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(Guest Post/Giveaway) Before the Darkness by Leslie Lee Sanders


Using Writing to Change My World

I was once asked by an aspiring author, "How would you use your talents to change the world?" After much consideration, I came to the conclusion that if I couldn't change THE world the least I could aim to do is change MY world.

What makes my world worthy?
My world is full of people from both ends of the writing spectrum whom all, at one time or another, is in need of some inspiration. At one end, there is the aspiring author; on the other is the highly successful (professional) author.

Aspiring author: This group has always wanted to write a novel and have the drive but is still at the beginning stages of learning their craft. They may have written short stories or dabbled in different genres of writing to get a feel of which direction they want to take. However, they are currently unpublished, unknown and probably haven't taken the first steps needed to become an author … which is to write and complete a manuscript.  

Highly successful (professional) author: Published and well known. Probably have a few literary awards under their name and a few books on several bestsellers lists. They have a huge readership and may even be a household name. They probably make enough money off their books that writing is their full-time job. 
Even though I place myself somewhere in the middle of the scale, I like to think my writing experience can offer that inspiration and motivation to writers on all levels of the spectrum. 

Story telling alone is enough to transform an individual. Exploring the fantastic worlds of fiction is a magical experience that often inspires one to create their own fictional world to explore, as it did for me. Story telling alone is a way my talents could change my world.

Sharing useful knowledge about writing and publishing is easy for me. Like most writers, I've had my difficulties with writing and publishing, and I continue to learn new and exciting things regularly that I enjoy sharing. I'm confident that my words will instill that adrenaline rush of creativity in those who read them.

In my world, everyone needs a little push in the right direction. This world, mostly filled with dreamers, is also flourishing with an abundance of dedicated writers in need of inspiration every now and then from a fellow dreamer. A dreamer like myself.

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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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:
"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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About the Author:
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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