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Summer Splash Blog Hop WINNER!

CongratulationsCongrats to MARY ENDERSBE for winning this stop of the 2013 Summer Splash Blog Hop!

Mary’s answer to the question: “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?” was 49,324 was only 348 words off the actual answer of 48,976. That might seem like I cut a bit over 2000 words off the first draft, though actually I think I probably cut about twelve-thousand, then added another ten. Writing! 😉

Thanks much to all who entered, and to all who downloaded The Sable City while it is free, I hope it is enjoyed. I will go ahead and redact e-mail addresses from the entries so they are not floating around the interwebs forever. Thanks for hopping by everybody, and congratulations, Mary. I’ll be in contact soon, and get your books to you. 🙂

Ed McNally

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Posted by on July 30, 2013 in giveaways, The Norothian Cycle, Writing


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Summer Splash Blog Hop

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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