writing for children

Being Frank Book Giveaway!

Hi folks! I am giving away a copy of Being Frank on June 14th! Here are the rules for the giveaway:

1. In the comments section below, share a time when you were too honest for your own good OR when someone was too honest with you (keep it family friendly!)

2. Share this post so others can enter, too!

3. You get one entry per comment and two entries for each share. So share away! ๐Ÿ™‚

4. The names will be compiled and pulled from a hat by one of my kiddos (or hubby) on June 14 and announced by 9pm that night. If the winner does not respond by the 15th (at 9pm), another name will be drawn from the hat.

5. After you share this – enjoy this preview of a friend’s book, Maya was Grumpy! I will purchase a copy of Maya in September… and then give it away here. So keep your eyes open for that announcement!

(And here is a preview of Being Frank if you haven’t seen it: http://www.amazon.com/Being-Frank-Donna-W-Earnhardt/dp/1936261197#reader_1936261197)

28 thoughts on “Being Frank Book Giveaway!

  1. Alas, I am usually too honest for my own good! My most recent is when I thought I was guiding my husband’s cousin to help her make a smart decision whether to stay put at her current college or move back home. She told me I was out of line in giving her advice! ๐Ÿ™‚ I try.


  2. A relative/friend told me she recommended New Age and finding a spirit to talk to. I told her that was like seeking advice from the devil. She didn’t speak to me again for several months. I don’t ever bring it up with her now that we have reconciled.


    1. It’s hard to speak gently, sometimes, about things we feel very strongly about. Been there, done that, too. Glad y’all are reconciled. Prayer is a good thing! ๐Ÿ™‚


  3. A granddaughter-in-law did not follow the rules we sibs had established when my parents were breaking up housekeeping. She went directly to my mom and asked for a family heirloom (the only painting done by my grandmother we had). Because the rest of us were following the rules and not going around saying, “We want this, we want that, …,” Mom thought nobody else was interested in the painting and gave it to the GDIL, who had only been in the family a couple of months and hadn’t even known Nana. I expressed my opinion to my sibs. Should’ve kept my thoughts to myself.


  4. Hi Donna,
    Once my mom told me she got up at 2:00 a.m. and went outside to her storage building to operate a table saw. She had figured out how to resize a bathroom cabinet. My response: “Mama, you need to get a life.” Not my best mother-daughter moment.

    I am writing a blog post at http://www.lindamartinandersen.wordpress.com and I will share a link to this site. It will be up by tomorrow, if not sooner. Please enter me in your contest. Thanks!


    1. I bet that did NOT get a pretty response from mama! Thank you for sharing!

      And thank you for sharing this on your blog! I always enjoy your monthly activities and fun posts for the kids in my life (and my inner child)!!!


  5. I LOVE Being Frank. It’s clever and cute and definitely slides the theme of tactfulness into the story. It’s a great PB. My grandsons think it is hilarious.


  6. It was the night of my first date in high school. Just before my date arrived, I came downstairs and presented myself to my Dad. “How do I look?” I asked. He peered closely at my face. “Very nice,” he said. “You’ve covered your bumps up well!”



  7. I used to take our girls to church by myself (hubby worked nights) I’d set out everything the night before. On a Sunday right before leaving for church my 3 yr old daughter had done something with one of her boots (we live in Michigan and there was 6 inches of snow on the ground.) I began chewing her out for moving the boot. Finally we found it. I continued to scold her on the drive to church. When we got there, the pastor saw us trudging in and opened the door, took the little one from me and was helping us with coats/boots. He was kneeling right next to me when I said to my 3 yr old in my sweetest, Sunday voice…”okay, honey, let’s take your boots off and put your shoes on.” She looked me straight in the eye and said as frankly as a 3 yr old can, “why are you talking so nice to me now?” Bless my pastor’s heart – he apparently went deaf at that moment and never reacted or said a word.


  8. My most recent “oops” was an honest observation on a sarcastic poster my best friend’s adult daughter had posted to FB about tattoos and the people who say young folks will regret them when they are older. (She posts a lot of negative, sarcastic stuff that I have ignored over the years.) I thought she loved and respected me enough to accept my observation that the poster wasn’t necessarily true b/c I knew several older people personally who DID regret their tattoos. But instead, her response was rude and disrespectful to me, and she deleted me from her friend’s list! She’s not as mature as I thought she was … oh well. I can live with fewer doses of sarcasm and chips on the shoulder posts. But bumping into each other at our chiro’s office will be awkward …


  9. I told my almost 2 year old that I was pregnant because I was so sick. (I was only 8 weeks along at the time). We were in a crowded elevator when she announced to the crowd: “My mommy has a baby in her uterus!”

    I tweeted and shared your give away on FB. I’m excited to read your book! I’ve heard so many good things about it!


  10. I can honestly say that this is such a big part of me that I am having a hard time finding one moment! I offer advice too freely! I do it to help others, but I am aware that I should be waiting until they actually ask for the advice. I guess I see the other side of things…some people might need help, but won’t ask because they don’t want to impose or have a more introverted personality. If I had to pick one example of my frankness, my mind immediately roams to my hubby. I have said things like, “Do you really think you should be eating another piece of cake?” That sounds so cold-hearted, doesn’t it?! So, I learned to try other methods instead: “You know, I just cut up the sweetest cantalope. Would you like a piece?” I just want to help him to stay healthy, but he is a grown man…I need to close my mouth! ๐Ÿ™‚


    1. Oh my goodness, Carrie, my daughter hates when I do that! But you know, if she’s going to complain in the morning that she gained weight, she should not eat candy, ice cream, and pie where I can see it that evening! Because I will say, “Didn’t you just complain about gaining weight this morning?”


      1. Brenda-I know, right? I will watch him complain in the mirror and even get mad at himself. I know how hard it is, but sometimes I even say, “I’m sorry, you have little kids who want you to be around to watch them get married and reach career goals.” I am so bad at letting things slip with him, and I need a frank-o-meter for my mouth!


  11. Oh, and I shared about this contest and Being Frank on my website, my FB page, PiBoIdMo FB Page, 12×12 writing group page, and Twitter!


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