Author: R.L. Naquin

Rachel is an urban fantasy novelist and short story writer. You can find her on the Web at: www.rlnaquin.com

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 via Twitter: #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.

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To Free a Captured Heart - Djinn Haven Book 3

To Free a Captured Heart
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  • Number: B07GB96RCR
  • Release: 2019-01-07
  • Author: R.L. Naquin
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romance: Speculative / PNR, * Fantasy
  • Publisher: Carina Press
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Fans of R.L. Naquin's Monster Haven series will love this beguiling spin-off, starring a djinn caught in a hot mess of lost souls, food trucks and otherworldly murder.

Hidden Government chaser Kam's luck might finally be changing. Her team of reapers is sent to a riverboat casino to investigate a suspicious increase in missing souls--a job that sounds more like a vacation than an assignment. A little drinking, a little gambling and maybe a little romance with Tahm, the fiancé she's not sure she wants to run from anymore.

Plans for fun and games are canceled, though, when they find the pesky Leprechaun Mafia is behind the mischief. Of course they are.

Before Kam and her team can spring into action, the leprechauns make good on their threat to capture Tahm.

How far will Kam go to break her true love out of confinement? Working in the casino to pay off some of his debt is one thing, but it could mean Kam spends another hundred years locked up in his stead...

This book is approximately 70,000 words

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Phoenix in My Fortune - A Monster Haven Story, #6

Phoenix in My Fortune
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  • Number: B00N0MYGPA
  • Release: 2015-03-02
  • Author: R.L. Naquin
  • Genre: Paranormal
  • Tags: Urban Fantasy / Paranormal
  • Publisher: Carina Press
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When Zoey Donovan found out monsters are real, her life changed—mostly for the better. Since then, she's fought bad guys, saved the world a time or two and earned the love of a growing family of humans and Hidden creatures alike. But the danger that's chased her from the beginning is finally here.

Shadow Man, aka The Last Hidden, has stepped out of the story humans wrote for him and into the real world, hell-bent on stealing children. Fiction has become reality and Shadow Man intends to break the Covenant, reclaim the Hidden, and kill all Aegises along the way…triple bad news for Zoey and her mother, the only two Aegises still alive.

Zoey will have to rescue the stolen kids and hunt down the most terrifying villain humanity has ever imagined. But how can she fight a creature only invented a few years ago? If Shadow Man triumphs, the world as she knows it will end. If Zoey succeeds in driving him out, the people she loves the most may be lost to her forever.

69,685 words


Demons in My Driveway - A Monster Haven Story, #5

Demons in My Driveway
  • 5 Stars
  • Number: B00KV5ZFX6
  • Release: 2014-10-20
  • Author: R.L. Naquin
  • Genre: Paranormal
  • Tags: Urban Fantasy / Paranormal
  • Publisher: Carina Press
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A Monster Haven Story, book five

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.


Golem in My Glovebox - A Monster Haven Story, #4

Golem in My Glovebox
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  • Number: B00GKBIRM6
  • Release: 2014-04-21
  • Author: R.L. Naquin
  • Genre: Paranormal
  • Tags: Urban Fantasy / Paranormal
  • Publisher: Carina Press
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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.

Don't Miss Monster in My Closet, Pooka in My Pantry, and Fairies in My Fireplace, available now!


Fairies in My Fireplace - A Monster Haven Story, #3

Fairies in My Fireplace
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  • Number: B00CV30XCE
  • Release: 2013-09-02
  • Author: R.L. Naquin
  • Genre: Paranormal
  • Tags: Urban Fantasy / Paranormal
  • Publisher: Carina Press
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A migration of mythical creatures has begun, and more and more of them are landing on Zoey Donovan's doorstep. As the only Aegis left in the country, it falls to her to protect the Hidden and keep them safe—and her house has become a sanctuary for water sprites, goblins, harpies, djinn and more.

Keeping track of her boarders is a full-time job, and Zoey's already got her hands full trying to run her wedding planning business. Good thing she has a resident closet monster to keep her organized, and a hot Reaper boyfriend to help her relax every once in a while.

But she can't keep up monster-triage indefinitely, and as more Hidden arrive, it becomes clear that someone—or something—is hunting them. In the midst of planning an event for a notoriously difficult client, Zoey's got to figure out who's behind the hunt…and she's got to stop them before there are no Hidden left.


Pooka in My Pantry - A Monster Haven Story, #2

Pooka in My Pantry
  • Number: B00APEYAOI
  • Release: 2013-03-25
  • Author: R.L. Naquin
  • Genre: Paranormal
  • Tags: Urban Fantasy / Paranormal, Supernatural
  • Publisher: Carina Press
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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. 

Find out how it began in Monster in My Closet, available now!


Monster in My Closet - A Monster Haven Story, #1

Monster in My Closet
  • 5 Stars
  • Number: B00814M3A2
  • Release: 2012-07-30
  • Author: R.L. Naquin
  • Genre: Paranormal
  • Tags: Urban Fantasy / Paranormal
  • Publisher: Carina Press
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I stopped believing in monsters long ago. But I knew I wasn't imagining things when I found one in my kitchen baking muffins. I'd seen him before: lurking in my closet, scaring the crap out of my five-year-old self. Turns out that was a misunderstanding, and now Maurice needs a place to stay. How could I say no?

After all, I've always been a magnet for the emotionally needy, and not just in my work as a wedding planner. Being able to sense the feelings of others can be a major pain. Don't get me wrong, I like helping people—and non-people. But this ability has turned me into a gourmet feast for an incubus, a demon that feeds off emotional energy. Now, brides are dropping dead all over town, and my home has become a safe house for the supernatural. I must learn to focus my powers and defeat the demon before he snacks on another innocent woman and comes looking for the main course...

77,000 words