Interview and Giveaway: Raven’s Kiss by Toni Lotempio


Hello!  I’m Toni LoTempio, author of Paranormal Romance/Romantic Suspense/YA Fantasy!  I’ve been writing ever since I was old enough to read, when I didn’t like the endings of the stories my mother read me I simply rewrote them J  Even though I write mainly in the paranormal genre, I have also written straight horror, as well as contemporary romance/suspense.
In 1995, I joined the staff of SUSABELLA PASSENGERS AND FRIENDS, a pulp magazine for collectors of antique children’s literature (Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, etc.)  Currently I’ve written over 300 articles for that magazine, and I was the first recipient of their Margaret Sutton Award for Distinguished Writing in 1998.  I joined the staff of NIGHT OWL REVIEWS IN January 2011 as the suspense reviewer/columnist.  My column, DARK STREETS, which features articles on suspense authors and their novels, is featured on a monthly basis. I love to spotlight new talent, so if you’re a suspense author, please contact me!
In 2007, Whiskey Creek Press published BOUND BY BLOOD, a tale of possession, and EBONY, which deals with zombies and the dark side of man. EBONY was #2 on the Fictionwise bestseller list for e-books for the month of July 2007, beating out Stephen King’s Lisey’s Story. (and no one was more shocked than I, LOL) In 2010, after countless attempts to land another agent, I took the advice of a fellow author HP Mallory, and self published NO REST FOR THE WICCA, which has been on Amazon’s list of top one hundred in Occult since March 2011.  My short story, THE SACRIFICE, appears in the e-published anthology KISS ME KILL ME, and I also have a YA fantasy, MY SUPERHERO SISTER on B&N and Amazon.  A complete listing of my books appears at the end of this bio.
Currently single, I work full time and live in Clifton, NJ, with  my muses:  Rocco, Maxx, Gata and Trixie.  (Rocco is also known as Rocco the SciFi Blogging Cat and has appeared on the SciFi Saturday Night website and radio show, and also on the Kids Need To Read website where he holds the distinction of being the first (and possibly only!) blogging cat to support this charity!)
I love hearing from fans, so please feel free to friend me on FACEBOOK, and visit my website,  Rocco and I post daily M-F on his blog,
Toni LoTempio Books:
Bound by Blood – Whiskey Creek Press, trade paperback & e-book, Feb. 2007 (paranormal suspense)
Ebony – Whiskey Creek Press, trade paperback & e-book, July 2007 (paranormal suspense)
Witch’s Pawn – Echelon Press, trade paperback & e-book, December 2008 (horror)
Nom de Plume – Whiskey Creek Press, trade paperback & e-book, November 2008 (contemporary romance)
It’s in the Cards – Whiskey Creek Press, e-book, February 2010 – (paranormal romance)
Out of the Ashes – Whiskey Creek Press, e-book, May 2010 – Fantasy
No Rest for the Wicca – Amazon & B&N Pub-It, e-book, September 2010 – paranormal suspense
My Superhero Sister – Amazon & B&N Pub-It, e-book, Trade Paperback – January 2011 – YA Fantasy
Kiss Me, Kill Me – Amazon & B&N Pub-It, e-book anthology –February 2011 – Short Story, “The Sacrifice”
Raven’s Kiss – Amazon & B&N Pub-It, e-book, & Trade Paperback April, 2011 – Paranormal Romance


What inspired you to write this book? 

 I wanted to write a book without my staple of vampires, and I’ve always been fascinated by the concept of parallel time ever since I first saw it on Dark Shadows, so I just did some research and decided on Shapeshifters. I mean, think about it. You can turn yourself into anything you want? That’s kinda cool.

What is your favorite screen? 

 By screen I assume you mean movie? Gone with the Wind hands down. It’s got it all, romance, drama, and a kick-ass heroine.

Who was the hardest character to write? 

Finn, simply because at times it’s hard for me to get inside a man’s head
Which character was the easies for you to connect with? – Raven, without a doubt. I took a lot of my qualities (especially the snarkiness) and infused her with them.

Was there anything taken out of the book that you were upset about? 

since it’s self-published, no. but I have worked with editors who have removed stuff that I scratched my head over

Who is the biggest inspiration in your life? 

My friend Vi who lives in Arizona- she is, as I’ve always said, My Muse

Is there anything that inspires you that you have never told anyone about? 

sometimes when it’s quiet and I think about my parents, and how much I miss them – their belief in me and my writing has always inspired me.

Quick Questions:

Black or White – Charcoal Gray
Coke or Pepsi – neither – Iced Tea
Cat or Dog – Hah, Cat definitely (or the four I have at home will kill me)
Cake or Ice Cream – I’m an ice cream gal – especially pistachio
Summer or Winter – Fall
Print books or ebooks – Print! I’m old fashioned that way J

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3 responses to “Interview and Giveaway: Raven’s Kiss by Toni Lotempio

  1. Interesting interview – I've never tried Pistachio ice cream but it does sound nice! 🙂

  2. (not entering) Awesome interview, I love Gone With the Wind too 🙂

  3. Thank you for hosting me! I enjoyed it!

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