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, September 8, 2014

Killer Eyes On the Horizon-and then?

The publication of Killer Eyes is on the horizon. The soon to be submitted sequel to Killer of Killers should be a big hit. And to get ready for it, even I am re-reading Killer of Killers. Started it last night. And I must say it is very refreshing to read a book that I wrote, and not find places where I think it should be rewritten. No. I've gone through that too many times, and finally, yes, finally I'm reading it with the satisfaction of being content with every passage in there.

And that's why I'm taking my time with the submission of Killer Eyes. I want to be doubly sure that it's in as perfect shape as possible. Come editing time there may be an issue or two to work out, but nothing like before. And that's because it's not a first time publication for me, or even a second. No, Killer Eyes will be my third published book, and by now I've pretty much got this thing down. Meaning I'm fully aware of all POV issues, timeline issues, verb usage, and dialogue tags.

Like with everything, the more you do something, the better you get at it, and that sure applies to writing as well. And editing, and publishing, and the whole gambit of writing a novel, editing it, revising it, publishing it, and even, yes, promoting and marketing it. Oh, how I've learned over the last five years or so, since I first wrote Killer of Killers, followed by The Vase, and the entire process that went into getting both of those books edited and published.

Well, it got done, and with Killer Eyes two things are going to be smoother. First, there's a publisher waiting to publish it already. Melange Books, the publisher of Killer of Killers will be publishing it, and there will be a nice pair of books there on my Melange author's web page. And yes, I will write a third book in that series. It may or may not be the last, but it will wrap up that particular story arc, which started in the first book, Killer of Killers, and continued in Killer Eyes. It will be a wrap up, yes, but that doesn't mean it will be a series finale.  It still could be. It depends on my other projects, which include the book I'm writing right now, Second Chance. And it includes finishing the revisions to John Dunn, too.

As for those books, I will try once again for representation. Finding an agent again won't be fun, but with some published books under my belt now, it might be a little easier. And with an agent, comes once again the quest to be published by a Big Six publisher. I think both John Dunn and Second Chance will have a legitimate chance to break that final barrier for me. We'll see. Both stories have intriguing concepts. John Dunn, the white chief of Zululand should catch the interest of a publisher, and Second Chance, a football story, will have an already established avenue in the genre of sports related novels. Again, we'll see. Got to finish them first. And I'm on it.

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