Posts made in August, 2016

EBOOK SALE: Clockwork Dagger $1.99, Clockwork Crown $2.99!

Posted by on Aug 9, 2016 in Blog, clockwork crown, clockwork dagger | Comments Off on EBOOK SALE: Clockwork Dagger $1.99, Clockwork Crown $2.99!

Clockwork Duology Sale 2016

To build up to the release of Breath of Earth in two weeks, Harper Voyager has set ebooks for Clockwork Dagger and Clockwork Crown on sale. A BIG sale. Clockwork Dagger is $1.99 and Clockwork Crown is $2.99; both are usually $10.99!

(Psst. If you already own these books and want to give them as gift ebooks, it’s very easy to do so through Amazon or Barnes & Noble!)

Clockwork Dagger: Amazon Kindle | Barnes & Noble Nook | Kobo | iTunes

Clockwork Crown: Amazon Kindle | Barnes & Noble Nook | Kobo | iTunes

Please help spread the word. Feel free to grab the graphic above and share on your site or social media. Thanks!






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Sunday Quote rejoices over Cake Month

Posted by on Aug 7, 2016 in Blog, Quote | Comments Off on Sunday Quote rejoices over Cake Month

“A story is a narrative description of a character struggling to solve a problem. Nothing more, nothing less.”
~Ben Bova

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Bready or Not: Maple Sour Cream Bundt Cake

Posted by on Aug 3, 2016 in Blog, Bready or Not, bundt, cake, maple | Comments Off on Bready or Not: Maple Sour Cream Bundt Cake

IT IS BOOK RELEASE MONTH. IT IS CAKE AND PIE MONTH. Oddly enough, the emphasis will be on maple. Gee, you might think I like the stuff.

Bready or Not: Maple Sour Cream Bundt Cake

I am starting out with what might be the best bundt cake recipe I have ever made. Yes, it even rivals the infamous Tunnel of Fudge Cake.

This recipe is extremely close in flavor and texture to the holy-moley-amazing Maple Walnut Cake, minus the walnuts. The Maple Walnut Cake is stunning to eat but it’s also very time-consuming to make because it’s a layer cake.

Bready or Not: Maple Sour Cream Bundt Cake

This bundt cake is EASY. It whips together in no time.

The cake itself is like a moist pound cake–soft, tender, and sweet with maple.

Bready or Not: Maple Sour Cream Bundt Cake

I opted for a glaze rather than a frosting. Tweak the liquids to make that as thick as you want, but really, the cake is sweet on its own so you don’t need a big layer here.

Maple Sour Cream Bundt Cake

Some of these pictures look almost pornographic, don’t they?

Bready or Not: Maple Sour Cream Bundt Cake

Yes, the glaze is as good as it looks. You can’t go wrong with powdered sugar, cinnamon, butter, and maple flavor. Well. I guess you can go wrong if you’re diabetic.

Bready or Not: Maple Sour Cream Bundt Cake


Modified from Overtime Cook.

Bready or Not: Maple Sour Cream Bundt Cake

This luscious, amazing cake has the texture of a tender pound cake with an added oomph from a thin maple glaze. This cake will blow your mind and your waistline!
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Keyword: bundt cake, cake, maple, sour cream
Author: Beth Cato



  • 1 cup unsalted butter 2 sticks, room temperature
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 5 eggs room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon maple flavor optional but recommended
  • 1 cup pure maple syrup NOT flavored pancake syrup
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sour cream


  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar sifted
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 Tb unsalted butter melted
  • 3/4 tsp maple flavor or vanilla extract
  • 1 Tb water more as needed


  • Preheat oven to 325-degrees. Spray a bundt pan with nonstick spray with added flour, or grease well and sift flour over the surface.
  • In large bowl, beat the butter and sugar until smooth. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Pour in the vanilla extract, maple flavor, and maple syrup.
  • In a small bowl, sift together the baking powder and flour. Add some of the flour mix to the big bowl, followed by sour cream, going back and forth until all of the cake ingredients are mixed together.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared bundt pan. Bake for 1 hour, or until it passes the toothpick test. Let it cool for about ten minutes in the pan and then carefully plop the cake onto a wire rack to completely cool down. Once it is room temperature, it's time to glaze.
  • Mix together all of the glaze ingredients together EXCEPT the water. Dribble in the water. Stir well. Add more water if needed to achieve desired consistency.


Bready or Not: Maple Sour Cream Bundt Cake


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Clockwork Dagger collection DEEP ROOTS is out today!

Posted by on Aug 2, 2016 in Blog, clockwork dagger shorts | Comments Off on Clockwork Dagger collection DEEP ROOTS is out today!

Deep Roots

Hooray, hooray, it’s publication day! Deep Roots is an omnibus of my three previously-published ebook-only works set in the world of The Clockwork Dagger. This includes two stories, Deepest Poison and Final Flight, and the Nebula-nominated novella Wings of Sorrow and Bone. Together, they are a 208-page volume that is available as a mass-market paperback for $4.99 and as an ebook for $2.99!

Amazon:  paperback or  ebook | Barnes & Noble: paperback or ebook | Kobo | Google Play | iTunes


Included are:


Octavia Leander, a young healer with incredible powers, has found her place among Miss Percival’s medicians-in-training. Called to the front lines of war, the two women must uncover the source of a devastating illness that is killing thousands of soldiers.


After being rescued from the slums of Caskentia, Rivka Stout is adjusting to her new life in Tamarania. But when Rivka stumbles into a laboratory run by the powerful Balthazar Cody, she also discovers a sinister plot involving chimera gremlins and the violent Arena game Warriors.


Captain Hue hoped he was rid of his troubles once Octavia Leander and Alonzo Garrett disembarked from his airship, but then the Argus is commandeered by a Clockwork Dagger and forced on a deadly mission. Hue must lead a mutiny that might bring down his own ship…. perhaps for good.



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New Publications Through July

Posted by on Aug 1, 2016 in anthology:poem, anthology:story, awards, Blog, novelocity, online publication | Comments Off on New Publications Through July

Oh hey, August is here. This month promises to be outright crazy with the release of my story collection (TOMORROW!) AND my new novel Breath of Earth out on the 23rd, the trip to WorldCon in Kansas City, and writing projects looming overhead like a Super Star Destroyer.

That means I need to catch up on website stuff now while I have a few spare minutes, ’cause I won’t have those soon.


An incredible honorable mention:
– Ellen Datlow included my poem “The City” from Mythic Delirium on her long list for best horror of the year!

Over at Novelocity:
5 Tips for Writers Writing Book Reviews
5 Tips to be a Prepared Panelist at an SFF Convention

Reprint story publication:
“American Shadow” in Fantastic Stories of the Imagination
– forthcoming in August: “A Recipe for Rain and Rainbows” in Mysterion: Rediscovering the Mysteries of the Christian Faith

New poetry publications:
“Post-Apocalypse as Described by a Wine Reviewer” in Zetetic
“Footprints” and “Shopping Spree” in Star*line 39.3 (print only)



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