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.



Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Contract Signed and Sent!

Big news for me. My fourth book John Dunn, Heart of a Zulu is now under contract, having been accepted for publication by Knox Robinson Publishing of London and New York!

One of the terms of the contract was something that is great for me. They want to see my next work, the Second Chance book I've been blogging about the past year. The contract say they want to see future work by me, and have first dibs, so to speak. It's not how they worded it, but that's essentially what it means. That means I've already got a publisher interested in all my future books, as well.

Not that I'm forced to have them publish my future works. The contract says that if I get a better deal somewhere else, I have the right to go with it. How nice. What a great publisher.

The only thing, and I mean the ONLY thing is the half movie rights. But like I said before, I didn't invent John Dunn. He was a real life dude. The events in the book are real life events, meaning real history. All of them. So, hey, if Knox Robinson gets this made into a movie, they'll have earned the 50% of the dough. I'd have zero chance without them, so there you go.

Now to go on with the second round of edits for Killer Eyes. Just got that today, too. By the way, I did clarify that Melange has the rights to the Killer Series. Dana, (the publisher at KRP) had no problem with that. What a summer I'll have. Can't wait.

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