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. 2101
    Debbie Hernandez says:

    My book title would be called “Black Belt in Motherhood” I have thought about writing this book for a LONG time and someone even asked there other day if I thought about writing and I told her yes and even had a book title. Maybe the time has come for me to actually start writing it on paper instead of just my head.

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    Tammy F says:


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    Taryne M says:

    “Sweet G.R.I.T.S”. A hair teasin’ memoir of Girls Raised In The South.

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      Holly Baxley says:

      That’s creative and funny! I’d love to see the “cover” of the book. 😀

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      Susan M says:

      My book would be, “Oh the Things Parents Say, if They only Knew”. I am a teacher and between notes parents write and the things we hear from students-it has its hilarious moments.

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    Anita McCusker says:

    Have just the right recipient for this book. … I don’t have any recipients for my book “Ups and Downs of being the Big Sister!” – but, I have 4 younger sisters to give it to the minute it’s published:)

  5. 2105
    Maria A. says:

    I would love to win a copy of this book! If I wrote my own book I think I’d title it-Topsy Turvy Sidewinder…The Wild Ride We Call Motherhood

  6. 2106
    Tenda T says:

    I’m pretty sure you won’t have too many duplicate “Tenda” entries. 🙂

  7. 2107
    Cora Lee K. says:

    Cora Lee

    “The Tales of the Girl with Two First Names” or
    “It’s a Baptist thing”

  8. 2108
    Blair says:

    Blair Austin

  9. 2109
    Lee P says:

    Lee Patterson
    Make a Left at the Red Light

  10. 2110
    Angela Rouse says:

    Angela R.

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    Keshia Patterson says:

    purple VW beetle purple me!

  12. 2112
    Nikkia Bell says:

    I guess the title of my book would be “The-Far-From-Average-Life”!

  13. 2113
    Valerie says:

    Valerie Schatz ~ “The Bird & The B’s”

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    Nicole Wolfe says:

    If I were to write a book, it would be called “Bedtime Bootcamp”. And I intend to write this one day 🙂

    Peace & Blessings!

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    Sheila Brack says:

    “Mimi Madness”…about all the fun I am having with my grandchildren. (They call me Mimi). Melanie’s book sounds like great fun! It is so good to have talented Christian writers making it to the New York Times Best Sellers List. Brava!

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    Hilary says:

    Love to read this book. Mine
    would be “Blessings”.

  17. 2117
    Debbie Lamb says:

    I relish the books that you can’t put down until you finish reading them. Only have had a handful in my lifetime.

  18. 2118
    Mandie K says:

    Mandie K

  19. 2119
    Chelsey scales says:

    That book sounds great! I am a mother so your post about it caught my attention.

  20. 2120
    Elizabeth says:

    Elizabeth Eng

    I have no clue what I would title my book. I keep try to think of something genius that will make you beg me to write the thing. But I am distracted by my boys dishing up their own chicken soup right now. So. . .gotta run!

  21. 2121
    Marcy Stave says:

    I don’t plan to write a book, but would love to read this one!

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    Brenda J R says:

    The World of Girls – (I have two daughters and five granddaughters with number 6 granddaughter on the way – NO BOYS- except I have one son)

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    Ocean Mommy says:

    Stephanie P.

    Hmmm….book would be

    Sixkness and Health simply because that is what God had planned for our marriage and my goodness we have had a ride! Would not change a day!

  24. 2124
    Tasha says:

    Tasha Spears

  25. 2125
    Reagan C says:

    Reagan C

  26. 2126
    Rene' Pingel says:

    I’m going out tomorrow to see if I can find the book. Sounds great. I’d name my book “Racing with Rene’.”

  27. 2127
    Shawna B says:

    Refiner’s’ company ( God’s work in refining us like precious Gold)

  28. 2128
    Sara Rodrigues says:

    My name is Sara Rodrigues, and if I had to write a book, it would be “The Receptionist’s Guide: 101 Ways that won’t change your employers, but keep you sane”.

  29. 2129
    Stephanie Knight says:

    My book would be titled Big Hair! Haha

  30. 2130
    Julie Maes says:

    How about, “Sawdust and Legos”? Thanks for the fun giveaway! This would make such a fun gift for my BFF!

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    Kim Gaudreau says:

    Thanks for yet another great give away LPM! You are always looking for ways to bless others…!

  32. 2132
    Summer Wright says:

    “Water & Mints” A guide to preparing for a Baptist get together.

  33. 2133
    Stephanie P. says:

    Stephanie P.

  34. 2134
    Jennifer Tricarico says:

    When He’s All You’ve Got

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    Nancy Minor says:

    4 Babies

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    Brenda says:

    This is the moment…. (FINALLY)

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    Dianne Jones says:

    Something like “For the love of shoes…”

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    Tara Piere says:

    ….still thinking of book title…:)

  39. 2139
    Linda P. says:

    I realized that writing a book would be too expensive given all the photographs that would need to be included, so I write a blog instead, called “SewForDough”. It teaches people all over the world how to do sewing alterations, from beginner to advanced skill levels. It also gives advice on how to run a sewing based business. You can click on my name above and it will take you to the blog!

    But, I would love to win this book! I have heard so many great things about it already. Thank you for the opportunity!

  40. 2140
    Judy Bouchard says:

    Judy Bouchard
    Houston, TX

    I’ll never write a book 🙂

  41. 2141
    Brooke Weigand says:

    “It’s Messy, but that’s the fun part”

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    Chelle S says:

    The name of my book would be “It’s Hard to Fit Through the Narrow Gate”

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    Angela says:

    I would LOVE to be able to get a ponytail that high as well!
    Anyway I would love to write a book and it would be called “I Didn’t Sign Up For This!”

    Angela Longenecker

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    Debbie Chapman says:

    My title would be “The Joys of Being a Granny”.

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    Rachel says:

    I’ve been meaning to go buy Melanie’s book! I’ve been reading her blog for four years and I just love it. I bet the book is just as great! I’m not that creative so I can’t think of a title…my blog is This Is The Day so I guess I’d go with that. Lindsey Lou is a much cuter title. 🙂

  47. 2147
    Cathy Booz says:

    Not Yet, Linda! (Linda is my cat)

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    Left to My Own Devises, I’m Ridiculous

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    Virginia Beck says:

    Virginia Beck

    Waltzing my walk on The Way: one woman’s wanderings as she faithfully followed The Call

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    Heather V says:

    A View from the Pew… the life of a Preacher’s Kid.