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, April 27, 2015

Waiting is the Most Difficult

I know I've got about a two week wait to hear back from Knox Robinson Publishing, and that two weeks will be the most difficult part of the publishing process. Even if they do offer a contract, it doesn't mean I'll accept it. There is such a thing as a bad contract. (Fortunately for me both Melange and Penumbra did not have bad contracts.)

But I'm seeking a new contract now from a new publisher, and this is where the great Victoria Strauss comes in. She's like the guru of authors, the sage of writers, and the queen of anyone who needs advice when it comes to the publishing process. She does it out of the goodness of her heart, and imo, there's no one with a greater heart.

Yes, there are others at Absolute Write, and they all are great. But Victoria will be the one to help you about anything, when it comes to publishing contracts, agent contracts, and any advice when it comes to being a writer, or an author seeking publication.

She's tied in with Preditors and Editors, too. (That's not a typo, they spell 'preditors' like that.) She doesn't do it for money. She's just a great lady. And I've learned a lot from her when it comes to contracts. Still, I will have to make up my own mind. Her advice is just that. Advice. You can heed the advice or not. For me, when it comes to contracts there will be varying factors I'll have to weigh. And I will make my decision based on those factors.

First, however, I have to have a contract. So let's see how that goes.

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