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!


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

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  1. 1251
    Rhonda Vacco says:

    Rhonda Vacco
    Chauffeuring the Estrogen Express (mother of three daughters)

  2. 1252
    Kathleen Palmer says:

    Kathleen Palmer

  3. 1253
    Denise Ferrell says:

    art-hearted… making art with kids and my CREATOR

  4. 1254
    Julie Sparks says:

    Julie Sparks

  5. 1255
    Laura Proctor says:

    Laura Proctor
    LA Lady

  6. 1256
    Laura Forman says:

    Laura Forman

  7. 1257
    karin says:

    Karin Blackburn. My book would be called “A Time to Heal”

  8. 1258
    Rayna says:

    Rayna J.

  9. 1259
    Melissa S. says:

    “Out of the Mouth of Babes!”

  10. 1260
    Flynn Jensen says:

    The minute I saw sparkly and earrings, I was hooked. I have always believed that The Lord is fashion conscious (look at nature) (parentheses just to copy) and that He has a sense if humor. My book might be called, You Can Laugh, it’s Not A Sin!

  11. 1261
    Tabitha says:

    Tabitha Worsley

    am writing one currently; it is as of yet, untitled.

  12. 1262
    Rosemary says:

    Rosemary Huneycutt my book title would be she’s pink like a little Rosebud

  13. 1263
    Rebecca S says:

    My book would be titled….”Adventures of a Curly Blond Gringa in the Southwest”

  14. 1264
    Kathie Mullins says:

    If I wrote a book it would be called
    “Being Crazy doesn’t mean you don’t listen to God”
    Kathie mullins

  15. 1265

    Julie Dinsmore
    my book would be called The Last Chain

  16. 1266
    Andrea E says:

    Where My Feet Never Touch the Ground

  17. 1267

    Malory Holmes…ummm…not sure what the title would be…The Introvert in an Extroverted World 🙂

  18. 1268
    Amiebelle says:

    Amie B.
    I have been called “a party in heels”! Could work for a title!.

  19. 1269
    Valerie Mowat says:

    My sis and I were talking about writing a book as single girls and this is the title I came up with “Living Solo Without Becoming So Low” 🙂

    So obviously I am not a mother either, but would love to read Melanie’s book!


  20. 1270
    Kelly Goodman says:

    My book would be “A Work in Progress”
    Love to read and loved this article! 🙂

  21. 1271
    Pam Burgoyne says:

    I’ve enjoyed being the mother of 3 beautiful girls and a whole bunch of boys through my husband’s Bible study.
    My book would be, “It will Happen…Someday You WILL Sound Just Like Your Momma!”

  22. 1272
    Ann says:

    Ann Trumbo. My book would be “Never Settle for Respectable Mediocrity!”

  23. 1273
    Jenn says:

    Jennifer D. H. Taylor

  24. 1274
    Mari slavens says:

    Mari Slavens

    Firm Ground

  25. 1275
    Jaime Baker says:

    Jaime Baker

    I’d name my book Moving Mountains.

  26. 1276
    Peggy Zimmerman says:

    My book would be Go Ask Daddy! or maybe Shut the Door!!

  27. 1277
    Heather Williams says:

    Heather Williams

  28. 1278
    Kasey Whitty says:

    How about Kasey Lou (really that’s my work nickname)

  29. 1279
    Kerry Morby says:

    Kerry Morby. I’d love this!

  30. 1280
    Bobi says:

    My lovely crazy life- Bobi Shaw

  31. 1281
    Susan Bilberry says:

    Susan Bilberry

    Lindsee, U R adorable!! (No, that’s not the title). I luv your blogs!!

    My book title, and one day….I might just write it….”Hey, guess what, I amounted to something!”

    I love using exclamation marks, it’s kinda how I live my life! And I would love to read some of these other unwritten books, too!!

    Thanks for the fun!!

  32. 1282
    Ginger Golembiewski says:

    Ginger Golembiewski

    maybe: “Kids, Cupcakes and Chaos” 😉

  33. 1283
    Susan Paulin says:

    Since I live in fear most of the time it would be a book called “Don’t Make It Bigger Than It Is”.

  34. 1284
    Laura Loomis says:

    Laura Loomis – book “Do you ever wonder…?”

  35. 1285
    Erin says:

    Erin DeGroot

  36. 1286
    Sandra Hanrahan says:

    Pure courship will be the name of my book! 🙂

  37. 1287
    Marki says:

    Marki Geyer

  38. 1288
    Amanda Nicole R says:

    Hopefully Expectant 🙂

  39. 1289
    Michele Conner says:

    Michele Conner

    Book title “whoever said this was easy, was lying!”

  40. 1290
    Chrissy Hilliard says:

    Chrissy Hilliard, Illinois. I honestly don’t know what my book would be called, maybe
    “Christy Without a T”

  41. 1291
    Stephanie R says:

    A Whole Lotta Grace Please….

  42. 1292
    Teresa Collins says:

    Teresa Collins and my book would be-I’m Not Really Crazy, My Kids Just Made Me This Way!!!

  43. 1293
    Joni says:

    Joni W.
    I’d title my book, Light of My Soul, because Jesus has proven
    Himself to be my Light, and so much more.

  44. 1294
    Ingrid says:

    Ingrid R and I have no idea what I would name my book but now I’ll be thinking about it…

  45. 1295
    Sarah M. B. says:

    Um, if I were to ever write a book, I have no idea what it would be called.=)

  46. 1296
    Lidia Trufin says:

    My name is Lidia Trufin and I have no idea what my book title would be

  47. 1297
    Vicky D says:

    Would love this book! My title would be 55 and still learning!

  48. 1298
    Wendy Lerch says:

    Wendy Lerch

    I’ve got a few paragraphs … it will be called “The Hope Chest”

  49. 1299
    Daphne Tull says:

    “From Racing Cars to Raising Kids”
    by Daphne Tull

  50. 1300

    {As said above} My name is Emilee Clemons.

    I haven’t finished a book, but I sure have started one… I don’t have a title, but it includes fried green beans, orange folders, against-the-odds reconciliation & friendship, loud brakes, and unceasing prayer.

    {How to combine those into a title? I’m not sure. Grin.}

    Blessings to all my siestas!