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Spread the word about CHOCOLATE & VICODIN and you might win an iPod Shuffle or a gift card from Amazon or iTunes

Tomorrow is the official release date for my book Chocolate & Vicodin: My Quest for Relief from the Headache that Wouldn’t Go Away. Someone told me they found it in a Barnes & Noble this weekend and Amazon started shipping it days ago, so it’s already starting to trickle out. Tomorrow you should be able to purchase it from fine bookstores everywhere, and if they don’t have it, ask them to order it. Thank you to everyone who’s made this possible, including you guys. Some of you have been reading this blog for years, and I might know you better by your email addresses than by your names, but I’m grateful for all your support.

I’d like people to start spreading the word about the book. I know that most of the books I read are recommendations from friends, bloggers or people on Twitter or Facebook. I want to encourage you guys to let your friends know about Chocolate & Vicodin, so I’m launching a contest.

Visit the Chocolate & Vicodin: Spread the Word Contest page and you can enter numerous different ways to win either an iPod Shuffle, a $25 Amazon gift card, or a $10 iTunes gift card. You can tweet, like the book on Facebook, leave reviews on Amazon or Goodreads, email your friends, or post the video trailer or a site link on your blog. Once you do, submit proof via that form and you’ll be entered to win!

Winners will be drawn randomly. Anyone is eligible, including international readers. The contest is open until 11:59pm EST on May 30, 2011. Thanks for spreading the word!

Chocolate & Vicodin: My Quest for Relief from the Headache that Wouldn't Go Away
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magbot • February 21, 2011 at 11:22 am

Jennette, I thought about you when I read this journal post from the writer Poppy Z. Brite, who suffers similarly from chronic pain:

She talks about a book she recently read on the subject, with this alarming quote:

“There is increasing evidence that over time, untreated pain eventually rewrites the central nervous system, causing pathological changes to the brain and spinal cord, and that these in turn cause greater pain.

“Even more disturbingly, recent evidence suggests that prolonged pain actually damages parts of the brain, including those involved in cognition.”

I have a pain condition which I think is just a pipsqueak compared to your situation, but I could relate to that 1st paragraph because I think my posture was altered in a way that caused corollary pain in other areas. And Eeeek! on that last one — pain that actually damages your brain function?!?!


Kalynskitchen • February 21, 2011 at 12:27 pm

I got the notice from Amazon.com that my copy had been shipped, and I’m excited to get it and will mention the book in one of my Five Fun Things on Friday’s posts. (Don’t worry about entering me in the contest though; let others win those prizes.)


Debbi Does Dinner Healthy • February 21, 2011 at 3:26 pm

So what are you saying? You want us to spread the word?? Haha. I already liked it on facebook. I plan to read it and do a review on my blog soon. I planned to do that even without the prizes.

Isn’t it funny that we’re all so excited to read about how much pain you’ve been in for the last couple of years? Horrible, aren’t we? :-)


Sarah J • February 21, 2011 at 5:18 pm

Got mine. Can’t wait to dive in. (Though Debbi’s comment about being excited to read about your pain is spot on. Sorry about that!).

Not sure if it helped… but when your last book came out and also Shauna’s (dietgirl).. if I saw it at a bookstore, I took a few off the shelf and nudged it onto the main table up front in the new releases.

Not sure if that is something you can promote..but I had fun doing it.


Lisa • February 21, 2011 at 6:44 pm

I’m really looking forward to your book! I loved the first one. :)


Develop Your Life • February 21, 2011 at 7:35 pm

I’m going to ask the store to order it just like you said!


Nina • February 21, 2011 at 8:36 pm

I got my copy today in the mail from Amazon.ca . I couldn’t wait for a signed copy and wasn’t even sure if us foeigners here in Canada were allowed to order them! So anyway, I have my copy and let the reading begin! :) You have a very entertaining writing style, so keep the books coming sistah, let next one be “How You Totally Got Rid of The Nasty Headache, for Good”!!!!


Sarah J • February 22, 2011 at 11:51 am

I started reading it last evening. Am about 100 pages in. It is WONDERFULLY written. You have a knack for storytelling, Jennette. You should be VERY proud of yourself! I’m going to suggest it to a couple of my book group friends. Congratulations.


Antonio Cangiano • February 22, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Hi Jennette,

Any New Books? is a free new book notification service subscribed by thousands of people, including some of the most influential folks in the book industry.

I’m glad to let you know that we selected your book to be our Staff Pick for the category “Biographies and Memoirs” for this week: http://anynewbooks.com/2011/02/22/this-weeks-new-books-in-biographies-and-memoirs-28/

It will most likely appear in other categories as well. Our newsletters go out, depending on the category, on Wednesday and Thursday.

We aren’t participating in the contest (being editorially independent), but I thought you’d appreciate learning about this.


The Girl from the Ghetto • February 22, 2011 at 1:06 pm

Congratulations on publishing your second book! I just finished reading Chocolate & Vicodin and really enjoyed it, as I’m a fellow chronic invisible pain sufferer. (I have a genetic disease that causes me to have about 40 other conditions, ugh!) I’ve moaned about my own pain for 3+ years on my own blog, so I had to laugh when you wrote about posting a crazy blog entry in a moment of pain. Thankfully, I blog under an alias, so I feel no shame acting crazy half the time on my blog. It’s very liberating at times.

After I had a hysterectomy, I woke up with a mofo of a headache that lasted 5 months straight. Since I was also a migraine sufferer in addition to this new sinus-type headache, I was near wits end & downing chocolate as much as I could, since my Relpax wasn’t helping it. Between that headache and my genetic disease, I’ve chased the dream of finding out what was wrong with me for years–so I can totally relate to what you went through.

I’ll be reviewing your book on my own blog soon, and wanted to tell you thanks for writing about something so many people can relate to!


PastaQueen • February 22, 2011 at 1:37 pm

@Antonio Cangiano – Thanks for letting me know about that, Antonio! I’m honored to be the staff pick, particularly considering how many memoirs and biographies came out this week.

@The Girl from the Ghetto – I’m sorry to hear about your health problems, but I’m glad to hear you like the book. Thanks for planning to review it on your blog! Send me the link when it’s up and I’ll add a link to the book site.


Employer Wellness Programs • February 22, 2011 at 2:25 pm

I will vote for Chocolate as the more effective way for headache relief. I will search Amazon for your book and see which one worked better for you!


Debby • February 22, 2011 at 10:58 pm

Hi, Jennette. I gave you and your books a shout-out on my blog, “liked” you on Facebook, and posted another shout-out on my Facebook profile page. Being the big mouth that I am, I’ll also be flapping my lips endlessly at my family and friends until they all buy your books. :-) No prizes necessary, it was my pleasure.


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