What’s In Your Hand?
When I wrote Illuminated, I had been on a long hiatus from writing. I had kids to raise, and a home to run. My son was a preschooler. My daughter was in school. I was going to college for a degree in rehabilitation counseling. And then… A story presented itself to me.
If you’ve had a chance to read my books, then it will be no secret that I love stories that have a message, or what I call, “little nuggets” for a reader to find. When I come across books (or movies) like that, I will cherish them forever.
It’s also no secret I love Disney movies. Most of them. One came out late last year that has a lot of people talking. The music is lively and you can’t help but at least do a shoulder dance, if not shaking your thing across the living room or while you’re cooking in the kitchen.
Mapping the Way
God directs our steps, but sometimes we need to sit down with him and map out where we are going.
The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand.
I’m going to be completely honest and transparent in this blog.
About six months ago, I seriously considered giving up on my dream of making a living off writing or even having a career as an author. The harder I seemed to pray, plan, and work at writing, the less I earned each month.
January's Book Birthday Feature
I hope everyone is staying warm. Even down here in Texas, we are experiencing temps below normal. This is a perfect time for finding a huge book and wrap up in a fuzzy blanket to escape the cold with.
Every month in 2022, I will pick a book from my backlist to celebrate. They will be birthday books, for sure. This month, I'm celebrating completing the novella series The White Road Tales. Five years ago, I put all the short stories into one big book and published it.
You can start the prequel adventure to the White Road Chronicles series by reading Captured for free.
Or...this week, you can snag the whole collection for ONLY .99¢!! That is a steal and something I do not do very often, at all. Grab it now while you can by clicking one of the pictures below.
Merry Reading Deals For the Holidays
The Holidays are here!
Despite how much fun this season can be, it can also get tiring and hectic. For those who might need a break, or even an escape from the crazy, I wanted to share some of my discounted books. Some have a holiday theme. Some are adventures waiting to happen.
Below I've listed each book, what it's about, and a link to find out more.
Enjoy and Merry Christmas!
Nano Diaries #5 - Final Week
Well, I didn't win. But I did win.
Read on to find out what craziness I'm talking about now.
NaNo Diaries #4 - Week Three
NaNo Diaries #3- Week Two
Madison Creek Feature Week Day 3
BELIEVING IN THE GOODNESS
This post was previously published back in 2016. It’s still timely for today, so I thought it needed to be revisited. Hope it blesses you!
Ever have one of those days when everything you've worked hard for seems to be falling apart? Like you're nothing but a big stinking failure? And everything you touch doesn't turn to gold, but rather mud?
Failure. I think that is based on a FEAR that we aren't good enough. Aren't worth having good things happen to us. We've made bad choices. We've charged ahead in our lives, wrapped up in trying to succeed, into making a living, in simply surviving. And all our spinning and toil results in nothing but a pile of straw.
When I was researching places to put Madison Creek, I found this one little town called Ludington which is located right on Lake Michigan. Perfect! During one of our family trips up there, I used some of my time researching coastal towns. When I reached Ludington, I wasn't disappointed. Wow!
We also stopped in Muskegon, Holland, and a few other places in that area before heading up near the top of the mitten where Mr. Castle’s family lives.
Ludington captured my heart and was exactly what I pictured Madison Creek someday being. The people there are friendly and the B&B owners often meet together and help each other out which I loved hearing about.
Jackie Castle is an author, artist and dreamer. She lives in Texas with her husband, two grown children and her dog, Banjo. She looks for the extraordinary in the ordinary in everything she experiences.
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