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.



Monday, March 17, 2014

Newspaper Article

Last Friday I came home from work and found out that the article that featured my two novels in the local newspaper had come out. You can read it here.

Overall, it was a really good article. I thought there was a little too much about me, personally, but still there was enough about my two published books to hopefully generate some sales.

I made it a point to advise the reporter that the most challenging thing for a new author was promotion, and that didn't get in the article. Maybe it's because I had forgotten to mention it during the interview, and I had to email that point afterward.

The only other thing was the mention in the article of my other two books, the ones yet to be published. When I referred to the upcoming sequel to Killer of Killers, I said, "Killer Eyes." But the reporter heard it as "Killerize," and that's how it was printed in the article. No big deal, nor was the misspelling of the word, "heart" in John Dunn, Heart of a Zulu. (It was spelled "hart.")

No matter. It's still a good article, and it's one way of promoting my books. And for the record, the most challenging aspect for a newbie writer is promotion. But no way is this my last promotional effort. Promotion is an ongoing process, and I have to keep on thinking of how to keep that going.

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