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Dec. 21st, 2014

Black horse

Sunday Quote extends Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas wishes

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

“First, find out what your hero wants, then just follow him!” ~Ray Bradbury

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Dec. 16th, 2014

Celestial Goldfish

Virtual Cookie Exchange Blog Hop: Chewy Cardamom Cookies

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

I saw a retweet on Twitter earlier this month about a cookie exchange blog hop. Despite my deadlines and stress, I couldn’t help but perk up in interest. COOKIES! BLOG HOP! This is so my sort of thing.

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The Blog Hop originated with Linda Poitevin and I was tagged by Debra Vega, who shared a tasty looking recipe for Pumpkin Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies.

I had a tough time deciding on what cookie recipe to share, but I decided on one of my old favorites: Chewy Cardamom Cookies.

This recipe makes chewy, spicy pillows. They are the perfect cookie leading right into Christmas. They smell divine, and the taste is just as amazing!

The rules of the blog hop ask participants to tag four authors in turn, but you won’t be smote for tagging more or less (… or will you?). In any case, I tag Dawn Bonanno and Pam Wallace! Their cookie posts are due in a week, 12/23.

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Bonus Bready or Not: Chewy Cardamom Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup melted butter, unsalted
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cardamom
  • 1 heaping teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup molasses [could try substituting honey]
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a mixing bowl, blend the butter and shortening until creamy. Add in the brown sugar, baking soda, cardamom, and cinnamon.
  2. Add the molasses and egg, and once that's combined, slowly mix in the flour.
  3. Using a teaspoon scoop or spoon, shape dough into small balls and roll in the cardamom and sugar.
  4. Bake cookies for about 10 minutes or until edges are set and tops are slightly cracked. They will be pillowy--if too much so, flatten the next batch with a spatula or glass, if you wish.
  5. Makes about 45 cookies, teaspoon-size.
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Dec. 14th, 2014

Celestial Goldfish

Sunday Quote says yay for winter

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

“[I]t matters not how you write, you will find some editor somewhere, sometime, so unwary or so desperate for copy as to buy the worst old dog you, or I, or anybody else, can throw at him.” ~Robert Heinlein

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Dec. 12th, 2014

Celestial Goldfish

Tidings of Steampunk and Joy

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

Print magazines have shown me some love this month, and I swear my mom didn’t even bribe anyone.

Locus - December 2014There’s a review of The Clockwork Dagger in the December issue of Locus. It’s… an awesome review, too. To quote:

“Beth Cato handles this heady mix with a fine sense of language, emotion and event, making the whole thing flow more like a force of nature than the work of a first novelist.”

I’m also included in an article in the December issue of RT Book Reviews, where Tessa Dare describes the panel we shared at MPIBA in Denver. The focus was on attracting millennial readers. My approach… well, you guys know by now.

excerpt from RT Book Reviews

I have a poem in the latest issue of NewMyths.com! Here’s where you can read “How a Modern Green Man Grows.”

If you’re a writer in need of motivation/inspiration, you might want to ask Santa for a copy of Blood on the Floors: How Writers Survive Rejection. It includes a nonfiction story of mine called “Believing in Unicorns.”

I’m interviewed over at Authorlink.

The final news–and by no means the least important–is that the ebook sale for The Clockwork Dagger is still ongoing. It’s now $1.99 on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google Play, Kobo, and iTunes!

Dec. 10th, 2014

Celestial Goldfish

Bready or Not: Cake Batter White Chocolate Fudge (Microwave)

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

Last week was all about fast and easy gingerbread cookie dough fudge. This Wednesday I introduce you to a microwave fudge that uses cake mix.

Cake Mix White Choc Fudge

Eating this is like licking the paddle after mixing up cake mix batter. If you prefer savory over sweet, this recipe isn’t for you. This is for the people who love fudge and frosting and all things sweet.

Cake Mix White Choc Fudge

I didn’t limit myself to sprinkles in this. I had some Christmas candies, the type for topping cupcakes and such, that had been sealed away for a year. It had been a great post-holiday clearance buy. I wanted the containers GONE, so I pretty much dumped the contents into this fudge. That’s why you see little light bulb shaped candies in there.

Cake Mix White Choc Fudge

This is obviously a great Christmas recipe, but it’s an easy one to customize year round depending on the colors you mix in. Make fudge to support your favorite sport team, or pink and red for Valentine’s Day, or pastels for spring. Cake mix goes on sale all year round, too, making this a pretty cheap recipe to throw together.

Cake Mix White Choc Fudge

Whatever you add in, I’m sure it will be pretty. And delicious. So very, very delicious.

Modified from Sally’s Baking Addiction.

Bready or Not: Cake Batter White Chocolate Fudge (Microwave)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups + 2 Tbsp white or yellow cake mix (any brand), sifted
  • 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter, cut into chunks (or use unsalted and add a pinch of salt)
  • 1/4 cup milk (almond milk works)
  • 2/3 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup rainbow sprinkles/non pareils/jimmies

Instructions

  1. Line an 8×8 baking pan with aluminum foil or parchment and spray with nonstick spray. Set aside. Measure the white chocolate chips and the sprinkles in separate dishes so they are ready to add quickly.
  2. Mix sifted cake mix and powdered sugar in a large bowl. Add milk and butter, without stirring, and microwave for 2 minutes.
  3. Promptly mix ingredients until the butter is fully melted and incorporated. The batter will be very thick. Fold in white chocolate. Add the sprinkles last and stir gently so they don't leak too much color.
  4. Scoop into prepared baking pan. Level it across the top. Chill the fudge in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before cutting into small blocks.
  5. Fudge will keep upwards of a week in the fridge, if it lasts that long.
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Dec. 9th, 2014

Clockwork Dagger

ebook sale!

(This didn't cross-post as it should, so I'm doing it manually.)

Here's something incredibly cool. The Clockwork Dagger is on sale in ebook format! You can find it for $1.99 on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google Play, and iTunes. This is a limited time offer.

This not only means it's a great chance to buy a copy for yourself, but you can also easily gift an ebook. I know on Amazon, you just need the recipient's email, and you can even set the delivery date... like Christmas morning. That's pretty darn cool.

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I'm really excited about this, especially since I'm working on my final revision pass on The Clockwork Crown. It's the most amazing thing, seeing people buy Dagger and hoping-hoping-hoping they will love it and get Crown, too.

Merlin
Celestial Goldfish

ebook sale!

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

Here’s something incredibly cool. The Clockwork Dagger is on sale in ebook format! You can find it for $1.99 on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google Play, Kobo, and iTunes. This is a limited time offer.

This not only means it’s a great chance to buy a copy for yourself, but you can also easily gift an ebook. I know on Amazon, you just need the recipient’s email, and you can even set the delivery date… like Christmas morning. That’s pretty darn cool.

Clockwork Dagger

I’m really excited about this, especially since I’m working on my final revision pass on The Clockwork Crown. It’s the most amazing thing, seeing people buy Dagger and hoping-hoping-hoping they will love it and get Crown, too.

Merlin

Dec. 7th, 2014

Moon

Sunday Quote thinks of sailors long gone

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

“Different kinds of stories need to be told in different kinds of words strung together in different ways.” ~Rosemary Sutcliff

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Dec. 4th, 2014

Celestial Goldfish

Nifty Things

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

It’s December. How weird is that? This has been the fastest year of my life. I had a great trip to California for Thanksgiving and now I’m home and gearing up for Christmas, even as I work toward a major writing project deadline. (I’m so used to setting my own deadlines. That’s been one of the weirdest things about making this transition to “pro”–new projects and contracts with due dates that are not far off.)

There’s also other news ‘n stuff!

My poem “Bird Girl,” published earlier this year at Niteblade, was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Wow.

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A new publication: a poem called “Sorry” in Mobius: The Journal of Social Change.

A recipe for Spicy Mexican Fudge over at the Holy Taco Church.

I’ve been invited to participate in the Tucson Festival of Books this coming March! I’ll be there on March 15th (yeah, Ides!) to take part in a panel called I Spy a Dead Guy: Spies and Detectives in Paranormal Worlds. That sounds like the kind of panel I’d love to attend as an audience member, so it will be really cool to take part as an author.

Dec. 3rd, 2014

Leeks!

Bready or Not: Gingerbread Cookie Dough Fudge (Microwave)

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

Bust out the elastic-banded pants! It’s fudge season!

Gingerbread Cookie Dough Fudge

This particular fudge is especially appropriate for the holidays, too, as it tastes like gingerbread cookie dough. Yes, really. No worries about raw eggs or taking the time to bake.

I love microwave fudge recipes. They are so easy, taste as great as the candy thermometer fudge, and aren’t anywhere near as finicky. It’s pretty much a matter of melt, combine, chill. EAT.

Next week’s Bready or Not will be another microwave fudge. Consider yourself warned.

Gingerbread Cookie Dough Fudge

Modified from Lauren’s Latest.

Bready or Not: Gingerbread Cookie Dough Fudge (Microwave)

Ingredients

  • 1 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 ounces white chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons molasses (or honey, though it will be mild)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves

Instructions

  1. Prepare an 8x8 glass dish by lining it with parchment or aluminum foil and greasing the surface.
  2. In another bowl, combine the dry ingredients and set aside.
  3. In a large microwave-safe bowl, place the sweetened condensed milk, white chocolate and molasses. Microwave on high for about 2 minutes total, but do so in 20-30 second chunks. Stir well between each time until the chocolate is melted into the milk.
  4. Pour the dry ingredients into the warm mix. Stir until smooth. Pour the fudge into the prepared dish. Chill it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before cutting fudge into small pieces to serve.
  5. The gingerbread fudge will keep well in the fridge, covered, for upwards of a week, maybe longer.
  6. OM NOM NOM.
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