My new novel garnered another 5-star review, this time from Colleen Chesebro who reviews books for litworldinterviews.com.
She writes this about the protagonist:
“This battle, between the good and bad halves of Tobin Matthews, is what made this story shine. The conflict is real, and anyone who reads this story will recognize facing some of the exact trials in their own lifetimes. It all comes down to choices.”
And she rated it 5-stars in all of her categories. Please head on over to their website and read the entire review
#BOOK REVIEW BY @COLLEENCHESEBRO OF “Which Half David,” BY AUTHOR Mark W. Sasse
Valicity at TheRebelChristian.com 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.
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!
One of my favorite bands, House of Heroes, has a new album coming out this July. I just found out about it this week and I’ve had their pre-release lyric video on repeat for the last three days. Here it is:
I’ve been hooked on House of Heroes since I discovered their amazing album “The End is not the End” a bunch of years ago. On that album, their creativity mixed with a World War II theme was enough for this history buff to get excited. It’s one of my all time favorite albums.
I love this new song of theirs too. They have tremendous musical hooks and wonderful lyrics. How do I know they are wonderful? Well, for me, whenever I tell myself, “Huh, I wouldn’t have thought of that phrase. That’s awesome.” I’m hooked. There are plenty of artists out there who have the most annoying banal lyrics who still make millions! I don’t get it. I mean “Lemonade” – wow – originality there. Sorry Beyonce.
Anyways, seeing HOH release their new song got me thinking once again how we need to show the respect for creative artists. They are putting themselves out there. And when they release a new song, if it isn’t what the public or listening (or reading) audience is expecting, it can tank and pull down a whole year’s worth of creativity with it.
I’m not saying we have to like everything or even be nice about everything. I’m sure there’s a citrus fruit reference above that proves that point. But artistic endeavors, thinking with our minds, creativity, originality, should be respected and honored. They are as tangible as building a brick wall. They’ll probably last that long too. They also offer our souls a comfort and different type of protection, a glimpse at the intangible, a speck of the unseen, a glimmer of what it really means to be human.
It’s a scary thing – putting yourself out there. HOH has done it admirably and I know I have a new album to buy this July.
Find the artists you like. Buy their stuff. Respect their effort. And enjoy.
If you haven’t picked up a copy of my newest release, A Love Story for a Nation, here are two new descriptions which might help you see if this book is for you or not.
- Someone recently asked if I wrote it like a historical tall-tale? I thought about for a minute and then replied, you got it exactly right. That description seems almost like an oxymoron, but it hits the heart of the story well. It’s a story of love and revolution would could have been set in any number of countries during the 20th century.
- A second person said the following: “I just finished A Love Story and thought you should know that I think it is wonderful! Any story that makes you think about your own life; what you could do better; what you should do more or less of to affect positive change…that’s a winner to me.”
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You can also read reviews, check out an excerpt, or look at my other books. Thanks!
January – April
- My script “A Pinch of Fate, A Shot of Destiny” was performed in Sydney, Australia as part of the Short & Sweet Theatre Festival.
- Finalized script and casting for my musical “A Tad of Trouble.”
- Put the finishing touches on my fourth novel. Sent to editor.
- Wrote a major portion of my fifth novel.
May – August
- Produced three performances of “A Tad of Trouble” at the Penang Performing Arts Centre
- Released my 4th novel “A Love Story for a Nation.”
- Wrote ten pieces of short drama and musicals for my Christmas show “Tales of Wonder: A RLT Players’ Christmas.”
- Won five awards at the Short & Sweet Festival Penang for my piece “Words to Say at the End of the World”
Sept – October
- Finished and published my first full-length play in four years: “The Secrets of the Magic Pool.”
- Finished my fifth novel “Which Half David.” Readying the revisions.
- More than 12,000 words into my sixth novel.
- Started writing a new collaborative play with four of my students.
- Wrote a short experimental theatre piece called “How to Build a Dictator.” Waiting to see about 2016 production.
- Started writing many other short dramatic pieces which I’ll finish in the new year.
- Editing my first collection of dramatic duets, set to release early 2016
Novel: “A Love Story for a Nation” (June 2015)
Play: “Secrets of the Magic Pool” (December 2015)
Collection: “Theatrical Duets for Stage, Competition, or Classroom” (January 2016)
Novel: “Which Half David” (Summer 2016)
It’s been a productive year. Lots more on my plate for 2016!
Danielle at Universalcreativityinc just posted her review of “A Love Story for a Nation.”
Some highlights include:
“[It] is one of those novels that readers won’t ever forget.”
“I found the mystery of the plot incredible.”
“By the the time you reach the end you will be waiitng for the next stunning well written adventure by Mark Sasse. It’s the first time that I have read any one of his novels and now, I plan to read each one of his previous novels before this one.”
Please head on over to her website and read the entire review HERE!
If you want to try the novel for yourself, you can read excerpts and reviews HERE!
Thanks again for all your support.