Ros Baxter: Spotlight, Interview and Review

December 4, 2013 Reviews 0

Ros BaxterI have another Ros with me today, here at My Written Romance!

Ros Baxter, a fabulous Australian romance author, has agreed to answer a couple of questions about herself, and I’m also going to be reviewing a few of her fantastic new releases. If you haven’t had the chance to read Fish Out of Water, Ros’s release from earlier this year, get out there and get hold of a copy. It has been one of my favourites for 2013. Ros has also written a wonderful book, Sister Pact with her own sister, Ali Ahearn, which is well worth reading.

Here’s the interview:

Hi, Ros! Welcome to My Written Romance!

Tell us a little bit about yourself

I’m an author, public servant and mother of four. I live in Brisbane’s North with a gorgeous husband, opinionated children and five billion germs. I’ve been writing stories since I was five and only recently became published.

I dig feisty heroines, quirky families, heroes to make you sigh and tingle, and a dash of fantasy from time to time.

Your latest release from Escape Publishing is White Christmas. Can you give us the Cliff’s Notes version of what your book is about?

Seventeen years after the Apocalypse, Admiral-class Explorer Tabysha is caught up in a firefight and shot down over Tyver, where ice vampires hunt human warmth.

Seeking shelter in an ice cave, she is instructed to stay put and await rescue. But after another ship crash-lands, and the Hunter Gatherers stalk its wounded pilot, Tabi breaks protocol.

When it turns out the survivor is the man who stole her heart then skipped out on her ten years before, it seems to Tabi that no good deed goes unpunished, and things can’t get any worse. But she’s so wrong.

As the Hunters pick up the escalating heat signature of the former lovers, Tabi has to tell Asha that there is only one way to repel the creatures stalking them.

And it involves picking up where they left off ten years before.

What is it that you love about this book, and in particular your hero and heroine?

I love the Christmas theme running through it – the sense of hope in a post-Apocalyptic world. I also love Tabysha’s brainy strength, and her take-no-prisoners humour. And Asha is a total alpha babe. And I love that these two really deserve a happy ending – fate has really put them through the wringer.

What inspired this particular story? Is there anyone that springs to mind when you think about your hero and heroine?

I think the story is too saucy to admit what inspired it! Let’s just say the hero reminds me of someone…

What was it that drew you to writing romance?

The Happy Ever Afters of course! Too many years of slogging through depressing endings, and having to re-write them in my head.

What is your favourite part of the writing process? Is it creating characters, world-building or is it typing The End?

Ooooh, a tough one. It’s all so good. I think it has to be the pre-writing time, when the characters are knocking on the door of your mind, begging to be let in.

When you hit a blank patch for inspiration, how do you rediscover it?

I’d have to say this isn’t my struggle. The idea are usually battling for attention -it’s the time that’s in short supply!

Who is your writing superhero? Why?

Gosh, another hard one! It has to be either either Nora Roberts or Stephen King (I loved King’s On Writing). Big love also to my super-talented sister, who is known by Harlequin readers as Amy Andrews.

Outside of writing, what do you do? How do you relax?

Sleep (when I can)!

What’s next for you?

I’m super excited about my two new full-length releases in early 2014. A new romantic comedy, Lingerie for Felons, releases in March 2014 and the sequel to my hip mermaid mystery Fish Out of Water comes out in April. I can’t wait to see those babies out in the world!

Thank you so much for stopping by My Written Romance today, Ros. It’s been fabulous having you here!

Now for the books and my thoughts on them!

White Christmas

White ChristmasWhat if your only chance at survival was to seduce the man who broke your heart?

Seventeen years after the Apocalypse, Admiral-class Explorer Tabysha is caught up in a firefight and shot down over Tyver, where ice vampires hunt human warmth. Seeking shelter in an ice cave, she is instructed to stay put and await rescue. But after another ship crash-lands, and the Hunter Gatherers stalk its wounded pilot, Tabi breaks protocol.

When it turns out the survivor is the man who stole her heart then skipped out on her ten years before, it seems to Tabi that no good deed goes unpunished, and things can’t get any worse. But she’s so wrong.

As the Hunters pick up the escalating heat signature of the former lovers, Tabi has to tell Asha that there is only one way to repel the creatures stalking them.

And it involves picking up where they left off ten years before.

White Christmas is a short story, but by no means lacking in oomph! In its pages, Ros has managed to pack enough action and drama so you don’t feel as though you are missing out on the story, but blessedly has not infodumped at the expense of the story development.

Tyver damn well gave me the shivers. Slithery, creepy ice vampires – I could picture them in my mind and they be scary.

Tabi and Asha have ‘some’ history – when I got to the part where Tabi realises that Asha is the downed pilot and how she reacts, I thought to myself “Ooh, Asha, you must have done something BAD to garner that kind of reaction”. Then as with a lot of sci-fi/PA stories, nothing is like it first appears.

I’m not going to get all spoilerish on you, because I don’t want to give away the plot. However, let’s just say this: things do get melty hot between our cave dwellers. There may or may not be ice burn in places that generally don’t touch ice.

Hot, sexy, dramatic – if you want a quick read that still packs in the action, White Christmas will definitely float your boat.

I give White Christmas 4.5 out of 5.

Seven Deadly Sins

The Seven Deadly SinsAnne’s always been a good girl.
But her best friend Nico is about to put a stop to all that nonsense.

When Faithless Fergus ran away with the seventeen year old bridesmaid at his sister’s wedding, Anne just wanted to keep busy and move on.

But her best friend Nico had other ideas, devising a recovery program just for her. He called it Seven Steps to Fuck You Fergus.

Problem is, Anne’s not sure she has even one little sin in her, let alone seven deadly ones.

Until she meets a boy who makes all kinds of sinning seem like a very good idea indeed.

Will Anne make it through Nico’s seven step program, or will Envy be her undoing before she gets anywhere near Lust?

Using the seven deadly sins as a way of banishing your faithless ex from your heart and mind? Well, that’s what Anne’s friend Nico decides she needs to do. I loved this concept, and I loved the character of Anne. She’s been hurt by her less-than-loyal former boyfriend (who decided to get fresh with an 18-year-old bridesmaid), and even though she is slightly skeptical of Nico’s ‘program’, Anne isn’t going to sit back and let Fergus taint her heart any longer. Yay for you, my dear! She’s strong and adventurous, and with what Nico has planned for her, she needed to be!

With Seven Deadly Sins, you’re in for a fun and sexy read. It’s a smart and steamy story, with some fabulous characters – Nico is just a peach, and someone in this story made me think of nothing but Henry Cavill – thank you, Ros.

I give Seven Deadly Sins 4.5 out of 5.

Home for the Holidays

Home for the HolidaysFour brothers.
Three mistakes.
This time, Beth’s determined to stay out of trouble.

Beth Gibson has a bad history with the Canning boys. And no-one’s ever believed that none of it was her fault.

So when the hottest of all of them gets snowed in at her place on Christmas Eve, somehow she knows it’s going to end badly. After all, Jimmy Canning knows all her sins. And he still remembers her as reckless Lizzie.

Can Beth show him that she’s not that kind of girl anymore? And does she even want to?

You can totally understand why Beth is reluctant to let Jimmy into her house – she’s never had much luck when it came to the Canning boys, her childhood neighbours. In her own words, she’s either “dated, kissed or married” three of them. But Jimmy has always been the unattained and unattainable one – her teenage crush and the one she could never go near.

I’ve got to say, Ros, you sure do the sexytimes very well. The chemistry between Beth and Jimmy is palpable, and watching their relationship change throughout the course of the story was gorgeous. I love seeing the resolution of past feelings and emotions done this way. I only wish it had been longer – this would have been a great full-length story. However, it worked beautifully in its petite form.

As a side-note, I’d love to know more about the Canning brothers now – they’ve definitely piqued my interest.

I give Home for the Holidays 4.5 out of 5.

Now you’ve listened to Ros and heard my thoughts, I think you should get hold of these books and block out some time to read them.

White Christmas: Amazon (Kindle) – Barnes and Noble (Nook) – Google Play (eBook) – iBookstore (eBook).

Seven Deadly Sins: Amazon (Kindle)

Home for the Holidays: Amazon (Kindle)

Where can you find Ros on the web?

You can learn more about Ros on her website, http://www.rosbaxterink.com.

She can also be found on Facebook (Ros Baxter Ink) and Twitter (@RosBaxter).

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