Posts made in May, 2017

Guest: Rebecca Roland Author of Shattered Fates Talks About a Favorite Book

Posted by on May 23, 2017 in Blog, guest | Comments Off on Guest: Rebecca Roland Author of Shattered Fates Talks About a Favorite Book

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I’m happy to welcome Rebecca Roland to my site again! Shattered Fates is the final book in her trilogy with World Weaver Press. I read it as an early draft, and it was awesome. To celebrate the release, Rebecca has new covers for all three of her books. She’s here today to talk about an old favorite book of hers.

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Years ago when I was in grad school, a friend of mine who was a voracious reader pressed a book called Shards of Honor into my hands and said, “I think you’ll like this.” Eager to read a new book, I took it home and started it. And… it was slow. I read a few pages, then brought it back to her and said I couldn’t get into it. “Keep it,” she said. “Try it again.”

I tried it again and couldn’t get past the first few pages. But I held onto it because I knew if I brought it back to my friend without having read it, she’d be really disappointed in me. And I knew she wouldn’t steer me wrong. Eventually, I picked it up for a third time.

I don’t know what changed, but I got past the first few pages, and then barreled right through the rest of it. The book was great. Once it got going, it never let up. Shards of Honor and the next book in the series followed Captain Cordelia Naismith, but then the series switched over to her son, Miles Vorkosigan. As much as I love Cordelia, Miles is one of those characters who leaps off the page at you. He’s brilliant but flawed, and he gets into the biggest messes. He’s a man of honor. He’s witty and romantic. He’s so energetic, and he thinks so far ahead, that he keeps nearly everyone around him constantly on their toes. The other characters never knew what he was going to do, and neither did I. In short, he’s a fantastic character. He’s one where you can let him loose on the page, and he will write the story for you.

I love stories about unique characters. I love cool idea stories, too, but it’s the characters who burrow under my skin and stay with me, and Miles Vorkosigan is my favorite by far. When I write, I try to make my characters as multi-dimensional as Bujold made Miles Vorkosigan. I try to push my characters into situations where there appears to be no coming back, and I try to make them flawed and real. There’s a real joy in writing when the character is genuine and doing what they do.

I borrowed all of the books in that series from my friend. Then I went out and bought copies of my own. I’ve read them all several times now, and each time is just as enjoyable because there are always some details I’ve forgotten, or some new insight I gain.

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About Rebecca’s book Shattered Fates:

The magic barrier protecting the Taakwa from their enemies, the Maddion, is gone. Malia, who led the Taakwa against the Maddion in the Dragon War, must convince the magical being, the changer, to repair the barrier before the Maddion invade to take revenge on her people and the winged Jeguduns who also call the valley home, even if it means reversing the healing the changer wrought for her.

Chanwa, the wife of the Maddion leader, uses the disorder created by the changer to lead a coup against her husband in a desperate attempt to ensure she and the other Maddion women are treated as equals. Her life, and the future of every Maddion woman, depends on her success.

Both women know the only way to succeed is to come together in an unlikely alliance.

Available for at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and direct from the publisher, World Weaver Press.

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Phoenix Comicon Schedule 2017

Posted by on May 22, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Phoenix Comicon Schedule 2017

phxcc_logo_2017_smIt’s Phoenix Comicon time! This is my home con, and it’s grown huge in recent years–some 200,000 people attended over four days last year! This time around, I will have panels and some signings on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

I will also be part of Poisoned Pen Bookstore’s Elevengeddon Mass Signing on Wednesday the 24th at the Hilton Resort in Scottsdale, 7pm. More info here.

My books will be for sale at the convention, but feel free to bring copies from home, too. I’ll also sign Kindle cases, autograph books, hellspawn, etc. ALSO… I WILL HAVE COOKIES. If you see me (and it’s not in the middle of a panel, because duh) please ask if I have any cookies left. I will be happy to feed you. Note that these cookies will be filled with gluten and other magic.

You’ll find my full current schedule here.


12:00 pm
Fantasy and Magic in Literature :: North 126AB

3:00 pm
Women Writers of Speculative Fiction :: North 126AB


10:30 am
Writing Badass Women :: North 126C

1:30 pm
Beth Cato, Alan Smale, Weston Ochse, and Yvonne Navarro Signing :: North 124AB


10:30 am
Arizona Author Spotlight :: North 126C

1:30 pm
All Things Steampunk :: North 126AB

3:00 pm
Kevin J. Anderson, Elizabeth Bear, Beth Cato, Rob Reid and Scott Lynch Signing :: Exhibitor Hall Author Signing




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Sunday Quote totally agrees with this

Posted by on May 21, 2017 in Blog, Quote | Comments Off on Sunday Quote totally agrees with this

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.”
~ Jorge Luis Borges

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Bready or Not: Maple BBQ Chicken Tenders

Posted by on May 17, 2017 in Blog, Bready or Not, chicken, gluten-free, healthier, main dish, maple | Comments Off on Bready or Not: Maple BBQ Chicken Tenders

It has come to my attention that I haven’t featured a maple recipe since March. So let’s remedy that with a meaty recipe for from-scratch Maple Barbecue Chicken.

Bready or Not: Maple BBQ Chicken Tenders

Yep, you create your own BBQ sauce for this recipe! It’s full of maple goodness with just the right balance of savory-sweet. You divvy up the sauce, using some to marinate the meat and reserving the rest for eating time.

Bready or Not: Maple BBQ Chicken Tenders

Use this base recipe to cook the chicken however you want. Grill it. Roast it in your oven. Whatever gets the meat cooked and chewed and in your belly.

Bready or Not: Maple BBQ Chicken Tenders

Maple makes everything better, right?

Bready or Not: Maple BBQ Chicken Tenders

Modified from A Dash of Sanity.

Bready or Not: Maple BBQ Chicken Tenders

Make your own from-scratch maple barbecue sauce to marinate chicken breast tenders! Let the marinade work its magic for two hours to a day in advance, then grill the meat. Serve it with some sauce kept stashed separately in the fridge.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken, maple
Author: Beth Cato


  • 3 - 4 pounds chicken tenders
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon Worchester sauce
  • 2 teaspoons ground mustard
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper


  • Place the chicken tenders in a sturdy gallon sealable bag. In a bowl, mix together all of the other ingredients. Pour enough of the sauce into the bag to coat the chicken; reserve the rest of the sauce for serving later. (If the sauce gets contaminated by the raw meat, boil it to make sure it's safe to eat.)
  • Let the chicken marinate in the fridge for anywhere from 2 hours to a day.
  • Heat up your grill [or, alternatively, bake it in your oven]. Grill the chicken at medium heat for 4 minutes, then turn to cook another 4 minutes, and longer as needed. Check for doneness by testing the temperature in a thick section; it should be at least 170-degrees.
  • Serve immediately. Chicken is fantastic hot or cold, and can be frozen with sauce for later enjoyment, too.


Bready or Not: Maple BBQ Chicken Tenders


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CALL OF FIRE: Out in 3 Months!

Posted by on May 15, 2017 in Blog, call of fire | Comments Off on CALL OF FIRE: Out in 3 Months!

Call of Fire

That’s right, three months from today, Call of Fire will be released! Therefore, it’s a great time to grovel and beg ask people to please preorder! That’s easy to do online or in-store. If you’re on Goodreads, you can also add it to your wish list.

Oh yeah, and don’t forget that my publisher is running a sweepstakes right now where you can win Breath of Earth AND a galley of Call of Fire.

Handy-dandy links for pre-ordering convenience:

Thanks a bunch for the support!


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