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 1, 2015

Old Cover Still Available on Amazon

One of the teachers over here at the school where I teach bought a copy of Killer of Killers on Amazon.com, and interestingly, he received a copy with the original cover. That must mean if anyone prefers the old cover, then they can still get it. But from Amazon. That also must mean that Amazon stocked up on copies with the original cover.

If you prefer the new cover, then you can get it from Melange directly, or perhaps from Lulu, which is the printing company, because they sell their books directly, too. In fact, it's Lulu, not the publisher, Melange, that's advertising their books on the USA Today site I mentioned recently. I discovered that Lulu is also advertising their books on other online sites, as well. I saw their books on YouTube, and a few other places. So that's good. The more promotion, the better.

And it's true that Killer of Killers is holding steady in its sales ranking in the six figure areas. That's far from being a best seller, but it's better than the seven figure ranking it had before the advertising. Can't complain about that. Here's hoping it does climb the rankings. Next step would be to break the five figure rankings, like it has done on the Lulu rankings. Fingers crossed.

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