Doggone Mess worked out to be just shy of 146,000 words before editorial. To give you an idea, the original version was closer to 35,000 words.
It is entirely up to readers if they choose to only read the Dirty Deeds 1 edition of the book, but let’s just say a lot can–and does–happen in the additional 111,000 words of story. I’m really pleased with the book. As a reminder, Doggone Mess will be increasing in price to $7.99 early in its release week, so if you’re on a budget, please mark May 16, 2023 on you calendar so you can take advantage of the $6.99 preorder price.
I believe that officially makes Doggone Mess the longest of the Magical Romantic Comedy (with a body count) novels.
For the curious, Hoofin’ It comes in at second place at 135,000 words.
Oh, hell, why not! Here’s the Magical Romantic Comedy (with a body count) series by word count, rounded because I feel like it! (In whatever order I found them / opened them on my computer.)
Playing with Fire: 112,000 words.
Hoofin’ It: 136,000 words.
Hearth, Home, and Havoc: 25,000 words.
Serial Killer Princess: 53,000 words.
Whatever for Hire: 112,000 words.
Cheetahs Never Win: 95,000 words.
Plaidypus: 95,000 words.
Catnapped: 101,000 words.
Grave Humor: 86,000 words.
Murder Mittens: 92,000 words.
Double Trouble: 58,000 words.
No Kitten Around: 96,000 words.
A Chip on Her Shoulder: 91,000 words.
Blending In: 71,000 words.
(Whispered) Please stop saying the books are short, please, I beg you. Please. Except for Hearth, Home, and Havoc. That’s legitimately a novella. (Please.) Generally, full-length novels begin at 50,000 words.
If I missed one, please don’t complain about it… I found most of them, and it’s a bit of a pain to get them all opened. ^^;
Have a great day, and may the slightly earlier release date for Vampire of Montana please you!