Category Archive: Amid the Darkness

Jul 05 2013

Refuge Inc. Giveaway! #MM #PostApcalyptic #Audio #Ebook

I’m so excited that the first two books of the MM, Post-Apocalyptic Refuge Inc. series is available in print, audio and eBook, and that the final installment is nearly complete. I’m holding a Rafflecopter giveaway and 3 people will win!

Prizes:

Important!

UPDATE: Added Amid the Darkness (Book #2) audiobook to the prizes!

1 audio set to giveaway – and – 2 e-book sets to give away.

LLS_Before_audiosmall1ST PLACE WINNER:  will choose their prize: Either an e-book copy of Before the Darkness (Refuge Inc. #1) AND Amid the Darkness (Refuge Inc. #2) OR a free code to download the audiobook version of Before the Darkness AND Amid the Darkness.

2ND PLACE WINNER:   will win either an e-book copy of Before the Darkness (Refuge Inc. #1) AND Amid the Darkness (Refuge Inc. #2) OR a free code to download the audiobook version of Before the Darkness AND Amid the Darkness.

3RD PLACE WINNER:  same as second place winner.

Book descriptions, word count, buy links, etc. HERE!

LLS_Amid_audioRules/How to Enter:

Enter the contest by following directions on the Rafflecopter giveaway below.The more options you complete, the more entry points you earn. The more points you earn, the higher your chances of winning!     

Contest specifics:

  • Contest ends Saturday July 21st 2013 at 12am MT.
  • Winners must be 18 years or older to enter. Good luck!

 

 

 

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May 16 2013

Homophobia in Fiction & Giveaway: Hop Against Homophobia & Transphobia 2013

Welcome to my home on the web!

In honor of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (May 17th) and Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia (#HAHAT), which is a day to bring awareness to homophobia and transgender-phobia, I want to discuss homophobia in fiction.

HAHAT

 

 

 

Homophobia in Fiction

One of the frequent themes we see tackled in GBLT fiction is homophobia. It exists in stories because it exists in real life. Every day another person is discriminated against because of their sexual orientation which means nothing other than … they’re hated because of who they’re attracted to.

Pretty ridiculous, isn’t it?

Now I might be preaching to the choir, but homophobia usually exists in fiction for a couple of reasons.

1. To bring awareness. And actions to stop it

2. To allow characters and/or readers a way to deal and cope

3. To create believable and relatable characters

4. For entertainment value. To create internal and external conflict

No doubt all of those reasons impact us when we’re immersed in a book with a homophobia theme. Those tales can haunt us the way the horrific details of Matthew Shepard or Brandon Teena’s stories haunts us to this day. Yet, as horrific as those events were (and still are to some degree) those stories, too, have a purpose for retelling them: to bring awareness and proactive action, a way to deal and cope, to prove that we’re all human and can relate to each other’s internal and external conflicts. And to hopefully create better futures.

Maybe one day homophobia in fiction wouldn’t be as popular, maybe one day we won’t need to tell the tales of homosexual suffering. But then again, when that time comes, maybe we shouldn’t forget those who’ve suffered and slowly helped us progress through the hate.

Maybe homophobia in fiction would always have a place in popular reads, especially if the gold is blatant at the end of the rainbow.

 

Important!

Give-Away Info Below!

Before the DarknessIn honor of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia and Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia, I am also giving away the first two books of my gay, post-apocalyptic, dystopian trilogy (Before the Darkness and Amid the Darkness) to one commenter who also subscribes to my newsletter/mailing list!

 

How to enter:

  1. Leave a comment on this post
  2. Enter your name and email in the correct fields
  3. Check the appropriate box (below the comment area) to subscribe
  4. Check your email to confirm your subscription

 

 

  • Amid the DarknessWinner will be announced May 28th in a separate post. (Subscribing will automatically send the winner announcement post to your email via RSS feed)

 

  • Winner will be randomly selected
  • Winner will be notified by email
  • Winner chooses e-book format (PDF, HTML, LIT, EPUB, MOBI)

 

Thanks for stopping by and good luck!

Visit the other #HAHAT participants at the link directly below.

Jan 22 2013

Refuge Inc. Series Blog Barrage & Give-Away!

Follow these blogs and enter for a chance to win BOTH books, Before the Darkness (Refuge Inc. #1) and Amid the Darkness (Refuge Inc. #2)!
Ends Jan 28th.

January 22, 2013


January 23, 2013

Dec 01 2012

New Release: Amid the Darkness (Refuge Inc. #2)

Today is release day for book two in the Refuge Inc. series, Amid the Darkness! Amid the Darkness is now available in these formats. Get your copy today!

Amid the Darkness (Refuge Inc. #2)
by Leslie Lee Sanders
Words: 45,000
Release date: Nov 30th 2012
Genres: MM, Post-Apocalyptic, Dystopian, Romance

Amazon Kindle
Amazon paperback
All Romance eBooks
Barnes & Noble
Kobo

Blurb: Weeks after an asteroid strikes Earth, hurling Elliot and Adam into a fight for their survival, the two take shelter in an underground compound known as Refuge Inc. Shaking their past seems impossible as it comes back to haunt them, weakening the foundation of their relationship. Elliot, hung up on guilt over his former actions, tries to right his wrongs which leads him face-to-face with the troubling secrets of the compound. Adam’s run-in with the enigmatic prophet makes him question Refuge Inc. and the survivors’ future.

Working together to uncover the mysteries of Refuge Inc. not only reveals much about the sunless world beyond the compound walls, but exposes the truth about the compound’s occupants … including themselves.

If their haunting pasts continue to dominate, it will steer them directly into a miserable future and their companionship will forever suffer. Either way, they are forced to prepare for the ultimate fight for survival.Can they fight together and make it out on top?

WARNING: Contains graphic language, some violence and brief descriptions of the dead.

Nov 14 2012

Pre-order Amid the Darkness at a Discount!

The second book in the Refuge Inc. series, Amid the Darkness, is available on All Romance eBooks for pre-order! Pre-order Amid the Darkness now at a discount and save over $1. Here’s your chance to take advantage of the price before its release this December!

Amid the Darkness (Refuge Inc., Book 2)
by Leslie Lee Sanders
Release date: December 2012
Words: 40,000
Genre: Post-apocalyptic/Distopian, MM, Romance.

BLURB:

Weeks after an asteroid strikes Earth, hurling Elliot and Adam into a fight for their survival, the two take shelter in an underground compound known as Refuge Inc. Shaking their past seems impossible as it comes back to haunt them, weakening the foundation of their relationship. Elliot, hung up on guilt over his former actions, tries to right his wrongs which leads him face-to-face with the troubling secrets of the compound. Adam’s run-in with the enigmatic prophet makes him question Refuge Inc. and the survivors’ future.

Working together to uncover the mysteries of Refuge Inc. not only reveals much about the sunless world beyond the compound walls, but exposes the truth about the compound’s occupants … including themselves.

If their haunting pasts continue to dominate, it will steer them directly into a miserable future and their companionship will forever suffer. Either way, they are forced to prepare for the ultimate fight for survival.Can they fight together and make it out on top?

WARNING: Contains graphic language, some violence and brief descriptions of the dead.

 

Sep 17 2012

Amid the Darkness (Refuge Inc., Book 2) Coming Soon!

Amid the Darkness (Refuge Inc., #2)
COMING SOON!

Weeks after an asteroid strikes Earth, hurling Elliot and Adam into a fight for their survival, the two take shelter in an underground compound known as Refuge Inc. Shaking their past seems impossible as it comes back to haunt them, weakening the foundation of their relationship. Elliot, hung up on guilt over his former actions, tries to right his wrongs which leads him face-to-face with the troubling secrets of the compound. Adam’s run-in with the alleged prophet makes him question Refuge Inc. and the survivors’ future.


Working together to uncover the mysteries of Refuge Inc. not only reveals much about the sunless world beyond the compound walls, but exposes the truth about the compound’s occupants … including themselves.

If their haunting pasts continue to dominate, it will steer them directly into a miserable future and their companionship will forever suffer.  Either way, they are forced to prepare for the ultimate fight for survival. Can they fight together and make it out on top? 

OFFICIAL RELEASE DATE: TBA

 

Aug 15 2012

Progress on Amid the Darkness (Refuge Inc. Book Two)

Refuge Inc. Series

I’m making progress on the second book in the Refuge Inc. series but it has been a bit slow. I think the issue is my unwillingness to let go of Before the Darkness and move on. My decision to indie-publish Before the Darkness made my task of marketing the book almost a full-time job and it has taken away some precious time needed to continue writing book two.


BUT BOOK TWO IS IN THE MAKING AND WILL BE COMPLETED!

With the day job, three kids, and a husband who’s away busting his butt most of the time, I still find a way to write the second book in a series I am absolutely proud of. Progress is slow, but steady.

Before the Darkness has been getting mixed reviews. One thing that stands out to some readers in book one is the readers’ inability to connect with the characters fully. If I have to explain to readers why the characters are the way they are, then I didn’t do a good enough job explaining it within the book. I NEED readers to look deeper. However, I’m currently writing book two to introduce more character development between the main characters, answer nearly all questions that book one left unanswered, and hopefully bring the readers to better understand the characters’ reasons for doing the things they do, act the way they act and be the way they are.

For those  of you who enjoyed book one and are looking forward to book two, you guys keep my motivation high and I can’t wait to share Amid the Darkness with you.

THE STORY IS NOT OVER! By all means, it’s only just begun.

I intentionally set up book one to be more character driven, and as realistic as possible in regards to the irrational choices a couple of regular guys might make in the midst of a worldwide catastrophe. The characters relationship, struggles, background, fears and motives are the main focus in book one. In book two I aim to introduce more interesting characters, bring more twists and surprises to the table and take you further into the mysteries of Refuge Inc. The characters’ relationship to one another AND others is the focus of book two.

There’s a lot of surprising events I have in store for book two. So make sure you come back for the latest news on the Refuge Inc. series.