Category Archive: erotic romance

Jun 27 2012

Before the Darkness Print Book Giveaway


Goodreads Book Giveaway

Before the Darkness by Leslie Lee Sanders

Before the Darkness

by Leslie Lee Sanders

Giveaway ends July 26, 2012.
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Enter to win one of TWO print copies of my MM post-apocalyptic erotic romance, Before the Darkness (Refuge Inc., Book One) on Goodreads.

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BLURB:

After an asteroid strikes Earth, a series of violent earthquakes destroy secluded Phoenix and leave survivor Elliot struggling to stay focused in the bleak aftermath. And then he meets fellow survivor Adam. Together, the two search for reliable shelter and other survivors while distant murky clouds fast approach. Their hunt for shelter leads them down an alternate path when they find spray painted symbols directing them to a mysterious place: Refuge Inc.

As ominous clouds slowly shut off all light to their devastated world, they are forced to come to terms with their pasts and their growing attraction for each other.

Neither thought their pasts and personal crises would affect their ability to endure the horrors they’re forced to live through. Neither thought they would be drawn so close to one another in the aftermath of an unimaginable catastrophe. By working together, can they continue to survive? Or will the mystery of Refuge Inc. cause diverse expectations and lead them to decisions that further threaten their lives?

Jun 04 2012

Analyzing My Rejection: "Before the Darkness" not a Romance?

I had submitted my MM, post-apocalyptic erotic romance, Before the Darkness, (the first book of the Refuge Inc. series) to a couple of romance e-publishers. Unfortunately, they both passed. However, I did get a “revise & resubmit” offer from one of the publishers who had a lot of good things to say about the story in spite of the rejection.


(Publisher kept unidentified for privacy)
First the positives:

  • “The story is imaginative and detailed…”

  • “Your story has some really good parts, and we feel the post-apocalyptic aspects are believable, the creepy parts are creepy, and there’s an overall dark feel to the whole piece that came through.”

Now the negatives:

  • “We do feel it has strong potential, however the characters need some work to make them more likable. Elliott seems to fall too fast for Adam, a man he’s just met in a ruined landscape where survival ought to be the first thing on his mind. And the badgering and belittling about the former relationship with a woman throughout the book wears somewhat thin by the end.”

Non romance issues:

  • “We feel it is more of a post-disaster story with romantic elements than a true romance.”

  • “The romance needs to be ramped up quite a bit to make it more of a focus of the story.” Something required in romances.

  • “Additionally, the ending is not quite a “happily ever after” (HEA) nor quite a “happy for now” (HFN).” Something required in romances.

  • “There is also an issue of unsafe sex, i.e. no condom use …” Something required in romances.

After receiving this wonderfully personal and useful bit of feedback from the editor (which I appreciate tremendously because authors rarely get personal feedback from publishers, if at all), I realized . . . the story is NOT a romance! It is exactly what they described it as . . . a post-disaster story with romantic elements!

And there’s nothing wrong with that.

I was invited to revise the story and submit it again for reconsideration; however, I’m not sure I want to make it into something it’s not. It’s not a romance, so maybe I shouldn’t make it into one. Maybe I shouldn’t push it to romance publishers, or ramp up the romance. Maybe romance shouldn’t be the focus of the story.

Maybe, after tweaking the charcters’ inner conflict, the story will be good enough to engage and entertain the way it is.

Maybe.


May 04 2012

Featured Author: Laci Paige Talks Truckin’


Available May 8, 2012
Hello! Before I start rambling on, I want to thank Leslie for having me as a guest today! Thank you, Leslie!!!

May 8thmy debut erotic-romantic novella, Let’s Keep On Truckin’ will be released. I’m very excited for everyone to meet Lily, Alex and Ryder.

What prompted me to write this story? Last year I won an eBook novella from a contest Decadent Publishing held, and I won. I was gifted an erotic tale. After reading it, I decided that, “Hey, I can write something like this.” Well, the story I wrote wasn’t exactly “like this”, but it is a story for adults. It was a fun story to write, and it wasn’t as simple as it seems. I submitted my story to Decadent and it was rejected the first time, but it was accepted after the second try, and then I still had to edit, edit, and edit some more.

How did I come up with the story? Well, my family likes to travel – a lot. We drive up and down East Coast USA to visit friends and family. On one particular day there were a lot of semi-trucks on the highway. My muse got to wondering if anyone ever met or hooked up with a trucker at a rest stop. It took a day to think it through, and a few more days to write up the first draft.

What’s really funny now? I can’t be on the highway without smiling at the big trucks. Oh, and forget about it when I see a truck with the name Ryder on it, or any variation of it, I really smile.  They must think I am a really happy traveler. Little do they know.

I’ve written a few more novellas which I would like to edit, edit and edit a little more on my own before I submit them to my publisher. Weird thing about those; I didn’t intend to do it on purpose, but the other stories revolve around transportation of some sort (limo, sailboat, plane). Hmm…Laci’s Transportation Series?

Readers, I really hope if you read my novella, and you like it, that you’ll send me some review love! Look for it on sale at amazon.com and decadentpublishing.com.

Thanks again, Leslie, for having me!

<3 Laci
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Let’s Keep on Truckin’

by Laci Paige
BLURB: Lily loves traveling on her job since no one can do it better than her. Being out on the open road gives her plenty of time to reflect and avoid unwanted attention, but somehow it always finds her….

When she comes across Ryder, first at a grocery store, then at a rest stop, sexual desire sparks and she knew she had to have him. If only her ex hadn’t shown up, igniting a fantasy she never thought possible.

Seeing Alex in a whole new light, Lily realizes second chances are in order, but will she have to choose between the two men? Or could she be happy with both?


EXCERPT: In the candy aisle, I felt someone looking at me. Turning my head, I gazed past a man standing near me. A very nice looking man, but I ignored him, or at least I tried to. His green eyes locked on mine. Warmth and tingles spread throughout my body causing my knees to go weak. The man’s face held sharp features, and his sultry lips rewarded me with a demure smile. I would’ve loved to feel them on mine. He stepped closer to me. My heart rate spiked. Nodding to the shelf in front of us, he focused in on something and reached for it. He stopped mid-reach, and our gazes met again. His arm lowered. I knew I couldn’t look away, and I had a feeling he couldn’t either. I bit my bottom lip, and I saw him take notice. He leaned in close to me, mouth parted to speak.


“Excuse me,” a voice requested. We stepped away from each other so the woman behind us could retrieve candy from the shelf. She sure took her time. Separated by the woman, I kept glancing over at the man. He, too, continued to gaze my way. There was something about him; he made something stir inside me.

Available for purchase from: www.amazon.com& www.decadentpublishing.com May 8th!

Laci Paige on the web!

Mar 22 2012

All About a Kiss (Happy Holiday Shorts)

Jasmine’s been working for the law firm of Stephens and Steven’s for a little over eight months and tonight she can’t wait to attend the Happy Holiday festival the office has been raving about. To her disappointment, the party is a dud. To her surprise, she overhears a group of people planning to crash an underground party where the lights are shut off and the people must walk the darkened room until they bump into a stranger worth kissing. This is definitely Jasmine’s idea of fun, especially the part where once you kiss your anonymous stranger you must spend the rest of the night with that person.

Jasmine’s a little surprised when the lights come on and the person she’s making out with happens to be–the opposite of what she usually dates–an attractive white boy who calls himself The Wrangler. In just a matter of minutes she learns exactly why he prefers that nickname.

Can she summon the courage to let a gorgeous stranger show her the meaning of pure pleasure on this Christmas Eve?

Includes a cameo from Kyla and Mike (Three-way Kisses) and Alex (Kiss and a Handshake) from the other two Happy Holiday shorts.

Available at Amazon.com for $0.99

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Jan 18 2012

A Great Week for Progress!

The Great …


The great part of the week began with
  • Black Raven’s (from Black Raven Reviews) 4 star review of my erotic romance Benefits of Sharing.

“… While the message is strong, the journey is the most intriguing part in Benefits of Sharing. If you’re looking for a well-written, fast-paced, sexy romp, where the lust is intense, the love is endearing between husband and wife, the sex is sizzling, and the truth will give you a new perspective on life, then Benefits of Sharing by Leslie Lee Sanders is definitely the book to read. It’ll put a smile on your face while making you hot and bothered in all of the right places.” ~ Black Raven, full review here.

Then it progressed with
  • a great revelation about the direction of my writing career and where I need to focus. It was a huge confidence boost and I can’t wait to apply what I’ve learned.

On it went when I received
  • a response to the email I sent to my newest favorite author of the successful sci-fi Wool series, Hugh Howey. Where after writing to tell him my emotional experience with his book Wool, he begins his response hinting how my letter needs to be framed. Nice! Made my day.


The Progress …

I then found the time and motivation to
  • finish the first draft of Before the Darkness! Yeah, I smacked “The End” on that baby. I still have to do the rewrite and also do some polishing on my next erotic romance Tongue Tied which will be available sometime this spring.

The week’s not over but already I’ve completed a lot and have so much more to look forward to. And I can’t wait! J

Dec 28 2011

30k Words and Counting

I’m making progress! Making progress is something to be excited about, coming from a woman who wears many hats and have the tendency to procrastinate.


I’ve hit 30k words in my latest WIP Before the Darkness. I have a goal of hitting 50k (and therefore completing the novel) by February 1st 2012. I will do it, no doubt.



Also my new short Tongue Tied will probably be released sometime in February too. Hopefully around Valentine’s Day which would be awesome. Now I say probably because with so much writing and revising I have to do, the date of release for Tongue Tied is still uncertain. Tongue Tied is an M/M erotic romance with a few MFM and Interracial scenes (all pivotal to the plot).


Speaking of Tongue Tied, I’ve seen my first proof of the cover. It is awesome but needs a little tweaking. I can’t wait to share the cover with the world. Cover art is amazing! I think all writers love cover art.



Now, enough writing about writing. It’s time to actually get some writing done. I got a lot planned for 2012. Time to get on it, huh? J

Sep 16 2011

Before the Darkness Progress

I am officially at 21,233 words written in my upcoming MM, post-apocalyptic erotic romance story, Before the Darkness. This story revolves around two survivors of an asteroid impact who are forced to confront their pasts in order to appreciate their second chance at life and possibly make for a better future.

Currently, I’m at a critical point in the story, (or the most critical) the climax. Which is good! That means I’m almost to the end.

The problem?

Well, I’m not quite sure where I want this story to end. The initial ending I had planned for it might end at 30k words. However, another possible ending wouldn’t be met until about 50k words.

If I go with the initial ending, readers might want an extension. Which will result in a series that I’m not sure I’m ready to commit to. There’s other stories I want to complete too.

If I go with the other ending, it may take longer than I want it to, it would require tons to rewrite and edit, and I’m not sure I’m ready for that either. Not to mention the climax I’m about to write will probably be just one of the big incidences that move the story forward to the “real” climax.

When I outlined and started writing Before the Darkness, I had it all set in my head; the beginning, middle and end. Now, the story’s kinda taking on a life of its own (including the characters) and I’m a bit afraid of where it might lead me.

I’m not good with unpredictable. I like to have a plan and stick to it. Anyway, we shall see where this takes me. Who knows, maybe it will turn out to be better than I imagined if I just tell the story that wants to be told, instead of limiting the story by keeping it confined to my outline.

Leslie Lee Sanders

Aug 31 2011

Before the Darkness Progress

Currently, I am at 12,500 words in my latest WIP, Before the Darkness. The way the story is going I expect to finish it somewhere around 20k-30k words, although it can be longer. I can’t seem to find the time to work on it as much as I want to. I hope this weekend I can write a big chunk of it because I want to finish it before the end of the year.

The elevator pitch:

After an asteroid strikes Earth, sending a wall of ash and other debris into the atmosphere, Elliot meets fellow survivor Adam and together they take advantage of the next few hours, learning to appreciate their second chance at life and live it to the fullest.

The problem:

The research.  Asteroids are tricky to write about, especially an asteroid impact with Earth. Even though the story focuses more on the inner conflict of the main characters, the impact is what sets the story in motion and contributes to the story’s tension, adding suspense, raising the stakes and providing exterior conflict. Therefore, it’s very important that the impact and the effects of impact are realistic.


I hope to finish the first draft before the end of the year. Hell, some writers can do it in thirty days. That would be nice!

Aug 03 2011

Pre-order Benefits of Sharing Today!

Currently, I am at 12,500 words in my latest WIP, Before the Darkness. The way the story is going I expect to finish it somewhere around 20k-30k words, although it can be longer. I can’t seem to find the time to work on it as much as I want to. I hope this weekend I can write a big chunk of it because I want to finish it before the end of the year.

The elevator pitch:

After an asteroid strikes Earth, sending a wall of ash and other debris into the atmosphere, Elliot meets fellow survivor Adam and together they take advantage of the next few hours, learning to appreciate their second chance at life and live it to the fullest.

The problem:

The research.  Asteroids are tricky to write about, especially an asteroid impact with Earth. Even though the story focuses more on the inner conflict of the main characters, the impact is what sets the story in motion and contributes to the story’s tension, adding suspense, raising the stakes and providing exterior conflict. Therefore, it’s very important that the impact and the effects of impact are realistic.


I hope to finish the first draft before the end of the year. Hell, some writers can do it in thirty days. That would be nice!