Delurk order, Life From Scratch book tour and GIVEAWAY

January 7, 2011

in Book Club, Books

I can’t help but notice that it’s International Delurking Week. Lollipop got 130+ of you to belly up to the comment bar. Let’s see if any of you usually silent-types will venture to leave me a comment. Please? Let me know that you read and maybe even WHY you read.


There are still a few spots left in the Life from Scratch book tour. Read about the tour here, or go directly to the sign up form to secure your spot. Here’s the review blurb I wrote on the book’s Amazon page (if you’ve already read the book, why not leave a review on Amazon, too?):

Anyone who has ever experienced heartache or setback of any kind will love this book about a journey to self. Whimsical and light, the universal search of Rachel to right herself after a divorce had me at June Cleaver’s rolling pin.

It took me only 3 days to read the book. That wasn’t my intent, especially since I began it just prior to holiday busy-ness, but I stayed up long into the night to see how Rachel would deal with her romance and career dilemmas.

Hot? Oooh la la. Yummy? Lip smackingly. Un-putdownable? Absolutely.

Because of the news you’re about to read (below), the book tour is being moved back to March 1, 2, and 3. The resulting deadlines are:

  • Sign up by February 11.
  • 1 or 2 discussion questions due to me by February 15
  • You’ll receive a list of questions to answer (you’ll choose any 3) by February 21
  • Have your post ready to go on your assigned date, March 1, 2, or 3

So acquire your copy of Life From Scratch or the Kindle version soon! And keep reading…


Need a copy of the book? YOU MAY BE IN LUCK! The publisher of Melissa Ford‘s book has offered 3 giveaway books*. Leave me a comment below (you were going to anyway, to delurk, right?) and tell me what one thing you would get into if you had to rebuild your life after a major upset. Deadline to enter is 11:59 pm MST January 12. will select 3 winners and I’ll announce them shortly thereafter. Make sure I can reach you in case you win.

* This is not a sponsored giveaway.

##UPDATE## selected Michelle, Denver Laura and Jamie. Please contact me with your shipping information, and congrats!

Thanks to all of you for delurking and entering :lol: .

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{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

Kir January 7, 2011 at 12:15 pm

HI Lori, I don’t need to delurk…I love you OUT LOUD all the time. :)

and I Loved *Hearted* Mel’s book. It was soooo good. :)


Mary-Frances Main January 7, 2011 at 12:37 pm

Cool! Would love to have a copy! :)


jill January 7, 2011 at 12:52 pm

I’m de-lurking though I do sometimes comment. Hi :) I read because I enjoy your posts and your views on life.

I know better than to commit to reading a book by a deadline – NOT a good idea for me! But I’m excited to read the book tour posts.


May January 7, 2011 at 1:17 pm

You know I’m here. Heck, you even know my real name!


Kristin January 7, 2011 at 2:15 pm

If I ever had to rebuild my life, I would explore making my own clothes. I’d want to take classes about how to tailor things properly.


andy January 7, 2011 at 2:27 pm

I’m never quiet or lurky, but I’ll say hi!!

If I had to rebuild my life I would go back to school and become a doctor!


HereWeGoAJen January 7, 2011 at 3:22 pm

I would like to win because I am a loser and haven’t had time to go to the bookstore to buy Mel’s book yet. (And yes, I could order from Amazon, we even have Prime, but then I lose the satisfaction of telling the check-out clerk and everyone else within earshot that “I KNOW HER!”)


JJ January 7, 2011 at 7:06 pm

Wooohooo! Well not really delurking–just leaving ya some love :) And this is so on the top of my “WANT THIS” book list :)


a January 7, 2011 at 7:10 pm

I don’t lurk! And I have the book! But I’m awful at discussion questions, so I’ll just follow the book tour from the sidelines…


Monique W January 7, 2011 at 7:22 pm

I saw you in a magazine article. My husband and I are starting a non-profit to take in abandoned children,AND we hope to adopt one day :)


meghan January 7, 2011 at 7:32 pm

Hi!! I read all the time. I love your take on parenting and how you have the really tough conversations. You always manage to respect exactly where your kids are and meet them there. It’s a challenge, one I hope to do as well as you.

And I would love a copy of Mel’s book because like Jen, I gotten to buy it yet. And if I had to start off all over again, I would get myself back into knitting. It was so therapetic for me


Jamie January 7, 2011 at 8:36 pm

Hello! One of the many reasons I like to read here is because you remind me to stop and appreciate ALL the things in life. Some of the easily overlooked are the most precious :)

If I had to rebuild . . . I think I would re-build my life in a much more simple way. Don’t replace all the stuff with more STUFF.


Mrs. X January 7, 2011 at 8:51 pm

Loooooooong time no comment. But, you called me out, the slacker that I am and I had to come and say hi. Hello!


Baby Smiling In Back Seat January 7, 2011 at 9:29 pm

I’d start rebuilding by getting back into the pottery studio. I miss it, even though my competing time commitments are well worthwhile.


Mel January 8, 2011 at 7:34 am

Delurking just to tell you that you’re pretty and smart. And kind. And funny.


Mel January 8, 2011 at 7:36 am

Oh wait — rebuilding my life. I would become very good at home improvement things. I think that would make me feel empowered. I’d get out a bunch of books and complete all the projects and know when I’m sitting in my space that I made it that way.


Michelle January 8, 2011 at 11:02 am

Hi! I pop over from time to time via Mel or your comments you leave there! Love your spunk!!!

I, personally, have always wanted to go and volunteer in Africa. I have a sponsored child there and have always dreamed of going to her village and helping the children there for a bit. I’ve had lots of ‘upset’ the past few years, but never the means to jet away and let go. As a teacher, the best part is giving and doing the local and global fundraisers for children. No matter how upset I am about my personal life, I always find that this kind of giving, for young girls especially, quickly puts things into perspective for me and always…gives me goosebumps..cause it feels so good.

Hmm…worthy of Scratch? ;)

I may just have to buy it anyways, I”m just about done my other book. “Secret Daughter”….good one indeed. But either way…SIGN ME UP! :)


Rochelle January 8, 2011 at 11:23 am

Oh! I would love to win a book that way I don’t have to pay rush shipping from amazon when I finally remember to put cash in my bank account to buy it on amazon! Here’s to avoiding that step!

We had to rebuild our entire life after a fire took everything we owned 3 years ago and then had to rebuild it all again after a miscarriage at 12 weeks ripped our marriage apart, both times, I threw myself into knitting, into new puppies, into hiking….I just always seem to pick up new hobbies when I get real low.


Melanie January 8, 2011 at 12:28 pm

If I had to rebuild my life, I would travel more and be less afraid of people judging my choice to do so. I totally have a plan for when the littles are grow, and I hope to fulfill this dream without the life-changing event!


Denver Laura January 8, 2011 at 12:50 pm

I have actually started over after a major life event. I had a divorce after a decade of being with the guy. I went backpacking through Europe for 3 months and then started consulting. That is where I found my true calling life as far as the job goes. I love the job I fell into and have been doing a variation of it every since.

So if I had to start over AGAIN, and money was no option, I would be a gypsy. Yeah, you heard me, I’d live out of a VW bus and travel around the country. Somehow I’d also know all about the mechanics and fix it when it broke down. I was going to do that and then decided to go to Europe instead just becasue I couldn’t work on the bus myself.


tubelessinstl January 8, 2011 at 5:56 pm

Delurking! :)

If I had to rebuild my life, I’d open a resale shop for kids clothing and toys. My sister and mom have discussed this and I am not giving up on the idea for a future option.


Katherine January 8, 2011 at 6:26 pm

I’d love to win a copy! (I’m already pestering my library about ordering it as well!) If I had to rebuild my life, I’d go to culinary school. I’d love to teach others how to cook and maybe work as a private chef or open a pastry shop.


jo January 8, 2011 at 6:32 pm

Jo here. Still reading, though rarely commenting. If I were to get into anything, it would have to be creating things for my classroom. I love to get craft but rarely make time. Throwing myself into work, though, seems to be a failproof way to distract me following a loss.


Phoebe January 8, 2011 at 7:10 pm

At the beginning of this year, after the last IVF with my eggs failed, I got a book out of the library about this very topic, rebuilding your life. I can’t remember the name of it right now. I got about one or two chapters in, and realized, I wasn’t ready yet. I wasn’t done with the grieving yet.

With a new year, I feel like I need to move on. To what, I don’t know. I know I’m passionate about cooking, gardening, and exercise. I’m not sure how to put those things into a creative project. I’m kinda waiting for something to come along to inspire me.

One thing I would really like to do with my life right now, if I had all the time in the world and all the money in the world, is to write a memoir about my mom’s life before she dies. I know she has limited time on this planet as she is not well. I just wished I lived closer to her so I could do it easier.


Justine January 8, 2011 at 8:03 pm

Yoga. I’d become a yoga teacher. It makes my soul happy. :)


A.M.S. January 8, 2011 at 8:56 pm

When I had to rebuild my life these past few years, I learned to crochet, mostly by accident. I’ve started many a crafty/artistic hobby in the hopes of having an end product that looked like the images in my head only to be sorely disappointed. Then, I found the book of little crocheted monsters and HAD to make them. After a little time spent teaching myself the basics of crocheting, I was making ninjas and cthulhus and nosferatus. Then, I was finding patterns for things and changing them to make the things I wanted. Now, I’m starting to create my own patterns. Oddly, crocheting has been a lot like cooking for me…I find an ingredient that I want to experiment with (or, y’know, yarn) and I play around with it and almost always manage to end up with something good at the end that I can share with someone. It’s helped a great deal.


Patty Lee January 8, 2011 at 10:18 pm

I always had a secret desire to be involved with acting – not to be popular but to act in a play or broadway. If my life is in ruins at least I can pretend to be somebody else momentarily.


loribeth January 9, 2011 at 4:09 pm

I’m here, have been for a few years now. : ) Just received my copy from Amazon on Friday, so you can count me out of the draw, thanks!


Heather January 12, 2011 at 2:04 pm

I’m delurking… I’ve been here for awhile. I never remember how I got here, just know I stayed because I like hearing about your kids and your life.


luna January 14, 2011 at 12:54 am

did I miss it? not the book, got it, but delurking week is probably over.
just wanted to say HI and how grateful I am that you and here and part of my life.

hmm. rebuilding? if I had the freedom, I would travel travel travel. to corners of the world that I probably won’t make it now that I’m older, with obligations and a kid. for months at a time.


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