Sparkly Green Earrings – A Giveaway

*Update: Comments are now closed! And I’ve decided that y’all have some of the best hypothetical books around. You had me laughing out loud! Check back soon for our ten winners!


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. 2201
    Teresa Glenn says:

    book contest

  2. 2202
    Katie says:

    Katie DeWald

  3. 2203
    Becky Boggio says:

    Becky Boggio – Oh please pick me! I love Big Mama. Her blog makes me laugh out loud all the time and even to the point where I have cried I have laughed so hard.

    My book title would be called Boggioisms as I am certain my book would be about my family, like Melanie’s!

  4. 2204
    Sharon Berry says:

    If I could write a book I would title it “Running Toward Heaven – While Vacationing On Earth”. How blessed we are with earthly things for a short period of time, all the while running toward the finish line of our Eternal Home.

  5. 2205
    Erica Early says:

    Eck! I have heard so many great things about this book! If I wrote my own book I think it would be called, “Embracing Erica”, because that has been my life theme- embracing who God made me to be. Thanks so much for the chance to win!!

  6. 2206
    Donna Varadin says:

    Donna Varadin

  7. 2207
    ValerieGail says:

    Valerie Stell

    My book title would be: “Blessings In The Storm”

  8. 2208
    Melissa Poelker says:

    My book would be called Mel’s Miracle because God has been doing amazing things in and through me and i know when everything comes together it will be a miracle! Blessings 🙂

  9. 2209
    Megan Wagemaker says:

    I think my book tittle would be “Kicking the Curb”

  10. 2210
    Letha Schrader says:

    “All Days Blessed” Letha Schrader

  11. 2211
    Paige Watson says:

    Book title. Sparkly Green Earrings Match My Bathrobe and My Dogs Eyes Perfectly!

  12. 2212
    abby kaufman says:

    Abby Kaufman – thanks so much for sharing!

  13. 2213
    Cynthia Hughes says:

    Hope in a Hot-Air Balloon
    I love Sarah Young’s devotionals they keep me going in the morning. In her Jesus Today she gave reference to hope and trusting to climb into the basket of the balloon. That word picture has continued to stay in my mind .

  14. 2214
    Kara Bailey says:

    I’ve been looking forward to this book since I first read she was writing it! I’d love to have a signed copy!

  15. 2215
    Dwana says:

    Dwana Capshaw “to honor him all of my days”

  16. 2216
    Brenda Kovach says:

    Forgive any misspellings! It’s 10 at night, way past my bedtime, and I’m typing on my itty bitty phone screen. My glasses are somewhere close by, but I can’t find them so…. I can’t wait to read this book. It sounds like I will be up past my bedtime for a few more nights! Anything with motherhood and God has to be a good read. Beth,my sister-n-law and I went to a webcast of yours not too long ago and it was wonderful. Thank you for sharing your gifts with all of us. I’m so grateful that God has put so many wonderful teachers in my path!! And I’m looking forward to a few late nights reading a good book!!!
    Brenda Kovach.

  17. 2217
    Lorel Hohl says:

    Love this blog and would LOVE an autographed copy of the book you’re giving away!

    Lorel Hohl (can almost guarantee there won’t be a duplicate of my name…)

  18. 2218
    Allison Crook says:

    Allison Crook in Albuquerque

    If I were to publish a book, I’d call it “Crook Chronicles”.

  19. 2219
    Denise says:

    Denise O’Morrow

  20. 2220
    Brenda says:

    Brenda Zert….
    Surviving by His Grace

  21. 2221
    Elaine Wenning says:

    Moments to Remember, A memoir of happy, sweet, goofy and transparent times spent with family and friends.

  22. 2222
    Chelsea N says:

    Chelsea N from Oklahoma

  23. 2223
    Kelli Kegley says:

    EEK! Thanks for the giveaway!!! (no book title.. totally lacking in the creativity department!)

  24. 2224
    candifer says:

    “uprooted tree: tales from a globe-trotting single 20-something” (:

  25. 2225
    Holly says:

    Holly G ~ Believing to See

  26. 2226
    Judy Hart says:

    I would love to win this book, but if not, surely I will purchase it. If I were to publish a book right now, it would be called PRAYING FOR DAYLIGHT.

  27. 2227
    Debbie Wartes says:

    Life of a tundra walker.

  28. 2228
    Debbie L I would love Merry C says:

    I would love to have a copy of Sparkly Green Earrings. I am a first time Nonnie……to Baby Sofia Katherine. *_*

  29. 2229
    Laura Sei says:

    Laura Sei
    My book name would be 1/2 Crazy and Standing On The Edge – A Mother of Three Boys.

  30. 2230
    Heidi P says:

    Which Way or That Way…Crossroads

  31. 2231
    Iron Heart Pinkney says:

    My book will be called “From the gates of hell to the glory of heaven.” I am a grateful believer who also happens to be a recovering alcoholic and drug addict. I have been encouraged to write a book about my decent to addiction and the rise back up to Christ’s love and the salvation I have found along the way. I now help addicts recover in the Celebrate Recovery group I lead but think a book could reach more people and give them the hope I was once given.

  32. 2232
    Erika Aiken says:

    Erika Aiken

  33. 2233
    Kristi McColeman says:

    If I were to write a book I’d have to call it “Rainbows in the midst of the storm” as a mother of 5 and crazy enough to think of having a 6th we’ve had A LOT of ups and downs but we always look for the rainbow and come out smiling! If I don’t win this book I’m definitely going to have to buy it as any godly book on motherhood is right up my alley! Fingers crossed 🙂

  34. 2234
    Jodi Howell says:

    How I Survived

  35. 2235
    Linda Lou Sco says:

    I have missed being on this blog for a long time! This book sounds delightful! If I wrote a book I think I would title it: “Lulu Grace Gets it Together…Finally!”

  36. 2236
    Kathie L. says:

    Lindsee Love your post, you are the real deal and so easy to love!

    Book Title: Trust His Heart

  37. 2237
    Kimberly White says:

    Kimberly White

    When my eyes met His.

  38. 2238
    Marina McClure says:

    Marina McClure…and my fake book is, as of yet, untitled. 🙂

  39. 2239
    CandiMcD says:

    I think I’d title my book ‘instant family, just add husband…loving and learning in a step family’
    Too long?? 😉

  40. 2240
    Christy E. says:

    Christy E. from NC

  41. 2241
    Heather C. says:

    I hope to write my own book about motherhood someday. My two children provide plenty of material!!

  42. 2242
    Caryn Parham says:

    Ups and Downs the road that led me to Christ…would be the title of my book.


  43. 2243
    Andrea Barrett says:

    My book would be called “Little Miss Freckle Face Finds Freedom.”

  44. 2244
    Valerie H. says:

    “My Life as a Cat Mom”

  45. 2245
    Alisha R. says:

    “Band aids and Toilet paper”. The Glamorous Life of a Mom of Five.

  46. 2246
    Peggy M Grossnickle says:

    I would really enjoy receiving this book – I am very anxious to read it!

  47. 2247

    “Crumbs, sticky fingers, and a few minutes late.” would be my title. Before kids, my house was fairly clean, especially chairs/kitchen and I was usually on time if not early!

    Now we are always late, a little sticky and there are crumbs everywhere…but also a joy that only kids bring.

  48. 2248
    Peggy M Grossnickle says:

    I forgot my book title – Jessie’s Granddaughter, A Blessed Adventure!

  49. 2249
    nancy rose says:

    I am writing a devotional my first book ever! Started as a bkog- “Crumbs from the Kings Table!”

  50. 2250
    Phyllis Winn says:

    If I wrote a book it would be appropriate to name it:
    “The Princess Frog and the Flea”

    and then there is “Swim Silly”, the most fun ways to learn to swim ever.