Mandy's Musings

Ramblings of romance author Madeline Baker/Amanda Ashley

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.

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.