Mandy's Musings

Ramblings of romance author Madeline Baker/Amanda Ashley

Monday, September 28, 2015

Long time between posts

So.....Summer is supposed to be over, but you'd never know it, not when the weather on Saturday was 100 degrees, with no relief in sight.

Been a busy few months. My NY publisher bought the rights to my short story Twilight Dreams. I just finished rewriting the first draft and I'm pretty happy with it. For one thing, it's longer. For another, there are a few new characters and plot twists. I believe it will be published in September of next year.

In stores now, Night's Surrender, book 7 in the Children of the Night series.

You can get a sneak peek at this book and what I'm currently working on at

The rights to several of my old Baker historical romances have reverted to me. They have been given new covers (which I love) and are now available on Amazon. They are:

Reckless Heart, Reckless Love, Reckless Desire, Reckless Embrace
Wolf Shadow
Hawk's Woman
Lakota Long
Cheyenne Surrender
Apache Flame

You can check them out at

Hard to believe that Halloween is right around the corner, with Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year not far behind!

May the Good Lord smile upon you and give you peace.


Friday, May 15, 2015

So, am I the only one disappointed in the season finale of The Vampire Diaries??????? They had a year to come up with an ending and putting Elena in a casket and locking her in a vault until Bonnie dies was the best they could come up with?

Bonnie put a spell on the vault? I may have missed it, but how are they going to open it when she dies? Or does the spell die with her?

What if Bonnie has to remove the spell and dies  before she removes it?
Does Elena wake up trapped in the vault, with no way out?

Is Damon going to go all ripper on us now? I, for one, don't want to see that. Been there, done that.

I suppose next seaon will be all about those vampire/witches, with lots of death and destruction. How about a season dealing with just the main characters and their feelings/relationships with one another and adjusting to Elena's "death"?

And what's with Carolyn? She spent numerous episodes trying to get Stefan to like her and now that he loves her, she doesn't want him? Give me a break!

Why couldn't they let Alaric and Jo live happily-ever-after?

At this point, even though I love Damon, I'm not sure I'm going to bother to watch next season.

Friday, May 08, 2015

Have You Read a Good Book Lately?

I have two relatively new ones....

Twilight Dreams - a short story sequel to As Twilight Falls.....

Follow the Lightning, which is a sequel to Chase the Lightnng.

My next book, Night's Surrender, will be out in September. It's Book 7 of my Children of the Night series, and possibily the last one.

Have a great weekend!!!!

Good grief

What is wrong with the writers of the Vampire Diaries? Of course, I haven't read the books, so maybe they're following the text. I don't know. All I know is, I am growing more and more frustrated with this show.

I mean, seriously, can't we have ONE happy ending? I'm surprised the characters don't all kill themselves - no one is ever happy for long. So, they killed a character last night - being the Vampire Diaries, I supppose there's a possibility she'll come back to life....and then there's the whole Damon/Elena relationship. Just when you think they MIGHT be happy - something comes along to muck it up.

End of rant...

I went to see the new Avengers and I loved it, but..............

In their quest to do more, they did too much. Too many characters. Too many battles. I know these are action films, but it would be nice to spend a little quiet time with the characters - I don't mean 60 seconds between the Hulk and Black Widow (I don't read the comic books, so I  never saw that coming) but a little time for the characters to bond.....yes, I know, they did a little of that in the beginning, but then it's non-stop action sprinkled with a few laughs....More is always better. It's just more.

AOL update

So................this morning I went upstairs and turned on my old computer and what do you know? My AOL was working fine. So, I reinstalled AOL on the computer I write on's working, too.

There's no understanding technology.....however, before I turned on my computers, I did say a prayer asking that everything would work, and it did.

Coincidence? I don't think so.

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

I am so frustrated!!!!!! I can't sign on to AOL. I called my internet company, they said everything is fine, contact AOL. AOL said contact my internet company. I'm fed up with both of them. I've lost my address book and all my favorite places.....


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.