Posts made in March, 2015

So Much Awesome

Posted by on Mar 9, 2015 in anthology:poem, Blog, clockwork crown, holy taco church, poem-a-day, reviews | Comments Off on So Much Awesome

GUYS. The Clockwork Crown has its first trade review in Publishers Weekly! And its awesome!

“…Cato continues to defy expectations, moving the saga toward an unexpected, heartfelt conclusion, and the revelations about Octavia’s abilities are amply rewarding.”

Surprised Kirk

In other news, I’m contributing to the annual Suvudu Cage Match. This year’s theme is Women Warriors. The full bracket is shown here. Last week I wrote about Johanna Mason (Hunger Games) and Tris (Divergent), and Johanna won in my story and in the votes. The current match is Johanna versus Felurian (Patrick Rothfuss’s Kingkiller Chronicles). I anticipate a lot more people to disagree with me this time around. Who do you think would win? Go check out the poll!

The Cage Match has been picked up by the media, too, and an article in Bustle dubbed me as a “big name in the biz” (to which I go o_0) and excerpted my story. Like whoa.

In totally different news, my poem “Mama Gonna Fight” was just published in Apex Magazine. This is one of my favorite poems for all of last year (I wrote it during April Poem-A-Day), so I’m really excited that it’s in such an esteemed magazine.

There’s also my Holy Taco Church recipe for the month: Verde Pork in the Slow Cooker. This is a super-easy way to make a whole pile of meat to use in tacos, burritos, salads, casseroles, or just straight-up.

Three months exactly until The Clockwork Crown comes out and already the pace is frantic. Deadlines galore! Reviews! Promo posts! 2015. This year is crazy.

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Sunday Quote has a kid on break

Posted by on Mar 8, 2015 in Blog, Quote | Comments Off on Sunday Quote has a kid on break

“In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.”

~Mark Twain

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Bready or Not: Mini Muffin Irish Soda Bread

Posted by on Mar 4, 2015 in Blog, Bready or Not, quick bread, side dish | 2 comments

Irish soda bread is traditionally a big round. I took a shrink ray to it.

Irish Soda Bread Mini Muffins

Here’s the problem: standard recipes make way too much bread for the two of us to eat. I halved the recipe a few years ago, and that worked out better but it was still a lot. I got to thinking, what if I made it in a form that was a lot easier for my husband to take to work?

I searched online, and to my surprise, no one else had made Irish soda bread like that. Huh. So I resolved to try it, using a halved version of the same Irish soda bread recipe I posted back in 2012.

It turned out FANTASTIC. The bread cooked up in only ten minutes. It was already portioned out so I didn’t go bread crazy.

Irish Soda Bread Mini Muffins

My husband happily took the leftovers in his work lunches–plus, the mini bread froze and thawed and tasted just as good weeks later. This recipe produces very soft, tender soda bread–not dense like some recipes I’ve tried.

This is the only way I’ll make Irish soda bread from here on. If I need to feed more people, I’ll just use the old, full version of the recipe and pull out another mini muffin pan.

Be sure to come back next week when I feature my favorite corned beef recipe–cooked in the crock pot!

Irish Soda Bread Mini Muffins

Bready or Not: Mini Muffin Irish Soda Bread

Course: Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: irish
Keyword: holiday, quick bread, st patricks day
Author: Beth Cato


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour don't overfill
  • 2 Tb cornstarch
  • 1 Tb white sugar
  • 3/4 ts baking soda
  • 3/4 ts cream of tartar
  • 3/4 ts kosher salt
  • 2 Tb butter
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 Tb butter melted, for tops afterward (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 385-degrees. Prepare mini muffin pan by applying nonstick spray in each well, though not all will be filled.
  • Whisk together all of the dry ingredients. Work the butter into mixture with a pastry blender or your fingertips until it resembles coarse crumbs; just as with making pie crust, you want those bits of butter in there.
  • Add the buttermilk and stir until just combined. Knead in the bowl until the dough just starts to come together and is still craggy and bumpy, adding more buttermilk if necessary. Don't over-knead or the bread will be tough and dense.
  • Use a tablespoon scoop or spoon to evenly dole out dough into the pan. Expect about eighteen mini muffins.
  • Bake for ten minutes. Use the toothpick test to check middle ones for doneness. Melt the remaining tablespoon of butter and brush it on the tops of the little rounds.

Leftovers freeze well, and are the perfect size to fit in lunches.



      Irish Soda Bread Mini Muffins

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      Happy Bookday to Carrie Patel’s THE BURIED LIFE!

      Posted by on Mar 3, 2015 in Blog, others books | 1 comment

      I was really, really lucky to get an advanced copy of Carrie Patel’s debut novel The Buried Life. I liked it so much that I blurbed it:

      The Buried Life artfully sets a who-dunit murder mystery in a dystopian underground city filled with dark politics and foul secrets. It’s a gripping read from start to finish, with two clever female leads and a delightfully colorful cast. More, please!”
      – Beth Cato, author of The Clockwork Dagger

      The Buried LifeWant to know even more about it? Okay!
      The gaslight and shadows of the underground city of Recoletta hide secrets and lies. When Inspector Liesl Malone investigates the murder of a renowned historian, she finds herself stonewalled by the all-powerful Directorate of Preservation – Recoletta’s top-secret historical research facility.

      When a second high-profile murder threatens the very fabric of city society, Malone and her rookie partner Rafe Sundar must tread carefully, lest they fall victim to not only the criminals they seek, but the government which purports to protect them. Knowledge is power, and power must be preserved at all costs…

      The Buried Life is out today, so be sure to check it out! And go congratulate Carrie on her book’s release, too. There’s nothing like release day. It’s proof that dreams come true.

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      Sunday Quote’s kid turns 10 this month

      Posted by on Mar 1, 2015 in Blog, Quote | Comments Off on Sunday Quote’s kid turns 10 this month

      “Revision is like wrestling with a demon, for almost anyone can write; but only writers know how to rewrite. It is this ability alone that turns the amateur into a professional.” ~William Knott

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