For the past four years, my boys have run a food drive during the holidays. They collected over $500 in donations as well as over 500 pounds of food. This year, with my oldest away at college, we've decided to request monetary donations only. 


Donating is simple. Just click on the above graphic and:

1. choose your donation amount

2. choose your method of payment

3. choose 5th Annual Madden Family Food Drive in the donation designated dropdown 







Simple. 

The FoodBank of Ocean and Monmouth Counties distributes more than 10 million meals annually through a network of over 300 feeding programs.  But hunger in Monmouth and Ocean Counties is no longer a crisis that can be remedied with emergency food alone. That’s why the FoodBank works toward long-term solutions to the chronic problem of food insecurity. For every $5 donated, the FoodBank can distribute $30 worth of food. 

​Find out more at www.foodbankmoc.org. 

Thank you so much from The Madden Family.
​xoxo

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October 26, 2014 ~ My nerves !

On the eve of Backstage's release, I can honestly say I have never been this nervous to release a book as I am right now. It should get easier with each book release, right? By now, I should be a pro at containing the nerves that hit full force on release day. Nope. I am more nervous than I've ever been. The reason? Mr. Trey-fckn-Taylor.  With previous books in the series, my readers connected with Jack and Leila and waited anxiously for their story to unfold. But, I've never had the reaction toward a character as I've had toward Trey. Expectations are extremely high. I hope I've done him justice. I hope his fans are happy with his story, and how it unfolds in Backstage. For that reason alone, I am terrified. So, while I sit here and wait for Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords to do their thing, I'll be biting my nails and pacing the floor, maybe even having a glass or two of wine, to corral my nerves. 


Enjoy Backstage and I'd love to hear from you once you've read it. 

xoxo

A.M. 
















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October 3, 2014 - TREY TAYLOR DAY.

Have you seen my cover for Backstage? Meet Mr. Trey Taylor aka Andy Glass and his lovely girlfriend Ashley Patchak. Andy is the bass guitarist of the band, We Came As Romans. Cover design by Lindee Robinson Photography. Lindee captured Andy and Ashley perfectly for my cover. I'm super excited about this one. It's my first cover with live models. I couldn't have chosen a better couple to grace my cover. Backstage will be releasing two weeks early, new date Oct. 27th. Be sure to add Backstage to your TBR's. I can't wait for you all to ready Trey's story and learn what makes him who he is.


Synopsis:

Trey Taylor was loving life. Bass player to the world famous rock band Devil’s Lair, chicks falling to their knees at every turn, no one to be held accountable to for his actions…life rocked.
He had all he needed, food to sustain his body, sex to sustain his libido, rock to sustain his soul. For years he walked to the beat of his own drum, and made no excuses to anyone. Running and hiding can temporarily distract your fate, but it won’t derail it. Fate was coming for him, whether he liked it or not.
​ His past was gaining ground and threatening all the secrets he desperately tried to hide. His present was slowing him down, making him feel emotions he buried years ago. The two are about to collide. Will Trey survive the impact?


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September 21, 2014 ~ A.M. Madden

I've been absent. Well, not really, I've been in my cave furiously writing Trey's story. But, I have been absent in other ways. Housework, making dinners, sports functions, social media, etc., etc. 


The good news is, I'm almost done with Backstage. It's cover will be revealed on Oct 3rd. I will publish it on Oct 27th. The reaction I've received to Trey Taylor is amazing. He's adored. This a**hole is loved by all who have met him so far. Deep down, there is a heart inside that tat'd up, hard, rocker body. 


I hope you all enjoy his story, and I hope I do him justice. 

Back to Trey. 

xoxo


A.M. 


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July 29, 2014 ~ A.M. Madden

Signings... 

As a reader, I've always wanted to go to them. To have the opportunity to meet your favorite authors, have them sign your book or swag for all of prosperity? The thought gave me chills. This past month, I not only had my first signing as an author, I also had my first signing as a reader. 

I attended the Southern Girls Author Event in Greenville, NC. I was extremely nervous, not having any clue what to expect. I was also extremely excited to meet some other authors for the first time that I have become very good friends with and some I have admired from afar. It was one of the best experiences in my life. I couldn't wrap my brain around the fact that people were there to see me. Well, they were there to see others also, but to have readers come to my table, request pictures, get excited over the swag I was offering, was all very humbling. Why me? 


Two weeks later, I was able to attend The Occassionalist NY Author Event. This was my first event as a reader. Still being on a high from Southern Girls, it was very educational to now be in a room filled with many of my favorite authors. I was able to meet, chat with, and take pictures with S.C. Stephens, Samantha Towle, J. Sterling, K. Bromberg, just to hame a few. I adore these women and the books they wrote. I was among romance author royalty and I couldn't wipe the smile off of my face. 


I just discovered this morning, that one of my future signings will also feature a few of my favs as well. I'll be sitting in a room with so many awesome women that I have followed for years. So two of my worlds are now colliding. My reader world will be colliding with my author world. I'm very comfortable with the the fan-girl role. The girl who comes close to making a fool out of herself because she is standing in front of the women who brought her Kellan Kyle or Jake Wethers or Colton Donovan or Jack F'n Carter. I'm still not comfortable with the author role. The girl who wrote three little books about a sexy rock star named Jack Lair and all his friends and can't believe that people actually know who they are and love them.


Crazy, right? I can't tell you how much I appreciate every single event, milestone, or accomplishment so far. Most importantly, I appreciate you all for getting me here. 

xo

A.M.


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July 10, 2014 ~ A.M. Madden 

Pinch me, am I dreaming?
The Self-publishing world’s benefits to an unknown author.
by A.M. Madden For EconomyDecoded.com
June 5, 2014
Let me tell you a story. Let’s rewind back to just one year ago. A middle-aged wife, mother, and full time employee for a retail company was almost finished writing her first book. For six months, she would come home after a full day at work, quickly make dinner for her family, and sit with her face buried in her laptop, trying to write a few paragraphs before her bedtime hour crept up on her. Her goal? She didn’t have one.

She just knew she had to get this story out of her head, and onto paper. At the time she thought, maybe a few friends, maybe her family would read this book she desperately needed to write, and hopefully enjoy the story she desperately needed to tell. She finished her project and passed it on to said friends and family. What happened next, changed her life. Ironically, she was laid off from a job she held for over twenty years. She researched the world of self-publishing, not knowing all that she would learn would pave the way to a new career. She was scared, nervous and proceeded to freak out over her predicament. Her little project suddenly became so much more than what she originally had planned. She took a leap of faith, and is now about to publish her third book in a series that has reached Amazon Best Selling status in the Romance genre. Dream or reality? Reality.

The above is my story. What has happened this past year has been a surreal, crazy, mind-blowing experience. I pinch myself daily to remind myself that it is indeed my reality. I’ve always enjoyed writing, and ten years ago attempted to write a children’s book. At the time, self-publishing wasn’t what it is today. I went to my local bookstore, picked up several “how to get published” books, began reading them and developed a pounding headache. I then boxed them all up and nixed the entire idea. Frankly, I didn’t have time to follow all, and when I say all I mean the dozens of steps that is necessary to try to get just noticed and then hope to be published. There was too much left to chance, luck, and I am a very impatient person. Those who know me know my life motto is “Things happen for a reason.”

The literary world was not prepared for me yet. I needed to wait. I didn’t know that at the time, nor would I want to hear it, but I did need to wait. By waiting, the self-publishing world exploded, and became just the vehicle this unknown, inexperienced writer needed to be able to follow her dream. By waiting, I was able to write a story I felt passionate about, self-publish it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords, and watch it slowly and steadily get noticed. Many have approached me regarding the phenomenon that is now known as self-publishing. With the birth of the eReader, authors such as myself are able to write their stories, and control what selling vehicles they would like to utilize.

The process is fairly easy, very user friendly, and proven to be successful. What more can a newbie, unheard-of, inspiring author like me want? Of course, social media plays a huge part in the process. I personally feel, that getting your book noticed is much harder than actually writing the book. I depended on my teenage boys to tutor me on the basics of Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. I’m not famous by any means, but I have a fan base now, and it’s growing daily. For self-publishing purposes, social media is an absolute necessity to develop a following, but that’s a whole other discussion. There are several negatives when deciding on self-publishing, although I feel the benefits far outweigh them. Knowing them, and accepting them is necessary to keep your eye on your goal.  

Costs accrued for book covers, editing, and swag can put a serious dent in a non-existent budget. Piracy, eBook returns, negative reviews, are also daunting challenges every author faces. Learning how to properly handle them can be tiresome and difficult, and for me it is a never-ending challenge. For the record, I struggle with these realities daily.

Regardless, I still feel it is worth the leap of faith to put your work, your words, your heart and soul out into publishing cyber-space. Because, when you get that email, message or text that someone read your book and wish your main character were real, or they desperately want to know more about a secondary character through his own book, or they will read any future books you publish because they fell in love with your writing style? Well then, as a writer your goal has been met. Anything else that comes is all frosting.
A.M. Madden
Author of The Back-Up Series(Back-Up, Front & Center, and Encore)


xoxo

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May 30, 2014 ~ A.M. Madden

I've been sitting on this post for a few days, debating on whether I should actually post it or not. I've decided this needs to be said. I want to preface this "rant" with the words, "I am not a writer by training." I am a reader. Just like millions of others, I love to get lost in a good book…specifically a good romance. I've read many other genre's in my lifetime, but romance is where I belong as a reader and a writer.That being said, I've proven anyone can write a book. I have met many wonderful authors who are no different than me, and am proud to be part of the indie self-published community. When I started Back-Up, I set out to write a good story that my readers could become absorbed by, that they could get to know my characters and actually like them as people, and that they could walk away feeling they're glad they invested the time to read the book. That was my one and only goal. Anything that comes with that, is all frosting. I've been fortunate enough to have many of you love and enjoy the two books I've published in The Back-Up Series. With book 3 arriving in a few weeks, I hope I meet your expectations for where the storyline proceeds. I appreciate each and every review. Compared to copies sold, a very small percentage of readers do indeed leave a review. Even if it's one sentence, it's extremely important to us self-published indie authors. So thank you for taking the time to do so.Thankfully, most have been inspiring, and supportive, and complimentary. I have had my share of critical and nasty. That's fine, everyone is entitled to their opinion. It took me a long time to be able to read them subjectively, and instead of being torn apart by them, to walk away having learned something. Believe me, it's a daily effort and I constantly struggle with doing so. But, I do not regret writing Back-Up, or releasing it as is. Just like a loved one, it may have it's flaws, and it may not be perfect, but it's mine and I'm proud of every word. So for those of you who can't wait to pick apart my book, and point out all the issues you've had with it, knock yourselves out. Maybe, you are all in the wrong profession, and should write your own books. Maybe, you belong in classical literature and not in the romance genre, where the books are raw, and real, and honest, and most of all entertaining.I've grown as a writer, and I know I will continue to grow with each book I publish. So for all of you who can't wait to leave your reviews from your high horses, bring it. You may never see these words, and they may be written for naught, but I needed to say them regardless. For all of you who have enjoyed the journey of Jack, Leila and their friends, my goal has been met. Thank you for your support, for accepting my flaws, and embracing me anyway.

xoxo
​AM


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May 10, 2014 ~ A.M. Madden

Time is flying by. It's Mother's Day. It was just Christmas. I want to wish all you wonderful mothers a very happy Mother's Day. I hope you all find the time to enjoy your families, relax, and do something for yourselves. I've given myself a very awesome gift. I finished Encore, sent it off to my Beta-readers, (who so far are loving it), and now I get to sit back and relax for a few days. Things are moving along and June 16th will be here before I know it. In the meantime, I'm excited to be wrapping up my debut series. It's been such an awesome experience. It's also very bittersweet. I've fallen in love with Jack, Leila and every single character in my books. I'm having a hard time with the reality of it being over. True, I'll be writing a fourth book called Backstage, featuring the very mysterious Trey Taylor...but I'm not sure I can put Jack and Leila away just yet. So never say never, and who knows, they may surface again in the future. 


Happy Mother's Day to all,

xoxo

AM

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May 1st, 2014 ~ A.M. Madden

It's here. The cover reveal for Encore has arrived. I had my reveal party last night and it was an awesome time. My fellow author friends had my fans engaged and participating. Once my band Devil's Lair arrived, all hell broke loose. I had such a great time, and can't wait to get Encore out there for you. Release date has been announced and it will be published on 

June 16, 2014.  For everyone who came out to support me last night, I truly appreciate it. You guys never cease to amaze me and I'm tremendously grateful.


xoxo

A.M

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April 23, 2014 ~ A.M. Madden

Back to reality. Vacation is over, kids are back to school, and mom is back in her cave. Time is going by way too fast and I'm starting to get panicky with my June deadline looming above my head. My cover reveal for Encore is on May 1st. Be sure to stop by here, or my Facebook page to see what it looks like. It's a little different than Back-Up and Front & Center, but it fits the vibe of Encore perfectly. Encore is meant to be a "where are they now" recap of all the characters. It ties the series up nicely in with a neat little bow. I've made nice progress on Encore and will be writing my @$& off for the next few weeks. Just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Spring. For those who live in colder climates, like myself, I'm sure you are anxious for the nicer weather to finally arrive. 


Be happy.

xo

A.M

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March 24, 2014 ~ A.M. Madden

It's been a few weeks since my last entry. I've been furiously working on Encore. At 35%, I still have a long way to go, but it's been fun for me so far. This book has been a different writing experience.  My characters are controlling this ship, and it's been a blast to sit back and see where they are taking it. With Back-Up and Front & Center, I had an outline, a game plan. Encore is a completely different experience. While writing it, one of my characters is becoming more demanding. His fans are as well. Because of it, I've decided to tell Trey Taylor's story in a future book called Back Stage. I don't have a timeframe on when his story will be written, but it's been taking up a huge part of my thoughts, and I do need to share it with you all. Since my last post, Jack Lair has also become more of a "rock star" in the social media world. Jack now has his own Facebook page and Twitter account. The Devil's Lair Groupies are growing in spades. We started out as a small group of readers who loved the books, and were so supportive. It's now become an awesome group of fans at almost a hundred strong, and growing every day. If you'd like to be a Devil's Lair Groupie, there is just two requirements. You had to have read both books, and had to have left reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. If you are interested, please email me on the contact page of this site.


So to say I've lost control of this series to my characters is an understatement...and I wouldn't want it any other way.


xo

A.M

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​​March 7, 2014 ~ A.M. Madden

Happy Saturday, everyone. I've been crazy busy, in a good way. I can't believe we are in March, and my June release date for Encore is only 3 months away. I'm starting to panic a bit, but I'll do whatever I need to get it done. In the meantime, I wanted to thank you all for your support, again. You guys rock and I am so grateful to each and every one who's reached out to me, shot me a message, or commented on a post. It means so much to me. So, no matter how busy I am, I want the comments and messages and emails to keep coming. It's one of the reasons I am doing this, and I never want that part to end.


Ok, time to get back to writing. 

xo

A.M.

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February 18, 2014 ~ A.M. Madden

I had my radio interview tonight on Romance is on the Air. It went well. It was great hearing from some of my fans, and family. It just strengthened my beliefs that I have the best fans on Facebook. In these few short months, you guys have been extremely supportive, passionate, and loyal towards me and my books. Loyal towards my characters. You protect them and pimp them and promote them as if they were flesh and blood. 


I love hearing from you when you send me a note or a post, just to tell me how much you loved Back-Up and Front & Center. It's overwhelming to know you all have my back, and are becoming great friends. 


So thank you, all of you. There are way to many to mention. You all know who you are. Those of you who I chat with often. Those of you who post on my page and make me laugh out loud daily. Those of you who make the hottest, steamiest, most romantic teasers I've ever seen. Those of you who help me because I am so technically-challenged. Those of you who have voiced how much they love my books through messages and reviews. I wish I could meet each and every one of you. Hopefully one day I can. But until then, please know I adore you and appreciate you. 


Thank you.

xoxo

A.M. Madden






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