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.



Monday, June 27, 2016

Second Chance completed and submitted

I finally finished the final draft of Second Chance-a Football Story and sent it to Dana (the publisher at Knox Robinson Publishing) early this morning. By early I mean four in the morning, which is when I corrected the last and final typo. At least the last one I found.

I made so many improvements and corrections, too. For instance the high school football leagues, (as they're called here in California) are called conferences in New Jersey. And the state championships at the high school level are divided into North, Central, and South. They are more accurately North Jersey, Central Jersey, South Jersey, but I used North Jersey and north state interchangeably.

Another correction I made, due to some diligent research on my part, is being sure to portray the high school football games according to high school rules and not NFL rules as I am more used to. For instance, kickoffs that reach the end zone are not allowed to be returned. They are automatic touchbacks. And another one that was more surprising was that missed field goals that reach the end zone or are kicked through the end zone are also ruled touchbacks.

So below you can see the cover design, since Dana sent it to me yesterday. I like it, and my brother and my sons like it, too. I only wish the featured player wasn't a kicker. I wish that because the main character in the story is not a kicker. Which automatically means that guy on the cover there is not the main character in the story. Also, there looks to be some space on top that is begging for some text. Hopefully Dana will put one of the endorsements there. Seeing as there's room, I hope she does. But whatever. It's a good cover. So football season is coming up, and the release of Second Chance should correspond with that perfectly. Here's to hoping the sales are worthwhile.



Oh, if you're interested in buying a copy, stay tuned to this blog. I will put in here an image of the cover and link it to the place where orders can be made, like I did for my other three books, Killer of Killers, Killer Eyes, and The Vase. Stay tuned.

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