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  1. Didi
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    I’m not a choosy reader; I read historical, UF, contemporary, paranormal, sci-fi, etc etc or the mix of any genres. That saying, I don’t read much YA and BDSM. It would depend on the mood when I grab the book, but I believe each and every genre could take me to a good story. 🙂

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    1. AF Henley
      AF Henley at |

      Thanks, Didi! You and me both. *highfives* You’re #1 for the random number generator. ❤️

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  2. susana
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    I love historical, fantasy and paranormal. If you mix them, that is just perfect for me. But I honestly read anything, from conventional romance to BDSM, sci-fi, YA… Anything that catches my attention. What I really love, though, is reading things that surprise me, because they are different and unexpected. So I’m not much into formulaic novels. 😉

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    1. AF Henley
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      I agree so much. If I read something that seems to be following the same old formula I immediately lose interest. 😀 Thanks, Susana! You’re #2 for the random number generator. ❤️

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  3. James Escol
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    Hi, Henley! I read almost everything except intense BDSM novels ’cause I had once read a book which scarred me for life. I was like burned then but thinking ’bout it now, I think I can say that the author did an exceptional job since she managed to rattle me to the core which I think was her actual goal.

    “Almost everything” *winks* includes contemporary, YA, NA, Mystery, historical, fantasy. I love wit, sarcasm & banter too. Like I said, almost everything. ^_^

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    1. AF Henley
      AF Henley at |

      You guys are all so diverse so far! Thanks so much for the feedback, James. You’re #3 for the random number generator. ❤️

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  4. Tanja
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    I like a lot of genres. From contemporary to historical. From BDSM to paranormal, although not Mpreg. It is the writing style and plot that will do it for me.

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    1. AF Henley
      AF Henley at |

      Thanks, Tanja! It will probably sound weird that horror and fantasy are my number one go-tos and then hear me say that I can’t read mpreg because “reality” LOL! But I hang my head in shame and admit that it’s true. I just can’t get there either. XD You’re #4 for the random number generator. ❤️

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      1. Tanja
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        Not weird for me. That is exactly how I look at it.

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  5. Ami
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    I love contemporary, urban fantasy/paranormal, mystery/suspense, and historical. I struggle to read sci-fi, dystopia, YA/NA

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    1. AF Henley
      AF Henley at |

      Thanks for sharing, Ami! That’s an excellent collection of genres. You’re #5 for the random number generator. ❤️

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  6. Lee Todd
    Lee Todd at |

    paranormal, military, fantasy, mystery, sci-fi
    I struggle with historical and YA

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    1. AF Henley
      AF Henley at |

      Thanks, Lee! I never considered military until now… hmm… sound intriguing😊 You’re #6 for the random number generator. ❤️

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  7. p-la
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    I think I’ve have read them all, and enjoy a bit of everything. My tops (so to speak) would be contemporary, military, and anything doing with hockey! My bottoms (heh, really, no puns intended), would be historical, mpreg, and vampires. I think it’s odd that I enjoy wolf and shifter stories but not vampire stories. With a few notable exceptions, I tend to steer clear of three some or moresome stories. I do love the first time or even gay for you stories. Westerns don’t usually draw me in either.

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    1. AF Henley
      AF Henley at |

      Excellent pun, regardless of intention! 😊 Thanks for sharing! You’re #7 for the random number generator. ❤️

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  8. lisa44837
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    I’m an equal opportunity reader & will read from any sub-genre although my least favorite are BDSM (too many that I think are bad so I stick to authors I trust now) & NA/YA.

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    1. AF Henley
      AF Henley at |

      I can imagine that. BDSM is hard to write. I’ve done it once, and not for publication. Then I quit while I was ahead. Thanks for reading and commenting, Lisa! You’re #8 for the random number generator. ❤️

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  9. dee
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    I’d say it depends on a few factors, what I like to read. What mood am I in? Do I like the author? Does the blurb sound appealing? In general, I’m pretty openminded. There are a few SF tropes I don’t like, I try to avoid religion-based books and I’m a bit squirmish, when it comes to horror stories.
    Paranormal and mystery almost always work for me. I enjoy a good shifter story here and there (with or without mpreg), especially if it’s an unusual pairing. And fantasy (urban or high) is also pretty far up on my list.

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    1. AF Henley
      AF Henley at |

      Thanks so much for sharing that, Dee! I appreciate the feedback. You’re #9 for the random number generator. ❤️

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  10. debby236
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    I am a mood reader and am really into shifters right now.

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    1. AF Henley
      AF Henley at |

      Very interesting. It really is huge right now too. Thanks very much, debby236! You’re #10 for the random number generator. ❤️

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  11. duncanhusky
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    Paranormal is definitely my favorite, focusing on shifters. I also enjoy the occasional foray into other subgenres though, including fantasy, and contemporary (with hurt/comfort being a guilty pleasure).

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    1. AF Henley
      AF Henley at |

      Well since I already know of you, that doesn’t surprise me. But I can imagine anyone reading the comments thinking, “with that icon, I guess so!” 😊 Thanks for reading and commenting, duncanhusky! You’re #11 for the random number generator. ❤️

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  12. Jack Frost
    Jack Frost at |

    Well to tell the truth, and you’ve already heard me rail on this, I don’t like romance novels. xD You got me into them, and I have staunchly, if childishly, refused to branch out. So my dislike is mostly fueled by misunderstandings and stereotypes.

    In general I prefer fantasy books. But this, for me, relies on it not being a subgenre. You lose too much by shoving the world to the back to accommodate the romance.

    Your Wolf, W.Y. series does a really good job, in my opinion, of setting up a world while still managing to make the romance the central focus. The way you ended the last book was brilliant. So i know it’s not always the case. Especially when the author is really good at what they do. And maybe it comes out better in series where you can build out the world over several books.

    But yeah. In general I love fantasy novels. And your shifter novels pulled me in quickly and held me the whole way through. Anything that takes me away from regular life if high on my list.

    Romance-wise, anything you put out. I read. Brand loyalty is a strong thing. 😀

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    1. AF Henley
      AF Henley at |

      Here I was going to be all. BWAHAHA THAT IS BECAUSE I’M EVIL! And then I continued reading and was all… Awwwwww! Thanks very much, Frosty. You are too kind. You’re also #12 for the random number generator. ❤️

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  13. drawboy
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    Writing science fiction can be a tricky thing. In my opinion it is not enough to just put a romance story into a future setting but for making it really work the what is happening between two people has to be related to the future world they are living in. Exile, whilst being dystopian, did a marvelous job on this! 😃 The sci-fi movies from the 70s or the horror movies from the 50s are a good example when they wrapped political, sociological, or scientific problems or criticism of the contempary time back then into a future setting.

    I would never have thought that a paranormal shifter story would spark any interest to me but your Wolf series is just plain brilliant!

    Since I always loved history classes back in school and still enjoy history that would certainly pique my interest. But that subgenre, like sci-fi, would have to be in context with the respective past it is playing out. Why did people act like they do? Why did they think the way they do back then? How was their view on the world around them influenced?

    And contemporary is always great because that is the time we are living in because like the stories or plots of movies back then it allows for pointing out the problems or social etiquette our own time has and wonder why things are the way they are.

    But, again this is my own opinion, no matter what subgenre you write, the most important thing is? Believable, relatable, and likeable protagonists, despicable antagonists, and a good story arch are the most important thing? Regardless of the subgenre, a story is always about people.

    And with that, I know no matter what you write, any subgenre is always in good hands with you because you are brilliant on understanding the human nature (again, look how you made Wolf working so perfectly and believable!)!

    And was it not Stephen King who said that you have to write first and foremost for yourself? I think that has more wisdom than meets the eye because I believe that an author is his own worst critique.

    Thank you very much for this post, buddy! 😃

    ❤️

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    1. AF Henley
      AF Henley at |

      Dude! The original Star Trek TV shows will always be my sci-fi go to! 😃 Such a perfect blend of ideals and cool ideas. As always, thank you for you kindness, my friend. You’re lucky #13 for the random number generator. ❤️

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  14. ELF
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    I like contemporary romance and paranormal but i have’t quite managed to suspend disbelief enough to become fond of m preg stories. Congrats on the new release and thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. AF Henley
      AF Henley at |

      I can completely understand that. Thank you so much for your kind comment and for sharing, ELF! You’re #14 for the random number generator. ❤️

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  15. nicki442
    nicki442 at |

    SO glad to hear an author preach as I do; write what’s in your head, not to cater to some perceived audience. I lose respect for, and immediately stop reading anything further from, authors that are obviously switching from their usual trope or genre in order to sell books. Trends come and go, and should not be a factor in the author’s work. After all, a trend has to START somewhere, right?

    I’m a die-hard paranormal fan (especially vampires, demons, werewolves, and shifters) but recently (since I began reading M/M romances actually) have enjoyed contemporary. I do not normally like YA/NA because I am beyond those years by decades, but have read a few in the M/M genre that I liked, seeing how folks come to understand their sexuality. I’m not into mpreg or aliens with tentacles, because for me that’s beyond my ability of acceptance, too far removed from the realm of the remotely possible.

    Thanks for the opportunity to score one of your books!

    nick442.nrs@gmail.com

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    1. AF Henley
      AF Henley at |

      Amen! *highfives* On a side note/random reference (and not to pimp him because he gets enough of that with people more important than me by far) but that’s one of the reasons I like Joe Hill so much. His ideas are so fresh and weird that they feel like their own sub-genre altogether. Thanks for sharing, nicki442! You’re #15 for the random number generator. ❤️

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  16. canuckiegillian
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    I’m pretty sure I’d never be able to pick one sub-genre, but on the whole I tend to stick with contemporary, historical and a bit of PNR. As far as I’m concerned, there are only a few authors who write UF they way I like it, but when it’s done right, I’m all over it. Like others have mentioned, though, it entirely depends on my mood. One thing I always like, though, are MC’s who are engaging and funny. It doesn’t have to be a laugh a minute, but if you can give me a few well-placed chuckles, I am putty in the author’s hand.

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    1. AF Henley
      AF Henley at |

      Authors love puttified readers! LOL! Thanks very much for sharing, canuckiegillian. *highfives fellow Canuck* You’re #16 for the random number generator. ❤️

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  17. heath0043
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    I read almost anything depending on my mood. My favorites are shifter, contemporary, mpreg, and light bdsm. that’s not to say I don’t read almost everything else(except dystopian)which I never really got into.

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    1. AF Henley
      AF Henley at |

      Excellent, thank you for the feedback, heath0043. 😃 You’re #17 for the random number generator. ❤️

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  18. 16forward
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    Wow! I love reading all the responses from above… As for myself;

    I don’t read horror, BDSM, or most historical.
    Occasionally I’ll read a few YA, fantasy, sci fi (with aliens), and shifters (generally not mpreg though.)
    I prefer contemporary, mystery/suspense, and paranormal.

    I read based on reviews, authors I prefer and good story plots.
    If I start a series, and the characters and theme draw me in, I’ll read them all. Supporting characters can really make a story/series.

    I like characters who are sensitive and willing to open up to their friends and lovers. Macho only goes so far!

    Humor is a definite plus.

    I love exploring the work of ‘new’ authors and give them a chance.

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    1. AF Henley
      AF Henley at |

      You and me both, 16forward! I love how diverse everyone is, and yet we all manage to converge around one ideal about love and acceptance. Thank you for adding to such an amazing chat! You’re #18 for the random number generator. ❤️

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  19. Trix
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    I tend to like contemporaries best (though the only historicals I’ve enjoyed have been m/m), usually friends-to-lovers involving teammates, bandmates, or roommates. I also like themes involving hockey, art, or food…

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    1. AF Henley
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      I love those, too. Friends to lovers just feels good. Lots of warm and fuzzy, at least for me. Thank you for sharing, Trix! You’re #19 for the random number generator. ❤️

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  20. L. Wynter | 菈文德雯特
    L. Wynter | 菈文德雯特 at |

    I don’t touch romance. I quite dislike the genre. Obviously I read yours, and yours makes it into one of… *holds up fingers on one hand with a couple tucked in to spare* this many I read.

    I’m a fan of serial fiction because I love the extra details of worlds, characters and their backgrounds, and anything else extra that makes it more real than a stand-alone. Don’t get me wrong, I do read stand alone novels as well, but those are outnumbered about 3:1 against the serials in my collection.

    Sub-genres… Fantasy first and foremost and in spades.

    Paranormal ranks after, but I avoid vampires like the black plague (any one of four,none of them are nice) unless there is a very good reason to get into them, which you provided in your Wolf Series.

    I also enjoy folklore novels that deal with celestial entities, deities, creatures of Fae, but in my culture, they’re not typically thrown into the fantasy genre. They stand on their own, but the two genres can easily co-mingle depending on how “pure” one keeps to folklore.

    Once in a while I dabble into mystery. I look for adventure in my stories, or the ability to peak my curiosity. Sometimes it’s the story. Sometimes it’s the characters. It can be both.

    Any of the above can also be within the Young Adult and/or Children’s books.

    I rarely dabble in science fiction. It’s not a favored genre for me. I’m more magic and natural ability than machines and technology, although I’ve read a book or two that blended those elements quite well.

    I don’t touch horror. It doesn’t call to me as a genre.

    I like books that make me think about anything and everything. I want to read things that make me dash to the laptop to do a search. I like elements in different worlds or our same world challenging me to understand how good can be bad, bad can be good, and why it is we keep needing to find some sort of balance. Make me think. Engage me (not as a first person or a second person), and there’s a greater chance of me loving it and recommending it.

    And look, I over did the reply.

    Thank you for posting! <3

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    1. AF Henley
      AF Henley at |

      Aww, thank you for that! And you could never overdo it. It’s a great comment and shares tons. Thank you for taking the time to consider it and reply. You’re #20 for the random number generator. ❤️

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  21. H.B.
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    I’ll actually read any genre but my favorites are: shifter/paranormal/fantasy, contemporary and sci-fi.

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  22. Toni
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    My favorite is probably fantasy but I read so many genres: historical, paranormal, contemporary, sci-fi…

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  23. Erryn Barratt
    Erryn Barratt at |

    I love contemporary and BDSM.

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  24. Loren
    Loren at |

    Hi!, I like steampunk, historical, fantasy and contemporany genres, I’d like to love sci-fi but due a movie (A.I) I feel this genre unappealing for me and that’s sad because I’m missing stories that would be a winner for me….

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