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. 351
    Laura Smith says:

    Laura Smith, Zebulon NC
    I love Melanie’s blog…I feel like she is my friend, although we have never met! I would name my book “Seasons”.

  2. 352
    Jo Ann says:

    Jo Ann Rodgers

  3. 353
    Sarah Hamel says:

    Sarah Hamel

  4. 354
    Karen Miller says:

    Book: A Diamond in the Dust

  5. 355
    Jill Strother says:

    My book would be “All Boys Five”

  6. 356
    Sarah R says:

    Can’t wait to read this.

  7. 357
    Tammy says:

    Tammy Rude
    The name of my book, one day(I hope), will be called Sitting in Silence.

  8. 358
    Casi says:

    Casi Bowers

    How Jesus Made Me Funny Again 🙂

  9. 359
    Trisha Z says:

    Trisha Zmijewski

    My book would be called. To This Day: A Story Of Emotional Healing

  10. 360
    Nancy Guay says:

    Nancy Guay, my hypothetical book title is Surviving His Ph D.

  11. 361
    Jessica K says:

    I LOOOOVE a good book! Jessica Klepac – my book would be titled “Get out of the way already!” – talking to myself 🙂 And letting God lead!

  12. 362
    Silvia J says:

    Silvia Jesse

    Peanut Butter and Pearls: Mommy Musings

  13. 363
    Blake Eatman says:

    Book – Finding Peace (A Single Girls Guide to Dating)

  14. 364
    Jan Quinn says:

    I would really love to win one of these books!

  15. 365
    Trina Duncan says:

    Trina Duncan

  16. 366
    Lindsey Stewart says:

    I have no idea what I would name a book.

  17. 367
    Amber says:

    Amber Martin
    I have never heard of Melanie, but she sounds delightful. I guess I need to do a bit of research. 🙂

  18. 368
    Rhea Dooley says:

    Mine would be “So many directions and no clue where to go…”

    This mom has total “Mom ADHD” and loses her focus way too often. My poor husband and children have learned to follow along to the best of their abilities. 😉 They are such great blessings!!

  19. 369
    amy Byman says:

    Letting go of ME

  20. 370
    Brenda Adams says:

    Brenda Adams, Hilton Head, SC

  21. 371

    Britiney Slaughter

    I’d call my book Consider the Lilies.

    Thanks for a chance to win!!!

  22. 372
    Samantha Lee says:

    Samantha Lee

  23. 373
    Sheryl Dean says:

    My book would be Living the Exchanged Life.

  24. 374
    Lisa Krumm says:

    Lisa Krumm – From Acorn to Oak

  25. 375
    Meggie says:

    Meggie Kornelsen

  26. 376
    Vicky C. says:

    Vicky C., no title needed, a reader not a writer 🙂

  27. 377
    Laura Adams says:

    Book: Spazamataz

  28. 378
    Stacy West says:

    Stacy West. The name of my book would be, “Proof that God Laughs”

  29. 379
    Melissa Keen says:

    I love Melanie and her blog! Can’t wait to read her book!

  30. 380
    Denna Gordon says:

    Denna Gordon

  31. 381
    Cynthia Stuckey says:

    “Sweeping Up Joy: Cherishing the Everdayness of Motherhood”


    “Long Days, Short Years”

    ( both on Mommyhood, but the first title alerts me to the fact that I would need a very good editor who cuts out half my words! )

  32. 382
    Sabrina says:

    Sabrina Knuth

    “Oops, Did I Say That Out Loud?”

  33. 383
    Missy S says:

    Missy S

    Was just looking at Melanie’s book in Lifeway today!

  34. 384
    Alicia Wierenga says:

    Alicia Wierenga
    I think my book would be
    “A Happy Housewife”

  35. 385
    Lisa Bale says:

    “You know you have four little girls when…”
    There’s never a dull moment around my house with four little girls so I often write on Facebook, “you know you have four little girls when your husband has a doll on his nightstand, you find princess stickers ALL OVER the floor, your Christmas tree is decorated with hair pretties & jewelery, & the list goes on & on. “

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  37. 387
    Valerie Robertson says:

    Valerie Robertson – Redeemed and Love Proclaiming it!

  38. 388
    Katy Mitchell says:

    from Abilene, Texas

  39. 389
    Shaci Tillman says:

    Shaci Tillman

    Hmmm…. “Never say Never” (I have always said that I would never have kids after being a nanny to 3 girls! But true is I do want some someday!)
    Oh and I want all girls and 1boy!

  40. 390
    Nancy D says:

    Nancy Davis.
    “You’re not from around here, are you?”

  41. 391
    Avayd L says:

    Love great books! Mine will be “Twice Abandoned, but Never by God”

  42. 392
    Margie by the Sea says:

    Margie Snyder
    Hilton Head, SC

    “New Every Morning”

  43. 393
    Karolyn says:

    Karolyn Dicken

    Hmmm…not sure a title. But it’d be something great, I’m sure! ;0)

  44. 394
    Lisa Younce says:

    Lisa Younce, Wylie, TX
    I was so blessed to meet Melanie at the dotMom conference in Frisco, TX (Dallas) this weekend! She is so fun! She and Sophie Hudson (BooMama) were the MC’s. I also went to Melanie’s breakout session on fashion, she gave me all kinds of great ideas! I meant to buy the book, and realized too late I forgot! So I would love to win!
    Blessings, Lisa
    PS I recognized a certain Mrs. Jones was there too, looking stylish and cute as always!

  45. 395
    Vicki says:

    Vicki L. from Tennessee

    I would be thrilled to receive this book. It looks great! I should write a book called “Mondays with Mimi” sharing the precious times that my nearly 4-year-old granddaughter and I share on Mondays together. She keeps me laughing!

  46. 396
    Michelle Ochoa says:

    Michelle Ochoa — book, “Learning to Love Me”

  47. 397
    Nola Zacher says:

    Nola Zacher

  48. 398
    Lisa Quinlivan says:

    Lisa Quinlivan

  49. 399
    Elizabeth S512 says:

    My Father’s Daughter…or Life as a Redhead…or Blessed

  50. 400
    Judith Conaway says:

    Do I Have a Story to Tell