Pooka in My Pantry (Monster Haven, Book Two), R.L. Naquin
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.
Bookswagger Marcia: Five Crowns, major swagger a must read. I almost hate that I signed up for an author interview. Because I loved this book, it is a fiver. I just tend to give five star reviews with author interviews on blog sites the side eye ya right…But gosh darn it I am now one, so commence with the side eye. I loved Pooka in My Pantry the second, in A Monster Haven series. You can’t go wrong with a funny Urban Fantasy in my book…well you can but R.L. Naquin didn’t. All the characters from the first book in the series, A Monster in My Closet (see previous review) are back. The time span picks up six weeks from book one.
All the usual suspects are back with a few new additions like Gremlins, the Leprechaun Mafia (all boob height), of course our hot hero the reaper Riley. Riley and Zoey are still trying to get in their first date while she is under a 13 day period of bad luck which makes everything interesting. We get some new monsters, our old monsters, good luck vs. bad luck making for a great read. Fans of the series will also get a few more clues into Clara, Zoey’s mothers disappearance, I so want to tell you what happened. If you read it, come back we can dish.
I really enjoyed Monster in My Closet, I had kind of fell off the Urban Fantasy wagon for a while, because everything was so dark. What made you infuse the funny in Monster in My Closet or is your writing voice just naturally funny?
I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Like you, I was getting tired of all the darkness in urban fantasy. It wasn’t that I didn’t like the dark stuff — I just wanted something different. I wanted to write a heroine who wasn’t damaged, snarky, and afraid to get close to people.
As far as humor goes, I honestly don’t try to be funny. If I tried, I have a feeling it would fall flat. The inside of my head is an amusing place to live. I guess that comes out on paper.
Zoey is a quirky character, she puts up with a lot, with the people in her life which could be considered her makeshift family. Why? Why does she put up with the Crazy? I love it because it makes for great reading.
As an empath, Zoey’s kind of in a tough position. She feels other people’s emotions, so she’s naturally a nice person. If she were to hurt someone’s feelings, she’d feel that pain also. When people are upset, she can’t just ignore it, even if the circumstances are crazy.
If the person needing help is a brownie in her linen closet, a closet monster in her kitchen, or a sea serpent in her swimming pool, it doesn’t make a difference. The crazy part of it is superficial. To Zoey, people are people — once the initial shock wears off, anyway.
Also, I do write some bizarre characters, but in order to make them believable, I have a philosophy. The more eccentric and weird the character is, the more familiar and normal his problems should be. That’s why we’ve got a bald, skinny closet monster with big yellow eyes whose wife is cheating on him with a bridge troll. The brownies in the linen closet are victims of domestic violence. And the sea serpent in the swimming pool is having a breach birth.
The creatures look different from us, but they have the same problems as humans.
Is Maurice the Closet Monster ever going to find true love?
Ah, what a sweet question. Poor Maurice. Like anyone, he really needs to get over his broken heart before he can move on. He still loves his wife, Pansy, and her infidelity isn’t quite enough to allow him to give up. Still, in Pooka in My Pantry, that problem is addressed. Sometimes you have to have the big confrontation to figure out what’s right for yourself.
I can’t promise that Maurice will find a happily-ever-after by the time the series is over, but I can tell you there’s some inappropriate and weird flirting coming in the next few books. Frankly, the circumstances make me a little uncomfortable, and the other person in the equation has her own issues that need to be worked out. If they end up together, I sure didn’t plan it.
Stranger things have happened, though!
Thanks so much for having me on Bookswagger! These were wonderful questions. If folks are still wondering if Zoey’s world is worth reading, I have a free short story out that features Zoey and Maurice in a brand new adventure right here: “Ill-Conceived Magic.”
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