I can’t believe next week is Thanksgiving! Then right on its heels is Christmas.
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:
One of my favorite Christmas memories was the year my mother thought we’d lost all our Christmas decorations, including our aluminum tree (yes, we had one) during a move the previous summer. (Later we found the boxes stuffed way in the back of a storage closet, along with some other missing items).
With no tree and no decorations, my mom was worried we’d not have much of a Christmas. She was on a very limited income, so replacing the missing tree was out of the question. But God is good and has a way of surrounding His children with people who have big hearts and generous spirits.
One of Mom’s friends brought over a small tree. A REAL TREE!! My very first real Christmas tree. I didn’t even care that it looked like the one Charley Brown found for the holiday play. It was real and it was mine. Ha!
But there was still the problem of decorating it. Family members gave us a few of their extra ornaments, but they also were limited in what they had. So my mom and I sat down and decided to make our own decorations. We painted pine cones (I still have a couple of them), made soldiers out of clothespins, beaded angels and fairies. Popcorn became our garland, of course. It was so much fun!
And it made that holiday a special memory for me and a reminder that if you have a bit of creativity you’ll never really lack for anything.
So, 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? Share your favorite thing to make during the holidays and be entered to win a 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,