End of 2021 Publication Round-Up

Posted by on Dec 31, 2021 in anthology:poem, anthology:story, Blog | Comments Off on End of 2021 Publication Round-Up

2021 is finally at end. Surely 2022 must be better. Right? RIGHT?

The end of the year brought a flood of new publications. These have also been added to my complete Short Works Bibliography.

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Listen to my story “Headspace” in The Overcast

Posted by on Jul 23, 2021 in anthology:story, Blog, online publication, podcast | Comments Off on Listen to my story “Headspace” in The Overcast

Space travel is cool. Cats traveling in space is even cooler, right? My story “Headspace,” originally published years ago in the themed anthology Cats in Space, is now available in podcast form! The narrator, Steve Quinn, did a great job. Please take a listen–you can even download it to listen on the go!

Listen to “Headspace” over at The Overcast.


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Out Today: Escape Pod: The Science Fiction Anthology

Posted by on Nov 24, 2020 in anthology:story, Blog | Comments Off on Out Today: Escape Pod: The Science Fiction Anthology

escape pod antho

Today’s the release date for Escape Pod: The Science Fiction Anthology, a book that celebrates Escape Pod’s 15th anniversary with a range of diverse science fiction stories. I’m somehow mixed in there with a who’s-who of authors. Here’s the official description; buy the book wherever books are sold, in print and in ebook!

The fifteenth anniversary of the Hugo-nominated science fiction podcast Escape Pod, featuring new and exclusive stories from today’s bestselling writers.

Finalist for the 2020 Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine.

Celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of cutting-edge science fiction from the hit podcast, Escape Pod. Escape Pod has been bringing the finest short fiction to millions of ears all over the world, at the forefront of a new fiction revolution.

This anthology gathers together fifteen stories, including new and exclusive work from writers such as from Cory Doctorow, Ken Liu, Mary Robinette Kowal, T. Kingfisher and more. From editors Mur Laffterty and S.B. Divya comes the science fiction collection of the year, bringing together bestselling authors in celebration of the publishing phenomenon that is, Escape Pod.

Available at Amazon [affiliate link] | [support indies] | Barnes & Noble


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Listen to “Toilet Gnomes at War” at The Overcast

Posted by on Aug 24, 2020 in anthology:story, Blog, podcast | Comments Off on Listen to “Toilet Gnomes at War” at The Overcast

Are you taking proper care of your household gnomes? You’ll find out the hard way if you don’t!

My story “Toilet Gnomes at War” is an old favorite for many of my readers, and it has now been podcast for the first time! If you want to start your week with a story that is fun and whimsical with a lot of genuine heart, this is the story for you.

Listen to it at The Overcast!


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Surviving Tomorrow: An all-star charity anthology to fight COVID-19

Posted by on Jun 16, 2020 in anthology:story, Blog | Comments Off on Surviving Tomorrow: An all-star charity anthology to fight COVID-19

I am genuinely proud to be part of this incredible new anthology in which 95% of profits are being donated directly to charities that are providing testing to communities in need–and you get to choose the charity.

surviving tomorrow

Surviving Tomorrow is a collection of 29 stories about survivors by writers like Neil Gaiman. Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Cory Doctorow, Robert Silverberg, Jonathan Maberry, Seanan McGuire, Andrew Mayne, Scott Sigler, Orson Scott Card, Alan Dean Foster, A.C. Crispin… and me! The book is available to preorder now to ship in the coming months. There is a special edition, a hardcover, a trade paperback, and an ebook.

Preorder Surviving Tomorrow.

Find out more about the charities here.


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Forthcoming anthologies to preorder

Posted by on May 15, 2020 in anthology:nonfiction, anthology:poem, anthology:story, Blog | Comments Off on Forthcoming anthologies to preorder

This is a rough time for the publishing industry and authors, period. Many bookstores are closed or operating in different ways. New releases are not getting much attention. Readers have other priorities for their time and money. Authors are struggling to focus, promote, and write. The actual publishing process is in a bad way, with warehouses closed because of sickness and paper imports from China greatly curtailed.

I want to highlight four forthcoming anthologies that have preorder links available. If you can’t budget to buy new books, you can always request your local library to carry them. And always, reviews on places like Amazon and Goodreads are a huge help.

First up, on May 26th, Swashbuckling Cats: Nine Lives on the Seven Seas is released by Tyche Books. PIRATE CATS. This is an anthology all about PIRATE CATS. How awesome is that?! A release day party will be held on Facebook. Find out about that here and participate in the event for a chance to win door prizes.


Chicken Soup Magic of Cats 2020

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Magic of Cats will be released in print and ebook on July 7th, 2020. (Release was pushed back a month.) I’ve had stories in a lot of Chicken Soup cat books, but this will be my first story about my ‘new’ cats–with this one all about my brilliant ginger trickster, Finn.


book of dragons

Also out on July 7th: The Book of Dragons will be a beautiful, fully-illustrated (by Rovina Cai!) hardcover release from Harper Voyager, edited by Jonathan Strahan. I’ve already read it in galley form, and let me tell you the blunt truth: this is one of the most solid anthologies released in recent years. It includes my first solicited poem, “Make Me a Dragon.” I wrote it while very angry. I am betting a lot of people will relate to the mood.

Escape Pod anthology

On October 20th, Titan Books will release the Escape Pod Science Fiction Anthology. The table of contents for this book blows me away. I’m still stupefied that I was invited to take part. My story is very much a signature Beth Cato kind of thing, science fiction with a dose of fantasy plus a cantankerous felizard (that’s part feline, part lizard) that threatens to steal the show.


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