October 19, 2013

Top 10 with Author Ashley Fontainne #Arkansas Author Spotlight

Award-winning and International bestselling author Ashley Fontainne is an avid reader of mostly the classics. Ashley became a fan of the written word in her youth, starting with the Nancy Drew mystery series. Stories that immerse the reader deep into the human psyche and the monsters that lurk within us are her favorite reads.

Her muse for penning the Eviscerating the Snake series was The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. Ashley's love for this book is what sparked her desire to write her debut novel, Accountable to None, the first book in the trilogy. With a modern setting to the tale, Ashley delves into just what lengths a person is willing to go when they seek personal justice for heinous acts perpetrated upon them. The second novel in the series, Zero Balance focuses on the cost and reciprocal cycle that obtaining revenge has on the seeker. For once the cycle starts, where does it end? How far will the tendrils of revenge expand? Adjusting Journal Entries answered that question: far and wide.

Her latest work, a short thriller entitled Number Seventy-Five, touches upon the sometimes dangerous world of online dating. Number Seventy-Five took home the BRONZE medal in fiction/suspense at the 2013 Readers' Favorite International Book Awards contest.

1. Guilty pleasure?
I am addicted to Reece’s Peanut Butter cups. It takes all my strength to stand at the checkout counter at any store and not grab one. Most of the time, I cave.  Then I savor the sweetness while walking back to my car. Whoever decided to mix chocolate and peanut butter was a complete and total genius.

2. 1 book you could read over and over?
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. It is my favorite book and the inspiration for my Eviscerating the Snake series. The trials and tribulations of Edmund Dantes fascinate me. His quest for revenge and the path he chooses to obtain it are amazing.

3. Fictional character you would love to spend the day with?
Bella from Twilight. I would do my best to convince her that (a) she was out of her mind and selfish with her choices in life; (b) she didn’t see, nor seem to care, how much pain her decisions caused others; (c) she was a fool for not picking Jacob. J

4. One thing you cannot leave the house without?
My cell phone. It is my other addiction.

5. Fav song/singer?
Goodness, there are too many to choose from. I listen to a wide variety of music depending upon my moods. For heavy metal, Metallica is my favorite. For old school soul, I love The Temptations. For 80’s hair bands, Motley Crue. I also love the older style funk of George Clinton and Rick James.

6. Hobby?
I am a flower freak and have a huge garden full of a wide variety of colors. I enjoy playing tennis with my husband and going out on the boat with family and friends during the summer.

7. Fav movie/actor and or/actress?
Sandra Bullock is my favorite female actress. I enjoy all of her movies. Anthony Hopkins is my favorite male lead. The man is incredible.

8. One place you would love to visit?
Tahiti. Before I die, I want to experience that tropical paradise.

9. Fav food?
Anything Italian!

10. Pet peeve?
I hate being late and try to always be on time. It drives me batty when someone tells me they will be somewhere at a particular time and then stroll in ten, fifteen, thirty minutes later.

And a bonus question...
11. who would you like to meet? (dead or alive?)

I would love to meet Alexandre Dumas and pick his brain about The Count of Monte Cristo.

What if the unspeakable happened to you? Would you fantasize about seeking personal vengeance? How far would you go...and how much would you sacrifice to hold those responsible that believe they are accountable to none?

Welcome to the prestigious accounting firm of Winscott & Associates. Welcome to Audra Tanner's personal hell. She had heard the rumors about her employer. The whispered secrets. But she had thrown herself into work to escape the pain of her miscarriage and demise of her marriage. Idealistic, she thought if she worked hard she would be rewarded. She thought wrong.

Savagely initiated into the brutal underbelly of the firm, Audra learns too late that the rumors are true. Now after five years of careful plotting, Audra is ready to push the wheels of justice in motion. Her goal of retribution has turned into an obsession and she will stop at nothing until everyone responsible pays. Will revenge set her free or is Audra's quest for personal justice only beginning?

Nine months ago, Audra Tanner exposed the hidden secrets locked away at the prestigious accounting firm of Winscott & Associates. No one escaped her wrath. And once the smoke had cleared, everyone watched as the diabolical Olin Kemper was led away in handcuffs. Now Audra's meticulous revenge has thrust her into the role of managing partner.

But the firm is struggling to survive amidst the turmoil and media attention surrounding the shocking arrest and upcoming murder trial of Olin. And Audra must face the fallout left from her explosive revenge while trying to heal and recover from the trauma of her past.

Audra thought she had ended the evil lurking within and that her revenge would set her free. Unfortunately, it's only the beginning. Because evil never dies, it only assumes a new form. Soon everyone at the firm will discover that no one is safe when you are dealing with a psychopath that has zero balance.

For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. But when it comes to human emotions, the reaction is never equal. No one understands this lesson better than the partners at the prestigious accounting firm of Winscott & Associates. Greed, power, money and sex left six people dead and four in the hospital.

Audra Tanner never realized how far and deep the ripple she created in her revenge pool would extend. Now as the dust settles on the explosion that rocked not only her life, but the lives of countless others, Audra must fight to gain control over her life.

Because others are out to end it.

Her first date could be her last...

Three years after the demise of her seventeen year marriage, Mandy Russell decides to jump back into the choppy waters of the dating world. With very little options available in her small town of Bainsville, Tennessee, Mandy lets her best friend Shawna persuade her into joining and online dating site.

Feeling she has met someone she can really connect with, Mandy decides it's time to meet face to face with her new suitor, unaware of his true plans for her. Dark, sinister plans that will test Mandy's physical strength, mental fortitude and will to survive.

Will Mandy prevail or will she become number seventy-five?

Karmen Moncrille's name has been known throughout the world since the age of sixteen when her first book shot to the top of the bestseller's list. Now everything she writes is an instant hit, and her legions of devoted fans eagerly await her next release. 

The mysterious Karmen always blamed debilitating panic attacks as the reason she avoided publicity and has become a recluse. Which is exactly what she wants the world to think. Only Karmen knows the truth behind her introverted nature. Terrified of being asked where her ideas come from, she fears being branded a raving lunatic. 

Now just a week before her twenty-third birthday, Karmen's world implodes. The madness that haunts her dreams spills over to her reality and she questions her sanity. Suddenly everything has changed and now the world will transform with her. Her last book will unleash the truth and alter mankind forever. 

Is Karmen's ability to write a gift or a curse? She's about to find out if her entire life is a lie. And why she was destined to write it.

Twitter: @AshleyFontainne

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