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.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Writing Slowed for Promotional Efforts

As I've been focused the past week or so on promotional efforts for both Killer of KIllers and The Vase, my time spent writing has been reduced. Even though I'm at the revising stage for Killer Eyes, I just haven't spent as much time doing that as I used to do for both KOK and The Vase. There is solace however, in two things. One--Killer Eyes, and even a fourth novel, John Dunn, do have the first drafts finished. And two--I am making progress with Killer Eyes in the revision stage--just slow progress.

Mostly, for Killer Eyes, it's making sure the 1st person POV is consistent. I'm applying all that into Killer Eyes now, just as I did for KOK. I envision someday, both KOK and Killer Eyes being published together as one book. Or at least in one combined and bound together book, even if, say KOK is "Book One" and then in the same bound book Killer Eyes follows as "Book Two."

And that's because Killer Eyes is not just a sequel, it's really the continuing story of  KOK. It's what happens immediately after the events of KOK, much like the events in the three LOTR books, or movies, as they are now.

As for a third Killer book? I've talked about it. It hasn't been written, though. What with these promotional efforts, that might be a while. And for what? My promotional efforts have hardly produced anything. Maybe that radio station, the one who agreed to receive a book, might make something happen. We'll see.

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