Mandy's Musings

Ramblings of romance author Madeline Baker/Amanda Ashley

Sunday, May 31, 2009


Life is so uncertain. You just never know what lies around the corner. One day you're at the birth of a baby and the next you're at a funeral.

On the 27th, our family welcomed a new baby girl. She's lovely and healthy and perfect. My best friend's family wasn't so lucky. They also had a beautiful baby girl born into their family, but the baby isn't expected to live more than a few days, a few weeks at most.

On the 28th, we went to a funeral for a young man that our sons grew up with, a boy I've known most of his life. He passed away unexpectedly. His family is still recovering from the loss of this young man's mother, who passed away only a month ago.

I don't have anything profound to say about this, no words of wisdom, no flash of insight as to why these things happen. I guess it's just life and you have to take it as it comes, the good with the bad, the happy with the sad.


Monday, May 11, 2009


One of my readers mentioned some of my books were available in Kindle editions from Amazon, so I went to have a look, and while I was there, I clicked on a link for MIDNIGHT PLEASURES in hardback. Imagine my surprise when I saw 2 new copies listed for - are you ready? - $358.89!!!!! There were 7 used copies selling for $92.44.

Geez, if any of you are willing to pay $358.89 for this book, I'll sell you my copy, and I'll even autograph it for you!!!!

I found it highly amusing that they listed the authors as Amanda Shayne and Maggie Ashley.


Saturday, May 02, 2009


Well, I'm totally in love with our new puppy. It didn't take her long to find a place in my heart. She's so cute and lovable, she always makes me smile.

We went to see STATE OF PLAY starring Russell Crowe, one of the best movies I've seen this year. Crowe was great in it, and while I'd rather see him looking sexy and buff, his acting in this movie was fabulous. I highly recommend it.

We also went to see EARTH. Amazing movie filled with beautiful vistas and views of our planet that are breathtaking. Of course, being from Disney, the animal scenes are also amazing.

I also saw the new WOLVERINE flick. It's much more intense than the first three. More violent, more profanity, and a nude (from a distance) Hugh Jackman! This is not a movie for kids.

17 Again was a delightful movie. Much better than I expected. A friend of mine saw it twice in one day!

Hope all is well in your corner of the world.