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.



Friday, May 22, 2015

Shot at the Big Six

Getting published by the Big Six is a lofty goal. It's almost as lofty as becoming a movie star, or a rock star. But it happens. People become movies stars and rock stars. I would love to achieve that goal, (the Big Six, not a movie star,) or at least reach the level adjacent to it. I'm submitting to every publisher who fits that description. Some are tricky though. For instance, I submitted to a publisher who I thought fit that description. But then after doing some additional research I learned they were another small POD publisher, and I already have two of those under my belt. Just have to take more time researching these publishers, that's all. Usually they say if they're POD. If they don't you just can't assume they aren't. Maybe they keep that info hidden. Not sure why, though. There's nothing disreputable about being a POD publisher. I'll keep you posted.

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