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review 2017-11-24 17:56
Skeletons in the Closet – Blood Loss by Ashley Fontainne @AshleyFontainne
Blood Loss - Ashley Fontainne,Lillian Hansen

Bloss Loss by Ashley Fontainne has one of those covers that makes me realize…I must go into the forest. I love covers with trees, forests, and woods, so this makes me want to enter another of Ashley’s fantastic stories, jumping and skipping down the trail. I must follow that path, no matter that I am alone and there is danger.


Ashley has been writing this series with her mother Lillian Hansen. It is the second Magnolia novel and it is based on a true story. You can see my review for the first story by following the Blood Ties link at the end of the post.


Cover and Interior book design by One of a Kind Covers


Blood Loss - A Magnolia Novel

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I am so happy to be back with some familiar friends and am looking for another mystery to solve. Blood Loss by Ashley Fontainne and her mother, Lillian Hansen, is the second Magnolia story, based on a true one, and I don’t want to miss a thing.


We pick up where Blood Ties ended, but I believe you can read this as a stand alone. If this is your first foray into the Magnolia series, I do recommend starting at the beginning.


The Magnolia has become Karina’s home. She and her mother inherited the home for the elderly and it seems like mysteries and danger arise from the house itself.


Karina’s nightmare awakens her, but it’s nice having her hunkie boyfriend at her side. Bo tells her the nightmares will pass.


“They’re all dead thanks to you, so that makes you the predator, not the prey.”


Karina is a strong, determined ex cop, as is her mother. They have put that behind them, but it’s a good thing they have those skills to draw on.


She’s tough, snarky and has a potty mouth. Pull a gun on her and she’ll blow your head off, but she has a big heart and guards it well.


Death by dick wouldn’t fly anyway, though it would be a memorable obituary for sure, going viral in hours. (Karina’s thoughts about Bo’s insatiable libido).


I laughed out loud when I read her version of the song You Don’t Own Me.


Karina has me cracking up throughout the pages and I love being inside her head.


It is that kind of writing that gives Ashley’s stories a fun and humorous bent and keeps me coming back for more. I think humor goes hand in hand with romance and mystery.


My first big surprise I never saw coming. No warning, but at least it’s all good.


“Like the Good Book says, the love of money is the root of all evil. And it’s a thick root that runs deep into bloodstained dirt.”


Government conspiracies? Never underestimate the power of greed. Some will stop at nothing. 


A home for old folks…not surprising there are skeletons in the closet and secrets hidden. In 1957 two women vanished without a trace and the game is afoot.


Karina misses the rush of the hunt, so when the mystery appears, she jumps on it, regardless of being warned off. It’s just not in her nature. She cannot resist the mystery and I know she will find danger.


I’m onto you Ashley. The second surprise is about Karina. I didn’t see this one either and I love when the author can surprise me. Ashley Fontainne has that ability, and so much more. She draws me into the story quickly and easily. The characters become my friends. I worry about them, want the best for them, and if I could climb into the pages of the book, I would help them. As it is, all I can do is read…


I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Blood Loss by Ashley Fontainne.


Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos 4 Stars


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Ashley Fontainne’s writing is so spectacular, I am always anticipating the next book I will read of hers. Here are my reviews…so far:



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review 2017-09-18 19:27
Marriage Made Me Do It
Marriage Made Me Do It - Ashley Fontainne

I have read this author's work before and I really love how she can pull you into a story I expected no different with this book.

Now I will say this the title, is what really made me want to read it. I mean marriage made you do what exactly? That screams pick me up and give me a read!

I will say this I read this book in one setting and found myself opening and closing my mouth like a goldfish needing water, and then laughing a few paragraphs later.

Roxy is your normal wife and mother yet she follows a handbook that you should just know as a housewife. Well she is done with that handbook and will be making her own rules. When she finds out her husband did not take their vows seriously she is not having that. She will deal with a lot yet her daughter will mean everything to her. She would do anything to protect her daughter even if that means holding secrets. I wasn't expecting to the end the way it did but I can say that Roxy loved her daughter with all of her soul. 

Roxy is a character that I couldn't help but love. Her attitude, the way she handled herself when she was sober was on point for me. I liked how she didn't back down no matter what was thrown her way.


I had quite a few quotes and things that had me laughing. 


"I don't need a man, anyway. I can achieve the same satisfaction with a vibrator and then stuff it into a drawer when finished. Easy-peasy and no fear of unwanted pregnancies of STDs."

"If I was a carpet muncher, I'd take you home with me and lick you dry."


Oh man if you like murder, laughter in the right spots, and a mother's love who is done doing the housewife job then pick this book up.

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review 2017-06-14 17:26
Tag Team Event Giveaway – Ruined Wings by Ashley Fontainne @AshleyFontainne
Ruined Wings - Ashley Fontainne

Ashley Fontainne is a master storyteller and I am not surprised that Ruined Wings, a novella, has been picked up for film.


You can get it free on Amazon.


OR, if you would like a couple of chances to win an audio version, check out the link below.



To me, this cover speaks of despair and hope and I love the black and white image done by One of a Kind Covers by Ashley Fontainne.


Ruined Wings

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Ashley Fontainne is a master storyteller and I am always on the lookout for another story from her.

Ruined Wings…I love that the cover shows the despair and hope that is contained between ‘the pages’. It makes me wonder which will prevail.



A lot was riding on the day for Callie, but something felt wrong to her. I knew something bad was coming and her life would be changed forever.


DRUGS…ADDICTION…whether legal or illegal drugs, addiction is addiction. The destruction it brings into a family is horrific. The loss of a loved one can make something you thought was so important, inconsequential.


I love Callie, a flawed, yet strong, focused, determined seventeen year old girl who cannot accept her loss…who can’t move on.


The descent into hell is slow, seductive, and I did not see it going down this way. I love that Ashley Fontainne can always pull a trick or two out of her hat to keep me on my toes.


This sad, and realistic tale reads like a true story.


Ashley’s writing will reach into your heart and gut, and rip them out! Ruined Wings reads like a true story.


Once you start, you won’t be able to stop reading. Unputdownable. Gut wrenching. Tragic, yet hopeful.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos 5 Stars


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review 2016-07-25 13:27
A Tag Team Giveaway Event – Suicide Lake by Ashley Fontainne @AshleyFontainne
Suicide Lake - Ashley Fontainne,Sara Morsey,RMSW Press

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Welcome to a Tag Team Tag Team Event & Giveaway!


This is where myself (Sherry at fundinmental) and Laura at fuonlyknew tag team authors and their books.


We share our reviews and giveaways, giving you two views and two chances to win!




I am a huge fan of Ashley Fontainne’s and I am always eagerly awaiting whatever she comes up with next. That being said…check out Suicide Lake and the fantastic giveaway at the end of the post.


What a vibrant and gorgeous cover by One of a Kind.


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Ashley Fontainne is a MUST READ bestselling author, to me, so…when Suicide Lake came up for grabs, I was all over it! I like a little romance with my murder, so Suicide Lake held all the must haves for me. Another hit not to be missed for all mystery/thriller readers.


Poor Renee.


Such a dark and dismal life. She has finally given up. As I read about her, I thought I might even be tempted to walk out on that beautiful dock, check out the heavily polluted water, think about all the suicides that have happened before…and dived in myself.

Ironic that a dead body would save her.


The small town must have a “dick” for a sheriff. Isn’t that mandatory? LOL


I get angry for her. It’s not like she doesn’t try. No education, bad situations and  bad choices can take control of our lives, don’t you think? I am very suspicious when she is offered a job at the mayor’s office.


Ashley Fontainne has a way of stringing me along, letting me become complacent, thinking all is good…then BAM…she kicks my teeth in… my heart beats faster and fear and suspense build to an almost unmanageable level. Her endings are the cherry on top of the sundae.


My only complaint…I am so spoiled by her novels that start with action at a fever pitch and go from beginning to end, fell a little flat in Suicide Lake. The first half of the novel seemed a bit slow and not up to her usual standards. Could this be me? Could it be my mood at the time of reading? Does that ever happen to you?


Doesn’t matter, Ashley Fontainne and Suicide Lake rocked and I expected no less.


I received a copy of Suicide Lake from Ashley Fontainne in return for an honest review.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos 4 STARS


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review 2016-04-06 15:46
Are you a Leader or One of the Herd – Tainted Reality @AshleyFontainne
Tainted Reality (The Rememdium Series Book 2) - Ashley Fontainne

Tainted Reality by Ashley Fontainne is the second book of The Rememdum Series. I have read Tainted Cure and loved it. You can see my review HERE.


The covers for this series blow my mind…almost as much as the story contained within the pages.


Covers: One of a Kind covers


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Tainted Reality by Ashley Fontainne is Book II of The Rememdum Series. The books need to be read in order and Tainted Reality picks up where Tainted Cure left off. This is one horror story that will have you wondering….could this really happen?


Everett Berning had found the cure for addiction, but the cure had become Tainted with a fatal result. Some preach the end of the world by global warming and nuclear detonation, but no one had anticipated this…Apocalypse.


Who will survive? Can they find a cure for the Tainted Cure or will this be a new world that mankind will have to learn to traverse?


I love this saying:  Courage is being afraid but doing it anyway.


“Normal” people’s actions will go above and beyond the horror that is worse than their wildest imagination could concoct. In a time of crises, people show what they are made of, their true character shines through.  Some are leaders, some are followers. Some are able to overcome their fears, others are cattle, either saved or lead to slaughter. Which are you?


And the government…What happens when it collapses? What happens when the leaders are dead or missing and presumed dead…communications nonexistent.


The world has ended, at least any world you would recognize. The dead come to life and they want YOU!


Executions, murder, slaughter…See who rises to the top, leads when in doubt, shoots to kill.


As a read along, I am always trying to put myself in the characters place. What would I do? Would I step up to the plate or collapse, paralyzed by terror. What would you do?


I felt for the characters as they struggled to survive. I felt their sorrow and determination. Is there anybody left who can figure out the answers?


Regina and Jesse, a mom and daughter, will step up in a big way. They stand out as exceptional characters to me and I had to mention them…specifically.


Ashley Fontainne’s books I have read are unique, fast paced and anything but predictable. I was a bit disappointed as I read along…because it is predictable. After all, how many variations can there be to a zombie story?


BUT, Ashley Fontainne’s fantastic writing of such bloody and gruesome savagery, with twists and turns of the plot, filled with love and sacrifice among the horror and conspiracy, makes the predictable work all too well. It’s a new world and the more I read, the more involved I become with the complex characters. Her writing is at such a high level that even the predictable is a cut above the rest.


Now…the wait begins for Tainted Future, Book III of The Rememdum Series.


I received a copy of Tainted Reality by Ashley Fontainne in return for an honest review.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos  5 Stars


Read more HERE.


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