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Friday, October 31, 2014

Author Interview with Quanie Miller


When I read the first comment about being Blitzed I was surprised! Me, really?! WOOT! WOOT! :D

Today I have the wonderful Quanie Miller on Write with Fey. She recently came out with her new paranormal novel, The New Mrs. Collins. And on top of that she's a new mommy! Congratulations, Quanie, on your bundle of joy and your book! 

Now let's get started.


Please tell us about your current release, Quanie.

My novel is called The New Mrs. Collins. It’s a paranormal novel set in Louisiana about this woman who suspects that there’s something otherworldly about her son’s new stepmother. She goes digging for answers and discovers too late that some secrets are better left buried. 

Book Blurb:

In the small town of Carolville, Louisiana, no one knows that Adira Collins inherited mystic powers from her great grandmother. All they know is that she’s beautiful, poised, graceful, and ruthless—especially when it comes to love. And no one knows that more than Leena Williams, who was all set to marry the man of her dreams until Adira swooped into town and stole the man’s heart.

Being left at the altar is bad enough, but Leena and her ex share custody of their son, so she has to see the new Mrs. Collins on a regular basis. And it burns every time she does. But soon, Leena starts to suspect that there is more to Adira Collins than meets the eye. And it’s not because she owns some kinky lingerie shop or allegedly insulted the pastor’s wife—it’s the strange way she can make a door close without touching it, or take one look at something and make it drop dead at her feet.

Leena starts digging for answers and soon discovers that, unlike her public persona, Adira’s true nature is somewhere on the other side of grace. She also learns, a little too late, that some secrets are better left buried. 

Title: The New Mrs. Collins
Author: Quanie Miller
Genre: Paranormal
Release Date: October 13, 2014

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1.    What inspired you to write this book?

I got this image in my head of a woman standing next to a lake ringing out a towel. There was just something about her that screamed mystery, so I put her on the page to find out!

2. And it's a good thing you did! Why did you choose the setting for The New Mrs. Collins?

     I'm from a small Louisiana town so it was natural for me to set The New Mrs. Collins in a similar setting. 

3. I love small towns as book settings! What would men find irresistible about your heroine?

     I think men would find Leena beautiful but not only that, she is very matter of fact. She doesn’t play coy and lets you know exactly how she feels. Plus, she can bake a sweet potato pie that’ll bring you to your knees! And who can resist a good pie?.  

4. Not I! Which actors would play your heroine in a movie?

     I get this question a lot and I’d have to say Taraji Henson or Jill Scott. Two of my absolute faves!

5. What would we find in your heroine’s purse if we went snooping?

    You’d most likely find a picture of her over active six year old son, Corie.

6.    What are a few things we would find in or on your desk?

I’m writing this as I look at my desk: a pacifier, a gift bag, a wine glass, an exercise DVD, a flash drive, a pen, a Chick Filet coupon for free coffee, an old library card, and a penny.

7.     A pacifier. I love that! How old were you when you read your first paranormal book? What was it?

Oh, Goodness! I was probably around ten or eleven (can’t say for certain), and it was probably something by R.L. Stine.

8.     Share three random facts about you.

1. I’m a reality TV show junky.
2. I just got a smart phone two weeks ago. Before that, when I’d pull out my old dinosaur of a phone, people would go, “Wow!” and stare at it in amazement.
3. I’m probably the only person on the planet who trips getting inside of her own car!

9.     I still have a dinosaur phone! What lessons did you learn early in your writing career?

I learned that you should get as much feedback on your work as possible so that you can learn what you do well and hone that.

10.  Share your advice to new writers.

Hone your craft, find your voice, and believe in yourself.


Author Bio:

Quanie Miller grew up in New Iberia, Louisiana. She fell in love with reading at an early age and spent most of her time at the Iberia Parish Library discovering authors like R.L. Stine and Christopher Pike (she was often found walking back home from the library with a stack of books that went up to her chin). She holds degrees from Louisiana State University and San Jose State University. She has been the recipient of the James Phelan Literary Award, the Louis King Thore Scholarship, the BEA Student Scriptwriting Award, and the Vicki Hudson Emerging Writing Prize. She is the author of The New Mrs. Collins, a southern paranormal novel, and It Ain't Easy Being Jazzy, a romantic comedy. She lives in South Carolina with her husband and is currently, as always, working on another novel. To find out more about Quanie and her works in progress visit quanietalkswriting.com.

AUTHOR LINKS:
Twitter: @quaniemiller
Email: quanie@quanietalkswriting.com


Thank you for telling us all about your fabulous new book, Quanie! I for one can't wait to read it!

Please leave Quanie (and her baby girl) some love! :)

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!


203 comments:

  1. Congrats, Quanie. There's often a wine glass on my desk, too.

    Happy Blitz day, Chrys.

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    1. When I read your comment, L. Diane, I was shocked! I'm being Blitzed? *Looks around.* Are you sure? Yippee! :D

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  2. I spent nine years in Louisiana and been through New Iberia plenty of times. The book definitely sounds intriguing! Thank you for introducing Quanie to us with your excellent interview.

    BTW....BOO! You're on the receiving end of a Halloween BLITZ. Enjoy. :)

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    1. Oh, wow! I don't run across many people who are familiar with New Iberia! And many thanks for the congrats:)

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    2. I'm glad you enjoyed the interview, DL! And thank you! This special Halloween Blitz sure did shock me. ;)

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  3. Congrats to Quanie!
    I love that closing line: "Hone your craft, find your voice, and believe in yourself." I've visited Quanie's blog. She has an amazing writing voice!
    Happy Blog Blitz Day, Chrys!
    Enjoy!

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  4. Chrys, thanks so much for hosting me today!

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    1. You're very welcome! And how lucky are you? I had no idea I was going to be Blitzed today. That's extra exposure for you! :D

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  5. Congrats Quanie on a wonderful book, I know it will be a success,
    Also thanks to Chrys for a wonderful interview, most enjoyable to read.

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  6. Wow! Sounds like a great read. Congrats Quanie.

    Happy Halloween Chrys, and happy Blitz Day!

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  7. I'll take a sweet potato pie!
    Congratulations, Quanie.
    And happy Blitz Day, Chrys!

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  8. To Quanie: congratulations! To Chrys: Happy Blitz Day!
    Happy Halloween to you both!

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    1. Happy Halloween, Beverly! And thank you! :)

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    2. Happy Halloween to you too, Beverly!

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  9. Saying it how it is, is sure a good thing. Ouch to the tripping in the car haha

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    1. It sure is a good thing. Thanks for stopping by for Quanie's interview, Pat!

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    2. "Ouct to tripping in the car." You're telling me? LOL!

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  10. Congratulations Quanie on the baby and the book!
    And happy blitz day Chrys :)
    xx

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  11. Happy Blitz Day, Chrys! And congratulations to Quanie on the baby and the book! :)

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  12. Hello Chrys, happy blitz day! Quanie has two wonderful things to celebrate, both new births. Congratulations.

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  13. That is a very cool cover!

    Happy Blitz Day! Hope you enjoy it!

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    1. Thank you, Sherry! I still can't believe I'm being Blitzed. :D

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  14. I LOVE this cover!!! What a GREAT interview and makes me want to go out and get the novel. Thanks, really, for sharing Quanie with us. Enjoy your Blitz day and Happy Halloween! Quanie, congratulations on your new little one and your novels!

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    1. I hope it does make you go out and get Quanie's book! ;) Thank you, Lisa!

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    2. Thank you, Lisa! I hope that if you do get the novel, you enjoy it:)

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  15. Fantastic interview. Dinosaur phone? I don't even own a cell phone. That freaks people out these days! *LOL* Good luck to Quanie. The book sounds fabulous.

    Happy Halloween and Happy Blitz Day, Chrys! :)

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    1. You don't own a cell phone? Then I guess I'm one step ahead of you with my dinosaur phone. Haha! Happy Halloween, Christine! And thank you! :)

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    2. Thanks, Christine! And I can't believe you don't own a cellphone!

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  16. Wonderful interview Quanie! Happy Halloween!!

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  17. Happy Blitz Day, Chrys. And your book sounds awesome, Quanie! I can't wait to get a copy.

    -RB

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    1. Thank you, RB! And I sure hope you get a copy of Quanie's book. It's sure to be an amazing read! :D

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  18. Congratulations on your book and bundle of joy, Quanie. How wonderful! And I keep seeing this book around and it sounds so great - going on my TBR list right now.
    Hi, Chrys!

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    1. Hi, Julie! I'm so glad you're adding Quanie's book to your TBR list. :D

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    2. Thanks, Julie! If you get a chance to read it, I hope you enjoy it! :)

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  19. Congrats to Quanie! The book sounds incredible!

    Happy Halloween Blitz!

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  20. HUGE congrats, Quanie! You're doing double birthing duty, eh? I'll be joining the club soon. This book is on the list.

    Chrys, you totally deserve a blitz! ;)

    Unleashing the Dreamworld

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    1. She sure is doing double birthing duty! ;)

      Thank you, Crystal! I'm so happy you think so. :D

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    2. What! Congrats, Crystal! And thanks for putting my book on your list. Whoop!

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  21. You are totally deserving of the blitz, Chrys. Enjoy it. And congrats again to Quanie!

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    1. Thank you so much, Kelly! I'm still thinking my blitz is some kind of a mistake. lol

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  22. It's a beautiful cover! Great interview!

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  23. Best of luck to Quanie! Sounds like a very interesting book and love the cover. Have a Happy Blitz Day! :D

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  24. Nice interview! Fellow veggie person here & author for kids/teens :-) Happy Blitz! Off to follow you on your other social media...

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    1. Hi, Christina! It's always nice to meet another veggie person. :D Thank you for the follows!

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  25. Quaine, your cover is gorgeous! Chrys, happy blitz day!

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    1. Her cover sure is gorgeous. It's my favorite cover this year. :) Thank you, A.B.!

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  26. That skirt on the cover is too cool!

    Quaine and Chris, Happy Blitz Day to you both!

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    1. Don't you just love it?

      Thank you, Theresa! :D

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    2. I know, right? It's my favorite thing about the cover:)

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  27. Happy Blitz day. Congrats to Quanie. I enjoy books set in the deep south and small towns.

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    1. So do I, Susan. And thank you!

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    2. Me too, Susan! It's one of the reasons why I wrote the book:)

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  28. Looks like something I would love to read... all the best to Quanie. Special shout out BLITZ-style to Chris "Muhaha"... now I would love it if all you guys would stop over to my house, being the last day and all...

    Jeremy [Retro]

    There's no earthly way of knowing.
    Which direction we are going!
    HOLLYWOOD NUTS!

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  29. Great interview, Chrys! Have a Bootastic Blitz Day!!!

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    1. Thank you, Zan! I am having a BOOtastic Blitz. :D

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  30. Hi Chrys. It's great that you are featuring Quanie of your Blitz Day. Her book looks wonderful. Congrats!

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    1. I actually had no idea I was going to be Blitzed today because the email didn't pop into my inbox for some reason, but I'm happy it's her interview up today. I want her to get extra attention for her book. :)

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  31. I love Louisiana - it's such a perfect setting for mystical/otherworldly stories! Happy blitz day!

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    1. It sure is a perfect setting. Thank you, Julie!

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  32. Lovely interview--and much success to Quanie with her release :) Happy Blitz Day!

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    1. I'm glad you liked the interview, Guilie! And thank you! :)

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  33. Love the contents of Quanie's desktop, and her book sounds amazing. Happy blitz day, and a very happy halloween to you both. Wonder what costume that new baby is in?

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    1. If Quanie is dressing up her baby girl today, I bet the costume will be adorable. Thank you, Barb! Happy Halloween!

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  34. Congratulations to Quanie, happy Halloween, and happy Blitz Day!

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    1. Happy Halloween, Carrie-Anne! And thank you!

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  35. The premise is great, because exes often view their former partners new love interests with suspicion anyway. Making your antagonist paranormal and sinister takes full advantage of that mystique. Good luck with the book, Quanie, and thanks for the interview, Chrys!

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    1. I love the premise of Quanie's book, too. I'm glad you enjoyed the interview, Kim!

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  36. Ain't Quanie the lucky guest.

    It's like she's getting blitzed too!

    Happy Blitz Day to you'all.

    Lee
    Tossing It Out

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    1. She sure is! And I'm glad it happened this way. :D Thank you, Arlee!

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  37. Ooooh - Quanie's new book sounds spooktacular; I love the south, and all of the folklore that comes with it! Happy Blitz Day to the both of you! Cheers, marci :D

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    1. Doesn't it sound amazing? Thank you, Marci! :D

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  38. I've admired her cover elsewhere. It's really beautiful and mysterious. Happy Blitz Day!

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    1. I've admired her cover since she revealed it, too, C Lee! Thank you!

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  39. Sounds like a creepy little number.... Happy Blitz Day!

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    1. Which is why it was perfect for today. ;) Thank you, Kate!

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  40. Very well written piece and I love the sound of Quanie's book as well! Happy Blitz Day to you both!!

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  41. Happy Halloween and Happy Blitz Day!
    I have been enjoying your blog since the A to Z challenge.

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    1. Happy Halloween, Timothy! And thank you for your support! :D

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  42. Sounds spooky and entirely appropriate for this time of year (or any other time, really)! Happy Blitz Day!

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  43. Intriguing cover that's lush with color. Congrats on the book and the baby!

    And Happy Blog Blitz Day to Chris (and Quanie)!

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    1. I love the colors, too. Thank you, Connie!

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  44. Congrats Quani, thats and awesome cover.

    Happy Blitz day Chris :)

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  45. This book sounds like the perfect Halloween read! Yikes:)
    It's also a perfect blog for a spooky greeting... Boo! You've been blitzed!!

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    1. It's the black background, isn't it? ;) Thank you!

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  46. I always feel so grateful that I didn't get fully infected with the writing bug until after my kids were out of diapers -- I greatly admire writers with babies for the gigantic discipline they must posses. This sounds like a fantastic premise. Congrats Quanie & thanks for the interview, Fey!

    Happy Blitz Day!

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    1. I admire what Quanie, and others like her, are doing, too. I know I wouldn't be able to handle motherhood and being an author at the same time.

      Thank you, Nicki!

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  47. What a great interview. The book sounds interesting and the cover is beautiful.
    Best of luck!

    Hi Chrys!

    BAZINGA!

    You've been BOO-Blitzed!

    Have a great day!

    Heather

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    1. I'm thrilled to be BOO-Blitzed! :D Thank you, Heather!

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  48. Congrats to Quanie--the cover is beautiful! Happy Blitz Day!

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  49. This sounds like a terrific book. Here's wishing Quanie (cool name!) much success... with both babies. The one for reading, and the one in diapers.

    And to you, Chrys, Happy Blitz Day! Enjoy.

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    1. I love Quanie's name, too! :D

      Thank you, Susan!

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  50. Good time to be out and about with a novel like Quanie's. Congrats on the new arrival.

    Waving at Chrys.

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  51. Sounds oh so creepy. Thanks for the great interview and happy blitz day on Halloween.

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed Quanie's interview. Thank you, Greg!

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  52. Great interview ladies! I love the cover of The New Mrs. Collins!
    Happy Blitz Day!

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  53. When I saw the title, I initially thought this was a book about Wilkie Collins's wife. I guess my mind is stuck in Victorian England. Creepy sounding book for Halloween. Happy Blitz Day!

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    1. Victorian England is not a bad place to have your mind stuck. ;) Thank you, Jeff!

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  54. Great interview and the book sounds interesting! Happy Blog Blitz Day to you! Enjoy! Eva

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  55. Happy Blitz Day Chrys! Congrats Quainie your book sounds very intriguing. Also the cover is amazing. Who made it?

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    1. Thanks, Sheena-kay! And Ravven did the cover: http://www.ravven.com/blog/portfolio/book-cover-art/

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    2. If I need a cover artist in the future, I am going to Ravven! Thanks for sharing the link, Quanie!

      And thank you, Sheena-kay!

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  56. What an eye-catching cover! Thanks for the interview. I couldn't live without my smart phone.

    Happy Blitz Day!

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    1. I hope to experience a smart phone one day. Thanks, Michelle!

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  57. This sounds like an interesting read, and I love the cover! Happy Halloween, and Happy Blitz Day!

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    1. Happy Halloween, L.G.! And thank you!

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  58. Wow, what a cover!

    HAPPY BLITZ DAY and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!

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    1. I'm so glad everyone thinks the cover is as amazing as I do. :) Quanie's cover artist ROCKS!

      Thank you, Susanne! Happy Halloween!

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  59. That cover is very eye-catching.
    Happy Blitz Day!

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  60. Sounds like an intriguing read and a great cover to go with it. Happy Blitiz Day, Chrys :)

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  61. Loved to see the interview with Quanie! Happy Blitz Day! Have a great weekend, ladies!

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    1. I'm glad you liked Quanie's interview. And thank you, Dawn!

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  62. I love the blurb and this book sounds so intriguing. Thanks, Chrys for introducing another wonderful writer. I always enjoy your Q & A. Quanie, I just love the cover image you've chosen! I will be adding this to my goodreads shelf. I enjoy paranormal stories and always adored Alice Hoffman books for that very reason. Nice to meet you Quanie :)

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    1. Lisa, Quanie is from She Writes. I'm sure you've seen her posting her blog links. :) She has a great blog. You should check it out!

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  63. I love how you started with that image, Quanie!
    Congrats on your book!

    And, Happy Blitz Day, Chris!

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  64. I guess there's no surprise anymore it's blitz day. Love the interview. For me it was the last line that was most important. Believe in yourself. I think it's those moments that I have are why my first draft just sits there not being worked on very much. Thanks for the reminder.

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    1. Nope, not a surprise anymore, but it's still awesome! :D I'm glad you enjoyed Quanie's interview, and her advice.

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  65. Yummy, pie! Congrats Quanie! I really want to read your book and what a fabulous cover.

    Happy Blitz, Chrys!

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    1. Pie sounds really good right now, doesn't it?

      Thanks, M Pax!

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  66. Congrats on the new book - I love the snippet that was shared, Q.M.

    Thanks to you, too, Chrys! Happy Halloween!

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    1. You're welcome, Cherdo! Happy Halloween!

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  67. Indeed. Who can resist pie? Best of luck to Quanie and a happy birtz day to you, Chrys!

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    1. I don't think anyone can resist pie! ;) Thanks, Jeff!

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  68. Congrats to Quanie on her new book and her new baby! I loved what she said about honing in on what you do well--it's so easy with critiques to get overwhelmed with what you're not doing right.
    Thanks for a great interview, Chrys! And happy blitz day!

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  69. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful, enlightening read.

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  70. I've been seeing this book everywhere. Gorgeous cover. Happy Blitz Day!

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    1. I'm thrilled for Quanie that people have seen it everywhere. :) And thanks, Sarah!

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  71. Happy Blitz Day.

    I love the cover and great interview.

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  72. Love the reason for writing it - and can see you had no choice.

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    1. Thanks for leaving a comment for Quanie, Patsy!

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  73. Happy Blitz day to you!! I was very happy to see you featured :D

    Quanie's book cover is absolutely stunning!

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  74. That is such a fabulous book cover!! Srsly one of my new faves.

    I'm late but wanted to say HAPPY BLITZ DAY!!! ((hugs))

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    1. It's one of my faves, too! :D

      Thanks, PK!

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  75. I love how Quanie had an image of a woman ringing out a towel which helped inspire her to write this story. And I loved books based in small towns. Makes them more interesting!
    I can't wait to read The New Mrs. Collins. Congratulations Quanie on the new book and your beautiful baby girl=) Happy Halloween Chrys!

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    1. Thanks for leaving us a wonderful comment, Gina!

      Happy Halloween!!!!!!!!! :D

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  76. love seeing Quanie over here! congrats to her and happy blitz to you, Chrys! (a day late)

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  77. Happy Blitzing and love learning about new authors.

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    1. Thanks, Brandon! I am happy to introduce you to Quanie.

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  78. I love the story about how she got her inspiration for the book. It's always so interesting to hear when that moment hit!

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  79. Happy (Belated) Blitz Day! Hope you enjoyed getting blitzed. :) :)

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    1. Thank you, Jaimie! I did enjoy it very much. :)

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  80. Really enjoyed meeting both of you today. Definitely wanted to say great cover!

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    1. It was great meeting you, too, Julia! :)

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  81. What a nice interview. Lots of good question, and I love the idea of someone having a public persona that is totally different from the private one.
    Sylvie Grayson

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  82. Yes, double congrats! Me a mom and a writer has its challenges but both are rewarding.. And yes, great cover.

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  83. How interesting, I too get inspired by a single image, it is quite fantastic if you think of the process... Congratulations and awesome cover!

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