Mandy's Musings

Ramblings of romance author Madeline Baker/Amanda Ashley

Wednesday, April 24, 2013


Ok, I hope this doesn't offend any one....I have nothing against Spanish speaking people, except those who come to our country illegally. My son's inlaws speak Spanish. However, I was incensed to be watching TV yesterday and hear a tide commercial in Spanish! This is America. Yes, we have a lot of different cultures, and they speak a lot of different languages, and that's wonderful. But people who come to this country to live should learn the language, the way my grandparents, who came from Italy and Denmark, did.

Signs in stores and on food labels are now in English and Spanish.

I'm beginning to feel like a stranger in my own country, and I don't like it at all!

Friday, April 19, 2013

I love Vincent

So, as I've done so often in the past, I recently discovered a new show - Beauty and the Beast. I probably would have found it sooner if it didn't come on the same night and time as Person of Interest, which I also love.  Oh my gosh, I am in love with the Beast....of course, that's not hard to believe, since I also loved Disney's Beast. I admit it, I am attracted to bad boys

I know I complained about The Vampire Diaries not long ago, but I have loved it less and less each week. It started off as such a great show, with great, likeable characters. Even Damon, was THE bad boy, was loveable, and easily my favorite character. That hasn't changed. However, IMO, the writers of the show have ruined it. Every character on the show has become a monster of one kind or another, killing left and right with little or no regret, and Elena is the worst of all.

Maybe I'm in the minority, but I find it hard to be sympathetic to her character. She's become the worst monster of all and even if the writers somehow find a way to redeem her, she will still be a monster. There are no "good guys" left on the show, except for Matt. If he was smart, he'd leave town.  End of rant.

On a happier note, my book, AS TWILIGHT FALLS, is due in stores at the end of this month.

And my book, DESIRE THE NIGHT, is a finalist in the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence contest.

Happy Spring!