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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?
What People Are Saying About Accountable To None…
…I truly enjoyed it and recommend it to all who enjoy a fast, intriguing and entertaining story with a little mystery thrown in for good measure.” – Midwest Book Reviews Senior Reviewer and author Joan A. Adamak
…you are grabbed hook, line and sinker into the story as the book becomes an almost compulsive read.” – Charlotte Foreman, reviewer for BestChickLit.com
“… this is now one of my favorite books of all time… even after you finish, it doesn’t let go. It stays with you.” – author Lindsay Anne Kendal
…I’m exhausted. I could not put this book down. It gripped me from the very beginning and the intensity level just kept building and building…an AMAZING READ!” – author Sandy L. Wolters
Thank you for joining us today, Ashley! We’re excited to have you here with us. Let’s talk about you and the re-release of your novel Accountable to None.
Accountable To None has a brand new look. What made you decide to update this already bestselling novel and who designed it for you?
The publishing world was, and still is at times, completely foreign to me. I sort of stumbled in, blind to all the subtle nuances and intricacies that it entails. Branding, tagging, click this, click that and all the sites to promote your work and how to promote it overwhelmed me (and still does at times). This is the bane of being an Indie writer because everything falls upon your shoulders.
I liken the change to trading in an older Corvette for a newer model. The design is sleeker, the paint shinier and the new car smell stronger but underneath it all, the same vibrant engine still roars. Although I loved the previous cover design, once I was introduced to the fabulous team at Blue Harvest Creative, I knew it was time for some new exterior ‘paint’ and a luxurious interior.
Who is your favorite character in Accountable To None and why?
Although she is a minor character in the story, it is Mrs. Milligan. She is an elderly woman Audra meets during the course of the story and is drawn to her kind heart and gentle soul. Mrs. Milligan has suffered tremendous heartache and pain for over three decades that no parent should ever have to endure. She learned to let go, forgive and accept the tragedies in her life with grace and dignity, and attempts to pass her hard earned life lessons on to Audra.
Where did you get the inspiration to write Accountable To None?
My muse for penning this series was The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. The revenge on all those who hurt and betrayed Edmond Dantes and the incredible rollercoaster ride his journey takes you on intrigued me. My love for this book is what sparked my desire to write Accountable to None. With a modern setting to the tale, I wanted to delve into just what lengths a person is willing to go to as they attempt to seek justice on their own 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 answers that question: far and wide.
Is there a favorite scene in Accountable To None that you’d like to share?
Yes, this scene took me quite a while to write because I couldn’t see through the tears. It was very emotional for me.
As they walked about midway through the field, Mrs. Milligan stopped by the large dogwood tree that stood proudly alone, its twisted branches seemingly reaching out to them. Mrs. Milligan closed her eyes and whispered something to the sky, too faint for Audra to make out, then kissed the top of the urn, handing it to Audra.
“Had it not been for you, my baby girl’s killer would never have been brought to justice. For that, we both will eternally be grateful to you. My daughter has been gone for over 30 years, but you, my dear, still remain a part of this world. My prayer for you is that as you scatter her ashes here in this place of rest, that you release your anger and pain along with them into the wind and begin your life anew, free of the sorrow that has ensnared your soul. Gina’s killer had the power over her life and he snatched it from her; don’t give him the same power over yours.”
Accountable To None is the first book in your trilogy. What can we expect in the second book Zero Balance?
Zero Balance begins nine months after the first book. One major change is that I switched from third person to first person in the narration, but also added each character narrating in first person. The book is fast paced and full of twists and turns, and I wanted the reader to feel like they were inside the mind of each character.
Audra is working on rebuilding her life and learning to cope with her numerous issues held over from Accountable to None. Unfortunately, she soon finds out that revenge is a cycle that never ends, and each round becomes deadlier than the first.
When will the final book Adjusting Journal Entries be available and what will that story tell us?
The book is finished and in the hands of my incredible editor. We are shooting for a release in October 2012. Audra finds out, as well as other characters in the story, that when you unleash anger and rage toward others, you will reap the same in return.
Your titles are all unique and interesting. How did you come up with them for the series?
Thank you for the compliment! There are numerous novels that use the backdrop of a law firm for the corporate setting and lawyers are often portrayed as greedy snakes. I wanted this series to be different, so I opted to set the action in an accounting firm. What better backdrop to showcase the greed and love for money better than an organization that’s sole purpose is to find ways to make more?
When I finished the opening prologue in the last sentence reads: “She wasn’t quite sure yet how she would do it, but she would change every single one of them from being accountable to none to accountable to all.”
And I knew that would be my title because the majority of the central characters in the series felt like they were above the law and free to continue in their debauchery.
Several times in the story, Audra refers to her rapist, as well as the other partners, as snakes. And since she has spent the previous five years gathering information to take them all down and hold them accountable for their actions, the series title was born.
Thank you so much for having me on your blog. I had a lot of fun and I hope everyone enjoys the free eBook and enters the contest.
Be sure to check out Accountable to None and make sure to stop by and say hello to the lovely and talented Ashley Fontainne.
About Ashley Fontainne
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 this series was The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas. The revenge on all those who hurt and betrayed Edmond Dantes and the incredible rollercoaster ride his journey takes you on intrigued her. 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 Eviscerating the Snake. With a modern setting to the tale, Ashley delves into the 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, the third in the series, answers that question: far and wide.
Born and raised in California, Ashley now calls Arkansas home with her husband and four children. She also enjoys writing poetry and short stories and recently published Ramblings of a Mad Southern Woman: A Collection of Short Stories and Poetry on Life, Love, Loss and Longing, which is available on Amazon. Ashley is also a supporter of the Joyful Heart Foundation that assists victims of violent crime seeking help and healing, and donates 10% of all yearly book sales to the cause.