Random thoughts on our impending doom and everyday life, courtesy of a Romance Writer who occasionally feels the need to talk like a Sailor.

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Ros Baxter's "Fish out of Water" + a GIVEAWAY!

Isn't this cover cool?
You know how I feel about romance writers. You probably even know how I feel about Australian romance writers, in particular. I just love them. I want to tickle their beautiful toes, pour them a beer and talk happy ever afters with them until the sun comes up. So, related to these random yet awesome facts, I’d like to introduce today’s visitor to you. The lovely Ros Baxter is in the Love an Apocalypse house. 

Ros has written a great gritty mermaid book called Fish out of Water. I love the premise of this book. It's a little left off centre and different. And we love different right? Different is wonderous. But even better than being different, she’s giving away a copy of Fish out of Water to one lucky lucky commenter. You've just got to be willing to share where your particular brand of genius ideas stem from. Go on, don't be shy. I'll let Ros explain...

And, as always, please remember to leave us YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS. Ta.

Today I had an epiphany as I started packing away some old masterpieces made by the children a couple of years ago (hey, the housecleaning wheels take a while to move at our place).

I found a series of drawings that made me think maybe my lush and lovely mermaid didn’t come from some wild muse at all. And maybe she didn’t just storm my brain like the badass mermaid-human hybrid she is – wearing her nicotine patches, packing heat and demanding to have her story told. Maybe it was actually some weird transference from the children. Or, as I like to call it, WBM - Wild Baby Magic.

Here are the pictures I found.

Three mermaids (pick which one the girl did!), along with whales, pirate ships and all the stuff of my very own hip little mermaid mystery.

Now these pictures probably date back a couple of years, around the time Rania first came a-knocking on the door of my mind. And, in the age-old way of these things, I’m not sure which came first – my obsession with mermaids or the kids deciding to draw them. The passage of time, a thousand other things to remember, and 5,000,000 glasses of wine have blunted the recollection.

But it got me to thinking – where do our best ideas come from? Some of them announce their lineage – our synapses connect something we’ve done or seen with some other idea, lying dormant in the lazier parts of our brains. And bingo, the kernel of a story is born. Others seem to pop into our heads unbidden, springing from somewhere magical.

How about you? Did you ever have a random idea that you later connected to something quite mundane?

“It’s Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum meets Splash in a sexy, smart-talking debut about a mermaid in a desert, a city under water, and the secret that no-one is supposed to uncover.” 

Fish out of Water

Dirtwater's straight-talking Deputy Sheriff has a lot on her plate: a nicotine addiction that's a serious liability for a mermaid, a solider-of-fortune ex who's hooked on her Mom's brownies, a gorgeous, naked stranger in her shower, and a mysterious dead blonde with a fish tattoo on Main Street.

Oh, and one other thing.

She's scheduled to die on her thirtieth birthday - in three weeks - unless she can 'change the course of destiny and save the world entire'. Throw in a Mom who's the local Mayor and a Dad who's been locked in the county jail for twelve years, and that's all the trouble she needs without her mermaid roots coming back to haunt her.

Rania's heading home to Aegira for a family wedding but she's starting to have a sinking feeling that's got nothing to do with hydroporting seven miles under the sea and everything to do with some weird connections that seem to be emerging between her, the dead blonde, her Mom's shady past and a ten thousand year old prophesy. Now if she can just steal a corpse, get a crazy Aegirian priest off her case, work out who the hell's trying to kill her and stop sleeping with the fishes, she might be able to unravel the prophesy, the mystery of the missing choirgirls and the secrets hidden in her Mom's past. And maybe even save her own ass while she's at it.

Buy Fish Out of Water.
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Ros Baxter has been writing since she was eight and penned a whimsical series of short stories about a race of tiny people who lived on a rainbow. While they were a hit in the playground, a few things intervened – including a career in social policy and four noisy children.

Ros started writing again in earnest three years ago. In that time, Ros has secured a two-book deal with Harper Collins Australia, published Sister Pact (a romantic comedy co-written with her sister Ali) and Fish Out of Water (Escape Publishing on 1 April), been a contributing author to the e-anthology URL Love, and finaled in the STALI competition.

Ros writes fresh, funny, genre-busting fiction. She digs feisty heroines, good friends, quirky families, heroes to make you sigh and tingle, and a dash of fantasy from time to time.

Ros also runs a successful business consulting to government and the private sector. She teaches professional writing skills and has authored a writing guide, Clarity.

Ros lives in Brisbane, Australia, with her husband Blair, four small but very opinionated children, a neurotic dog and nine billion germs.

You can email Ros at or find her at, on twitter @RosBaxter, or

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