Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Wishing for a Special Holiday - New Release Announcement from Jackie Castle

I can't believe the Holidays are coming upon us so fast! 

Last year, I wrote a Madison Creek Township Christmas novella, but I decided not to publish it until this year. (At the time, I didn't realize I'd have two other Christmas stories also coming out (as part of collections with other authors) at the same time.

I'm not sure how the story idea came to me, but I did know that Leon Jovino, from Secretly In Love, needed his own story. However it came about, I'm really pleased with A Thousand Wishes and I'm excited to share a few things about it with you today.

First off, let me tell you a little about A Thousand Wishes-

A starry night, a whispered prayer and a heartfelt wish, lead to a Christmas romance neither of them saw coming.

The challenge between the Allender siblings begins, and McKenna is determined to sell more Christmas trees than her older brother. The dare is enough incentive, but the bonus makes it all worthwhile especially when she wrecks her car trying to avoid hitting a man who steps out of nowhere into her path.

Leon Jovino is on a sure path until it divides his heart in two. A starry night, a heartfelt wish, and his head in a fog lead him into a collision with Kenna. He’s determined to help her but doesn’t count on the consequences.

Then again, his starry wish just might be behind it all.

This is the fourth book in the Madison Creek Township novella series, Finding Love In Madison Creek. If you're interested in reading the first three books in one bundle, click here. Or you can see the series page here.


Real-life inspiration for this story:

Since I was a kid, I've enjoyed making crafts around Christmas time. At one point, it's what we gave out as gifts, but later, as things got better, crafting was done for enjoyment.

I love making a few ornaments of my own and still have some that we made during my childhood.

One year, I made egg ornaments. For several months, I'd carefully try to crack just a small hole in an egg I was using for breakfast to get the yolks out. It was tricky but doable. I'd save the shell, washing it carefully and letting it dry. Then I'd paint it with Mod Podge to strengthen the shell. From there, I'd cut the opening wider, decorate with ribbons, glitter or whatever I had, then add a tiny figurine inside. Usually in a bed of cotton.

I'd get something that looked kind of like this:

In A Thousand Wishes, Kenna Allender loves to make ornaments from things she finds in nature. I'm working on a blog post of natural ornament ideas. You can check back here for when that goes live.

A Thousand Wishes is available for pre-order for the sale price of only .99¢. It will be releasing on Thursday, Nov. 21st at the regular price of $2.99.

Do you enjoy making holiday crafts? Ornaments, gifts, etc? Stop by my blog to see more of Kenna's Christmas creations. Leave a comment and be entered to win a free copy of Finding Love in Madison Creek. 

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving (for those of you who celebrate it).
See you next month,
Jackie Castle


  1. Your ornament is beautiful! Congratulations on the new release.

  2. Thanks for sharing your new release.

  3. I do enjoy making holiday crafts. This year I've already made several ornaments and a bow for the top of one of our trees. We do artificial trees because of allergies.

  4. Your story sounds wonderful and the ornament is adorable. I used to make ornaments with egg shells too but I painted things on the outside of them. I never thought to use them this way.