Not too late: “Beauty Rising” still at 99 cents!

If you haven’t had a chance yet, “Beauty Rising” – my debut novel from 2012 – is still running a 99 cent sale for 2 more days on Kindle.

It’s a fast, fun, and unexpected read. You can read one of the 85 reviews on Amazon, and even pop through the first couple chapters for free. I hope they hook you in.

Get Beauty Rising HERE!

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Also available in paperback:

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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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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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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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What’s important for an author on release day

I’m happy to announce the official release of my fourth novel.

Read an Excerpt and Synopsis Here.

This is always both a momentous day and an absolutely terrifying day.

An author rarely knows what he or she has come release day. Let’s talk about the momentous first.

Release day is the culmination of a year’s work (at least in my case). Endless hours of writing and creating, re-writing and editing. Endless hours of just thinking about the characters and the plot line. Endless hours of re-reading, formatting, more editing until the final product is somewhat satisfactory. Endless hours of promotion and contacts, of blog writing and synopsis writing.

Finally, all the work is over, the coddled and over-protected baby has to wobbly find her own way into the big bad world.

Thus, the terrifying part.

A writer really puts himself out there, opening up himself for criticism (which no one likes). One never knows how a work will be perceived. Will it be as “good” as my last one? How subjective is that? Will it surpass everything else I have written? Will it fall short, and will readers see it as a step backwards of where I’ve been.

I always believe that as a writer, the best is yet to come. I always work to surpass what I have previously done, but, of course, that is completely subjective.

So here’s what’s important for an author on release day: the only opinion that matters is your own. Have you put your heart and soul into your story? Have you over turned every plot stone and determined the absolutely best way for your story to flow? Even though you may not be completely satisfied with the end result (what writer is?), and you proud to release it, regardless of the result? In other words, is it ready?

If the answer to all of those questions are “yes,” then sit back and enjoy release day. You’ve made it once again. It’s a moment to be savored, and a negative review won’t even dent your confidence on a day like this.

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