Mandy's Musings

Ramblings of romance author Madeline Baker/Amanda Ashley

Saturday, June 29, 2013


Well, for once the weatherman was right. He said it was going to be HOT and it is HOT!!!!!! I went to the Mall this afternoon and when I got out of my car, it was 111 degrees. Yes, that's hot.
God bless the man/men/women who invented air conditioning for cars and homes. Don't know what we'd do without it!!!!!!

I'm in one of those places where I'm sort of at a loss as to what to do next. My editor suggested I might want to write a historical as she feels the market is cooling towards, I started one. Not sure if it will go anywhere.....since I don't plot ahead, I'll just have to wait and see.

Of course, I still want to write Abbey's story, briefly mentioned in Night's Mistress and Night's Promise. I started that, too, but, might not go anywhere.

Then again, maybe I'll just curl up in front of the fan and take a nap.

Sending cool thoughts your way.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

To quote Dorothy, "There's no place like home!"

We were on vacation up at Mt. Lassen last week. It's a beautiful place -truly God's country.

We didn't get off to the best of starts - two flat tires before we even got there. Plus I was bitten by something that left bites the size of fifty-cent pieces that itched for days.

But, on the bright side, the weather was wonderful - except when it rained, complete with lightning and deafening thunder.

I have to admit, I hate camping, even in a camper.

On the plus side, I got to spend six days with four of my grandkids, and that's always fun. They spent a lot of time fishing in the lake and in the streams. We had fish for dinner one night, and it was really good.
My son loves to shop. I guess he got that from me, so we went into the  neighboring towns and looked around. Ate out a lot, another of my favorite things to do.

All in all, it was great, but, like I said, there's no place like home. And no bed like your own bed!

Wednesday, June 05, 2013


Soooooooooooo, the year is half gone. Happy to say, the first half has been pretty good.

Apropo of nothing, I really love the mute button on my remote. I am so tired of ads for Low T and other male problems, and people trying to sell me gold and silver. I guess advertisers think only old men watch TV in the afternoon and early evening. I don't "watch" a lot of tv during the day, but it's usually on for background noise.

I recently discovered several new TV shows - Beauty and the Beast, for one. Can't believe it took me so long, except it comes on at the same time as Person of Interest. Happily, they're rerunning B&B so I can catch up. I've also become a fan of Burn Notice.

My other fav shows are Grimm, Hawaii 5-0, The Vampire Diaries, Hell on Wheels, Longmire, and The Mentalist. Those are the only shows I watch religiously! The rest of the time, I'm usually watching Frasier reruns

The 5th book in my Night series - Night's Mistress - will be published in August.

I had thought this would be the last book in the series. Just shows how wrong you can be. The 6th book will be out next February.

Hope you have a wonderful summer!!!!