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.



Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Final Check on Killer Eyes

I'm doing one last check through Killer Eyes, and then it will be released. That was the wise decision by Melange Books, with which I completely agree. I wanted a couple things done since reading the print proof, and then Nancy suggested I go through it one last time, with emphasis on the word 'last.'

And I did fix a couple more things in there. I will probably finish the last read through by tonight or tomorrow, after which I will send the document back to Nancy, which is when she will release the book. And then I'll be the author of three published books.

And sometime coming up, probably within the next three or four months, which will go by quickly, like they always do, I'll be working with an editor for my John Dunn book. That should be exciting. It's a much longer manuscript, and it's a new publisher, with new editors, and maybe they have a new format, or different procedures, seeing as how they are a print run publisher.

I'm looking forward to having my book in a bookstore for once. One development is that the KRP publisher, Dana, sent out a message to all the KRP authors asking their opinion about the discontinuation of publishing hardcover copies. I voted to keep them, because when a publisher has hardcover copies, that conveys the image of an upper echelon publisher. I happen to know book collectors, and collectors prefer hardcover copies.

Plus, I was looking forward to have a hardcover copy of my John Dunn book. So here's to hoping KRP keeps the hardcover copies, at least as an option. Stay tuned.

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