Is Length Important

Is length important?

I tend to write short books. I like to read all different lengths, just as I like to read all different genres. But while I write a wide range of genres, so far I have only written novellas and short books.

“Ghostly indulgence” is one of my shortest books.

It’s only a little over 3000 words long, but it’s very hot. For me, this is the kind of length I can read in bed of an evening, before going to sleep—or doing other things! Also, this short means it’s fine to read on a phone if I’m stuck waiting in line or during a commute.

I also keep several shorts like this on my laptop for those boring times when I need to look like I’m working, or be available to answer the phone, but I know if I start a longer book I’ll be called away long before I can finish it.

“Burning For You” is much longer at over 10,000 words. I like this length for lazy weekend afternoons, curled up on the couch, reading, with either a hot chocolate (winter) or a long cold drink (summer) by my side. And this length is still cheap enough to buy to treat myself to several at a time so I can choose what I want to read. Paranormal? Historical? Contemporary? I like to keep a variety of novellas on my laptop so I can choose what I feel in the mood for each time.

I have also published several longer books around 22,000 words. This is the length I like to take on vacation for lazy beach or pool-side reading. Or just to sit under a tree with on a perfect day. The longer the book the more characters and subplots the author can introduce, so that adds to the reading experience.

So what is better: short or longer? Hmm. I’ll take one of each please. But then, I also write ménage.

Ghostly Indulgence: a hot little Halloween read for you


Nurzhan and Spyridion are ghosts. The only night they can become corporeal is All Hallow’s Eve, when they should be busy haunting. Hopefully, there will be some time for fun, as well. They’re determined to get to know each other much better on this one special night. But how can they live a whole year without touching each other again?


The closer it got to Halloween the harder Spyridion tried to think of a way to get up close and personal, in private, with the truly yummy Nurzhan. The problem was, all ghosts were so busy at Halloween. They were supposed to devote themselves to scaring people all night long, yet this was the only time they could become fully corporeal and fuck properly as humans. It hardly seemed fair that on the one night a year they were guaranteed multiple outstanding orgasms, they were fully occupied jumping out of closets and saying “Boo” to unbelieving humans. Although he didn’t want to totally abdicate his duties on that night, surely he could spend an hour or so in bed with the one ghost he desired above all things, Nurzhan. How to set it up was the problem.

Spyridion was in one of his favorite places, sitting on the steeple of St Thomas the Apostle by the Sea Church, looking out over the ocean, when he saw Nurzhan floating toward him. Damn, that man was fuckable. Shoulder-length black hair, silky-soft and swirling around his head. Eyes so deep a brown a man could drown in those sexy, dark pools. And built. Oh yeah, big all over, especially where it counted the most.

Spyridion knew Nurzhan was interested in him. They’d even exchanged a few touches and a kiss, but he wanted a whole lot more than that. And he wanted it the one night of the year when they were both able to become corporeal.

Nurzhan wafted down onto the steeple and settled himself beside Spyridion.

“Hi there. All ready for the big night?” Spyridion asked.

“Yeah, well, um, I’ve been thinking about that.”

“You have? Me too.” Spyridion felt excitement tingle through him. If he’d had a pulse it would have been racing right now.

“I don’t think it’s fair the way we ghosts aren’t recognized for all the hard work we do each All Saint’s Eve. It’s time we stood up for ourselves and made people realize we have rights, too.”

Well, damn. That wasn’t what I was hoping he’d say!

Berengaria Brown


  1. Huh. I like all lengths though I admit I go for the longer ones because I like something to sink my teeth into. :-)

  2. Great post, Berengaria - I'm with you, I'll take one of each (or more!). Shorties are great to devour when you've only got a little time - and at the same time I love the complexity that's possible with a longer work. All the way up to full length, I might add, 70 to 90 K or more!

  3. Hi Anny, You're right that it's hard to get a lot of plot and character development in the shorter length. But so many people are too busy to read longer books.
    Adriana, thank you for coming by and commenting.

  4. Hard to choose. I like the Shorter for the same reasons you do. Yet, I love getting into a longer, deeper story too. I think it all depends on the writing. Whatever length, it has to be a good story.

    Great post!

    Wishing you HAPPY HOLIDAY HUGS, Kari Thomas,