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. 201

    Though I haven’t given a title much thought, I’ve been told several times that I should write a book about various experiences I have had. Not so sure if I ever will get the strength to do so – but who knows – it may happen?! The title will need some thought though, that’s for sure!

  2. 202
    Debbie B. says:

    I don’t have a title, but I would love to win a copy of Sparkly Green Earrings!

  3. 203
    Terry Schmitz ~ says:

    My book would be called My Journey, My Walk with my Father God & His Will for me ~

  4. 204
    Jennifer Huber says:

    Looking forward to reading this book! Thanks for the chance!

  5. 205
    Sara M says:

    I don’t know, probably something like Pure Chaos.

  6. 206
    Melinda Dumonchelle says:

    Melinda Dumonchelle
    Unbroken: With His Love

  7. 207
    Natalie Curp says:

    Natalie Curp
    “His Plans Are Better Than Mine”

  8. 208
    Kelly Ivins says:

    My non-book would be called, “I’m a Navy Wife. They made a super-hero doll after me!”

  9. 209
    Lisa Hickman says:

    I think that my book title would be… “A Family Tree That Needed a Root Canal” kinda sad… would love a copy of your book!!

  10. 210
    andrea t. says:

    Okay … this is just funny!
    I have to say that my title would be
    E X A C T L Y
    like sister Anne!!!!
    I know it was supposed to be creatively my title
    B U T
    She just hit the spiritual nail on my natural head!
    LORD bless LP and AB!!!! <3

  11. 211
    Jan Smith says:

    If I were to write a book it would be a mystery called The Owl Lady.

  12. 212
    jill whitmore says:

    “Johnny Saves the World”.. it would be about my awesome hubby who is a master at helping others out, no matter their need.!! 🙂 and i absolutely LOVE the BIG MAMA blog.!!

  13. 213
    April says:

    My name is April Hixon and if I had a book I would probably call it Ohana.

  14. 214
    Beth Shellhart says:

    Notes on the stairs.

  15. 215
    Kerri says:

    Kerri Compton

  16. 216
    Braydenandbodiesmama says:

    Kelly S.
    I’ve been trying every possible way to win a copy of this book! Maybe today is my lucky day (grin). I’m not sure what I would name my book. Hazy musings on a crazy life, possibly?????

  17. 217
    Tanya Martinez says:

    Holding my hand in the chemo room.

  18. 218
    Terri Jo Perry says:

    My book would be “What a Hot Mess!!” Terri Jo Perry 🙂

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    Groovewoman says:

    Love this idea… My book would be the name of my blog
    “Livin’ the Groovy Life! ~ along with the hubs, my lil man & the Lord”

    Hollie Rayburn

  20. 220
    Sarah Gibbs says:

    If writing a book about my life and my friends it would have to be titled “A lot can happen in a year!”

  21. 221
    Shanna Ferrell says:

    Now this looks good!! My title: “Just Me.”

  22. 222
    Kim C says:

    I would love to have the book!

  23. 223
    Carol Crabtree says:

    Carol Crabtree

    Yes, I’d like to win a copy of “Sparkly Green Earrings.” Every lady I know needs a pair of sparkly earrings, regardless of the color. Makes my day!

  24. 224

    My book would be entitled, “I Fluffed and Other Confessions”

  25. 225

    I would be thrilled to win a copy of “Sparkly Green Earrings”…..
    ~Alyce Richards~

  26. 226
    Emily Randolph says:

    Live Everyday as a Sunday – I don’t think there is a book titled this already…I could google it…but would hate to be sidetracked from winning this book! Not yet a mother – but I know God’s promises to me and my husband and His timing will be perfect!! Thank you for the contest. Many Blessings – Emily

  27. 227
    Lori Kithil says:

    I would love a copy! My book would be a cross of Helicopter and Tiger Mom’s viewpoint – something like “Tigercopter Extraordinaire Mom” 🙂

  28. 228
    Marcia Calhoun says:

    I would love to win this book! I haven’t thought about what a book about me would look like since I am so not a writer! I think if someone else wrote it, they might title it “The Lady and Her Hats” I am always wearing hats and in the past couple of years have been crocheting hats to wear and other people have been asking me to make one for them.

  29. 229
    Jennie W says:

    Title, Livin the Life and Learning to Trust God in the Process or Yogi, Mama, Railroad Life

  30. 230
    Joyce watson says:

    Book Title: “In the Shadow of His Wings”
    Decor on the front cover: birds

    Or it could be: “Having a Beth Moore Hair Day
    while in a Starbucks Coffee Shop!”

  31. 231
    Sue Edgerton says:

    I think my book title would be: God’s Grace has pulled me through. It surely has! We serve an awesome God!!!

  32. 232
    Sister Lynn says:

    I would so love to win a copy!!

    My book: hmmm…Sister Facts

  33. 233
    Catherine Morningstar says:

    My book’s name wiuld be A Cat’s Tale

  34. 234
    Corrie says:

    Corrie Bell

    Sorry no book titles are popping into my head today 😉

  35. 235
    Martha Kimball says:

    Can’t even begin to imagine what my book title would be? 🙂 But I would love a copy of Sparkly Green Earrings! {Martha Kimball}

  36. 236
    Katherine Sloan says:

    I’ve heard such great things about this book and have been wanting to read it! For me, never thought about it, maybe Change isn’t so scary…

  37. 237
    Leanne Swanson says:

    No idea what my book title would be, but I needed a smile and this post did it! Thanks!

  38. 238
    Amy U. says:

    I, seriously, just confessed to a group of friends on FB that I am a hopeless “self-help” book reader, and asked for some suggestions about good, light (enjoyable) reads. I think this may be my answer!

    My book title would be, ” Speed’O Life”. It would be a coffee table book about comments made on the beach as you walked behind someone wearing a speedo bathingsuit…definitely a light read 😉
    (I’m already regretting this post!)

  39. 239
    Sara R. says:

    Sara Rogers::
    My book title would probably be “Ordinary Moments filled with Extraordinary Grace” 🙂
    Great post, by the way!

  40. 240
    shatcher says:

    Sheila Hatcher

  41. 241
    Edra Zittrauer says:

    Would love to win a book by an author they is new to me.

  42. 242
    Julie Ivester says:

    My title would be (Parenthetically Speaking) 🙂

  43. 243

    Kellye Coleman 🙂

    If I were to write a book, it would be entitled: A Bold Journey.

  44. 244
    Tami says:

    Tami Arceneaux

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    Aimee Elftmann says:

    I would love a copy of this book!! I think if I wrote a book now, it would be called:

    “God loves you as you are, but loves you too much to leave you this way”

    and it would talk about how much God loves me and everyone else, but how my pride so often keeps me from growing into the person He created me to be. I am very much a work in progress, so it would be more of a “learn from my mistakes” style of book than a “how-to”. 🙂 Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

  46. 246
    Jenny Bennett says:

    Don’t have a clue what my book title would be!! I’m not an imaginative person at all!! LOL But I sure would love to read this book!!

  47. 247
    Adele Spil says:

    Adele Spil from Matthews, NC. book would be titled (That’s )Mighty Mouses Sister Singing

  48. 248
    Beth Wetgen says:

    My book title would be “Finding My Way”. Thanks for the fun giveaway:)

  49. 249
    Kayla Lanting says:

    My book would be called Kaylamity, surviving and thriving with the grace of God. 🙂

  50. 250
    Allison Ball says:

    Cold Coffee and Fancy Schmancy Yoga Pants (a new mom) 🙂