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Beth Cato

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Beth Cato hails from Hanford, California, but currently writes and bakes cookies in a lair west of Phoenix, Arizona. She shares the household with a hockey-loving husband, a numbers-obsessed son, and three feline overlords.

She's the author of THE CLOCKWORK DAGGER (a 2015 Locus Award finalist for First Novel) and THE CLOCKWORK CROWN (an RT Reviewers' Choice Finalist) from Harper Voyager. Her novella WINGS OF SORROW AND BONE was a 2016 Nebula nominee. Her alt-history Blood of Earth trilogy includes BREATH OF EARTH, CALL OF FIRE, and ROAR OF SKY.

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Beth Cato Thank you so much! The book was inspired by several things. I've loved healer characters since I was a kid, but I was always disappointed that they ar…moreThank you so much! The book was inspired by several things. I've loved healer characters since I was a kid, but I was always disappointed that they are relegated to a sidekick role in most books and video games. I love steampunk and wanted to write something in that setting. My mom also raised me on Agatha Christie mysteries. My original idea for the book was 'Murder on the Orient Express, on an airship, with a healer as the lead character.' I expanded the story from there!(less)
Beth Cato Thanks for the question, Sarah! "The Deepest Poison" is indeed a prequel story and the events that happen are referred to throughout The Clockwork Dag…moreThanks for the question, Sarah! "The Deepest Poison" is indeed a prequel story and the events that happen are referred to throughout The Clockwork Dagger, though the story shows everything from a very different perspective. Read them in chronological order if you want, but there's no hard rule on that. (less)
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I read this book for research purposes. It's a very nice reference book with full color pages throughout of high quality, utilizing many period paintings and schematics depicting battles and the major players in fights. It does assume some basic know ...more
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I received an advance copy via NetGalley.

The Spare Man has the full vibe of a classic murder mystery, integrated into an absolutely sci-fi setting. Tesla Crane is an incredibly wealthy woman, traveling incognito on s Mars-bound space cruiser for her
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This cozy mystery is set in the fictional California town of Hideaway Hollow, an owl-obsessed small town packed with gossip and primed for murder. Abbey visited her baker aunt there during her childhood summer
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Adulting 101 - How Not to Move Back Home With Your Parents by Las Hermanas Publishing
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I read this book with my seventeen-year-old son in mind. Will this be a book I pass along to him? Will it be a good reference for him to cite in the future? The answer to both of tho
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Walden & Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau
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I had never before read Walden & Civil Disobedience in their entirety. Walden is something of a slog and slow to get going, but I enjoyed the rapturous way he writes about nature. It's easy to see why this is a classic for those passages alone. Civil ...more
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“Ignorance didn’t feel like bliss. It felt like stupidity, and she hated it. “That”
Beth Cato, Breath of Earth

“Holiness may be found by being in the mere presence of books, without evening parting the pages.”
Beth Cato, The Clockwork Crown

“He stopped moving among the shelves. She stopped as well and scanned the books around her. 'Such a glorious perfume, these old books.”
Beth Cato, The Clockwork Crown

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