Sparkly Green Earrings – A Giveaway

*Update: Comments are now closed! And I’ve decided that y’all have some of the best hypothetical books around. You had me laughing out loud! Check back soon for our ten winners!


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. 1151
    Sandy H says:

    Sandy Henson

    “Timmi the Kat, Queen of Henson Hill”

  2. 1152
    Susan Kuruvilla says:

    “My cup overflows” would be the name of my book:)

  3. 1153
    Misti Gil says:

    Misti Gil
    The Perfection Infection

  4. 1154
    Juli vrotney says:

    Juli Vrotney…blessings in Texas….

  5. 1155
    Kristie Hoggarth says:

    Would love a copy of this

  6. 1156
    Wilma H says:

    I was going to name my book, “I Found God on Facebook”

  7. 1157
    Pamela Travis says:

    Pamela Travis
    My book title would be “Pamela’s Pantry”

  8. 1158
    Lonnie Gibson says:

    Lonnie Gibson – “Oh! Was that my outside voice??”

  9. 1159
    Lindsay says:

    Lindsay Evatt
    A Beautiful Mess

  10. 1160
    Dorothy Wagner says:

    Dorothy Wagner

    I am totally “Sparkly & High Maintenance” – but my Lord loves me! Thanks for doing these giveaways!

  11. 1161
    Debbie R says:

    Debbie from Elon, NC

    Hi Beth, boy would I like to have a signed copy of this book.My book would be “Joy Unspeakable”.


  12. 1162
    Michele Tompkins says:

    Frowns upside Down!

  13. 1163
    Susan Wheat says:

    Susan Wheat
    ( I think my book may be called “The Icing on the Cake” )

  14. 1164
    Stacey Pelchat says:


  15. 1165
    Carole Thomas says:

    Carole Thomas
    My book ~ Just Call Me Nana

  16. 1166
    Cortni Hoover says:

    Cortni Hoover. My non-book might be called “In Spite of It All”

  17. 1167
    Sarah says:

    Sarah Stearns

  18. 1168
    Kailah S says:

    Kailah Snelgrove.
    I’m not feeling all that creative, but I’ll be sure to repost my book title if I think up something witty 😉

  19. 1169
    Betty Clark says:

    Betty Clark – my book would be titled “Life is hard – pray a lot and lean into Jesus”

  20. 1170
    Saundra Adams says:

    My book would be called…In A Pumpkin Shell.

    My devotional attempt would be called …A Widow’s Walk. And

    I would love a copy of Sparkly Green Earrings because they were the last gift I received from my husband just before his death.

  21. 1171
    Sherry Fisher says:

    Sherry Fisher
    Luck of the irish

  22. 1172
    Melanie says:

    Melanie Mendoza

    My book would be called “Coffee, Cats and Jesus”

  23. 1173
    Ellen Martin says:

    Ellen Martin

    If I wrote a book, it would be entitled:

    By the Grace of God

  24. 1174
    Johanna Tooke says:

    “When Stuff’s Not Enough”

  25. 1175
    Rachel Pfeiffer says:

    Rachel Pfeiffer

    My pretend book would be appropriately titled “Life in the Nuthouse – Full of a Bunch of Crazy!” A house with four little peeps will do that to a Momma, you know!!??

  26. 1176
    Sarah says:

    Sarah Huckeba 🙂

  27. 1177
    Noe'l Kline says:

    My book would be (will be?) “Girl Interrupted – By Grace”.

  28. 1178
    Lynn Durham says:

    Mine would be “Things They Never Taught Us in Seminary”

  29. 1179
    Fiddledeedee says:

    “Face Down on the Linoleum”

    That about covers it. 🙂

  30. 1180
    Catherine G. says:

    Grace. Joy. Thanksgiving.
    Thanks! Would love to read this book!!

  31. 1181
    Rebecca Saiz says:

    Rebecca Saiz and if I had a book I would name it Too Many Hats because I feel like I have some many different hats that I wear, mom, wife, sister, daughter, teacher, friend, but I never feel like I have a hat just for me.

  32. 1182
    Sandy says:

    Sandy Villanueva
    Barabara Johnson and Patsy Clairmont took all the clever titles! Anybody remember: “Dear God, It’s Me Margaret”? Okay, Okay.
    Next Up: The Year of Jubilee.

  33. 1183

    My book title would be, “Amazing Love”.

  34. 1184
    Christina E says:

    My book would be titled “I told you God has a sense of humor!”

  35. 1185
    Jessica says:

    Jessica Phillips

    “Dear Jackson”

  36. 1186
    Allison A says:

    Allison A.
    Curly Gurlie
    -my hair has always been a bit crazy-

  37. 1187
    Michelle Harvey says:

    Simple Sheep…

  38. 1188
    Jen Townsend says:

    If I were to publish a book, it would be called “How Many Hats Did I Wear Today?”

  39. 1189
    Amanda G says:

    Amanda G.

    “Finding Hope and Forgiveness”


  40. 1190
    Holly John says:

    Holly John. This book sounds fantastic!

  41. 1191
    Karen F says:

    My book – Family Fun Times!

  42. 1192
    Leona Suderman says:

    Cant wait to read Sparkly Green Earrings. I’d call my book…
    My Teardrops in God’s bottle.

  43. 1193
    Wendy Fulton says:

    Sounds like a fun book! I love to read and it would be a blessing to win!!

  44. 1194
    Barb says:

    Barb Camp. “The Adventures of a Mighty Warrior”

  45. 1195
    Sarah Vint says:

    Sarah Vint
    “Wading through a sea of transition”
    I would love this, as a new mom-to-be!

  46. 1196
    Meredith Buchanan says:

    How to Teach An Old Dog A New Trick..(.lasting ideas for a marriage of a lifetime.)

  47. 1197
    Ginny says:

    Ginny P. – Monkey & Lamb

  48. 1198
    Stacy B says:

    Walking on Crumbs

  49. 1199
    Heather Wilkinson says:

    Heather Wilkinson
    I am not a writer and I don’t write.

    (I love to read what other people write)

  50. 1200
    Kim Goetz says:

    If I wrote a book I’d call it “This redhead is not dead!” green IS my fav color, ever!