Behold My Talent…and A Giveaway


Happy Monday! I sooooo enjoyed our conversation about covers last week. I love it because it's something everyone has a strong opinion on. You guys suggested some really good ones, and I want to share a few of those later in the week. The five winners of Praying for Your Future Husband by Robin Jones Gunn and Tricia Goyer are:
1. Heather aka Dynamic Duo (who wants to see less darkness on YA covers and less dystopia. Amen and AMEN.)
2. Janna (who likes the first version of Shadow of the Sun King by Golden Keyes Parsons)
3. Katie (who likes the whimsical cover of the book I've yet to read but keep meaning to, Jellicoe Road)
4. Ronie K (who likes the cover To Die For by Sandra Byrd)
5. Joy (who thinks the cover for Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball by Donita K. Paul is super swell)

Ladies, email me (jen at jennybjones dot com) and send me your home addys please.

This week the good folks of Waterbrook Multnomah  have AGAIN graciously offered up some giveaway books. Selfishly, I love giveaways because it gets people talking. I learned about so many new cool covers last week that I wouldn't have known about without the lure of free books! This week I'm giving away (Waterbrook Multnomah is giving away) five copies of Departures by Robin Jones Gunn. This release isn't even out yet! I feel so privileged! Here's the Amazon description of the book:
Christy Miller and Sierra Jensen cross paths on their way to summer vacations that reveal what a gift it is to have a true Forever Friend.

Now Boarding at Gate 10
After her high school graduation, still aching from Todd’s departure, Christy joins her family on a trip to Wisconsin to visit relatives. While there, she reunites with Matthew, an old friend from junior high. When Matthew starts to show a romantic interest in Christy, she realizes this summer vacation could change everything she thought her future would be.

In the Event of a Water Landing
Fifteen-year-old Sierra Jensen can’t wait to spend her summer vacation with her friend Jana at a pristine lake in Montana. But when they arrive, it becomes clear that Jana’s only interest is acquiring a boyfriend. Sierra just wants to hang out with the guys as friends, but Jana turns every encounter into a possible romantic relationship. As their friendship begins to suffer, Sierra wonders if it’s possible to find a Forever Friend who will listen to you, laugh with you, and keep your confidences.

Okay, so drawing for these books Sunday evening at midnight. (Okay, nine pm. Who stays up til midnight on a Sunday night? Rockers that's who. Rockers and insomniacs.)
To be in the running for one of the five copies, you must answer the following question: What are you good at. Leave me a list of at least three things in the comment section. Without further adieu ado (and thanks to Saira for explaining my four-hour sleep brain was in the wrong), here is my list. Try not to be jealous.

THINGS I AM GOOD AT by Jenny B. Jones

1. Eating nachos fast enough so the cheese doesn't congeal. (Sometimes this involves not using any silverware. Or napkins. Bib optional.)
2. Ignoring the five second rule. (10 or 20 is more like it…)
3. Emailing
4. Whistling (I have quite the range. Which only insures it's extra obnoxious.)
5. Writing “The End.”
6. Opening mail. (Paper cuts? Ignored envelopes? Not me!)
7. Over packing. (Devil's job)
8. Window shopping
9. Any other kind of shopping
10. Forgetting things
11. Hearing things I'm not supposed to. (A student can stand right in front of me and have to ask me the same question 3 times, but I can pick up an F bomb 2 miles away.)
12. Blessing Amazon with my money
13. Instinctively knowing where department store bathrooms are.
14. Walking into the men's bathroom instead of the women's. )Me and the entire male peeing population are pretty much just used to it by now.)
15. Reading magazines and dog-earing things I like–decor, clothes, pictures of tacos
16. Gargling to Lady GaGa (When combined with my whistling, it's a total symphony of hygiene.)
17. Drinking my weight in iced tea (no sugar)
18. Getting paint in my hair. The kind that has to wear out.
19. Napping
20. Spelling aardvark

Can't wait to hear your list!

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tammy c - April 18, 2011

Three things I’m good at

1) making my life a musical. (I like to sing)
2) drawing on things that aren’t supposed to be drawn on.
3) changing the conversation when I get bored of the topic at hand 😀

Hahaha that was fun!

jennie - April 18, 2011

I am good at:
1. Apparently being one of the first to answer.
2. saying random things on my Facebook feed.
3. Eating Ice cream (I could make it into the Olympics if this were a sport. I would get the gold.)
4. Confusing my family with the random things that I say.
5. Ignoring the ever increasing amount of homework that I have.
6. Performing well when I finally decide to work #5.

Jess - April 18, 2011

I am especially good at…

1. Spotting a Robin Jones Gunn giveaway (have loved her and Christy Miller since I was in 7th grade…15 years ago).

2. Making 7th graders giggle/cringe at my cheesy jokes.

3. Drinking too much water that I make myself sick (how is that even possible? and why don’t I learn my lesson?!)

4. Eating candy (jelly beans, yes please!).

Cara Putman - April 18, 2011

1) I’m good at being funny without knowing it. Does that even count?
2) eating burritos though I can’t make the special fold to save my life — even after studying the Moe’s technique numerous times.
3) thinking up book ideas. 🙂

Charlotte - April 18, 2011

Three things I’m good at…
1) reading books so fast that I desperatly need a new one all the time…
2) spending too much money on books and cds…
3) drinking fresh orange juice…i love it

Lily - April 18, 2011

Things I am good at ::

1. Eating ice cream like there’s no tomorrow (it’s my superpower)
2. Awkward situations
3. Checking Facebook and my email
4. Typing my name and date when writing a paper
5. Bunny trails in class
6. Procrastinating
7. Shopping!
8. Telling my stories to my poor family multiple times

Angie - April 18, 2011

Three things I’m good at:
1) Being late to work…I work for my parents and they have given up expecting me to be at work by eight.
2) Rescuing cats…my dad calls me a cat magnet because they seem to find me.
3) Finding other things to do (such as reading or knitting) when I should be taking care of laundry and dishes and such.

Dakota - April 18, 2011

I’m fantastically good at:
1)running into walls. not on purpose either. that tells you the extent of my talent.
2)making my siblings laugh so hard they cry. it always happens at the dinner table too. and someone ends up spitting water across the table. i have no idea what was so funny.
3)making chocolate chip cookies. my church can smell them for miles. who needs a homing device when you have baked goods?
4)babysitting. although sometimes it’s hard to tell who is sitting on whom, exactly.
5)pulling weeds. this is a gift i wish my parents didn’t know about.

Word Lily - April 18, 2011

I’m good at:
1. Seeing grey where others see black and/or white
2. editing
3. unintentionally killing friends’ jokes.
4. winning giveaways? 😀

Saira - April 18, 2011

Just a thought: I thought the phrase was ‘without further ado’ rather than ‘adieu’; since adieu is French for good-bye, and ‘ado’ means fuss. ??

I already have the book- the original copy which someone scouted out for me. Excellent if you can’t get enough of the Christy Miller and Sierra Jensen books. One thing I am definitely good at is reading those! And then thinking it was real life!

Mary - April 18, 2011

1) Having beautiful children..(although I can’t really take credit for that as they all look just like my Husband):D
2) Answering the phone at work. (I love people and I love to talk, it just works)
3) Hugs! I’ve had people go out of their way to get a “momma” hug from me. (Did I mention I love people?)

Cassidy - April 18, 2011

Three things I’m good at:
1. Helping others with their problems.
2. Texting.
3. Being able to hear a couple seconds of a song and know exactly what song it is and who it’s by.

Liv - April 18, 2011

1. Reading(Love it, so I’m good!)
2. Singing
3. Checking Jenny’s blog every sec to c if I’ve won her contests!
(awwww 🙁 I really wanted that book!)

🙂 Olivia Pittman (-:

Naomi - April 18, 2011

A few things I’m good at…hmm…

1) I’m really good at wanting to win this giveaway more than anything…does that count? 😉

2) When I’m not winning giveaways…I, too, probably keep Amazon running with all my books & music purchases!

3) Listening to other people. (Of course if I was being completely honest, I would have to admit that I don’t always enjoy it)

4) Procrastinating…often by reading books which are not the classics I’m supposed to be reading (although I love them lots too!)

5) Obsessing over the little things! (Some call it OCD…I like to call it attention to details)

6)…Apparently I’m really good at inserting second thoughts into parentheses!

bookwyrm14 - April 18, 2011

I have so many things I’m good at, so I don’t know if I can’t narrow it down… hahahaha 😀

1: Sorry, Naomi, I’m better at wanting to win giveaways than you. I have been entering every giveaway on Jenny B. Jones’s site since I got her Charmed Life series last year.I gotta win sometime, right? Right?…

2: Reading. My name (on here at least) is bookwyrm, obviously. I’m kind of a nerd for reading so much, but ya know what? Nerds will rule the world! 😀

3: Writing stories. Well, I’m not necessarily good, cause I haven’t been published, but sheer amount has to count for something, right? I write every second I’m not reading 😀

4: Being invisible to cute guys. It’s a talent. It must be.

5: Dreaming about King Arthur (played by Bradley James in the BBC show Merlin–awesome show, btw, if you haven’t seen it)

6: Commenting on my favorite author’s website. Shout out to Jenny B. Jones and Lisa T. Bergren!

6: Talking about myself. ‘Nuff said. 😀

Hannah Collier - April 18, 2011

1. Swimming
2. reading for hours on end
3. calming down super hyper animals
4. forgetting something that someone just told me and having to say ‘wait what?’
5. I know a lot about Harry Potter because I was obsessed with the books when I was younger.
6. I’m pretty good at knitting.(except for that sock I tried to make for my mom, and it ended up looking more like a hat for a child :P)

God's Gal (alyssa) - April 18, 2011

Things I’m Good At:
1. Eating junk food.
2. Playing music and basketball, but not board games…
3. Following pro-sports.
4. School. 😛
5. Talking. Like, a lot.
6. Caring about stuff.
7. Having fun!

That WAS fun! Thanks for making my day with your lists! 🙂

Laura J - April 18, 2011

1) I can catch a gum-chewer without looking at them…at least that’s what my 7th grade students told me.

2) I lack talent, which in turn helps other see their own. (I learned this from the kids I taught in my middle school Sunday School class…insightful kids.) 🙂

3) As an elementary librarian, the kids tell me I’m “the best drawer ever” which makes me feel like I have finally found my talent.

On a more serious note:
4) I am really good at remembering things about people–their birthdays, their favorite food, their hobbies, etc.
5) I rock at finding the right books for kids. When I taught middle school, I would go on my conference to help other teacher’s students find good books. Now as a librarian, I get to do that for 863 kids each week. Love it!

Jenny B Jones - April 18, 2011

I just typed the world’s longest comment addressing each one of you, and my blog ate it. So no do-overs, but I love these “talents.” Y’all are so gifted! And some made me laugh (invisible to guys…ha)

Jenny - April 18, 2011

1. Doing laundry. I think I have earned an honorary Ph.D., and I have my husband & 3 children to thank.
2. Reading a novel and tuning out everyone and everything around me.
3. Cracking my gum. Call me Flo. It is really only annoying to those that are unable to do it.
4. Bargain shopping for clothes. I mean it now, I am really, really amazing at finding a deal, but I can’t take all the credit. I think it may be a spiritual gift, because some things you are just so good at you know God is intervening.

This is a fun contest JBJ. I feel better about myself already 🙂

Kristin - April 18, 2011

-Memorizing useless (but interesting!) trivia about classic movies.
-Convincing myself that if nobody sees me eat the chocolate, it’s like I never really ate it at all.
-Hunting out book bargains.
-Sewing and crafting.

Allie - April 18, 2011

1. Running into things and people I’m very blessed god gave me that amazing talent and I enjoyed sharing that talent on the first day of school… ( I still think the contractors should’ve put the door to my math class about 2 feet to the right)
 2. Talking with my mouth full… U may think it’s unlady
like but I think it shows off how multitalented I am ( but my father still doesn’t approve of it)
3. Breaking out into random songs off of what someone said or something I read (I’m sorry miss hall but if u didn’t want me to spontaneously sing “if I die young” while we were taking a test than you shouldn’t of included that instead of burring the young man they spread his ashes in the river)

Rachel - April 18, 2011

1. Gymnastics!

2. coming up with random facts on the spot.

3. Thinking of new inventions.


Hannah - April 19, 2011

Things I am good at:
1) Finding all kinds of things that come in my favorite color, PINK! (pink pens, jeans, antibiotics, dolphins, and just found today, a pink snake!)
2) writing facebook notes… (i’ve actually wrote some pretty entertaining ones :P)
3) shopping!!
4) falling over… on stages


Clare - April 19, 2011

Three things I’m good at:

1. Tripping -while I’m walking upstairs. I like to think of it as a gift. 😀

2. Singing at the top of my lungs while on swingset. I do a mean rendition of “Party in the USA”. 🙂

3. Making my sisters smile. No matter how mad or annoyed they, I know them well enough have them laughing and smiling before the end of the day.

karenk - April 19, 2011

i am good at:

…shopping for great bargins
…reading excellent novels
…emailing family & friends

Helen Loss - April 19, 2011

Things I’m good at:

1. Making Things to do Lists
2. Drinking two Snapple Peach Teas a day
3. Making spelling errors (it’s my downfall)

Paris - April 19, 2011

I am good at:

1) Working with kids. This is why I’m going to college to be a teacher (:
2) Eating lots and lots of icecream. And snickers. And fudge rounds…
3) Reading. I read allllllll the time. I love christian ya fiction and I collect it. I have tons of books.

bookwyrm14 - April 19, 2011

Paris, I love you already! Christian YA fiction keeps me sane, makes me laugh, and gives me hope that one day I will find that Christian knight-in-shining-armor (or even armor that’s a little tarnished around the edges)!!!! Preferably a guy like Luke from the Charmed Life series–if he will notice me…(see my previous post 15 comments ago)

Allie Smith - April 19, 2011

i just got back frum a trip to Washington,D.C. with my class and the first thing i did was log ontu,how i missed u!!!
while i was in washington i discovered that im rlly good at accidentally knocking one of the guys intu the pool on the inside of the world war 2 memorial…haha,jk!!!
1. im rlly good at popping the bubbles on the lids of those fast food restaurant cups.its my weakness.idk how ppl dont pop them!its gotten so bad that ppl in my youth group actually bring me their cups wen we’re out to eat somewhere!!!they PITY MY ADDICTION!!!sigh…
2. im also rlly good at being obnoxious.oh yes…VERY obnoxious.this past weekend our church hosted a ladie’s spectacular.over 1,ooo women/teen gurls/jr. aged gurls alllll under our church our yuth pastor asked me to give a testimony about how my mom has struggled with both her parents dying wen she was rlly young.then say that i was in the mountains and was in awe of the beauty of the majestic eagle,and it gave me comfort that there is a God in those tough times.then i was to say that i wrote a song about how we must look frum the eagle’s perspective.this lovely intro plays on the piano and i scare the crap out of 160 teen gurls by lifting my arms in the air and screaming,”ca-caw,ca-caw,CA-CAAAAAAWWWWWW!!!!” and running around the room while i do it. then we had a contest among the 4 sections.four gurls from each group had to lip-sing a men’s quartet i had the bright (i.e. embarrassing) idea to borrow suit coats and ties frum the teen guys and draw mustaches and gotees on our faces w/ eyeliner (which later on we had a prob. with cuz SOMEONE forgot to mention it was waterproof).well,we won.and as we took our victory bow i look up to see every single (emphasis on the word in,unatatched) guy in the church watching us…and laughing…from the bleachers.the traveling evangelist’s son told me he’d never forget it AS LONG AS HE LIVES.whoopee.
3. i guess im good at doing dumb tripping and falling smack into that rlly cute evangelist’s son bcuz i was trying to lok haot wearing heels,like 3 or 4 inches high.or how about bein so xcited bout talking to the guy i have a crush on,i told him i’d pray for his feet.i got a,”thanks…i guess.”
so those r the things im good at.almost to a fault.

Jenny B Jones - April 19, 2011

Y’all have some great talents, ladies. I’m envious of your abilities. : )

Nicole P. - April 19, 2011

I’m good at…
1. Cleaning my frogtank. My mom says I should practice more often. 😛
2. Piano and guitar. Definitely still a work in progress, but I really enjoy playing & worshiping! 🙂
3. Being friendly. It’s so fun! 😀

Abbigail - April 19, 2011

I’m very good at-
1)Annoying peoples with my made up words, and incorrect pronunciation of real words. like coinkidink, and when I say MINIature. (And for the record, “peoples” is a real word. It’s in the Bible! Look it up, peoples! 😛 Just don’t look up the Latin. ‘Cause it’s ain’t there.)
2)Getting peoples to think that I have a crush on the guys I’m on the verge of hating. In that Good-Christian-Girl sort of way. (“Peoples,” in this case, means the popular girls I try to avoid and am also on the verge of -err,- not liking. In the same way.) (And just to clear this up, I do NOT try to make them think so. But what can you do? It’s a trick question. “Do you like so-and-so?” Say “Yes” and of course they think yes. Say “None of your beeswax” and they still think yes. Say “No” and -yupp, you guessed it – they still think YES! So unfair.)
3)Getting peoples to think I’m either demented, or a freak, or any other synonyms for those words. …Did I mention my favorite phrase? “I tried being normal. It was just too boring.”
4)Messing up. Aren’t we all? (Please say yes. I’d rather not be alone on this one.)
5)Losing Monopoly to my friend. (And Nerks. And Beetle. And Speed. And I forgot to put the ‘s’ on ‘Speed’ at first. Eww.)
6)Being Graceful. Ha. Yeah, right. (My parents still say they should’ve named me Grace. What can I say?)
7)And would it be bragging to say I’m quite good at taking pictures? (Still-Life, of course. So I guess not. ‘Cause it’s pretty easy. I think.)
8)Naomi, (Comment number 14) I have the same as your #6. (It usually makes my comments twice as long – or more – as they would be without the parentheses. Ugh. See?)

April - April 19, 2011

I am good at:

1. Art, specifically drawing people
2. Loving life’s simple things
3. Reading lots of books while on bed rest
4. Making a baby for 8 and a half months! 🙂
5. Loving my husband
6. Playing board games
7. Making lists, after lists of things to do
8. Facebook
9. Singing show tunes at memory triggers of words


Sarah - April 20, 2011

Things I’m good at:
1. Doing akward random things that make people laugh… or question my sanity
2.painting my toenails eye-popping colors
3. Reading a book so fast I’m constantly searching for more (at a good price b/c really how much money does a teen get a week?)
4. Apparently forgetting which number I’m on… uh… oops?
5. Scarfing down any kind of Mexican Chinese or Italian food
6. Writing ( I want to become a writer && my mom was a reporter so its in my blood)
7. singing in the shower! If only there was organized competition
8. Doodling && daydreaming in class or a place where I’m supposed to be paying attention
9. Drawing in general
10. Texting ’till midnight yoohooo!! ( aren’t I a dare devil?! )

Vanessa - April 20, 2011

Three things I’m good at:

*Eating Ice Cream. Yup. =)
*Playing the piano
*Making babies giggle.

So there we go! 🙂

CarolM - April 20, 2011

1. Sleeping – just wish I had more time to do it

2. Being funny – in my head, it doesn’t always translate out loud

3. Ignoring housework, laundry and other stuff while finding time to read and write [though that’s usually drivel]

4. Also good at making to do lists. Less good at doing them.

5. Forgetting witty, fun, interesting stuff to write in blog comments

Sharon - April 20, 2011

let’s see….
1. eating coldstone icecream at the most random times
2. listening to people
3. banging my hip on door knobs and getting bruises
4. running in circles when i have too much candy

bookwyrm14 - April 21, 2011

You all just inspire me. I’m going to say more things! 😀

1. Being quirky. Really. It’s a gift. Between being a nerd and completely social inept. But now that y’all said your embarrassing-ness, I feel free to be honest!

2. Making lame jokes! Or at least, they’re lame to everyone else. I happen to think they are witty.

3. Making a fool of myself in front of cute guys. In fact, I always end up saying the wrong thing in front of any guy. Period. It’s like I’m cursed with the “unable-to-comunicate-with-the-teenage-male-species” spell. Can anyone relate? Maybe it’s just me.

4: Talking about how hot the British guys on BBC are! Shout out to Bradley James in Merlin and Erroll Flynn in Robin Hood (which was sadly discontinued)!

Darria - April 21, 2011

1. typing random 1’s when trying to put a mile long string of exclamations.
2. hanging out of windows.
3. sitting in my sink
4. people-watching
5. eating pop-tarts
6. stalking
7. clicking pens
8. standing.
9. eating pop-tarts
10. not cleaning

Nikki - April 21, 2011

1. Finding reasons not to do laundry.
2. Quoting Psych.
3. Eating dessert first. And last. Ok, all day long really.
4. Feeding my TV-on-DVD addiction.
5. Read-alouds.
6. Losing my keys and my shoes.
7. Remembering details (except for the whole keys and shoes thing).
8. Finding errors (grammar, spelling, punctuation) in professional publications – drives me crazy!

Katelyn - April 21, 2011

2) not doing my homework!
3) STRESSING OUT because I didn’t do my homework!
4) BSing my way through it and getting straight As 🙂
5) Being LOUD!!!!
6) Singing obnoxiously 😉

Erin McFarland - April 22, 2011

2-multitasking: chewing, talking, typing, and wiping boogies (the toddlers, not mine) simultaneously
3-split end picking

I also have #s 2, 7, and 11 in common with you. We are just a mighty talented bunch here 🙂

Emily - April 22, 2011

I’m talented at:
1: Playing the piano.
2: Unintentionally ignoring what my piano teacher corrected me on.
3: Reading some books over and over, forgetting the ones that I’ve had checked out of the library for two weeks.
4: Making Castle favids
5: Making Scarecrow and Mrs. King fanvids
6: Confusing my Mom by randomly quoting TV shows she doesn’t watch. (I once started quoting the Castle intro. She thought I called her Hooch) lol
7: Volunteering at the library
8: Making everyone in our church think I’m a sweet, timid girl who never speaks. And, since I don’t speak, they must think I don’t want them to speak to me. Ever. Especially guys.
9: Keeping who I like a secret.
10: Spending money.

Jessica Price - April 23, 2011

Things I am Good At:
2)Playing Drums
3)Making Movies
5)Making Travel Plans
6)Winning Contests

Rianne H - April 24, 2011

Things I’m good at:
1. Blowing bubbles in chocolate milk
2. Singing Little Mermaid songs until I think I’ve driven my family insane
3. Quoting movies with my sister so often that our mom thinks we literally live in our own world
4. Singing in a mock opera voice thinking I’m alone, then finding out I am, indeed, in the presence of others
5. Reading books faster than anyone else I know

Lisa Carter Sweet Tea with a Slice of Murder - July 8, 2011

I’m good at:
1. Supervising others while they work
2. Choosing the longest line and the slowest cashier in the grocery store.
3. Making the Not-Your-Grandmother’s Banana Pudding.

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