Guest Blog & Giveaway: R.L. Naquin talks Good and Bad Luck & win the Monster Haven series

March 23, 2013 Giveaways, Guests 26

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!

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How to Tell If Your Luck Is in the Toilet


R.L. Naquin

Monster in My Closet (A Monster Haven Story, #1)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!

Pooka In My Pantry (A Monster Haven Story, #2)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.”

Ill-Conceived Magic (A Monster Haven Story, #1.5)

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


Monster in My Closet (A Monster Haven Story, #1)Pooka In My Pantry (A Monster Haven Story, #2)


Available from Carnia Press


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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26 Responses to “Guest Blog & Giveaway: R.L. Naquin talks Good and Bad Luck & win the Monster Haven series”

  1. Evette T.

    I don’t believe in superstitions. However I do believe in “Do onto others as you’d have them do onto you”, and “you reap what you sow”. It’s just how I grew up. Thanks for the giveaway! 😀

  2. Kristina D

    As a sports fan you seem to automatically fall into some superstitions (like wearing team jersey/colors on game day) don’t know that I believe them but why chance it.

  3. JenM

    I don’t believe in most superstitions, but I do believe in Murphy’s Law, because that one seems to come true pretty often (or maybe those are the only times I notice it).

  4. Sheela Richen Daminar

    Yes, I am superstitious. In our family, we believe in things like: breaking a mirror is bad luck, don’t cut your nails at night or something will visit you, and many more. I know some are over to top but we still hold some of these beliefs because we know that following it wouldn’t hurt. I mean, it’s better to prevent than regret it later. Besides, some of our family members or distant relatives, experienced some of these occurrences. 😀

  5. Linda Townsend

    In my family, we would repeat the superstitions… and if we could, we’d avoid them. But… I’ve never seen a connection… (like stepping on a crack in the sidewalk would break your Mom’s back… LOL!)

  6. Céline G.

    I don’ believe in good or bad luck but I still like to find a clover with four leaves… The books sound awesome, I just put them on my TBR list!

  7. LisaC

    Nope, no superstitions. But I like to read about “make believe” all the same.

  8. BookwormBrandee

    You know, I would give a knee-jerk response and say I don’t put any stock in superstitions – but giving it a bit of thought…well, my husband does have a “lucky” shirt that he believes keeps his sports team winning, and I feel it’s unlucky if a black cat crosses my path, and I throw salt over my shoulder, so…I guess I do have some superstitions. 😉

  9. Barbara Elness

    I’m not really superstitious, but sometimes I think it can’t hurt to do a little something to help your luck along. 😀

  10. Nora-Adrienne

    I believe in luck, both good and bad… and the fact that the universe has decided to shit all over my life is proof of that.

  11. Janie McGaugh

    I don’t believe in any superstitions. It can be fun, sometime, to pretend, though, like wishing on a star.

  12. Kai W.

    I believe in both. It is like karma. If I did something good, something good will happen. If I did something bad, Karma is going to bite me.

  13. wanda f

    I do believe in good and bad luck ,superstitions ,and karma . I dont walk under ladders ,avoid handheld mirrors (so I don’t break any),don’t like odd numbers ,do toss spilled salt over my shoulder, and knock on wood to name a few of my quirks lol.

  14. erinf1

    I’m not a very superstitious person. I believe in choices and those are what makes your “luck”. Congrast to RL on her newest release! Sounds awesome 🙂

  15. sara

    I absolutely believe in luck, I just think it balances out for people in very different ways. This series looks great. I’m excited to start reading it.

  16. Jacki C

    I would like to think that I am analytical enough not to be superstitous, but the truth is – I just don’t know. I don’t cringe when I see a black cat cross my path, but I do occasionally “knock on wood”.

  17. Jocelyn Barnette

    hmm… no not really, but sometimes things happen that make me wonder. These are on my TBR list.

  18. Michele A

    I don’t believe in the usual things that people say cause good or bad luck, but I do believe in luck itself.

  19. Natasha

    I’m not superstitious, but I do believe in luck.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  20. Amber

    I believe in luck and superstitions because people give them power. If people believe in them, then they become a self-fulfilling prophecy either way. And we all need a little more magic in the world.

    And PS – The first book has been on my TBR pile, but it is really hard to find up here in Canada. I think it just came out as an ebook.

  21. Tamlyn

    If you ask I’d say I don’t, but I’ve probably got superstition quirks I don’t think about (and if I make a joke that I’m knocking on wood, I am always actually finding some wood to knock on).