Mandy's Musings

Ramblings of romance author Madeline Baker/Amanda Ashley

Monday, July 23, 2007

Blood Ties

HI ~ If you're a fan of Blood Ties, that wonderful show based on Tanya Huff's books, please write to Lifetime and tell them you love it and beg them to renew it! It's one of the few shows I actually watch.

Lifetime Entertainment Services
World Wide Plaza
309 West 49th Street
New York, NY 10019

Thanks, Mandy.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Sinking into a pot of sleaze

I continue to be amazed at what passes for entertainment these days. For instance, the movie “Captivity” is rated R for “strong violence, torture, pervasive terror, grisly images, language, and some sexual material”. I can’t believe that this is anyone’s idea of entertainment. The same goes for the “Saw” movies, and others of that same ilk. I don’t know which is more troubling, the fact that Hollywood keeps making these sick movies, or that people (especially young, impressionable people) go to see them.

My other complaint is TV. Reality shows bore me to death. And then there are all those untalented people singing and dancing, not to mention those silly Survivor shows where no one is really in danger of anything except over-acting. I remember when it was hard to decide what to watch. That’s certainly not the problem these days. Out of the hundreds of shows on the air, I watch four of them. Most of the time, I watch reruns of old shows even though I have most of the dialogue memorized by now and don’t have to watch the screen to know what’s going on. TV has truly become the vast wasteland.

And then there are books...which are getting more and more graphic sexually and filled with more and more profanity.

I think we are slowly, sadly, sinking into a pit of sleaze and slime. Maybe it's happened so gradually, no one noticed, sort of like the frog who was placed in a pot of cold water. If the water had been hot, he would have jumped out right away. Instead, the water got hotter a little at a time and he was cooked before he knew it.


Friday, July 13, 2007

Sad News

My friend, romance author Ronda Thompson, passed away on July 11th. Ronda was a wonderful woman, warm and caring, with a delightful sense of humor. I could always count on her to cheer me up when I was down, to say just the right thing to put whatever was bothering me into perspective. I could tell her anything and know she would understand.

My condolences and prayers go out to Ronda's family. She will be missed by her family, friends, and fans. I count myself lucky to have known her.

The world will be a sadder place without her, but our loss is heaven's gain.


Saturday, July 07, 2007

It's Hot

Well, we survived the 4th! Had a great time, saw some amazing fireworks, and survived the heat in Southern California.

NIGHT'S TOUCH is in stores and doing well. It was #7 on the Borders Romance list and is #115 on the USA TODAY bestseller list. Now, if I could just crack the New York Times list, I'd be a happy camper. If you'd like to help, please go out and buy a copy of two or twenty.

As you may or may not know, NIGHT'S TOUCH is a sequel to NIGHT'S KISS. I've finished a second sequel, which will be out next year, and I'm currently hard at work on a third sequel. There may be a fourth, although at this point, that's just speculation.

I made a video for Night's Touch, which you can see here

My next book, DEAD PERFECT, will be out in February. It has an amazing cover, don't you think?

Hope you're having a wonderful summer, filled with good books, and a cool place to read them!