indeed an extraordinary writer!
DOGS RESCUED FROM KILL SHELTERS
CLIFFORD RESCUED
Clifford’s been rescued
CLIFFORED FREEDOM PHOTO
Clifford’s freedom photo
BELLA 4 RESCUED Screen Shot 2018-02-28 at 7.11.56 AM
Bella’s been rescued
BELLA 4 FREEDOM PHOTO
Bella’s freedom photo
ELTON 2 RESCUED Screen Shot 2018-03-02 at 6.11.42 AM
Elton’s been rescued
ELTON 2 FREEDOM PHOTO
Elton’s freedom photo
COOKIE 7 RESCUED Screen Shot 2018-03-02 at 6.23.34 AM
Cookie has been rescued
COOKIE 7 FREEDOM PHOTO
Cookie’s freedom photo
BETTY 3 RESCUED
Betty has been rescued
BETTE FREEDOM PHOTOS
Betty’s freedom photos
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Jayla has been rescued
JAYLA FREDOM PHOTO
Jayla’s freedom photo
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Dakota has been rescued
DAKOTA 2 FREEDOM PHOTO
Dakota’s freedom photo
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Jacoby has been rescued
JACOBY 2 FREEDOM PHOTO
Jacoby’s freedom photo
TERRENCE RESCUED
Terrence has been rescued
TERRENCE FEEDOM PHOTO
Terrence freedom photo
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Noreen has been rescued
NOREEN FREEDOM PHOTO
Noreen’s freedom photo
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Girly girl has been rescued
GIRLY GIRL now KAYLA FREEDOM
Girly girl’s freedom photo
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Rosaleen has been rescued
ROSALEEN FREEDOM
Rosaleen’s freedom photo
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Reba has been rescued
REBA BEFORE AND FREEDOM PHOTO
Reba’s freedom photo on the right.
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Leo has been rescued
LEO FREEDOM PHOTO
Leo’s freedom photo
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Tanner has been rescued
TANNER 3 FREEDOM
Tanner’s freedom photo (siblings Tanner & Sue rescued together)
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Sue has been rescued
SUE FREEDOM
Sue’s freedom photo
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Millicent has been rescued
MILLICENT FREEDOM
Millicent’s freedom photo
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Lucy has been rescued
LUCY 4 FREEDOM PHOTO
Lucy’s freedom photo
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Phoebe has been rescued
PHOEBE 3 FREEDOM
Phoebe’s freedom photo

 

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Meeka has been rescued

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Meeka’s freedom video. Unable to download it.

 

 

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Vikingo has been rescued

 

VIKINGO FREEDOM

 

Vikingo’s freedom photo

 

 

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Maverick has been rescued

 

MAVERICK FREEDOM RIDE

 

Maverick’s freedom ride

 

maverick freedom photo

Maverick’s freedom photo

 

GERSHWIN RESCUED Screen Shot 2018-03-13 at 5.32.31 AM

Gershwin has been rescued

GERSHWIN FREEDOM

Gershwin’s freedom photo

 

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Halo has been rescued

 

HALO FREEDOM PHOTO in transport crate Screen Shot 2018-03-13 at 8.20.40 AM

Halo’s freedom photo. Posted by his rescue-he’s crated on his freedom ride.

 

TRUDY 2 RESCUED Screen Shot 2018-03-14 at 6.22.43 AM

 

Trudy has been rescued

 

TRUDY 2 FREEDOM PHOTO

 

Trudy’s freedom photo

 

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Porter has been rescued

 

PORTER FREEDOM PHOTO

Porter’s freedom photo

 

RORY 2 RESCUED Screen Shot 2018-03-17 at 8.06.30 AM

 

Rory’s been rescued

 

RORY 2 FREEDOM

 

Rory’s freedom photo

 

RUBY 2 RESCUED Screen Shot 2018-03-17 at 8.03.58 AM

 

Ruby’s been rescued

 

RUBY 2 FREEDOM PHOTO

Ruby’s freedom photo

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Lulu has been rescued

 

LULU 4 FREEDOM PHOTO

Lulu’s freedom photo

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Angel has been rescued

 

ANGEL 2 AKA GINO FREEDOM BLIND DOG Screen Shot 2018-03-18 at 6.11.08 AM

Angel’s freedom photo

 

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Eliza has been rescued

ELIZA 3 FREEDOM PHOTO

 

Eliza’s freedom photo

 

BRUNO 3 RESCUED Screen Shot 2018-03-20 at 6.29.26 AM

Bruno the elder has been rescued with his younger sibling Bullet

 

BULLET RESCUED Screen Shot 2018-03-20 at 6.32.35 AM

Bullet has been rescued with his bonded sibling Bruno the elder

 

BRUNO 3 & BULLET FREEDOM PHOTO

Bruno & Bullet’s freedom photo. They bonded siblings are so happy to be together.

 

 

CASPER 2 RESCUED Screen Shot 2018-03-21 at 7.11.11 AM

Casper has been rescued

 

CAPSER 2 FREEDOM PHOTO

 

Casper’s freedom photo

 

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Kassidy has been rescued

KASSIDY FREEDOM PHOTO

 

Kassidy’s freedom photo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap By Paulette Mahurin Review! — culturevultureexpress

The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap (2012) by Paulette Mahurin is an intriguing and thought-provoking book which is written excellently by the author. Set in the 1800s in a small town in Nevada, the story follows the love story of Mildred Dunlap and her cousin Edra. Following Oscar Wilde’s conviction in Britain, we see how the […]

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71 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, Tilly, Perrito, Misty, Duffy, Ramona, Shane, Dallas, Sebastian, Danson, Lana, Robin, Joy, Fiona, Yorkie, Annie Sue, Picaso, April, Eric, Shadow & Hulk (see photos below) out of kill shelters. So far in 2018, 71 dogs have been rescued. In 2017 we’ve helped free 904 dogs. In 2016, 250 dogs were freed. In 2015, 148 dogs were freed.

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

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

AMAZON U.S.

AMAZON U.K.
And on all other Amazon sites around the world.
AMAZON RANKING
My books have been ranked in the top 100 best sellers on Amazon U.S. in their categories (historical fiction, teen and young adult, and literary fiction).  What an honor to be ranked #87  LITERARY FICTION BEST SELLER next to Paulo Coelho; incredible author of The Alchemist and The Pilgrimage.
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Amazon Australia ranked my book NUMBER ONE in all it’s categories: Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction & Teen and Young Adult and is #3 best seller in the entire kindle bookstore.
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AMAZON AU #1 HISTORICAL FICTION
AMAZON AU #1 TEEN AND YOUNG ADULT
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And in Amazon U.K. it just made it to the top 10 best seller list in Literary Fiction (#2) and Historical Fiction (#5) categories:
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RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS
AMAZON U.S.
on February 20, 2018
A new tryst to suffering! And so real ! This story was told without constraint! Beautifully written. I would highly recommend!
on February 14, 2018
I have read several books on World War ll and that era in time. It’s extremely hard to fathom someone being so evil and cruel. The writer makes you see this through the characters eyes. Each time I read a different author on this ,it brings to light different things that prompted this sad era in history. The signs were there, but the pieces were scattered. Very good read….
AMAZON U.K.
on 12 February 2018
Very moving makes you think about how precious life is and the horrors some have to bear
REVIEWS FOR THE PERSECUTION OF MILDRED DUNLAP
GOODREADS

Anne (Angel Anne Reviews) Nelson

was amazing
5 / 5 angel stars
DOGS RESCUED FROM KILL SHELTERS
TRUMAN 5 RESCUED Screen Shot 2018-02-13 at 7.46.41 AM
Truman has been rescued
TRUMAN 5 FREEDOM PHOTO
Truman’s freedom photo
TILLY RESCUED Screen Shot 2018-02-13 at 8.02.32 AM
Tilly has been rescued
TILLY FREEDOM PHOTO
Tilly’s freedom photo
PERRITO RESCUED
Perrito has been rescued
PERRITO FREEDOM
Perrito’s freedom photo
MISTY 3 RESCUED Screen Shot 2018-02-14 at 3.23.13 PM
Misty has been rescued
MISTY 3 FREEDOM PHOTO
Misty’s freedom video. I was unable to download it.
DUFFY RESCUED
Duffy has been rescued
DUFFY FREEDOM PHOTO
Duffy’s freedom photo
RAMONA HUMANE SOCIETY BICHON FIRSEE DOG WITH HERNIA Screen Shot 2018-02-14 at 4.35.31 PM
Ramona (named after the shelter) has been rescued
RAMONA HUMANE BISHON FRISEE FREEDOM PHOTO
Ramona’s freedom photo
SHANE 2 RESCUED Screen Shot 2018-02-15 at 6.47.21 AM
Shane has been rescued
SHANE 2 FREEDOM PHOTO
Shane’s freedom photo
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Dallas a deaf and blind senior has been rescued. I was unable to download the video.
DALLAS 2 FREEDOM
Dallas’ freedom photo
SEBASTIAN RESCUED Screen Shot 2018-02-16 at 6.50.47 AM
Sebastian has been rescued
SEBASTIAN FREEDOM PHOTO
Sebastian’s freedom photo
DANSON RESCUED Screen Shot 2018-02-17 at 8.14.01 AM
Danson has been rescued
 DANSON FREEDOM PHOTO
Danson’s freedom photo
LANA RESCUED Screen Shot 2018-02-17 at 8.26.48 AM
Lana has been rescued
LANA FREEDOM
Lana’s freedom photo
ROBIN 2 RESCUED Screen Shot 2018-02-17 at 8.31.44 AM
Robin has been rescued
ROBIN 2 FREEDOM
Robin’s freedom photo
JOY RESCUED Screen Shot 2018-02-17 at 8.37.47 AM
Joy’s been rescued
JOY FREEDOM PHOTO
Joy’s freedom photo
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Fiona has been rescued
FIONA FREEDOM
Fiona’s freedom photo
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The Yorkie in the photo at Baldwin Shelter has been rescued
YORKIE FREEDOM PHOTO
Little Yorkie’s freedom photo. He was dumped in a garbage can when he was found and brought into the shelter. Bless the rescue who saved him. He’s an older dog and very sweet.
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Annie Sue has been rescued
ANNIE SUE FREEDOM RIDE
Annie Sue’s freedom ride
ANNIE SUE FREEDOM PHOTO
Annie Sue’s freedom photo. Comfy in her new home sweet home.
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Picaso has been rescued
PICASO FREEDOM PHOTO
Picaso’s freedom photo
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April has been rescued
APRIL FREEDOM PHOTO
April’s freedom photo
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Eric has been rescued
ERIC FREEDOM PHOTO
Eric’s freedom photo
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Shadow has been rescued
SHADOW 2 FREEDOM PHOTO copy
Shadow’s freedom photo
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Hulk has been rescued
HUCK FREEDOM PHOTO
Hulk’s freedom photo
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50 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 Conway, Moe, Ammo, Gatsby, Jacque, Linus, Cabaret, Lulubell, elderly siblings Angie & Diddley, Miko, Maria, Sherlock, elderly siblings Charlotte & Chelsea, Annie, Tater, bonded siblings Smokey & Peanut, Bessie, Devon, Milo, Ajay & Tyler (see photos below) out of kill shelters. So far in 2018, 50 dogs have been rescued. In 2017 we’ve helped free 904 dogs. In 2016, 250 dogs were freed. In 2015, 148 dogs were freed.

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

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

AMAZON U.S.

AMAZON U.K.
And on all other Amazon sites around the world.
AMAZON RANKING
My books have been ranked in the top 100 best sellers on Amazon U.S. in their categories (historical fiction, teen and young adult, and literary fiction).  What an honor to be ranked #87  LITERARY FICTION BEST SELLER next to Paulo Coelho; incredible author of The Alchemist and The Pilgrimage.
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Amazon Australia ranked my book NUMBER ONE in all it’s categories: Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction & Teen and Young Adult and is #3 best seller in the entire kindle bookstore.
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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:
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AMAZON UK #5 HISTORICAL FICTION Screen Shot 2017-08-05 at 6.19.36 AM
RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE DAY I SAW THE HUMMINGBIRD
on February 4, 2018
What’s not to love about this book? Fantastic. I don’t have enough superlatives. I loved it from start to finish. Drawing from the accounts of others, the author has successfully created an engaging, realistic fictional character, taking us on a wonderful but troubling quest for freedom. A great read.
RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS
GOODREADS:

Diane

Jan 31, 2018 Diane rated it really liked it
4.5 A very raw story with little prose embellishments. I think that is what made me have a deeper understanding of what the psyche went through at Auschwitz and the years before when SPOILER – they were in hiding. A very moving book. I appreciated that the author ended the book SPOILER when they were released from the camp but I would like to know more about Helen’s journey after that and how she landed in LA.
DOGS RESCUED FROM KILL SHELTERS
CONWAY RESCUED Screen Shot 2018-01-23 at 7.21.41 AM
Conway has been rescued
CONWAY FREEDOM WALK
Conway’s freedom walk
CONWAY FREEDOM PHOTO
Conway’s freedom photo
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Moe has been rescued
MOE FREEDOM RIDE
Moe’s freedom ride
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Moe’s freedom video. I was unable to download it.
AMMO RESCUED
Ammo has been rescued
AMMO FREEDOM PHOTO
Ammo’s freedom photo
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Gatsby has been rescued
GATSBY FREEDOM PHOTO
Gatsby’s freedom photo
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Jacque’s has been rescued
JACQUE FREEDOM PHOTO
Jacque’s freedom photo
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Linus has been rescued
LINUS 2 FREEDOM PHOTO
Linus’ freedom photo
CABARET RESCUED
Cabaret’s been rescued
CABARET FREEDOM PHOTO
Cabaret’s freedom photo
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Lulubell has been rescued
LULUBELL FREEDOM PHOTO ALL BEAUTIFIED
Lulubell’s freedom photo
ANGIE RESCUED
Angie has been rescued
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Diddley has been rescued
ANGIE & DIDLEY FREEDOM PHOTO
Angie and Diddley’s freedom photo
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Miko has been rescued
MIKO FREEDOM PHOTO
Miko’s freedom photo
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Maria has been rescued
MARIA 2 FREEDOM
Maria’s freedom photo
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Sherlock has been rescued
SHERLOCK FREEDOM
Sherlock’s freedom photo
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Charlotte, the elder, rescued with her elderly sister Chelsea
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 Chelsea, Charlotte’s sister, has been rescued with her
CHARLOTTE 2 & CHELSEA 4 FREEDOM
Charlotte & Chelsea’s freedom photo
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Annie has been rescued
ANNIE 2 FREEDOM
Annie’s freedom photo
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Tater has been rescued
TATER FREEDOM PHOTO
Tater’s freedom photo
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Smokey & Peanut, bonded siblings, were rescued together.
SMOKEY FREEDOM PHOTO
Smokey’s freedom photo
PEANUT 3 FREEDOM PHOTO
Peanut’s freedom photo
BESSIE 3 RESCUED Screen Shot 2018-02-04 at 7.30.20 AM
Bessie has been rescued
BESSIE 3 FREEDOM
Bessie’s freedom photo
DEVON 2 Screen Shot 2018-02-04 at 7.39.28 AM
Devon has been rtescued
DEVON 2 FREEDOM
Devon’s freedom photo
MILO 3 RESCUED Screen Shot 2018-02-04 at 11.50.30 AM
Milo has been rescued
MILO 3 FREEDOM PHOTO
Milo’s freedom photo
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Ajay has been rescued
AJAY FREEDOM PHOTO
Ajay’s freedom photo
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Tyler’s been rescued
TYLER 2 FREEDOM PHOTO
Tyler’s freedom photo
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26 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 Catherine, Teddy,  Stanley, Romeo, Travolta, Sophia, Layla, Milo, Imperial, Monica, Ozzie, Ginger, Aldo, Hans & Hailey (see photos below) out of kill shelters. So far in 2018, 26 dogs have been rescued. In 2017 we’ve helped free 904 dogs. In 2016, 250 dogs were freed. In 2015, 148 dogs were freed.

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

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

AMAZON U.S.

AMAZON U.K.
And on all other Amazon sites around the world.
AMAZON RANKING
My books have been ranked in the top 100 best sellers on Amazon U.S. in their categories (historical fiction, teen and young adult, and literary fiction).  What an honor to be ranked #87  LITERARY FICTION BEST SELLER next to Paulo Coelho; incredible author of The Alchemist and The Pilgrimage.
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Amazon Australia ranked my book NUMBER ONE in all it’s categories: Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction & Teen and Young Adult and is #3 best seller in the entire kindle bookstore.
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 DAY I SAW THE HUMMINGBIRD
 AMAZON U.S.

 

on January 21, 2018

The Day I Saw the Hummingbird is both a journey and a coming of age novel about Oscar, a nine-year-old enslaved boy traveling the Underground Railroad from a Louisiana sugar cane plantation to New York.

Author Paulette Mahurin tells this story from the perspective an adult looking back at his childhood, so we know at the outset that Oscar survives the journey. Though this approach keeps us at arm’s length from some of the emotion of the story, arm’s length may be a good place to be as events unfold and we see how vicious and violent the journey to freedom could be. In this respect, the story reminded me of the book version of Solomon Northup’s memoir “Twelve Years A Slave.”

In the course of this story, we not only learn about Oscar’s life, we also meet “conductors” on the railroad and experience a number of safe houses. With each contact, Oscar receives not only shelter and food, but also friendship and an education that includes everything from swimming, to reading and writing, to human kindness. I’ve always been awestruck by Harriett Tubman and others who put their lives on the line to help others. After reading this novel, I admire these brave souls even more. Mahurin made good use of research for this book as she has in her other historical novels.

I recommend this book for anyone wanting to know more about the Underground Railroad. Be aware, though, you’ll encounter graphic violence.

on January 20, 2018
A wonderful story, full of meaning and hidden messages. Well researched and written, this is a gem of a tale.
RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS
AMAZON U.S.
on January 15, 2018
Well written and memorable. May we never forget that there were so many lives like the ones depicted here. Thank you Ms. Mahurin for reminding me of what is truly worth valuing.
 GOODREADS

Jo

Jan 21, 2018 Jo rated it really liked it

Shelves: war
The Seven Year Dress
by Paulette Mahurin
Synopsis
One of the darkest times in human history was the insane design and execution to rid the world of Jews and “undesirables.” At the hands of the powerful evil madman Adolf Hitler, families were ripped apart and millions were slaughtered. Persecution, torture, devastation, and enduring the unthinkable remained for those who lived. This is the story of one woman who lived to tell her story. This is a narrative of how a young beautiful teenager, Helen Stein, and her family were torn asunder, ultimately bringing her to Auschwitz. It was there she suffered heinous indignity at the hands of the SS. It was also there, in that death camp, she encountered compassion, selfless acts of kindness, and friendship. Written by the award-winning, best-selling author of His Name Was Ben, comes a story of the resilience of the human spirit that will leave you thinking about Helen Stein and The Seven Year Dress for years to come after the last page is shut.
Review
There’s just something about the the second world war that fascinates me, Its the stories of life and death and how people survived in terrible conditions, their strength and fortitude is inspiring. Also we need reminders of how easily things can spiral out of control, unless we have the proper checks and balances in place, so these atrocities can never happen again.“When there is life, there is a chance and reason for hope. One never knows what the future will bring, but as long as we are alive, there is the possibility for something good. Trust in the goodness and kindness of people. And no matter what, never, never give up. Make this your sustaining attitude. This can never be taken from you.”Helen is a women, who has lost everything, she is strong and smart and survives against incredible odds, Her father told her when she was very young that life was to be cherished and relished and was a precise gift that should be her highest priority.

“My heartache never stopped, but I learned to be grateful for the essentials of life: for the air in my lungs, the visions my eyes behold, and the very experience of being alive.”

This book is relatively short, but the writing delivers a powerful narrative , that makes it a compelling read.
4 stars

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DOGS RESCUED FROM KILL SHELTERS
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Catherine has been rescued
CATHERINE RESCUED
Catherine’s freedom photo
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Teddy has been rescued
TEDDY 2 FREEDOM PHOTO
Teddy’s freedom photo
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Stanley has been rescued

STANLEY 3 FREEDOM PHOTO

 

Stanley’s freedom photo

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Romeo has been rescued

 

ROMEO FREEDOM

 

Romeo’s freedom photo

 

TRAVOLTA RESCUED

 

Travolta has been rescued

 

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Travolta’s freedom photo

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Sophia has been rescued

 

SOPHIA FREEDOM

Sophia’s freedom photo

LAYLA RESCUEDLayla has been rescued
LAYLA FREEDOM RIDE
Layla’s freedom photo
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Milo has been rescued
MILO FREEDOM PHOTO
Milo’s freedom photo
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Imperial, attacked by another dog, was saved from the shelter by a rescue group.
IMPERIAL TRACI JEAN FREEDOM PHOTO
Imperial’s photo at the vet. He’s a tough little guy but with a lot of love is pulling through.
IMPERIAL FREEDOM PHOTO @ HOSPITAL
Imperial’s freedom photo at the hospital
MONICA RESCUED
Monica has been rescued
MONICA FREEDOM
Monia’s freedom photo
OZZIE RESCUED Screen Shot 2018-01-19 at 4.53.35 PM
Ozzie has been rescued
OZZIE FREEDOM RIDE
Ozzie’s freedom ride
OZZIE FREEDOM PHOTO AFTER SPA
Ozzie’s freedom photo. After beauty treatment.
GINGER 2 RESCUED Screen Shot 2018-01-20 at 7.30.09 AM
Ginger has been rescued
GINGER 2 FREEDOM PHOTO
Ginger’s freedom photo
ALDO 3 RESCUED Screen Shot 2018-01-20 at 7.27.16 AM
Aldo’s been rescued
ALDO 3 FREEDOM PHOTO
Aldo’s freedom photo
HANS RESCUED Screen Shot 2018-01-22 at 7.44.13 AM
Hans has been rescued
HANS FREEDOM PHOTOS
Hans’ freedom photos
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Hailey has been rescued
HAILEY FREEDOM PHOTO
Hailey’s freedom photo
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2018 is off to a good start with 11 dogs rescued from kill shelters

I’m deeply grateful to everyone who has purchased, read, and taken the time to review one of my books. All profits from my books go to help get dogs like Sheena, Huckleberry, Azlyn, Amos, Brielle, Bernard, Minimini, Levi, Ranger, Allie & Casper (see photos below) out of kill shelters. So far in 2018, 11 dogs have been rescued. In 2017 we’ve helped free 904 dogs. In 2016, 250 dogs were freed. In 2015, 148 dogs were freed.

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

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

AMAZON U.S.

AMAZON U.K.
And on all other Amazon sites around the world.
AMAZON RANKING
My books have been ranked in the top 100 best sellers on Amazon U.S. in their categories (historical fiction, teen and young adult, and literary fiction).  What an honor to be ranked #87  LITERARY FICTION BEST SELLER next to Paulo Coelho; incredible author of The Alchemist and The Pilgrimage.
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 DAY I SAW THE HUMMINGBIRD
AMAZON U.S.
on January 11, 2018
This is the second book I have read by this author and I have to say I am fast becoming a fan. Deeply poignant, difficult to read at times, this historical novel possesses a depth of emotion that comes from some place special. It takes skill to write a book but talent to tell a story and this is a superb story told with flair. I am often distracted by small things in books I read but in truth I couldn’t have been distracted in the case of this story. The narrative simply grabs you and never lets go. A great read, highly recommended.
AMAZON U.K.
on 4 January 2018
I’ve read several of Paulette Mahurin’s books and really enjoyed them all, but The Day of the Hummingbird truly blew me away. The writing is beautiful and the story gripping and immensely powerful. Oscar’s moving story is told through evocative imagery and prose and the characters are so real they stir up plenty of emotion. This is not an easy read but it’s a very important one. It’s a book I won’t soon forget.
RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS
AMAZON U.S.
on January 10, 2018
Start to finish very well written. Certainly held my attention from the beginning. Finished it in a weekend, and shared the story with my family, something I rarely do after reading a book.
RECENT REVIEW FOR TO LIVE OUT LOUD
AMAZON U.S.
on January 3, 2018
To Live Out Loud takes an actual event in human history, The Dreyfus Affair, and lays it out in clear, concise terms that any reader can understand. More importantly, the reader can relate to what is happening and becomes involved in the search for truth and the desire for change. So often history repeats itself, and although this story takes place in 1895 France, it could easily be today, right here in America. It is a remarkable historical fiction that truly should be a must read for everyone.
RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE PERSECUTION OF MILDRED DUNLAP
on January 13, 2018
I read a lot of books and of course everyone has their own likes and dislikes and we never see things eye-to-eye; however, I would have a difficult time figuring out how someone would not like this book. It is so beautifully written and the message is so deep and so very important. As the blurb on this book says, “Oscar Wilde was tried and convicted for gross indecency under Britain’s recently passed law that made sex between males a criminal offense” and Paulette Mahurin weaves that bit of history into her story and message about so many (what I believe to be) unnecessary evils in our society. Mahurin so adeptly uses quotes from Oscar Wilde that somehow breathe life into and just fit each chapter perfectly that they “introduce.”

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

GODS RESCUED FROM KILL SHELTERS
SHEENA RESCUED Screen Shot 2018-01-03 at 2.16.06 PM
Sheena the elder has been rescued
SHEENA FREEDOM PHOTO
Sheena’s freedom photo
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Huckleberry has been rescued
HUCKLEBERRY FREEDOM PHOTO
Huckleberry’s freedom photo
HUCKLEBERRY IN NEW HOME SWEET HOME
Huckleberry in new home sweet home
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Azlyn’s been rescued
AZLYN FREEDOM PHOTO
Azlyn’s freedom photo
AMOS RESCUED Screen Shot 2018-01-06 at 9.12.20 AM
Amos has been rescued
AMOS FREEDOM PHOTOS
Amos’ freedom photos. Came into shelter with multiple femur fractures. Was rescued brought to the vet and had a successful surgery performed.
AMOS FREEDOM PHOTO POST SURGERY FOR FX FEMUR
Amos recuperating post surgery. He’s doing well.
BRIELLE RESCUED Screen Shot 2018-01-08 at 7.24.23 AM
Brielle has been rescued
BRIELLE FREEDOM PHOTO
Brielle’s freedom photo
BERNARD RESCUED Screen Shot 2018-01-08 at 7.36.01 AM
Bernard has been rescued
BERNARD FREEDOM PHOTO
Bernard’s freedom photo
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Minimini has been rescued
Minimini (ID# A5138216) FREEDOM PHOTO
Minimini’s freedom photo
Minimini (ID# A5138216) HOME SWEET HOME
Minimini in her new home sweet home
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Levi has been rescued
LEVI FREEDOM PHOTO
Levi’s freedom photo
RANGR RESCUED Screen Shot 2018-01-12 at 12.43.18 PM
Ranger has been rescue
RANGER FREEDOM PHOTO
Ranger’s freedom photo
ALLIE RESCUED Screen Shot 2018-01-13 at 7.01.55 AM
Allie has been rescued
ALLIE FREEDOM PHOTO
Allie’s freedom photo
CASPER RESCUED Screen Shot 2018-01-13 at 7.11.56 AM
Casper has been rescued
CASPER FREEDOM PHOTO
Casper’s freedom photo
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904 dogs rescued from kill shelters in 2017

I’m deeply grateful to everyone who has purchased, read, and taken the time to review one of my books. All profits from my books go to help get dogs like Rayito, Leia, Clancy, Reesa, Ume, Hailey, bonded pair Onyx & Baby Girl, Murphy, Bernie, Jasper, Conan, Kingston, Andre, Juno, Abigail & Charlie (see photos below) out of kill shelters.  In 2017 we’ve helped free 904 dogs. In 2016, 250 dogs were freed. In 2015, 148 dogs were freed.

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

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

AMAZON U.S.

AMAZON U.K.
And on all other Amazon sites around the world.
AMAZON RANKING
My books have been ranked in the top 100 best sellers on Amazon U.S. in their categories (historical fiction, teen and young adult, and literary fiction).  What an honor to be ranked #87  LITERARY FICTION BEST SELLER next to Paulo Coelho; incredible author of The Alchemist and The Pilgrimage.
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 DAY I SAW THE HUMMINGBIRD
 AMAZON U.S.
on December 25, 2017
I am a huge fan of Paulette Mahurin’s, so first off, I must comment on her book titles: They’re glorious, all five titles drawing me into themes of injustice and triumph, with wonderful lines like this one from The Day I Saw the Hummingbird, “But you keep them insides mighty,” to resolutions that keep me thinking long after the last pages are turned. The Day I Saw the Hummingbird is haunting. It is relevant, necessary history.
on December 18, 2017
Such a Poignant tale of courage and the human spirit, I almost don’t know where to begin! Although the story reaches into the dark days of slavery and oppression, it is a masterpiece of Hope. A Riveting page-turner that held me captive with the emotion it shares of the life of a child slave and his family; I found myself furious, then crying, then breathing in the sweet temptation of desperate anticipation as this complex and unforgettable tale unfolded. Not for the weak of heart, The Day I Saw The Hummingbird relates terrible truths about the cruelty of human beings; yet just as surely, it stirs the spirit with Inspiration.
on December 15, 2017
Paulette hasn’t missed a beat, being consistent with the quality of authorship creatively, with that ability to capture and hold the readers attention to the fullest. A great writer, telling captivating stories. Impossible to not enjoy. Terrific!
on December 14, 2017

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

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

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

 

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Lauren

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

Free as a hummingbird

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

 

 

C.J. Laurence

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

Deep and thought provoking

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

 

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AMAZON U.S.

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

 

AMAZON U.K.

 

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

 

 

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AMAZON U.S.

on December 13, 2017
This was a great story. It was interesting to see how homosexuality was treated in that time period and in that place.
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I just want to cry

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

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

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

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877 dogs rescued from kill shelters

I’m deeply grateful to everyone who has purchased, read, and taken the time to review one of my books. All profits from my books go to help get dogs like Jace, Gabe, Dobie, Oliver, Abigail, Thatcher, Bean, Bianca, Premanti, Carlos, Abriella, Stacey, Marco, Clyde, Parker, Tyler, Nitro, Aisha, Paxton, Alannah, Bacchus, Newton, Blitz, Albert, Ally, Wyatt, Aldo, Trapper, Bliss, Carla, Raider & Brownie, (see photos below) out of kill shelters. So far in 2017 we’ve helped free 877 dogs. In 2016, 250 dogs were freed. In 2015, 148 dogs were freed.

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

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

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My books have been ranked in the top 100 best sellers on Amazon U.S. in their categories (historical fiction, teen and young adult, and literary fiction).  What an honor to be ranked #87  LITERARY FICTION BEST SELLER next to Paulo Coelho; incredible author of The Alchemist and The Pilgrimage.
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Amazon Australia ranked my book NUMBER ONE in all it’s categories: Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction & Teen and Young Adult and is #3 best seller in the entire kindle bookstore.
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RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE DAY I SAW THE HUMMINGBIRD
AMAZON U.S.
on December 2, 2017
Haunting portrayal of a shameful portion of America history. Mahurin takes on a difficult subject and infuses humanity and grace into her characters on every page.
on November 28, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

on November 26, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Another one I could not put down. How some people found the strength to survive and go on while living in a true hell on earth and afterwards is just incredible to me.
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