YA Historical Author
Sarah Natale
Sarah Natale

Join Crystal Lake local author Sarah Natale in the release of her debut book, #TheKissofDeath. A suspense-filled...

Posted by Sarah Natale on Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Join me and learn about the publishing industry as I read an excerpt from my book The Kiss of Death, share my inspiration for the story, discuss the publication process, and lead a Q&A!

If you are interested in having me speak at your event, please contact me. I look forward to adding a speaking engagement with your group to my growing list of author events.

Are you a teacher? Learn more about my classroom visits.

Upcoming Events:

Fall 2018 // Crystal Lake Central High School // Crystal Lake, IL

Previous Events:

Tues. January 17, 2017 // 1 p.m. // 7th grade LA/SS class at Richard Bernotas Middle School // Crystal Lake, IL   (Photos)

Event type: Presentation

Thurs. January 12, 2017 // 10 a.m. // Second Thursday Women's Book Review Club // Crystal Lake, IL   (Photos)

Event type: Presentation

Sat. July 23, 2016 // Noon // Read Between the Lynes bookstore // Woodstock, IL   (FlyerPhotos)

Event type: Presentation & Book Signing

111 E. Van Buren Street

Woodstock, IL 60098


Mon. January 18, 2016 // 6 p.m. // Barnes & Noble // Crystal Lake, IL   (FlyerPhotos)

Event type: Presentation & Book Signing

5380 Northwest Highway

Crystal Lake, IL 60014


Thurs. January 14, 2016 // 7 p.m. // Crystal Lake Public Library // Crystal Lake, IL   (Photos)

Event type: Presentation

126 Paddock Street

Crystal Lake, IL 60014


Sat. January 9, 2016 // 2 p.m. // Randall Oaks Library // West Dundee, IL   (Photos)

Event type: Presentation

500 N. Randall Road

West Dundee, IL 60118

847.428.3661, press 4

Tues. August 18, 2015 // 6-8 p.m. // Barnes & Noble // Crystal Lake, IL   (FlyerPhotos)

Event type: Presentation & Book Signing

5380 Northwest Highway

Crystal Lake, IL 60014



“I loved your reading and Q/A last night! You had the poise, confidence and maturity of a young lady far beyond your years. I was so impressed and proud of you.”

-Rick F., Crystal Lake Central High School Teacher

BARNES & NOBLE EVENT (August 2015)

Proud! Proud! Proud!  That's what I am of you, Sarah! You gave a great presentation tonight. One would have never guessed that it was your first time. Thank you for including me in your debut; I was honored to be there with and for you! Great turn-out, too. Books sold out in a heartbeat. People were ordering more...as I will be. Congratulations, girl! Your hard work is paying off in a fine way!”

-Jerry Thiel, Crystal Lake Central High School Teacher

BARNES & NOBLE EVENT (August 2015)

“I wanted to congratulate you again on your event at the Crystal Lake Barnes & Noble. You drew a very impressive crowd, and I'm sure that was exciting for you. It was an auspicious beginning for your career, and I hope you are able to get a few events going in the Des Moines area . . . My wife, Jeanette, had a good time at the event, too. She liked your book a lot (historical fiction is right up her alley) . . . I was told Barnes & Noble stores didn't do author signings anymore, but your event was a hit . . . My hats off to you for contacting them. Once again, congratulations on your book signing. I hope it was the first of many to come.”

-Jeffrey Westhoff, Author of THE BOY WHO KNEW TOO MUCH

BARNES & NOBLE EVENT (August 2015)

“So very happy and blessed about your presentation!!! You have a confidence and air about you and that shows professionalism and maturity. Karamy, who was responsible for your display, shared with me how much she enjoyed your presentation. We both read your book beforehand and really wanted to do it justice!!!!!!!!!!”

-Susan L., Randall Oaks Library Assistant


"When I learned about local author, Sarah Natale, being published at such a young age I immediately wanted to congratulate her. As a Language Arts teacher at Bernotas, I am always trying to tell my students that they don't have to wait to make their dreams come true. That they can start working to achieve them even when they are "just kids." When Sarah reached out and asked if I would like her to visit my classroom, I was happy to say yes. When she came in, she was so organized and prepared. She shared her journey from student to published writer. She gave tips on things the kids could do to become published, or even how to go about making good decisions that lead to accomplishing their life goals. Her novella, The Kiss of Death, would be a great book for Social Studies teachers to teach about medieval times and the plague. My students really enjoyed it, especially since we were reading Edgar Allen Poe, and it provided another perspective on how the plague impacted history."

-Belinda Strebel, Bernotas Middle School LA/SS Teacher


“You really did clarify the three avenues of publishing. Again, thank you for that explanation. I enjoyed coming to your event very much. I had never been to such an event at Barnes and Noble before—I didn’t even know they had them. It was a pleasant surprise for me to come and find a literary community which is something that I've lacked since graduating. Hearing your story about publishing your story was helpful as well. It was nice just to get to hear the details of that process and how it could work. Also, thanks for inviting me to reach out with any questions. That was kind.”

-Elsje B., writer


“Great to see you tonight and you did a wonderful job on your presentation. It sounds like some really exciting things are happening for you. I was also impressed with your book trailer.”

-Elizabeth Harmon, Author of the Red Hot Russians series


“We enjoyed your presentation very much as you could tell by the interest and the accolades.”

-Dee M., Second Thursday Book Club Cochairperson


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