Category Archive: glbt

Sep 08 2015

Dive into the Opening Scene of the Latest Refuge Inc. Story

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by Leslie Lee Sanders

A standalone of the Refuge Inc. series

Length: Novelette

Genre/tags: sci-fi, post-apocalyptic, dystopian, gay, LGBTQ

BLURB:

Tasked with a deadly mission, Damien and Patrick must return to the surface and discover healthy plant life that survived the toxic devastation that wiped out all life after a cataclysmic asteroid impact.

However, they quickly learn that it’s not just the contaminated air they should fear, but also those responsible for organizing the operation, as all things point to a deliberate suicide mission.

Finding a living plant may not only ensure a future for the thousands of subterranean survivors but may be the key they need to return to their home beneath the surface.

 

OPENING PAGE EXCERPT:

There’s no such thing as happy ever after, no such thing as second chances, and no such thing as coming back from where I was going.

I followed Patrick into the shaft leading to the lift, leaving our escort and life as it was behind me. The mechanical door at my back hissed before it locked for what I knew would be forever–or until the next agitator made trouble in the facility and found him or herself facing the rarely seen but much talked about dreaded door.

With every weighty footstep toward the enclosed lift, my living-breathing life became more of a shadow of a memory. It was apparent in each anxiety-induced shallow breath that escaped my lips. Although they wanted me to believe going miles above to the surface was my choice, there was no such thing as having a voice in the matter.

Up, up, up the lift took us. I glanced through my thick Plexiglas visor and across from me into Patrick’s. A single light shone from above us. The light located inside of his helmet illuminated his face, allowing me to search his eyes for a hint of fear.

“You think we’ll be surprised at the conditions up there?” Shaky and wary, his voice came through my headset.

I forced a chuckle. “I enjoy surprises.”

His nerves caused his snicker to come through rattled and apprehensive. “If my wife was still here she would’ve slapped the shit out of me for even entertaining the thought of going up.”

That was the difference between his wife and mine. Em would’ve known that I would never entertain such a thought. Just recalling her smarts and wit brought a smile to my face. If possible, I would return to previous times and relive the moments where I had gathered her and our son in my arms.

No one had to tell me I was once a lucky man, but like all good things, even luck runs out.

The lift slowed, sounding off a metallic clanking that penetrated my headset despite the noise of our hasty breaths. The sudden change in momentum knocked us off balance. Patrick’s heavily suited body and his oxygen-nutrient backpack slammed against me.

“Shit.” His oversized gloved hands gripped the sides of his helmet as he readjusted it. “They didn’t warn us about this fuck of a lift.”

“Surprise.” My lack of enthusiasm dribbled from my lips.

 

Resurfaced (Refuge Inc.)

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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!

 

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  • 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
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Thanks for stopping by and good luck!

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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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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?

Mar 07 2012

Tongue Tied by Leslie Lee Sanders (Explicit) Excerpt

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M/M, MMF, Interracial, Erotica
by Leslie Lee Sanders
Available Spring 2012!

Buy Links: ARe | Kindle | Nook

After a sensual night of “double dating” with his friend Dorian, Ryan’s interest in sharing beautiful women suddenly dwindles when he develops an urge to share a sexual romp with Dorian and his tongue instead.

EXCERPT:

“Man, Katelyn was so sexy last night. When I was inside her, I came almost instantly.” Dorian’s chuckle was short. “I felt bad that I didn’t make her come before I did.”

“It happens to the best of us.”

“Never happened before.” Dorian poked Ryan’s chest, grinning. “We usually make the ladies come at least twice before we do. I like them to leave completely satisfied.”

“Yeah, she really had me going.” Ryan poured another shot. “That body. That ass!”

“Right.” Dorian’s eye cut to Ryan’s crotch again. “You were definitely into it.” The grin on Dorian’s face made Ryan wonder. Could he tell that Ryan was hard … for him? “Are you gonna offer me a shot or what?” Dorian hopped down from where he sat on the counter. “Sure looks good.”

The flirtatious way those last words slipped from Dorian’s lips made Ryan look up just in time to witness Dorian slowly slide his tongue from one corner of his mouth to the other. Ryan gulped, swallowing hard enough for anyone standing as close as Dorian was to hear it. “Yeah, sure.” He cleared his throat. “You want lime with that?” he asked as he offered the glass.

“Yep. No salt though.” Dorian picked up the wedge of lime from the counter and took the shot glass from Ryan. “Here we go,” he said playfully and winked. He drank the warm liquor and quickly followed it with a bite into the flesh of the lime. He swallowed then laughed as a mixture of lime juice and tequila dripped down his smooth-looking, shaven chin.

How weird would it be to pull Dorian against him and lick the stray juice from his skin? How would Dorian react to that kind of blatant gesture? The way Dorian had looked at his crotch a beat too long, followed it with a “Sure looks good,” and a lick of his lips gave Ryan confidence. Suddenly licking the stray juice from his friend’s lips and chin might not be so weird after all.

“What?” Dorian asked through his laughter while he wiped the stray juice with the back of his hand. “Why are you looking at me like that?”

“Like what?” Ryan looked away sheepishly. Any confidence vanished. He quickly glanced at his friend’s full lips just to look away again. Damn, now he was acting prude.

“What’s wrong?” Dorian placed a hand gingerly on Ryan’s shoulder, concern riding on his words. “You’re acting . . . different.”

Did Dorian not know what he’d just done to him? He turned Ryan into a horny but shy school girl with a lick of his lips. “Nothing’s wrong.” Ryan placed the liquor bottle back on the counter. “Just been thinking . . .” Maybe he shouldn’t mention last night.

“What about?”

Their eyes met each other’s. “Nothing.” Ryan shook his head. “It’s nothing.”

“Oh, come on.” Dorian grinned and hoisted himself back up on the counter and sat directly in front of Ryan. “Suddenly something has you acting all shy and stuff. Spill it already.  Is it Katelyn? God, she was hot. I hope you’re not getting tired of our doubledates. That it?”

How could he be tired of pleasuring sexy women and fulfilling their fantasies with his best friend? The women got double the fun but he and Dorian got something out of it too, pleasure, closeness, and some fun, satisfying, much needed release. What a question. He and Dorian have been double dating since freshmen year in college with no issue, no jealousy and no complaints. Unless Ryan counted not being able to pleasure his friend the way he pleasured so many women.