Author Presentation – Kanab Elementary

This last Monday I had the privilege of visiting Kanab Elementary in Kanab, Utah! What a fun experience it was interacting with those kiddos!   The assembly was held in the auditorium. It was split into two different assemblies, one for K-3rd graders and the second one for 4-6th graders. I did the same presentation with both. Below is a brief outline of what I talked about. Presentation Outline: I introduced myself. I talked about my...Read More

Book Review: Ranger’s Apprentice #1 – The Ruins of Gorlan

The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan My rating: 4 of 5 stars I found Ranger's Apprentice when I was searching for books similar to Eragon. I just really felt like a high fantasy adventure. I wasn't expecting too much when I started reading, but once I did, I couldn't help myself from reading more. Flanagan has a great, natural writing style that is simple enough to be comfortable, but poetic enough to stay enticing....Read More

Elementary School Author Presentation

This week I had my first author presentation at a school! It was my own school, of course :) I wasn't sure what I would talk about when I first discussed the possibility with our school librarian. She suggested discussing the writing process and how I wrote my book, so that is what I initially sought out to do. However, when I was finished planning that out, it all seemed disappointingly dry. I wanted to...Read More

Aurella the Witch Audiobook

It's finally here! The audio book for Aurella the Witch is now available on Amazon and Audible, and will be on iTunes in the next couple of days! Now you can just sit back and relax as you listen to the story, narrated by the lovely Renee Dorian. It was such a fun experience being a part of the creation of this audio book! This was the process if anyone is interested in producing an...Read More

Book Review: Off the Page by Jodi Picoult

Off the Page by Jodi Picoult My rating: 4 of 5 stars So, I just want to say that most of the time I have a hard time with sequels. Series are fine, but often I feel like sequels are a flop, because usually the author never planned to make another one, so the author is just trying to come up with problems to mess up the ending of a story that has already been...Read More
Between the Lines

Book Review: Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult

Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult My rating: 4 of 5 stars Okay, I'm not gonna lie, this may be my second time reading this book, because I kind of have no life... But my second impression was actually better than my first, so it's okay! I feel like this book is pretty much the ultimate escape book. Within the book there is a character written into a story who wants nothing more than to...Read More

Book Review: The Tale of Despereaux

The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo My rating: 4 of 5 stars Wow, so I was apparently a little deprived as a child for not having read this. I guess I would have rather read about people than mice. But I've been looking for some third grade books to read aloud to my class and this one was recommended several times, so I figured I'd check it out. Oh my goodness, so cute! There...Read More

Kirkus Review of Aurella the Witch – “A variable delight”

Aurella the Witch recently received a Kirkus Review, which has been published in the Kirkus newsletter! Below is an excerpt of the review, but you can view it in its entirety here. "Sezate’s appealing tale retains a brisk pace (primarily Aurella and Mavic fleeing through a forest) and winsome characters. Aurella, for one, is a believable tween but with a welcome maturity, often calm in confrontations. Her relationship with Mavic is akin to siblings, and their...Read More

Book Review: Forest Born by Shannon Hale

Forest Born by Shannon Hale My rating: 4 of 5 stars Forest Born is #4 in The Books of Bayern. This story follows Razo's little sister, Rin, who possesses a gift that really scares her. It makes her feel like she doesn't belong, so when Razo and Dasha invite her to go work at the palace to work as a lady's maid for Isi, she take the opportunity. But mysterious fire attacks start happening along...Read More

Aurella the Witch – Featured on Bookworms for Kids

Bookworm for Kids recently reviewed Aurella the Witch and featured it on their blog! Below is a snip-it of the review! Follow this link for the full review. Follow this link for more information about Aurella the Witch. There is so much to love about this magical world. The author does a terrific job of creating a place which is familiar enough to feel a bit like home, while staying fantastical enough to allow dreams...Read More