Free Stuff – Late-in-Series Installment

The problem… with a successful SF series like the Jason Wander books is that by the time the saga gets past book two or so, many reviewers skip new series installments.  This is because readers already know they like the books, and they know that the reviewer likes the books.  Also, reviewing for new readers requires the reviewer to devote scarce paragraphs to catch-up before he or she hits the new material. 

So, if you want to read someone else’s take on Orphan’s Alliance, you may have to search hard.  This is unlike a first novel like Orphanage, which got favorably reviewed, in arcane literary jargon, out the wazoo. 

The Solution:  Therefore, we at are encouraging readers to review Orphan’s Alliance.  In this we are motivated wholly by a spirit of public service, rather than any desire to increase readership.  And the Himalayas are made of fudge ripple.

The Bribes:  We here at are fresh out of prepaid dinners for two at Le Tour d’Argent in Paris (you’ll have to read the book).  But we do have signed copies of book 4, Orphan’s Alliance.  We also have signed first editions of Jason Wander Book 1, Orphanage, and even SWAG promotional items like signed posters, and signed Orphanage camo flashlights.

We will be giving away four “first prizes,” winners-choice, from the bottomless authorial treasure chest.  We reserve the right to award additional  prizes if we feel like it.  Why would we feel like it?  If you are serving on active duty in the US or allied armed services, odds are good.

How to Enter: 

1.  Post a review (preferably but not neccessarily gushingly favorable) of any one or more of the Jason Wander books (preferably but not necessarily Orphan’s Alliance) online, then send the link to   Do note whether you are on active duty, or tell us who the prize would go to who is serving.

2.  Where might you post?  On the reviewed book’s page on, for example, or the book’s pages at Borders, Barnes & Noble, or Waterstone’s in the UK.  On your own ‘blog or webpage.  On a ‘blog or webpage you visit.  In an e’zine.  Reviews in hard copy publications are fine, too, but an electronic or hard copy of the review would have to reach us (P.O. Box 9, Lebanon, GA 30146) before the entry deadline.  Yes, school newspapers, Battalion newsletters, etc. count.  No length requirements or restrictions. 

3.  Entry deadline?  Working links or hard copy received at by midnight, US Eastern Standard Time December 11, 2008 will be eligible.

4.  Four winners will be selected at random from eligible entries.  Additonal winners, if any, will be selected from among the remaining entries based upon the caprice, whim, and hubris of the panel of judges.

5.  Winners will be notified by return email, along with detailed information on available prizes.

6.  Other Stuff:  Winners don’t pay shipping, the bottomless authorial treasure chest does.   If you are Osama bin Laden, please include return address or current GPS coordinates. Taxes are the responsibility of the winner, but the books retail for US$7.99, for crying out loud.  By entering, reviewers agree that their reviews or excerpts from them may be republished (real names/email addresses will be excluded on prior request) without further notice or obligation.    


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