Kanes Favorite Things: Friday the 13th Edition

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It’s been a while, hasn’t it?!?! Thank you all so much for checking out this “supposed to be” weekly post!! Fleur de lis in black and goldThis week is kind of a hodgepodge of goodies 🙂 We have a song I just can’t quit, a Hooligan with a birthday, some anticipated new releases and one epic as hell Facebook post! Ohh, and a new color scheme for the graphic, voted on by The Hooligans themselves!

Music:
I know I blogged about this the other day, but I really do love this song and it is definitely worth another listen. This is on the play list for my para and will probably make it on to several more of my play lists in the future.

Movies:
Today is Hooligan #2’s Birthday! To celebrate, we took her to see Cinderella. Absolutely LOVED it! This live-action telling of a classic is by far the best one I’ve seen. Hollywood has a tendency to “remake” movies, and more often than not, the remake falls short. That is not the case here. Instead of “reading” you the story, you actually get to experience it in a way that can have a profound impact on its target audience. One of the things that I personally liked was the “why” of Lady Tremaine’s hatefulness. Thinking back, I can’t remember a time when the evil step-mother ever gave a reason for her ways.

After the movie, we went for ice cream and I asked my girls what their biggest take-away was. They thought about it for a while, then Hooligan #2 says, “To have courage and be kind.” The evil step-mother and wicked step-sisters are nothing more than bullies. The same kind of bullies we face in our every day lives. It takes courage to stand up to them. But more importantly, it takes kindness to understand them, and to ensure that you do not become one. This movie serves as a strong reminder that everyone, even bullies, have feelings that can be every bit as fragile as Cinderella’s slipper.

And, since it is Friday the 13th, we ended our night with a terrifyingly fun Jason Voorhees marathon. We made it through the first three movies before we all nodded off. We all agree, the first was the scariest!

Funny:
Oh, there are sooo many this week, but these two are my favorite 🙂
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Books:
Ohhh lordy… You tell me!! I haven’t had a chance to read in weeks! I feel deprived and starving! I am definitely looking forward to The C.E.O. by Niquel though! She is having a big release party on March 23rd. Consider yourselves invited! Just click this link right here. I am also looking forward to Saving Austin by Nicole Clark. The synopsis is very intriguing and the hot blonde chick on the cover is one of my faves!

Fashion:
I am obsessed with History Channel’s The Vikings. So much so that, in lieu of flowers and chocolates, The Hooligans gave me this hoodie for Valentines Day.

10463919_376603992509656_1046153573315744424_nThis Teespring Campaign is available until March 25th through Vikings Nation, so hurry up and grab yours!

EPIC:
Eddie Ray Routh was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the murders of Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield. While this blogger would love to see him hang, I think Marcus Luttrell’s Facebook Post pretty much sums up Routh’s bullshit plea and what he has to look forward to the rest of his life.

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Dark Incarnate: Roman’s Redemption (Review/Interview)

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Romans Redemption eCover“I have become pure evil.” Roman’s Redemption is book two in the Roman Series by Best Selling Author Kimber S. Dawn. Darkness incarnate, Kimber takes you on a mind trip that will have you guessing, crying, cringing and smiling. My relationship with Roman is a lot like what I imagine Stockholm syndrome might feel like. Roman captured me in book 1, and hasn’t let me go since. He feeds me, bathes and cares for me, but he tortures me, shreds me to pieces and then puts me back together.

Heather’s traumatic transition to Mac/Mace is so vivid, it leaves you stunned, and yet somehow relieved that she’s found some way to cope.

The imagery, the sweetness, the terrifying details all come together in a masterpiece of darkness that will leave readers reeling long after the last page is finished. Redemption finally answers some of the questions left in Roman, but if you’re anything like, the percent remaining on your Kindle had you power reading in hopes that it wasn’t going to end.

When I finished Redemption, my first thought was- How would this play out on the big screen? Of course, I had to ask Kimber what she thought. So, before you start reading, cue up Buckcherry’s Crazy Bit*h. This is your opening soundtrack.

Now, picture Joe Manganiello, our favorite True Blood hottie Alcide, alcide-1-8playing the sadistic, twisted and sometimes sweet as hell Roman Payne.
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Heather, and her twisted alter ego Mac/Mace is played by the stunning Sienna Miller.

Close your eyes and picture the scariest movie you’ve ever seen. Combine that with the image of the hottest movie you’ve ever seen, and then imagine Kimber, sitting in the director’s chair, a “what the hell are you planning now” smile on her face. You still wouldn’t come close to what these books would actually look like on the big screen. And the ending credits??? Have a listen to Kimber’s choice now:

“Ivy’s book is next,” Kimber assured me, “it will pick up when she is 15 or 16.” When asked what else she had up her sleeve, I got one of those smiles and three very intriguing words- “My funny book.”

Grab Roman’s Redemption NOW and be prepared to take a terrifying stroll down the darkest path you’ve ever walked. This is not a standalone, so make sure you read Roman first!

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Cover Reveal: The Truth by Katrina Alba

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COMING March 9th!

The Truth — Synopsis

A midnight kiss with a stranger at a New Year’s Eve party started the whirlwind romance.
Five years later, Alyssa and Grant Kennedy have the perfect marriage. Alyssa is a doctor while Grant is an accountant for his family’s business. They live in a gorgeous mini-mansion with a white picket fence and are about to start a family.
Things couldn’t be better, could they?

Unfortunately, things aren’t always what they seem.
We live in a world filled with lies.
Some lies are to make people feel good.
Some lies are to make ourselves look better.
Some lies are unforgivable and some lies get people killed.
What is the biggest lie you’ve ever told?

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Kane’s Favorite Things Week of 1/12/15

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Kicking off the New Year with a new weekly post: Kane’s Favorite Things.

I scour the internet, looking for my favorite things and bring them all to you right here. We will start with six categories, but if you want to see more, or if you have something you want me to check out for an existing category, just send me a message 🙂

Music:
This one goes to my girl Meghan Trainor! Sony Music released her debut studio album, Title, on January 9. That Bass Tour starts in February and I can’t wait to see her in concert!

Movies:
Hands down, this one goes to American Sniper. This movie is the single most important MUST SEE for 2015. Chris Kyle is the embodiment of a true American hero. Not a dry eye in the theater.

Books:
Rescue Me by Kathy Coopmans hit eStore shelves today. I power read it and recommend you do too. It’s raw and gripping. Definitely a must-read. I will be sharing my full review on Wicked Women Book Blog later this week.

10882158_1540761166173634_2042343860983619512_nFunny:
Okay, this one’s probably going to get me in some trouble, but it was too funny to pass up. See, I’m from the Great State of Texas, but I have no love for The Cowboys. I do love the Packers though, and last night’s game was pretty awesome…for The Packers 😉 Anyway, I know technically it wasn’t Romo’s fault this time, but you can usually trace every goof back to him, so I gotta say this meme wins the internet today 🙂

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“Girl Bye” is my must have shirt of the year! I’ve been hooked on The Real Housewives of Atlanta from day one, and Nene is my absolute favorite. At least once a day, you will hear me say something Nene says and it’s usually this or “The Thirst is Real.” Her “Nene’ism” shop is here, but she also has a clothing line out with HSN that has some gorgeous, and classy, pieces in it. I’ve already ordered the faux leather leggings and the blanket cardigan in ivory.

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Adorable:
How can anyone NOT find this video of a wiener dog learning a new trick adorable?? Come on! It’s a wiener puppy! And he’s ringing a bell!!!!

Review: Inferno SKALS Book 4 by Adriana Noir

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It’s 2:50 in the morning. I got this book 8 hours ago. I am sitting on the floor in my kitchen with a box of Kleenex and an empty bottle of Chianti. Both were full when I started this book, neither were strong enough to see me through it’s pages without ripping my heart out and feeding it to me.

This is the last installment in the SKALS series. This review is probably the hardest I will ever write. It’s an ending. A last goodbye to a series that has literally changed my perspective on a great many things.

When Sebastian flashed his badge and demanded my attention in Sinister Kisses, I wanted to hate him. I tried to hate him. And Taylor…she knocked the women’s lib movement back a hundred years. But as I turned the last page of Inferno, I realized that this author has achieved the impossible. She gave the most cynical, jaded reader on the planet a series that made her FEEL. From the first page of the first book to the last page of the last book, I felt every single word. I laughed, I cried, I freaked out, I got scared, nervous, anxious. I got mad.

I fell in love with a character whose very nature was abhorrent to me.

I have NEVER, in all my extensive years of reading, connected with characters like this before. Watching Sebastian and Taylor grow together was like watching the spark of a match slowly becoming a beautiful, raging fire.

Inferno far surpassed any expectations I may have had. It ended in a way that was so far from predictable that when I shut off my Kindle, I realized it is as it should be. This was by far the most gripping, emotional and painful book in the series. I’m not an hour out of reading it and I am already feeling the full effects of what is sure to be THE biggest book hangover I will ever experience.

There aren’t enough words in the English language to convey all of my thoughts on this book, and, indeed the series. I encourage you to step outside of your comfort zone and experience it for yourself.

I don’t know what Adri has in store next, but I can’t wait to find out xoxo