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 10, 2015

Last Day of School Today

You may or may not know I am a teacher. And today is the last day of school. Summer break starts today at 1:48, and I will have more time to write. But what should I write? Well, I can go with revisions for my fifth novel, Second Chance. I will continue with the editing of Killer Eyes. Maybe I'll begin a new book entirely, like the third book in my Killer Series or the MG/YA novel I've been thinking about for a few years. Perhaps the editing will begin with the John Dunn story, but I haven't signed any contract yet for that book.

Funny thing is, after Knox Robinson said they wanted to offer me a contract, they still haven't sent it. That doesn't mean I'm going to blindly sign it if and/or when it does come. I am going to read it very carefully. Now that I'm a somewhat experienced novelist, I know the difference between a good contract and a bad one.

It's strange to me that publishers will offer bad contracts. I mean who do they think they're kidding? Apparently it works for them, after all I did sign the Cogito one. But that was when I was relatively new to the publishing world. I'm no longer that.

But there is the case of compromise. And because there are some things I want from a publisher this time around, I may end up compromising. That remains to be seen, however, because I've yet to see the contract. When I do, then I'll decide.

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