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 16, 2015

Second Chance Accepted for Publication

Well, good news. I sent the Killer Eyes Edits yesterday, and my latest novel, Second Chance, has just been accepted for publication by Knox Robinson. Which is a relief. First, I was very strict about how I wanted Killer Eyes to be and I believe I achieved what I wanted with it. Second, I don't have to worry about searching for a publisher for Second Chance. Knox Robinson will publish it.

And that means it will be in bookstores. Since Knox Robinson is not a POD publisher, it's something they can do. Which is what needs to happen if you want to sell a lot of books. POD publishers are good publishers, but they have their limits. They don't get their books in bookstores, and that's a shame, because the number of books that sell are limited to whomever buys books online.

These days that number can vary, but it is considered a disadvantage. Sales for Killer of Killers have fluctuated over the last three years. The Vase hasn't been as good of a seller, but it's still a ranking seller on Amazon at least. If either one were in a bookstore, I'm sure they'd do better in sales. But John Dunn and Second Chance will be in bookstores thanks to the Knox Robinson label.

Right now it's all about revising Second Chance, writing the book description, and finding some sample covers to send to KRP by next Wednesday.

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