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.



Friday, August 28, 2015

Killer of Killers new cover now available


I believe the new cover is now available for Killer of Killers. But you'll have to buy it from the publisher, Melange, which you can access by clicking on the old cover image to the right of this post. Once the image is changed on Amazon, I will change it on this blog. For now, the old cover will remain here because of familiarity. I had given out some promo cards with the old design on it, so I'm just trying to maintain some continuity.

Still, it's inevitable, I must change the cover image, not only here on the blog, but on my Goodreads page, my Authors Den page and on my Mr. D website. That will be imminent, I suppose. I think if you want a copy with the original design you'll have to order through Amazon. If you want the new design, then order through the publisher.

Which do I prefer? Well, I was the one who came up with the idea for the original cover, but it was the Melange art director who finalized that design, and I've always liked it. But the new design was originally a concept for the sequel, Killer Eyes. I told the artist that if she were to redesign the cover to Killer of Killers, then her new idea should be the new design for Killer of Killers, and that the design for Killer Eyes should have a pair of eyes in there. And she made it happen.

I've already chronicled what happened during the course of that process, as it wasn't smooth sailing. But ultimately, a satisfactory compromise was reached, and both books are ready. All that's left is to get the print book proof for Killer Eyes, and then it will be released. I'll keep you posted.

Oh yeah, which design did I like better? The original design is more provocative, and the new design is more appropriate. So if I want a more provocative design, I like the old one better. But if I like a more appropriate design, then I like the new one better. Which one will foster more sales? We'll see.

How can I tell? Well, the best Lulu rating for Killer of Killer using the old design was something in the 1600 range, which is not bad. So if the version with the new design surpasses that, then we'll have an answer. If it doesn't, we'll have an answer, too. On Amazon, I think the best sales rating I've had for Killer of Killers was around 112,000. So again, if it reaches or surpasses that or if it doesn't, we'll have an answer. I'll let you know.

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