Monster in My Closet [NOOK Book]

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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 ...

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Overview


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...

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426894138
  • Publisher: Carina Press
  • Publication date: 7/30/2012
  • Series: A Monster Haven Story
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 16,010
  • File size: 664 KB

Meet the Author

Rachel writes stories that drop average people into magical situations filled with heart and quirky humor.

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.

Come hang out: Twitter: @RLNaquin Facebook: /RLNaquin www.rlnaquin.com

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Of all the possible weapons I might have grabbed, I chose a toilet brush. The men's boxers and oversized Hello Kitty t-shirt I wore reinforced my feeling of absolute stupidity. I made a mental note to buy myself a baseball bat, should I live through the next few minutes. And maybe some grownup pajamas.

I choked up on the brush and prepared to leap out at the intruder in my kitchen.

Logic, if I had any that early, might have suggested the unknown guest was my friend Sara, making coffee and waiting to ambush me into going to the gym. I didn't think of that until later. I woke to the smell of coffee and naturally jumped to the conclusion someone had broken in.

And my response was to grab the toilet brush on the way down the hall. I'm not my brightest first thing in the morning.

I craned my neck around the corner and peered into the kitchen. Logic would have been wasted anyway. It wasn't Sara at the table.

The intruder sat with a newspaper tented around his face and torso. He hummed to himself. A cup of coffee disappeared behind the paper. The humming paused for a sip, then resumed its tuneless refrain. The cup reappeared.

I was a bit put out—curious, but also irritated. I suppose I should have been more alarmed, but who breaks into a house with ill intent and stops to make coffee and read the paper? Under the table, a pair of checkered high-tops bounced in near time with the humming. My guest turned the page of the newspaper, and my throat locked in mid-swallow. The chalky, bony fingers holding the edges of the San Francisco Chronicle were familiar.

I ducked my head into the hallway and leaned against the wall for support, gulping air. I knew those hands. I clutched the toilet brush against myself as if it had the power to ward off nightmares. In the flash of a forgotten memory, I could see those hands grabbing at my doorframe, reaching to snatch out my eyes. My skin was clammy with terror ripened by over twenty years of repression and denial. I was five again, and monsters were real.

* * *

Kids are born with self-preservation instincts, and that night those instincts kept me still. The slightest twitch would alert the monster in the closet that I knew he was there.

I lay motionless beneath the sheets and stifling blanket, my fingers clasping the fabric beneath my chin. In the ambient glow of my Care Bear nightlight, the closet door seemed to swing out—not enough to be certain, but enough for me to hold my breath and squeeze the covers tighter. A floorboard wheezed a soft sigh.

I considered pulling the covers over my head for protection, but a sudden move like that would yell "I know you're in there!" which would make the monster fly out and devour me so fast I wouldn't have time to scream for help. Besides, having my head covered meant I'd eventually have to come out for air. If I wasn't watching, what would stop him from creeping beside the bed and waiting for me to peek out to find his warty, drooling face breathing over me?

I held still, limbs locked in place. In my mind I practiced making a run for it. My nightgown was damp with sweat. Between the cotton fabric tangled around my legs and the white socks on my feet, I knew I couldn't break free of the bed and sprint across the room before the monster heard me. I had to cross in front of the closet to get out. I would never make it.

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  • Posted May 8, 2013

    Sweet goodness this book is awesome! Plus I will NEVER look at a

    Sweet goodness this book is awesome! Plus I will NEVER look at a plunger the same!! I will also be aware of cold-carrying dragons lol! It’s a whole fresh new look on the supernatural, and oddly cool, that they have exactly the same problems as us humans. They catch the flu, the have abusive husbands, they have crazy just like us! Plus there’s some totally awesome, new creatures. Maurice totally takes the cake here! Plus I was hooked immediately! YAY!




    Poor Zoey, I feel like she needs a hug, and maybe several aspirin and a large drink! Lol! She’s an empath who doesn’t really know that, and those migraines would kill me. Then she is completely bombarded by supernatural creatures! In this situation you have no choice but to believe. I liked that she didn’t stay hung up forever with that fact- there’s supes about! She’s a unique, funny, lovable and very real character! She has me forever.  she’s kinda in a bind with what’s going on and then there’s this bad incubus and she’s gotta make sure her and her new friends make it out alive!




    Maurice is the coolest, as he was her closet monster, and he’s moved back in, unbeknownst to Zoey *giggle* but he’s a great cook! His situation is also completely believable and I love this relationship! I also really enjoyed Riley, which is Zoey’s boyfriend, but I can’t say too much as he’s got a little secret too. He and Zoey just mesh well together so I love their relationship!




    The author’s writing is great as I couldn’t put it down. I was reading book one as part of book two’s blog tour and I just love this whole series! I’m so glad I didn’t go straight into book two without reading this one first. I would totally have missed out on awesomeness!! 5 AWESOME PAWSOME PAWS!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2013

    Charming! I want a closet monster.

    Unusual cast of characters -- quirky, fun.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2013

    :)

    An all around fun read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2013

    Qwirky, fun read!

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading "Monsters in my closet"!!! I was eager to see what would happen to Zoey next! This story is written to read at a great pace, and I had a hard time putting it down. I even just forgot sleep so that I could find out how this story would end...just to be thrilled to see an upcoming second book (I cant hardly wait!) You WILL NOT be disappointed in purchasing this book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2013

    Top notch original story!

    I liked a little fairy tale mixed with interesting contemporary characters and a scary creepy villain. It was kooky and very awesome. Hope she writes more!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2012

    I wasn't sure what to expect from a woman with a toilet brush on

    I wasn't sure what to expect from a woman with a toilet brush on the cover, but gave it a chance and I'm so glad I did! Zoey is a sassy young woman with great flair, and a lot of heart. I want to taste Maurice's cooking. Go ahead and check this out, you won't be sorry.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 7, 2012

    This book just made me happy. I wish I knew a more cerebral way

    This book just made me happy. I wish I knew a more cerebral way to state that. But truly, I think this has become a new comfort read.

    To begin, I wanted to read Monster in my Closet ever since my sister read it to review it for a magazine. She could not stop laughing over all the parts of the book she thought described me or would fit my sense of humor. The minute she told me the Closet Monster's name was Maurice, and he baked muffins, I was hooked.

    I ordered it and dove in. It pulled me along, each page adding to my desire to find out more about the characters and their roles in Zoey's life. The writing was funny and warm, giving each character, no matter how small, a distict cohesion to the part they played within the narrative. Instead of feeling lectured at, or as though there would be a quiz at the end, this tale left me feeling like I had heard a favorite bedtime story or even better, got to be a fly on the wall for someone's epiphany.

    I read it start to finish this evening. Tomorrow, my daughter will read it. I certainly hope Ms. Naquin has many more stories for us. I would like to order mine with more Zoey and Maurice.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2014

    I want a monster in MY closet

    This is one of the best books I have ever read . It was so whimsical I could not put it down. I recomend this book to anyone who wants good fun read. I LOVED IT.

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  • Posted May 2, 2014

    Looking for a great break from reality...this may be the one for you.

    This story is about Zoey, a wedding planner by profession and all around helpful person to all. Her morning starts out with a scare when she hears noises coming from her kitchen. Armed with a toilet bowl brush, she stalks towards her kitchen to discover her childhood closet monster baking muffins and drinking coffee. He asks if he can stay with her and well, she just couldn't say no.

    This, of course, is only the beginning! She learns not only are closet monsters real but there is a whole world of 'hidden' people in the world. Her home becomes a safe house, of sorts, for the supernatural and still can't seem to shake her needy ex-husband after 8 years of being apart.

    She ends up learning she is an empath, which allows her to absorb emotions and use them to decipher and communication with people in need of guidance. Her special gift is recognized by an incubus, Sebastian. Sebastian has tied himself to her and anyone she connects with is in danger of becoming his meal.

    It takes all her supernatural friends (closet monsters, brownies, dragons, fairies, skunk-ape men and Death himself) to defeat the incubus at his own game.

    If you enjoy fairy tales, looking for a great break from reality or an 'in between' book, this may be the one for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2014

    What a Fun Book!

    Don't hesitate - start reading this book now. The characters are so quirky, humor is laced through the intense storyline, and the spin on the supernatural is so fascinatingly creative, that you won't want to put this book down. I have a new favorite author to add to my preorder list.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2012

    Treat yourself!!!!!

    This book is so much fun! Zoey,Maurice and friends offer the reader a chance to drop everything and just enjoy a great entertainment! I'm sure there will be additional books---at least I hope so!

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  • Posted September 6, 2012

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    This was SUCH a fun read. I didn't really know how the author wa

    This was SUCH a fun read. I didn't really know how the author was going to play out this 'monster in my closet is baking me muffins' idea, but she took my doubts, twisted them around, turned them upside down and showed me that it was INDEED possible to make me love this.

    Not that I went in thinking I wouldn't. But I admit I was a tiny bit skeptical, though extremelly curious about this story.

    I didn't have a closet monster, but I had a 'Under the Bed Monster' as a kid. Unfortunately for me, I am not so lucky to go home and find IT baking me anything... : ( boo hoo hoo I would love one of those!

    Zoey is a great character. Very eccentric in the way that she dresses, she comes across off the bat, as someone who does not follow the crowd. She is very likeable, and the way she handled the way her life turned into the Twilight Zone overnight (literally), was pretty funny and entertaining. But essentially, she is just another normal girl with a few hidden talents that work well for her and her choice of career, who longs for love and some peace and quiet once in a while like all the rest of us. Unfortunately, a killer is thrown into the mix, and she is dragged into this mystery, especially when she realizes that the brides dropping dead are all connected to her!

    There wasn't a single supernatural character that I did not enjoy. Of course, the villain of this whole mess was not very likeable, but he is the villain after all. We don't want to like him. And he certainly gave me the creeps. But all the other characters that started showing up after Maurice made his big entrance in Zoey's kitchen were just as interesting or as lovable as Maurice himself, and I enjoyed reading about them all.

    And in regards to the hunky 'paramedic'. I don't care what you really do for a living. My heart went pitter-patter for you. (sigh)

    This was a great paranormal thriller, with lots of little comedic moments, a few emotional spots and heart warming scenes, and a little romance thrown in for good measure. I was entertained from the very beginning and had a hard time putting this book down. I can't wait to continue the series!

    I received a copy from the publisher/author courtesy of NetGalley.

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  • Posted July 31, 2012

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    Fun read about the monsters from our childhood

    We've all been afraid of monsters in our closet or under our beds when we were kids. But when Zoey was 5 years old, she really did have a monster in her closet. So imagine her surprise when she wakes up one morning and finds the closet monster from her childhood is not only sitting at her kitchen table, drinking coffee, reading the newspaper and humming... but making muffins as well! Not only are the monsters in our closets real but so are incubi, pixies and brownies as well. Apparently Zoey is a "helper". It's in her nature to help others and the "hidden" are starting to flock to Zoey for help, which is where she meets all these new and different creatures. Not only are these creatures of folklore real but apparently she has gained the unwanted attention of an incubus.

    Let me start out by quoting the first paragraph of the book, just so you get a snippet of how awesome this book is.

    "Of all the possible weapons I might have grabbed, I chose a toilet brush. The men's boxers and oversized Hello Kitty t-shirt I wore reinforced my feeling of absolute stupidity. I made a mental note to buy myself a baseball bat, should I live through the next few minutes. And maybe some grownup pajamas."

    I really liked this story. I liked all the creatures that Naquin brought to the table. I must admit that I had no idea what a brownie was at the time of reading this but when Zoey starts cleaning off barbie furniture for them to use when they show up to her house for help, you get a sense of their size and between that and her description of them, I could easily picture them in my mind. Not only were the creatures unique in the story but the humans that are involved are different as well. Zoey meets a guy at the beginning of the book named Andrew who can see auras, has an herb shop and can whip up a tea that can cure just about anything. Oh yeah... and he has a Fennec Fox as a pet! You see what I mean? Naquin not only wrote a fabulous story but she thought outside the box throughout the entire thing.

    If you are looking for a fun new urban fantasy that is not your typical vampire, shape shifter, angel, ghost... whatever... this is the book. You won't find ANY of the typical creatures that are in the mainstream books in Monster in My Closet.

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  • Posted July 30, 2012

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    Monster in My Closet is a breath of fresh air that isn't afraid

    Monster in My Closet is a breath of fresh air that isn't afraid to step outside the box. It has all the aspects of a book that I could ever hope for. Urban Fantasy, a dash of romance, paranormal creatures, and silly scenes. There was no doubt in my mind that this book is a must read just by reading the first line.

    "Of all the possible weapons I might have grabbed, I choose a toilet brush."

    The main character, Zoey, is an empath that always seems to draw in people that are in need. Upon confronting the intruder in her house she realizes it is the monster that terrified her once in her childhood. When hearing his relationship woes, she lets him crash at her house. It doesn't hurt that Maurice, the closet monster, can probably out cook gourmet chefs. It doesn't take long before the Hidden (paranormal creatures/beings) are actively seeking Zoey's assistance.

    Zoey finds herself as the book goes on. She takes control of her power, and learns how to use it. She kind of has to since not all of the paranormal beings are nice and cuddly. There is a succubus that wants to get his emotional fix and Zoey is at the top of his list. She has to find a way to stop him before everyone around her dies.

    Monster in My Closet was a great read that I recommend if you are looking for something light and unique.

    Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for an honest review via NetGalley.

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