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The New Mrs. Collins

Today, I'm posting a character interview with Leena Williams, the protagonist from Quanie Miller's latest book, The New Mrs. Collins

*smiles*  This oughta be good. 


I recently discovered a novel called The New Mrs. Collins. In short, it’s about this woman who discovers that her son’s new stepmother has mystic powers. Have you heard about it?
My sister told me about the book. To be honest with you, I was quite surprised since there were details—intimate details—about my life displayed for the world to see. I can’t figure out how Quanie Miller, whoever she is, came upon that information.

Have you read the book?
I skimmed through it.

What can you tell us about it?
From what I can tell, it starts with me and the whole wedding day debacle that I’d prefer not to get into.

Why not?
Because it’s humiliating. The book also deals with Adira Collins. But you probably guessed that from the title.

What can you tell us about Adira?
She’s the novel’s antagonist, obviously. But other than that, I’d prefer not to talk about her.

May I ask why?
Adira’s the kind of person that you either survive or you don’t. And as much as I try to forget her, there are times, in the middle of the night, when I’m afraid to open my eyes because I don’t know if she’ll be there, waiting for me.

What do you think she’d do?
I don’t want to answer that, but let me just say this: there are things in this world that should be possible, and things that should not be possible. And the things that woman is capable of would scare the devil himself.

Should we read the book?
Not unless you want to know what happened to Sister Jenkins. And those poor people out there in Providence: Augustina, Patty-Jean, and that little mute girl, Felicity. And Eli. I still have nightmares about what happened to him.

Wait a minute—you mean to tell me that the things that happened in The New Mrs. Collins are based on actual events?
I suppose you want me to tell you that the book is purely fiction. If that’ll help you sleep better at night, then okay. But let me leave you with this: if you ever wake up in the middle of the night and find Adira Collins hovering over you, there won’t be any time to run. In fact, it’ll already be too late.

How do you suppose we deal with someone like Adira?
Like you would any monster: you cut off the head.

Okay…well, thanks for taking the time to chat with me, Leena. I’ll admit that I’m a bit creeped out, but I did enjoy our conversation, nevertheless.

*I reached out to Adira after my conversation with Leena but failed to locate her. I spoke to some of the locals in Providence, Louisiana (Adira’s hometown), to see if they could verify some of the incidents that happened in the novel, but they refused to comment. I asked why and one of the locals, speaking off the record, said, “Because she might come for me next.” I will continue to try to get Adira’s side of the story. Until next time, folks. *

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

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.  

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

Book Purchase Links
Amazon (US)  /  Amazon (UK)  /  Smashwords

Quanie's hideouts:
Twitter: @quaniemiller

 Congrats, Quanie! :D


  1. Ugh - I'm going to think twice about opening my eyes in the middle of the night now. Creepy! Fun interview. Definitely has my fingers wanting to read the story now. Congrats, Quanie!

  2. Cut of its head - she's serious.
    Funny she's only skimmed the book.

    1. I know, right? Wonder why she didn't read the whole thing...

  3. Melissa, thanks so much for hosting me today! Much appreciated! :)

  4. Great interview! And creepy, too! And I love the cover, very nice.

  5. I'm betting that's one good book! Complete with things that go bump in the night.

  6. If it'll scare the devil himself, I'd be curious to see what it is :)

  7. I love character interviews!!! And the cover is GORGEOUS…

  8. Great interview. Sounds like a good book.

  9. This sounds like such a good book! And this is an awesome interview.

  10. Love the sassy cover!
    Ladies, thanks for the awesome interview!

  11. Awesome. I LOVED that interview, and I can't wait to read the book. Definitely darker than what I normally consume, but I'm betting it's awesome.

    Unleashing the Dreamworld

  12. I really enjoyed reading this interview! So cute.

  13. Hehehe. Fun interview! I enjoyed it.

  14. I love character interviews. ^_^ That was a really fun read.

  15. YES! Totally creepy and weird and intriguing! I love it :) Go Quanie!!

  16. "And the things that woman is capable of would scare the devil himself."--Great line there, Quanie. You should use that one in your marketing.


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