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. 1751
    Michelle Christian says:

    Sparkly Green Earrings! Please:)

  2. 1752
    Debbie Ritter says:

    Debbie Ritter.
    My book would be titled ‘God Is Good ALL the Time!’

  3. 1753
    Brandy Abruzzino says:

    Brandy A.

    From the Eyes of Bubba would be my book title. 🙂 although I am a “small” person my nickname has been Bubba since day one.

  4. 1754
    Mindy Seekford says:

    Mindy Seekford

    My book title would be “Hoops and Heels”:)

  5. 1755
    Tracy Evilsizer says:

    I don’t know what the title would be but my book would definitely be about being raised an only child and growing up and having seven children of my own 🙂
    I always tell my mother she got a great return on her investment 🙂

  6. 1756
    Joy Rice says:

    If I wrote a book, I’d have to call it “Be Still.”

  7. 1757
    Sally Heydlauff says:

    This book sounds very intriguing:) My book title: Learning to Learn.

  8. 1758
    Michelle H says:

    Michelle H
    “Refuge of Hope”

  9. 1759
    Nicci Ramirez says:

    Yep, I’m real 🙂

  10. 1760
    Cynthia Pearson says:

    Cynthia Pearson

    I love to read but instead of writing a book, I encourage my author friends like Faith Bogdan, who has her first book coming out in April called “Who are all these kids and why are they calling me mom”.

  11. 1761
    Diane Rullestad says:

    Diane Rullestad book title “Comforting With the Comfort I’ve Been Given”

  12. 1762
    Jennifer Pepper says:

    Do y’all not see how funny I am?

  13. 1763
    Valerie geib says:

    I would love to read this book! It sounds fun!

    My book title would be “the fabulous life God gave her, a journey with joy and pain”

  14. 1764
    Lindag says:

    Sounds like a wonderful book! I’m not much of a writer, but I have thought about writing a book about my wonderful sister and entitling it “For the Love of Mary”. I loved her dearly and lost her way too soon. Blessings to all!

  15. 1765
    Susan A. says:

    It would probably start with “what in the world am I doing”?!

  16. 1766
    Rebecca says:

    Rebecca Murphy

    Humor through the Window-The Tales of a Church Recpetionist

  17. 1767
    Stephanie says:

    Stephanie Wright

  18. 1768
    Leanne says:

    Leanne Cody

  19. 1769
    Dianne Ewin says:

    My book would definitely be called “Ewins Doins”. Except no one would say the first word right. Unless they guessed it rhymes with the second word. Which it does. 🙂

  20. 1770
    Alicia "frozen peach" says:

    Alicia Phillips
    I laughed out loud when you said “I’m not even going to pretend like I know what my book would be titled..” 🙂
    Maybe- frozen peaches: a girls guide to southern survival in a northern land

  21. 1771
    becky says:

    Becky Swenson is my name!

    My book would be called…. Because Nice Matters.

  22. 1772
    Suzy E. says:

    Suzy Edwards – Atlanta

    Although I love and appreciate creativity in others, I don’t have an ounce in myself — so I’ll have to pass on the title. 🙁

  23. 1773
    Mel Ann Sullivan says:

    Mel Ann Sullivan – Millry, AL – My brothers and sisters, do not show prejudice if you possess faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ. For if someone comes into your assembly wearing a gold ring and fine clothing and a poor person enters in filthy clothes, do you say to the one wearing fine clothing, “Here’s a good seat for you”, but say to the poor person, “You stand over there” or “sit on the floor by my feet”, have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? James 2:1-4 NLT

  24. 1774
    Steffanie Reiley says:

    Steffanie Reiley

    Forever Grateful: A Daughter of the King Memoir

  25. 1775
    Cyndi Stresing says:

    I just saw this and didn’t pick it up- unbelievable!

  26. 1776
    Susan Davis says:

    Susan Davis
    My book would be for children called “God’s Little Ewe.”

  27. 1777
    Julia M says:

    Julia M “Just Breathe”

  28. 1778
    Laura Armington says:

    The Life of a Newly Wed

  29. 1779
    Amy P says:

    Amy P – Slow, Crazy Ride

  30. 1780
    Timi W. says:

    My book title would be called Sustained by Faithfulness

  31. 1781
    Rebekah Parker says:

    Rebekah Parker

  32. 1782
    Amber Berry says:

    “Theological thought’s from a 4 year old”

  33. 1783
    Judy Rainwater says:

    My book would be titled, “The Wonderful World of being a Grandmother”

  34. 1784
    Debbie in Tennessee says:

    Debbie E.

    My book, “Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!”

  35. 1785
    Paige says:

    Paige Shappley

    “Re-Do the I Do” because God gave us a 2nd chance do-over to get this marriage thing right! Hallelujah!

  36. 1786
    Christy Youngblood says:

    So What Do I Do Now? and I have the perfect recipient for the book to pass it along to (after I read it of course).

  37. 1787
    Margo B. says:

    I’d love to win this!

    I AM writing a book and it’s called Raining Toward Heaven

  38. 1788
    Megan McCann says:

    Megan McCann

    I’d name my book: “Knitting, and Other Methods God Used to Teach Me To Love (My Family)”

  39. 1789
    Sherry D. says:

    Sounds like an interesting book! If I wrote a book, it would be titled – One Big Fat Hairy Rollercoaster.

  40. 1790
    Kristina Foster says:

    Kristina Foster, Gardner, KS
    Right now, my book would be called–“Snow Bound in KC” 😉

  41. 1791
    Ina Bunnell says:

    No ideas on a book title!

  42. 1792
    Kim Stutts says:

    Joy In The Morning

  43. 1793

    Bridgit Smith…..Broken Bits. Mosaic Miracles! Or Safe at Home…How to keep your children safe in your home.

  44. 1794
    Berni Dahl says:

    I love the title of this book. It reminds me of my mom who just passed away last month. She would have been 91 years young. We have been looking through her belongings and I think she had 200 pair (or more!) of sparkly earrings. (some from the 60s that I remember her wearing when I was young) So here’s to Big Mama and Little Mama (that’s what we called her cuz she was little and cute )who love their bling.

  45. 1795
    Monika Ritchie says:

    Monika R. — “Hold On, This Too Shall Pass…”

  46. 1796
    Nancy Foose says:

    Nancy Foose

    The title of my book would be “Enjoy the Ride”

  47. 1797
    Catherine Moore says:

    Catherine Moore

    My book would be called “Fear of the Fish”…my husband and I have talked about this one for quite a while but have yet to start it…maybe some day…

    (PS Lindsee, I like parenthesis too!)

  48. 1798
    Kim Everest says:

    Kim Everest

  49. 1799
    Lendi Stuber says:

    Lendi Stuber

  50. 1800
    Cynthia E. says:

    Blessed Beyond …