One of the things I like most about myself is how genuinely excited I get when a friend earns success by pursuing her passion. Rather than fall culprit to jealousy or defeat, my heart does herkies (to which my friends Kristen and Dawn can attest…though they do real ones better).
Don't get me wrong – there are plenty of other demons I battle – but witnessing Dreams Coming True is reason to celebrate. Stories of people pressing past their fears, overcoming obstacle and chasing rainbows and finishing what they started inspire me.
But this post isn't about me, it's about Melanie. And she is six shades of fabulous.
Melanie is one of my oldest blogging friends, one of the first I met in real life, back in the days where we hid our identities (ish) and were concerned every blogger might just be a creepy man sitting in his basement eerily luminated by the glow of his computer, not bathing for weeks and living on beef jerky and pork rinds.
Melanie was nothing but light and life, consistent with who I knew her to be from reading her blog.
Her first book, Sparkly Green Earrings: Catching the Light at Every Turn, debuted a few weeks ago and lest you think I'm makin' much ado about nothing, she's already at #27 on the New York Times Best Seller List. Beth Moore, Ann Voskamp and Ree Drummond have whole-heartedly endorsed it, and it's my delight to recommend it, too.
Sparkly Green Earrings is a book you could read in a single sitting or two, but I didn't. I found myself making myself take as long as possible to read it. I don't recall doing that before–I'm usually rushing to turn the final page–but this was like a visit with a good friend, sweet conversation, relatable stories on motherhood. Whether you know her or have read her blog, Melanie writes like you're long-time friends.
And sometimes that's the cup of cheer you desperately need.
Oh, and since Melanie (aka Big Mama) has written about fashion a time or 12, I thought the book title meant we'd be hearing about that. How much did I LOVE learning the why behind the title…a little, lovely surprise, and you'll just have to read to find out yourself.
Melanie is offering one of my readers a signed copy of Sparkly Green Earrings!!
For your initial entry, leave a comment on this post telling me why YOU'D like to win this giveaway; once you do that, feel free to Tweet, Pin, Facebook Like and/or Share this post for additional entries and leave a separate comment with the URL to enter. Entries will close on Sunday, March 3rd at 11:59 EST. Giveaway is for book only :).
If you can't wait, DO buy the book NOW!!
Melanie explains more about the book below…mostly it's a love letter I suppose :).
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