Mandy's Musings

Ramblings of romance author Madeline Baker/Amanda Ashley

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

I HATE MICROSOFT

I hate Microsoft! They are the obamacare of software.


I have Windows XP. I love Windows XP. I don't want Windows 7. I don't want Windows 8.

But microsoft,TRYRANNICAL, GREEDY COMPANY that it is, has decided it will no longer support XP. I think this is totally unfair. I bought it. I love it. They should continue to support it. Instead, they are forcing me to buy something I don't want. And not only will I have to buy a new computer with software I don't want, or upgrade to Windows 8, but I'll have to buy a new edition of mircrsoft word because what I have now won't work on windows 8.

Did I mention I hate microsoft? Well, I do. In spades!!!!!


Thursday, February 13, 2014

February update

So, here it is February already! I tell ya, I've had nothing but trouble the last few days. I can't remember my Yahoo password, and you can't get a new one without typing in the old one. My AOL went out yesterday and was down all night and half of today. I don't remember the last time I was this frustrated!!!!

On a happy note, Night's Promise is in stores now!  Reader response has, thankfully, all been positive!

My time travel romance, Under a Prairie Moon, is now available as an eBook. That's great news, since it's been out of print for years. It's one of my fav stories. I love the new cover. I tried to upload it, but nothing happened. Just one more thing going wrong....Times like these, I just want to throw my computer out the window!!!!!

Hope things are running more smoothly in your world!




Thursday, January 09, 2014

Happy New Year

Wow, 2014!  Hope the new year is being good to you.

I'm looking forward to the release of NIGHT'S PROMISE,  coming in February. This is the 6th book in my Children of the Night series, and I think it's my favorite. Of course, I love them all.

I've just finished the 7th and final book in the series. My editor is reading it now......keep your fingers crossed.

At the moment, I'm endeavoring to write a historical romance, something I haven't done in YEARS! Hope I can remember how to write one!!!!

My book, Night's Mistress, is listed on the Preditors and Editors Reader Poll. Would love to have your vote, if you're so inclined.
http://critique.org/predpoll/novelr.shtml

Night's Mistress is about half-way down the list. You need to click on it, then scroll down and type in your email address, and also type in the name of whatever book is on the left side of the page - to prove you're human You will then be sent a confirmation email. It really only takes a minute.

Wishing you and your loved ones a happy, healthy, blessed New Year.

Mandy

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Last Book of the Year

So, this is the cover for an upcoming eBook. I wrote the story years and years ago. I'm not sure how many years ago it was, but to give you an idea, I wrote it on a TYPEWRITER and had to retype it onto my computer.

Anyway, I sent it to my eBook editor who thought it was publishable and suggested that my readers might get a kick out of reading something so ancient. I'm not sure when it will be available, but likely in the next month or so.

I really like the cover.

Hard to believe 2013 is almost over. We all say it every year, but.....I can't believe how quickly this year went by. Hope 2014 holds only good things for you and your loved ones and for our country.

God bless us every one.

Mandy

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Good News Thursday



Well, what a surprise. NIGHT'S MISTRESS won first place in the Fiction-Romance category. Certainly made by day!!!!

I can't believe this weather. A couple of days ago it was cool and overcast and I was wearing a sweater, today I'm in shorts and a t-shirt. Ya gotta love California.

I say it every year. I'll say it again. Where does the time go? I mean, Christmas is right around the corner!!!!! Seems to come sooner every year.

I'm looking forward to February and the publication of NIGHT'S PROMISE, the sequel to NIGHT'S MISTRESS. I really love this story. I think it might be my favorite in the series. At the moment, I'm working on a sequel to Night's Promise. It's fun, bringing characters like Mara and Edna and Pearl from the last 2 books into this one. Funny, how my readers have taken to Edna and Pearl. I must admit, I'm rather fond of the two crazy old lady vampires myself!

Wishing you and yours a happy and blessed Thanksgiving!

Mandy

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

New TV season

So, here we are, nearing the end of October.

I love the show "Hell on Wheels." I hate that it's only on for TEN WEEKS. By the time I'm really into it, it's gone again for 42 weeks.

The same with "Longmire." Another great show. On for TEN WEEKS and gone again.

I guess I'm showing my age, but aI remember when the tv season was 39 weeks.

So, shows I love ~
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
THE ORIGINALS
PERSON OF INTEREST
THE MIDDLE
THE VAMPIRE DIARIES
GRIMM
ONCE UPON A TIME
and
THE  MENTALIST

I used to watch HAWAII 5-0, another show I love, but now it's on opposite GRIMM....so bye, bye McGarrett.

I'm looking forward to DRACULA....from the preview, I can't decide if it's something I want to watch or not.

I'm halfway through my current work-in-progress and loving it so far.....although this book is WORK, unlike my previous one, which practically wrote itself.

Hope you all have a happy Halloween, filled with marshmallow ghosts and chocolate vampires.

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

A Sad Day


We found this tiny little sparrow in June of 2008. I brought her home and, even though I was sure she wouldn't make it, she survived. I called a bird farm and they told me that, since I had raised her by hand, I couldn't turn her loose, as she wouldn't know how to survive "in the wild". She was a wonderful pet, would sit on my shoulder. I loved hearing her cheerful chirping in the morning.

She grew up .....


And brought us five years of happines.....today, she passed away. I'm going to miss her.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Happy September


Coming in February 2014

So, here we are, in the middle of September. I know I say this every year, but where does the time go? I mean, sheesh. The year is nearly gone. One good thing about September....the weather will gradually get cooler. It has been HOT here in California the last few weeks. I mean, HOT. And humid. Getting out of my car was like stepping into an oven. In case you haven't guessed, I hate the heat.

On a happy note, my latest novella, MIDNIGHT AND MOONLIGHT, is now available as an ebook and should be available in print sometime next month. I love this story. It gave me a chance to let my imagination run wild....which is always fun!




I'm also happy to say that the feedback for NIGHT'S MISTRESS has been positive. I was a little worried about it, since many people had asked for it and I was afraid I wouldn't be able to meet reader expectations.

NIGHT'S PROMISE, the next book in the series, turned out to be one of my favorite books in the series.

I'm currently working on what will likely be the last book in the series. All I need is a plot

I hope you had a wonderful summer!!!!

Mandy

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

This-n-That

So, I'm wondering - is it only me? We went to see Despicable Me 2, which I loved. What left me cold were the trailers. Seriously! Disney is making a movie called Planes? What's next? Trains? Boats? There's a movie about a SNAIL!!!! I don't know. Personally, I'd rather see cartoons about people or animals - not objects and garden pests. The kids with me didn't seem too excited about those movies, either, which made me feel better.

My latest, NIGHT'S MISTRESS, will be out in a couple of weeks. I can't wait. You can see the book trailer here.

I'm going to have a new eBook out in a month or so. Love the cover.


Well, that's all the news for now. Hope you're having a wonderful summer. Hard to believe the kids will be back in school next month. Where does the time go?

Saturday, June 29, 2013

HOLY COW




Well, for once the weatherman was right. He said it was going to be HOT and it is HOT!!!!!! I went to the Mall this afternoon and when I got out of my car, it was 111 degrees. Yes, that's hot.
God bless the man/men/women who invented air conditioning for cars and homes. Don't know what we'd do without it!!!!!!

I'm in one of those places where I'm sort of at a loss as to what to do next. My editor suggested I might want to write a historical as she feels the market is cooling towards vampires......so, I started one. Not sure if it will go anywhere.....since I don't plot ahead, I'll just have to wait and see.

Of course, I still want to write Abbey's story, briefly mentioned in Night's Mistress and Night's Promise. I started that, too, but, again.....it might not go anywhere.

Then again, maybe I'll just curl up in front of the fan and take a nap.

Sending cool thoughts your way.