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Carla M. Lee
31 December 2037 @ 10:25 am
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Rainbow Legacy (2017)

Gen 1: 1.1, 1.2

Chaos Legacy: An ISBI Challenge (2016)(on hold due to technical difficulties)

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Carla M. Lee
10 August 2017 @ 08:00 pm
I did not forget I was doing round three, but I have not actually updated the list at all since I first posted about it, so it is time!

1001 days
143 weeks
33 months

May 15, 2017 to February 10, 2020

(Version 1, Version 2)


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Carla M. Lee
OH HEY DID YOU REMEMBER I WAS DOING A 101 IN 1001? Because I certainly did not. Whoops. Version two was supposed to end this September, but I completely forgot to even finish filling out the lists, much less track them and do things. MY BAD. So as of May 15, I'm starting version three.

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For now, I'm just brainstorming things for the list. Once I have that, I'll number and organize and track.

1001 Days
143 Weeks
33 Months

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Carla M. Lee
15 May 2017 @ 10:28 pm
Another month, another list. Still have things out on submission, still nothing from this actual list. Useful! 

Current active projects:

1. Monsters in the Trees
Young adult horror. Friends, makeouts, and monsters in an isolated cabin. Status: Draft one on hold. Rewriting the outline.

2. Winter Cabin
New adult or adult paranormal romance. There are monsters in those snow-filled trees. Status: Feedback from early readers coming in, draft four well underway. Goal is still to submit this summer. 

3. Monsters and Music
Young adult horror. Ghosts and werewolves, oh my. (witches and dead people and haunted things, too.) Status: Rewriting the outline.

4. Frozen World Fantasy
Adult fantasy. Brainstorming and talking to JBJ, another fantasy author, about how to write a fantasy novel. Doing some research on the writing side, working through world building before I start outlining.

5. Marching Rock Band
New adult or adult contemporary romance. Drumlines and rock bands and romance. Status: Draft two on hold until Winter Cabin is complete and out on submission.

6. Siblings Saving the World
New adult or adult supernatural adventure. There are monsters in the world — and sometimes we become them. First draft in progress, but progress has slowed, so the new goal is to get it to early readers by this fall. 

7. Lovecraft Goes to College (short story)
Adult horror. The hounds are hunting, and they howl for you. Status: Expanding the outline, research.

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Intro: Previously on the Rainbow Legacy we met our founder, Red Rainbow, a ridiculous, somewhat stereotypical vampire. (The theme of this legacy makes me laugh every time I think about it. I know, I know, I am easily entertained.) She ran around the gorgeous Moonlight Falls in all her red finery, making enemies of half the people she met, and flirting with the other half. So far, no spouse or potential heirs, but Red has her dream career and has made some romantic progress with Helen Hall. After a zombie attack gone awry, we return to Red Rainbow, Ridiculous Vampire.

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Carla M. Lee
Book: TIGER IN THE HOT ZONE by Lauren Esker (Amazon link)
Genre: paranormal romantic suspense
Series: Shifter Agents #4
USA Release Date: available now
Source: ARC from author
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Recommended?: Yes, yes, a billion times yes. You’ll get more out of the world building if you’ve read the others, but it absolutely stands alone, and is a fine place to start the series. It is absolutely the best book of the series, and I’ve loved each one a little more than the one before, so it’s a high bar to reach.

Summary: When danger threatens the entire shifter world, two rivals are about to discover they have worse enemies than each other ...

Punk-haired reporter Peri Moreland, of the popular conspiracy blog Tell Me More!, has been a thorn in the side of the Shifter Crimes Bureau for years. In particular, Peri and her tell-all blog are a headache for tiger shifter Noah Easton, who runs the SCB's public affairs office ... otherwise known as their cover-up department. It's Noah's job to make sure normal humans don't find out about shifters—especially humans such as Peri Moreland, his beautiful and oh-so-sneaky nemesis.

But this time, Peri has stumbled upon a story even the SCB doesn't know about. Half-shifted bodies, dead of a mysterious illness, have been turning up around town. Peri connects the clues and before you can say "conspiracy theory," she's on the radar of a bunch of very bad people ... and the SCB.

Noah hasn't done field work in years; ever since a disastrous assignment years ago, he refuses to go out in the field or even carry a gun. But now he's got Peri to protect and a secret anti-shifter organization on his tail. They're out to kill anyone who gets in their way before their custom-engineered shifter plague can do its work. As the SCB's agents fall sick one by one, can two pariahs team up to save them all?

Review:

(Let’s just get the shallow out of the way first: holy hell, that cover model is smoking hot.)

This is much more of a thriller than a romance, though there is plenty of romance, too; for me, the balance is perfect. Peri and Noah have been subtly flirting for awhile as they keep running into each other at scenes where Noah is having to cover up the truth from Peri; we’re told this more than shown it, and my only complaint about the romance is that we didn’t get to see more of this previous slow build before they’re giving into their attraction, first for sex and then for a serious relationship. (This complaint is limited to the build of the romance itself; starting the book any earlier would have slowed down the thriller plot, and that would have been a bigger shame than missing out on some of the romantic development.)

I love both Peri and Noah as characters, together and apart, especially when they end up spending a little time with Peri’s past. I don’t know if the reveal about where she grew up was supposed to be a surprise or not; I figured it out very early on, but I grew up in a slightly similar background, so it is possible that I am extra sensitive to plots that have it coming. And the way Peri uses her prosthetic running leg in her adventures is fantastic. Watching her learn to rely on other people, to trust them despite the huge lies they’ve been telling her (understandably to protect their world) was fantastic, and I thought she changed in a very believable way.

Noah is a particularly compelling character, and probably my new favorite out of the entire series. He’s a black man who became a Shifter Agent because his parents started the entire organization, and he thinks it’s what they want for him, but he’s not particularly happy. In part because unlike the field agents who get to save lives, all he does is tell lies and destroy them to discredit humans who have seen too much. That would be a much worse position. His background was wonderful, too, the reasons he took himself out of the field, and how he struggles now that he’s been forced to return. He, too, grows throughout the story, and when we finally get to see his parents, their relationship with each other and with their son is warm and wonderful and exactly what I was hoping to see.

I don’t want to give away the plot, because it is a rollicking adventure, but it is generally very well paced, face and interesting. Things do slow down a little during the middle, when Peri and Noah end up alone together and then dealing with some of Peri’s past, but though I normally would have been put off by that de-escalation, this time it mostly felt like a nice little breather before the excitement of the plague story picked up again.

I loved this book, and how it expanded the world of this series, and I can’t wait for more. The ending itself is cheesy as hell, which is probably the lowest point in the story for me, but the rest of the story is so great I can’t really bring myself to care much about that ending. I love the world building and the characters, love the plot and the new shifters, love how much is answered by the end and how much is left open (though that means the wait for more is going to be excruciating), and I highly recommend you read this book and this series.

(Final bit of shallow: Noah is so hot, y’all, and so RIDICULOUS. He is a tiger shifter, and he wears a leather jacket with fucking tiger stripes. HOW HAVE YOU EVER KEPT A SECRET IN YOUR LIFE, NOAH? HOW? I love him so much.)

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Carla M. Lee
16 April 2017 @ 11:42 am



#mylivejournal #lj18 #happybirthday




I can't believe I've been here that long. Until LJ, I'd never managed to keep any journal for more than an entry or two. LJ, and online blogging, has been a part of my entire adult life. For all that things have gotten rough around here, I'm grateful to LJ and to all of you.
 
 
Carla M. Lee
16 April 2017 @ 11:32 am
Slightly late this month, but I was out of town helping my sister and brother-in-law move into their new house (their first home purchase! It’s super exciting!), and got back too late (and too exhausted) to want to do anything but shower, cuddle the dog, and go to bed.

I have been submitting more things lately, though none that have actually be on this list. Ah well.

Current active projects:

1. Monsters in the Trees
Young adult horror. Friends, makeouts, and monsters in an isolated cabin. Status: Draft one on hold. Need to revisit the outline.

2. Winter Cabin
New adult or adult paranormal romance. There are monsters in those snow-filled trees. Status: Draft three is still with early readers, but I am working on draft four while I await the rest of their feedback. Goal remains to submit this summer.

3. Monsters and Music
Young adult horror. Ghosts and werewolves, oh my. (witches and dead people and haunted things, too.) Status: Draft two on hold. Had an epiphany about the main romantic relationship, which I think will help structure the story.

4. Frozen World Fantasy
Adult fantasy. Brainstorming and talking to JBJ, another fantasy author, about how to write a fantasy novel. Doing some research on the writing side, working through world building before I start outlining.

5. Marching Rock Band
New adult or adult contemporary romance. Drumlines and rock bands and romance. Status: Draft two in progress. Goal is to get it to early readers by this summer.

6. Siblings Saving the World
New adult or adult supernatural adventure. There are monsters in the world — and sometimes we become them. First draft in progress, but progress has slowed, so the new goal is to get it to early readers by this fall. On the drive back yesterday, I worked out two complicated plot points, and have a new, better focus for the main thread of the story.

The UK seaside horror series and the Rocks Fall, Everybody Dies standalone book cowritten with Sarah are on hold until we make some decisions about how we handle our cowriting career, and will not be on this list again until that is resolved.

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Welcome to the Somewhere Over the Rainbow Legacy. This is a very fly-by-night legacy; I have no idea what kind of rules I’ll follow, what the goal is, what I’ll track – basically, the only thing I’ve decided on is that everything about the founder was chosen by the roll of a die and the generational theme will be the colors of the rainbow. Will it end up being an ISBI? Will I have our founder kill everyone she marries? Will anything ever be chaotic again? NO ONE KNOWS!

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Carla M. Lee
09 April 2017 @ 12:46 pm
LJ vs DW

There's another big move of people from LJ to Dreamwidth. I won't be deleting my LJ account (carlamlee is a permanent account, and I have not ever regretted buying it when I did; I've been on LJ since 2001), but I do have a DW account as well (as you can probably tell since I crosspost, but I wanted to make it very clear). You can find me on DW as [dreamwidth.org profile] seeksadventure, and going forward, I will post everything there that I would have posted here. (In recent years, the only thing I haven't cross-posted were the Sims legacy posts, because of some complications with the picture hosting, but I will be cross-posting those as well going forward.)

What I am doing is adding people on DW as they move, and unsubscribing from LJ anyone who I've followed on DW. I'm also debating about whether I will cross-post any locked posts going forward; I don't want to stop, because some of you remain on LJ, and you are important to me.

Sims Update

Speaking of the Sims, as I tried to find my place in the Chaos legacy again, my Sims games crashed. And kept crashing, no matter what custom content I removed or what caches I emptied. So I completely wiped them and reinstalled the game and all the expansion packs I have. Theoretically, I will be able to continue to access the Chaos legacy file, but that has so far not actually worked, but I will keep trying. In the meantime, I have started a shorter legacy to get back into the swing of writing them, and I won't play ahead of where I'm writing, so there will actually be heir polls and the like. First part of that will be coming soon.

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