Mandy's Musings

Ramblings of romance author Madeline Baker/Amanda Ashley

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!!!!!


Friday, December 04, 2015

End of the year rant....

Am I the only one who wonders what happened to The Vampire Diaries? It used to be a series about two brothers in love with the same girl....the characters were interesting, the triangle intriguing. We had witches and vampires who were messy eaters.

As the series went on, the writers seem to loose the magic that made it such fun to watch. They brought in a bunch of new characters, each one worse than the last, and mostly unlikeable. People died and came back. And died and came back,....

Then we had vampire witches, at which point I began to lose interest. This year, I stopped watching and then, because I was missing Damon - who was really the only reason I watched the show -what did I see but two girls kissing each other. Call me a prude, call me old-fashioned, call me whatever you want, but that did it for me.

And then there's The Originals, another show I liked but it got bloodier and bloodier each week until I said, that's enough.

I remember when there were so many good shows on, it was hard to decide what to watch. These days I have trouble finding something I want to watch.

If it wasn't for Castle, Once Upon a Time, Grimm, Hawaii 5-0, and Arrow, I wouldn't even need a TV except to watch reruns of old shows that actually had good stories that have stood the test of time.

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

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.