Limited Time 99 cent sale! Novel: A Love Story for a Nation

Here’s your chance to read the novel that reviewers have called:

“Heartfelt” “Destined to be a Classic” “Stunning” “Clever” “Wonderful”

Grab it on Amazon!

I’ll put two different blurbs below to give you a taste of what it’s about. But for 99 cents, you can’t go wrong if you love to read.

Blurb 1: You may burn an author’s books. You may strip his life of everyone he loves. But the writer remains. And soon enough, a new story will emerge where desolation once exists. 

“A Love Story for a Nation” chronicles the explosive and heart-warming journey of former writer Gerald Sanpatri, living a marginalized existence under a brutal dictatorship. After losing everything he once loved, he takes up his pen one last time, and dares to think the unimaginable. Part love story, part fantasy, “A Love Story for a Nation” is a modern day tall-tale with a timeless message of courage.

Blurb 2: 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.

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The Recluse Storyteller: Lower Price – Expanded Distribution

My second novel, The Recluse Storyteller, now has a permanent e-book price of $1.99. And in addition to that super low price, it now has expanded distribution through a myriad of outlets. So now there’s no excuse!

This is a really fun novel that you can’t give up on in the beginning. It has a unique structure of story inside of story inside of story… if you are a little lost at first, it’s okay. I promise, it will all come together in due time. It’s a combination of four stories told by our crazy recluse, but it is also the story of the recluse herself. It’s a great weaving mess of fun storytelling. So please do check it out. It’s now available in various ebook formats at all of the following retailers.

Amazon KINDLE HERE!

Barnes & Noble NOOK Book HERE!

Smashwords HERE!

Inktera HERE!

Kobo – coming this week!

Apple – available on ITunes!

And many more.  If you have a favorite ebook vendor, chances are The Recluse Storyteller is now available there.

My debut novel, Beauty Rising, will also be heading to expanded distribution in the near future. I’ll let you know. Thanks for your support.

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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.

In Malaysia from Bookurve.com

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.

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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2015: A Writing Year in Review

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

RE-CAPPING RELEASES

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!

 

Awesome Reads: New Blurb for my Newest Novel!

My latest novel is in search of new readers, so let me break-out a new blurb that highlights a different part of the story. Here it is:

When a former writer, Gerald Sanpatri, tragically loses his beloved wife and his unborn child, he picks up his pen once again and escapes into a fantasy world where his son heroically battles the evils of the world which caused his wife’s death. But as Gerald’s fantasy stories become more vividly directed at the real-life dictator of their impoverished nation, he starts to wonder what it would really take to start a real revolution.

Only those who love to get engrossed in stories they can’t put down need apply.

Available on Kindle: KINDLE VERSION

Paperback with FREE Worldwide Shipping: PAPERBACK with FREE SHIPPING

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The Standalone Novel

Sometimes I feel like I’m the only author out there that doesn’t write series. Maybe I’m secretly part Chinese.

Don’t follow?

Chinese artist and social critic Ai Wei-Wei has described the traditional intent of Chinese art as trying to capture a whole view of the universe in one scene or work of art. He points at the Olympic Bird’s-Nest stadium in Beijing, which he helped design, as being an example. The round shape, enclosed structure, standing for the whole of Chinese culture and history – a vision of the past – a vision of everything China ever has been and ever will be contained in one structure.

In a way, this is how I write. I want to create complete stories, whole stories, stories that rise and fall and move and weave until they have exhausted their potential, until all the tales are told – OK  not all the tales because more can always be written – but all the tales that I think are worth telling about this particular subject.

This is why I don’t like sequels. Sequels tend to cheapen the story. Sequels tend to retrofit plot and character in order to make it something it was never intended to be.

I’m not saying that book series can’t be good and enjoyable.

They’re just not for me.

I write stand-alone novels.

Does that mean I’ll never write a sequel to any of my books? No. I’ve learned that anything can happen. I just don’t have any interest in doing so.

After I wrote Beauty Rising, I had many people ask me if I was going to write a sequel for it. In my mind, Beauty Rising is absolutely complete. It was about Martin looking for a real home. He found it. End of story.

I had readers wonder about his mother and what happened there. (I have a future post on this topic.) For me, I don’t care. Martin’s mother was there for only one purpose, to drive Martin to fulfill his destiny. She did her part and got out of the way, like a graceful character knowing when to bow out of a scene. It was Martin’s show, and so he got the spotlight.

In the Recluse Storyteller, everything wraps up so neatly, that I can’t imagine wanting to tell any more stories from Margaret’s perspective. Her stories are exhausted. I’m on to my next book.

I want each of my novels to be a self-contained story. I don’t want to leave anything out and “save” it for #2 or #3 of the series.

So you won’t see me releasing Beauty Rising 2 or The Recluse Storyteller #5.

When I release my fifth novel, it will be my fifth stand-alone novel.

That’s just the way I do things.

I think I’ll go to my favorite Chinese stall now.