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. 1401
    Leslie Echerd says:

    Leslie Echerd

    No Clue 🙂

  2. 1402
    Amy Staton says:

    Amy Staton

    “she had rose bud lips…
    And a life of humble pie.”

  3. 1403
    Joanne Scherer says:

    My choice is Joy.

  4. 1404
    Angie Miller says:

    I would love a copy of the book! I’m not feeling very creative, but I’ll title my book “Short and Sweet”. I’m not very tall…

  5. 1405
    Joelle Roibal says:

    Joelle Roibal

    “Be still”

  6. 1406
    Cat says:

    Cat Mack

  7. 1407
    Darlene ~ Holly, Michigan says:

    Darlene Borowski

    “Never Done”

  8. 1408
    LAura Morris says:

    I never really thought about writing a book!

  9. 1409
    Mick S says:

    My (non-existent)book would be called “1/2 Baked with a Rotten Egg- A story of a life of redemption.”

  10. 1410
    Dee Wethered says:

    Ahhhh, the name of my Book”How Did I get Here ( My Journey to SeniorHood”)

  11. 1411
    Pam DeYoung says:

    Pam DeYoung
    Be A God Thing

  12. 1412
    Cheryl Brown says:

    Currently trying to get a children’s book published that I wrote entitled, “Charlie’s Sparkle”…

  13. 1413
    Cathy Bowers says:

    Cathy Bowers – My daughter and I love to read a good book.
    My book would be called – During the Storms….Keep Looking for the Rainbows

  14. 1414
    Rene' Perry says:

    Rene’ Perry in Florida

  15. 1415
    Sarah King says:

    Sarah King

    “Transitions: One Woman’s Journey”

  16. 1416
    Machelle Clevenger says:

    My book title, Put one foot in front of the other.

  17. 1417
    Jenna Shelton says:

    Ooooo….this book looks good!!!!

    My books would be….”living out faith as small as a mustard seed”

  18. 1418

    “Oh You Have No Idea” And I’m from Ghana so you would truly have no idea until you have read that book.Cheers!!!

  19. 1419
    Karla H. says:

    Karla Huey
    My book would be called “I am the White Elephant in the Room”.

  20. 1420
    Diane Kuhn says:

    Not sure of my title, but this seems like a book I would enjoy.

  21. 1421
    Gwen Youngs says:

    Gwen Y.
    My book would be called “Just Call Me Uncle Charlie.”

  22. 1422
    Traci says:

    Traci Edwards . . . A Life Lived, Left, Loved and Lived Again!

  23. 1423
    Katy Nustadk says:

    Katy Nustad

  24. 1424
    Debbie Elaine T. says:

    This is the second time I’ve heard of this book, I must read it…
    I thin the title of my book would be God Can Use That!

  25. 1425
    Leigh Clemmons says:

    Leigh Clemmons – “Why me, Lord? Ridiculously Blessed”

  26. 1426
    Kathy Bounds says:

    I’ve always thought I should write a book about my life–but no one would ever believe it! Sparkly Green Earrings sounds like a fun read! Hope I get a chance to have the fun!

  27. 1427
    Lori B says:

    Lori B

    no idea on a book title…but love to devour books 🙂

  28. 1428
    Renee Cloutier says:

    My book would be called “Held” (Jesus has faithfully held me)

  29. 1429
    Kim S. says:

    If I ever had the patience to sit and write, my book title is “Live Thankfully!”

  30. 1430
    Chris Kohler says:

    My book would be entitled ‘I Stand Amazed’.

  31. 1431
    Jill Woods says:

    Sounds like a great book! Mine would be titled “Growing up as a Cracked Pot”

  32. 1432
    Cara V says:

    Love the leg pop…you truly are cool. God bless you all!

  33. 1433
    Heather says:

    Heather Joan S

    My book would be “Please load this Way!”

  34. 1434
    Mary Beth S says:

    Mary Beth M

  35. 1435
    Angie Smith says:

    My book would be “Broken and Beautiful”

  36. 1436
    Paula R says:

    My book? I’ve “written” so many books in my head that if I actually did finish one, I’d call it “Surprise! I Wrote A Book!”

  37. 1437
    Lynn Huntt says:

    My book…. It’s not really all about me!

  38. 1438
    Karen Peay says:

    “Welcome to my World”

  39. 1439
    Melissa Ford says:

    Melissa Ford….”Did I put pants on?”

  40. 1440
    Cheryl Hawthorne says:

    Cheryl Hawthorne-Would love to win the book. Sounds like a fun read.

  41. 1441
    Kristen Keeling says:

    I would title my book “Raising Acorns” based on Isaiah 61:3. I’ve got 2 little ones & my prayer is that they will grow into mighty oaks of righteousness, a planting for the Lord’s glory. (I have a blog too called this same this but sadly, I’m pretty sure it’s been a year since I’ve posted anything!) (And I too am into parentheses today.)

  42. 1442
    Allie Powers says:

    Allie P.
    Columbia, SC

  43. 1443
    Joann Wehunt says:

    Beauty For Ashes

  44. 1444
    Carmen McMillian says:

    Carmen McMillian

  45. 1445
    Phyllis Moy says:

    “Ain’t nobody got time for that”

  46. 1446
    Kristy Helms says:

    Kristy Helms “Immeasurably More”

  47. 1447
    Jeanna says:

    Jeanna Phelps

    Jesus on the Farm

  48. 1448
    Kimber Blount says:

    Kimber Blount
    The title of my book would be “Livin’ the Good Life”

  49. 1449
    Denise Dekker says:

    Running the Race Set Before Me

  50. 1450
    Bethany Wells says:

    Bethany Wells, Tone Can Change the Meaning