Sunday, July 1, 2012

Celebrating Independence blog hop

On July 4, 1776, the thirteen colonies claimed their independence from England, an event which eventually led to the formation of the United States. Each year on July 4th, also known as Independence Day, We celebrate.

Americans celebrate with picnics, fireworks and parades, but also take time to remember what our troops do every day to keep us safe.

Their sacrifices are what let us walk our streets without fear. I am a Mother with three children serving in our armed forces and a day does not go by that I don’t thank them for what they do, And what they have given up for us.

Fireworks at sunset is my favorite part of the 4th. 
Tell me what your favorite 4th of July memory is for a chance to win a $10.00 Amazon gift card.

My story, Rescued from the Dark, is a Romantic Suspense that follows  FBI Agents, and our Armed forces fighting the terrorists that threaten our freedom.

Rescued from the Dark, Set to be released end of 2012
Published through Black Opal Books
     What if you woke up from a nightmare, trapped in a world of darkness, with no memory of how you got there? Rescued from the Dark is a passionate, gripping story about FBI agent, Jason Michaels, confronting his duty to his country, and struggling with his feelings for a woman with no memory of their love.
Undercover Agent,Jason Michaels, infiltrates the terrorist cell and risks everything, even his life, to save the FBI intern who stole his heart, then walked away. Once Mercy wakes from her coma Jason struggles with the fact that she does not remember what happened, but anguishes with the idea that she believes their unborn child belongs to her ex. Jason soon realizes the terrorists vow to get her back to claim their secrets locked in her memory, no matter what the cost. In a race against time, Jason and Mercy struggle to fight their attraction, and put their differences aside, as they launch a manhunt to save their country and each other.
Continue with our blog with an opportunity to win some amazing prizes on the blogs below.


  1. I loved taking my kids to see the fireworks, the look of wonder on their faces was magical. Now I take my grandkids, they cuddle up with me and ohh and ahh. My grandson told me that the fireworks this year were for Uncle Dane in heaven, to say thank you and we love you.


  2. I liked the family BBQ and fireworks.


  3. I loved the one time where I took my family over to a cookout at my cousin's place. All the relatives were invited and it was great to catch up with everyone. The kids had a great time with the fireworks :)

  4. I love sleeping in (I usually wake up pretty early for work) and spending the day with my family. We cook out and watch the fireworks at the river every year. This year is my niece's first Independence Day...I'm looking forward to her reaction to the fireworks!

  5. My favorite memory is when I was a teenager and my Dad cooking BBQ in the backyard. That was a long time ago and he has passed on.
    I want to express my appreciation to your children for their service, bravery and sacrifice for being in the military. Also, to you and your family who remain behind for your love, support and sacrifice for them.

  6. I always enjoyed watching fireworks at my grandma's house after the barbecue.


  7. Happy 4th of July! I don't really have a favorite memory, I just enjoy having a big family BBQ and doing fireworks every year. Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. I don't have a particular favorite memory, but I do enjoy going to BBQ's to mingle with family and friends. There's always fireworks to play with later on that lasts a good hour.

    kliu107 (at) gmail (dot) com

  9. My favorite memories are those of our family picnincs... but I always think back to this one guy who lived across the alley from my grandfather's house.

    He was a bit of a strange duck who lived in his parent's garage but he was always kind to the neighborhood kids.

    Every fourth of July, he and his friends would "duel" with Roman Candles. It was a crazy spectacle and we always watched from the porch.

    It was totally a lesson on what NOT to do with fireworks. For some reason, I'll never forget it.


    ashkrafton @ gmail . com

  10. My 4th of July memories are kind of mixed. First was happy at the time, I married my first husband on 7-4-64. The second was rather father passed away on 7-3-74. So the 4th is not big with me but I wish everyone a happy and safe 4th!

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  11. I don't really have a favorite 4th of July memory. Hope you enjoy your 4th.


  12. Thanks for the giveaway! My favorite memory is watching fireworks over a big lake with my husband at dusk.


  13. Snow Cones while watching fireworks as a child!
    Thanks for participating in the hop! Happy 4th!
    OceanAkers @

  14. Spending the day out at the Lake and watching the fireworks go up over the water.

  15. I liked the family BBQ and fireworks.

  16. My favorite memory is of scrambling into the car with my siblings and parents to head to the park. We'd lay out blankets and chase fireflies until the fireworks gained our undivided attention. Ahh. Childhood is sweet.

    Your blurb sounds great by the way.

  17. Favorite memory is spending the day with my grandpa at the county fair.

    Caity_mack@yahoo dot com

  18. My favorite memory is probably watching fireworks when I was a kid :)


  19. Going to Grant Park in Chicago and picnicing during the afternoon and staying for the concert and fireworks.

  20. Thanks so much! I love watching the fireworks with the kids! They get so excited!!!

  21. Your book sounds really good. Great post. I loved watching the fireworks when I was a kid.
    Sue B

  22. When I was a kid (ages ago) my mom and I used to spend the day at my aunt's house. I would have so much fun with my cousins we would hang out and each one of us would get a bag of firecrackers.


  23. My family always had big cookouts. The food is my favorite part of the Fourth of July. I'm making BBQ ribs! Thanks so much for the fun giveaway!

    geishasmom73 AT yahoo DOT com

  24. The year I got to see the fireworks coming up over the Potomac in Washington, DC - amazing.

    isabelli3619 (at) aol (dot) com

  25. My favorite 4th of July memory was last year... it was the last time we had the whole family together. We went into the city and watched the fireworks over the river.

  26. We always get together with family for a great day of cookouts, swimming, games, followed by fireworks at dusk. It's always a great day. Happy 4th

  27. My favorite memory is when we took my son to his very first fireworks, his face just lit up and that warmed my heart.


  28. I used to go visit my mom's family up in VA. One of my uncles has a pyrotechnics license and so he'd put on a huge fireworks show and people from all over the county would show up to watch.


  29. Oh nice excerpt! When we moved into our current house, hubs and I found out that the neighbors put on a fireworks show in the park. We were putting our youngest to bed and heard them. Racing to the bedroom window we were delighted to find that we could lie in our bed and watch from there. It's become an annual tradition ;)

  30. I am army wife so any holiday pertaining to the armed forces means even more to me. My favorite part is the fireworks. I love fireworks!

  31. Fireworks are my favorite part (bit of a pyro I think) Thanks for your part in this bloghop.

  32. I grew up in a large city, across the river from Manhattan. I watched the Twin Towers being built outside of our apartment back windows. This location gave us a great view of the NYC fireworks. Very impressive.
    Happy July 4th
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  33. My favorite 4th of July memories are of spending time with my family. We generally have BBQs, swim, goof off, and then set off fireworks. This year it did not work out due to work schedules, vacations, heat and such but hopefully next year will be better.
    Happy 4th of July!
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  34. I'm from Iceland, so we don't have 4th of July for Independence Day here. We have June 17th, and I'll use my memory from there, if that's all right.

    I think my most memorable June 17th was when I took part in a belly dance show at the capital's square along with others from my class. I was front row and a little nervous, but mostly I was just COLD. It was very windy that day and not a good day to dress light. My little two year old boys were there, so I got warm cuddles after.

    Happy Independence Day :)

    Erica Pike
    eripike at gmail dot com

  35. I grew up on the Levees of the Mississippi River. Our town would shoot fireworks out over the river. I loved laying on top of the levee and watching.
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  36. Happy 4th of July!!! Thanks for the contest! We loved watching the fireworks tonight! They were GREAT!!!

  37. ty for the post
    goin to the local park for the fireworks show and the mini fair that they have