Mandy's Musings

Ramblings of romance author Madeline Baker/Amanda Ashley

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

New book

Ya gotta love living in California. Yesterday it was raining. Today the sun is shining and it's like summer. The weather is so nice, my tortoise came out of hibernation this morning, something she doesn't usually do until April. Not sure if she'll go back into hibernation, or if she's awake until Fall.

I have a new book out. It's a historical time travel, something I haven't written in years. I'm really happy with the way it turned out. It seemed odd, to write about cowboys, Indians, and the Old West after writing vampires for so long. 

I'd love to show you the cover, but I can't make the add photo link work. Howevever, you can see it on my web page at

I've also recently completed a short story which is a sequel to As Twilight Falls. It should be available soon. I love this story!

The 7th book in my Children of the Night series - Night's Surrender - will be published in September.

At the moment, I'm taking a much-needed break.

Hope all is well in your corner of the world!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Thoughts on Being Sick

Nothing like being down with a bad cold to make you appreciate being well!!!! I've been sick since last Thursday. I think I spent most of Saturday and Sunday asleep!

Feeling a little better today. Not good, not bad, exactly, just kind of blah, you know? No energy to do anything, no desire to get dressed. Sigh.

Since I don't feel like doing much of anything, I decided to have a Vampire Diaries marathon. So far, I've watched all of Season 1 and started Season 2.

What a difference, to watch a series with no interruptions!!! You can actually SEE Damon falling in love with Elena....I've always been a Delena fan and will be sorely disappointed if they don't end up together.

I have to admit, I think the show made a mistake when they brought in so many new characters and started writing such convoluted plots. Not to mention it got tiring watching people die and come back to life time after time after time.

Truth be told, if it wasn't for Ian Somerhalder, I probably would have stopped watching the show after Season 3.

Then there's The Originals. I love Elijah, but even he wasn't enough to keep me watching. Too much fighting. Too many people getting their hearts ripped out. Too much bloodshed. Yes, I know, they're vampires, but all that bloodshed gets old fast. And, BTW, is there any reason the vampires have to be such sloppy eaters????????????

Hope the New Year is treating you right!

Saturday, January 03, 2015

So, a new year. 2015. Am I the only one who thinks it sounds like science fiction? Wasn’t it only yesterday we were all worrying about 2000 and what it might bring? Hard to believe that was 15 years ago.

2014 was a pretty good year in some ways. Not so good in others. I submitted two books to my publisher. They turned both of them down, which pretty much means that I’m out of work. One of the books was a historical time travel - they didn’t like the time travel element, said they didn’t think my readers would like it. The second is a sequel to As Twilight Falls. They said vampires aren’t selling any more. I suppose both books will end up as eBooks sometime this year.

My next book, Night’s Surrender, will be published in September. After that, who knows?

My book, Beauty’s Beast, is in the Preditors and Editors Reader Poll. Would love your vote! It’s quick and easy. Vote here   Thanks bunches!

Wishing you and yours a happy, healthy, prosperous New Year filled with good books.

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 ~

“In 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!!!!!