November 18, 2009

Blog Tour and Giveaway: The Heart-Break Pill by Anjanette Delgado

WINNER: Jake in California

About the author:

Executive Producer/Writer: Anjanette Delgado.
Anjanette Delgado is a highly experienced and accomplished, Emmy Award-winning TV producer with 20 years of experience producing, designing and writing content and content strategy.

She began her career as a journalist, covering presidential coups, elections, 1991 Gulf War, the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the present war with Iraq, which she executive produced for Telemundo in 2003. She has written for Urban Latino, TV Más and the International Documentary Association magazine, written and produced lifestyle programs and documentaries for MGM Latin America. She has executive-produced, created original formats and/or launched significant projects for CNN, NBC, Telemundo, HBO Latin America, and the United Nations.

Anjanette has applied her expertise to creating community-driven and empowering broadcast, print and event-based efforts for Latinos in the US. Prior to joining Grupo Prisa’s Plural Entertainment as Director of Strategic Content, Anjanette created, launched and implemented the social content and strategic marketing department of Community Connections at Telemundo, winning the first ever Sentinel for Health Awards ever given to a Spanish-language network or station for her campaigns on Breast Cancer and Diabetes. Anjanette has now added one more communications challenge to her breadth of experience by publishing her first novel. “The Heart-Break Pill” was published this year by Simon & Schuster.

Description of Book:

Erika Luna is a thirty-something scientist living and working in Miami. When her husband of seven years; the very successful, very smart, very good-looking, founding partner of one of Miami’s most successful Public Relations firms falls in lust with another woman, their marriage spirals to hell and Erika’s practical nature leads her down the strangest of paths.

What’s a scientist to do when slapped with pain so deep it interferes with breathing? Try to cure it, of course! This is the premise of Emmy award-winning writer and producer Anjanette Delgado’s delightfully funny and touchingly poignant debut novel, THE HEARTBREAK PILL (Atria Books; $14.00; April 2008).

Imagine what your life would be like if you had a switch, an interrupter of sorts, located somewhere in an unobtrusive part of your body, let’s say on your calf, like a tattoo. See yourself pressing this lever, pin, or button, and being able to control the most uncontrollable part of your body: your heart. You wouldn’t suffer over what isn’t good for you. You wouldn’t cry for what cannot be. You’d just live. You’d be happy.

This is exactly what Erika Luna dreams of after her über successful and sexy husband Martin leaves her for one of his assistants. Sure, she has a strong support group: her perpetually optimistic gay father and his ultra feminist live-in lover, her dramatic best friend Lola, a non-profit theater organizer obsessed with surrounding herself—and Erika—with positive energy, and her recently hired divorce lawyer who also considers herself a spiritual advisor. But it seems that ever since her Humpty Dumpty of a heart had fallen off the wall and turned into a spackled eggshell wall treatment straight out of a Martha Stewart magazine, she is incapable of a logical, methodical, or scientific decision, much less an intelligent one. Erika just wants to be well, sane, and happy again. Immediately.

She’s a woman of science, a researcher; a woman of arguments, facts, and reason. So how can she allow heartbreak to turn her into a raving lunatic? She promises herself that she will come up with a plan—a pill—that will end heartbreak forever. She’s determined to be the absolute leader of humiliated wives and broken hearts the world over.

And with that vow, Erika begins a journey of healing and self-discovery. When Martin left her, she was forced to say good-bye to the life she’d always been afraid of losing and quiet the doubts of her heart. But perhaps, time does heal all wounds, and with the help of her motley crew of a “family”—which now includes a dashing neighbor who works as a director at a domestic violence shelter, she learns to view herself as a person of worth, a woman who has talent, and a woman who must trust herself to love again. And in the end, she realizes that she can’t eliminate love’s pain—because through it we learn to grow as people.

Hip, smart, and utterly significant in today’s world of and E-Harmony, THE HEARTBREAK PILL by Anjanette Delgado will make readers laugh (at some of their past actions done in the name of love), and feel hope that love is out there—and that they don’t have to sacrifice themselves to find it.

More Tour Stops:
Nov 9 Unloaded
Nov 10 Julia Amante
Nov 11 The Sol Within
Nov 12 Latino Book Examiner
Nov 13 Behind Brown Eyes
Nov 16 Chasing Heroes
Nov 17 Musings
Nov 19 That Happened to me
Nov 20 Writing to Insanity
Nov 23 A Sea of Books
To enter to win a signed copy of The Heart-Break Pill:

+1 Comment with a valid email address
+2 for linking to this contest (tell me where)
+3 for asking the author a question in the comments

A winner will be selected on Thursday November 19th. US only.

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Anonymous said...

I'd love to read this :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!

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tawndam said...

;-) this sounds very good

Bingo said...

Thanks, Monie! Looks like a good one! I am a follower,

kdhaney (AT)

Bingo said...

I would ask her which genre she would rather write and work in since it sounds like she has done so many.

+3 I think for that question

kdhaney (AT) gmail dot com

kalynnick said...

Love to win this book. Thanks!

kalynnick AT yahoo DOT com

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

No need to enter me, darling. I'm dropping in to say thanks for the e-mail. I've got this posted at Win a Book for you.

Unknown said...

Looks like a good book, please enter me into this drawing.

Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

Anonymous said...

I would love to be entered in your draw. Thanks. wandanamgreb(at)gmail(dot)com

Anonymous said...

Question for the author: How did you come up with the idea for this book?

Anonymous said...

Hi Everyone, Thank you for stopping by. I'm sorry the author hasn't stopped by yet. I'll be checking in with her to see if she is ok. She's been suffering health problems lately. I think she came up with the idea of the book from her own experience. Since the book has come out, she has received tons of message from people attesting to how this book help them. In fact one message was from a teacher who said she uses it in her classromm because many of you young women don't know how to deal with heartbreak. There's a lot of stuff about being in love and being happy, but nothing on how to deal with a break up. The teacher went on to say many of the girls become depressed or contemplate suicide because they believe their life is over. Delgado's book has help these young girls find a new path to overcome the woes of heartbreak.

Thanks to all who visited today. And good luck to the winner.
Jo Ann Hernandez
BronzeWord Latino Authors

holdenj said...

Please count me in, it looks like a great, contemporary novel.

Anonymous said...

sounds like a fun read


nomadreader said...

This books sounds fun! I'd love to win!

Benita said...

I'd love to read this book. Thanks for the possibility.


Benita said...

+3 I would love to ask the author whether she teaches writing or would consider doing so.


traveler said...

Thanks for this wonderful giveaway. This book sounds emotionally lovely and unique. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

Unknown said...

I'd love a chance to read this thanks!


Dawn M. said...

This sounds like a great book. I'd love the chance to read it. Count me in, please! :0)

librarygrinch at gmail dot com

Unknown said...

+2 I've also blogged about this giveaway here.


catss99 said...

this looks great!

Aik said...

I'd love to read this!

aikychien at yahoo dot com

Aik said...

#1 I blogged.

aikychien at yahoo dot com

Aik said...

#2 I blogged.

aikychien at yahoo dot com

Anita Yancey said...

The book sounds very interesting. I'd like to read it. Please enter me. Thanks!


Anjayanja said...

Hi Everyone, thanks for all your comments and support. And especially Jo Ann for letting you guys know some of the things I'm dealing with.

I'm going to try to answer some of the posters who had specific questions.

Bingo asked about genres... my favorite 3 are the novel, and even when there's a murder, or when there's science involved, it's always about women, so I'd say women's literature. I also like poetry and the dramedy-style series format.

Wanda asked how I'd come up with the idea for the book. Well, It came from working in news all those years and seeing perfectly sane people do insane things when heartbroken. It's probably why I seldom produce news anymore. :)

Benita asked if I teach writing. I do, but wish I had time to do it more often. I teach a course in Miami called "Finish your novel the TV way," and one of my students just finished her novel using the method. Because of time, what I'm doing more of these days are shorter workshops where I can point people in the right direction both as a writer and as an editor. You can check out where I'm teaching or speaking on my blog:

Great questions, by the way.

Thanks Aik and Jake for spreading the word. And thanks to all of you for your interest, and the enthusiasm that comes through on every post.

Finally thanks to Monie for hosting me. What a lovely community of readers you've built!
I'd love to hear your own feedback of the book.

Much love and good energy to all of you. Feel free to find me on FB, Twitter, or on my site, and ask questions once youve read the book. It takes me a bit, but I answer them all.

Un abrazo... Anjanette

enyl said...

I'm always searching for something unique for my book club and to add to my classroom library, this seems to fit the bill.

enyl said...

Does your course "Finish Your Novel the Tv Way" offer any advice for the author who forsees a blockbuster and would like to write the movie script for themselves?