Mandy's Musings

Ramblings of romance author Madeline Baker/Amanda Ashley

Saturday, February 16, 2019

TV Rant

So, I used to be a BIG fan of Last Man Standing. In fact, it is one of the three shows currently on tv that I watch these days (other than M*A*S*H and Frasier reruns) So, I was thrilled when I heard it was coming back.....until I saw the new Mandy. I'm sure she's a very nice person, but she will NEVER be Mandy. IMO, she's not funny at all and and there is absolutely NO chemistry between her and Kyle. Personally, I think they should have written Mandy out of the show - sent her to NY or something - and kept Eve.

I don't think I've missed any of the new season but in the most recent episode I realized there was also a new Carol. Did I miss something?

I know there's a new Boyd, but kids grow up so that happens from time to time and doesn't bother me.

Sadly, Eve is mostly gone, though she makes an appearance now and then.

It didn't bother me when they changed Kristen's for some reason. Not sure why.

I think it's sad when the best shows on TV are reruns.

My other complaint, about TV in general, is that commercials seem to be getting longer and longer!
I hate all those little ads with people talking about this product or that. Nobody believes them. Why don't companies just say, "This is our product. It works. Try it." Plexiderm is the worst of all. Those ads must be 5 minutes long. Thank goodness for the mute button!!!!

Geico, stick with the lizard!

Progressive, stop trying to be funny. You're not.

And all those commercials for medications that come with 5 minutes worth of side effects. Sheesh, why would anyone want to try something that could not only cause dozens of side effects, but "may cause death"?

Speaking of reruns, why do movies insist are remaking old movies? You can't beat the original casts in True Grit. Or Overboard. Or Ghostbusters. Or the Magnificent Seven. These are classics.

Okay, enough complaining. I feel better now.

Happy Spring!



Wednesday, January 23, 2019

RANT

I've heard of some ripoffs in my day. But here's a new one. I got a letter from Spectrum today informing me that in mid-February we would be losing the Movie Channel and Cinemax .

I called and asked if that meant my bill would be less and was informed that even though I would be getting fewer channels, my bill would remain the same. 

However, if I wanted to keep these two channels, I could pay an additional $9.99 per channel. 

This seems totally unfair to me. You'd think, if we was getting fewer channels, our bill would be less. But no, we'll be paying the same amount for less. I ask you, does this seem fair?

I currently pay $119.99 for all the premium channels. Now, if I want to keep these two, I'll have to pay $139.99. That's an extra $239.76 a year!!!!!
Not happening!

I am, to say the least, upset!!!!!!!!!!  Perhaps a long soak in a hot bubble bath with help. But I doubt it!

Mad Mandy, really Mad!





Sunday, January 13, 2019

So,  here we are, already in the middle of 2019. I'd love to say I have some exciting news to share, but, unfortunately, I don't. Of course, no news is considered good news, so I've got no complaints.

I'm looking forward - way forward - to the publication of my next book, HOLD BACK THE DAWN. I've written a lot of books and this is one of my favorites. I also love the cover.



I'm currently finishing up my current work-in-progress, which has been really fun to write. No idea when it will be published, as I haven't yet submitted it to my editor at Zebra. Hopefully, she'll love it.

You can read excerpts from Hold Back the Dawn, as well as from all my other books at www.amandaashley.net and www.madelinebaker.net.

You can also enter my monthly contest for a chance to win an autographed book.

I hope you have a wonderful, blessed, happy, healthy New Year.

Mandy

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

I can't believe there's a group of idiots who are protesting the cartoon, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the song, Baby, it's Cold Outside, which was written back in 1944. Why aren't these people protesting the nudity, violence, and profanity in today's movies? Or the lyrics in rap songs?

Then PETA thinks we should stop using phrases like "Bring home the bacon" and "More than one way to skin a cat" and "All your eggs in one basket."

They want to replace them with "Bring home the bagels" and "More than one way to peel a potato" and "All your flowers in one bowl."

Seriously?

The world is in turmoil. People in California have lost their homes, loved ones and pets in the worst fire ever. Hundreds of babies are being murdered by Planned Parenthood and these people are upset over a cartoon and song lyrics?

Unbelievable!!!!


Saturday, October 13, 2018

Fall in is the Air

So, here we are, in the middle of October. Can Christmas be far behind? Probably not, since decorations are already in most of the stores!!!!

The rights to three of my old books have reverted to me. At the moment, they are out of print, but will soon be reissued with new covers.




These two will be available soon. Immortal Sins will follow.

I'm currently working on a new book, which I love. You can read an excerpt on my web site - amandaashley.net

Hope you have a Happy Halloween filled with marshmallow ghosts and chocolate vampires!!!

Mandy

Thursday, August 30, 2018

What's New....

So, here it is, August already.

I've been busy working on a new anthology of short stories -  all of which I've written. It was really fun to write.


I also have a new book out this month.

Twilight Desires is the 3rd book in my Morgan Creek series. I would love to write another one, as I'm crazy about the hero from the first story, As Twilight Falls, which is why I wrote this book and the previous one, Twilight Dreams. I just can't get enough of Saintcrow.

I'm currently working on a new book, which I love so far!

I don't know about you, but I'm ready for winter. And for the next season of Poldark and Stranger Things.

Wishing you chocolate and good books!

Mandy


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Well, here we are in the middle of May already. How is it possible that every year seems to go by faster? I think someone is speeding up time!!!!!

On the book front, the third book in the Morgan Creek series -- Twilight Desires -- will be published at the end of August. The first two books are As Twilight Falls and Twilight Dreams. I think I keep writing these because I love the character of Saintcrow so much :)



Sometime this year I hope to publish a 4-book anthology of vampire stories, all written by little ole me. The title is Seasons of the Night.


Wishing you all a wonderful summer filled with sunshine, chocolate, and good books!

Mandy


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.

Mandy

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 www.amandaashley.net

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!!!!!!


Mandy

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 @ www.amandaashley.net

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.

Mandy