Happy Independence Day! In 1776 the United States declared its independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. Here it’s a federal holiday celebrated with fireworks, parades, picnics and BBQs. In my home state the community of Seward, Nebraska has held a celebration on the same town square since 1868. In 1979 Seward was designated “America’s Official Fourth of July City-Small Town USA” by resolution of Congress. Seward has also been proclaimed Nebraska’s Official Fourth of July City. Seward is a town of 6,000 but swells to 40,000+ during the July 4 celebrations.
I’ve written about Independence Day celebrations, parades and speeches in a few of my stories over the years. It’s usually a family day and a day to appreciate time away from the day job. My husband’s been busy repainting all of our lawn furniture, buying new cushions, planting flowers and getting the back yard ready. We’ll be grilling hamburgers and hotdogs and will enjoy them with slow cooked baked beans and corn on the cob. Now that’s a traditional meal.
This year I’m also celebrating the 4th by offering my newly revised, edited and published for Kindle book, Rain Shadow for free.
My friend Deborah Hale and I share anniversaries this month and we also love American set stories of adventure and romance.
So settle back with a good book and enjoy a few hours of relaxation before the rest of summer gets underway.
Wed to the Enemy! The War left Caddie Marsh a widow with only a rundown plantation, her children and Southern pride to sustain her. She would do anything to salvage Sabbath Hollow for the sake of her son and daughter, even wed one of the Yankees against whom she’s so bitter. The fact that Manning Forbes bears a disturbing resemblance to her late husband only makes matters worse. It would be easier if her new husband’s integrity and kindness didn’t stir up feelings he claims not to want from her…
Sworn to Protect… Manning Forbes has his own reasons for wanting to protect and provide for the Marsh family. Reasons he is desperate to keep from Caddie. If his beautiful, inquisitive bride discovers his true identity, Manning fears he would lose the family who has captured his heavily-guarded heart!
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