Win the Norothian Cycle – Holiday Hop

15 Dec
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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62 responses to “Win the Norothian Cycle – Holiday Hop

  1. Natalie Cleary

    December 15, 2011 at 11:16 am

    My guess is 123,432 words.
    The Sable City is 974 KB, Death of a Kingdom is 1054 KB, The Wind From Miilark is 816 KB so The Sable City isnt that much bigger. Im probably way off though!! Thanks for the chance. Ive added them to my wish list weather I win or not.

  2. David W. Christian

    December 15, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    Im guessing your book weighed in at 133,940 word in the draft.

    • David W. Christian

      December 15, 2011 at 2:43 pm


  3. Julie Jansen

    December 15, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Here’s my guess about the word count…102,786 (?) 🙂

    So nice to meet you during the Holiday Hop! I wish you a wonderful holiday season!


  4. Cheryl Bradshaw (@cherylbradshaw)

    December 15, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Love your hop contest, Ed…and lovely site, btw 🙂

  5. Free Book Reviews (@arobbinsiii)

    December 15, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    Everyone needs to enter. Come on readers these are all great books by wonderful Indie Authors.

    Reminder to all authors I list books on my forum so feel free to go to my blog and message me a link to your book.

  6. CameliaMironSkiba

    December 15, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    I’m guessing about 250k… BTW, the photo with the snow and trees very lovely… is not in Phoenix for sure, but probably around Flagstaff or so… right?

  7. Stepshep

    December 15, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    200k words

  8. Ty Hutchinson

    December 15, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    The answer is 178,359 words. I might be off by one.

  9. Kate

    December 15, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    Ooo! Has anyone claimed 125,000 words yet? * puts my money on the table *

  10. Kelley Johnsen

    December 15, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    I am guessing…..187,178. 🙂 I know how a story can just run away with you and then you have to cut things out. I am looking forward to reading these stories they sound amazing! Thank you!

  11. izaboe

    December 15, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    I’ll go with 121,342 (I had to put 42 in there somewhere).

    • medmcn

      December 15, 2011 at 7:54 pm

      Well, 42 *is* the answer to everything. 😉

  12. Jesse Kimmel-Freeman

    December 15, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    136427 :0)

  13. onipar

    December 15, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    225,000. Why the hell not. Happy hopping!

  14. zanza

    December 15, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    I’m from blog hop and i think it was about 190,100 words.

  15. Nick Wilford

    December 15, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    Came here from the holiday hop. I’ll say 154,723.

  16. Penelope Crowe

    December 16, 2011 at 12:26 am

    OK–going for 97,000.
    Very nice site and thanks for the contest! 🙂

  17. Author Lynn Hubbard

    December 16, 2011 at 1:17 am

    hmmmm…………. 130,317

  18. books4me

    December 16, 2011 at 1:24 am

    My guess is 120,000.

    Thank you for participating in the giveaway!

    books4me67 at ymail dot com

  19. Kimberly

    December 16, 2011 at 1:28 am


  20. Gena Robertson

    December 16, 2011 at 2:10 am

    Hmm, I’m going to go with 163,759 words!

    Thank you for participating in the giveaway – and this is really a fun way to give us a random chance to win. I love it!


    December 16, 2011 at 5:51 am

    close to what The Sable City finished draft was–around 180,001!

  22. linda

    December 16, 2011 at 6:08 am


  23. Dawn Doyle

    December 16, 2011 at 7:25 am

    My guess is that the first draft of Book III, The Wind from Miilark was 161,459 words.
    *Loves guessing*
    -Dawn aka dawnmomoffour

  24. SandyG265

    December 16, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    135,000 words

  25. RG Porter

    December 16, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    Happy friday and holiday hop”!!” You write about as long as I do 🙂 Guess? 126750 I’m off to the next.

  26. Kelli Spear (@ChiKelli1)

    December 16, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    My guess is 127,834! Happy Holidays!!

  27. Bridget Bowers

    December 17, 2011 at 3:28 am

    I’m going to guess 124,284

  28. Christina F. Busby (@Christynjosh04)

    December 17, 2011 at 7:18 am

    My guess will be 90,000 words. Most authors go up in word count not down.

  29. Melissa Smith

    December 17, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Ha! Love it! Want to join in a scavenger hunt? Then follow me to my Holiday Hop! Come on! Let’s have some hoppin’ good fun!

  30. Stephanie Abbott

    December 17, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    400,000 … plus.

  31. Rachel Strong (@RM_Strong)

    December 17, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    I would have to say…. 145, 271 (the word count for my own novel). 🙂

    • medmcn

      December 26, 2011 at 5:01 am

      Congrats Rachel, your guess was closest to the actual answer of 144,122, my novel was just a bit shorter than yours. 🙂 I will hit your twitter with my e-mail, and if you’d like to let me know your preferred method of e-book delivery, I’ll be getting you copies of all three volumes of the Norothian Cycle. 🙂

  32. Carli Spurr

    December 17, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    289,003 is my word count guess…odd number but then it’s been my experience that the weird guesser on Price Is Right is always the winner. 🙂

  33. Janel

    December 18, 2011 at 12:54 am

    I’ll guess 134,973. What a fun giveaway for the blog hop!

  34. Kathryn

    December 18, 2011 at 2:24 am

    An interesting trivia question for us to answer. My best guess would be 147,861 words.

    • medmcn

      December 26, 2011 at 5:22 am

      Good news/bad news situation, Kathryn. The good news, your guess was third closest, and so you won an ebook!

      Bad news, I have no idea how to tell you so. If you can read this, please contact me here or via e-mail at medwardmcnally (at) cox (dot) net, and I will certainly get your prize to you.

      – Ed

  35. Craig Smith (@CraigWFSmith)

    December 18, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    My guess is 127,348

  36. JeanP

    December 18, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    What a great trivia question. My guess is 152,345

  37. jennifer gruenberg

    December 18, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    My guess is 134124.

  38. Sonia Remo Ait

    December 20, 2011 at 5:38 am


    Happy holidays to you and yours!
    mamaelk1113 at gmail dot com

  39. Jolea M. Harrison

    December 20, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    My guess is 132,358

    Happy Holidays to you


  40. Heather Cox

    December 20, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    im guessing 152,438!

  41. Chaille Bos

    December 21, 2011 at 11:21 am

    I am going to guess that you decided to chop your book in half 🙂
    so my guess is 239,476.

  42. Kitty Sutton

    December 21, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    Here is my entry for the Blog Hop, 183365.

  43. Kate

    December 21, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    150,000… maybe?

  44. stef shortridge

    December 22, 2011 at 12:18 pm


  45. Linda Henderson

    December 22, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    Boy, thats a tough one. I’d say around 175,050

    seriousreader at live dot com

  46. Meghan Page

    December 22, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    My guess is 200,001 Bob! (wait, we are playing price is right, right??)
    hee hee Thanks for the Giveaway!!! Here’s hoping!

    meghan_L_P at hotmail dot com

  47. Sara M

    December 22, 2011 at 4:11 pm

  48. Cayce

    December 22, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    I’m saying 220,000 😀

    cayce006 at yahoo dot com

  49. Suzy Thompson

    December 23, 2011 at 12:16 am


  50. Joder

    December 23, 2011 at 4:03 am

    Alrighty, I’ll guess 179,055

    joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

  51. Krysykat

    December 23, 2011 at 8:31 am

    Hmmmmm *taps chin in thought* my guess is 150,636 🙂



    December 23, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    I am going to guess 141, 795
    teressaoliver at gmail dot com

  53. Arthur Caudill

    December 24, 2011 at 12:29 am

    My guess is 136,202. Thanks

  54. C. Martinez

    December 24, 2011 at 6:31 am

    Am guessing 195000 words. Cheshireink at gmail dot com

  55. voraciousreader

    December 24, 2011 at 6:41 am

    I’ll guess 201,453.

    Happy Holidays to all!!

    thewildtwo {@} sbcglobal {DOT} net

  56. Shadow

    December 24, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    Hi! Thank you for the wonderful giveaway! Very fun! My guess: 136,459. Thank you for the fun!

  57. Pamela Jo

    December 26, 2011 at 12:20 am

    Okay , if it was me it would have been about 175,092., before I relived I have put in a couple of chapters twice and repeated the words the, and and if at least 2 times in every 10th paragraph.

    Pamela Jo

  58. medmcn

    December 26, 2011 at 4:39 am

    Thanks to all who entered, the number picking IS NOW CLOSED. I will be posting the winners here on the blog shortly as soon as I get my slide rule fired up. 🙂
    BTW, the first draft of The Wind from Miilark was 144,122 words.


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