Welcome to Mandy's Madhouse

Home of Parnormal Romance Author Amanda Ashley

May 2, 2007 - Imagine my surprise when someone called to tell me Ellen was reading an excerpt from Feather in the Wind

It was exciting to see a character on the TV show, Renegade, reading Beneath a Midnight Moon

It was fun to see my book, Midnight Pleasures, on CMT

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION


2015
Recipient of the 2014 Romantic Times Book Reviews award for Career Achievement in Paranormal Romance

2013
NIGHT’S MISTRESS
Best Paranormal
USA Book News Best Book Award

2012
BOUND BY BLOOD
1st Place
Heart of Excellence contest

2011
EVERLASTING DESIRE
1st Place
Laurel Wreath contest.

EVERLASTING KISS
1st Place
Heart of Excellence Contest

2010
IMMORTAL SINS
1st Place
Laurel Wreath Contest

2010
EVERLASTING DESIRE
1st Place
USA Book News Contest
For Best Romance

2004
CALLIE’S COWBOY
Voted Best Silhouette Romance
of 2004 by CataRomanceonline.

2003
MIDNIGHT EMBRACE
1st Place
Desert Rose Golden Quill
For Best Paranormal

2002
CHASE THE LIGHTNING
1st Place Aspen Gold Contest
Best Paranormal

2002
CHASE THE LIGHTNING
1st Place OCC Orange Rose Contest
Best Paranormal

2002
CHASE THE LIGHTNING
1st Place
Desert Rose Golden Quill
Best Paranormal

2002
AFTER TWILIGHT
1st Place
ARTemis Award
Best Cover

2001
AFTER TWILIGHT
1st Place
Best Paranormal Romance
LovesRomances.com

2001
AFTER TWILIGHT
1st Place
PEARL Award
Best Anthology

2000
UNFORGETTABLE
1st Place
Orange Rose Contest
Best Califonria Setting

1999
Romantic Times Career
Achievement Award
HISTORICAL STORYTELLER
OF THE YEAR

1995
THE SPIRIT PATH
Paperback Trader’s Romance
Readers Award
Voted Best Indian Historical
for the second time.

1994
LOVING DEVLIN
Voted Best Indian Historical
by the Puget Sound Romance Readers

1993
THE SPIRIT PATH
Paperback Trader’s Romance
Readers Award
Voted Best Indian Historical

1992
MIDNIGHT FIRE
1st Place
Colorado Romance Writers
Award of Excellence

1991
A WHISPER IN THE WIND won
1st Place
Affaire de Coeur’s
Golden Unicorn Award
for Best Time Travel

1988
RECKLESS HEART, RECKLESS LOVE,
and RECKLESS DESIRE
1st Place
Romantic Times Reviewers Choice
Award for Best Indian Series

2010

IMMORTAL SINS
1st Place Paranormal in
the Volusia Romance
Writers Laurel
Wreath contest

EVERLASTING DESIRE

Best Romance
USA Book News contest

2005
CALLIE’S COWBOY

2nd Place Smoky Mountain
Romance Writers contest

CALLIE'S COWBOY
Voted best Silhouette
Romance of 2004 by
CataRomance online.

2004
AFTER SUNDOWN

3rd place Oklahoma Windy City
Choice Awards contest

2003
MIDNIGHT EMBRACE

Winner of the
RWA Desert Rose
Golden Quill Award
for Best Paranormal

2002
CHASE THE LIGHTNING

Winner of the
OCC/​RWA Orange Rose
contest for Best
Paranormal

CHASE THE LIGHTNING
winner of the
RWA Desert Rose
Golden Quill Award
for Best Paranormal

CHASE THE LIGHTNING
winnter of the RWA
Heart of Denver
Aspen Gold contest

AFTER TWILIGHT
Received ARTemis Award
for best cover

2001
AFTER TWILIGHT

Voted Best Paranormal
Romance by the readers of
Loves Romances.com

AFTER TWILIGHT
Winner of the online
PEARL Award for
Best Anthology

AFTER TWILIGHT
2nd place in Dorothy
Parker Award of Excellence
Anthology category

2000
UNFORGETTABLE

winner of the Orange Rose
contest for Best
California setting

THE CAPTIVE
Romantic Times Reviewers’
Choice Award Finalist For
Best Futuristic Romance

Romantic Times Lifetime
Achievement Award Finalist
Historical New Reality

1999
Received
HISTORICAL STORYTELLER
OF THE YEAR
Award
from Romantic Times

JESSIE’S GIRL
is a reader recommendation
for the Sapphire Award

1998
A DARKER DREAM

finalist in the PRISM
Dark paranormal category.

A DARKER DREAM
finalist in the Phoenix
Desert Rose First Annual
Golden Quill Reader’s
ChoiceAward of Excellence

SHADES OF GRAY
nominated as a
Booksktores That Care
Best Book of ’98

SHADES OF GRAY
finalist in the National
Readers’ Choice Awards

1996
Romantic Times Career
Achievement Award Finalist
Western Historical Romance

1995
THE SPIRIT PATH

wins the Paperback Trader’s
Romance Readers Award for
Best Indian historical
for the second time.

I was voted one of
Affaire de Coeur’s
Top Ten Authors

Romantic Times Career
Achievement Award Finalist
Historical Storyteller of
the Year

1994
LOVING DEVLIN

wins Best Indian Historical
award from the Puget Sound
Romance Readers

1993
THE SPIRIT PATH

wins the Paperback Trader’s
Romance Readers Award for
Best Indian historical

Jarrett from WARRIOR’S LADY
receives a K.I.S.S. award from RT.

Romantic Times Reviewers’
Choice Certificate of Excellence
For uturistic Romance

1992
MIDNIGHT FIRE

wins the Colorado Romance
Writers Award of Excellence

Romantic Times Reviewers’
Choice Certificate of Excellence
For Western Romance

1991
WHISPER IN THE WIND

wins Affaire de Coeur’s
Golden Unicorn Award for
Best Time Travel

1988
RECKLESS HEART
RECKLESS LOVE
RECKLESS DESIRE

win Romantic Times
Reviewers Choice award
for Best Indian Series


A blank page is God’s way of showing you how hard it is to be God.
Author unknown

A room without a book is like a body without a soul.
Cicero

"There's nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein."
Red Smith

I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.
Douglas Adams

If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use reading it at all.
Oscar Wilde

The best part about writing is stopping.
Colin Walters

This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.
Dorothy Parker 1893-1967

"Lied? Of course, I lied. I'm a writer - I give the truth ... scope!"
Geoffrey Chaucer
"A Knight's Tale"


Being a writer means you have to do homework for the rest of your life.
Lawrence Kasdan

There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what
they are.
W. Somerset Maugham 1874-1965

Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards.
Robert Heinlein 1907-1988

If there’s a book you really want to read but it h asn’t been written yet, then you must write it.
Toni Morrison

Those who can, write; those who can't, write
reviews.
Woody Allen

I'm all in favor of keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of fools. Let's start with typewriters.
Solomon Short

The only thing I was fit for was to be a writer, and this notion rested solely on my suspicion that I would never be fit for real work, & that writing didn't require any.
Russell Baker 1925-

Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers.
T.S. Eliot 1888-1965

An author is a fool who, not content with boring those he lives with, insists on boring future generations.
Charles de Montesquieu 1689-1755

Writers should be read, but neither seen nor heard.
Daphne du Maurier 1907-1989

I am returning to you this otherwise good typing paper because someone has printed giberish all over it and put your name at the top.
Anonymous English Professor, Ohio University

A good many young writers make the mistake of enclosing a stamped, self-addressed envelope, big enough for the manuscript to come back in. This is too much of a temptation to the editor.
Ring Lardner

My books are water; those of the great geniuses are wine. Everybody drinks water.
Mark Twain

A critic is a virgin, who would teach Don Juan how to make love.
Tristan Bernard

Writing is an occupation in which you have to keep proving your talent to people who have none.
Jean Renard

AMANDA'S BOOKSHELF



IN THE WORKS

Excerpts from books I'm working on now, or have recently completed.

COMING SOON


AVAILABLE NOW

QUINN'S REVENGE
October 2016
Butterfly Kisses Press
Sequel to Quinn's Lady

TWILIGHT DREAMS
Sept. 2016
From Zebra Books
Book 2 in the Morgan Creek Series

Publishers Weekly said ~ “Ashley’s sequel to As Twilight Falls is a tender paranormal romance exploring love and family ties, and it’s tinged with intrigue and vengeance. After meeting in a southern California bar, grieving vampire Micah Ravenwood and vivacious, logical investment broker Holly Parrish revel in their mesmerizing attraction to each other. When Micah senses imminent danger from a revenge-seeking vampire, he whisks Holly to the ghost town of Morgan Creek, Wyo., putting their relationship in crisis: Holly’s world is turned upside down when she learns that Micah is a vampire, and she’s now the only human living with three vampires in the abandoned town. Heartfelt discussions regarding Holly’s mixed feelings about vampires (curiosity, fascination, revulsion), and Micah’s family troubles and lust for Holly, lead to a compromise that’s upended when Holly is kidnapped. The only way to save her may be to turn her. A cliff-hanger ending nicely sets up the next book.

QUINN'S LADY
June 2016
Sequel to Donovan's Woman
From Butterfly Kisses Press

DONOVAN'S WOMAN
Feb. 2016
From Butterfly Kisses Press

WARRIOR'S LADY
Originally published by Leisure Books 1993
Reissued June 2016
Butterfly Kisses Press

THE TALISMAN said,
WARRIOR’S LADY will keep the reader on the edge of her seat. It is a fast paced mystical romance that will call readers’ emotions to the surface, as you feel Jarrett’s pain, Leyla’s love and Rorke’s maniacal anger. With its colorful cast of characters, readers are sure to fall in love with WARRIOR’S LADY. It is very reminiscent of some of the beloved fairy tale classics that many of us grew up on.

MOONLIGHT
Originally Published with Sunlight by Leisure Books
Reissued by Butterfly Kisses Press March 2016

SUNLIGHT
Originally published with Moonlight by Leisure Books.
Reissued by Butterfly Kisses in July 2016

NIGHT'S SURRENDER
Book 7

Sept. 2015
Book #7 in the Night series
From Zebra Books

Publishers' Weekly said
“The enjoyable seventh book in Ashley’s Children of the Night series (after Night’s Promise) once again demonstrates her impressive talent for steady plotting, distinctive characters, and clever, inventive stories. The mix of romance and pulse-pounding vampire adventures makes for a fun and thrilling read from beginning to end.”

BEAUTY'S BEAST
Sept. 2014
From Zebra Books

RT Book Reviews said:
“In this lovely, sexy retelling of Beauty and the Beast, Ashley hits the mark. The mysterious change that the hero goes through and the depth of his curse will keep readers intrigued until the very last page. The relationship between the two main characters is set to a slow simmer and becomes more beautifully passionate as the story unfolds. When it comes to a sensual romance, Ashley never disappoints.”

NIGHT'S PROMISE
Book 6

Book #6 in the Night Series
February 2014
From Zebra Books

Fresh Fiction said ~
NIGHT'S PROMISE dives right into the heart of the story and holds you until the last thrilling word.

MAIDEN'S SONG
Dec. 2013
A Fairy Tale
From Rebecca J. Vickery Press

NIGHT'S MISTRESS
Book 5

August 2013
Book #5 in the Night Series
From Zebra Books

RT Book Reviews said:
"Ashley is a go-to-author for a classic vampire love story that’s never predictable. Night’s Mistress is the 5th in the series, but it can easily be read as a stand-alone. Fans have been waiting for Mara’s story and the wait was well worth it. She is the oldest vampire in this entertaining world and has a lot of story to tell. This is a true page-turner with the perfect combination of engaging characters, first-class world building, a dash of mystery, and a passionate romance."

MIDNIGHT AND MOONLIGHT
September 2013
From Rebecca J. Vickery Presss

AS TWILIGHT FALLS
June 2013
From Zebra Books
Book #1 in the Morgan Creek Series

USA Today said ~
Best-selling author Amanda Ashley's newest stand-alone novel is a hauntingly romantic new vampire story about a lost town, the vampires who inhabit it, and an innocent young woman who changes everything.

DESIRE THE NIGHT
September 2012
From Zebra Books

Romantic Times 4 ½ Top Pick
The amazing Ashley has done it again. She takes the classic premise of werewolves and vampires and creatues a page-turning success. Ashley is a splendid ‘go to’ author for a fabulous comfort read with enjoyable characters and a feel-good story. Desire the Night will definitely satisfy readers who love paranormal romance.

BENEATH A MIDNIGHT MOON
August 2012
From Zebra eBooks

Affaire de Coeur said ~
Beneath a Midnight Moon is one superb novel!"

HIS DARK EMBRACE
June 2012
From Zebra Books

Romantic Times Book Reviews said:
4 1/2 stars

"Ashley has a talent for making a class vampire story vibrant and contemporary as well as passionate. The characters are compelling, and you'll be hoping for their happily-ever-after, especially if it lasts forever. In a genre that has been overrun, Ashley keeps the classic vampire story uncomplicatged and a pleasure to read. Ashley's books are must-buys!"

SHADES OF GRAY
Orig. published by LoveSpell 2007
From Montlake 2011

Hariett Klausner said ~
Shades of Gray is one of the best vampire romances to come along in a long time.

BOUND BY BLOOD
October 2011
From Zebra Books
USA Today Bestseller

ROMANTIC TIMES 4 1/2 stars
TOP PICK

The second in Ashley's Bound series is every bit as delicious as its predecessor, Bound By Night. Although not an unusual storyline, it is so well written, and the characters so interesting, that the pages won't turn fast enough.


BOUND BY NIGHT
September 2011
From Zebra Books
NY TIMES BESTSELLER
USA TODAY Bestseller


ROMANTIC TIMES BOOK REVIEWS
4 1/2 Stars
TOP PICK

Bound by Night is absolutely everything a vampire romance should be. A classic tale with an old-world setting and love powerful enough to awake centuries of passion forgotten. Ashley skillfully creates a world both familiar and ancient, with characters you'll want to live happily ever after, especially if it lasts an eternity.

EVERLASTING DESIRE
October 2010
Sequel to Everlasting Kiss
From Zebra Books
USA Today Bestseller
1st Place Laurel Wreath Contest
USA Today Best Books Award for Best Romance

EVERLASTING KISS
Zebra Books
February 2010
From Zebra Books
NEW YORK TIMES Bestseller
USA TODAY Bestseller
Borders Books Bestseller


IMMORTAL SINS
October 2009
From Zebra Books
USA TODAY BESTSELLER
!st Place Best Paranormal Laurel Wreath Contest


Fresh Fiction said ~

IMMORTAL SINS is witty, fun and passionate. A perfect romance!

NIGHT'S PLEASURE
Book 4

February 2009
Book 4 in the Night Series
Zebra Books
USA TODAY Bestseller

Crystal said ~ Night’s Pleasure by Amanda Ashley is one of those books that you hold to your chest and deeply sigh once you’ve read those last few words of the Epilogue>

NIGHT'S MASTER
Book 3

October 2008
From Zebra Books
Book 3 in the Night Series
USA Today Bestseller

RT Book Reviews said ~

Ashley delivers another edgy yet sensitive story. With vivid, beautiful characters, plenty of action and a mix of vampires, were-creatures and vampire hunters, it's no surprise that readers keep begging for more.

DEAD PERFECT
Zebra Books
February 2008
Zebra Books
Borders Books Bestseller
Waldenbooks Bestseller


Reviewer AMANDA KILLGORE said,"Both poignant and at times, funny, this story once again affirms Ms. Ashley as truly adept at her craft. I love the concept of Ronan hiding behind Shannah to preserve his anonymity. This is a lovely, exciting tale you will fall in love with easily."


NIGHT'S TOUCH
Book 2

February 2007
From Zebra Books
Book 2 in the Night Series


DEAD SEXY
February 2007
Zebra Books
USA Today Bestseller
Waldenbooks Bestseller
New York Times Bestseller


Romantic Times Book Reviews said:
Ashley weaves a tale of eternal love between two unlikely beings – an ex-vampire hunter and a vampire master. Her novel is filled with page-turning delight and the perfect balance of paranormal and romance. In fact, the romance and horror make this novel extremely hard to put down. Two thumbs up for Ashley and yet another sure-to-be bestseller.


DESIRE AFTER DARK
Zebra Books
February 2006
Sequel to After Sundown
USA Today Bestseller
Waldenbooks Bestseller
Books-A-Million Bestseller


Publishers Weekly said:

This contemporary vampire romance may lack the violence, intensity and eroticism typical of the subgenre, but bestseller Ashley (After Sundown ) still delivers an exciting plot and a heroine who can kick ass with the best of them. A killer is draining green-eyed redheads of their blood in the Midwestern town of Pear Blossom Creek, and 22-year-old Victoria Cavendish knows she should be leery of mysterious men like Antonio Battista, who orders food he never eats at the diner where she waitresses, then disappears into thin air. In fact, Antonio is a 600-year-old vampire. While an obsessive, yellow-eyed vampire stalks Vicki and a vampire hunter remains convinced Antonio's the killer, the innocent smalltown girl and Antonio fall in love. Even if they can survive the danger, what will happen to their love? A ghost living in Antonio's isolated Spanish castle provides additional paranormal flair, and a secondary romance between the vampire hunter ready to retire his stake and Vicki's best friend round out the story.

NIGHT'S KISS
Book 1

February 2005
From Zebra Books
Book 1 in the Night Series


A WHISPER OF ETERNITY
February 2004
USA Today Bestseller
Waldenbooks Bestseller

AFTER SUNDOWN
Zebra Books
February 2003
Waldenbooks Bestseller

ROMANCE REVIEWS TODAY said:
Prepare yourself to enter Amanda Ashley's world of vampires, where sexy predators rule the night, and things are not always as they appear. I've heard fans describe Amanda Ashley's paranormal novels as the only vampire books they'll read. And while I love good books that feature vampires, I had never picked up one of hers until now. Now I'm kicking myself for letting this author go for so many years.


MIDNIGHT EMBRACE
Leisure Books
February 2002
USA Today Bestseller
Waldenbooks Bestseller


ROMANTIC TIMES BOOKCLUB said, Amanda Ashley draws her readers into a richly textured period piece with a gallant vampire that wants to do the right thing, but can't because of love.


A DARKER DREAM
Originally published by Leisure Books July 1997
Reissued by Montlake 2011

ROMANTIC TIMES said, Amanda Ashley is a masterful storyteller. This novel is so rich in sensuality and imagery that readers will be entranced by this haunting tale of a vampire who finds love too late and the woman who may save him from the darkness. This is one keeper to put alongside Maggie Shayne and Linda Lael Miller.

DEEPER THAN THE NIGHT
Originally published by Leisure Books August 1996
Reissued by Montake 2011

HARRIET KLAUSNER said DEEPER THAN THE NIGHT is an excellent vampire romance due to the successful mixing of research science, medicine, the supernatural, and Ayn Rand-like moral questions into an exciting story line. On top of Amanda Ashley’s terrific plot and great characterizations, curiosity will compel readers to desire a sequel starring the lead protagonists children. (America Online review)

ROMANTIC TIMES said, The very versatile Amanda Ashley does a wonderful job with this exciting, unusual twist on the vampire/alien myths. A fast-paced and fun-filled read!

EMBRACE THE NIGHT
Originally published by Leisure Books August 1995
Reissued by Montlake 2011

ROMANTIC TIMES said, Sensuous! Mesmerizing! Electrifying! Ms. Baker’s Amanda Ashley pseudonym makes a dazzling debut with a new vampire novel in the tradition of Maggie Shayne and Nancy Gideon. EMBRACE THE NIGHT is a heart-wrenching tale of a tortured hero who loves deeply and the one woman who is not afraid of the beast but adores the man within. This is a "must read" for all vampire romance fans.

AFFAIRE DE COEUR said, EMBRACE THE NIGHT is a fast-paced, delicious vampire romance filled with two fantastic lead protagonists. Amanda Ashley, who, as Madeline Baker, is noted for her thrilling western romances, successfully changes genres and shows that her work remains top rate in anything she does.

THE CAPTIVE
Originally published by Leisure Books Feb. 2000
Reissued Sept. 2016 by Butterfly Kisses Press


Romantic Times said 4 1/2 stars
Amanda Ashley triumps again! THE CAPTIVE is a thrilling, suspenseful futuristic tale. These star-crossed lovers find passion and adventure amid danger and betrayal.



THE MUSIC OF THE NIGHT
Paranormal Romance featuring the Phantom of the Opera
eBook

A reviewer said ~
I enjoyed the Phantom of the Opera. It is one of my favorites. I downloaded this book not knowing it was a part of a Vampire romance collection. I could not put my Kindle down. I had to finish! I truly enjoyed this short story. Best .99 cents I have spent! JoAnna Liming

MASQUERADE
Reviewed by Carolyn Christy
Jason Blackthorne is a very old vampire. For three hundred years, he has wandered the world alone. Now, he is very tired. Tired to exist only in the night. That is, until he sees a performance of Phantom of the Opera and Leanne. Her resemblance to his first and only love was uncanny, arousing forth emotions he had long thought dead. Dangerous emotions . . . Is Leanne strong enough to embrance the dark side of his existence or will the purity of her love free him for all eternity?????

SANDY'S ANGEL
Paranormal Romance
eBook

JESSIE'S GIRL
eBook

The back cover copy says ~
A once in a lifetime trip to Graceland and then on to Vegas is a dream come true for Kathy Browne. She stumbles upon a remarkable Elvis impersonator and is drawn to his show night after night. Then a miracle happens and he notices her, approaches her, and asks her out. Amazingly she wins a jackpot allowing her to extend her stay; but something isn't quite right. Is Jessie too good to be true?

STROKE OF MIDNIGHT
A Romance Review.com said:
Amanda Ashley's Born of the Night is the second novella in this anthology. In this shapeshifter story in a fantasy setting, the heroine, Lady Shanara Montiori, is captured and held hostage by her father's enemy, Lord Reyes. Reyes' father had been betrayed and murdered by Shanara's father and he seeks vengeance. When it becomes obvious that bodily harming her is out of the question, he realizes that his best vengeance will be to marry Shanara. This sweet story almost read like a fairy tale. It has a dark and brooding hero, a kind-hearted heroine, and a nicely paced story that had me eagerly turning every page.

MIDNIGHT PLEASURES
ROMANTIC TIMES said, Madeline Baker is always a pleasure to read! FIRST LOVE, WILD LOVE is a heartrending story of a forbidden love. Brianna loves Shunkaha in spite of the hatred and war between their people. This novel is more than a love story. It is a vivid portrait and a tribute to the bravery of the Lakota, written with warmth and a stark realism that marks all of Ms. Baker’s Indian romances.

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