Mandy's Musings

Ramblings of romance author Madeline Baker/Amanda Ashley

Friday, November 30, 2007

Reviews for Dead Perfect

The first reviews are in and I'm happy and relieved that they are positive. I think part of being a writer is being horribly insecure! I always think my books are terrific when I'm writing them, then I read the galleys and I think, oh, no, this is the worst thing I've ever written!

Amanda Ashley knows vampires! DEAD PERFECT touched my heart with its fragile heroine who exhibits extraordinary bravery. Faced with a terminal illness, Shannah makes and follows through with a decision that terrifies her. Ronan has spent centuries alone, yet he is comfortable with his life. However, after meeting Shannah, Ronan realizes exactly what has been missing, love in all its myriad aspects. Ashley writes a very sexy, sensual love story without the graphic sex scenes so prevalent in today’s romances. If you’re looking for a paranormal romance with a hero who is gallant and just a bit old-fashioned, look no further. DEAD PERFECT is perfectly suitable for all ages. Ashley’s talent truly shines in this wonderful book
Romance Junkies

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Because she is dying, Shannah seeks out Ronan, a vampire, and asks for the Dark Trick, thinking to trade a death sentence for Undeath. Though he denies her request, Ronan does want to keep the tragic beauty in his life. He can preserve her with doses of his blood, while at the same time using her as a front for his alter ego, that of a female romance author. It was only supposed to be a job and perhaps an act of compassion, but of course, it becomes more. Yet, Ronan lives in a dangerous world and Shannah is on borrowed time. What future can they have?

Both poignant and at times, funny, this story once again affirms Ms. Ashley as truly adept at her craft. I love the concept of Ronan hiding behind Shannah to preserve his anonymity. This is a lovely, exciting tale you will fall in love with easily.

Amanda Killgore

Thursday, November 29, 2007


I can't believe that Melanie and Maks lost to that race car driver! It just proves that the best doesn't always win. I'm totally bummed out!


Monday, November 19, 2007

Give Thanks

Just stopping by to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you'll take a moment to give thanks for your blessings. And that you'll also take a moment to remember our servicemen and women who are far from home, and give thanks for their sacrifice and willingness to serve. I'm also grateful for the police officers and fire fighters who also put their lives on the line every single day.

First and foremost, of course, I'm grateful for my family and friends, and for the privilege of living in the best country in the whole wide world.

I hope you have a wonderful day and that you get to spend it with all your favorite people.


Monday, November 05, 2007


I love this TV show. Since no one seems to want to make any of my books into a movie, this is the next best thing. I think it's a terrific show! I just hope it lasts! Seems every time I find a show I like, it gets cancelled; so, if you love the show, or just want to do me a favor please write to CBS and tell them you want to see MORE....the address is CBS Entertainment, 7800 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036-2188. You can also send an email at

I'm also crazy about BLOOD TIES.

In other news, I've started a new book, which, if it pans out, will be the 5th and, most likely, final book in my Night Series - Night's Kiss, Night's Touch, Night's Master (due 10/8) The fourth book only has my working title.

My next book, DEAD PERFECT, will be out in February. If you compare this photo to the earlier one, you'll see that they "tweaked" it a little to show more of the girl's face. I love this cover!