Upcoming Release Day Party

 

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Two weeks from now, the third Pancake House Mystery will be out in the world! Of Spice and Men will be released on November 7, 2017 and is currently available for pre-order. I’m excited that it will soon be in the hands of readers!

Adding to my excitement is the fact that there will be a release day party on Facebook! Everyone is invited to stop by for fun, games, and prizes.

 

 

Here’s the link to the event:

https://www.facebook.com/events/175862029650166/

I hope to see you there! 😀

 

 

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New Cozy Mystery Series!

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BOOK NEWS!!!

I’m so happy that I can now share the news that I’ll have a new cozy mystery series starting in early 2019! The setting is a literary-themed pub in a renovated grist mill in Vermont. The books will be released in hardcover and ebook, with paperback reprint. I’m having an absolute blast writing this series and I hope you’ll enjoy it too! Below is the deal announcement from Publishers Marketplace.

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USA Today bestselling author Sarah Fox’s TEQUILA MOCKINGBIRD, the first in a series, in which a pub owner hosts book clubs, serves up literary-themed cocktails and solves murders, to Martin Biro at Kensington, in a nice deal, in a four-book deal, for publication in Early 2019, by Jessica Faust at BookEnds (World English).

If you’re wondering about my Pancake House Mysteries, there will be more of those as well! After the third book is released in November 2017, the series will move from Penguin Random House to Kensington.

Audiobooks!

Audiobooks Coming Soon

I’m happy to say that the first two Pancake House Mysteries (The Crêpes of Wrath and For Whom the Bread Rolls) will soon be available as audiobooks! I’m not yet sure of the exact release dates, but both are currently available for pre-order on Amazon. The books will be narrated by Marguerite Gavin, winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones and Publishers Weekly awards. Gavin has narrated many audiobooks, including cozy mysteries by Sofie Ryan and Sheila Connolly. 😀

Cover Reveal: For Whom the Bread Rolls

I got my first glimpse of the cover for the second Pancake House Mystery, For Whom the Bread Rolls, about a week ago and I absolutely loved it right away. It’s so cute and cozy and perfect for the story, which is, after all, a cozy mystery. 🙂

I’m super excited that I can now share the cover with the world, so I won’t delay any longer!

Here it is:

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Isn’t the cat adorable?

I’m so grateful to the Alibi design team for creating such a great cover, and I can’t wait until the book is out in the world too. For Whom the Bread Rolls will be released in March 2017. In the meantime, if you haven’t yet checked out the first book in the series, The Crêpes of Wrath, you can find it here.

Thanks for coming by to see my new cover! 🙂

Release Day: The Crêpes of Wrath

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The release day for The Crêpes of Wrath is finally here! I’m beyond excited that this book is now out in the world, kicking off my new cozy mystery series!

The first book in the Pancake House Mystery series, The Crêpes of Wrath introduces my newest heroine, Marley McKinney, who finds herself in a sticky situation: stacking pancakes, pouring coffee, and investigating murder.

Here’s more about the book:

When Marley McKinney’s aging cousin, Jimmy, is hospitalized with pneumonia, she agrees to help run his pancake house while he recovers. With its rustic interior and syrupy scent, the Flip Side Pancake House is just as she pictured it—and the surly chef is a wizard with crêpes. Marley expects to spend a leisurely week or two in Wildwood Cove, the quaint, coastal community where she used to spend her summers, but then Cousin Jimmy is found murdered, sprawled on the rocks beneath a nearby cliff.
 
After she stumbles across evidence of stolen goods in Jimmy’s workshop, Marley is determined to find out what’s really going on in the not-so-quiet town of Wildwood Cove. With help from her childhood crush and her adopted cat, Flapjack, Marley sinks her teeth into the investigation. But if she’s not careful, she’s going to get burned by a killer who’s only interested in serving up trouble.

The Crêpes of Wrath is available from online retailers such as Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Chapters, Barnes and Noble, Google Play, and iTunes.

You can always find out more about my books by going to my author website and you can keep up to date on upcoming releases and other news by signing up for my newsletter here.

Author Newsletter

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It’s now possible to subscribe to my author newsletter! I’m hoping to send out the first issue in July. The newsletter will keep you up to date on my book releases and other news.

To subscribe, go here.

The signup link is also on the About page of my author website.

Release Day for Deadly Overtures!

A composing competition rises to a murderous crescendo in author Sarah Fox’s third Music Lover’s Mystery.

Deadly OverturesDeadly Overtures is now available! This is the third book in the Music Lover’s Mystery series and I’m incredibly excited that readers can now join Midori (professional violinist and amateur sleuth) on her latest adventure. I had so much fun writing this book (and the others in the series) and I hope people will enjoy reading it. Deadly Overtures is currently available in e-book form and the trade paperback will be released on July 12, 2016. You can find Deadly Overtures and the other two books in the series (Dead Ringer and Death in A Major) on Amazon, Chapters, Barnes & Noble, and other online retailer sites.

Here’s what Deadly Overtures is about:

Four talented classical music composers have been named finalists in a composing competition hosted by the Point Grey Philharmonic. With money and egos on the line, it doesn’t surprise violinist Midori Bishop that the competition has brought out jealousy and bitter rivalries among the entrants. What does surprise her is finding one of the finalists murdered in the theater. With a cloud of suspicion hanging over the symphony’s esteemed concertmaster, Midori orchestrates her own investigation, uncovering a medley of dark secrets and motives for murder. But can she bring the truth to light before the killer silences her forever?

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Music and Mysteries

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With the release of my third Music Lover’s Mystery less than a month away, I thought I’d share a bit about the music mentioned in the first two books. I’ve also included links to the music on YouTube.

For those who don’t know, the main character of the series, Midori Bishop, is a professional violinist and amateur sleuth. In the first book, Dead Ringer, Midori is feeling blue at one point and starts to play the first movement of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata on the piano in an attempt to improve her mood. While it doesn’t work, because an injury prevents her from being able to continue playing, I thought that the Moonlight Sonata would be a natural choice for her in that situation. I personally find the first movement to be very peaceful and calming, and I always enjoy listening to it. It’s also a very well known piece, so I figured many readers would know the music.

Here’s Ottavia Maria Maceratini playing the movement:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhEey0Zeyic

Also in Dead Ringer, and in that same scene, Midori plays Scott Joplin’s The Entertainer with her best friend, JT. Again, this is a well-known piece that many people recognize by name. But I also chose this piece because who wouldn’t feel cheered up by a bit of ragtime? 🙂

Here’s Cory Hall playing The Entertainer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9gzZJ344Co

In the second book of the series, Death in A Major, Midori takes comfort in playing Méditation, the intermezzo from Jules Massenet’s opera Thaïs. I played this when I was in orchestra in high school and it’s a piece I never get tired of. While perhaps not as many readers would know this piece as with the Moonlight Sonata or The Entertainer, I think many classical music fans would know it, and it was a perfect fit for the scene in Death in A Major.

If you’d like to listen to this piece, here’s a video of it played by Sarah Chang on violin:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ss1URTJYlfQ

Dead Ringer and Death in A Major are both available in paperback and ebook format. The third book in the series, Deadly Overtures, will be released in June 2016.

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Cover Reveal: The Crêpes of Wrath

A while back I announced that I’ll have a new cozy mystery series (published by Penguin Random House) beginning in September 2016 – the Pancake House Mysteries. The Crêpes of Wrath is the first book in the series and will be released as an e-book on September 20, 2016. Today I’m excited to share the cover for The Crêpes of Wrath for the first time.

Here it is:

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I love how the designer incorporated a glimpse of the ocean and really captured the cozy feel of the story and the setting – the seaside town of Wildwood Cove.

I’m also excited to share the cover copy for the book, so you can find out what it’s about:

In the debut of a delightful cozy mystery series, Sarah Fox introduces a charming new heroine who finds herself in a sticky situation: stacking pancakes, pouring coffee, and investigating murder.

When Marley McKinney’s aging cousin, Jimmy, is hospitalized with pneumonia, she agrees to help run his pancake house while he recovers. With its rustic interior and syrupy scent, the Flip Side Pancake House is just as she pictured it—and the surly chef is a wizard with crêpes. Marley expects to spend a leisurely week or two in Wildwood Cove, the quaint, coastal community where she used to spend her summers, but then Cousin Jimmy is found murdered, sprawled on the rocks beneath a nearby cliff.

 After she stumbles across evidence of stolen goods in Jimmy’s workshop, Marley is determined to find out what’s really going on in the not-so-quiet town of Wildwood Cove. With help from her childhood crush and her adopted cat, Flapjack, Marley sinks her teeth into the investigation. But if she’s not careful, she’s going to get burned by a killer who’s only interested in serving up trouble.

I can’t wait for this book to get out in the world and for readers to spend time with the main character, Marley, in Wildwood Cove! 😀

The Crêpes of Wrath is currently available for pre-order from online retailers like Amazon.

Building a Mystery

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Recently I was asked about my drafting process, so I thought I’d share a bit about it here on my blog.

My drafting strategy has changed over time, and I won’t be surprised if it continues to evolve as I write more books in the future. When I first started writing novels, I was a complete panster. In other words, I’d start writing without doing any plotting or planning beforehand. That didn’t work out so well for me though. I’d end up with a weak plot that sometimes dwindled off into nothing as I wrote myself into a dead-end.

When I wrote my first mystery, Dead Ringer (which was my fourth novel), I did a bit of planning before writing, but not a whole lot. That strategy worked at the time, but when I approached my next mystery in the same fashion, the results weren’t so great. I ended up with a manuscript that was way too short and had to spend a lot of time and effort reworking it into a full-length story.

Since that experience, I’ve been doing a lot more planning before starting to write, and so far I’m finding that it makes my life easier. I’m not the kind of person who can plan out the entire story before drafting, with every scene outlined in detail, but I do like to have a framework to build on, especially for mysteries, which can get confusing with all the suspects, clues, and red herrings involved.

When preparing to write a mystery, I now start out by planning the basics. I come up with the killer, the victim(s), the motive, and the means. Once I know those elements, I make a list of suspects, people who have a reason to want the victim dead. I also include each suspect’s apparent motive. Then I move on to listing the things that each suspect will do or the information the main character will find out about them that makes that person seem guilty. Sometimes I’ll also make a note of what could end up exonerating that suspect in the end.

I assign each character a colour and then merge all the suspect notes into a timeline so I have a general idea of which events will occur in which order and when the main character will discover each piece of information. That timeline usually changes along the way, but it at least gives me something to work with. The colour coding helps me to see how the things related to each suspect will be distributed throughout the story, and also makes it obvious if one character needs more added to his or her part of the plot.

Once all that is done, I write a basic outline for the first two or three chapters, and then I start writing. Generally, I’ll outline between two and five chapters at a time. That allows me to have some direction while also letting the story take me places I couldn’t have anticipated beforehand.

So while I do work with an outline, that outline changes and evolves along the way. I guess that puts me somewhere in the middle of the spectrum between a plotter and a pantster. Probably a little closer to the plotter side now, which is proving valuable in my current circumstances. Now that I have deadlines to meet, I find it far less stressful to end up with a relatively strong plot at the end of the first draft, rather than having to spend weeks later on revising substantial parts of the structure of the story. Of course, that’s just what works best for me. Every writer is different, after all. 🙂

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