Perfect day for a GIVEAWAY!!

on February 4, 2008 in Ze Bloggy Goodness with 48 comments by


It’s a big day.

So, singer/songwriter Tara Leigh Cobble is one of my favs. I love her music, her voice, and her lyrics [you know I’m a sucker for good lyrics]. I started reading her blog a few months ago. And I loved it. Oh blogs, you are so wonderful.

I ordered her first book, Here’s to Hindsight: Letters To My Former Self, and I literally read it in a day. Which is rare for me because, though I love to read, I don’t like when I read a book in one sitting. It’s the Scrooge in me… books that I buy should last for more hours than the amount of dollars I paid. It’s a math equation.

Except when the writing is phenomenal. Real. Honest. Raw. Beautiful. Hilarious. Godly.

Because then the book is worth every penny. And more.

As if that one book wasn’t enough awesome (it could have been, it was that good), she comes out with a NEW BOOK! Ahhh…… Crowded Skies: Letters to Manhattan, welcome to my life.

This book is a collection of essays surrounding Tara Leigh’s decision to leave Nashville and move to New York City. And entire book about being brave, finding God in the everydayness of life, making friends, and trusting Him with everything. I love the flow of the book- starting with the decision and then continuing as she settles down in a new city. It’s beautifully written, honest to the point of “are you sure you meant to write that?”, and it makes me love and trust God more.

It’s like my literary utopia – a great singer/songwriter who writes really good books about stepping towards her dreams.

So in all my excitement, I made the obvious choice. I emailed her. [What? Did you forget that I’m shameless and apparently not real concerned about looking cool?]

And because Tara Leigh is AWESOME, she emailed me back and then put a little package in the mail direct from NYC to ATL.

Now I have THIS- an AUTOGRAPHED COPY of her new book! Specifically for one of you!!

I’m telling you, you want to read this book. And seriously, I’ve been SO anticipating this- I want ALL of you to read all her stuff. Blogs. Books. Lyrics. Journal. [Ok, don’t read her journal. That’s not polite.]

So, before we continue, if you do not win, then GO HERE to order her books and CDs. Listen, I have NEVER led you astray before, I’m not going to start now. Remember I contacted HER because I wanted YOU to get this.


In order to win, you must leave a comment in this post. And please leave a way for me to contact you- but DON’T JUST LEAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS. I don’t want this to be a spammer’s paradise.

Leave your address like this: spamstinks [at] yahoo [dot] com. I’m not the sharpest knife in the drawer, but I’ll figure out how to contact you if you win.

The comments will close on Wednesday morning at 8am. Then a random number generator will pick the winner. And the rest of you will ORDER ONE (or ten) HERE.

Thanks, Tara Leigh, for making this possible!!

Best of luck, bloggites! I hope you win. Seriously. I’ve got my fingers crossed for ya!


  1. steve and randel hambrick
    posted on Feb 04, 2008 at 11:07 PM  |  reply

    i’m fairly certain you know how to get in touch with me.. but just in case..


    at least until we move… but surely you’ll pick your winner before then ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Holly Durham
    posted on Feb 04, 2008 at 11:17 PM  |  reply

    Hello Annie Downs!!!
    Hope life is treating you well!!!
    We miss you and missed seeing your smiling face when we were home!!!
    Love you girl and we are praying for you ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Anna
    posted on Feb 04, 2008 at 11:22 PM  |  reply

    oh my annie!!! i have never read your blog but i am definately gonna start!! its awesome! its like listening to you talk in real live person! anyway, that book sounds really good and i could use something to read besides hamlet!!


    much love girlfriend!!! ~Anna

  4. ancarter25
    posted on Feb 04, 2008 at 11:24 PM  |  reply

    Love reading your blog! And even more excited about what God is doing to move you into a position to write full time! Love the idea of this book. You know how to reach me if I win! I’ll let my friends know about it too!

  5. tuffkel
    posted on Feb 04, 2008 at 11:48 PM  |  reply

    me,me. me, me, me, me. I wanta win. Fossie, pick me!


    How’s that for following directions?!

  6. E & G
    posted on Feb 04, 2008 at 11:51 PM  |  reply

    Pump it up! The books that you recommend are always great. Can’t wait. I’m not sure about reading in one sitting, though.

  7. Anonymous
    posted on Feb 05, 2008 at 12:10 AM  |  reply

    I love free books!

  8. Nancy H.
    posted on Feb 05, 2008 at 12:39 AM  |  reply

    Giggle, snort, snort, snicker…Hardee Hardee Har Har!!!
    Your blog is so funny, Annie! And you really made me want that book. I want it! I want it! And I’m gonna be so annoyed if I have to go buy it, b’c somebody else wins. How’s that for sour grapes?
    Loved book club last week–really loved it.

  9. Annie McPhannie
    posted on Feb 05, 2008 at 12:55 AM  |  reply

    Um. Hello? Leaving that which is comfortable and seeking God’s good and perfect plan? I will be seeking a bookstore immediately. Thankyou, sweet, sweet friend.

  10. Marie-Claire
    posted on Feb 05, 2008 at 1:09 AM  |  reply

    I am the winner.


  11. Jennifer Bennett, MACE, LPC, LPF
    posted on Feb 05, 2008 at 1:40 AM  |  reply

    This book sounds wonderful!! I can’t wait to read it! I look forward to reading her blog! I think I might be addicted to blogs!


  12. AmyFritch
    posted on Feb 05, 2008 at 1:45 AM  |  reply

    Pick me! Pick me!! Should we all start sending you stuff to give away on your blog? This could be a seriously big deal…..

  13. leahcurtright
    posted on Feb 05, 2008 at 1:54 AM  |  reply

    Oh my gosh, I want a great book! I will definitely read it all at once. I think I’ve wasted my money unless I can’t function without finishing a book.


  14. Greg
    posted on Feb 05, 2008 at 2:09 AM  |  reply

    the bear needs the book!, just find me on myspace or facebook..i mean, i don’t want the book for myself but this girl I been seein’

  15. Sharliss Jane Arnold
    posted on Feb 05, 2008 at 2:14 AM  |  reply

    Hi, Oh how I hope I win. But at any rate, I love your blog and must admit in my days lately, it sure does keep me smiling and moving forward. Love ya, here is how you can get me!

  16. Writeaway
    posted on Feb 05, 2008 at 2:20 AM  |  reply

    I am a writer and therefor, I NEED to read other people’s writing to stay inspired. Is that a good excuse to win???? Kaye

  17. Mary Leslie
    posted on Feb 05, 2008 at 2:37 AM  |  reply

    Hey Annie-

    You know I’m a sucker for any kind of book to read! This one sounds great. I can’t wait to check out her! I hope you are doing well and grad school is not taking over your life!
    Hope to talk to you soon-
    Mary Leslie

  18. Big Mama
    posted on Feb 05, 2008 at 2:39 AM  |  reply

    The book sounds really good. I went over and checked out her blog, too. Thanks for letting me know about it.

  19. Anonymous
    posted on Feb 05, 2008 at 2:53 AM  |  reply

    I love free anythings and your chicken and dumplings. I need a free recipe ๐Ÿ™‚


  20. Anonymous
    posted on Feb 05, 2008 at 3:07 AM  |  reply

    Free is good,
    Free is nice,
    And if I win,
    I’ll read it twice.

    See, you’re not the only magnificent writer around town. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Adam’s Mom, a.k.a. Longfellow

  21. Suzanne
    posted on Feb 05, 2008 at 3:30 AM  |  reply

    Ah, yes, I’m a book-a-night reader myself. And since this one’s free, I shan’t have wasted a dime…although with your stamp of approval, it wouldn’t be a waste.

    Po folks need free books (he he he blasting into your past to win some points!)


  22. AshWard
    posted on Feb 05, 2008 at 3:45 AM  |  reply

    I want it. I mean, I’ll buy it if I don’t win, but its always more fun to win something off a blog.


  23. Jess $
    posted on Feb 05, 2008 at 3:51 AM  |  reply

    Ooooh girl! I hope I win. This is so exciting!! You know my number but here it go jrforbes [at] uga [dot] com for the ole emailarooskie. I think I should win just for putting “arooskie” at the end of words. Love love. Jess $

  24. nysewanders
    posted on Feb 05, 2008 at 4:02 AM  |  reply

    I’d LOVE a good book but I honestly haven’t read any books besides the good ol’ B-I-B-L-E since Isaiah was born… lame, I know, (not the Bible reading but the lack of other reading – just felt the need to clarify) but when I read, I usually fall asleep. Such is the plight of a pregnant mother of a toddler! I still love reading your blog though… it never puts me to sleep:)

  25. Amanda
    posted on Feb 05, 2008 at 4:18 AM  |  reply

    I would love this. I’ve been feeling pretty directionless lately, and could use some inspiration. Plus, free books rock! Muchas gracias.


  26. Candace
    posted on Feb 05, 2008 at 4:37 AM  |  reply

    I would love to read that book! I do LOVE NY!!

  27. Jamie
    posted on Feb 05, 2008 at 5:13 AM  |  reply

    A book reco from Annie PLUS a book about moving from the South to Manhattan?! Throw my name in the hat!


    ps Do I get bonus points for writing a letter to Manhattan once myself? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  28. Emily
    posted on Feb 05, 2008 at 11:38 AM  |  reply

    Evidently I’m shameless as well. Who needs cool? Thus, I shamelessly admit, Annie Downs, I am a total stranger to you and your most faithful blogstalker. There. I’ve said it. And you finally cornered me. I LOVE a good sweepstakes. You offered one. I broke down. I left you a comment. So much for anonymous blogstalking!

    Your biggest fan,

    Emily Witt

  29. h.
    posted on Feb 05, 2008 at 12:40 PM  |  reply

    ill buy it.. but im definitely in it to win it! jackie didn’t teach me to pass by freebies..thats for sure.

    h.ligler [at] gmail [dot] com

  30. jonathan, kristin, josiah, benjamin
    posted on Feb 05, 2008 at 1:23 PM  |  reply

    annie, i check your blog everyday. i just love how you write and your honesty. it is refreshing. so, i am hoping i win the book because that would be cool. keep writing becuase i’ll be reading.

    kristin wyatt

  31. Kristin
    posted on Feb 05, 2008 at 2:24 PM  |  reply

    I’m throwing my name in the hat, too!


  32. Someone Being Me
    posted on Feb 05, 2008 at 2:59 PM  |  reply

    Wow, I have to read this now after that rave review. Please count me in. someonebeingme [@] gmail [dot] com.

  33. Elizabeth
    posted on Feb 05, 2008 at 3:01 PM  |  reply

    Would love that book! I’m in!

  34. Kels
    posted on Feb 05, 2008 at 3:44 PM  |  reply

    I am also a great lover of books and about to move all around this country!

    Love keeping up with you Annie, please know that Brian and I feel like we talk to you all the time!


  35. Judy
    posted on Feb 05, 2008 at 3:59 PM  |  reply

    If I win it’s a “two-fer” ’cause I’ll lend it to Kelda and she won’t get mad about not winning.

    [I dare you to pronounce the word between (at) and (dot)]


  36. carolineb
    posted on Feb 05, 2008 at 4:15 PM  |  reply

    I lost an entire week of my life with the wedding. And, apparently, your life. When I have time I’ll catch up on your posts. For now, know that I’m not trying to win the contest. Just letting you know I’m out here. Still. Chip’s blogging, I’m excited. I love that guy.

  37. Boggsy
    posted on Feb 05, 2008 at 5:31 PM  |  reply

    I’m in! I’m not what they call…”A good reader” but you wouldn’t lie to me (cuz you know where liars go!). Oh God, please let me win…


  38. kweber
    posted on Feb 05, 2008 at 5:42 PM  |  reply

    That sounds like a great book! Thanks for the recommendation – I’ve become quite a bookworm lately, so I’m always looking for something new and good. Here’s my email address: katherinemweber(at)yahoo(dot)com

  39. kristymasterson
    posted on Feb 05, 2008 at 6:58 PM  |  reply

    I love Tara Leigh Coble too.

  40. Playful Professional
    posted on Feb 05, 2008 at 8:16 PM  |  reply

    I can always use a new book. Put me in!!

  41. Katie B
    posted on Feb 05, 2008 at 9:34 PM  |  reply

    The more comments we leave the more chances right?
    J/K… that’d be lame.

    You’re so cool.

  42. Shannon
    posted on Feb 06, 2008 at 12:15 AM  |  reply

    And the winner is . . . . MEEE!! Thank you Thank you. So I’m going into labor on Saturday – does that not earn me the prize?? Come on now : ) I mean I can’t imagine what else I’ll have to do with a newborn and a 2 yr old besides READ this book!

  43. Chip
    posted on Feb 06, 2008 at 1:29 AM  |  reply

    Hmm … reading a book. Vague familiarity … I think I used to do it. But since time is of the essence, it’s awesome just to hear you rant about it. =8^]

    Hey … it says below this comment field block that I can use some HTML tags. Why … does my HTML look fat? Will a tag really help?

  44. jambrew
    posted on Feb 06, 2008 at 2:23 AM  |  reply

    ah my two favorite things books and free.

  45. boomama
    posted on Feb 06, 2008 at 3:14 AM  |  reply

    Sounds really cool. Thanks for the heads up!

  46. Harrison...
    posted on Feb 06, 2008 at 7:09 AM  |  reply

    hey so check out a little thing in my blog…(its in blue)

    just let me know when i win

  47. ManUtd17
    posted on Feb 06, 2008 at 12:17 PM  |  reply

    I was trying to hold out to be the last entry before the 8:00 a.m. cut-off. My email is in your Scotland list.

    Speaking of that, can I interest you in a dozen roses?

    Why do I get the sneaky suspicion that there’s a parallel with Tara Leigh’s latest book and your life?


  48. Heather
    posted on Feb 09, 2008 at 1:43 AM  |  reply

    I did it..I ordered one…and…you don’t know me but I follow your blog…I’m a product of Caroline’s ability to inspire from back in the day..and now she’s led me to your blog…and wow! talk about inspiration..and realness..thanks for that…can’t wait for the giveaway of the 1st book by Annie Downs! Pulling for you from Canton!

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