Monday, July 4, 2011

Sky Rockets in Flight Blog Hop Delight


I love holidays. I particularly love fireworks. I remember growing up and sitting out on the lawn with my brother and sisters as we watched the sky explode into a million different colors. Someday I hope to marry a man rich enough to afford to let me have fireworks at our wedding. ;-)

When you're younger, holidays like this just mean you get to eat great food, run around like a maniac with your friends, and watch the sky but as you get older, the meaning changes. The Fourth of July is when we declared our independence from England.

Well, the white people did, anyway. For Blacks, that time came much later. But that spirit of finally being able to stand up for what's right is what makes this country great. It's what allowed us, all of us, to be able to think for ourselves and not be afraid. It's why we still fight for the right to say what we want, to worship how we like, and marry who love.

America is a country of scrappers. We come from all backgrounds, religions, and beliefs but that is what makes us unique. What enriches our lives. How boring would we be if we didn't have the breadth of diversity that we have now? And all because a few men decided to stand up and say enough?

So I want to know. What's important to you? What would make you stand up and fight "the good fight"? Tell me and I will reward three of you for your scrappy spitits!

1st Place- A prize pack of books (titles to be determined), Lindt Chocolate Truffles, and copies of "Dirty Business" and "The Business of Pleasure" in any e-format of your choosing.

2nd Place- Copies of "Dirty Business" and "The Business of Pleasure" in any e-format of your choosing, and a $10 GC to Amazon.

3rd Place- Copies of "Dirty Business" and "The Business of Pleasure" in any e-format of your choosing.

Contest Rules:

- You MUST be 18 years or older to enter (I don't write for kiddos. I write dirty, dirty things!).

- This contest is open to US residents only.

- Ebooks/electronic files are intended for the winner(s) ONLY. Permission is NOT given to forward to others or post to file sharing sites.

-All winners have two weeks to claim their prizes. If I do not hear from winner(s) within two weeks of posting, I will draw another name(s).

Good luck!

Also, check out the other fabulous blogs participating in this blog hop!


daydrmzzz said...

Family is most important to me and because I come from a very diversified family of races and religions thats anther very important thing to be. I feel if you are happy with your self and ur family it's no oneelses business. You want to worship a tree do it, you want purple hair do , you want an interracial marriage do it, you want to be in a same sex relationship DO IT! Be who you are and I will stand beside you. That's what's important to me. Thanks for the contest and Happy Fourth!

Ann said...

Happy 4th of July everyone. As I've grown older, I've come to appreciate that we ARE free. Free to come and go as we please, free to say what we want, free to be who and what we want, free to love who we want...we are free. As a woman, this is important because there are other countries that do not give women the rights that we sometimes take for granted.

Be safe and happy on this wonderful day.

Laura Kaye said...

Hi Monica--great to meet you at the RWA! I get upset by children being hurt or abused. In general, I despise seeing someone with power hurt or take advantage of someone without. Phew! See? Don't get me worked up!!!

:) laurakayeauthor at gmail dot com

Sarah said...

Freedom of religion and freedom of speech are very important to me. I watched a movie recently called Mao's Last Dancer which takes place partially in communist China. It really illustrated the freedoms we take for granted here, like the ability to say what we want about our politicians. The right to vote is also incredibly important! To think that just a few decades ago we as women had no say! I also care very strongly about environmental and animal causes. I believe in standing up for animal rights and for our right to clean land and water. Safe drinking water is definitely something worth fighting for.

skippybot at aol dot com

Louisa Bacio said...


Me-too -- fantastic to meet you at RWA Nationals. I think continued equal rights for all is a v. important cause for me, which means everyone deserves the right to marry.

All the best,


louisabacio @ yahoo (dot) com

June M. said...

The thing that will get me ready to fight the fastest has always been my family. Growing up, I could not count the times that I got into fights defending my brother and a few over my sister. We all had this understanding, we could fight, punch, cuss each other bun NO ONE else could. LOL
Since we have gotten older, this has not changed, we have just added more people that we would fight for (all the kiddos of my brother and sister).

Thanks for the giveaway!
GFC: June M.
manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

Sherry said...

My family is the most important thing to me and I would fight for them anytime. If anyone was picking on my brothers and sisters that would make me fight them in a heartbeat and has many of times when we were in school.

GFC follower - Sherry S.

sstrode at scrtc dot com

Kristin said...

I will ALWAYS stand up for my friends and family if they are slighted. It's just what a good friend/sister/daughter/wife etc should do :)

Please enter me! I'm a follower via GFC as Kristin

Kristincheee (at) aol (dot) com

Lola Loves Books! said...

Well, do I have to choose just one thing? Growing up (haole) white in the islands was tough, so I feel very strongly about racism, but right now I feel pretty strong about gay rights, as well, even though I'm heterosexual. Basically, they should have the same advantages as everyone else; the right to marry, adopt, file joint tax returns, be added to their spouse's insurance policy, etc. Since when is sexual preference criteria used to determine qualification? Okay, I'll stop ... for now ... thanks for the blog hop and good luck to all! Doodlebg44(at)cox(dot)net

Michelle Bledsoe said...

Family is important to me. Standing up for my daughter is important to me. I want her to have choices that I didn't have at her age. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.
new follower

koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

Maria (pronounced Mariah) said...

Family and the right to be free to do what is right for my family is what is important to me! I think everyone should have the choice to make that decision for themselves without judgement from others!

thanks for the great giveaway chance!

mmafsmith at gmail dot com

geschumann said...

Anyone being hurtful or mean. You gotta stand up against that.
Thanks! Gloria Schumann
geschumann at live dot com

LadyVampire2u said...

The most important thing is the people I care about. My family and my friends. Then comes freedom. I would also fight for justice, especially if it involves someone I know. Thanks for the giveaway!
GFC: LadyVampire2u

LadyVampire2u AT gmail DOT com

Tara W said...

It's important to me that everyone have the same rights, freedoms and opportunities. That's what makes this country so great. I hate to see anyone mistreated.

new gfc follower: Tara w
mizztuts AT bellsouth DOT net

latishajean said...

The most important thing to me is my mom she is all I have we take care of each other! Thank you so much for you great giveaway!

twentywithoutmoney said...

My family are the most important people to me. I'm 20 and at that "lost" stage. Things didn't go as planned, and now I'm remapping my future. I wouldn't have been able to get through all of the upsets without them.

But, what would make me stand up and fight? Any living person. I'm definitely some super courageous saint who goes out, looking to help people, but I'm definitely not one to look the other way when I see someone in need.

twentywithoutmoney (at) ymail (dot) com

Jennifer Wells said...

Two things that are really important to me are freedom of religion and gay rights. Everyone should be able to be free to be themselves!


Lisa Richards/alterlisa said...

Anything that threatened my family would get me fighting.

Thanks for participating in the blog hop.
I'm a follower on GFC-Lisa Richards


alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

Samantha Cheng said...

Money and knowledge, and love are important to me. I know it sounds crass that I put money way up there with family and that people say we can't buy happiness with money. But without money, people aren't happy either. They'd always be worrying about tomorrow and that causes stress. So I'd totally fight for those three things. ^_^ Thanks for your giveaway!!


Anonymous said...

If my family was threatened, or if anything that threatens an individuals rights, ex. who they can marry, careers etc.


mamabunny13 said...

Protecting my loved ones is important to me.
gfc follower as mamabunny13
mamabunny13 at gmail dot com

RtB Admin said...

I like to think that I stand up to injustice... people being treated bad just because they are aren't what someone considers normal.

Jen K
admin.bookblog AT

Pam S said...

Hi Monica, ty for the great post and also the giveaway. I don't tolerate racism or abuse... especially child abuse.

pams00 @

Mary said...

Protecting my daughters and my family. Thanks for the giveaway.

mary_reiss @

JoAnna said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

beckerjo at verizon dot net

shadow_kohler said...

Thanks so much for the giveaway! What awesome prizes! Whats important to me is my immediate family. And ive fought the good fight for them. Ive gotten into fights at school with teachers and students protecting my siblings. And ive went head to head with my moms family for the way theyve treated her. I hate it if someone husts my family. Im almost a mama bear when it comes to them. lol Thank you so much for the great giveaway!
gfc- shadow_kohler

Monica Kaye said...

Thanks so much for all your comments. They're as wonderful as all of you are.