Monster in My Closet

Monster in My Closet

by R. L. Naquin

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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...

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426894138
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 07/30/2012
Series: Monster Haven (Zoey Donovan) Series , #1
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 130,844
File size: 679 KB

About 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

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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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Monster in My Closet 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure I'd like this, although I like quirky stories and paranormal, but I loved it and bought all the other books and I have just kept loving it. The characters are fun although implausible, but hey, that's paranormal mysteries for you. Their is romance, danger, mystery and real attachments that pull you in. There are suggestions that things are more complex than they seem and each book unwraps new issues. It's a fun series I truly enjoy. I don't hint at the story, that's why you read, but I will tell you it's a fun ride.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unusual cast of characters -- quirky, fun.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An all around fun read.
elyth35 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my first time reading anything by this author and I was entertained from beginning to end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my second time reading this series and is just as much fun as the first time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Super fun read written by intelligent author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like supernatural creatures, characters you care about, and a bit of romance this book is for you. It is immediately quirky and it draws you into Zoey's life quickly. After meeting the closet monster in her kitchen you can't wait to see what's next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lighthearted, quirky read with interesting and loveable characters. I'm a definite fan! What a great read this was!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lots of fun. Awesome series. 5 stars each book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm only on page 111 but I have to say I LOVE THIS BOOK SO FAR!!!! Best thing I've read in a really long time...Can't wait to read the rest of them!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Remember!!! YOU ARE BETTER THAT THOSE BULLIES WILL EVER BE. They might pick on you because they dont know the full story. Try to explain this to somevtrusted teachers... .ight help. GO GET EM GAL
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Be confident in yourself. Don't worry about what others say. Be yourself. We'll cheer you on. <br> ~&#9788minious &#10008
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Because that's what I'm experiencing right now. Lack of confidence, self-doubt, reluctance. I don't know how people will accept me dressing as a girl. In the eyes of the people I know, I'll be a stranger, and liar for hiding this for so long. I'll probably be taunted and perhaps even physically bullied. I haven't been bullied at all in the past three years. I don't want to go back to that. <br> And even if I do transition, won't people just see me as a boy pretending to be a girl? I should have started this a long time ago, that's one of the thoughts that keeps haunting me. Now that I'm through puberty, I can never be the girl I want to be. Another question I have is, which bathroom will I use? And how do I make up for my deep voice? I've never recorded myself while trying to talk in a girl voice, so I don't know how good it is. And what if I can't blend in? <br> I just want to be a normal girl! I'm missing sixteen years, almost seventeen, of my life that other girls haven't! Times like these, I think that maybe I should just continue my aimless existence as a slightly effeminate boy. <br> But then I remember my next Halloween costume, and wanting to wear a dress to Prom. Those things fill me with at least a little bit of hope, that maybe, just maybe, I can make it through the troubles and get to those goals. <br> I'm not sure if I'm just having a bad week, or maybe I really am reconsidering going through this after all. Either way, I think I need help. ^AliCat^
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this series! The snark and humor of the heroine make me laugh out loud causing people around me to stare at me debating if the should call 911 for an escaped mental patient. Which would be awesome if a hot paramedic like Riley would show up to evaluate me. I'm sure I could convince him I needed mouth-to-mouth resusitation!! My only one little irritation-why did it take so long for Zoey to figure out what was wrong with Sara? As soon as I read that Sara wasn't her usual self I knew what was wrong. It just didn't ring true that it took her sooooooo long and she still didn't figure it out until evidence of the problem was before her very eyes at the end of the book. This will not keep me from this series and I have already purchased all of the books available. Please write faster! I look forward to many, many more adventures of Zoey. Did I mention please many, many, many more stories???
necrodog More than 1 year ago
This book (first in the series) is an excellent introduction to an alternate reality: turns out all those fantasy creatures we remember aren't fantasy. The plot is good and the characters well-developed. I read a wide variety of fiction, but what I uniformly require is that the characters are engaging and make me want to know more. This series delivers nicely.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sat. Hey.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the fresh approach to new creatures
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hilarity ensues. Trust me once you read one you wont stop until you have read them all. I am eagerly awaiting book #5
BettyHanawa More than 1 year ago
Great book. Wonderful characters, much humor. &quot;Monster in my Closet&quot; was a Bookbub recommendation, either free or nearly so and the title amused me. I enjoyed it so much I've already downloaded the rest in the series and pre-ordered  the next one. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago