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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

July 4th Celebration - Everyone Wins!

THE WINNER IS BUFFY KENNEDY! I will be contacting you, Buffy for your choice of one of my books in addition to The Marriage List. Everyone else, will either get their book or be contacted for best format Friday morning. Thank you all for entering!!

Thank you for stopping by! Celebrate our independence with me and others authors on our Sweet Swap Blog Hop and win a FREE copy of my bestselling book, The Marriage List. Everyone who leaves a comment will win a copy and one lucky commenter will win his or her choice of any of my other books, in addition to The Marriage List. 

Step back into 1776 with me as we look at that turbulent time in history with pictures and quotes from some of our famous forefathers.

But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty once lost is lost forever.
John Adams, letter to Abigail Adams, 1775

We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.
Benjamin Franklin, (attributed) at the signing of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776.

General Horatio Gates

"The distinctions between Virginians, Pennsylvanians, New Yorkers, New Englanders are no more. I AM NOT A VIRGINIAN, BUT AN AMERICAN!"
Patrick Henry, n.d.

"The die is now cast; the colonies must either submit or triumph.... we must not retreat."
King George III, In a letter to Lord North, 1774

Revolutionary War Flag. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value.Thomas Paine, The American Crisis, No. 1, December 19, 1776
"All men are created equal and have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." Thomas Jefferson, In the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776

Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined.
Patrick Henry, speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention, June 5, 1778

"The injuries we have received from the British nation were so unprovoked, and have been so great and so many, that they can never be forgotten."
George Washington, Letter to John Banister, 1778

 "The cement of this union is in the heart blood of every American."
Thomas Jefferson, Writings, n.d.

I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.
Nathan Hale, before being hanged by the British, September 22, 1776

Where liberty dwells, there is my country.
Benjamin Franklin, letter to Benjamin Vaughn, March 14, 1783


Can happily ever after start with a list? Grey Andrews thinks so. After ten years of working, saving and investing, Grey finally achieved a level of wealth that allows him to do what he wants with his life. He needs a woman to share it with, but not any woman, the perfect woman. A woman who has the three essential qualities on his marriage list. But after three years of searching he isn’t any closer to finding her than he was when he started out.
 Carrie Tucker, an aspiring mystery writer and divorcĂ©e struggling to make it in the world of advertising, turned her focus from men to her career after dating too many creeps and losers. She’s finally earned her big break, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become the first female creative director in a hot New York ad agency. So what if it means working nights and weekends? It’s not like she has a social life anyway.
Is the marriage list a failure or will a chance meeting at a fiction-writing conference prove the list to be the key to Grey’s happiness after all?

Dawne Prochilo
Sherry Gloag
Kathleen Ball

Front Seat Romance

Michael Charton

Lizzie Black

Layla Hunter

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Patricia Kiyono said...

What a wonderful giveaway! Great selection of pictures and quotes from our nation's history. Happy Birthday, America!

kooks said...

Love the pics. Wish us Brits were as patriotic sometimes.
PDF please!
Manda Ward

James L. Hatch said...

Very moving post. It choked me up. Sometimes I think people take freedom for granted. My hope today is that enough take freedom seriously to want to fight to retain it, but it is both an internal and external fight. Thanks for bringing those quotes to our attention once again. We owe the men who made them a great debt.

Buffy Kennedy said...

Great post and giveaway!

Happy 4th of July!


Anonymous said...

Happy 4th of July! Looking forward to reading your book.


Anonymous said...

Happy 4th of July! Looking forward to reading your book.


Dakota Trace said...

This sounds like a great book Jean. As far as what I'm doing for this holiday? Barbaqueing with the neighbors and doing sparklers with the kids - all while trying to beat the heat.

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Amy said...

Happy birthday, USA! Sounds like it will be a fabulous book, thank you for sharing! We're relaxing and attempting to do NOTHING today! PDF please, . Thank you! Amy

Book Reviews said...

Happy 4th of July Jean, everyone and America, Beautiful America. Sharing your blog and wonderful contest at to promote and I am a NYC girl, so I love your pics and those cowboys. Going to get some ice water now, or watermelon.

Sherry Gloag said...

Kooks, I'll second that. Great post Jean. Loved your pics.

Lindsay said...

Great pictures. I just finished reading The Marriage List for the second time and love it as much, if not more, as the first time.

Holly Arrington said...

Happy 4th of July! =)I can't wait to dive into this book! Thanks!

Layla Hunter said...

Loved your blog! I love quotes, so reading these meant so much to me, especially today! Happy 4th to you and yours.

I would LOVE to read the Marriage List (PDF) too! *grins*

Cindy Bartolotta said...

Hi Jean. I loved the historic quotes. Those men are spinning in their graves with the condition of our country today. Maybe those in power need to read these quotes.
As for how I am spending today...I am thankful to be off. I didn't have any real plans for today, ie, picnics or parties. No invites, but too hot anyway. I am having just another quiet day at home. I did get half a dozen peppers planted and finished editing the last few pages in my story. Made potato salad and did a few chores.
I would be glad for a copy of your book. e-copy is good, but PDF is fine also.

Amber Dane said...

Love your book cover & post. Well-done :)

books4me said...

Happy birthday USA! thank you for a great tribute with important quotes!

books4me67 at ymail dot com

Harlie Reader said...

Loved your post. Its important that we remember why we celebrate the holiday.

Actually, hubs has snoked three racks of ribs and hot links. :) Hot here in Texas.


Harlie Reader said...

PDF please...sorry.

Renee said...

What a great give-a-way, thanks so much

Molly Daniels said...

I've wanted The Marriage List ever since you first posted about it:) Do you have it in Kindle format? Or the PDF please.

We all need to remember what brought Americans together to fight for our freedom, so we don't lie around and let it slip through our fingers. Great post!