October 29, 2015

Halloween Blitz: an interview and giveaway with Xavier Axelson, author of "Lily"

Lily, Synopsis

What does one say when they realize their child is gone? Better yet, what does one say when that child returns, but is different? 

 “I really liked the psychic element to the story, sometimes in books that just isn't done very well or done in a very cliché way, but I found it came across very well in this read.” Book Devotee Reviews
“Axelson writes from the emotions and in doing so he draws the reader in. It is close to impossible not to react to his stories.”  Reviews by Amos Lassen

This is the question Pryor must ask himself after his daughter, Lily, is dragged into the woods by a wolf and her body is never found. It isn't until he sees a wolf in the woods with eyes that resemble Lily's that he feels hope. And then something is whispered from deep within the woods, a promise for him to see Lily again. 

One day... 

But which day and for how long? 

And then Pryor meets Ned, a silversmith who brings out desires that Pryor hasn't felt in years and helps him hatch a plan to keep Lily with him.

Now the question isn't about how much time Pryor will have with Lily, it's about how far he'll go to keep her with him.

Gef: What was the impetus behind Lily?
Xavier: Lily was inspired by the true story of a little girl being dragged off her swing set by a coyote in California, luckily she was recovered safe and sound. I wondered what would happen if she hadn’t been saved, and came back…different.
Gef: What do you consider to be the saving grace of werewolves to keep them so popular in genre fiction?
Xavier: Werewolves are mysterious, and usually you become a werewolf through an attack/bite, and this lends a tragic element to the mythology; they can’t help themselves, they are turned into this horrific beast often not by choice and tragedy in horror makes compelling reading.
Gef: Was there anything about Lily that you approached differently from your other titles?
Xavier: Lily started as a “Father’s Day” romance that took a turn into horror, so much so the initial publisher released it as its own story. I approached Lily with the intention of showing the relationship between a father, daughter and grief so I was constantly keeping those themes in mind while following the story.
Gef: What's the worst piece of writing advice you ever received? Or what piece of writing advice do you wish would just go away?
Xavier: “Just sit and write.” I wish that would go away. True but trite.
Gef: What kind of guilty pleasures do you have when it comes to books or movies or whatnot?
Xavier: Pleasure is never guilty. I think when I’m not indulging I feel guilty.
Gef: What projects are you cooking up that folks can expect in the near future, and how can folks keep up with your shenanigans?

Xavier: Shenanigans is exactly right! Check out www.xavieraxelson.com for updates, news, reviews and interviews! I also write a column for the Los Angeles Examiner http://www.examiner.com/fringe-artists-in-los-angeles/francis-xavier My short story “Witch Awake” will be part of the online “Season of The Witch” event starting November 1st http://storyteller-skgregory.weebly.com/

Earthly Concerns, Synopsis
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
Biography, Xavier Axelson
Xavier Axelson is a writer and columnist living in Los Angeles. Xavier's work has been featured in various erotic and horror anthologies. Longer written works include The Incident, Velvet, and Lily. Xavier covers Fringe Culture for the Los Angeles Examiner. Connect with Xavier on his website at www.xavieraxelson.com, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/xaviersaxel and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/XaviersAxel.
Praise for Xavier Axelson’s work
“This book was an excellent short read.  It has a little bit of everything.  Lost love, tragedy, paranormal beings, and the hint at a second chance.”  Close Encounters with the Night Kind
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Earthly Concerns
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