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. 1351
    Brynn says:

    Brynn Allen
    “Life After Sparky” (Sparky is what I named my ICD) 🙂

  2. 1352
    Beth W says:

    yes please!

  3. 1353
    Christina Luther says:

    Christina Luther
    My book would be titled “Hugs for the Journey”

  4. 1354
    Nichol H. says:

    My book would be entitled, “Marriage is a roller coaster but so worth the ride!”

  5. 1355
    Crystal Dunlap says:

    I tried to win this book on another blog a few weeks ago and wasn’t successful. Maybe this is my time. Thank you.

  6. 1356
    Pam Seipp says:

    Simple Pleasures

    (of course it is a cookbook with a scripture and a cooking hint for each recipe)

  7. 1357
    Kristin Aamodt says:

    Thanks for the chance to win! I read the premise of the book on Amazon and it sounds like a lot of fun. A friend recently recommended a different real-life this is motherhood book to me and boy, was it ever negative and depressing. I didn’t get past flipping through it to even start the thing I was so saddened. Anyway, crossing my fingers.

  8. 1358
    Jennifer says:

    Sounds like a great book! Jennifer M.

  9. 1359
    Abbigail gutierrez says:

    Abbigail Gutierrez, “in this temporary home”

  10. 1360
    Michele Furry says:

    Sounds like an awesome book!

  11. 1361

    Love Covers (quilt book that i’ve started working on…one day it will be done!)

  12. 1362
    Jennifer Pearson says:

    Jennifer Pearson

  13. 1363
    Jennifer Delk says:

    I’m so not creative. I would have to hire out someone to come up with a creative name. This book sounds wonderful!!!

  14. 1364
    jennifer says:

    Jennifer Goodwin.

    Thanks for this chance!

    Tales From The Lunchroom would be my title.


  15. 1365
    Tammy S. says:

    I Need Chocolate

  16. 1366
    Sondra says:

    Sondra Langle, Lincoln, California

    Lindsee….you are so cute…and you write beautifully.
    I’ll try to read this book, even if I don’t win. Your recommendation is enough…Book title: “Wisdom comes with age”.

  17. 1367
    Valerie says:

    Valerie Higgins

    (btw, I love the parenthesis!)

  18. 1368
    Connie Mac says:

    My Book? “Through the Fire, I will trust.”

  19. 1369
    Leslie L says:

    First thing that came to mind…”Panic in the Parsonage”. Love it!

  20. 1370
    Pamela North says:


  21. 1371
    Keri Lee Robbins says:

    Keri Lee Robbins ~ Free 2 Fly! 🙂

  22. 1372
    Hannah says:

    Hannah Trigg
    Maybe something like “Fighting for the Lord: Women Following Christ Today”

  23. 1373
    Whitney W says:

    Whitney Waller. I think if I wrote a book it would be called “How to Get the Poop Smell Out of Your Toddler”. I have 18 month old twin boys and a 4 month old baby boy and this describes our life perfectly! Let me just say, tomato sauce does not work as effectively on your toddler as it does when attempting to get rid of the skunk smell on your dog…

  24. 1374
    Tanya Manus says:

    I, Tanya Manus, would LOVE Sparkly Green Earrings. They’d go nicely with my hypothetical book, “No Feather Boa Required.” ;}

  25. 1375
    Brenda K says:

    Stories to Tell

  26. 1376
    Paola Hernandez says:

    Paola Hernandez

    I will called my book “Letters to My Beloved”

  27. 1377
    Liz Roberson says:

    Liz Roberson
    I’d title my first book, “Fear(less) Worship” and I’ve already started!

  28. 1378
    Jane C. says:

    Jane C.

  29. 1379
    Jessica says:

    Jessica Boucher

  30. 1380
    Delta Ryan says:

    Delta Judah(maiden name)

    I was adopted by amazing parents named Joseph and Mary Judah 🙂 I just found my biological family this past year (all from Alabama and took my first trip to Africa in October and found my calling after 10 years of searching) I’m going to write a book one day about my story cause its a good one!!!! The title is “Alabama to Africa”

  31. 1381
    Deanna says:


    Melanie’s blog was one of the first blogs I ever read!

  32. 1382
    Mary Alice Dulweber says:

    I just saw her and got her book at the DotMom conference this past weekend in Frisco!!

  33. 1383
    Norma Stapleton says:

    Norma Stapleton

    My brother was my bonemarrow donor,I’m Norma with Robert’s DNA. {thats a long title}

  34. 1384
    Christie S. says:

    Christie S. Thank you for the giveaway!

  35. 1385
    Janel S says:

    I read about this book on another blog too – would love to win a copy! If I were to write a book (and I just might) the title might be Stories my Father Told Me.
    Thanks for a fun giveaway!

  36. 1386
    Joleen McBride says:

    Joleen McBride ~ God Shed His Grace on Me

  37. 1387
    Rachel Porter says:

    “Life with Kate (and other humorous happenings in a military family)” I think this would be fun for one book. I’d like to write others as well.

  38. 1388
    Addison Lee says:

    Title of my book:

    “Not the Life I Chose”

  39. 1389
    Katherine says:

    Katherine Mollenkopf

    (Hypothetically, I’d title my book “Pantelones de Fuego,” because I just like saying it. he he)

  40. 1390
    Tina Harlow says:

    My book would be called “It all began on Gilligan’s Island.” (I was named after Tina Louise).

  41. 1391
    Amy B. says:

    Amy Botello – Striving for the 31 (meaning Proverbs 31)

  42. 1392
    deniseclaire1 says:

    Deniseclaire L. This sounds like a great book.

  43. 1393
    Mandy Ackley says:

    Mandy Ackley

  44. 1394
    Vicki A-M says:

    My book would be titled “Drive by Dreaming”.

  45. 1395
    Julie Jamison says:

    Julie Jamison. My book would be called. “Jewels”

  46. 1396
    Jean W. says:

    Name of book. Grace-Living Beyond My Strenght

  47. 1397
    D'Shan Berry says:

    D’Shan Berry

  48. 1398
    Deborah Giglio says:

    My book would be: ‘A Search for a Peace That Passes All Understanding’

  49. 1399
    Gwen Eungard says:

    Weisswurst and Leberkaese: The Culinary Adventures of an American Family Living in Bavaria

  50. 1400
    Cyndy Taylor says:

    If my book was about me I think it would be called Rock N Roll Mama. 🙂