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Jun. 26th, 2016

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Sunday Quote anticipates monsoon season

Originally published at BethCato.com. You can comment here or there.

“I’m a real self-educated kind of guy. I read voraciously. Every book I ever bought, I have. I can’t throw it away. It’s physically impossible to leave my hand! Some of them are in warehouses. I’ve got a library that I keep the ones I really really like. I look around my library some nights and I do these terrible things to myself–I count up the books and think, how long I might have to live and think, ‘F@#%k, I can’t read two-thirds of these books.’ It overwhelms me with sadness.”
~David Bowie, quoted in the Daily Beast in a 2002

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Jun. 23rd, 2016

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Excerpt from Auston Habershaw’s NO GOOD DEED

Originally published at BethCato.com. You can comment here or there.

I’m happy to welcome Auston Habershaw to my site! The second book in his Saga of the Redeemed series came out Tuesday from Harper Voyager Impulse. You can read an excerpt here today, and grab the full book for only $2.99!

More about No Good Deed:

No Geed Deed

Cursed with a magic ring that forbids skullduggery, Tyvian Reldamar’s life of crime is sadly behind him. Now reduced to fencing moldy relics and wheedling favors from petty nobility, he’s pretty sure his life can’t get any worse.

That is until he hears that his old nemesis, Myreon Alafarr, has been framed for a crime she didn’t commit and turned to stone in a penitentiary garden. Somebody is trying to get his attention, and that somebody is playing a very high-stakes game that will draw Tyvian and his friends back to the city of his birth and right under the noses of the Defenders he’s been dodging for so long. And that isn’t even the worst part. The worst part is that the person pulling all the strings is none other than the most powerful sorceress in the West: Lyrelle Reldamar.

Tyvian’s own mother.

 


Now for sale:

Amazon | B&N | Harper Collins | Google Play | iBooks


 

No Good Deed Excerpt

Prologue

The main courtroom in Keeper’s Court, Saldor’s hall of justice, had five sides, one for each of the arcane energies that made up the world. The accused stood in the center, chained by the wrist to a large squat stone at the center of the floor. Dull, black, and trapezoidal, “the Block” was so old that the courtroom itself was several centuries its junior. It was said that, in the old days, the condemned would have their heads struck off the moment the verdict was read. Those were primitive times, however—blood was no longer spilled in the Saldorian courts. They had other ways of making the condemned regret their actions. Ways that would not stain the woodwork or upset any children present.

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Jun. 22nd, 2016

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#SFFchat on Wednesday, Plus Huge Book Giveaway

Originally published at BethCato.com. You can comment here or there.

About #SFFchat

Back in December, a bunch of Harper Voyager US/UK authors got together on the #SFFchat hashtag to talk about writing, publishing, and the sci-fi/fantasy genre with aspiring SF/F authors. We had a fantastic discussion (read the highlights), so we’re going to do it again.

On Wednesday, June 22nd at 3pm Eastern and 9pm Eastern, 18 Voyager authors will be answering questions on Twitter under the #SFFchat hashtag. Each chat will last an hour. We’re also doing a massive giveaway of Voyager e-books and print books, which you can enter using the widget below. All are welcome! Please join us if you want to talk about SF/F and maybe win some free books. A list of what you might win:

The Brass Giant- Brooke Johnson
The Oldest Trick- Auston Habershaw
Elixir: A Changeling P.I. Novel- Ruth Vincent
Desert Rising- Kelley Grant
Breath of Earth- Beth Cato
The Rogue Retrieval- Dan Koboldt
Grudging: Birth of Saints- Michelle Hauck
Mercury Retrograde- Laura Bicklel
Across the Long Sea- Sara Remy
Los Nefilim (print)- Teresa Frohock
Dissension- Stacey Berg
Three Days in April- Edward Ashton
Unexpected Rain- Jason LaPier
Hero Born- Andy Livingstone
Shadow of the void- Nathan Garrison
Darkhaven- Afe Smith
The Drowning God- James Kendley

If you’re an author seeking representation or publication, we hope you’ll also join the #SFFpit Twitter pitching event on Thursday, June 23rd.

BONUS: And the Voyager authors have started a Facebook group just for SFF fans called SFF Junkies. It’s a new place to hang out and talk SFF books or even writing. You can find it in the rafflecopter or use this link.

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Bready or Not: Cato BBQ Rib Rub

Originally published at BethCato.com. You can comment here or there.

Today I’m providing my personal favorite, tested-a-gazillion times rub recipe for pork ribs.

Bready or Not: Cato BBQ Rib Rub

How you cook the ribs is up to you. My husband has a smoker, so he smokes these things for hours for delicious, succulent results.

Bready or Not: Cato BBQ Rib Rub

However, using this rub, you could barbecue ribs on a grill, or bake them in the oven. The choice is yours!

Bready or Not: Cato BBQ Rib Rub

The amounts stated in this recipe will cover about 5 pounds of meat. If you have leftover mix that hasn’t been in contact with raw meat, jar it and save it for later. You can also double or triple the recipe with that in mind.

Bready or Not: Cato BBQ Rib Rub

I have made this with several types of paprika. I favor smoked paprika, but all kinds worked well. I have also made this with fresh oregano and dried. You could certainly substitute or add other herbs, too.

Bready or Not: Cato BBQ Rib Rub

Whenever I find ribs on a good sale, we use this recipe. It’s one we often make for when company comes over, too. Everyone leaves full and happy!

Bready or Not: Cato BBQ Rib Rub

Bready or Not: Cato BBQ Rib Rub

A Bready or Not Original! This rub mix will cover about 5 pounds of your favorite pork ribs; baby back ribs are excellent. If you have leftover mix that hasn’t been in contact with raw meat, jar it and save it for later! You can double or triple the recipe with that in mind.

To intensify flavor, rub the meat and stash it in the fridge for a few hours before cooking.

  • 2 Tablespoons paprika, any variety
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar, packed
  • 1 Tablespoon dried oregano or 1/2 Tablespoon fresh oregano
  • 1 Tablespoon ground coffee
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper

Combine rub ingredients well, making sure to break up any clumps. Coat the meat, front and back.

Cook ribs as desired: smoke, grill, or bake.

OM NOM NOM!

 

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Jun. 21st, 2016

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Interview with Sara Dobie Bauer, Author of Bite Somebody

Originally published at BethCato.com. You can comment here or there.

I’m excited to welcome my dear friend Sara Dobie Bauer as we celebrate the release of Bite Somebody from World Weaver Press! This book is fun and flirty, the very essence of a summer beach read.

Oh hey, I even blurbed the book! I said: “Witty banter and hot sexy-times make BITE SOMEBODY sparkle in all the right ways.”

Seriously, read this interview and go order this book.


 

Bite Somebody

Celia is so frumpy and utterly relatable. And Ian… yeah. You often use celebrities as an inspiration for your male leads. Was that true here?

Benedict as IanIn regards to Ian, yes … and no. There’s this one photo shoot of Benedict Cumberbatch that sort of nailed Ian’s “look.” I mean perfectly. However, Ian’s personality is a mix between the goofy Benedict I’ve seen in interviews, my husband’s general laidback-ness, and the sweet Boy Next Door stereotype. Ian is his own man, truly. He may have been inspired by outside sources, but he came to life when I wrote him. He’s so ingrained as a real person in my head, we sometimes play Jeopardy! together. Which isn’t weird, okay? It’s just a writer thing. Don’t judge me!

The romantic chemistry zings in this book. Is that sort of banter easy for you to write, or more slow and deliberate?

When I was single, banter was my Mona Lisa. Banter was my David. Banter was my 1978 Pittsburgh Steelers. Now that I’m married, I still banter with my Jake, but there’s a surplus of romantic one-liners in my head, which seems to come out on the page. I utilize dialogue to build chemistry, which might be a crutch, but it’s worked so far. If two people can talk to each other (through one-liners, innuendo, and even thoughtful confessions), romance naturally grows from spark to flame. I can’t do anything slowly or deliberately … except maybe mix cocktails. That’s an art form, damn it.

One of the things I appreciated about Bite Somebody was how you stayed pretty true to traditional vampire lore (no sparkles) while making it modern and fresh. What are some of your favorite vampire books?

This is weird, but I love dark and twisted vampire books, even though the only thing truly twisted about Bite Somebody is Imogene’s hair. My most recent favorite is The Lesser Dead by Christopher Buehlman. (The man can do no wrong.) Funny, I grew up reading Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles. I tried reading one recently and didn’t like it. Go figure.

Let’s talk setting. This is based on a location in Florida you know quite well, right?

You bet! Longboat Key! I renamed it Admiral Key for Bite Somebody, because I didn’t want to have to get everything exactly right, like street names and stuff. (Lazy writer.) I head down to Longboat Key every year for a pilgrimage with my Aunt Susie, where we drink rum punches and hang at The Drift Inn, just like the vamps in my book. It’s a place of peace, quiet, and immature hilarity.

How do you plan to celebrate on release day?

I’ll have a rum punch, put on my highest heels, and dance to 80s rock. While wearing vampire teeth.



Order Bite Somebody on Amazon or World Weaver Press



Sara Dobie Bauer is a writer, model, and mental health advocate with a creative writing degree from Ohio University. She spends most days at home in her pajamas as a book nerd and sex-pert for SheKnows.com. Her short story, “Don’t Ball the Boss,” was nominated for the 2015 Pushcart Prize, inspired by her shameless crush on Benedict Cumberbatch. She lives with her hottie husband and two precious pups in Northeast Ohio, although she would really like to live in a Tim Burton film.

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Jun. 19th, 2016

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Sunday Quote notes it’s Father’s Day

Originally published at BethCato.com. You can comment here or there.

“Children will read and accept stories which would be frightening to their parents. Children are still in touch with dragons and seraphim.”
~ Madeleine L’Engle

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Jun. 15th, 2016

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Bready or Not: Oreo and Caramel Cake Batter Brownies

Originally published at BethCato.com. You can comment here or there.

If you need a fast chocolate fix, I have the recipe for you.

Bready or Not: Oreo and Caramel Cake Batter Brownies

This uses cake mix as a base for decadent brownies. If you don’t have caramels, chop up some candy bars. Use full-size Oreos or break up some other kind of cookies. Just let caramel and chocolate, in some form, get cozy.

Bready or Not: Oreo and Caramel Cake Batter Brownies

After you combine everything, this bakes up in about 20 minutes. It smells like heaven, too. A heaven oozing with chocolate.

Bready or Not: Oreo and Caramel Cake Batter Brownies

These bars end up chewy and mild. If you want deeper flavor, use dark chocolate.

Bready or Not: Oreo and Caramel Cake Batter Brownies

This is a Bready or Not Original, too. I modified it from my Golden Oreo Cake Batter Blondies.

Bready or Not: Oreo and Caramel Cake Batter Brownies

Bready or Not: Oreo and Caramel Cake Batter Brownies

Use cake mix as a base to create quick, chewy brownies! Customize with whatever chocolate or candy you have handy, but you can’t go wrong with caramel and Oreos. A Bready or Not Original.

  • 1 box devil's food cake mix
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder, optional but awesome
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup milk or half & half
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 bag Caramel Bits or chopped caramel, about 5 ounces
  • 1 8-ounce bag Mini Oreos (or chopped Oreos), some reserved for top

Preheat oven to 350-degrees. Line a 9x13 pan with foil and apply nonstick spray or butter.

Combine first three ingredients in a large bowl. Add egg and milk. Fold in the chocolate chips, caramel pieces, and Mini Oreos.

Pour into prepared baking pan. Add the reserved Oreos on top. Bake for 20 minutes, or it until passes the toothpick test.

Allow to set for at least 30 minutes before cutting into squares.

OM NOM NOM!

 

Bready or Not: Oreo and Caramel Cake Batter Brownies

Jun. 12th, 2016

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Sunday Quote loves air conditioning

Originally published at BethCato.com. You can comment here or there.

“When writing a novel, that’s pretty much entirely what life turns into: ‘House burned down. Car stolen. Cat exploded. Did 1500 easy words, so all in all it was a pretty good day.”
~Neil Gaiman

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Jun. 9th, 2016

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B&N Gives Breath of Earth Some Love, And Other News

Originally published at BethCato.com. You can comment here or there.

Breath of Earth is out in about two and a half months, and it’s time for the buzz to really kick in. Publishers Weekly recently said nice things, and now Barnes & Noble’s SFF Blog is chiming in:

Her latest novel, Breath of Earth, out later this summer, takes place in an alternate San Francisco in which geomancers keep the San Andreas faultline in check—and institutional sexism and racism keep Ingrid Carmichael from achieving her full magical potential. Cato weaves a compelling tapestry of clashing cultural values, bringing much-needed diversity to the genre.

Breath of EarthRead the whole list of books they loved in May–lots of great titles on there!

My Clockwork Dagger story Final Flight also garnered some love over at Reading Reality. Yay!

The big Elevengeddon signing event at Poisoned Pen was a smashing success last week. They did a wonderful write-up with loads of pictures.

I have a new poem out: “A Sip of Starlight” at NewMyths.com.

One of the big local papers, the Phoenix New Times, included me on their 2016 list of 100 Creatives in Phoenix.

I was also interviewed over at SFF World about the Decision Points anthology along with Mike Resnick and Kate Corcino.

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Jun. 8th, 2016

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Bready or Not: Churro Waffles

Originally published at BethCato.com. You can comment here or there.

This reprinted Holy Taco Church recipe produces waffles that are sweet, fluffy, decadent, and not the slightest bit healthy. CHURRO WAFFLES, people. These are hardcore churro.

Bready or Not: Churro Waffles

This recipe is amazingly easy. As typed up below, it makes three big waffles in your waffle iron. Double or triple to feed a crowd or stash extras to freeze. You won’t need extra pats of butter on top, and you’ll probably need just a minimal amount of maple syrup, dulce de leche, or chocolate sauce. Heck, even dip these in something like Nutella.

Bready or Not: Churro Waffles

Be crazy. Be churro-y. Dip your whole day in cinnamon and sugar.

Bready or Not: Churro Waffles

First posted at the Holy Taco Church; modified from Chica Chocolatina.

Bready or Not: Churro Waffles

Bready or Not: Churro Waffles

These hardcore churro waffles are fluffy, decadent, and coated with butter, cinnamon, and sugar. You likely won’t need to add much (or any) extra butter or maple syrup. You also might need to wear sweatpants today.

  • 1 cup of all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 2 shakes cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup milk (almond milk works)
  • 3 Tb butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Topping:
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 Tb cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup melted butter

In a large bowl, mix together flour, salt, baking powder, sugar, and cinnamon. Melt the 3 tablespoons of butter so they can cool a few minutes. Preheat waffle iron.

In a separate bowl, beat the egg with the milk, melted butter and vanilla extract. Pour the milk mix into the dry ingredients until just combined.

Apply non-stick spray to the waffle maker. Use a 1/2 cup to add batter to the iron and close the lid. While the waffle cooks, melt the butter for the topping and in a separate bowl combine the cinnamon and sugar.

Remove the waffle from the iron. Brush butter all over a side, then sift or spoon the cinnamon and sugar over it. Flip over waffle and repeat. Add more batter to the waffle iron and repeat the process.

OM NOM NOM!

 

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