We are excited to have R.L. Naquin visit us today on her blog tour for the second book in her quirky Monster Haven urban fantasy series. POOKA IN MY PANTRY comes out March 25, 2013 from Carina Press. R.L. is talking about all about luck and giving away a set of the Monster Haven books!
How to Tell If Your Luck Is in the Toilet
When I first wrote Pooka in My Pantry, that wasn’t the title I gave it. The first book in the series, Monster in My Closet, hadn’t been renamed by my publisher yet–it started out life as Red Velvet Death. Carina Press rightly decided it sounded more like a cozy mystery than a quirky urban fantasy. Once they renamed the first book, they let me name the rest, provided I stuck with the pattern.
Which is a long-winded explanation for why Pooka in My Pantry is no longer called Trial by Luck.
Luck, however, is still central to the plot.
Good luck. Bad luck. Neutral luck. Bad luck as a curse. Bad luck as a threat. Umbrellas opened inside. Mirrors broken. Cracks stepped on. Pennies found. Shamrocks worn. And, yes, polished gargoyle snot tucked inside a bra.
Luck in all its forms.
But without a luck-o-meter, how do you tell if your luck is in the red or the black?
Here’s a handy list to help you figure it out:
Bad: You locked your keys in the car, then broke a heel on the way into your office.
Good: You didn’t spill your coffee. Good for you!
Bad: Random debris from space (possibly a toilet) takes out your entire business and leaves every other building on the block intact.
Good: You didn’t get a parking ticket, even though the meter expired. Yay!
Bad: You go on a dream date and nearly get eaten by sharks.
Good: You didn’t get a run in your hose! Woohoo!
Bad: You get struck by lighting on a sunny day and fried on the spot.
Good: You didn’t smudge your nail polish!
Bad: A car drives through your bedroom wall in the middle of the night, knocking over your armoire and pinning you to the bed.
Good: There’s still some ice cream left in the freezer!
Bad: A half naked pooka seats his bare ass on your kitchen counter while eating cereal and getting milk all over the floor.
Good: The Leprechaun Mafia scares him off.
Bad: The Leprechaun Mafia is in town and wants you to pay up.
Good: Your luck is already so bad, there isn’t a damn thing they can do to hurt you.
Here’s a piece of good luck you can take advantage of right now. There’s a free Monster Haven short story available for you to download. It takes place between Monster in My Closet and Pooka in My Pantry, but if you’re on the fence about buying the books, the story can stand on its own without too much spoilerage. You can get it here: “Ill-Conceived Magic.”
R. L. Naquin is an urban fantasy novelist and short story writer. Her first novel is Monster in My Closet from Carina Press. Rachel lives in a world slightly askew from the rest of us. She is an expert in monsters, urban legends, and mythological creatures. In her spare time, she ponders the care and feeding of cryptozoological creatures — and shares her tips on Twitter as @RLNaquin #monstertrivia.
Originally from Northern California, Rachel has a tendency to move every few years. She has lived in seven different states, and had a six-year stint in England. Currently, she’s hiding in the Heartland, planning her next grand adventure. She has one heroic husband, two genius kids, three annoyed cats, and an imaginary dog named Waffles. She doesn’t have time for a real dog.
Giveaway provided by Carina Press
One ecopy of MONSTER IN MY CLOSET and POOKA IN MY PANTRY by R.L. Naquin
Available from Carnia Press
POOKA IN MY PANTRY Description:
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.
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