Authors know a cover artist nails it when she or he "gets" a story's premise. I'm proud to say Delilah Stephans, head of MuseItUp Publishing's art department, has done a smashing job on "Family Tradition", my short dark fiction suspense story.
"Family Tradition" Blurb:
Artist Rick Stanton needs a
commission. He faces eviction from his apartment and his latest project
is on hiatus. Worse, his muse refuses to cooperate. A recent letter may
contain the inspiration he needs. Inside is the photograph of a
mysterious woman, her face hidden by an umbrella. But there’s no
identification, no way for him to contact her. A month later, another
envelope arrives, this time with a phone number. Realizing this may be
his last chance, Rick calls her. The woman introduces herself as
Elizabeth and tells him she wants him to paint her portrait.
Rick agrees, only to learn there are
conditions. Elizabeth is a recluse who lives with her two servants in a
Victorian manor. She never allows her face to be seen. Not only must he
stay at Elizabeth’s residence while painting her, he can’t leave, nor
can he ever tell anyone about the portrait.
Sensing something isn’t right, Rick
is even more disturbed by the sinister undercurrent beneath the
household’s genteel façade. It’s somehow connected to the family
portraits hanging in Elizabeth’s living room. Could they be haunted? And
why doesn’t Elizabeth’s housekeeper want Rick to finish the painting?
"Family Tradition" is scheduled to release this month, but street dates can change, so I don't want to say it'll be available on a certain date until I know for sure. :-)