Love and Diamonds: The Valentine’s Day Anthology

Scavenger Hunt
With six E-book bundle prizes!

By J. L. Salter

What terrific timing! This week at 4F1H is for Valentine blogs and this week I’m promoting a Valentine-themed anthology!

I’m delighted and honored to join with 14 fantastic authors (and friends) in having my short story appear in Love and Diamonds — a Valentine’s Day anthology just released by Astraea Press.

My own tale – No Love, No Diamonds: The Story I Couldn’t Write – is one of 15 shorts in the Love and Diamonds anthology.

To acquaint you with each of the stories (and authors) featured, our “Seeking for Diamonds, Finding Love Scavenger Hunt” is underway, Feb. 12-14.

Thirty digital books – including two of my own AP novels – will be given away as prizes —— six bundles of five books each.  To register for the drawing, just participate in our scavenger hunt — the more keywords you find and post, the more chances you’ll have to win a book bundle.

[See additional details at the bottom of this post.]


No Love, No Diamonds: The Story I Couldn’t Write

I am especially pleased that my story kicks off this anthology.  Here is my blurb:

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 Is that muscular man digging a mysterious hole next door just a distraction from Susan’s romantic story submission deadline, or could handsome Randy be her story?

Struggling to write a short romantic story with a tight deadline, Susan is stumped. There’s no romance in her life right now and the only story ideas are off-the-wall suggestions from her married girlfriend, Allie. When all looks hopeless, they both spot a shirtless, muscular young man digging a mysterious hole next door.

But is that stranger digging up… or burying down?

The only way Susan will find out is to take that scary first step — walk over and introduce herself.

Susan sees Randy as merely a handsome distraction from her deadline, but Allie insists the digger outside that window is Susan’s story.

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How to register for prizes

With each keyword you locate and enter on the special secure form, you have one chance to win.  Enter all 15 keywords and you have 15 chances.

1. Find the secret word of this post in the title image immediately above the section you’re reading now.  (Hint: It’s my favorite snack … chocolate)

2. CLICK HERE to enter that secret word in a secure entry form:

3. Between Feb. 12-14, visit all 15 participating blogs, which are listed here:

Locate and enter the secret word for each and get a total of 15 chances in the Scavenger Hunt contest!

4. From the eligible entrants, six names will be drawn on Feb. 15 and those winners of E-book bundles will be listed on the Astraea Press page sometime that day.

What you could win

We are giving away six book bundles, each containing five E-books!  One of the bundles contains my comedy, Rescued By That New Guy in Town; another bundle has my tribute to the greatest generation, Called to Arms Again.

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Only $3.99 for 15 unique romantic stories.  Order here:


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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12 Responses to Love and Diamonds: The Valentine’s Day Anthology

  1. All FASCINATING,Jeff! I usually jump on these, but I am so incredibly backed-up,(and I own all of yours!).I am sure that they will all be enjoyed thoroughly.
    (I hope you and Denise egt a little nice, together time On V-Day.)


  2. jbrayweber says:

    What a coincindence that it’s Valentines…. LOL!
    Love the blurb for No Love, No Diamonds. It sounds just like you with your unique quirky, fun voice. Great cover, too. Congrats to you and all the Astraea authors. And Happy Kiss Kiss Day! 🙂


  3. Jeff, your story looks great! I took time to go read everyone’s blurb, looks like a great collection of stories!


  4. DogsMom says:

    Thanks for letting me know about the scavenger hunt. Not that I have time to be playing and enjoying online, but it was a fun hunt and I want to go back and get to know everyone better.


  5. Iris B says:

    Congratulations … you’re really on the roll, releasing one story after the other …. Good on ya Jeff!


  6. pjharjo says:

    Your story line sounds very interesting, Jeff! As a matter of fact, I’ve recently begun a ghost story that sounds remarkably similar. Great minds think alike?? 🙂 I also missed out on the scavenger hunt and the prizes bc of my tardiness. 😦 I’ll get caught up on my emails, soon! 🙂


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