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, first in the Art of the Dead series by Jody Summers, has readers on a white-knuckle ride to the very end!

Brush With DeathNew 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 launches Canvas of Life and commissions start rolling in. And when it couldn’t get any better, she meets Sean; a handsome mid-western rancher, who harbors a gruesome secret of which he is unaware.

But with each brushstroke on her latest commission, Kira’s reality is becoming more and more bizarre. She awakens from dreams that are soaked in blood and filled with gruesome images of murders. And the feeling of a lurking malevolence grows ever stronger.

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, skydiver, 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.

Released this month, The Mayan Legacy is Summers’ new stand-alone apocalyptic thriller. An adrenaline Junkie’s near-death experience and an asteroid that suddenly places a bulls-eye on Earth set the stage for this fast-paced thriller that centers around the predictions from the Mayan Calendar and a man who believes he needs to repeat his near-death experience in order to save the world.

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A Brush With Death
Released: September 2019
Publisher: JS Books Publishing
ISBN-10: 1733177507
ISBN-13: 978-1733177504
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