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!


2,322 Responses to “Sparkly Green Earrings – A Giveaway”

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  1. 51
    Natashajk says:

    Natasha Krahn

    This IS My Life

  2. 52
    Miranda Wilson says:

    The Master of Mondays?

  3. 53
    Julie H says:

    My book would be called “WOW moments”

  4. 54
    Amy koger says:

    Amy Koger

    “O my soul….”

  5. 55
    Cathy Mills says:

    The Diary of the Dysfunctional Functional Family!

  6. 56
    Michelle Willette says:

    Michelle W. Thank you!

  7. 57
    Joy says:

    Joy Griswold

  8. 58
    Jen Heindl says:

    Jen Heindl
    book name – Just Call Me JJ
    I’m taking some of Amanda Jones advice and gifting this book to my closest Mommy friends with a pair of sparkly green earrings for Mother’s Day.

  9. 59

    Anita Siecker

    I’d be delighted to win a copy of the book!


  10. 60
    Jennifer Flannery says:

    Would love a copy! I could not come up with a title for a book, there would be too many to choose from I think!

  11. 61
    Amber Voigt says:

    Amber Voigt

  12. 62
    holly lewis says:

    Holly Lewis

    Welcome to the Zoo

  13. 63
    Janine says:

    Janine Lossow

  14. 64
    Nicole says:

    Nicole Ens

  15. 65
    Debbie says:

    Debbie Anderson

  16. 66
    yvonne says:

    sounds like a good book..

    I am very fashion challenged though..:)

  17. 67
    Tammy L. says:

    Thank you for the chance to win this book.

    Have a blessed day

  18. 68
    Kim S says:

    I do not know what I would give a title of a book. I never thought about it before.
    Have a great Monday.

  19. 69
    Candi Dickerson says:

    Candi Dickerson

    My book will be titled, “Happy Turtle Lives.”


  20. 70
    Bekah Brinkley says:

    I think you’d be hard pressed to find anyone willing to read my book other than my mother. I’ll spare the rest of you.

  21. 71
    Tara G. says:

    Tara G.

    It’s so hard to pick a title without a theme! My blog is Mrs. Yellow Hat, so I suppose that would work, right?!

  22. 72

    Kristin Taylor

    “Bringing Home More than Groceries”

  23. 73
    Ashley Head says:

    Ashley Head
    Title if my pretend book: “How and What Not To Do – Motherhood: My Many Mistakes!’

  24. 74
    Carrie says:

    Carrie Carter

  25. 75
    Liz Mueller says:

    Liz Mueller
    Midwestern Mama

  26. 76
    Tammy S. says:

    Tammy S and my book would be called If Teacups Could Talk

    It really does fit for me.

  27. 77
    Sara Poole says:

    Sara Poole I would be the Author of…”Mally-OH Mommy daze”!!!

  28. 78
    Ashley Moshell says:

    Ashley Moshell – and I’m off to ponder my book title. Great question!

  29. 79
    Lauren purtell says:

    Lauren Purtell

  30. 80
    Christina Frailey says:

    Christina Frailey
    Have a great week.

  31. 81
    Terry C says:

    I want to win that book:)

  32. 82
    Cassandra says:

    Cassandra Spicer

    I would title my book, “A Journey to His Heart”. 🙂

  33. 83
    Quinn says:

    I would love to win a copy! THANKS for the opportunity!

  34. 84

    House of Boys (and a Mama)

  35. 85
    Debbie Engel says:

    The book I would write is ” Life isn’t Candyland and Jesus isn’t a marshmallow”

  36. 86
    jackie harris says:

    The name of my book would be: The Forgiven

  37. 87
    Erica Paddack says:

    Erica Paddack

  38. 88
    Tracy L. says:

    Tracy Leary
    Richlands, NC

    Submit Girl Submit!

  39. 89
    Missy says:

    Missy H

    My book would be the same as my blog…..Seeking His Grace.

  40. 90
    Susan Ramsey says:

    Susan Ramsey

    Life in a Two-Story House

  41. 91
    Zanna W says:

    Zanna W

  42. 92
    Dianne says:

    Dianne P from Fruitland Park, FL

  43. 93
    sarah elizabeth farish says:

    sarah elizabeth farish
    my book title: “preacher’s girl (an autobiography)”

  44. 94
    Sherry McGinley says:

    My book title would be, “Hey, I Just Wanted To Be A Grandma!”

  45. 95
    Kelly Frye says:

    My book would be called “Don’t Cry, Blue Skies”

  46. 96
    Quinn D. says:

    I would love to win a copy of this book! Thanks for the opportunity! As the mother of 5 boys, I would name my book “Boy Crazy!” 🙂

  47. 97
    Laura Karn says:

    Laura K

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    Amy M. says:

    Amy Morrow

    The Unlikely Missionary

  50. 100
    Kim says:

    Kim Morgan

    Keep Praying – even when you want to quit.