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Independence Day Celebrations

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This is 4th of July week for those in the US, but most countries have an Independence Day or similar celebration. What was your tradition growing up? Fireworks? Trip to the beach? Cookout? As an adult, what’s your favorite Independence Day activity or what would you love to do? Hope you’ve already visited A.S. Fenichel on this week’s RWW Blog hop.


When I was a kid, we were usually visiting relatives in South Carolina during July 4. Can you say watermelon…  I can but don’t like it. Yes, I’ve been told I’m weird.  My cousin’s birthday is around this time and she’d always ask for a red velvet cake. Now that was better than fireworks for me. 🙂
These days, hubs, son and I vacation  the week of July 4th on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  We meet up with neighboring beach rental families that we’ve become close to over the last eighteen years. Our kids have grown up together.  They are our “Beach Family.” Surrounded by these wonderful friends, we spend Independence Day on the beach and then grill out for dinner. Occasionally, we all get together and have a block party.
The men used to launch fireworks (illegal) until one year they’d just
finished and the police came driving
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down the beach  in their SUV. Stagnant air still fresh with sulfur hung about the men in a cloud. Luckily, other felonious fireworks shooters further south launched some rockets saving our guys from being questioned or worse.  Since then, we stick to watching others who don’t mind pressing their luck.

Below is a pic of some flavorful rum cherry bombs we make to get the party started.

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Hope everyone celebrating has a safe and fun holiday!  Happy Fourth of July! Now on to Brenda Margriet.

My Favorite Place: Outer Banks of North Carolina aka OBX

This week’s question for Romance Writers Weekly authors is from A.S. Fenichel.  “Where is your favorite place in the world and why? Share some pictures if you can. Does this place wind up in your books?”

Hope you’ve already visited Jenna Da Sie who is ahead of me on the hop.

Fortunately, my favorite happy place is nearby. Only seventy miles south of home lies the Outer Banks, affectionately known as OBX.  The beautiful and serene string of barrier islands, begins at the southeastern coast of Virginia and and continues along North Carolina. The two hundred miles of islands are linked to multiple Sounds that receive water from the Atlantic.  The Outer Banks has been my vacation spot and weekend getaway since I was a teen.  Although the various small towns have boomed over the last four decades, hosting millions  of visitors a year, the Outer Banks will always be my favorite place in the world as well as my home away from home. With a small lottery win, I’d make it my retirement home!

I based my novel, Hot as Blazes, in the town of Nags Head, where we stay during summer vacation. I love the rangy dunes on the less commercial beaches of the area. From your quiet beach house getaway you can drive five minutes up the road and have a choice of a smorgasbord of restaurants and shopping experiences.

Over the years, we’ve stayed on the same street as have many other families who have become our beach family. The kids have grown up together and I wouldn’t be surprised if the tradition continues when they have families of their own.

My love of the Outer Banks, it has become part of my author brand, prompting my Seaside Heat Romance series. Hope you’ll check out Leslie Hachtel’s  favorite place. Here’s some pics of my favorite place, OBX.