Category Archive: Refuge Inc

Jan 01 2016

New Blog Series for Writers & Darkness Eternal (Refuge Inc.)

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First, Happy 2016! I hope 2015 was as good and productive as ever for you. And here’s to an amazing and lucky 2016!

Speaking of luck. I’m lucky to have the passion to tell stories and the desire to teach others a few things that I’ve learned from the process. Like many authors, I learn something new with every book I write. Since 2005, my passions for writing grew stronger each year with the completion of story after story. And at the end of the day, that’s what it comes down to, the stories. Wouldn’t you agree?

 

Upon finishing every story, I get so excited as I can’t wait to announce the completion of a beloved project and share with you the fruits of my labor.

 

Well that time has come again. And this time I’m especially excited about this story!

 

So, without further ado, allow me to announce:

 

The latest Refuge Inc. tale, Darkness Eternal, is finally complete and the book will officially be released on March 1st 2016!

 

So why am I so excited about this book?

Plenty of reasons.

 

  1. It took forever to write and completion feels oh so good
  2. It’s the most anticipated Refuge Inc. installment from fans of the series and I can’t wait to fulfill the itch
  3. It’s 50k words and twenty-three chapters of action, suspense, twists, turns, and male-male adventure
  4. It’s completely new for the series, set a century in the future after an asteroid impact in a nearly indestructible underground sphere surrounded by toxic air
  5. It’s the best written story and the best storytelling I’ve told to date, in my humble opinion 😉
  6. It’s complex, not complicated, but multifaceted in its details, settings, and characterization
  7. Its themes of leadership and responsibility are timely
  8. It’s a standalone in a five book series and features an uncommon protagonist and a rare antagonist

 

What’s Darkness Eternal About?

 

DarknessEternal2As above, so below, except when referring to the underground Refuge Inc. compound.

 

A century after an asteroid impact and merely fifteen years after a second collision that turned the world into a noxious wasteland, Cadet Connor Nichols and other Refuge facility residents are making the most of their spherical underground utopia they call home.

 

But when a breach threatens to poison the occupants with ambient toxic air, Connor is forced to make life-altering decisions in an attempt to save lives and his only home. With help from best friend and training partner, Vince Moore, he’s reminded that good leadership requires responsibility.

 

His struggle is intensified as everything he knew about the facility, the leaders, and himself becomes twisted, distorted, and turned into the unimaginable when his effort exposes shocking secrets that threatens their future.

 

So what happens between now and March 1st?

 

  1. Beginning next week and every week until the release day, I’ll feature a special series of posts highlighting particular writing techniques I learned while writing Darkness Eternal over the last year and a half.

 

  1. Also, I’ll host a special giveaway. I’ll be giving away printed swag, collectables, and one-of-a-kind Refuge Inc. goodies to some lucky fans!

 

I hope you’ll join me for the fun. Happy reading!

 



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Oct 14 2015

The Devastated World of Refuge Inc.

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There are times when I look out over the horizon during a sunset and imagine (much like Louis from Interview with a Vampire), that it could be the last I see. Sometimes those vivid thoughts seep into my mind while I sleep, and I would wake the next morning, surprised that sun rays found their way through the tiny slits of my window blinds to illuminate my room.

Often, I find myself wondering how different life would be if I weren’t greeted with sunshine every morning and if the sun was forever positioned behind dark, heavy clouds of atmospheric toxins instead. How would it physically damage our world? How would we handle surviving after such a catastrophe, especially after witnessing other’s demise? How different would relationships be with the fear of death and guilt of survival on our mind the majority of our waking moments and in our nightmares while we slept?

I explore that scenario in Resurfaced.

And I invite you to explore the devastated world of Refuge Inc. too.

– Leslie Lee Sanders

 


 

Resurfaced (Refuge Inc.)

by Leslie Lee Sanders

Genre/tags: dark, dystopian, post-apocalyptic, LGBT

Blurb:

A standalone of the Refuge Inc. series

Given a rare chance at sanctuary inside the subterranean Refuge facility, Damien and Patrick were lucky to survive the cataclysmic asteroid impact that left the world a dark, toxic wasteland. But has their luck finally run out?

Chosen to confront the devastation above on a mission that can save the future of mankind, they emerge but quickly realize they might be unable to safely return to their comforts, their families, and the only home they’ve known since impact.

Will developing a bond and building trust aid them when using their skills as a botanist and engineer to find a living plant? Will finding a plant be the key to returning to their home beneath the surface? Or will unearthing Refuge Inc. secrets be their downfall?

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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.

 

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Oct 06 2014

Angel Martinez Reads Refuge Inc. Excerpt

Do you enjoy video book excerpts? Here’s an excerpt from my sci-fi epic, The Complete Darkness Collection (Refuge Inc. #1-3) read by Angel Martinez, the author of sci-fi and fantasy centered around gay heroes. In episode 6 of Story Time with Angel Martinez, she reads from the 3rd book in my post-apocalyptic/dystopian series. She’s done such a great job portraying the characters, I just had to share.

Check out the video below, along with links to where you can find the collection. If you enjoy the video, please share it by using the social media buttons below or leave a comment! Thanks.


 


 

LLS_Darkness_Bundle_3d_453x680The Complete Darkness Collection
By Leslie Less Sanders
3-Book Boxed Set
Tags: M/M, post-apocalyptic, dystopian, erotic romance

Exploring the lives of two asteroid impact survivors and their journey through the dark, collapsed city of Phoenix and their ever-changing relationship between themselves, their pasts, and their futures.

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Before the Darkness (Book 1)
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. He meets fellow survivor, Adam, and together they 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.

Amid the Darkness (Book 2)
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.

Beyond the Darkness (Book 3)
Phoenix—a dark, vast ruin, speckled with sporadic rays of light pushing its way through the dark, dense clouds. Adam and Elliot wander the collapsed city for days before taking shelter at the nearly standing Arrowhead hospital. Their days are filled with hopes of rescue and a deep need for emotional and mental closeness, until a harsh reality take over their thoughts—their food and supplies are dwindling, and they are in desperate need of assistance and reprieve. They’re forced to return to the hellish compound, also known as Refuge Inc.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
The author of several books of fiction and fiction with spice, Leslie Lee Sanders resides in Queen Creek, Arizona, with her husband, three daughters, and a wild beast she calls her imagination. She’s known for writing erotic romance, mostly in the gay and ménage categories, and recently plunged into writing deep, dark romantic sci-fi with her post-apocalyptic and dystopian series, Refuge Inc. She also writes horror that thrills and chills under L.L. Sanders. She loves to hear from readers and fellow authors!

EMAIL: leslie[at]leslieleesanders[dot]com

Mar 02 2014

Darkness Eternal (Refuge Inc.): Cover Reveal, Excerpt & Info

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Darkness Eternal is still a work in progress as I aim to put together the very best book package I can, including improved writing, editing, formatting, marketing, promo material, and book cover. Speaking of book cover, I recently got the full print cover and promo material back from the professional designer.

TAGS: Post-Apocalyptic, Dystopia, MM, Sci-Fi, Futeristic, Sensual Romance.

DarknessEternal_ebook_Final_smallELEVATOR PITCH:

Darkness Eternal (A Refuge Inc. Story) is a stand alone title that takes place during a futuristic global catastrophe and follows new protagonists, Connor and Vince, on their fight for survival in an underground complex built to escape toxic air in the atmosphere.

SPECIFICS:

WORD COUNT: The complete word count or length is not final and might be longer than the proposed 25k word mark.

PLOT & CHARACTERS: The story is different than the preceding trilogy that followed Adam and Elliot. Darkness Eternal centers on a younger set of men in their early twenties who was raised in the underground sphere known as the Refuge facility. Like the previous books, it contains a lot of suspense and plenty of twists and turns while reminding you that it is indeed part of the Refuge Inc. series.  You will see slight similarities between Darkness Eternal and the other books of the series.

EROTIC AND EXPLICIT CONTENT RATING: Although Darkness Eternal is an M/M read, it’ll contain less explicit sexual situations in favor of mild and sensual male-male encounters. The violence in the story is present only in necessary and believable situations, and descriptions of death is very brief and not overly detailed or gory.

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Shocking revelations about the Refuge facility’s underground complex thrusts two friends into a battle for survival.

Partners Connor Nichols and Vince Moore are preparing for active duty as peacekeepers for the residents of the subterranean Refuge facility. Before the catastrophe that wiped out the sunlight and forced survivors to live in an underground compound, the extraordinary details of a similar disaster began to spread as urban legend.

However, nothing prepares them for the harsh truths they expose about the leaders and the mysterious facility.

WARNING: Contains some sensual male-male practices, violence, and brief descriptions of the dead.

 

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(UNEDITED UNOFFICIAL) EXCERPT:

My eyes snapped open to a bright red light similar to the lights that announced our failure during tactical training in the simulation. But accompanying the crimson glow was a piercing ring of an alarm. It took a second for it to register, but thanks to the dozen or so drills we’ve had, it finally clicked that there was an emergency. A fight? Some sort of outbreak? Contamination? A deliberate chill crept down my spine.

Throwing the sheets aside, I tossed my legs over the edge of the bed. Still a bit disoriented from being awakened during a deep sleep. I stood and caught the glow of the hour on a digital poster: zero-three hundred.

Someone shouted and blurred figures rushed by me, left and right. Shadows wisped passed our opened room door, accentuated by the red hue. A voice called out orders, “Move it, cadets. To your gear. Move, move, move!”  The orders mingled with the sound of pained whimpers, panicked cries, and flustered breathing.

Chaos.

I scanned the space for the source of the commands. Then a tug of my arm pulled me from the room.

“Vince?” I asked.

“Snap out of it, asshole.” Vince gripped my shoulders and shook. “We got a job to do.”

“What’s going on?” The frightened expressions on many of the resident’s faces kick started my adrenaline, and suddenly my legs were keeping up with Vince as he hastily made his way down the hall, passed people and toward our lockers.

Inside the locker room I met some of the other male cadets. They each pulled on their combat gear, removing sleeping garments to slip on the tough, stretchy combat gear with their last names stamped on the left breast. Some were already suited and were quickly securing their helmets, weapons belt, and … ballistic vests?

“What’s going on?” I cut my eye to Vince. Why weren’t orders being delivered over the P.A. system as planned during the many drills? Where was the infamous, “In the event of an actual emergency instructions will be given for your safety”?

“What the hell are you doing?” he asked, grabbing a vest off the shelf beside the rifle rack where only a few of the weapons remain. He tossed the heavy vest to me. “There’s a contamination leak on Ten. We’re to meet dad on Nine for the rest of our orders.”

“Contamination?”

Toxins. The dense, murky pollutants that deprived Earth of its oxygen and eroded our bodies from the inside out within hours of inhaling it. Hell itself.

 

DarknessEternal2Coming soon to print and ebook! 

Find the complete Refuge Inc. Series here.

 

 

Sep 02 2013

The Refuge Inc. Series Now Available!

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The three installments of the Refuge Inc. Series by Leslie Lee Sanders is now available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, All Romance eBooks, and other online stores! The first two books are available in print and Audible audio versions as well!

The three installments of the post-apocalyptic, dystopian, MM, erotic romance series includes:

Before the DarknessBefore the Darkness (Book 1)

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. He meets fellow survivor, Adam, and together they 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.

Available at All Romance eBooks | Nook | Kindle | Kobo | Amazon (Print) | Createspace (print) | Audible (audio)

 

Amid the DarknessAmid the Darkness (Book 2)

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.

Available at All Romance eBooks | Nook | Kindle | Kobo | Amazon (Print) | Createspace (print) | Audible (audio)

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00058]Beyond the Darkness (Book 3)

Phoenix—a dark, vast ruin, speckled with sporadic rays of light pushing its way through the dark, dense clouds. Adam and Elliot wander the collapsed city for days before taking shelter at the nearly-standing Arrowhead hospital. Their days are filled with hopes of rescue and a deep need for emotional and mental closeness, until a harsh reality take over their thoughts—their food and supplies are dwindling, and they are in desperate need of assistance and reprieve. They’re forced to return to the hellish compound, also known as Refuge Inc.

Available at All Romance eBooks | Nook | Kindle | Kobo | Amazon (Print) | Createspace (print) | Audible Audio

 

WARNING: Contains explicit male-male sexual practices, graphic language, some violence and brief descriptions of the dead.

 

 

Aug 08 2013

Beyond the Darkness (Refuge Inc. #3) Available for Pre-Order

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00058]Beyond the Darkness Pre-Order on All Romance eBooks

Series: Refuge Inc. , Book 3
By: Leslie Lee Sanders | Other books by Leslie Lee Sanders
Published By: LLS Books
Published: Sep 1, 2013
ISBN # LLSBKS000011
Word Count: 40,000
Pre-Order Price: $1.99

Available in: Epub, HTML, Microsoft Reader, Mobipocket (.mobi), Adobe Acrobat

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Categories: Romance>GLBT>Gay Science FictionRomance>Sci-Fi

 

Description

The Final installment of the thrilling Refuge Inc. series.

Phoenix—a dark, vast ruin, speckled with sporadic rays of light pushing its way through the dark, dense clouds. Adam and Elliot wander the collapsed city for days before taking shelter at the nearly-standing Arrowhead hospital. Their days are filled with hopes of rescue and a deep need for emotional and mental closeness, until a harsh reality take over their thoughts—their food and supplies are dwindling, and they are in desperate need of assistance and reprieve.

They’re forced to return to the devastation they narrowly escaped … the hellish compound, also known as Refuge Inc.

This time, armed with a handgun containing four bullets and a dangerous plan, they make their way across the devastated city and back to the compound. Adam’s determined to do whatever he must to survive, even allowing grief-stricken Elliot to take the lead and make some of the most life-changing decisions they would ever have to make.

Will they win their final fight for survival?

WARNING: Contains explicit male-male sexual practices, graphic language, violence and brief descriptions of the dead.


Jul 21 2013

Winners of the Refuge Inc. Giveaway Announced!

refugeInc_logoCongrats to the following entrants for being the 3 winners of the Refuge Inc. Giveaway!

  1. H.B
  2. Cheryl M.
  3. Emily W.

Hey, I’m feeling generous, so …

ALL winners get to pick if you want to read Before the Darkness & Amid the Darkness in e-book format (PDF, Mobi, HTML, Epub, Lit) or listen to them in audio format (free Audible download codes)!

You can either leave a comment on this post stating your preference, or keep your eyes on your inbox for a direct email from me!

Thanks for participating. :)

 

 

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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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Feb 10 2013

Six Sentence Sunday: Beyond the Darkness (Refuge Inc. #3)

This is my first time participating in Six Sentence Sunday! So I hope I’m doing it right. It’s a lot fun so, why not? Let’s dig right in. Here are six sentences from my latest WIP, Beyond the Darkness (Refuge Inc. #3), an MM, post-apocalyptic, dystopian.

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As much as Adam didn’t want to speak about the horrors of the past, those things came up in every conversation. He couldn’t open his mouth without mentioning how sorry he was for everything they’d been through—the abrupt changes and many deaths. And as much as he tried to prevent himself from instilling false hope, he couldn’t help doing that either. He truly believed rescue was just days away, but he had stopped talking about that days ago to please Elliot. Elliot couldn’t take getting his hopes up only to be let down.

Still, rescue was coming.

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The first two books in the Refuge Inc. series, Before the Darkness (Refuge Inc. #1) and Amid the Darkness (refuge Inc. #2) are available now. 
– Leslie Lee Sanders

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