Summer Splash Blog Hop

23 Jul

Welcome, Hoppers, to the sablecity stop of the Summer Splash Blog Hop. This blog is the home page for the epic, Musket & Magic Fantasy series known as The Norothian Cycle (by M. Edward McNally, that would be me). The Sable City is the first book following the feisty Island Guilder, Tilda Lanai, and thus the name of this blog. This is where maps, histories, a glossary, and additional info on the world of the series gets posted, as the books are plenty long enough even without them. Additionally, it is where I run the Tag Line Tuesday series of author interviews, file the occassional miscellaneous blog post, and take part in hops, like this one. 😉

The way the Hop works, is each participating writer offers a prize/giveaway on their individual blog. Meanwhile, all participating hoppers can enter to win the grand prizes, which include TWO Kindle Fires, Amazon Gift Cards, signed paperbacks…the list goes on! All you have to do to register for the grand prize drawing is Tweet the #summerhop hashtag, more info can be found on the main Hop page, here.

My part of the giveaway is simple: I am offering E-BOOK VERSIONS OF THE ENTIRE NOROTHIAN CYCLE. That is, the winner here will be gifted the first four volumes of the series released thus far, pictured to the right. The winner will also receive a complimentary copy of each additional volume upon its release date, via Kindle Gift, Smashwords Coupon, whatever works to get my books to your e-reader. 😉

So, how am I picking my winner? As simply as possible, via my version of the ol’ “How many jellybeans in the jar?” question. To wit:

The final version the newly released book Devil Town, Volume IV of the Norothian Cycle has a word count of 109,472. The question is, what was the word count of the first draft?

Simply make a guess below as a comment, and please be sure to let me know how I can contact you if you win (if you are commenting via your own blog account I can find you that way, otherwise please do leave an e-mail, twitter handle, fb page, etc.). Like the whole tour, this contest expires August 1st, on which day I will do some math to see who has picked closest to the correct number.

Be sure to use the #summerhop hashtag to enter the grand prize drawing, and do stop by as many participating tour stops as you’d like, all are offering their own unique prizes.

Thanks for hopping, and happy reading, all. 🙂

Ed McNally



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33 responses to “Summer Splash Blog Hop

  1. Susan Ricci

    July 23, 2012 at 5:41 am

    If I were to hazard a guess, I say there’s about 174,922 pages in your first draft, Ed. Sue Ricci here, at Hope you have a great success with the hop and all those books. I tweeted them in the past and will continue to do so. Some of your comments have been very helpful with my writing, the others just make me laugh so thanks!

  2. erma

    July 23, 2012 at 9:02 am

    I’d say 174,922 pages

  3. Trianna Hyde

    July 23, 2012 at 10:05 am

    I’m gonna guess 195,647 on the first draft. Thanks for the contest.

  4. medmcn

    July 23, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    Thanks all, and of course it’s “words,” not “pages.” My books run a bit long, but not *that* long. 😉

  5. Crystal Young

    July 23, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    180,000 words Thanks for the contest crystaley73 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  6. erma

    July 23, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    ok I’ll say 174,922 words

  7. kittyb78

    July 23, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Nice book covers!

    • medmcn

      July 23, 2012 at 4:49 pm

      Thanks, Kitty, btw, feel free to enter the giveaway if you’d like. All you have to do is pick a number. 😉

      • kittyb78

        July 23, 2012 at 5:12 pm

        kool. 21

  8. Jim Devitt (@jim_devitt)

    July 23, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    I’d say 125,893, good luck with the Blog Hop!

    • medmcn

      July 23, 2012 at 4:50 pm

      Thanks, Jim.

  9. Sara M

    July 23, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    my guess is 165,573 words.

  10. Lori M

    July 23, 2012 at 5:58 pm

  11. Cheryl Bradshaw

    July 23, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    Nice site…stopping in to say hello 🙂

  12. Arthur Caudill

    July 24, 2012 at 4:12 am

    I would guess the first draft contained approximately 145,000 words. Give or take a few. Good luck with your books.

  13. Trianna

    July 24, 2012 at 8:06 am

  14. Zanza

    July 24, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    I would say the word count is 200,500 words

  15. jennifer gruenberg

    July 25, 2012 at 2:32 am

    My guess is 213,154 and i can be reached at:
    syndiasia at yahoo dot com

  16. Emma Petfield

    July 25, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    I’m going to guess around 169,204 🙂 My email is in the details!

  17. mama4science

    July 25, 2012 at 11:43 pm


  18. Julene Wallace Jefferson

    July 26, 2012 at 12:39 am

    I’m gonna guess 150,000

  19. karincox

    July 26, 2012 at 12:40 am

    I reckon Ed’s craft is pretty good, so I’m going with 129,362 words.

    Nice idea, Ed!

  20. mabledsoe

    July 26, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Wow. You just never know how many words you read in a book until an author gives you that info. You would think I would ace Scrabble with how much I read, but no such luck…LOL
    My guess would be 137,500.

    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

  21. Jason Sampson

    July 26, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    118,768 words

    lazerporium at gmail dot com

  22. John Bohrman

    July 26, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    I’ll go with 124,432 words. (A nice even number) Thanks for doing this Blog Hop – what a great idea!

  23. Jolea M. Harrison

    July 27, 2012 at 1:00 am

    I’m going to say 100,000, guessing maybe you added instead of subtracted. 🙂 Happy Hopping!

  24. Juana Esparza

    July 27, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    My guess is 112,288. Thanks for being a part of this FUN Blog Hop.


  25. Amber Dane

    July 28, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    Good luck with the blog hop! 117510

  26. Crystal

    July 28, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    My guess is 124,589

    craigcrystal at ymail dot com

  27. alan nayes

    July 30, 2012 at 2:12 am

    Go Packers!

  28. Debbie

    July 31, 2012 at 4:14 am

  29. Lauren M.

    July 31, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    137, 837
    Lmackesy @


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