Toni LoTempio is an author of paranormal romance/mystery and Young Adult fantasy fiction. While she prefers to write “on the lighter side” she has penned some dark fantasy as well. Her first novel, BOUND BY BLOOD, was published by Whiskey Creek Press in 2007, followed by EBONY. Toni is also a reporter for a pulp magazine devoted to collectors of antique childrens literature,SUSABELLA PASSENGERS AND FRIENDS, and as of February 2011 is the suspense reviewer/columnist for NIGHT OWL REVIEWS. Toni has two “indie” e-books out so far, NO REST FOR THE WICCA, a paranormal romance, and MY SUPERHERO SISTER, a YA Fantasy, available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords. Toni is currently at work on another paranormal romance and plans to release more indies this year. She resides in NJ with her four muses, Rocco, Maxx, Gata and Trixie. You can catch up with her at www.catsbooksmorecats.blogspot.com
Sydney McCall left behind an ex-fiancé and a New York advertising job to return home to Deer Park, North Carolina and help her sister, Kat, run the local animal shelter, Friendly Paws. Determined to save the shelter from financial trouble, Sydney and Kat organize a cat café fundraising event at a local coffee shop. Things are looking up until their landlord, Trowbridge Littleton, threatens to shut down the event. When Sydney drops by his art gallery to make peace, she finds Kat--along with Littleton's dead body.
Local homicide detective Will Worthington--who just happens to be Sydney's old high school crush--is highly suspicious of the sisters' involvement. Desperate to clear their names from the suspect list, Sydney pounces on the investigation. With the help of one of the shelter cats, a savvy orange tabby named Toby, Sydney begins poking her nose into other local businesses whose owners may have benefited from Littleton's death--until the killer notices she's pawing a little too closely at the truth.
Delightfully clever and charming, Purr M for Murder, the first in a new series from nationally bestselling author T. C. LoTempio, will leave readers clawing for more.
Nick and Nora aren’t just pussyfooting around this time as they deal with a missing person’s case and murder.
While catering a gala for the Cruz Museum, Nora Charles agrees to look into the disappearance of director Violet Crenshaw’s niece, a case previously undertaken by her frisky feline friend Nick’s former owner, a private eye whose whereabouts are also currently unknown.
As Nora and her curious cat Nick pull at the string of Zlues, they begin to unravel a twisted tale of coded messages, theft, false identities, murder, and international espionage. Nora dares to hope that the labyrinth of leads will not only help them locate the missing young woman, but also solve the disappearance of the detective. That’s if Nora can stay alive long enough to find him...
INCLUDES DELICIOUS SANDWICH RECIPES
“The purrfect sleuthy duo”* is back, and this time murder hits close to home for Nora Charles and her partner Nick, a stealthy little feline gumshoe groomed to solve a shocking crime.
Since inheriting her mother’s sandwich shop, Nora Charles is more about hot grilled paninis than cold-blooded murder—until her sister Lacey is arrested. The victim, an esteemed art collector and Lacey’s bullying professor, was stabbed in the heart. Apparently, all over a lousy grade.
Off campus, things were just as dicey. The prof had an ex with secrets, a trophy wife set to inherit a fortune in masterworks, and a scorned student mistress. Going undercover, Nora realizes that investigating this crime is the biggest test of her sleuthing career. Because if she fails, even Nick’s animal instinct won’t be enough to rescue Lacey from a perfectly executed framing.
INCLUDES DELICIOUS SANDWICH RECIPES
Nora Charles doesn’t believe in fate, even if she is a crime reporter who shares a name with a character from The Thin Man. In fact, she’s moving back to Cruz, California, to have a quieter life. But after finding an online magazine eager for material, and a stray cat named Nick with a talent for detection, Nora’s not just reporting crimes again. She’s uncovering them?
Back in her hometown, Nora reconnects with old friends and makes some new ones, like Nick, the charming feline who seems determined to be her cat. But not everything about Cruz is friendly. Writing for a local online magazine, Nora investigates the curious death of socialite Lola Grainger. Though it was deemed an accident, Nora suspects foul play. And it seems that her cat does too.
Apparently, Nick used to belong to a P.I. who disappeared while investigating Lola Grainger’s death. The coincidence is spooky, but not as spooky as the clues Nick spells out for her with Scrabble letters?clues that lead her down an increasingly dangerous path. Whether fate put her on this case or not, solving it will take all of Nora’s wits, and maybe a few of Nick’s nine lives.
Raven Grace was just an ordinary girl before a demon's bite turned her into a shifter. When another girl is attacked in a similar fashion, Raven journeys to parallel time and enlists the aid of hunky operative Finn McPhee to ensure justice is served.
Vicki Winters didnt' want to move to Ebony Falls with her dad, a powerful warlock, but after her parents divorced her mortal mother found it a bit tough to cope with a daughter who could turn back Time. Things start to look up after shemakes a new friend and meets the darky brooding vampire Alyn Nash, she even gets a job on the local paper. Things go smoothly until she's threatened by a demon after he follows her love advice. And while coping with all that, Vicki makes another startling discovery: she possesses yet another ability that will not only affect her life, but that of those around her.
This compilation is 60,000 words. Proceeds go to Kids Need to Read - Nathan Fillion's charity that promotes literacy and ignites imagination.
Foreword by Amanda Hocking Take twelve paranormal authors. Toss them together in one anthology. Add a dash of romance, a pinch of humor and a dollop of mystery. Stir in a few ghosts, a handful of sorcerers and garnish with magic for the perfect witch's brew.
Raven Grace was a college senior with ambitions of a career in law enforcement when she met the demon Aega, whose bite turned her from mortal to Shapeshifter. Now a member of the Recovery Organization, Raven keeps the peace between humans and errant Hellhounds, trolls, wizards and the like – but her secret ambition is to track down Aega and bring him to justice. A chance encounter gives her the opportunity she seeks – in a universe that exists parallel to her own!
Recovery Captain Finn McPhee doesn’t know what to make of the strange girl who’s entered his universe – and his heart – But Raven’s quest coincides with his own investigation, a series of murders committed by a serial killer. Complicating matters is the fact Finn is a Mentos – mind-prober- which means Raven has to keep her lusty thoughts under wraps. Seeking answers, Finn takes Raven to the magickal underworld, where an ancient fae informs them the demon’s quest is rooted in Scottish mythology and magick. As they delve deeper into legend, the truth comes to light—Aega is only a pawn, subservient to another, darker demon…a being who knows the truth about Raven’s heritage, and who orchestrated her return to this parallel universe for the ultimate showdown. Now, Finn and Raven find their passion for one another must take a backseat to Raven’s battle with a dark force who won’t be satisfied until he’s claimed her soul for his very own…
Holly Hamilton has always been perturbed by the way her older sister, Ellen, seems to get everything. It's especially tough living in the shadow of your sister's cape when she's a super heroine named Suprema!
With one super-parent and one not, it was inevitable that the girls would turn out different. Unfortunately for Holly, she takes after her earthling mother. Ellen has taken over their retired father’s role as Century City's reigning superhero, balancing school and super-duties with remarkable ease while it’s a struggle for Holly to get through her English class without mishap, not to mention those Cheer Squad tryouts!
The girls learn their father’s old nemeses, Anti-Hero, has escaped from his Space Prison, and they’re concerned – Anti-Hero nullified their father’s powers once – what else does he have in store for him and Suprema? When another teen superhero extraordinaire appears on the scene, they’re even more puzzled. Who is Magna Boy? Is he friend or foe? And does he have a connection to Anti-Hero? The appearance of two new guys at school, teen heartthrob Tad Barker and nerd Ed McGee, set Holly and her sister to wondering—and arguing—could one of them be the new super kid on the block? If so, which one?
Working with her friend Mona and her scientist uncle, Holly finally uncovers Anti-Hero’s dastardly plot – he intends to capture Suprema and Magna Boy and siphon their powers for himself! Before she can warn her sibling, however, Anti-Hero strikes and captures the superheroes. Now it’s up to Holly to use her ingenuity and prove to everyone, but most of all herself, that you don’t’ have to be a superhero for good to win out over evil…or to nab a super-boyfriend, either!
Communing with the dead is an everyday occurrence for PI Morgan Hawkes. A half-Wiccan witch who can commune with spirits of those caught between worlds, Morgan uses her talents to exorcise the trapped ghost or demon as part of the Paranormal Investigation Squad – until a string of murders with a voodoo slant prompts the Special Forces Agency to ask for her assistance. Someone’s killing pureblood witches- and the SFA’s convinced Morgan’s heritage (her father was a voodoo priest) could be instrumental in solving the mystery. Teamed with dashing SF agent Cole St. John – an Inheritor Vampire that sets her blood racing – the two of them fight their attraction for each other as they race to stop a madman from unleashing a demonic force upon the world.
Secretary by day, writer by night, Casey Catherine Farraday's given up all hope of the world ever knowing her talent-until her agent calls with the happy news she's sold her book! The flip side is, they think the author's a man! As if that weren't enough to cope with, there's also Casey's handsome neighbor.the man across the hall, Mr. Apartment A. His matinee idol looks set her heart to fluttering-and what's more, he seems to like cats.
Millionaire playboy Preston Frawley inherited McCarron Publishing from his mother and wants to spruce the company up a bit so it can be sold. His editor and former lover thinks she's struck gold with author K. C.
Starling and his sexy tome, Steam Heat. But what really makes Preston's heart race is his lovely next door neighbor, a sweet, innocent girl with not a deceptive bone in her body, or so he thinks.
Will Casey and Preston get together? Or will Casey's alter-ego, K.C. Starling, end up ripping them apart? Find out in Nom de Plume, a romantic comedy about love, opportunity, and the age-old battle of the sexes.
Publisher’s Note: Toni LoTempio is also the author of the Thriller-Horror titles BOUND BY BLOOD and EBONY, both available from Whiskey Creek Press.