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Mar 9 '12

California Girl Chronicles: Excerpt Brea and the City of Plastic

SPOILER ALERT: The following is an excerpt from California Girl Chronicles: Brea and the City of Plastic. In this scene, she meets Kale, her central love interest in the series. The book is available for sale on 3L Publishing www.3LPublishing, Amazon, Kindle, iBook, Nook and is available to order through Bakers and Taylor for bookstores.

I smiled and slinked by him just enough that he could feel my energy but far enough that we didn’t touch. I sensed his smile, turned, and grinned back. As I walked into the lounge area, I heard Drew’s band already playing. I decided to find an open stool at the bar and just hang back until he finished. Fortunately, a guy already drunk got up, or more like fell off, and weaved unsteadily toward the bathroom. I swiftly grabbed the stool, slid up, and could see Drew already at the microphone. I saw his eyes move my way, and he stared right back just for a moment. Then he drifted off into the song. Before I could order, a lemon drop was plunged in front of me by a cute guy sitting to my left. He was smoking a cigar and wafts of smoke twirled up into the air. He exuberantly grinned at me. “I bought you a drink,” he said with a wide smile that exposed perfectly white, straight teeth. He had one of those vivacious, electric smiles that you wanted to see on his face all of the time. It was sweet, genuine and nice. I found his smile very attractive, and I immediately warmed toward him.

“Oh, how did you know I wanted a lemon drop?” I asked with true surprise. It was my favorite drink.

“Girlie drink,” he replied with that same electric smile. “My name is Kale. I produce movies.”

I turned a bit and looked at him. Only in Hollywood did people offer what they did at the same time that they introduced themselves. I marveled at the abrupt nature of his introduction that included his job title. “My name is Brea. I write movies,” a slight lie given that I hadn’t written anything, but when in Rome or Hollywood-land.

“Hello Brea who writes movies,” his voice sounded silky. He looked right at me and took in the measure of my form with one swift appraisal. “You look more like an actress, though. Have you thought about acting?” he asked.

“No, not interested,” I responded. “Tell me, Kale, how does one end up a producer?”

Kale took a sip of his whiskey, inhaled from his cigar, blew out smoke, which made me cough, and answered, “Family money and good taste in film … well, more like good instincts on what sells.”

He reached in his shirt pocket and pulled out a card. He flipped it over and handed it to me. “You’re much too pretty to hide behind the lens,” he complimented me and extended his card, which I took. “You really should act,” he said in his silky, sublime voice. The tone of his voice alone could have seduced me.

“No, not for me, but you’re sweet and thank you,” I replied.

Now I took in my own appraisal of him. He wore all black shirt and slacks. His dark blond hair was cut short and slicked back nicely with the perfect amount of hair product so it wasn’t greasy or pasty looking. I was extremely attracted to Kale and leaned in closer. He smelled natural and sweet. He had a genuinely pleasant nature. He seemed authentic and not phony like all the want-to-be actresses and actors in this bar who posed like models. He also gave me his full attention and looked me right in the eyes. He was very tall (my fetish for tall men again) somewhere around 6’ 4”. I could tell he was roughly this tall since his lean body did not fit well on the barstool designed for average-height people. While my feet didn’t touch the ground, and I had to tuck them under the stool, his long legs reached all the way down. Yet it was his eyes that just captivated me. His eyes were light blue-green and acted like reflections for his every emotion. When he smiled, his eyes sparkled and lit up. When he frowned, his eyes darkened and seemingly deepened. He could have been Svengali and used those translucent, clear eyes to hypnotize and lull me into his mind control. I was drawn into those endless eyes, and then I had to shake myself loose so I could pay attention to what he said. He was something if not rich as he had more than just said. I wasn’t into guys for money, though, so that was really only a checkmark on my list of good points – unemployment was on the low end of that scale.

Kale and I talked back and forth. He asked about my fake script. I adlibbed and told him it wasn’t ready to share, which seemed to satisfy him. I did tell him I was laid off. I explained how I ended up at the bikini place. He was amused by the idea that trying on a bikini landed me a job but said it didn’t surprise him with my looks. Before I realized it, Drew suddenly showed up. I hadn’t noticed his set ended. I had been too busy talking and staring at Kale. Drew just seemed to show up in the middle of our conversation. He stood there and looked right at me. It took me a moment to notice him, and then I did and laughed.

Tags: Michelle Gamble-Risley 3L Publishing LLC California Girl Chronicles Romance Novel books Fiction Brea and the City of Plastic

Feb 17 '12

The “X” Factor in Writing

Just for the record, this is a rambling blog that probably goes in nowhere circles …

So, I can’t say what this request was in reference to … but suffice it to say I was “queried” about writing for this X-rate project based on my steamy and sexy writing skills as evidenced in California Girl Chronicles. I’m sort of marveling over this request a bit. I mean, yes, California Girl is sexy. Yes, the sex is steamy. Not quite sure whether it would be defined as X-Rated. I’m also a comedic writer so I guess this is a plus, too, for this project. I never imagined myself writing anything exactly X-rated so how about NC-17 or a firm, for-real R rating? Or maybe I’m just corrupted and all blah about sex itself and I don’t get squeamish about it. But hey! I do have my standards for sure. While my book is sexy it’s still tasteful. So, when I think of an X-rated anything, I think the “X factor” is a little like a perfectly good Merlot gone bitter. We have another steamy book in the 3L Publishing catalog, and in my opinion, it’s far more “X-rated” then California Girl Chronicles for sure. I joke with my publicist that as long as we don’t get into anything that has anything remotely to do with KY or anything that falls into the “juices” family, we’re not getting an X rating. I’ve decided I’ll adopt the more European attitude about it and be all blah and cavalier. I love it during an older interview with our Swedish rapscallion Alexander Skarsgård when he’s asked about a joke about a camera in the “cock sock” and the interviewer can’t bring herself to say “cock” and ole Mr. Skarsgård sits there unflinching and unmoved even by her admitted embarrassment. See! Now that’s a European attitude! And I guess if I actually possessed said European attitude, I might not care in the least if someone thinks I’m just perfect for an X-rated writing project LOL.

Want to find out just how “X-rated” California Girl Chronicles is? Then purchase a copy on Amazon or for 30% off on 3L’s website at www.3LPublishing.com. At least with the harmless bikini cover no one will know what exactly you’re reading. OR better yet, purchase it on eBook in Kindle, Nook or iBook and no one will see what you’re reading at all!!!

Tags: California Girl Chronicles Michelle Gamble Risley 3L Publishing LLC Alexander Skarsgard E Entertainment X Rated Books Erotic Fiction

Dec 26 '11

Funny Moments from California Girl Chronicles

It’s a holiday and a Monday, so I thought today would be a great day to have a little fun on the blog. I wrote California Girl Chronicles to include humor. What I did not realize is that the humor would be one of the stand-out parts of the book (I thought all that sex would eclipse the humor … just saying). It turns out the humorous parts are being praised by both readers and critics. So, it’s a holiday, and I feel some fun coming on. Here are some humorous moments from book one Brea and the City of Plastic

Hungrier than Horny — I decided no way was Lance going to get the “pooty” unless he paid for a great meal. I also felt he should make an effort at some kind of real conversation perhaps over at least raspberry muffins and Folgers coffee at Denny’s coffee shop. Food is food – and I’m hungrier than I am horny. 

Clean Teeth or McNuggets — When we passed a McDonald’s, I had an urge to ask for a Chicken McNuggets Happy Meal. “Oh, a little honey and pressed-chicken stuff would satisfy my hunger,” I thought and nixed the idea. He was probably Vegan or some anti-fast-food hater. He might be really grossed out that I like nuggets (most people are, Vegan or not), and the date would be over. I once told a guy I hadn’t had my teeth cleaned in a year, and he broke up with me. I quickly went to the dentist and never mentioned that faux pas ever again – at least not to a potential lover and/or boyfriend. 

Rockin’ Rock Band — “These guys rock,” Lance said enthusiastically. He wasn’t looking at me anymore. The guy who wore white also mesmerized him. I wondered if Lance realized he said a rock band rocked?

Hamburger or Hotdog — “Do you meet women who try to seduce you for jobs?” I asked and grinned. “You’re pretty hot. I can only imagine young actresses all over your shit.”

Kale frowned and replied, “That’s not how I roll, sweetheart. I respect women. My mother is a scientific genius who works as a professor at MIT. She raised me right. You don’t treat women like hamburger, and they won’t treat you like hotdog.”

Coconuts — I reluctantly took my tiny, white sundress that was no more than soft cotton with a palm-tree print on the front that said, “Love my coconuts.” I tried to hide my scorn and darted into the dressing room where tried-on bikinis were still hanging on the hooks. 

Pout for You — My best friend Denise glided into the room and heard me laughing to myself. She knew not to interrupt me, but she positioned herself right at the kitchen counter where I couldn’t miss her. She was sipping a screwdriver. I thought it was early for a drink, but didn’t say anything. She seemed rosy and flush. “What the hell, Brea?” she asked. “Are you laughing alone? You’re like an alcoholic drinking alone. Pout for you. How sad.”

“Who’s the alcoholic?” I motioned to her drink.

She cracked a smile and replied, “Who me? This is orange juice,” she said and winked. 

I’m a Super Hero Now — “I think that was the best sex I’ve ever had,” I replied and reached across to wipe the sweat off his brow.

This suggestion seemed to intrigue him. He looked at me with this strange grin and replied, “Really? You? Me?”

I sighed, leaned into him, kissed his lips, and replied, “Quite right.”

“All right, look at me. I’m a man now,” he declared facetiously. “Sweetheart, you made me a man. I think … no, I know, I have superpowers too. See what you did! Now I’ll have to save the world or something. Or just make a movie about it.”

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Dec 25 '11
Merry Christmas Tumblers! Thank you for supporting my blog! I hope this day was very special for you and yours!
Michelle

Merry Christmas Tumblers! Thank you for supporting my blog! I hope this day was very special for you and yours!

Michelle

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Dec 13 '11

Writing Sexual Tension: Part II

As a book coach (yes, 3L Publishing provides coaching services), I am working with a client who is writing a romantic fantasy book. As I was coaching her, I noticed she ran right into a problem with her love interests. She had them immediately bonding and kissing within pages of their initial encounter. After having written my first contemporary romance books California Girl Chronicles, I had stumbled across this great piece on writing sexual tension. When I pointed out to my author there was 12 steps, she was surprised. She didn’t know there was so much involved in creating sexual tension between characters.

But haven’t you ever wondered why you’re on the edge of your seat, demanding your favorite love interests get on with it already? It’s an emotionally manipulative process for sure, but nothing wrong with that. So with a big acknowledgment to where this material originates from, here is the “12 Steps to Intimacy” written by Nancy Odell and reposted as a simple list by Angela Quarles in regards to why it’s so steamy between love interests Eric and Sookie on True Blood.

  • Eye to body
  • Eye to eye
  • Voice to voice
  • Hand to hand (or arm)
  • Arm to shoulder
  • Arm to waist, or back
  • Mouth to mouth
  • Hand to head
  • Hand to body
  • Mouth to breast
  • Hand to genitals
  • Genitals to genitals
  • Here is also a point I made to the author. Sometimes the sexiest thing doesn’t even involve sex or exposure to nudity. Sometimes the sexiest thing is a small, intimate gesture or touch. It’s the longing and anticipation it builds up. So let me take two simple examples.

    The Lover — in the film adaption who can forget the car ride where Jane March’s character and the “Chinaman” (as she calls him) touch fingers? It wasn’t anything more than a forbidden touch of fingers no less. Yet by the time she gets out of the car, you want them to jump each other. That simple clandestine moment became infamous and used in other films.

    Sense and Sensibility — the longing and looks between Emma Thompson’s character and Hugh Grant’s character were all we got to see for an entire film. These two never touch each other. They talk and take walks together and many, many looks pass, but no kissing or sex. It’s a completely chaste courtship, but you want them together none the less.

    True Blood — Eric and Sookie took essentially three seasons to build up to their romance. The first season was a lot of looks passing between them. In season two, the looks escalated and the “dreams” sequences commenced. Yet we still didn’t get to see them in real life until season four. Even then Alan Ball doesn’t immediately give us the payoff. We spend a lot of time on more looks — and Alexander Skarsgård plays longing and vulnerability really well. The look on his face in the episode when she introduces and leaves him in his “cubbie” to attend “human stuff” was pure longing.

    My point in these descriptions. Notice the sexual tension does not involve actual sex. The tension is the build up. And build up requires work in your writing. You cannot make characters meet (unless there is a no purpose involved in the storytelling) and then just go at it. Classic love interests play on the readers or viewer’s emotions. We want our lovers to consummate all that desire — that’s the payoff. But you can’t shove them together in two or three pages and expect the audience to having rooting value for them.

    One more note: the way you go about building that tension and how you tactically apply it sends other messages about the nature of the character’s relationship. I pointed out that in my book California Girl Chronicles, the tension between love interests Drew is always a bit twisted, as is the nature of their relationship. When he “looms” over her that is about sexual dominance — and he is the bad boy love interest. So pay attention to the kind of tension you build and how you build it to make a statement about the relationship too.

    For more information on our coaching services or to ask questions about publishing, send an email to info@3LPublishing.com. 

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    Dec 9 '11
    This review just in from Confessions of a Book Goddess (reposted with permission).
My impassioned love for literature encompasses a vast diversity of genres, however I have never deemed a work of contemporary romance to be worthy of my rapt attention until I discovered  California Girl Chronicles: Brea and The City of Plastic at the Miami Book Fair International. Not only is this infinitely entertaining escapade worthy of rapt attention, it is also worthy of tremendous praise. Michelle Gamble-Risley has revolutionized romantic literature and taken it to new heights with this compelling character study, which is destined to be a critically-acclaimed, bestselling hit garnering a massive following from readers of all backgrounds.  Michelle Gamble-Risley’s erotic and enticing prose will catalyze an indelible case of insomnia as she takes you on a rollercoaster rondezvous with Brea Harper, whose wild adventures - both romantically and professionally - will strum your heartstrings and cause you to scream with delight, cry with empathy, and laugh until you collapse. 
In Book 1 of this captivating series, you will be introduced to our protagonist, whose beauty, brilliance, and scandalous addiction to sex catapults her into a myriad of complex relationships as she simultaneously strives to fulfill her dreams to become a screenwriter. Gamble-Risley proves to be not only masterful at character development but also in conveying the complexities of fervent, intense, and sometimes entirely dysfunctional relationships with clever dialogue and scenes of sex and intimacy that will make you blush.
Brea’s men are diverse yet altogether appealing. There’s the mediocre yet secure Lance, with whom she lives with in order to begin her fledging career as a screenwriter in LA. Then, there is the dreamboat movie producer, Kale, who sweeps her off her feet in ecstasy with nights of endless “lust-making.” Lastly, we have the torturous, seemingly intangible, “band boy” Drew, who proves to catalyze a tremendous amount of drama for the entire cast of characters involved in this frolicsome escapade.
Brea’s female friends include a feisty, beautiful, loyal, lesbian Latina, Maya, who provides support, protection, and advice to our adventurous protagonist. However, Maya proves to be astonished and abhorred over a choice our flawed heroine makes at the climax of California Girl Chronicles, leaving Brea in an existential crisis which shall hopefully be unraveled in Book 2.
Echoing the audacious eroticism of Anais Nin, the comedy of Tom Robbins, and the entertainment factor of Sex In the City, Gamble-Risley has put the Romance Writers of America honor roll to shame with this new novel destined for both a cult following and mainstream appeal. 
Beware: you will lose sleep over this novel. Readers have complained ardently that they “simply could not put it down!” My best advice for reading this stunning novel is to strap in securely, open the book, and enjoy the ride!

    This review just in from Confessions of a Book Goddess (reposted with permission).

    My impassioned love for literature encompasses a vast diversity of genres, however I have never deemed a work of contemporary romance to be worthy of my rapt attention until I discovered  California Girl Chronicles: Brea and The City of Plastic at the Miami Book Fair International. Not only is this infinitely entertaining escapade worthy of rapt attention, it is also worthy of tremendous praise. Michelle Gamble-Risley has revolutionized romantic literature and taken it to new heights with this compelling character study, which is destined to be a critically-acclaimed, bestselling hit garnering a massive following from readers of all backgrounds.

    Michelle Gamble-Risley’s erotic and enticing prose will catalyze an indelible case of insomnia as she takes you on a rollercoaster rondezvous with Brea Harper, whose wild adventures - both romantically and professionally - will strum your heartstrings and cause you to scream with delight, cry with empathy, and laugh until you collapse.

    In Book 1 of this captivating series, you will be introduced to our protagonist, whose beauty, brilliance, and scandalous addiction to sex catapults her into a myriad of complex relationships as she simultaneously strives to fulfill her dreams to become a screenwriter. Gamble-Risley proves to be not only masterful at character development but also in conveying the complexities of fervent, intense, and sometimes entirely dysfunctional relationships with clever dialogue and scenes of sex and intimacy that will make you blush.

    Brea’s men are diverse yet altogether appealing. There’s the mediocre yet secure Lance, with whom she lives with in order to begin her fledging career as a screenwriter in LA. Then, there is the dreamboat movie producer, Kale, who sweeps her off her feet in ecstasy with nights of endless “lust-making.” Lastly, we have the torturous, seemingly intangible, “band boy” Drew, who proves to catalyze a tremendous amount of drama for the entire cast of characters involved in this frolicsome escapade.

    Brea’s female friends include a feisty, beautiful, loyal, lesbian Latina, Maya, who provides support, protection, and advice to our adventurous protagonist. However, Maya proves to be astonished and abhorred over a choice our flawed heroine makes at the climax of California Girl Chronicles, leaving Brea in an existential crisis which shall hopefully be unraveled in Book 2.

    Echoing the audacious eroticism of Anais Nin, the comedy of Tom Robbins, and the entertainment factor of Sex In the City, Gamble-Risley has put the Romance Writers of America honor roll to shame with this new novel destined for both a cult following and mainstream appeal.

    Beware: you will lose sleep over this novel. Readers have complained ardently that they “simply could not put it down!” My best advice for reading this stunning novel is to strap in securely, open the book, and enjoy the ride!

    Tags: Michelle Gamble Risley California Girl Chronicles Confessions from a Book Goddess Sex in the City 3L Publishing LLC Tom Robbins Anais Nin Sexy Novel Writing Sexual Tension Victoria Andrew

    Dec 6 '11

    My Favorite Line from an Amazon Review

    "Michelle Gamble-Risley has revolutionized romantic literature and taken it to new heights with this compelling character study, which is destined to be a critically-acclaimed, bestselling hit garnering a massive following from readers of all backgrounds." ~ Victoria Andrew

    When I set out to construct the story of Brea’s misadventures, I didn’t want to follow the typical romance story. I wanted to write something fresh and interesting that had more to do with women’s sometimes bad choices. I also wanted to create an intelligent, but misguided female protagonist who is both fun, interesting and entertaining. I wanted the book series to center around this compelling female lead and the men to be equally as interesting and not stereotypical and too easily definable. While Kale, our decent, caring producer, appears to be clearly defined in book one by book two, you will see the emergence of his complex flaws. I don’t want to give too much away. So stay tuned! Book two is already written and in production but not due out for another six to eight months. The focus right now is to build the following for the series and to develop the TV series; we want the series to go on HBO. So far that process is moving along quite well. I see it as being a nice bookend to the show Hung, as it’s Sex in the City meets Entourage

    California Girl Chronicles is available on Amazon and in eBook versions including Kindle, iBooks and Nook. It goes to bookstores in late winter 2012.

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    Dec 4 '11

    California Girl Chronicles — Early Excerpt from Pilot for TV Series

    Students pour out of the classroom. Brea walks out; she is taller than all of the other women. She drops her copy of Dead to the World. Lance picks it up and hands it to her.

    LANCE: Vampires, huh? I thought zombies were the ‘shitz-lit’.

    Brea laughs, nods and slips it into her oversized purse. 

    BREA: Zombies … vamps. It’s all candy boyfriend.

    She looks around and quickly exchanges that book for a copy of the literary book Angela’s Ashes

    BREA (CONT’D): See … Now smart and literate.

    Note from writer: This is me tinkering around with the pilot episode of California Girl Chronicles that I’m adapting for the screen. The book is finished and available on Amazon and retail stores in early 2012. 

    Tags: Michelle Gamble-Risley 3L Publishing LLC California Girl Chronicles Literature and Books Dead to the World Charlaine Harris Sookie Stackhouse series

    Nov 25 '11

    You’re Worse than a Guy

    SPOILER ALERT: If you’ve read book 1 Brea and the City of Plastic, and hate spoilers, stop here. The rest of you enjoy!

    Kale looked down, got up, disrobed and revealed that incredible hard, cut body in all his tall leanness. I sucked in my breath, and my eyes drifted up from bottom to top – supple, muscular, completely perfect. I decided he had to be the most handsome, perfectly proportioned man I had ever laid eyes on. I quickly matched his move by doing the same – off came the robe, which I dropped on the chair. Kale took in the same measure of my body and gazed at me with such insane pleasure as his lips turned into a slight smile and his blue-green eyes fluttered a bit.

    “I miss that body,” he said plainly and honestly.

    I smiled warmly and grabbed his hand then I pulled him, and we both ran for the water. We jumped in one bound straight in and came to the top together. Curtis had already grabbed a raft and was floating quietly near Maya. I started laughing and did the breaststroke over to Maya and rested my elbows on her raft. She opened one eye, smiled in approval, and closed her eyes again. I looked around to find Kale and didn’t see him. All of a sudden I felt the raft rise up, and Kale had come under it to lift Maya up into the air and toss her off. She swore some choice Spanish expletives and splashed under water. When she came back up, she began continuously splashing Kale, who splashed right back, until they were both breathlessly laughing like two little kids.

    I procured Maya’s raft and watched the fight in amusement when Curtis floated over. I looked at him and had to refrain from giving him a dirty look. Now even his energy near me was a turnoff.

    “You really should think about my offer,” he said in a low voice. “You give me a little, I get you a lot,” he said, winked and stroked away from me.

    I became quiet and swam over to the steps to sit and watch the group. Maya and Kale were talking about something and laughing. Curtis made his way next to Maya’s raft, and they were all talking. I couldn’t hear them through the steady din of the waterfall in the background.  I kind of stretched out on the stairs to just watch and enjoy some peace. As usual, Curtis unsettled me. I saw Kale do a double take, smile at me, and swim over. He sat down very close to me on the step and sprawled out with his long muscular legs spread out in front of him. I looked at those legs and sighed.

    “What’s that about?” he asked.

    “Your hotness,” I replied.

    Kale chuckled, “You’re worse than a guy.”

    I leaned in close to him and whispered in his ear, “I sure am.”

    California Girl Chronicles is available in Kindle, iBook and Nook. You can also purchase it on Amazon. It comes to bookstores nationwide in Winter 2012.

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    Nov 21 '11

    Book Review: San Francisco Book Review

    Brea Harper is a classic California girl: blond and beautiful, but smarter than the rest. When her job as an editor at a local magazine disappears, she moves to Los Angeles on a whim to pursue her lifetime dream of becoming a scriptwriter. But more adventures await her than just a struggle to break into the business. Brea also gets sucked into a series of romantic mishaps with three men. Lance, who suggested she move in the first place, is her “roommate with benefits,” whom she shacks up with until she can get her own place. Drew is the singer in a local band, with whom she has intense chemistry, but for some reason, can never get any kind of relationship off the ground. And Kale is a Hollywood producer who mentors Brea and truly loves her, but can’t save her from herself. Naturally, the combination of these three men is a catastrophe waiting to happen, and when her romances collide, life really gets complicated.

    Michelle Gamble-Risley’s debut novel, California Girl Chronicles, Book 1, is a wild ride. Like so many romance novels, the storyline is rather lacking in substance but rich in romantic encounters. Brea freely admits to loving sex, and that definitely shows in the frequency with which it occurs; the sex is hot and steamy, but many readers will find those passages altogether too short to be satisfying. Her job in a bikini shop provides a good deal of comic relief, breaking up both the sexy and more serious parts of the plot with ease and allowing the author’s wit to shine through. Readers disappointed with what can easily be labeled a non-conclusive ending can take comfort in the fact that this is only the first book, and Brea’s escapades will surely be continued in future volumes.

    Tags: California Girl Chronicles San Francisco Book Review Brea Harper Michelle Gamble-Risley 3L Publishing LLC