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. 1701
    Jenny Vazquez says:

    This book sounds like tons of fun for my best friend and I to read together! My book would be called “The Diary of a Happy White Girl” (also the name of my blog)!

  2. 1702
    Robyn MS says:

    My book would be titled “ellipticalling with God”;

  3. 1703
    Jaclyn Yarbrough says:

    If I wrote a book i would totally call it something like…”Perfect at Being Imperfect.”

  4. 1704
    Beth Harrington says:

    Would LOVE to have a copy!!!
    My book would be called “Starting Over Every Day”

  5. 1705
    Carol Boney says:

    Title? Something for me to think about.

  6. 1706
    Patti Reavis says:

    Would love a copy. My title would be “look up and see the glory of The Lord”.

  7. 1707
    Laura Bonar says:

    My book title would have the word JOY in it
    somewhere…love that word. Maybe the title is just
    “Joy, my favorite word!”

  8. 1708
    Darlene Moorehead says:


  9. 1709
    Lynette Waggoner says:

    My book would be call
    “I have a way of making others feel so good about themselves” haha!

  10. 1710

    i would love to read this book. thank you for sharing information about your friend, Melanie. i have always been a ‘chain-reader’ and love to indulge in fun uplifting stories.
    thank you,

  11. 1711
    Lisa Morrow says:

    Lisa Morrow

    Couldn’t write a book for all the gold in China 🙂
    But love to read them!

  12. 1712
    Cherilyn says:

    Cherilyn Strader

  13. 1713
    Jen says:

    Jennifer Catri

    my book title “Keep on Keeping on!”

  14. 1714
    Andrea Clark says:

    The name of my book would probably be “One Thing.” I have always loved that Rich Mullins song, and it has really become a theme for my life!

  15. 1715
    Donna Sisler says:

    Donna Sisler

    My book title would be “Full Measure of Joy!”

  16. 1716

    Tiffany Lewis, pretend author of “Joyfully Full of It”

  17. 1717
    Dawn Belflower says:

    ~Falling Off Cliffs…Tripping Over Stones and Other LIfe Lessons~

  18. 1718
    Beth Coker says:

    I’d LOVE a copy of this book and if I wrote my own it would be titled ‘Can’t Overdo Bling!’
    Happy Day to all 🙂

  19. 1719
    Sylvia Upchurch says:

    Nana’s Heart

  20. 1720
    Amanda Lange says:

    I think mine woud be “My Beloved Wears Pink” For my love of pink. 🙂

  21. 1721
    JoAnn Johnson says:

    “I Never Leave the House Without My Earrings!” which, in my case, is very true.

  22. 1722
    RhondaMoore says:

    I would love to write a book titled…”MY JOURNEY IN STAGES” from (book of Numbers 33)…..even though as of late I feel like I’m at a crossroad in my life….
    Waiting to win this book..thanks in advance…Rhonda

  23. 1723
    Debi Spiller says:

    Debi S. – I have no idea what I would title a book. But I would love to win a copy of Sparkley Green Earrings.

  24. 1724
    Lisa Nix says:

    The title of my book would/will be ‘No Wasted Desert’.

  25. 1725
    Diane Crocker says:

    Sounds wonderful! I’m in!

  26. 1726
    Jessica Mitchell says:

    Jessica Mitchell, pick me! pick me! I’d love to read the book.

  27. 1727
    Tara H. says:

    I think the name of my book would called, “A Redeemed Mess”. 🙂

  28. 1728
    Kaitlyn says:

    Kaitlyn Martin

    Eeee, I really just don’t know, sorry! Let’s just say that writing is not on my bucket list!

  29. 1729
    Melanie Toups says:

    Melanie Toups — (Thanks for sharing this w/ us!)

  30. 1730
    Susan F. says:

    I would like to win the book to give to my daughter-in-love who is serving God with my son and grandchildren in a limited access country. She loves to read and the oldest grandchild loves green! My book would be titled: “Hiking Adventures with the Creator”.

  31. 1731
    Angela MArtinez says:

    New Beginnings A Fresh each Day

  32. 1732
    Laura Hagedorn says:

    Would love a copy of the book.

  33. 1733
    Andrea S. says:

    Andrea Schlepp

    Hmmmm….”From heartache to wholeness”

  34. 1734
    Amy Pertee says:

    My book would be called…

  35. 1735
    Susan H says:

    Susan H my title would be “Toddlers to Teens”!!!!

  36. 1736

    “Inspiration from the steam room and other unusual places” by Lacy Matthews

  37. 1737
    ZoeAnn Yussman says:

    I LOVE TO READ!! My husband hates that I have stacks of books on my bedside table… spilling off onto the floor as well!! Hoping to win this one!!

    My book… I have been thinking about writing a book (however I know nothing about writing). My book would be “Where is God in Schizophrenia?” (My son is schizophrenic and I have been writing a journal for years now… ) Sorry probably more info than you wanted!!

    Love you guys!

  38. 1738
    Tracy Fuller says:

    Tracy Fuller

    Hurry …. No, slow down!

  39. 1739
    Lindsey Alexander says:

    Lindsey Alexander

    “Sun Tea, Moon Tea”

  40. 1740

    I just finished my first Contemporary Romance Christian Fiction book called Patina! Don’t know what to do with it yet, but I did it 🙂

    Allison M

  41. 1741
    The Apple of His Eye says:

    Karen Huxen – book title: “How to Get the Shine Back” ….my thing is lots of dots….. 😛

  42. 1742
    Sheila Kauffman says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to win!

    Book Title: “Not Home Yet…for a Purpose”

  43. 1743
    Susan T. says:

    “Pasta Bridges and Other Parenting Parables”

  44. 1744
    Cindy Sikkema says:

    My book would be titled `Life`s a Big But` (A book on excuses we use to excuse our bad behavior or choices) or `Out of the Ashes` (My journey to freedom from bondage)

  45. 1745
    Kacy Desmonds says:

    Kacy Desmonds

  46. 1746
    Carrie says:

    Carrie Allen

  47. 1747
    Mary says:

    Please…..I want this!!!!!

  48. 1748
    Mary Jane says:

    Mary Jane Smith

    “Blessed Mess”

  49. 1749
    Janet Anderson says:

    My first book would be “#ParanoidParent.” Yes, I would want them to include the hashtag in the title.

  50. 1750
    Desiree says:

    Desiree Robertson Lowe

    (I’m about to deliver baby #2…with a 2 year old already at home…thinking about writing a book or coming up with a title is too much. 🙂