Mandy's Musings

Ramblings of romance author Madeline Baker/Amanda Ashley

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Happy New Year

Wow, it's 2008! Where does the time go? Seems like only yesterday we were all worrying about the year 2000 and whether the world would end or if our computers would all blow up!

I'm looking forward to the publication of my February book, DEAD PERFECT. It's got good reviews, so far, thank goodness! Publishers Weekly said: "When Shannah, dying of an obscure, incurable disease, passes out on the stoop of Ronan, who is a vampire, two birds are killed with one stone: Ronan moonlights as a romance author and needs a woman to pretend to be him on tours (especially during the daylight hours); Shannah needs Ronan’s blood to stay alive. As he coaches her to impersonate him and feeds her, Ronan falls more and more in love. And with each passing day, Shannah’s body grows weaker, but she resists being turned into a vampire because she doesn’t want to lose her humanity entirely. It’s the age-old vampire-human dilemma, given a clever and funny turn by Night’s Touch author Ashley."

I love writing. It's a rather solitary profession, being a writer, just me and my computer, and yet it's very satisfying. I mean, where else can you create worlds and people? It's very satisfying in other ways, as well. I've met a lot of people in person and online that I would never have met otherwise, incluidng a lot of published authors. I met Dean Koontz and Stephen J. Cannell and, best of all, Fabio.

Yes, life is good.

I hope 2008 will be our best year yet, individually and as a nation.

God bless America in this new year.


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