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Beyond The Page & Giveaway: “Fish out of Water” by Ros Baxter

May 7
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Ros Baxter is in charge of CABR for the day, and she’s brought along  Rania Aqualina, the heroine in her latest novel, FISH OUT OF WATER.

Don’t forget to enter the eBook giveaway below 🙂


Interview with Rania Aqualina, Deputy Sheriff, Dirtwater, USA

Me: So, tell me, what’s a nice fish like you doing in the driest town on earth?

Rania: Well, you know, Ros, that’s a really good question.  You see, I’m not really like other mermaids. Mermaids don’t tend to wear nicotine patches.  And they don’t drink Southern Comfort from a hip flask, inhale twinkies or watch Dr Phil either.  Mermaids don’t usually pack heat.  And they definitely don’t get their hearts broken by tattooed guys who look like pirates.  In fact, mermaids have always been kinda down on pirates… but that’s another story.  The cardinal rule is this: mermaids don’t live in bone-dry frontier towns. Ever.

Me: But you do?

Rania: Yeah, although I’m still trying to work exactly how that happened.  Mom ran away from Aegira when she was young, but she’s always kinda tight-lipped about why.

Me: Tell us some more about Aegira.

Rania:  Sure, but make sure you don’t go mouthing off about it, ‘kay?  Humans have kind of a bad reputation with handling other species, y’know, especially ones that are kind of pacifist.  I really don’t want to end up in some test tube.

Me: Deal.

Rania: Okay, so Aegira is this ten thousand year old magical underwater kingdom.  It formed when the Norse God of the Boundless Seas, Aegir, got kind of pissed with humans and sank his island home to the bottom of the ocean floor.  He wasn’t a bad dude, really, so he bestowed on his people the gift of water-breathing and made his new nation, Aegira, into a kind of underwater refuge for peace and hope.

Me:  Well that all sounds pretty dandy.

Rania: Mmmm…yeah.  But there’s always a hitch, isn’t there?  A bad guy, you know.  This one was called Manos.  And he wanted one of Aegir’s nine daughters, the Billow Maidens.  They all turned him down and a great big war followed.

Me: Wow.  Is that why you don’ get home much?

Rania: Nah, not really.  It was a little more personal.  When I was sixteen I went to a Seer.  Kind of like a clairvoyant, you know?  A teenage thing, I guess.  And she told me I was going to die on my thirtieth birthday unless I could “change the course of destiny and save the world entire”.  But I just don’t like my chances.  I never even managed an A in math.  Only thing I’m really good at is being a cop.  I like to take care of people.

Me: You didn’t think about something easier? Nursing?

Rania: Nah, like I said before.  I’m not really like other mermaids.  My last moment of true moderation was back in kindergarten, when I stopped myself from using my awesome strength to rip Jamie Kennedy’s pecker off when he waved it at Julie Casey in the bathroom and made her cry.

Me: Wow, so it sounds like you’ve got a lot on your plate.  I guess there’s no time for romance with all that going on huh?

Rania: Well, you’d be surprised.  You see the weirdest thing happened recently.  Just when I was thinking maybe I’d been too hasty cooling things with my bad-boy solider-of-fortune ex, this smokin’ hot swimmer turns up in my shower.  And he’s naked.

Me: Oh.  Well good luck with that.

Rania: Thanks Ros.  Listen, I really gotta fly.  You can read the rest in Fish Out of Water!


Sasha: It’s GIVEAWAY time 🙂

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FOOW coverBlurb:

“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.”

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 choir girls and the secrets hidden in her Mom’s past. And maybe even save her own ass while she’s at it.

Fish out of Water is the first book in a trilogy about Aegira, an underwater kingdom based on the historical Norse legend of Aegir.


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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.

She 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, she 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 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.



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




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