“Some stories need to be told: This one is exceptional.”

Fran Lewis on her site “Just Reviews” posted her lengthy and thorough review of “A Love Story for a Nation.”  I highly recommend you heading over to her site to check out what she says. Do be forewarned that in such a lengthy review, there may be a few minor spoilers. She gave the story a glowing 5-star review. Here’s a few of her comments:

“Some stories need to be told: This one is exceptional.”

“Author Mark Sasse takes a simple man and turns him into a hero and teaches young people and adults that your voice can be heard in a calm and positive way without violence.”

“Once again author Mark Sasse raises the bar and penned a novel so compelling and thought provoking that once you read this book you will want to read it again as I did.”

“Some voices will not be silenced. Gerald’s won’t! Reoux : It held his soul. He could never leave! Read this poignant novel to learn why!”

This is a great review. Please head over to Fran Lewis’s site to read the rest. Read 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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