Mandy's Musings

Ramblings of romance author Madeline Baker/Amanda Ashley

Friday, November 24, 2017

Well, Thanksgiving is behind us.....a time to express our gratitude for the good things of life - I'm grateful for home and family, for the people I love and the ones who love me. I'm grateful to live in America and for all the men and women, past and present, who defend her, and also for our police officers and firemen. I'm grateful for the freedom we enjoy and for the beauty of the world around us, and for countless other things I take for granted.

With Christmas right around the corner, I'm grateful for the birth of Jesus Christ and for His atonement in my behalf -- and yours. I'm grateful for the season and the way everyone seems a little kinder, a little happier, a little more concerned about others.

I'm also grateful to be a published author, and for my readers who take the time to email me and share their thoughts with me, and for those who have supported me since the beginning.  Hard to believe that my first book was published 32  years ago!!!!!! It's been an amazing journey!

I hope that you have a wonderful holiday with those you love best, and those who love you.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy, blessed New Year.



Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Update for October

Wow, long time since I posted here. I've been busy finishing up my work-in-progress, currently untitled. It took me a while to reach the required word count - 80,000 - but think this might be my favorite book of all!!!! Love my hero. Love the plot. Love the whole darn thing! Sadly, it won't be published until 2019, which seems forever away

My next book, TWILIGHT DESIRES, will be published in September of next year. This is the third, and probably final, Morgan Creek book. But then, you never know. 

You can get a peek at both books at

Hard to believe it's already October! I mean, geez, where did the year go? Just a hop, skip and a jump until Christmas.

Not a lot to write about, so I thought I'd share a photo of my the sweetest dog in the whole world. Her name is Lady and I love her dearly. 

This is my latest, available now.

Wishing you all a happy Halloween and lots of chocolate!!!!!!


Wednesday, June 07, 2017

The half-way Point

So, it's already June. I think I must have slept through a month or two, because it seems like it was just March!!!!

Lots of changes in the past few months. One of my publishers went out of business. The books were reverted to me and now I'm just waiting to see them reissued with new covers.

My latest book, A FIRE IN THE BLOOD, is out now. It got a wonderful review from Fresh Fiction, which said:

A FIRE IN THE BLOOD is an exciting vampire romance with a slew of fascinating paranormal characters -- the good, the bad, and the unequivocally evil. There is a fair amount of excitement and suspense in A FIRE IN THE BLOOD, but the romance remains paramount. Amanda Ashley builds the sexual tension between Tessa and Andrei as the story progresses. There are several weddings in A FIRE IN THE BLOOD -- ranging from the sweet, the unusual yet poignant, and the bloody. Shape-shifters make appearance in A FIRE IN THE BLOOD, and I'd love to see more Amanda Ashley stories with these types of characters.
You can see the full review on my web page @

My next book, TWILIGHT DESIRES, is the third book in my Morgan Creek series. The first two are As Twilight Falls and Twilight Dreams, both available now. The new book will be available next year.

I'm currently working on a new book, which I love. It's a historical vampire romance and I love the setting and the characters, especially the hero, of course. No title at this time.

I guess that's all the news for now. 

Hope life is being kind to you and those you love.


Friday, March 17, 2017

March Rant

I think I've mentioned this before, but bless whoever invented the mute button on TV sets. I am so sick and tired of watching ads from lawyers, ads about medications that have side effects that sound worse than the disease. I'm tired of seeing sad-faced dogs. Instead of all those sad-eyed dogs, why not a happy commercial about a happy healthy dog who found care and a wonderful home because of people like you?

I don't know where all the good tv shows have gone, but they aren't on my TV. I'm sick and tired of so-called comedies that are lewd and crude or just plain stupid. Honestly, remember great shows like M*A*S*H and Frasier and the Dick Van Dyke show and Cosby and Castle and the Mentalist? Shows with actual plots and great characters.

Deep breath. End of Rant.

So, here we are, already in the middle of March. Been a good year for California. We finally got some RAIN and boy, did we need it!!! Nice to see snow on the mountains and greenery on the hills.

I went to see Beauty and the Beast today. It was really good, but it made me wish I could see the play again. Years ago, when it was playing in L.A., I must have seen it 20 times. It was so magical. We met the actor who played the Beast at the stage door so many times, he invited us backstage to see his dressing room and the sets and meet his dog, that he took to every performance. Ah, the good old days!

Wishing you all a happy spring!!!!!


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Happy New Year

So, here we are, at the beginning of another new year!!!! The best thing so far is RAIN in California. As you may know, we're in the middle of a very long drought, so any rain is welcome.

On the publishing front, all of my old historical romance novels -- previously published by Leisure and Signet --  are now available on Kindle.

I've just received the rights back to my five Silhouette romances: Dude Ranch Bride, West Texas Bride, Callie's Cowboy, Every Inch a Cowboy, and Wolf Dreamer, and hope to see them available in the next few months.

In print is my current book, Twilight Dreams. A Fire in the Blood will follow in May. I'm currently working on a a sequel to Twilight Dreams, which is a sequel to As Twilight Falls. I just can't bear to part with Rylan Saintcrow, who is one of my all-time favorite characters.

I've written three short stories that I also love - Donovan's Woman, Quinn's Lady, and Quinn's Revenge. I love this series - it has everything - vampires, witches, and a dragon! Quinn's Revenge is currently in the Romance Short Story category of the Preditors and Editor's Reader Poll. Would love your vote.

For all the latest news, be sure to visit my web site at

Wishing you a  happy and blessed New Year!!!!!


Sunday, September 18, 2016


I am so upset. NBC in their stupidity, has decided to cancel GRIMM, which is my fav show and one of the few I NEVER MISS. We have never missed an episode. I have bought all the seasons on DVD to date. Not only are they cancelling it, they are producing fewer episodes and not airing them until January, instead of October.

The CW has cancelled Beauty and the Beast, my other favorite show.  At least they ended the show and gave the characters a Happy Ever After, unlike the idiots who cancelled Moonlight and left us hanging with several plot points unresolved. Stations would HAVE to tie up all the loose ends before they can cancel a show!!!!!

As all my favs go the way of the Dodo, the stations continued to produce reality shows, as nauseum (not sure if that is spelled right) The only I watch is Dancing with the Stars and only because Max and Val are on it.

I don't like cop shows - how many versions of NCIS can they make?

I'm not into zombies. YUCK! Unless they're on Grimm

On to happier things. I have a new book coming out soon. It's a sequel to Quinn's Lady, which was a sequel to Donovan's Woman. This one is titled Quinn's Revenge, and I love it.

Wishing you all a blessed Sabbath.


Sunday, July 31, 2016


So, I haven't written in a while, and don't have a lot to say today, but I was bored

Weather in Southern California has been horribly, horribly  HOT. I am SO ready for winter. And it must be right around the corner, because I was in a store the other day that is already selling Halloween costumes!!!

My new book, TWILIGHT DREAMS, will be out in September. Seems a long time coming. As you may - or may not - know, it's a sequel to AS TWILIGHT FALLS.

My next book, A FIRE IN THE BLOOD, will be out next May. I was thinking about what to write next - since my editor asked me what I was working on -- I thought maybe I'd write a sequel to Twilight Dreams. Which I've started. As always, I never know if a story I start will actually turn into a book, or if it will just join the other "beginnings" on my computer, of which there are many. I can write beginnings and endings all day long. It's those pesky middles that slow me down!!!!!

I received the rights back to a bunch of my old historical romances and a few paranormal ones. Many of them have now been reissued on Kindle with new covers. I expect all of them to be available by the end of the year.

Here's a list of the ones available now.....

          Quinn's Lady
          A Feather in the Wind
          Renegade Heard                
          The Angel and the Outlaw 
          Under a Prairie Moon       
          Midnight Fire                   
          Chase the Lightning         
          Heart of the Hunter          
          The Captive                   
          The Spirit Path                   
          Warrior's Lady                 
          A Whisper in the Wind                 
          Prairie Heat

Hope you're having a wonderful summer filled with laughter and good books.


Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Time Flies

So, one more day, and it's JUNE! How is that even possible? What happened to April and May? I mean, seriously, the way the days are flying by is positively scary!!!! School's out in a few days and summer is here.

Not a whole lot going on. I recently finished a sequel to Donovan's Woman titled Quinn's Lady, which will be published this month on the 23rd. I may do another book in the series.....then again, maybe not.

Twilight Dreams is getting closer....only 3 more months until it's published.

I've been reissuing a bunch of older books with some great covers.

These are just two of them. Both of the books will be published soon.

That's all the news for now.

Wishing you a wonderful
summer filled with family and fun.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Well, it's been a busy few months. Since I've gotten the right back to a bunch of my old historical romances, I've been spending a lot of time trying to find new covers, since the old cover art belongs to my old publisher.

I gotta tell ya, a good cover artist is hard to find! And like so many things in life, I found one by accident. On Facebook! Ya gotta love the Internet. She's done two covers for me so far, and I love them both.


                       Hope to see Quinn's Lady published in the next few months. The Captive will be available on May 24th.

We've had some interesting weather lately. Earlier this month, we had thunder, lightning, and HAIL. I can't remember the last time we had hail in Southern California. It was really neat. And I've always loved thunder and lightning.

We could really use a lot more rain. The governor is telling everyone to conserve water, yet in the area where I live, they are building THOUSANDS of new homes. I'm sure a few of them will use water I don't know what the powers that be are thinking. Our freeways are already overcrowded, so now they want to add another few thousand cars. We're in the midst of a 4-year drought, so they want to build more homes. It just doesn't make any sense to me. Sorry. End of rant!

I can't believe it's almost May! 

Wishing you all a happy Spring!!!!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Soooo, from time to time I've complained about new shows on TV, but this year, I think the networks have scraped the bottom of the barrel.There isn't ONE new show that I have the least bit of interest in. To tell you the truth, the previews turned me off. They all seem lewd and crude - one-joke comedies that seem to be written by teenage boys. It's so sad.I read an article that wanted to take one of the award shows to cable so the actors and the host could use more profanity. Is this really entertainment??????

End of rant.

It was nice to have some rain a few weeks ago here in drought-stricken sunny California. Even a little thunder and lightning. If there was only a way to get some of that snow that's currently causing havoc in the East to the mountains in the West!

I read this quote on Facebook and thought, Wow, how true it is:
The devil doesn’t come to you with his ugly red face and scary horns

He comes to you disguised as everything you ever wanted.

I went to see the new Star Wars movie. Twice. It was even better the second time. We have a Star Wars party every New Year's Eve. My son has a projector and a screen, and I'm pretty sure we'll be watching the new movie this year.

I can't believe how fast 2015 went by. It was like January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, December....

I have a new book coming out in a month or so - Donovan's Woman. I really love this story.

And then, in September, comes Twilight Dreams.

I recently discovered Lee Child's "Jack Reacher" series. I saw the movie with Tom Cruise, of course, because, well, I love Tom Cruise. And now I am hooked on the books. I've been reading them as fast as I can find them. I think there are 20. I've read 6. I read today there's another movie coming out this year. I do have to say, after reading the books, that Tom in no way fits Reacher's physical description, but I'm willing to ignore that

I'm also looking forward to the new Huntsman movie starring Chris Hemsworth because, well, he's in it. And if I can't have Thor, I'll take the Huntsman.

Hope you have a wonderful year!!!!!