Its July, Happy 4th.
Yes, its officially July. Summer is well under way. For those of us in the States or celebrating abroad, this is the start of a long weekend extending into next week, Tuesday which is the 4th. Roads have been packed with people getting away as have the airports and railway stations. Celebrations and get togethers, picnics and parades, all will be going on this weekend and into next week, ending with fireworks everywhere. Why the 4th? John Adams thought it should have been July 2! And wouldn’t recognize the celebrations on July 4th.
A quick history lesson: “The Fourth of July—also known as Independence Day or July 4th—has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution. On July 2nd, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From 1776 to the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues.” Thank you, History.com
John Adams believed that July 2nd was the correct date on which to celebrate the birth of American independence, and would reportedly turn down invitations to appear at July 4th events in protest. Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826—the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.
Happy Fourth of July! Have a safe and happy weekend.
Also to our neighbors to the north, Happy Canada (Dominion) Day! The US is not the only one celebrating our independence! Per our wonderful internet “Canada became self-governing on July 1st, 1867, with the passage of the British North America Act (BNA Act) in the British Parliament. The holiday was originally known as “Dominion Day”. It was changed to Canada Day by the Canadian Parliament on October 27, 1982.”
Did you know? The U.S. and Canada share the largest un-defended border in the world. So congratulations and Happy Canada Day too!
~Pride Father’s Day Celebration Giveaway – Last Week~
We wanted you all to give us your best suggestions for books involving LGBTQIA families or LGBT people with children stories. What a great list of books you presented us with. Here they are in no particular order….
STRW Great LGBTQIA Dads/Parents/Family Book Recs!
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel
Faith & Fidelity by Tere Michaels
What Remains by Garrett Leigh
Bonfires by Amy Lane
Until September by Chris Scully
Back to You by Chris Scully
Snow & Winter series by C.S. Poe
All’s Fair by Josh Lanyon
Stone and Shell by Lloyd A. Meeker
Good To Know series by DW Marchwell
Shaking the Sugar Tree series by Nick Wilgus
It’s Christmas Everywhere But Here by Liam Livings
Making Ends Meet by SL Armstrong
Just Like This by Taylor Lewis
The Nothingness of Ben by Brad Boney
Nested Hearts series by Ada Maria Soto
Ranger Station Haven by S.A. Stovall
Faith, Love and Devotion series by Tere Michaels
The Rebuilding Year series by Kaje Harper
But For You by Mary Calmes
The Christmas Wager by Jamie Fessenden
All the Wrong Places by Ann Gallagher
Frog by Mary Calmes (not a dad but mannies count right?) yes they do!
Southern Comfort by Lola Carson
Flaunt by E. Davies
The Harvest series M.A. Church (children don’t show up until the second book and in the spin-off sequel we to see the kids grown and finding their own mates <3)
A Matter of Time series by Mary Calmes
THIRDS by Charlie Cochet (the Dex and Cael’s Tony)
The Mannies series by Amy Lane (and because it also had great dads too)
Road to the Sun by Keira Andrews
Disasterology 101 by Taylor V. Donovan
The Tyack and Frayne Mystery series by Harper Fox
And Fur Kids, just because yes, they count:Pets
Tell Me It’s Real by TJ Klune
Sinner’s Gin by Rhys Ford
Finding Matt by J.D. Ruskin (no kids, but Bear the dog was awesome, almost the best part of the book).
So many great comments and recommendations. Let me know if you have any more to add to our list! Thank you all for participating! New giveaway up next week.
Our winners for this contest are Trix and ami! Thank you both. Stella will be in touch with you both about your gift cards!
This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
Sunday, July 2:
- Its July, Happy 4th.
- This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
Monday, July 3:
- DSP GUEST POST Amy Lane
- DSP GUEST POST M.A. Church on Texting, AutoCorrect, and a Prius
- DSP GUEST POST Sean Michael on Making a Splash
- A Julia Review:The Last Ranger of Sarn (The Journals of the Huntress Book 1) by Ed Ireland
- A Jeri Release Day Review: What’s the Use of Wondering? By Kate McMurray
- A MelanieM Review: Feral Dust Bunnies (Offbeat Crimes #4) by Angel Martinez
- A Barb the Zany Old Lady Audiobook Review: Imperfect Harmony by Jay Northcote and narrated by Mark Steadman
Tuesday, July 4 (Happy Independance Day to all those in the US and abroad)
- BLOG POST Two-Man Advantage by Leigh Carman
- Release Blitz Force of Nature (Coming About #4) by J.K. Hogan
- Release Blitz for Meg Harding’s Finding Home
- RIPTIDE TOUR & Giveaway: Love and Other Hot Beverages by Laurie Loft
- A Kai Review: Misdemeanor by CF White
- An Ali Audiobook Review: A Second Harvest (Men of Lancaster County #1) by Eli Easton and narrator Will Tulin
- An Alisa Review: Black Magic Glitterbomb by Sage C. Holloway
Wednesday, July 5:
- Blitz Tour: Haven’s War by Parker Williams
- Blog Tour: Burning Boundaries, by Bellora Quinn and Sadie Rose Bermingham
- DSP GUEST POST SJD Peterson on Something’s Brewing at Joe’s
- A MelanieM Release Day Review: Ahava Is Love (World of Love) by Avery Duran
- A Stella Release Day Review: Making a Splash by Sean Michael
- A Stella Review: Haven’s War (Safe Haven #2) by Parker Williams
- An Alisa Release Day Review: Santa’s Naughty Helper ( Lawyers in Love) by Ari McKay
Thursday, July 6:
- RIPTIDE TOUR & Giveaway: Spun! (The Shamwell Tales #4) by J.L. Merrow
- DSP Publications blog tour Xenia Melzer
- An Alisa Review: Admiring Jesse by Shawn Lane
- A MelanieM Review: Behind the Mask by Elizabeth Coldwell
- A VVivacious Review: Oversight (The Community #2) by Santino Hassell
- An Ali Audiobook Review: Vassily the Beautiful (The ESTO Universe) by Angel Martinez and Greg Boudreaux (Narrator)
Friday, July 7:
- DSP GUEST POST Avery Duran on Ahava is Love
- Release Blitz for Luna David’s Saving Sebastian
- Release Day Blitz for Lying Eyes by Robert Winter
- Review Tour for TC Orton ‘s Iudicium
- A Julia Review: Iudicium by T.C Orton
- A Jeri Review: A Way with Words (Memories with The Breakfast Club ) by Lane Hayes
- An Alisa Review: Prise de Fer by A.R. Moler
Saturday, July 8:
A MelanieM Review: The Werecat Trilogy by Andrew J. Peters