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T. C. LoTempioT. C. LoTempio<div class="ExternalClass413797BC679F45F2B14CCBFEBD33CD46"><h2><em>​</em><em>Murder Faux Paws, A Nick and Nora Mystery</em> by T. C. LoTempio</h2><p><a href="https://phoenix.overdrive.com/phoenix-phoenixpl/content/media/8725584" target="_blank">​eBook</a><br><a href="https://phoenix.overdrive.com/phoenix-phoenixpl/content/media/8871960" target="_blank">eAudiobook</a></p><p><a href="https://phoenix.overdrive.com/phoenix-phoenixpl/content/media/8871960" target="_blank"></a></p><div><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">Award-winning and national bestselling author T. C. (Toni) LoTempio has been a lover of mysteries ever since she read her first <em>Nancy Drew</em> at age eight. Born in New York City, she was a New Jersey resident until retiring from her day job and moving to Phoenix in March of 2020, where she now resides with her two cats, Rocco and Maxx.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></p></div><div><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">The first book in her <em>Nick and Nora</em> mystery series,<em> Meow If It's Murder</em>, was published in December of 2014 and earned her the title of National Bestselling Author. The latest book in this series, <em>Murder Faux Paws</em>, was the recipient of the 2022 Firebird Award for Best Cozy Mystery. Book number six in the series,<em> A Purr Before Dying</em>, will be out next February from Beyond the Page publishing.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></p></div><div><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">T. C. is also the author of two other series, the <em>Cat Rescue</em> series, published by Crooked Lane, and the <em>Urban Tails Pet Shop</em> mysteries, published by Beyond the Page. The latest in the pet shop mysteries, <em>Killers of a Feather</em>, was released June 21, 2022.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></p></div><div><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">When she’s not busy penning cozies, T.C. enjoys reading mysteries, biographies and true crime fiction. She and Rocco are also supporters of Kids Need to Read, a charity based out of Mesa, Arizona that provides books to disadvantaged children. Find out more here: </span><span title="Sorry, Word can't open this link in a browser. To go to this link, please open this document in the desktop version of Microsoft Word." data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><span data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink"><a href="http://www.kidsneedtoread.org/" target="_blank">www.kidsneedtoread.org</a></span></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"> </span></p><p><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"><br></span></p><h3><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}">Q + A</span></h3><p>​<br></p></div><h4><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">What inspired you to write this book?</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span><br></h4><div><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">The <em>Nick and Nora</em> series was inspired by my own tuxedo cat Rocco (who writes his own blog, <em>Cats, Books and More Cats!</em>). One rainy afternoon I was laying on my couch in New Jersey watching </span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><em>The Thin Man</em></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"> when Rocco, a twenty-pounder, jumped onto my chest. That started me thinking . . . what if Nick Charles were killed, but came back as a cat? And the <em>Nick and Nora</em> mystery series was born!</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW74588383 BCX8" style="background-color:transparent;white-space:pre-wrap;margin:0px;padding:0px;color:#500050;font-size:12pt;line-height:20.5042px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span><span class="EOP SCXW74588383 BCX8" data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}" style="background-color:transparent;white-space:pre-wrap;margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:20.5042px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;color:#500050;"> </span></p></div><h4><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">What attracted you to this genre?</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></h4><div><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">I've been attracted to mysteries ever since I read my first <em>Nancy Drew, </em></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><em>The Secret in the Old Attic</em></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">, at age 8. My mother was also a big mystery lover, so it wasn't long before I graduated to Erle Stanley Gardner and Agatha Christie! It continues today, primarily cozies, with more favorite authors than I can list,  many of whom are friends!</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW74588383 BCX8" style="background-color:transparent;white-space:pre-wrap;margin:0px;padding:0px;color:#500050;font-size:12pt;line-height:20.5042px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span><span class="EOP SCXW74588383 BCX8" data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}" style="background-color:transparent;white-space:pre-wrap;margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:20.5042px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;color:#500050;"> </span></p></div><div><h4><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">What book are you currently reading?</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></h4></div><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><em>Forgotten in Death</em></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"> by J. D. Robb</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></p><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW74588383 BCX8" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;overflow:visible;cursor:text;clear:both;direction:ltr;color:#000000;font-family:"segoe ui", "segoe ui web", arial, verdana, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><p class="Paragraph SCXW74588383 BCX8" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;white-space:pre-wrap;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US" style="color:#777777;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;font-size:1em;background-color:rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.85);">Are you writing anything now? If so, when will it come out?</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}" style="color:#777777;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;font-size:1em;background-color:rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.85);"> </span></p></div><div><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">I just finished my second pet shop mystery, </span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><em>Killers of a Feather</em></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">, which was released June 21 from Beyond the Page. The sixth <em>Nick and Nora</em> mystery, </span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><em>A Purr Before Dying</em></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">, will be released February 2023.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW74588383 BCX8" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;overflow:visible;cursor:text;clear:both;direction:ltr;color:#000000;font-family:"segoe ui", "segoe ui web", arial, verdana, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><p class="Paragraph SCXW74588383 BCX8" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;white-space:pre-wrap;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW74588383 BCX8" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;color:#500050;font-size:12pt;line-height:20.5042px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span><span class="EOP SCXW74588383 BCX8" data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:20.5042px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;color:#500050;"> </span></p></div><div><h4><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">If you weren't a writer, what would you do?</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></h4></div><div><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">I can't imagine not being a writer, but if I weren’t . . . I'd probably own a pet shop or a mystery bookstore.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW74588383 BCX8" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;overflow:visible;cursor:text;clear:both;direction:ltr;color:#000000;font-family:"segoe ui", "segoe ui web", arial, verdana, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><p class="Paragraph SCXW74588383 BCX8" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;white-space:pre-wrap;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW74588383 BCX8" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:11pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW74588383 BCX8" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"></span></span><span class="EOP SCXW74588383 BCX8" data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:11pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> ​</span></p></div><p><br></p></div>

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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