How Do You Like To Celebrate the 4th? by @ginaconkle

iStock_000009484772_MediumHappy Almost 4th of July!


Since today is my post day, the closest to the 4th of July, I’d love to hear how you’ll celebrate the holiday.


Do you have any traditions? Places you like to go?


For years my family lived in a “sorta rural” area of north country San Diego. Because of our home’s elevation, we could see a firework show in the distance from our front porch. It was great not having to go anywhere…avoid traffic and crowds. We’d turn on the Boston Pops (almost always on one of 20150701_155931the major networks), and watch the display from a distance.


For California residents, firecrackers are off limits — unless you are professional pyrotechnic company who files a gazillion permits a century in advance. Then you’re good. Really, with all the fire hazards, water shortages, and dry, hot environment, don’t even think about lighting up a sparkler. I might add that our family was evacuated not once, but twice because of the famous California wildfires. Our family took the law seriously as did our neighbors.


Now we live in the midwest where fireworks can be found at roadside stands. You can imagine that news made my 14 year old’s heart sing. He was ready to buy fireworks in April! Here’s the latest stockpile supplied by grandma and grandpa.


This year, a sparkler may just show up in my hand. Along with a grilled cheeseburger…part of another American 4th of July favorite: the BBQ complete with watermelon.


Here’s wishing you a grand 4th of July. Please share how you’ll spend your holiday weekend. And if you’re looking for a new read, why not check out my latest book?




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What if Cinderella doesn’t want her shoe back?


Rough-around-the-edges Cyrus Ryland rose from humble origins to become England’s wealthiest citizen and most eligible bachelor. Called the King of Commerce, he thinks nothing of marriage until he hosts a masked ball and discovers an alluring woman hiding in his study. After one dance the lady vanishes, leaving behind a single shoe. The hunt is on, but finding her is only half the battle.

Claire Mayhew wants her hard won independence…a mid-town shop of her own. She resists the scorching attraction with Mr. Ryland — her new landlord, but Cyrus isn’t a man who gives up easily.



Please, don’t forget to leave a comment and tell me how you like to celebrate 4th of July!

Cheers to you, Reader!




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A writer of Viking and Georgian romance with a softly sensual side, Gina loves history, books and romance…the perfect recipe for historical romance writer. Her passion for castles and old places (the older and moldier the better!) means interesting family vacations. When not visiting fascinating places, she can be found delving into the latest adventures in cooking, gardening, and chauffeuring her sons.

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4 Responses

  1. dholcomb1

    We just spend it at home. We can usually see the fireworks from an upstairs window. Before they moved them, we could sit on our neighbor’s hill and watch them.

  2. Barbara Monajem

    I’ll probably be doing cleanup at home. I used to love sparklers when I was a kid! 🙂

  3. Hazel Lewis

    Entire family meet at daughter’s pool, grill play cards and get caught up. HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!

  4. jessicajefferson

    This made me giggle. I can’t even imagine the joy of teen boys having unregulated access to fireworks for the first time…