Today, I have fellow eXtasy Books author Elizabeth Black in the interview chair. She’s here to talk about her latest release Full Moon Fever, a GLBT paranormal romance.
Elizabeth Black on Writing:
1. First, what’s your favourite scene in the book? Not in regards to writing, but reading, and why?
Elizabeth: The scene where Sam and Luke get it on for the first time behind the stage flats. It’s HOT! That scene is tied with my scene between Sam and Charlotte alone, since you see a side of Charlotte she doesn’t often expose. She’s not always a wisecracking sexpot.
2. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?
Elizabeth: Nope, I wouldn’t change a thing.
3. Share a “side story” about the characters.
Elizabeth: Charlotte and Lina , who are friends, co-workers, and occasional lovers of the men in the book, star in a short story called Neighbors that I wrote for an anthology for Torquere Books. It was later reprinted in The Girls Next Door for Bold Strokes Books. This book is available at the Bold Strokes Books web site and on Amazon.
I set the story at an apartment complex that sits on a beach in Delaware. Annie, the main character, is a bit of a stick-in-the-mud who works from home. She likes peace and quiet, but her peaceful days are uprooted when Charlotte and Lina move in next door. These two women work as scenic artists, and they often travel the country on road shows. Charlotte and Lina look very much alike, as if they are almost twins. They couldn’t be more different, though. Charlotte is loud and boisterous while Lina is smoldering and quiet. As they move into their new apartment, they chatter loudly and blast techno music Lords of Acid. Not exactly the kind of thing Annie wants to deal with at this time so she knocks on their door while holding a plate of cookies, hopeful that the gift will inspire her new neighbors to lower the racket. Annie gets more than she bargained for when she meets these two women. They are wild and enthusiastic about everything – the beach, food, men – and women. Annie falls under their spell and loosens up. I liked Charlotte and Lina so much I had to include them in Full Moon Fever.
If you’d like to know more about Charlotte and Lina, read my short story Neighbors in The Girls Next Door. They will take you for a ride you’ll never forget. After that, read Full Moon Fever to see how the women fare in a different setting.
4. If you could spend time with one character from your book, who would it be? And what would you do during that day?
Elizabeth: Charlotte. We’d get silly on cognac and goof off playfully with each other. I’m bisexual. If I weren’t married, I’d be game for a little sexy fun with her. She’s gorgeous and my type. She’s also much more gregarious than I am. We’d have a blast club hopping or heading to a trance concert. Charlotte is a firebrand with a heart of gold. She’d made a fun and loyal friend – and lover if the circumstances were different.
5. Did the characters hijack the story or did you feel like you had control of your book?
Elizabeth: They sometimes hijacked the story, but I kept them from getting too out of hand. And they tried. Oh, boy did they try!
6. How did you come up with the title for your book?
Elizabeth: It seemed like a natural title. Plus, there’s a Tom Petty album with the same name. I like his music. Seemed like a good fit.
7. If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the leads?
Elizabeth: Sam Hightower – Orlando Bloom (esp. the way he looked in “Lord of the Rings”.) Grant Newsome – Hugh Jackman Luke Pearce – Aidan Turner (esp. the way he looked in “Poldark”.) Charlotte – Angelina Jolie Lina – Charlotte Lewis Willow – Gillian Anderson
8. If your book was a candle, what scent would it be and why?
Elizabeth: The forest after rain. My werewolves spend a lot of time hiding in the woods from the locals who may have wind of what they actually are.
9. If your book had a theme song, what would it be and why?
Elizabeth: The entire album “Full Moon Fever” since that’s my title. And I adore Tom Petty.
10. If your book was a colour, what would it be and why?
Elizabeth: Red for sexy passionate hours flirting in the wings. I’d like to choose a second color – black since this story is set in the theater and everyone wears stage blacks.
11. What did you edit out of the book?
Elizabeth: Nothing. Actually, I added to the book. Willow came to me later.
12. What can we expect from you in the future?
Elizabeth: A collection of erotic retellings of fairy tales including The Little Mermaid, Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood, The Pied Piper, and more. I’m working on this book now.
All About Elizabeth Black!
1. What is something unique/quirky about you?
Elizabeth: I used to work in theater, concerts, movies, and TV, primarily in lighting. I did lighting for the movies 12 Monkeys and Die Hard With A Vengeance. I also did makeup, including prosthetics, for the acclaimed TV show Homicide: Life On The Street. I worked as a scenic artist for traveling road shows while local crew in Maryland. All of these experiences influenced Full Moon Fever.
2. What are some of your pet peeves?
Elizabeth: Idiocy. I won’t tolerate it. I also don’t care for incurious people. I always want to know more.
3. Where were you born/grew up at?
Elizabeth: Baltimore, hon! I now live in New England, which is a wicked cool place to live.
4. Describe yourself in 5 words or less!
Elizabeth: Intelligent, hard-working, funny, laid back, and driven.
5. Who is your hero and why?
Elizabeth: Scarlett O’Hara. She survived despite odds against her. She didn’t hesitate to go after what she wanted especially when it came to work. And she had oomph!
Elizabeth Black on Reading
1. What book do you think everyone should read?
Elizabeth: Sun Tzu’s The Art Of War.
2. What do you think about the current publishing market?
Elizabeth: It isn’t kind to what used to be the mid-list, but there are reputable small publishers out there like eXtasy that treat writers well.
3. If you could have been the author of any of your fave books that you’ve read, which book would you choose and why?
Elizabeth: Any books by Joe R. Lansdale. I wish I could write like that. He’s hard to categorize. His Hap Collins and Leonard Pine books were made into a TV show on Sundance called Hap and Leonard. It was great fun. He also wrote Bubba Ho-Tep, which is a laugh-riot. He’s very funny and quirky and I want to write like that. I also wish I could write dialogue like Elmore Leonard. The man was amazing.
4. Share your favourite character from a book that you’ve read, and why they are your fave.
Elizabeth: Scarlett O’Hara. She was a fighter, a survivor, and a lover. Nothing stopped her from living life to the hilt on her terms, although I never understood her fascination with Ashley Wilkes. She and Rhett Butler were much better suited for each other.
5. On average, how much do you read every week?
Elizabeth: I read all the time – articles, books, short stories, and much more. When I don’t have my nose in a book, I’m checking out fascinating articles online.
Two men who happen to be werewolves are looking for love and excitement. They find more than they bargained for when the moon is full and passions run high, with lust taking center stage.
Blurb: William Shakespeare said All the world’s a stage, but he hadn’t counted on shifters under a theater’s hot lights. Lovers Sam Hightower and Grant Newsome live for the stage. Although they have enjoyed the wanderlust of traveling theater for many years, each has grown tired of the road and wants to settle down. They also have a secret. As shifters and no part of any pack, they are lone wolves in every sense of the word. The full moon brings out the beast in them.
Even though their work as gaffers—lighting techs—puts them in contact with a large variety of willing, sexy men and women to share their love, they prefer men. They find a dancer, Luke Pearce, who makes their blood run hot, but Luke has a secret of his own to test them. Add scenic artists and lovers Charlotte and Lina to the mix, and you have a wild and sexy fivesome.
To spoil their fun and to their surprise, Sam and Grant discover another shifter in their midst, but this young person is so inexperienced and terrified she could expose them to the human hunters and get them killed. How can Sam and Grant protect themselves as well as the people they love?
As Sam pulled shutters on the lamps, he watched Luke circulate amongst the other dancers. Hoping he didn’t appear to be too stalkerific, he eyed up Luke’s muscular legs and taut derriere. His muscles rippled with each step, and once again, Sam was blown over by how such strength belied his grace. Another stubborn lamp refused to cooperate with his focusing. He gave it a swift yank to tame it into position. When he looked back at the stage, Luke was missing. Curious as to where he could have gone, Sam scanned the stage and house but didn’t see the dancer.
“If you keep staring at me like that, I’m going to have to take you right here behind the flats.”
Gone was the shy dancer who had accosted him only an hour earlier. The man commanded obedience. Sweat beaded on his face, arms, and chest, emitting an animalistic smell that made goosebumps ripple on Sam’s arms. While he bore a striking resemblance to Grant, elegant heat and grace poured from every inch of his luscious body in ways Grant could only dream about.
Luke grabbed Sam by the front of his black t-shirt, yanked him against that firm chest, and crushed his lips against Sam’s mouth. Gasping for air, Sam succumbed to Luke’s fevered embrace. The full moon peeking from behind clouds outside the window pulled at his feral core, and his muscles reacted to his arousal. They pulsed and lengthened, panicking
He who didn’t want to shift in the middle of the hottest kiss he’d had in months, not that Grant’s kisses weren’t hot. They were, but Luke was a shiny new lover, full of bright light and tingling sensations that danced across his lips like static electricity after walking across a plush carpet. His heart leaped as their tongues danced a duet.
His chest cramped as his shift increased, threatening to tear his shirt. Sam breathed deeply, trying in vain to calm his heated arousal. Sensitive to touch, his skin rippled at Luke’s feather-like finger brushings. Cool air chilled Sam’s arms and hardened his nipples as his skin trembled in savage delight. Luke’s arms wrapped around Sam’s waist, holding him as he swooned in Luke’s embrace.
Sam pressed his groin against Luke’s body. An erection strained against Luke’s leotard, pressing into Sam’s thigh. Sam lifted his leg to rub his thigh against it, and it jumped. Sam’s breath hitched with excitement.
When Luke pulled away Sam whimpered, eager to continue their kiss, but instead of ending their embrace, Luke’s lips pressed against his cheek. He ran those soft lips along Sam’s jaw until they pressed against the pulse pounding in his throat.
Luke fumbled with the zipper on Sam’s black jeans, lowered it quickly, and thrust his hand in. When his fist closed around Sam’s hard cock, Sam’s body tightened in his arousal. The hair on his head thickened and fell in his eyes. Sam shook his head, fending off the shifting once again. Fear filled his heart that he might turn while in Luke’s embrace, scaring him to death, but he refused to pull away from those arousing strokes.
Luke pulled Sam’s jeans down to his knees. He squeezed the head at the top of his erection, then fisted tightly at the base. Mouth firmly attached to Sam’s throat, Luke held Sam in place with lips and an arm as Sam’s vision spun with ecstasy. Lights flashed in Sam’s eyes, in time with his pounding heart. He heard a laugh here, a snicker there as people flitted past them, catching a glimpse of Sam caught in Luke’s erotic embrace.
Luke grabbed Sam by the arm and pulled him into a narrow space created by two flats hooked together at a cock-eyed angle. Luke went to work between Sam’s legs, stroking so quickly Sam feared he’d come all over his jeans. Luke’s free hand traveled from Sam’s chest to his hips as he lowered himself to face his groin.
When Luke took Sam’s cock in his mouth, Sam balled his hands into fists to keep from coming. Luke’s tongue flicked around his cock, side to side, making him so hard his breath caught in his throat. When Luke slipped one finger into Sam’s asshole, he could no longer contain his bliss, and he shot his load into Luke’s mouth, spurting and slamming his hips against his face. Canine teeth lengthened as his pulse pounded in his head, and he let out a deep-throated growl he cut off before it echoed against the walls.
Sam gripped Luke’s head with both hands, fucking his sweet mouth until his orgasm subsided. Moving from fevered thrusts to gentle strokes, he slid in and out of that warmth until he grew soft. Breathing deeply, he calmed himself. His teeth receded, and his coarse hair softened until it rested on his head.
Luke rose, wiping the back of his hand against his mouth. Sam blinked his eyes, willing away the glowing yellow that would surely terrify Luke. The muscles in his shoulders shivered as they receded into his resting, human state. His racing heart slowed as afterglow washed over him. Mellow and suddenly sleepy, he winked at Luke. The smile on Luke’s rugged face brought forth a grin of relief from Sam.
He has no idea how close he came to seeing me in my wolf form.
“Now that we’ve been properly introduced, I’m looking forward to midnight even more,” Luke said. “I’d love to get to know you and Grant better. Let’s take advantage while we can.”
Elizabeth Black writes erotica, erotic romance, speculative fiction, fantasy, dark fiction, and horror. Her erotic fiction has been published by several publishers. She also enjoys writing retellings of classic fairy tales. An accomplished essayist, she was the sex columnist for the pop culture e-zine nuts4chic (U. K.). Her articles about sex, erotica, and relationships have appeared in Good Vibrations Magazine, Alternet, CarnalNation, the Ms. Magazine Blog, Sexis Magazine, On The Issues, Sexy Mama Magazine, and Circlet blog.