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!