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 20, 2015

Second Chance Revisions Underway

Trying to make the most of the Knox Robinson offer of publication for Second Chance, a Football Story. I need the manuscript and a book description submitted by this Wednesday. I'm almost there. I'll finish the revisions by today. That doesn't mean the revisions will be completed. I'll probably keep at it until Wednesday, just to polish it up as best as I can.

Fortunately, the revisions are not as extensive as they had to be in the past. Being my fifth novel, I've learned how to write novels by now. And the errors I made in the first four I didn't repeat in this one. That's why the revisions will be so much easier and faster, too. So it's all good.

Second Chance a Football story. I suppose it could be YA. Not MG, but YA would be appropriate. They cuss a lot in the book. I'm just going from real experience. And the bed scenes are tame. I've never been too graphic when it comes to sex in my novels. But there is a bed scene or two in Second Chance. But they're so tame, I think the cussing is actually worse. We'll see.

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