I’m giving away on Goodreads 100 copies (Kindle version) of book 1 of  the brand new Forgotten Child Trilogy.

That’s right! 100 copies.


I want to get this book into the hands of as many people as possible. Why? Because I believe in this story. I had a blast writing it, and I want to share the enjoyment.

The Story:

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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What will become of you … book?

(Just a few simple thoughts of what will happen to the books I mailed out to winners of my Goodreads’ giveaway.)

I packed and sealed you in a cardboard box,

Love and time and tears and patience constructed the story between your covers,

I post you to a new destination,

but what will become of you, my book?

A cardboard box inside a mail box waiting for a hand to pull it out.

A look of curiosity will strike the face first, “What is this?”

She’ll read the label and remember the giveaway.  A slight smile settles on her face, but is it a foretaste of what is to come?

What will happen when she opens the package?

Will she laugh with delight and marvel at the colorful tones of the cover?

Will he fan the pages over his face to take the new book for its first ride?

Will it sit on the kitchen counter throughout the day for all family members to flip through to see the new edition?

Will it end up on a nightstand for some pre-snooze reading and will the pages awaken the weary-eyed heart, keeping her up until the wee hours of dawn trying to decipher  the motives of mean Mr. Frick from Manhattan?

I sent you off in good faith. Hoping to share a little joy, a jaunt of adventure to help one escape the mundane qualities of another Monday.

I hope laughter comes and excitement builds. I hope frustration mounts when book one climaxes. Perhaps it even falls off the bed as she mutters “Ahhh, what’s going to happen? When does book two come out?”

Will a helping hand hold out the book and offer it to a friend, “You should read this. I never heard of this author, but I really enjoyed it. The second book is coming out soon.”

Can one book’s lifespan become two or multiply to more?

You have much potential, sitting inside a cardboard box, riding in the back of a postal truck. Limitless in hope.



it …

be thrown on a book shelf, sandwiched between 75 Recipes from Tuscany and an unread Louis L’amour?

What will become of you, my book?


Win a Paperback Copy of “Which Half David”

Hello friends. Head on over to Goodreads on the link below and enter to win a paperback copy of my new release, “Which Half David.” It’s an explosive and fun story about a man who seems to conquer the world yet can’t conquer his own soul. If it sounds a little like King David, it’s no coincidence. But this story is set in present day Southeast Asia.

Check it out. And good luck!

Enter to Win “Which Half David”


First Pre-Release Review of “Which Half David”

Book reviewer S. Wilkerson published her pre-release ARC review of “Which Half David” on Goodreads.

She said in part: “The plot is original, full of psychological drama, suspense, twists, turns and surprises.”

You can read the full review here: First Review of Which Half David

“Which Half David” is my fifth novel, scheduled to be released on September 15. It will be available on Kindle and in paperback.

It will be available for pre-order later in August. Stay tuned.

Thanks for the support!


Enter the Giveaway Yet?

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a paperback copy of my latest novel, “A Love Story for a Nation.”

Head on over to Goodreads to: enter the giveaway.

Or read the reviews. 4.7 stars on 16 reviews!

This is a story I’m really passionate about. It was originally a ten-minute, short play that we performed in 2011 at the Penang Performing Arts Centre. I had the privilege of developing this inspiring story into a full-fledged novel. Now it can be yours for free!

Best of luck!

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Bet You Can’t Guess: A Story that Keeps You Guessing

My latest novel, A Love Story for a Nation, is a story meant to keep you guessing. I’ve had some readers comment recently to me that they couldn’t believe certain revelations. Even my wife when she read it said, “Wait! What?” Totally didn’t see that coming. I love it when that happens. If you like stories with unexpected twists and moments of intrigue, please check it out. I had a lot of fun writing it, and hopefully you’ll have a lot of fun reading it.

$3.99 on Kindle $11.99 paperback  Read reviews and excerpt HERE!

Get a copy with FREE shipping worldwide from The Book Depository.

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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.

Mark Sasse grew up in Butler County in western PA, but he has spent most of the last twenty years in Asia, teaching, writing and enjoying the food. He has authored three additional novels and many dramatic works. He won the Best Script award in 2013, 2014, & 2015 at the Short & Sweet Theatre Festival Penang. His dramatic works have also been performed in Sydney and Kuala Lumpur. In addition to writing, he loves to cook, coach softball, travel, and spend time with his family.

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Deals and Giveaways Galore!

Lots going on this weekend and I hope you can all take advantage of it. I’m co-sponsoring with The Kindle Book Review $400 worth of Amazon gift cards. This giveaway ends on September 27, so make sure to get in on the deal. Greatly appreciate your like on Facebook and a look at my novel in the process.

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Speaking of that novel, you can still enter to win a paperback copy of “A Love Story for a Nation” on Goodreads through September 30. Enter here!

Enter to win paperback copy on Goodreads here!

And lastly, that novel has been slashed on Kindle 76% – from $3.99 to $0.99 – through Sept 26. This is the first time it’s been offered below list price. Grab yourself a compelling read for the price of a candy bar.

On Here!  Amazon UK Here!

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