The "There Goes the Galaxy" Book Giveaway

It's got humor... fantasy... science fictioniness... and all the other things you want in a good book like, um, pages that turn and a spine that holds it all together! And best of all, if you leave a comment answering the question below, I'll put you in a drawing for one of two free copies of my novel, There Goes the Galaxy.

So, think about it... pages that turn, a spine, and I'll even throw in a totally cosmic cover attached to it, designed by my friend Dave, all for FREE if you're the lucky commentor chosen from the drawing!

Okay, I know: you're saying, "Get on with it. What's the fragging question already?"

And the question is: "What's the last book you read that you'd gladly recommend to a friend?"

(See, that was virtually pain-free, wasn't it?)

Commenting will be open until midnight next Tuesday-- that's September 27th. Then I'll do the drawing and will let you know on Wednesday the 28th who the lucky winners are.

If you want more info on the novel, you can check out my book site here:

And if you don't want to go through all the hassle of a drawing, but think you might want a copy of the book in either softback or ebook form, you can order it on Amazon here. (It's also in ebook form on for my UK friends.)

Thanks for playing along!


Jaffer said...

"There Goes the Galaxy" by some no-name from Pittsburgh, PA.

Duh... and you know that's the truth.

Before that... err... I was reading the Communist Manifesto... by Karl Marx and no I wouldn't recommend it to everybody.

nipsy said...

"What's the last book you read that you'd gladly recommend to a friend?"

Wait, I'm supposed to ADMIT the last book I read, AND recommend it to a friend?? Oh no you don't. I refuse to get pulled into admitting my let's just say "interesting" reading habits..

Now just hand over this novel of yours. Don't make me have to log in and order a copy from Amazon, the website hates my wireless connection. Take pity on a woman who just threw the book I got from the library at the wall because I was...wait a minute, you almost got me there..

BTW, I'm so excited for you on this, I've said it before but Congratulations on the first of many novels to come.

Maricris said...

"What's the last book you read that you'd gladly recommend to a friend?"

I read For one more day of Mitch Albom :)

It is really a great book. You will learn lessons. You will also cry while reading it, because I do.

Nosehair said...

China MiƩville's Kraken. Crazy-weird!

Unknown said...

Nipsy- Wow, that was the most enthusiastic not-quite answer I've seen in a while. :)

Maricris- I can cry at the drop of a hat. I try not to drop hats often for that reason. :)

Nosehair (the username, by the way, is hysterical)- I will resist shouting, "Let loose the Kraken!!"

Okay, maybe I won't.

nick said...

Looks interesting. But can you imagine Star Wars if the lasers didn't go “pyew-pyew?”

Unknown said...

Nick- Well, no, of course not. Star Wars was the original "pyew-pyew." All "pyew-pyews" thereafter came based on Star Wars, the trendsetter of all that is "pyew-pyew." It cannot be denied.

Although I hear Lucas is making them do something new in his upcoming re-reenvisioned vision version. I believe I read they will now all go "squik."

Deray said...

I can tell you the last 3 books I read and would gladly recommend to a friend: The Millennium Trilogy; The girl with the dragon tattoo, The girl that played with fire and The girl that kicked the hornet's nest. Fan-tas-tic crime-suspense novels. Now is time for me to go back to SciFi *hint* *hint* ;-) jajajajajaja.

Unknown said...

Deray- Well, maybe you will be The Girl Who Won a Giveaway... But the hand of Lady Luck will decide that. :) Thanks for your entry.

The Walrus said...

That's easy. It's "Soon I will be Invincible," by Austin Grossman.

Think, Megamind, but funnier and made for grownups.

Miss Shirl said...

The last grown up book I read was On a Pale Horse by Piers Anthony. The third time I've read that book. Love it! And I would recommend it to a friend.

The last book I read though is Punctuation Station by Brian P. Cleary. I would recommend that to a friend who has kids because it make punctuation fun.

ReformingGeek said...

Congrats on the book!

I just finished Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and I'm reading The Prisoner of Azkaban.

"Harry Potter. Harry Potter!"

DeadRooster said...

I'll Mature When I'm Dead by Dave Barry.

It's better than anything he's done in quite a while (still not as good as the vintage stuff, though).

Unknown said...

Fox Potentate- I might look that one up-- sounds like something I might enjoy.

Shirley- Oh, On a Pale Horse was, I thought, one of Piers Anthony's better books. Punctuation Station makes me want to sing "Conjunction Junction." :)

Reforming Geek- WOOO! Yay for Harry! (My cat Harry, by the way, IS named for Harry Potter. I often wonder what the neighbors think if they hear me shout, "Harry Potter! You get off that counter!")

DeadRooster- Some of the vintage stuff of his was hysterical. I still laugh when I remember his tale about being a kid wanting to be shepherds in the school Christmas play so they could beat each other with crooks.

R.W. Wells said...

As I told Jenn on FB, congrats and great read. Downloaded my very own electronic version for Kindle and have nothing but the highest regard for Bertram and his mission of saving all us Tryfes.

That being said, want a hard copy!


In staying with the sci-fi, I would recommend 'Little Green Men' by Christoper Buckley. When Banion, a television talk show host and skeptic of anything of liberal thinking is abducted by aliens, he becomes a believer that there are other species out there. Taps into the far right and far fetched thinking of the political non-sense that is Washington D.C. and showing how funny we as a nation really are.

Anything by Buckley, 'Thank You For Smoking', 'Boomsday', Florence of Arabia', all recommended.

Again, 'There Goes the Galaxy' needs to be read!

crpitt said...

Hmmmmmm a tougher question than I first thought.

I have been reading books that just serve as a quick brain turner offer, so not read anything substantial for a while.

So I will recommend the 'Agatha Raisin' series by M C Beaton, a modern day Marple, very funny and thoroughly readable. As they have been the last enjoyable books I have read of late.

Apart from another book about some dude struggling with delusions of alien abductions, not sure about that yet though (hehe)

Jenn Thorson said...

Ron- Aw, thank you again for the kind words about the book. And additionally, thanks for the book recommendation! That sounds like a lot of fun, I'll have to check it out.

Claire- I just saw the name Agatha Raisin on Amazon yesterday and was wondering what it was. Now I know! Thanks!

Y'know, it's weird, everybody keeps telling me they're reading this book about a dude meeting aliens. It's almost UNCANNY the coincidence. :)

John said...

The last book I read that I would recommend was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Congrats on the book. I don't get to read much but I am looking forward to reading it.

meleah rebeccah said...

"What's the last book you read that you'd gladly recommend to a friend?"

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nonamedufus said...

Wow, Jenn, I'm in the presence of greatness here. Sincerest congratulations on accomplishing what the rest of us merely dream of. I recently completed the Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins. It was absolutely fabulous. As I read each volume I couldn't wait to get to the next one.

I'm looking forward to reading your book. If it's anything like your blog writing I know I'll love it.


titancia said...

First off, congratulations and how exciting to have a new book! I've followed you on Thrift Store Romantic for a while and I didn't know you were a writer!

And now...Eeep! What a difficult question. I've read so many (I review them on YouTube) but this year the most recent was the Laura Ingalls Wilder "Little House on the Prairie" series. I hadn't read it since I was a little girl and holy moly! I forgot how wonderful it was. <3

I've read about 35 books so far this year and I'd recommend several of them: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, Captain Wentworth's Persuasion by Regina Jeffers, Ickle & Lardee by Inhae Lee, Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson, Knit Two & Knit the Season by Kate Jacobs and Chain Reaction by Simone Elkeles. I have varied tastes. :)

neglected farms said...

I've read several Agatha Raisin novels and they are great fun! Also good as recorded books- very good reader. However, the book I am re-reading now (cause I talked my book club into reading it and i have to be the discussion leader) is Mink River by Brian Doyle. I also talked my family book club into reading it- so far it's getting rave reviews. It's hard to beat gorgeous narrative about a small town on the Oregon coast inhabited by a Gaelic speaking Irishman, a boy with hair that is red, green, and black, a cop who listens incessantly to Tosca, two Native Americans who run the most comprehensive public works department ever, and a very wise talking crow.

I just recently discovered your blog and I enjoy it so much that I absolutely have to read your book! Thanks.

Jill Henkel said...

Hi Jenn! Congrats on the book. The last book that I read, and which I'm recommending to anyone that will stand still long enough for me to tell them is "Fire And Rain: The Beatles, Simon And Garfunkel, James Taylor, CSNY And The Lost Story Of 1970" by David Browne. You don't have to love any of those musical acts to really enjoy this book. It gives you the mostly never-before-told backstory on their rises to fame, and in the Beatles' case, their disintegration as a group.

Cari said...

Because I can't even remember what the last book I read was, I'm just going to pick one I know I've read and loved. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Phenomenal, as were the two other books in the trilogy.

Anonymous said...

Congrats again on the book Jenn!
I've been reading 1000 kids books and over and over again lately. they only book I finished reading lately was reading Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin which I would recommend. I'm in the middle of slowly reading is Geis of the Gargoyle from Piers Anthony Xanth series. My favorite from that series that I would recommend is Spell for Chameleon. Bink is still one of my favorite charaters.

TexNan said...

I may be too late for the give-away, but I wanted to say congratulations on the book. As a previously-published, used-to-be author, I know how exciting it is to see your work in print.

As to reading and recommending, I'd have to go with a dear friend's works. Linnea Sinclair, an SFF author, has published nine novels and has had stories in a couple of anthologies. I'm re-reading every last one, but just finished Gabriel's Ghost. I think my fave, though, is Accidental Goddess.

Try 'em; you'll like 'em.