Monday, February 21, 2011

Chocolate & Vicodin

Book: Chocolate & Vicodin

Author: Jennette Fulda

Winner: HALLY, who said:
Chocolate & vidicon, isn't that the mantra of mothers in labor everywhere? Thanks for the great giveaway Manic!

If your name appears here as the winner, please contact me at stephanieelliot@gmail.com to claim your prize. Send me your full name, address, email address and name of book you have won.



In anticipation of March and the big book event planned, here is a test run of how each day will go, and a little something extra for you all ...

Well, I know March isn't quite here yet, but I'm going to start the
with two preview books that debut this week that I have promised dedicated readers. So, here's a review on Chocolate & Vicodin by Jennette Fulda, who I have had the pleasure of meeting in real life. If you'd like to win a copy of Chocolate & Vicodin, simply leave a comment in the comment section. If you sign in as anonymous, just make sure to leave an identifying name and email address. I WON'T be contacting the winner for ANY of these giveaways in March. It will be your responsibility to check back to see if you've won any of the books given away during the month of March, so please come back to see if you've won.

During the official MaNiC MoMMy'S March Madness Book-A-Day Giveaway, you must contact me at stephanieelliot@gmail.com to claim your prize. Send me your full name, address, email address and the name of the book that you won. I will NOT alert winners. If you don’t contact me during the month of March, you will not receive your book.

You'll have two days from the time I post each book to enter. The winner's name will be announced at the top of each review/post!

Am very sorry, but only U.S. and Canadian residents can participate.

And here we go, a preview to what will be coming to you every.single.day in March ... a fantastic book for you to win with Chocolate & Vicodin! That means THIRTY-ONE books to read about and possibly win all through the month of March, and you can enter every single day.

Every time you enter, that's one entry toward the grand prize of winning ALL 31 books at the end of the month! (Sidenote: These first two books in February may or may not be included in the March grand prize, but I love them so much, and wanted to share them with you here, so we're kicking off a little early with a couple special books!)

If you have any questions about the Giveaway, please leave them in the comment section or email me at stephanieelliot@gmail.com. Also, every book has been generously donated by the authors themselves.

REVIEW:
When I first found out Jennette Fulda had another book coming out, I thought, “How on earth did she write another book, she just wrote her amazing Half Assed memoir, the book about how she lost 200 pounds through healthy eating and exercise?” Then I saw and fell madly in love with the cover of Chocolate & Vicodin which is simply a picture of a chocolate iced cupcake with pills on top. It’s beautiful.

Bad for me for not keeping up with her very famous blog, Pastaqueen.com, and for not knowing that Jennette had been suffering from a chronic headache. You know, one constant headache that would NOT GO AWAY. Painful. Yeah.

I’ve been kind of on that road, but not to the point of having a headache all day long, every day for more than three years. As a migraine sufferer, I’ve done some of the things Jennette does in her memoir Chocolate & Vicodin: My quest for relief from the headache that wouldn’t go away. But how on earth did she get to take the prescription drug Topomax and LOSE weight with the drug when I take it DAILY for my migraines and all I get is … well, thankfully, no migraines. And some days because of the drug, I can’t find my words, but I’d rather be tongue-tied than holed up in a dark room unable to move all day long. I am thankful the drug works for me. What Jennette has been through has been something I would have not been able to deal with.

Jennette went through MRIs, cat scans, countless doctor visits, prescriptions, prescriptions, prescriptions, a 40-pound weight gain due to self-medicating with mint chocolate chip ice cream, chiropractic, acupuncture, visits to headache clinics. She tried absolutely everything possible to rid her of the constant suffering. She lost days and nights of her life because of a continuous pain in her head which she sometimes referred to as a tiara made of nails. Fun huh?

I’ve wondered if given the choice, would Jennette have chosen to stay 200 pounds heavier and never have had the constant headache or would she have chosen the headache but to have lost the weight?

Whether you’ve had one headache or a million, you’ll enjoy the humor Jennette brings to Chocolate & Vicodin, and you’ll feel her pain, thankfully not literally, and you’ll be happy to know that while not completely healed, she’s able to live comfortably now. Get Chocolate & Vicodin and find out how Jennette got where she is today. And a pint of mint chocolate chip along the way might not be a bad idea either!

This review was previously shared on RealMomsGuide.

38 comments:

Hally said...

Chocolate & vidicon, isn't that the mantra of mothers in labor everywhere? Thanks for the great giveaway Manic!

Bridget said...

What a interesting combination. I would love to read this.

Dawn from CA said...

I have had some nightmare headaches, to the point of almost taking myself to the ER. I would love to read this book, to find out how she finds humor and sanity in dealing with an ongoing migraine with no end in sight! I can also relate to the self-medication usage of chocolate and vicodin (although for me, vicodin kind of GIVES me a headache, but does wonders for cramps..go figure!)
From one book junkie to another...thank you Manic!!

Shelley said...

I've been following Jeanette for a while, through Half Of Me, to her marathon training and that danged headache. Would love to read her book!

Kristin said...

Oh....starting early! This is awesome. Here's hoping I win. :)

Amy R. said...

Sounds like a wonderful read! And that cover looks delicious - pills and all!

cheryl said...

I read her other book and enjoyed it a lot. This one looks great! I can relate with serious migraines and chocolate, LOL.
Thanks for doing this Stephanie, I can't tell you how much fun it is and how much I appreciate it.
Cheryl Zehner

Kayo said...

This sounds like a great read.
Love it!

Tara said...

I would love to read this book and find out how she dealt with an ongoing migraine. I have been to the doctor countless times and have yet to find a full-proof way to end the excruciating pain!!

I'm loving the giveaway! What a great way to share your love of books with your fans/friends!

Shannon said...

That sounds great! Love it!

Anonymous said...

I would love to read this book. It sounds very interesting.

Donna W.

dmennella said...

Love the title! Thanks for a chance to win!

Heidiopia said...

She is brilliant-- I love her writing style, so I know this one will be a hit!
Thanks for hosting, Stephanie!

Kelly A. said...

I've only known Jeanette for a year or so but have known of her for much longer. Her writing style is lovely and she has much to say. Well done, Jeanette!

Jennette Fulda said...

Thanks for all the compliments, guys. You are making me blush. Sorry to hear that so many of you have headaches, but it is rather comforting to know I'm not alone with this problem. Good luck winning the free copy!

Kari said...

I've never had a migrane but my boyfriend gets them and I see how miserable it makes him for 1 day. Can't imagine dealing with it for days on end. I love the title!

Jennifer said...

No headaches, but I sure love vicodin!

Figgsandsuch said...

I've heard such good things about this book!! Sounds like such a fun series of givewaways!! Thanks!!

Chistine in NJ said...

I LOVED Half-Assed! Which Manic pointed me to with what else - A Book Giveaway... gosh 2-3 years ago?!? The cover is sooooo adorable - I will be reading this book even if I don't win it! Jennette - You are an incredible writer! Really looking forward to this read... I got hormonal headaches my first trimester with all my pregnancies: they were rough! I just couldn't image that feeling all the time.. Wow!

Crafty Mama said...

Looks like a great read!

Colleen Turner said...

This sounds so good! How you bring humor to migraines I don't know, but more power to you if you can! Thanks for the giveaway, I cannot wait for all that is to come!!!

candc320@gmail.com

Stephanie said...

Thanks everyone for entering so far! And good luck to everyone. If you don't win, you'll HAVE to buy it--Jennette is an awesome writer, and if you haven't read Half-Assed, you'll LOVE that one too! I will be drawing the name Wednesday night and posting one of your names on the top of the blog in that highlighted area. So nice to see some of you old regulars here! Thanks again Jennette for being here, So sorry you had to come here by getting such bad headaches though! xo

PoCoKat said...

Crazy awesome title! Would love to win!

Dolly said...

Nearly on par with winning all these great books is learning of all these fantastic authors I've not known about till now. Thank you so much for the introductions!

I really want to read this - I have been fortunate to get my migraines fairly well controlled with Topamax, but I did NOT know that's where my words went!! I thought it was 50 knocking at the door.

Stephanie said...

Dolly, isn't it crazy-Topomax takes away the pain, AND some of the smart parts of your brain! When my kids make fun of me for being forgetful, I ask them if they'd rather have me holed up in a dark room for two days or with them but just not thinking as clearly as I usually am able to! Thanks for finding MaNiC and for entering!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great book! Thanks for doing the give away!

Kristin
klicense@verizon.net

Neckmeat said...

Sounds like a good read. I'm gonna have to check Jeanette out. :)

Juliet Farmer said...

chocolate will wash anything down, even vicodin!

karenk said...

this book sounds interesting :)

karenk
kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

so glad I found you again! Great to see you! I love chocolate and the book sounds great. Patti

MaNiC MoMMy™ said...

Thank you all for entering! A winner has been chosen and that winner's name is listed at the top of this post. But check back later this week for another book. And then beginning March 1 I will be posting a book EVERY DAY in March for you to win, with a grand prize of EVERY SINGLE book in March to ONE WINNER! Thanks for reading!

Kimber said...

2001bs! Both of these books sound like must reads! Great Contest!

Sherry L said...

Sounds like a wonderful book
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Tracy Miller said...

Sounds like a great book.

Elisa said...

The book sounds great. I read like a fiend and would love to win. What a great contest!

dmennella said...

I'm so excited that March is finally here and the giveaway is beginning. Thanks for the chance to win!

lorithecook said...

ALL of the books so far sound like GREAT reads. Thank you.

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