By R.L. Naquin, author of DEMONS IN MY DRIVEWAY
Hello! It’s me again! I think my books are coming out faster than I can write them. Demons in My Driveway is book five in the Monster Haven series. Five! That can’t be right. I just started writing them last week, didn’t I?
Honestly, this particular book addressed a concern I’ve been having about the world I’d created. When I started the first book, Monster in My Closet (available until October 27 for just 99¢!), I did so with the intention of populating the world with something different: A friendly closet monster, a family of brownies, an incubus, a skunk ape, and tiny fairies. As the series progressed, I added to the menagerie, and everything from a chupacabra to a thunderbird showed up.
I had one rule—no vampires, werewolves, or zombies in my world.
Now, I love vamps and weres, don’t get me wrong. And zombies are fine, though I have to admit, I’m a little tired of them. This wasn’t about disliking those creatures. This was about wanting something more. Something different.
And it worked, I think. How many books out there feature a pooka who looks like Danny DeVito and refuses to wear pants? Where else have you seen the Leprechaun Mafia force bad luck on people who refuse to pay their protection money? The rule forced me to think outside the box.
But. In a world where all of these things are possible, why aren’t there vampires, werewolves, and zombies? Their absence kind of contradicted the rest of what I’d created. If everything is possible, everything must be possible.
Demons in My Driveway addresses that question and puts it right. Of course, in a world where an under-the-bed monster wears a tutu and loves cotton candy, the vamps, weres, and zombies are going to be a little different from what you might expect.
Because that’s how I roll.
We’re almost done with Zoey’s story, folks. In fact, this one is more like the first of a two-part finale. Stick with me a little longer.
The world is about to change forever.
So, last chance. As I finish writing Phoenix in My Fortune, the final book in the series, is there a creature I’ve missed? What would you like to see Zoey’s story is complete? Let me know in the comments and I’ll see if I can grant your wish.
She believes in pixie dust, the power of love, good cheese, lucky socks and putting things off until the last minute. Her home is Disneyland, despite her current location in Kansas. Rachel has one husband, two grown kids and a crazy-catlady starter kit.
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Zoey Donovan—Aegis and co-opted protector of all things supernatural—is moving up in the Hidden world. Actually, she’s being dropkicked onto the front lines of a fight between the newly formed Cult of Imagination and Hidden governments everywhere.
The Cult is opening portals and unleashing demons, vampires and werewolves, growing closer to breaking the lock that holds back the zombie apocalypse with every world they crack open. Oh, and they want every last Aegis in the world dead, and a roving band of Hidden worshippers is only too eager to assist.
On the upside, Zoey finally has her mother back. But having another Aegis around—one with very different ideas on how to run things—is proving difficult. For their own safety, they’re stuck inside Zoey’s home. What was once a haven is now a prison, further straining maternal relations and alienating her reaper boyfriend. Taking down a cult and saving the world—again—would be a lot easier if she could go farther than her own driveway.