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. 2051
    Sadie U. says:

    My title: East Coast to the Midwest: Stories of a Carolina Girl in Razorback Country

  2. 2052
    Jane M.L. says:

    Jane M. L.
    ” The Me I Wish You Knew” would be the title of my book.

  3. 2053
    Jonda Heckel says:

    I’ve read her blog a few times and I’m sure her book is amazing! Thank you for thinking of us!

  4. 2054
    Christina S. - Arkansas says:

    I’ve read a few blogs today mentioning this book!

    If I wrote a book it would be called “Still single, Lord! Got anyone for me?” Oh how He has recently blessed me and how I thank Him everyday for not allowing me to make mistakes that would keep me from this blessing. I had to wait 38.5 years but oh so worth the wait!

  5. 2055
    Julie Wright says:

    Julie Elizabeth Wright

  6. 2056
    Trish from Tulsa says:

    Trish from Tulsa

  7. 2057

    Heather Marsten

    Tell me what He did

    I’m writing a memoir about healing from incest and other abuse. Every morning after my father’s visits to my room, my mom would greet me with, “I heard him in your room last night, tell me what he did.” I’d have to tell her and she’d write it in notebooks. Never did anything with the notebooks. For years I ran from God, and then finally God caught me – and He healed me – so the title also implies God’s help in my healing – tell me what HE (God) did.

    • 2057.1
      phyllis says:

      Heather,Your book title reminds me of Terry Richenberger’s book “Sold To The Highest Bidder”
      (The highest bidder used to be the men in the stip bars, but ended up being JESUS!!!)
      So thankful for your rescue!!

  8. 2058
    D. Ann Daves says:

    Name of book: ‘”Blessed”

  9. 2059
    polly lowman says:


  10. 2060
    Kim Watkins says:

    My book title: ” No one sees the mess but you; Stop cleaning and enjoy the ones that created the mess!”

  11. 2061
    Kristie says:

    Kristie, Midland, TX

    And She Named Her Swimsuit Ooh-La-La!

    A Tale of a Special Yet Brief Friendship

  12. 2062
    Brenda Trafton says:

    “Digging out of this Blizzard called Life, Into the most Gorgeous Sunsets”
    Yes, I do live in Amarillo and we just had a real life blizzard to boot!
    19 inches of snow with 75 mph wind…you couldnt see yourself coming or going!
    I love, love to read!

  13. 2063
    Carol says:

    Sand Skimmin and Skinny Dippin….Ridiculous, Yet True Adventures of Two Young-And-In-Love Missionaries(maybe the word “married” should be part of this title)

  14. 2064
    Janice Lowery says:

    Great giveaway. I was already planning to give a copy to my nieces who are young moms.

    Thank you.

  15. 2065
    Cathleen Adolph says:

    I would love to curl up with this book. My book title would have to be: “GIVE ME A BIGGER BOX OF CRAYONS!!!”

  16. 2066
    Leanne Stokes says:

    Book Club, Bunco and Baked Ziti: How to have Fun, Even if You are a Church Secretary

  17. 2067
    Lisa F. says:

    I would LOVE this book! I went to the dot Mom conference in Frisco last week and saw Melanie! Her promo video for the book made me cry, it was sooo sweet! I wanted to buy the book, but didn’t…..

    The title of my book would be, “Put Your Big Girl Panties On – THIS is the Day!”

  18. 2068
    Steph says:

    Steph Hollingsworth
    He’s Making Me Stronger

    Thanks for the contest! How exciting…

  19. 2069
    Mary Lou says:

    Mary Lou Menning

    How to be a good mom (when you’re pretty much a mess)

  20. 2070
    Vida Ursic says:

    Just a 57 year young-married-empty nester w/adult sons out of state/ and have to have my earrings…the title sounds great and to know Living Proof is sharing this new author; yes, I would be blessed to win a copy!
    thank you staff
    Luke 4:22

  21. 2071
    Linda Keller says:

    I love green, and I can think of nothing better than Sparkly Green Earrings!

  22. 2072
    jaimee duncan says:

    hmmm…something like “life as a peasant-turned-princess” =)

  23. 2073
    Robyn Beall says:

    I would love to write a book someday, but for now, I’m busy living life with four kids and trying to keep my memory sharp, my stomach tucked inside my jeans and my husband happy!

  24. 2074
    Heather Turner says:

    Heather Turner

    As my husband and I seem to be saying over and over again these days: “It Is What It Is!”

  25. 2075
    Deb Koehler says:

    Deb Koehler

  26. 2076
    Nettie Summers says:

    OHHHHHHHHH I HOPE YOU PICK MEEEEEE!!!! Just saw this book in the store today and didn’t get it :(. Then, found your blog on the Internet today for the first and it’s time about this book!! I think it’s a sign! Title. “Follow The Signs” (lol)

  27. 2077
    Val of KY says:

    Valerie Harned

    “Function, Function…what’s your dysfunction?”

  28. 2078
    Linda Lamont says:

    Book title. Living Life in a Surgical Waiting Room

  29. 2079
    Annette B says:

    Annette B., Toronto ON
    I have begun a book, and think about others I would like to write someday. A working title? “A Change of Heart.”

  30. 2080

    “Procrastinating is Fun” but I probably wouldn’t get it finished… 🙂

  31. 2081
    Amy James says:

    Amy James

    My book would be called “Holding This Moment”

  32. 2082
    Katie says:

    Katie Ray

    Title: Humble Intent

  33. 2083
    Lisa Mans says:

    Lisa M.

    Storms and Stiletto Heels

  34. 2084
    Debra Lavine says:

    Debra Lavine

  35. 2085
  36. 2086
    Kate Brodbeck says:

    I can’t wait to read why she calls herself Big Mama!
    & I love her title “Sparkly Green Earrings”
    Hmmmm, mine might be…
    Love, that’s what it’s all about: )

  37. 2087
    Glenda Miller says:

    Glenda J Miller(ster) 🙂

  38. 2088
    Cindy says:

    Cindy Gillis

  39. 2089
    Andrea Porter says:

    Andrea Porter

    A Practical Guide:
    How to Successfully Catch That Monkey-wrench, Life Just Hurled Your Way


    ( When your plan A becomes life’s plan B)

  40. 2090
    Michele says:

    A Special needs mom who needs a time out!

  41. 2091
    Theresa Mayo says:

    Conquering the Sleeping Giants

  42. 2092
    Dawn Weeks says:

    “Yes! I’m Their Mother:)”Can see my children’s faces now…hilarious:))

  43. 2093
    AnnaMarie says:

    AnnaMarie Lohr

    Why Do I Have A Ride All Day Pass On the Hormone Roller Coaster and How Do I Give It Back?
    (Praising God through – or in spite of – Menopause)

  44. 2094
    Connie says:

    Connie Hirschy, I enjoy reading the blog, and doing the scripture memory work.

  45. 2095
    Laura B. says:

    I went to the dotMOM conference this past weekend where Melanie was one of the hostesses! (also got to meet Amanda!) LOVED her! I wanted so badly to buy one of her books, but it wasn’t in the budget. Would love to win one!

  46. 2096
    Stephanie Head says:

    My goodness…I’m at a loss. Would love to have the book though.

  47. 2097
    Elaine Morrow says:

    Have a great day! This is the day the Lord has made.

  48. 2098
    Laura Callison says:

    Laura Callison

  49. 2099
    Karen Kelley says:

    The name of my book, which my family and friends are either all-tingly anticipating or nail-chewing fearing (depending on how they treated chubby, near-sighted, holy-roller me) is “Too Fat To Be A Devilette.”

  50. 2100
    Ana Cribb says:

    “The Advenure of a Lifetime!”