Category Archive: MM

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.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

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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?

May 17 2012

In Honor of International Day Against Homophobia

Hop Against Homophobia is an attempt by over 250 MM authors, reviewers and publishers to stand together and create awareness of homophobia. Below is a personal story I’d like to share to honor this day.

As a young girl, I had always looked down upon discriminating against someone for being something they couldn’t control, like: black, female, handicapped or gay. Discrimination had always been something I stood against. I think it had something to do with me being an African American female, and understanding the bumpy road we travelled through America’s history to present day.  

I raised my two girls to respect people for who they are and to only judge how people treat others including my girls themselves.

So, you can imagine the shock and horror I experienced when my teenager told me she thought gays were “creepy.” This attitude came about from an entry she discovered in her best friend’s diary. Her friend apparently wrote about a crush she had on my daughter and it freaked her out.

This led to a lengthy argument conversation about homosexuality. My concerns were that she would lose a good friend over a secret she shouldn’t have even known. She admits her friend hadn’t tried anything inappropriate, her friend had never acted differently or weird around her, but finding out the secret was enough to keep my daughter from wanting to be around her friend anymore.

It saddened me. It was an insignificant reason to lose a friend over, I thought.

However, after talking with my daughter some more, I’ve come to realize how young and innocent her mind really is. She’s just afraid of what she doesn’t understand. No one can tell her what to think or how to feel. Besides, it took a few days for her initial shock to wear off and now her and her friend are the best friends they always were. Hopefully, with time and experience she will grow up to be the more tolerant, understanding, and compassionate woman I’m raising her to be.

Maybe she will grow to be against discriminating someone for being something they can’t control. Especially when the only thing they have a hard time controlling is who they love.

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In Honor of International Day Against Homophobia, I am giving away one free PDF copy of my latest MM & MMF erotic read, Tongue Tied, to one lucky commenter.

Tongue Tied
Ever since that little finger licking slipup during their “double dating” session, Dorian’s tongue has been on Ryan’s mind. If only Ryan had the courage to tell his friend what’s been nagging at him. Maybe Dorian could help him verbalize what he so desperately wants. Maybe Dorian will give him even more than he asks for. 

All you have to do to enter for a chance to win is leave a comment on this post with your email, and a winner will be randomly chosen. The winner will be notified via email on May 20th when the contest ends. Entrants must be 18 years or older.

There are over 250 other sites participating in Hop Against Homophobia 2012, so be sure to check them out here: http://hopagainsthomophobia.blogspot.com.

May 13 2012

Tongue Tied by Leslie Lee Sanders Available for Pre-order!

Tongue Tied
by Leslie Lee Sanders
Available May 18th 2012
Pre-order now from All Romance eBooks
Genre: Erotica
Tags: MM, MFM, Menage, Thressome, Interracial, Short story
Word count: 11,000

BLURB:
Ever since that little finger licking slipup during their “double dating” session, Dorian’s tongue has been on Ryan’s mind. If only Ryan had the courage to tell his friend what’s been nagging at him. Maybe Dorian could help him verbalize what he so desperately wants. Maybe Dorian will give him even more than he asks for. 

EXCERPT:

“Julie? Julie Johnson?” Dorian shook his blond head and scoffed. “Katelyn was hotter than Julie. Julie didn’t even like to kiss which was—”

“Pretty prude if you ask me.”

Dorian chuckled. “I was gonna say weird but prude is probably a better word to describe her.”

An awkward silence permeated the room. Ryan wasn’t sure if he should bring up the finger licking incident from the night before or if Dorian was going to mention it and attempt to explain it in some sort of weird excuse.

Dorian glanced down at Ryan’s crotch. Ryan noticed how it took his friend an extra second to look away.

“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 for 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 Dorian tell that he 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, but no salt.” Dorian picked up the wedge of lime from the counter and took the shot glass in hand. “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 he 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’re 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.

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Apr 10 2012

Do Male GLBT Romance Authors Have it Easier?

So what do I mean by easier? Do male authors who write in the GBLT romance category have a bigger, loyal fanbase, make more sales, and have an advantage over the female authors of the same category?

Me thinks YES!

Here’s why

  1. In many of cases, male authors of gay fiction are gay themselves. Therefore, when reading male-written gay romance the reader believes (even if they don’t admit it or even know it) that they’re getting an inside look into real M/M relationships, getting a truer male point of view.

  2. Also, knowing that most readers of gay romance and romance in general are women (according to RWA’s statistics, women make up 91 percent of the romance book buyers), I think some women tend to associate the male authors with their male protagonists.     

  3. Some women love a romantic man. And if you happened to be a male writer of romance, how more romantic could you be? You’re writing about love and emotions between men, (and in erotic romance) sex, good sex. We love that, right?

For those reasons, I also think those authors with ambiguous names like; Kaje or True, or initials instead of names like; G.A or J.S, or unisex names like; Chris, Terry or Jamie, can sell more books in the gay category as well.

I’m not saying these authors don’t have to write a good book, promote that book and social network to gather sales, readers and make a name for themselves like we all do. I’m suggesting that, due to the reasons above, some male authors of gay romance might have it a tad bit easier and get success (whatever that means. I know it’s subjective) faster than the rest of us.

How about you? What do you think? I’d love to hear your opinion.

Mar 28 2012

Kiss and a Handshake (Happy Holiday Shorts)

Alex shows up to a Happy Holiday festival with an invitation in hand from his friend Zak. Too bad Zak is too busy flirting with his female coworker instead of spending the night in Alex’s bed. Looking for some real fun, Alex sneaks away to an underground party along with several Stephens and Steven’s employees. Once there, he indulges in a sexy game; spend the night with the stranger you lock lips with once the lights go out.

The first hard, rippling body Alex bumps into possesses the first pair of lips he attaches to. To his delight, Tristan is a great kisser. To his dismay, the virgin is not so skilled at heating things up.

Most of the night, Alex tries desperately to stop thinking of what could be with Zak and tries to enjoy the hard body in his arms. Can he succeed this Christmas Eve?

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

Available at Amazon.com for only $0.99

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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

Nov 08 2011

Before the Darkness: Book Progress

So I took a break from writing my post-apocalyptic, MM, Erotic romance novel Before the Darkness to spend time taking care of other responsibilities. But now I’m am ready to continue writing the novel!

I feel like I am at the halfway mark in the novel, (about 23K words) there’s still so much that needs to be written. However, I am glad to (slowly) get my ideas out of me.

My characters have veered off course a little and did some things that I didn’t expect them to do. Especially in one scene where one character’s injury prompts them to make a detour. This detour was nowhere in the original outline but I’m not gonna fight with what the characters think needs to be done.

I surprised myself but I like the story even more now due to the little detour. I can’t wait to get back to writing it!

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!