Thank you for using these Amazon Affiliate links to support our reading.

Introducing Ros Baxter and her FISH OUT OF WATER giveaway!


Too much Splash

When I was 10, I saw a mermaid movie.  Not just any mermaid movie.  Splash!  Remember it?  A veeerry young Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah. 

And that super-cool bit where she makes the squealing noise and breaks stuff.

Well, apart from being funny, and clever, and totally charming, there was THAT kiss.

Remember it?


Just the two of them, under water, in a perfect bubble, away from the fracas and the prying eyes.

*sigh* 

And from then, I was hooked.

When I saw that movie, a little seed was planted.  One that would lay dormant in the outer reaches of my brain until it sparked against the tinder of other ideas.  Specifically, two other ideas.

Firstly, legends.  I read the Norse legend of Aegir, God of the Boundless Seas, and his nine billow maiden daughters.  It lit a spark that fired my inner Splash and got it sizzling.

Second, I became fascinated with secrets. My mermaid came to me fully formed and living incognito, as a small-town cop, in the driest town on earth.  Tough, cool, smart-mouthed.  But vulnerable because of her secrets.

My mermaid, Rania, is what I love most about all of us: she’s complicated.  She’s the anti-mermaid.  She’s dark, volatile and packs heat.  But she sings, swims and thinks like a citizen of the underwater world her mother called home.

My story, her story, is all about reconciling these two parts of her nature, and finding a way to make sense of them.  While at the same time the clock’s ticking on a ten thousand-year old mystery, a horrible tragedy, and her pending demise.  Just to spice things up a bit.

So, tell me, who was your fist mermaid and why did you love her?  I’ve got a free copy of my e-book Fish Out of Water for Nas’ favourite siren.

 

 






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 rosbaxterink@gmail.com or find her at www.facebook.com/RosBaxterInk, on twitter @RosBaxter, or www.rosbaxterink.com.


 

Blurb:

“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.
Find out more at www.rosbaxterink.com


 

46 comments:

  1. I loved Splash, too. You book sounds like a great read.

    Hi, Nas!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Carol, lovely to meet you! I'm working on number 2 right now so re-reading it myself to get me back in the zone!! :)

      Delete
    2. Welcome to Romance Reader, Ros! I hope you will enjoy chatting with all our friends here!

      Delete
  2. Hi Nas, Hi Ros! I remember Splash very well. My first mermaid I remember is Ariel in the Littlest Mermaid. I loved all her little friends and thought the boy on land was cute heheh.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh I loved Ariel Tash! And now enjoying her a second time with my little girl. Never gets old! Thanks for reading. :)

      Delete
    2. Oh yes! Enjoying all of those Disney movies second time too with my girls. Takes me back with a smile :D

      Delete
    3. So true, Tash. I had to buy an Ariel doll for mine when she was intrigued by mermaids after watching Splash.

      Delete
  3. This story sounds amazing.

    Splash is a movie I never get tired of. It was magical when I watched it as a child and I still love it.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, Medeia!

      Thanks for coming by!

      Delete
  4. Hi Medeia! So glad you like the sound of it. Thanks for stoping by. :)

    ReplyDelete
  5. Although I loved Splash, I think my favorite mermaid is The Little Mermaid. I love that you've created this around a mermaid~

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Shelly!

      Thanks for coming by to chat with Ros!

      Delete
  6. Thanks Shelly! In fact, I think the first time I saw The Little Mermaid was with my friend Shelley! Thanks for contributing. :)

    ReplyDelete
  7. I remember Splash! It was a wonderful movie!! Your book sounds fabulous.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Lynda!

      Thanks for dropping by to talk to Ros!

      Delete
    2. Thanks Lynda. Yes I can't wait to show it to my little girl (when she's a little bigger!). :)

      Delete
  8. Rania sounds a brilliant character and her story amazing :-) I loved Splash - must watch it again :-) x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hello Teresa!

      Rania, though a mermaid is a fiesty, strong heroine! Actually we could say she is a kick-ass heroine!

      Thanks for dropping by!

      Delete
    2. Thanks Teresa. I hope you get a chance to read her, and thanks for stopping by. :)

      Delete
  9. Hi! Sorry to leave a message here, but for some reason the email address I have for you is not working. Thanks for visiting Writer's Alley a few weeks back. I just wanted to let you know that you are the winner of Tamara Hart Heiner's three eBook romance giveaway! She'd like to send you the books, so if you could either get in touch with me (salarsen71(at)gmail(dot)com) or Tamara (tamara(at)tamarahartheiner(dot)com) we'll get the books out to you! Congrats!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks SA! I will get in touch promptly!

      Delete
  10. Ros sounds just like my kinda writer.... I adore mermaids, they are fascinating, although I am more into elves :). Kisses Ros.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks for coming by Unikorna!

      Delete
    2. Hi Unikorna. Must confess to a bit of a thing for elves too - same kind of romance as mermaids. Have a great day! :)

      Delete
  11. Would you believe, I've never seen Splash! I need to fix that right away!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh! Sherry! You don't know what you're missing! Fix it right away, Lady!

      Delete
    2. Don't worry Sherry, my sister could not believe that I hadn't seen The Princess Bride. She almost fainted - and went right out and bought me a copy! Have a lovely day. :)

      Delete
  12. Congrats to Ros on her book - love the cover!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Talli! Glad you like the cover!! :)

      Delete
  13. i, too, loved that mermaid movie of daryl hannah. she was hot stuff!! but, since that one is taken i'm going to go with another awesome mermaid...Ariel. oh yeah! she was awesome because i wanted to be her. i would sing like her, especially mimick the fork brushing the hair bit, and we are both red heads so i figured, hey, it's destiny right??? and whoa...disney does not make flabby mermaids, that's for sure!! excited and crossing fingers to win the book!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Sounds like you ahd much fun playing Ariel, Tammy!

      All the best in the giveaway!

      Delete
    2. Hi Tammy - you know your pic actually looks like Ariel! Thanks so much for stopping by, you made me smile. ;)

      Delete
  14. Hi Nas .. I never saw Splash - but your description tells me much ... also that it inspired you to create and develop ideas .. love your thought processes.

    Now - Ros - she shines out doesn't she .. I bet her book is a good read ..

    As will be yours ... cheers Hilary

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks for coming by to read this post about Spalsh and FISH OUT OF WATER, Hilary!

      Delete
    2. Thanks Hilary, what a lovely message. Thanks for stopping by. :)

      Delete
  15. The book sounds intriguing. :) And I loved that movie! It was one of my favorites.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Lydia. I loved Splash too. An early Tom Hanks but a goodie! :)

      Delete
  16. This sounds awesome! My favorite Mermaid was Ariel. Hey... I'm that age. ;-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Misha! Well so you're 40 next year too then - happy birthday in advance for the big one!! And thanks for stopping by. Ros :)

      Delete
  17. I LOVE your premise about Rania being in a place with no water and a cop! That's great! Rania sounds like a wonderful character. Congrats and good luck, Ros! :-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks so much Lexa, I'm really enjoying it all so far. Writing the second book right now, so immersed in Aegira all over again... Have a great weekend. :)

      Delete
  18. Splash was such a cute movie. Now I need to see it again, I think. Your novel sounds great, too. I love the title.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Cynthia! Glad you like the look of it. If you'd like to read some free fiction from me, I post a short story on my facebook page every Friday for my friends: www.facebook.com/RosBaxterInk Have a great weekend. :)

      Delete
  19. This sounds like an amazing story! Great post.

    www.modernworld4.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Gina! I'm glad you enjoyed it, thanks for stopping by. I've written a quirky little story today you might be interested in. It's called The Friday Fairy and the Spell-proof Heart. I post new stories on my facebook page every Friday for my friends: www.facebook.com/RosBaxterInk Have a great weekend. :)

      Delete

Join the discussion!