New Novel: The Two Day Countdown

I’m very excited for the release of my fourth novel, A Love Story for a Nation, now only two days away on July 3.

I’m giving away seven paperback copies to lucky readers on Goodreads. You can enter the giveaway HERE!

If your a Kindle Unlimited subscriber, you can read A Love Story for a Nation for FREE!

In conjunction with its July release, I’ll be discounting Beauty Rising, my first novel, to only 99 cents a little later in the month. Also, The Recluse Storyteller, my second novel will be having a very special promotion as well.

Tomorrow and Friday of this week I’ll be having exclusive excerpts of my new novel on my website.

I greatly appreciate your support, and if you can pass the word, let me know.

If you are a book blogger and are interested in reviewing my latest novel, please email at

Order your copy of my new novel HERE!


“A Love Story for a Nation” – Order Your Copy Today!

My fourth novel is on pre-order for KINDLE. It will be available on July 3 (in paperback too!).

You’ll enjoy this great summer read! Order yours HERE!

TAGLINE: The Revolution Starts with an Innocent Smile

SYNOPSIS: 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.

Thanks for your support!

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Review of “Banyan Tree” by inspirational author Dolores Ayotte

Inspirational author and book reviewer Dolores Ayotte recently reviewed The Reach of the Banyan Tree and I must admit, I like the results. Here’s her first paragraph and you can read the rest at the link below. She wrote:

“I am fast becoming a huge fan of talented Author Mark W. Sasse. “The Reach of the Banyan Tree” is the third fictional novel that I’ve read by him and I have thoroughly enjoyed all three. I can certainly see his love and fascination for Vietnam because as in Beauty Rising the setting for this novel takes place there as well. As usual the description of the landscape and surroundings are phenomenal and easy to picture in one’s own mind.”

Read the rest Here!


Some of the Vietnamese characters of my new novel THE REACH OF THE BANYAN TREE

I’d like to highlight a few of the characters whom I have come to know very well inside the world of my new story.

Year 2000:

Thuy – She is a pretty, yet simple Vietnamese young woman twenty-two years old. She has a degree from the local agricultural and forestry university, but her real skills is English. Excellent English speaker including the ability to understand the idioms of the language. Actually, I have had Vietnamese students like this and I kind of modeled her after some of them. Truly impressive grasp of the language. She has a strong sense of duty and obligation to her family, especially her father. She has become, to her surprise, attracted to a young American man, Chip Carson, who has been doing humanitarian aid in northern Vietnam.

Thang – Thuy’s father. He is a drunk. The eldest child of a large family and extended clan dating back seven generations. Besides Thuy, he has a seven year old son named Quat who is everything in the world to him. Thang is rather indifferent to Thuy’s relationship with Chip, thinking it’s good for her to learn English from him for her future. What he doesn’t expect is Thuy falling in love with the American. That will complicate everything.

Mr. Hung – Chief of Police in Thai Nguyen. He is protected by his famous and well-connected father in Hanoi. He should have been executed for drug running, but was able to skirt the law through framing others. He is extremely ambitious, but most people want nothing to do with him. That is why he is stuck in a small provincial town.

Mr. Dung – he is the Chief Minister of the Interior. He has few scruples and is willing to do whatever to get the oil contracts his government wants.

Miss Thanh – the naive translator for Mr. Dung, who has to deal with the abrasive C.R. Carson, Chip’s father and CEO of Carson Oil.

Year: 1945

Long – a fourteen year old boy who befriends OSS paratrooper Charles Carson, Chip’s grandfather, and goes on an incredible adventure with him during the waning moments of World War II.

Mai – the beautiful young translator and officer who travels with Charles and Long on their unexpected adventure. Mai and Charles are thrust in a love relationship which neither of them could have expected.

I hope you will join in the story and meet these incredible characters.