Guest Blog Post by R.L. Naquin
Rolling with the Weird
Sometimes strange things happen, even in the real world. In an urban fantasy world, the possibility of craziness increases with every chapter. Unless the story takes place in an open world where the general public is aware of ghosts, vamps, or shifters, the main character is going to run into something outside her experience at some point.
What’s interesting is how she reacts to this new, unbelievable information.
When I started writing the Monster Haven stories, I had to decide from the very first scene what sort of person Zoey was going to be when faced with the unknown and the impossible.
Would she be a screamer? Would she faint, go into shock, or try to attack the closet monster sitting at her kitchen table? Would she check herself into a hospital for a little rest? Call the police? Run?
More than a little of myself has gone into creating Zoey. I’d like to think that if a closet monster showed up in my kitchen baking muffins, I’d be pretty calm about it. Sure, my heart would hammer in my chest, but I’d like to believe I’d be cool with it after a few minutes of adjustment.
The truth is, I tend to accept weird stuff and focus on stupid little things, instead. When driving down the street, I once missed a guy in a gorilla suit carrying a briefcase walking down the street. The other person in the car described it to me. Myself, I was too busy noticing the sign behind him for Popeyes. Why is there no apostrophe in “Popeyes?” Is there more than one Popeye owning the restaurant?
Totally missed the guy in the gorilla suit. My brain is far more accepting of the weird than the everyday, I guess.
So, I put a little of that into Zoey. In Monster in My Closet, she tries hard not to think about the closet monster at her house, certain he was a hallucination and, if she spent enough energy on denial, he wouldn’t be there when she got home. It doesn’t work, of course. Halfway through her workday he sends her a text message with a grocery list. After that, well, the world of the Hidden continue to hit her with shocking info and unlikely creatures, one thing after another.
Accept it or go crazy.
In her newest adventure, Pooka in My Pantry, the weirdness doesn’t stop. Leprechauns nearly five feet tall and wearing expensive suits want protection money from her. A half-naked pooka is eating cereal on her kitchen counter. There may or may not be a space toilet hurtling down from the sky.
Zoey’s not going to cry, faint, or whine. She’ll roll with it, no matter what gets thrown her way.
Because freaking out wastes valuable time—time better spent eating gourmet food prepared by a closet monster, dating a hot Grim Reaper, and maybe even saving the world.
For a free short story set in the Monster Haven world (with a bonus peek at the first chapter of Pooka in My Pantry), visit here: Ill-Conceived Magic
Monster Haven, Book Two
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Carina Press
Cover Artist: Croco Designs
Zoey Donovan—empath, wedding planner, go-to girl for monsters with personal problems—has been marked twice for pickup by Death. On both occasions, Riley the smoking-hot reaper has refused to follow through. For his breach of protocol, Riley is now on probation. For her refusal to die on schedule, Zoey's right to live is challenged. She will have to undergo a life-or-death trial, but she won't know when or where it will happen…
Staying alive might not be so difficult if the Leprechaun Mafia hadn't strolled into town. Now every business owner with the slightest connection to the supernatural community is being threatened with the most appalling bad luck if they don't pay up. Mirrors are smashed, bodies are dropping, and Zoey's still got clients waiting for fabric samples.
With a little luck, she might be able to save everyone and still have time for a second attempt at a decent first date with her favorite reaper.
About the Author:
Rachel’s head is packed with an outrageous amount of useless Disney trivia. She is terrified of thunder, but not of lightning, and tends to recite the Disneyland dedication speech during storms to keep herself calm. She finds it appalling that nobody from Disney has called yet with her castle move-in date.
Originally from Northern California, she has a tendency to move every few years, resulting in a total of seven different states and a six-year stint in England. Currently, she’s planning her next grand adventure. Rachel has one heroic husband, two genius kids, several annoyed cats, and an imaginary dog named Waffles.
She doesn’t have time for a real dog.
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