Scary Hairy Halloween Freebie Blitz!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

It’s finally here! All Hallows Day when we receive the loveable and ever so good for our waistlines the treat of all treats — BOOK CANDY!  Today anyone who leaves a comment gets a free copy of Fury From Hell, a paranormal thriller with dashes of horror that will make the short hairs on the back of your neck rise!  I warn you — don’t read just before bed! 🙂  [Or, so I’ve been told!]

If you don’t want to leave a comment you can pick up your copy from Amazon for only 99 cents!  There is a Kindle Countdown Deal starting today!  So, you can get it for 76% off the cover price ALL DAY today — HALLOWEEN!

Tomorrow, Sat., 11/1 the book will be $1.99.  And, on Sun., 11/2 Fury From Hell will be $2.99 and it goes back to the regular price of $3.99 on Monday, 11/3.

So, we’ve got you covered at all price points!  FREE for commenting today, or 99 cents on Amazon!  Great Trick-or-Treatin’, huh?!

I’m even sweet enough to give you a teeny piece of the book-candy to whet your reading sweet-tooth…

Excerpt from Fury From Hell…

The buzzing was bothering her. She sat up and looked around. She was in a bland beige room devoid of personality. There was the bed she was on, two plain night tables with lamps on each stand — both of them were off. There was a dresser with a bevel-edged mirror and a TV on a simple black stand. The curtains were the tan elegant floral pattern seen in low-budget motels and the carpet was threadbare in spots. The only chair in the room had a rip in the fabric where some of the stuffing was sticking out.

The buzzing was coming from the bathroom. Jennifer got up and went to investigate. She looked down and saw she was fully dressed in her gabardine pants and the sparkly top. Her feet were clad in the funky boots but they made not one sound on the worn carpet. She peered into the bathroom that was brightly lit and saw a vision she would not soon forget; a tall man, a little over six feet, with dark blonde hair and a solid build stood before her. He was shaving — the source of the buzzing — but he was shaving his skin off. It was coming off in narrow sheets of skin. He was slicing it as thin as good Prosciutto. Where his eyes should have been were empty sockets with blood seeping out. His fingers were almost perfectly clean against his sightless face but his movement belied what her brain knew to be the truth. Too horrified to scream, and too dumbfounded to move, Jennifer watched as the man turned towards her. He waved with a ghost of a smile playing around his lips.

“I’ll be right in. I just wanted to freshen up for you,” he said in a refined, modulated tone.

When he turned Jennifer could then see what she had missed before — his chest was torn asunder and his stomach cavity was just like his eye sockets…open, empty and oozing blood. With a full smile, the man turned back towards the mirror and began to shave skin off the other side of his face seemingly trying to make it even on both sides…

Jennifer woke up screaming clutching her face and stomach alternately remembering his cavernous eye sockets still vivid in her mind’s eye.

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Have a Boo-Tastic Day!

 

Be sure to visit the other authors participating in this fun Trick-or-Treat book-candy giveaway so you can get you scary reading on!

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Gearing up for #AllHallowsReads on Halloween!

As a recap, this blogger is participating in the madness and mayhem of giving away my scary book on Halloween for all who post a comment on my Halloween blog post which will post beginning at 7:00 am (Eastern) on October 31st.  Everyone who posts a comment will get a #FREE digital copy of Fury From Hell!

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To complement the fun concurrently there will be a Kindle Countdown Deal running beginning, you guessed it!, 7:00 am (Eastern) when Fury From Hell will be 99 cents ALL DAY on Halloween!  So, for those who would prefer to simply snag a copy online this paranormal thriller can be had for a 76% discount on All Hallows Day.

Then, the pricing will go, as follows,

  • $1.99 on Sat, 11/1
  • $2.99 on Sun, 11/2 and
  • $3.99 on Monday, 11/3, its normal price.

You can read my original post about the Halloween giveaway here.

And, very important, I am part of a blog hop and over 20 of us are giving away free scary books on Halloween!  To find out which authors are giving up the reader book-candy follow this link.

If you have any questions, feel free to leave me a comment, or two. 🙂

Ta-ta for now,

NB

On Being an Indie Author…

It used to be that being published by pretty much any publisher (especially the Big 5) was the golden standard.  If you were one of the lucky ones, you would have your book edited, revised and appropriately shaped and developed.  You would receive a book cover that the publisher felt would sell the book.  You would GET marketing done on your behalf.  You would expect a full page New York Times ad and reviews by Kirkus and top big city book newspaper reviewers.  Hell, you may have even gotten on a few morning shows on the strength of the publishers conviction that your book was a hit ready and waiting to be discovered.

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While this is still true, there are a few…adjustments that authors who are published by the big guys must make.  Allison Flood’s article details the benefits and the…ahem…adjustments I referred to earlier.  One of those little not-so-benefitty things an author may need to be mindful of is forfeiting the rights to their work (the copyright would stay with the publisher forever).  Also, the traditionally pubbed author would still have to assist in promoting their book the traditional way — book store signings — as well as developing/creating an author platform on social media and pushing his/her book.  And, for all this, the traditionally published author receives approximately 10% of his/her book’s cover price.  That’s right, the lion’s share goes to the publisher and the agent, and any other third-party helpers who make foreign rights/sales happen.

With these things at the back of your mind, let’s look at a self-published author.  Yes, they must promote their book as well.  They must develop/create an author platform, hire/do their own top-notch editing/revising/book shaping & development.  The self-pubbed author must create a high quality book cover that will attract readers.  The self-pubbed author must sleep.  [Oops. Okay scratch that last thing.]

Yes, it is a lot to do.  And, add to this list the self-pubbed author must sustain themselves &/or their families through some sort of work-related endeavor greatly reducing the amount of time that all of this can be done.  Yet, when all is said and done, the self-pubbed author can choose to bring home 70 – 90% of his/her book’s cover price (less expenses, of course).  Hugh Howey’s article gives specifics on how ebooks are generating increased profits that are helping publishers offset their costs.  However, these savings are not being shared with their authors…or, the buyers of books — the readers!

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Author, Hugh Howey

For those of you who are not familiar with Hugh Howey he’s the guy who wrote a ton of stories (WOOL stories) and gave them away.  They became very popular and he sold them for 99-cents.  He became an Amazon #1 Best-Seller — overall!  Of course, he was approached to publish with the big guys.  He was having too much fun interacting with his fans and declined.  Howey’s very successful and firmly believes self-publishing is the way to go.

Another early adopter of self-publishing is John Locke.  He is also an Amazon #1 Best-Seller and he sells his books for 99-cents as well.  Did I mention he was offered a traditional publishing deal and he decline also?  He decided to go with a distribution deal that allows his books to sell for $2.99 in big box stores while he sells his books still for 99-cents on Amazon. [Sounds like he took a page from Mr. Wonderful’s book.  You know who I’m talking about.  The shark from Shark Tank.]

Author, John Locke

Author, John Locke

So, while I am SO not a top selling author like Howey or Locke I aspire to continue selling my books on Amazon and finding my own way of connecting with people who may just fall in love with my irreverent diverse characters who can’t seem to keep themselves out of trouble.

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For all of you writers out there watching the tennis match of publishers vs. authors, it’s time to stop watching and pick a side.  I truly believe that in the next 7 years the sides may be so blurred that the line may itself become irrelevant.

I will leave you with this video by Tom Bird about the New Age of Publishing.

Until next time…

Ta-ta for now,

NB

 

 

Book Thoughts: The New Mrs. Collins by Quanie Miller

For me the beginning of this book began when I first saw the cover a little over a month ago.  The cover of Quanie Miller’s The New Mrs. Collins is visually stunning; it is a beauty to behold.  I kid you not.  Take a gander for yourself…

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A woman with a mysterious mask on her face with a portion of her dress transforming into birds with the requisite eerie home in the background.  Gorgeous!

Then as you delve into the story it gets even better.  It is a book with diverse characters in a small (fictional) town in Louisiana where even in real life many people feel that things are not always what they seem.  In Ms. Miller’s book, things are most definitely not what they seem in regards to the newly married Mrs. Collins.

Leena should have been Johnny Collins’ wife.  She was engaged to him for over 7 years and we meet Leena on her wedding day.  She’s chasing her and Johnny’s son, Corie into the bathtub because he keeps getting dirty (as little boys are wont to do).  Leena is a bundle of nerves.  Her wedding is in two hours!  We feel her angst, her silly worries that are magnified by the huge event about to take place in less than 120 minutes.  We see a yellow envelope arrive and its put to the side as Leena gets ready for her walk down the aisle.

We’re at the church.  The whole town’s there but Johnny’s not.

We circle back and find out that the yellow envelope contains a letter from the other woman because Johnny is too much of a coward to call off the wedding himself.

THIS is how this story begins.  The New Mrs. Collins is a new woman in town who owns a racy lingerie shop and her name is Adira.

Leena is naturally enraged and suspects all types of foul play on Adira’s part to snatch Johnny from her.  Hence, Leena begins her own snooping and investigating.  As we all know, its sometimes better to let sleeping dogs lie, right?  Leena either never heard that phrase before, or the pain of losing her man so publicly made her deaf.  Leena digs and digs but she doesn’t believe what she finds out — neither will you!

If you want to read a page-turner that will keep you up past midnight tonight, or on Halloween, pick up The New Mrs. Collins today!

I absolutely loved this book.  Plus, it is right up my alley in my favorite genre — paranormal suspense!

[Oh, if you’d like to read my Author Drop-In Chat with Quanie Miller click here.]

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Book Thoughts: The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta

Tom Perrotta’s The Leftovers was recommended to me by a colleague.  At the time of the book suggestion, the HBO TV series based on this book had recently started.  Because no one in the office had read the book, having a discussion about the book as opposed to the TV show couldn’t happen.  So, I decided I would read the book and begin watching the HBO show.

Let’s just skip through pretty much the whole season of the show because that’s how long it took me to read and digest the book.  Granted, I did finish editing my new book and published it on Amazon then began a book promotions blitz but I digress.

The point being, I did not get into Perrotta’s book until approximately 10 days ago.  From the time I started reading it, I couldn’t get into the characters.  While they were interesting and a catastrophic event called the Sudden Rapture took place (where thousands of people disappeared instantly never to be seen again) making all of the book’s character incredibly traumatized — I couldn’t get past what I saw as a huge negativity problem.

Generally speaking, I tend to read books with some sort of positivity &/or an upbeat tempo with a fast-driving plot.  I am very plot-driven when I write and when I read.  The Leftovers is written in that more literary style where the story is about the characters, their interactions with one another and the emotional evolutionary arc they travel from the beginning of the book to the end of the tome.

Perrotta is an excellent writer.  He keeps you awake with pithy believable conversations between the characters and great phrases that I recalled even after I put the book down for the day (and yes, I read this in its hardcover edition; no Kindle for this book).  One phrase I particularly enjoyed is “One Nut, One Speech.”

I’ll back up and tell you the set-up of the story.  In the book’s timeline, three years ago, an unthinkable thing occurred.  Thousands upon thousands of people simply vanished.  They were driving their car, eating dinner, walking to school, sitting and clowning around with friends and then the next second they were not there.  The book is the story about what happened to the people who did not disappear — the leftovers.

There is no general governmental consensus as to what happened and why the people who disappeared — disappeared.  Some people believe that it was God’s Rapture where the Holy were taken up to the heavens to be one with God.  Others didn’t believe that because the people who were taken were not all God-fearing people.  In fact, many of those taken were full of transgressions (i.e. – sins) but they were still taken.  Yet, others who were saintly and strove to be the best they could be were not taken.  There seemed to be no clear hard and fast rules for who was taken and who was not.

The ‘villans’ in the book is a group that sprung up after the Sudden Rapture called the Guilty Remnant (GR).  The GR’s leader is a man whose son disappeared.  His moniker is Holy Wayne (and the Wayners – how cool is that?).  The GR are people who are so traumatized (read: damaged) from dealing with the fallout of their loved ones being taken they need to escape.  The GR is not a religious group but they do wear white and smoke cigarettes.  The kicker is they follow people around to remind folks that there’s someone always watching. GR patrols follow the townspeople around and take a vow of silence to make those they follow feel uncomfortable.

The Leftovers is a book that explores the boundaries of the human spirit and its capacity to deal with the unknown.  While I do not find a true plot, I would say that this book is, again, using a literary device and making plot as theme.  For me, that theme is people must have something they believe in that is greater than themselves.  Why?  Because when something so unfathomable happens it takes a while to believe in anything good again.  Yeah, that’s the theme as plot.  While there are other threads running through the story such as:

* since the world is unhinged must I still adhere to morality?

* since no one knows if we be will here tomorrow there’s no room for regret

* because there is no point in getting excited about the future let’s wallow in the thick sludge that is our present reality and stay there; no weddings, no parties, no fun

Needless to say, the book is not one overflowing with the Pollyanna viewpoint.  However, if you can get past this, The Leftovers is a really fascinating read.  You get to see the world have a physical, emotional and psychological meltdown and this goes across ethnicities, countries, sex and sexual orientation — everyone is affected in the world.

I have not watched the HBO series but I wonder how those writers will treat this material.  You’ve heard it time and again that the book is never as good as the book, right?  I’m wondering how this will compare as the book has many tangents that were not fully explored that may be exploited/expounded upon in the TV series.  I guess I can start watching it now.

In the meantime, I give this book…

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Author Drop-In & Giveaway: C.J. Archer ~ The Wrong Girl

Okay, it’s December-ish 2012.  I have been learning more and more about this new-fangled thing called a Kindle Fire.  It has been in my possession now for exactly one year and I’ve finally figured out that I can use it for reading.  However, was I supposed to get rid of my paperbacsks and eschew them for (gasp) an electronic thing-a-ma-bob?  Ultimately, the answer became a resounding YES!

In searching the Kindle store for something good to read, something to whet my reading whistle, I find the Emily Chambers’ series by C.J. Archer.  The first book in the series, The Medium, was free and I decided to try it.  The cover was interesting, vibrant, professional looking and engaging.  The main character, Emily Chambers, is 17 years old and can see spirits.  It’s a novel set in Victorian London and it is filled with suspense, drama and…demons!  What’s not to love?  I didn’t write a a full-fledged review, nor really post about it.  However, I did join a No-Kiss Blog Fest blog hop where I used a scene from this book because it affected me so!  You can read that blog post here.

Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago.  I wondered if this author had done any more writing about my favorite character who I thought about from time to time over the past couple of years.  Imagine my surprise when I emailed the author and she got right back to me in less than 24 hours!  I was an honored and very happy reader-fan!  While there are no more Emily Chambers’ books, there is a spin-off series featuring characters from the Emily Chambers’ series to follow in new adventures!

This new series is called the FREAK HOUSE series and book 1 of this trilogy is The Wrong Girl.  Both the FREAK HOUSE and the Emily Chambers series are set in the Victorian Era.  So, just for fun, I will intersperse cool Victorian images for your viewing pleasure.

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If you have not read anything from this best-selling Indie author, C.J. Archer, you should take a minute and read our chatty interview below.  Get comfy, sit awhile and then pick up one of her books.  You’ll be glad you did.

Oh! Don’t forget to enter the raffle below to win a free paperback copy of The Wrong Girl.

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C.J., tell us about yourself.
Thanks for having me on your blog! I’m a chocolate-eating, housework-avoiding, cat-loving author, reader, mother and wife from Australia. Like most Aussies, I go to the beach when the weather’s warm, despite having the sort of skin that gets burnt after five minutes. I don’t read as much as I used to, but when I do read, I go for stories that are a little different. Oh yeah, and I love history. I used to wish I lived in the past, but when I grew up and realized I was more likely to have been a servant than a heroine from one of Jane Austen’s books, I decided to be grateful for the here and now. It doesn’t stop me from occasionally dreaming of Mr. Darcy though 🙂

What first attracted you to this genre?
I’ve always been fascinated by paranormal phenomena. Not vampires and werewolves, but the sort of supernatural things that make you wonder if they’re real – ghosts, second sight, telepathy and hypnosis, are just some examples. I don’t have any spooky stories of my own, but I’ve heard normal, intelligent people speak about something that happened to them and they’re totally convinced what they saw was real. I enjoy exploring the story possibilities of these phenomena, and setting my books in a historical context just seemed natural to me, particularly the Victorian era. The Victorians were curious and inventive people, but also deeply superstitious and open to believing in the paranormal. It’s a wonderfully atmospheric and gothic time. Plus the clothing is just gorgeous!

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What do you consider the most challenging about writing a novel, or about writing in general?
Tying up all the plot threads and making sure there are no plot holes or inconsistencies. This becomes especially difficult as I write the 7th book in a 9 book series. I’ve got to remember which character knows what, and weave the many plot threads together for a satisfactory conclusion.

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Tell us about the FREAK HOUSE series.  And, can you share a little of it with us?
At the moment I’m writing the 3rd trilogy in the FREAK HOUSE series. The first book of the trilogy, GHOST GIRL, starts where the 2nd trilogy finished off, but with a new hero and heroine for readers to fall in love with. Cara, a spirit medium, is sick from a supernatural curse inflicted upon her by a ghost, and the only cure is to be near a warrior from another realm. Enter Quin St. Clair, a man of mystery who doesn’t quite know how to fit into the world of modern inventions. Toilets fascinate him, neckties defeat him, and he can’t go into churches. Oh, and he can handle himself in a fight. Cara and I have our hands full with Quin, but we also have a lot of fun. 🙂

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Can you tell us about your main character?
Cara is intelligent and spirited in an age when intelligent and spirited women were encouraged to hide their vibrant personalities from potential suitors. No man wants a wife more intelligent than himself – it was social suicide!

How did you develop your plot and characters?
The entire FREAK HOUSE series (3 trilogies in all) was inspired by my fascination with old gothic novels and the characters that inhabited them. Namely, the cliché of the mysterious woman in the attic. The first trilogy features Hannah, a girl who has lived in Lord Wade’s attic most of her life as a companion to Wade’s daughter. The plot and characters grew organically with that basic premise in mind, by answering a few questions – why is she there? How does she get free and why? What sort of man would she fall in love with, and what would keep them apart?

What do you look for in a cover?
For these books I wanted something dark and mysterious, harking back to the Gothic novels with a spooky looking house. I’m lucky in that my cover designer understands the mood I’m after.

What do you love about independent publishing?
I get to write the books that I want to read. Historical paranormals aren’t popular enough for the big publishers to publish, but I don’t need to sell as many copies as they do in order to make a living. I also love that I can write to my own schedule which means I take time off when my kids are on holidays.

Author, C.J. Archer

Author, C.J. Archer

Are you a pantser or plotter?
I’m a little of both. I always plot out the beginning and the end before I start, with some major turning points in between, but sometimes those change as I write and I flesh out the plot as I go along. Nothing is ever set in stone.

Would or have you considered writing in another genre?
I’ve written in a variety of genres for years. Contemporary romance, mystery, humour and historical romances are some of the ones I’ve tried.

What are your goals as a writer?
To keep my readers happy and find new readers who like the sorts of books that I write. I believe that if I write a consistently satisfying story every time, my readers will trust me to deliver and come back for more.

Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
I would love to travel to England where I set my books! But it’s expensive from Australia, not to mention time consuming. I visited Britain and Europe many years ago, and I would go back in a heartbeat. One day…

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Where can readers find C.J. Archer online…

My website: http://cjarcher.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CJArcherAuthorPage

Twitter handle : @cj_archer

Where can readers purchase C.J. Archer’s books?

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/C.J.-Archer/e/B004LLEHN0/

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/c.j.-archer/id421351544?mt=11&uo=4&at=10lKjy

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/c-j-archer?store=allproducts&keyword=c.j.+archer

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/search?q=c.j. archer&c=books&hl=en

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/search?Query=c.j.+archer

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UPDATE: The winner of the paperback copy of THE WRONG GIRL is Regina Mader!  Congratulations Regina!  C.J. will contact you directly.  Happy Reading!!

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Author Drop-In: Quanie Miller ~ The New Mrs. Collins

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am very pleased and happy to introduce you to a new novel that will make you smile, guffaw and hold your sides while covering your mouth (somehow!) to keep from disturbing other travelers during your commute.  If you happen to be one of the lucky ones that can read in the comfort of your home — you will burst out laughing at various points while reading Quanie Miller’s The New Mrs. Collins.

I began reading this book today and I must say I am captivated!  It is a story set in Louisiana.  The characters are colorful and the mood light — at the beginning — Leena is getting married later in the day.  She’s has the nerves women the world over will remember fondly and smile with Leena in commiseration.  Then, the unthinkable happens.  From that moment on, the story takes turns and twists that will have you turning pages, or swiping through digital pages at a fastest clip ever.

Miller’s writing style is naturally colorful and full of imagery that will comfort you and make you want to settle in for a good read.  One of my favorites is “…Ronetha looked as serene as a river on Sunday morning.”

I only paused from reading to come and share with you my initial thoughts and, of course, this wonderful chat I recently had with this talented Indie authoress.  Oh, and did I mention I fell in love with the cover from the first time I saw it featured in a tweet over a month ago?  Take a look for yourself…

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Okay, okay.  I am rambling!  Without further gushing, I’d like to present my chat with Quanie Miller, author of The New Mrs. Collins.

Quanie, tell us about yourself.
I’m a married mother of one. I’m from New Iberia, a small town in Southwest Louisiana that sits right on the Bayou Teche and is rich in history. I spent most of my youth reading so many books that my cousins would look at me like I was crazy. “You aren’t gonna play outside? And you’re gonna read that whole book?” Then, they would shake their heads in amazement. I love writing about strong-willed women who can’t keep themselves out of trouble and setting my stories in fictional Louisiana towns.

What is your greatest strength as a writer?
I’d have to say my ability to infuse humor into pretty much anything that I write. It’s not even something I try to do. It just happens.

In your own words, can you tell us about The New Mrs. Collins and  can you share a little of it with us?
As you’ve already shared with your readers, my book is called The New Mrs. Collins and it is a paranormal novel.  The long and the short of the story goes something like this…

 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 Leena 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 Adira 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…

Can you tell us about your main character?
Absolutely! Leena Williams is 34 years old and owns a bakery in small fictional town in Louisiana called Carolville. She’s a hardworking mother of an overactive 6 year old, loves her family, and doesn’t hesitate to speak her mind. Leena’s down to earth and truly likeable—the kind of person you’d call in the middle of the night and talk to if you were having problems. But, she’s also curious. Perhaps, a tad bit too curious. And that’s what gets her into trouble in the novel. Leena suspects that her son’s new stepmother, Adira Collins, is hiding something about her past and when Leena goes digging for answers our heroine ends up tumbling down the proverbial rabbit hole—and it’s not entirely clear if Leena’s going to make it out alive!

How did you develop your plot and characters?
Lots of trial and error. My general process is this: write 5 pages, or so, to get a feel of the characters and the world they live in.  Then, don’t write anymore until they’re pretty much living and breathing in my head. I don’t do characters sketches or anything like that.  But, what I prefer to do is close my eyes and envision the characters in action; how they move, how they smile, how they interact with the people in their lives (and the kinds of people they surround themselves with) along with the types of things that they might say. Once I know all of that, I have a better idea of the types of things they would — or wouldn’t — do and that helps me to shape the plot. Then there are other times when I’ll wait until I have a good narrative voice.  In that case, all I really have to do is try and figure out that character’s perspective of the world around her. After that, I outline extensively and then…I write.

How do you come up with new novel ideas?
In many different ways! For this particular novel, this image popped into my head of this woman standing next to a lake ringing out a towel. There was something about her eyes and the way that she moved that let me know that she had many secrets. So I wrote her to find out what those secrets were! In another instance, I was in a beauty salon when I saw a little girl run past me holding a coloring book. I saw a blur of red and blue on the page and before I knew it, the red and blue turned into a party dress in my head, and the woman wearing it was running across the room to hide the evidence of the crime she’d committed! So inspiration is everywhere. We just have to pay attention.

Would or have you considered writing in another genre?
I also write comedy. For the longest time I thought I had to choose since paranormal and comedy seem like polar opposites, but then I realized that I was putting those boundaries on myself. People who like my humorous stories may very well like my paranormal stories, and vice versa. Or, if not then, hey!  C’est la vie.


How important do you think villains are in a story?

Extremely important! And I do love a good villain! My thing is this: don’t just give me a villain without a cause. Someone who does bad things “just because.” I love it when authors give us the reason why a villain makes the decisions they do. I also think the stronger the villain the better the story because the reader is going to wonder: how on earth is the main character going to persevere against these odds? It’s a great way to keep readers on the edge of their seats.

Quanie, do you have any advice for other writers?
My advice is to hone your craft. Do it any way you can and in multiple ways.

  • Take classes on writing.
  • Read books on the craft of writing.
  • Study the work of writers that you admire.
  • Study, study, study!
  • And also, believe in yourself, even when nobody else does.

If your book became a movie, who do you see playing your main characters?
Love this question! I could totally see Taraji Henson or Jill Scott playing my main character, Leena. And of course, my bff in my head, Kerry Washington, playing the villain, Adira.

Do you have (a) muse(s)? If so, what are they like?
Ha! I imagine that my muse looks a lot like somebody’s grandmother. She’s a slick talker who’s quick on her feet with the comebacks and doesn’t take any mess! When she’s not giving me inspiration, she’s probably cooking a chicken and sausage gumbo!

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Thank you for stopping by Quanie!  I appreciate your keen insight into the writing life and I absolutely can’t wait to delve back into the pages of The New Mrs. Collins!  But, before I do let me share where you, my dear readers, can find Quanie Miller online, and where you can pick up her most excellent book.

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Where can readers find Quanie Miller…

Twitter: @quaniemiller
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/QuanieMillerAuthor
Blog: http://www.quanietalkswriting.com
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/QuanieMiller
Website: quaniemiller.com
Email: quanie@quanietalkswriting.com

Where can readers purchase The New Mrs. Collins…

Amazon (US) http://www.amazon.com/New-Mrs-Collins-Quanie-Miller-ebook/dp/B00OAC362I

Amazon (UK) http://www.amazon.co.uk/New-Mrs-Collins-Quanie-Miller-ebook/dp/B00OAC362I

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/483357

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Author, Quanie Miller