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.



Saturday, July 9, 2016

Another Endorsement for Second Chance

 
American authors are proving to be just as nice and considerate of their fellow authors as the British have proven to be. I had posted a few months ago, that American authors weren't as nice as their British counterparts because they weren't responding to any email requests. It's not about getting their endorsements. It was just getting a reply to an email. Most American authors would act like I never emailed them. Meaning no reply. No response. Nothing.

The British authors, on the other hand, were very nice and did more than just answered an email. They went out of their way to read what I sent, enough of it, anyway, to send an endorsement. And it's not like it had to be an essay. No. Just one or two sentences. That's it.

I talked about the world famous Ian Knight and his endorsement of my John Dunn book, and another great individual named A M Banks, a reviewer for a couple British military magazines. But when it came to Second Chance, almost all American sports novelists just ignored me. Like they were all that. Well, they should know that compared to people like Ian Knight, they are not all that. They were snobbish in the sense that they did not respond at all. Wouldn't give the proverbial time of day.

Finally one great man did. John Coy. He is nationally recognized and has been published by at least two of the Big Five publishers: MacMillan and Random House. Scholastic Press, too.

Tim Green, another sports book author, at least replied to me and gave me an understandable reason why he couldn't do it. But hey, at least he gave me the time of day, right? So that's cool. He didn't act like he was too high and mighty to communicate with a lowly author like me. I appreciated that.


Today, another great man has responded with an endorsement. Carl Deuker, author of several great sports books, like Gym Candy and Payback Time, both about football. I will probably buy them, too. Same with Crackback by John Coy. I already bought Ian Knight's book, Zulu Rising; the Epic Story of Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift. It's a long book, and I'm half way through it. To the left, you can see Mr. Deuker's quote on the cover of Second Chance. I was mildly surprised Dana chose Mr. Deuker's quote for the cover instead of Mr. Coy's, but I suppose it doesn't matter. Both quotes will be on page one of the book anyway, along with Walter Knight's quote, a fellow author from Penumbra.

I would like to post an AIS soon, too. It's an Advanced Information Sheet which is used to send to bookstores so they can see what books to buy. As soon as Dana at KRP gets the image of the book's cover on there, I'll show you what it looks like. Can't wait for it to happen. Stay tuned.

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