EARTHLY CONCERNS
By Xavier Axelson
Publisher: Seventh Window Publications
Release Date: March 2012
Length: 26,000 words

Between love and loss, there is obligation…

It was a peaceful night when Barrett and his daughter were driving home… then something happened. Something sinister.

Between shadow and light, there is uncertainty…

Now the only person Barrett can turn to for help is Anson, a man gifted with psychic abilities beyond reason. But Anson is also his ex-boyfriend, a man whose heart he’d already broken.

If you can see, you have to help.

As Anson delves deeper into the circumstances surrounding Barrett’s accident, he begins to realize that he’s not only in a race against time, but in a battle against his own broken heart and the terrifying understanding that whatever has taken Barrett’s child is a force of evil beyond anything either man has ever encountered.

And between decision and consequences, there are…Earthly Concerns.

Anson has a special gift that allows him to see things other people can’t.  He sees the in between…things that are not of this plane.  His gift (or curse as he sometimes sees it) isn’t something that he shares with many people.  His aunt is his mentor…one who has always told him that if he can see something others can’t that he is obligated to help.  He has told one other person about this gift and Barrett was less than supportive with this little secret.  Barrett had issues of his own to deal with…he couldn’t come to grips with the idea that he was attracted to another man.  If he can’t accept something as tangible as his sexuality how could he possibly accept the idea that paranormal phenomena exist?  But one day, he is forced to.

Barrett’s frantic middle of the night call to Anson is eerie…Anson is pulled from a dream that is so realistic that you can practically HEAR the bugs on the window The story continues as Anson tries to get Barrett to explain what actually happened but it is clearly not just a case of a simple car accident.  A black bird like creature and a tree that seem to ooze evil…the book is scattered with imagery and phrases that create a downright spooky setting.  I was seriously starting to fear the tree myself!

At first, I was a bit confused about the history between Anson and Barrett.  I really wanted to understand their past relationship but it is hinted at more so than explained outright.  His aunt was a very uniquely written character…very blunt and supportive in her own way.  The storyline progression made sense…from the examination of the physical evidence to the hypnosis and consultation with his aunt.  I found myself drawn into the story and I could not put it down without learning what happened to Barrett’s daughter and where exactly she was. 

I can honestly say that the ending is a complete page turner…I sat glued to my seat and flipping pages as Anson worked frantically to fix the situation they found themselves in. 

I would highly recommend this story.  It is short so the history of the characters isn’t really told very deeply and the ending is a bit of a cliff hanger… leaving us wondering where Anson and Barrett’s relationship will go from here.

Reviewed By: Artemis

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