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. 1200
    Brandi Bellmont says:

    Brandi bellmont

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    Susan McEachern says:

    Susan McEachern

    My book would be called.The Magnet

  3. 1202
    Missie Ables says:

    My daughter Katie and i are still laughing at…

    *its a whale*

    *its a baby whale*!!!

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    Susan Weed says:

    A book title? Maybe…. Simply Set Free!

  5. 1204
    Michele Tidwell says:

    Michele Tidwell and the name of my book would be Encourgments in the Valley to record all God has shown me this last two years!

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    Judy barnette says:

    I would love to win this book because I love to read !!! My book title would be “Missions Mommaon the Move”
    Franklin Tn

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    Adrianna Anderson says:

    Adrianna Anderson

    God bless you precious ladies

  8. 1207
    Megan Hughes says:

    I’m a Mess: And Other Reasons I Need Jesus

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    Lori L says:

    Lori Lutz
    what a neat book… I’ve been looking at it on Amazon.
    A book… The Mailbox
    (after the blue mailbox at the end of my Grandmother’s long driveway)

  10. 1209
    Marcia Agena says:

    Marcia Agena
    My book would be called “Sticker-butt” 🙂

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    Stephanie C says:

    Stephanie Charles, my book title hmmm, Faith Strengths All

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    Kerri Sweeris, and I actually writing a book I hope to publish this year. It’s called “Make Mine A Light.”

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    Danielle Spataro says:

    Danielle Spataro

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    Roberta Fuller says:

    Roberta F.
    I love to read and this sounds like a great read!

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    Stephanie says:

    Stephanie Beattie
    4 Day Old Curls

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    Tara Dufrene says:

    My book title would by…..”An aneurysm can’t take her down but a raindrop almost did”. Actually going to try and make this book a reality. Would love to tell the world about Gods miraculous healing from a brain aneurysm.

  17. 1216
    Marie Sirk says:

    Marie Sirk

    My Forty Years in the Wilderness

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    Sherry Morin says:

    Sherry Morin … I would love to win the book 🙂

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    Melissa says:

    Melissa Johnson

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    Melissa says:

    Melissa Ledbetter
    Would love to read the book!

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    Emily G. says:

    Emily G.
    My book would be called “How my kids raised me”

  22. 1221
    Brooke Schnieder says:

    Confessions Of a People Pleaser
    (My journey from pleasing people to pleasing Christ)

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    Nancy says:

    My title would be. OH MY GOODNESS!THE GOODNESS OF GOD.

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    Adria says:

    Adria Miles

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    Patti Byrd says:

    My book will be titled: “with a song in my heart”

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    Tracy F says:

    I submitted the manuscript for my book called “X Linked”, to Woman of Faith’s writing contest. “X Linked” is my true story based on my journey to motherhood with my son who has x linked hydrocephalus, a rare disorder that affects 1 in 60,000 males. This journey has brought my family and I closer to God.

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    Ashley Lamson says:

    My book would be “The Never Pregnant Mom”…from my life of raising two step-children and 2 grandchildren.

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    “What’s Your Dog’s Name?”

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    Christel Burmaster says:

    Great accomplishment!!! My book title at this time in my life would be ” overcoming Stupid” ya know the saying ” no matter how hard you try you just can’t fix stupid!” Yep that’s the title… Thank you for posting such a sweet accomplishment…

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    Breanna n says:

    Breanna N, “Shut the Front Door”

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    Becky Evers says:

    Would LOVE to win / read this!!!

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    Carole S. says:

    Always on the lookout for a good book! My book would be called “RT: The Life and Times of a Phlegm Fighter”. (Really…I’m a Respiratory Therapist!)

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    Lauren Womack says:

    Lauren Womack

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    Diane Flook (Diane in Flagstaff) says:

    Perhaps the name of my book would be the name of my blog–The Curious Traveler, Wannabe Vegan, Jesus Freak.

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    Erin Brownfield says:

    Erin Brownfield

    For now I would title my book: My Cup Runneth Over (and My Toilet, too, Because I Have 3 young boys and I’m Sure there’s some Hot Wheels in there)

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    Summer Janssen says:

    Summer Janssen

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    Janet Worthy says:

    Janet Worthy! I’m always pencilling out books, but never a title:)

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    Mary H. says:

    My book would be titled “Grace Flows Down”

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    Kara C says:

    Kara Call
    I would title my book “I Survived Parenting.” (Only if I survive, that is.)

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    Sherri R. says:

    Stubborn, Strong, Chocoholic Woman who needs God (because He can get her through anything)

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    Nia Stivers says:

    Nia Stivers
    I did write a book! It’s my God story about living with Muscular Dystrophy. It’s called “Wobbly Legs on a Firm Foundation,” and if anyone’s interested, it can be ordered from Lindsee, if you ever need any more give-a-way items, I’ll be glad to help! 🙂

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    Lorrel Lyles says:

    The name of my book? Maybe it would be: I survive three boys….and it was fun!

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    Kathleen Akridge says:

    Kathy Akridge

    So I have to say, I had to stifel (spelling?!) a big ole laugh as I read your parenthesis comment..made me literally laugh out loud!! You’re hilarious!!

    And the thought that I would have a book in itself is also lol but what the hay…I’ll play along :-). Since not and day goes by that I don’t thank God for the blessing my husband and kids are to me, I think the title would be something like “All My Blessings”. Makes me smile just thinking about them!

    I don’t comment much on here but I love reading these posts!! You all are awesome!!

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    Nina says:

    Nina Shuman
    I have one title, and one subject, but two different books, and they don’t go together…or maybe they do….
    1) How to be Mary in Martha’s World 2)would be about being best friends with a momma of special needs kiddos…

    maybe some day all of our non-books will be books! there’s some great titles out there 😉

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    Lorrel Lyles says:

    I Survived Three Boys!

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    Tara Hannon says:

    I would love to win!!!!

    My book: “Hey Girl! It’s the Blonde Mafia”

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    Julie Sheehan says:

    My book name would be Julie’s Jewels.

    I would love a copy of the book. I will order it if I don’t win a copy.

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    Pam Milner says:

    “From the Farm to the City and Back to the Farm.” A girls dream of living in the city only to realize she was a farm girl after all.

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    Brenda Veinotte says:

    I am not sure what I would call my book..maybe A Girl Saved By Grace.

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    Brenda Mixon says:

    Brenda Mixon – My Father’s Daughter