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. 401
    Rebecca Scott says:

    Rebecca Scott : ) I love her blog and can’t wait to read Sparkly Green Earrings!

  2. 402
    Kathryn says:

    Kathryn Carpenter

  3. 403
    Sandra Rountree says:

    Sandra Rountree
    My book’s title would be But a Shadow taken from a verse in Job about the brevity of life.

  4. 404
    Hannah says:

    Hannah Frazier

    His Law, My delight

  5. 405
    Brittany says:

    Brittany Gooding

  6. 406
    Christen says:

    Hmmm, book title? It would be a metaphor including something about the Pacific Ocean 🙂

  7. 407

    Michelle Lee Wargo 🙂 (but only my mama gets to call me that when I’m in trouble.)

    (I, too, like parenthesis)

    Should anyone ever desire to publish my book that consists solely of a title… “From Purpose to Practice. Transitioning Pew Knowledge to Do Knowledge”

    (If anyone has read a similar book detailing the transition of head knowledge to practical application… Help a siesta out. Thanks. )

  8. 408
    Jet Pabst says:

    Jet Pabst
    Jet, what kind of name is that?

  9. 409
    Margee says:

    Margee Thomas

    maybe, “figuring our the last half”

  10. 410
    Becca says:

    Even Beauty Queens go to the Doctor. (lol…jk)

  11. 411
    Brittany Gallaher says:

    Name: Brittany Gallaher (of Alma, AR).

    If I had a book published, it would likely be called “A Pup & A Prayer”…with those two things, a girl can get through anything!

  12. 412
    Marsha R. says:

    Although I’ve been told I’m a pretty good writer…or maybe I’m just good with words cause I usually have so many of them…I have no clue just yet what the title of my book would be. Probably depends on the content. Now I’m thinking something about my Asian travels. Anyway…I’d love to win a copy of Sparkly Green Earrings.

  13. 413
    Kaye Bennett says:

    Living on the Highway

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  15. 415
    tamra p says:

    I Forgot my Tiara
    subtitle: Mishaps, mayhem and mysteries of a woman being shaped by the Lord

  16. 416
    Dee Huizenga says:

    “Sparkly Green Earrings” looks like a great book and I would love to read it!

  17. 417
    Jessica Mills says:

    Jessica Mills

    Title of book: The Not so Ordinary life of Nonnie, Nya Nya Doohickey

  18. 418
    Kat says:

    Kat Good.
    Hmmmm I think it would be something like “Martha or Mary? A Quest to let Christ mold me somewhere in between.”

  19. 419
    heather says:

    Heather VonBerg 🙂

  20. 420
    Caroline Klassen says:

    I love Big Mama Blog!
    Caroline Klassen

  21. 421
    Mandy Eley says:

    Mandy Eley

  22. 422
    Lynn Labs says:

    I would love to have a copy of Melanie’s book! I have done some research and it sounds awesome!!!

    Lynn Labs, Forney, TX

  23. 423
    Tracy says:

    Tracy Starr

  24. 424
    Jenae Blake says:

    Jenae Blake

  25. 425
    Jennifer says:

    Jennifer Wetherington: Parted Waters
    for some reason I’m fascinated that God parted water both to allow the Israelites to escape Egypt AND to enter the promised land. I wonder what kind of “water” he needs to part in my own life…

  26. 426
    Lauren W. says:

    Lauren Williams

  27. 427
    Kristina Nicole E says:

    Kristina Nicole E

    I have always dreamed of writing a book about my fun experiences
    With my babies called: Memoirs of a Super Awesome Mom & her faithful Sidekick.
    The sidekick being my handsome hubby. Lol Who knows what God has
    For us maybe you’ll see it one day!! Many blessings!!

  28. 428
    Elizabeth M says:

    Lizard Lobster … (All Grown Up).
    I hated being called ^. Not all grown up, but Lizard Lobster. Grin. Can you imagine being in third grade and having that be your (very unwelcome) nickname?

  29. 429
    Melody says:

    Melody Hemphill

    Have a book written with my husband called “Every Marriage Needs a Divorce: The Pathway to Healing and Hope”

    self-published, but still kinda fun to have a book! 🙂 (My husband came up with the title, btw…wanted to turn some heads!)

  30. 430
    Anne Ormsby says:

    Anne Ormsby….I figure that by just having FB, our names and lives are totally out there! Would love to read this!

  31. 431
    Amanda says:

    Amanda Furr

  32. 432
    Kim H in GA says:

    Kim Hulett

    Book title: The Life and Times of Super Anonmymous

  33. 433
    Carole L Blanks says:

    I think my book would be “I Wish God Would Finally Give In and Do It MY Way!!” haha

  34. 434
    Katie E. says:

    I am devoting this book right now. I bought three, gave two away and plan on giving mine away once I finish It’s such an awesome book that I want to give away to all of my friends, but I have bills to pay. 🙁 one more copy would brighten my day when I give it away and share my new friend, Melanie!

  35. 435
    Susan C. says:

    I would love to win, thanks!

    Susan Cannon
    Longwood, Florida

  36. 436
    deborah f says:

    Little Things That Make Me Grin

  37. 437
    Dawn Laird says:

    The Jester Adventures of Dawny

  38. 438
    Amy Hodnett says:

    Book: “Are You Kidding Me?”

  39. 439
    Pamela McDonald says:

    Pam McDonald

  40. 440
    Dionna says:

    Dionna Sanchez – hmmm…a book name? How about, “The Book No One Wants To Read?” Hahaha

  41. 441
    Anita Inskeep says:

    Anita Inskeep…..Mine would be “God was always there”

  42. 442
    Jessica R says:

    Love it!! I really enjoy reading books/blogs by other women who truly follow Jesus! And who wouldn’t love having Sparkly Green Earrings… 🙂

  43. 443
    Megan says:

    Megan Flaker

  44. 444
    Stephanie Stafford says:

    Sassily Southern Sayin’s
    cuz that’s just how I roll…..

  45. 445
    Pamela Williams says:

    Pamela Williams

  46. 446
    Catherine S says:

    Catherine Seybold
    book title? “Still Leaning and Learning”

  47. 447
    Sarah Staples says:

    Sarah Staples
    On The Road Again: Tales from the Staples Family Adventures

  48. 448
    Melissa A. says:

    Would love a copy!

  49. 449
    Alyson says:

    Alyson Busch “Building the Glory Nest”

  50. 450
    Diane Fowler says:

    Diane Fowler

    My book would be titled: (as my husband calls me…)
    “She who jumps to conclusions”

    (Have I won yet???) 😀