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, October 15, 2015

Killer Eyes should be out soon

Don't know what the hold up on the release of Killer Eyes is, but it might be that a word needed to be changed on the back cover blurb. I used the word revenge at first, but the word should have been vengeance. I missed that on the opportunity to correct any errors on the full cover design, because I didn't see it as an error. It was only after I was proofreading the manuscript that I changed the blurb inside the book, from revenge to vengeance.

When I sent back the final draft, as in the absolute final draft to be ready for the print release, I indicated I changed everything that needed changing, but I couldn't change the back cover blurb, which still had the word revenge instead of vengeance. Apparently, it's not a one day fix, or a one week fix. It must be a two or three week period to change it. So here we are, about two weeks later, going on three, and still waiting for word on when Killer Eyes will be released.

I do salute Nancy, the publisher over there at Melange, for many reasons. She is most definitely an author friendly publisher, much like when you have a principal at a school who is a teacher friendly principal. Being a teacher, I've been fortunate to have mostly teacher friendly principals, but every once in a while you get a principal who doesn't realize that teachers are on the front lines, so to speak, and forget that a teacher's job is way more difficult than any job in administration or at the district office.

Which is curious that the administrative and district office jobs get a much greater paycheck. It's backwards. But that's the way the world is today. It's backward. Or upside down. There's no other way to put it. When will things get put straight? Who knows? I'm just waiting for Killer Eyes to be released. Will keep you posted.

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