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Three Easy Ways to Purchase My Novels in Malaysia (or Anywhere Worldwide)

I am lucky to have loads of friends around the world, but it isn’t always easy for them to pick up a copy of my novels. Well, hopefully this post will alleviate a lot of that. I’ve tracked down three sites where paperback copies of my novels are available. The first two are in Malaysia, and since I live in Malaysia, I’d like to have an outlet for my friends to pick up my novel. Here’s two choices:  Bookurve & Kinokuniya Malaysia

Bookurve Malaysian On-line Bookstore

Kinokuniya Malaysia

One of the best sites to order my book from is in the UK – The Book Depository. It offers FREE worldwide shipping on all its books, including my titles. Here’s a link to my latest on their site:

Book Depository

So I hope many of my friends around the world (and especially in Malaysia) will check out one of my stories. Please let me know what you think!

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Review of “A Love Story for a Nation” on Lit World Interviews

Book Reviewer Colleen Cheseboro recently posted her review of my latest novel A Love Story for a Nation. Her thorough and insightful interview was posted on “Lit World Interviews.”  Here’s how she closed her review:

“Lovers of historical literature and fiction will lose themselves in the events that Mark Sasse has woven around these characters. I finished reading this novel on the Fourth of July while, outside my window, fireworks were exploding celebrating the freedoms of all Americans. It was a poignant moment.”

Please head over to the site and read the entire review.

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Available now on Kindle and Paperback: Read reviews and excerpt HERE!

 

Travel to an Unspecified Country. Travel to Every County. “A Must Read”

My latest novel, A Love Story for a Nation, is set in the country of ?

Actually, even I don’t know. It’s unspecified.

I wonder if that bothers anyone.

The story is set in the capital city called ?

Hmmm, even that is unknown. The one place in the story that is known is the slum-like section affectionately known as Reoux – the heart of the resistance, the home of workers, the lower class, the heart and soul of the nation. They live and work and breath and love under the watchful eye of the oppressive regime. Their hearts yearn for freedom, but are just as often content to kiss their kids goodnight after a hearty meal consisting of more heart and less meal.

Gerald J. Sanpatri lives in Reoux with his wife. He is the neighbor everyone loves. Kind and compassionate, giving and loving. His heart doesn’t take its cue from circumstance. He smiles at the children, gently rubs the arm of his wife, and sits down with friends and enjoys a humble meal of beans and rice. Life is good in the midst of poverty and under the crushing force of the city.

But beneath this humble existence, the city is starting to pulse with new life. Whispers of demonstrations, comedic skits of the dictator are on the street, new boldness is felt in the classrooms.

Time is a poor master of fate. For when the timing is right, the cracks of society begin to buckle the entire structure. Dictatorship is no match for freedom. Oppression is no match for love.

Wherever there are people who wish to be free, wherever their are those who struggle to love and live the life they want, wherever there are those who are will to take a stand for their God-given rights, that is where this story takes place.

It’s a love story for a nation. Any nation. Every nation.

Read this “MUST READ” now!

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“This Story Deeply Affected Me”

Charlene from Literary R & R posted her review of A Love Story for a Nation. 

Here’s a few things she said:

“There are numerous layers to unpack in this story.”

“[a story] of personal betrayal, loss, and fear, and a story of ultimate surrender.”

“This story deeply affected me.”

“Beautiful and hauntingly written.”

Please head on over to Literary R & R and read the Full Review.

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New Release Post on Storybook Reviews

Storybook Reviews recently posted about my new novel, A Love Story for a Nation. The post also included an exclusive excerpt.  Below is an excerpt of the excerpt. Do head over to the Storybook Reviews and check out the complete post:

“Standing firm. In the native dialect of the Banti hill tribe, Meneshmi Bula means ‘standing firm’,” offered Gerald.

“This man is a walking metaphor. A literary reference who has come to life,” continued Horace, pointing at Meneshmi.

“But why would you choose that name, Meneshmi?” asked Sonni.

“It’s not difficult to guess,” said Gerald, feeling uncomfortable and regretting his decision to visit.

Horace shook his head in disbelief. “He’s an example of the young, uneducated saps whose only schooling comes through the current system of modern manipulation-matriculation. Don’t worry, Sonni. It’s not your fault.” He turned back to Gerald. “Can you believe what these people learn these days? Sonni was telling me about a class he takes called, ah…”

“Patriotic Socialization.”

“That’s it, Patriotic Socialization and the… what was that? The crappiness of…”

“Patriotic Socialization and Citizen Contribution.”

“Yes, exactly. What a young memory he has! Let’s hope he’s half as clever when he becomes an engineer. Have you covered two plus two yet?”

 

A New Review of “A Love Story for a Nation”

Inspirational Author and Book Reviewer Dolores Ayotte posted a new review of A Love Story for a Nation, and I’d like to share a few excerpts:

She starts by saying: “It is almost impossible to adequately express in words how moved I was by “A Love Story for a Nation”. The plot of this incredible tale sent shivers down my spine on more than one occasion. Author Mark Sasse is one gifted writer. The depth of his ability to connect with the characters in his stories which permeates through to his readers, to those of us clinging to every word he pens, is beyond description. I’m a huge fan…plain and simple.”

She then goes into a great description of the plot of the book ending with these words:

“I wish there was higher than a 5 star rating because I would definitely give it to this mesmerizing novel. Loved it!!”

I encourage you to go read the full review as it gives some excellent descriptions of the book and will help anyone know whether it would be for them or not.

Read Full Review on Goodreads

Read Full Review and Excerpt on Amazon

Also Check out Dolores Ayotte’s Author Page

Review of “A Love Story for a Nation”

Book Reviewer Michelle Clement James just posted her review of “A Love Story for a Nation” on her website Book Chat. She gave it 5 STARS and here’s how she opened her review:

Mark W. Sasse’s most recent book to be released on July 3, 2015 is a story of the bravery and perseverance of Gerald Sanpatri. After his wife Rosia dies, Sanpatri picks up his pen to fulfill a promise he made to Rosia to start writing again. He starts writing tales of Jonny, his son who died before he was born. They become extraordinary tales of heroism against the palace. On the one-year anniversary of Rosia and Jonny’s deaths, Gerald finds a note in his lunch bag that Rosia left so long ago.  It told him “Remember to just stand there and smile.” Gerald did just that as he started his vigilance on a stone outside the palace gate.  In order to avoid spoilers, I have to stop here.

Please head over to her site and read the rest of the review HERE!

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Exclusive Excerpt: Meet the Characters of “A Love Story for a Nation”

My newest novel is releasing TOMORROW – July 3 in both Kindle and Paperback. You can buy a copy HERE!

Today, I’m pleased to present an exclusive excerpt from the novel which helps to introduce some of the main characters. I hope you enjoy:

A LOVE STORY FOR A NATION – Excerpt from Chapter Three “Independence Day”

“My best friend,” started Gomez, looking right at Gerald. “This is a very rare vintage. I was saving it for my son’s wedding. But as you know I have three daughters, and you can be sure that the groom’s family is going to be paying for the champagne at my daughters’ wedding.” Everyone laughed. “Therefore, I present this to my favorite couple. The beautiful Rosia and the broken-down old man who was lucky enough to snag her.” Gerald and Rosia hugged their friends and laughed heartily with the rest of the revelers of Independence Day.

The lively love and friendship shone warmly that evening as they sat on the riverbank waiting for the fireworks to end the celebration. He mentioned nothing of the ID, or work, or the tanks, or the A.S. National Bank, or the smelly river, or the crowded back alleys where they all lived.

Music could be heard in the distance, a marching band, no doubt playing the patriotic tunes they knew so well, but they were faint enough to luckily be indistinguishable. Gerald kept stealing glances at his bride, his burden temporarily lifted by each glimpse of her. His heart felt full.

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.

“My father said he really admired your novels when he was young. And then he said when the era of the revolution began that you wrote a series of children’s books and then were never heard from again,” said Tana.

Gerald’s face blushed red with embarrassment. He looked over at Rosia and shook his head.

“Gerald, you never told me that you used to write,” repeated Rosia.

“It was a lifetime ago. That’s long gone. I’m happy to serve the republic and guard the bank.”

Horace nearly spit his drink all over the ground upon hearing such a statement.

“Oh, you clearly know how to stay alive. Clearly,” laughed Horace.

Meet Gerald J. Sanpatri

Meet the protagonist of “A Love Story for a Nation.”

Former novelist and young college professor. He and his ideologically-driven friends drove his beloved country to freedom some twenty years in the past. But as the new regime failed to live up to its promise, Gerald became marginalized in society. His famous work, “The Belle of Burgundy”, was banned, and he started writing a series of children books about a turtle named Tom. Once all state publishers spurned him, he quit writing and took a series of menial jobs just to make ends meet.

After years of being a guard at a state bank, he unexpectedly meets Rosia, a woman fifteen years his younger, who makes Gerald think twice about his bachelorhood. As he takes a step of faith to ask her to marry him, he’s shocked that she says “yes”, and his life begins to be radically changed by this unexpected love.

The novel itself begins on the one-year wedding anniversary of Gerald and Rosia, which sets in motion a series of events that Gerald would not have believed. His wife finds out he used to be a writer. She encourages him to pick back up his pen. A dear friend from the past, the outlaw revolutionary leader Horace, shows up with a group of young college students, who talk about the new freedoms seeping into society.

This is a story of love and revolution. Of courage and perseverance. This is a story of standing for what you believe, all the while with a benign smile on your face.

This is a story of how the past shapes and molds us, readying us for the greatest of tasks under the harshest of circumstances. This is the story of Gerald J. Sanpatri. Available for pre-order from: Amazon ALoveStoryforaNation Cover LARGE