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, April 16, 2014

Killer Eyes Revisions--On Last Chapter

Revising, the necessary phase in writing a novel, is a long process, especially if you want your book to be as good as it can possibly be. I learned so much from writing my first two books, I am confident that by the time Killer Eyes, my third book, is done being revised, I'll be able to submit it to Melange confident that the editing process will be short and sweet.

And this time, I am also confident that no second edition will be necessary. As I've explained in this blog when it happened, there was a mix up in the editing stage with KOK. For reasons not explained to me, (and I didn't ask,) KOK was shifted from one editor to another. I think that the original editor for reasons not explained, (nor did I ask,) stopped being an editor. So Nancy, the owner of Melange started editing it in his stead, but then that's when the editing shift occurred and another editor "finished" editing it, but it really wasn't finished.

And after going through the rigorous editing process at Penumbra for The Vase, I realized that KOK was shortchanged. Of course, Nancy was terrific and cooperated with my requests to have KOK re-edited, and republished, so ultimately everything worked out for KOK. And all of that, for me, at least, was a learning process, which I am putting to good use in the revision stage of Killer Eyes.

And I've revised it down to the final chapter. And there's 24 chapters. (There are 18 chapters in Killer of Killers.) But even though there are six more chapters in Killer Eyes, the word counts in both novels are the same. Each book is about 89,000 words. However, Killer Eyes may exceed that when the final chapter is finished being revised.

And it's that last chapter where Trent Smith may or may not do something about his latest set back, as it unfolds in that chapter. It depends on how badly he reacts to that set back. It's the chapter where the most revising will be taking place. But once it's done, that's it. It will be ready to go. Stay tuned.

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