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.



Thursday, July 2, 2015

Final Cover Designs

Well, here are the final cover designs for Killer of Killers and Killer Eyes. Killer Eyes is nailed. For Killer of Killers I've asked for the top caption to be larger and a little lower, and for that doohickey thing that's hanging below the silhouetted figure's groin to be removed. Once that happens, I'll repost to show everyone. Then I'll have to replace all the old designs that are everywhere, including on this blog. But maybe that will kick in a new round of sales. Hope so. Here are the designs:

 
Not only do I love this new style, the figure in the martial arts pose makes it more of an instant recognition of genre, meaning right away the viewer can tell it's a book about martial arts action. As much as I loved the old design, it might have given the impression that the story was a horror story, despite the caption on the top. Again, I've asked for the top caption to be larger and lowered, and the doohickey hanging below the dude to be removed and it will be perfect.

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