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Peek Inside Wish Upon a Star

Ceri McKinley never stopped wishing that her ex-fiancé Jason Crickett would come back into her life. But when he finally does, he comes with a request that puts them both—and all of humanity—into jeopardy. Jason only wants two things: to bury his brother properly and to convince Ceri to trust him again after he jilted her. But when Ceri agrees to help him get his brother back, they end up fighting for their lives as the second zombie uprising threatens them all.

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Ceri McKinley never stopped wishing that her ex-fiancé Jason Crickett would come back into her life. But when he finally does, he comes with a request that puts them both—and all of humanity—into jeopardy. Jason only wants two things: to bury his brother properly and to convince Ceri to trust him again after he jilted her. But when Ceri agrees to help him get his brother back, they end up fighting for their lives as the second zombie uprising threatens them all.


"McLean writes horror with heart. The thrills and chills will leave you on the edge of your seat." --Cole Gibsen, author of the Katana series and Breathless

"I'd definitely recommend this for horror lovers who want to try something with a different twist to it, or even for romance lovers who want to try out a new genre. I look forward to more thrilling stories by Michelle McLean." --Michele, Goodreads

"I expected zombies. I expected an old-flame reunion with perhaps a little romance. What Wish Upon A Star surprised me with, though, was an action-packed adventure that kept me flipping pages until the very end." --Kristin, Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622663323
Release Date: May 26, 2015
Page Count: 98
Imprint: amara next
Genre: paranormal
Tropes: overcoming odds, second chance

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By Stephanie September 28, 2013

"Notorious Criminal Peter Crickett Gunned Down in Robbery Gone Bad"

Four years ago, Peter was in a horrific car crash that left him for dead, until Russell Saxton stepped in. Russell was the owner of Saxton Technologies and Peter's father was a research scientist there. "Despite federal regulations f ...more

By Michele October 01, 2013

In Wish Upon a Star by Michelle McLean, Ceri was not looking forward to meeting with her controlling ex-husband about their custody agreement. But when she walked into his office, she certainly wasn't expecting a chain of events that would set into motion the potential for a second zombie apocalypse ...more

By Kristin September 30, 2013

Originally reviewed on These Pretty Words.

You ever read one of those books that shocks you? Like you go back to read the summary to make sure you’re reading the same thing being advertised? This was one for me. I expected zombies…I expected an old-flame reunion with perhaps a little romance. What Wi ...more

By Tina August 13, 2016

This is the first book that I have read by Michelle McLean. I do not read anything that sounds like it may lean toward horror, but since this is also a romance story I wanted to see what it was about. I’m so glad I read this. It’s a really good action packed story that kept me reading until the end ...more

By Kristi October 13, 2013

This was a somewhat normal scenario that quickly spiraled out of control.... Oh who am I kidding - this was not a normal scenario. Ex-wife, Ceri, going to see ex-husband, Russell, about his visitation with their daughter Skye. Runs into ex-fiance, Jason, and his father, Max, who also wants to see he ...more

By Angie December 14, 2014

I received an ARC through NetGalley.

Cyborgs, zombies, and Las Vegas! Oh my! That is the unexpected set up for Wish Upon a Star, and it's a good one! Ceri is spending the day with her daughter and mother at Pleasure Island before heading to a meeting with her ex-husband to discuss custody and visitat ...more

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I am not a fan of zombies. AT ALL. I don't watch them on TV. I don't usually enjoy reading zombie/apocalyptic books. AT ALL. Having said all that, I signed up for this and one other zombie/apocalyptic book. Why? Why w ...more

By Pam October 11, 2013

Ceri is going to a meeting with her ex husband over custody f their daughter Skye. The last person she thinks to run into is Jason her ex fiance who left her days before their wedding. She has never quite got over him. Now he needs her help to get his brother's body back from her ex husband Russell. ...more

By Tory September 28, 2013

Definitely in a zombie-loving mood (without actually loving the zombies, if you get my drift). This book took on a surprising slant for me, but I can’t really go into why without some spoilers in it. I have to say, Ceri’s ex-husband (as opposed to the ex-fiance/hero Jason) took the cake for being an ...more

By Miriam October 15, 2013

***Received from Entangled Publishing for an honest review***
(This is a short story/novella. This review is not based on story length but story content as length has very little to do with how much I enjoy a book.)

An interesting, twisted tale about zombies, their creation, their uprising, and a coup ...more

By Cherri-Anne September 25, 2014

A Bloody Good Story

Well, I will say this – I have never read a zombie book before, but I am really glad I read this one!!! It was awesome! It follows two people who were engaged – at least until he called it off just days before the wedding about 4 years ago – who meet up again when Jason needs to s ...more

By Sapphyria October 18, 2013

Even though he broke off their engagement just days before the wedding, Ceci has always wanted ex-fiancé Jason to come back. She gets her wish but he has ulterior motives. While waiting to see her ex-husband, Russell, to talk about custody arrangements regarding their daughter, Jason and his father, ...more

By CassandraG October 16, 2013

Her ex- fiance and ex-brother-in-law(Jason) makes a request to Ceri in order to help him get his brother’s body back so the family could have a proper funeral for him. She’s in a sticky situation. Seems like the body is in possession of a crazy scientist, she was once involved with and has a child b ...more

By Tanya September 16, 2013

This was a short paranormal romance story between Ceri and Jason.

Ceri is in town to deal with her un-kind ex husband. However, while in town she hears/sees Jason. The love of her life always! He broke her heart 4 years ago and despite the pain she has felt since she has always wished they would get ...more

By Rosemary October 01, 2013

Ceri McKinley needs to settle some issues with her ex-husband, Russell Saxton. She comes to Las Vegas with her daughter, Skye, and her mother, but Pleasure Island doesn't live up to its name. First she sees her former fiancée, Jason Crickett. He called off their wedding just three days before the ce ...more

By Melody September 29, 2013

Posted on What I'm Reading

Now Wish Upon a Star I did really like. I don't normally go for reunited lovers, but hey this story worked for me. Ceri McKinley always dreamed her ex-fiancé, Jason Crickett, would always return. Even though he broke her heart by dumping her right before their wedding. Jaso ...more

By Patricia September 18, 2013

This is one of those short reads you can do in a few hours. Even with the short amount of time that we have to know the characters they draw you in. Ceri goes to meet her ex-husband Russell to discuss visitation rights for their least that's what she's led to believe. While waiting to ...more

By Misty September 26, 2013

Ceri goes to Pleasure Island with her daughter to meet with her ex-husband. Suddenly he wants to discuss visitation with their daughter. While there the love of her life Jason shows up and needs a favor. It had been 4 years since he walked out on her 3 days before their wedding, but she agrees to he ...more

By Madison September 26, 2013

Wish Upon a Star by Michelle McLean

A zombie outbreak in Vegas. Fun. Aka contagious and spreading. :)

Ceri Saxton is on Paradise Island to deal with her monster of an ex-husband on custody issues over their daughter. And wow, what a mad monster he is. He has a crazy scheme to create and control zombie ...more

By Eva September 30, 2013

This a story about zombies with lots of action and romance.

The characters in the story immediately catch the reader’s attention engaging them in the story until the very end. On a visit to her ex-husband, Ceri is asked to help the man who jilted her, Jason. What they discover in the office of her ex ...more

By Amanda October 06, 2013

Ceri is trying to work out custody of her daughter with her evil ex husband. While she is going to see him she runs into her ex fiance, Jason, and his father. They convince her to help them try and get back his brothers body who had been involved in scientific experimentation. After confronting her ...more

By Samaris October 08, 2013

OMG this book was great from start to finish. Great plot, great character's amazing ending. Everyone has what we would call out "crazy" ex but man does this one take the cake! You have a megalomaniac with a HUGE God complex, the ex wife who just wants to take care of her daughter and be left alone a ...more

By Kae September 25, 2013

Ceri and Jason. Well he was her ex but she really wished he wasn't and then he comes back into her life just as she is dealing with her ex jerk husband. Loved them together. Hated her husband but I am pretty sure that is what the author wanted. LOL This story had everything I needed in a quick read. ...more

By Holly October 05, 2013

My first zombie read and I am hooked! I loved this novella! It may be short but by the time I was finished I felt as if I had read a full book. There was so much action packed into this story that there was no way I could set it down, even for a minute. The characters were great together and an ex g ...more

By Lindy October 04, 2013

Why is everyone so surprised that Zombies live in Vegas? Well Vegas is the place for second chance at romance so it was a great back drop for a book setting. The title really didn't match what the book was about or what the readers would expect out of it. This was an entertaining read, action paced ...more

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Michelle McLean

About the author

Michelle McLean

Michelle McLean is a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl who is addicted to chocolate and goldfish crackers and spent most of her formative years with her nose in a book. She has a B.S. in History, a M.A. in English, and loves her romance with a touch of suspenseful mystery. She resides in PA with her husband and two amazing children.

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