HAPPY FOURTH FROM ALL THE CHICKS! To celebrate, I’ll be giving away a signed copy of ONE FETE IN THE GRAVE, set around July 4th, to one lucky commenter. Hey, I’ll even throw in a Chicks on the Case pin! (And our very best birthday wishes today to sweet and fab Chick, Cynthia Kuhn!)
The Fourth of July – hamburgers and hot dogs are on the grill, ice cream is on the cone, and ripe tomatoes are on the vine. It’s also one of the few holidays when children are allowed to play with fireworks. (Whether or not that’s a good idea is a discussion we’ll save for another day.)
As a kid, the Fourth often found us getting together with family and friends. I remember going to my Uncle Virgil and Aunt Doris’s farm in Tennessee for the holiday many times. After lunch, rock salt and ice filled old-fashioned ice cream makers, then stainless steel inserts were filled with a prepared mixture of milk, cream, sugar, vanilla – and some wonderful extras like peaches or strawberries. Some of the ice cream makers had to be hand-cranked, others were electric. But, what I remember was having to wait what seemed like forever to get two scoops of deliciousness spooned into my bowl. Even in the shade, the summer heat would make the frozen treat start melting immediately.
I’ve always loved big fireworks displays. Tonight, hubs and I will head outside as soon as we hear the fireworks explosions begin. We’re lucky enough to have a great view of the annual city fireworks show over Lake Superior from the end of our block, so we don’t have to go far.
One of the books in the Liv & Di in Dixie series is set at the Fourth of July. There’s a beauty pageant, cake and jams competitions, festival foods, fireworks – and, of course, murder. Someone takes out crooked councilman Bubba Rowland during the Dixie Independence Day Fest and puts Liv’s mama’s fiancé, Earl, in the frame for murder.
Share in the comments what you love (or don’t love) about July 4th holiday celebrations. One commenter will win a signed copy of ONE FETE IN THE GRAVE. I’m also doing a book giveaway on Facebook, so comment there for an additional chance to win. If we’re not FB friends, include your e-mail address with your comment here so I’ll be able to contact you if you win. And if we’re not Facebook friends already, we should be! Hit me up at VickieFeeAuthor. On Friday, I’ll post the blog winner’s name on the Chicks on the Case FB page.