99 Cent Sale for THE CURIOUS CASE OF MARY ANN EBOOK!


Heads up, folkses! I decided to put my latest book, THE CURIOUS CASE OF MARY ANN (ebook version) on temporarily sale for $0.99 (and proportionately inexpensive in the UK, Canada, etc.).

I know budgets are tight right now and I thought this might be a nice way for readers to get a fun and escapist read on the cheap. You get mystery, murder, humor, and silliness all with a Gothic twist.

While it's a new story in a version of Lewis Carroll's Wonderland/Looking-Glass-Land, I've written it so that there's no need to have read those books to enjoy this tale.

My sale will end when Sunday does. :)

For convenience, the links to the ebook are here:

In the US: https://www.amazon.com/Curious-Case-Mary-Ann-ebook/dp/B073C7MLS3/

In the UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Curious-Case-Mary-Ann-ebook/dp/B073C7MLS3/

In Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/Curious-Case-Mary-Ann-ebook/dp/B073C7MLS3/

In Australia: https://www.amazon.com.au/Curious-Case-Mary-Ann-ebook/dp/B073C7MLS3

If you're more of a paperback or audiobook fan, Amazon has those versions of MARY ANN, too-- they're just not on sale for $0.99.

TGIF, good peoples!--Jenn

THE CURIOUS CASE OF MARY ANN is now an audiobook!

When was the last time someone read YOU a story? Well, now actress Emily Lawrence can read you one of MINE because announce my Wonderland-inspired humorous mystery novel, THE CURIOUS CASE OF MARY ANN, is now available on AUDIOBOOK via Audible,Amazon and iTunes! Many thanks to Emily Lawrence for bringing Mary Ann and an amazing array of Tweedles, royals, and dangerous beasties to life. I've always been a big audiobook fan; listening to authors like Terry Pratchett and PG Wodehouse in the car certainly have helped ease my daily commuter angst-- and probably even saved lives. :) So having my own book in audio format is incredibly exciting to me personally, and I hope that you will enjoy the audio adventure, too.

As a reminder, for folks who aren't into audiobooks, the book is also available on Amazon in paperback and ebook form, in the US, UK, Australia, Canada, Germany and many other locations. If you're curious about any of the available versions, you can start your journey here:
Germany:
https://www.amazon.de/Curious-Case-Mary-Ann/dp/B0767NWGWM

Thanks for your time, and happy adventures!
—Jenn

Celebrating Mad Hatter Day with THE CURIOUS CASE OF MARY ANN


October 6 is Mad Hatter Day, a day set aside for whimsy and nonsense, with this date selected because of the 10/6 pricetag on the Mad Hatter's hat. Now, in case you'd ever wondered why the Hatter of late never seemed to have a truly clean cup, I thought I'd share with you what my novel, THE CURIOUS CASE OF MARY ANN, has to say about that:
"While working for Mr. Rabbit this past year, the fellow had promised Mary Ann's assistance for two hours, three times a week to one of his acquaintances, Mr. Simon Milliner, hat maker of Neath. Mary Ann agreed to the work, not because she had much choice in the matter (despite his cuddly appearance, Mr. Rabbit was not one easily denied), but because some extra funds would be nice to sock away for the future. She'd even made the sock.
The problem with this particular position was not specifically Mr. Milliner, though the man WAS prone to the occasional rude personal comment. (She recalled him observing once quite seriously over a cup of hot chamomile how her face resembled a chipmunk in need of a hair restorative.) No, the real issue was that the man had somehow gotten on Time's bad side and was essentially cursed to perpetual tea for eternity.
Now perpetual teatime may sound like a lovely thing to those who are fans of the stuff. But it presents a certain series of problems in the housemaid/kitchen departments. Mainly, there was simply no way of ever ensuring enough tea, foodstuffs and clean dishes to support the effort. Mary Ann would just get done with preparations and set-up and, suddenly, all was dirtied and devoured again.
What's worse, because it was always six o'clock, Mary Ann's allotted two hours per day never came to pass. Hour after hour of work: still six o'clock. Eventually, she'd simply walked out of the engagement... Even Mr. Rabbit hadn't pressed the matter once she'd explained the situation. She'd apparently been gone four days in teatime and now his socks needed mending and the linens changed."

Now, I myself am off for a nice cup of English Breakfast and to mull over things that start with the word M. Like Memos... Meetings... and the Many hours before the work week is through. :)  --Jenn

The Curious Case of Mary Ann at Kirkus Reviews




I'm so pleased to announce that my most recent novel, The Curious Case of Mary Ann, got a rather frabjous evaluation from Kirkus Reviews this week. You can check out the review in its entirety here:

https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/jenn-thorson/curious-case-mary-ann/

One excerpt I'm particularly tickled with....


Also, calling it a "demented but internally consistent detective story" was pretty awesome, too. Little did the reviewer know, those are basically goals for all my stories. And daily life. Definitely daily life.

Anyway, I figured I'd share the good news. I'm currently writing my next novel, a work-in-progress set in the Greater Communicating Universe featuring my There Goes the Galaxy alumnus Rollie. (There'll be other characters regular readers will know, as well.) If you Like my pages on Facebook--

https://www.facebook.com/jennthorsonauthor/
and
https://www.facebook.com/ThereGoestheGalaxy/

--You can see non-spoilery excerpts and regular news on the new book. I'm currently on chapter three.

I also have an audiobook coming out for The Curious Case of Mary Ann. I'm eagerly anticipating that, and that should be out either at the end of this month or early October.

So that's about it from me. Hope you guys are all doing well and that the first day of Autumn is treating you kindly.



Goodreads Giveaway for Paperback of THE CURIOUS CASE OF MARY ANN by Jenn Thorson

Just wanted to let folks here know that my new humorous fantasy novel, THE CURIOUS CASE OF MARY ANN, is part of a Goodreads giveaway running now through the end of July. Check it out through the widget below!

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The Curious Case of Mary Ann by Jenn Thorson

The Curious Case of Mary Ann

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Giveaway ends July 31, 2017.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
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New Humorous Fantasy Novel Out: The Curious Case of Mary Ann



I'm so excited to report that my humorous fantasy novel, THE CURIOUS CASE OF MARY ANN, is now available in both paperback and ebook form in a number of countries. The book is set in Lewis Carroll's Wonderland/Looking Glass Land and has a whimsical gothic mystery bent to it. The summary is as follows:

Things that start with the letter M: Murder... Motives... Mary Ann

Mary Ann Carpenter, housemaid to Wonderland’s White Rabbit, misses all the action when Alice drops into town.

She has her own problems. As witness to the murder of her estranged father, Mary Ann must go under-underground to learn more about the man she barely knew and the motives for his death. But the more she discovers, the more M-words keep coming. Like magic mirrors, monsters, mistaken identity and a murderer who is the mysterious manservant to the Queen of Hearts.

Mary Ann is mightily moved to unmask his malicious machinations, but can she unearth the evidence, expose the killer and keep a cool head?


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For folks who enjoyed my THERE GOES THE GALAXY trilogy, this is a little different from that but features a lot of the same sort of character-building and humor.

I hope you'll check it out, if you have a chance!

Paperback:

US: https://www.amazon.com/Curious-Case-Mary-Ann/dp/0983804583/
UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Curious-Case-Mary-Ann/dp/0983804583/


Ebook:

US: https://www.amazon.com/Curious-Case-Mary-Ann-ebook/dp/B073C7MLS3/
UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Curious-Case-Mary-Ann-ebook/dp/B073C7MLS3/
Australia: https://www.amazon.com.au/Curious-Case-Mary-Ann-ebook/dp/B073C7MLS3/
Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/Curious-Case-Mary-Ann-ebook/dp/B073C7MLS3/

#wonderland #lewiscarroll #books #ebooks #kindle

A Great Day to Sign Some Books!

Hey, there, folks! I had my first There Goes the Galaxy trilogy book signing on Sunday at 1806 Uniques and Antiques in Jennerstown, PA, and it not only was beautiful weather, it turned out to be a very positive experience.

Because I'm me I was, of course, neurotically over-prepared. I was pretty much stocked with pens like my character Rollie is with handlasers. I had a back-up, a back-up back-up, a back-up of the back-up back-up... Oh, and a spare or two.

But LOOK! Look at the nice little shelf area we had with books available for sale! (They are still selling my books there, by the way. So if you didn't get to pop by and say hi, and you're missing a paperback, they have all three-- signed. There's also a special deal they're running if you buy more than one.)


One of the artisans in the shop, Duella Fern, made some little themic soaps to go with the book as a giveaway to the first people. It's got a green alien finger on a spacey, sparkly background. (No aliens were harmed in the making of the soap, by the way.)

I had a little library desk to command for signing, and also to put my 5,000 pens.


And they had refreshments for everyone, including a TGTG-themed cake! We know Bertram Ludlow would have been all about that (free food!).


Just a close-up of the cake.


The folks that stopped by had some really insightful questions, which I appreciated a lot. And we talked about the books, the writing process, some tips for aspiring writers, etc. I got to hear about people's favorite books and had the good fortune to speak with some young avid readers, which is always refreshing for the soul. I got to see some relatives I haven't seen in a long while, and even some of my friends from Pittsburgh came out to be supportive! All in all, it was a very good day and I was pretty happily tired by the end of it.

So now it's back to the grind and to working on The Curious Case of Mary Ann. I'm over 45,000 words now and heading toward wrapping up this draft. Much will be added in subsequent drafts, but the bones are there.

Hope you all have a great week!
--Jenn

Come See Me (Jenn Thorson) for a Book Signing!


Hey, There Goes the Galaxy readers! I will be at 1806 Uniques and Antiques in Jennerstown, PA, for a book signing on February 19, 2017 from noon to six pm. Stop by and say hi-- I'd love to meet you! I will even put my manic, unreadable scrawl in pen on your paperback! How can you say no to that? The official info is on Facebook here:

Writing Project Update and Book Newsletter



Hiya, folks! Long time no write, I know! And why? I have been diligently working on my current book, a humorous fantasy called The Curious Case of Mary Ann!

While it's intended for adults, it's based on Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, set in a version of those lands. It follows the White Rabbit's housemaid Mary Ann, who fans of the original Wonderland might recall was mysteriously absent from the home when Alice showed up.

In my novel, Mary Ann is caught up in her own trials and tribulations, including trying to solve a series of murders, hunting a Jabberwock, performing backwards chores, and rescuing a Knight from his lost sense of humor.

You won't have to have read either Alice in Wonderland or Through the Looking Glass to enjoy the book-- I'm working hard to make it understandable for everybody-- but I think folks who are fans of the stories, as I am, will have mad fun with it. And people who enjoyed my There Goes the Galaxy series should feel at home here rather quickly.

I'm about 35,000 words into the first draft, which translates to being between a third and halfway through.

That said, I am building a email list for anyone who would like to be notified about book releases and other news. Don't worry-- I would not email very often. I've just found that social media, like Facebook and Twitter, is a little spotty and doesn't reach all the of the people who sign up to see my posts. So if you would like to sign up, just fill out the form below and follow the easy instructions.

I hope all is well with you guys! Thanks so much for stopping by! --Jenn

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