Interview & Giveaway with Leslie Lee Sanders, author of Before the Darkness!

Please help me welcome author Leslie Lee Sanders to Reading with Holly! :)

Holly: Hi Leslie! Would you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Leslie Lee Sanders: I'm an erotica and erotic romance author who write mostly MM and MMF stories. I've been writing since elementary school and began writing erotica in 2005.

Holly: Do you have anything you would like to say to your readers?
Leslie Lee Sanders: I appreciate all my readers and say so whenever and however I can. I've dedicated a few of my books to my readers and posted a message at the top of my website to remind them that I value the time they spend reading my books. Thank you for taking a dive into my imagination, readers!
Holly: Can you tell us a little bit about your book Before the Darkness?
Leslie Lee Sanders: Before the Darkness (Refuge Inc., #1) is an MM post-apocalyptic erotic romance that takes place in a ruined Phoenix the days after an asteroid impact. It follows survivors Elliot and Adam and focuses on their growing attraction for each other as they hunt for spray painted signs across Phoenix. Signs directing them to a mysterious place called Refuge Inc. Book one is a dark, suspenseful, character-driven introduction to the series and an in-depth look at the characters and their companionship
Which came first for you, the characters or the plot?

Holly: What was the inspiration for this novel?
Leslie Lee Sanders: I was bored with writing pure erotica and was far too eager to get back into writing about more serious issues as well as the sexual relationships of the story characters. What's more serious than the 2012 end of the world talk going on right now? I've been pretty interested in the end of the world concept for a story and figure now was the best time to get my story out of my head and to the masses.
Holly: Are you working on anything at the moment?
Leslie Lee Sanders: Yes, I am. Book two of the Refuge Inc. series, Amid the Darkness, is my current work in progress. This story is more of an MM post-apocalyptic dystopian erotic romance. Without giving too much away, it follows the same characters immediately after the first book and further explores the mysteries of Refuge Inc.
Holly: Is there a genre that you love to read, and would like to write, but just can not?
Leslie Lee Sanders: I read a lot of nonfiction, especially books about writing. I don't think I have enough experience with the full spectrum of writing and publishing to become a nonfiction writer … yet. I think I need a little more experience and become more of an expert to be able to put out more than one book on writing.
Holly: What is your favorite part of writing?

Leslie Lee Sanders: Finishing. Only because to finish writing a novel is hard work, and although having the book finally available to readers is a bit exciting and scary, having it out there to entertain is the best part of being in the business.

Random Quickies!

Holly: Ebook or hardcover/paperback?

Leslie Lee Sanders: Ebook.

Holly: Favorite color?

Leslie Lee Sanders: Purple.

Holly: Pepsi or Coke?

Leslie Lee Sanders: Pepsi.

Holly: Favorite book?

Leslie Lee Sanders: Destiny for Three by Lilly Hale.

Holly: Favorite genre to read?

Leslie Lee Sanders: MM or MMF erotic romance.

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Title: Before the Darkness (Refuge Inc., Book One)
Author: Leslie Lee Sanders
Publisher: Self
Length: 45,000 words
Genre: Romance
Sub-Genre: Contemporary
Sub-Categories: Erotic, Gay (M/M), Mystery/Thriller, Post-Apocalyptic
Heat Level: Sizzling (Highly explicit sex scenes/language.)

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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?

"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."

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The author of several books of fiction and fiction with spice, Leslie Lee Sanders spends her time writing erotic romances (mostly in the gay and ménage categories). She currently has two books available for mature teen readers and several erotic romances published as e-books and in print.

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