Full Moon Fever
by Elizabeth Black
Genre: M/M GLBT Paranormal Shifter Romance
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?
Thank you for hosting me on your blog today. Have you ever wondered about the antics that go on behind the scenes in movies, TV, concerts, and stage? Is entertainment really a hotbed of sexy excitement? It's no accident I set my GLBT paranormal erotic romance Full Moon Fever on stage. I worked as a union stagehand back in the 1980s, primarily as a gaffer, which is a lighting technician. I had the honor and sheer enjoyment of working lighting for the movies Die Hard With A Vengeance and 12 Monkeys. I also volunteered for community theater, but I was paid to work as a gaffer. I volunteered to act and do makeup, including prosthetics like making wounds and scars.
My first professional gig was as general crew for an M. C. Hammer concert. I ran around and did whatever anyone wanted me to do. In effect, I was a gopher. I was much more specialized in my second gig, which was makeup artist (including FX) for the acclaimed TV show Homicide: Life On The Street. I worked with two other women – one who lead the makeup crew (key makeup) and one who was in charge of hair (key hair). We had our own trailer. We also had the best coffee. Cast and crew would stop by our trailer to chat momentarily and to help themselves to our coffee. I got to meet the entire first season cast and guest star Gwen Verdon, who later was nominated for an Emmy for her performance. I really lucked out, since I was able to work for such a prestigious television show.
I even got to work with the fire departments in Maryland on a plane crash simulation. The hull of a plane was the first thing I noticed when I arrived on the scene. Volunteers were asked to serve as victims and I was able to work makeup ranging from simple bruising to deep lacerations and blood. The simulation was a test of all firefighters in the region. Each firefighter was to assess the damage to each "victim" and triage accordingly. We – the crew – pulled some fast ones on the firefighters, such as bruising on the abdomen that didn't look serious, but when you turned the victim on his or her side, there was a gaping hole made of makeup on the person's back. If the firefighter ignored that person and didn't turn them over to see how bad the damage actually was, that firefighter failed the test. Hundreds of people turned out for this exercise. The simulation looked so real it was scary.
Most of my work was as a gaffer and general crew with various concerts including The Rolling Stones, Phil Collins, The Eagles, Eric Clapton, Amy Grant, Barbra Streisand, and Aerosmith. My then-boyfriend (current husband) was very jealous I worked for Aerosmith. Not only did I work all the concerts, I got to see them for free from the best seat in the house – the wings. I stood next to Steve Tyler of Aerosmith. He was not particularly tall, and he was wiry and thin. He was very friendly. I enjoyed the hell out of those concerts. My only regret was that I wasn't able to work for my favorite rock musician, Peter Gabriel. I was out of state working on an indie horror film, and I was unavailable. Now, I wish I had worked the concert. The film sucked balls, but some of the crew went on to do great things. One man in particular did sound for the TV series iZombie, which I had watched regularly.
There was a great deal of sexual tension in theater, especially. Everyone flirted with me, men and women alike. At the time I looked my best, and I flaunted it. The producer for the company and I were very close – a little too close. Nothing came of it since we never consummated the relationship, but sexual tension was in the air. The same applied to the concerts. I worked with the same people all the time, mostly men. I'm bisexual, but at the time I focused on the guys in the crew. And they focused on me. I was going through an ugly divorce, and everyone knew it. The guys sent me home with gallons of milk and fruit that craft services were going to throw out. It was perfectly good food, too. My son and I weren't starving, that's for sure. Stage crew was very insular and protective of their own. I was part of that crowd, and everyone took good care of me. These were very friendly and kind people.
My experiences led me to write Full Moon Fever. Stage is the perfect venue for the werewolves in my book. They never stay in one location for long since they are working a traveling road show. If the locals become suspicious, it doesn't matter since the show leaves town for another destination and my werewolves don't get caught. I ramped up the sexiness of theater for the book. Although it's based on my experiences, the characters saw more sexual action than I had seen. However, the bald flirtation was evident, and I included that in the book. Flirtations helped make the experience even more enjoyable. I never experienced sexual harassment, but I had heard of women who had been targeted. My characters don't take advantage of each other. Everything is above board and honest. And funny. There is a lot of joking around in entertainment, and my characters engage in it in spades.
I hope you enjoy Full Moon Fever.
Elizabeth Black writes erotica, erotic romance, speculative fiction, fantasy, dark fiction, and horror. Her erotic fiction has been published by Xcite Books (U. K.), House Of Erotica (U. K.), Circlet Press, eXtasy Books, Ravenous Romance, Riverdale Avenue Books, Scarlet Magazine (U. K.), and other publishers. She also enjoys writing retellings of classic fairy tales, including her two self-published fairy tales "Trouble In Thigh High Boots" (Puss In Boots) and "Climbing Her Tower" (Rapunzel). 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, Novelspot, The Erotic Readers and Writers Association Blog, Sexis Magazine, On The Issues, Sexy Mama Magazine, and Circlet blog.
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