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.



Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Goodreads = Good People

I'm on Goodreads, as an author, and I just wanted to give the people who run it props. Every time I've asked a question, someone over there responds, not always right away, but eventually, and when they do, they help in every way they can. In fact, everything I've asked for they delivered, and in a timely fashion. I only wish I could ask for more readers! Or more buyers of my books.

It's up to me to advertise, I suppose. I don't. Because that would cost too much money. Other authors do it. I guess they have more money. I make that conclusion because often on my Goodreads page for both of my books, I see other authors' books advertised. It's like I visit my books' webpages and there for me to see is some book by someone whom I don't even know. It's strange to me. I think to myself, now who the heck is this? Why is that book being advertised on my book's webpage?

I can only assume that they paid for it to be there. I sure didn't ask for it to be there. And it's my webpage, after all. But that's okay. Sometimes they are books that look interesting. And if I were a reader, maybe I'd buy them and read them. But that's something I've talked about before. Just how many people on Goodreads are actually readers? I wonder. I see people putting Killer of Killers as a book to read, but they don't seem to ever read it. Sometimes they are there one day and gone the next. Does that mean they read it, and then took their name away? I don't even know. Maybe, maybe not. They don't leave reviews if they do.

I remember the great review someone put on my Goodreads webpage for Killer of Killers, and then a week or two later even that was gone. It's like, okay, thanks, but did you change your mind, or what?

So the people who run Goodreads are definitely good people, but what about the people like me who just use it as a place to promote their books? All they want to do is sell books, the way I see it. Not buy them. Or read them. Nothing wrong with that. But I do wish there was a place for readers and buyers of books only. Oh yeah, there is. They're called bookstores.

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