The Cologne Cathedral & My Latest Novel: An Excerpt

Part 3 of the Forgotten Child Trilogy, releasing March 20th, begins like this:

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She cowered in the shadows of the ambulatory, tucked behind the ribbed lines of a granite pillar. Her boy lay limp in her arms, his eyes closed, his breathing shallow and punctuated by an occasional whimper as her soft pats and solemn tones tried to revive the spark within him. Patches of black skin blotted his face, hidden under a blanket wound around him. Voices echoed from the aisle and, with haste, she picked up a bronze basin filled with black ash.
“Lord, I repent. We repent,” she repeated in her native German tongue.
She lifted the edge of the blanket from the boy’s face, exposing him to the chill of the cathedral.

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The cathedral referred to in the opening scene is the Cologne Cathedral, on the Rhine River in northwestern Germany. I visited it with my family back in 2014, and it made such an impression that it ended up being a location in my newest novel. Here’s a few photos I took of my visit:

It’s spectacular and awe-inspiring. The cathedral even made it onto the cover of the A PARTING IN THE SKY:

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Yep, there it is with Francis Frick standing off to the left staring into the sea. The cathedral becomes the backdrop to the backstory of the trilogy. It exposes the origins of the warrior Ash and his relationship with Zette.  Here’s another excerpt from chapter 1.

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“Ambros, I love you.” She kissed him, blackness and all, disease and all. She kissed him and placed the child in swaddling clothes on the edge of the ornate shrine of the relics of the Magi—the remains of the wise men who had once traveled to Bethlehem to visit a different child, but which now resided in the cloistered sanctum of the Cologne cathedral.
“Please. Take my Ambros.” She lifted her face towards the priests. “I’m sorry. I’m sorry.”
She turned and ran the opposite direction under the arched vault, past the chapel, and down the side aisle.
“Black death!” the priests repeated as they pointed at the child. “Black death! The plague is in the cathedral.”
The child breathed his last. He had no more whimpers—no more carnal cries for help. His body had fought all it could.
The gifts of the Magi were different for this child. No one bestowed him with gold, frankincense, or myrrh—only cursed looks from the contingent of priests who bemoaned the black death defiling the sacred house of God. They scurried out of the ambulatory and called for the bishop to expel the disease from their presence. A lone child lay in the company of the remains of the Magi. There was, however, one more in the child’s presence.

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Christian tradition holds that the remains – relics as they call them – of the Magi, the travelers from the east who visited the young baby Jesus, were brought to the Cologne Cathedral where they remain to this day. It was an interesting and unexpected twist which I enjoyed weaving into the novel.  This scene takes place in A.D. 1347 as the black plague grips Europe.

I really enjoy using my experiences around the world in my writing, and it’s my wish that the reader will enjoy them too.

A PARTING IN THE SKY – Part Three of the Forgotten Child Trilogy releases on Kindle & Paperback on March 20, 2019.

PRE-ORDER a parting in the sky HERE

One final Excerpt:

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Death has a way of bolstering doubt and diminishing purpose. The bustling town of Cologne, on the mighty Rhine River, had closed its inner soul to the stench of the plague. The people toiled as a hopeless lot against the unstoppable power of the grave. That may have played a part in why she felt an unmistakable stirring within her. That, and the absurdity of the scene in the cathedral. Ashes poured over a child’s head. The high-brow barking of the priests. The presence of the bones of the long-dead Magi. But in the end, it was the lone child, unable to muster a sound, falling out of life with each breath as his mother ran in anguish the other way that made the watcher see the uselessness of it all.

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First Review: A PARTING IN THE SKY (Forgotten Child Trilogy Book 3)

Book reviewer Michelle Clements James has become the first reviewer of A Parting in the Sky which releases on March 20, 2019.

In part, she says:

“With colorful characters and vivid scenes, the story has a bit of everything–riveting suspense, sensational action, plausible crime, and mystifying fantasy. I was genuinely sorry to finish reading A Parting in the Sky.”

And:

“[Sasse’s] work flows smoothly, and the carefully crafted characters and engaging plot jump off the page.”

Please head on over to her site to read the ENTIRE REVIEW.

A PARTING IN THE SKY – Kindle version on PRE-ORDER HERE!  

KINDLE and paperback versions live on March 20.

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Limited Time. Free on Kindle. The Forgotten Child Trilogy Book 1

I’m excited to offer A MAN TOO OLD FOR A PLACE TOO FAR free on Kindle through February 25th!

Get your free copy from Amazon HERE!

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What’s most exciting to me is that the story will SOON be complete. The final book – A PARTING IN THE SKY – is releasing next month. So this is a great time to start the story.

Enjoy! Pass the Word! And don’t forget to leave a review!

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The Trilogy Concludes March 20, 2019

A Parting in the Sky – coming March 20.

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In part three of The Forgotten Child Trilogy, Bee takes her biggest gamble yet with Francis Frick, whisking him to the beginning of it all on the forlorn battlefield of waning World War I. When her plan puts Frick in grave danger, she decides to do whatever is necessary to bring Ash back to earth.

In the explosive conclusion to The Forgotten Child Trilogy, loyalties are tested and secrets are revealed. From Scotland to Africa to Manhattan to the edge of the earth, the enigmatic beings from beyond have a decision to make. Will they continue to influence the world in surprising ways, or will they be released through the parting in the sky.

Re-release: BEAUTY RISING

My first novel, published at the tale-end of 2012, has a new polish, a new cover, and a new price for the new year.

I’m very pleased to announce a re-released edition of this story which is near and dear to me.  The re-edits make the story flow in a more natural way, which will, I hope, draw you in even closer to these vivid characters and the beautiful land of Vietnam. This is the only novel I’ve ever written in first personal narration – and it’s from two different points of view.

And one more thing. It’s FREE. Yes, that’s right. Hit the links below for your free copy.  It’s my hope you’ll try my work and like it enough to try my other works as well.

Choose your preferred link below, enjoy, and share with others.

BEAUTY RISING – 2019 edition – available now @

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Amazon – $0.99 (READ 85 reviews)

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And I even wrote a new blurb:

An unlikely request. An unlikely adventure. An unlikely love. On his death bed, a Vietnam vet asked his estranged son a huge request – return his ashes to Vietnam. Martin Kinney Jr. does just that, but when his wallet is stolen at a Vietnamese festival, it sets in motion a series of events which will change his life and family forever. Two perspectives, one incredible and tragic story of love.

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99 Cent Sale! THE AFRICAN CONNECTION – Limited Time Only!

For the first time ever and for a very limited time, THE AFRICAN CONNECTION – Book 2 of THE FORGOTTEN CHILD TRILOGY is only 99 cents on Kindle.

Book reviewer Michelle Clement James calls The Forgotten Child Trilogy “Fabulous.”

Pick up your copy HERE!

THE AFRICAN CONNECTION

In part two of The Forgotten Child Trilogy, enigmatic beings from the realm beyond—Bee & Ash—team up once again with old Manhattan businessman Francis Frick. Joined by a mysterious new recruit, Frick must fight to bring Ulrich to justice and continue searching for the truth about the forgotten child.

A child has been saved, but with international master criminal Heinrich Ulrich still on the lam, no one is content—not Bee, not Ash, and most certainly not Francis Frick. As the FBI closes in on Frick’s dealings, Bee decides to recruit young Hatty Parker to help Frick exact revenge on Ulrich and search for another child to save. But when Bee’s actions begin to worry the realm beyond, her old nemesis returns to earth to thwart her plans and pit her against her beloved companion Ash, leaving Frick and his new side-kick to play dangerous time-travel games with a genocidal maniac.

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Amazon Giveaway: Enter and Win a Book!

I have a new Amazon giveaway UNDERWAY!

Win yourself a copy of book one of my trilogy. It’s super easy to enter. And super easy to win! But hurry. Limited copies available.

ENTRY LINK HERE!

Click the above Amazon link and you’ll know immediately if you’ve won or not. I’m thinking you will!

Thanks for playing. Thanks for reading!

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