What Are the Odds?
Posted: May 25, 2012 1:48 PM ET
  |  By Danielle E. Bowers

A few days ago I got the call. I was on the phone catching up with an old friend when a blocked number came across the caller ID. At this time of the year that usually means political parties calling with a survey. I took the call and now I’m glad I did. On the other end of the line was a representative from Rolling Stone, congratulating me on winning Pennzoil’s Roadie Diaries contest. I don’t remember what I said in reply, but there was probably plenty of babbling. I may have even burbled.

Before I got the call, I always assumed normal people never won these contests.  You see the ads for dream vacations, cars, and other fabulous prizes, but who wins them?  You can send a self-addressed and stamped envelope to get the winner’s name if there’s a burning desire to find out.  With this contest I’ll save you the cost of the stamp and tell you a little about myself.

My name is Danielle Bowers.  I’m in my early thirties, married, mother to two small children, and I call Massachusetts home.   I’ve written a few books in the past two years that I am polishing in preparation for publication.  Anyone who follows me on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ will know that I have a passion for country music.  That passion extends into my writing and other hobbies, such as photography.   Shooting concerts lets me combine my love of music, watching artists doing what they love, and trying to capture those moments to share with others.

Tim McGraw is one of my favorite country artists and his song Don’t Take the Girl is what made me fall in love with the music.  To tell a story with lyrics, music, and your voice and make an audience experience the emotion behind the story?  I was hooked.

Now Pennzoil and Tim McGraw are giving me the opportunity to go on the road, follow my favorite artist, and share my experiences with you.

Nobody pinch me because I don’t want to wake up.  This is going to be an amazing journey.

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