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. 2001
    Susan N says:

    “One More Thing”

  2. 2002
    Julie says:

    Julie Simpson

    My title…..”Heaven Help Her!” 🙂

  3. 2003
    Bena Hartsock says:

    Bena Hartsock

  4. 2004
    Yen Thampi says:

    Yen Thampi – “Spatially Unaware”

  5. 2005
    Julie dk says:

    Julie dk in Casper Wyoming

    A Walk that Matters

  6. 2006
    Traci Rivard says:

    Traci Rivard
    Thanks Lindsee…the book sounds interesting. My book title….”one of 3″

  7. 2007
    Janet Mitchell says:

    Congratulations, Melanie! Thank you, Lindsee, for informing us about a wonderful new book.
    I also have a book inside me, but a title doesn’t yet come to mind. 🙂

  8. 2008
    Lorrie says:

    Lorrie Barker

    My book title would be Beautiful Chaos.

  9. 2009
    Teresa Martin says:

    Teresa Martin. I would love to win this book. If I wrote a book it would be “Musings of A Mother”.

  10. 2010
    Dawn says:

    I’d love to fall into a new book! This one sounds great!

  11. 2011
    Annie Atchison says:

    Wearing His Forgiveness Like a Crown

  12. 2012
    Eva Lawhorn says:

    Eva Lawhorn

    Reeder’s Reads (after my blog!)

  13. 2013
    Lisa H says:

    Help for the Hurting: Learning to Live After a Cancer Diagnosis

  14. 2014
    Jenna McNichols says:

    “Jenna worried”….the prequel to “Wemberly worried” 😉

  15. 2015
    Anne Crew says:

    Name of my Book: Parents of Teens Survival Guide
    (Im a mom of 6 with 5 teens)

  16. 2016
    Amy-GA says:

    What NOT to do when growing up~ By A Coal Miner’s Daughter….(did you sing the tune?)

  17. 2017
    Michelle Ziegler says:

    Always looking for a good book to read! This one sounds fantastic!

    My title might be: “The Quandaries and Conundrums of Being a Stay-at-Home Mom”

  18. 2018
    Brenda says:

    Brenda Bivens I haven’t really thought about writing a book about my life, or if I did what the title would be. It would definitely be a good read though!

  19. 2019
    Marilyn says:

    Marilyn Miller
    My book “Life Can be a Lemon, So Just Pass the Salt”.

  20. 2020
    Lindsay Hernandez says:

    Lindsay Hernandez

  21. 2021
    Rhonda Bilbro says:

    Ramblings by Rhonda…I love to talk.

  22. 2022
    Tami K says:

    Tami Kiper
    The Life of A Lake Kid

  23. 2023
    Jobolin says:

    “The smell of sawdust makes me want to shout!” A tale from the daughter of a tent revivalist.

  24. 2024
    Mary Ludwig says:

    I’d LOVE to read this book! I’ve heard great things about it! I have 3 kids, ages 7,5 & 2!

  25. 2025
    Jeanne Rumbley says:

    You have given me an opportunity to think back on my life and all that has transpired in 63 years!!!! My title would have to be “Either Rise Above It Or Wallow In It” Nothing is impossible with God.

  26. 2026
    Tammy Grace says:

    Tammy Grace

    The book I dream of writing is:
    Death by Shampoo and Toothpaste
    (The joys of raising boys)

  27. 2027
    Connie Cox says:

    Connie Cox – My book would be, “Grandmothers really do have more fun”.

  28. 2028
    Sandy R says:

    My title would be “Can I get a witness, anybody, about grooming female Cockers and rearing teenage girls: both insanely trying of me!”

  29. 2029
    Jaclyn Casillas says:

    Jaclyn Casillas

  30. 2030
    Maggie Cummings says:

    Interested! Maggie Cummings

  31. 2031
    jenny hud says:

    jenny hudson

    title of the book to be written with one of my best friends: “living with crazy”

  32. 2032
    Amanda Harmon says:

    I have been trying to think of my pretend book title…maybe, Learning to see the spectacular blessings in the everyday life. 🙂

  33. 2033
    Tana T says:

    “A High Maintenance Woman…. But A Satisfied Heart”.

  34. 2034
    Leslie Ruth says:

    Leslie Petree

  35. 2035
    Harriette Flanagin says:

    If I knew Then…

  36. 2036
    buffy scherer says:

    Buffy Scherer

    The title of my non fiction book would be “Ya’ll, I really can’t make this stuff up!”

  37. 2037
    Terri Lovett says:

    Terri Lovett

  38. 2038
    Monique Dozer says:

    Monique Dozer

  39. 2039
    Valerie McFarland says:

    Valerie McFarland

    My title: “Underneath the Oak Tree”

  40. 2040
    Sara Crocker says:

    Sara Crocker

    Rocks in my Pockets- the Story of a Curious Girl

  41. 2041
    Angelina S says:

    My title “Four Boys”….I have four sons.

  42. 2042
    Karen Di says:

    Karen Di

    My book: “Recipes from the Fiery Furnace: When you’re the Main Ingredient”

  43. 2043
    Traci Indlecoffer says:

    Joy in the Journey

  44. 2044
    bama girl says:

    Bama Girl

  45. 2045
    Cathy Blount says:

    Would love one!!! Is it available at bookstores?

  46. 2046
    Terri says:

    Terri R

    “If I Only Would Be Still and Know”

  47. 2047
    Karla says:

    Karla H. (completely internet paranoid)
    Can’t imagine reading a book, let alone write one.
    But now I have a obsessive need to purchase a pair of sparkly green earrings and of course play hookie from life and read this book! What have you done (to me)? (SMILE)

  48. 2048

    Great post, Melanie. I love that your personality is so evident in your writing.

    Sparkly Green Earrings looks fantastic. Even if I don’t win it, I’ll be picking up a copy to read.

    My book would be titled “A Vessel’s Journey: From Broken to Beloved.”

  49. 2049
    Diane Mulder says:

    I can’t think of a book title, but I just read Dawn’s R’s book title “Lessons From the Land of the Perpetually Irritated” and I would definitely buy it when it comes out!

  50. 2050
    Robin Freeman says:

    Robin Freeman
    My Life ……A Rollercoaster !!!