Thanks for your comments of support, encouragement, and wisdom on my last post. I’ve read, re-read, and taken your words to heart. Thanks for taking the time to read and enter into the conversation.
By the way, did I mention that I’m turning forty next week? Yay.
I’m really not in the mood for a birthday right now, but I’ve asked around to see what can be done about that and the general consensus is that I’m going to turn forty whether I’m “feeling it” or not. I think it falls into the “you get what you get and you don’t pitch a fit” category of life. I’ve been thinking of ways I could get excited about the big day that’s coming. One of my favorite things to do is to discover fun things and then share them with my friends. I’m a lot like Oprah that way. So this week at Snoodlings I’m going to hostess my very first giveaway. But I’m not going to stop with just one. Oh no! I’m actually going to have a giveaway a day for six days! I know! Look out, Oprah! Because I was raised Baptist, I’m a big fan of alliteration so I thought we could call this a Fiesta of Fabulous Forty-ness (I’m also a big fan of creating new words).
This giveaway is also a chance for me to, in a very small way, show love and appreciation to all of my friends who have walked through this past year with me. You have encouraged me, prayed for me, counseled me, made me laugh…..you’ve been everything friends should be. I’ve tried to think of gifts that would either support friends of mine or that would allow the gift’s receiver to have a chance to give to someone else.
This first gift is to support some author friends of mine. I’m giving away three books: Touching Wonder: Recapturing the Awe of Christmas by John Blase, Stretch Marks by Kimberly Stuart, and the winner’s choice of books from Marla Taviano. (The winner may choose from Expecting, Is That All He Thinks About?, or From Blushing Bride to Wedded Wife.)
John and Marla didn’t ask me to promote their books. In fact, they don’t even know I’m giving their books away. (Take that, FTC, on this first day of December!) John Blase is married to my friend Meredith. John was one of the cute guys on campus back in our college days. You know those guys that just exude coolness? That was John. And now he’s a grown-up cool author. He knows his way around some words, let me tell you. Marla is a fairly new friend who lives in my computer. Some time ago she wrote a post that really spoke to me and made me think. I emailed her and she emailed back and the conversation has continued for a few months now.
Somewhere along the way I found Kimberly Stuart’s blog. A month or so ago she offered her readers a chance to give away three copies of her latest book. She asked us to think of creative ways to give them away. I decided to save one of the books to give away to a blog friend….maybe you?
Have you ever looked at a book and thought of all the effort that made those printed pages a reality? Someone lost sleep trying to make that one awkward paragraph sound right. He or she read the same words so many times they probably didn’t even look like English after awhile. Maybe that author’s family had to make sacrifices so that their loved one could get his or her thoughts in black and white. Writing a book doesn’t just happen. Today’s giveaway is to honor authors who have given me my very favorite way to while away the time. Thanks for being vulnerable, transparent, and for putting your heart into words for the rest of us to enjoy.
Three books!! And if you’re feeling generous, you might even think about giving one or more of your books to someone who might need to read it/them more than you do. A gift and an opportunity!
So how do you win? Just leave a comment. I’ll get one of my blog friends to teach me how to use one of those random generator deals and I’ll announce all of the winners on Monday, December 7. Let the Fiesta of Fabulous Forty-ness commence!