Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Before the Darkness Print Book Giveaway


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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?

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Pre-Order Before the Darkness (Refuge Inc., Book One)

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Available in Print July 1st! Available to download July 8th!


Before the Darkness (Refuge Inc., Book One)
by Leslie Lee Sanders

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Tags: Post-apocalyptic, erotic romance, erotic, gay, romantic elements, explicit, MM, GBLT, dark fiction, suspense, mystery.

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?

Excerpt:

Print version available July 1st!
"See that dark color on the horizon?" Adam pointed to the east, suddenly looking somber. "That's a wall of smoke, ash, dust and who knows what else, and it's coming our way."

"What? What do you mean?" A bit of panic began to stir in Elliot's stomach like a bowl of his mother's spicy and overly greasy chili. He'd thought the worst was over.

"Ever heard of impact winter?" Adam's green eyes pierced his and neither moved. "What's headed for us isn't good. We're gonna have to take shelter somewhere and fast before it blocks out all light and it gets so dark we won't be able to tell which way is up. Can't run from it either," he added, as if predicting Elliot's next question. "Been watching it for a couple hours now and it's moving pretty fast."

"What do you mean it's going to get dark?" He knew he looked like a wide-eyed idiot, but he didn't care much about his appearance at the moment.

"Let me put it this way. Once the sun sets we're not gonna see it rise for quite some time. That wall of soot headed our way is so thick it will block out the sun. It will take months, maybe years, for all the crap to fall down."

"Are you sure?" He dipped his eyebrows suspiciously. "How do you know all this?"

"When those assholes finally told us that an asteroid might hit, I went looking for info about anything to do with asteroids hitting Earth and that's what I found out. We need to find some shelter."

Elliot looked at the dark grey horizon. Indeed, the cloud of unnerving darkness grew bigger, wider, closer. His heart dropped, it sank in the pit of his stomach like a ton of concrete rubble. "We're not going to make it, huh?" He gulped, suddenly feeling defeated. Panic. "What's the point in finding shelter when we're not gonna live to see the sun again?"

Adam grabbed his hand, gave it a gentle squeeze and let it loose before Elliot realized it had happened. The friendly squeeze hadn't been part of his imagination. A look of sincerity and concern painted Adam's handsome face. "I was beginning to think the same thing and then I saw you. Like I said, two heads are better than one."

Thursday, June 14, 2012

What's Next for my Post-Apocalyptic Series?

In light of a recent epiphany, I've decided to keep complete control of Before the Darkness (my MM post-apocalyptic erotic romance) and the other books of the Refuge Inc. series. In other words, I'm taking the indie-publishing route yet again.


I've indie-published many books with results I'm proud of. And I'm ready to dive in again with my highly anticipated dark series. All the advantages of indie-publishing outweighed the disadvantages in my decision making process.

I enjoy the benefits of:

  • Choosing my cover and cover artist
  • Choosing the release date
  • Choosing the book formats (including print)
  • Choosing the interior layout
  • Choosing what bookstores will offer my book
  • Choosing the book's price
  • Choosing when and if I want to offer discounts or free books
  • Holding all the rights to my book and the series
  • Having instant knowledge and access to sales stats


Yes, I'm a bit anxious and I know I have a lot of work ahead of me but I'm ready.  Soon, we all will witness the introduction of the Refuge Inc. series!
Keep an eye out for some exciting updates.

Sunday, June 3, 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.