Mandy's Musings

Ramblings of romance author Madeline Baker/Amanda Ashley

Sunday, May 16, 2021

A quick hello

Just stopped by for a quick hello. Not much happening here. Had a lovely Mother's Day with my family. Lots of laughs, good food, hugs. Who could ask for more?

Glad to finally be back at church, masks and all.

I've been working on a western, first one in a long time. Hope I haven't lost my touch!

Still waiting for In the Dark of the Night to be published. Apparently there was a snag in converting it to Amazon due to the pandemic in India! If all goes well, it should be out at the end of this month.

I have another book titled Surrender the Dawn in the pipeline. No pub date for this one yet.

The 8th and final book in my Children of the Night series, Night's Illusion, will be published in September. Could be available in August.

Wishing you all a happy Spring!

Thursday, January 07, 2021

 Well, here we are, in a brand new year. Someone on Facebook posted a note that said she'd tried the 7-day free trial of 2021 and she wanted her money back. I have to admit, it doesn't look good so far.

On the bright side, In the Dark of the Night will be published in a month or two or three.  This is one of my very favorite stories and favorite heroes.

Night's Illusion will be out in August. Sadly, I think this will be the last Children of the Night book.

At the moment, I'm contemplating a historical romance. I haven't written one in quite a while. Hope I haven't lost my touch!

Hope your holidays were happy and that you and your family are staying safe.

Friday, October 30, 2020

Night's Illusion

I've been anxiously awaiting the cover for NIGHT'S ILLUSION, the 8th and probably the last book in my Children of the Night series. The hero this time around is Father Lanzoni, the vampire priest who married the couples in the previous books. I decided he finally needed a happy ending of his own.

The book will be published next August, which sounds like a long way away, but not when you consider how swiftly this year has gone by. Hoping the next one is better.

You can get a sneak peak at the story on my web page at

                               HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Monday, October 05, 2020

Cover Copy

 Hi ~ I was excited to receive the back cover copy for NIGHT'S ILLUSION, book 8 in my Children of the Night series, which will be published next August.

It reads as follows:

Giovanni Lanzoni may just be the world’s oldest male virgin. Or at least, the oldest male virgin vampire. Giovanni has clung to the vows he made a thousand years ago as a mortal priest—yet he is no longer either of those things. Others of his kind have settled down since claiming immortality, finding love, even raising children. Sensing his loneliness, Mara, Queen of the Vampires, eagerly sets out to find Giovanni the perfect mate. But only one woman, met by chance on a dark night, truly tempts him . . . 

Cassie Douglas has never met a man she trusts as much as Giovanni. Yet the shocking truth he reveals makes her question their deep connection. There are other urgent obstacles too. Giovanni’s sire, an ancient, dangerously powerful vampire, is awakening after centuries of slumber, with vengeance on his mind. And in the battle unfolding around them, everything is at risk—their lives, their loved ones, and a passionate eternity together . . .

I can't wait to see the cover.

Hope all is well with you and yours!

Sunday, October 04, 2020

 I received the cover for the book I am currently writing, which I love, love, love, especially the hero. I think I posted the beginning on a previous blog. I really hate to see this book end. I think it's going to be one of my all-time favorite stories and  heroes.

Here's the cover

The book will be available next year.

Hard to believe it's October already!!!!!

Hope all is well in your corner of the world.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

I hate needles

 Had to go have my annual blood test today. Not a pleasant experience. For one thing, they can never find my veins.  The vampire/nurse poked me in both arms and both hands before she finally found a vein....and then she said it was coming out a drop at a time! At least it was red.

Fires continue to consume California.

The weather remains HOT 

My Muse has taken a leave of absence.

I'm waiting for my cover artist to create a cover for the book I just finished, which I love. Hated to see it end, can't wait to see it published, although it won't be out until next year.

And the pandemic goes on............ 

Wishing you a wonderful day in spite of bad news everywhere you look.

Decided I'd post an old cover every now and then, or, in this case, three, since it's a series - Everlasting Kiss, Everlasting Desire, and Everlasting Embrace.


Keep smiling 💓

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Just hi

Just stopping by to say hi.  I love the book I recently finished. I love everything about it - the hero, the heroine, the setting - everything. Hated to see the book end. Of course, I have to read through it again before it's ready for publication, but I can't wait to get this one out there. No title yet.

It starts like this:

        Demetri stood atop the roof of the old manor house he called home. Located in the small village of Woodridge Township, it stood at the peak of a high plateau, overlooking the small seaside town below. All looked peaceful in the light of the midnight moon, but with his preternatural vision, he could see the footpads haunting the dark streets, the night guards patrolling the wealthier part of town, the drunks huddled in the alleys, bottles clutched like lovers to their chests, the light skirts plying their age-old trade along the wharf.

He frowned when he saw a young woman creeping down one of the back streets. She stopped frequently to glance over her shoulder. He rarely involved himself in mortal affairs, but he found himself wondering who she was running from, and why.

He leaned forward as a man wearing a black mask stepped out of the shadows and trailed the woman. The stalker caught up with the woman a block later. Catching her around the throat, he slammed her up against the side of a building.

Moonlight glinted off the knife in his hand.


Hope things are going well in your corner of the world and your world is filled with all your favorite people and things!

This is one of my favorite things !

Thursday, September 17, 2020

 Hi ~ Just wanted to post the cover for my upcoming book, DARK OF THE MOON. No pub date at the moment, but it should be out before the end of the year.

This is a book I started years ago and finally finished.

Next year, NIGHT'S ILLUSION, my last book in the Children of the Night series, will be published. I'm sure going to miss these characters.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

 Hi ~ So, California is on fire. Smoky skies overhead, air unhealthy.

Maybe our stupid governor and the legislature will decide it's time...well, far past time, to start taking better care of our forests - remove dead trees, etc., and stop blaming climate change for their ridiculous policies and total lack of leadership.

On a brighter note, I've started a new historical Western. It's been a long time since I've written one - the last being Find the Lightning. I've tried several times to write another one, but my Muse hasn't been in the mood. But, I've decided to try again. Keep your fingers crossed 😀

Available now ~

Stay safe out there.

Wednesday, September 02, 2020


 Hi ~ I can't believe I completely forgot about my blog. Not that I ever posted all that often. Of course, with this stupid virus playing havoc with our lives, there's not a lot to write about.

However, I do have a new book out, Enchant the Night. It was published last month.

My next book, Night's Illusion, will be published next August. It will most likely be the last book in my Children of the Night series. The hero in this one is Father Lanzoni, who has been a minor character in all the other books. I thought it was time he had a story, and a love, of his own.

I have a book coming out in the near future titled Dark of the Moon. It's a sequel to a book I wrote back back in 2008 titled Dead Perfect.

At the moment, I'm working on a new vampire book that I really love. 

I hope you're all staying safe.