Posts made in September, 2015

Accessibility FTW

Posted by on Sep 21, 2015 in Blog, clockwork crown, clockwork dagger, clockwork dagger shorts | Comments Off on Accessibility FTW

Reading accessibility is a personal issue for me. I have worn glasses since I was twelve, but in my family, sight problems go deeper than mere near vision. I’m well aware that genetic eye diseases could very well make me go blind as I age.

The Clockwork Crown by Beth CatoThe question comes up every few weeks about if my books will be produced in audio by my publisher. I don’t know. Since it may not happen, it makes it all the more important that other options are available!

First of all, there is a paid subscription service called Book Share that lists Clockwork Dagger, Clockwork Crown, and my story “The Deepest Poison.” (Thanks to Dianna for letting me know about this!)

If you’re in the United States, there is also a service called BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) provided by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS). Book lovers can download books from a database of 65,000 titles. The Clockwork Dagger is available for download for approved NLS devices, and The Clockwork Crown is in process. They can also mail some materials. Here’s where you can find out more about the program and how to enroll.

Do you know of other resources in the United States or beyond? Let me know!

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Sunday Quote wishes her husband a happy birthday tomorrow

Posted by on Sep 20, 2015 in Blog, Quote | Comments Off on Sunday Quote wishes her husband a happy birthday tomorrow

“Don’t lament so much about how your career is going to turn out. You don’t have a career. You have a life. Do the work. Keep the faith. Be true blue. You are a writer because you write. Keep writing and quit your bitching. Your book has a birthday. You don’t know what it is yet.”
~ Cheryl Strayed

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A Year

Posted by on Sep 16, 2015 in Blog, clockwork dagger | Comments Off on A Year

A year ago, one of my lifelong dreams came true.

Happy birthday, Clockwork Dagger!

Clockwork Dagger

I think it has aged pretty darn well, too.

Thanks for your support through the release of both books over this past year. The comments, cat gifs, retweets, likes, and most especially those emails that seem to arrive just when I need them the most.

You guys are the bestest.

pamperedkitty

Amazon   Barnes & Noble  Powell’s Books-A-Million  Poisoned Pen  Changing Hands  Mysterious Galaxy

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Bready or Not: Chocolate-Coffee Truffles

Posted by on Sep 16, 2015 in Blog, Bready or Not, breakfast, chocolate, gluten-free, healthier, no-bake dessert | Comments Off on Bready or Not: Chocolate-Coffee Truffles

Start the day off right with breakfast truffles packed with coffee and cocoa!

Chocolate-Coffee Truffles

Sure, they might not be the most photogenic of items, but they are delicious and they pack a caffeine wallop. These are also gluten-free with no added sugar.

Chocolate-Coffee Truffles

The dates act as the source of sweetness and as the binding agent. Almonds are loaded with all kinds of healthy goodness. Everything about these screams “HEALTHY!”

Chocolate-Coffee Truffles

Trust me. They might not look pretty, but they’re tasty.

Modified from Relish Magazine.

Bready or Not: Chocolate-Coffee Truffles

Chocolate-Coffee Truffles

These truffles won’t win any awards for good looks, but their taste is pure chocolate and coffee. These are gluten-free with no sugar added. Recipe makes about 9 tablespoon-sized truffles; 2-3 make for a good breakfast or snack!

  • 1 cup chopped Medjool dates (about 15 dates)
  • 1/2 cup raw or roasted almonds
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 Tablespoons ground coffee
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds or wheat germ or flax seeds
  • pinch of salt

Combine all the ingredients in a food processor or high-powered blender. It might need to be blended in batches.

Pulse until the almonds are in very small pieces. If the mixture isn't cohesive, add a teaspoon of water and blend again. Add more water if needed. The mash should hold together when pressed but not be wet.

Use a spoon or scoop to form the mix into truffles. Makes about 9 tablespoon-sized.

OM NOM NOM!

 

Chocolate-Coffee Truffles

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Sunday Quote begins a new moon

Posted by on Sep 13, 2015 in Blog, Quote | Comments Off on Sunday Quote begins a new moon

“You don’t write about the horrors of war. No. You write about a kid’s burnt socks lying in the road.” ~Richard Price

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