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.



Monday, July 13, 2015

Old cover still available but not for Long

I finally received the touched up cover designs for Killer of Killer and Killer Eyes, but they did have some different changes that I didn't expect. The background fire is different, which affected Killer Eyes more than KOK, because for Killer Eyes, the fire background on the original simulated hair that complemented those eyes. Now that illusion is no longer present, and the design has been lessened as a result.

In addition to that, the eyes are more clear now. So I'm asking to have the rest of the face put in there, but faded like the eyes used to be on the prior design. I asked the artist last night if that could be done, but no word yet. Here it is as of now:



And for the new design for KOK, that doohickey below the figure is gone now, but I'm realizing that the figure is too skinny. The main character in KOK is way more muscular than that. The facial profile doesn't cut it, either. Also, I asked if that skyline can span the entire bottom of the design instead of ending where the martial artist is. I asked if the skull nose hole can be photo-shopped to get rid of what looks like a double nose hole, one below the other. I'm thinking those are easy fixes, but who knows? I'm an artist but my computer art experiences are limited. Still, I'm thinking it can be done and when they are, then they could be final. Here it is as of now:


I would think those last tweaks should be easy, and hopefully they'll be ready by tonight or tomorrow. We'll see. In the meantime, if you want the old cover, don't wait any longer. It might only be one more day, they're available. Better get them now.

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