A Brush with Death

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Jody Summers

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A retired model(Kira) comes up with the idea of painting tribute paintings using ashes of the deceased in her oils. She promptly realizes she is receiving visions and images from the subjects of her work, often learning secrets the loved ones never knew.



Short Summary

Kira in her flat in the French Quarter reminiscing on her mother's recent funeral. She doesn't like the Urn with the ashes and decides to put them in something more fitting-one of her oil paintings. Sean(another main character) is working on the family farm in Kansas and senses his father dying.

Sean and Kira end up discovering the bodies of several cold case murders committed by the man Sean thought was his father. He wasn't. An entity was reanimated that they have to deal with as Kira and Sean fall in love.


New Orleans and Kansas City

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain

Plot - Other Elements

Happy Ending,Twist

Mature Audience Themes


Main Character Details

Name: Kira McGovern

Age: late 20s

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Charming,Complex,Sexy,Romantic,Empathetic,Skillful,Seductive

Additional Character Details

Name: Sean Easton

Age: late 20s

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Masculine,Modest,Charming,Empathetic,Selfless,Romantic,Heroic,Naive

Additional Character Details

Name: Jason Easton

Age: 50s

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Villainous,Aggressive,Crazy,Criminal,Power Hungry

Additional Character Details

Name: John Thorton

Age: late 50s

Gender: Male

Role: protagonist

Key Traits: Masculine,Charming,Confident,Decisive,Empathetic,Honorable

Development Pitch

A dead serial killer’s spirit longs to kill again and an artist’s canvas becomes its portal. It all started innocently enough when New Orleans painter Kira McGovern mixed some of her mother’s cremated ashes into her oil paints. Entering an altered state, she channeled key moments of her mother’s life into a breathtaking memorial work of art. Her new business, Canvas of Life, was begun, and commissions rolled 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. Can Kira and Sean unmask the horror—and stop Kira 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 make this series perfect for a television series.

About The Author

Born in New Orleans, Jody Summers’ life has been filled with unconventionality. The adopted son of a prominent Texas restaurateur, Jody grew up in New Orleans, Memphis and then 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, Jody followed in his father’s footsteps owning, at one point, three 24 hour restaurant franchises along with four tanning salons in Tulsa. Finally leaving that business, he turned his entrepreneurial skills to 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 twenty-five years, Jody Summers has tried it all. Now he brings all those experiences to paper in his supernatural thriller series, Art of the Dead.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal,Female Leaning

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: JS Books Publishing

Year Published: 2019

Hard Copy Available