Mandy's Musings

Ramblings of romance author Madeline Baker/Amanda Ashley

Friday, September 16, 2011

Vampire Diaries Rant

Well, you all know I love the Vampire Diaries, but I have a terrible feeling it's going to go the way of Supernatural, and before long, I won't be watching it....It seems to be getting increasingly gory. And showing decapitated heads - I don't know, is that really necessary? I know they did it last year, too, and I wasn't crazy about it then. I'm also not a big fan of women parading around in their underwear. I think it's demeaning and just a ploy to get guys to watch a chick flick.

I used to love Supernatural, but then, they went way over the top as far as I'm concerned. Of course, maybe they want to appeal to the 18-40 guy crowd. I know it no longer appeals to me, Dean or no Dean. All that angel stuff just seemed a little blasphemous to me, and the blood and gore....sorry, I don't think that's entertaining.

I don't know why producers and directors can't leave well enough alone, but they always feel like they have to top whatever came before.

A good case in point is Pirates of the Caribbean. The first one was great! The next two were, in my opinion, awful. The last one was a little better. Less special effects, less story threads, more character-driven. Now that they seem to be back on track, I hope they make another one.

While we're at it, am I the only one who thinks the new TV season stinks? I mean, out of all the shows on TV and cable, I only watch a few -

The Middle
Warehouse 13
Hawaii Five-O
The Vampire Diaries
Dancing with the Stars (until Maks goes - then Mandy goes)

I still miss -

The Gates (I think that's the name of the show)

Okay, I feel better now! Just had to get it off my chest.

Good news

So, I'm thrilled to tell you that BOUND BY NIGHT was #33 on the New York Times list and #128 on the USA Today bestseller list. Considering the lists cover all books, not just romances, that ain't bad. I'm hoping BOUND BY BLOOD will do as well.

My anthology, TALES OF WESTERN ROMANCE, is now available in both print and eBook
on CreateSpace and Amazon. It contains 5 of my short stories, previously only available as eBooks. Never let it be said I don't listen to my fans - many of who (whom?) asked why they weren't available in print.

I was in our local Dollar Tree, looking for a gift bag, when I saw the book, The View from the Bridge - Memories of Star Trek and a Life in Hollywood. Since I'm a big Star Trek fan, and since I love behind-the-scenes stuff, and since the book was only a dollar, I bougt a copy. I'm glad I did. I love reading about how the 2nd Star Trek movie got made and insights into the stars and the writer/director, etc.

I'm happy to say our weather has cooled off a little the last few days. I am so ready for Fall.

Hope all is well in your corner of the world.


Sunday, September 04, 2011


Can you believe it's September already? Hard to believe I'll be Christmas shopping soon! Assuming there are still stores to shop in, with the economy in the toilet.

On a happier note, my short story, Jessie's Girl, originally published in an anthology titled Paradise, is now available as an eBook. I went through it and updated it a little, since it was written quite a while ago. I love the new cover.

Counting the days until Breaking Dawn.