by Betty Dravis
As previously announced, Barbara Watkins and I offered a $50 Amazon gift certificate in a drawing from the commenters of our first post about our latest book SIX-PACK OF BLOOD.
AND THE WINNER IS (drum roll...)... ASHLEY FONTTAINE, best-selling author of EVISCERATING THE SNAKE series. As expected, she scurried over to Amazon and is downloading books while I type. :-) And as further expected, she downloaded my 1106 GRAND BOULEVARD and Barbara Watkins's AWAKEN SPIRIT! Now this is one MAD SOUTHERN WOMAN who knows how to pay it forward...in more ways than one: Ashley is forever promoting and helping other authors. Thanks so much, our Arkansas friend.
More kudos are due for this prolific author because she just came out with her third book: RAMBLINGS OF A MAD SOUTHERN WOMAN. It's an eclectic mix of poems and short stories, fiction and nonfiction that will tug your heartstrings. For such a young woman, she has a vast experience of life situations, and as with most of us, some are good, some are bad. There is something in this book for everyone; from dark short horror stories and poetry to inspiring ones in both areas. I particularly enjoy the powerful writing about her father and her husband. But she will blow you away with her imagination as she delves into horror.
To keep the drawing honest, I asked my granddaughter Michelle Dravis Gocke to have my adorable grerat-grandson Devon to select the winner from the papers containing names of all commenters in the previous blog about the launch of SIX-PACK OF BLOOD. Here's the link to Devon doing the honors: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=2133512832964
Thanks, Ashley, for giving me the privilege of writing the Foreword for this bittersweet book; I learned more about you in its pages. Best of luck with all your writings. You're off too an awesome start since your first book made it to #1 on the Kindle charts. Keep writing... Your fans are waiting!
This is what the very talented Florida author Yvonne Mason wrote in her review: Ashley Fontainne has crawled into the mind of most women who have ever been loved - cheated on and left. She has crawled into our deepest closets and pulled out all the skeletons that reside there. From the very first poem to the last short story page Ms. Fontainne delves into the heart and souls of human nature. There is a fine line between love and hate and Ms. Fontainne straddles it like a high wire act.
But, through it all she maintains her faith in her God, her family and her self.
She has put on paper what most of us feel at one time or another but are just to frightened to admit it.
A Five star read for sure.