The being said, I've made an effort to press on with my current obsession in seeing how A Game of Cat and Horse looks if I insert its chapters into The Rogue King.
No. It basically didn't require much in the way brainpower.
As I predicted, a large chunk of the story (some 20,000 or so words) was added to the initial plot. That's about two-thirds of AGoCaH's story and TRK, a novel teetering between 65 and 66k, is pushed just a little bit closer to a beefier book. Not sure how I feel about that.
What I didn't expect was where those chapters wound up.
Part of me should have. The Rogue King covers about twenty-six years, give or take some months, and AGoCaH travels along that vein ... and even a little bit after. That image over there is a comparison of TRK with and without the other bits. See how all that red and purple explode right in the middle? That's the beginning of A Game of Cat and Horse.
So far, it looks doable. It's not all 100% "here you go, editor" complete (yesh, don't even get me started on how I'd manage to get that phase done). I've got to read it through, see if things still fit and adjust those that don't. Just looking at it, the last couple of chapters before the epilogue may not survive such a read.
And there's a few additional chapters that would be required to smooth things out. I might even rewrite a particular scene in another's pov. Who knows?
So it comes to a different question: What to do about the version already out there? Obviously nothing right now as this might not work out. It'd be easy enough to upload a new version of the ebook with all the necessary whatsits. The paperback* might be harder. If I do go through with this, I'll certainly have to look into that...
I guess I'll just have to wait and see, won't I?
* I guess, on the upside, those signed paperbacks I gave away last year would become limited editions.