Mandy's Musings

Ramblings of romance author Madeline Baker/Amanda Ashley

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

So, we are in the homestretch to a new year. Unbelievable!!!!!   

It's been a pretty good year, although I hear book and ebook sales are down - not sure what's behind that, but I've seen a sharp decline in my sales. Never good news for an author. And I've heard similar complaints from other writers, so I know it's not just my books. 

I'm looking forward to the publication of Night's Surrender next September. This will probably be the last book in my Children of the Night series, as my editor has informed me that vampire books are no longer doing well. Nevertheless, I think this might be my favorite book in the series, as the characters from past books are also in this one. 

My latest book is titled Love's Sweet Embrace, a teen romance I wrote many years ago. I tried to upload the cover, but, again, no success. However, you can find it on Amazon.  I'm currently working on a sequel to As Twilight Falls. Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

So,  I've been busy the last few months.

I finished a new time travel book titled FOLLOW THE LIGHTING. I sent it to my editor, but I haven't heard back yet. I'm hoping no news is good news.

My next book, NIGHT'S SURRENDER, will be published in September of next year. This is Book #7 in my Children of the Night series. I'm thinking it might be the last in the series....but you never know. I'd love to write another one.

I recently found a shosrt story I wrote MANY years ago. It's a teen romance set in 1957. It will be available in a few days, I think. It's titled LOVE'S SWEET EMBRACE.

I tried to upload the covers, but it didn't work. You can see them on my web site.

Hard to believe Halloween is right around the corner. How is it possible that every year goes by faster than the last one?

Happy Fall!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

August Musings

So, here we are at the end of August. It's been a strange month, namely, that we had rain on my birthday. Unusual for this time of the year. But welcome.

I've been hard at work on a new western time travel that I really love. All I need now is a publisher! 

My next book, Beauty's Beast, will be out in a week or so. As always, I'm nervous about reader reaction. Authors are such an insecure breed
I did get a couple of really nice reviews ~

β€œIn this lovely, sexy retelling of Beauty and the Beast, Ashley hits the mark. The mysterious change that the hero goes through and the depth of his curse will keep readers intrigued until the very last page. The relationship between the two main characters is set to a slow simmer and becomes more beautifully passionate as the story unfolds. When it comes to a sensual romance, Ashley never disappoints.” – RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars

BEAUTY'S BEAST is a great twist on a classic fairy-tale, with passionate characters and captivating story-telling. I enjoyed the twists and turns BEAUTY'S BEAST takes and the unusual characters Erik and Kristine meet on their journey together. I would be interested in reading future books about Valaree and her people. These supporting characters show great potential for world-building in future stories. I look forward to reading more things by Amanda Ashley.  Miranda Owen @ Fresh Fiction

Hard to believe the holidays - Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas - are just around the corner.

Hope you had a wonderful summer.

Monday, July 07, 2014

TV or not TV

Watching the finale of Beauty and the Beast. I love this show....well, mainly Vincent, of course.

 It's very annoying to be watching a show and have the network keep advertising another show in the lower right hand corner!

The Vampire Diaries needs a new direction. Been there, done that. Somebody's dead, then they're alive, then they're dead again. Enough, already! You'd think the writers could come up with someting different.

Then the stupid powers-that-be canceled Intelligence, which was easily the best new show of the year.

The writers at Longmire know what they're doing. They've got a good thing and they don't mess with it!

My own version of Beauty and the Beast will be published in September. You can see the trailer here

Hope you're having a wonderful summer.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Gone are the Days...

I received my new TV Guide today and read through the previews of new shows....and thought it was so sad that there wasn't ONE show that I wanted to see. Not one!!!!

I think the only new show I watched this year was Intelligence, and it's been canceled. I can't imagine why. It has a great cast, interesting characters, and an amazing, plausible plot, and yet, like Moonlight, it's gone. And so is the show that took its place.

I was glad to see that they at least renewed The Mentalist, which I love, and Castle, which I have just recently discovered. In fact, I bought the first three seasons and have been binge-watching. It is remarkably similar to The Mentalist, which may be why I like it. And I'm thrilled that Beauty and the Beast will be back!!!!!

These are the shows I watch ~

Dancing With the Stars

The Originals
Person of Interst
Arrow -  a recent addiction
The Vampire Diaries
Hawaii 5-0 (on my computer, since it's on at the same time as Grimm)
Once Upon a Time
The Mentalist

And during the week, lots of Frasier reruns.

I am giving serious thought to dropping The Originals. I know I write vampire books, but this show is just too bloody for me. Not to mention that their vampires, and the ones on The Vampire Diaries, are the sloppiest eaters I've ever seen.

TV shows get worse every year. I love comedies, but these days they're just not funny. It's a sad thing when Frasier reruns are more amusing than just about anything else. Maybe today's writers should take a look at Dick Van Dyke, MASH, and Cheers. These shows are timeless. And still funny today.

Thankfully, I have a gazillion DVDs to entertain me.

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Random thoughts about The Vampire Diaries

So, I just got through watching the latest episode of The Vampire Diaries...which, in my opinion, has never been as good as the first year, when we just had the Big 3 and their friends and family. The last couple of season have strained credibility. I mean, seriously, how many times can you kill the same person before death becomes meaningless? One of your favorite characters gets killed? Don't worry about it. Like the Terminator, they'll be back.

My other favorite season was when Damon and Elena fell in love. The kiss, when it finally came, was worth waiting for.

My other complaint about the show is that there's simply too many ripped out hearts and too much blood. Yes, I know, they're vampires, but sheesh, do they have to eat like pigs?

I write vampire books, but when my vampires feed, they don't have blood running out of their mouths and down their chins. A little finesse would be nice.

If it wasn't for Damon, I probably would have stopped watching at Season 3.

The best part of tonight's episode was, of course, the kiss between Damon and Elena. I guess what I want is a little less blood and gore and a lot more romance.

                                                                  In stores now

                                                                September 2014

Tuesday, March 18, 2014


I hate Microsoft! They are the obamacare of software.

I have Windows XP. I love Windows XP. I don't want Windows 7. I don't want Windows 8.

But microsoft,TRYRANNICAL, GREEDY COMPANY that it is, has decided it will no longer support XP. I think this is totally unfair. I bought it. I love it. They should continue to support it. Instead, they are forcing me to buy something I don't want. And not only will I have to buy a new computer with software I don't want, or upgrade to Windows 8, but I'll have to buy a new edition of mircrsoft word because what I have now won't work on windows 8.

Did I mention I hate microsoft? Well, I do. In spades!!!!!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

February update

So, here it is February already! I tell ya, I've had nothing but trouble the last few days. I can't remember my Yahoo password, and you can't get a new one without typing in the old one. My AOL went out yesterday and was down all night and half of today. I don't remember the last time I was this frustrated!!!!

On a happy note, Night's Promise is in stores now!  Reader response has, thankfully, all been positive!

My time travel romance, Under a Prairie Moon, is now available as an eBook. That's great news, since it's been out of print for years. It's one of my fav stories. I love the new cover. I tried to upload it, but nothing happened. Just one more thing going wrong....Times like these, I just want to throw my computer out the window!!!!!

Hope things are running more smoothly in your world!

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Happy New Year

Wow, 2014!  Hope the new year is being good to you.

I'm looking forward to the release of NIGHT'S PROMISE,  coming in February. This is the 6th book in my Children of the Night series, and I think it's my favorite. Of course, I love them all.

I've just finished the 7th and final book in the series. My editor is reading it now......keep your fingers crossed.

At the moment, I'm endeavoring to write a historical romance, something I haven't done in YEARS! Hope I can remember how to write one!!!!

My book, Night's Mistress, is listed on the Preditors and Editors Reader Poll. Would love to have your vote, if you're so inclined.

Night's Mistress is about half-way down the list. You need to click on it, then scroll down and type in your email address, and also type in the name of whatever book is on the left side of the page - to prove you're human You will then be sent a confirmation email. It really only takes a minute.

Wishing you and your loved ones a happy, healthy, blessed New Year.


Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Last Book of the Year

So, this is the cover for an upcoming eBook. I wrote the story years and years ago. I'm not sure how many years ago it was, but to give you an idea, I wrote it on a TYPEWRITER and had to retype it onto my computer.

Anyway, I sent it to my eBook editor who thought it was publishable and suggested that my readers might get a kick out of reading something so ancient. I'm not sure when it will be available, but likely in the next month or so.

I really like the cover.

Hard to believe 2013 is almost over. We all say it every year, but.....I can't believe how quickly this year went by. Hope 2014 holds only good things for you and your loved ones and for our country.

God bless us every one.