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 6, 2015

Finished PDF Proofing of Killer Eyes

Today I finished proofing the PDF of Killer Eyes, and there was a total of 12 errors. But they were minor errors that needed only minor fixes. Like changing a word to another word, changing a comma to a period, and things like that. It won't take more than five minutes. But hey, that's what I thought when I asked for tweaks in the cover design. Three weeks and a lot of angst later it finally happened.

So Nancy said she would send a new PDF in a few days, which I look forward to receiving. Because if she does fix those errors I'll send Killer Eyes to some reviewers. Particularly those reviewers who said they looked forward to reading Book Two in the Killer Series, which Killer Eyes is.

When I get the print copy, that's when I'll read it through again. I mean I will check to be sure those twelve errors are fixed in the PDF, and I can't imagine why they wouldn't be, since I explained very clearly why they were errors and how they needed to be fixed.

And if the print copy is good to go, then the book will be released. I won't have any release party like other authors have. I'm not really a party type kind of guy. I remember when my wife threw a surprise party for me. Didn't like it. Wished she didn't do it. Hope she never does it again. No, I'm not a part type kind of guy. Never was. Never will be. But I'll still be glad for the release of Killer Eyes.

Actually, the book I'm most looking forward to being published is the John Dunn book. That one's being published by a real print run publisher, and it's going to be in bookstores, and have hardbound copies and everything. But that's a year away. For now, it's all about Killer Eyes. POD publisher notwithstanding. So buy your copy of Killer of Killers today. Killer Eyes' release is imminent.

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