Mandy's Musings

Ramblings of romance author Madeline Baker/Amanda Ashley

Monday, May 28, 2007


Wow, what a day. We went to Star Wars Celebration IV in L.A. It was so awesome. So much to see. I especially loved all the people in costume. And I’m not talking cheap costumes, either. They looked like the real deal. Storm Troopers and Leias and the Emperor, oh my! There was a guy there (not in costume) who looked almost exactly like George Lucas. People stopped to stare at him and you knew they were wondering, “is that him?”. It was a great day.

Then, later that night, the History Channel showed 2 specials: Star Wars Tech, and The Legacy of Star Wars. I love it!


Wednesday, May 23, 2007


No wonder the LOST finale was two hours long. That was the only way they could fit in all those annoying commericals. I didn't time them, but it seemed like there were 4 minutes of commercials every 5 minutes!!!!!



Monday, May 21, 2007

Finale Fever

Well, where to start? I’m still upset about LOST. I can’t believe that after the season finale on Wednesday, the show will be off the air until NEXT FEBRUARY and that they’re going to drag the ending out over three years. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want the show to end, but I don’t want to have to wait 8 months to watch 4 months worth of episodes either. I could be wrong, but I think they’re going to lose a lot of viewers between now and next year. Of course, I’m waiting to find out if Locke is really dead, if Charlie will die, and if Kate will ever make up her mind between Jack and Sawyer. If she doesn’t take Sawyer, I’d be happy to.

Blood Ties – I hope they aren’t going to make us wait 8 months for more episodes. Of course, as of right now, I don’t even know if the show will be renewed, but I sure hope so. The same for the Dresden Files, which I loved.

I went to the Disneyland with my kids the other day. Always fun. Loved seeing Jack Sparrow in the Pirates ride. Can’t wait to see the new movie. It looks so good. Hope it’s better than the second one.


Friday, May 04, 2007

On May 2nd, a lady in NY sent me an email saying she had seen one of my books on Ellen. Due to the time difference between here and NY, I was able to watch the show here. The book was FEATHER IN THE WIND. Ellen came out on stage in a bed because she had hurt her back and during some segment called "What I found at the drugstore", she held up some things that her staff had picked up, and last of all, was MY BOOK! She said something like, “The book is called 'Feather in the Wind' by Madeline Baker, New York Times best-selling author” and then she read part of a love scene out loud....

“She looked up at him, helpless to resist as he lowered his head and kissed her. Fire. Rivers of fire racing through every vein. Oceans of fire engulfing her, consuming her, until she couldn't think of anything but his kisses, the touch of his hands on her skin inflamed her, making her yearn for more.
"Black Wind..." She drew back and gazed up at him, gaspingfor breath, and then, standing on her tiptoes, she pressed her lips to his. They stood close, close enough that she could feel every inch of his body against her own.”

Ellen then read a little to herself, then murmured "oh, that'll throw your back out", which got a good laugh. She read a little more out loud, then held up my book again and told people to go out and buy it. It was so cool!

Ellen, thank you so much!!! You made my day!