Mark W. Sasse Announces New Release

Author Mark W. Sasse is pleased to announce the release of his new novel,  Beauty Rising.

“My heart sank. I dumped my father’s ashes in the heart of communist Vietnam – over a thousand miles from the death of his comrades – over a thousand miles from the smile of that girl. How could I have been so stupid?”

Only the bumbling, overweight, thirtyish, stay-at-home Martin Kinney could have mistakenly flubbed his dying father’s request with such gusto. This thousand mile mistake awakens the ghosts of long-held family secrets and puts Martin on a fateful course with an unlikely romantic interest – a young, beautiful, yet troubled Vietnamese woman named My Phuong.

Literary R&R says: “5 Stars . . . This story just resonates with redemptive beauty.”

Beauty Rising was released in December 2012 is available from and Amazon UK.

That Book’s Time Is Over

I’ve heard from a number of authors recently how they wanted to wait until their new books came out to run features. As always, I offered to them the opportunity to run a Sneak Peek (book excerpt) for their book since it was more than 90 days old and therefore didn’t qualify for an announcement feature. Their response “Nah, that book’s time is over.”


No. I don’t buy that. Sorry. So, the book didn’t take off the way you’d hoped. That doesn’t mean you should give up on it. There’s no reason that you shouldn’t take advantage of book excerpts or guest posts or any other opportunity which comes your way to feature that book. Continue reading “That Book’s Time Is Over”

Flash Fiction Vote

It’s Wednesday, and that means it is time once again for IU readers to vote for their choice in our  weekly Flash Fiction Challenge.

When we left our flash fiction challenge, only part of the story was told. A handful of brave indies have stepped forward to finish the job, but whose story did you like best?

Check out this week’s entries here. Vote for your fave then use those share buttons at the bottom of the post to spread the word that the vote is on.


Vote for your choice in our weekly Flash Fiction Challenge

  • Robert K. Blechman (30%, 32 Votes)
  • Dick C Waters (28%, 30 Votes)
  • Ed Drury (24%, 26 Votes)
  • Gary Munson (12%, 13 Votes)
  • JK Mikals (2%, 2 Votes)
  • A.L. Kaplan (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Sherri Springle (1%, 1 Votes)
  • A K Butler (1%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 107

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Getting it Right: Trauma

It was in the news again recently here, in the Great White North. The Canadian military redeployed soldiers with PTSD back to the places that made them sick. At least, that’s how the headlines ran, the truth was slightly different but hey, who doesn’t want to sensationalise how stupid it is to give a gun to someone who’s unwell?

This set me to thinking how cross I get whenever an episode of Criminal Minds or some such leads us to believe that PTSD turns people into killers, running amuck reliving their trauma from Afghanistan on the streets of Niceville. Trauma, PTSD, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is another one of those misunderstood dramatic devices that really, no really, upsets those who know when writers get it wrong. Continue reading “Getting it Right: Trauma”