Once Upon A Time

Once upon a time in a mansion unlike any other, there lived a man who made his life a fantasy. He threw the most beautiful and unique parties. Once such party was called, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and everyone was required to wear their most creative sleepwear. Fairies and butterflies fluttered about, while women and snakes danced and everyone merrily ate the most delectable foods.

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There was music and laughter throughout this mansion, yet the man who made his life a fantasy was not in attendance. He graciously let his friends and guests enjoy his beautiful party as this had become a yearly tradition. As painted naked ladies danced the night away, stories of past “Midsummer Night Dreams” were told by those who relished telling them.

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Tales of couples falling in love or lust, visions of exotic and erotic costumes and a fantasy creation of one man’s vision that has now lasted over a half of a century! Old and new friends gather to feast their senses on one night during the summer that makes “Midsummer Night’s Dreams” come true.

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Those who were on the exclusive list of people invited were totally in awe of what they saw and had sweet dreams of all that was beautiful and good in the world. There was a glorious full blue moon that was shining brightly enough for magic to happen, as bunnies hopped along with fairies and goddesses spreading love and joy to all.

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Life, Liberty and Loving Memories

As most of you know, Carly, who I celebrated my birthday with was hospitalized a couple days after our celebration and nearly died. She was in a diabetic coma for a while and only responded to “Baby Come Back,” ironically because her last fondest memory was singing it with PLAYER at our jam party. We are thrilled Carly is back with us after such a scary incident and look forward to having her sing that song again with the band as soon as she’s is out of the hospital and able. Life is so fragile and as time goes on becomes even more precious. Just to wake up each and every day is indeed a gift and a blessing that we should never take for granted. Ronn and I spent the 4th of July weekend attending parties at the Playboy mansion seeing old friends and making new ones at the home of fashion designer, Sue Wong and REO Speedwagon’s drummer, Brian Hitt.  It was so great to have a fun weekend to enjoy ourselves and Ronn wanted to see as many friends as possible before the Rock The Yacht Tour with PLAYER, Little River Band and Ambrosia starts on the east coast.

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We relished having such a fun weekend and decided to also take some quality alone time in the mountains together. It was then that I learned that my co-star of the 80’s high school movie, “Can’t Buy Me Love” had passed away at age 43 only days before her own birthday. I was in total shock and disbelief because Amanda Peterson was just too young to possibly be gone. My first thought was this was an Internet hoax. However, the sad reality of the truth set in when I saw it displayed by so many magazines and news outlets.

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I thought back to the precious time I worked with this sweet amazing girl who was only 16 when we met. “Can’t Buy Me Love” was shot on location in Tuscon, Arizona for nearly a month in early 1987. It was my first speaking role in a film and most of cast was younger than me. I remember the first scene we shot was  when Cindy and Ronald break up in front of everyone at school and she slaps him. Amanda was so great, such a calm and seasoned actress. I was in awe of her instantly. We could all feel that this film was going to be a hit, so it was no surprise that Disney picked it up and got the rights to the Beatles’ song, “Can’t Buy Me Love,” changing the title of the film to be that and also making it a summer sleeper hit in 1987.

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Thoughout the years, I have been asked if there would ever be a “Can’t Buy Me Love” reunion or sequel, but Patrick Dempsey and Seth Green were just too busy and Amanda retired from acting many years ago, so that was never meant to be.  Yet, that film was forever etched in many teenager’s minds as part of their youth. The film just resonated with so many. I have had many moments in my career that I have been proud of and this one is one of my fondest memories. Amanda Peterson will live on in our hearts and “Can’t Buy Me Love” will go on to become a classic high school film with an awesome message; that most people can relate to almost three decades later! So with love and light we send our dear Mandy to be with the angels because that’s who she was and where she is now.

Celebrating Summer

After an intense week of shooting “The Bay” we wrapped last Friday and I can honestly say; it will be the best season ever to look forward to! Ronn had a blast with John Blackwell and I think we will look forward to adding more Emmys to our mantel next year!

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 With Summer just around the corner, it was time for some Barbeques and that meant having a few friends over to celebrate the season finale of “Game of Thrones.” I kinda wasn’t feeling it most of the season and didn’t really enjoy it until I saw the last two episodes. The finale was an excuse for some of the die- hard watchers to come over to eat some meat and drink some wine. Ronn has his own goblet with a dragon on it, so he was pumped and ready!

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This month is also my birthday, so we decided to do one of our Potluck Jam Parties so that we can visit with many of our friends before Player starts their tour with Little River Band and Ambrosia. This will be a great way to kick off celebrating summer because there is nothing like great food and friends hanging out by the pool with barbeques and great music!

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Ronn and I enjoyed meeting author, Charles Dubow of the novel, “Girl In The Moonlight” at the home of my pal, Tina Hillstrom and it was also there that Ronn was presented with an original painting of John Lennon, compliments of artist, Josee Nadeau. If you recall, Josee was a guest on “Ronn’s Garage.” So we are looking forward to more gatherings this summer with friends as Player embarks on their tour, maybe at a city near you? In the meantime, you can keep up with us by subscribing to this blog or following us on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.

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We hope you will celebrate summer with your friends and family and a little bit of DevRonn at your next barbeque, because that’s what summer is really all about, right?

Winning

Ronn and I have been on a winning streak both personally and professionally in this past week. Starting with the Paul Newman event “Winning the race for charity” that we attended with Peter Beckett and Eden Ayers. Peter and Ronn performed at the Roosevelt Hotel along with members of “Little River Band” and “Toto.” Then we took off to Las Vegas with Peter and Eden to attend a private birthday party and got to see Winsor Harmon.

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It was a rare weekend for us to reflect and celebrate winning some personal issues that we have been battling for quite some time, as well as, winning that Emmy nomination as producers on our amazing series, “The Bay.” We were in such gratitude and on a natural high just being with friends and enjoying the awesome music Peter and Ronn participated in along with other great artists, such as Jeff “Skunk” Baxter of the “Doobie Brothers” and “Steely Dan.”

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When we arrived home it was time to celebrate with parties that were leading up to the Emmys. I was thrilled to see our long time Aussie friend, Fiona Horne and spend some quality time with her, while Ronn went to the festivities for Pop TV and got to see alot of his fellow soap stars. Since “The Bay” was put in the category of “New Approaches” and held with the creative Emmys on Friday, it was not televised. Apparently, Pop TV which is the former TV Guide network only wanted shows that were broadcast on television on the actual Emmys this year. We didn’t think that was fair considering it wasn’t that way last year, but nevertheless, it’s the same Emmy! Turns out “The Bay” beat out shows from Hulu and Youtube  and took home that Emmy!

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We couldn’t be more than thrilled for this amazing cast and crew! It is more than well deserved and TV Guide said, “The Bay blurred the lines between prime time and daytime television.” So I predict “The Bay” could find a home soon on primetime television and maybe be the first show to win both a daytime and primetime Emmy in the coming years.

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Ronn and I chose not to attend the awards and instead see John McCook’s daughter Molly’s show, “Cruel Intentions the Musical.” It was an awesome musical and we got to see Katherine Kelly Lang, John McCook, Scott Clifton and Kim Matula there. By the time we arrived home to the news that we were now Emmy winning producers, it made our evening even more special.

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We then attended the Emmy gifting suite and ran into more B&B soap stars we hadn’t seen in quite a while such as, Jacob Young and Ali Mills. Ronn and I will both get our Emmy in the mail soon and look forward to shooting the new season of “The Bay” next month!

A Blooming Spring

It seems as if Spring has sprung earlier than usual this year. I’m not complaining because it’s one of my favorite seasons. It’s so nice to see the flowers blooming and the time change has made our days longer. However, Spring for us means more parties to attend and this past week we attended two amazing parties starting out with our dear friend fashion designer, Sue Wong’s fashion show.

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 Sue was kind enough to want to dress me for her big event, but I had no time due to too many business meetings we have been having recently for Ronn’s Kickass BBQ Sauce. So I found my own Sue Wong dress and enjoyed the festivities of her amazing after party that Jawn Star attended with us, along with Gun’s n Rose’s keyboardist, Chris Pitman. Sue always has great entertainment at her beautiful home, “The Cedars,” which can only be described as a work of art from the décor to the history of it.

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 Last night we attended the Mayor’s Mask Ball and got to wear our amazing hand painted and designed masks. Our masks were gifts and made for us by Sergio Boldrin. Sergio is the premiere mask maker in Venice, Italy. This event was for the UNCF and we were happy to catch up with our friend singer, Freda Payne. Also in attendance were the gorgeous Jayne Kennedy and Jeffery Osbourne. Ronn’s mask was a bit scary, but he got tons of compliments on it.

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 So now that Spring has sprung and our taxes are done, I’m finally have some time to focus on writing and more creative endeavors. We have some amazing projects forming that I will tell you about soon. Right now our focus is stopping to smell the beautiful roses that are blooming in our yard. I feel like there hasn’t been much down time for us and I have been feeling a bit overwhelmed. It’s important to take the time to spend with family and friends.

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 We took the day off to spend with our friend Tina Hillstrom, who was our Matron of Honor. Tina, as most of you guys know loves to socialize and entertain. So I’m happy to share a video of her amazing afternoon lunch that she threw in honor of Ronn’s birthday. She taught her pet rabbits how to walk for their treats and it’s just too cute! So if Spring has already sprung for you, please take the time to stop and smell the roses. If you are still experiencing the harshness of winter, try to stay warm and look forward to Spring and all the beauty it brings!

A Taste Of New Orleans

The past couple of weeks have been rather hectic for us. I spontaneously threw a fund- raiser for the “Songs of Love” charity on Grammy night and it was quite a turn out! However, it wasn’t without tremendous help from our very own publicist from “The Bay,” Tiffany Ladner who spent days on end putting it together.

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It was also to launch Ronn’s Kickass BBQ Sauce, which we all are very proud of. We had some amazing sponsors for what we believe will be the first of many Kickass parties! It was held at a lavish private mansion and in honor of seven year old, Neel who has leukemia. As you know by now, “Songs of Love” provide tailor made songs for children who are terminally ill. So we all got to sing the chorus to a tailor made song that Ronn recorded for Neel who beamed with joy.

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I came up with the theme “A Taste of New Orleans” and want to make this an annual event for “Songs of Love” in hopes that they bring more smiles of joy to children just like Neel. I think combining Cajun food, good wine and fun people around Mardi Gras is a great way to kick off a Grammy party and I think most of the guests that attended would agree! Ronn performed with Jawn Star and Jimmy Carnelli and we had a host of exotic cars from Cluricane 490 Wine and Spirits club membership who donated a $1300 door prize to some lucky winner to drive one of those babies!

 

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The night was awesome, but I’m rather tired from a entire weekend of charities. We had also attended the Charity For Charity event in Temecula, which was also a lovely evening celebrating the wishes of children with disabilities. Speaking of wishes, I know how much you guys have been wishing for more Ebay items directly from us, so there are tons of things in both of our Ebay stores just in time for Valentine’s Day. More personal things are coming for auction like Ronn’s very own Samsung Notebook phone!

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I have some exciting news to share with you guys that will be coming up in our Valentine’s newsletter when you sign up on our DevRonn website. Now that you have been introduced to Ronn’s Kickass BBQ Sauce, it’s time to fire up that grill and have a kickass party of your own!

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Holiday Festivities

It’s been non-stop parties since we returned from Australia in celebration of the holidays. As always, it’s the busiest time of the year and I was not prepared at all for it. However, it was nice to catch up with so many friends that we have missed, since we have been traveling so much. I was very grateful for all the holiday festivities that so many wonderful friends included us in. I think as you get older there are just so many more friends to share and visit with, especially during the holidays. Isn’t that really what the holidays are all about?

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We enjoyed Christmas Eve with my pal Tina Hillstrom who always entertains in style. Our Christmas day was a quiet one spent with our girls and I cooked a turkey breast, some stuffing and glazed carrots for our family dinner. It’s so rare these days to have the girls sit down to a dinner with us. Their lives are filled with their friends and their own activities that doesn’t include their parents. We did manage to attend a couple of parties with them and it was lovely to just have them around. We celebrated my friend Sandra Taylor’s birthday and saw Ronn’s upcoming 411 co-star Angie Everhart.

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Now as we prepare to ring in a brand new year, I am optimistic it will bring us great blessings. As always, I tend to set goals toward the things I want and gratitude for the things we have already. This has always been my pattern and I highly recommend it. The universe has a way of balancing things out when you think this way. All of us are still going through trying times no matter who you are or where you live. We all have economics and politics to deal with.

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Our wish for you is for nothing but health, happiness and prosperity in 2015! So enjoy all the holiday festivities and remember to always be grateful first and foremost for all the blessings you already have!

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Home For The Holidays

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It has been so good to be home and see all of our dear friends during this holiday season. In fact, we have had non -stop holiday parties that we have been attending. Fashion designer Sue Wong had us at her spectacular home for her unbelievable holiday party last week. We enjoyed the Thalian’s holiday gala where Player sang. Player is now recording the 25,000th song for Songs of Love and will appear on “The Home and Family Show” tomorrow. And we enjoyed our dear friends the Cusumano’s holiday festivities.

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Being home for the holidays is what we enjoy the most. It’s always so hectic to travel during the holidays that it is our preference. So this holiday season I am just so grateful to be home and sleep in my own bed. I’m grateful for all the love and support you guys have given us this past year during all of the new endeavors.

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Right now we are all enjoying the new episodes of “The Bay” and John Blackwell and as producers of this awesome series, we are anticipating some Emmy nominations next year! We are also excited about Ronn’s Kickass BBQ Sauce and just know that the best is yet to come with that as we launch smaller versions of it, along with other Cajun products at DevRonn.

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I’m not struggling to get into the holiday spirit after being in Australia during their summer. It took a while to adjust to being back home during a cooler climate and all the holiday festivities to get me into the spirit of it. I still feel so behind on things like cards and gifts this year and plan to do most of my shopping online! Actually, there is nothing I really want Santa to bring me except peace and love from all our wonderful family and friends. Please know how much we appreciate all of you and that we wish you only the most joyous of holiday seasons! I will post a holiday chat on Livestream soon, so if you haven’t joined Livestream please do so to chat live with us! Wishing you holiday blessings!!

Hanging Down Under

This past week was a hectic one as we scrambled to prepare to head down under for a month. It was crazy busy for us because Ronn was shooting late days on “The Bay” as John Blackwell up until the day before we left home. So we didn’t get much sleep and there was so much to do before we left. I was busy putting the finishing touches to our newly revised DevRonn website in preparation for the launch of Ronn’s Kickass BBQ Sauce. There is still a bit more things I need to finalize before we can start taking orders and I will let you know when that is soon!

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 So as we continued to prepare to hang down under for the next month, I started to get excited about how much of an adventure our Australian stay would be for all of us. There are a lot of first time things that we are all doing down under. It will be Player’s first tour and it seems fans are super excited for them to hang down under with them! Ronn and I saw our first soccer game tonight as Sydney won against Mariner. It has been such lovely weather and I could see the excitement building as the friendly Aussies welcomed us with open arms.

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 Tomorrow we head down to Melbourne for the elite Melbourne Cup as guests of Emirates Airlines. And then we will meet the band back in Sydney to kick off the tour. The Aussies have been super sweet and they seem to have missed Ronn greatly. The concert is selling out and Ronn has been doing tons of press on a daily basis.  New Idea magazine came out last week and this week Player will go on “The Morning Show” to sing “Baby Come Back” live. It’s so beautiful to see the reaction to fans here in OZ, they are just so genuine and down to earth. I have met so many amazing women and men who have a real admiration for Ronn and who seem super excited to see the concert!

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 Baby Come Back is now running in a Toyota commercial and has been for the past three years, so it made sense to kick off this tour down under. There is also a horse named after Ronn running in the Melbourne Cup and as guests of the Emirates Airlines we are proud to be here and looking forward to a great day! So far hanging down under has been nothing but fun and we are having a blast! I know the tour will be a slam dunk kickass fun time for everyone and can’t wait to share lots of pics and videos with you guys! Who knows I may just surprise you with a livestream soon! In the meantime, stay tuned for the launch of Ronn’s Kickass BBQ Sauce and more amazing surprises!!

A Bitch Called Karma


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