Monthly Archives: December 2011

“McNally!” Tag Line Tuesday with Stephen Hise

Today, Tag Line Tuesday is happy to welcome the lovely and talented Stephen Hise, author and maître d’ over at Indies Unlimited.  Let us begin.

Ed: Writers are creative people, I hear.  So please answer each of the following biographic questions twice, once with the truth and once with a lie.


SH: Stephen Hise. Nigel Epiphany.

Ed: Where you from, Nigel?

SH: The East. The Delta quadrant. Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on December 27, 2011 in Tag Line Tuesday, Writing


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Winners of the Holiday Hop

Thank you very much to all who made a “how many jellybeans in the jar” guess on my Holiday Hop contest, and thanks for stopping by, hope to see you all again. 🙂

Congratulations to Rachel Strong for coming closest to the actual word count of The Wind From Miilark’s first draft, which was 144,122 words.  Rachel guessed 145,271, missing it by a scant 1149 words.  The next two closest guesses were teressaoliver who was 2327 under, and Kathryn, at 3739 over.

Now, if I’d been really slick, I would have requested everybody be sure to leave a way I could reach them, but of course I am not real slick. Rachel and Teressa I believe I can get in contact with via their links, but Kathryn…I have no idea who you are.  I’m hoping you read this, and feel free to contact me here so I can get your book to you. Otherwise, I’ll see what I can do, but as has been noted, I am computer semi-literate at best.

Everybody’s final answers, winners noted:

Christina F. Busby –  90,000

Penelope Crowe – 97,000

Julie Jansen – 102,786

books4me – 120,000

izaboe – 121,342

Natalie Cleary – 123,432

Bridget Bowers – 124,284

Kate – 125,000

RG Porter – 126,750

Craig Smith – 127,348

Kelli Spear – 127,834

Author Lynn Hubbard – 130,317

David W. Christian – 133,940

Jolea M. Harrison – 132,358

jennifer grunenberg – 134,124

Janel – 134,973

SandyG265 – 135,000

Arthur Caudill – 136,202

Jesse Kimmel-Freeman – 136,427

Shadow – 136,459

Sonia Remo Alt – 138,694                             – 5428

teressaoliver – 141,795                                                  – 2327 (wins Book One of Norothian Cycle)

ANSWER : 144,122

Rachel Strong – 145,271                                                + 1149 (wins complete Norothian Cycle)

Kathryn – 147,861                                                           + 3739 (wins Book One of Norothian Cycle)

Kate – 150,000                                                + 5878

Krysykat – 150,636

JeanP – 152,345

Heather Cox – 152,438

Nick Wilford – 154,723

Suzy Thompson – 157,230

Dawn Doyle – 161,459

Gena Robertson – 163,759

Linda Henderson – 175,050

Pamela Jo – 175,092

Ty Hutchinson – 178.359

Joder – 179,055

Alan Nayes – 180,001

linda – 183,000

Kitty Sutton – 183,365

Kelley Jensen  – 187,178

Sara M – 189,848

zanza – 190,100

C. Martinez – 195,000

Stepshep – 200,000

Meghan Page – 200,001

voraciousreader – 201,453

stef shortridge – 219,000

Cayce – 220,000

onipar – 225,000

Chaille Bos – 239,476

CameliaMiron Skiba – 250,000

Carli Spurr – 289,003

Kimberly – 300,000

Stephanie Abbott – 400,000


Posted by on December 26, 2011 in Writing


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“The baby was wrong.” – Tag Line Tuesday with Christine DeMaio-Rice

This week, Tag Line Tuesday is happy to welcome Christine…well, there’s some last name issues depending on which of her books you’re looking at, but the links at the end should make that clear. 😉


Ed: Hi, Christine.  By way of introduction, please answer each of the following biographic questions twice.  Once with the truth, and once “creative writerly” (with a lie).

XTINE: This is fine but I’m not going to tell you WHICH is true or false.

Ed: Name?

XTINE: 1) Christine DeMaio.  2) Christine DeMaio-Rice Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on December 20, 2011 in Writing


Win the Norothian Cycle – Holiday Hop

Win the Norothian Cycle – Holiday Hop

HOLIDAY BLOG HOP!!! Ho, ho, ho. (In a good way…)

Hello, I’m M. Edward McNally, and Welcome to the sablecity’s stop on the Holiday Hop, and thanks much for hopping by.

Here is how I am working my giveway, which will be very simple as befits my level of techological ineptitude.  I’m the author of an epic, Musket & Magic fantasy series called the Norothian Cycle, presently consisting of three books:  The Sable City, Death of a Kingdom, and The Wind from Miilark.

Book III, The Wind from Miilark, weighs in at a trim 119,738 words.  My question for anyone interested is easy:

How many words was the first draft? 

Feel free to leave a guess here as a comment, and at the conclusion of the blog hop, I will (using a careful process of addition and subtraction) calculate the three closest answers (guessing higher or lower doesn’t matter, so go nuts).  The closest SINGLE guess will win e-copies of all three books in the series, while the next TWO closest will win e-copies of Book One (or any of the three).  Copies will be provided by me in any of the normal ways’ either directly via Kindle “gift” or via Smashwords coupons for all other e-readers.

In addition, the “grand prize” winner from the blog will be entered to win the overall prize, as described on the main page of the Holiday Hop

Thanks again for taking part, Happy Holidays to you and yours, and as I always say:  Thanks for reading.

Ed McNally


Posted by on December 15, 2011 in The Norothian Cycle, Writing


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The 2011 Holiday Blog Hop Dec 15th-25th

Welcome Everyone!

On behalf of all the amazing authors taking part in the Holiday Hop this year, I would like to welcome you to the 2011 Holiday Blog Hop!
The hop runs from December 15th to December 25th.  Winners will be chosen after the contest has ended and the results will be posted on their websites/blogs between December 26th-December 31st.
New to blog hopping?  No problem. To begin, go to the HOLIDAY BLOG HOP page in the tab above.  Start with the first author and work your way through everyone.  Click on the name of the author to be directed to their site.  Once there, check out their contest and enter to win.   Yes…it’s that easy!!!
Each author will post the details of their contest on their site.  There are some amazing prizes being given away from these authors including: holiday mystery bag, signed books, gift cards,
To get hopping, click HERE.   
Happy Holiday Hopping, Everyone!

Posted by on December 14, 2011 in Writing


“Just don’t ask where I hide the bodies,” Tag Line Tuesday with Lizzy Ford

“Just don’t ask where I hide the bodies,” Tag Line Tuesday with Lizzy Ford

This week Tag Line Tuesday is happy to sit down with Lizzy Ford, serial writer in worlds of gods and oracles, adventure and romance.  Well, not literally “sit down with,” but I guess nobody types standing up, right?

Ed:  Hellion-o, and please answer each of the following biographic questions twice, once with the truth and once with a lie.


LF: Lizzy Ford / Sarah Edmondson

Ed: Where you from, Mrs. Edmondson?

LF: Cornfield in Midwest US / Mountains of N. Idaho

Ed: Day job?

LF: Writing / Rescuing elephants

Ed: Dream job?

LF: Writing / um, not writing

Ed: And of course, Why do you write?

LF: Demons will kill me if I don’t / I have A Problem

Ed: You may now go back to full honesty, if you want, for THE LIGHTNING ROUND! (zap)

Quick! favorite:

Band: Don’t have one!

Food: Chocolate fondue

Game (any kind): Um, not a board game.  Or card games. In fact, I really don’t like games.

Album: Don’t have one!

Word: “Whatever.”

Color: Sometimes pink, then sometimes teal, and occasionally purple or green

Animal: anything with big ears (unless it’s a monkey or anything with more than four legs.)

Piece of clothing: socks

Movie: Pride and Prejudice (1996 version – none of that remake BS)

(Ed: In that case, I won’t tell you that’s a remake of the 1940 Laurence Olivier version) 😉

TV show: “Once Upon a Time” and “Ancient Aliens”

Drink: Zinburger’s chocolate milkshake

Song: The Filet o’Fish song from McDonald’s

Line from a song: “If it were you in that sandwich / You wouldn’t be laughing at all”

Pizza topping: cheese

Crime: speeding

Place: home

Quote: “It’s not a matter of if; it’s a matter of when.”  My hubby, Matt, when I go emo on him and tell him I’ll never make it as a writer.

Ed: Sounds like a smart dude. 😉

Finally, three random things about yourself, please.

LF: 1- I have a bulldog and a shiba inu

2- I cut my hair short for the first time in 15 years this past summer in the middle of a pre-mid-life crisis that had been going on for 2 years.

3- I don’t believe in Santa Clause

Ed: That’s no problem, as long as Santa still believes in you.

I so hope that doesn’t get me any search hits for “Santa’s Fat Can.”  But I digress…

Let’s talk about books, as writers are wont to do.

What’s the biggest consideration when you are deciding what book to read?

LF: Genre

Ed: What genre do you enjoy most?

LF: Romance, followed by fantasy

Ed: That would explain you writing romantic fantasies/fantastic romances. 😉

What genre would you read only if you lost a bet?

LF: Non-fiction computer books

Ed: Do you have a favorite author, and do you think they influence your own writing?

LF: Jane Austen is my all-time favorite.  I learned how to portray flawed characters from reading her books.

Ed: Do you have a favorite book, and how many times have you read it?

LF: “Pride and Prejudice!”  Probably 50-60 times.  I’m a serial writer, so this is my “Catcher in the Rye.”

Ed: See, I’ve been waiting for somebody to answer like that, ‘cuz I tend to read my favorite books over and over again, too.  🙂

What’s the first book you remember buying with your own money?

LF: Hardy Boys books from Wal-Mart.

Ed: Any books you have been told you should read, and know you probably never will?

LF: Almost every classic written.  I escaped those with cliff notes and vague responses to essay questions in school. (Sorry, Ed, but this is why I don’t get your quotes.  I’m a redneck idiot!)

Ed: Yeah, but Austen is often lumped in with “the Classics,” so your neck might not be as red as you think. 😉

Ever lied about reading, or not reading, a book?

LF: Yep!

Ed: Ever read a book you were sure you were going to like, and not liked it?

LF: Most books.  I rarely read books all the way through.

Ed: Tee-hee. It’s usually when I’m reading a book I don’t like that I toss it aside and re-read a favorite.

Ever grudgingly read a book, and loved it?

LF: No, not yet.

Ed: What’s your favorite line from a book? (not your own)

LF: I love the “To be or not to be speech” in Hamlet.  “To sleep – perchance to dream; ay, there’s the rub.” I never grew out of the emo-teen stage!  Ha!

Ed: You’re sure you don’t like Classics?

And now, moving on from books in general by books that have you in common: The ones you write.

How, and when, do you tend to come up with titles?

LF: Titles usually come last, after the book is written.  I’m a fan of titles that are two words and involve one of the lead characters somehow. (Damian’s Oracle, Katie’s Hellion, Kiera’s Moon, Rhyn’s Redemption) I also double-check them on Amazon, so if someone searches for the book, mine is the first (if not only) one that pops up.

Ed: How do your characters get their names?

LF: The demons pick them out.

Ed: (Picturing demons with Baby Name books)

If you could live in the world / with the people of one of your stories, which one would it be and why?

Ed: Probably the world from the War of Gods series (Damian’s Oracle, Damian’s Assassin, Damian’s Immortal, The Grey God.)  There’s a great deal of hope and clean delineation between good and evil, and the good guys are all hunky and treat their women well.

Ed: What do you think your books say about you?

LF: They probably say that I’m someone who believes life is about struggle, people are flawed and there’s always a chance for redemption.

Ed: Is there anything you have written which you would now like to change or revise, wish you had written differently, etc.?

LF: I’ve revised a couple of books that I didn’t have an editor for prior to self-publishing.  As for the storylines … no, never felt the urge to change any of them!

Ed: If you would be so kind, Tell me about your favorite character.

LF: Sofia is my favorite character.  She’s a human who becomes an Oracle and soul-reader.  In Damian’s Oracle, you get to see her transform, and the heartache and triumph that come with her unique talents.

Ed: Have your favorite character tell me about you.

Sofia: Is this the lady who had me tortured and killed by the leader of the bad guys when she clearly could’ve prevented it?

Ed: I feel ya’, Sofia, them writers are bastards to the people they care about. 😉

Lizzy again, What’s your favorite line which you have written?

LF: “Just don’t ask where I hide the bodies.” (Katie’s Hellion)

Ed: And now, on to the “writing itself” portion of the Minnesota Mulitphasic Personality Inventory (obscure Psych joke)

Plotter or Pantser?

LF: Depends.  Series are more structured, and I do more planning for them, whereas the single titles are just little ideas that bloom into books.

Ed: Best/Worst advice you ever got as a writer?

LF: Best – Write what you love.

Worst – Self-publishing is for people who can’t make it.

Ed: Best/Worst thing about being a writer?

LF: Best – Living my dream.

Worst – Dealing with people who aren’t open to what I’m trying to do.

Ed: Why Indie?

LF: Because I couldn’t make it into traditional publishing.  Ha!  At least, that was my initial reason.  I’ve always had one goal: To get my books into the hands of those who can enjoy them.  Once I started the indie route, I found it fulfilling and challenging, and I love it!

Ed: Is being a writer what you expected? How so or how not?

LF: It’s much better than I expected.  I imagined me sitting around, writing books, going the traditional route, and getting a royalties check every few months.  I never imagined how much I’d interact with my readers, or that it was like running your own small business. It’s been AWESOME!

Ed: Have you, or would you ever, collaborate on a story?

LF: I would.  I wanted to collaborate with Shea MacLeod on a story, but I got sidetracked, unemployed, and desperate to produce, so I never followed up with her.  I’m probably the easiest person on the planet to work with, so someday, I may get back to the point where I can collaborate!

Ed: If you were starting to write for the first time, what would you do different?

LF: Research the industry then strike out on my own instead of buying the BS that I needed an agent and publisher in order to be considered a “real” writer.

Ed: What is the most important thing you have learned about writing?

LF: It’s not so much a linear process as a collaborative project that involves editors, cover artists, IT-gurus, and readers, all of who help me grow my craft and my understanding of the business.

Ed: What’s the moral of the story?

LF: Screw the Man – write and be happy.

Ed: In conclusion, HYPOTHETICAL questions with ACTUAL answers.

Your computer is smoking, wheezing, and sparks are shooting out of the back.  You can save one thing off the hard drive.  What is it?

LF: Well … if we assume I backed up everything like my hubby tells me to, I’d probably try to grab my favorites out of my browser, so I can find my way back to all the places I need to go online.

If I didn’t back anything up … I’d grab my YA fantasy story I wrote 10 years ago.  It’s one of the reasons I continue to write and create, because I keep hoping another story comes along that feels as magical as this one.

Ed: You are looking at the back of a book in a bookstore, reading on online blurb, or whatever.  What sort of thing makes you say “yes,” what sort of things makes you say “pass?”

LF: If one of the characters is tortured and self-loathing!

Ed: That was the “yes” answer, I’m guessing. 😉

You have one perfect day of free time, no obligations, needs, or responsibilities.  What do you do?

LF: Write.  (Duh!)

Ed: Someone “in the business” suggests you change something you feel is a critical part of one of your books, and guarantees it will increase sales.  What do you do?

LF: Consider it, toss a coin, check my reaction, write a pros and cons list, go get ice cream, wander around the mall because I forgot I was supposed to be thinking about it, go to the bookstore and silently ridicule all the books I’m outselling, come home, walk the dogs, talk to Julia on Facebook, remember I was supposed to do something, and then sleep on it.  The demons always tell me what to do when I’m sleeping.

Ed: You are offered just enough money to live comfortably for the rest of your life, if you will just stop writing.  What do you do?

LF: Decline and write a book about the evil genie that lives in my cupboard.

Ed: What question do you wish I had asked?

LF: How did you get HERE?

Ed: Thanks for stopping by, El Ef. 😀


Now, the two books Lizzy wished to highlight, with the five word synopses provided by her, as writers *love* when I make them write those. And of course, find out more about these and many other works over on Lizzy’s blog

Damian’s Oracle

Synopsis: Beefy immortal finds love, Oracle


Barnes & Noble:


Damian’s Assassin

Synopsis: Healer repairs sexy assassin’s heart





Posted by on December 6, 2011 in Lizzy Ford, Paranormal, Tag Line Tuesday, Writing


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