She Thinks He Has the Itch

Amanda’s Domineering Friend Convinces Her

that Jason is Scratching his Itch with Another Woman

By Jeff Salter

We’re in the final full week of the year and it’s been a while since I’ve used a “free week” to tell you about any of my three screwball comedies. Though this story figures as a PREquel to “Curing the Uncommon Man-Cold,” I actually wrote ITCH immediately after I’d completed Man-Cold. By that point — roughly 12 months of concentrated writing — I was VERY familiar with the shared characters and was really having fun with all they were going through. In some places — all modesty aside — I was chuckling as I wrote scenes.

Scratching the Seven-Month Itch

By J. L. Salter

The prequel to “Curing the Uncommon Man-Cold

Released by Dingbat Publishing

Part of the Amanda Moore or Less Series

Amanda can’t believe her new lover is already cheating, despite “proof” from her domineering older friend. But she reluctantly complies with this posse of amateur investigators to determine whether Jason does have the seven-month itch… and which tramp might be scratching it.

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Amanda can’t believe Jason, her new lover, is already cheating — they’ve only been a couple for seven months. But her domineering older friend, Christine, has “proof” and insists Amanda should take it seriously. Knowing Jason spoke with a woman in the mall food court and another in the grocery store isn’t exactly an iron-clad case.

But when she hears rumors about a different woman stalking Jason at his workplace, Amanda reluctantly finds the evidence sufficient to allow her boyfriend to be tailed… provided Christine and her posse of amateur detectives can be discreet. Unfortunately, Christine’s idea of discretion is akin to blowing up a billboard.

The more Amanda learns about Jason’s unusual behavior, the more their recently shaky communication crumbles. Unable to resist the momentum of the mounting case, Amanda joins the investigation and stakeout.

Does Jason have the seven-month itch? If he does, which tramp might be scratching it? And is it remotely possible for their relationship to grow even closer despite the clumsiest surveillance efforts bossy Christine can devise?

[JLS # 415]


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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8 Responses to She Thinks He Has the Itch

  1. Patricia Kiyono says:

    You’re right to laugh out loud at the antics. This was a very humorous story, and paired with Man Cold, this is a fun series.

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  2. Do you forget some of what you write, Jeff? It happens to me. I’ll pick up a piece I started or a fragment or come to a place in a story and all modesty aside, I go, “WOW”.
    You are allowed to chuckle, or cry or WOW over your work.
    I Am looking forward to getting to this one. I am glad that you did a prequel to Amanda and Jason’s story.

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  3. This book had me laughing out loud as I read it. I look forward to reading more of your comedies.

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    • Jeff Salter says:

      Thanks, Angie. I had to cut some 20,000 words from this story — I no longer remember the particular sections (in some cases, entire chapters) that the editor cut, but I remember thinking “there go some of the laughs.”
      I do have one other title that’s sorta screwball, but perhaps not quite as wild as the “Amanda Moore or Less” series. Did you ever get a chance to read, “Stuck on Cloud Eight”?


  4. Elaine Cantrell says:

    I killed a character off once and cried so you can definitely laugh over the funny stuff. Happy New Year.

    Liked by 1 person

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