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. 1551
    jami b says:

    Awe! My daughter is Lindsey and I call her Lindsey Loo. 🙂

    I would call my book………………..
    “A Dumb Sheep, A Great Shepherd” …….. been reading “A Shepherd Looks at the 23rd Psalm”.

  2. 1552
    Michelle O'Banion says:

    I dream of writing about the importance of family “Family – the Forgotten Force” 🙂 – Michelle O’Banion <3

  3. 1553
    Emily says:

    Emily Haney

  4. 1554
    Gail says:

    I love to read. My book…???!!!!!/////
    “Say It With Punctuation!”

  5. 1555
    Vicky Stamey says:

    Scatterbrained 🙂

  6. 1556
    Michelle Pendley says:

    Michelle Pendley

  7. 1557
    Donna sparks says:

    Donna Sparks – Currently writing a book called ” Struggling to Believe”

  8. 1558
    Suzi S says:

    Suzi S

  9. 1559
    Teri says:

    Teri Hepfinger

    I have never actually thought of what the name of my book would be if I wrote one. wishing i was creative enough to come up with something cute off the top of my head, but alas, I am not :(.

  10. 1560
    Sandi Ellard says:

    green, sparkly,and godly! Yay God…Can’t wait to read it….

  11. 1561
    Candice Redel says:

    My book would be called “Be Still”

  12. 1562
    Alexis says:

    Alexis Matthews…would love to read that book. Cute cover! 🙂

  13. 1563
    Sandra GP says:

    My book would be called ” The Prairie Wonders”.

  14. 1564
    Selena says:

    Selena Cumbie

  15. 1565
    Tracy Peddy says:

    Tracy Peddy
    My book will be “Keep Holding On”

  16. 1566
    Mary Sandifer says:

    I would title my book, “A Work in Progress”

  17. 1567
    Wendy Pratt says:

    The Journey of Raggedy Ann! Who she was and who she became.

  18. 1568
    Molly S. says:

    Molly S.

    Thanks for pointing out that you don’t have to be a mom to read this book. I was wondering, but now I’m excited to read it! 😉

  19. 1569

    I’d name my book “Frankly Speaking”… my maiden name is Frank 🙂

  20. 1570
    Anne Lewis says:

    Anne Lewis

    I would love to read this book! Always looking for laughs as I care for my mom who has dementia. My book title would be Lessons I’ve Finally Learned To Live In Victory.

  21. 1571
    Kelli smith says:

    Kelli smith, title: is that a dried up banana on your sweater?

  22. 1572
    StaceyAshley says:

    Stacey Ashley — “The Girl With Two First Names”

  23. 1573
    Lynn Young says:

    First contest to enter. Would love to win.

  24. 1574
    Lori Alana Bound says:

    If I wrote a book it would be called, “Life at Five Nauts”–how to live at a sailing pace in this crazy fastlane world. Thanks for the fun opportunity to win!

  25. 1575
    Vicki Bolton says:

    Oh, if I’d only recorded all the book titles in my head over the years….. I guess today’s would be “I’m in WHAT season of my life?? (Surviving your 60’s with grace)”

  26. 1576
    Tina S. says:

    My book title would be: Just Alive or Truely Living ( because there’s a big difference)

  27. 1577
    Michele Morin says:

    Book Title: Fallen

  28. 1578
    Melissa George says:

    That sounds like a great book! I use parenthesis alot, but the dash (-) is my favorite – I’m always adding another line to a sentence! And I guess I probably overuse the exclamation point, too! I really don’t know what I would title my book. For right now I’m going with – ‘Seriously!?!’ I say that ALOT!

  29. 1579
    tammy Hukill says:

    Tammy Hukill – “On the Way”

  30. 1580
    Tabby Ragland says:

    I would love a copy of the book! I get called “Tabby Lou” by one of my co-workers. (Ironic, huh?!) My book would probably be called Gabby Tabby. My sons and husband call me that sometimes. I’m not sure why! (grin)

  31. 1581
    Barb M-Z says:

    My first book! What would I title it… “Life lived well” How do we as women of faith live and share life well?

  32. 1582
    Pamela Shelton says:

    Pamela Shelton

  33. 1583
    Betsy Roberts says:

    Betsy Roberts

    “Things your Momma never told ya …”

  34. 1584
    Amanda Grasza says:

    Amanda Grasza…… Puzzles n’ Poodles and Princess Pink

  35. 1585
    Laura Huntley says:

    Hi! My non-book is Chasing Rabbits. Thanks!

  36. 1586
    Marlise Perkins says:

    My book would be called, “Gray Hair CAN Be Covered!”

  37. 1587
    Kim Garrett says:

    Kim Garrett
    The title of my book would be Dessert First.

  38. 1588
    Lori says:

    Lori Hall

    My book would be titled, “I love to Win!”

  39. 1589
    Princess Kappesser says:

    “Embracing the Blessings in all the craziness”…single mom of 3 girls, 2 teenager, I have been blessed so much in this crazy chaotic life of mine 🙂

  40. 1590
    BARBARA JEAN says:

    Sounds like a great book.

  41. 1591
    Cynthia Murphy says:

    Love the way you write and think you should publish your book soon! Mine: It Wasn’t Supposed to Turn Out This Way (But I’m Glad It Did!)

  42. 1592
    Meg Ebba says:

    I would love to win a witty book about motherhood!

    I need it, because I can’t think of a witty title for my own autobiography or memoir. Because I have little kids. And they sucked my brain dry. So intead, look for a Christian science-fiction novel because that’s what I’m writing. Though, it doesn’t have a title, either. (see above re: kids sucking my brain…)

  43. 1593
    Teresa Mazzoni says:

    Mine would be “Big Pink Bowls of Candy”.

  44. 1594
    Andi Crumrine says:

    Andi Crumrine
    My book would be called Smiling Is My Favorite!

  45. 1595
    Cindy says:

    My book would be titled “Not Home Yet”

  46. 1596
    Karen says:

    Karen Smith

  47. 1597
    Cindy Alphin says:

    Cindy Alphin

  48. 1598
    joyce bailey says:

    Joyce Bailey
    My book title: Two Friends and a Beach House

  49. 1599
    Stacey Dobesh says:

    Stacey Dobesh – Cardinals, Sunrises and Mountains

  50. 1600
    Charlene Peterson says:

    I think I would name my book “Mom How Did You Get In There”
    (sub titled) Seeing Your Mom in the Bathroom Mirror