Monthly Archives: February 2013

Norothian Cycle Map: Tartheagu. Plus Channel War Update

Tartheagu 1397The northern nation of Tartheagu continues to be referenced with increasing frequency as Book Five of the Norothian Cycle – The Channel War – rolls along, but it has thus far only appeared on maps in large scale without much detail. In order to rectify that, here you go.

This map displays the far northwest corner of the continent Noroth, with most of the Empire of the Code visible to the south, and the coastal edge of the Il-Tasardom of Kantantanalace on the eastern edge. The Tarthagars and Kantans, it may be recalled, jointly invade the western half of Old Daul (southeast of this map, visible here) way back in Book Two and occupied a region known as The Protectorate. By Book Four the T-K alliance has fractured, leaving Tartheagu in sole occupation of most of those lands.

In other news, Book Five remains in progress. The first “Part” (roughly a third) is with Beta readers, the second is going out to them this weekend, and the final part should be ready for editing within the next several weeks. Tentatively then, still shooting for a March release, likely toward the end of the month. But it is getting there. 🙂


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Does Valentine’s Day ever feel like the End of the World?

APOCALYPSE_ad_jpgCheer up, Emo Kids. The seven authors of the Eclective are offering THE APOLCALYPSE COLLECTION for the low, low price of FREE, today through Saturday on all Amazon platforms. Fell FREE to help yourself to some tales about the End of All Things.

My own contribution is a post-apoc style short story called “Seeds,” goes a little something like this:


The body was stiff and we could smell the dry rot even through our respirators. Specs stood watch and I rolled it for a pat-down. It was definitely a feral, male, hard to guess age but with skin all cooked and paper thin. No obvious injuries, but ferals tend to just drop dead after a while with their lungs full of grit, or because they got hungry enough to eat the straggly, poison plants out here. The body was too far gone to drag back to the Feeders, but the pat-down turned up a shotgun with the barrel sawed off, some home-load ammo, and five knives though only two that weren’t all rusty. Box of matches, broken compass, and the can.

I held it out so Specs could see it. It was about the size of the fifty-round drum load on his XM8 assault rifle, but a scratched-up silver color. Made out of metal and screwed shut about three-quarters up the side.

“What you got there Meats?” Specs asked. He’d flopped his respirator aside just long enough to pop the left-side end of the throat tube from his camel pack into his mouth, while squeezing the belly pouch through his fatigues and camo gear. You’ve got to carry the nush the Feeders cook up like that so your body heat keeps it from turning solid. Specs sucked a mouthful of the brown paste through his tube and put his respirator back in place.

“Don’t know,” I said. “Looks like a can.”

Specs doesn’t give me as much crap as a couple of the others in our billet do for being stupid. He looked around the hills again before stepping over and hunkering down, pushing at his goggs to straighten his glasses on his nose inside them. His eyes are so bad, they are why the Priests sterilized him. Don’t want to pass on being blind-as-a-feral-at-noon to the next generation Up the Hill. They did me because I’m stupid.

I holstered my .45 and got a good grip on both ends of the can, but even with the tack pads on the fingers my gloves wouldn’t grip the smooth metal. I took them both off while Specs gave the hillside another glance, and still had to squeeze the can against my chest and tense up my shoulders before it loosened enough to unscrew. When it did I held out the bottom part and me and Specs blinked down at a bunch of itty-bitty little beige things.

“What’s that?” I asked, but Specs just stared at them for a while before he answered, voice still muffled through his respirator though it sounded like he was whispering anyway.

“Those are seeds, Meats,” he said. “Those are seeds.”


Like I said, the rest is free, US, UK, and all Amazon venues. 🙂

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Posted by on February 14, 2013 in giveaways, M. Edward McNally


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Ed on the FlipSide (author interview)

cell meThanks much to Julianne Snow for letting me drop bey her blog, the FlipSide for an interview where I pontificate about, um, me. I combed my hair and cleaned up first, I promise. <– that is a ‘before’ picture.

Is it only happenstance that the interview consists of nine questions, while the pantheon of my fantasy setting has nine deities, and nine characters all assemble by the end of Volume One, The Sable City? Yes, it is just a coincidence. 😉

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Posted by on February 13, 2013 in author interviews, M. Edward McNally, Writing


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New Map: Riven Kingdoms

The Riven Kingdoms, 1396 NC

The Riven Kingdoms, 1396 NC

Slowly but surely getting more maps converted from old chicken-scrawl handwritten versions. This one is of the Riven Kingdoms which are often referenced but have so far only appeared on the eastern edge of maps of Daul (which is “The Protectorate” by 1396 NC) or the northern edge of Ayzantium (where civil war still rages at the same time). This map does however include the birthplaces of five characters from the series: Zebulon Baj Nif was raised in Wakminau, one of the three cities at the Bifurcation, where the Dranner River divides into the Ghendal and the Riddle. Captain Block was born in the Dwarf Mountain’s of Garak-Tor while the Gnomish mercenary Fitzyear Coalmounderan is from the neighboring hill country of Nom. Finally, Nesha-tari was born in the north Ayzantine desert at the bottom of the map, known in Zantish as The Hakalya (“the Desolation), while Durkashil Karza’s “Focaru” tribe inhabits the valley of the Fox River to the northeast.


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New from Tara West

witchflamekindle-nook New today from Tara West, the FREE prelude volume of her Keepers of the Stones series gets a shiny new cover, that would be Feira over there. <–.

Do stop by Tara’s blog for a bit more background, along with links to everywhere Witch Flame is available for free. 🙂


Posted by on February 7, 2013 in author interviews, epic fantasy


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Happy Birthday, Dad

Me and Dad Happy Birthday, Dad. That’s it. 🙂

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Posted by on February 1, 2013 in M. Edward McNally