Now Available: A MAN TOO OLD FOR A PLACE TOO FAR

And the trilogy begins …

Paperback $14.99 HERE! Prime Shipping before Christmas!

Kindle eBook  HERE! New Release special only 99 cents until Jan 1

Kindle in pre-order. Releases directly to your Kindle device on December 18.

Amazon UK: HERE!

Amazon Canada: HERE!

Amazon Australia: HERE!

I’m very fond of this book. And it’s just the beginning. Book 2 is only months away as the saga continues. It’s fun, it’s explosive, it’s unexpected, it’s a page-turner.

This novel has been two years in the making and I’m thrilled with the result. I hope you’ll check it out. The Kindle version deal is a STEAL!

Thanks for the support.

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Ending Dec 1: My Kindle Scout Campaign. I could use your help!

My Kindle Scout campaign for book one of my brand new trilogy ends on December 1. If you haven’t nominated it yet, please head over to the site and give it a look.

If you like what you see, I’d be honored to receive your nomination which will bring me one step closer to a publishing deal with Amazon. It costs you nothing, but if the campaign succeeds, you’ll receive a early-release copy of the novel.

Thanks for your support. Kindle Scout Campaign Here!

Still using paperbacks? Here’s the artwork for my new one.

Do indie authors still do paperback versions? I’m sure many do, and I’m one of them. The paperback versions are great for many reasons:

  1. They feel so good in your hands! You work is an actual thing – not just some pixels on a screen. Even if it’s only for the author himself, it’s worth it to get a paperback.
  2. Many reviewers still prefer to hold an actual book in their hands. When you have a paperback, you can place it in their hands. Yes, it costs money, but the return can be worth it.
  3. Paperbacks are great for selling at readings or other meet-and-greet type events. They’re essential, I would argue, for this purpose.
  4. Hey, face it, your friends and family love the paperbacks too!
  5. They are not that difficult to make. If you are even a little savvy with the computer, you can put together your own paperback through Createspace or other company in a snap. Or you can pay someone to do it for you.

For me, making paperbacks available is still a useful strategy for book marketing.

Here’s the artwork for my latest. Thoughts?

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A New Trilogy: Coming Soon!

I used to think I would never write a series or a trilogy. I liked closure. I liked an entire world or experience to be contained in one complete story. I hated cliff-hangers. (Marvel movies, really? Those after credit snippets were clever marketing ploys.) I hated marketing ploys. So I wrote five standalone novels. I was satisfied.

Then I started writing my sixth novel. It was different on many levels, but I still thought it would be a standalone novel until I finished it. Suddenly I had a strange feeling: it didn’t feel finished. There was more to tell. More to discover. I realized at that moment that I had never written a sequel or series because I had previously not had the right story.

Now I do, and I’m proud to soon be releasing book one of The Forgotten Child Trilogy: A Man Too Old for a Place Too Far.

It’s on Kindle Scout until the December 1. It could use your nomination. Please use this KINDLE SCOUT LINK and read the first couple chapters of it. And if you like it, please nominate it!

REVIEWERS: If you review books and post reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, I’d love to send you a pre-release copy of book 1 in exchange for your honest review. Email me at mark@mwsasse.com to set it up.

Here are the tentative release dates for THE FORGOTTEN CHILD TRILOGY. I can’t wait.

BOOK 1 – DECEMBER 2017 – A MAN TOO OLD FOR A PLACE TOO FAR

BOOK 2 – SUMMER 2018 – THE AFRICAN CONNECTION

BOOK 3 – TBD – THE FORGOTTEN CHILD

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Hope

My mother-in-law, a beautiful human being, passed on from this life today. It’s been a difficult day for the family, and as my wife boards a flight to head home to be with loved ones during this time, I was reminded of one simple word: Hope. It’s a word I strongly believe in. And as I processed the day with that word in mind, here’s what I wrote:

 

Hope is not a homeless cast-off, living in squalid conditions on the edge of the sunset’s shadows.

Though you will find it there.

Hope is not a forgotten word, buried under scientific jargon, dying an abandoned existence in a dusty appendix.

Though surely you can scan the final pages with your index finger and find it there too.

Hope is not an empty, opiate-filled wish, meant to pacify the cravings of a desolate heart.

Though hope is comfortable in emptiness, tucking neatly in an upside-down crevice of a turned-out pocket.

Hope is the undefinable assurance, proved to the heart by a million micro-steps of life, that joy can never be fully extinguished.

Hope is as high as a thousand-mile mountain peak, yet as thin as an inch-thick stream spreading out indefinitely in all directions.

Hope casts off doubt and lingers until despair yields to its indomitable message.

When the world doesn’t choose hope, hope merely grows stronger, encouraged in the throes of life’s storms, emboldened on the faces of the faithful, ensured that the weary will find their way, that the righteous will find their reward, that a simple seed planted long ago will find its way home.

I need your help! Nominate my novel on Kindle Scout!

Book One of my soon to be released trilogy – A Man Too Old for a Place Too Far – is currently on Kindle Scout, vying for a Kindle Press publishing deal.

You can help! Please check out the Kindle Scout page for my novel. If you like what you read, nominate it. It helps get the attention of the Kindle Press editors. If my book is chosen, then you’ll be one of the first to receive a copy of it for FREE!

You have nothing to lose, but I do have something to gain. I greatly appreciate your help!

The campaign link is HERE!

Here’s the book’s blurb and cover.

Thanks for your support.

If she wanted help changing the world for one forgotten child, she chose the wrong man. Seventy-two-year-old Francis Frick would scorn his own family to close another deal. But Bee doesn’t see the world like you or me. She is an optimist, searching for potential where none exists, and so she hovers above Frick’s bed every night, eating pomegranates and waiting for his eyes to open to the possibilities. One night, it finally happens. A rogue droplet of juice slips through her fingers and hits the sleeping Manhattan businessman on the forehead, thrusting him on a series of baffling adventures to some of the twentieth century’s most brutal regimes—all to help Bee save a forgotten child of history.

A Man Too Old for a Place Too Far is part one of The Forgotten Child Trilogy—a one-of-a-kind adventure that mixes time travel, magical realism, and historical fiction into a contemporary story about an old man, his estranged daughter, and a tiny flying person in a white robe, who chooses to believe that anything can happen with enough prodding and an endless supply of pomegranates.

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I Was Awarded a Writing Residency – in IRELAND!

I’m very excited to share with you this great news: Greywood Arts, in Killeagh, Ireland, awarded me with its Winter Writing Residency for play-writing.  Only one winner was chosen in each category – short stories, poems, plays – and I was selected based on the play I submitted – “The Last Bastion.”

On their blog, they write:

“It was a tremendously difficult decision to select only one work from each category – short stories, poems, and plays. It was truly a pleasure to read work by a diverse and talented pool of writers. We look forward to making the writing competition a regular opportunity to win a week-long residency.

We offer a hearty congratulations and warm welcome to:

Gráinne Daly for her poems To Lady and to Tramp, Tomb Raiders, & Slievemore Cemetary

Orla McAlinden for her short story A Sliver of the Moon

Mark W. Sasse for his play The Last Bastion

Can you tell I’m super excited? I’ll be heading to southwest Ireland on March 30 and will be working on three play-writing projects until April 7.

I want to thank Greywood Arts for this fantastic opportunity.  Please head on over to their blog and read about the good work they are doing. You can also read about the three winners, including myself.

Read their blog post HERE!