Sparkly Green Earrings – A Giveaway

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The weekend before last (I know, take a minute to figure that one out. It is Monday after all.), I drove myself to Katy, Texas. (While that may sound like I actually ventured out on a road trip, it really just means I drove 30 minutes across town.) (Also, I’m really into the parenthesis today.)

(I’m currently humoring myself and no one else. I know. Forgive me.)

The reason for my 30-minute road trip was because a sweet lady named Big Mama, I mean, Melanie Shankle, was doing a book signing at the Books-A-Million for her new book, Sparkly Green Earrings. You may have heard of her? Grin.

(By the way, if you’re curious as to why she refers to herself as Big Mama, you’ll be relieved to know she explains her alias in the first chapter of her book. But I’ll leave that story for her to tell. A little suspense is a good thing.)

Melanie has been blogging since before blogging became the thing to do, and her blog was one of the very first blogs I read. (How many times can I use the word blog in one sentence?) It was really love at first sight, or read. A few reasons I’ve loved Melanie’s blog are because she’s hilarious, real, a good writer, sarcastic and she loves Jesus. Need I say more?

Also, she does a really fun post every Friday called Fashion Friday, and I don’t know about you, but my materialistic side is really into fashion, and there is always something she’s finding online that’s adorable that I then put into my mental wish list.

Anyway, last Saturday I got lucky and both she and her equally hilarious daughter, Caroline, signed my copy of the book.

Truth be told, I love to read, but for the past week the book has sat on my bedside table. That is until I picked it up yesterday and devoured the first five chapters before I realized I would be late to church and miss prayer time unless I left right then.

(Y’all. I didn’t set my alarm yesterday morning, slept in, and went to our evening service. I don’t know, but I feel like a new woman. It was heavenly. But that has nothing to do with Sparkly Green Earrings. But I did feel sparkly. Whatever that means.)

You know those books that you pick up and they’re just easy to read, charming and you want to keep going because you’ve entered into their world without even knowing it? That’s how I feel about Sparkly Green Earrings. I realize I’m only five chapters in, but I can guarantee you it won’t take me longer than a week to finish it. Honestly, I was a little skeptical at first, not because I don’t love Melanie or her writing, but because it’s a book about motherhood, and, well, to state the obvious, I’ve not ventured into the land of motherhood, nor am I close, so I wasn’t sure if it would apply to me. But alas, it is so much more than motherhood, it is her story of motherhood and it is a sweet one. In fact, she talks about her best friend from the start, and I really resonated with that as I thought about my best friend, and our friendship, especially since she just walked through pregnancy and has her first baby girl that is my current obsession.

I say all of that to say this, our friend Melanie, and her whimsical book, made it on the NY Times Best Seller list this week. Listen, I’m no author, nor have I published a book, but I say that’s a pretty big stinkin’ deal and deserves a celebration.

Need proof? Here’s a picture.

So, to celebrate, I thought it would be really fun to give away ten signed copies of Sparkly Green Earrings! Through a series of unplanned, or planned, events, we have those copies in our possession and they make me incredibly happy. Thank you, Amanda and Melanie, for making the signed books a reality. I know y’all had nothing better to do this weekend. Grin.

Here’s a look in the book.

How about this cover? I’ve tried endless times to get my ponytail looking like that.

Signed, sealed and (almost) delivered. Grin.

Someone else we all know and love also loves this book and the author!

And here is a picture of Nancy and me at the book signing with Melanie. The only thing I’m regretting right now is the fact that Caroline isn’t in the picture with us. Watching Caroline sign the books brought me pure delight.

(Notice the leg pop both Melanie and I are doing. That makes us cool.)

To win your own copy of Sparkly Green Earrings, simply leave a comment with your first and last name. (Side note: I know some of you don’t like your last name on the internet for the world to see, so if that’s you, your last initial would be so helpful. I don’t know if you realized there are A LOT of names on this blog, and not shockingly, A LOT of duplicates.)

For fun, if you’re feeling super creative, you can also tell us hypothetically what the name of your book would be called if indeed, you were to publish a book.

And I’m not even going to pretend like I know what my book would be titled. I’ll just start with “Lindsee Lou”.

How’s that for original? Catchy?

Okay, enough about my non-book.

I’ll leave comments open until mid-Wednesday morning!

Ready, set, go win a book!


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  1. 451
    Ima P says:

    Ima P – Coffee and Me 🙂

  2. 452
    MarySue Galloway says:

    Could be
    “life, love and laughs after …”

  3. 453
    Doria H. says:

    Doria H.

    Wow, I can not even think of a title for a book, so I can’t imagine me actually writing a book 🙂

  4. 454
    Marilyn Miller says:

    Marilyn Miller. Hmm…I have no idea what my book title would be but I’m guessing it would be something weird. Or fierce. Or not normal. haha.

  5. 455
    Desiree says:

    Desiree Crisp

  6. 456
    Amy Brown says:

    Amy Brown

  7. 457
    Lindsay W says:

    Lindsay Winton

    I am not creative enough to come up with a title. Hey, maybe that could be my title!! 🙂

  8. 458
    Ashlie McDonald says:

    Ashlie McDonald-I do not have a creative bone in my body, so I have no idea what I would call my book!!!

  9. 459
    Amy Burkhart says:

    Amy Burkhart

  10. 460
    Jennifer Morgan says:

    Jennifer Morgan

  11. 461
    Andrea says:

    Andrea A.

  12. 462
    Breanna Dennis says:

    Breanna Dennis

    First off…Thank you for the opportunity for a free book! 🙂 Yay!
    Second…I think that my book title would be “Masterpiece in the making.” Reflective about how each of us are God’s handiwork, but not till the day we die will we be a finished piece. It is then we will be able to see all of the beauty from the ashes that God has crafted.

  13. 463
    Lynne Jones says:

    Lynne Jones

    No lie and I’ve thought of this often…my book title would be ‘A Beautiful View from the Crapper’.

  14. 464
    Belinda Weaver says:

    I’ve always felt I just don’t have a book “in” me.
    But my favorite phrase is, “she did what she could” – that
    could be a title, right?

  15. 465
    Peggy from Hempstead says:

    Love Big Mama & LOVED the book. A sweet lady lent me her copy so I must return it. That being said, I would LOVE a signed copy for myself. Thanks for the give-away!!! & Happy blogging!

    • 465.1
      Peggy from Hempstead says:

      oh…. Peggy Sanders AND “To the Moon” would be the name of my imaginary book. 😉

  16. 466
    Narah says:

    Narah M.

  17. 467
    Lori W says:

    Lori Wilbanks
    Thanks for a chance to win!

  18. 468
    Shawnna Smith says:

    Shawnna Smith
    Sparkly green anything is terrific since green I my fav color! 🙂
    And on the book title……its in my bucke list for one day and it would be titled “Take it off the shelf daughter!”
    Thank you!

  19. 469
    Martha Salters says:

    Martha Salters

    My book title would be “From Diapers to Pearls,Raising my Girls”

  20. 470
    Kay Sims says:

    Kay Sims, Lake Lure,NC

    I couldn’t even begin to think of a book title right now. Wish I were a more creative person. I would love to win a book though. I love to read.

  21. 471
    Sherree says:

    Sherree Self

  22. 472
    Kelly Miller says:

    Kelly Miller- looks very interesting would love to read it!

  23. 473
    Brenda Sanchez says:

    Brenda Sanchez
    Future author of a biography titled “God is GREAT!”

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  25. 475
    Lori says:

    Lori Lightfoot

    How Hard Could It Be?

  26. 476
    Hannah says:

    Hannah Simon

    My non-book would be called “The Undivided Heart.” (Side note, I have actually thought about this long and hard and really pray one I will actually get to pen said book.) (Also, I love parentheses.)

  27. 477
    kari Schmitt says:

    I would call my book “Pearl Earrings”.

  28. 478
    Debbie Whitman says:

    My book would be something like “Glittery Sparkles!” I love glitter and sparkles – so the name of this book jumped right off the page at me! If I don’t win, I’ll be getting this book based on your great (really, really great!) review!

  29. 479
    Cindy Staaden says:

    “Life’s journey.”

  30. 480
    Tricia says:

    Tricia Garrett. My book would be called “Loud Secrets. Quiet Hope”

  31. 481
    Kai says:

    Kai Dickson

  32. 482
    Deanna says:

    Deanna Lindgren – I love the Big Mama blog!

  33. 483
    Taunya G. says:

    Taunya Gilbert

  34. 484

    I want to write the book, “Less is so much More!”
    And I too would love a copy of Sparkly Green Earrings…

  35. 485
    Beth S says:

    Live life and love with no regrets

  36. 486
    Kara Garis says:

    Pick me!

  37. 487
    Vicky Kawamae says:

    Vicky Kawamae. Book title “Love Letters to God”.

  38. 488
    Sally says:

    Sally Rabe
    Title: Cannot think of a clever title to my life story, but would love a copy of Sparkly Green Earrings!

  39. 489
    Sarah says:

    Sarah Baggett, My book title would be “My Simple Truth”

  40. 490
    Kim U says:

    Kim U and book title “Former Pharisee”

  41. 491
    Lori Long says:

    Lori Long…haven’t enjoyed a book like that since “The Help”. Hmmm…title for a book? “Perplexed But Not Crushed.”

  42. 492
    Michele Chester says:

    Michele Chester

    “And They’re Off!” We’ve raised two beautiful daughters to know the Lord, and now we are going to watch them do great things for Him.

  43. 493
    Renee Stroud says:

    Renee Stroud

  44. 494
    Sandra Mauldin says:

    Sandra Mauldin

  45. 495
    Cindy Merrifield says:

    Cindy Merrifield…

    My book would be “Be Still… a work in progress (actually learning to BE STILL!).

  46. 496
    Christy Msal says:

    Christy Msal

    I think I would name my book “Unpacking the boxes without losing your mind” If you haven’t guessed we move ALOT! we are on our 6th address in less than 5 years! lol

  47. 497
    Kimmygirl says:

    Kim K, Columbus, OH area,

    My book? I sew for a living, so maybe ‘Stitches in Time’ (corny) , or, ‘Coming apart at the Seams’ (equally corny).
    I also love parenthesis, Lindsee Lou! They are absolutely necessary, (so will use unapologetically!) Ha!
    (The pic is adorable, by the way!)

  48. 498
    Laurel F. says:

    Laurel F. The name of my book would be A Foolish Thing. (Because God chooses the foolish things of this world to confound the wise…and I would definitely qualify as a “foolish thing” for sure.) No self deprecation…just realizing who I am not. 😉

  49. 499
    Alice Clark says:

    She must be a wonderful writer. Saw a post from The Pioneer Woman about her. Need a fun read and would love to win!

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    Lynn Bennett says:

    I would love to own and read a signed copy of “Sparkly Green Earrings”! My book title would be “Fearless of Fear”.