Like to Write Book Reviews?

I’m excited for the release of second book in my very first trilogy. If you like to read and review novels, drop me a line at and I’ll hook you up with a review copy of my latest. If you haven’t read the first yet, I’ll get that for you too.

My only request: be honest!

Here’s the tagline for The African Connection:  Fruit, Faeries, & Fascist Dictators. The Adventure Continues.

Check the links below to learn more about the books and the series. Thanks!

reviewcopy promo



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 to set it up.

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




facebook forgotten child trilogy soon

The Rebel Christian reviews my new novel “Which Half David”

Valicity at posted a new review of my soon to be released novel “Which Half David.”

She states: “I have read multiple Christian stories about King David’s journey and I think this one is definitely worth a read. It is different from all the others I have read because it takes place in such a vastly different setting—that fact alone makes it very interesting right from the start.”

Please head on over to her website and read the entire review HERE!

Available for Pre-Order: HERE!

Synopsis: Which Half David is a modern twist on the centuries old tale of King David. Set against the lush backdrop of the fictitious Southeast Asian island nation of Sulu, it is the story of one man’s dramatic fall from grace and his struggle to come to grips with both halves of who he really is.

American mission worker Tobin Matthews faces off against two imposing giants: a vicious gang of human traffickers and a corrupt justice system ready to imprison a group of hill tribesmen. But his greatest foe remains within as he finds himself wrestling with a broken marriage and a crippling set of doubts. When his brazen ex-lover shows up with her own agenda, she becomes the greatest temptation of his life, and he must decide how far he is willing to go to have her.


Review at the Tarentum Book Club

I am truly honored. My novel, “The Reach of the Banyan Tree,” is being reviewed at the prestigious Tarentum Book Club in Tarentum, Pennsylvania. This is no ordinary book club. It was founded in 1901 for the sake of bringing ‘women together that are interested in Literature and Science, for the purpose of mental culture.’

Here’s the 2001 newspaper article which highlighted the group’s 100th year anniversary meeting. 100 Year Anniversary News Article

And now, in 2015, the group is still going strong and they are reviewing my book! How awesome is that? Oh, how I wish I could sit in on this! Too bad I’ll be 12,000 miles away.

However, my sister has been invited, and she was asked to bring some Vietnam knickknacks to help decorate the house, setting the scene for the review of the book based on Vietnam. These ladies go all out! They even asked my advice for what kind of dessert would be Vietnamese. That’s easy. Fruit.

On so on this Friday, October 9th, I am honored to be chosen for review at the Tarentum Book Club. I hope my story provided some interesting reading and stimulated some good discussion. I hope it was worthy enough for “mental culture.” That’s a mighty high task! But I am grateful and humbled that you chose my book.

I hope you enjoy!

Banyan Tree Cover med


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 – Some Author Comparisons – Some Reasons to Read “Banyan Tree”

Author, blogger, book reviewer – Eileen Granfors – gives a wonderful new book review of my latest, The Reach of the Banyan Tree. She also dropped some author names whom she used as a comparison. I am, of course, humbled by her kind words. She also coaxed out of me a list of 10 books which have inspired me. It’s all on her blog. The opening section of her review is here, but do head on over and read it in its entirety. And if you haven’t checked out “Banyan Tree” yet, I’d be honored. Enjoy.

“Historical fiction is my favorite genre, and Mark Sasse has joined my list of must-read authors in the genre. I would compare his work to that of both James Clavell and John Shors.

Sasse’s plots are intricate, as they should be in historical fiction. The story takes us through several generations, with the concomitant sociological-political-historical details of the time. This alone might suffice to satisfy my curiosity about eras of world history. But Sasse, as an observant writer, also develops setting and character and plot twists.”

Read the entire review HERE!

Have you been misled by positive reviews?

From a new review of my novel, The Recluse Storyteller: “This is one time the 4 and 5 star reviews were right on. I loved this book.”

That made me laugh. And smile. And laugh some more. And then it made me ponder the Amazon rating system.

First off, I’m thrilled that the reviewer loved my book. He obviously has been burnt before by misleading reviews, and when I looked over some of his other reviews that was the case. I saw several poor reviews that he given books in the past, indicating that he had downloaded them for free, based upon the positive reviews. When he got into the book, however, the reviews didn’t seem to line up with his expectations.

This is an issue with Amazon reviews. It’s not always easy to know the source of those reviews. Perhaps the author is just using a pseudonym or maybe someone’s mother is showing her hometown pride.

As an author, I am dedicated to real reviews by real people. Sure, some people I know have reviewed my books. It’s certainly their right. I appreciate any review that is honest, and that’s the truth. The last thing I ever want to do is bring in a reader through an insincere review. I’m in this authorship thing for the long haul, and I want to find readers who like my stories and who will stick with me as well. Gimmicks and insincerity just isn’t going to do it.

That’s why I loved this short review. He acknowledged that the positive reviews given were indeed backed up by the writing. What else could a writer want?

Not everyone will like my stories or enjoy my writing style, and that’s fine. But when I find people who do, it’s pretty special and makes all the hours of writing well worth it.

I promise real stories. I promise real reviews. Nothing more. Nothing less.

New Review: The Recluse Storyteller

LitWorldInterviews posted a wonderful review of “The Recluse Storyteller” by their reviewer Colleen Chesebro.

It’s a wonderfully written and thorough review. Here’s the overall marks:

Realistic Characterization: 5/5
Made Me Think: 4/5
Overall enjoyment: 5/5
Readability: 4/5
Recommended: 4/5
Overall Rating: 4.5

I’m honored that she read and enjoyed it. Please head over and read the entire review. Well worth it. HERE IT IS!

A Detailed and Beautiful Review of my Novel by Maniparna

This is one of the most detailed reviews of my new novel, The Reach of the Banyan Tree, written by blogger Maniparna. This will give you an excellent idea of what the novel is about, and a thorough look at my writing style. I’ve included the first couple paragraphs below, but please head over to her website and read the rest.

The Vietnam war still works as an inspiration for novelists . On my first glance to Mark W. Sasse’s historical fiction/contemporary romance novel The Reach of the Banyan Tree , I took it as another war story. But with the turning of every page my heart leaped up with new wonders , it’s not only a book about war , it’s a narration of life , of love , of friendship and destiny.

I reviewed Sasse’s previous publication The Recluse Storyteller and was bowled over by his unique narrative style which reminded me of the ‘stream of consciousness’ style. This time he clearly avoided that and rather has followed the classical method of story-telling .

The story covers a span of almost seventy years , starting from the World War II and ending in 2014 , not at a stretch though. Charles Regal Carson  III , the son of American billionaire Charles Regal Carson II , owner of  Carson Oil , arrives in Vietnam as he wants to live his own life , away from the grandiose of his father. He meets Thuy, a Vietnamese girl and both of them are head over heels for each other. While visiting a historical site , Phuong Hoang Cave in North Vietnam , Chip suddenly discovers his grandfather’s name ,Charles Regal Carson , etched on the stone wall connected by a heart sign with another name , Mai. The mention of the” The Flying Dutchman” phrase after the name makes him sure of his ancestral connection. A plethora of thoughts ransack his minds as he tries to connect the loose end that is related with the name Mai , of whom he knows nothing.

Read the rest here!