The one thing always associated with the July 4th celebration on Independence Day is fireworks—large professional displays and backyard fun with friends. Where did these devices come from, this product that provides us with all the visually exciting displays?
The earliest known fireworks date back to ancient China where the loud sounds were used to frighten evil spirits. They were also used as part of the prayers for happiness and prosperity. Eventually the art and science of firework making developed into an independent profession. Fireworks at ceremonies and celebrations in China were reserved for royalty and the rich for a long time before they became part of events celebrated by the common people.
Improper use of fireworks may be dangerous to both the person operating them and to bystanders. For this reason, the use of fireworks is generally restricted by law. Display fireworks can only be handled by professionals, licensed pyrotechnic operators. The consumer items that are available to the public are smaller versions that contain limited amounts of explosive materials.
And, as anyone with a pet can tell you, every year on July 4 fireworks are a problem for both domestic and wild animals. They are terrified by the noise and run away in an attempt to escape.
DÉJÀ VU by Samantha Gentry, a romantic suspense from The Wild Rose Press (www.thewildrosepress.com) Excerpt #2:
Gable slowly shook his head to clear it of the unwanted thoughts as he walked to the utility room door. He came to an abrupt halt when he looked up and saw Lexi standing in the doorway. A quick jolt of anxiety hit him. How long had she been there? Had she witnessed the entire incident with the reporter? Was it something she intended to report to J.D. Prescott as part of her research? Things were definitely getting out of hand and needed to be reined in.
He forced a calm to his voice. “Is there something I can help you with?”
“Uh…no. I was on my way to the kitchen to see if I could help Dolly with the dinner when I heard voices.” She looked around the empty garage, a slight frown wrinkling across her brow. “Is everything okay?”
“Everything is fine here.” He reached the utility room door in four long strides, coming to a halt just inches from where she stood while flashing his most engaging smile. “Whatever Dolly is fixing for dinner sure smells good.” It took all the restraint he could muster to keep from touching her. The fragrance of Lexi’s perfume wafted across his senses. And you smell really good, too. I can think of several things I’d like to…
He shook away the totally inappropriate thoughts. For almost twenty-five years—since the age of fifteen—one thing had been uppermost for him, one item at the top of his list of things to do. He couldn’t allow a very desirable woman to deter him from his goal. “I’ll escort you to the dining room.”
“Thank you.” His smile may have said one thing, but she could tell from his eyes that it also hid something. He obviously had no intention of telling her anything about what had happened. The image exploded in her mind again. Mud sliding down the embankment, coming toward her, a skull, a skeleton, then a second skeleton. The same disturbing image over and over again, each time more baffling than the time before. Several times in less than a day. With repetition it had become slightly less frightening than the first time it happened, but it remained very unsettling.
A bright streak of lightning lit up the sky, followed immediately by a loud crack of thunder. A cold shiver darted up her spine and her heart beat jumped. Her body physically jerked to attention, causing her to bump against Gable. A moment later his arms were around her with his soft words calming her trepidation.
Blurb: When Alexandra Caldwell is hired by a reclusive author to research the thirty-year-old disappearance of a big name newspaper tycoon and his wife, she wasn't sure what she would discover. As she embarks on this project, she finds herself in the middle of a series of frightening events and an unexpected attraction to Gable Talbot, the current owner of Skull Island where the disappearances occurred...a man with a magnetic sex appeal and a past as mysterious as the case she's researching. Will she be able to do the job she was hired for, or has she stumbled too close to the truth?
LASR Review: Samantha Gentry creates a riveting story as she weaves together vivid characters, dark secrets, deceits, murder, and unswerving dedication to reach goals. Moreover, she weaves a love that will not be denied into the mix — an intense, breathtaking love that brings completeness to both Lexi and Gable.
Long and Short Romance Reviews
reviewed by Camellia
May 3, 2010