Mandy's Musings

Ramblings of romance author Madeline Baker/Amanda Ashley

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."


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?


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 -

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


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!


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!


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.