Guest Fox, Amanda Fulwell

Welcome to Hound Day, Amanda

By Jeff Salter

It’s only because of my failing memory that I cannot tell y’all exactly when I first met Amanda Fulwell – writing as A.R. Conti Fulwell – but I’m certain it was somewhere in the author group at Clean Reads Publishing, where we both share titles.

And just a few weeks ago, Amanda was looking for a blog (to guest on) right at the point that I was trying to fill a slot in my Hound Day schedule… so I hurriedly signed her up before she could say no.

For today’s Guest Fox, I decided to feature an excerpt from her first novel instead of my usual interview questions. Take a look:



Lina d’Orsini wants nothing more than to paint until her heart is content. Enthralled by the world of art, she does not complain when treated as a servant in her own house by her would-be stepmother. When her friend, Sofia, whisks her away to a ball at the Florentine palace for Lina’s eighteenth birthday, Lina ends up with a lot more than just a dance.

Lorenzo de Medici is tormented by his uncertain future as his family dynasty is constantly threatened by outside forces. When he meets Lina, she gives him the courage to move be-yond his haunting past. Will the two be able to fight the forces working against them and have a future together? With Lina’s life at stake, they must find a way to forgive, but never forget.


A.R. Conti Fulwell


Bio Blurb

A.R. Conti Fulwell holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Malone University and a master’s degree in Education from Walsh University. Her storytelling journey began many years ago when her mother showed her the magic of rewriting fairytales. She claims it is the cure for insomnia, or at least it was for her. Influenced by the greats – Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, T. S. Eliot, and F. Scott Fitzgerald – Amanda resides near Canton, Ohio, and can usually be found curled up with a book, a pen and paper, or behind a camera shooting a short film.

Excerpt from “An Angel in the Distance

Pierro spotted me, and he knows I am here. Fear bubbled through her veins like hot oil. She felt her face flush but hoped that no one else had noticed. She glanced up at Lore.

“Are you all right?” he whispered.

Lina gazed into his eyes. “Why do you ask?” She glanced down, trying to hide her gaze for fear he could read it.

“My Lady, you’re letting me lead you. You don’t seem like someone who is easily led.”

Now is not the time for nonsense! Lina thought to herself. “I’m afraid, Lore, that the problems that you sense are too grave and incessant in nature for me to explain in the course of one dance.”

He beamed. “This is the longest dance of the evening, and who says we must part at the end?”

Lina could not help but smile. Lore was charming. That was something she could openly admit, but his ability to read her emotions better than she could was almost alarming.

“I suppose it would be best if we did not part. I will have no one to disagree with otherwise,” Lina said, smiling.

“Well then,” he said, “let us continue.”

As the song played, Lina noticed the mass of people surrounding them. Blending in became rather easy in a room full of people. Lina sighed with relief, knowing she was practically invisible.

“May I ask,” Lore began, “if your troubles have anything to do with that gentleman?”

Lina stiffened. “Which gentleman?”

“The one in the balcony who has been glaring at you for the last three dances,” Lore explained. “He seems almost jealous.”

Lina glanced up at the balcony and quickly averted her eyes to the ground. Fear washed over her like a waterfall. “Yes, you may be correct.”

“Why does he glare at you so?”

“He wishes for something that he can never have,” Lina said, staring at the floor. “I fear I may pay the price upon my return.”

“Has he made any offers?” Lore asked cautiously.

“Not exactly offers.”

“You make it sound like he has some sort of leverage over you,” Lore said, looking at her.

“You might be surprised. I see him as a brother, and he sees me as much, much more than a sister.”

“Tell me.”

“Lore, while a handful of Florentines have adopted the new way of thinking, most of the population is still living in the past.” Lina sighed and tried not to look at him.

“Well, I would love to hear more of this theory,” Lore said, smiling.

“Well, unless you insist upon a private conference on some other occasion, I’m afraid that is all you will get out of me tonight,” Lina said, knowing how angry Pierro would be to see her with another man. “Is there another way out of here?”

“You mean an escape route?” Lore laughed.


“Follow me.” Lore took her hand and led her away.

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Short Blurb for the Sequel: Angels in Darkness

Relentless and refusing to be beaten, Piero Catone is looking for a rematch. Convinced that Lina’s love is the only thing that will save him from himself, he sets off to win her at any cost. Lina, now the Princess Clarice Angelina d’Orsini wife of Lorenzo de Medici, will not be strong armed so easily. When Piero’s plan goes terribly wrong, he finds himself faced with a straight-forward decision: will he follow the light or surrender to the darkness?


Got a question or comment for Amanda?

[JLS # 440]


About Jeff Salter

Currently writing romantic comedy, screwball comedy, and romantic suspense. Fourteen completed novels and four completed novellas. Working with three royalty publishers: Clean Reads, Dingbat Publishing, & TouchPoint Press/Romance. "Cowboy Out of Time" -- Apr. 2019 /// "Double Down Trouble" -- June 2018 /// "Not Easy Being Android" -- Feb. 2018 /// "Size Matters" -- Oct. 2016 /// "The Duchess of Earl" -- Jul. 2016 /// "Stuck on Cloud Eight" -- Nov. 2015 /// "Pleased to Meet Me" (novella) -- Oct. 2015 /// "One Simple Favor" (novella) -- May 2015 /// "The Ghostess & MISTER Muir" -- Oct. 2014 /// "Scratching the Seven-Month Itch" -- Sept. 2014 /// "Hid Wounded Reb" -- Aug. 2014 /// "Don't Bet On It" (novella) -- April 2014 /// "Curing the Uncommon Man-Cold -- Dec. 2013 /// "Echo Taps" (novella) -- June 2013 /// "Called To Arms Again" -- (a tribute to the greatest generation) -- May 2013 /// "Rescued By That New Guy in Town" -- Oct. 2012 /// "The Overnighter's Secrets" -- May 2012 /// Co-authored two non-fiction books about librarianship (with a royalty publisher), a chapter in another book, and an article in a specialty encyclopedia. Plus several library-related articles and reviews. Also published some 120 poems, about 150 bylined newspaper articles, and some 100 bylined photos. Worked about 30 years in librarianship. Formerly newspaper editor and photo-journalist. Decorated veteran of U.S. Air Force (including a remote ‘tour’ of duty in the Arctic … at Thule AB in N.W. Greenland). Married; father of two; grandfather of six.
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17 Responses to Guest Fox, Amanda Fulwell

  1. jbrayweber says:

    Lovely excerpt, Amanda. Looks like a fun read. The sequel sounds intriguing, too.

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  3. Well, I enjoyed that!! I think I’ve found a great weekend read.

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  4. What a charming, almost Cinderella-like story! I am also taken with the idea of “Lore” being used as a familiar form of “Lorenzo”, as I have only known “Renzo” beforehand.
    I see trouble and triumph on Lina’s horizon!
    Good luck with all of your work, Amanda! So glad that Jeff had you join us!

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  5. Patricia Kiyono says:

    Welcome to the blog, Amanda, and congratulations on your release! It’s always an exciting time. You’ve chosen a fascinating, though violent time in history for your series, and your excerpt has me wanting to know more. Best wishes on its success!

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    • Jeff Salter says:

      I would not have wanted to deal with all the unpleasantness of that time and place either.


    • Thank you, Patricia! You’re right, it was a fascinating and violent time. I was intrigued by the Medici family when I learned of them (ironically before the cable channels started producing shows that centered around them), but when I watched the PBS documentary about the Medicis, I was horrified at all the violence. It’s a really interesting time with the emphasis on the arts, the split of the church in Rome, and swelling empires that threaten war with every step. Whoops, did I say war? That might show up in the sequel 😉

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  6. Elaine Cantrell says:

    Welcome to the blog, Amanda. I enjoyed your excerpt very much. Congratulations on your release.

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