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Congrats, New Year Blog Hop Winners!

new-years-blog-hop-2Thanks to all who entered the 2013 New Year Hop here at the Sable City blog, and took a shot at the question:

<<< How many characters speak at least one line of dialogue in THE SABLE CITY? >>>

And big congratulations to both islandkayaker & Rachel, who both guessed 63 and were thus within one of the right answer, 64. I’ll be e-mailing you both today to arrange just how you would like to receive your prize books of The Norothian Cycle. Thanks to everybody who entered and took part in the overall New Year Hop, and good look with the Grand Prize drawings. 🙂

– Ed McNally. Read the rest of this entry »


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Welcome to the 2013 New Year Hop!

new-years-blog-hop-2Welcome to the epilogue of the Mayan Calendar, and thanks for taking part in the New Year’s Holiday Hop. I’m M. Edward McNally (but you can call me “Ed” <waves>), and this is the homepage for my Epic Fantasy series, The Norothian Cycle. Welcome, and thanks much for hopping by. 🙂

Here is how I am working my giveway, which will be so simple a caveman could do it, assuming the caveman had internet access. Volume One of The Norothian Cycle, The Sable City, is always FREE for all e-book platforms. It weighs in at a bit over 180,000 words (I did say “epic,” right?) and it is the source of my super simple “How many jellybeans in the jar?” style question:

<<<   How many characters speak at least one line of dialogue in THE SABLE CITY?  >>> Read the rest of this entry »


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Book of the Day, Ebook Impresario

miilark knifeThanks much to Ebook Impresario for featuring The Sable City’s Kindle listing as today’s Book of the Day.

And as usual, Sable remains free at all major ebook vendors for all formats. 🙂

Amazon Kindle – Barnes & Noble Nook iTunes – KoboSmashwords


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Free Yakuza! (you heard me)

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Happy 2013, party peoples. 🙂

I thought I would start off the new year with a progress report on The Channel War, the fifth volume of the Norothian Cycle, which will be the next book I release this year. Progress is: Progressing. As readers of the series will know, there are a lot of plot lines interweaving, and various and sundry characters running hither, thither, and yither by Book V, so pulling everything together against the back-drop a multi-theatre intercontinental war takes a bit of doing. My goal is still to have everything good-to-go relatively early in this year of 2013, sooner rather than later. I am trying to be quick, without hurrying. 😉

Now, the fact that some characters are returning to the story after an absence of a book or longer reminded me of something else I may have failed to mention here at the sablecity before. While I have previously “pimped” the short story collections put out by my fellow authors of The Eclective, I am not sure I have said that in some of them, my stories have involved the larger world or some supporting characters from the Norothian Cycle.

For example, in last year’s Halloween Collection – which is available FREE from all ebook retailers including AmazonBarnes & Noble, and Smashwords – my story called “The Village of Those Who Touch the Dead” is something of an origin piece regarding Yu Pao Long; the friendly neighborhood yakuza who travels with John and Rhinanne Deskata throughout book three, The Wind From Miilark. The story can also be read free on Wattpad.

If you haven’t read the story and would like a little something to tide you over until Book V is out, please do feel free to check it out on any convenient venue. And if you haven’t read anything from my fellow Eclectivites before, I reckon the stories in any of the collections may serve as an introduction to something else you might like, as we cover a variety of genres and styles (and thus the name). In any case, Welcome to the New Year, and I look forward to looking forward with you all. 🙂

– Ed


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Congrats, 2012 Holiday Hop WINNER!

CONGARATS Conga rats to the WINNER of the Norothian Cycle via the 2012 Holiday Hop:


Who I, of course, can’t figure out how to contact. 🙂

So here’s the deal Kathy – feel free to leave a comment here with an address or profile through which I can contact you, or you can e-mail me directly at and I will get your e-books in whatever way works best for you. Congratulations, and thanks very much to all who entered. Happy Holidays, all the best to you and yours, and as always, thanks much for reading.

– Ed McNally

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Posted by on December 15, 2012 in giveaways, M. Edward McNally, The Norothian Cycle


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Free Apocalypse! (that sounded weird)

APOCALYPSE_ad_jpgHappy Friday, and just a couple things I’d like to mention today – first off, the newest short story collection from the Eclective is available for FREE today from Amazon (and Amazon UK ). This one is seven stories by seven authors all dealing with The Apocalypse, so we figured we should get it out free this weekend…just in case.
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Second, over on Ed’s Casual Friday at Indies Unlimited, today’s column details some of the signs that you might, in fact, be a writer of Epic Fantasy.

Thanks for stopping by, have a good weekend, and be sure to check out the post immediately below this one to join the Holiday Hop for a chance to win prizes ranging from all the books of the Norothian Cycle, to a Kindle Fire. 🙂


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Win the Norothian Cycle – Holiday Hop

holiday hop 2012HOLIDAY BLOG HOP!!! Ho, ho, ho. (In a good way…)

Hello, I’m M. Edward McNally, but you can call me “Ed” (waves). Welcome to the sablecity’s stop on the 2012 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 four books, with the fifth out early next year. The series stars a feisty Guild-trained adventurer named Tilda Lanai, and I’m gratified to say even non-fantasy fans have thus far found her stories worth reading. So please don’t let the term “epic fantasy” worry you too much. 😉

Volume One, The Sable City, is always FREE for all e-book platforms. It weighs in at a robust 183,076 words and is the longest of the four books available at this time. So here is my simple “How many jellybeans in the jar?” style question:

<<<  What is the total Word Count of the first four books of The Norothian Cycle?  >>>

Feel free to leave a guess here as a comment, and a way you can be reached online (if you are not already posting as a facebook, wordpress, whatever profile). At the conclusion of the blog hop which runs December 10th to 14th, I will select a winner by a careful process of addition and subtraction to calculate the closest answer to the actual word count (guessing higher or lower doesn’t matter, so go nuts).

The closest guess will win something along the lines of A SUBSCRIPTION TO THE NOROTHIAN CYCLE. That is, I will get you e-copies of the existing books in the series ($4.99 each), provided in any of the normal ways: either directly via Kindle “gift,” Smashwords coupon, or just sending the apporpriate files for any kind of e-reader. Whatever works for you. In addition, as each subsequent volume is released, I will send you a copy of that one as well, beginning in early 2013 with Volume V: The Channel War.

That’s all there is to it, just leave a number as a guess, and do remember to check out the main page of the Holiday Hop to visit all the participating blogs, and enter for the Grand Prize packages including (drumroll) A KINDLE FIRE! 

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

Ed McNallysnowflake01


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