Character Interview with Silas the pooka from Pooka in My Pantry:
What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
I know it looks like I'm a bad guy, but I'm really not. Do I laugh when somebody spills coffee in her lap because I'm sitting at the next table? Sure. Do I chuckle when I walk past someone and my mojo makes him slip on a banana peel? Who wouldn't? Did I bust a gut when a piano fell on that accountant a few years back? Come on. Seriously, dollface. It looked like a cartoon from where I was standing across the street. Somebody yelled "Lookout!" when the rope snapped and BANG! Accountant all over the sidewalk like strawberry marmalade.
I don't cause these things on purpose. It's part of who I am. Sue me if I've come to terms with my own existence and find amusement in the bad luck I cause. What? Should I hate myself?
Maybe I'm not particularly nice, but I'm not a bad guy.
If you could apologize to someone in your past, who would it be?
Probably that accountant. Once I stopped laughing, I did feel kind of bad about that. If I'd stayed inside the bank a few more minutes, the rope might not have broken and that guy might still be alive. I could be wrong, though. Bad luck isn't always my fault, you know. Sometimes it's organic.
What group did you hang out with in high school?
The one that took the day off to drink and play pool. Weren't you there with me, doll? You look familiar.
Who should play you in a film?
I would go with Chris Hemsworth. I hear the ladies like him these days. Most people would probably suggest Danny DeVito, but we're talking a fictionalization of my life, right? Yeah. Chris Hemsworth. Let's go with that.
What would we find under your bed?
Why? What have you heard? Okay, fine. Yes, Cecile and I had a thing for a while. I thought a monster under the bed would be interesting. I never really saw her, since she wouldn't come out unless the lights were off. For all I know, she was a total uggo. She was mysterious, you know? But even a pooka can get creeped out getting his ankle grabbed on the way to the bathroom. To this day I can't sleep with my foot dangling from the covers.
Shame. She really was the perfect woman. Didn't talk much. Never wanted me to take her anywhere. Maybe I should give her a call.
What makes you happy?
Frequent naps, a really good belch, and boobs.
Do you have a favorite quote, quip, or saying? What is it?
Luck is what you make of it. Unless I'm around. Then you're probably screwed.
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Monster Haven, Book Two
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Carina Press
Word Count: 89,000
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.
I had a blast reading this book! Chocked full of humor, mishap, and craziness; the situations Zoey found herself in just tickled my funny bone to no end. Packed full of unusual characters and obnoxious villains, this story simply sucked me into Zoey’s world.
I easily related to Zoey - loved her attitude, cherished her slightly befuddled voice, but mostly I admired her spirit and her loyalty above all else. Stalked by bad luck, an OCD Reaper supervisor, and Leprechaun henchmen, Zoey’s life is never easy. She yearns for a “normal” date with her boyfriend, Riley but is knocked off kilter by one catastrophe after another. I laughed aloud and cheered at the innovativeness with which Zoey manages to cope with her zany problems. She is certainly a heroine after my heart.
Pooka in My Pantry is actually the 2nd book in this magical series. It stands alone just fine by itself but I am definitely adding her previous adventure Monster in my Closet to my already overcrowded reading list. Ms. Naquin is my newest favorite author and I cannot wait to read more. The humor and zest in her writing is top-notch!
This book was given to me in exchange for my honest review.
Reviewed by Laurie-J
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.
Next Few Stops
March 16 Guest blog
March 18 Interview
Musings of an Independent Artist
March 18 review
March 20 Interview
One set of Monster Haven ebooks, both Monster in My Closet and Pooka in My Pantry.
And five ebook copies, winner’s choice of Monster in My Closet or Pooka in My Pantry.