Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!! Announcing the Very Devon Holiday Winners!


Merry Christmas to all! 

And thank you to everyone who stopped by and entered my contest. I'm happy to announce the winners of my Very Devon Holiday giveaway!

Here are the top twelve names from the list put through the Randomizer:
  1. chellebee66
  2. Jibriel
  3. Bookwyrm369
  4. Gala
  5. Jyl22075
  6. KimW
  7. Elli
  8. Emiliana25
  9. Ami
  10. Tara W
  11. Crissy M
  12. Judi
Congratulations! If you are listed above and have your eye on a specific prize (click HERE to visit the list), email me at devonrhodes at hotmail dot com with your top choices in order (best to list at least a few). I will give out prizes on a first-come-first-served basis by the timestamp of your email. Don't worry...if you're busy and I don't hear from you, I will match you up with one of the remaining prizes. :)

Meanwhile, everyone have a lovely and safe holiday! Hugs and kisses, Dev :)


Sunday, December 23, 2012

List of Prizes Up For Grabs...Check It Twice, They're Really Nice!


Okay, time is getting close, so here is the list of the Twelve Gifts of Devon. To enter for a chance to win one, simply comment on the Giveaway Post by clicking HERE.



Here's what will happen. Just after Santa's visit at Midnight on Christmas Eve (right after the deadline for entering), I will randomly draw twelve winners from the entrants on the Giveaway Post. Then I'll post a list of winners' names and my email address.

If you are on the winners list and have a preference as to which prize you'd like, you will need to email me a list (in order, better to pick at least your top three) of the prizes you'd prefer. I will go off the time-stamp of your email to determine who gets what until things run out. If I don't hear back from you, by the 26th, don't worry--you won't lose out...a gift will be assigned to you. :)

ENTER AT THE GIVEAWAY POST by clicking HERE now, and good luck! :)

**Edited to add:  Winners have been announced! Click here to check the results!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

An Interview With Brad, One of the Twelve Gays of Christmas!!

The Twelve Gays of Christmas video! You've seen it, you love it! It's become a holiday icon.

And today, I'm actually interviewing one of the flexible men making your holiday merry!



If you been a follower of my blog, you've seen my annual Twelve Gays of Christmas post, or maybe you've watched it elsewhere around the internet. This year, I wanted to do something a bit different, so I'm very excited to share that I have my very dear friend, Brad--one of the Twelve Gays!--here on my blog with me today!

Hi, Brad. Kiss-kiss. So glad to have you!

Thanks, Devon, for asking me to be a part of your blog!


Thanks for indulging me! :) Can you tell us a little bit about how this routine came to happen?

I can't believe it was 6 years ago that the chorus boys of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular performed 12 gays of Christmas.

It all came about one day when we were nearing the end of our run of the show. That year the Rockettes had learned a new number called 12 Days of Christmas. It felt like it went on for 12 days. So that year the girls would comment on how hard the dance was, but loved performing it. The chorus boys would be backstage getting ready for the next number watching them and, of course, trying to do the dance moves. I'm sure the last thing the Rockettes wanted was a bunch of dancing boys backstage doing a kickline:)

Anyways, one day one of the boys decided we should surprise the girls with our version of the 12 Days of Christmas. We would present it to them on our last show day. So, in between shows, we would go up to the rehearsal hall at Radio City and put together 12 Gays of Christmas.

I must've watched this video about 100 times, and I smile every time I do. Describe for the nice people what your outfit is like so they can gawk at you when they watch it. ;)

I was in a white t shirt and blue pants [note from Dev: and a long scarf]. I'm the guy on the left in the beginning.


Who did the choreography?

Drew Franklin did the choreography and staging.

It was fabulous! What was it like being a part of the Rockettes show?

Being a part of  the Radio City Christmas show is an amazing experience. It  is one of the hardest productions I have ever been apart of. We would have 2 to 4 shows in a day. Every move had to be perfect and performed like it was opening night. We had dance captains and directors watching every show letting you know if you didn't hit your mark. 

There is nothing like being on that stage having the orchestra playing the overture and up goes the curtain. The energy is amazing and I will never forget it.

One of my favorite memories is when my family came to NY to see the show. Now, I have been performing and in the business for a long time and my family always came out to support the shows that I was in. However, I came out to meet my family and here is my dad who grew up in a small town in Oregon (kinda a country boy) sitting there in the theatre with a tear in his eye giving me a big hug and saying congrats.

I don't know why that memory sticks with me but I love it!!

That's so sweet. No wonder that stick with you. And two to four shows a day! Wow! Can you describe a typical day during the run of the show?

Oh a typical day. Well, we would get there about an hour before the show. Go to the dressing room to check in. Then go up to the green room and warm up, watch some TV and, of course, gossip about drama with in the cast. :) Just kidding--we always got along. :) Then we would have notes at half hour, start to put on makeup and get into our first costume. We would always push it to last second to get our costumes on. Our wardrobe dresser would get so anxious with the boys. "You better not be late." Then we would run to the stage hit our mark and up goes the curtain.

During the show we would be focused...however I was kinda known for putting on a side performances in between numbers.

After the show, we would be tired so we would get food and rest to start it all up again. 

That doesn't surprise me in the least that you'd be making a side-show of yourself. :)



Okay, so there are Twelve Gays. What number is yours and why? LOL!

My favorite number would be 2. I don't know why. I love the number 2!

What was your favorite move? Most difficult?
Well, the most difficult would be the jump splits. I think I'm still recovering 6 years later! My favorite move would have to be the Fosse walk, with our arms swaying from side to side while we walk.

Back to the serious questions. Tell the truth: Did you date anyone in the show? And were they cute, hot, fun, or sweet? 

Cute, hot, fun AND sweet--yes!!!! There nothing like being a chorus dancer and being gay. :)
Did I date anyone? Well, let's just say I think he is the one I let get away.

Aww. :( So, are you still in touch with any of the cast members?
I'm still in touch with the cast. Some of them are my very close friends. It is hard because we all have moved on. Some still performing in the show others, like myself, retired and started something new.
There had been talk about getting the boys back together for a reunion for the Gypsy Awards in NY. We couldn't get our schedules together. I think we are hoping for next year.

What do you think about this being a viral video so many years later?
I love it that it became something that people enjoy. I didn't even know it went viral until you mentioned it to me a few years ago. :)



You had an amazing career in New York! Tell us about what you moved on to after this show wrapped.
After the show was done, I had decided to make a change in my life. I was ready to slow down and move closer to family. I had a couple of projects to be apart of, but once I finished those, I moved back to Portland. I now direct a dance academy in Oregon.

Are you single?

Yes, single. :(


Hear that? What's wrong with you guys? Okay, Brad, so indulge us and describe your dream date for us. :)

LOL, my dream date? Well, a guy who has a passion for something, who isn't afraid to do a heel kick once and a while:)



Look at that blush! Okay, I'll let you off the hook for now. Thank you so much for coming on and making this video that much more enjoyable for us!! *air kisses* See you tomorrow, Brad!

And to all my readers, thank you for stopping by! If you have any follow-up questions for Brad, just leave them in the comments and I'll do my best to get them answered for you!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

A Very Devon Holiday Entry Post!!


Everyone likes a little something special under the tree! Since you can't all be here to open gifts with me, I'm bringing the gifts to you!

Just comment on this post (including your email addy please!) anytime between now and midnight Christmas Eve, and you'll be entered to win one of twelve gifts, including books, gift certificates and swag. The list of prizes is now posted HERE! Comment on this thread now to be sure you're entered!


Happy Holidays! ~Dev

**Edited to add:  Winners have been announced!! Click here to check the results! :)
 

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Dreamspinner Holiday Fun!


Dreamspinner Press is celebrating the end-of-the-year holidays in style!

Right now, all holiday ebooks are 25% off  through December 12th. This includes my three holiday books, Silver and Gold, Making His List and Let It Snow!

Then everything in the store will be 25% off from Dec. 20-25.  :)

In addition to their sales, they'll be giving away a Nook to one lucky customer Dec 9-15, another Kindle Dec 16-22, and an iPad Mini, Dec 23-29!

Follow Dreamspinner on Twitter and Facebook for a daily opportunity on one site or the other to win a Gift Certificate!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Amber Kell's Birthday Bash Visits Here Today!!


Today I'm helping Amber Kell celebrate her birthday month with massive giveaways and her continuing blog post, Wandmaker. Welcome Amber!!

Don't forget to pop over to Amber's blog to read my take on birthdays, and comment there for a chance to win my latest release, Locke, Stock and Barrel.

Here's today's installment. Be sure to leave a comment below for a chance to win! Good luck! :)

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Cebrus watched for a moment as the guard struggled to decide their next move. Legally they couldn’t physically restrain a wand maker and magic wouldn’t work on Cebrus. He gave the closest guard a sympathetic pat on the back before walking between them and going in the direction he saw Silvan go.

He’d heard of chimeras his entire life but he’d never seen one before and he had no idea they were in this part of the world. They were the type of creature other people always claimed to see but could never prove.

Excitement thrummed through Cebrus’ s body. He loved finding fantastical creatures.

“Where is the chimera at?” He asked the guard.

“A mile from the castle, we’ll take you in the carriage.”

Cebrus frowned but didn’t argue as they bundled him into the death trap and got him on his way. His fingers bit into the wood. He didn’t trust horses. They were sly creatures eager to kick you in the head if you turned your back on them. He’d learned the hard way the animals couldn’t be trusted.

At least in a carriage, despite its jolting and jumping he was far removed from the rabid beasts.

Finally, when Cebrus thought every bone had surely been shaken, the carriage pulled to a halt.

The door to the vehicle opened and the driver held out a hand to help Cebrus out. He graciously accepted the assistance wishing he were back on the road walking everywhere. You never felt like you were spun in a whirlwind when traveling on your own two feet.
After he emerged he gave the two guards a shaky nod and received amused grins in return.

He almost asked where the damned beast could be when a loud roar had him walking around the carriage.

“Oh my gods and goddesses,” Cebrus whispered as he caught sight of the creature. Maybe he’d been wrong—maybe he didn’t want to see the beast at all.

Before his shocked gaze the chimera’s snake tail snapped at one of the knights causing the man to stumble back and tumble down a low hill. With his armor he’d need three people to help him back up.

Cebrus scanned the crowd of knights. There had to be at least a dozen surrounding the beast. The chimera stood taller than the carriage Cebrus just exited from. Its entire body was covered with the fur of a goat and had the structure of one too. Every few minutes it would turn its head and blast out a burst of flame, causing the knights to jump back to avoid the fire.

The outing to see the beast went from amusing to horrifying. Cebrus’s hands shook as he watched Silvan step forward and confront the beast with his sword.

“Where in the fifteen hells is your wand!” Cebrus demanded.

“He doesn’t have one,” a deep voice answered beside him.

Cebrus pulled his attention away from the battle to confront the guard. “What do you mean?”

“He doesn’t like them. He says he’s never had a wand that suited him. He’d rather do without than try to use a bad one.”

Cebrus turned back to the battle. He couldn’t help wonder, even as his heart leapt in his throat, if Silvan had only wanted Cebrus for his abilities.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Wrapping up GRL, The Weekend and Beyond


With my sweetheart Rick Reed before dinner Friday night, photo courtesy of Rick. :)
It's Saturday at GRL (not today, but in this post). So if you missed the first few days, you can go relive them here (Pre-GRL and Day One) and here (Day Two). Okay, everyone caught up? Here we go!

I have a confession to make. I know I did something on Saturday morning. I really did. But for the life of me I can't remember what (and my roommate TA, aka my conjoined twin for the conference is in a time zone that really shouldn't be texted at this time of the night). So let's skip ahead, shall we, to the Book Signing.


We went in and set up and it was only after we'd had lunch and settled in to get ready that I looked around me at the rarified neighborhood I found myself in. Directly across from Damon.


Kitty corner across from Heidi Cullinan and Marie Sexton.


Directly behind us were Carol Lynne and JP Bowie (TA and I photobombed a few pics taken by readers but I haven't seen any of those yet). And kitty corner to the rear was Ethan Day and Geoff Knight.


Of course, I had my lovely partner in crime, TA Chase, sitting next to me.


It was at least a couple of hours long, but could have been way longer! We had a blast talking to people and signing things and giving stuff away. I wish I could have had time to wander around myself and visit some of the elusive authors I hadn't connected with yet.

Immediately afterwards, I headed out to the Spa Jar to help set up for the Total-E-Bound event, which included a Native American family of dancers. I was out front greeting people and handing out tickets when who should come strolling up hand-in-hand but Jason and Jared. Yep, they'd finally met. 


When my hosting duties were over, I got a chance to watch the dancers and spend some time with friends I love like Jackie Nacht.



And, of course, Jason and Jared.

 

Then after a detour up to our room for a quick change, we headed to Dreamspinner's Cabaret Night. I ran into Julianne Bentley, who was dressed the part for the event.






And spent some quality time (again)...where else?...out on the patio. I'll telling you, the weather was so nice I just had to get outside as often as I could at night. :) Plus the company was amazing! Here I'm in a sandwich I wish I could keep wrapped around me forever, with two of my fave people on earth, Marie Sexton and Ethan Day.



We had a fabulous group that chatted for hours, with the piano man inside providing ambiance.
After things wound down, we found our way back to Fusion, which was the fullest we'd seen it (of course, it was Saturday night!), but we GRL'ers represented well, taking over the dance floor and most of the rest of the place. True to the course of the evening, the rest of my pics from that night are blurry as heck, but this last one makes me smile because we were just so joyous (and buzzed) and having fun right before last call. A good one to close on. :)


The next morning was tough. Oh not because we were all hung over (which we were), but because we had to say goodbye...over and over...and over again, to people we'd come to care so much about. That was the atmosphere. I know I'm not alone in wishing that we all could just take over a small town somewhere and stay together forever. It was that closely bound of a feeling for everyone around us. I won't get into all the goodbyes, and I had a lot of them since my flight wasn't until 6pm or so. No pictures either since they were all rather bittersweet.


Anne Tenino and I found a bar right across from our gate and toasted to GRL and all of our friends, new and old. Then it was the flight home and back to reality.

And now? The countdown has begun. See you all in Atlanta next October. I'll be there with bells on!! Will you?



Monday, November 5, 2012

Locke, Stock and Barrel Release Day, Who You'll See In It and A Brand New Excerpt


Yay! It's release day for Locke, Stock and Barrel, the third book in my Vampires and Mages and Weres, Oh My! series.

If you've read the first two books, you know that there are no overlapping characters in those. Well, that changes in this one, big time! You'll spend quality time with the twins Raine and Brie (both as kids and as adults) and Raine's vamp Valerian from A Pint Light, and also touch base with our angel Kyrian and demon Seth (and even Lucifer the dog!) from Through the Red Door.


You can find Locke, Stock and Barrel HERE at Total-E-Bound, and check for it this week at your favorite third-party sites. Here's the blurb and a never-before released excerpt:

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Faint heart never won fair...mage? What’s a werewolf to do when his mate runs away? Chase him, of course.

Aspen, a master mage, has loved his foster sister Brie for years, but now that she’s been forced to become an acolyte, the only way to ever win her is to find another source of the power their faction needs before the new moon. Seeking information about the were, Aspen walks into Locke’s café and finds what could be the solution to everything. He could finally have Brie...but sometimes what you think you want and what you get are two very different things.

Locke is shocked when Aspen walks into his life. He’d always been told that as an omega, he would never have a mate. But the joyous occasion is marred by his banishment from the only life he’s ever known, and even worse, Aspen has disappeared. Now, with nothing more to lose, he must track down his wayward mage. But trouble has beaten him there and unless he acts quickly, Aspen could be killed. And that’s not even the worst possible outcome...

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Aspen watched the café from his car, as he had off and on for the past couple of days.

He’d spent nearly a week working with Brianne, together assisting Raine through the dream sequence, then assured her that she was more than capable of supporting Raine through the subsequent visits with the three chosen vampires. They’d easily isolated the best potential candidates as being within a single vampire clan, which was a great sign—usually indicative that they’d zeroed in correctly and that the mating and power exchange would happen.

She’d been concerned when he’d refused to explain where he was going and why, but he didn’t want a single person—even one he trusted as much as Brie—to know of his mission. First of all, he hadn’t wanted to raise any hopes, especially since he was so uncertain of the outcome and really didn’t have any information to share. He also didn’t want to distract her from her first major ritual as Acolyte, particularly since it involved her brother.

Mostly, though, he didn’t want any hint of his quest to get into the wrong hands. The walls had ears, and he wasn’t about to give rival clans any information that could be used against them later on.
It had taken some doing, but he’d finally convinced Gideon to reveal the whereabouts of the entity that had led him to the Blacks, now living as a black mastiff and going by the ironic name of Lucifer. Not the exact location, of course—it had been years ago since Gideon had given the then puppy to a woman as a guardian for her son—but he knew the town they’d lived in, and that the woman had died a few years ago while still living in the same town. It had seemed a good starting point.

Trusting his instincts, he’d driven to the town, which was incidentally very near the vamps’ territory, and spent some time meditating on his memories of that unforgettable voice. The majority of the times he’d reached out, he’d either ended up in front of the café or picturing the café in his mind.

Far be it from him to ignore a hint.

Keeping his eye trained for any sight of a huge black dog, he stepped out of his car and locked it behind him before walking across the street to the café’s entrance.

He paused on the threshold and absorbed what information he could from the room. Mostly non-magical humans. He didn’t sense any other mages, which was good. No sign of the dog—what was he thinking, that the dog would be curled up in a public restaurant taking a nap? Ordering one of the huge cinnamon rolls on display?

Obviously it wasn’t meant to be that easy.

There were a few other people in the room who he couldn’t get an immediate read on, including the trio approaching the door—a large, dark-haired man effortlessly carrying another apparently injured man, and an attractive waiter who smiled at the duo as he hovered alongside them.

He did a mental double-take.

Attractive waiter?

Had he really just thought that about a man?

He stepped back out and held the door for the duo. The one walking gave him a smirk as he passed, and Aspen narrowed his eyes in response. If he had to guess, he’d say demon, but he had no idea about his companion, who didn’t acknowledge Aspen’s presence other than to briefly nod his thanks.
Aspen entered the café and came face to face with the waiter, who turned his attention from the receding couple and focused his warm, welcoming brown eyes on Aspen, only to freeze and gape at him in shock, going bright red.

He was about to ask what was the matter when he got a strong sense of having missed something. He looked back, trying to see the couple who had left, but they were already out of sight.

“Huh.” He faced the waiter—host?—who was visibly trying to compose himself. “Are you okay?”

“Um…yes? Table for one?”

Aspen fought a rare smile, wondering at the urge. But the sight of the young man trying desperately to regain a sense of normality made an impression on him.

“Yes. In the back, please.”

“Good. I mean…right this way.”

He trailed the man towards the rear of the small but bright restaurant. Nearly every table was filled even at what he would have guessed to have been an off hour, past lunch. In fact, from what he recalled of the posted hours he’d checked yesterday, it would be closing within a half an hour.

“Is there still time to order?” he asked as he was seated at the furthest booth in the back. He got another vivid internal nudge and he glanced around, feeling unsettled.

“Yes, yes, of course.” Then the waiter surprised him by brushing his longish, straight dark hair back with one hand then seating himself in the opposite side of the booth. “I’m sorry, I just can’t… Do you know who I am?”

Somehow Aspen didn’t think he meant the question as an amnesiac would. He shook his head silently, using the familiar tactic to encourage the man to continue speaking.

“My name is Locke. I own the café…”

Aspen nodded, knowing this was not the end of his introduction.

“And I think…I’m your mate.”

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For another excerpt, series info and to purchase: Locke, Stock and Barrel at Total-E-Bound.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

GRL Part Deux: Stagefright, Skulls, Singing and Ships Passing in the Night

When we last met, I was cleaning up before bed after the first official night of GRL, reluctantly washing Damon's sweat away. The next time I saw him, he was acting as cruise director on the bus to Albuquerque for away-from-the-Hard-Rock events.


Before that, I had my Author Q&A panel with Carol Lynne, TA Chase and Kate McMurray, moderated by Kris Jacen. When the group below took front and center, I think I broke a sweat. Or maybe it was when they set us up each with our own microphones. Yikes! Public speaking=not my forte. 



It went surprisingly well, though, and something potentially good came of it. When we were asked what book we'd wanted to write, but didn't feel we could, my answer was the sequel to Making His List, where Bailey's custody is settled for good. I have just never felt as though I could do that story justice, either the emotional handling of Bailey's mother's treatment of her, or the knowledge base needed for child custody cases. That got me a great brainstorming session and offer of help from Kris. Thanks and kisses!

After the TEB spotlight, we rushed to get ready for our trip to the outside world. First stop was the Wool Warehouse for Torquere's luncheon (and more green chiles). I shared a table with, among others, the awesomeness that is Kris/Jet/Jade. Jared was there with his man-purse bag and helped me not lose my head and other important belongings.


 Then we headed to Old Town for some shopping and sightseeing. Geoff Knight and his adorable mum found some fabulous skulls as gifts and keepsakes, and I'm hoping those got home safely! Claire and Nicki from TEB were extreme shopping and had a knack for finding some lovely buys, but I have no idea how they got everything back to the UK.
 
For some reason, I have no pics from the Old Town trip until the MLR Day of the Dead event. Upon entry, there was a lovely memorial to Bill Neale and Patric Michael (a good, real-life friend of mine, as we lived very close to one another). We enjoyed sangria in the wonderful weather out on the patio. Before the bus back to the hotel, I accepted their kind offer of sugar skulls "to go" for my girls, who LOVED them.

 

On my way to karaoke, I finally ran into my friend Jason! We put the following quick pic of us up on FB...and who should notice it but my new friend Jared? More on that later.


Then it was karaoke time! I just HAD to snap the following pic during All That Jazz, a crowd favorite in our corner of the room!


I didn't get up and sing, though I did plenty on the sidelines (I'd already had plenty of mic time at the Q&A, thank you very much, and honestly, by this point my voice was going, lol). And here are Nanette de Precoure and JR Boyd, who I finally got to know that night!



I've reposted the video I took of Ethan singing here for you non-FBers (adjust your volume!). It was a total hit. Amazing voice! Who knew?



After karaoke, I changed and headed down to Fusion for some dancing and catching-up time with Jason. Jared was heading out about 5 minutes before Jase got there to meet me (found out later Jared had gone to Center Bar, but we just couldn't find him that night).



Jason, as usual, went through the photos on my phone, saw Jared's, and was thrilled that I knew him (he'd already spotted him, too). After some FB page stalking, lol, we went looking for him in the casino, but no dice... (haha, couldn't resist)


Will Jared ever meet Jason? Will I ever get my voice back? And how many green chiles can one person eat and survive? Stay tuned. The answers to all these questions and more on my next blog post....



Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Two Videos That Put the Happy in Happy Halloween!

Here are two videos that I think really put the Happy in Happy Halloween!

This is my girls' favorite. Warning! Extremely catchy song! Listen at your own risk! If you're like me, you'll be singing it for weeks.




And this is one of mine! Does anyone remember the contest I held a couple of years ago to see who could name the most classic monster movies with clips in this video?


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Time For Me To Talk About GRL...

...even though I don't want to. Because writing my annual summing-it-up post(s) means that it's over, and that's just sad. :( Time to put it down in writing, though, before I start forgetting details! So here we go! (Pics are mine unless I've indicated otherwise.)


The setting of GRL Albuquerque 2012 (at the Hard Rock Casino in the middle of nowhere) was vastly different than GRL NOLA 2011 (on Bourbon Street in the middle of the French Quarter), but I'd almost have to give the edge to this year's event if someone made me choose one over the other. Why? Well, the events were a lot of fun, the learning curve had flattened, and the venue really bent over backwards for us. In fact, the hotel is the one who put our logo on the floor, all of their own volition. Pretty cool. And Georgie, our event planner liason, was all kinds of fabulous. :)


I got to room with the awesome (and freaking adorable) TA Chase. Above, we're on the balcony of our room catching some sun before things really kicked off. And below we're having lunch with Stephani Hecht, Jackie Nacht and VJ Summers. (An aside--they put green chiles on everything down there. I kind of miss them. Kind of.)






Suffice to say, TA and I spent a lot of time together. LOL. So much so that I think there was a rumor going around that we were having a Twitter-ffaire. I can neither confirm nor deny...


We tried to take to heart the recommended dress code and kept things form-fitting. I found it pretty ironic that a place with such anti-gang policies tat-stamped the inside of our wrists every time we went into a bar.



Everyone here probably knows Jared by now, lol. Here we are meeting the night before things kicked off. I posted this photo on Twitter to defuse the TA rumors, showing that yes, I was hanging out with someone besides her. More about Jared later... :)





The first day was full and fun. It kicked off with Red Hot Pictionary hosted by me and the other ladies of the Unconventional At Best Antho. Will here had the fun of drawing "foreskin" (and his drawing had mild-mannered attendees in the audience yelling out every euphemism you can think of!). Anyone see themselves in the crowd??


 Then he got to read a NSFW excerpt from my story containing the word...and he ROCKED it. (turn the volume down, lol).

video

Here we all are with our big banner that TEB nicely had done for us! From left to right, Amber Kell, Stephani Hecht, Carol Lynne, me, TA Chase and Jambrea Jo Jones.



Later on was the opening gala. Here I am with the lovely (and jet-lagged) Clare London. That wasn't my drink, I was holding it for the photographer. I pretty much stuck to beer the whole retreat, lol. No cherries for me!


The day ended on a high note with the second annual Gentlemen's JukeJoint Junket. Not quite as crazy as last year, but the dancing was much easier and everyone made it out on the floor (or up on stage!) at some point! Got this great crowd shot from Ethan.

 
Here's an action shot of Damon Suede and Jared showing everyone how to move to Billie Jean. There's also video on my FB page if you want to see them work it!


And here I am apres-dancing with Ethan and Damon. Apparently Ethan doesn't sweat like we normal people do.



I had a great time one Day One and it surpassed even my hopelessly positive anticipation I'd let build up in my head during the wait for GRL to actually start already!!

I'll continue with Day Two and Day Three soon. :) Sweet dreams, my loves!


Monday, October 15, 2012

20% Off MM Books This Week!! GRL Discount at Total-E-Bound!

Total-E-Bound has announced a great discount for their MM readers for one week only!

To celebrate the 2012 GayRomLit Retreat and our
Unconventional at Best anthology we are giving a massive
20% off all other MM eBooks. The GayRomLit Retreat will be a fabulous convention and we want to make sure that everyone can grab a great book to celebrate the event with us!

What are you waiting for? 
Go ahead, fill your bookshelf (and your ereader). 

The 'Unconventional at Best' Anthology is not included in the offer, sorry...but we are offering ALL other MM eBooks at a massive 20% OFF!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Contest To Win One Hundred Books!


Wow! Elisa Rolle is having an amazing giveaway that I'm a part of along with many other authors attending GayRomLit next week.  First prize is 100 books! Yes, 100! Second prize is the movie eCupid and third prize is the movie Is It Just Me?  It couldn't be simpler to enter to win! Just go HERE to Elisa's blog and leave a comment with your email address on any of her posts from now until Sunday, October 21st (keep in mind she's on Italy time!).
The book I'm giving away is the single of A Ring And A Promise. Make sure to pop over to Elisa's an enter this fab contest before next Sunday!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Dreamspinner Celebrates October with great discounts!



Dreamspinner Press celebrates Halloween in style!

During the month of October, they will be offering the following special discounts.

October 1-4: All eBooks in the Angels and Demons category will be 25% off.

October 5-7: All eBooks in the Shifters and Vampires categories will be 25% off.

October 8-11: All eBooks in the Fantasy, Fairytales and Other Paranormal categories will be 25% off.

October 12-14: All Yaoi eBooks and eBooks by our authors who are attending YaoiCon in Los Angeles will be 25% off.

Amy Lane, Mary Calmes, Nessa L. Warin, Shira Anthony, Lori Hawkins, Rhys Ford, Augusta Li, Eon de Beaumont, EM Lynley, Venona Keyes

October 15 - 18: The 2008 Advent set will be available for 44.99 through October 31. It will go out of print on November 1, so don't miss your last chance to get it! All Christmas eBooks will also be 25% off.

October 19-21: All eBooks by authors attending GayRomLit (including me!) will be 25% off.

Abigail Roux, Aleksandr Voinov, Allison Cassatta, Amy Lane, Ana Bosch, Andrew Gray, Anel Viz, Anne Tenino, Ariel Tachna, Belinda McBride, Brita Addams, Charlie Cochet, Christopher Koehler, Clancy Nacht, Clare London, Damon Suede, Devon Rhodes, Eden Winter, Edmond Manning, Ellis Carrington, EM Lynley, Eric Arvin, Ethan Stone, Felicitas Ivey, Hayley B. James, Heidi Cullinan, Isabelle Rowan, Jacob Z. FloresJamie Fessenden, Jana Downs, Jeff Erno, Jackson CorddJonathan Treadway, J.P. Barnaby, Karenna Colcroft, Kate McMurray, KC Burn, Kiernan Kelly, Kim Fielding, Lara Brukz, Lissa Kasey, Lori Toland, Lorraine Ulrich, Marguerite Labbe, Marie Sexton, Michael Murphy, MJ O'Shea, PD Singer, Piper Vaughn, Poppy Dennison, Rhys Ford, Rick R. Reed, Rowan Speedwell, S.A. Garcia, Scotty Cade, Shae Connor, Shira Anthony, SJD Peterson, Sue Brown, T.A. Webb, T.C. Blue, Thursday Euclid, Trina Lane, Venona Keyes, Xara X. Xanakas, Zahra Owens.

October 22-25: All Foreign Language titles and audiobooks will be 25% off.

October 26-31: All eBooks in the Ghosts and Spirits category will be 25% off.