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, August 13, 2015

Back to Work

Summer vacation is over. I'm back on the job. Being a teacher is fun and rewarding, and you get a lot done. Setting up the classroom, and preparing lesson plans, making the classrooms ready for hundreds of kids, who will be returning next week.

So what did I get done over the summer break? After all, my John Dunn book had already been revised and signed with a new publisher before the summer even began. I did find three reviewers for it at the start of the summer. Haven't received the reviews yet.

I did get through the second draft of Second Chance over the summer, and I have already started the third draft. I did get the edits done to Killer Eyes, and the first proof, too. I'm waiting on the next PDF of Killer Eyes, to be sure those twelve "errors" have been corrected, and then I expect Killer Eyes to be released. Strangely there's been no word since I sent the file back. It's been a somewhat bumpy road for Killer Eyes. Gives me pause to wonder about that.

I also started my latest WIP, which is book three in the Killer  Series. It's not a smooth thing either. I'm not sticking too closely to he outline, which I decided had some problems. I'm not sure how to tie in all the characters I want in the story. I might have to rethink that. And rethink the subplots, too. But at least I did get started. Got the prologue done and the first two chapters.

So now that I'm back in the classroom, I might start another book. Finally, my YA book called Inside the Outhouse. That should be fun.

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