Celebrating Independence Blog Hop


Give away: Post a comment about your favorite way to spend Fourth of July, and your name will be entered for a chance to win a digital copy of one of my books. Winner’s choice. If you want two chances then join one of my social networking groups or subscribe to my blog! Just let me know. 🙂

“Variously known as the Fourth of July and Independence Day, July 4th has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution (1775-83). In June 1776, representatives of the 13 colonies then fighting in the revolutionary struggle weighed a resolution that would declare their independence from Great Britain. On July 2nd, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later its delegates adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From 1776 until the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with typical festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues.” quoted from the history.com site.

Everyone has different ways of celebrating this day – from picnics to watching fabulous fireworks to having friends over for a special brunch. I live in Arizona, so it’s too darn hot to be sitting outside for any length of time, but you’d be surprised the number of people who do! I prefer having a few friends over the house. It’s a great time to catch up on people’s lives, and remember how lucky we are to live here.

This got me thinking how my characters would be spending the fourth:

My Woodland Village boys are picnicking on the beach. Skye is at his usual spot behind the barbeque cooking up juicy Angus beef hamburgers. John is dishing out the potato salad, but not just any potato salad. His favorite – a recipe his mother taught him – made with a special garlic and herb creme. Of course, wine connoisseur Ryan concocted one of his favorite fruit spritzers made with Viognier wine. Just the drink for a hot summer day. (Blue Skye, Ryan’s Harbor, John’s Match)

My Kresnik brothers – Stu and Corbin are at Corbin’s penthouse in San Francisco with their partners, Aric and Johan. From Corbin’s bay window they can view the fireworks that will be shot off over the bay. Johan insists on having Debrecener (served in Austria – sausage spiced with paprika), which disappoints Stu who would like a good old fashioned hot dog! But he’s keeping quiet, or else Aric will kick him in the shins! Food to Aric is only to keep him going, so he doesn’t really give a darn what they eat. Corbin is cooking but he’ll get his reward afterwards, when Stu and Aric leave – grin. (Last Chance and Fighting Chance)

Shape shifter, Antoine, is French and he is fine with whatever his American lover, Jack, wants to do – and all Jack wants for the Fourth is a grilled steak, baked potato and a cold beer to chase it down! Antoine delights in pleasing Jack, so he’s more than willing to tag along to one of the many New York steak houses, followed by an evening listening to jazz at the 3 Deuces on 52 Street. (The Tiger Within and The Hunter Within)

Chandler loves a good firework display, so Titan surprises him with a trip to New York City. He had googled ‘where are the best fireworks displayd in the US’ and Macy’s annual firework show over the Hudson came up as number one. Only the best for his lover, Titan loves to see the man smile, and Chandler is certainly smiling with the show that boasts approximately 75,000 pounds of fireworks. (Out of Bounds)

My musician lovers, Leo and Andre, are spending the holiday weekend in bed- at the same Vienna hotel where they rekindled their relationship. They will order room service when they come up for air!

This leaves Vincent and John, who live in Arizona, too. They are avoiding the heat (like me) and instead are spending the holiday swimming in Vincent’s pool and then cooling off in the A/C kitchen. Vincent’s exhausted from baking dozens of his 4th of July cherry and almonds flavored cupcakes, iced in whipped cream frosting, and decorated with red and blue stars. John smiles when he spies decadent dark chocolate cupcakes on the table, just for him. (For the Bite of It)

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Here’s wishing all of you a very fun and safe Fourth of July, however you spend it! I’m going to leave you with the recipe for Viognier Fruit Spritzer:

Viognier Fruit Spritzer

Frozen organic strawberries look great in the wineglasses—and help keep this pretty cocktail cool. Double the recipe if you’d like to be able to offer your guests seconds.

Recipe by Diane Rossen Worthington


  • 12 strawberries with stems
  • 1750-ml bottle chilled Viognier
  • 3 cups chilled sparkling water
  • 1 ½ cups chilled tangerine juice
  • 1 ½ cups chilled pomegranate juice
  • 10 fresh mint leaves
  • 1 ½ cups crushed ice cubes
  • 2 unpeeled tangerines, sliced into thin rounds

Special equipment

  • 112-cup pitcher


  • Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Place strawberries on prepared sheet. Freeze until frozen, about 3 hours. DO AHEAD Can be made 1 week ahead. Transfer to resealable plastic bag. Release excess air, seal bag, and keep frozen.
  • Mix wine, sparkling water, tangerine juice, and pomegranate juice in 12-cup pitcher. Using fingers, crush mint leaves; add to pitcher. Add ice and tangerines; stir.
  • Place 1 frozen strawberry in each of 12 wineglasses or tumblers. Divide spritzer among glasses and serve.

Read More http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/2009/06/viognier_fruit_spritzer#ixzz1z6o80UG0

Give away: Post a comment about your favorite way to spend Fourth of July, and your name will be entered for a chance to win a digital copy of one of my books. Winner’s choice. If you want two chances then join one of my social networking groups or subscribe to my blog! Just let me know. 🙂

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29 Responses to Celebrating Independence Blog Hop

  • Viki says:

    Thank you everyone for your comments and supporting the blog hop. The winner of my give away is Susan W! I will email you Susan with details. I hope everyone had a fun holiday. Until the next hop…happy reading! Viki

  • Hello Viki,

    Thank you for participating in the Celebrating Independence Day Blog Hop.

    We are going to be celebrating July 4th on the 5th because my Hubby has to work, he is a Police Officer & unfortunately the 4th of July is one of their busiest days.

    We’re going to have the Kids & Grandkids over to enjoy to pool & play pool volleyball. We will be having Apple Barbecue Ribs, Marinated Ribeye Steaks, Nathan’s Foot long Hotdogs, Deviled Eggs, Honey Baked Beans, Corn on the Cob….& I make a Red, White & Blue Jello Dessert with Blueberries, Strawberries & Cool whip…now I’m hungry. LOL

    I already subcribe to your Yahoo Group & your Blog via email.

    I would very much appreciate the opportunity to be considered in your very generous giveaway for a chance to win a digital copy of one of your books. Thank you.

    Take Care Viki, Have a Safe & Happy 4th of July…& Stay Naughty 😉
    PaParanormalFan Renee’ S.
    paranormalromancefan at yahoo dot com

  • evelynmoly says:

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


  • Emily W. says:

    My fave way to celebrate is by having a BBQ with my family, watching fireworks.

    Twitter follower: chickie434


  • Viki says:

    Happy Independence Day! It’s pouring rain where I live (desert – go figure!) and so I’m spending the day with my dh watching movies and playing computer games. 🙂 LOL Well, so much for BBQ’s and fireworks, but it’s relaxing to just ‘hang’ and not think about writing or anything but being entertained. Viki

  • Lisa G says:

    I spend my day with hubby & kids. We take the day easy. No plans or schedules.

    FB – Lisa George


  • Susan W. says:

    We usually spend the day cooking and relaxing. Hubby and I both like to cook so it’s pretty interesting in the kitchen!
    Thanks for the giveaway and Happy 4th of July!
    FB friend request sent – Susan White

  • cathy m says:

    Love a big family bbq.

    Twitter as caitymack56
    Fb as Cathy macdonald

    Caity_mack@yahoo dot com

  • foretta says:

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


  • Nancy S says:

    Sitting by or rather in the pool with a cold beer, best way to beat the heat. Throw in some ice cold watermelon and I’m good to go.

  • Erica Pike says:

    We don’t celebrate it here in Iceland, since our independence day is on June 17th. I like to celebrate that day by taking my kids to the docks to enjoy the festivities. On July 4th, however, I’m celebrating with this hop ^.^

    We’re already friends on facebook, btw 🙂


    eripike at gmail dot com

  • Cornelia says:

    Love being with family and watching fireworks

  • Viki says:

    Happy 2 Day at Blog Hop. Fireworks seem to win out with most of you! and then…food. 🙂 I’m with you on the food part…but I’m not sure what we’re doing for the fourth yet, except playing a round of golf in the morning. It’s actually suppose to rain! Here in the hot desert where we get 360 days of sunshine a year! Go figure. Viki

  • Crissy M says:

    my 11month old niece will be in a parade, so we’ll be at the parade at 11 am, then I’ll spend the rest of the day by the pool, we’ll have a cookout and watch fireworks at the river that night. It’ll be a great day!


  • Marissa L. says:

    I love going to my local parade every year and I never steal the candy they throw for the kids at my age(…). Then later I watch fireworks(professional, since they are illegal in my state) with my family. It is very nice to all get together. Happy Independence Day!


  • Jess1 says:

    My favorite way is eating BBQ and watching fireworks.
    Have a Happy July 4th.

    strive4bst at yahoo dot com

  • Penumbra says:

    My favorite part is having a BBQ. I always like to celebrate with lots of good food 🙂


  • mary says:

    Kid at heart the fireworks!


  • Chris Roberts says:

    I love going to the fireworks with the hubby but since his health isn’t up to it for the last few years, we have stayed home and tried to comfort our young dog who has developed a strong aversion to loud noise.

  • Viki Lyn says:

    Happy Blog Hop! This is the first day, and I’m so pleased with the comments! Sounds like a lot of you are going to spend it with family and friends! I LOVE fireworks but not enough to bask in the hot sun for hours to get a good seat for them. So, virtual fireworks for me! 🙂 Viki

  • Anne Brooke says:

    Sounds like an amazing time!



  • laurie g says:

    i love spending the day outside walking in a park and then getting some ice cream happy july 4th



  • Danny says:

    Love fireworks and barbecue. I subscribed to your blog. Have a great 4th of July


  • Lisa says:

    We live in the country so it’s alright to shoot fireworks, which we usually do out in the pasture by our spring-fed pond. Our neighbors do the same thing so it actually becomes a duel to see who has the best fireworks display. 🙂 Might have to try that fruit spritzer because it is so very hot right now. Sounds refreshing.

    Thanks for the giveaway! I also subscribed to your blog. Have a safe and fun 4th!


  • Lisa Sullivan says:

    On the 4th, I’m usually working, so I’m all about the virtual BBQ! My family is always up to backyard BBQ-ing!

  • Yvette says:

    Love the food and loud, crazy family.

  • Kassandra says:

    We are currently experiencing a drought in southern Indiana, so no fireworks this year but lots of good food and friends!!


  • MicheAnn Oboyle says:

    i love watching fireworks have some good food some wiine coolers or mixed drinks and haveing some familty and friends around angelwolfmystic@yahoo,com

  • Trix says:

    I’m pretty basic…fireworks, barbecue, the usual. Sometimes, if I’m feeling ambitious, I’ll do like I did when I was little, and make a layer cake look like a drum by lining up drinking straws and cherries along the sides. Your boys’ plans all sound very nice, as does the spritzer!

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