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Uninspired Muse (Mt. Olympus Employment Agency: Muse #3)
Now that Wynter has done her stint in the Underworld, she’s back at the Mt. Olympus Employment Agency. But what does her future look like now that she’s a Legacy in the company? Only the Fates know for sure…
Wynter Greene has finally hit her groove. She’s back at work in the Muse department and doing a fantastic job. Her newly reunited family gives her a sense of belonging and self-confidence she’s never had before. And she hasn’t annihilated any romantic relationships in quite a while—mostly because she’s avoided them.
But if mythology teaches anything, it’s not to get cocky when the gods are listening.
Wynter’s clients have been taken away, replaced by a morose artist with an ominous deadline. And her grandmother’s crush on a mortal puts the goddess’s powers on the fritz, which places Phyllis the philodendron in danger. While Wynter’s busy trying to help everyone else, her own fear of heartbreak could destroy her chance at true love forever.
The Fates seem to be trying to tell her something. But is love really the answer to everything?
The Alchemist’s Notebook (The Village Alchemist #1)
As Salt City’s only alchemist, Malcolm Ward has been minding his own business for the last ten years. His shop, The Village Alchemist, caters to mages, mystics, and magic wannabes—including Tommy DeLuce, the mayor’s son. But when a fire elemental kills Tommy, the city council demands that Mal investigate.
The trail from the fire elemental to Tommy isn’t exactly a straight line; it’s more like a circle. An elemental means alchemy, but everyone assumed Mal was the only alchemist in town. Now he’s taking it personally.
Malcolm’s alchemical mojo is a bit rusty, so he’ll need help from his friends in the metaphysical community to uncover the truth about Tommy’s death. And he needs to do it soon, before more customers go missing.
The Alchemist’s Notebook is the first book in The Village Alchemist series.
Unamused Muse (Mt. Olympus Employment Agency: Muse #2)
Naquin continues to bring her trademark humor and magic to the home of the gods and goddesses on Mt. Olympus in the second book of the Mt. Olympus Employment Agency: Muse series.
Wynter Greene, newly minted Muse at the Mt. Olympus Employment Agency, is on loan for six weeks to Hades, CEO of Underworld, LLC. Not a bad gig, if she doesn’t mind running errands across the River Styx. She hardly ever has to clean up after the three-headed dogs that guard the front gates. But she could do without so many people eager to fix her up on what literally amount to blind dates from Hell.
All Wynter wants to do is get her six weeks over with so she and Phyllis, her talking plant, can go home, and she can go back to work inspiring people. If she can keep from screwing up on this job, she’ll get a clean slate at Mt. Olympus.
Stripped of her Muse title, Wynter discovers she still can’t stop herself from inspiring people, even when the people she’s encouraging are supposed to be trapped in eternal torment.
Not the best way to win points with her new boss.
Undercover Gorgon: A Mt. Olympus Employment Agency Miniseries
When R.L. Naquin started writing her Mt. Olympus Employment Agency series, she didn’t realize her strange and wonderful characters would vie for her attention.
In Undercover Gorgon, Naquin shines the spotlight on the agency’s gorgon receptionist, Patrice. This previously published short story is now the #0 episode in an ongoing miniseries that takes a look at the woman behind the headsnakes and mirrored sunglasses.
Patrice has never been comfortable in her own skin. At midnight on her twentieth birthday, her magical Stealth Insurance lapses, leaving her with a headful of live snakes and an aversion to bright light. Now she understands why being human never felt quite right.
Finally in the green skin the gods intended for her, Patrice moves into her new life as a receptionist at the Mt. Olympus Employment Agency. The day job sucks. But sometimes, a problem comes across Patrice’s desk she believes only she can solve. After hours, the magical items in the offices upstairs are left hanging on the walls unused. Who’s going to notice if she borrows a pair of winged sneakers, an arrow tipped with love dust, or a pair of enchanted scissors?
Everything will work out fine—as long as she doesn’t get caught.
Episode #1 — “Witches War”
Patrice is finally comfortable in her life as a gorgon. By day, she rules the Mt. Olympus reception area with a fist of iron, a glare of stone, and a headful of snakes. After hours, she sneaks around “borrowing” magical items from other departments to aid in her secret missions to help people behind the scenes.
She thinks she’s covered her tracks until a powerful goddess comes to her for a favor. If Patrice agrees to help, she could start a war with all the witches of ancient Greece.
But if she refuses, she could anger the most powerful witch of all.
Episode #2 — “Lost & Found”
Word is getting around about Patrice’s illegal, after-hours sleuthing. Circe, a fierce and dangerous witch, has lost track of her only daughter and insists that Patrice track the girl down. Patrice can’t refuse the job, since Circe is threatening to rat her out to the bosses upstairs, but at least there’s a large wad of cash involved.
The clues lead everywhere and nowhere, and the search causes serious complications to Patrice’s fledgling romance with a certain blue-eyed delivery guy.
Unfortunately, things aren’t what they seem, and somebody may be pulling a fast one at Patrice’s expense.
Unfinished Muse (Mt. Olympus Employment Agency: Muse #1)
From R.L. Naquin, author of the popular Monster Haven series, comes the first novel a new series.
In Unfinished Muse, Naquin builds a new world where Mt. Olympus isn’t just a home for the gods, it’s a business.
Wynter Greene is a chronic quitter—in work, in life, and in love. When she quits a job, a boyfriend, and a seemingly minor craft project all in one day, the dormant deity blood in her veins triggers a Welcome Package from the gods. A talking—and singing—houseplant named Phyllis bullies Wynter into taking a job at the Mt. Olympus Employment Agency.
Stuck with a job in the Muse department, Wynter discovers that helping others finish what they start isn’t easy, especially for someone who can’t seem to finish anything of her own. And how is Wynter supposed to focus on anything when that guy from the Dreams and Nightmares department keeps distracting her with his rippling muscles and magnetic stare?
Wynter needs to figure her job out soon. Each failure is a tick mark on her record, and if she continues to miss her deadlines, she’ll be reassigned to the Underworld as a dog walker.
And scooping poop for a giant three-headed dog is nobody’s ideal career.
All Manner of Dark Things: Collected Bits and Pieces
From horror writer Jack Campbell, Jr. comes All Manner of Dark Things, a collection of stories that uncover the darkness within the human mind. Bottle Cap Publishing is proud to offer this short story collection, now available on Amazon.com.
A small town hangs a murderer. An ancient civilization is threatened by a cannibal horde. A psychopath pursues his most insidious desires. In the first collection from Jack Campbell Jr., you will find tales of obsession, paranoia, lust, greed, vengeance, and insanity. You will find both the supernatural and the psychological. Inside, you will find all manner of dark things.
“Just a great fable” – A. W. Gifford, editor of Bete Noir, on “The Flute of the Dead”
“A brutal, very moving story” – N. K. Wagner, editor of Page and Spine, on “A Burial”
“An unusual, beautiful love story” – Cindy Rosmus, editor of Yellow Mama, on “Mercury Beach”
All Manner of Dark Things is edited by Sara E. Lundberg.
Transmonstrified: Stories from Monster Haven and Other Places Close to Home
R.L. Naquin, author of the Monster Haven series, shares an assortment of stories from places just outside the world we know. These pages are filled with friendly monsters, dueling witches, floating ice fish, chupacabra taxidermy, and escalators leading to Heaven and Hell.
This collection includes two brand-new Monster Haven tales. Find out how Riley got his job in “Reaper’s Tale,” and join Kam the djinn as she chases down a ghost with unfinished salon business in “Shampoo Girl.” Plus, as a bonus, this collection includes three previously released Monster Haven stories – just in case you missed them.
Also, take a peek into the new world of the Mount Olympus Employment Agency (series coming in 2015) with “Unmatched Cupid” and “Undercover Gorgon.”
Transmonstrified offers quick reads for when the boss leaves the room to get coffee and longer ones for when that chatty lady on the plane won’t be quiet. Eighteen stories filled with magic and oddities await.
Because everybody needs a little magic.
Transmonstrified is the first short story collection offered by Bottle Cap Publishing, and is edited by Sara E. Lundberg.