Kane’s Favorite Things Week of 1/26/15

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Kanes Favorite ThingsI know, I’m late. So sorry!! Hectic weekend spilled over, and there was definitely a case of The Mondays at Castle Kane.

This week features new boots, an old movie and some special art work.

Music:
Shattered Dreams was inspired by a Rascal Flatts song, so it was really easy to put together a playlist for the book. Shattered Lies on the other hand, wasn’t so easy. During the first draft of SD, I wasn’t even sure Tori would get a book.¬†But the more I dove into her character, the more I realized the girl had layers. Yeah, she’s a selfish narcissist. But she’s also damaged. So, I was scrolling through the ole Facebook feed, and one of my best friends shared a song. Stacy and I are pretty much cut from the same cloth, so I always watch the videos she posts. The title alone was enough to put me in Tori’s mind, but as the song continued, I realized that Stacy had just done what I could not. She found THE song for Shattered Lies. So here it is ūüôā “She Don’t Love You” by Eric Paslay

Movies:
Today’s movie is a throw back. We’ve all read the classic Romeo and Juliet. Most of us have probably seen two or three versions of it. My personal favorite is the 1996 version directed by¬†Baz Luhrmann.¬†First,¬†I LOVE John Leguizamo, and second- Dagger.¬†

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Who’s John Leguizamo? One of the funniest comedians in the history of ever! He’s the star of my personal favorite, The Pest, and¬†his role in Romeo and Juliet was¬†by far the best portrayal of Tybalt I have ever seen.

When the movie first came out, I was a teenager and too young to truly appreciate the genius and artistry of the symbols that were sort of “hidden in plain sight”. While the language and theme of the story remains faithful to the original, it is the symbols¬†integrated into this modern¬†interpretation that make it so powerful. Mercutio’s Dagger is the embodiment of that.

800px-RJ-02092Romeo and Juliet is currently available on Netflix Streaming. I highly recommend you watch it, and keep an eye out for all the different symbols hidden in this modern portrayal of a classic tragedy. 

Books:
Last week I started looking for a new book to read in my free time. Unfortunately, what I was looking for I just couldn’t find. So I decided to reread one of my favorites- Loving Lies by Lora Leigh. On her Facebook page, Lora revealed the cover for Jazz’s book. I cannot tell you how excited I am about this. Loving Lies has been the single most influential book in my writing career, and I am so excited to hear that both Jazz and Zach will be getting their own books!! Click this link to see the cover and read a blurb for Wicked Lies.

Funny:
Easily one of my favorite songs and who doesn’t love watching cat videos?? Besides, I must pay homage to my favorite cat lover Amanda Afterdark ūüėČ

Fashion:
Today’s fashion fave is brought to you by Closet Kane and an Amazon Goddess.
Love, love, LOVE boots, and this week, I added two more pair to my ever growing collection. It’s impossible to pick a favorite, but this is the pair I put on first.

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I’m an¬†Instagram addict, and one of my favorite pages belongs to McKinli Hatch. She is a professional fitness competitor and Amazon Goddess, with an amazing eye for fashion. She runs a blog and online store that are quickly becoming my favorite pages to visit. I love her print leggings and can’t seem to get enough of her cardigans and accessories. Check her out!

Epic:
Last Friday, my son brought home a drawing one of his friends made for me. It was such a sweet and thoughtful gift, I HAD to share it. One of my favorite shirts features that little phrase across the front. Thank you so much Pierce! I LOVE it!!!

20150126_174750Honorable Mention: 
A&E for their daily Criminal Minds marathons.

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Updates, MS Goodies and My TBR

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Photo Credit: Juliannaa

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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 ūüėČ

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 ūüėČ here are links to follow the lovely author Corinne Michaels on the web and social media ūüôā

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