Space Orville by Jeff Whelan Giveaway

Sher A Hart here. Some say the world is about to end. Well, if it does, I’ll be probably be reading or writing when it happens. Possibly blogging. I’ve found so many good indie books lately that I haven’t gotten around to more than a few trade published books this year.  So it’s no surprise to me that I picked an indie book for the End of World Giveaway Hop from December 14th to 21st. I’d like to thank Kathy at I Am A Reader, Not A Writer  and  My Life With Books for hosting this hop. Check out the button below, followed by a paraphrase of what Kathy says on her website:

The Mayan Calendar Ends on 12/21/12!
Does it mean the end of the World?
Probably not but just in case…
Which books would you save?

Here is your chance to give away a book or books you are passionate about or a book you would keep if you were forced to flee due to imminent destruction or a book that is about the end of the world. You may offer 1 or more books or allow the winner to choose a book of choice that fits this criteria.

With those requirements in mind, I found a book that qualifies on multiple levels. As a big fan of SF, laughter and Terry Pratchett’s Discworld, I asked Jeff Whelan if he’d offer Space Orville. He agreed to give away 3 ebook copies, and I now present them with a huge smile on my face. Take a look at some comments other readers have made:

“I’m not even sure where to begin because so many things about this book delight me.”
“creates that literary miracle J.K. Rowling accomplished”
“It’s like Dr. Seuss meets Hitchhiker’s Guide”
“serves up vivid description, priceless Lewis Carroll-like dialogue and wordplay, as well as meditations both profound and playful”
“one of the most exciting, funniest sci-fi adventures I have read this year”
“captivating literary talent that makes you smile long after you put your Kindle down”
“I can easily see it getting picked up by Pixar for their next big blockbuster animated film. Really, it’s that good.”
“a perfect selection to introduce young adults to the genre and keep them coming back for more.”
“Seriously, go read this book.”
*My turn: Read this book, but not seriously. You will giggle, laugh, and maybe ROFL.

These are just a few of the words readers are using when talking about SPACE ORVILLE, humorous, young adult science fiction adventure from a Reality-Free Zone by Jeff Whelan.

Here’s the blurb:

Space Orville, a young Earthman of 16, is relishing his new life as an independent “grown-up”. He has just been accepted as an apprentice with Morphean Gaming Systems and has moved into an Earth-orbiting apartment with his companion, NeutroFuzz, to test holographic video games. As a result of a questionnaire he answered in the back of a magazine, Space Orville finds himself recruited by the Universal Protection Service to rescue a brilliant inventor who has been kidnapped by a group of diseased refugees seeking a cure for their malady. But these exiled aliens may have more nefarious plans for this inventor’s device. Initially perplexed, Space Orville becomes thrilled at being recruited for this dangerous mission. He is therefore bummed to find his autonomy stifled when he is partnered with a warrior dwarf to fulfill his assignment.

Meanwhile, two agents from the OmniCosmic Alliance are in pursuit of a dangerously powerful and deranged scientist, Bizmo the Inconceivable, who has escaped from prison with a device that can alter reality and enslave every living mind. When these two missions collide, Space Orville must find a way to work with this new team of real “grown-ups” while maintaining a hold on his newfound independence.

SPACE ORVILLE is not only a rollicking, interstellar adventure loaded with a host of unusual creatures, fascinating alien landscapes, mind-altering concepts and wordplay, but an exploration of how learning to work with others is a large part of learning to be one’s self.

Check out Joey Pinkney’s YouTube Interview with Jeff Whelan, text below:

SPACE ORVILLE is available for the Kindle at Amazon, for the Nook at Barnes and Noble and in other e-reader formats at Smashwords.

Jeff Whelan was born near Chicago and did his growing up in the smallish town of DeKalb, Illinois. Taking time to travel up and down the east coast with a carnival in his teens and spending a good part of his 20s living and working in San Francisco, Jeff returned to DeKalb and, to his surprise, found himself settling down and starting a family. Jeff worked 20 happy and fulfilling years in the field of special education. Then, thanks to the high cost of day care, he became a happy and fulfilled stay-at-home parent. Now that his children are both full-time schoolers, he has made his triumphant return to work by day as a special education paraprofessional and remains, by night, a home-based medical transcriptionist.

From an idea born in 1982, Jeff’s first full-length novel was finally completed in 2001. Ten years later, he discovered the wonders of e-book self-publishing and is delighted to have a way to share his story with readers hungry for a departure from adolescent wizards and teenage vampires. Matters of life and death, it turns out, don’t have to be so serious all the time.

You can check out Jeff’s poetry and short fiction at his blog, and learn more about him at his author page at The Independent Author Network or Space Orville’s Facebook page. Jeff also has a very active Twitter account as @SpaceOrville. Followers welcome!

Jeff has also been interviewed a number of times by a variety of wonderful people. You can check out what he had to say with Kevin Rau, Joey Pinkney, Michael K. Rose of the SpecFicPick Webzine , Roy L. Murry of Murry Reviews and Interviews (which includes Roy’s wonderful review) or with Renata F. Barcelos. Jeff also guest blogged with Lia London about the use of imaginary words in “Nonce Sense.”

So what are you waiting for? Enter the giveaway via the Rafflecopter form below.

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If you’re finished, I hope you check out Crystal Marcos’ Kindle Fire Giveaway open through 12/15/12. You can win 3 ebooks too, one of which is my blog partner Paul R Hewlett’s Lionel’s Grand Adventure chapter books. And please come back tomorrow for a cover reveal and giveaway of Free Souls, Susan Kaye Quinn’s final book in the awesome Mindjacker trilogy. I would want to save her whole series if the world really did come to an end.

Before you go blog hopping to all the other family friendly giveaways in the linky below, don’t forget to comment. Thanks for visiting and see you soon!

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Indie author-friendly freelance editor, children's book blogger for picture books through YA, kid lit, SF/fantasy lover with special fondness for middle grade, pun-loving SCBWI member, meter-maid for poetry and rhyming picture books.


  1. I like science fiction and humorous books and this seems to be the perfect mix of both genres.

  2. Thanks for your comment, Stefano!

  3. Have read all the published reviews and it sounds interesting. My curiosity is peaked, so here I am.
    Thanks for the invite

  4. Sorry for the late reply, Lynelle. Happy to have piqued your curiosity. Thanks for being here and thanks so much for your interest!

  5. A warrior dwarf! In space! Oh yeah, this is going on my goodreads list.

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