Apr 26, 2013

A Tail of Two Sisters

Yep. You see what I did there? Two things. I put a twist on the title of the familiar and much loved Dickens novel (one of my absolute favourites) hoping that you would think me a literary genius.
And I put the wrong version of tail/tale in there. So now you’re probably thinking – not so much with the genius.
But trust me – the reason will become clear.
Meet my sister Ros Baxter – hot right? Not just hot. All round brainiac with four degrees, the last of which is a PhD . Not satisfied enough with being a lawyer/social worker she went the whole enchilada to Dr! Although, to be fair she only uses that title at airports to potentially score an upgrade or with the snotty layby people at K-Mart.
A couple of years ago, my clever, wonderful sister said to me – we should write a book together.
I told you she was smart – right?
So we did. And it was good. Nay (am sticking with olde English cos it seems kind of fitting now I’ve already mentioned Dickens) it was very good and was snapped up by Harper Collins Australia.
What? Never heard of it? (cue horrified gasp) No worries – you can find it here . It’s called Sister Pact and is, funnily enough, about two sisters. Yes – it is an awful price at the moment for an e-book (occasionally you can get it for $5 digitally and yes, Ali Ahearn is my other name. Shh, don’t tell anyone!) but if you hang around to the end of the blog there is a giveaway!
Here’s the blurb –
Two very different sisters. Once inseparable, they have long been estranged after an unimaginable betrayal.
Organised and uptight Frances married the only man she′d ever
slept with. But no-one told her that seven years later she′d be having sexual fantasies about everyone from the pizza delivery guy to Denis Thatcher. Scatterbrained animal-lover Joni never knew she was so attached to her kneecaps until she thought she might have to say goodbye to them forever.

After their beloved grandmother -- a game-show addict -- dies, they discover that they have each been left one million pounds in her will. The kicker is that they can only inherit if they participate as a team in a gruelling reality TV program, Endurance Island.
They can survive the jungle.  They can survive the humiliating challenges. But can they survive each other?
Obviously I happen  to be biased but it’s a funny, poignant, heart-warming story of  return to sisterhood and of course a couple of hot men to provide a little bit of loving because, seriously, who wants to read a book without a little bit of loving, right??
We were absolutely chuffed to be nominated in the recent ARRA romance awards in the best contemporary romance section and seriously had the best time writing this book as a team. And if you’d like to know more about our collaboration and read some sneak peeks from SP2 coming out in a few months you can find us on FB  and our website  – a new SP2 snippet was up loaded last night! 
But wait you say – the whole tail/tale thing is still not clear.
Okay, moving on.
You see my clever, amazing sister who is seriously, OMG, an amazing writer (oh and did I mention she had 4 kids from 8 down including a baby?) has her own solo book out this month with Escape Publishing called A Fish Out Of Water.  About a mermaid called Rania who is a cop in a small town called Dirtwater, far away from her oceanic roots.
Ahhh . See now? The whole tail/tale thing becomes clear, right?
Although, just to be totally upfront, Ros’s mermaids don’t have tails – how on earth would they be able to do it with tails???? And again –what’s a story without a little bit of it, right??
Here’s the blurb –

Dirtwater's straight-talking Deputy Sheriff Rania Aqualina has a lot on her plate: a nicotine addiction that's a serious liability for a mermaid, a soldier-of-fortune ex who's hooked on her Mum's brownies, a gorgeous, naked stranger in her shower, and a mysterious dead blonde with a fish tattoo on Main Street.
Heading home to Aegira for a family wedding, Rania has a sinking feeling that's got nothing to do with hydroporting seven miles under the sea and everything to do with the crazy situation. Now, if she can just steal a corpse, get a crazy Aegiran 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 mysteries. And maybe even save her own ass while she's at it.
Fish out of Water is Stephanie Plum meets Splash, and the first book in a trilogy about Aegira, an underwater kingdom based on the historical Norse legend of Aegir.
And you can buy it (for only 3.99!!!) here . You can also find out more about my lovely sister at her FB page (where she does lots of short freebies) or on her website or follow her on twitter @RosBaxter.
So enough bragging about how wonderful I think my sister is – let’s get to the good stuff.
We’re giving away an e-copy of Sister Pact AND an e-copy of Fish Out Of Water (one of each) to two lucky visitors who leave a comment (and an email address please).
Do you have a sister? Are you close or not? Or do you have a brother or a cousin or other close relative you simply adore as much as I do my Ros? Do you like collaborations? Or hate them? Have you read any good ones?
Lots of fodder for comments there J


  1. Great chat Ms A. Thanks for all that lovin'. Can't wait to see who wins our books!! x

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  3. Ooops, Looks like my daughter's been on my computer.

  4. Trust you to mention 'it'. But I have read Sister Pact. I even reviewed it I was so shocked at reading a Chicklit book and enjoying it. Anyone want to know my opinion, http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/429945014

    By the way I am an only child.

  5. lol Fiona - thanks for the great review!

    You're an only child? Hmm, I'd have never picked that!

  6. Hey Ali and Ros

    You know I totally love this book!

    Maybe because I had so many years in a boarding school with 100 other girls, and I'm one of 4 sister, that this book seriously appealed to me. I loved that the sisters found their friendship with each other, because too many girls don't do that, they never let the past go, and instead hang onto the pain and frustration instead of maturing, and finding a comradeship so special to sisters.

    Having seen you and Ros interact in real life, I can understand why this book was so great, and you are both fabulous writers!!!!

    Bye 4 now

  7. Hi Ali and Ros! I love that you turned your own sisterhood into fabulous books. Go, sisters! :)

    I have two sisters and I'm incredibly jealous of your chance to write a book with yours.

  8. Amy, what fun. I've got 'Sister Pact' in my TBR pile (yes, I know I'm slow - the pile is so enormous) and the mermaid cop sounds like such a blast. I'm imagining collaboration with a sibling must be enormous fun AND taxing too. But it looks like you're still speaking to each other so obviously it was a success from a personal perspective too.

    One final thing - if Ros gets an upgrade on the basis of a PhD I'm impressed. We have one in the family and it's ever worked that way.

  9. Both books sound great!
    I have a sister. We rarely see each other.

  10. Aww Tina - thanks so much! I hope you like SP2 just as much!

  11. Hey Rach, thanks. I think I'm incredibly lucky to have a sister. I'm sad that my own daughters doesn't have one (not sad enough to do anything about it....just saying....)

  12. LOL Annie - I dont know that its ever worked for her either :-) But it definitely put a rocket up the layby staff :-)

    You know, it wasn't remotely taxing. It was a joy! We laughed soooo much!

  13. Hey Chey - thanks!
    I'm sorry you dont get to see your sister very much :-(

  14. My sister died before I was born. I do have a brother. I also have 2 step-bothers. My first husband had 3 brothers and no sisters. My current husband of 18 years does have one sister. His other sister was killed by a drunk driver when she was 19 and he was 10)

    I am glad you got to write a book with your sister.

  15. Oh Tammy - sounds like both your families know grief far too intimately. I'm so sorry for that :-(

    My hubby has 4 sisters~!!! So he came to me already trained :-)

  16. Amy, lovely post. I've loved Sister Pact and Ros's Fish Out of Water sounds fabulous! OMG Ros's achievements - how does she do it?!?!?!?

  17. No sisters. Don't think I've read any collaborations yet.

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  18. I don't know how she does it either, JSG!!
    So happy you loved SP!