It's not what you got, Baby; it's how you use it!

It’s not just what you got, Baby; it’s how you use it! And I know someone who’s got it and knows how to use it. Read on!

Be happy!

Today is a great day to smile, sing, dance, do what gets your endorphins swimming.

I said endorphins, not dolphins. But this looks fun...

I said endorphins, not dolphins. But this looks fun, too…

Why?

I’ll tell you!

August 22 is Be An Angel Day. Oh the is too perfect.

Ta da! Coming outta of Cloud Nine just fur you! What can I do fur ya? Tell me, tell me! Oops! lost my halo. Oh well,  I'm sure someone'll fetch it fur me! Was that a squirrel!

Ta da! Coming outta of Cloud Nine just fur you! What can I do fur ya? Tell me, tell me! Oops! Lost my halo. Oh well, I’m sure someone’ll fetch it fur me! Was that a squirrel!

 

But the real reason to be extra special, super-duper happy is that one of your favorite Indie authors (and definitely one of mine), Paulette Mahurin, has just released her new book in paperback!

Yes, yup, and uh huh!

It’s called To Live Out Loud. Click here to find it on Amazon.

Awesome cover, huh? And it just keeps getting better on the inside!

Awesome cover, huh? And it just keeps getting better on the inside!

You remember the award-winning book, The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap? And the endearing, compelling novel, His Name was Ben? Well, get ready for another novel (based on real events) that grapples with critical, enduring social and political issues.

I was fortunate enough to be one of Paulette’s beta readers, so I got in on the ground floor of this novel. That’s why I can give you this FIVE-STAR review of her latest, sure-to-be-best-selling novel:

What does it mean to have courage? Who are the heroes in any struggle? Are they only the ones in the public eye who take a stand and suffer the consequences of colliding with the status quo? Or could the heroes be those who work unfailingly behind the scenes, supporting, encouraging, and giving sustenance to those outspoken leaders of “the cause?”

Beyond these compelling philosophical questions, Paulette Mahurin’s newest book tackles the unfortunately ageless human tragedy of prejudice and the concomitant social injustices that inevitably follow. She uses the infamous Dreyfus Affair, set in late 19th century France as her entre into exploring both the best and the worst in humankind. While Alfred Dreyfus (an officer in the French military who was also Jewish) was unjustly imprisoned for treason, he is not the central character of this novel. Emile Zola, a notable French writer and journalist who adamantly believes in justice takes up the cause of exposing the injustice that was done to Dreyfus. Mahurin deftly tells this historically accurate tale through the eyes of Zola’s lifelong friend, mentor, and father-figure—a man named Charles.

Meticulously researched (with passages from actual court records), passionately written, and told in the fashion of other novels that make history read like fiction (Laura Hillenbrand’s “Seabiscuit” or “Unbroken”), Mahurin’s book is a must-read. I not only learned a great deal about this historical episode of government corruption and cover-up, but I gained an appreciation for the deep roots of global anti-Semitism. These problems are not only the stuff of current events. This book illustrates the disheartening reality of how the darkest elements of human society endure through the centuries.

Mahurin’s book also reminds the reader that countervailing forces to this bleak historical orbit of political corruption and hatred exist. There are heroes—both outspoken and quiet—among us. All are working in their own ways toward a just and better world. Mahurin is one of those heroes.

This generous, gifted author donates all royalties to help with dog rescue efforts.

Well, that last bit got my attention! I may not be here any more, thus don't need rescuing, but there are lots of others like me (well, none quite like me, but you know what I mean) who need rescuing. So put your paws together for Paulette!

Well, that last bit got my attention! I’m not here any more, thus don’t need rescuing, but there are lots of others like me (well, none quite like me, but you know what I mean) who need a helping hand. So put your paws together for Paulette! Let’s support her as an author as she supports us as good, if a little ruff around the edges, dogs.

The paperback is well worth the money and the warm glow in your heart knowing that you are contributing to saving dogs from certain death due to your generosity and excellent taste in literature!
Talk about your win/win situations!