Reprints FTW

Posted by on Aug 3, 2015 in anthology:story, Blog, clockwork crown | 0 comments

First of all, book news!

The Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog had awfully nice things to say about The Clockwork Dagger and The Clockwork Crown: “Indeed, one of the things I find so winning about Octavia is her incredible compassion. When her enemies are hurt, she tends to them, as well as to her friends and strangers. She’s not a sap; she knows, the way doctors do, that triage is often necessary. The Clockwork Crown… provided a very satisfying conclusion to an excellent duology.”

I also have a Goodreads giveaway for The Clockwork Crown that ends Monday night! That’s TONIGHT! So enter and spread the word. Scroll down to find the widget.

The Clockwork Crown by Beth Cato

Now, to the subject from the headline. I haven’t had much time to write new stories this year, but I have made an extra effort to seek out reprint markets. This has turned out surprisingly well. It amazes me that stories that were rejected five, ten times on initial submission are now selling multiple times as reprints–and for a heck of a lot more money, too.

Last week I shared the news about “Red Dust and Dancing Horses” in For Want of a Horse.” That same story will also be appearing next year in 2016 Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide. That’s right, a middle-grade adventure anthology! How cool is that?! Plus, it’s very girl-positive, and that makes me REALLY happy. There will be a Kickstarter to expand the anthology; I’ll post more about this soon!

I also sold a reprint of my science fiction story “Overlap” to Science Fiction Short Stories from Flame Tree Press. They are publishing this as a deluxe hardcover–the book itself looks gorgeous! Plus, I’m tickled to share the anthology with several friends as well as classic authors like Arthur Conan Doyle, Mark Twain, Jules Verne, and Jack London. This book will actually be out in the next few months–in time for Christmas!

Now here’s the giveaway link for The Clockwork Crown, as promised!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Clockwork Crown by Beth Cato

The Clockwork Crown

by Beth Cato

Giveaway ends August 03, 2015.

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at Goodreads.

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Sunday Quote isn’t ready for August

Posted by on Aug 2, 2015 in Blog, Quote | 0 comments

“You always get more respect when you don’t have a happy ending.”
~Julia Quinn

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Bready or Not: Legendary Macaroni and Cheese

Posted by on Jul 29, 2015 in Blog, Bready or Not, main dish, side dish | 0 comments

I needed a make-ahead macaroni and cheese recipe. I already have several other reliable ones like Civil War Macaroni and Cheese and the Pioneer Woman’s recipe, but I didn’t need to babysit boiling milk or dirty a score of pots and pans as I was enjoying company over for a visit.

Legendary MacNCheese

I have had John Legend’s recipe saved on Pinterest for years. I watched a video of him cooking the recipe with Martha Stewart and read tips from other cooks. I decided to halve the recipe, since this was a side for four people, and otherwise tweak things.

Legendary MacNCheese

I did the bulk of the recipe in the morning. When it was time to start supper, all I had to do was heat the oven and add the paprika and bread crumbs. It baked up into an oozing, cheesy mass. Everyone raved over it. There were no leftovers.

Legendary MacNCheese

My other mac and cheese recipes are great but this is the one I’ll keep handy for holidays or when company is coming. Tastiness and convenience? Heck yeah!

Halved and modified from John Legend’s Macaroni and Cheese, as featured on Martha Stewart.

Bready or Not: Legendary Macaroni and Cheese

Legendary MacNCheese

This modified version of John Legend’s recipe, as featured on Martha Stewart’s show, can be prepared in the morning and cooked later in the day! It’s everything macaroni and cheese should be: cheesy with a crunchy baked crust.

  • 2 Tablespoons butter, plus more for baking dish
  • 1 1/2 cups macaroni
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 teaspoon seasoning salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 12 ounces sharp and/or mix of cheddar cheeses, shredded
  • sprinkling of paprika
  • bread crumbs

If you plan to bake this right away, preheat oven to 375-degrees. Butter or spray a 9x9 baking dish.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add salt and macaroni. Cook until al dente. Drain the water and return the macaroni to the pot. Add butter and stir until it has melted.

In a medium bowl, whisk together evaporated milk and egg. Add seasoned salt, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.

Place about 1/3 of the macaroni in an even layer in the bottom of prepared baking dish. This should be just enough to cover the bottom. Cover with 1/3 of the cheese. Repeat twice more with remaining macaroni and cheese.

Pour the milk and seasonings mixture evenly over the contents of the baking dish. At this point, you can stash the dish in the fridge overnight or during the day until it's meal time.

When you're ready to bake, make sure the oven is preheated. Sprinkle the top of the macaroni with paprika and bread crumbs.

Bake until top layer is lightly browned, 20 to 30 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.



Legendary MacNCheese


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Later this fall…

Posted by on Jul 27, 2015 in anthology:story, Blog | 0 comments

Later this year, a reprint of my story “Red Dust and Dancing Horses” will appear in an anthology from Lethe Press called For Want of a Horse.

For Want of Horse

There will recent stories like mine, as well as reprintings of fairy tales and classics by authors like Ambrose Bierce, L. Frank Baum, and Washington Irving. I’m rather tickled by the table of contents. Me and the writer of The Wizard of Oz, hangin’ out.

Look for more info on the book’s release this fall!

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