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, February 17, 2016

Five Free Books for Authors

My contract with Knox Robinson stipulates that authors receive five free copies of their newly published books. That's one of the better items in the KRP contract than what I've had in other contracts. Melange and Penumbra only give their authors one free book.

Of course, you have unlimited PDF copies with all publishers. But when you have a real book in your hands, there's just something better about that. The expectation is that you give those books to reviewers, and the reviews help promote the books. I've had two great endorsements, which is better than a review for each book. Ian Knight and A M Banks FRGS, both from England will be getting free hardbound copies of John Dunn - Heart of a Zulu. That's for sure. And I'm honored.

First, I'm honored that both of these English gentlemen were interested in reading anything that I've written. Especially Mr. Knight, who happens to be the world's foremost authority on all things Zulu and Zulu War. He is the ultimate author on the Zulu War and anything else that has to do with British colonial rule in South Africa. Mr. Knight is number one in the world. And Mr. Banks is a reviewer for not one but two British Army Magazines -- Soldier Magazine and the British Army Review.

As for my other soon to be published KRP book, Second Chance - A Football Story, John Coy and Walter Knight, (no relation to Ian Knight,) will be getting free copies. John Coy is a successful author of several sports books, and Walter Knight is a successful author with my publisher Penumbra. I owe all four gentlemen respect and gratitude. It's not often people take time out of their busy schedules to help a complete stranger. Even people who have known me my entire life won't do that. So I am a lucky man. Or shall I say, again, a very grateful author.

As for edits on Second Chance, Dana, the publisher said she will edit the book herself. What another honor. She is the top person at KRP, so I'm just overflowing with honors right about now. I made sure the manuscript was pristine and sent her an improved file last night. Yes, even better than the one I sent yesterday morning. I wrapped up a couple loose ends that I realized needed to be done. So now that she has the improved file, I'm confident the ms is clean as a whistle. Can't wait.

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