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What a Nebula Nomination Is

Posted by on Feb 22, 2016 in awards, Blog, clockwork dagger shorts | Comments Off on What a Nebula Nomination Is

I originally posted this on Facebook, and it had such a good reaction that I decided to post it on my blog as well, as I know some family members subscribe to my blog feed. The TL;DR version: Wings of Sorrow and Bone is a Nebula nominee in the novella category. This is a HUGE deal.

A full list of this year’s nominees can be found here.


I was asked what a Nebula nomination really *is*. It’s comparable to an Oscar nomination, I suppose.

Within science fiction and fantasy fiction, the Nebulas (voted on by members of SFWA, a professional writers’ organization) and the Hugos (voted on by supporters and attendees of the annual WorldCon) are THE biggest awards, followed by others like the Locus Award, World Fantasy Award, etc.

Being a Nebula nominee is a huge deal. It’s the kind of thing that gets mentioned on book covers and in reviews (it can also lead to book deals and reviews). It’s high validation from my peers. Go look at Wikipedia at the works that have won these awards–I bet you’ll recognize names and titles!


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Nebula Award Nominee! Life Goal = Achieved

Posted by on Feb 20, 2016 in awards, Blog, clockwork dagger shorts, goals | Comments Off on Nebula Award Nominee! Life Goal = Achieved

Wings of Sorrow and Bone is a Nebula finalist. I’m gobsmacked. I’m thrilled. I’m terrified.

You see, being a finalist like this has been a life goal of mine since I was a teenager. I even mentioned this on my old blog back in July 2012, during that difficult period after my first book didn’t sell and Clockwork Dagger was almost ready to go on submission to editors:

Within five years, I’d like to have a story or novel make the shortlist for a Hugo or Nebula. I’d also like to have a poem up for the Rhysling Award.

This week I confirmed that, for the second consecutive year, I have a poem nominated for the Rhysling.

Then this. The big one. The Nebula nomination. I actually made my goal a year before my deadline. How funny is that?! I guess the next goal should be to actually win a Hugo or Nebula at some point.

Wings of Sorrow and Bone is available at all online retailers for just 99-cents. Check it out–it seems people actually like it!?

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Cover reveal: “Final Flight: A Clockwork Dagger Story”

Posted by on Feb 19, 2016 in Blog, clockwork dagger shorts | Comments Off on Cover reveal: “Final Flight: A Clockwork Dagger Story”

My final (for now) Clockwork Dagger story has a cover! This is out on April 26th and is already up for preorder for just 99-cents!

Oh yeah, it also includes the first chapter of my new novel Breath of Earth. *squee*

Final Flight

Another breathtaking short story from the author of The Clockwork Dagger and The Clockwork Crown, set in the same world…

Captain Hue hoped he was rid of his troubles once Octavia Leander and Alonzo Garrett disembarked from his airship Argus. But he was quickly proved wrong when his ship was commandeered by Caskentian soldiers. He is ordered on a covert and deadly mission by the smarmy Julius Corrado, an elite Clockwork Dagger.

Now Captain Hue must start a mutiny to regain control of his airship, which means putting his entire crew at risk—including his teenage son Sheridan. As the weather worsens and time runs out, it’ll take incredible bravery to bring the Argus down….perhaps for good.




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2015 Works for Award Consideration

Posted by on Dec 14, 2015 in anthology:story, awards, Blog, clockwork crown, clockwork dagger shorts | Comments Off on 2015 Works for Award Consideration

Are you voting in the forthcoming Nebula, Hugo, or World Fantasy Awards? If so, I appreciate it if you’ll consider these works of mine that were published in 2015.Wings of Sorrow and Bone novella

Selected Short stories

“The Quest You Have Chosen Defies Your Fate,” Daily Science Fiction (flash fic)

“Roots, Shallow and Deep,” Urban Fantasy Magazine

“Bread of Life,” Nature Magazine (flash fic)



“Wings of Sorrow and Bone: A Clockwork Dagger Novella” published by Harper Voyager Impulse; at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc. (99-cents)



The Clockwork Crown (book 2 of Clockwork Dagger Duology) published by Harper Voyager; in trade paperback or ebook at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.

The Clockwork Crown by Beth Cato


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Playing Catch-Up: Podcasts, Poetry, & Other News

Posted by on Nov 24, 2015 in anthology:poem, Blog, breath of earth, clockwork dagger shorts, holy taco church, novelocity, podcast, public speaking | Comments Off on Playing Catch-Up: Podcasts, Poetry, & Other News

I turned in my Breath of Earth edits to my editor last week. That took a huge burden off of me, but I haven’t been able to take it easy. Revisions ate my brain and my time, so I fell behind on everything else: short story and poetry re-submissions, story edits for myself and for other editors, my web site, general organization… and let’s not even talk about the cleanliness (or lack thereof) of my house. It’s a good thing we have therapists here a few times a week since that forces me to keep the main living areas in decent shape.

I have also, belatedly, jumped into Thanksgiving prep. I made and froze a couple batches of my soft dinner rolls and soft and chewy chocolate chip cookie dough and compiled ingredients for two different kinds of dressing and some other sides to feed company. I love doing all this, but I confess, this year I feel flustered and frantic as I ready myself for the holidays and catch up on everything else.

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As part of that catch up, here are my latest publications and tour spots:

SFSignal interview with Beth Cato, by Patrick Hester; recorded at Sasquan/WorldCon
Reading and Writing Podcast discussion with Beth Cato

“Riders of the Apocalypse: Death” and “Hera Herself, at 8’clock Tonight,” Grievous Angel
Reminisces of a Kraken Caretaker, Devilfish Review

Holy Taco Church:
Yummy Marinade for Chicken

Advice for NaNoWriMo as Posted on Twitter

As part of the Wings of Sorrow and Bone tour:
GeekMom’s Geek Speaks… Fiction! with Gremlins Galore! Geeking Out About Hideously Adorable Sidekicks
The Writer’s Life eMagazine interview with me


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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.

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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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