Welcome to my world...
Ashley Fontainne - my words, my way.
Number Seventy-Five (a novella thriller)
Eviscerating the Snake trilogy:
Accountable to None - released in April 2011
Zero Balance - released February 1, 2012
Adjusting Journal Entries - released October 31, 2012
Eviscerating the Snake - The Complete Trilogy - released December 12, 2012
Poetry and Short Story Collection:
Ramblings of a Mad Southern Woman
Less than two years ago, the dream of seeing my words in print and in front of the eyes of thousands of readers was merely a mist covered vision. While my mind knew it was there, floating around in the darkest crevices, it was never a fully formed image.
Until April of 2011.
Now, with the generous assistance of fellow authors and new friends, my dream is a reality and I am able to actually say that not only am I an author, but one that has has written several bestselling novels! Those two words, previously only faint whispers during slumber, are now a part of my daily life...to say that I am thrilled is an understatement.
So, before I ramble on about my series, there are some people that deserve special thanks:
To all my fans..readers that took a chance on a self-
published author and read Accountable to None, Zero Balance, Adjusting Journal Entrires and Ramblings of a Mad Southern Woman. You are the heart and soul that drives me and I sincerely
Lindsay Ann Kendall, author: if it weren't for you,
I would not be where I am today. You, and your
wonderful YA novels, have a special place in my
Mel Berning, teacher, mentor and friend: You took
the bulb, watered it, and stood aside and let it grow.
My family and friends: Without the never ending
support from my husband, son, daughters and friends,
I would not have possessed the strength to chase this
dream. I love you all.
My earliest memories from childhood are of reading. Growing up as an only child, I found solace from the lonely times in books. I believe, at one time, I owned every Nancy Drew book available, and read them all numerous times. During those early years of my life, I became hooked into the world of mystery and suspense. I began to write poetry and short stories in high school, although I rarely shared my musings except to a few select friends and one lovely English teacher. It was a beautiful release for me to scribble down my thoughts in a journal, whether the words stemmed from joyous events or tragic ones.
As I grew, I discovered Stephen King, James Patterson, Robin Cook and John Grisham. I fell in love with all of their works, especially those of Stephen King. The way that gifted man strings words together is nothing short of amazing. By the time high school rolled around and I was introduced to classical literature, I was thoroughly addicted to the written word, especially thrillers that tugged at the heart strings.
Out of all the great classical texts that deal with revenge, the one that became a part of me, and what inspired me to pen Accountable to None, was The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. The physical and emotional pain suffered by Edmund Dantes left me an emotional wreck. His calculated plans against all those that used him as a pawn in their life-altering game fascinated me. Edmund's transformation from the meek, mild-mannered gentleman into a revenge-fueled creature is truly a dark glimpse into the ravaged remains of a ruined mind.
Revenge for injustices perpetrated upon us is a tightly interwoven thread of the human condition. Responding to immoral acts in a violent manner has been a part of society since the beginning of time. The only thing that has changed over the centuries is the means by which an avenger might seek to accomplish their redemptive plans.
Accountable to None was written as an homage to Dumas' masterpiece. Set in modern day Phoenix, Arizona, the book centers around the upper management of a large, successful accounting firm, Winscott & Associates. I chose to set the scene at an accounting firm since, according to the most incredible words ever put on paper, the Holy Bible, the love of money is the root of all evil. Corporate greed is showcased through the actions of those that run the company. The heroine suffers unimaginable pain and vows to seek revenge, which she ultimately achieves after years of plotting and planning.
I wanted to take the entire revenge motif to the next level in the sequels, Zero Balance and Adjusting Journal Entries. Sometimes, we tend to cheer and root for the avenging underdog, especially when they finally achieve their long awaited revenge. However, rarely are the after effects explored once the revenge is completed. My hope is that after reading these novels, someone contemplating vengeful acts upon another will give pause and reflect on the unfathomably high price of revenge.
I also am an avid reader and occasionally review books that pique my interest or showcase other authors on my blog, Ramblings of a Mad Southern Woman. As you might suspect, my favorite genre is suspense/mystery, but I do enjoy a great read in others as well. You will find all the reviews I have written on Amazon.com and Goodreads.com.
A sincere thank you for taking the time to stop by my page. Truly, it means the world to me.