Will iconic images recorded in the grooves of an ancient vase unite the Holy Land or rip it further apart?


A novel by Mark M. DeRobertis

Muhsin Muhabi is a Palestinian potter, descended from a long line of potters. His business is run from the same shop owned by his ancestors since the day his forebears moved to Nazareth. The region's conflict saw the death of his oldest son, and rogue terrorists are in the process of recruiting his youngest in their plot to assassinate the Pope and Israeli prime minister.

Professor Hiram Weiss is an art historian at Nazareth’s Bethel University. He is also a Shin Bet operative on special assignment. With the help of fellow agent, Captain Benny Mathias, he plans to destroy the gang responsible for the death of his wife and only child. He puts a bomb in the ancient vase he takes on loan from Muhsin’s Pottery Shop.

Mary Levin, the charming assistant to the director of Shin Bet, has lost a husband and most of her extended family to recurring wars and never-ending terrorism. She dedicates her life to the preservation of Israel, but to whom will she dedicate her heart? The brilliant professor from Bethel University? Or the gallant captain who now leads Kidon?

Harvey Holmes, the Sherlock of Haunted Houses, is a Hollywood TV host whose reality show just flopped. When a Lebanese restaurant owner requests his ghost-hunting services, he believes the opportunity will resurrect his career. All he has to do is exorcise the ghosts that are haunting the restaurant. It happens to be located right across the street from Muhsin’s Pottery Shop.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Promotional Efforts

The Vase, my second novel, is not a religious book, but it does have religious content, features some religious people, and even gears toward the supernatural, (although that last one can be up to the reader's interpretation.) So I thought I'd contact some religious radio stations to see if any of their radio show hosts might be interested in receiving a free copy of the book. I added that if they liked it to let their listeners know about it, which I think would be a great promotional move.

And why wouldn't it? I tried a religious newspaper, but they didn't seem interested, judging by their lack of response. So the last couple days I've been contacting radio stations, and one has already replied with an interest in reading the book. Since it's only been a couple days, I'm hoping more will respond, too. But with even one radio station plugging the book, that might be the best thing I could hope for. Can't wait to see how it pans out. I'll keep you posted.

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