Posts made in November, 2015

Clockwork Crown’s RT Award Nom + $1.99 ebook sale

Posted by on Nov 20, 2015 in awards, Blog, clockwork crown | Comments Off on Clockwork Crown’s RT Award Nom + $1.99 ebook sale

The Clockwork Crown is a finalist for the 2015 RT Reviewers’ Choice Award in the Steampunk category. I’m gobsmacked.

This honor comes as the ebook of Crown is still on sale for $1.99 at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other places. Here’s hoping that entices readers to try out the Clockwork Dagger series!

The Clockwork Crown by Beth Cato


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Bready or Not: Chewy Honey Maple Cookies

Posted by on Nov 18, 2015 in Blog, Bready or Not, cookies, maple | Comments Off on Bready or Not: Chewy Honey Maple Cookies

If you’re looking for a recipe for chewy cookies that will keep well for days of travel or to ship as a gift, I present to you these Chewy Honey Maple Cookies.

 Chewy Honey Maple Cookies

These are sweet without being too sweet. The honey and maple pair well together, and the texture is soft and oh-so-good.

 Chewy Honey Maple Cookies

One of the reasons these turn out lofty and chewy is because it uses bread flour. If you don’t have bread flour, you can use all-purpose for the full two cups, but you’ll likely use some cookie-loft.

Make these this holiday season. I bet you’ll have a new favorite cookie.

 Chewy Honey Maple Cookies

Greatly modified from Soft and Chewy Brown Sugar Maple Cookies at Averie Cooks.


Bready or Not: Chewy Honey Maple Cookies

Honey and maple team up to create sweet and chewy cookies that last for weeks... unless you eat them all right away.
Course: Dessert, Snack
Keyword: cookies, maple
Author: Beth Cato


  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter 1 1/2 sticks, softened
  • 1 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 large egg room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons maple flavor
  • 1 cup bread flour or all-purpose flour, but cookies will be less chewy
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • maple sugar or turbinado sugar for the tops, optional


  • In a large bowl, beat the butter until smooth. Add the sugar and honey and beat until creamy and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and then mix in the egg, vanilla extract, and maple flavor.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients: bread flour, all-purpose flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt. Sift together.
  • Slowly stir together the wet and dry ingredients until just combined. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and stash in the fridge for several hours or days.
  • When you're ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350-degrees. Use greased stoneware, parchment paper, or silpat mats. If you want to add some sparkle to the cookies, place some maple sugar or turbinado sugar in a saucer and dip in the tops of the dough balls. The cookie dough, even straight from the fridge, has a soft Play Doh-like consistency, so it will spread some when it bakes; keep this in mind when you space the cookie dough balls.
  • Teaspoon-sized cookies need to bake 9 to 12 minutes; Tablespoon-sized take 11 to 13 minutes. Let set on cookie sheets for 10 to 15 minutes before moving to a rack to cool completely.
  • Cookies will keep in a sealed container for weeks; store between layers of waxed paper or parchment. They are excellent for travel or shipping.


Chewy Honey Maple Cookies

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Here, There, Everywhere: Wings of Sorrow and Bone

Posted by on Nov 16, 2015 in Blog, clockwork dagger shorts, public speaking, publication process | Comments Off on Here, There, Everywhere: Wings of Sorrow and Bone

Whew! This published author gig involves a lot of juggling (and not the literal kind, or everything would go splat in my face for sure). I’ve been balancing edits and promo for my novella and news on other submissions and life stuff in general. My husband’s co-workers were actually asking after my health because I hadn’t sent along cookies for two weeks.

Wings of Sorrow and Bone novella

Here’s where I’ve been on the interwebs as I spread the word about “Wings of Sorrow and Bone”:

Gremlins in the Clockwork Dagger novella at SFSignal

Getting the Submissions Call for The Clockwork Dagger, at Michelle Hauck’s site

Writing a Novella: Wings of Sorrow and Bone, at Dan Koboldt’s site

– Katherine Harbour interviews me about “Wings of Sorrow and Bone”

How I wrote a novella in 4 easy (?) steps at Auston Habershaw’s site

Rivka and the Gremlins in Wings of Sorrow and Bone at Books by Centeno

Interview at I’m Shelf-ish about Wings of Sorrow and Bone

The novella remains a mere 99-cents at all major ebook vendors, too, like Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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Sunday Quote shovels lots of sand

Posted by on Nov 15, 2015 in Blog, Quote | Comments Off on Sunday Quote shovels lots of sand

“I’m writing a first draft and reminding myself that I’m simply shoveling sand into a box so that later I can build castles.”
~Shannon Hale

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Bready or Not Guest: Author Pat Esden with Popovers

Posted by on Nov 13, 2015 in Blog, Bready or Not, guest recipe, quick bread | Comments Off on Bready or Not Guest: Author Pat Esden with Popovers

I’m happy to welcome Pat Esden to Bready or Not! Her novel A Hold On Me comes out in February from Kensington. I have never tried popovers (shocking, I know!) and her recipe for them looks fantastic.

Pat Esden - A hold on me copyMy novel A HOLD ON ME is a new adult paranormal tale of love and revenge. The main character, Annie, grew up dealing antiques and traveling with her father. When he’s diagnosed with dementia, she’s forced to return to her estranged family’s estate in Maine.

One of the few people on the estate she sees as a potential ally is Laura, an employee whose main job is to produce a seemingly endless supply of comfort foods. Laura lived on the estate as a child. She went away in her teens and returned a few years later with a young son in her arms. What happened to her in those years is a mystery. But, now—almost twenty years later–Annie shouldn’t mistake where Laura’s allegiance lies. This cook may be known for her strawberry jam and popovers, but she also knows her way around the darker side of the kitchen’s garden.



4 eggs
1 cup milk
1 cup white flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons melted butterPat Esden - POPOVER

Position oven rack in lower part of oven. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Heavily grease popover pan cups with butter (I use 4 ceramic custard cups for this recipe or a traditional six cup cast iron popover pan) Just BEFORE filling cups with batter, preheat them in oven until sizzling hot.

Whisk eggs and milk together
Add flour, salt, and melted butter

Whisk lightly (batter will be lumpy). Let batter sit for 5 minutes, then whisk lightly again. Repeat letting batter sit and whisking lightly until white flour lumps disappear. This process of whisking lightly and letting the flour be absorbed into the batter slowly is the key to extra-tall popovers.

Fill pre-heated popover cups ½ way with batter.
Bake for 45 minutes without opening oven.
Eat right away. Popovers shrink quickly. A hole poked in the top of the popover to vent the steam will slow the shrinking, but not for long.



A HOLD ON ME (Dark Heart Book #1) by Pat Esden

Kensington Books
Release date: February 23

She never wanted to return.
He wants nothing more than for her to leave.
But the fire between them is as strong as the past that haunts them.

Annie Freemont grew up on the road, immersed in the romance of rare things, cultivating an eye for artifacts and a spirit for bargaining. It’s a freewheeling life she loves and plans to continue—until her dad is diagnosed with dementia. His illness forces them to return to Moonhill, their ancestral home on the coast of Maine—and to the family they left behind fifteen years ago, after Annie’s mother died in a suspicious accident.

Once at Moonhill, Annie is shocked when her aunt separates her from her father. The next time Annie sees him, he’s a bizarre, violent shadow of his former self. Confused, she turns to an unlikely ally for support—Chase, the dangerously seductive young groundskeeper. With his dark good looks and powerful presence, Chase has an air of mystery that Annie is irresistibly drawn to. But she also senses that behind his penetrating eyes are secrets she can’t even begin to imagine. Secrets that hold the key to the past, to Annie’s own longings—and to all of their futures. Now, to unlock them, she’ll have to face her greatest fears and embrace her legacy…

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PAT ESDEN would love to say she spent her childhood in intellectual pursuits. The truth is she was fonder of exploring abandoned houses and old cemeteries. When not out on her own adventures, she can be found in her northern Vermont home writing stories about brave, smart women and the men who capture their hearts. An antique-dealing florist by trade, she’s also a member of Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, and the League of Vermont Writers. Her short stories have appeared in a number of publications, including Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, the Mythopoeic Society’s Mythic Circle literary magazine, and George H. Scither’s anthology Cat Tales.







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