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. 1801
    Susie Schroeder says:

    My book would be called….”For the love of Pete!”

  2. 1802
    donella elshere says:

    This book sounds great! The Blessings of the Prairie Life.

  3. 1803

    Rena Gunther

    I do hope to be published one day. My father has asked me to chronicle his life growing up in the area of Pensacola formerly known as “Tatertown” so I imagine I’d name the book Tatertown.

    I’d also love to write about the many Sophie-isms I’ve learned from my six-year-old, Sophie. Have a child later in life while my oldest two daughters are adults has proven to be everything but dull or boring. God has used Sophie to teach me much. It’s often quiet painful. 😉

  4. 1804
    Leticia says:

    Leticia Pitts
    Book Title: What To Do and What Not To Do When One of You Snores.

  5. 1805
    Brenda Hall says:

    I have dreamed of being an author since I was in Kindergarten! Sadly, that doesn’t seem to be God’s plan for my life! But if I were to write a book the name of it would be Beach Girl!

  6. 1806
    Sue School says:

    Sue Sch, I would love this book, as I read all the time. I stay at home caring for my husband. Thanks. Blessings.

  7. 1807
    Charlotte Shaw says:

    My book title? Warrior Pose.
    Look forward to reading Sparkly Green Earrings – (signed or not). ^-^

  8. 1808
    Janet says:

    Janet Leach

  9. 1809
    Sally Denton says:

    Sally Denton

  10. 1810
    Carla Foote says:

    Carla Foote

    The name of my book would be “Footeprints”. 🙂

  11. 1811
    Michelle M. S. says:

    My book would be titled “Pom Mom” (Pomeranian) 🙂

  12. 1812
    Nancy Cherota Sonnier says:

    My book title is now and has always been “You’ve Got To Be Kidding!”

  13. 1813
    Paula says:

    Paula B: “Like the Grass”

  14. 1814
    Paulette says:

    Paulette B Book title? Adventures in WOW!

  15. 1815
    Lydia Quinn says:

    I have no idea what I would name my book!

  16. 1816
    Ramona Childers says:

    Want this book badly! 🙂
    My book would be titled “A Widow’s Tale: A Story about survival”.

  17. 1817
    Jayme Jeane says:

    Jayme Jeane. My book would be titled “How to Truly Love Your Husband”

  18. 1818
    Sandy Keesee says:

    Sandy Keesee

    I would title my book….”You make me dizzy” my mom always told me that when I was little, now I understand with little ones of my own.

  19. 1819
    Kelly says:

    Kelly Jo Hartman
    My book would probably have the word “microphone” in the title… 🙂

  20. 1820
    Debbie Lowrie says:

    Would love to read this book. Hope it’s not too late to enter!)

    Debbie Lowrie

  21. 1821
    Pam t says:

    I would love to receive this book on motherhood. I need some help with that right now!

  22. 1822
    Linda W says:

    “My Clutter”

  23. 1823
    Joanna says:

    Joanna Morrison

  24. 1824
    Christy says:

    “Sapphire Dreams” would be my book for this September girl!
    Christy Thomson

  25. 1825
    Erin Linn Roche says:

    “…and Give us this day, our Daily Coffee”
    Just kidding ofcourse!

  26. 1826
    Judy Deal says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever thought about writing a book, but being the mother of 4 boys, I have plenty to tell! I think an appropriate title for my book would be “What’s the Deal?!”

  27. 1827
    R J GREY says:

    Lessons I’ve Learned… (from when I thought I knew it all)

  28. 1828
    Jessica M says:

    My Three Ring Circus

  29. 1829
    Natalie Dawes says:

    I’ve heard so many great things about the book! Would love a copy. 🙂

    As for a book title, today it might be “Joy: Coffee, nieces and Jesus”.

  30. 1830
    Cassie says:

    Cassie G.
    The Curious Case of Hutton James (my 5 month old, and he has honestly turned my life upside down with his daily doses of “curious cases” lol)

  31. 1831
    Sally Denton says:

    sorry, forgot this little fun part…Matthew,”the gift”

  32. 1832
    Kimberly says:

    Kimberly Eades….Because God Said So ;o)

  33. 1833
    Marie Funchess says:

    Marie Funchess.

    The name of my book would be “Lessons I learned from my Fathers.”

    Did not have a good relationship with my earthly father and for a long time, was mad at God about not having a “good” family life. But that is what drove me to my heavenly Father! When I realized that God chose my earthly father just for me, I learned so much! I wish young ladies in “bad” families would realize that God will use it!

  34. 1834
    Bethany Kertson says:

    Bethany Kertson

  35. 1835
    Lisa C.. S. says:

    Would love to read that book..have some old 80’s memories of my “sparkly green earrings” and a “banana clip”!
    Can I get an amen!! LOL!
    My book: “Men-O-Pause…when God says Men-hit-the-PAUSE-button and PRAY”!

  36. 1836
    Kimberly Bost says:

    Life in a fishbowl “no one is watching”

  37. 1837
    Meredith Smith says:

    Meredith Smith – not sure what my book would be called…maybe…”Motherhood a Juggeling Act”

  38. 1838
    Sue Laemmrich says:

    My book would be titled “Do It Joyfully”. Easy to say, hard to remember 🙂

  39. 1839
    carla says:

    Carla Sutherland

  40. 1840
    Sadee Van Ruler says:

    So fun! Thanks, Girls!! 🙂
    “The Story of Sudsy” Hah!

  41. 1841
    Chrissy Jones says:

    Chrissy Jones
    I would love to win a copy! 🙂

  42. 1842
    Vicky Duck says:

    Vicky Duck – “Life With Louie – aka Tales From The Duck In(n).

  43. 1843
    Tammy Bradshaw says:

    “I won’t change anything”

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  45. 1845
    Cindy Wilburn, LC , OR says:

    It would be very interesting to read this book. Thanks for the chance.

  46. 1846
    Deb Grimes says:

    If I wrote a book it would be called, Seeing God in the Little Things

  47. 1847
    Glynda Reed says:

    Sounds interesting. I could use some girlfriend time even if it is just through a good book right now.:)

    Glynda Reed

  48. 1848
    Ruth Larkin says:

    Ruthie: Thoughts on Life, Love and Jesus

    Thanks Lindsee – you crack me up! 🙂

  49. 1849
    Amanda Seidler says:

    Amanda Seidler book would be called, “Put It On Your Calendar, Not Your To-Do List!”

  50. 1850
    Jill melum says:

    I would call my book ” finding home, a work in progress “.