New Release Sale #1: $0.99 cents for “A Love Story for a Nation”

Leading up to my new release on September 15, I’m offering two sweet-deals for two great reads. Here’s the first:

“A Love Story for a Nation” – 99 cents on Kindle – NOW through August 31.

REVIEWS: A stellar 4.8 stars on Amazon!  READ REVIEWS and PURCHASE

“5 stars – Stunning novel for All.” – Reviewer D. Urban

“5 stars – Deeply affected me.” – Charlene, Literary R & R

You’ve got nothing to lose except engrossing reading time!

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As nightly raids burn the capital city, the mundane existence of Gerald Sanpatri takes a dramatic shift when Rosia walks into his life bringing laughter and unexpected love. She inspires the ex-writer to once again take up his pen and write the impossible: a love story for an entire nation. A Love Story for a Nation chronicles the explosive and heart-warming journey of one country’s brush with history through the eyes of a courageous man who dared to stand up, smile, and think the unimaginable.

Exclusive Excerpt #2: “A Love Story for a Nation” (99 cent sale day three!)

In this excerpt. We are introduced to the bigger-than-life revolutionary figure Horace. And the wife of our protagonist finds out that he actually used to be a writer.

Exclusive Excerpt:

As the raucous fun and stories continued, a loud call from the street rang out clearly—a familiar voice and a constant barrage of laughing and yelling made its way through the house and onto the river bank.

“Well, well, well. A bunch of rabble-rousers.”

Gomez and Gerald stood to see a large elderly gentlemen, accompanied by three young adults.

“Horace? Is that you? Look everyone, it’s Uncle Horace!” yelled Gomez.

Everyone stood to greet the legendary Reoux figure, who used to live right across the street from Gomez until the regime arrested him during the revolution nearly two decades ago.

“Horace, it’s been so long.”

“I was thinking that myself the other day. A year, I think. I haven’t seen you in a whole year. And Gerald, good to see you.”

“And my wife,” said Gerald, pointing to Rosia.

“Married? Gerald, the old scholarly bachelor married? To such a pretty young wife. What’s wrong with her?”

“I ask myself that every day,” grinned the father-to-be.

Horace grabbed Rosia in a convincing bear-hug.

“Careful. She’s going to have my child.”

“You don’t say!” said Horace. “God in Heaven, please allow the poor child to look like his mother.”

Everyone roared in laughter as Gomez escorted the new arrivals to the blanket area and handed them some cold drinks.

“Oh how I’ve missed this view of paradise. A city on a hill cannot be ignored, right Antoine?” yelled Horace into the black of the evening. “I’m sorry; I haven’t introduced my entourage. See that? You live long enough, you too might have an entourage that follows you wherever you go.”

“Uncle Horace always had a vivid imagination,” said Gomez with a smile.

“I’m not imagining anything. I can’t get rid of these characters. They follow me everywhere.”

“From what we hear, a lot of people follow you,” said Gerald.

“Oh for sure, those damn spies would take up residence in my arse if I let them. Ladies, please pardon my French. I hope the British word somewhat softened the blow. But don’t worry. I gave them the slip when we entered Reoux. This place makes their skin crawl, but it makes me feel alive. Sorry. I still haven’t introduced my friends. This is Hobart, Tana, and Jonah. All students at the National University, if you can believe that.”
The three college students nodded and shook hands with everyone.

“Gomez is my nephew,” continued Horace. “This is his wife, Cecilia, and this, my friends, is Gerald Sanpatri, former author and lecturer at the National University.”

“Oh, so you’re the famous Sanpatri,” said Tana. “My father told me about you.”
Gerald almost shrunk in embarrassment as his wife looked over at him inquisitively.

“Please, no. Where did you hear such nonsense? I’m just a security guard.”

“A guarder of hearts, I say,” said Horace. “Are you writing yet?”

“I haven’t written anything in twenty years. I’m no writer. I just stand on my feet and protect the bank all day.”

“Nothing wrong with saving the greenbacks. Don’t be too hard on Gerald,” Horace said to the three young students. “Survival is the key to happiness. It’s hard to be happy in a pine box.”

Rosia continued to look over at Gerald as if something wasn’t right.

“I’m sure I don’t know what you’re talking about. And my poor wife seems to be the most in the dark,” said Gerald.

“You were a writer?” Rosia asked him.

“Ooops! The cat is out of the bag,” joked Horace, who took a swig of his drink.

Only 99 cents on Amazon.com

Only 99 cents on Amazon UK

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Need a Mysterious Read for Halloween? The Recluse on Sale for 99 cents!

For a limited time, through October 22, “The Recluse Storyteller” is on sale on Kindle for only 99 cents. It’s a great mysterious read, which will keep you guessing.

But beware, it has no werewolves, zombies, or witches. Nor is it a horror story, so if you’re looking for blood and guts, this ain’t your read.

But if you are looking for something different, something intelligent, something strange and mysterious, the recluse who tells stories is your woman.

Pick up your copy HERE!

The recluse weaves four different stories which eventually links to her own story as well. A little confusion at first will pay off in great dividends as the mysterious stories of the woman collide with each other.

It even has a mysterious cover! Check it out! I hope you enjoy.

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A Steal of a Deal: “Beauty Rising” (my debut novel) only 99 cents through Oct 18.

My first novel, still near and dear to my heart, is on a Kindle Countdown Deal for only 99 cents through October 18.

Get your copy here!

What’s it about? Many have described it as a late-coming-of-age story and that’s certainly true. Here’s some facts about it:

Date First Published: December 2012

Main Characters: Martin Kinny (30ish, still live at home going nowhere type – also overweight, not remarkably attractive); My Phuong (a beautiful, young, troubled Vietnamese woman)

Setting: Contemporary: Thai Nguyen & Hanoi Vietnam; Lyndora, Pennsylvania;

Narration: 1st person from two points of view

Part I: Section narrated by Martin: As his dying, abusive father (a Vietnam vet) asks Martin to take his ashes back to Nam, Martin tries to accomplish it, but ends up flubbing everything, including getting his wallet stolen, which makes him completely at the mercy of Vietnamese society to get back home

Part II: Section narrated by My Phuong: She chronicles how she stole Martin’s wallet, and how that seemingly benign event which she did many times before, ends up throwing her headlong into a series of events that should could have never predicted – including running for her very life.

Part III: Section narrated by Martin: In strange, unexpected ways, the two stories of Martin and My Phuong come together with a lot of uncertainty brewing under the surface.

Other Important Characters:

Martin’s Mother: weary and worn after a lifetime of living with her abusive husband; she resents all things Vietnam.

The Vietnamese Politician: He lures My Phuong into a web of deceit, where she becomes his trapped mistress.

This is an emotional novel which packs a wallop – especially at the end. Anyone who enjoys stories of love, deceit, culture, adventure, travel, or growing-up will find something enjoyable in “Beauty Rising”

Please check it out!

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Exclusive Excerpt: A Love Story for a Nation – The Real Enemy

To celebrate my latest novel’s first 99 Cent Sale on Amazon, I’m happy to offer an exclusive excerpt. Here’s a piece where Gerald stares into the face of his true adversary – the man on his country’s money:

“If I was a man, I’d have my revenge.” He leaned against the table. “What revenge would that be?” he asked himself. “Gomez said it himself, if I need someone to blame then just look around. Look around at this crummy house. Cold in the winter. Suffocating in the summer. Holes the size of Reoux rats, who have staked their claim to happiness. This place spawns rats, not humans. Look around! Blame is in the eye of the beholder. It’s so easy to see. You’ve exchanged my happiness for a pile of cash. Is that what you want?” He yelled the last line and violently upturned the table, sending all the loose bills scattering onto the kitchen floor. “Here, rats, come and feast on my fortune. Come and dine on my happiness. Lick the bills and tear a hole through the face of the one who surely is to blame for your wealth and my plight.” Gerald got on all fours and reached for a colorful denomination, lifting it up towards the window light. “There you are, President Antoine. I haven’t had the pleasure of having you in this house very often recently. But look at you now, covering my floor like the shavings of wood in a carpenter’s shop. At death you come. At death you finally show up to stake your claim on our lives. At death you arrive but for what? So I can walk upon you?” Gerald stood up and jumped up and down on the money. “So I can jump on you?  So I can push your greasy face into the rat tracks of my kitchen floor?” He walked all over the money, but stopped quickly to look once again at the bill still in his hand. “But Antoine, you came too late. You came much too late. If you had arrived several months ago, Rosia would be alive. Did you hear that Antoine? Rosia and my son would still be alive if you had come earlier. You have the means of doing good, but you purposely choose evil. You purposefully spit your venom on everyone. I thought we were friends. Compatriots. Brothers. I worked for you. I, Gerald Jon Sanpatri, worked for you. I never opposed you as I should have. And this is how you repay me? I was loyal to you and disloyal to myself, and this is how you repay me?” He stared deeply into the face on the bill. “It’s you! You’re to blame for everything. Everything! Everything!” yelled Gerald loudly and ripped the bill in several pieces, tossing it into the air. “I don’t want your blood money! I don’t want your gifts and flowers! I only want one thing: revenge. I shall have it, or I shall have death.”

SALE ENDS SEPT 26! Pick your copy up HERE!

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Kindle Countdown Deal is on! New release “A Love Story for a Nation” – 99 cents – 3 days only!

For the first time ever, my new release, “A Love Story for a Nation,” is dipping below it’s original Kindle price of $3.99. It’s price is being slashed 76% for 3 days only – Sept 24-26. (For Kindle, Kindle app on Ipad, Android, and any other device!)

What are you going to get for 99 cents?

A 5-Star amazing read. But don’t take my word for it.

  • Charlene from Literary R&R says “It deeply affected me.”
  • Inspirational author Dolores Ayotte said, “It is almost impossible to adequately express in words how moved I was by A Love Story for a Nation.”
  • On-line book reviewer S. Wilkerson says “A heart-felt, memorable story.”

And that’s just for starters! Experience the amazing life of writer Gerald Sanpatri as he stands up for his beliefs and pens a love story for an entire nation.

Please share and help get the word out about this amazing deal.  Read reviews and excerpt HERE!

UK Link Here!

Canada Link here!

What can you buy for 99 cents anymore? How about hours of entertainment? Don’t miss your chance.

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The Numbers: 4.8, 25, .99 (Hint: An amazing book deal.)

In a week I’ll be kicking off the biggest promotional book campaign I’ve ever organized.

So I decided to do a pre-sale to help set the stage for what’s to come.

By the numbers, it looks like this:

A book with 4.8 stars on 25 reviews for only $0.99! That’s the making of a great deal!

I’m talking about my third novel, released in 2014 – “The Reach of the Banyan Tree.”

You can pick up your 99 cent Kindle version HERE!

I’ve gotten a ton of great feedback about the book. It’s a story that will appeal to a wide audience:

  • A Love Story
  • Historical (set in 1945 Indochina and 2000 Vietnam)
  • Political intrigue
  • Adventure (the protagonist sets off on a long journey from Hong Kong to Thai Nguyen, northern Vietnam.
  • Romance (It actually has two stories of romance – one in 1945 and one in 2000 – but they are uniquely linked.)
  • Cross-cultural (Americans in Vietnam)
  • Asian culture
  • Generations of one family (3 generations of American men)

If you want to get wrapped up in a different world and experience a love story that is anything but a love story, please check out “The Reach of the Banyan Tree.”

On sale through September 22.

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