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 24, 2015

KRP Wants Photo, Bio, Jacket Copy

So, like my other publishers, Knox Robinson wants a photo of me, a short biography, and the text for the back of the book jacket, also known as Jacket Copy. I wrote the bio and the jacket copy last night, but I have to get a photo that has a resolution of 300 dpi. They also want some author's endorsement of the book so they can put that in there. (I've seen them on their other books, and it's a good idea.)

DPI is dots per inch, I believe, and that makes the image high resolution so that it can be copied and placed on their website and on the jacket of the book, too.

For the endorsement, I was thinking of contacting a man named Ian Knight, because he's probably the leading authority on the Zulu War, and he even wrote a short piece on John Dunn, which I credit in my book as one of my sources. But he's a strict historian, and my John Dunn book is historical fiction, so I'm not sure he'd be interested in reading it. I would only hope that he would say something nice, but again, being a strict historian, maybe he's the wrong guy to ask. I did put some fictional things in there, so yeah, maybe I should find some historical fiction writers instead.

Nevertheless, things are rolling since I received the contract with the publisher's signature on it, and I said before how important that was to me. I can't wait to see how my KRP books differ from my Melange and Penumbra books. I look forward to hardbound editions for one thing. Can't wait.

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