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It is always a pleasure to welcome Paulette Mahurin to the blog. I really enjoyed her first novel, The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap, and while I sadly have fallen behind in reading her other books, I always want to bring them to your attention, not just because her writing is great but also because all of the profits from the sale of her books benefit animal rescue efforts in Southern California. Paulette networks with multiple rescues in the area to get dogs out of kill shelters.

Today, I’m happy to spotlight her latest novel, A Different Kind of Angel, and share with you an excerpt.

First, here’s the book blurb:

Inspired by real events chronicled by journalist for The World News, Elizabeth Cochrane (pen name, Nellie Bly), in 1887.

Klara Gelfman’s life in Kiev was serene until she turned nineteen. That’s when Russia’s Tsar Alexander II was assassinated, and a vicious propaganda campaign spread that blamed the Jews for his death. Klara and her family became victims of the many pogroms breaking out throughout Russia. None were so violent as what hit Kiev in 1881. It was there that Klara’s family was torn asunder and her world changed forever.

This is the story of what happens to this traumatized, orphaned, young Jewish woman when she escapes Russia and crosses an ocean to arrive on the rough streets of New York City able to speak only a few words of English. There, in the land of the free, Klara’s life is thrown into turmoil when she is mistaken for a drunken prostitute. Mistreated by those entrusted to protect her—the police, a judge, doctors, and nurses—she is condemned to an unrelenting hellscape when she is incorrectly and involuntarily committed to a lunatic asylum.

At a time when women had no political, economic or professional rights, comes a story where corruption by the powerful was as overt and commonplace as was garbage on the New York City streets. From the award winning, international best-selling author of The Seven Year Dress, comes an unforgettable story of the devastating effects of persecution, hatred, and arrogance. A Different Kind of Angel is also a story of love, family, friendship and loyalty. It is a journey into the nature and heart of the resilience of the human spirit that will leave readers thinking about the story long after they finish the book.

Buy A Different Kind of Angel on Amazon

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An excerpt from A Different Kind of Angel, courtesy of Paulette Mahurin:

In that freezing room, I sat up to receive the embrace of Tillie’s warm good-morning hug. The affection of her arms around me spread through my body. The outside snow had all but melted into the new day. But the chill in the room directed my attention back to the snowstorm. Once again, I thought of Papa comparing snowflakes to people. It was more than just emotions we had in common. We had needs. I was pretty confident that, just like when the sun comes out and melts ice to water, our needs are very much alike when we soften from love.

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About the Author

Paulette Mahurin is a best selling literary fiction and historical fiction novelist. She 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. Her first novel, The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap, made it to Amazon bestseller lists and won awards, including best historical fiction 2012 in Turning the Pages Magazine. Her second novel, His Name Was Ben, originally written as an award-winning short story while she was in college and later expanded into a novel, rose to bestseller lists its second week out. Her third novel, To Live Out Loud, won international critical acclaim and made it to multiple sites as favorite read book of 2015. Her fourth book, The Seven Year Dress, made it to the top ten bestseller lists on Amazon U.S., Amazon U.K., and Amazon Australia. Her fifth book, The Day I Saw The Hummingbird, was released in 2017 to rave reviews. Her sixth book, A Different Kind of Angel, was released in August 2018. Semi-retired, she continues to work part-time as a Nurse Practitioner in Ventura County. When she’s not writing, she does pro-bono consultation work with women with cancer, works in the Westminster Free Clinic as a volunteer provider, volunteers as a mediator in the Ventura County Courthouse for small claims cases, and involves herself, along with her husband, in dog rescue. Profits from her books go to help rescue dogs from kill shelters.

Check out Paulette’s Facebook and Amazon pages

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Giveaway

Paulette is generously offering a Kindle copy of A Different Kind of Angel to one lucky reader. To enter, please leave a comment with your email address. This giveaway will be open through September 30, 2018. The winner will be chosen randomly and announced in the comments section of this post. Good luck!

Thank you, Paulette, for sharing your newest book with my readers today and for your tireless efforts to rescue dogs from kill shelters. I appreciate you being my guest today!

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It is always a pleasure to welcome Paulette Mahurin to the blog. I really enjoyed her first novel, The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap, and while I sadly have fallen behind in reading her other books, I always want to bring them to your attention, not just because her writing is great but also because all of the profits from the sale of her books benefit animal rescue efforts in Southern California. Paulette networks with multiple rescues in the area to get dogs out of kill shelters, and she has told me they have saved 823 dogs from kill shelters so far this year (as of the day I wrote this post, Nov. 16)! That is fantastic news! Click here for more information.

I’ve invited Paulette here today to talk about her inspiration for her latest novel, The Day I Saw the Hummingbird. Please give her a warm welcome:

When I wrote The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap, the story took place in 1895 and dealt with the imprisonment of Oscar Wilde for indecent exposure. To highlight the year and give depth to the story I researched 1895 to see if there were other newsworthy events that took place to factor into the story. That hit pay dirt. That was the year the biggest anti-Semitic scandal, The Dreyfus Affair, occurred in France and also across the ocean it was the year Booker T. Washington gave his Atlanta Address sending racism flaring in the United States.

The Dreyfus Affair and Booker T. Washington’s contribution to significant historical events fascinated me. I decided to write separate books about each. The Dreyfus Affair and Emile Zola’s part in freeing an innocent man became my book, To Live Out Loud. When I finished that I wrote a book about the holocaust, The Seven Year Dress.

When that was in print my attention once again went to Booker T. Washington, and I puzzled with how to address a story surrounding the events of his life. My research led me to the struggles he went through to see that doors were opened to give African Americans a chance at education, which up till then had been illegal in many states. The quest to understand the lack of education led me to slaves during the Civil War and the Underground Railroad, which inspired me to write my fifth book, The Day I Saw The Hummingbird.

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About The Day I Saw The Hummingbird

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.

Check out The Day I Saw the Hummingbird on Goodreads | Amazon (U.S.) | Amazon (U.K.)

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About the Author

Paulette Mahurin is a best selling literary fiction and historical fiction novelist. She 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.

Her first novel, The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap, made it to Amazon bestseller lists and won awards, including best historical fiction 2012 in Turning the Pages Magazine. Her second novel, His Name Was Ben, originally written as an award winning short story while she was in college and later expanded into a novel, rose to bestseller lists its second week out. Her third novel, To Live Out Loud, won international critical acclaim and made it to multiple sites as favorite read book of 2015. Her fourth book, The Seven Year Dress, made it to the top ten bestseller lists on Amazon U.S., Amazon U.K. and Amazon Australia. Her fifth book, The Day I Saw The Hummingbird, is schedules for release in 2017. Semi-retired, she continues to work part-time as a Nurse Practitioner in Ventura County. When she’s not writing, she does pro-bono consultation work with women with cancer, works in the Westminster Free Clinic as a volunteer provider, volunteers as a mediator in the Ventura County Courthouse for small claims cases, and involves herself, along with her husband, in dog rescue. Profits from her books go to help rescue dogs from kill shelters.

Check out Paulette’s Facebook and Amazon pages

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Thank you for sharing your inspiration, Paulette! And thank you for you contribution to animal rescue efforts! Congratulations on your new release, and thank you for being my guest.

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FRONT COVER The Seven Year Dress KINDLE(1) copyI am thrilled to announce the release of Paulette Mahurin’s latest novel, The Seven Year Dress. I became a fan of Mahurin’s in 2012 when I read The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap. I loved Mahurin’s strong characters and ability to set the scene, so I was excited to learn about The Seven Year Dress, which I will be reading and reviewing this summer.

In the meantime, I’d like to share with you a little about Paulette and her new release, and she is generously offering a giveaway to my readers.

BOOK BLURB

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.

“Mahurin skillfully intertwines fact into fiction in this story of death and survival, of hate and ultimately love. The brutality as Jews were isolated and persecuted; the horror of life in the concentration camps – all come into sharp focus rich with historical detail.” — Carol Bodensteiner author of Go Away Home

GIVEAWAY

Paulette is kindly offering one Kindle copy of The Seven Year Dress to my readers. To enter, please leave a comment with your email address telling me what intrigues you most about Paulette’s novels. This giveaway will close Wednesday, June 8. The winner will be chosen randomly and announced in the comments section of this post.

AUTHOR BIO

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 a fictionalized novel in 2014. Her first novel, The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap, made it to Amazon bestseller lists and won awards, including best historical fiction of the year 2012 in Turning the Pages Magazine. Her third novel, To Live Out Loud, won international critical acclaim and made it to multiple sites as favorite read book of 2015.

Semi-retired, she continues to work part-time as a Nurse Practitioner in Ventura County. When she’s not writing, she does pro-bono consultation work with women with cancer, works in the Westminster Free Clinic as a volunteer provider, volunteers as a mediator in the Ventura County Courthouse for small claims cases, and involves herself, along with her husband, in dog rescue.

Profits from her books go to help rescue dogs from kill shelters.

You can learn more about Mahurin’s novels on her Amazon page.

© 2016 Anna Horner of Diary of an Eccentric. All Rights Reserved. Please do not reproduce or republish content without permission.

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Source: Review copy from author
Rating: ★★★★☆

The seeds that grow and inflate the smallest minds into giants, those who believe they can take down anyone with their petty realities, was what she saw full-blown in Pursey.  It mattered not whether his reality was based on prejudice, fear, or just plain ignorance, the end result would be the same, ruined lives.

(from The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap, page 106)

In 1895, the news that playwright and novelist Oscar Wilde was sentenced to two years of hard labor for “gross indecency” (i.e. homosexuality) rocks the small town of Red River Pass, Nevada.  The town’s gossips are all riled up; after all, it was only a few years ago that rumors about two men from town hugging each other prompted one of them to commit suicide.  Mildred Dunlap, a woman known for her unattractive, manly looks but big heart, prefers to live a quiet life with her cousin, Edra.  When she overhears the vicious comments, she knows these gossips won’t stop until they draw blood.  These women are itching for a fight — and that strikes fear in Mildred’s heart.

The town knows Mildred and Edra are inseparable, related to a tragedy that understandably made Edra afraid to venture far from home and distrustful of people outside her family circle.  What their neighbors don’t know is that Mildred and Edra are more than just cousins and old friends, and Mildred is worried that the flames that have erupted from the news about Wilde’s lifestyle and imprisonment will burn down the world she and Edra built on their love.  Mildred comes up with a plan to take the heat off her and Edra, but will it complicate things even more?

The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap is a very timely novel given the recent victories for same-sex marriage.  Paulette Mahurin has created a strong character in Mildred, but it hurt my heart that people saw her as ugly when her generosity and kindness made her beautiful.  It also made me sad that she had to sink to such depths to protect herself and Edra — and that she felt like it was her only choice.  Mahurin’s tender descriptions of Mildred’s and Edra’s relationship, the ease of their everyday life, and the normality of it, make a great contrast to the ignorant and vicious comments of the local women in the general store and how they treat Mildred based on her appearance.  Watching Mildred strike up a friendship with the widowed Charley Milpass and how he came to see the real Mildred was heartwarming.

Mahurin does a great job setting the scene.  I’ve never read a novel set in the Old West, but she really brings to life a small frontier town, where a trip to the general store to see telegrams of the latest news was the highlight of one’s day.  The supporting characters were surprisingly well developed, with even the villain getting a backstory, and it reminded me of Jane Austen’s Emma in that the town was one’s world.

The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap is a thoughtful novel about hatred and prejudice in many forms and the power of rumors and gossip to ruin one’s life.  It’s about how easily people can be intimidated into following the crowd and how easily we judge people by their looks.  It would make a great book club selection given the numerous layers to the story, from the obvious topic of homosexuality to the themes of love, friendship, and acceptance that are at its core.

About the author:

Paulette Mahurin devotes a lot of her time to animal rescue. All profits from her book are going to the Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center (SPARC), the first and only no-kill shelter in Ventura County, CA, where she lives with her husband and two dogs from a kill-shelter, Max & Bella. Mahurin made the decision to donate all profits after her beloved dog of 15+ years, Tazzie (a rottie from a kill shelter), died. When she went to rescue new dogs, all the sad faces on death row, coupled with her heartache over the loss of her long time best friend, moved her to do more than just rescue dogs; therefore, all profits go to help get animals out of kill-shelters and into their forever homes. Feel free to friend SPARC on Facebook and visit their website.

Book 42 for the Historical Fiction Reading Challenge

Disclosure: I received The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap from the author for review.

© 2012 Anna Horner of Diary of an Eccentric. All Rights Reserved. Please do not reproduce or republish content without permission.

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