When a young artist in New Orleans begins mixing paints with the ashes of the dead, she discovers she has an extraordinary gift. While she welcomes the boost in sales it brings her business, she is tormented by bizarre things happening in her life – terror-filled dreams and a feeling she’s being hunted. What she doesn’t know is a dead serial killer’s spirit longs to kill again ̶ and her canvas has become his portal! A Brush With Death, the first in the Art of the Dead series by Jody Summers, has readers on a white-knuckle ride to the very end!
New Orleans painter Kira McGovern hits on something when she mixes her mother’s ashes into her oil paints and enters an altered state. She begins channeling some key moments in her mother’s life, creating a stunning work of art as a memorial and drawing in customers who want a painting done using the same method. Pleased with her success, she launched Canvas of Life and commissions started rolling in.
But things get strange when Kira meets Sean Easton, a Midwestern rancher, hiding a secret of his own. Both are unprepared for the horrific terrors that emerge with every brushstroke from an unexpected new commission. Even as the pair fall for each other, the evil in the painting grows more malevolent. Soon, the awakened entity isn’t satisfied to just flood Kira’s dreams with blood and murder. It wants her as its next victim.
This is a great romantic thriller! What a vivid imagination! Jody Summers is a great writer and can bring visual images to life with his words. The passion of his characters is intoxicating. I couldn’t put this book down.
Can Kira and Sean unmask the horror—and stop Kira from becoming its next possession—before it’s too late? A fascinating blend of TV’s Supernatural with a touch of paranormal romance, A Brush with Death’s dab of Stephen King-like creepiness will keep you up reading long into the night.
Unconventional is the word to describe the life author Jody Summers led before turning to writing. The adopted son of a prominent Texas restaurateur, Summers grew up in New Orleans, Memphis, and Houston, learning the restaurant business while he built a career as a competitive gymnast that propelled him to a scholarship at the University of Kansas.
After college, Summers followed in his father’s footsteps, owning, at one point, three 24-hour restaurant franchises along with four tanning salons in Tulsa. He has used his entrepreneurial skills for everything from a patent in the pet industry to a “single’s” website. A restaurateur, a gymnast, a stunt man, an entrepreneur, a pilot, a skydiver, a scuba diver, and an accomplished martial artist for 25 years, Summers has tried it all. Now he brings all those experiences to paper in his supernatural thriller series, Art of the Dead.
To learn more about Summers and his work, please visit www.jodysummersbooks.com.