Hello & welcome to THE CLOCKWORK DAGGER blog tour. I’m so thrilled to be on the tour! We’re honored to be hosting Beth Cato for a fun Q&A today. So, pull up a chair, a cup of coffee & watch me work my magic in getting the all the secrets from Beth! ( <– That’s a lie.) Oh! Be sure to enter to the giveaway, too!
Release date: September 16, 2014
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Full of magic, mystery, and romance, an enchanting steampunk fantasy debut in the bestselling vein of Trudi Canavan and Gail Carriger
“The Clockwork Dagger was just what I needed: A steampunk adventure with an uncommon heroine, a fascinating magic system, and a young gremlin! I’m hooked and can’t wait for more Octavia and Leaf!”
—New York Times bestselling author Kevin Hearne
Orphaned as a child, Octavia Leander was doomed to grow up on the streets until Miss Percival saved her and taught her to become a medician. Gifted with incredible powers, the young healer is about to embark on her first mission, visiting suffering cities in the far reaches of the war-scarred realm. But the airship on which she is traveling is plagued by a series of strange and disturbing occurrences, including murder, and Octavia herself is threatened.
Suddenly, she is caught up in a flurry of intrigue: the dashingly attractive steward may be one of the infamous Clockwork Daggers—the Queen’s spies and assassins—and her cabin-mate harbors disturbing secrets. But the danger is only beginning, for Octavia discovers that the deadly conspiracy aboard the airship may reach the crown itself.
Fictitious Delicious: If you could switch lives for a day with someone else, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Beth Cato: Wow, that’s an intense question. I think I’d like to slip into the life of someone in the vicinity of Frederick Douglass, the great late 19th century abolitionist and orator. I would love to hear him speak and get a deeper understanding of that turbulent period of American history.
FD: I know about your love of baking, Beth. Tell me. What baked good would best go with reading CLOCKWORK DAGGER?
BC: I’d say maple pecan scones. Plus, they’d go perfectly with tea, which is so very steampunk.
BC: Niall Horan! His hair reminds me of anime characters.
ZOMG! YES! His hair IS very anime-like! I would like to give YOU all the maple pecan scones for this answer, Beth. I firmly believe every author writing in the young adult universe should have a favorite 1D boy. *high five*
FD: CLOCKWORK DAGGER is part of a duology. Do you know how Octavia’s story will wrap up in CLOCKWORK CROWN?
BC: Yes. The sequel is written and turned in to my editor. The two books are plotted to tightly fit together. All of the events take place in a span of weeks.
Looks like the rest of your answer was cut off, Beth! Surely you meant to share with us a juicy tidbit of CLOCKWORK CROWN? No? We have to wait until next year? Ok, fine.
FD: Secondary characters can really enhance a story. Tell us about an important secondary character in CLOCKWORK DAGGER.
BC: Leaf the gremlin is stealing people’s hearts, and likely their silver jewelry and cheese, too. He looks like a naked cat with bat wings and green skin, and speaks in chirps and mews. Octavia rescues him from death and he becomes a vital character through both books.
I want Leaf! Surely he and my well-stocked cheese drawer could come to some agreement to peacefully cohabitate ? (Yes I AM more concerned about my cheese than my jewelry. I have priorities!)
FD: What was the last book you read that reminded you how fun it is to be a reader?
BC: The book I’m reading right now is doing that to me–HALF A CROWN by Jo Walton. I keep finding excuses to sneak in more chapters through the day.
Beth Cato resides in the outskirts of Phoenix, AZ. Her husband Jason, son Nicholas, and crazy cat keep her busy, but she still manages to squeeze in time for writing and other activities that help preserve her sanity. She is originally from Hanford, CA, a lovely city often pungent with cow manure.