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

THE VASE

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.



Wednesday, February 5, 2014

One Radio Station Has a Free Book

I've lost count of how many newspapers and radio stations I have contacted via email offering a free book. For the most part, they don't reply. But one radio station actually did reply, saying that they would be glad to have a free book. It happened to be Immaculate Heart Radio. I'd never heard of them before, I found them through a Google search,  but they are a Catholic Radio Station, and since the Pope is featured in The Vase, I thought they might be interested in this story. Apparently, they were.

So, as the only radio station to take the book, which I mailed to them last week, here's to hoping someone over there has time to read it, and then actually likes the story, and will say something about it to their radio audience. That's what I'm trying to get to happen, anyway. It's all about promotion. Advertising. Commercials. Get the word out. Maybe word of mouth will get going after that. We'll see. Fingers crossed.

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