What we will not write

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We all have our limits.

Your favorite bestselling authors are a creative group. They explore more than one genre, and often find places where genres overlap, like romantic mysteries or historical fantasy.

But there are some places even these intrepid scribes won’t go.

DelSheree Gladden

Young adult, new adult, romance, fantasy and more

For me, I stay away from anything historical, not because I don’t enjoy history but because the level of research required is something I don’t have the time or patience for.

Read our latest sample of what DelSheree writes.

Alan McDermott

Action thrillers

I don’t think I’ll ever write anything other than thrillers, simply because that’s the only genre that interests me.  It’s not that I have anything against romance, or horror, or science fiction, but to know your genre you have to have read a lot of it, and those just aren’t the kind of books I would buy.

Read our latest sample of Alan’s writing.

Gae-Lynn Woods

Mystery and thriller

I don’t think I could write science fiction. I’m amazed at authors who can create new worlds and technologies, but I don’t think I’ve got that kind of creativeness in me.

Read our latest sample of what Gae-Lynn writes.

Toby Neal

Mystery, thriller, romance and memoir

I could never write horror. I am too easily creeped out! I’d scare myself!

Read our latest sample of what Toby writes.

Kayla Dawn Thomas

Romance and romantic comedy

I would never consider writing graphic horror. I get weirded out easily, and letting those kinds of images loose in my head would wreck me.

Read a sample of Kayla’s writing.

Samreen Ahsan

Historical fantasy and paranormal romance

For me, I’d never think of trying science fiction because I know my mind doesn’t work that way. It just wouldn’t work. Another genre is horror. I personally don’t enjoy horror movies, nor reading it so I would also not think of scaring my readers as well.

Get a taste of Samreen’s writing.

David C. Cassidy

Horror

I couldn’t write legal or military thrillers. While I love to watch movies of that type, I couldn’t write them if I tried. I really admire those who can.

Are you brave enough to sample David’s stories?

Caleb Pirtle III

Thriller, literary fiction and memoir

I could never write fantasy although I love to read it. I just don’t have the patience to build worlds and create cultures that don’t exist.

Enjoy this sample of Caleb’s writing.

M.L. Doyle

Military mystery, fantasy, memoir and erotica

While I have helped other women veterans write their memoirs, I will never write a memoir of my life. I have had lots of ups and downs, excitement and loss, joys and accomplishments, but I far prefer to use those experiences in a factionalized way than to lump it all together in the story of my life. I truly admire those who can sit down and put their life on paper for the world to see. The idea of spending hour after hour recounting my story sounds worse to me than wearing a hair shirt over a third degree burn.

Read the latest sample of Mary’s writing.

Raine Thomas

Young adult and new adult fiction and romance

I’m a person who never says never! I’ve already written and co-written books in several genres I never thought would interest me, including Sci-Fi, military historical, and nonfiction business. If a story enters my mind and I feel the passion to write it, I will!

Read the latest sample of Raine’s writing.

Scott Bury

Biography, mystery and historical fantasy

For me, I think it would have to be Highland romance, because if I were to write another romance, it would have to be satirical, and I think satirical Highland romances have probably been overdone already.

Read a sample of Scott’s writing.

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Thursday teaser: The Collection

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Romantic comedy by Kayla Dawn Thomas

Tequila twang hit the back of my throat. Fighting the urge to grimace and twitch, I grabbed my glass of orange juice and took a slug. The alcohol warmed all the way down while the juice softened the blow. I smiled at the bartender, signaling I needed another round.

A short man with wide shoulders, a thick neck, and beefy arms took the stool beside mine. He looked like a brick. His hair was buzzed so short on his squarish head, it almost hid the gray beginning to sprinkle through it, and a close-fitting gray t-shirt created the illusion of a younger man. But I had an eye for male smoke and mirrors.

The bartender brought him a beer from the tap. He took a sip and then looked over at me and my fresh glasses of tequila and orange juice. “Interesting combo,” he said. Then his eyes slid over my fitted, white halter dress. He didn’t know the tie was cutting into my neck. I’d cinched it down tight in a desperate attempt to keep the girls corralled. I never knew when I’d have to launch into action.

“It works,” I replied. I had no desire to get into a conversation with this guy. I had a job to finish tonight. I checked the time on my phone. My “let him sweat break” was almost over, and there was no doubt in my mind Mr. Mendoza was sweating right now. I tipped back my second shot.

The Brick ordered a tequila and orange juice for himself and a round for me. What the hell. My job barely bordered on legal, so why not drive a little tipsy while I was at it.

We clinked shot glasses. I sipped my orange juice and watched him experience the combo for the first time. He smacked his lips. “Pretty damn good. Thanks for the tip.”

“Thanks for the drink,” I said, reaching for my purse.

“I’ve seen you in here before. I just haven’t been brave enough to approach you,” the Brick said.

I glanced over to where his left hand rested on the bar, noticing the white tan line in place of a wedding ring.

He ran a hand over his buzz cut as an excuse to flex his biceps. I pressed my lips together to suppress a laugh. Over the last couple of years, I’d learned a lot about the antics guys use to impress women. When one took a moment to dissect them, they became outright hilarious.

“Can I order you another round?”

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“No. I have to get back to work.”

His eyes bugged a little. “You get to drink on the job?”

“I work for myself.”

He nodded like he got it, but I doubted he did. Next thing I knew, he was setting one of his meaty paws on my forearm. Despite its size, his touch was gentle. “Look, I can’t let you go before I ask you something.”

“Shoot.” I was pretty sure I knew what was coming. This wasn’t my first rodeo. In fact, these moments were what kept my HOA fees paid and expensive bags on my shoulder.

“I’m a personal trainer.” That explained the muscles. “And to keep up on what’s new in the industry, I go to conferences a few times a year. There’s one in Chicago next weekend.” He kept his eyes on the thumb stroking my arm. Aw, he was nervous.

“Anyway, I would love it if you came with me.” With the words out, he felt brave enough to look me in the eye.

“Is that so?” I arched one of my expertly waxed brows. Had his wife attended any of these conferences?

A flush spread across his cheeks, and he moved his hand to my hip. “Yeah.”

My phone dinged, signaling a new text message. I glanced at it. Mrs. Mendoza was ready for her delivery.

“I’ll think about it,” I said. “Do you have a card?”

While I paid for my first two rounds, he whipped out his wallet and eagerly slipped a card for a well-known meathead gym into my hand. “Call me.”

“Oh, I will,” I said, turning so his hand grazed my butt. I gave my hips an extra little wiggle as I left the bar. He’d hear from me, but Mrs. Brick would hear from me first.

The Collection

Think twice before you slip off that ring, boys.

Arriving at her parents’ house for an impromptu visit, Jenna Ray gets her own surprise when she finds her father lip locked with a strange woman. Then, her brother-in-law defiles her sister’s car with a waitress in a parking lot. Jenna Ray snaps the night she discovers her mentor with his receptionist wrapped around his waist and proceeds to dump the guy in nothing but his boxers at his wife’s feet. Discovering her hidden talent to seduce, Jenna walks away from her IT career and reinvents herself as a vigilante seeking justice for women who are too tired and hurt to stand up for themselves.

A side effect of the job is losing her ability to trust any man. So, when she finds herself getting lost in Thad Benson’s hypnotic blue eyes, Jenna fights the attraction with all she’s got. But Thad’s a patient man, who’s up to the challenge of taming Jenna.

With a cast of quirky friends, clients, and family, the Jenna Ray Stories will have you laughing and cringing at Jenna’s predicaments.

Get it on Amazon.

Kayla Dawn Thomas

has been telling stories since she could talk, telling her wild tales to a jump rope until she learned to read and write. Her mother was relieved when she made the transition to paper.

Today Kayla writes contemporary romance, weaving her experiences growing up on a cattle ranch into her work as well as whatever is striking her funny bone or curiosity at the moment. When Kayla isn’t writing she enjoys swimming, reading, and spending time with her husband, daughter, and two dogs.

Learn more about Kayla and her books at her

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