I've finished rereading my manuscript. Honestly, I can't find any place to cut out a substantial number or words. I've looked. Got rid of 2k+ but that's about it.
So, it'll have to be for someone else. I think I'll send it out to Kensington first (even if they don't send rejections if they don't want it). But not until the crit group has its way with it.
I'm beginning to look at a wip in my files for a possible HQ Blaze. I was working on it last summer but I think if I finish it off it would easily be within the word count and it's spicy enough.
So, thems my plans.
Now off to make manicotti.