Will iconic images recorded in the grooves of an ancient vase unite the Holy Land or rip it further apart?


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, June 8, 2015

Umuzi Out

As perfect as I thought Umuzi would be, (with a Zulu name and all,) they declined John Dunn, Heart of a Zulu. So that means my second choice, Knox Robinson is the publisher to go with for that book.
Just as soon as the contract arrives, I'll be eager to read it and sign it. Hopefully it will be arriving sometime today or tomorrow.

Of course, publishing contracts aren't to be signed automatically. I've learned there are good and bad contracts. For instance, the Cogito contract I signed was a bad contract. Fortunately for me, they went through an upheaval, and I was able to get out of that contract. The Melange and Penumbra contracts were both good ones. Hopefully, the Knox Robinson contract will be even better. We'll see.

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