Summer Splash Blog Hop, July 26-29

26 Jul

splashlogoHello, and welcome to the Sable City tour stop on the 2013 Summer Splash Blog Hop. I’m Eddie McNally, and I will be your… um, Bellhop, I guess?

The Sable City is the first book of an epic, muskets & magic fantasy series called The Norothian Cycle, starring a feisty Island Guilder named Tilda Lanai. For the duration of the Hop, the first book is available for (wait for it) FREE on the major e-reading devices, including Kindle (US and UK), Nook, the iStore, Kobo, and via Smashwords. Do feel FREE to help yourself, and get started on Tilda’s tale.

Now for the contest. As I remain a simple, simple man, I am offering e-copies of volumes II through V of the Norothian Cycle to one lucky hopper who will be selcted via the simple expedient of asking the equivalent of “How many jellybeans are in the jar?”jellybeans1 Not literally of course, but rather like this:

“The rough draft of Part One of the Sixth Volume of the Norothian Cycle numbered 51,211 words. What is the word count of the edited version?”

For your chance to win the next four volumes of the Norothian Cycle, which retail regularly for $4.99 each, just leave a guess as to the word count as a comment. Please also mention a way you can be contacted, if you don’t happen to be commenting with a profile I can send a reply. At the conclusion of the Hop, the closest guess to the correct number wins the prize – it’s as simple as that!

Thanks for hopping by and playing, remember to register for the GRAND PRIZES on the main Hop page, and do feel FREE (saying that one more time) to check out The Sable City. On the house this weekend.

Good luck and good reading,
– M. Edward McNally
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69 responses to “Summer Splash Blog Hop, July 26-29

  1. Karla Darcy

    July 26, 2013 at 4:14 am


  2. acflory

    July 26, 2013 at 4:19 am

    Hang on… do you only want us to guess the edited wordcount of /part 1/? Or the whole book???

    Anyway, I’m going for 30K. It’s a nice round number. πŸ˜€

    • medmcn

      July 26, 2013 at 4:41 am

      Yup, just part one, AC – as that is the only part that is done(ish). πŸ˜‰

      • acflory

        July 26, 2013 at 5:21 am

        lol – okay. And how many parts will there be? One day?

      • medmcn

        July 26, 2013 at 5:40 am

        Because this one is wrapping up the series, it is likely going to take four parts.
        Still hoping to have it ready before the end of the year, already feel like I am behind. πŸ˜‰

  3. Sarah M

    July 26, 2013 at 4:33 am

    I’m going to guess that words were added instead of removed. How about 52,800!

  4. Aimee Marie

    July 26, 2013 at 4:54 am

    I’m going to guess 46,000

  5. benmuse663

    July 26, 2013 at 12:01 pm


  6. Bames Kaur Pabla

    July 26, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    50,000 πŸ™‚

  7. Kim Pinch

    July 26, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    I will guess 46517

  8. Karen

    July 26, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    4200 is my guess, I’m sure you can cut at least 10000 words πŸ˜‰

    • Karen

      July 26, 2013 at 3:17 pm

      and then you’ll add a few more back in lol

      • medmcn

        July 26, 2013 at 3:22 pm

        I’ll count that guess as 42000, Karen (unless you meant you thought I could cut 47800 words). πŸ˜‰

  9. Nicole Huffman

    July 26, 2013 at 3:38 pm


  10. tribalcat

    July 26, 2013 at 3:46 pm


  11. Christine

    July 26, 2013 at 5:23 pm


  12. cherylbradshaw

    July 26, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    Stopping in to say hello πŸ™‚

  13. cherylbradshaw

    July 26, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Oh, AND Viva Las Vegas πŸ˜‰

    • medmcn

      July 26, 2013 at 5:40 pm

      Indeed. πŸ˜€

  14. Savannah miller

    July 26, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    hmm I’m going to guess 51888

    Thank you for being part of the hop πŸ™‚

  15. Mother-Earth Book Series

    July 26, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    Fun! I’ll say 49,531. Hopping off!

  16. lynnhubbard

    July 26, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    37896 Glad you’re up!

  17. B. L. Blair

    July 27, 2013 at 12:49 am


  18. Susan Ricci (@Susanjeanricci)

    July 27, 2013 at 4:01 am

    Hi, Ed, I would have thought you the doorman, not the bell hop. Just stopping by to send you best wishes! πŸ™‚

  19. Denise Z

    July 27, 2013 at 6:12 am

    Wow – I am going to guess 51,000 – I have a mental image of you playing tug of war with the editor over the other 211 LOL Thank you for the fun.

  20. Crystal C.

    July 27, 2013 at 10:54 am

    64,000 πŸ˜€

  21. Susan

    July 27, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    My guess is 54, 712

  22. Lori Passaro

    July 27, 2013 at 3:54 pm


  23. Sami Coghill

    July 27, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway! My word count guess is around 52,000

  24. Mary Endersbe

    July 27, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    I feel lucky–49,324. I can tell I am close! Just go ahead and email me at (redacted) when I win, lol! Thanks for the fun blog hop. πŸ™‚

  25. Janice Hougland

    July 27, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    I think the word count would be 47,200. Thanks for participating in the Summer Splash Blog Hop!

  26. Tara Woods

    July 27, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    My guess is 53,411. Thanks for the chance!

  27. Judy Peterson

    July 27, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    I am guessing 59,916 page count

  28. Katie Amanda

    July 27, 2013 at 11:27 pm


  29. Kimberly Mayberry

    July 27, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    I downloaded the first book and I thank you for that free gift! I also shared it on my Facebook wall for my almost 2,000 friends to enjoy, seeing I always share noteworthy books with them. I wish you continued success in your writing career!

    • medmcn

      July 28, 2013 at 4:18 am

      Thanks much, Kimberly. And back at you. πŸ™‚

  30. Barbara Stull

    July 28, 2013 at 12:06 am


    • medmcn

      July 28, 2013 at 4:19 am

      Got the e-mail addy, thanks. πŸ™‚

  31. jmesparza821

    July 28, 2013 at 12:14 am

    My guess is 48,000.

    • medmcn

      July 28, 2013 at 4:20 am

      Yup, my bad for the repeat there – comments don’t show without approval and I was out of the house for a bit, thanks. πŸ™‚

  32. jmesparza821

    July 28, 2013 at 12:17 am

    Didn’t see my comment this is a repeat:

    My guess is 48,000.

  33. olga c

    July 28, 2013 at 12:22 am

    38,633 words…..thanks for being part of the blog!

  34. joe hawkshaw

    July 28, 2013 at 2:45 am


  35. kidisitor

    July 28, 2013 at 3:28 am

    39,013 (Just threw in that 13 cuz I’ve always been fond of the number 13!) πŸ˜€

  36. Ellen Thompson

    July 28, 2013 at 6:18 am

    My guess is 53,627.

  37. Ginger

    July 28, 2013 at 8:20 am

    My guess is 48,222

  38. M A Comley (@Melcom1)

    July 28, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Hi Ed, thanks for taking part in the hop, it’s been fun. x

  39. Liz Woods

    July 28, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    41,000 thank you for the opportunity and blog hop lol.

  40. Marie Phillips

    July 28, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    This epic series looks great! I also write what you might call epic scifi-so far spanning 3 books (3rd is still in 1st draft) and map making and keeping character charts are very helpful! I’d love to win copy for my Kindle!!

    • medmcn

      July 28, 2013 at 4:04 pm

      Help yourself to the first book free, Marie (the Sable City button over there goes to Amazon) ->
      And feel free to guess a number to win the next five four books. πŸ™‚

  41. Tina Connor Myers

    July 28, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    I’m going to say 632 and Thanks for the 1st book..

  42. It's me: VVerity

    July 28, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    I think the final word count will be 53,832. I haven’t a clue if word count typically goes up or goes down but I can’t let the chance to win the series pass me by without at least making a wild guess.

  43. Jolea M. Harrison

    July 28, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    55K I’m going for more not less.

  44. patricefitzgerald

    July 28, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    I tend to add, so I’m going with 47,777 (lots of lucky sevens there)! And here’s what I want to know… what are you wearing as the bellhop? And do we have to give you a tip?

  45. bbrandythornton

    July 28, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    52,267 is my guess!! I’m excited I found a new author!!! πŸ™‚ THANK you for the new book!

  46. Lynsey Peterson

    July 28, 2013 at 8:56 pm


  47. Valerie Rhodes

    July 28, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    I’m gonna guess, 45,500.. Thank you so much for the hop fun.

  48. Deborah Nam-Krane

    July 28, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    Just stopping by to say hello to my fellow… Bell Hops πŸ™‚

  49. Terry Trahan

    July 28, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    I will guess 49,849 words in the edited version. Thanks for participating in the Blog Hop!

  50. BookLady

    July 28, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    My guess is 36,709. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  51. shadowluvs2read

    July 29, 2013 at 1:53 am

    Hi! Thank you for the free read! Woot! Very awesome! Thank you!
    Im gonna guess 49,887

  52. Dominique

    July 29, 2013 at 2:00 am

    37,258 Thanks!

  53. Sadie

    July 29, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    47,373 Going for all odd numbers here.

  54. anthonyjrapino

    July 29, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    I say about 47,672 πŸ™‚

  55. caroldavisluce

    July 29, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    Hey Ed, just checking into your Summer Splash Hop from a fellow hopper!

  56. Gina Meier

    July 30, 2013 at 2:10 am

    46565, no clue really!

  57. bookaholicholly

    July 30, 2013 at 2:46 am


  58. medmcn

    July 30, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Thanks to everybody who entered, should have the post announcing a winner up in about an hour. πŸ™‚


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