Author/Artist Announces Plans for Art Lover's Mystery Contest: Winner to Receive Portrait by the Author in the Style of an Old Master

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Hailey Lind has announced plans for an unusual contest for readers of her Art Lover’s Mystery Series. The author -- also a fine artist -- will paint a portrait of the winner in the style of an Old Master -- such as Da Vinci, Michaelangelo or Raphael.

Julie Goodson-Lawes and her sister Carolyn Lawes, who write under the pen name of Hailey Lind, have announced plans for an unusual contest for readers of their Art Lover’s Mystery Series. A fine artist in addition to an author, Ms. Goodson-Lawes will paint a portrait of the winner (or loved one of the winner) of the Art Lover’s Mystery Contest in the style of an Old Master -- such as Da Vinci, Michaelangelo or Raphael -- from a photograph.

In the first book of the Art Lover’s Mystery Series, Feint of Art (Signet, January 2006), the authors introduced Annie Kincaid, who as a child had been taught how to forge the paintings of Old Masters by her grandfather, a master forger. Now thirty, Annie is trying to make it on the straight and narrow, running a legitimate faux finishing studio in San Francisco. But her expertise in forgery pulls her into a murder mystery revolving around two copies of a missing Caravaggio painting.

Most art students spend time copying from the works of established artists, and Ms. Goodson-Lawes is no exception. “In the old days, painters trained themselves by copying the Old Masters. I skipped art school in favor of learning by mimicry as well.” Her abilities as a copyist led naturally to a career as a decorative painter and muralist based in Oakland, California.

“If you want a Monet covering the bathroom walls or your daughter’s portrait in the style of John Singer Sargent, I’m the artist to call.”

The details of the Art Lover’s Mystery Contest will be unveiled when Hailey Lind’s second novel, Shooting Gallery from Signet, hits the stands on October 3, 2006.

In the new mystery, Annie Kincaid, discovers that the “sculpture” hanging from a tree in a hip art gallery installation is actually a corpse. But that’s only the beginning of her next art-theft intrigue. It seems her heritage and expertise are working overtime to keep her in the underworld of art felons, forgers, and fakes. Annie must sidestep a cache of her grandfather’s exquisite forgeries, a smuggling ring, and lies in order to outwit a murderous art thief.

Readers, booksellers, reviewers and other interested parties will be invited to enter the Art Lover’s Mystery Contest beginning October 3. (Employees of Penguin Putnam and its subsidiaries will not be eligible to enter.)

Watch for Details to Come: http://www.haileylind.com or call 703-522-4730

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