Updates, MS Goodies and My TBR

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2014 was an Amazing Year! Despite a few setbacks, I accomplished everything I set out to do and more!!! 2015 is off to an awesome start! I’ve made a few resolutions for this year, but those are for another post 😉

Updates and MS Goodies
My very first Paranormal Romance made it to the formatter before (woohooo!!!) the January 1st deadline and I can’t wait to share the final product with you. Of Blood and Lust is a novella that will appear in an anthology to benefit The National Autism Association and will be out soon. The story started out one way, then took a whole different direction, and the possibilities for more are endless.

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While brainstorming for this story, I pulled the old laptop (the one missing the ‘F’ key, and now also the ‘F5’ key) out of storage, just to see what was on it. The original MS for Shattered Dreams was typed on that antique, and I knew there were a few other stories I was kicking around on there somewhere. Not only did I find what I was looking for, there were also two nearly complete manuscripts and a finished HR! The first MS is a children’s rhyming story that I wrote for my youngest daughter when she was home schooled. It was just a fun way to teach her about different things- the states, continents, colors etc. If we decide to publish, it will probably be illustrated by The Hooligans. The second MS is a darker contemporary centered around a Mexican cartel leader. It doesn’t have a name or even a cover concept, but reading through it certainly sparks a few ideas. The story feels pretty good where it’s at, so it will more than likely get sent to the editor and then to some Betas in the next few weeks.

Shattered Lies is not quite where it needs to be yet. Does that ever happen to you? You think you have the story where it needs to be, but the more you read it, the more it feels like something is missing. That is kind of where we’re at with SL. So until ALL the Betas are happy, we’re going to hold off on the release.

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My TBR List just got EPIC!
Santa brought The Hooligans laptops for Christmas. My oldest daughter, who is almost 12, was so excited, she couldn’t wait to start using her’s. She said, “I want to write a book too!” How cool is that??? Well, it gets better! She’s finished writing it!!! She said she wants to read through it a couple more times, “like you do”, before she lets anyone else read it. But she did tell me the book is called “Chasing Waterfalls” and it’s a funny story about “You, Uncle Chris and Aunt Niki.” The Man and I are both very excited to read it and I can officially say that Chasing Waterfalls is the first book on my 2015 TBR List. She’s asked for Mommy’s help to get it published, so BOLO!!!

While I was scrolling through the ole Facebook feed this morning, this little gem caught my eye.

Author stalking commenced immediately!

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As soon as I found her, I couldn’t wait to find out more! So she sent me this little gem too!

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Consolation is a spin off of Beloved and Beholden, which are now the 2nd and 3rd official books on my 2015 TBR List and Consolation, #4 on the TBR, will be out in March!

If you are a blogger and would like to sign up for the release tour of Consolation, HERE is the link.

And because I pride myself on the quality of my stalking 😉 here are links to follow the lovely author Corinne Michaels on the web and social media 🙂

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Happy Birthday to Me…The other Me

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Four years ago today, D.L. Kane was born. Sort of.

I use my real name for my professional career. Newspapers, magazines, web articles… All of that is written under the name on my driver’s license. But all of those pieces are news reports or fact based opinion articles. They adhere to strict formatting and reference guidelines. A novel is in a world all it’s own, and when I decided to write mine a hundred million years ago (ok, its more like five, it just feels longer) I realized that my creativity and the flow of my story was being stunted. I was trying to apply the standards drilled into my head by editors at the paper, Demand and Yahoo to a fiction romance. That doesn’t really work. You can’t exactly “reference” a moment the Hero became a total douche canoe. In fact, you can’t even use the words “douche canoe” in a sentence. So I decided I needed to have an alter ego. A classy, carefree chick with a spirit as wild as the wind. Someone who didn’t have rules or boundaries. Someone who could do whatever the hell she wanted without having to answer for it. Oh, and she had to be Bettie Page hot with perfect boobs and great butt 😉

Once I had a mental image of my alter ego, she needed a name. I thought at first to use a play on the German variation of my real name, but then I looked down into my living room. The four people that matter most to me in the world were curled up on the couch watching Napoleon Dynamite. And that’s when it hit. So I started an online search, just to make sure the name I chose was available. I hit a road block when I tried to set up an email account with it, and ended up adding an extra I. Which was fine at the time, but it would change again later.

On July 7, 2010, I hit “Send” on my first completed manuscript. An hour later, Danie Kaine walked out of the print shop with a bound manuscript. I officially became a romance fiction author!! The pride I was feeling that day is hard to describe. I had already accomplished so much with my writing career that this was like frosting on the cake. Really yummy, homemade cream cheese frosting with just a touch of Malibu (…for flavor…) I mean, I wrote a book!!! A whole book!!! For me!!! That last part sounds kind of silly right? But here’s the thing- I spend 90% of my time writing stuff for other people. We call them “assignments” and they do pay the bills, but there are days I really don’t feel like explaining Kansas Family Code to laymen, or describing in full, referenced detail how to install a double barrel carburetor to somebody who is probably going to hire a mechanic anyway. And as much as I love the whales, there are only so many articles one can write encouraging you to save them.

So yeah! Writing a book that was all mine was AWESOME!!

And some day, I’ll have a really good explanation for why said book STILL isn’t published. Someday… 😉

So anyhow, I know it’s not Thursday, but here’s my throw back 🙂 The Copyright page from the original manuscript of The Broken Road.

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I’ve had the good fortune to make many friends in the author community who have been excellent mentors and support. Through their advice and guidance, I decided to not only change my pen name to D.L. Kane (the name I originally chose) but the title of my book and the series. Shattered Dreams replaces The Broken Road as the title for my first book and I am happy to say it will be out this month 🙂

And because I love music…. The song that inspired the book 🙂