Top 10 List & Giveaway: R. L. Naquin’s Top 10 Ways to Become an Urban Fantasy Heroine & win Golem in My Glovebox

May 8, 2014 Giveaways, Guests 15

A big welcome to R. L. Naquin who is here counting down the Top 10 Top 10 Ways to Become an Urban Fantasy Heroine and celebrating the release of Golem in My GloveboxMonster Haven #4 (published on April 21, 2014 by Carina Press). Want to win a copy? Enter via the widget below.


R. L. Naquin’s Top 10 Ways to Become an Urban Fantasy Heroine



Buy yourself some leather

Start small with a nice belt if you’re nervous about it. Add a leather vest when you’re ready. Eventually, you’ll want to progress to the leather pants—the tighter the better. If you’re worried about lack of mobility, don’t worry. They’ll be like a second skin in no time, and may even help tuck in a troublesome tummy.



Grab a weapon

Enchanted sword not your style? Crossbows too bulky to carry to the PTA meeting? Guns come in a variety of sizes, and there are some truly creative ways out there to conceal them under your clothes without ruining the line of your outfit.


Have a dark past

If your parents are still alive, make up a suitably devastating story. No one’s going to fact check you. Or take a run-of-the-mill break up (it’s not you, it’s me, I think we should just be friends) and twist it into a full-blown betrayal in which your ex handed you over to your enemies.



Get a tattoo or a scar

You’ve got to stand out somehow. What better way than a fancy tattoo? If it glows, so much the better, though I imagine glow-in-the-dark tattoo ink might be on the toxic side. If you’re afraid of needles, a scar is also a great way to stand out and has the benefit of adding to the plausibility of #3. Just don’t tell anybody the scar came from a crazy shaving accident when the cat distracted you and you tripped over the dog.


Acquire a whacky sidekick

Your best friend will do in a pinch, but make sure s/he isn’t better looking and doesn’t have a more intriguing backstory than you do. Talking animals are also excellent, but not as easy to find.



Prepare a reserve of quippy one-liners

With practice, you might be able to adlib a good retort when the bad guy is breathing his fetid breath in your face and trying to eat your liver, but it’s best in the beginning to write them ahead of time so you’re not stuck with nothing to say. Don’t let your last words be “Oh, yeah? Well, I think you’re a big doodyhead.”



Fall in love with or be loved by at least two people

Triangles are the best! If you take the first mate that comes along, you might miss the right one. The more potential lovers you have, the more interesting you will be.



Learn to fight

Seriously. That cool weapon from #9 isn’t going to help you if you can’t land a punch or kick somebody in the face. Plus, a good crotch punch to your nemesis can be really satisfying.



Be the Chosen One

Whatever you choose to do, make sure you’re the only one who can pull it off. Figure out what makes you special, then milk it for all it’s worth.



Find someone supernatural to fight, escape from, or rescue

Really, this is the only one that’s important. The rest is window dressing. Pick a fight with a werewolf. Fall in love with a vampire. Save a demon from the Leprechaun Mafia.

Whatever you do, let magic and monsters into your life and you can be an urban fantasy heroine, too.

You just have to believe.



 Rachel is the author of the urban fantasy Monster Haven series from Carina Press. She believes in magic, the power of love, good cheese, lucky socks, and putting things off until stress gets them done faster at the last minute.

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10 winners of a single Monster Haven ebook, winner’s choice. 2 winners of all four books in the set.


Available on April 21, 2014 by Carina Press


In her role as Aegis, Zoey Donovan has rescued and cared for hundreds of monsters and mythical creatures. Now humans are the ones in need of her help. Someone with a personal vendetta against the Board of Hidden Affairs has kidnapped all the other Aegises in the country–including Zoey’s mother.

With the Hidden government in shambles and a string of deadly clues to follow, Zoey and her reaper boyfriend set out on a cross-country chase to stop the kidnapper from killing the captured Aegises. Along the way, they pick up a miniature golem who’s on a quest to find his humanity…and may be the key to solving the grisly clues.

If Zoey succeeds in defeating this new evil, she’ll finally be reunited with the mother she lost over twenty years ago. But if she fails, she’ll become the final victim.

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15 Responses to “Top 10 List & Giveaway: R. L. Naquin’s Top 10 Ways to Become an Urban Fantasy Heroine & win Golem in My Glovebox”

  1. Linda Townsend

    Have a hidden beauty or some body part that can mesmerize your opponents just when they need to be concentrating on taking you out. :-)))

  2. JenM

    Be the subject of a prophecy – you are either going to destroy or save the world.

    I love this series. Looking forward to reading the latest book.

  3. Anne

    To be a UF heroine I would definitely have to do #3 or least be able to run more than a block.

  4. Janie McGaugh

    I’d have to work on everything on your list, especially #3!

  5. Karin Anderson

    Yeah, I’d have to work on all of the above. But I agree that #1 is the most important. 😉

  6. Julie Engle

    i have 10, 9, 4, and 3 so i need to work on the others

  7. Anya Breton

    I think I’d need to get bitten by something unfortunate. Like sentient slime mold. And then I’ll become their Chosen One. I’ll fight the enemies of slime mold. Which is…um…dry rot? LOL IDK
    <3 Rachel!

  8. Céline G.

    A UF heroine need toi have a pet (gargoyle, lion, snake or even a dog but with spécial abilities!) Thanks a lot for the giveaway!

  9. Denise Z

    Oh my lord I have just laughed myself into a stupor here – thank you for making me smile. Yep I am in total agreement with the top 10 list and while the gun is a really dandy idea – I really think a gal has gotta have some nifty knives all shiny and silver, oh yeah need me some knives and a fancy strap to hold and hide them. They make great materials these days, I am sure we could get something that would not mess up the lines of my leather 😉

  10. Mary Preston

    Learn to fight – I’m more likely to just run.

  11. Kristina D

    I would need to do most of the list but the big one would be learn to fight. More likely to roll my eyes and run away.

  12. Texas Book Lover

    Great list! #1 is my favorite and by far the most important!