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. 1601
    Susan A. says:

    I am not sure about the final title but it would be something like “what in the world am I doing”!

  2. 1602
    Ada - Lovin Him says:

    Ada Roeser
    My book title would be “Lovin Him”

  3. 1603
    Marcia B. says:

    Being a single mom of 4 children (!) I always said, “I could write a book!” so that would be my title!! haha

  4. 1604
    Ashley Dixon says:

    I love this site and getting emails! If I had a book I would probably title it “Life of a Texan in the Carolinas!”

  5. 1605
    janalese mcknight says:

    janalese mcknight

    Thanks for all the give-away opportunities!

  6. 1606
    Beth Utterback says:

    Beth Utterback

    My book would be titled Southern, Sassy, and Saved!

  7. 1607
    Deborah Girling says:

    My book title would be “God knows what He’s doing”
    Sub-title, “so stop trying to help Him!”

  8. 1608
    Sandy Quackenbush says:

    Would like to win.

  9. 1609
    Susan Gilliam says:

    I follow Beth through Twitter and came across this blog. I would like to enter the contest for the book give-away if possible. I would also like to follow the blog and will try to figure out how to do so! The title of my book would be, What A Wonderful World. That was the theme of my school where I served as the assistant principal, then principal, for 10 wonderful years.

  10. 1610
    Terry Detrick says:

    If I was to write a book on this cold, wet, dreary day, I would title it “Fast Forward to Spring.”

  11. 1611
    Becky says:

    Trials and tribulations TO Victory in Christ!!!

  12. 1612
    Cynthia Leverett says:

    Cynthia Leverett

    This sounds like fun! Still can’t nail down a book title for myself though.

  13. 1613
    Pam Cars says:

    Oh I’d love to win this book. I’ve been checking out Big Mama and she has my attention. I love gals who are funny AND love Jesus!

  14. 1614
    sylvia payne says:

    My book: “I wrote a book “

  15. 1615
    Jacqueline Ambrico says:

    My book? Breathe Deep and Open your Eyes.

  16. 1616
    Kari Flom says:

    Kari Flom
    The title of my book would be Curly Girl Foodie: a journey of loving myself, my curly hair and food as much as the Lord loves me.

  17. 1617
    Sally N. Henson says:

    Never say Never!

  18. 1618
    Melanie Pope says:


  19. 1619
    Laura H says:

    Laura Harris

    I’m so uncreative, I’ll leave the book titles to someone else!

  20. 1620
    Cheryl Clevenger says:

    I would love to read the book!!!

  21. 1621
    Sheila Hankins says:

    Sheila Hankins…How God Pulled Me Out of the Muck & Mire

  22. 1622
    Sarah Wright says:

    Sarah Wright

  23. 1623
    Nelda Adkins says:

    Nelda Adkins – Houston, TX
    One day I hope to write my personal story about “Accepting Forgiveness”.

  24. 1624
    Christi says:

    Christi Hudson

    I guess if I wrote a book it might be called, “Just Because…”

  25. 1625
    Jenny Harrison says:

    “Slap Yo Mama!” An account of my life with the southern recipes that shaped who I am today.

  26. 1626
    Jenna Burns says:

    Jenna Burns

    If I wrote a book I think I’d call it “Red Heads Do Have the Most Fun!”

  27. 1627
    Mary Bucy says:

    Mary Bucy

    Mary’s Unveiled Heart

  28. 1628
    Jan Kalne says:

    Jan Kalne

    From Dust to Dust; A Memoir

  29. 1629
    Laurie Farris says:

    Sounds like a fabulous read! I hope I get one of the free ones! My book: “Don’t use the A Word!” The story of a family’s dance with ASD – Autism Spectrum Disorder. 🙂

  30. 1630
    Claire W. says:

    How exciting!

  31. 1631
    kathy olson says:

    kathy olson
    Kids, Kitchens, and Crazy Days

  32. 1632
    Jenn says:

    Jenn Glass, Orlando

    If I wrote a book I would call it “Broken into Beautiful” but I’m pretty sure that has already been done.

  33. 1633
    Laura says:

    Laura McKinney

    The title of my book would be “Enough” as in Christ is enough!

  34. 1634
    Anya Bermingham says:

    Anya Bermingham
    I would love to read a good book like that. My book title would be something like “There is a reason”

  35. 1635
    Renda Barr says:

    renda barr – thanks for the fun giveaway offers

  36. 1636
    Lorri says:

    Lorri Geeter
    Title of my book…What was God thinking???

  37. 1637

    My book would be called: The Crazy Adventures of a Missionary Family! 🙂

  38. 1638
    Jill Paullus says:

    Jill P.
    Living by Faith is HARD

  39. 1639
    Betsy K says:

    I sure hope I win the book! Thanks!

  40. 1640
    Linda Partain says:

    I would love a copy of the book! My book title would be, “My Journeys With God.”

  41. 1641
    De Burke says:

    Ms. De Goes Back to College 🙂

  42. 1642
    Tracie Somers says:

    I want this book!!

  43. 1643
    Amy Baker says:

    I would love to win!

  44. 1644
    Sandy says:

    A Day to Remember
    by Sandy Kreider =)

  45. 1645
    Vickie says:

    Vickie Barbee – “Redemption: The Story of A Barbee Girl Being Redeemed in This Barbie World” 🙂

  46. 1646
    Emily Brown says:

    I definitely want to read this book….. After this semester of nursing school! Haha… Probably won’t win but I’m trying! :))

  47. 1647
    Delaine Morrison says:

    If I wrote a book I would name it “Almost There”.

  48. 1648
    Barbara Menefee says:

    My book would have to be Crazy Train!

  49. 1649
    Betty Simpson says:

    Betty Simpson

    Would love a Do-Over!

  50. 1650
    Kristin Lawrence says:

    I would entitle my book, “Invited”.