Posts made in June, 2016

Interview with Sara Dobie Bauer, Author of Bite Somebody

Posted by on Jun 21, 2016 in Blog, guest, others books | Comments Off on Interview with Sara Dobie Bauer, Author of Bite Somebody

I’m excited to welcome my dear friend Sara Dobie Bauer as we celebrate the release of Bite Somebody from World Weaver Press! This book is fun and flirty, the very essence of a summer beach read.

Oh hey, I even blurbed the book! I said: “Witty banter and hot sexy-times make BITE SOMEBODY sparkle in all the right ways.”

Seriously, read this interview and go order this book.


Bite Somebody

Celia is so frumpy and utterly relatable. And Ian… yeah. You often use celebrities as an inspiration for your male leads. Was that true here?

Benedict as IanIn regards to Ian, yes … and no. There’s this one photo shoot of Benedict Cumberbatch that sort of nailed Ian’s “look.” I mean perfectly. However, Ian’s personality is a mix between the goofy Benedict I’ve seen in interviews, my husband’s general laidback-ness, and the sweet Boy Next Door stereotype. Ian is his own man, truly. He may have been inspired by outside sources, but he came to life when I wrote him. He’s so ingrained as a real person in my head, we sometimes play Jeopardy! together. Which isn’t weird, okay? It’s just a writer thing. Don’t judge me!

The romantic chemistry zings in this book. Is that sort of banter easy for you to write, or more slow and deliberate?

When I was single, banter was my Mona Lisa. Banter was my David. Banter was my 1978 Pittsburgh Steelers. Now that I’m married, I still banter with my Jake, but there’s a surplus of romantic one-liners in my head, which seems to come out on the page. I utilize dialogue to build chemistry, which might be a crutch, but it’s worked so far. If two people can talk to each other (through one-liners, innuendo, and even thoughtful confessions), romance naturally grows from spark to flame. I can’t do anything slowly or deliberately … except maybe mix cocktails. That’s an art form, damn it.

One of the things I appreciated about Bite Somebody was how you stayed pretty true to traditional vampire lore (no sparkles) while making it modern and fresh. What are some of your favorite vampire books?

This is weird, but I love dark and twisted vampire books, even though the only thing truly twisted about Bite Somebody is Imogene’s hair. My most recent favorite is The Lesser Dead by Christopher Buehlman. (The man can do no wrong.) Funny, I grew up reading Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles. I tried reading one recently and didn’t like it. Go figure.

Let’s talk setting. This is based on a location in Florida you know quite well, right?

You bet! Longboat Key! I renamed it Admiral Key for Bite Somebody, because I didn’t want to have to get everything exactly right, like street names and stuff. (Lazy writer.) I head down to Longboat Key every year for a pilgrimage with my Aunt Susie, where we drink rum punches and hang at The Drift Inn, just like the vamps in my book. It’s a place of peace, quiet, and immature hilarity.

How do you plan to celebrate on release day?

I’ll have a rum punch, put on my highest heels, and dance to 80s rock. While wearing vampire teeth.

Order Bite Somebody on Amazon or World Weaver Press

Sara Dobie Bauer is a writer, model, and mental health advocate with a creative writing degree from Ohio University. She spends most days at home in her pajamas as a book nerd and sex-pert for Her short story, “Don’t Ball the Boss,” was nominated for the 2015 Pushcart Prize, inspired by her shameless crush on Benedict Cumberbatch. She lives with her hottie husband and two precious pups in Northeast Ohio, although she would really like to live in a Tim Burton film.


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Sunday Quote notes it’s Father’s Day

Posted by on Jun 19, 2016 in Blog, Quote | Comments Off on Sunday Quote notes it’s Father’s Day

“Children will read and accept stories which would be frightening to their parents. Children are still in touch with dragons and seraphim.”
~ Madeleine L’Engle

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Bready or Not: Oreo and Caramel Cake Batter Brownies

Posted by on Jun 15, 2016 in Blog, Bready or Not, brownies, cake mix, chocolate, oreo | Comments Off on Bready or Not: Oreo and Caramel Cake Batter Brownies

If you need a fast chocolate fix, I have the recipe for you.

Bready or Not: Oreo and Caramel Cake Batter Brownies

This uses cake mix as a base for decadent brownies. If you don’t have caramels, chop up some candy bars. Use full-size Oreos or break up some other kind of cookies. Just let caramel and chocolate, in some form, get cozy.

Bready or Not: Oreo and Caramel Cake Batter Brownies

After you combine everything, this bakes up in about 20 minutes. It smells like heaven, too. A heaven oozing with chocolate.

Bready or Not: Oreo and Caramel Cake Batter Brownies

These bars end up chewy and mild. If you want deeper flavor, use dark chocolate.

Bready or Not: Oreo and Caramel Cake Batter Brownies

This is a Bready or Not Original, too. I modified it from my Golden Oreo Cake Batter Blondies.

Bready or Not: Oreo and Caramel Cake Batter Brownies

Use cake mix as a base to create quick, chewy brownies! Customize with whatever chocolate or candy you have handy, but you can't go wrong with caramel and Oreos. A Bready or Not Original.
Course: Dessert, Snack
Keyword: bars, brownies, cake mix, chocolate, oreo
Author: Beth Cato


  • 1 box devil's food cake mix
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder optional but awesome
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 egg room temperature
  • 1/2 cup milk or half & half
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 5 ounces Caramel Bits or chopped caramel
  • 8 ounces Mini Oreos or chopped Oreos, some reserved for top


  • Preheat oven to 350-degrees. Line a 9x13 pan with foil and apply nonstick spray or butter.
  • Combine first three ingredients in a large bowl. Add egg and milk. Fold in the chocolate chips, caramel pieces, and Mini Oreos.
  • Pour into prepared baking pan. Add the reserved Oreos on top. Bake for 20 minutes, or it until passes the toothpick test.
  • Allow to set for at least 30 minutes before cutting into squares.


Bready or Not: Oreo and Caramel Cake Batter Brownies

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Sunday Quote loves air conditioning

Posted by on Jun 12, 2016 in Blog, Quote | Comments Off on Sunday Quote loves air conditioning

“When writing a novel, that’s pretty much entirely what life turns into: ‘House burned down. Car stolen. Cat exploded. Did 1500 easy words, so all in all it was a pretty good day.”
~Neil Gaiman

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B&N Gives Breath of Earth Some Love, And Other News

Posted by on Jun 9, 2016 in anthology:poem, anthology:story, Blog, breath of earth, clockwork dagger shorts, public speaking | Comments Off on B&N Gives Breath of Earth Some Love, And Other News

Breath of Earth is out in about two and a half months, and it’s time for the buzz to really kick in. Publishers Weekly recently said nice things, and now Barnes & Noble’s SFF Blog is chiming in:

Her latest novel, Breath of Earth, out later this summer, takes place in an alternate San Francisco in which geomancers keep the San Andreas faultline in check—and institutional sexism and racism keep Ingrid Carmichael from achieving her full magical potential. Cato weaves a compelling tapestry of clashing cultural values, bringing much-needed diversity to the genre.

Breath of EarthRead the whole list of books they loved in May–lots of great titles on there!

My Clockwork Dagger story Final Flight also garnered some love over at Reading Reality. Yay!

The big Elevengeddon signing event at Poisoned Pen was a smashing success last week. They did a wonderful write-up with loads of pictures.

I have a new poem out: “A Sip of Starlight” at

One of the big local papers, the Phoenix New Times, included me on their 2016 list of 100 Creatives in Phoenix.

I was also interviewed over at SFF World about the Decision Points anthology along with Mike Resnick and Kate Corcino.



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