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r/Fantasy Virtual Con

Posted by on Apr 9, 2020 in Blog, public speaking | Comments Off on r/Fantasy Virtual Con

The Fantasy community on Reddit is hosting a virtual convention throughout April. The posts are completely free and available to the public. Just show up each day and follow along! You don’t have to be registered on Reddit, but if you are, you can participate in the con and other threads as well.

I’m scheduled for two panels thus far:

Sat Apr 11: Short Fiction Panel w/ Ken Liu, John Wiswell, Beth Cato, Zen Cho, Amal El-Mohtar

Mon April 20: Fantasy Romance Panel w/ Stephanie Burgis, Beth Cato, J. Kathleen Cheney, Jeffe Kennedy, Quenby Olson, C.L. Polk

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CoKoCon 2019 Schedule

Posted by on Aug 23, 2019 in Blog, public speaking | Comments Off on CoKoCon 2019 Schedule

CoKoCon takes place over Labor Day weekend at the Doubletree at MetroCenter in north Phoenix. I’ll be there Friday until Monday morning, with a packed schedule of panels. This is a fantastic small con. If you’re in the area, grab a membership and come by.

I have one scheduled booksigning time on Sunday but really, so long as I don’t need to rush to a panel or to eat, I’m happy to stop, talk, and sign stuff. There’s an awesome local bookseller on-site named Duncan who will have lots of my books for sale, too.

Yes, I will have cookies BUT note that if it’s like last year, I cannot feed people in common areas or the con could get in trouble with the venue. I can only share cookies in the con suite or in party rooms.

A mobile device-friendly version of my schedule can also be found here and includes full descriptions. Changes to my schedule will be posted on Twitter and Facebook.

Friday, August 30

Selling Yourself: Author Branding for Fun and (Hopefully) Profit
Canyon 3, 5pm – 6pm

Twisted Tropes: Writing Stale Tropes Like Unicorns and Vampires in Fresh New Ways
Canyon 3, 8pm – 9pm

Saturday, August 31

Book Discussion: All Systems Red
Lobby Pit, 10am – 11am

A Courtesy of Compliments
Terrace, 11:30am – 12:30pm

Steampunk Round Table
Terrace, 1pm – 2pm

Writing and Gaming: How RPGs and Video Games Influence Your Writing
Canyon 3, 7:30pm – 8:30pm

Sunday, September 1

Author Self-Care: Spoon Management
Canyon 3, 11:30am – 12:30pm

Signing: Beth Cato and Judith Starkston
Dealers’ Room, 1pm – 2pm

How to Critique
Canyon 3, 2:30pm – 3:30pm

Surviving Historical Fiction Research
Canyon 3, 6pm – 7pm


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Interview with F&SF about my poem “My Ghost Will Know the Way”

Posted by on Jul 18, 2019 in anthology:poem, Blog, public speaking | Comments Off on Interview with F&SF about my poem “My Ghost Will Know the Way”

My poem “My Ghost Will Know the Way” is in the July/August issue of Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine. (Allow me to pause and happily flail about that for the hundredth time.) I was recently interviewed about the inspiration behind the poem. Read that here!

This is a very personal poem for me (as the interview explains), and the positive reactions to it have added much-needed brightness to my life this month.


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ROAR OF SKY is out today!

Posted by on Oct 23, 2018 in Blog, public speaking, publication process | Comments Off on ROAR OF SKY is out today!

TODAY IS THE DAY! Roar of Sky is out! The Blood of Earth trilogy is complete. Look for it on your local bookstore shelves–and if you can’t find it there, ask them to order it! You can also find it everywhere online. Poisoned Pen currently has signed copies in stock, too! Thank you to everyone who preordered there and elsewhere!

If you want to ask me questions about the series or my other books and stories or recipes, I am doing a reddit/Fantasy AMA today. Drop by and say hi!

After you read it, please leave reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, and other sites, and talk about it on social media. Word of mouth means a lot, especially for a brand new release.

Again, thank you to everyone who has read this series. I hope you enjoy the finale of Ingrid’s adventures.


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Want signed copies of ROAR OF SKY? Preorder now! Live near Phoenix? See me Sunday!

Posted by on Oct 19, 2018 in Blog, public speaking, roar of sky | Comments Off on Want signed copies of ROAR OF SKY? Preorder now! Live near Phoenix? See me Sunday!

On Sunday October 21st at 2pm, I’m holding a special release party for Roar of Sky at Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Scottsdale, Arizona. You can get the finale of my trilogy two days before the actual release date, plus you can buy most all of my other books there and get them signed, PLUS I’ll bring cookies.

More info can be found here!

If you can’t attend in person, this event still might be relevant to your interests: Poisoned Pen ships worldwide. If you want to order ANY of my books signed, they can get those books to you. That includes Roar of Sky, still fragrant of fresh ink. I’ll sign all long-distance orders after my event is done.

Poisoned Pen is dear to my heart and needs love and support. Hey, look around their website and you’ll likely find other signed books to order, too. They have an incredible selection.


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CoKoCon Time!

Posted by on Aug 30, 2018 in Blog, public speaking | Comments Off on CoKoCon Time!

CoKoCon begins tomorrow! It’s a scfi/fantasy con taking place in Phoenix, Arizona, at the Metrocenter Doubletree. Find out more about the con here. I’ll actually be there as the local author guest of honor, and I have a loaded schedule. Find the current version below; it can also be found on their site. Changes may occur, apocalypses may happen, etc.

Yes, I’m bringing cookies!

Friday, August 31
Signing: Beth Cato
Dealers Room, 7pm – 7:45pm
Local Author GoH Beth Cato will be signing in the Dealers Room. Bring your items to be signed.

Surviving Social Media
Canyon 3, 8pm – 9pm
Gary W. Babb, Beth Cato, Thomas Watson, Stephanie Weippert
In the world of Sad Puppies, Comics Gaters and Rian Johnson haters, social media can be a minefield as much as it can be a promotional tool. Enjoy some tips on how to tread lightly in Reddit, how and how much to share, and what precautions and steps you can take when it becomes too intense.

Saturday, September 1
Book Discussion: A Long Way to a Small Angry Planet
Lobby Pit, 11am – 12pm
Beth Cato, Michael Senft
Join Beth Cato and Michael Senft as they host a book discussion on A Long Way to Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers.

Signing: Beth Cato
Dealers Room, 2pm – 3pm

Steampunk—More Than Airships
Canyon 3, 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Ashley Carlson, Beth Cato, David Lee Summers, Cynthia Ward
It’s not just flying anachronisms; steampunk is an aesthetic. Beth Cato leads our panel of authors in examining the style and the tropes of this whimsical version of alternate history.

Meet the Guests
Terrace, 5pm – 6pm
Here’s a chance to meet all our GoH in one place, at one time.

Strong Female Characters
Canyon 3, 8pm – 9pm
Ashley Carlson, Beth Cato, Jenn Czep, Jamie Wyman
For ages the strong female character was able to kick ass with the men in her chainmail bikini. Thankfully, that has changed. From Buffy the Vampire Slayer to Hermione Granger, we look at what makes a strong woman in the 21st century.

Sunday, September 2
Spotlight on Beth Cato
Terrace, 10:30am – 11:30am

Mental Health Check for Writers and Readers
Canyon 3, 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Ashley Carlson, Beth Cato, Eric T. Knight, Marsheila Rockwell
Our panelists lead a frank talk about mental issues, how they influence their stories and how they impact the writing process.

What If
Canyon 3, 2pm – 3pm
Beth Cato, H. Paul Honsinger, Sue Martin, Harry Turtledove
Alternate history revolves around critical points in history, where one little change creates massive ripples. Join our Guests of Honor Harry Turtledove and Beth Cato as they discuss these touch points, and what a little nudge in one direction or the other might spawn.

Magic Systems
Canyon 3, 5pm – 6pm
Beth Cato, Bruce Davis, Avily Jerome, Eric T. Knight
They are the heart of every high fantasy. And with writers like Rothfuss and Sanderson, they’ve become a science. Our panelists discuss their favorites and how to create a workable magic system, whether rigidly scientific or more numinous à la Tolkien—and when to use which.

Magic & Mayhem—Trickster Stories
Canyon 3, 8pm – 9pm
Ashley Carlson, Beth Cato, Jenn Czep, Jamie Wyman
We all love Loki and not just because of Tom Hiddleston. This panel looks at the trickster archetype, from myth and legend through modern fantasy. But let’s be honest, there will probably be a lot of talk about Tom Hiddleston!

Monday, September 3
Childhood Favorites
Canyon 3, 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Beth Cato, Tom Leveen, Jeff Mariotte, Marsheila Rockwell
What books inspired you to become a writer? What are the cherished stories and beloved authors that provided the muse for our panelists? They will reminisce about their favorites and maybe discuss a few current favorites as well.

Closing Ceremonies
Terrace, 5pm – 6pm
Dee Astell, Hal C. F. Astell, Mark Boniece, Beth Cato, Cheshire Moon, Eric Coleman, Lizzie Crowe, Steve Rude, Harry Turtledove
Help us wrap up year one for CoKoCon and set the stage for 2019!


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