Mandy's Musings

Ramblings of romance author Madeline Baker/Amanda Ashley

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Edward vs Jacob

I’m re-reading New Moon and wondering why Bella loved Edward. She never really had any fun with him. Oh, sure, she thought he was the most gorgeous thing on the planet and she was fascinated by him, but they never had any fun together, not the way she did with Jake.

She didn’t want to go to the prom, but Edward made her.
She didn’t want a birthday party, but Edward insisted and she got hurt. And then, after she got hurt from something he wanted, he left her.
When he didn’t want her to see Jacob, he had Alice kidnap her.

On the other hand, Jake let Bella be Bella. He respected her feelings and her wishes, he didn’t patronize her, but, most of all, he made her laugh. She was at ease with Jacob, she felt at home with him and his family. He loved her in a much more positive, healthy, human way, whereas Edward is obsessive and controlling.

Edward’s lips are cold, his body is cold, his skin is hard.
Jacob is warm and cuddly, with human emotions.

With apologies to Team Edward, I think she would have been happier with Jacob. Besides, he's smokin' hot

Saturday, October 03, 2009

It's Here

Just a quick post to say that my new book, IMMORTAL SINS, is in stores now.

People who read it said:

Romantic Times Book Reviews said:
"An almost-evil vampire trapped in a painting by a vengeful wizard for deflowering his daughter? Ashley's latest is jam-packed with surprises. The abundance of plot devices, which should slow the story down, instead give it the momentum to become a fast-faced romp. Kudos to Ashley for another winner! Whitney Kate Sullivan."


I really enjoyed Jason and Kari’s journey! Karinna is your average contemporary woman who encounters a totally exciting paranormal experience and rolls with the situation with grace and determination. Jason Rourke is a sexy as all get-out alpha vampire who wins Kari’s heart and mine too.
I love my Urban Fantasy, but I also love a terrific Paranormal Romance and this book satisfies my need for an HEA. Amanda Ashley delivers, as always, a great love story filled with passion, danger, excitement, and colorful characters who jump off the page into my mind’s eye! Sidhe Vicious Reviews


As a long time fan of Amanda Ashley’s I think Immortal Sins is more supernaturally involved, and I liked it! She added in a wizard, people trapped in paintings, as well as quite a bit of history on Transylvania that she normally wouldn’t put in her books. I think this was a nice shake up for her stories, but she still had the devastatingly handsome vampire, and the woman that was perfect for him, along with a happily ever after that will make you feel complete once you finish that last page. Perfection and flawless as always, Ms. Ashley is still in my top five favorite authors! And, the cover art is smokin’ hot!!
5 Hearts
Crystal Adkins

I hope you'll give it a try.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

A sad day

I was sorry to hear that my Zebra editor, Kate Duffy, passed away a few days ago. She was a terrific editor and I loved working with her. She was fun, had a wonderful sense of humor, great wit and wisdom. She was always supportive and enthusiastic about my books and always had time to chat.

My condolences to her family and to those she worked with at Kensington. I know she will be missed.

I miss her already.