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!


2,322 Responses to “Sparkly Green Earrings – A Giveaway”

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  1. 251
    Tracey Page says:

    Help me raise this 12yr old ADHD teenager!

  2. 252
    amy sappington says:

    Today is my birthday – so book title would be: Celebration everyday of God’s Love

  3. 253
    Nancy says:

    Nancy Snowden

  4. 254
    Hilary says:

    Hilary Rigo

    book title? Two Wheels and a Prayer

  5. 255
    Cathy says:

    Title? Still going…or something like that.

    Cathy T.

  6. 256
    Marjie Scheib says:

    Marjie Scheib- My book title would be: Moving Forward in Reverse.

  7. 257
    Jennifer Swan says:

    I would have to call my book “Mending a broken Heart, a spiritual journey to healing”. – Jennifer swan.

  8. 258
    sandy m. says:

    I would not change the name. Sparkly Green Earrings is great. Who doesn’t like sparkly green earrings, right? I would love to win a copy of this book. 🙂

  9. 259
    Amy Storms says:

    Amy Storms

    UNSHAKABLE (about faith) or THINK ABOUT SUCH THINGS (about Philippians/contentment)

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  10. 260
    KarenMO says:

    Hi, Lindsee. I would love to have a copy of the book, and I would also love to have a pair of sparkley green earrings! Thanks in advance!

    Karen Wade

  11. 261
    Kristin Takemoto says:

    Kristin Takemoto

    ‘Dear Bottles, please go wash yourselves’

  12. 262
    Brenda M says:

    Thanks for offering the giveaway. The name of my book would have to be something to do with boys, since we had four.

  13. 263
    Bonnie Long says:

    As of today, the only book title I could come up with is “MOMMA!!!”

  14. 264
    Kim Morgan says:

    I would love a copy of this book!

  15. 265
    Diana Breaux says:

    Have no idea what i would title my book but it would probably be along the lines of – “Ya gotta few minutes?” Lol, it would definitely be a loong story (grin)…

  16. 266
    Sallie says:

    Sallie Gore

  17. 267
    Cindy Fulks says:

    Cindy Fulks

  18. 268
    Terri Wade says:

    “Momma said there’d be days like this”

  19. 269
    Heather Rattray says:

    Heather Rattray
    Can’t think of a book title:)

  20. 270
    Sherilyn R. says:

    Wow, that is a deep question for me on a Monday! Today, I’ve been thinking about Eph 3:20, so maybe “Immeasurably More”…

  21. 271
    Janeille Buckley says:

    Janeille Buckley-My mom has told me many times that I should write a book! HA! I have three busy boys…I guess it might be called “Boys,Boys,Boys…how about we stay out of the ER this week!” 🙂

  22. 272
    Anita Huxman says:

    I love green sparkly earrings so the book would be amazing, I’m sure!! Please pick me!! I love to read and I’d share it with my friends afterwards! (you can see I use “!” like you use parntheses).

    If I were to write a book it would probably be called something like “I’m just a country gal in love … with Jesus”. Who knows? It would be simple and sweet, transparent and funny.

  23. 273
    Joyce says:

    Joyce Yaeger

    Would love to win!

  24. 274
    Stephanie Bandy says:

    I think I’d have to go with, “Barefoot in the Kitchen!” The sequel would add the pregnant distinction! 😉 Would love to read this mama’s story!

  25. 275
    Julie Curtis says:

    I would love to win this book! I even asked for it for my birthday which is next week!

  26. 276
    Diana A. says:

    Diana Azzuolo

    Not writting, but “For I-GOD know the plans…thankfully Someone does!”

    Thank you for this chance 😀

  27. 277
    Penny James says:

    I have never thought of it before this blog but two things came to mind. First, “Anything less than hell is GRACE.” The last might be “Hebrews 11:41” just because after I did the study where Beth talked about this I marked it in my Bible. Shortly later I went through a divorce (and lots of stuff that went with it)and have used the “by faith Penny did this or that” when speaking with others. Even my kids explain it that way to others.

  28. 278
    TraciG says:

    Traci Glasscock

    “Making Peace with the Wind”
    (I live in Eastern Montana near a little divide where the wind blows. A lot.)

  29. 279
    Sarah Shalley says:

    Sarah Shalley

  30. 280
    Becky says:

    Heels to Hills. Trading in my high heels and work world for life in the mountains with two little boys that I adore:)

  31. 281
    Rhonda Vandergriff says:

    Observations from the Beanbag

  32. 282
    Terri Bain says:

    My book would be titled” You be nice , I”ll be nice.”
    My grandbaby tells me that when I am correcting her and she doesn’t want to hear what I am telling her. I feel that is what I do to the Lord sometimes when he is speaking to me and I am not very receptive

    I would love to get that book !

  33. 283
    Alexandra Massel says:

    I would love to win a copy of this book!

    If I wrote a book it would be titled “The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Housewife”.

    I have always wanted to put together my thoughts around my childhood with my mentally ill mother and although I wound not publish it, I would title it, “My mom’s name is Sandy”

    Blessings to LPM!

  34. 284
    donna says:

    donna huneycutt

    Mama Donna’s Lessons learned so far

  35. 285

    I’m pretty sure I’ll never write a book, but the first “title” that came to mind is, “Yes, Jesus Loves Me!” Although, someone has probably already used that title! 🙂

  36. 286
    Kristi Seals says:

    Motherhood: The Things No One Tells You.

  37. 287
    Dori Cook says:

    Dori Cook

    Hmmmm….a book title. I don’t have any idea. But that will give me something fun to think about for the rest of the day!

  38. 288

    I would name my book “The Ands,Ifs and Buts of the Bible”. You know you have heard the phrase “no ands,ifs,or buts about it; well the bible if full of ands,ifs and buts.

  39. 289
    Caprice Schaffer says:

    The title of my book would be. Life is a Scream! With the subtitle- One Rollercoaster at a Time…. I would like the book as a brain break from my grad class! ;0)

  40. 290
    Lynn Polk says:

    Something along the lines of…

    Still standing. Still walking.


    Somewhere in the Middle

  41. 291
    Janice Henson says:

    Crown of Beauty ~ Not Ashes!

  42. 292
    Karin Yard says:

    My confused life. 🙂

  43. 293
    Laura Reynolds says:

    Can’t wait to read the book.

  44. 294
    Jennifer Craven says:

    My book would be called: It’s a Good Day when I’ve had Time to Shower!!

    Moms of toddlers, you know what I’m talking about! 🙂

  45. 295
    Ashley Brooker says:

    “Black Yoga Pants and Me”

    Ashley Brooker

  46. 296
    Kristin Ditto says:

    Kristin Ditto

  47. 297
    Barbara Owens says:

    Barbara Owens

  48. 298
    Angie says:

    Angie Sharp

  49. 299
    Lindsey Fescoe says:

    Lindsey Fescoe 🙂

  50. 300
    Jennifer McDonald says:

    I am blessed, not lucky…