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, February 16, 2015

Melange Says July-August

Got an email from my publisher, Nancy Schumacher, of Melange, and she says they can publish Killer Eyes in July-August of this year. I was hoping for a summer release, because I'm a teacher, and I'll have all the time I need for editing and promotion!

At first Nancy said November-December, but when I voiced my concern about a summer release, she made it happen by squeezing me in. Talk about an author friendly publisher. Melange Rules!

In the meantime, I am working hard on the John Dunn story. It's pretty well written already, just going over it again, making sure all POV is good, all prose is good, and everything's consistent. I talked about inserting an additional scene, because this particular scene I want to insert really happened in real life, and actually played a role in the outbreak of the Anglo-Zulu War.

I didn't include it originally because the word count was already over 120,000 words, and I thought that I shouldn't exceed that amount, but maybe for historical fiction it's all right to go more.

Anyway, with the publication of Killer Eyes this year, I'm considering a Book Three for the Killer Series. I ended Killer Eyes with an option for the story to continue, although it could end with Book Two. But if I'm inspired for a Book Three, I'll go ahead and write it. After all, I've allowed for it. So why not? Anyway, watch for Killer Eyes to be released this summer!

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