Happy 4th of July! *Giveaway*

Happy 4th of July! *Giveaway*

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It’s the 4th of July and we’re celebrating Independence Day here in the US. I’ll be spending the day with family, friends and neighbors at our annual 4th of July parade and picnic, complete with bouncy houses, vendors, entertainment and food. Then, we’ll head home and BBQ and have a few cocktails. Yes, that’s right. We’re eating and drinking all day. God bless America. :)

I won’t be around much today, so I thought I’d just giveaway some books. But then I remembered that takes a little work on my part. So, I decided a couple of $20 Amazon gift cards would be a better idea.

Leave a comment and tell me what you’re doing today. Tell what you’d buy if you won a gift card. The giveaway is open to all. I’ll pick winners randomly this weekend. Good luck!!



  1. Lissa says

    Relaxing on the 4th by getting my toes done! I would use the card to catch-up on reading!

  2. says

    Happy Independence Day! Since I’m Bulgarian it’s a regular day for me, staying at home taking care of my baby girl :)
    And the AMZ gift card would go for books – The Promise by Kristen Ashley is next on my TBR list, to name just one :)

  3. says

    Happy 4th of July!
    Here in Australia it was just Friday – only 2 hours til it’s over in fact. I did the washing.
    What would I buy? Books books books!

  4. Patricia Wojnar Crowley says

    We’re staying home today, having family over for a BBQ! I would put this towards a Kindle Fire!

  5. Mags says

    I hope to take a nap today before all the noise from the fireworks starts. Kid decided to get up at 5 :( Then maybe go to the park.

    I have almost 100 books on my Amazon wish list, so not sure which ones I would get with a gift card.

  6. says

    Happy 4th of July!!

    I’ll be doing yardwork (so not fun), then I plan on getting some writing in (I should be editing a book I wrote, but a plot bunny has me writing something totally new and exciting!) and at some point, some reading. Tonight will be spent watching fireworks from my porch. :)

    What would I do with the gift card? Buy some books, of course! I’ve just started the Psy-Changeling series (I’m on book 3) and I am flying through them! I love this series and author!

    Have a great weekend, everyone!

  7. Amanda says

    Have a sick teenage niece at home so it will be a low key 4th for my family, though we might grill outside at some point. I would get the sixth book in the Charlie Davidson series and pre-order Nalini Singh’s next guild-hunter novel.

  8. Susan says

    Yard work and reading is the plan for today. It’s supposed to be in the 80’s so it shouldn’t be too bad outside.

  9. Michelle says

    Today I am cleaning up after Arthur! Booo!

    Lots of books on my wish list…

  10. says

    I would have to check if the new Ilona Andrews is coming out in ebook fast or not, cos if then yes that one,. I crave it

  11. cayenne says

    Happy Fourth! Here in Canada, our day was Tuesday, so today is Just Another Day, but I’ll be watching the World Cup games, and going to my sister’s tonight to have dinner and play auntie to her new twins. They’re not very demonstrative at this stage (4 weeks), but still very snuggly :)

    Oh, and reading: if I won a gift card, I’d pre-order Maya Banks’ “Taking It All” and Maisey Yates’ “Unbroken”. Can’t wait for these!!

  12. Silke says

    Happy Independence day !
    I´m looking forward to the world cup game germany – france in brazil. Hope the german guys win 😉

    I have so many books on my wishlist …If i win, i would buy “Take me under” and “Keep me closer” by Ryhannon Byrd ..

  13. Lammie says

    Happy Fourth! I am spending my day cleaning, getting caught up on dust bunnies that have been taunting me for days.

    I would spend gift card money some of the more expensive ones on my wanted list – Joey Hill’s Vampire Queen series for one.

  14. Rebe says

    Happy Fourth of July!!! We have a hot air balloon festival in town and the weather’s beautiful, so I might head over there today.

  15. Ellie says

    We’re just returned from our local parade – quick lunch, then head to the mall to buy a book. I’m skipping the fireworks tonight so I can read!

    What I’d buy – more books! Always more books.

  16. Pamela says

    Recovering from surgery, so far so good. I’ll spend the day napping , reading Lorelei Jame’s latest , and watching the first season of Orphan Black on Netflix .
    I’d use the card to buy Glitterland by Alexis Hall, Sweet Disorder by Rose Learner and I’d pre-order Reaper’s Stand by Johanna Wylde. Just finished Devil’s Game and LOVED IT!!!!

    • says

      I was lurking to see what was on everyone’s TBR lists and noticed you mentioned Orphan Black. This series is so awesome. I went on an Orphan Black marathon during Memorial Day weekend and could not stop watching until I’d completely caught up. I’m a little shocked the actress who plays all the main roles hasn’t won a best actress award yet.

      Happy 4th! Hope you have a speedy recovery!

      • Pamela says

        I was so excited when I saw it was on Netflix! Watching it with my hubby and we are both digging it. The lead is excellent, she was nominated for a Golden Globe OB:)

  17. says

    I’m in Canada, so the 4th of July is a regular workday. I’m cleaning the house with the kids. It’s so wonderful to be able to see the floor in their rooms.

    If I won the gift card, I’d buy Ilona Andrews Magic Breaks.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  18. Tina says

    Today I am making chili and relaxing at home. I would use the amazon card to keep on hand for impulse buy books – sales or a recommendation that is just have to have – they always pop up!

  19. says

    Since I worked 12 hours last night all I plan on doing today is relaxing. I’ll read a little bit and watch TV.
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

  20. Make Kay says

    I’m not feeling well, so I’m sogging on the sofa withholds today
    And I’d buy some Ilona Andrews books with $20!

  21. Danielle H says

    Spending the day reading. I would buy books. Meljean Brook is on my wishlist, so I’d get the first in that series.

  22. Joy F says

    I would definitely get Forbidden by Jana Oliver. Their are tons more I would love to get. Not doing anything special today. Thanks for the giveaway.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

  23. Jane says

    Happy 4th of July. I’ll be watching some World Cup and baseball and then heading over to catch the Macy’s fireworks.

  24. bev says

    Eating too much potato salad and lemon cake. And the futile attempt to keep my dog from a tizzy, poor girl gets so scared.
    I’d buy books and more books. The first book I’d buy would be the newest Nalini Singh.

  25. KV says

    I am helping to prepare for a family party. I’d use this card to buy books from my TBR pile.

  26. Pamk says

    I’ve been wanting Nalini’s latest Psy/Changeling book and if I won that is what I’d buy.

  27. Nina says

    Just relaxing today with family and friends, grilling food and drinking. If I win am buying new books!

    Thanks for the giveaway. Have a fun and safe Independence Day!

  28. says

    In Belgium it was a normal friday so i helped my mother the best i could and i’m exhausted^^

    i wish you a happy and fun 4th of July

    thank you for the giveaway as well

    • says

      oups i forgot to say what i would buy^^ i’m saving for ash krafton books ( on bookdepository it’s nearly 30dollars^^;; so even with shipping fee amazon should be cheaper for once)

      thank you once again

  29. JeanMP says

    Happy 4th of July!
    Just relaxing today, trying to finish packing and getting ready to head off for a week in Florida next week. If I win would buy books that I have on my wish list.

  30. Bernie's says

    My sad story is : last Sunday I fell down my stairs and hurt my arm really really bad, not broke but I can’t use it ;(((
    Am so very blessed to have 2 great sisters to take care of me! Because a girls gotta wash her hair!!
    So this 4 is about family and coming together. Been widowed for 4 years and it’s nice to have such a supportive loving family!!!
    Happy 4 To Us All!!

  31. Kassandra says

    cooking up some zucchini patties and quinoa salad ( neighbor shares all of her garden goodies! ) along with some cocktails!

    Plan on sitting on the porch after the kiddos go to bed. We are having a wonderfully mild weekend here in the mid west.

    There are a handful of books I am looking to pick up that come out this year.

  32. Pat L. says

    Just lounging around. Had my daughter and her family over yesterday for a barbeque and tomorrow having friends over for lunch. Today am reading and watching some movies & will grab a pizza , then watch the Dodger game.

    Happy 4th! Thanks for the contest. I will buy books should I be a winner.

  33. Krysten M says

    About to go swimming. Later on we’ll be grilling and then watching some fireworks! Happy 4th!

  34. TrishJ says

    Cooking out .. hoping for no rain!! We always go into town and watch fireworks. My wish list on Amazon is ginormous!!! A gift certificate would put a dent in that.

  35. Chelsea B. says

    The Family is getting together tonight for a cookout and fireworks!
    I’d buy a few books that I’ve had my eye on 😉

  36. Karin Anderson says

    I had to work this morning, but now I’m resting at home & reading. 😀

  37. Jess1 says

    Happy July 4th Holiday!
    I’m relaxing & doing laundry, and later watching some fireworks. With the GC, I would buy some books on my wish list. Thanks for the generous contest!

  38. Krista says

    I had to work today, but I at least got holiday pay so it wasn’t all bad.

    I would buy books, glorious books.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  39. Karen says

    I spent the morning working on a syllabus for a class this fall, and then I spent a lovely (not) hour on the elliptical. We’ll be having a relaxing BBQ in a couple of hours. I’ve started the relaxing with a G&T!

    I’d buy the newest Jill Shalvis, the newest Alice Clayton, and that cute sounding farmers’ market Harlequin that Mandi from smexybooks has been talking about.

  40. Little Lamb Lost says

    I am lazing at home today and will go out to see fireworks tonight. Am really needing to catch upon various book series like Gini Koch’s Alien Novels.

  41. lc says

    reading, relaxing and watching fireworks tonight. Happy 4th of July! Thank you to our military.

  42. April Brenay says

    I would apply it towards birthday decorations for my sons 4th birthday in a couple weeks!

  43. LSUReader says

    I’m recovering from knee surgery, doing at-home rehab. If I won a gift card, I’d buy some new July releases to feed my Kindle. First up would be Jennifer Estep’s Poison Promise. Thanks for the giveaway. Happy 4th, all.

  44. Betul E. says

    I’ll watched the world cup quarter finals! I’ll be buying books ofcourse

  45. Michelle W says

    I would buy the rest of the BDB books so I can catch up!!!! Thanks for the chance!

  46. michelle cage says

    I lost my fiancée two years ago overseas, so today we went and paid our respects to him, and I have enjoyed being with friends and family at a bbq. I plan on relaxing later on this evening with a book.

  47. Anita Yancey says

    Today I am sitting at home alone reading books while my husband is working. If I won the card I would use it to buy more books. Thanks for having the giveaway.

  48. Carolsue says

    I’m not really doing much of anything today. We are doing a BBQ.
    I would buy a cookbook I’ve been wanting if I win the giveaway.

  49. Trix says

    I’m catching up on my reading today, and just visited with a friend who came by. I’ll be dodging dodgy fireworks from the safety(?) of home tonight! I’d bulk up my m/m collection if I won (there are always so many new great ones)…

  50. Anita H. says

    Happy 4th of July everyone! Just going to hang out with my family and catch up on some reading. I’d like to add to my book collection if I’m lucky enough to be a winner! Thanks for the chance to win because a girl can never have enough books! :-)

  51. Sandypo says

    We’re having terrible weather here so I did not wash my hair or put on any makeup, just hung around the house all day — reading, catching up with Real Housewives on the DVR and generally relaxing. Did not do any housework or laundry, either! And I’m just starting “For All Time” by Jude Deveraux.

  52. says

    Happy America Day! I all of a sudden got a long weekend (yay) so I’m spending tomorrow eating in a food festival and then recuperating my brain with some new books! Hope you’re having a blast!

  53. EvelynS says

    I’m attending a wedding today!!

    I’m going buy books, books, and more books!!!! 😉

  54. Kareni says

    Happy Fourth of July to you all.

    I’ve been catching up on some long overdue emails today and also reading Golden Trail (the third of Kristen Ashley’s ‘Burg series).

    Were I to win, I have no doubt I’d spend the Amazon gift certificate on books (likely some more titles by Kristen Ashley).

  55. says

    Went to Historic Richmond Town in Staten Island, NY, a living history museum ,focusing on the 18th and 19th centuries. We read the Declaration of Independence (my 8 year old daughter read some too), churned ice cream, had pie, and learned how people lived “back in the day.” Really interesting stuff! Weather didn’t cooperate , but had a blast anyway.

  56. Shelley D says

    Today I am hanging out with friends. I would use a gift card to buy one of the books I cannot get on my e-reader!

  57. Jodie says

    We started our morning at the local parade and continued with family, food & fun at the pool. I would treat myself to an audiobook if I won an Amazon gift card! I love “reading” while also doing other things!

  58. JenM says

    Watched the World Cup earlier and made some yummy deviled eggs that we scarfed up. Now we are relaxing and getting ready to grill some burgers. Thinking about watching fireworks tonight, but it’s been foggy, so I’m waiting to see if the fog is going to roll in again and ruin the show.

    If I won a gift certificate, I’d be using it to catch up on a few series – the last Arcadia Bell book by Jenn Bennett and the third Grave Witch book by Kalayna Price.

  59. leah g says

    Getting my niece hopped up on sugar and then sending her home.

    I have a giant wishlist of books to buy. Right now it would be catching up on the Bluebonnet series and/or some more of the Line of Duty novels (I am late to discovering them, but I love love love them so far).

  60. Latochia Bell says

    Happy 4th of July! Today I have a LONG day! Had to work. Now home cleaning and getting ready for the hubby to fly into town! Tomorrow will be our party/fun day… Hubby will be cooking and I will have a house full of guests…
    I couldn’t tell you what I would buy with a giftcard… I have so much on my wishlist, that I never have a problem spending. (good thing hubby doesn’t see this!) LOL… Enjoy your day everyone!

  61. kp says

    Happy 4th! We are celebrating with 4 generations of family! Will be having an indoor celebration this year due to weather but happy to all be together! From my 82 year old mother to my 12 year old great niece!
    I would have a fun time one clicking from my wish list with the gift card!!!!

    Thanks for the chance!

  62. elaing8 says

    Happy 4th!
    I was helping my sister pack up her house. Now just relaxing.
    If I won I’d buy a couple of books that have been on my wishlist for a while.

  63. Diane Sallans says

    it was rainy here earlier today so we went out for lunch rather than bbq’ing today, then watched a couple movies.

  64. Marlene Howard says

    I would get Shield of Winter by Nalini Singh. Happy 4th of July everyone!

  65. Jen B. says

    I’m having a pretty casual weekend. I just spent a small fortune at Amazon on camping supplies for my daughter so if I won I would buy myself a couple of books. I have a list a mile long that is just waiting for a money infusion!

  66. PamC. says

    We did a bit of painting and yard work around the house early today. Cooked out for dinner then a family viewing of Murder By Death, such a funny movie. Then of course fireworks. and I’d buy books, naturally.

  67. infinitieh says

    Happy (USA) Independence Day!

    I think I’ll celebrate with some cheesecake later. And if I win, I’d buy more books!

  68. Laurie says

    Went to the beach and a BBQ, watched fireworks of course! I really want to read the Karina Halle’s Artist Trilogy or Madeline Sheehan’s Undeniable series. Happy 4th!

  69. Darlene says

    Having a BBQ for several friends and family members, if I won a gift card I have 8 book on my amazon wish list I need to buy Happy 4th everyone! !!

  70. martha lawson says

    We had a cook out with family. I would use the gift cards to buy books, I have a huge wish list!! Thanks for the great giveaway..

    mlawson17 at Hotmail dot com

  71. Bethany C. says

    Our festivities are finally done. I think I spent all day chopping vegetables and putting things in blenders. If I won a gc I would buy kindle books. I can’t tell you which ones right now because I am so tired and I’m old and my back hurts. Having fun is hard.

  72. Barbara Elness says

    I spent the day relaxing and reading and the night listening to the war zone that is my neighborhood on July 4th. Very noisy, with lots of fireworks going off all night, which will go on until well after midnight. So more reading for me tonight until everything dies down. I have a very large wish list, so I have plenty to spend a gift card on, starting with some of the new releases for July that I’ve been looking forward to.

  73. SHELLEY S says


  74. Nicole Sojka says

    Eating, drinking and working on homework…Somebody better check my work before I turn it in.

  75. Michelle b says

    I spent most of the day cleaning house because family is visiting next week. But I made time for some reading and feasting with my stepdad who’s a vet. I’d use it to buy my very own copy of Born of Fury by Kenyon since I’ve been relying on the library so much lately and miss being able to place my label of ownership in a new book :)

  76. erinf1 says

    I’m just grillin’ and chillin’ w/ the fam :) Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!! Man… I’d have to consult the wishlist and just close my eyes and click :)

  77. Mollie W says

    Celebrating the fourth with the family by cooking out.
    I would preorder Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews or The Promise by Kristen Ashley!!!

  78. Ada says

    Just going to chill out at home and watch the fireworks on TV. I’d put the giftcard towards a Kindle Fire!

  79. Trudy says

    An audiobook!! Maybe “How the White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back” by Diane Rowland.

  80. Trishia says

    For the 4th I spent the day relaxing and working on a petition to get reunion movie made for Queer as Folk. :)

    As for what I would do with a gift card … I have over 100 books on my TBR and so many books coming out in the coming days that I’m not sure where I would start, but I would probably use some of it to get Take by Ella Frank.

  81. Leni says

    There are a few decks of oracle cards that are on my wishlist that I would get.

  82. Charlie says

    I will be watching A Capital Fourth on PBS. I would use the gift certificate for books!

  83. Mike Bratek says

    We went to see drag strip racing in Norwalk, Ohio. It was amazing, smelly, intoxicating and adrenaline-fueled! I would prabably buy some e-books that i have been wanting to buy and read….thanks so much!