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. 151
    Erica L says:

    I can’t say that I’ve thought about what my book title would be, but I would love to win a copy of the book!

  2. 152
    Anne Bailey says:

    My book title would be. Just like that there tree, I’m still standing (for now anyway)!!!!!

  3. 153
    Barbara Wilkerson says:

    Broken and Beautiful

  4. 154
    Amy Swindler says:

    ” Do we really have 6 children? ”
    I really am shocked everyday!

  5. 155
    Meg says:

    Meg F.

    And for my book title… I’ll have to think!

  6. 156
    Christy Richardson says:

    Christy Richardson 🙂

  7. 157
    Debbi H says:

    What an interesting title. I would love to read this book!

  8. 158
    Danielle Skavinsky says:

    Put me in to win!
    thats not a book title…though it sounds like a good one, I just want to get a signed copy of Sparkly Green Earrings

  9. 159
    karen says:

    karen leavitt

  10. 160
    Cathy Nabors says:

    Book title……”my age is going up, my prospects are going down”.

  11. 161
    Melissa Berhel says:

    Oh, Boy!

    Melissa Berhel

  12. 162
    Denise Hunt says:

    🙂 God Bless you all!!!! My book would be titled…

    “God turned this Hot Mess into a HOT MESSAGE!!!” 🙂

  13. 163
    Brenda says:

    Brenda Hodson My book would be “Just Enough” or for someone starting their own business with her husband it would be “Are You Sure??”

  14. 164
    Jen Heitshusen says:

    My pretend book title: “Good Thing God Loves Me with my Foot in my Mouth” or “Better Living through Sarcasm.”

  15. 165
    Amanda D. says:

    Amanda Dolinger

    the name of my “non-book” would be “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up!” (a little non-fiction anyone? 🙂

  16. 166
    Mary Beth Brannon says:

    I would love a copy of this book! And I would title my book “Choose To Say Yes”

    and I am nowhere close to being an author 🙂

  17. 167
    Candace says:

    Candace Crabtree
    Would LOVE to win this book!! I’ve had it on my wishlist since before it came out. 🙂 If I had a book, gosh, it would be called “What a MESS!” ha!

  18. 168
    Summer R. says:

    Thank you for offering this giveaway! Hmmm…the name of my book would be something like Out of The Ashes 🙂

  19. 169
    Robin Moore says:

    Gracebits: Catching Tidbits of His Unmerited Favor

  20. 170
    Kim says:

    Kim Heaton, and my book title would be Bring Ella Home.

  21. 171
    Karen Sikes says:

    All days are good, some are just better than others!!!!

  22. 172
    Dee Spitler says:

    Dee Spitler. My book title? How about ‘Just once, I’d like to win.’ 🙂

  23. 173
    Dawn W says:

    Dawn Whiteford
    I would write “Turning My Mess into His Message”

  24. 174
    Shelly McCormick says:

    If I could write a book, its title would be, “From the Ashes”.

  25. 175
    Leanne Herrmann says:

    From Wine to Water

  26. 176
    Kali says:

    Kali W.

    Uhh… I have no idea what I would name my own book.

  27. 177
    Diane says:

    Diane K.
    Plugging: just away at homework (algebra -blech! at 43 I still don’t like it, lol, nor do particularly well at it).

    My dad (back in NY) got in touch with his sister and her daughter yesterday (who still live in Texas) and he said they had a grand time talking nearly 3 hours!! I’m so happy my family’s coming together more & more 🙂

  28. 178
    Lacey Craig says:

    Lacey Craig

  29. 179
    Molly J says:

    I saw Beth’s post…make that “tweet” …about this book a couple weeks ago and immediately ordered it. Loved it! And passed my copy forward to my sister. BTW, we’re both grammas…but Melanie’s words still resonate! Should I win another copy, it will be happily gifted to a deserving young mommy!

  30. 180
    Jennifer Carter says:

    Jennifer Carter wants to read this book 🙂

  31. 181
    Beth says:

    Beth Heintz

  32. 182
    Joanne Viola says:

    Joanne Viola – Thanks for the chance!

  33. 183
    Michelle Feliccitti says:

    Don’t Give Up….It Could be Just One Day, One Hour Away!

  34. 184
    LoriLynn B says:

    By Way of the Little House

  35. 185
    Kelley Mansfield says:

    If I were to write a book right now it would be Parenting Without Fear!

  36. 186
    Christina says:

    Christina R.

    Whistling a tune, even if its a bit off key!

  37. 187
    Katie Faffler says:

    Katie Faffler

  38. 188
    Kristi says:

    Kristi Whiting

    🙂 thanks for the chance to win this book!

  39. 189

    Praising in Pajamas

    It would be a book about how my culturally unfabulous life, is in reality a supernatural one that shows the grace, power, and redemption of Christ.

    Also, I really love my pajamas.

  40. 190
    Kristin L says:

    Kristin Lambert

    Who just happens to love all things green AND all things sparkly!! ;o)

  41. 191
    Lydia says:

    Love it! And you’re right– what a cute cover!!

  42. 192
    Sharon S. says:

    The name of my book would be:
    Help Me Here, Is Chocolate, Coffee or Tea Time?

  43. 193
    Patti Bodenhamer says:

    Patti Bodenhamer

  44. 194
    Becky Bost says:

    The name of my book would be “Meadowpond Farm” which is where I live with cows, horses , donkeys , dogs and a wide variety if other creatures.

  45. 195
    Lisa McGill says:

    Would love to read the book. I really can’t think of a title of a book except for struggles trough the years with Gods guidance.

  46. 196
    Diane says:

    I would love to win the book. I had read about it a couple of weeks ago, looks like a good read.

  47. 197
    Jennifer Krance says:

    “The Whisper of My Mind”

  48. 198
    Landa Bell says:

    The “Mother” Hood, is that a gang????

  49. 199
    Christi Beerley says:

    Christi Beerley

    My book would be titled:
    Me, Write a Book? Never!!!

  50. 200
    Leah Del Signore says:

    I have no idea what my book would be called! Maybe *Glory to God* because if I ever got a book written, it would be all due to Him!