Mandy's Musings

Ramblings of romance author Madeline Baker/Amanda Ashley

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


Well, suggestions for my hero are still coming in. At the moment, I'm leaning heavily toward Logan or Jake. I used Logan for a western hero many years ago; I used Jake in a Silhouette romance. I know, there are many names I haven't used, and there have been many great suggestions, but, for one reason or another, they didn't work. Some remind me too much of heroes from other books or movies, some just don't conjure a vampire image for me.

Guess I need to make a decision soon....

Thanks, again!!!!!


Sunday, June 14, 2009


Well, I had a brilliant idea the other day. I discovered I needed to change the name of one of my characters in an upcoming book since I had already ued the name Jason twice - in "Masquerade" and "Immortal Sins" - and I decided using the same name 3 times was a bit much. So.... I sent out a newsletter asking for suggestions.

Oh, my, did I get suggestions! I've never received so much mail!!!! Of course, I want to thank all those who responded. You sent a lot of names I really liked but felt just didn't work for one reason or another. For instance:

Damien was suggested many times, but it reminds me of "The Omen" and that creeped me out.

Armand is a good name, but is too well-known in books by Anne Rice.

Nicolas has been used too many times in too many other books.

Of course, a lot of the names suggested were names I've already used in other books ~ Ethan, Gabriel, Rourke, Alexander, Jesse, Matthew, Luke, Rafael, Michael, Morgan, Caleb, Ryder, Grigori, Dominic, Antonio, Vince, Erik. And Rhys, which is my hero's name in my current work-in-progress.

At the moment, I'm leaning heavily toward Logan (I used it in a western, but that was many years ago).

Hope life is being good to you and yours.


Tuesday, June 09, 2009

May the Force Be With You

The Star Wars 501st Legion was in town last weekend. If you're a Star Wars fan and you get a chance to see them, you should go. Really fun! We went early in the day, but the line was so long, we left. I decided to go back later, right before they were scheduled to leave. Turned out to be a smart move. We were the last ones inside and we got to hang around a little after everyone else left.

The weather here is mostly cool and cloudy. I love it! It's perfect for walking Lady in the morning. She's kind of skittish out there in the big wide world. Not too sure about the big dogs that bark at her as we pass by, and definitely afraid of the horses! We've only had Lady a short time, but she's already part of the family and firmly entrenched in our hearts.

I'm almost finished with my current work-in-progress. Only 9,000 words to go, and still not sure how to tie it all up!

Hope life is being good to you!