Friday, November 2, 2012

Cover Love!

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 fa├žade. 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. :-)


Calisa Rhose said...

Very nice Pamela! Congrats.

Debbie Christiana said...

Great cover, Pam. Story sounds creepy -I'd love it :)

Good luck,

Marian Lanouette said...

Love the Cover, Pam, very mysterious

Marian Allen said...

Oh, wow, great cover! I love that smile!

Marian Allen
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Teresa Reasor said...

This sounds as though it has a Gothic feel to it and I love it!!! And I love the cover!!
I'll keep my eye out for this one too, Pam.
Teresa R.

PamelaTurner said...

Thanks, everyone! :-)

Debbie, I tried to give it an eerie atmosphere. Hope I succeeded.

Teresa, I never thought about the Gothic feel. Interesting. Old Victorian mansion with a hidden room, gas lights, a mysterious hostess...

danita cahill said...

Nice cover! Congrats on another book.