Mandy's Musings

Ramblings of romance author Madeline Baker/Amanda Ashley

Thursday, July 28, 2011


So, it's almost the end of July..........

I'm working on a new book, which is due in December. Still need 50,000 words to wrap it up. Groan.

Anxiously waiting for BOUND BY NIGHT to come out, since I'm eager to see what my readers think of it. I was thrilled when it received a 4 1/2 Top Pick review from Romantic Times.

I'm hoping that book 2, BOUND BY BLOOD, will do as well.

I'm getting the rights back on my Reckless Series. They're been out of print for quite some time, and I hope to rectify that in the near future.

I also got the rights back to a short story titled "Jessie's Girl" that was published in an Elvis-themed anthology way back in 1999. I've updated it and done a little rewriting. It will soon be available as an eBook.

I think that's all the news for now.

Hope all is well in your corner of the world.


Sunday, July 03, 2011

There's No Place Like Home

We went to Zion last week. Living in the city, you forget how big the world really is. There's a lot of wide open country out there. Driving through Zion and other parts of Utah is like being in another world. For 8 days, we had no news, no tv, no malls, no smog, no computers.

We saw lots of cows and horses, even a herd of buffalo

We also saw some elk someone was raising, for meat or their antlers, I'm afraid. They were beautiful.

We went on a walk in Zion called the Narrows. It was a lovely place, with the friendliest squirrels I've ever seen. I'm used to having them run away from people, but they would come right up to you. It was kind of cool.

We also went to Bryce and walked along something called the Navajo Loop Trail. NEVER AGAIN! It wasn't so bad going down, but climbing back up, in 100 degree heat, at 8,000 feet, almost did me in.

The best thing about Utah? I found my missing Muse!

We had a great time, saw lots of beautiful country, met some interesting people, but as Dorothy so eloquently said, There's no place like home!